The New ProDryers Online SLOAN Shopping Experience

Adding to Our Restroom Shopping Experience with SLOAN

ProDryers has had some tremendous years of growth since inception. We have since become a well trusted brand in the restroom supply industry and we have hit many goals. Two of our most memorable milestones are making the INC 500 / 5000 list as one of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S. with 8.2 million in 2013 sales with a 667% 3 year growth rate, and our most recent 2014 growth of 9.2 million in sales. To start off 2015, our ambitions for growth have not changed. One of our largest tasks is the addition of SLOAN to our ever-expanding product line.

We still specialize in hand dryer sales (and always will), but with many thousands of restroom accessories and equipment already added to our shopping experience, SLOAN was an excellent choice to offer our loyal customer base. ProDryers has become one of the largest restroom accessory suppliers in the United States. SLOAN is the most reputable manufacturer of flushometers, faucets, sinks, toilets, urinals, and more. We have access to over 10,000 SLOAN products. We have limited items in stock for fast same day shipping while we grow with SLOAN, but we can still ship directly from the manufacturer normally in 2-10 business days. We have a direct relationship with SLOAN. We buy direct and receive the best possible prices. In turn, we can offer our loyal customers extremely competitive pricing, often the lowest found anywhere. Call us at 888-503-7937 to buy any SLOAN product or shop online. We are expanding our online SLOAN shopping experience fast. To shop online, visit the ProDryers SLOAN shopping experience now.

Check out some of our most popular products like our flush valves, automatic sensor operated faucets and more.

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Environment Trivia

At ProDryers we truly care about the environment and like to do our part in helping create a greener planet.  Many of our hand dryers are GreenSpec listed proving they are helpful to the environment.  A large amount of the products we carry will reduce carbon footprint and also save our trees.  In a fun fashion but with some eye-opening facts we are going to see how much you (the consumer) know about our environment with a little bit of trivia. Good luck!

Q. True or False: Oxygen is the most prevalent gas in our atmosphere.

A. False. The atmosphere is composed of 78% Nitrogen, 21% Oxygen, and the rest is made up of gases like argon, carbon dioxide, helium, and others.

Q. True or False: The United States alone uses 25% of the world’s natural resources.

A. True and the U.S. only make up about 5% of the world’s population.

Q. Earth Day is on which date?

1. September 17th

2. April 22nd

3. April 30th

4. July 4th

Answer: April 22nd, which is also the first full day of spring.

Q. True or False: The human population has grown more in the last 50 years than it has in the previous 4 million years.

A. True.

Q. True or False: 100 tons of paper towel are used in the U.S. every day.

A. False, actually nearly 3,000 tons of paper towel are used daily!

Q. How many trees does it take to make 1 ton of paper towels?

1. 11

2. 3

3. 31

4. 17

Answer: 17

Q. True or False: Earth is 45% land and 55% water.

A. False 70% of the Earth’s surface is water while 30% is land.

Q. Forests cover what percentage of the Earth’s land area.

1. 9%

2. 30%

3. 21%

4. 17%

Answer: 30%, or about 9% of the total Earth’s surface.

Q. True or False: The average American uses about 70 gallons of water a day.

A. True.

Q. The energy saved from one recycled aluminum can is enough to operate a TV for how long?

1. 10 minutes

2. 1 hour

3. 3 hours

4. 45 minutes

Answer:  3 hours.

We hope you have enjoyed this trivia, check back for more soon!

ProDryers is a Master Distributor of all major brand hand dryers.  Some of our most popular sellers are:

Storm Hand Dryers, BluStorm, EcoStorm, iStorm

Storm Hand Dryers

Buy Storm Hand Dryers at the Best Prices with Free Shipping!

Have you heard about the new Storm hand dryers?  At ProDryers we carry all the major brands of hand dryers including the newest line of Storm hand dryers.  The storm series includes the well-known BluStorm hand dryer, the EcoStorm hand dryer, and the newest technology in restroom hand dryers, the iStorm.  The iStorm dries hands in 10-15 seconds like most high speed hand dryers do, but it combines the best features of most machines into one unit.  Features such as fast dry times, hygienic filtration, quieter operation than other high speed units, capturing water and keep walls and floors dry, unique stylish design suited for professional facilities such as car dealerships, dentist offices, physician offices, casinos, airports, and more.

