Review: Dyson Hot+Cool Link Purifier
Considering Dyson's latest Hot+Cool fan? Read our review here to see how it works.
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Dyson has long been the player to beat in the fancy fan space. Not wanting to be outdone in 2017, the experts at Dyson have put something new inside their latest bit of gear: an air purifier that cleans particles, dust and other nasties out of your air before re-releasing it into your room.
The purifier looks much like any other Dyson fan or air multiplier product with its signature blade-free aperture blowing air in a focused beam or a diffused arc around a room with surprisingly powerful range.
The main difference with the air that this new product produces is that it’s been cleaned. The purifier pulls air in through the base, feeds it through a meticulously-sealed HEPA filter and vents it into the room at the selected temperature: hot or cold.
The purifier is at its best when you’re circulating air around the room. It’s efficient when directed solely at one user but it's most efficient when set to its maximum temperature and allowed to oscillate around the room.
Feeling the pressure to remember to clean the air in your room? No worry: the fan has an automatic mode that takes the guesswork out of cleaning the air in your space. You can set it to run throughout the night without waking anyone up, but this program slows the fan down to its slower, quieter speeds.
Replacement filters come at a cost of $99 and should be replaced every 18-24 months, or whenever your app tells you it’s time.
It’s worth pointing out that the “cool” element may have been slightly overstated. While it does an excellent job at actually heating a room, cooling it is another proposition.
The heating element is highly efficient at heating up a room in the cooler months but when it comes to cooling a room in the summer, you’d be better off investing in an actual air conditioning system rather than just a fan. The Dyson will certainly cool you down if you’re sitting directly in front of it, but it can’t beat out an actual air conditioner for cooling an entire space when the temperature hits 42 degrees.
Dyson Link app
What’s that.. an app? That’s right: the “Link” in the Hot+Cool Link Purifier means that it works with your iOS or Android smartphone. When you connect the fan to your Wi-Fi network and locate it through your Dyson Link app, you can control the fan remotely using your smartphone, meaning you have control of the on/off switch when you're not home. This feature is perfect if you want your home heated up or cooled down before you get home from work.
Another cool feature is the ability to track the air quality levels both inside and outside your home over time with a nifty graph and a readout. The app keeps you informed complete with recommendations on how to best modify your air to achieve best results.
The only downside we found while using the app is a slight delay in sending a signal from your phone to the device as it travels over Wi-Fi. If you wish to re-adjust the fan's angle, it’s quickest to do so using the fan’s remote control instead. .
The Hot+Cool Link Purifier's design is a little different to other Dyson fans. It’s wider at the base to accommodate the purification unit, and Dyson engineers have worked to ensure that the product can still fit in the area of an A4 piece of paper.
While this space sounds diminutive at first, finding a bit of space for your purifier on your home entertainment unit, desk or bedside table may be a challenge.
We tested the desk model, but there is a free-standing tower model that would be more helpful for those looking for a product that you can place on the floor instead of on a furniture surface.
At $799 the model we tested is on the pricier end of the spectrum, but it can be justified if you give it some thought.
The Hot+Cool Link Purifier is essentially three devices in one: a heater, a powerful fan and an air purifier. Dyson’s Air Multiplier cooling fan will run you $399 while Dyson’s Hot+Cool fan is priced at $599 and a bargain-basement air purifier will cost around $150. A free-standing model could cost up to $700 on its own. That being said, combining all of these devices into a single, quality model from Dyson might actually save you money in the long run.
With this breakdown in mind, the Hot+Cool Link Purifier is one of the best and highest-quality home air gadgets out there.
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