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Tekflo

Tekflo's main aim is to provide the very best solution in automatic hand dryers to both private customers or trade customers such as wholesalers, architects, specifiers and contractors.

Since 2008 our experienced team have been designing, manufacturing and selling innovative, automatic hand dryers always striving to make our stylish hand dryers quieter, reliable, quicker and cheaper to run than our competitors.

We’ve had lots of great feedback too. Customers have told us what they expect from their hand dryers, and we’ve taken all of that insight on board to develop a range that is reliable, effective and stylish.

Tekflo develop products that are leading the industry to give you the performance and reliability of bigger manufacturers, at a fraction of their prices which means that you’ll be able to find the most cost-effective option for your school, shopping centre, office, factory, or hotel.

Tekflo's innovative hand dryers are designed, developed and manufactured in-house. We don’t make hand dryers for any other company; Tekflo is the manufacturer and sole distributor and these impressive products are sold and dispatched from our UK distribution centre located in the East Midlands.

Tekflo's emphasis is on helping facilities managers, architects and the general public find the right product at the right price.

Our range is relatively small, which makes it easy for you to visually compare the options and see the key features for each product. Also when dealing with Tekflo, you'll know that you will be purchasing a top quality product at an unbelievable price which also comes with the highest levels of customer service at the time of sale and beyond.


Products

Twin Blade Hand Dryer

Twin Blade Hand Dryer

Tekflo's Twin Blade Hand Dryer is definitely a really popular choice inside high traffic public washrooms, in such establishments as restaurants, scho...

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Advanced Hand Dryer

Advanced Hand Dryer

The Tekflo Advanced Hand Dryer is renowned to be ultra-fast, quiet and environmentally friendly, this is our most advanced hand dryer. This is the mos...

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Automated Hand Driers

Automated Hand Driers

Tekflo's Automated Hand Driers are not plain, grey and boring.... in fact our designs range from sleek silver to richly coloured customised hand and f...

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Automatic Classic Hand Dryer

Automatic Classic Hand Dryer

Tekflo's robust, Automatic Classic Hand Dryer with it's reliability and consistently high performance makes it a firm customer favourite that’ll keep ...

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Bespoke Coloured Hand Dryer

Bespoke Coloured Hand Dryer

If you are looking for a Bespoke Coloured Hand Dryer that will actually improve the look of your bathroom, then here at Tekflo our team can give you t...

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Corporate Logo Branded Hand Dryers

Corporate Logo Branded Hand Dryers

If you are looking for Corporate Logo Branded Hand Dryers then Tekflo's branding options will you to help build your brand even within your washroom: ...

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Custom Hand Dryer Manufacturer

Custom Hand Dryer Manufacturer

As a highly regarded Custom Hand Dryer Manufacturer if you like what you seeon our website then simply call our team on +44 (0)1509 323036 or email us...

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Hands Free Washroom Hand Drier

Hands Free Washroom Hand Drier

Featuring it's classic good looks Tekflo's Classic Hand Dryer is a hygienic, 'no touch', Hands Free Washroom Hand Drier which will look good in any en...

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Hygienic Hand Drying Equipment

Hygienic Hand Drying Equipment

Tekflo design and manufacture a comprehensive range of Hygienic Hand Drying Equipment which includes our easy to install and maintain, fast, Advanced ...

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Low Cost Hand Dryer

Low Cost Hand Dryer

Tekflo's compact, elegant, Low Cost Hand Dryer is a healthy, hygienic and quiet way to dry your hands in only 20 seconds. Featuring a stylish, corrosi...

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No Touch Hand Dryer

No Touch Hand Dryer

Our automatic, hands free, No Touch Hand Dryer operation provides users with the cleanest possible way of drying their hands. The rotating nozzle can ...

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Premium Level Hand Dryer

Premium Level Hand Dryer

Tekflo's contemporary, ergonomic streamlined style makes the fast, efficient, easy to control and comfortable to use Blade our Premium Level Hand Drye...

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Rotating Nozzle Hand and Face Dryer

Rotating Nozzle Hand and Face Dryer

Finished in Brushed Metal, Polished Chrome, Arctic White or even your own branded colour scheme to match your washroom our Rotating Nozzle Hand and Fa...

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Sensor Controlled Handing Systems

Sensor Controlled Handing Systems

Buying Sensor Controlled Handing Systems from Tekflo couldn;t be easier. Our team will help you through the process to make sure you get the right han...

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Small Automatic Hand Dryer

Small Automatic Hand Dryer

With it's stylish, curvaceous appearance our Small Automatic Hand Dryer has been developed to pack a few surprises too in this price bracket. It takes...

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Stainless Steel Hands In Hand Dryer

Stainless Steel Hands In Hand Dryer

The heavy-duty, Stainless Steel Hands In Hand Dryer offers excellent protection from both corrosion and vandalism. This twin blade system provides a r...

