Dyson Airblade

by Mark R

0621091553I figure that handwashing hasn’t changed in the past few decades. The only advancement that I have seen is those blower things in public restrooms. I suppose these are to replace those weird cloth towel things that were oddly and sadly in my dorm room in college. Even though blowers may save more trees than paper towels, the energy burned by them often goes to waste.

This is why Dyson made the Airblade hand dryer. This device uses eighty percent less energy than most blowers, provided it is used properly.

I recently encountered this device at a new movie theater that I attended last weekend, and had to take the photo that you see there. It was, of course, a risk to take a photo in a public restroom, I know, but it isn’t every day that I see an advanced blower. Oh man, did that come out wrong!

Anyway, I got a chance to use it, and this Airblade is what it says: it blows a blade of air (not to sharp, by the way) on your hands. This blade of air is so strong that it wrinkles my hands when I stick them in. I’m sure I wasn’t supposed to keep my hand there for too long, because the Airblade is supposed to work fast. New users will probably waste energy with their curiosity.

So if you see a Dyson Airblade in your local restroom, try it out, for gosh’s sake! Go ahead and leave a comment to describe your experience.

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22 reviews or comments

Richard Cephalon Says: June 23, 2009 at 8:58 am

I was quite happy to find one of these in a men’s room in a museum in Chicago. The first time I dragged my hands through the blade I noticed the wrinkling you mentioned above. I did this so fast my hands were still partially wet, so I did it again. Dry as the desert, unlike the traditional hand blowers you see. I immediately made plans to purchase one for my house, a plan put on hold when I learned the retail price of these hand dryers.

Joey Says: June 23, 2009 at 9:18 am

Ikea has these.

Nick Says: June 23, 2009 at 10:13 am

Had these at my last place of work HSBC’s IT HQ in Sheffield, England. they are great. The best way to use them is put your hands in at the sides about wrist deep. Then over about 10 seconds remove your hands keeping your fingers spread. Hey presto dry hands.

DorkStar Says: June 23, 2009 at 12:06 pm

I used one just today, in Copenhagen, Denmark. Very effecient – just move your hands quickly up and down inside it. Much better than traditional air-driers IMO.

jason Says: June 23, 2009 at 4:21 pm

we’ve had these in the UK (in certain restaurants and cinemas) for a few years ago. Dyson is a famous british inventor. It’s actually exciting to dry your hands now! (added by Mobile using Mippin)

teddy Says: June 23, 2009 at 9:25 pm

Where the Hell do you live? The Ozarks? Those have been around forever. What movie were you seeing-Saturday Night Fever?

bob Says: June 24, 2009 at 3:05 am

Seen these in public restrooms in china, 3 years ago. Was cool when i first saw them though.

El Says: June 24, 2009 at 5:11 am

There is one in the men’s room of the new Whole Foods in Annapolis, MD. When I first saw it, it reminded me of those boot dryers you see at ski lodges!! Works quite well.

BAr Says: June 24, 2009 at 9:35 am

this are really old. saw them first in england some years ago and they are like 2 years old in some malls in romania.

WTJ Says: June 25, 2009 at 3:58 am

I live in Los Angeles, and just saw one of these for the first time last month. Found it in the Long Beach airport. So, cool I made my sister go try it out.

GD Says: July 6, 2009 at 7:50 am

Having lived in Japan for the last 6 years i was amazed to learn the hysteria caused by the dyson airblade on a recent visit back to the UK.

Wherever you go across Far East Asia you are bound to encounter the Mitsubishi Jet Towel hand dryer. Mitsubishi first released their Jet Towel hand dryer in Japan back in 1993 and are now in their 7th generation of dryers.

So for Dyson to claim this is his orginal technology is a far cry from the truth. Personally i find the Dyson a very noisy and messy operation, where water droplets sprayed all over the place as the dryer doesnt appear to have a drip tray unlike the Mitsubishi dryer!!

