Hygienic hand drying | Dyson

Uniquely engineered, hygienic hand drying technology

In 2006 we launched the Dyson Airblade™, a sensor-operated touch-free hand dryer, with HEPA filtration allowing purification of the air used to dry hands.

Powered by a Dyson digital motor, Dyson Airblade™ hand dryers are fast to dry hands hygienically with HEPA-filtered air.

What the independent tests showed

Dyson further analysed the results of this work and wrote a paper, which has been peer-reviewed and published in Frontiers in Public Health. The study concluded that drying hands with jet hand dryers does not significantly increase aerosols or bacteria in air compared to walking and washing hands or drying hands with paper towels. Read the full article and study results here.
Proven to aerosolise no more than paper towels. Without the waste.
Proven to have no significant impact on the surrounding air. 

Touch-free technology

Dyson Airblade™ hand dryers utilise sensor technology. Engineered for a touch-free, hygienic user experience.

These sensors are programmed to detect and automatically dry hands. So it allows users to maintain a distance between their hands and the machine.
Dyson Airblade Wash+Dry features infra-red LED sensors to automatically detect the hands for both washing and drying. To switch between wash and dry modes.
Dyson Airblade 9kJ features infra-red time-of-flight sensors to trigger HEPA-purified air and are designed for an optimal user experience.
Dyson Airblade V features capacitive sensors to automatically turn the HEPA-purified air on and off as hands enter the sensing zone.

Proven hygienic by independent testing

NSF International

Manufacturers, regulators and consumers look to NSF International for the development of public health standards and certification programs that help protect the world’s food, water, consumer products and environment.

The Dyson Airblade V and Dyson Airblade dB hand dryers have NSF certification.

Proven hygienic by independent testing

HACCP International

HACCP International is a leading food safety organisation, specialising in certification of food safe services, products and equipment used within the food industry.

Products that are certified by HACCP International have been independently assessed and are food-safe. Meeting the high standards of their retail customers, hotels, hospitals and caterers.

Dyson Airblade dB and Dyson Airblade Wash+Dry hand dryers are certified for use in food preparation environments in accordance with the requirements of HACCP International's Food Safety Certification Systems.

Proven hygienic by independent testing

University of Bradford

A study by the University of Bradford, published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology1 found that Dyson Airblade™ technology is as hygienic as paper towels.

However, there are practical difficulties in the supplying and disposal of paper towels that may result in the dispersal of bacteria.

Fast dry time

Thorough hand washing and drying are proven to reduce the spread of bacteria and viruses.

Dyson Airblade™ hand dryers have a dry time of 10-14 seconds2, and help reduce bacteria on hands.

Proven in washrooms worldwide

Since the original Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer was released in 2006, they’ve been used by millions of people in washrooms around the world.

Although each machine carries a guarantee of five years, with proper maintenance they’re engineered to continue drying hands for much longer. And unlike paper towels, a Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer won't run out.

74% of respondents stated they’re washing their hands with soap and water at least 5 times a day. This has reduced from 88% in July 2020.

Dyson Global washroom attitude survey 20213

59% of respondents would feel more comfortable using a hand dryer if they knew it was supplied by Dyson.

Dyson Global washroom attitude survey 20213

45% of respondents selected “filters which clean the air used to dry your hands” as one of the features to put their mind at ease when using a hand dryer.

Dyson Global washroom attitude survey 20213

57% of respondents selected touchless activation as one of the features to put their mind at ease when using a hand dryer.

Dyson Global washroom attitude survey 20213

Discover the Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer range

Wash and dry at the sink

With Airblade™ technology in a tap, there’s no need for users to move to a separate drying area, so less water is dripped on the floor.
Curved Blade™ design

Two 0.45 mm curved apertures create 624 km/h sheets of air that follow the contours of your hands, removing water, in less time.
Antibacterial surface

The Dyson Airblade V hand dryer in Nickel, has an antibacterial and antiviral additive proven to reduce proliferation of bacteria and virus4 on its fascia/surface material.

Frequently asked questions

Do Airblade jet/hand dryers spread germs?
There are a number of studies used by the paper towel industry to support bold and inaccurate claims. In general, these studies were not conducted under conditions or scenarios that simulate real life or an actual situation that a person would reasonably experience when using a Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer. Researchers that conducted these studies were only able to achieve such a result by grossly contaminating their hands with bacteria and viruses, and drying them with a Dyson Airblade hand dryer without washing their hands first. Conversely, research by the University of Bradford showed that when used correctly Dyson Airblade™ hand dryers reduced the bacteria on hands by up to 40%1.
What does HEPA stand for?
HEPA stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air. To be a genuine HEPA Filter, like fitted in all Dyson Airblade™ hand dryers as standard, the filter must pass test standards EN1822-5 and IEST-RP-CC001.6. Any filter which does not state it is a HEPA filter may not be proven to work to such high levels of efficiency.
Should I use a paper towel or hand dryer when drying hands? Which is more effective?
Hand washing is a crucial way of reducing the spread of bacteria and viruses. Drying hands properly is an important step in that process as damp hands can spread up to 1,000 times more bacteria than dry hands5. Dyson Airblade™ hand dryers have been proven to be as hygienic in drying hands as paper towels6, but without the environmental damage or high usage costs.7