The iStorm is unique because its design utilizes a ceramic absorbent plate that captures most of the water as the 3 air outlets drive water back and away from the user.  This hand dryer minimizes splash-back and much of the water is naturally absorbed through the ceramic absorbent plate.  The iStorm also features a drip tray much like the Mitsubishi Jet Towel where water is prevented from hitting the walls and floors.  It’s also quieter than most other high speed hand dryers, yet it still offers a high and low switch to make it even quieter if desired.  It filters through 3 layers with a HEPA/Carbon/Anti-Bacteria system that eliminates 99.97% of all bacteria in the air before it’s blown onto the hands.  No paper towel can compare hygienically.  The iStorm is super-stylish with a unique design making it easier to use and more appealing to the eye as it improves on the restroom décor.

ProDryers is a master distributor of all major hand dryers such as the Excel Dryer Xlerator hand dryer, the American Dryer ExtremeAir, the Dyson Airblade hand dryers, World Dryer models such as the SlimDri and SmartDri, and much more.  Get the absolute best price, best customer service, best product support, best product knowledge and everything ships free to anywhere in the contiguous US.  There is no better place on earth to buy hand dryers!  Call 888-50-DRYER now!

How Much Money Can Hand Dryers Save In Paper Towel and Maintenance Costs?

Hand DryersWell this isn’t exactly rocket science as some companies and seasoned sales people may pitch.  You really don’t need anyone using pushy sales tactics trying to convince you on numbers.  That’s the difference with ProDryers; we aren’t sales people.  We don’t use pushy tactics.  Most of our customers come to us.  We will never pressure you in any way on buying anything.  We don’t have to.

Why would you need a sales person to tell you what is just basic math?   How much do you spend on paper towel per year?  Well, there is your answer.  Paper towels can be totally eliminated if you really want.  Of course it depends on your facility and the types of users the restroom encounters.  For example, a restaurant has customers; we all know some people prefer paper towel.  They may prefer paper towel over hand dryers altogether.  They may prefer to use paper towel for opening doors when exiting the restroom.  They may actually believe paper towels are more hygienic than hand dryers.   In these cases, you just can’t afford to ignore your customer base.  Visit hand dryers vs. paper towels to read case studies and get proof on how hand dryers are superior to paper towels hygienically.  However, the fact is, not everyone believes hand dryers are more hygienic and sanitary than paper towels yet.  Whatever the case, you may have to provide a combination of paper towel dispensers and hand dryers. 

With ProDryers, you get the best customer service possible, the best prices possible, and the fastest (free) shipping on all major brands.  Don’t take our word for it, read our reviews.  At ProDryers, we understand every customer is unique and requires a complete understanding of the business, the users, customers, employees, etc.; we aren’t just trying to push hand dryers on businesses and using the “save money” tag.  Of course hand dryers will save businesses money, and of course we state the obvious, but we go deeper.  We aren’t just hitting huge school projects and bidding all day long.  We get the opportunity to talk to many thousands of buyers from large facilities to small business owners such as bars, restaurants, car dealerships, doctor offices, dental offices, daycare centers, and much more.  We go the extra step for each and every one of them, regardless of the money we stand to make.  We take the time to understand which hand dryer would be best for the situation at hand, and then guide our customers on how to best encourage the users to gravitate towards the hand dryer and not the paper towel.   For example, a zoo may need a super-fast hand dryer that stands up to major punishment and abuse.  It may get over 1,000 uses per day.  Durability and dry time is most important.  The doors are often left open or non-existent so exit towels are not needed.  Zoo restrooms and the like could clutter very fast with paper towels.  People can stuff the toilets with paper towels.  The floors become a mess of paper quickly and it requires cost in maintenance wages to constantly clean up.  In this case, we might suggest eliminating paper towel by 100% using one of the two USA made high speed hand dryers such as the Xlerator hand dryer or the Extreme Air.  Dyson has come out with the Dyson Airblade V hand dryer and the Dyson Airblade Tap, which would also be a great fit for this scenario.  The new Dyson Airblade hand dryers should hit the US market soon.

