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Excel Launches the New ThinAir Hand Dryer

Posted on 11/9/2015 in Dryers
Earlier in October, Excel Dryer (maker of the leading Xlerator hand dryer) announced the launch of a new line of hand dryers.  The ThinAir hand dryers are efficient, surface-mounted dryers that protrude a mere 4 inches from the wall, making them perfect for ADA-compliant bathrooms.  Excel claims a 15 second dry time, so these are fast but not as fast as the Xlerator or other top dryers, but for a small, 4 inch deep dryer, that is great performance.  For more on the product or to purchase, click here.

From the Excel Dryer press release:

“The ThinAir Hand Dryer eliminates the need to recess the dryer into a restroom wall to achieve ADA compliance, which is beneficial for facilities with walls that are difficult to modify,” said Excel Dryer Vice President of Marketing, William Gagnon. “ThinAir has a lower cost of ownership than other hand dryers, and is easier to install making it a cost effective and affordable option to facilities looking for reliable performance and high efficiency.”

The ThinAir currently comes in only one case material (white Polymer with anti-microbial coating), but Excel plans for other, metal casings in the future.  ThinAir has adjustable speed/volume and comes with an option to turn the heating element off, allowing for a range of electric usage from 333 watts to 960 watts.  It also has a washable pre-filter and the list price is $500.  Our price is $330 and we have them ready to deliver.  Call us at 888-629-0685 or email us at [email protected] for more information.

The History of Hand Dryers

Posted on 8/24/2015 in Dryers
It's been a while since we last made a post, but there hasn't been much news from the industry this summer. However, I was somewhat excited by this piece from atlasobscura.com called The Weird History of Hand Dryers Will Blow You Away. It's a very accurate and fair piece I thought, and I wanted to share the link with you here


NetDryers 2.0

Posted on 2/11/2015
Welcome to the new NetDryers.com! We re-launched our website with expanded features to respond to the demands of our customers. Products are now easier to find. Requests for quotes are easier to do than ever! And our expanded RFQ sections for partitions and lockers make NetDryers your one-stop shop for all of your commercial bathroom requirements (unless of course it's plumbing!). Browse, shop, call or email. 888-629-0685.

Excel Dryer Plans New Xlerator Products for Fall

Posted on 8/19/2014 in Dryers
According to the Boston Business Journal, Excel Dryer is planning to introduce 2 new Xlerator products in the near future.  The first, in partnership with Sloan, is an integrated sink system that includes a faucet, soap dispenser, and hand dryer.

Wall Street Journal on Growing Use of Hand Dryers

Posted on 6/25/2014 in Dryers

The Wall Street Journal posted this article today on the growth in the hand dryer industry and the continuing battle between the paper towel companies and the hand dryer companies, with emphasis on the new technologies in hand drying and the hygiene war of words between the industries.  I was interviewed extensively by the reporter, Timothy Martin, but our quotes were cut by the editors.  Still, a very interesting article.

University of Buffalo study a win for Dyson hand dryers versus paper towels

Posted on 6/9/2014 in Dryers
University of Buffalo students in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering performed a comparative study of Dyson Airblade versus paper towels and found that six times more bacteria grew on paper-towel dispenser push-and-crank handles than on the hand dryers.

Oregon high school students lead push for hand dryers

Posted on 6/4/2014 in Dryers

Hillsboro Oregon high school students are leading the charge to reduce paper usage by purchasing and installing hand dryers.  The students at Century High School did the financial analysis showing the savings and then lobbied the school district to change the budget to enable the switch, which will save the district thousands of dollars while acting as a trial for the other schools in the district.

NetDryers Visits World Dryer

Posted on 5/22/2014 in Dryers
I try to visit with each of the major hand dryer manufacturers at least once every year, and last month I drove out to Berkeley, Illinois to meet with Dan Storto, president of World Dryer.

New Product Video - Dyson Airblade V and Tap

Posted on 4/3/2014 in Dryers
We took a little field trip this week in Chicago to see bathrooms that had installed the new Dyson Airblade V and the Dyson Airblade Tap, and were we impressed!

Dyson Airblade "V" AB12 Price Decrease - Now Starting at $749

Posted on 4/1/2014 in Dryers
As of April 1, 2014, Dyson has announced that the AB12 V hand dryer will receive a $350 price reduction.  The white model will now retail for $749 and the sprayed nickel model will now retail for $799.

