Hand dryers for Canada & USA – Are they different to hand dryers in UK?

They may look the same when you visit country to country, but are there any particular things you need to be aware of when purchasing hand dryers for different locations in the world?

This post highlights some things to consider.

There are a number of countries and special locations that require hand dryers to have a voltage set at 110 – 120V.  In the UK and most of Europe the voltage required is 220-240V.

Some hand dryers on the market have universal voltage, which means they can be switched or automatically self-adjust to the voltage required in a particular country.

There are also certain locations where a 110V – 120V hand dryer is required.  These include some cruise ships and off shore workplaces.

The countries that require a voltage at this rate for hand dryers to be placed include:

  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • Brazil (some parts)
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Canada
  • Cayman Islands
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Jamaica
  • Liberia
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Puerto Rico
  • Taiwan
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • United States of America (USA)
  • Venezuela

There are a number of hand dryers that have universal voltage. These can be found here.

**Please note that although a universal voltage hand dryer may comply with the voltage needs of a country, you still need to check that the correct safety certificate relevant to that particular country is issued to the specific universal voltage hand dryer.  For example, in the USA hand dryers require differing safety certificates to what is acceptable in Europe. Therefore, the voltage may be correct, but the certificate not. Please contact us for more information before purchasing anything if you are unsure**

As well as there being universal voltage hand dryers, specific manufacturers build their same looking products to meet the demands of differing continents. For example, you can get the exact same looking and performing hand dryer in Canada and the UK, but each is built specific for that country and have the relevant voltage and safety certificates required by that country.

At Intelligent Hand Dryers, we can source for certain countries the same hand dryers you see on our website that may not be readily available for a specific country in their current format.  This is due to our close relationships with our manufacturing partners.

ffuuss™ hand dryers are available to purchase in a 110-120V model and available for quick delivery in USA.  Please ask us for more information.

Please make sure you contact us for more details so you can receive the best price for your specific location, no matter where in the world you are.


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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Written by: James Marvin

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