At ProDryers, we don’t push our way into your restroom.  Most of our customers come to us.  And we treat each customer with the concept that we’d like to build a long lasting relationship.  Call us at 888-50-DRYER or visit us at www.ProDryers.com today and we’ll take the time to understand your business before we make suggestions on cutting costs in your commercial restroom.

Futuristic Hand Dryers Have Hit Planet Earth. Buy Them From the Most Trusted Shop Online!

It’s almost like time travelers or alien technology is taking over with all the iPhones and smart phones coupled with the new wave of tablets like the iPad.  Now it’s even happening with hand dryers!  Speaking of iPads, did you know, ProDryers pulls an iPad winner after every 50th public review?  Review us at ResellerRatings.com after your purchase?  We find it much more rewarding to give back to our customers.

At ProDryers, you get only the top grade hand dryers such as the Xlerator hand dryer, the ExtremeAir, the Dyson Airblade hand dryers, World Dryer models and more.  You won’t find imitation brands that look like the Xlerator.  We represent the best manufacturers around the world; companies such as Excel Dryer, World Dryer, Dyson, American Dryer, Saniflow, Bobrick, Palmer Fixture, ASI, Bradley, and more.

At ProDryers, we pride ourselves on being true experts on all of the hand dryers we carry.  We go the extra step to educate our buyers.  We are the 100%, original hand dryer shop that brought all of the top hand dryer brands together.  We believed the market was lacking the ability to have a customer compare and review all of the different unique features before the purchase.  Distributors were carrying only specific brands and that leads to a one-sided sales pitch: “buy this product, it’s the best!”  That leaves the distributor in control and not the customer.  That’s why we stock one of the widest selections of hand dryers on the planet.  The choice is yours and the price is more than fair.  At ProDryers, you are getting the best prices because we stock in high volumes.  You also get the quickest shipping.  Of course, many companies have been born in attempt to follow us – but they can’t take our name or our family values.  ProDryers is built with deep roots in customer service, IT, Accounting, and more customer service!  Did you know the ProDryers team is made up of professionals with over 300 years of combined customer service?  ProDryers is a brand that represents trust among contractors and the general public.  We are the one true unbiased place to research, review, and purchase hand dryers.  We are the safest and most trusted place to buy hand dryers and over 2500 restroom accessories online.

So call the leaders in online hand dryer sales today at 888-50-DRYER or 888-503-7937 and get your free hand dryer education.  We enjoy helping customers each day.  We go the extra mile each and every time; it’s just how we roll.

 

Saving Schools Money with Hand Dryers, Extreme Air EXT7

One of the best school hand dryers we sell at ProDryers.com is the Extreme Air EXT7. The EXT7 is a high speed, energy efficient hand dryer, but uses no heating element. It’s not a “cool air hand dryer” as it still operates around 90 degrees. It just does not heat up over 130 degrees like many hand dryers using a heating element. It’s a misunderstanding that hand dryers need hot air to dry hands effectively. Using no heating element allows facilities such as schools to save the maximum level of energy, the maximum level of installation costs (we’ll get to that later…), resulting in the ultimate total savings in already tight school budgets.

Why does the EXT7 ExtremeAir cost less to install than hand dryers with heating elements? A heating element uses much more energy forcing a dedicated line per hand dryer. Three (3) EXT7 Extreme Air hand dryers can be installed per line, which cuts heavily on installation costs. The ExtremeAir also has universal, auto-configuring voltage. The unit will take signals from the electrical and auto-configure everything from voltage, amps, and htz. This eliminates installation mistakes or worse yet, purchasing mistakes of the incorrect voltage.

The EXT7 EXTREMEAIR is perfect for all age groups from college students, high school, middle school, elementary, and even smaller children in pre-school or daycare centers. Why? First of all, no heat makes it less intimidating to smaller children. But most importantly, the EXT7 Extreme Air comes equipped with an adjustable motor. It defaults at a high speed 10 second dry time. Smaller children may find it a touch intimidating and thus, the motor can be adjusted down to a much softer hand drying experience. It’s kind of like an old school radio dial which controls the motor by percentage. Even at the lowest setting, the EXT7 still dries hands at an acceptable rate and operates much faster than old traditional hand dryers. At 69 decibels, the EXT version of the ExtremeAir hand dryer would allow two people to have a normal conversation and still hear each other.

