A Buyer's Guide To Hand Dryers For Schools & Colleges
Buyer’s Guide to School Hand Dryers
As we’ve discussed before, hand hygiene is an indispensable part of school life - and when it comes to the hand dryers versus paper towels debate, we here at School-Toilets.co.uk are firmly in the hand dryers camp. Not only are hand dryers more hygienic and eco-friendly than paper towels - they are also, despite the initial outlay, far more cost effective.
We stock hand dryers to suit schools and colleges of all types. In this buyer’s guide, we’ll talk a bit about the different types of dryers that are available, and help you figure out which is most appropriate for your school.
Hand dryer features
When selecting a hand dryer (or dryers) for your school, it pays to consider what you want in the way of features. To that end, here’s a side-by-side comparison of the most sought-after hand dryer features, along with some suggested models to help you on your way.
High-speed or eco?
As a rule, the greater the air speed of hand dryer, the faster it dries the user’s hands. You’d be tempted to think that the greater the speed, the better the hand dryer - however, the trade-off is that high-speed units are among the most expensive (both to purchase and to run) and least eco-friendly of all hand dryers.
Eco dryers, on the other hand, use less electricity, making them cost-efficient and good for the planet, although they do take a longer time to do their job. Eco models can also be noisy, which may be a hindrance in schools - especially at exam time, and with smaller pupils who are frightened by loud and unexpected noises- more on that below. That said, modern high-end eco-dryers can offer the best of both worlds, with low noise ratings and quick drying times.
Hands-in or hands-under?
The ‘classic’ hand dryer that we’re all familiar with uses a hands-under design. In the last few years, however, various ‘hands-in’, blade-style units have come onto the market in a big way.
While hands-in models boast greater energy efficiency and faster drying times, they carry a higher price tag to boot. There’s also a greater risk of the user’s hands coming into contact with the unit, making hands-under models the more hygienic choice.
Hands-free or button operation?
The next thing to consider is whether you would like your hand dryer to be sensor- or button-operated.
Sensor-operated units make for a totally hands-free (and therefore, more hygienic) hand drying experience, although the cost of the infrared technology they use makes them more expensive than simple button-operated units.
Push-button hand dryers are much cheaper, but carry a much greater risk of the user’s hands becoming contaminated - that’s why we only carry sensor-operated hand dryers at School-Toilets.co.uk.
Sensor-operated: Biodrier 3D Smart Dry Hand Dryer
Children’s hand dryers
Finally, junior schools, nurseries and creches often benefit from hand dryer’s specifically designed for younger children.
In our experience, kids love the Biobot Children’s Hand Dryer - the friendly, anthropomorphic design and low decibel rating can help dispel the anxiety that many children feel around using hand dryers.