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Choosing a Hand Dryer by its Cover

Krystal Pesch, Senior Product Marketing Manager

Choosing the best hand dryer for your business can be a bewildering decision when there are so many varieties of models on the market. Performance, compliance, sound level, hygienic options and energy efficiency are some things to consider. But what about the cover itself? The look and strength of a hand dryer are fundamental elements to factor into the buying decision: What cover material is best for my environment?

The four common materials that cover a hand dryer are stainless steel, steel, cast iron and cast aluminum. To choose the right one for your environment, here is a quick look at the pros and cons of each:

Stainless steel: Stainless steel is a recyclable material, which is important when sustainability counts. It is a more expensive option, but it offers corrosion resistance and is easy to clean. It is popular where design matters due to its sleek, modern appearance.

Steel: Steel, by its very nature, is strong; however, it can dent. To help avoid damage, steel covers can be painted or covered by a porcelain enamel coating. The porcelain enamel coating is a better option because it is scratch-resistant and doesn’t fade like paint might.

Cast iron: Cast iron has historically been a popular cover choice due to its reputation for extreme durability. However, there are a few other things to take into consideration when choosing a cast iron cover. For one, it is significantly heavier than alternative cover options, so it requires sturdier installations, which can add cost. It is susceptible to corrosion in high humidity and salt water environments and it cannot be recycled.

Cast aluminum: Cast aluminum is the most affordable cover option. It is known for its recyclable properties, which is great for environments that strive to be “green.” It is also the lightest cover material option, making installation easier and less expensive. It is less scratch-resistant than other covers, but it offers a decorative, smooth appearance that can be painted.

Every material option has pros and cons, so doing your homework on the one that is right for your environment is well worth the time. Your decision will depend on design preference, level of usage, environment of installation, and, of course, your budget.