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Manufacturer: Excel Dryer
Where: Crow's Nest (Santa Cruz, Calif.), Good Life Bar and Restaurant (Boston), Dunkin' Donuts
What they said: Basically, look, we know the thing's loud — but it works. And it does. (And it's loud.)
We say: Unobtrusive looking. It's kind of a cheap amusement park ride, and it certainly felt like the most powerful of the four dryers — we got a rush watching our skin tremble beneath it. Perfect for toweling down wet animals, bathing suits and small bodies of water. However, drying off the armpit area of shirts in July will be quite a chore with this thing.