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Dyson Airblade Vs. Excel Dryer Xlerator  
User currently offline1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6446 posts, RR: 2
Posted (1 year 8 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3959 times:

This may seem like a strange poll, however, I am pretty sure everyone here has used at least one of these types of hand dryers before. Both claim to dry hands faster than conventional hand dryers, and are both super energy-efficient.

So, between the two, which do you prefer - the Dyson Airblade or the Excel Dryer XLERATOR?

My pick would be the XLERATOR. The XLERATOR seems easier to use and I like the feel of the massive amount of air produced by it. I also don't have to worry about touching the sides as well as the pooled water on the bottom of the Airblade. Furthermore, both units use about the same amount of energy, and the XLERATOR is only 1/3 the price of the Airblade.


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User currently offlineMolykote From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1340 posts, RR: 29
Reply 1, posted (1 year 8 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3890 times:

They are both mediocre. The Dyson always seems to throw water from one's hands all over the floor and needs a drain/receptacle for blown off moisture. The XLERATOR is about as aloud as a JT8D. I worked in the nuclear industry and I'd swear we had rooms quieter than that hand dryer that didn't require ear protection.

[Edited 2012-11-30 14:17:03]


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User currently offlineAlias1024 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2748 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (1 year 8 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3867 times:

Dyson

Both do their job fairly well, but only one makes me wish I was wearing ear plugs.



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User currently offlineA346Dude From Canada, joined Nov 2004, 1282 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (1 year 8 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3806 times:

The Dyson sucks, it's almost impossible to not touch the sides.


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User currently offlineANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3300 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (1 year 8 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3755 times:
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I HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE all blow dryers. With a passion normally reserved for hating rapists and criminals.

Some blow barely any air at all. They don't do anything. Others can blow 7000 cubic feet of air a second, at 6million degrees. It'll blow the damn skin off your hands. And what will you be left with? A skeleton still dripping with freaking water. I hate them. They're completely ineffective. I end up using them two or three times (negating the energy benefits) and I still have to wipe my hands on my pants when I'm done.

Put some damn paper towels in the bathroom, PLEASE!

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User currently offlinezippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5478 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (1 year 8 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3675 times:

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Thread starter):

Is the Xlerator the one that is shaped square with the nozzel bottom center? If it is, I like this one better. It sounds like an RJ spooling up and I like the strong air volume that is strong enough to actually create that cool feeling on my skin and I believe does not get as hot. Dyson products look like quality but, I feel they go for the yuppie, trendy gee wizz design and you pay a premium for them.



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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26376 posts, RR: 76
Reply 6, posted (1 year 8 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3662 times:

Dyson. It isn't even close. It actually gets your hands dry. The other one is just a glorified version of the old style dryers.


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User currently offlinebristolflyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2290 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 8 months 18 hours ago) and read 3604 times:

I prefer the Airblade. The Accelerator is just too loud - painful to use. Re the cost, pretty sure that everyone on here is an end user (as opposed to a buyer) so no one cares about the cost. I did see an invoice for an Airblade recently and they cost around $1,000 which I thought was a lot, but then I recall everyone saying their vacuum cleaners were a lot when they came out but they still sold masses of them. Quality and innovation doesn't come cheap.


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User currently offlinegingersnap From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2010, 893 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (1 year 8 months 18 hours ago) and read 3600 times:

Quoting bristolflyer (Reply 7):

The Xlerator costs around about £500 FWIW.



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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19415 posts, RR: 58
Reply 9, posted (1 year 8 months 17 hours ago) and read 3588 times:

Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 4):

I HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE all blow dryers. With a passion normally reserved for hating rapists and criminals.


I do prefer the airblade. The issue with the AIRBLADE is that you have to understand that it isn't going to get your hands perfectly dry. It is going to get your hands about 80% dry in about 5 seconds, which is better than you can do with a paper towel or with the PW2098...I mean XLERATOR. The remaining 20% will occur over the next two minutes as you leave the restroom.

Those of you complaining about touching the side walls need to work on your hand-eye coordination. I'm terribly sorry to be the harsh bearer of bad news, but it's not exactly rocket science...or surgery.   

Quoting bristolflyer (Reply 7):
I prefer the Airblade. The Accelerator is just too loud - painful to use. Re the cost, pretty sure that everyone on here is an end user (as opposed to a buyer) so no one cares about the cost. I did see an invoice for an Airblade recently and they cost around $1,000 which I thought was a lot, but then I recall everyone saying their vacuum cleaners were a lot when they came out but they still sold masses of them. Quality and innovation doesn't come cheap.

It's true. Dyson makes some very high-quality and innovative products. They put huge amount of research into the exact airflow through their devices. The trouble is that the prices just don't justify the quality in the home setting to me. For example, the Dyson air multiplier fan was a great idea, but not worth $300 just to have a slightly smoother airflow than a traditional bladed fan for $30 or less.


User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26376 posts, RR: 76
Reply 10, posted (1 year 8 months 13 hours ago) and read 3543 times:

Quoting bristolflyer (Reply 7):
I did see an invoice for an Airblade recently and they cost around $1,000 which I thought was a lot, but then I recall everyone saying their vacuum cleaners were a lot when they came out but they still sold masses of them. Quality and innovation doesn't come cheap.

