Updated 5/2/2020

More and more facilities managers and purchasers are requesting quiet hand dryers. There is no point having quiet hand dryers if they are not also effective.

We have therefore put together a list of Australias top 7 effective, yet quiet hand dryers. After all what is the point in a quiet hand dryer that doesn't dry your hands is a reasonable time period. The dryers in the list belowe been approved by the Quiet Mark, an approval from the noise abatement society in the UK

1. JD MacDonald Applause Stainless Steel Hand Dryer - Well known to the Australian market, this hand dryer has a smooth sound quality and a low 55 (manufacturer stated) dB but unfortunately not very effective with above 25 second dry times. To put this into context, most modern high velocity and therefore comparatively loud dryers advertise a 10 second dry time.

The manufacturers stated noice level of 55 dB(A) is correct and unsurpassed and way below noice levels of other hand dryers. That is why we put it up here. 

Its worth noting that most dB(A) levels are tested in anechoic chamber, a sound proof room to most of us without hands being placed under the dryer, so often the manufacturer's decibel level is 10-15 dB(A) lower than in a real situation. Many imports apply an arbitary decibel level without any credible testing. 

2. The Mitsubishi Electric Jet Towel Smart. This was Mitsubishi Electric's first hands under hand dryer introduced in late 2016. Similar to Mitsubishi Electric's hands under model in that its a little slower drying than its Dyson counterpart but it makes up for this with improved energy efficiency and lower noise levels. You cannot directly compare manufacturer's specifications as Mitsubishi Electric measue from 2 metres and Dyson from 1m. Unofficially we have the real noise output at 74 dB(A). With realistic dry times of around 15 seconds in our testing (advertised as lower) its a great allrounder. 

3.. The New HU02 Dyson V measures at 79 dB(A) which of course is higher than many, however the sound quality is so good that the noise irritation and disturbance from this machine is negligible. You can rely on Dyson, far more than most other manufacturers to give reliable information and when we have tested this machine against others such as the UK sold Airforce (which also states 79 dB(A) the sound does appear audibly quieter and smoother. The great news is, if you have the original AB08/12 Dyson V and find it too loud, you can purchase the new HU02 and just fix to the same backplate without the need for an electrician, they just slot in to the connector. The 6 dB(A) drop is significant.

4. Dryflow Elite Mark II - Superbly smooth sound output that does not audibly increase when the dryer is in use. The  performance is slower at around 22 seconds but this is a dryer that it suitable for even the very young.

5. Jet Force Junior Hand Dryer - A  stylish blade hand dryer that stays in the low 70's dB(A) even when in use. Its several seconds slower to dry than the Dyson Airblade AB 14 but it is over 50% quieter. A smooth and stress free drying experience that still only takes 16 seconds in our stringent testing (only 4 dryers tested acheived under 14 secs).

6. Dryflow Viper Hand Dryer - A ultra cool, elegant and modern design that dries effectively while relaxing the user. It has really low noise and is enjoyable to use. It has been awarded the Quiet Mark. 

7. Turboforce® Junior PLUS Hand Dryer - an excellent low cost hand dryer with only 72dB. 

We hope you find this guide useful. Simply looking a dB(A) levels which are not subject to any standardisation or approvals is highly unreliable. Please contact us for samples or a demonstration to see whether the noise levels are appropriate for your location.

For more information or for help in finding your ideal hand dryer, please call us on 1300 HANDRY or (+61) 1300 426 379, use our contact us page by clicking here or click to visit the website.  

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