7 Reasons To Buy A Dyson Airblade And 7 Reasons Not To

Updated 14/12/2021

The Dyson Airblade db (AB14) has overtaken World Dryer and Xlerator as the best known Hand Dryer on the world market. It’s a great hand dryer but does it really represent good value and warrant its status? We explore 7 reasons why to buy a Dyson Airblade and 7 reasons not to.

1. The Airblade Ab14 is the fastest dryer we have tested

We have independently tested many hand dryers including the Airforce, Xlerator, G-Force, Mitusbishi Jet Towel, D-flow, Air-Fury, Turboforce, Savortex and many more and the Dyson Airblade came out the quickest drying. In our tests hands were over 95% moisture free in 11 seconds. It is worth noting that on the whole, all the blade type ‘hands in’ dryers were a little more effective as they dry hands from both sides simultaneously. Please note the difference between the Dyson Airblade and other leading blade hand dryers was no more than 1-2 seconds and between the Airblade and the leading hands under dryer about 2-3 seconds.

2. It’s a Dyson!

Dyson’s are cool, they stand for innovation and creative thinking and we all want to be associated with products like that.

3. The noise levels have been reduced down to 80 dBA

The new AB14 Dyson Airblade has comparable noise levels with the Airforce and is up to 70% quieter than the new Xlerator 500.

4. It’s environmentally friendly

The combination of fast drying and 1.6kw rated power means it consumes quite a small amount of energy. 4.4 watts to 6 per dry compared with 25 plus for traditional warm air hand dryer

5. It’s hygienic

The Airblade has NSF approval, it uses a HEPA filter to remove 99.9% of air bourn bacteria under 0.3 microns from the Airflow and has anti-bacterial plastics.

6. It’s vandal resistant

Compared with other blade style hand dryers it is more robust and will withstand some level of abuse. Compact hands under dryers are still more vandal resistant in our opinion.

7. It has a digital brushless motor

Brushless Motors in theory should last a very long time in comparison with Brush motors however it is worth noting that this will only be of relevance if you are looking for a high traffic location like a Airport or Shopping Centre.

So why would you not buy a Dyson Airblade?

1. They are expensive

High speed, energy-efficient hand dryers are available at a lower cost that offers a greater package of benefits.

2. Blade Hand Dryers are not as easy to use

The disabled, elderly and the very young find ‘hands under’, hand dryers easier to use. The physical size restricts wheelchair access and the hand positioning is not ideal for all users.

3. There are still many quieter hand dryers.

The Mitsubishi Jet Towel for example may take 1 second longer to dry but its still 50% quieter. The Dyson Airblade has no adjustability so you are stuck with the same noise level in different areas of your building so next to the meeting room, library or classroom they may not be ideal

4. There are more energy efficient hand dryers available

The Dyson Airblade AB14 uses 4-6 watts per dry others are available that are 25-50% lower energy consumption like the D-Flow, the Mitsubishi Jet Towel and the Vapordri

5. There are better warranties available

The Dyson Airblade will last but it is only covered by a 5 year warranty. There are now hand dryers on the market like the Machflow Plus Brushless Hand Dryer that have a 20 year warranty, Mitsubishi units carry a 7-year and Bobrick a 10 year warranty.

6. Airblades are the most expensive dryers to purchase and install

If anything goes wrong outside the guarantee period they are also the most expensive to put right.

7. They don’t drain the water

The ab14 has the highest airflow force in the business, so zero evaporation occurs, water is just scraped straight off the hands and left in the bowl at the bottom of the unit and left to drip down the side.


The Dyson Airblade AB14 is a great hand dryer, no doubt, and compared with almost all other hand dryers its overall performance and quality make it a good choice, but there are features of other dryers that are superior, so it is important to consider what is most important to your facilities. The Mitsubishi Jet Towel, Vapordri, Steelforce and D-Flow are 3 high quality blade hand dryers, we definitely suggest you check out as a potential alternative.


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