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Hand Dryer Facts

Through trial and error, we have found that many hand dryer customers fail to think through all of the issues that are really important when designing, buying, installing, and maintaining hand dryers. This simple guide is meant to help you think through those issues. Some may not be important to you. Some may be critically important to you. Some might just clarify some issues that you are confused about. We hope this helps.

Saving money with hand dryers

The Number One (and maybe the number two and three) reason people purchase hand dryers is to save money.  And it's a lot of money!  Nearly all of the hand dryer manufacturers have cost calculators on their websites to help you calculate your savings.  Let's look at why they are so effective. Read More ->

Dry Time

One of the major reasons people have shied away from hand dryers in the past has been the simple lack of effectiveness - they take too long to dry hands!  Well, the technology has come a long way, an each manufacturer now makes "high speed" hand dryers.  The users of these dryers are much more satisfied by the experience because they actually work in a time that is comparison to drying with paper.  And of course, the manufacturers like to tell you (the customer) about their fantastic dry time!  What do those dry times mean? Read More ->


I am not telling any secrets here when I tell you that hand dryers make noise.  But some bathrooms are in more noise-sensitive locations than others.  So how noisy is too noisy and what options are there for quiet hand dryers? Read More ->

Electrical Requirements

Another critical aspect of a hand dryer purchase is your electrical wiring in the wall.  It is extremely important that you are able to safely install and use your hand dyers with the electrical configuration that you have in the wall.  Here are some useful guidelines. Read More ->


In 1990, President Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  The Act stipulated that no individual be discriminated against on the basis of disability with regards to the full and equal enjoyment of the public facilities and work places, including most places of lodging (such as inns and hotels), recreation, transportation, education, and dining, along with stores, care providers, and places of public displays, among other things.  Do these regulations apply to you and what do they mean with regards to your hand dryer choice? Read More ->

Bathroom Design and Layout

How many hand dryers do I need?  Especially in larger restrooms, I get asked this question all the time.  I laugh when I travel and I see a large bathroom with 8 toilets, 8 urinals, 4 sinks, and 2 hand dryers (or dispensers).  Where do you think there will be a bottleneck? Read More ->

Vandalism and Durability

American teenage boys LOVE vandalizing public bathrooms!  If your bathrooms are subject to a high degree of vandalism, what products should you consider? Read More ->

Sustainability and LEED

For many, saving money is only part of the reason that they install hand dryers.  Another big reason is the increasing desire for many organizations to "go green." So how do hand dryers contribute to sustainability and can they help you achieve LEED certification? Read More ->


This is one of my favorite topics about public bathrooms. Are hand dryers hygienic and, if so, which ones are the best? Read More ->

Using Paper AND Hand Dryers

We find that, for many customers, reducing paper usage without upsetting people who are crazy for paper is the main challenge, and they achieve this by installing both. If that is your strategy, there are some simple ways to increase the usage of the hand dryers (which is what you are looking for if you are trying to save money and go green). Read More ->