Dyson backs their products with solid warranties and saves a ton of money and waste in paper towels. Probably makes up for the price.



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User currently onlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6407 posts, RR: 38
Reply 11, posted (1 year 8 months 12 hours ago) and read 3535 times:

Dyson for me. Though I wish it could dry my hands in one go rather than having to draw them out and then dart them back in for a second and maybe third attempt..

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 9):
Those of you complaining about touching the side walls need to work on your hand-eye coordination. I'm terribly sorry to be the harsh bearer of bad news, but it's not exactly rocket science...or surgery.

Exactly my thoughts!



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User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6280 posts, RR: 34
Reply 12, posted (1 year 8 months 8 hours ago) and read 3498 times:

Never heard of either one but I am also strongly in the paper towel camp also. No paper towels and the floor gets awfully wet from me shaking off the excess water.


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User currently offlinehawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3188 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (1 year 8 months 8 hours ago) and read 3494 times:

I don't really have a preference between the two; I find them both to be much better than the old blow dryers. I've also seen a Mitsubishi dryer that works similar to the Airblade (though not as futuristic looking), and it does have a little drain hole to collect the water.

User currently onlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6407 posts, RR: 38
Reply 14, posted (1 year 8 months 8 hours ago) and read 3491 times:

Quoting hawaiian717 (Reply 13):
I've also seen a Mitsubishi dryer that works similar to the Airblade (though not as futuristic looking), and it does have a little drain hole to collect the water.

I saw one of those in Hong Kong in 2005.. Never saw another again though. It had hot air rather than the Airblade's cold air and was the original one of that style!



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User currently offlineneutrino From Singapore, joined May 2012, 605 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (1 year 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3440 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 9):
Those of you complaining about touching the side walls need to work on your hand-eye coordination. I'm terribly sorry to be the harsh bearer of bad news, but it's not exactly rocket science...or surgery.

The good doc's words make my day.   



Quoting DocLightning (Reply 9):
It's true. Dyson makes some very high-quality and innovative products. They put huge amount of research into the exact airflow through their devices. The trouble is that the prices just don't justify the quality in the home setting to me. For example, the Dyson air multiplier fan was a great idea, but not worth $300 just to have a slightly smoother airflow than a traditional bladed fan for $30 or less.

I got a China clone over a year while ago. Works great, in fact just like the original - down to its attendant CFM56 aural effects. At abt US$60, it's a sound investment.



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User currently offlineSmittyOne From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (1 year 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3421 times:

After suffering for so many years with hand dryers that are equivalent to having an asthmatic blow on your hands, both of the dryers mentioned are miraculous.

User currently offlineMolykote From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1340 posts, RR: 29
Reply 17, posted (1 year 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3407 times:

Quoting N1120A (Reply 6):
Dyson. It isn't even close. It actually gets your hands dry. The other one is just a glorified version of the old style dryers.

The Dyson will get my hands dry, but I find "blade" to be deceiving (i.e. single pass as with a squeegee... that I've never been able to achieve with a Dyson Airblade).

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 9):
PW2098...I mean XLERATOR

Quick trivia on PW engine terminology for you (since you seem to enjoy technical nuances):

PW engine models are designated with 4 digits as you seem to be aware (PW#### for example).

The first digit represents the engine family (i.e PW1000, which could colloquially be called a "Pratt one thousand series")
The second digit represents the mating airframe for the engine family (0 = Boeing, 1 = Airbus, ....)
The third and fourth digits represent the thrust in thousands of pounds.

In an example, the PW 4098 is a PW 4000 series engine attached of a Boeing (777 obviously) making 98k of takeoff thrust). The PW2000 "maxes out" at a PW2043 to my knowledge (though the PW2000 is one of a small few of the currentlt operating commercial engine families with which I have no experience).

Of course, if your point was that the XLERATOR is as loud as a PW2000 running at over twice its certified thrust rating I'd probably agree with you.



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User currently offlinenjxc500 From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 240 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (1 year 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3377 times:

The point of air dryers is for them to be no-touch, and sanitary. I can't dry my hands in a dyson without touching it, it's just not right. The jet powered blow dryer is crazy loud, but works well. If you can get past the noise, it wins.

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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19415 posts, RR: 58
Reply 19, posted (1 year 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3351 times:

Quoting Molykote (Reply 17):
In an example, the PW 4098 is a PW 4000 series engine attached of a Boeing (777 obviously) making 98k of takeoff thrust). The PW2000 "maxes out" at a PW2043 to my knowledge (though the PW2000 is one of a small few of the currentlt operating commercial engine families with which I have no experience).

I think some of the late-delivery PMNW 752's had 2098 model number. I could be mistaken, though.


User currently offlineMolykote From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1340 posts, RR: 29
Reply 20, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3236 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 19):
I think some of the late-delivery PMNW 752's had 2098 model number. I could be mistaken, though.

PMNW? Something related to Northwest? As for the 2098, I don't believe it ever existed.



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