Hand Dryers Revisited

October 9th, 2013

Think back on your experience with hand dryers; it has probably changed over the years. Has the time come to source them for your company?

Today’s post is by Steve Schwerin, account manager at SafeSourcing. 

A few days ago, we wrote about sourcing hand dryers.  Hand dryers are something that people probably don’t think about often, but probably should, so here is another reminder.  I suspect that most everyone likes the idea of hand dryers in restrooms.  They like the fact that they are potentially more sanitary and they like the fact that there is no paper waste.  Well, I suppose they would think this if they were actually thinking about hand dryers.  If there was ever a list of certifiably boring topics, for most people hand dryers would be on that list.
Going back to the IDEA of hand dryers, they just haven’t quite lived up to expectations, I would propose.  Who doesn’t remember walking into a McDonalds or Wendy’s bathroom and seeing that ubiquitous white hand dryer on the wall with that round metal press button that probably came nice and shiny and  chrome plated out of the box, but for some reason was pitted and a little intimidating by the millionth press?  How did it get that way?  Are people banging their rings on it?  Worse, did those initial dryers ever really get your hands dry?  There were a lot of reasons not to think about hand dryers.

Those days are over.  You probably already know this.  One day you noticed what may have been an Excel Xlerator hanging on the wall as you stopped to wash your hands.  It blew air so fast and so loud you probably thought it might hurt a little.  There was some fun in this.  Fun in hand drying?  Imagine.  Today there are wondrous creations like the Dyson Airblade which boasts that your hands will be dry within 12 seconds.  Did you know that these modern marvels don’t even use heated air?  They force the air off of your hands by sheer will power.  Actually, it is air power, but if there is some will involved, I won’t hold it against them.  Dyson, for example, claims that the air velocity at the nozzle of their Airblade is 400 miles per hour!

Dyson is not the only game in town for high speed hand dryers.  Explore other options.  As the saying goes, the best time to act is yesterday.  For more information on how we can help you with your procurement needs, including hand dryers, or on our “Risk Free” trial program, please contact a SafeSourcing Customer Service Representative at 888-261-9070.  We have an entire customer services team waiting to assist you today.

We look forward to and appreciate your comments.


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