Hand Dryers Suitable for Small Children
It has been fairly well documented that small children (under the age of 5) can find loud noises disturbing. As soon as they hear this noise they quickly cover their ears, sometimes scream as loud as the noise its self and may even shed a tear or two.
The new wave of high speed, electric hand dryers that have appeared over the last 5 to 10 years have, on the whole, ignored this and instead focussed on maximum speed performance rather than user experience and making the hand dryers inclusive. This is quite a problem when drying hands is one of the most important aspects of hand hygiene after actually washing the hands correctly.
However, there are some great choices as well when you need to cater for children.
The best children’s hand dryers to buy include:
- Turboforce® Junior PLUS Hand Dryer
- Dryflow® Blu Ray Junior Hand Dryer
- Dryflow® EcoWave Hand Dryer
- EcoForce Hand Dryer
- Dryflow® Elite Hand Dryer
- Dryflow® Viper Hand Dryer
- DryFlow® Classic PLUS II Hand Dryer
- Dryflow® Elite MK 2 Hand Dryer
- Dryflow® EcoSlim Hand Dryer
- Puff the Magic Dryer
- Bamboo Bobbi Hand Dryer
- Mitsubishi Jet Towel Smart Hand Dryer
- Mitsubishi Jet Towel Unheated Hand Dryer
- D-Flow Eco Hand Dryer
The above have been recommended as they are considered quiet hand dryers, yet still do the job they were intended to do; dry the hands quickly. This is with small children in mind. We have further recommendations for all ages of school, up to university, in our blog post Hand Dryers for Schools; A Guide to Selecting the Best
As all children and locations differ, please do not hesitate to contact us with your enquiry and we will be happy to assist you in finding the right solution. We are the experts and can even send you samples to try before you make a decision.
To find out how to identify the right hand dryer for children please read on.
What factors need to be considered when choosing a hand dryer with small children in mind?
Other than providing suitably quiet hand dryers for small children, using the hand dryer needs to be an enjoyable experience. Without enjoyment, small children will not dry their hands properly.
It is therefore important that the hand dryer remains fast and efficient, whilst maintaining the little ones attention for the required time. Small touches like UV activation lights and attractive designs for children on the outside can aid participation. Puff the magic dryer is a good example of a hand dryer that considers the needs of small children. This hand dryer or something along these lines should be commonplace in washrooms that cater for small children such as in shopping centres etc. They are visually appealing to the child, have a quiet operation, but at the same time do not take ages to dry the hands.
Hygiene is particularly important for hand dryers used by small children as they tend to be more susceptible to cross infection. Therefore touch-less operation is a must and highly effective drying performance is vital, as residual damp carries pathogens and are breeding grounds for bacteria.
Added measures like HEPA filters, anti-bacterial surface protection, ambient airflow temperature and internal UV filter sterilisation are also important.
Check out our hygienic hand dryers section for the most hygienic options available. These also have low noise levels, yet high performing capabilities.
It’s also important to have an appropriate dryer sited at an appropriate height for children. Dryers need to be lowered for use by young children. As such we make very particular recommendations for nurseries, primary schools and public attractions/locations frequented by children. It is important always to have a children’s dryer available at a lower height with some distance from the other dryers in any multi-age use washroom.
What about paper towels, they are quiet aren’t they?
Paper Towels have a large carbon footprint attached. Each paper towel is responsible for more grams of C02 per dry than hand dryers according to Dyson’s research. The emissions relate to manufacturing, transporting, recycling fibres that are not easy to break down and the constant cycle of replenishment.
It is vitally important that we educate Children about creating a greener and more sustainable future. Low energy hand dryers are a great way of providing a visual educational message. As such we can also provide printed back plates with environmental messages to reaffirm the hand dryers benefits.
Kids are even more likely than adults to grab lots of hand towels and not care about putting them in bins, so washrooms for children that don’t have hand dryers are likely to be messy places. Common problems in school washrooms include blockages and overflow issues, when they get pushed down plug holes and toilet basins.
Intelligent Hand Dryers UK offer a number of hand dryers suitable for children which can be found here.
For more information or for help in finding your ideal hand dryer, please contact us on 0114 3540047, 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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