Air blade hand dryers use a technology that was pioneered by Mitsubishi in the 1990’s, this dryer was known as the Jet Towel and is now into its 9th generation. The dual blade jet airflow concept was advanced in the late 2000’s when the Dyson Airblade entered the market. Today, you will find a large range of high-performance blade hand dryers, making selection harder. We can help guide you through the process. Call us on 0114 3540047 or scroll down to understand more.
Blade dryer technology
Airblade or jet blade dryers as they are often known differ from other hand dryers as they force airflow through a single or series of thin air outlets, usually from both sides, creating a powerful ‘blade’ of air. Rather than blowing the water off the hands, this technology scrapes water off the hands in a consistent, downward motion. The water is then collected in a trough and usually drained into a water tank. There is some difference between models, for some reason the Dyson Airblade has no collection tray, therefore you need to buy an optional extra drip tray to stop water from ending up on the floor. Mitsubishi, Biodrier, Mediclinics, and Dryflow models all have water catchment trays with anti-microbial plastics and are designed to prevent water splash down the side.
Blade dryer motor types
Air Blade Jet hand dryers are split into those that have conventional brush motors and those that have digital brushless motors. A good brush motor usually lasts 1500 hours, 2500 hours in some cases, however, you may experience some performance decline at the later stages of this period. A brushless motor does not wear in the same way, so jet blade hand dryers with this motor technology will often last well beyond 3000 hours. The Dyson Airblade ab14, Mitsubishi Jet Towel, Stealthforce, and Jetforce Pro all have digital motor technology and as such are all covered by a minimum of a 5-year warranty. The D-flow, Vapordri, and Jetforce junior all have good quality brush motors and so the reliability remains good.
The Dyson Airblade was the first dryer to integrate a HEPA filter into the design. The air inlet pulls the airflow across a HEPA filter removing 99.99% of airborne particles and removing dust, bacteria, and viruses. All our blade hand dryers now include either a HEPA filter or a high-quality anti-bacterial filter. The Stealthforce and Jet force junior include UV-C lights to sterilize particles captured on the filter.
Are Blade dryers expensive?
They are more expensive because there is more material and they often need more powerful motors to power airflow to dry from both sides of the hands. We have talked about the advantages of dry floors and often the performance is faster and more consistent, due to the back and front drying process. The reality is, really fast regular hand dryers will be comparable with most jet air blade hand dryers so it's really a matter of preference. Our entry-level option is the Jet force, Junior, at £259 + vat vs approximately 79.99 + vat for the Slimforce, which is our entry-level high-speed dryer. The running costs of blade dryers are negligible. If price is the deciding factor please see our low cost hand dryer section.
Environmental impact of Jet blade hand dryers
Jet blade hand dryers are obviously bigger than normal hand dryers, so they require more material in manufacturing. If you are interested in the environmental impact of a product, then it is worth noting that a jet blade hand dryer is likely to have at least twice the carbon emissions associated with its production and transport. Comparing the Slimforce with the Jet Force Junior, the former creates 15 kg/co2 in its creation and end of life disposal, the Jet Force 33kg/co2. Both will save a huge amount of emissions vs disposable, single-use paper towels, in the region of 95% per dry, however, we are keen to point out that reducing material use is a key part of the global environmental strategy and we would urge you to consider products with less material where possible.
Recommended Blade dryers
If you are going for pure looks, the Vapordri blade hand dryer is the most pleasing and has excellent performance and features. The Vapordri has an excellent motor for a brush motor model. If it's price, then the Jet force Junior won’t disappoint, it looks great and performs really well, it just won’t last as long under heavy use.
If the dryer is being fitted in a very high traffic location, then look at the Mitsubishi Jet Towel Slim which has the best water capture, best reliability, and uses the least energy, The Dyson Airblade ab14 won’t let you down but you will need to add the water collection tray in high traffic areas or your cleaners will need to be constantly mopping the floors. As a budget option in a high traffic area, the Jet force Pro will cope with the demands but you will take a margin hit on dry time (15 secs as opposed to 10 secs).
If noise is an issue, the Jet force Pro is listed by the Quiet Mark and has undergone stringent acoustic testing, as has the Stealthforce. The Mitsubishi Jet Towel slim is also a low-noise option, in keeping with Japanese cultural norms of quiet, well-designed products.