Need to know
- Dyson has a range of air purifier fans with heating and cooling capabilities (some models have both, while others are just for cooling). The products boast premium features including HEPA filters, smartphone connectivity and voice control
- Whether they’re worth the high price tag depends on your priorities and how you plan on using the product
- Our experts test and rate many popular brands of pedestal fans, tower fans, air purifiers and heaters – check our reviews before you buy
Dyson isn't just about high-end vacuums. Their range of space-age bladeless air purifying fans – which cost from around $500 up to $1000 or more – have also developed a cult following among lovers of the sleek design and fancy features.
All the latest Dyson models have air purifying capabilities. The Dyson Hot + Cool models have both heating and cooling functions, while some of the other air purifying fans only have a cooling function. They all come in a 'tower fan' design, as opposed to a basic pedestal fan design, and are available in various finishes and sizes.
Whether they're worth the price tag depends entirely on your priorities and what you will primarily be using the product for.
CHOICE home appliance expert Chris Barnes says, "We have tested a few Dyson models across a number of areas, looking at how how well they perform as air purifiers, how good they are at cooling, and how well they heat a room. We have seen mixed results, so how well this product will perform for you depends on what you will be using it for."
Features of Dyson air purifying fans
- They're easy to clean as they don't have grills or blades that gather dust.
- They don't have fast spinning blades or exposed heating elements that could cause an injury or accident.
- They are controllable via remote, with adjustable speed settings and sleep timers. Most also have a 'Night Mode' for quiet operation and some models can also be controlled using the Dyson Link smartphone app.
- All new Dyson fans have air purifying and cooling capabilities. Some models also have a heating function.
- All models come with a two-year guarantee.
- They have a sleek look, if that's important to you, and they have a small footprint and are easily portable. The brand is known for investing heavily in engineering new prototypes and perfecting its designs.
How well do Dyson fans work as air purifiers?
All fans in the Dyson range are also air purifiers that claim to improve indoor air quality by projecting purified air, either hot or cool, throughout your home, and removing dust, allergens, gases, odours and pollution in the process.
But how well do they do actually perform? CHOICE experts have tested three Dyson models on their air purifying capabilities – the Dyson Pure Cool TP04, the Dyson Purifier Cool TP07 and the Dyson Pure Cool TP00 – and found that these models don't tend to clean the air as quickly and effectively as other air purifiers in our test.
Chris says: "Our test method for air purifiers is based on the industry standard Clean Air Delivery Rate test (CADR), while Dyson has devised a different test called Polar which they say is more realistic. This may be part of the reason why they perform less effectively in our reviews."
CHOICE experts have found that Dyson air purifiers don't tend to clean the air as quickly and effectively as other models
Chris says another reason that Dyson air purifiers failed to impress our testers could be because they're designed to do double-duty as fans, so this may require some compromise in how much air is filtered at any moment.
"Most air purifiers work by sucking in air and pushing it through a series of filters, and the air leaving the air purifier has lost speed by the time it exits the filters," he says.
"If you really want a tower fan or heater with air purification capability and you have the budget for a Dyson, the models we've tested may be worth considering as there aren't many other combination fan/air purifier models out there.
"However, there are many cheaper heaters and pedestal fans that have superior cooling and heating capabilities and other air purifiers that perform better in our reviews."
How well do Dyson's air purifying fans work as heaters?
If you're looking for a unit that's useful all year round, you may want to look at one of the Dyson fan air purifiers that also functions as a heater.
We looked at two Dyson models in our latest electric heater review: the Dyson Pure Hot+Cool HP00 ($749) and the Dyson Purifier Hot+Cool HP07 ($999).
"The Dyson HP00 delivers very good heating performance, in line with most other Dyson fan heaters that we've tested in the past," says Chris.
"It's quick to heat the room, spreads the heat evenly, and is good at maintaining the room temperature once it's been warmed up. Overall it's a good choice for heating a living room or open plan area."
Overall it's a good choice for heating a living room or open plan areaChris Barnes, CHOICE home appliance expert
However, in a classic case of price not always being a good indicator of performance, our experts were less impressed by the more expensive model.
"The HP07 is also quick to heat a room, but we found its thermostat less effective, meaning the room tended to vary more in temperature," says Chris.
"Disappointingly it also failed our towel drape safety test (where we drape a towel over the heater to see if the heater activates a safety switch). It took over eight minutes to turn off and sustained some warping from the built-up heat during that time, a surprise for a Dyson as they are usually better engineered than that."
If you're just after a simple heater to keep you toasty, our electric heater review uncovered models that outperformed (or performed almost as well as) the top scoring Dyson but cost less, including some impressive models for under $100.
How well do Dyson air purifying fans perform at cooling?
Pedestal fans and tower fans are great options if you can't install air conditioning or if you're renting and need a fast cooling fix. But, if you're just looking to quickly cool a room, do you really need to fork out hundreds for a Dyson fan? Particularly when you can pick up a pedestal fan for under $20 from places like Big W and Kmart?
If you're keen on the air purifying function and also want an appliance you can also use as a heater in the cooler months, then it may be worth considering, however if you're just after a fan, our experts are less convinced.
"We test a range of basic, traditional pedestal fans in our labs here at CHOICE alongside the more high tech expensive models such as Dyson," says our home expert Rebecca Ciaramidaro.
"Our test looks at the strength of airflow of each fan and its ability to create a nice cooling breeze. Although the Dyson models don't perform badly in our tests overall, if a fan that cools you down is your main priority, you can buy a product that does the job for less than a tenth of the price."
You can buy a product that does the job for less than a tenth of the priceCHOICE home expert Rebecca Ciaramidaro
Granted, a cheap $20 pedestal fan won't have any of the additional features touted by the Dyson models – including the air purifying technology, smart connectivity and heating functions – so it depends what your priorities are.
CHOICE tester Matthew Tung puts pedestal fans through their paces in our labs.
Comparing Dyson fan models
Our lab experts have reviewed the fan function of many Dyson models in the past, some of which have been discontinued but may still be available from certain retailers or secondhand. These include the Dyson Cool Tower Fan AM07, the Dyson Hot+Cool Jet Focus AM09 and the Dyson Pure Cool TP04 fan.
"Although these fans perform adequately in our tests, we find that if you're just looking for something to circulate air and create a cooling breeze, the Dyson fans probably aren't worth the extra cash," says Rebecca.
"You're paying a significantly higher price for the design and technology of the added features, which you may or may not need."
CHOICE tip: Most fans could be run 24/7 all summer and you'd only pay about $30 or less for electricity. To make sure you get the best fan for what you need, read our fan buying guide.
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