Looking for a way to breathe easier at home? The latest launch from Dyson may just be what the doctor ordered.
Launched earlier this month, the Pure Hot+Cool Link is a “smart” fan that keeps your home climate-controlled while killing 99.97 per cent of allergens and pollutants in the air — even those as small as 0.3 microns.
These include everything from volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from air fresheners and cleaning products, carbon and coal dust from wood-burning fireplaces to dead skin and (ick) disintegrated feces from pets, pollen and other potential pollutants including cooking smells and paint fumes. A blessing for allergy sufferers or those who just can’t seem to get a breath of fresh air.
But all of this comes at a pretty steep price. Yep, this fan will set you back a cool $700.
But there’s a lot of research behind that price.
In order to come up with this model, Dyson created 250 prototypes putting to work the 3,000 engineers and scientists that work at the company. Unlike other air purifiers on the market, this one was built to automatically monitor the condition of the air and react accordingly using a app that is linked up to the fan. You can even control the air quality when you’re not home — a real bonus if one of your furry friends has respiratory issues.
We tested it out over at Yahoo Canada to see how it measured up.
One of the first things we noticed is the that setting the purifier up with the app is kind of a pain. It basically involves syncing your fan and your mobile device on the same wifi network — which sounds simple enough in theory, but like most techie gadgets it ended up taking way longer than expected.
That said, things ran pretty smoothly once we were set up. From the app we were able to monitor the current air quality in our office, play around with the fan temperature and airflow, as well as set timers for when we wanted it to come on or turn off. Most of these things you can also do with the remote but having it available on your phone is a nice bonus. Plus you can apparently control it when you’re not home.
Like Dyson’s other fans, this one switches between hot and cold pretty instantly and it’s so quiet. It would be perfect for a baby’s room or really anywhere in the house. While the unit is much bigger than we thought it was going to be from the pictures, the sleek design means it isn’t too much of an eyesore and you don’t have to keep it out of reach from kids since there are no blades for them to get their fingers stuck in. And, of course, the biggest bonus is that it’s one unit that does three different things.
Still sound a little steep? At the same time Dyson has also launched a humidifier that promises to not be a breeding ground for bacteria like some of the other models on the market.
“Humidifiers are sometimes seen as a way to combat allergies and the symptoms of colds and the flu – but in reality many can do quite the opposite,” James Dyson said in a product statement. “The majority are a breeding ground for nasty germs, which are then distributed around your home. Using patented UV light technology, the Dyson humidifier kills 99.9 per cent of bacteria in the water before the machine is set to work.”
Do you think Dyson’s latest product launches are worth the investment? Let us know by tweeting to @YahooStyleCA.