Wayne Says: July 21, 2009 at 7:53 am

I agree with GD…the Mitsubishi Jet Towel hand dryer is soo much better than the Dyson.

The Dyson airblade is extremely loud (85dB after some research) whereas as the Jet Towel is a quiet 59db. I found that with the Dyson water blows all over the place and leaves walls and the floor wet whereas the jet towel simply collects excess water in a drip tray.

One of the main things which i have noticed recently when i have come across the Dyson is the level of mould both inside and outside of the dyson dryer, who claim to have produced the most hygienic hand dryer. I thought i’d take a photograph the next time i came across this common problem:

http://s895.photobucket.com/albums/ac158/glend09/?action=view&current=DysonAirblade.jpg&newest=1

Fernando Says: July 21, 2009 at 8:00 am

Dont like these dryers. Prefer the Mitsubishi dryers we have here in our NJ office.

Rob Says: May 26, 2010 at 8:54 am

@GD
Me too, I have seen these in Japan for years. Personally I prefer the Mitsubishi. Dyson is over rated big time.

O Says: June 22, 2010 at 6:44 pm

The company I work for installed those recently to try and cut down on paper towels usage.
I may have been the one trying it early on as it left a slight motor oil smell on my hands first (so much for the “filtration” part, ahem) — no more an issue on subsequent uses.
Me like: effective, faster than classic cook-your-hands dryers.
Dislike: VERY LOUD! Too noisy, glad my cubicle isn’t anywhere near.

roger Says: November 17, 2010 at 2:19 pm

They installed these in the dorms at my school. No one uses them though because they are so loud and it annoys the people who live near the bathrooms. Saving power and waste is great and all but they need to make them quieter.

Chad Says: November 19, 2010 at 1:49 pm

They installed these at the Nebraska State Office Building. When they did this, they took out all the paper towel dispensers. The faucets are not automatic so you have to touch the handles to turn them off. You also have to pull the door open by the handle which must be full of bad stuff judging from the number of people that leave the stalls and head straight to the door. Many people are very upset because no matter how sanitary they are, you still have to touch unclean things afterwards. People in wheelchairs also have trouble using these. They have to wheel over with wet hands and they find it hard to maneuver their chairs to put their hands in. These things are way too loud. 2 running were measured at 101 db! These really bother people with Tinitis. Stay away from these. In think its only a matter of time before complaints force them out.

Shawn Says: December 1, 2010 at 8:06 am

I used one at cedar point, amazing made my day. I thought the xlerator was cool until i came upon this magnificent dryer.

Paula Says: February 21, 2012 at 1:18 am

These are painfully loud … and it doesn’t help that they’re installed in bathrooms, which typically have nothing on the floors or walls to absorb noise. With two or more running, I can’t imagine this isn’t damaging to people’s ears. These definitely dry hands better than the old-style restroom hand dryers, but the painful noise is a dealbreaker. I much prefer paper towels, not least because I can open the bathroom door with the paper towel.

KN Says: June 7, 2012 at 8:12 am

I’ve tried both the airblade and mitsubishi Jet Towel. Personally I prefer the Jet Towel over the dyson for soo many reasons.

1. Jet Towel’s design is much less intimidating
2. The 8th generation model is available in europe with adjustable air speeds, different modes for noise control, and the new design is child and wheelchair user friendly.
3. The Jet Towel also uses less energy (550W) than the airblade (1600W) and dries your hands in the same amount of time.

You can read more about the benefits and specs of the Jet Towel at this really informative website: http://www.jettowel-europe.com/

Overall i think the Jet Towel is generally a better quality product than the airblade.

Rudi Huber Says: August 30, 2012 at 10:10 pm

The Dyson Airblade Hand dryer has a drip tray

Dan Hanry Says: September 12, 2012 at 10:43 am

We have stopped going to public toilets that have the Airblade’s. My 2yo was screaming (and trembling with fright) for nearly an hour after one of these monsters went off. Dreadful for young ears.

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