buying a hand dryer: 5 things you need to know

If you are thinking about purchasing a hand dryer either for your home or office, here are a few important factors you need to consider first.


Most of the hand dryers have a very simplistic design. Some of their most common features include a motor, circuitry, and a heating element sometimes. All of this is protected by a housing mounted on the wall. The material most often used for the housing is ABS polycarbonate or metal like stainless steel. On one hand, steel lasts more, but the ABS polycarbonate is lighter which is why it is also easier to mount it. On some rare occasions, housing can also have ribbed reinforcements over it. This is usually added to ensure the extra strength of the housing.

All of these are great options. No matter what housing you choose, you can rest assured knowing that it is rust-proof and corrosion-proof. Apart from that, they are also very durable and that means that the more delicate inner parts of the hand dryer are going to be protected for longer making this a smart investment.


People choose different places in their house to mount a hand dryer in. The most common choice is the bathroom, but some people also choose to place their hand dryer in a kitchen. Some people may also decide to purchase one for their office as well. No matter where you choose to place your dryer you will most likely want to think about its style and which one will look best in your home. After all, you do not want your hand dryer to be an eyesore. You will most likely want to opt for a hand dryer that will go well with your interior design and sort of blend in with the colours so it doesn’t stand out too much making it seem too large or like it does not belong there.

Luckily for you, nowadays you can find a wide variety of different hand dryers depending on what kind of style you are looking for. You can find a rich variety of hand dryers both in stores and online webshops. You get to choose from various different colours, sizes, and shapes. While some designs are fairly simplistic, there are many other, more elegant ones as well. Take some time to see what your options are so that you know that the dryer you choose is an absolutely perfect one for your bathroom.

Power and efficiency

The next thing you need to be well informed about is the power of the hand dryer you are buying. This factor can tell you all you need to know about a hand dryer’s efficiency. Of course, you want your hand dryer to look its absolute best and blend in nicely with your interior, no matter where you choose to install it. However, that is not all there is to it. What is a point of a nice-looking dryer if it doesn’t do the job effectively enough?

If you start browsing through online webshops, you will soon realise that most hand dryers range from 500 to 1,800 watts. Hand dryers with higher wattages are the ones that have more drying power. In other words, if you purchase one of the dryers with a higher wattage, you will be able to dry your hands more quickly. On average, most hand dryers take about 8 to 14 seconds to fully dry your hands. This difference in power is also reflected in the price. This means a high-quality hand dryer with a higher wattage will also be more expensive.

It’s important that you check all the specifications in order to fully estimate the efficiency of the hand dryer you are purchasing. Not all specifications will provide useful information about how much a certain dryer will cost you each time you use it, but some do.


Believe it or not, hand dryers can be installed pretty easily. The installation process can especially be easy and fast if you take advantage of the plug that comes with the dryer and just mount it and plug it into the nearest outlet. This is a much easier option than hard-wiring it into your system. Here are some factors you should keep in mind before you start installing the dryer:

  • First, make sure that the dryer is properly shipped with all of the hardware you are using in order to mount it.
  • Prepare all of the needed tools and go through the instructions a few times.
  • Check out the FAQ section to get some additional information on installing the dryer.

Automatic start

Some hand dryers come with a button that needs to be pushed in order for the hand dryer to start blowing air. However, nowadays most of them have infrared sensors that make the hand dryer start working automatically once you place your hand in front of the sensor. The distance your hands need to be at can vary from one hand dryer to another, but mostly it’s about 6 inches. No matter which one you choose, they both shut off automatically after about 30 or 60 seconds.


In conclusion, picking and installing a hand dryer may be easier than you thought. It all comes down to choosing a high-quality material and high wattage. The rest of it has to do with your own preferences such as colour, size, and button/automatic start.

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