Dyson Launches the Bathroom Tap That Washes and Dries Your Hands

The Dual Cyclone bagless Dyson vacuum cleaner is possibly one of the best inventions of the 20th century, at least if you tend to vacuum your house a lot anyway. However, you may not know that Sir James Dyson, the inventor, has also come up with some brilliant ideas in his long career, one of which is the Dyson Airblade. This dries the hands in about 10 seconds, saving electricity along the way and making it far more efficient than the standard hand driers you see in most public bathrooms. Taking this concept and combining it with a bathroom tap is his latest invention.

The new Dyson Airblade Tap is attempting to reinvent the tap, allowing you to first wash your hands and then dry them all without having to grab a towel or walk over to the wall mounted hand dryer. It works by water coming through a central nozzle, which starts streaming out when you place your hands underneath it, thus breaking an infrared beam. After you’ve washed your hands enough you then place them underneath the wings and a blast of air scrapes the water away (the Airblade simply uses a speedy blast of air to blow water off instead of trying to evaporate the water with heat like conventional hand dryers). 12 seconds later you’re done, although if you want to use soap during this process you have to provide it yourself.

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I’m a bit surprised that no-one has ever thought of this before, at least as far as I'm aware. It’s an ingenious concept that does away with the need to fit two different sets of kit, although it will cost you quite a bit at £999 a pop. Is that worth it just to wash and dry your hands quicker and save some space? That’s up to you, although apparently we won't be seeing this invention in our personal bathrooms any time soon.

According to Gizmodo, who tested the Airblade Tap today, this isn’t a tap for the home. Rather it’s suited more for the commercial market; it can be quite noisy, stays at a single temperature and the £999 price tag would put the average homeowner off anyway. Plus, what happened to the humble hand towel? It might be a better idea just to get hold of a cheap towel rail, hang a nice fluffy towel on it and away you go!

At the end of the day though it’s an incredibly cool invention and gives us some insight into where the future of bathroom taps may lie, we at Plumbworld just won’t be selling them any time soon! Dyson did wonders for the world of vacuum cleaners, but it remains to be seen if he'll have the same impact in the bathroom world.