Dyson £1,000 Airblade Tap tested in hands-on video

Luke Westaway gets his mitts washed and dried by Dyson's £1,000 tap in the hands-on video.


Dyson, eh? The company is best known for making weird looking vacuum cleaners and high-velocity hand dryers. So what's the British firm's next invention? Well, to paraphrase the great Admiral Ackbar, it's a tap!

Yes indeed, we've gone hands-on (or should that be under?) with Dyson's Airblade Tap -- a ludicrously pricey piece of bathroom furniture. Click play on the video above to see what it looks like in reality.

This is not just any tap, dear reader. It washes your hands automatically after you've triggered an infrared sensor, then dries them using these air-blasting prongs on the side.

Beneath the surface, the tap is powered by a brand-new Dyson digital motor, which spins up to 90,000rpm in just a second. Dyson says the motor took seven years to develop, at a cost of nearly £30m.

It's money well spent though, as Dyson says this monster will get your hands dry in 12 seconds. I've given it a try, and the amount of air that's pushed through these sub-1mm slits is pretty impressive.

It saves you traipsing across the bathroom to use the hand drier, but that convenience doesn't come cheap -- this tap costs a whopping £1,000. There's also no way to change the water temperature, which means this fancy faucet probably isn't the ideal choice for your house.

Instead you'd be better off waiting for the Airblade Tap to pop up in restaurants or train stations, which will probably start happening in the next few months.

In the meantime let us know which piece of household technology you'd like to see given a high-tech reimagining by sticking a note in the comments, or on our Facebook wall.

About the author

Luke Westaway is a senior editor at CNET and writer/ presenter of Adventures in Tech, a thrilling gadget show produced in our London office. Luke's focus is on keeping you in the loop with a mix of video, features, expert opinion and analysis.


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