The ExtremeAir is USA made and offers maximum quality with a maximum cost savings and is among the top selling school hand dryers at ProDryers.com. Buy it at the absolute lowest price possible with free shipping. Call 888-50DRYER or 888-503-7937 for a quote! Visit www.ProDryers.com for more information.

At ProDryers, we carry all major hand dryer brands including the Xlerator hand dryer, the Dyson Airblade, World Dryer, the iStorm hand dryer, Saniflow hand dryers, and much more. We are a master distributor of all major brands covering the entire United States with 100% free shipping and top quality customer service. Our customer service team is unmatched within the industry. We carry a heavy line of products from hand dryers, drinking fountains, floor machines, and more. Shop all of our stores from any of our websites.

 

Paper Towels Can’t Compare to Hand Dryers Armed with HEPA Filters to Kill Bacteria

Washing hands in a public restroom and bacteria has been associated with one another for years.  Numerous studies have been conducted, and the debate is ongoing.  Which is more sanitary, a hand dryer or paper towel?  Fact: Most of the studies favoring paper towels have been funded by the paper towel industry.  The fact is: the paper towel industry is on the ropes and naturally fighting back hard.  Fact: the hand dryers used in most (possibly all) studies, were not of the new hand dryer breed.  New technology used in hand dryers such as the Xlerator, Dyson Airblade, Extreme Air, SlimDri, iStorm, Jet Towel, and more range from electrical costs such as $35.00 per year or 18 cents per 1,000 uses to operate.  Each hand dryer manufacturer has its own claim on energy savings, but one can’t deny, when it comes to hygiene and sanitation, some of the newer hand dryer models use HEPA filtration which eliminates 99.97% of all bacteria in the air before the air is used to dry hands.  The Dyson Airblade and iStorm are equipped with HEPA filtration systems while units such as the Xlerator hand dryer can be retrofit with a HEPA filter kit as needed.  The same can’t be said for paper as bacteria actually lives well and breeds in damp used paper towel scattered across the restroom floors.  Worse yet, bacteria and germs are proven to live even on dry paper; recycled paper actually hosts more bacteria and germs than virgin paper towels.  See www.handdryersvspapertowels.com for more eye-opening proof on hand dryers vs. paper towels.

Studies have proven that unused paper towel hold bacteria. In the American Journal of Infection Control, researchers found these bacteria and claim it could be transferred to hands after washing.  Other studies have found that a certain kind of bacteria that has been found in paper towel have been associated with eye, lung and blood infections. A bacillus bacterium which was also found in unused paper towel is known to produce toxins which can lead to food poisoning.   Although these bacteria may not affect those that are healthy, those with weakened immune systems needing extra caution may find it important to stay away from paper towel.

Not only are there proven studies that bacteria is found in almost all unused paper towel, the fact stands that bacteria spreads far greater when on damp paper found scattered around the restroom. How many times have you walked into a restroom and seen paper towel scattered across the floor, on the counter tops, and thrown all around the trash can with a few pieces actually making into the garbage can?   So aside from paper towels being full of bacteria before actual use, they are even more harmful after they are used and tossed on the floor making the restroom unhygienic and unappealing.

A clean and sterile bathroom is a key factor in keeping your employees and customers happy.  Keeping a clean hygienic restroom is an area overlooked by many business owners, yet doing something so simple will not only make your restroom cleaner, it will also save you loads of cash from monthly paper towel costs while saving energy, trees, land-fill space, and other precious resources.

The only area paper towel is still a fairly decent choice is near the restroom doors where people may wish to use paper to exit without making contact with the door handle.  For this reason, ProDryers offers the ExitTowel system by Palmer Fixture.  The Exit Towel is much smaller than a standard paper towel and offers a cost effective way for opening doors on the way out of a restroom.  Stop wasting money today, call 888-50-DRYER or visit www.ProDryers.com and get the best prices on hygienic hand dryers with HEPA filters that eliminate 99.97% of all bacteria in the air.  No paper towel on earth can top that!

