A Designers Guide: Alternatives to the Dyson Airblade Tap

The Dyson Airbade tap was introduced in 2013, the novel concept of placing a hand dryer over the hand wash basin made a lot of sense, eliminating drips on the floor and maximising the space in the commercial washroom.

For some new build or major refurbishment projects, either where cost is of little concern or the washrooms are frequented enough to warrant the extra number of devices, installing this concept makes perfect sense. However, the majority of washrooms have irregular traffic flow therefore the expense of three Dyson taps (one per basin) as opposed to one wall mounted, high speed hand dryer per three basins is just too excessive. The difference could be as much as £3600 (Dyson taps) vs £250 (high speed dryer).

Dyson Tap (image)


The Lovair ribbon tap hand dryer and the Dryflow Dri-tap are currently the only alternatives on the market. The Lovair Ribbon is a very attractively designed unit, it is part of trio of matching ‘over the sink’ systems for soap, water and air but again the cost is similar to the Dyson taps.

The Dryflow Dri-tap is a simple yet elegant design, that can be customised for larger projects to match the design of the existing taps. The Dri-tap has the ability to adjust the noise and airflow speed, this has major advantages. With the Dyson Airblade Tap it is necessary to ensure that the sink is specifically compatible, the reason being that the airflow can be such that the water spray is not limited to the parameters of the sink. The positioning of the Dri-tap is more flexible and the airflow speed controlled to ensure that water doesn’t spray off the basin.

Dryflow Dri-tap (image)


The price point makes it more accessible for a wide range of projects and this type of design should be more accessible because the long-term advantages of cleaner, safer and more efficient washrooms in places like schools should not be overlooked due to initial cost. We also believe the Dryflow Dri-tap has a place in the hotel and domestic market as a means of radically reducing waste and increasing hygiene.

If you would like to see a Dryflow Dri-tap in action please feel free to get in touch and book a demonstration with one of our representatives.

Comparison Chart

Dyson Airblade Tap Dryflow Dri-tap Lovair Ribbon Dryer
  Dry Time (Manufacturer stated) 12 seconds 10 - 15 seconds 12 seconds
  Rated Power 1600W 500W - 1000W 1100W
  Guarantee  5 years 2 years 3 years
  Can be retrofitted next to existing taps? No Yes Yes
  Options Available
  • Deck mounted
  • Wall mounted
  • Deck mounted
  • Wall mounted
  • Deck mounted
  Other Features
  • HEPA filter
  • No heater element
  • Carbon filter
  • On / off heater element switch
  • Motor speed adjustment
  • Intelligent heating system
  • Motor speed adjustment

For more information or for help in finding your ideal hand dryer or washroom product, please call us UK offices: North: 0114 3540047 South: 0203 3270448; Eire office: +353 19036387, use our contact us page by clicking here or click to visit the website.  You can also use our Intelligent Search Tool that helps you identify the perfect dryer for your location by clicking here.

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