It’s been a hot summer. If you don’t have air conditioning, you know what a struggle it can be to keep cool on hot days and nights. Dyson Pure Cool HEPA Air Purifier & Fan is a pricey option, so is it worth it? I had a chance to test out this fan and purifier for a few weeks in my home.
What’s new with Dyson Pure Cool HEPA Air Purifier & Fan?
If you’ve seen the previous version of this fan & purifier you may think you know what you’re getting, but there are some upgrades with this new model.
New LCD screen: continuously monitors indoor air quality and displays real-time reports
There’s two airflow modes: forward airflow mode cools you as a fan with purified air and backward airflow mode acts as a purification-only mode – purifying and circulating air throughout the room without cooling you .
It’s got much wider oscillation: It can oscillate up to 350°, allows you to project air at almost any angle within the room, as well as customizable angles using the Dyson Link app. You can set how wide a sweep it will make in the app. Choose static, 45 degrees, 90, 180 or 350.
There’s new filters: a HEPA filter for particle capture and a carbon filter for gaseous pollutant and household odours.
There’s no doubt the allure of a Dyson product is in its design. made to look like—and operate like—nothing else, these fans, like their vacuums and the Dyson Supersonic hairdryer (click link for review) are eye-catching. The Dyson Pure Cool Fan is really nice looking and it definitely matches my home’s modern design.
Bladeless design: does it make a difference?
The fan is bladeless, so the only thing you’ll see is the airflow loop on top, set atop a sturdy swivel base. The airflow comes in through the base, which is where the purifying happens. There’s several layers of filters (which we’ll get to) which cleans the air of particles, then shoots it out the top to blow across the room and cool you.
One of the things that I really like about this fan is the lack of blades. The blades in traditional fans pick up dirt and dust and greasy goo after a while, and they get gross. That stuff is probably getting spit right back at you particle by particle.
I’ve tried cleaning my old school fans and it’s not easy, nor fun. This fan means cleaner air, not just because of the lack of blades, but also because of the purification.
When the fan arrives at your home, it will require assembly of the purifying filters. There’s three layers including a cover, HEPA filter and activated carbon filter, in two halves which you’ll clip together, then clip onto the fan base. It’s straight forward and done in a minute.
With the fan assembled you can turn it on using the included remote control, or set up the app for smartphone control. You just need to download the app, set up or sign into an account, and then pair the fan. It takes just a minute and you’ll get all the control you can with the remote, plus monitoring and pollution stats.
What type of pollution is measured & filtered?
The Dyson Pure Cool HEPA Air Purifier & Fan automatically detects and reports air quality levels in real time on allergens and pollutants like PM 2.5, PM 10, VOC and NO2, as well as formaldehyde, benzine and ozone.
It captures pollutants with those 360° Sealed HEPA and activated carbon filters: the fully-sealed filter system combines an activated carbon filter to remove gases, and a Glass HEPA filter that captures 99.97% of microscopic allergens and pollutants as small as 0.3 microns.
If you want to view historical data for the purifier to identify any trends, you can check it in the app. You can view a bar graph of average air quality, or day by day and hour by hour trends.
While Dyson’s fans and purifiers are extremely low maintenance, Dyson recommends you replace the filters at least yearly, assuming an average of 12 hours of use per day.
Filters need annual replacement; they’re expensive
Neither the HEPA filters, nor the carbon filters are washable. the machine will tell you when it’s time.
There are 10 levels of fan power so you can control the airflow. There’s also those two new airflow modes: forward airflow for cooling you with purified air and backward airflow which just purifies and circulates air throughout the room without cooling .
You can also schedule the fan & purifier to come on on a schedule you set, or use Night Mode to run softly, and with a dimmed display.
The remote control is small and light and has all the controls you need. It’s also magnetic and sticks to the top of the fan so it’s always someplace you can find it.
When running on lower powers, this fan and purifier is ultra quiet. Once you start cranking it up, the noise is more noticeable, and more akin to what a regular fan might sound like. It’s noticeable if you need it cranked up at night, and I’d say it compares to traditional fans noise-wise. If anything it seems less noisy. I also notice the fan doesn’t blow directly on you like traditional fans do. It feels more like a softer whoosh of air as opposed to a direct hari-ruffling stream.
Overall review of Dyson Pure Cool HEPA Air Purifier & Fan
Overall there’s a lot to like about this fan. The design, the customizable options and settings and the rugged durability just for starters. The fact this fan is also a purifier is also a big plus, albeit one you are paying for.
If there were any downsides to this device, it could be it’s a little on the big side; this model, anyway. It’s also pricey which is a drawback for many. The filters also require annual replacement and the HEPA filter is listed on Dyson’s website for about $100. Not an inexpensive amount for upkeep.
I think if you’re contemplating this fan, you probably already have the budget to afford it, so in that case, go for it. There’s a lot of bang for your bucks. If price is a concern, you can get cool with a simple fan for $50 or less.
Dyson Pure Cool HEPA Air Purifier & Fan sells for about $549 from Dyson and places like best Buy and Amazon.
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