The Xlerator XL-SB: A Comprehensive Review

Oct 12, 2023 | Excel Dryer, XLERATOR

In today’s world, efficient and reliable hand dryers are the new standard in public restrooms. The Xlerator XL-SB is one such hand dryer that has gained popularity for its exceptional performance and advanced features. In this comprehensive review, we will delve into every aspect of the Xlerator XL-SB to help you make an informed decision.


Overview of the Xlerator XL-SB

The Xlerator XL-SB is a top selling hand dryer produced by the Excel Dryer company – a family-run business operating out of East Longmeadow, MA.

Excel is known for its patented technology in 2001 introducing “the world’s first high-speed efficient hand dryer” as well as proudly manufacturing its products in the United States.

It’s important to now that the “SB” aspect of the “Xlerator XL-SB” is what refers to its Brushed Stainless Steel Color Finish. Besides this one aesthetic difference, the summary below will also apply to the rest of the variants in the Xlerator model series.


What is Most Unique about the Xlerator XL-SB?

With the amount of options available in the hand dryer market, choosing the right one can be an overwhelming experience.

For that reason, let’s quickly highlight what makes the Xlerator XL-SB most unique:

  • Extremely High Performing with the fastest drying speed on the market of as low as 8 seconds
  • Time Tested with over a decade of success in the market
  • Brand Recognition that speaks to the reliability and quality of product that your users will receive
  • EPD & HPD Credits both Environmental and Health Product Declarations for your Company Reporting.
  • Durability from high quality stainless steel.

Key Features & Benefits

Market Leading Performance Features

  • Dry Time of 8 Seconds
  • Adjustable Sound level of  65-75 dB
  • Adjust Heat to your preferences- High, Medium, Low and Off
  • Externally Visible LED showing when service is needed
  • Adjustable speed and temperature settings allow users to customize their hand-drying experience to their liking.

Economic Savings

  • 80% Less Energy Used Than Conventional Hand Dryers
  • 95% Cost Savings compared to buying Paper Towels
  • Save on Paper Towel Replenishment & Waste

Green & Sustainability

  • Contributes to Qualification for several LEED® credits
  • Helps facilities reduce their carbon footprint

Hygiene & Health

  • Automatic sensor for touchless operation, avoiding spread of bacteria
  • HEPA Filter available as additional upgrade
  • Antimicrobial Wall Guards protect walls from water and prevent bacteria growth


Key Technical Specifications

Here are some of the key technical specifications to consider:

  • Color Finish: Brushed Stainless Steel
  • Dry time: 8 Seconds
  • Activation: Automatic Sensor
  • Mounting: Surface Mounted
  • Motor Speed: up to 24.000 revolutions per minute (RPM)
  • Watt hours: 3.7
  • Heat settings: Adjustable (High, Medium, Low, Off)
  • Airflow: up to 20,000 linear feet per minute (LFM)
  • Adjustable heat range: 72°F-135°F
  • Dimensions: 11 3/4” W x 12 11/16” H x 6 11/16” D
  • Weight: 15-17 lbs
  • ADA-Compliant: Available with Recess Kit
  • Adjustable sound level: 65-75 dB
  • Adjustable velocity: 13,000-20,000 LFM
  • Adjustable flow rate: 42-63 CFM
  • Made in: USA
  • Warranty: 7-Year Limited
  • Voltage Options: 110-120V or 208-277V


Design and Aesthetics

Not only does the Xlerator XL-SB excel in functionality, but it also stands out in terms of design and aesthetics.


Material and Finish

The Xlerator XL SB is constructed from high-quality stainless steel, ensuring durability and longevity. The sleek brushed finish gives it a sophisticated and modern look, making it a perfect choice for upscale establishments.

But it’s not just about the durability and sleekness of the stainless steel construction. The choice of material also ensures that the Xlerator XL-SB is resistant to corrosion and easy to clean. This means that it will maintain its pristine appearance even after years of heavy use in busy restrooms.

Furthermore, the brushed finish not only adds to the overall aesthetic appeal of the Xlerator XL-SB but also serves a practical purpose. It helps to minimize the visibility of fingerprints and smudges, ensuring that the hand dryer always looks clean and polished


Product Comparison

In your evaluation to purchase the right hand dryer for your situation, let’s take a look at how the XL-SB compares to other alternatives on the market.


