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    • We have a Dyson dryer in one of our library branches and like all things Dyson, it feels like more hype than results. Several years ago I was vacationing near Jackson Hole, Wyoming and came across one of those turbo tornado 🌪 vortex speed wall dryers and thought, “Wow! I no longer have to dry my hands on my pants AFTER using a wall dryer.” The one pictured in your article share, by contrast, was woefully inadequate at drying your hands in one or even two presses of the start button. The Dyson felt like I was performing hand calisthenics across a stupid light that appears to suggest that they’ve been super sanitized. Fascinating conversation starter as always, @Pathfinder. Look forward to comments and discussion from others.

    • The funny thing is I think I REALLY cannot be the only person thinking this way - and to find that the Wired author, and you @StephenL , tend to concur, is just so validating. And finding another pants dryer - we all know our pants are cleaner than new paper towels, right??😳

      I never liked the aerosol mist the dryers spray about, but never really thought they could kill me. Now, however, I'm not so certain.

      I had to share it - along with just a taste of dark humor, and a wee bit of facts.

    • towels or my trousers for sure. When it comes to public toilets I just assume other patrons are riddeled with disease and unsound hygene habits.

    • I think the popularity of hot air dryers also from the current "go green" movement around the world where using paper towels is considered bad for the environment.

      I usually avoid air dryers. I've been led to believe that the hot air that is blown may not necessarily be that clean? Regardless, I always find my hands to still be a little damp no matter how long I dry them, so I just use paper towels instead. I don't waste them mind you, I use just enough to get my hands dry.

      If paper towels aren't available I actually just dry my hands off by shaking them off in the sink and wiping them on my shirt or pants 😂

    • Though I cannot find them now, there have been studies done that I seem to recall showed pretty conconclusively that paper towels are much more sanitary than air dryers. There was even an old Myth Busters episode on this exact topic:

      The air dryer blows whatever is on your hands all over the place!

    • Typical cheap choice-Electric hand driers create "impression" you care about your customers. When I travel I learn which places have cleanest restrooms and good supply of paper hand towels. Always tip rest room attendants , tho harder to do today as we frequently don't carry cash. Was fascinated to see much cashless pay on smart phone apps when in Africa. Surprised I don't need an APP to use the electric hand driers. Progress:>(