Funny Hand Dryer Uses – from Drying Babies Butts, Dogs, Fingers, Toes, to Super Sweaty Armpits, The ExtremeAir Does it All

If you haven’t seen our latest hand dryer video, check it out. The ExtremeAir hand dryer has a face and even talks. He gets used and abused by the craziest people. One must wonder what a hand dryer really sees in its lifetime. And… the life of a hand dryer is 7-10 years on average. Imagine all the scenarios a hand dryer must be confronted with. If a hand dryer could talk, what stories would it tell us? We’ve all seen those drunken video postings on YouTube where drunk girls (even dudes, but we don’t care about them!) let the hand dryer blow massive air into their mouths and force their faces to ripple like a splash on a still pond. It doesn’t seem fun and doesn’t seem funny either, but it sure seems to entertain the drunk ladies (and dudes – cut it out guys, we don’t want to see it!).

In this video, we tried to keep it fun while focusing on the funny people in the restroom and how it would look from a hand dryer’s point of view. All of the actors in the video were locals to the Livonia, Michigan area. A couple high school students from Churchill high school were used.  A huge thanks from the ProDryers team goes out to their efforts.

This video may haunt some the next time a public restroom is used. You may visualize the hand dryer watching, and talking to you. You may wonder what he is saying to you…

As always, get the best prices on all hand dryers such as the ExtremeAir (sorry, it doesn’t really talk), the Xlerator hand dryer, the Dyson Airblade, all World Dryer models (consider the L-974 SlimDri ADA compliant surface-mounted high speed hand dryer), the newest technology on the block – the iStorm hand dryer, and so much more.

And don’t forget, ProDryers is owned and operated by Category Five Technologies. Visit all of our stores from the tabs at the top of any of our eCommerce websites. You can purchase Floor Machines such as auto scrubbers, sweepers, floor strippers, multi-task floor scrubbing machines, rider floor machines, commercial vacuums, and more at ProFloorMachines. Buy only the best in drinking fountains and water cooler quality at ProDrinkingFountains.

We offer a one-stop shop for almost everything commercial and industrial. Call 888-50-DRYER now and we’ll educate you on hand dryers like nobody else can!

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Clean Hygienic Touchless Restrooms Keep Customers Coming Back

Customers today have come to appreciate touchless restroom technology from automatic hand dryers, touchless soap dispensers, hands-free faucets and flush valves, and more. Business should not underestimate the importance of a touchless, hygienic restroom and the positive impact it could have on your customer base.

Customers today want a touchless experience in the restroom. It makes perfect sense when considering the germs and bacteria spread from wet, damp hands. In fact, it has been proven that damp, wet hands are responsible for spreading up to 1,000 times more bacteria than dry hands. With the awareness of bacteria and germs, it’s no surprise that businesses are moving towards automatic hand dryers and touchless water faucets activated by infrared sensors. That’s why at ProDryers, we have teamed up with Hydrotek to bring our customers the very best in touchless restroom solutions. The Hydrotek automatic faucets offer a wide range of selection in hands-free water faucets and even automatic flush valves. The automatic faucets and flush valves complement our best touchless hand dryers such as the Excel Dryer Xlerator, American Dryer ExtremeAir, World Dryer SMARTdri, World Dryer SlimDri, Sanilfow Machflow, Saniflow Speedflow, Dyson Airblade, Mitsubishi Jet Towel, Palmer Fixture BluStorm, and more.

All Hydrotek automatic faucets ship out normally within 1 business day. We offer only top quality products at ProDryers. Buy everything on sale with free shipping to anywhere in the lower 48 US states

To get the full touchless, hands-free experience in a restroom, we suggest using automatic, hands-free soap dispensers, automatic faucets, automatic flush valves, touchless high speed hand dryers and either an automatic door or place an automatic paper towel dispenser next to the door (with a waste receptacle) so customers can avoid touching the door handle.

Creating a more hygienic experience in the restroom will go a long way in helping the image of the business in the customers’ eyes. Customers will walk away feeling relieved by the technology on the restroom and will have a higher chance of becoming a repeat customer. Having a dirty, unhygienic restroom can be catastrophic to restaurants even if the food is excellent. People have come around to expect clean, hygienic restrooms, and they aren’t happy with anything less.