Video from Discovery News: Are Hand Dryers Better Than Paper Towels

Posted on 1/31/2014 in Dryers
I saw this video from a couple of days ago from Discovery News and Trace Dominguez on the hard hitting question, "Are hand dryers better than paper towels."  As you all must know, this is an issue near and dear to NetDryers.

American Dryer and the ExtremeAir CPC

Posted on 1/13/2014 in Dryers
Last month, I had the pleasure of visiting American Dryer’s headquarters in Livonia, MI.  One of the reasons I went was to see first hand the new ExtremeAir CPC hand dryer, which is one of the most exciting developments in hand dryer technology in the past few years

New Technology from Dyson - The Dyson Airblade Tap

Posted on 12/4/2013 in Dyson Airblade Hand Dryers
If you are following Dyson news, a patent was filed with the U.S. Patent Office by Dyson for a new faucet fixture that not only gives you water to wash your hands, but it also works as a dryer to dry them.

New Technology Hand Dryers at ISSA 2013

Posted on 12/3/2013 in Dryers
Like last year, we attended the ISSA/Interclean trade show in November and produced a video that brings you to the show to see the latest hand dryer technology.

Carbon Footprint/Life Cycle Analysis of Paper Towels vs. Hand Dryers

Posted on 11/27/2013 in Dryers
In our last post, we used the best available sources to estimate the dollar and weight volume of the U.S.  commercial paper towel market, which we estimated at around $2.486  B and 710,000 tonnes per year.  Today, we are going to try to put the environmental impact of all of these towels into context using carbon footprint.

Hand Dryers for Universities

Posted on 11/25/2013 in Dryers
Had a great time at ISSA show checking out all of the new hand dryers....look for our video update on the show coming soon!

American Dryer Introduces Cold Plasma Technology to Hand Dryers

Posted on 11/14/2013 in Dryers
I will be visiting Las Vegas next week to attend the annual cleaning industry trade show, ISSA, and most of the major hand dryer companies will be there showing off their latest technology.

Hand Dryers for Home Use

Posted on 11/14/2013 in Dryers
The Chicago Tribune recently reported that hand dryer use is growing for use in the home.  To read the article, click here.

New Dyson Airblade Products Guide

Posted on 11/13/2013 in Dryers
There has been quite a few changes to the Dyson Airblade product line-up, so we've made this handy chart to show the old and new products and the price changes.

Dyson Airblade dB Hand Dryer Launched

Posted on 10/18/2013 in Dryers
Dyson continues to shake up it's hand dryer line-up in 2013, announcing recently the introduction of the Dyson Airblade dB hand dryer.  Effective immediately, the dB (so named due to it's significant sound reduction, which Dyson claims to be 50% quieter) will replace the AB04, the standard of Airblade hand dryers.

Dyson Discontinues Aluminum Hand Dryers (AB02 and AB06)

Posted on 9/11/2013 in Dryers
As you may know, I helped launch the Dyson Airblade hand dryer in the U.S. Market back in 2007, and at that time, the only model that was available was the AB02, which was manufactured with a casing of die-cast aluminum.  This was a very expensive part to tool and manufacture, and at times it was susceptible to corrosion if the powder coating wasn't perfect or was scratched.

Hand Dryers Signs

Posted on 7/11/2013 in Dryers
Over the holidays, I travelled home to Wisconsin for some family and golf time.  As usual, this means at least one stop at an Illinois Tollway Oasis for a pitstop, snack, and some gas...

ADA Compliant Hand Dryers

Posted on 6/11/2013 in Dryers
For people looking to install ADA compliant hand dryers, one of the more confusing issues is the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA.  This act, enacted in 1990, created a market for recess kits for hand dryers to be installed into an indentation in a wall so that they did not protrude from a wall for more than 4  inches.

NetDryers now a full-line distributor of commercial bathroom accessories from Bobrick and ASI

Posted on 5/23/2013 in Dryers
It's been a busy first year for NetDryers, and I'm happy to announce that we are now carrying commercial bathroom accessories from Bobrick and ASI (American Specialties).

Paper towels and clogged toilets

Posted on 5/7/2013 in Dryers
The paper towel industry frequently tries to scare customers into believing that hand dryers are not hygienic.  Most of the arguments are not supported by any science.  But here's a hygiene issue that I don't need a massive study to discuss...clogged toilets.