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Tekflo Essential Hand Dryer

Tekflo Essential Hand Dryer

The low cost, Tekflo Essential Hand Dryer has proved itself to be a great value solution that doesn’t actually scrimp on customer benefits, which make...

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Tekflo Hand Dryer Support

Tekflo Hand Dryer Support

With our Tekflo Hand Dryer Support you won’t have to phone an automated advice line, in fact if you don’t have to phone another country becauase we ar...

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Ultra Fast Hand Drying Solutions

Ultra Fast Hand Drying Solutions

Tekflo has designed and manufactured a range of Ultra Fast Hand Drying Solutions that can meet all commercial or even domestic requirements. Our websi...

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Paper towels or hand driers

Paper towels or hand driers

So which is better? Paper towels or hand driers?

Which is the more hygienic option? The cheaper option?

Let’s find out…

Cost + efficiency + environmental sustainability

The paper towel manufacturers and the hand dryer designers fight their corners vigorously. They don’t agree on which is the better product – but they do agree on the main factors that influence consumer preferences: environmental sustainability, efficiency and economic cost.

All sorts of studies have been carried out to try and find a definitive winner, so we’re going to give you the most objective summary we possibly can…

Eco-friendliness

First, what impact do paper towels have on the environment?

In the manufacturing process, trees are destroyed and wood must be transported to factories where it is then made into the paper towels we see in restrooms. Concerns about deforestation probably don’t apply here; the wood usually comes from sustainable commercial forests. However, the high environmental cost of the manufacturing process is an issue. Fossil fuels are burnt to supply the electrical energy needed for both the manufacturing and packaging processes. Then there is the cost of transport from factory to purchaser. And of course, none of these are one-off costs; paper towels will require constant replenishment throughout their use.

When considering the overall environmental cost we must also take into account what happens to a paper towel once it’s been used. Although it is not possible to include all accounts of paper towel disposal in this article, it’s safe to say that the vast majority of paper towels are not recycled. And that presents a problem when the paper towels are sent to landfill…

Because paper towels are made of organic material, they release harmful greenhouse gases such as methane when they begin to decompose. This is a massive problem in the USA where 2% of total landfill is made up of paper towels.

There’s another problem... Paper towels don’t fall apart when they get wet. (They wouldn’t work very well if they did.) That means they don’t break down; they actually retain their structure in the mulching process. So what do you do with them? Composting isn’t really an option because paper towels are used on such a large scale. At the moment there simply isn’t an effective way to deal with used paper towels.

So although it’s difficult to take all the environmental factors concerned with paper towel usage into account, we can conclude that paper towels certainly leave a significant carbon footprint.

The environmental impact of hand dryers?

What about the environmental impact of hand dryers?

A standard hand dryer will use around 1.5Kw (per hour of use) and is said (by Slate magazine) to typically last for around 10 years.

Clearly, some electricity will be used to supply a hand dryer once it’s installed. But how does that compare to electricity used to produce and transport paper towels?

The CO2 emissions are lower for hand dryers. There is a one-off delivery of a dryer, compared with ongoing supply of new stocks of paper towels. And no further upkeep is required. On that basis, the hand dryer is the more environmentally friendly option.

In fact, studies have shown that a hand dryer is nearly three times more eco-friendly, producing nearly a third of the CO2 that paper towels create.

In addition there is absolutely no rubbish disposal associated with using electric hand dryers, thereby saving landfill space and reducing amounts of harmful greenhouses gases emitted into the atmosphere.

It has also been found that during the productive life span of the average hand dryer, around 24 fewer trees are cut down than would be felled if paper towels were being used instead.

On the other hand, a hand dryer is clearly more complex than a carbon based paper towel; more materials are required to make one machine. Many of these can now be recycled.

Which is more efficient?

The suggestion has been made by several paper towel manufacturers that in the manufacturing and industrial sector, the hand dryer may actually decrease the company’s overall productivity. Why? Because only one person can use a hand dryer at any one time, whereas paper towels can be used by several people simultaneously. But is that really the case?

The rapid increases in technology have helped make hand dryers more effective. Some models can even dry wet hands in under 10 seconds. Drying one’s hands with a paper towel may take longer.

The winner in terms of lower environmental impact and higher efficiency must therefore be the electric hand dryer.

Economic cost

Clearly the initial cost of a hand dryer surpasses the paper towel. But it is also true that most efficient hand dryers will pay for themselves in under a year. That’s based on the conservative assumption that the unit will be used over 100 times per day.

Without factoring in the cost of rubbish bags and maintenance, an average size company will spend around £2,000 a year. By comparison, the initial cost of an electric hand dryer and an annual operating cost of around £60 is a much smaller price to pay.

Conclusion

In conclusion, these factors are all interdependent when determining which method of hand drying is most appropriate for your situation.

But it is clear that it is necessary to encourage the development of hand dryers; the continual advances in technology are key in providing long-term environmental sustainability and ongoing efficiency.

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