At ProDryers, we offer the very best prices on all major hand dryer brands along with free shipping. If you find hand dryers priced cheaper or at better discounts, contact us and we’ll beat the price. Our prices can’t be beat on major brands such as the following: Dyson Airblade, Excel Dryer Xlerator hand dryer, Mitsubishi Jet Towel, American Dryer Extreme Air, World Dryer SmartDri, World Dryer Airforce, Palmer Fixture Blue Storm Hand Dryer, Saniflow hand dryers, and much more. From the Dyson hand dryer to all high speed brands, we offer it all. Buy from ProDryers, the #1 trusted Master Distributor of all major hand dryers.

Customers today have come to appreciate touchless restroom technology from automatic hand dryers, touchless soap dispensers, hands-free faucets and flush valves, and more. Business should not underestimate the importance of a touchless, hygienic restroom and the positive impact it could have on your customer base.

Water Parks Could Use Hand Dryers and Touchless Restroom Products to Combat Bacteria

Touchless Restrooms in Water Parks are Essential to Fighting the Spread of Bacteria

Touchless Restrooms in Water Parks are Essential to Fighting the Spread of Bacteria

Water parks, especially indoor water parks, are potentially some of the most bacteria-rich vacation destinations.  Bacteria breeds in wet areas and spreads by human touch throughout the facilities.  The public restrooms at water parks are clearly a breeding ground for germs.  Hygienic restrooms would go a long way in retaining repeat customers.  Everything in the restrooms should be touchless.  The floors are already a challenge to keep dry as wet swimmers frequently drip water everywhere while using the bathroom.  The constant loop of traffic repetitively spreads the germs back into the water park and hotel or resort.  Small children spread germs and bacteria rapidly, especially in damp, wet environments.  Keeping water completely off the floor is just not a realistic hope in this type of environment, but maintenance crews should be mopping the floors regularly and the floors should be designed to drain water constantly.  After visiting many outdoor and indoor water parks, finding a hygienic restroom design has been a challenge.

Restrooms should utilize touchless hand dryers such as the Dyson Airblade, the Xlerator, the Extreme Air, or one of the many World Dryer high speed hand dryers.  The Dyson Airblade is the most hygienic hand dryer on the market as it has earned the HACCP and NSF certifications.  The HEPA filter removes 99.9% of all bacteria in the air before blowing air onto the hands at a 12 second fast dry time utilizing air knife technology.   The Excel Dryer Xlerator, American Dryer ExtremeAir, and World Dryer SmartDri are also great choices for keeping swimmers and water slide fanatics from having to touch paper towel dispensers.  Paper towels in water park restrooms are an absolute unhygienic solution as damp paper will end up scattered across the floors and stuffed in toilets.

Water parks need partitions for toilets, urinals, showers, and dressing rooms.  The partitions should be fire-resistant and not rust from exposure to dampness or collect odors.  Bobrick offers a full line of toilet partitions and restroom stalls to choose from with rapid 10 and 20 day shipment times.  In some cases, over 400 color choices are available.

Bacteria are spread by touch from surface to surface.  Eliminating the human touch from the equation will greatly reduce the spread of bacteria and germs.  Touchless, automatic faucets and touchless flush valves are an essential step in reducing the breeding grounds for harmful bacteria.  Hydrotek is a high quality brand offering the very best in automatic faucet and hands-free flush valves in terms of quality and durability.  Besides reducing the spread of bacteria, automatic flush valves and faucets will conserve water and energy leading to a more cost efficient solution.

Automatic soap dispensers should be placed near sinks instead of manual soap dispensers.  Again, water parks should utilize touchless technology in the restrooms wherever possible.  Automatic, touchless soap dispensers cut down on overuse of soap and lead to cost savings as well.

It should be a given, but all restrooms (water park or not) should always include baby changing stations.  There is nothing more frustrating to a parent than trying to use a restroom designed without babies in mind.

The next important product all water park restrooms and locker room should use is commercial hair dryers made for gyms and locker rooms.  The World Dryer AirStyle hair dryer or the Excel Dryer H76 are both great solutions for drying wet hair fast.

Buy hand dryers and more on sale at the absolute best price anywhere plus get free shipping at ProDryers.com, the most trusted distributor in the United States.

