What is the best Hand Dryer to buy in 2018?

What is the best Hand Dryer to buy in 2018? (With Infographic)

Gone are the days of compromise. In the past we had specific hand dryers leading the way for either style or drying time but the dryers of 2018 are trailblazing state of the art technology, superseding all of the old ‘specialist’ dryers in one compact machine.

The past few years have seen hand dryer technology move forward in leaps and bounds and 2018 has been no exception. While you may think that choosing the right hand dryer is a toss up of style or cost, volume or speed, 2018 has shown the industry that now you can have it all. With models like the TOTO TYC424 coming to the market boasting a drying time of 10 seconds whilst also securing top place as quietest hand dryer, now is a fantastic time to be investing in hand drying technology.

While it’s good to look at what the top of the market is offering, there are also a number of contenders offering a fantastic spec for limited budgets. While you may not need to sacrifice hygiene and volume for a big brand name, there are still a number of considerations to take account of when choosing the correct product for you and that’s what this article will be looking at in more detail below.

How quickly can a hand dryer dry your hands?

We live in a fast paced world where every second counts. Impressively, the fastest hand dryers are now drying hands in 10 seconds with some eco settings still managing to dry in under 15 seconds.


There are a range of hand dryers on the market that have been approved by Quiet Mark. This is an independent body that test products for high performance with low volumes. Both the Gorillo Ultra and Vulcan have received the Quiet Mark seal of approval boasting drying times of 8 – 10 seconds.

Though there were dryers on the market over the last few years offering a 10 second blow dry, the disadvantage of whole restaurants, offices and hotel lobby’s being blasted with their 84 decibel roar meant that many people stuck with hand towels or old fashioned dryers. 2018 has seen the arrival of slick units like the Gorillo Ultra and TOTO which offer more than brute power for a quick dry in your wash rooms. In the past for lower levels of sound there has always been some compromise on performance. The Gorillo Ultra and TOTO both offer drying times of 10 seconds but with stylish design, hygienic water collection and quieter sound. The noise of older designs of blade dryer, at 84dB are making as much noise as a diesel-powered lorry while new quieter models at the top of the market are a mere 54dB – the sound of a quiet conversation.


Paper towel companies have blasted through the media with misleading test practices in order to put consumers off hand dryer technology. Their fearmongering might be misleading but they are right to show concern as impressive design improvements in hand dryers could soon make paper towels a thing of the past.

With all of our top picks for 2018 drying hands in less than 15 seconds it is now easier than ever for users to make sure they are leaving with their hands completely dry, which is important for stopping the spread of germs.

Harnessing the power of germicidal light rays, the Gorillo Junior’s integrated UV-C lamps cast a sterilising glow over the hands as it dries them, rendering the majority of bacteria and other harmful organisms harmless.

What’s more, the TOTO, Gorillo Junior and Vulcan have inbuilt HEPA filter catching over 99% of hazardous germs and particles of human waste that float in the air of even the most carefully cleaned of washrooms, limiting the spread of harmful diseases. This means that hands are dried with clean, freshly filtered air every single time.

Cost / Economy

So we’ve got the quietest hand dryer in the world producing 54 decibels. It’s drying hands in 10 seconds with built in drip trays trapping waste water, using hygiene technology to make sure that our hands are not only dry but clean. At £835 the TOTO TYC424 is matched in cost to many other big brand blade dryers on the market, and while some people may be ready to invest in these for their state of the art qualities, many businesses budgets may call for something with a smaller price tag.

Whereas in the past looking for a product with half the price tag meant you’re also getting half the quality, that is no longer the case. Producing as little as 58 decibels (little more than the background music in a smart restaurant), the TOTO TYC324W is everything the industry has come to expect from the pioneering Japanese manufacturer. This stylish looking hands-under blade dryer is made from scratch resistant resin and features a contoured water collection tray to defend hand washers from flying water droplets. All TOTO hand dryers make use of brushless motors, giving them around ten times the lifespan of standard brushed motors. This means that even at a vastly lower price of £430 this dryer is built to last.

2018 has seen some fantastic alternatives come to the market in a variety of styles, so if £430 for the stylish TOTO TYC324W is still making too big a dent in your budget, don’t worry. Somewhere between the old 84 decibel diesel lorry and TOTO’s quiet conversation there are a variety of dryers offering around 73 decibels which is equivalent to your average vacuum cleaner. The Vulcan, Gorillo Junior and Kangarillo 2 all offer a dry in under 15 seconds with prices ranging from £170.99 to £279.00.

Described as ‘Fierce but budget friendly’ at only £214.00 the Gorillo Junior still dries hands in 10 seconds and boasts an inbuilt HEPA filter, germicidal sterilising UV-C lamps and a concealed water collection tank, enabling stagnant water to be collected without splashes or spillages. It also features double the usual number of infrared sensors, meaning it can detect hands from different directions simultaneously. While some conventional dryers can cut out or fail to respond, the Gorillo Junior is laser-accurate and will detect hands every time.

The most affordable hand dryer on the market right now is the Kangarillo 2 ECO Hand Dryer at £170.99. Super smart, its ECO Air Sensor will detect the ambient temperature of a washroom, then automatically adjust the airflow temperature to keep running costs right down. The Kangarillo 2 uses as little as 0.6kW per use, making it a financially intelligent choice for offices, bars, restaurants and other busy commercial premises where large overheads can cause even larger headaches.


For the fashionable ‘hands in’ dryer it’s hard to compete with the TOTO TYC424 and Gorillo Ultra. As the old saying goes, true beauty is on the inside and these dryers may look the part but more importantly they’ve got the technology to match their appearance. With competitive results in hygiene, drying time and volume it’s hard to deny that these dryers are giving the best performance on the market.

Other HandyDryers which are topping the UK market in 2018

Kangarillo 2

  • Ultra fast hand drying: 8 - 10 seconds
  • Powerful airflow: 110 metres/second (245 miles per hour)
  • ECO air sensor: Auto heat adjustment
  • Automatic operation
  • Polished 304 stainless steel or Enamel Powder Coated (Black and White)

Kangarillo Ultra

  • CURRENTLY ON SALE – now only £179.99 in the Handy Dryers Summer Sale
  • Premium vandal resistant: 1.8mm thick 304 Stainless Steel
  • Switchable Heater: ECO self Adjusting Heater
  • HEPA Filter: removes 99.9% of microbes from air
  • Additional 1 years warranty: 3 years in total


  • CURRENTLY ON SALE – now only £250.00 in the Handy Dryers Summer Sale
  • Ultra fast hand drying: 8 - 10 seconds
  • V Blade design directs water away from user
  • Automatic operation
  • Polished 304 stainless steel or Enamel Powder Coated (Black and White)
  • Award winning hand dryer: Operates at just 75 dB

Gorillo Junior

  • HEPA Filter with UVC Sterilisation: Cleans the air whilst drying your hands
  • Small & Compact Design: Still the same quick drying times
  • In built digital room thermometer: Self Adjusting air heat output


  • Widest hand aperture of any hands in dryer: less chance of hands touching the machine
  • Ultra fast hand drying: 8 - 10 seconds
  • Powerful airflow - 110 metres/second (245 miles per hour)
  • The Worlds Quietest Hands In Hand Dryer:as low as 54 dB(A)
  • Automatic operation
  • Scratch resistant poly-carbonate white body