Hot air hand dryers in public and communal toilets have generally remained unchanged, with a button to start, or sometimes auto-sensor, and a nozzle.

Toilet hand dryerThis changed recently when James Dyson developed the slot based dryer which effectively vapourises the water on your hands in a fast moving stream of air.

The new dryers although nothing like as swift as claimed, are undoubtably more effective at drying hands.

However, in these hot sweaty days, I have found a significant flaw in their design!

Dyson hand dryerWith the old blowers, I could wash my hands, and wash my face – and the nossle could usually be rotated to point upwards and blow dry my face.

I can’t fit my face inside the new Dyson hand dryers.

This is a problem that needs urgent attention!


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  1. Andrew France says:

    Ha ha, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a guy use a hand dryer for their face, think it is against men’s room rules. Except those ones with the silly plastic flap where it would switch if you accidentally knocked it!

  2. Mark says:

    When I win the lottery I’m going to commission James Dyson to make me a man-sized drying system for when I get out of the shower. Ten seconds of being buffeted by strong winds, but no more washing and drying towels 🙂

  3. Dan says:

    As some wag on Twitter said, when you put your hands in it feels like being a referee telling a footballer to get up after a dive.

  4. I have come to the conclusion that the “World Dryer Corporation” dryers are head and shoulders above the rest (although Dyson’s attempt comes close).

    The gap between World Dryer (and Dyson) and the rest is immense. It never ceases to amaze me how pathetic most of the other dryers are.

    I particularly hate the built-in ones on Virgin Trains and am infuriated to the point of wanting to destroy something by the stupid one in the Captain Kidd in Wapping, which cuts out far too early. But perhaps I’m just too picky.

  5. Neil says:

    There are only a few good warm air dryers for washroom on the market, yet there are many hundreds of poor quality ones.

    The best are from about three or four manufacturers, and many are classic designs.

    The newest models from these manufacturers are much faster and far more energy efficient.

    I’d encourage the owners to ditch the bad ones, install a new, more efficient hand dryer in your public washroom.

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