For your convenience, a list of the top indoor water parks to visit in the United States is listed below:

Great Wolf Lodge, Grand Mound, Washington
America’s largest family of indoor water park hotels, Great Wolf has 12 lodges to its name. Its only West Coast location is in Grand Mound and draws much of its attendance from nearby Seattle. Those looking for thrills either head to the Howlin’ Tornado, a raft ride that swirls riders up its funneled 30-foot sides, or the River Canyon Run, where a round raft drops six stories through a chute, sailing over 500 feet of water in all. There’s also Fort Mackenzie, a four-story tree house loaded with suspension bridges, cargo nets, and full buckets to keep climbers soaked. 20500 Old Highway 99 SW, Centralia, Wash., 800/640-9653, greatwolf.com/grandmound/waterpark. Park access for resort guests only; from $199 (includes water park tickets and sleeps four).
Short drive from Tacoma (55 miles), Seattle (84 miles).

Wilderness Territory Waterpark Resort, Wisconsin Dells
Four distinct parks make up this massive 600-acre resort, which stays a balmy 88 degrees regardless of the temperature outside. It may take several seasons to experience all of the rides here, but the park’s tour de force is the Hurricane—a family raft ride that drops 58 feet then spins into a funnel that mimics a hurricane in enough detail (lightning and fog machine alert!) to be as terrifying as it is fun. Kids and adults alike attest that filling up the kiddie pool with “Bumper Boats” was a sheer stroke of genius, and a word to the wise: The Great Wave—a 15,450-square-foot wave pool that pits swimmers against five-foot swells—is addictive. 511 E. Adams St., Wisconsin Dells, Wis., 800/867-9453, wildernessresort.com. Park access for resort guests only; doubles from $99.
Short drive from Madison, Wis. (55 miles).

Splash Lagoon, Erie, Pennsylvania
The first water park in the U.S. opened in 1989, and 13 years later Pennsylvania finally caught on onto the trend with Splash Lagoon. It may have taken a while, but as this park proves—some things are worth waiting for. The Tiki Tree house is right at the top of the park’s greatest hit list—half fortress, half obstacle course, the attraction is a favorite among kids who love the bridges, slides and the huge bucket of water that periodically deluges unsuspecting guests. Of course, waterslides feature prominently here and the two standouts are: Shark Attack, a furiously fast body slide that twists and turns outside the building; and the Black Hole, a tunnel slide that leaves you in the dark until the very end. The park attracts about 400,000 annual visitors and will open a new 30,000-square-foot wave pool this summer. 8091 Peach St., Erie, Penn., 866/377-5274, splashlagoon.com. Day passes from $35; rooms at varying hotels in the area from $119 (includes water park tickets).
Short drive from Cleveland (102 miles), Buffalo (96 miles), Pittsburgh (128 miles).

Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark, Boyne Falls, Michigan
In Michigan’s northwestern region, Boyne is best known as a ski escape. But the area is also home to the 88,000-square-foot Avalanche Bay, where skiers often thaw out in the 84-degree temperatures. Adventure-seekers should head to the South Wall, a 25-foot-high climbing wall that pours H2O on daredevils attempting to summit. Those keen to stay on the ground should listen for the Splasherhorn’s rumblings—the four-story play structure dumps 800 gallons of water on passers-by throughout the day. The park is also home to Michigan’s only surf simulator, the Rip Zone, where guests can try either stand-up surfing or boogie boarding. 1 Boyne Mountain Rd., Boyne Falls, Mich., 800/462-6963, avalanchebay.com. Tickets from $19; double rooms at Boyne Mountain Resort from $181 per night (includes water park tickets and free arcade tokens).
Short drive from Traverse City , Mich.(58 miles), Grand Rapids (169 miles).

