Hand dryers are electric machines found in public restrooms that dry the user’s hands by blowing warm air over them. An more sustainable and hygienic way to dry hands, hand dryers can be operated with the push of a button or function automatically via integrated sensors. Hand dryers are preferred as they remove paper waste, and require less maintenance and management compared to the disposal of paper towels. The earliest hand dryer was patented in 1921, and it was controlled by a floor pedal. New hand dryer models today aim to blast air unto both sides of the hand, pushing the water off, rather than evaporating it.

How do hand dryers work?

Hand dryers work once they are triggered by an optical sensor or button and use a heating element to dry hands. This healing element is typically a Nichrome wire. The air is blown over the heating element, and then blown out to the user where the water on damp hands is evaporated off.

How do you install a hand dryer?

In order to install a hand dryer start by removing the cover of the hand dryer with the wrench provided with the unit. Then attach the wall plate at each corner to the wall. Make sure all components are installed at the recommended height, and then connect the hand dryer to the circuit. Finish by testing out the hand dryer.

When was the hand dryer invented?

The earliest hand dryer was patented in 1921 by R.B Hibbard, D.J. Watrous, and J.G. Basset for Airdry Corporation of Groton New York. The electric hand dryer was invented by George Clemens in 1948 who founded World Dryer Corporation and created Model A, the company’s main model.

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World Dryer VERDEdri

The World Dryer VERDEdri features a 12 second drying time, a high intensity port nozzle, and 2 speed controls to customize drying time. It incorporates SteriTouch antimicrobial technology, is durable, tamper resistant and surface-mounted ADA compliant. The hand dryer focuses on energy efficiency and only uses 950 watts of power.

The World Dryer VERDEdri has an overall height of 13.3125” (33.9 cm), width of 11.625” (29.5 cm), and depth of 3.9375” (10 cm).

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The World Dryer VERDEdri features a 12 second drying time, a high intensity port nozzle, and 2 speed controls to customize drying time. It incorporates SteriTouch antimicrobial technology, is durable, tamper resistant and surface-mounted ADA compliant.

The World Dryer VERDEdri has an overall height of 13.3125” (33.9 cm), width of 11.625” (29.5 cm), and depth of 3.9375” (10 cm).

Dimensioned elevation and plan drawings of the World Dryer VERDEdri with height, width and depth measurements
World Dryer VERDEdri
Height:
13.3125” | 33.9 cm
Width:
11.625” | 29.5 cm
Length:
Depth:
3.9375” | 10 cm
Weight:
11.3 lb | 5.1 kg
Area:

Type: Automatic
Mounted Height (Floor to Bottom):
46” | 117 cm (Men)
44” | 112 cm (Women)
32”-44” | 81-112 cm (Children)
37” | 94 cm (Accessible)

Materials
Stainless steel
Designer
World Dryer

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World Dryer VERDEdri front elevation, side, plan

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Dyson Airblade 9kJ

The Dyson Airblade 9kJ features offers a 10-second drying time, low running costs, and a small carbon footprint. The hand dryer also helps reduce paper waste, is 99% less expensive than single-use paper towels, and its design follows the contours of the hands. It is also the quietest Dyson Airblade hand dryer yet.

The Dyson Airblade 9kJ has an overall height of 19.625” (50 cm), width of 17.75” (45 cm), and depth of 4” (10 cm).

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The Dyson Airblade 9kJ features offers a 10-second drying time, low running costs, and a small carbon footprint. The hand dryer also helps reduce paper waste, is 99% less expensive than single-use paper towels, and its design follows the contours of the hands.

The Dyson Airblade 9kJ has an overall height of 19.625” (50 cm), width of 17.75” (45 cm), and depth of 4” (10 cm).

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Dyson Airblade 9kJ
Height:
19.625” | 50 cm
Width:
17.75” | 45 cm
Length:
Depth:
4” | 10 cm
Weight:
9.9 lb | 4.5 kg
Area:

Type: Automatic
Mounted Height (Floor to Bottom):
32.75” | 83.2 cm (Men)
31.4” | 79.7 cm (Women)
23.125” | 58.8 (Wheelchair)
18.125”-25” | 46-63.7 cm (Children)

Materials
Stainless steel
Designer
Dyson

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Alpine Industries Oak High Speed Commercial Hand Dryer

The Alpine Industries Oak High Speed Commercial Hand Dryer offers an 8 second drying time, a hands-in design, high or low speed controls, and heat on or off controls. It also has a water collection reservoir to prevent water spills and safety hazards. The hand dryer is available in 2 finishes.

