The truth about hygiene

The truth about the hygiene of Dyson Airblade™ hand dryers

Questionable reports are being produced by paper towel and cotton roll towel manufacturers regarding the hygienic qualities of Dyson Airblade™ hand dryers. Watch the video to discover the truth about the methodologies used to obtain some of the results and learn about the important facts of hand drying hygiene.

"Dyson Airblade™ hand dryers are the only ones certified by NSF and HACCP."

Toby Saville, Microbiologist

Dyson Airblade™ hand dryers reduce the transfer of bacteria on hands by up to 40%

The paper towel industry claims that Dyson Airblade™ hand dryers increase bacteria counts on hands. But in fact, Airblade™ technology dries hands hygienically in just 10-14 seconds1  – reducing the transfer of bacteria on hands by up to 40%.

Dyson digital motor technology

The Dyson digital motor V4 is one of the world's smallest full-integrated 1600W motors. It spins 90,000 times a minute, and is the only hand dryer motor powerful enough to make Airblade™ technology possible.

Hygiene study on hands

Conducted by the Bradford University Infection Group, the study’s findings have been peer-reviewed by the academic community and published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology.

What they studied:
Bacteria removal by the Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer.

What it proves:
Using a Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer reduces bacteria on washed hands by up to 40%.

Dries hands with cleaner air.

Paper towel manufacturers claim that Dyson Airblade™ hand dryers add more bacteria into the washroom air. But thanks to HEPA filters as standard, Airblade™ technology captures 99.97% of particles the size of bacteria as small as 0.3 microns from the air used to dry hands.

HEPA filtration

The HEPA filter removes airborne particles from the air. It has a grill to capture larger debris, a fleece layer to capture fluff and fibers and a pleated HEPA media to capture particles as small as 0.3 microns.

Hygiene study on air

Conducted by independent food and drink research organisation Campden BRI, whose clients include hygiene conscious global food businesses such as Cadbury, PepsiCo, Danone, Coca-Cola, Heinz and Nestlé.

What they studied:
Bacteria counts in washroom air following use of Dyson Airblade™ hand dryers and paper towels.

Dyson Airblade™ hand dryers help to prevent the growth of surface bacteria

The paper towel industry claim that the surface of a Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer is more contaminated with bacteria than a paper towel dispenser. But with an antimicrobial additive in its surface coating, it helps prevent the growth of bacteria. And all Dyson Airblade™ hand dryers have infrared sensors which operate the air – meaning wet hands don’t touch the hand dryer.

Hygiene study on surfaces

Conducted by an epidemiologist from the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Florida’s College of Medicine.

What they studied:
Bacterial contamination from Dyson Airblade™ hand dryers and other hand drying methods on high-touch areas in the washroom.

"Thanks to its HEPA filter, the Dyson Airblade is the only hand dryer capable of capturing bacteria. This combined with its fast dry-time and anti-microbial coating, makes it the only hand dryer certified by HACCP International. So we are now able to approve a switch from paper towels."

Richard Mallett. Director.
HACCP International

Take the time to dry your hands thoroughly.
Drying hands is as important as washing them.

Wash hands with soap and water to remove bacteria.

WHO guidelines state that hands should be washed for a minimum of 20 seconds with soap .

Dyson Airblade™ hand dryers dry hands in just 10-14 seconds1.

Dry hands to prevent the transfer of bacteria to and from the surfaces we touch.

Only Dyson Airblade™ hand dryers have all these benefits

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    Hands are dried
    in 10-12 seconds.

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    HEPA filters as standard.

  • Costs less to run icon

    Costs less to run

    Up to 80% less than
    other hand dryers.

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    Better for the environment

    No trees cut down, no paper waste

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    5-year guarantee

    Parts and labour