Kalahari Resort, Sandusky, Ohio
The African-themed Kalahari is an expansive 173,000 square feet (it’s the largest water park under one roof in the U.S.) and features a spectrum of thrill rides, from the 55-foot-tall Cheetah Race waterslide to the speedy, 400-foot-long Rippling Rhino tube ride. But a must-do is the 500-foot-long Zip Coaster: Utilizing a conveyor belt system, it launches two-person rafts into a series of free-fall drops, on-a-dime turns, and tunnels, all in a 30-second blur. 7000 Kalahari Dr., Sandusky, Ohio, 877/525-2427, kalahariresorts.com/oh. Day passes from $39; rooms from $159 (includes water park tickets and sleeps four).
Short drive from Toledo (60 miles), Cleveland (62 miles).
Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Indoor Waterpark, Galveston, Texas
Meet the chain that invented the lazy river—a concept so popular that it’s now practically a requirement at any water park worth its salt. The latest outpost from Schlitterbahn—a family-owned operation with four parks in the U.S.—has put a twist on the concept by adding waves to a river that is nearly a quarter-mile long (called Torrent River, this splashy adventure is anything but lazy). The company has another first under its belt with this Galveston Island park, too; it’s the first “convertible” water park in the world, which means that it can convert from indoor to outdoor, depending on the weather. Of the dozen indoor attractions at the 26-acre park, the steep, 60-foot-high Rohr! is a favorite, where riders break speeds of 30 mph while whooshing down a 244-foot-long body slide. 2026 Lockheed St., Galveston, Tex., 409/770-9283, schlitterbahn.com/gal. Day passes from $28.
Short drive from Houston (50 miles), Austin (215 miles).

 

Water Park of America, Bloomington, Minnesota
This 70,000-square-foot water park is right next to the gargantuan Mall of America, refreshing tired shoppers with more than 300,000 gallons of water daily. The park’s signature is a 10-story-tall tower waterslide for raft riders that drops and curves for more than a mile (the enclosed-tube ride is so long that it even takes a loop outside the building!). No water park would be complete without a surf simulator, and the Water Park of America delivers with a wave-maker that moves water between 25 to 30 mph. For younger children there are three body-slides and activity pools. After drying off, kids can hit the huge arcade with more than 100 games. 1700 American Blvd. East, Bloomington, Minn., 952/ 698-8888, waterparkofamerica.com. Day passes from $20; rooms from $180 (includes water park tickets and sleeps four).
Short drive from Minneapolis (13 miles), Cedar Rapids, Iowa (266 miles).

Massanutten Resort, McGaheysville, Virginia
Massanutten offers more than just warm water temperatures and eight big attractions: The 42,000-square-foot glass-walled, pyramid-shaped structure also has views of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. As for rides, the Melting Mogul body slide sends folks on a heart-stopping descent into total darkness, and the Peak Splash slide is more than 440 feet high and moves 2,000 gallons of water per minute. Parents can recover from it all in the Shenandoah Hot Springs, an indoor/outdoor hot tub that’s open year round. 1822 Resort Dr., McGaheysville, Va., 540/289-9441, massresort.com. Day passes from $38; double rooms from $150 (does not include water park tickets, and sleeps four).
Short drive from Richmond (106 miles), D.C. (146 miles).

KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort, Gurnee, Illinois
Part of a 414-room resort, KeyLime’s 65,000-square-foot water park is decorated in dazzling colors, easily brightening up any Midwest winter. The real claim to fame is the dizzying Hurricane Vortex, which shoots raft riders 40 mph into an orange-and-yellow swirling bowl and then drops them on a 44-foot plunge. Kids can’t get enough of a pair of body slides named Wahoo and Screaming Banshee (the names really say it all), and parents are pleased with the adults-only whirlpool at the KeyLime Grotto. 1700 Nations Drive, Gurnee, Ill., 877/360-0403, keylimecove.com. Park access for resort guests only; double rooms from $180 (includes water park tickets).
Short drive from Chicago (40 miles), Milwaukee (50 miles).

Silver Rapids Indoor Waterpark, Kellogg, Idaho
Idaho’s largest indoor water park was built especially with teens in mind. The park’s calling card is Hoop Lagoon—a court-sized, three-foot deep, warm-water pool with real basketball hoops suspended overhead for friendly games. There’s also a Flow Rider surf wave that moves at 35 mph and the Crossing, where kids can jump between floating obstacles like lily pads. For together time, families flock to the Moose Sluice, a raft waterslide that sends parties of four careening through a dark tunnel. 610 Bunker Ave., Kellogg, Idaho, 866/344-2675, silvermt.com. Park access for resort guests only; rooms from $153 (includes water park tickets and sleeps four).
Short drive from Spokane (68 miles), Missoula, Mont. (129 miles).