Product Review

Mitsubishi Jet Towel Hand Dryer

EBN

Vol. 11, No. 1) and our recognition of that product as a 2002 Top-10 Green Building Product helped draw the green building community’s attention to the advantages of electric hand dryers. The breakthrough technology was a very-high-velocity airstream that blows water droplets off users’ hands. With this innovation, Excel achieves a 12- to 15-second drying time, and our analysis showed that each use requires less than one-fifth the energy it takes to dry hands with paper towels (assuming two paper towels made from recycled paper), or less than one-eighth the energy needed for virgin paper towels. World Dryer Corporation followed in 2005 with the similar AirMax high-speed dryer that has a purported 15-second drying time.

Published April 3, 2006