Price Comparison: Higher

Simply put, the Xlerator XL-SB is one of the highest priced hand dryer models on the market. Currently the model is on sale for $850.00 at the time of this posting.

Given that the initial initial investment is higher, you’ll want to consider whether it’s a cost-effective choice in the long run. The durability and reliability of this model decrease the odds of maintenance and repair costs.


Performance Comparison: Top Performer

Between it’s market-leading drying speed of 8 seconds, adjustable settings, quiet operation, and upgrade options such as HEPA or custom design finishes, it’s undeniably a well-rounded and complete solution.


Potential Downsides: Aesthetics

While it’s tough to poke any holes in this market leading model, if there were to be any, it might be the aesthetics. The Xlerator models can appear a bit industrial looking compared to its competitors like World Dryer and Bobrick, whose product lines include more modern and ergonomic designs. Of course this is great for certain industrial or commercial settings, but perhaps not as ideal for others.

Something else to consider would be the sanitization method of HEPA compared to alternative ones used by companies like Bobrick, who utilize an integrated sanitization technology approach without using HEPA.


Dimensions and Installation

The Xlerator XL-SB features compact dimensions that make it suitable for both small and large restrooms. It measures 12.75 inches in height, 11.75 inches in width, and 6.75 inches in depth. These dimensions allow for easy installation in a variety of restroom layouts, without taking up excessive space.

When it comes to installation, it can be installed either recessed or surface-mounted, depending on the specific requirements of the restroom. The recessed mounting option allows for a seamless integration with the wall, creating a sleek and unobtrusive appearance. On the other hand, the surface mounting option provides quick and easy installation, ideal for retrofitting in existing restrooms.

Additionally, the Xlerator XL-SB comes with a detailed installation manual and all the necessary mounting hardware, ensuring a hassle-free and straightforward installation process.

With its slick design, high-quality material, and versatile installation options, the Xlerator XL-SB is not just a hand dryer, can be a statement piece that elevates the aesthetics of any restroom.


Maintenance and Longevity

The Xlerator XL SB is designed to withstand the demands of high-traffic areas and requires minimal maintenance. Let’s explore its longevity features:


Cleaning and Upkeep

The Xlerator XL-SB’s stainless steel construction makes it easy to clean and maintain. Regular wiping with a damp cloth is sufficient to keep it looking pristine. The inclusion of a removable drip tray ensures hassle-free maintenance and promotes cleanliness.


Durability and Warranty

  • All covers will be fastened to a base plate by two chrome plated tamper-proof bolts.
  • Cover shall be one of the following:
    • Die-cast zinc alloy – One-piece, heavy-duty, rib-reinforced, lightweight, unbreakable, rustproof and all exposed surfaces shall be bright chrome plated or finished with chip-proof, electrostatically applied epoxy paint.
    • Bulk Molding Compound (BMC) – White reinforced thermoset resin.
    • Stainless Steel – with a brushed finish.
    • Special Image – Digital image applied to die-cast or stainless steel covers using patented Kolorfusion Sublimation Decoration process
  • Base plate shall be equipped with (3) 7/8″ (22 mm) diameter holes, the bottom one is suitable for use with surface conduit.
  • All internal parts shall be coated according to Underwriters’ Laboratories, Inc. requirements.
  • Entire mechanism shall be internally grounded

The dryer shall be guaranteed to be free from defects for a period of seven (7) years. Warranty shall include labor performed at factory as well as the repair or exchange of defective parts, at manufacturer’s option.


Energy Consumption

Despite its incredible power, the Xlerator XL-SB is surprisingly energy-efficient. Equipped with a high-efficiency motor, it consumes only 510 watts of power, making it an economical choice. Its intelligent sensor mechanism ensures that the dryer operates only when hands are detected, further conserving energy.


Case Study

The Xlerator model series has been enjoyed by organizations all around the world, including New York’s famous Grand Central Station.

In this video, watch how these dryers serve 750,000 people daily with 24 dryers, using no paper towels.


Product & Pricing

At the time of this posting, Xlerator XL-SB is on sale for $850.00 on the PlumbersParadise storefront.

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