American Dryer has created a line of current hand dryers that meet today’s standards of technology and innovation for every budget. This article serves as a guide to purchasing the best American Dryer hand dryer for your specific facility. In this article, we’ll look at all American Dryer models from the germ killing revolutionary ExtremeAir CPC, the GXT and EXT ExtremeAir hand dryers, the Advantage series, and the GX series.
First, let’s consider the leading technology with hand dryers today. The ExtremeAir CPC uses cold plasma. The air is still warm, but the cold plasma kills 99.6% of all germs on and around hands. Let’s take a quick step back. Many of us have heard of plasma. Maybe you’ve run across it on the Discovery channel or heard of it from a science magazine. Along with solid, liquid and gas, plasma is one of the four fundamental states of matter. According to PlasmaCoalition.org, plasmas are estimated to constitute more than 99 percent of the visible universe. There are two types of plasmas. Hot plasmas, and cold plasmas. Hot plasmas are exist at thousands of degrees Celsius and are often used to sterilize surgery equipment. Cold plasmas are closer to room temperatures. Per ScienceMag.org, medical scientists have high hopes for plasmas. Produced in electrical discharges, these gases of free electrons and ions have already been shown to destroy pathogens, help heal wounds, and selectively kill cancer cells. No one is exactly sure how all of this works, but it seems that plasmas generate so-called reactive oxygen species in the air. These highly reactive molecules, which are present in our own immune system, oxidize cell membranes and damage DNA. The Cold Plasma Generator inside the eXtremeAir® uses steady-state positive and negative discharge points to split water molecules in the air into oppositely charged hydrogen and oxygen ions. These ions in turn break down gases to harmless compounds commonly found in the atmosphere. Air is made up of millions of molecules, including harmful gases, fibers, mold, bacteria, and viruses. CPC technology breaks down harmful pathogens into simple, safe, naturally occurring molecules. CPC technology is proven to kill harmful pathogens including E.Coli, C. Diff, Staph, MRSA, and TB. Testing has been done independently by EMSL Labs, an Elite CDC certified lab. The eXtremeAir with CPC technology has also been independently tested for safety by Underwriters Laboratory (UL), passing both the UL867 and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) standards. So if you are looking for the absolute latest in hand drying technology, the ExtremeAir CPC offers cutting edge technology that kills germs on and around hands while drying them fast and efficiently.
For one of the top high speed energy efficient hand dryers, we offer the GXT and EXT series ExtremeAir. These hand dryers offer up 10-15 second dry times, but also provide an adjustable motor to quiet the noise levels. The dry time can be taken down to a quieter 25 second dry time if desired. The GXT uses a heating element and requires a dedicated line. The EXT uses no heating element and can allow up to 3 dryers per line. Schools often choose the EXT version as it uses just 540 watts and only 4.5 amps on the high end. The GXT uses 1500 watts and 12.5 amps on the high end.
So to summarize the ExtremeAir comes in 3 versions:
- CPC (same as GXT but also uses cold plasma, kills germs)
- GXT (uses heating element, 1 per line, 12.5 amps, 1500 watts, adjustable sound and speed)
- EXT (no heating element, 3 per line max, 4.5 amps, 540 watts, adjustable sound and speed)
The next step down from the ExtremeAir is the all new Advantage series. The advantage series is a mid-range hand dryer drying hands at about 25 seconds but it carries a low price point starting around 270.00. For that price, it’s a solid buy and should get the job done. We still suggest the ExtremeAir, but when budgets play a huge role in a purchase decision, this dryer is a good choice.
On the low end of the budget hand dryers is the very affordable GX series hand dryer. Starting around 159.00, this dryer is suggested to our low traffic facilities, but only when budgets won’t allow the upgrade to a better performing unit. The GX series will dry hands in 35+ seconds. It is one of the quietest hand dryers on the market. It’s a possible choice to very small offices where lighter restroom traffic is expected.
In summary, American Dryer is one of our best manufacturers at ProDryers and better yet, the dryers are made in the USA providing a high quality product backed by a high quality warranty. Call us at 888-503-7937 or 888-50-DRYER so we can walk you through the features of each and provide the best recommendations for your exact needs.