Review 2021 – Dyson Airblade Wash+Dry Hand Dryer
The Dyson Hand Dryer and Tap combined into a single, over-the-sink device is a really interesting innovation. The product was designed to solve the issue of water dripping on the floor when someone travels from the sink to the hand dryer and again when they use the dryer. At present none of Dysons other models solve this issue and require an additional tray to be purchased. It also means that no water needs to be stored as it drains straight off the hands and into the sink. The product is available in a wall-mounted (AB11/WD05) or a short (AB09/WD04) or long (AB10/WD06) surface-mounted version. Sounds great, what did our reviewer think?
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At over £1000 the Dyson Airblade Wash and Dry is not cheap as you would expect, especially when a separate sensor tap and dryer could be purchased for under £200. The value in this product really depends on the location. For example, if you think of a stadium or airport then its necessary to have as many dryers as sinks to support the constant flow of traffic, the value proposition of this product hugely increases. In such high traffic locations, the cleaners will need to regularly mop floors, so there is a labour cost saving. These issues can be solved by other means i.e. behind the mirror installations that drain into the sink, the effects minimised by mats or other dryers that capture or drain the water directly into the waste pipes. None are as effective or as simple as installing the Dyson Airblade Wash and Dry. In high use locations you are likely to need a hand dryer that costs at least £350 plus a good quality tap at £150 so the difference in price reduces, then add the reduced labour costs and maybe this product starts to look like a good long-term investment. On the other hand, if your washrooms are rarely at capacity then paying £1000 for every sink will not represent good value.
The manufacturer states 14 seconds, our stringent testing showed this was accurate. Most customers lose interest at about 20 seconds, so 14 seconds is more than satisfactory. This is faster than the majority of hand dryers we test and only a few seconds slower than the very fastest.
Calculating the energy efficiency of a dryer depends on 2 things, rated power and the dry speed.
The Dyson Airblade Wash and Dry has a rated power of just 1kw therefore the energy consumption is 3.8 watt/hours per dry. This makes it one of the most energy-efficient hand dryers available. To give some perspective the Dyson Airblade AB14 uses 4.44 watts per dry, a traditional dryer uses 20-30 watts per dry, and the best available uses 1.9 watt/hours.
The cost of drying 1000 pairs of hands with this dryer is approx. 53p, a 95% saving vs paper towels.
The Dyson Airblade Wash and Dry has an official noise level of 81dB(A). This is on the higher side as specifications go, however, this is a realistic measurement from 1 meter and the sound quality is smooth. That is why Quiet Mark has recognised it among their list of products. It is important to remember that many dB(A) levels you find online are not real life and often dubious, to say the least.
The product is very compact and extremely strong, it’s also fixed to a sink, so almost impossible to move without access to behind cladding or under the sink.
All Dyson hand dryers are reliable and this product is no exception. We would probably score it higher but Dyson doesn’t provide any data beyond the dryers being tested to 240,000 cycles. We are sure they will last longer in a real-life scenario. Warranty for 5-years, we rarely ever hear of a fault.
We estimate the embedded carbon in the WD04 Dyson Airblade Wash and Dry to be around 36kg/co2. To put it into perspective, it is similar to driving a normal petrol car about 60-70 miles. This is about mid-range for a hand dryer. At about 2100 uses, the embedded carbon and energy in use will have been overtaken by the emissions created from the equivalent number of dries with paper towels.
A brilliant dryer for high-traffic locations. A perfect solution to the problem of wet floors. We really can’t fault it for new projects where it will be incorporated with a suitable sink design. It is a bit more complicated as a retro-fit item as it doesn’t just work with any sink. It’s also hugely expensive to fit one of these at every sink.
That said they are really cool, they are not too loud, super energy-efficient, highly reliable, and fast as you would expect. This is our favourite Dyson hand dryer.
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