Top 9 Quiet Hand Dryers in 2020

This post was last updated Friday 3rd January 2020

Intelligent hand dryers UK have put together a list of the top 9 effective, yet quiet hand dryers on the market. This isn't just a list of the quietest hand dryers, as a quiet hand dryer that doesn't dry your hands in a reasonable time period is pointless. The dryers must be effective to be included. Most of these dryers have been approved by the Quiet Mark, an approval from the noise abatement society.

The top 9 Effective Quiet Hand Dryers on the Market

  1. The Dryflow Classic PLUS mark II hand dryer
  2. The HU02 Dyson V Airblade 
  3. Dryflow Elite Mark II hand dryer
  4. Stealthforce PLUS hand dryer
  5. Dryflow Viper hand dryer
  6. The Ecoforce hand dryer
  7. Mitsubishi Jet Towel Slim and Smart 
  8. Dryflow EcoSlim hand dryer
  9. Jet Force Pro hand dryer

Just a note, but a significant one when comparing hand dryer noise levels - It's important to understand that most dB(A) levels seen in specifications and manuals are tested in sound proof chambers without the presence of human hands, so often the stated decibel level is 10-15 dB(A) lower than the reality.

We’re here to make things easier for you. For added peace of mind we offer a free demonstration service or we can send you a sample to try a dryer in its location before you commit to purchasing.  That way you can test the actual sound level in situ rather than relying on documented sound data, which may not be based on real life situations.  Please contact us here to arrange this.

Here's a bit more information about the ones we know are quiet, yet still do the job they were intended to do.

1. The Dryflow Classic PLUS mark II

This dryer has a smooth sound quality which produces highly credible 16-18 second dry times in our standardised testing. This needs to be understood in the context that most high velocity and therefore comparatively loud dryers advertise a 10 second dry time but in reality take anywhere from 15 to 30 seconds to actually dry to a satisfactory standard.

The official measure of 72 dB(A) is correct even in a real environment.

2. The HU02 Dyson V 

Official measures at 79 dB(A) which of course is higher than many, however the sound quality is so good that the noise irritation and disturbance from this machine is negligible. You can rely on Dyson, far more than most other manufacturers to give reliable information and when we have tested this machine against others such as the Airforce (which also states 79 dB(A)) the sound does appear audibly quieter and smoother. The great news is, if you have the original AB08/12 Dyson V and find it too loud, you can purchase the new HU02 and just fix to the same backplate without the need for an electrician, they just slot in to the connector. The 6 dB(A) drop is significant.

3. Dryflow Elite Mark II

Again a superbly smooth sound quality that does not increase notably when the dryer is in use. The drying performance is slower at around 22 seconds but this is a dryer that even wary young children can tolerate.


4. Stealthforce PLUS

A beautifully stylish blade hand dryer that stays in the low 70's dB(A) even when in use. Its not as fast as the Dyson Airblade AB 14 but it is under 50% quieter. A really smooth and stress free drying experience that still only takes 16 seconds in our stringent testing. Comes complete with HEPA filter and long-life brushless motor.


5. Dryflow Viper

Utilises the latest in modern blade technology and produces a dry time in under 15 seconds at maximum settings.  Even at maximum speed, this hand dryer was awarded the Quiet Mark.

This unit has been noted as a great replacement for previously installed loud noise hand dryers in places like secondary schools and offices, reducing the amount of noise transferred from the bathroom and into learning / quiet working areas whilst still drying the hands effectively.


6. The Ecoforce

A great budget dryer which made it onto the Quiet Mark list as one of the best in class. Dries the hands in a satisfactory 21 seconds, which is the same duration as the Warner Howard Airforce when we performed our in-house testing protocol.


7. Mitsubishi Slim and Smart Jet Towel

These energy efficient and quiet hand dryers have all the build quality you would expect from a Mitsubishi product.  The hands in blade version of the Jet Towel and the Smart hands under versions both have quiet in operation properties. 

Both will dry your hands in abound 11 seconds at full speed. The Mitsubishi Jet Towel Smart was chosen by University of Cambridge for its concert hall public toilets, amongst other areas of the Sidgwick site, because of the low operational noise levels during recitals. These were tested in situ during one of our onsite demonstrations before installing them so that the University could be sure the acoustic levels were appropriate for the needs of the building.

8. Dryflow EcoSlim

These are a great all-round performer.  Quiet Mark approved at just 57 - 65 dbA, they can still produce a dry time of between 16 – 22 seconds, dependent upon the setting.  Whilst achieving this it runs at a very low energy consumption of 0.18 kW - 0.85 kW.  A very slim unit with a depth of just 10cm.


9. Jet Force Pro 

Essentially one of the quietest hand dryers in its class, this Quiet Mark approved product allows you to set the motor speed at a level that suits the user or environment. The sound level is stated as being between 70-75dB and delivers a respectable 17 seconds dry time.  Comes complete with HEPA filter and long-life brushless motor.

We hope you find this guide useful. Simply looking a dB(A) levels which are not subject to any standardisation or approvals is highly unreliable. Remember, it's always worth contacting us for samples or a demonstration to see whether the noise levels are appropriate for your location.

Download a copy of our Quiet Mark approved hand dryers catalogue below

Quiet Ambience - Quiet Mark Approved Hand Dryers


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