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How much does a hand dryer cost to run?

Running cost calculation method for a hand dryer

If the electricity cost is 30 pence per kilowatt-hour (p/kWh), you can calculate the cost of running a hand dryer in the UK by following the steps outlined below. Assuming the hand dryer has a power rating of 1.5 kilowatts (kW) and operates for 1 hour per day, the calculation would be as follows:

Energy consumption per hour = 1.5 kW = 1.5 kWh

Operating time per day = 1 hour

Electricity cost per kWh = 30 pence = £0.30

Daily cost = Energy consumption per hour (kWh) * Operating time per day (hours) * Electricity cost per kWh

Daily cost = 1.5 kWh * 1 hour * £0.30/kWh = £0.45

Cost per dry = Energy consumption per hour (kWh) * Average drying time (seconds) * Electricity cost per kWh / 3600

1.5 kWh * 15 Seconds * £0.30/kWh /3600 = £0.001875 i.e. 5 people drying their hands costs less than 1p

This calculation indicates that it would cost approximately £0.45 per day to run the hand dryer for one hour in the UK, assuming an electricity cost of 30 pence per kilowatt-hour. You can further multiply this by the number of days the hand dryer is in use to get an estimate for the monthly or yearly cost.

Hand dryer maintenance and repair costs

Hand dryers typicall require very little service costs. Over the years, they may require a bit of cleaning and the odd repair to keep them running at their best. The cost of running a hand dryer therefore needs to factor in these costs.


The best way to keep hand dryers working smoothly is to clean them regularly, to stop dust or debris clogging up the air filters and mechanism which may cuase the dryer to strain the motor. You should clean the air filters and replace any HEPA filters inside the dryer roughly every six months.

Repairing Broken Parts

If the hand dryer stops working, you will need to call our helpline to get the problem fixed. Depending on the issue, the cost of repair will vary. It may be a simple case of cleaning the machine or replacing the sensor or motherboard which is usually fairly easy to do. Handy Dryers keep stock of most of the common parts that tend to need replacing.

Handy Dryers running cost calculation

For each product on our website we calculate the running costs for you. This is show above the image on each product page and shows a low and high running cost calculation on dryers where the energy usage can be varied.

Some examples of hand dryers with low running costs

Airbox V2 Economy meter icon
Airbox V2 up to 2667 dries per pound

AirBOX V2 Sound Control Hand Dryer

  • Ultra small footprint
  • Brushed 304 stainless steel finish
  • Sound and Speed control for extra quiet settings
  • Eco function to switch off heat element and conserve energy
Armadillo hand dryer Economy meter icon
Armadillo up to 2182 dries per pound

Armadillo ECO Hand Dryer with HEPA filter

  • Fast hand drying: 8 - 10 seconds
  • High power operation adjustable to save energy
  • Noise Level adjustable 63 - 70 dB(A) at 1 Meter
  • HEPA filter to clean air inside the dryer
Gorillo Ultra Economy meter icon
Gorillo Ultra up to 2182 dries per pound

Gorillo Ultra Blade Hand Dryer with HEPA filter

  • The Ultimate High Power Blade Hand dryer: 7 - 10 second dry time
  • Latest ECO features: On/off Heat element switch and Hi/Low power switch.
  • HEPA filter with Internal UVC filter steriliser
  • Low Noise Output: Only 70dB

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