The Alpine Industries Oak High Speed Commercial Hand Dryer has an overall height of 27.5” (69.9 cm), width of 11.75” (29.8 cm), and depth of 7.25” (18.4 cm).

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The Alpine Industries Oak High Speed Commercial Hand Dryer offers an 8 second drying time, a hands-in design, high or low speed controls, and heat on or off controls. It also has a water collection reservoir to prevent water spills and safety hazards.

The Alpine Industries Oak High Speed Commercial Hand Dryer has an overall height of 27.5” (69.9 cm), width of 11.75” (29.8 cm), and depth of 7.25” (18.4 cm).

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Alpine Industries Oak High Speed Commercial Hand Dryer
Height:
27.5” | 69.9 cm
Width:
11.75” | 29.8 cm
Length:
Depth:
7.25” | 18.4 cm
Weight:
22 lb | 10 kg
Area:

Type: Vertical

Materials
ABS plastic
Designer
Alpine Industries

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World Dryer Model A

The World Dryer Model A features a 30 second drying time, boasts the longest life of all hand dryers, and the lowest sound level in operation. It has a classical design, is durable and tamper resistant, and can be ADA compliant. It is referred to as the standard hand dryer fit for environments with high traffic.

The World Dryer Model A has an overall height of 9.5” (24.1 cm), width of 11.3” (28.7 cm), and depth of 8.33” (21.2 cm).

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The World Dryer Model A features a 30 second drying time, boasts the longest life of all hand dryers, and the lowest sound level in operation. It has a classical design, is durable and tamper resistant, and can be ADA compliant. It is often the standard hand dryer fit for high traffic spaces.

The World Dryer Model A has an overall height of 9.5” (24.1 cm), width of 11.3” (28.7 cm), and depth of 8.33” (21.2 cm).

Set of dimensioned drawings of the World Dryer Model A labeled with height, width and depth in plan and elevation views
World Dryer Model A
Height:
9.5” | 24.1 cm
Width:
11.3” | 28.7 cm
Length:
Depth:
8.33” | 21.2 cm
Weight:
29 lb | 13.2 kg
Area:

Type: Push Button
Mounted Height (Floor to Bottom):
46” | 117 cm (Men)
44” | 112 cm (Women)
32”-44” | 81-112 cm (Children)
37” | 94 cm (Accessible)

Materials
Stainless steel
Designer
World Dryer

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World Dryer Model A front elevation, side, plan

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Alpine Industries Hemlock Hand Dryer

The Alpine Industries Hemlock Hand Dryer has a 10 second drying time and includes blue light to increase drying efficiency. It is ideal for high traffic areas, has a plug-in option for quick installation, and will auto-stop after 63 seconds of use. The hand dryer is available in 7 finishes.

The Alpine Industries Hemlock Hand Dryer has an overall height of 12.31” (31.3 cm), width of 11.4” (29 cm), and depth of 6.6875” (17 cm).

Collection of elevation and plan drawings of the Alpine Industries Hemlock Hand Dryer labeled with height, width, and depth
The Alpine Industries Hemlock Hand Dryer has a 10 second drying time and includes blue light to increase drying efficiency. It is ideal for high traffic areas, has a plug-in option for quick installation, and will auto-stop after 63 seconds of use. The hand dryer is available in 7 finishes.

The Alpine Industries Hemlock Hand Dryer has an overall height of 12.31” (31.3 cm), width of 11.4” (29 cm), and depth of 6.6875” (17 cm).

Collection of elevation and plan drawings of the Alpine Industries Hemlock Hand Dryer labeled with height, width, and depth
Alpine Industries Hemlock Hand Dryer
Height:
12.31” | 31.3 cm
Width:
11.4” | 29 cm
Length:
Depth:
6.6875” | 17 cm
Weight:
10.5 lb | 4.7 kg
Area:

Type: Automatic
Mounted Height (Floor to Bottom):
45” | 114 cm (Men)
43” | 109 cm (Women)
34”-42” | 86-107 cm (Children)
38” | 97 cm (Accessible)

Materials
Stainless steel
Designer
Alpine Industries

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