Review of the New Dyson Airblade 9KJ

We are eagerly awaiting the Dyson Airblade 9Kj landing on our door so we can put it to the test.

On first inspection of the product specification sheet, the most notable changes are a reduction in the rated power and overall energy use from previous models. The rated power is now 900W as opposed to 1600W for the Dyson Airblade AB14, the dry time is stated at 10 seconds which is 2 seconds faster than the Dyson V HU02 and the noise output is stated as 79 dB(A), which is the same as the HU02.

On first glance Dyson have managed to reach the optimum drying speed of their fastest model, while achieving the same noise output as their quietest model and reduced the energy use from 3.3 watt/hours per dry (the HU02) to 2.5 watt/hours, which is roughly in line with the most energy efficient models on the market.

Once again they have redesigned the wheel with a product that bears little resemblance to previous hand dryers, it actually looks like a inverted version of their Dyson tap and the innovative look will surely excite architects and specifiers looking for the next thing.

A couple of immediate things spring to mind, this doesnt look like a product for all locations. Firstly in a school or public facilities that may attract vandalism it looks ideal for swinging on, the design almost invites the challenged to have a go (i've been looking at designs for a long time, I am not one of the challenged!). It would also be a no no in areas where there are any ligature risks, think some hospitals, care facilities, prisons etc.

I expect the locations I have described are probably not the market they are looking. At almost £1200 a unit, this is a product for expensive office blocks, designer hotels and shopping centres. Locations where vandals don't frequent.

We will be interested to observe the water spray patterns from the new Dyson Airblade 9KJ, again they have opted for no form of water collection, so how much water will just be stripped onto the floor or user. Also whether is could work as a behind the mirror solution.

As soon as we have more details we will update the blog accordingly. We will reserve judgement, but on first glance this is a incremental advancement as opposed to a major step change.

The price tag feels high considering the airblade wash and dry tap is similar and the tap has more obvious benefits of creating a complete over the sink, wash and dry experience.

We would be almost sure it will be great to use though!


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Written by: Andrew Cameron

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