Our Dyson Airblade Tap review
Maybe we started this topic too late, because the Dyson Airblade hand dryers were presented a couple of years ago. We have slightly discussed the entire Dyson Airblade series. Nevertheless, you may certainly be interested in some models, particularly, in the Airblade Tap. Since quarrels about the Dyson jet hand-dryers are almost finished, we may round off the argument.
As far as someone is concerned about hygiene or economical benefits of using an Airblade Tap, we must tell that these two topics are very controversial. People at Dyson assure us that researches were made to test the practicality of each solution (using of paper towels, ordinary hot hand-dryers, or jet hand-dryers). Yet, there are some people who are not convinced. We are not reassured either, but at least we will apply more logic to our reasoning.
And another thing: we are sure that ordinary people will not buy an Airblade Tap. We will explain that later.
Three Airblade Tap Models
The idea to blend a usual faucet and a jet hand-dryer suggests itself. We use bathrooms each day, so we need to dry hands in a fast mode. Dyson did not simply redesign the main seller (the Airblade AB14) to a single solution in order to satisfy home users. Instead, customers can try one of three models, namely AB09, AB10, and AB11. This is made to help us solve some installation issues, since we have different bathrooms and sinks.
The difference among these models doesn’t go any deeper than with regard to their dimensions. All other details are the same. So, once you buy an Airblade Tap, you get the faucet itself and the engine that sucks air. The faucet is made of stainless steel. It has two additional tubes with long openings, through which the air is blown. On the top, a sensor is built-in to register a hand movement. Thus, once you want to wash your hands, simply bring them under the sensor. The water will automatically flow. Then the air jet will remove (not evaporate!) water from your hands. All this allow you not to touch the faucet. This is especially convenient when using such a dryer at public places.
The Airblade Tap AB09 has the smallest faucet. It is nearly 300mm wide and 160mm tall. The Airblade Tap AB10 has the same width, but it is nearly twice as tall. Its height reaches almost 310mm. We think that the AB10 is a better model, as it will not force you to bow in front of a sink. The last type – the Airblade Tap AB11 – is designed to be integrated into the wall. As shown in the image, you will see only the steel faucet protruding from the wall. Presumably, this installation is the best one. In this case, you can conceal the motor behind a wall to reduce the noise. You will have to verify that the motor will have enough free (not dusty) air to suck.
The Airblade Tap Speed
The air is sucked by an extremely efficient and powerful motor (it consumes 1,600W). It accelerates the air up to 430mph (about 692kmph). The motor will run at about 90-92.000 revolutions per minute to reach this speed. Needless to say that such air speed and motor itself produce much noise. The noise level is about 80 dB. We deem that for a public lavatory this is not an issue. Since public places are noisy themselves, the Aiblade Tap doesn’t really show up. But, should you install such thing at home, the noise will become more distinctive. The Airblade Tap can be used at the home if your bathroom is distant from your sleeping room. Surely, no one wants to wake up at nights because of a jet hand dryer.
By Dyson’s own admission, the Airblade Tap should dry your hands in about 12 seconds. That is much better than with an ordinary hot hand dryer, which will waste nearly a minute of your time. On the other hand, it seems that 12 seconds is not enough: it takes about 15 seconds to fully clear water droplets from hands.
UPD. Dyson has changed the data recently. Now, the company testifies that your hands get dry in 14 seconds with the Airblade Tap.
About the Airblade Tap Practical Use
The Airblade Tap hand dryer is a bit awkward in use. You have to get used to it, because you do not usually make uncommon hand movements to dry them. This looks weird. Besides, if we only think of air that is blown from those apertures… But Dyson has really thought of that before making the Airblade line. The HEPA filter purifies the air from the lavatory. Admittedly, the filter will remove nearly all bacteria that exist in the air. But some third-party researches suggested that the number of bacteria on your hands will grow after using the Airblade (or any other hand dryer). At the same time, Dyson Airblade achieves much better results if compared to a usual hot hand dryer.
The problems that the Airblade Tap solves:
- no water is spitted on the floor, so it will be cleaner;
- the level of hygiene is high enough;
- you save the planet Earth (no jokes, we will cut fewer trees to produce paper towels);
- it saves place in the bathroom;
- your hands get dry very quickly (in comparison with any hot hand dryer);
The problems that the Airblade Tap creates:
- noise. Too much noise;
- higher overall power consumption (not by much, and it is much lower than with a hot hand dryer);
- you need think about the thermostatic mixer, because the Tap does not mix cold and hot water;
- you cannot wash and dry your face with the Airblade Tap. Technically, this is possible, but drying face with a faucet… It will look even more weird, because you will need to lean forward and move you head.
Conclusion on the Airblade Tap
Regarding the home use, we do not see what problem the Airblade Tap should resolve there. We can simply use paper towels or waffle towels without any constraint. The Airblade technology is not perfect yet, as the amount of noise is overwhelming. And we cannot understand how the company is going to resolve it. The amount of money customers have to pay is overwhelming too. This is the main reason why most customers will not even think of the Airblade Tap. Maybe, Dyson will invent something much quieter and cheaper in several years. Without doubt, a customer may install the device at home. But that will happen only if he has plenty of money or likes a new technology.
On the other hand, when it comes to drying hands in public places, the Airblade Tap is a great acquisition. It is quality, it works fast, and it allows companies or restaurants to economize on electricity bills. The airports will not have to order tons of paper towels’ packs each year. This means that less human resources will be put in the paper production. Additionally, less paper waste is created, since paper fiber cannot be recycled.
The bottom line: if you want to use the most advanced products at home, and if you have spare money (about £1300-1800) to spend on the Airblade Tap, then buy it. If you represent a company, an airport facility, a restaurant, or any other public place, then any Dyson jet hand dryer is a must.