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Dyson Airblade Product range

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 the fastest to dry hands hygienically with HEPA-filtered air.

Only a Dyson dries like a Dyson.

Dyson Airblade hand dryers being tested for aerosolisation

Hygienic and independently proven safe¹

Touch-free. HEPA-filtered. No paper waste.

Proven to aerosolise no more than paper towels.² Without the waste.


Diagram of Dyson Airblade hand dryers in Airmid testing lab

How the independent tests worked

Our objective was to see how many aerosols were generated by Dyson Airblade™ hand dryers compared to drying with paper towels, or washing but not drying.

Independent testing was carried out by Airmid Healthgroup in a controlled environment using a sink, paper towels, and Dyson Airblade W+D, dB, V and 9kJ hand dryers. Each experiment was carried out three times with paper towels and hand dryers being used in seperate experiments.

Results proved that each Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer had no significant impact on the surrounding  air. This supports previous studies that they're as hygienic as paper towels. 

V Total viable counts (bacteria) samplers P Particles/aerosols samplers


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.

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What is aerosolisation?

Aerosolisation is the action of creating aerosols. Aerosols are tiny liquid or solid particles, or a mix both, suspended in a gas (e.g. air).

Their composition can vary depending on how they are formed and may include bacteria or viruses. Aerosols size can vary in size, for example they can be as small as 0.3 microns.

While larger, heavier particles tend to drop to the floor, these smaller particles are more likely to become suspended in the air – or ‘aerosolised’. Aerosols are all around us.

Dyson Airblade 9kJ HEPA filter with captured particles

HEPA filters capture particles as small as 0.1 microns

All Dyson Airblade™ hand dryers use HEPA filtration to dry hands with purified air.

Tested and proven to capture 99.95% of particles as small as 0.1 microns.³ The filter can also capture bacteria and viruses.

Dry hands with HEPA-purified air, not dirty air.

Woman drying hands at the Dyson Airblade Wash+Dry

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 seconds,⁵ and help reduce bacteria on hands.

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    washing hands underneath the Dyson Airblade Wash+Dry

    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.

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    Drying hand underneath Dyson Airblade 9kJ

    Fast, hygienic and energy-efficient

    The fastest most energy efficient HEPA-filtered hand dryer.⁷ Uses 9.1kJ of energy per dry and costs just £19 a year to run in Eco mode.

  • Dyson Airblade V motif
    washing hands under Dyson Airblade V hand dryer

    Hygienic and compact

    The Dyson Airblade™ V hand dryer in nickel, has an antibacterial and antiviral additive proven to reduce proliferation of bacteria and virus⁸ on its fascia/surface material.

Frequently asked questions

Is it true that the powerful airflow of Dyson Airblade™ hand dryers means that more particles are blown around the washroom, risking a greater spread of bacteria?

A number of studies are 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 gloved hands with bacteria and viruses, and drying them with a Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer without washing their hands first. Conversely, research studies by the University of Bradford (UK) and by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University showed that, when used correctly, Dyson Airblade™ hand dryers actually reduced the bacteria on hands.

Dyson's new independent research into aerosolisation shows that drying hands with a Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer aerosolises no more than drying with paper towels – and that Dyson Airblade™ hand dryers are hygienic and safe to use.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 hands.⁹ Dyson Airblade™ hand dryers have been proven to be as hygienic in drying hands as paper towels,¹⁰ but without the environmental damage or high usage costs.¹¹

Only Dyson Airblade™ hand dryers offer all of these benefits

  • 1 Suen et al. 2019 SR and based on bacteria in air and aerosols (0.3 to >5 microns) measured during hand drying in 28.5 m³ test chamber, in a study conducted by independent third-party laboratory.
  • 2 Based on aerosolisation measured during hand drying. Testing conducted by independent third-party laboratory Airmid Healthgroup Ltd.
  • 3 HEPA filter tested to EN1822-5, by an independent testing laboratory, under prescribed test conditions.
  • 4 Snelling et al. (2010) JAM.
  • 5 Dry time determined using Dyson test method 769 based on NSF P335 using a measurement of 0.1g residual moisture.
  • 6 Global survey conducted in July 2020 across 14 countries worldwide (UK, DE, ES, FR, IT, NL, US, CA, MX, CN, JP, MY, SG, AU) with 8,758 respondents in total (UK n=544), aged 18 years-old or above. Individual percentages vary per country.
  • 7 Dry time and energy consumption calculated for Max mode. Dry time was determined using Dyson test method 769 based on NSF P335 to a measurement of 0.1 g residual moisture.
  • 8 Tested in an external lab according to ISO 22196 against E. coli, Salmonella enterica, Staphylococcus aureus and Klebsiella pneumonia and ISO 21702 against H3N2 (influenza) virus.
  • 9 D. R. PATRICK, G. FINDON and T. E. MILLER: Residual moisture determines the level of touchcontact associated bacterial transfer following hand washing, Epidemiol. Infect. (1997): 119, 319-325.
  • 10 Mutters & Warnes (2019) JHI.
  • 11 For calculations visit