Last year, Dyson released the Cool Me, described as a personal purifier fan and with the recent hot weather, you might be tempted to splurge on the pricey model.
It’s not the first in their range – they’ve been selling bladeless fans for years but it is the first smaller sized device designed to clean and cool you at the same time.
It sounds pretty nifty as it projects cool, filtered air directly at you but it does come with a hefty £299 price tag.
So is it worth it compared to a the normal desk fan I picked up for £20 a few summers ago?
Well one of the obvious benefits is that a normal fan won’t have the purifying element. It has a sealed filter, which claims to be able to remove pollen and allergens, bacteria and mould spores and ultrafine particles.
A test of other Dyson models by Which? last year said that their air purifiers may not be worthwhile but of course, this is a newer model.
The fan itself has 10 settings, which you can change with a remote control – handy for keeping beside your bed if you get too hot or cold during the night. It also has a sleep timer, so you can set it to turn off once you’ve drifted over.
It doesn’t have blades, which should be make it quieter but once you get beyond level four, you can definitely hear it, particularly as it’s meant to be to keep you cool, rather than the whole room so it needs to be fairly close.
There is an oscillation setting to make it rotate from side to side and cover a wider area, but it is for one person so can’t really be used to cool a whole room down.
Another issue is the size – you might expect it to sit comfortably on a bedside table and it does, but there isn’t much room left for anything else. A normal tower or pedestal fan beside your bed might be easier.
As it’s a ‘personal’ purifier, you would expect to be able to move it from room to room but it’s pretty big and bulky – even the plug is huge.
On the fan, there are two settings to adjust the airflow so it is pointing directly at you if you are sitting down or upwards if you are in a different position. It feels difficult to get the angle right though as there are only two options, and most fans are more adjustable.
It certainly cools quickly on a lower setting but overall, it’s like quite a high price to pay. It works at keeping you cool but it doesn’t feel like it works six times better than a pedestal fan costing around £30-£50.
If you are prone to allergies, you may find the air purifying feature useful but if you’re just looking for something to keep you cool during the UK’s few weeks of heat every year, you’re probably better sticking a traditional model.
You could say, I’m not a big fan.
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