Talk:Hand dryer

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Apparently, a study in England refutes the cleanliness advantage of hand dryers over towels. In fact, it claims that hand dryers actually greatly increase bacterial counts on hands after use.

This article makes a claim of 80% energy reduction, but the reference for this claim is someone's personal blog on which they've QUOTED THE STICKER on the dryer itself!

An additional claim of 90% comes from the Web site of a manufacturer, as does the claim of no maintenance.

A claim is made that paper towels can't be recycled. There is no reference to support this claim.

This article is essentially an ad for electric hand dryers and should be removed.

Ctgoat 14:16, 4 April 2007 (UTC)

I've removed a couple of lines from the article:
  • Hand dryers are eco-friendly.
  1. What exactly does "eco-friendly" mean?
  2. "Eco-friendly" in relation to what? Paper towels, I presume, although I shouldn't have to.
  3. Where is a reference to support this?
  • Energy use (on a life cycle basis) is claimed to be reduced by as much as 80% in comparison with paper towels...
  1. The reference given was the blog of someone who was allegedly copying this text almost verbatim from a sticker on a particular unit; not exactly a trustworthy source.
  2. Even in that reference, the quoted 80% energy saving was NOT when compared to paper towels, but when compared to other, "standard" hand dryers.
I also added a reference to back up the assertion that paper towels cannot be recycled.
There is plenty more that needs to be done with this article, but I can only spare a few minutes to goof of at work and edit Wikipedia.
Nezuji (talk) 02:11, 30 January 2009 (UTC)

I agree that this article is poor, but it is a topic that many are casually interested in, so I believe an article should exist. I think it would be more constructive to amend it than delete it.--Jrsnbarn 17:01, 4 April 2007 (UTC)

Hand dryers are also less hygienic if people don't use them at all because they are too slow or if people use them incorrectly (neglecting to shake off excess water). —Preceding unsigned comment added by Danjdan (talkcontribs) 07:57, 13 November 2007 (UTC)

Developments section[edit]

The "Developments" section's tone is inappropriate. Two specific concerns:
(1) It's written like a Dyson advertisement/press release
(2) The phrase "It seems that the Dyson Airblade may be a copy of" is non-encyclopedic in tone; it sounds like original research. Given the fact that it's sourced, it should be rephrased to a more definite, professional tone (i.e. "The Dyson Airblade is a copy of...") -- if that cannot truthfully be said, then it's non-encyclopedic knowledge and therefore has no place in the article.

Thanks. Mr. P. S. Phillips (talk) 02:42, 25 February 2008 (UTC)

To make this more than a simple ad for the hand dryer industry, it would be interesting to tell the history of hand dryers, when the first one was introduced, by which company, what the sales are per year, etc. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:58, 6 September 2010 (UTC)

I'll start turning it into more of a history section. Takinzinnia (talk) 00:06, 4 June 2011 (UTC)