A guide to choosing school hand dryers

Get a little help choosing school hand dryers with the tips and advice in this blog from the equipment experts at Utility Rentals.

Published: January 27, 2021

Hand dryers are an essential piece of kit in schools. Whether they’re in school washrooms, the canteen, or the staffroom, there will always be plenty of dirty hands to wash!

In this blog, we look at the main factors for schools to consider when choosing their ideal hand dryers.

Why are school hand dryers so important?

Your school has a duty of care to its staff and students. So, it’s important to choose your school dryers carefully to ensure they’re effective and can keep people safe.

Leaving a washroom with damp hands means you’re likely to transmit up to 1,000 times more bacteria than leaving with dry hands. In the current world circumstances, this makes effective hand drying just as important as hand washing!

What to look for in school hand dryers

There are many things to consider when choosing your school hand dryers. To help make things easier for you, we’ve put together this helpful list:

1) Hygiene

The impact of COVID-19 has been huge when it comes to hand hygiene and hygiene is likely to remain a key priority for schools into the future. Blade hand dryers are super-hygienic, require no contact, and can reduce the transfer of bacteria significantly.

The Dyson Airblade™ reduces the transfer of bacteria by 40% when compared to traditional warm-air dryers. It also comes with a medical-grade HEPA filter to capture 99.95% of particles (including viruses and bacteria) from your washroom air! Hygiene features are important for everyone, but particularly for younger children who tend to be more prone to illness.

2) Drying speed

The faster the drying time, the more likely kids are to leave your washrooms with dry hands! Dyson Airblades™ are an ideal option for schools, with a super-quick drying speed of just 10-14 seconds!

3) Reliability and robustness

If you’re running a secondary school, you’re likely to need dryers that are robust enough to withstand any tampering or vandalism. Dyson Airblades™ are built to withstand real washroom conditions and high traffic.

4) Noise level

Younger kids tend to have a low tolerance when it comes to noise, so primary schools may wish to consider quieter hand dryers. Older kids can generally cope with higher noise levels, so this may be less of a priority for secondary schools. Dyson Airblade™ includes models with noise-reducing silencers, so they’re a good all-round option for kids of all ages.

5) Energy-efficiency and running costs

Schools operate with tight budgets, so energy-efficient appliances are always a wise choice. The Dyson Airblade™ can reduce running costs by around 86% when compared to traditional warm-air dryers. It also comes in at up to 99% less expensive a year when compared to paper towels. The figures speak for themselves and can amount to substantial cost savings for your school over time!

Help keep your staff and students’ hands dry and hygienic by investing in your school hand dryers. We offer a range of school hand dryers via our flexible rental agreements, with no upfront costs!


Get in touch with our friendly team, and we’ll have you up and running with new hand-drying equipment in no time!


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