Review 2021 – Dryflow® Dryforce Hand Dryer
The Dryflow® Dryforce is fairly unique in the hand dryer world, it is one of the few ‘hands under’ dryers to have a built-in drip tray and backplate to capture all the water and keep floors and walls dry. This is a standard feature of more expensive and larger, ‘blade hands in dryers.’ The Dryforce is available in a Silver or White finish. What was our expert’s overall verdict on this product?
From £147.00 + VAT
The Dryforce is fairly inexpensive at £147 + VAT, especially when you consider that it provides the same benefits as you derive from a ‘hands-in’ dryer which start from £269 + VAT up to £800 plus. As you will see from the rest of the review it does represent good overall value.
The manufacturer states a 10-15 second dry time, in reality, it falls within the 15 to 20-second range. In our stringent tests it averaged a 19-second dry time. This is good enough to be classed as effective. To put this into perspective the Dyson AB14 measures at 10 seconds and the Warner Howard Airforce 20+ seconds.
Calculating the energy efficiency of a dryer depends on 2 things, rated power and the dry speed.
The Dryforce has a rated power of between 0.55 kW – 1.35 kW so based on a 19-second dry time the consumption per dry is 2.91 to 7.21 watt/hours per dry. To put this into context, the Dyson Airblade AB14 uses 4.44 watts per dry, a traditional hand dryer uses 20-30 watts per dry and the best available uses 1.9 watt/hours.
The cost per 1000 dries is somewhere between 40p and £1.09 if everyone dried their hands thoroughly. This would be a 90-96% saving against paper towels.
The manufacturers stated noise output is only 72.7 dB, our real-life testing got this closer to 77 dB(A), which is more than acceptable for all but the most noise-sensitive areas.
We do have a number of customers that install these in schools, however, if there is a history of vandalism in your school, we would not recommend it. The tray provides something to lean on or hang off, so while the Dryforce is perfectly appropriate for an office or restaurant environment where users are respectful, anywhere with a variable clientele may be better served by a more vandal resistant dryer.
The Dryforce has a 1500-hour motor life which based on the manufacturers stated dry time would allow for 360,000 dries before failure, this makes it appropriate for locations that may get between 100-300 per day. It is also backed by a 3-year guarantee.
We estimate the embedded carbon in the Dryforce to be around 25kg/Co2. At about 1500 dries this hand dryer will be producing a net carbon reduction vs paper towels. When you consider the life-span is probably in excess of 360,000, the lifetime emissions savings will be significant! Please make sure the lifespan of the dryer fits with your location to maximise the environmental benefits.
The Dryflow® Dryforce has a definite place in the hand dryer market, especially in fairly busy offices and disabled toilets. The MS Society chose this dryer for their disabled washrooms as they provide good access for wheelchair users while protecting them from water splashes. It also prevents slip hazards for those that may be less stable on their feet.
This dryer ticks all the boxes for being energy efficient, low cost to run, not too loud and quick enough to do the job, with the added benefit of keeping walls and floors dry. A good choice in the right environment.
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