Price (RRP): $749
Dyson started, famously, with vacuum cleaners. But since the launching its own line of products in the early 1990s, it has moved into a wider range of devices: hand and hair dryers and room fans. The one commonality: they move air. The Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link also moves air, but in addition to operating as a fan, it can heat the air if you like, effectively doing do the job of a fan heater. Furthermore, whenever it’s in operation the air is drawn through a filter to clean it.
Oh, and it’s “Smart”.
The Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link looks like precisely what you’d expect from Dyson, with its large loop fan and hidden blades. It stands 630mm tall on a round base that’s about 220mm in diameter. While its size suggests it’s most appropriate for putting on a desk or bench top, it can tilt up or down by perhaps ten or fifteen degrees so you can easily put it on the floor and have it direct its flow up towards you.
The loop – the fan section, if you will – occupied roughly half the height. The wider bottom part includes a large filter rated to PM 0.1, which means it captures particles as small as 0.1 micrometre – one ten thousandth of a millimetre – in diameter. This is rated to clean the air for twelve hours a day for a full year before requiring replacement. Try as I might, I couldn’t find the replacement on Dyson’s Australian website. On the UK one it was priced at around 50 pounds, so I’m guessing something approaching $100 here for a replacement.
The Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link has a ten speed fan and can either run cool – that is, it just blows the cleaned air – or warms it first, acting as a heater. When running as a heater you can set the desired temperature to anywhere from 1 C to 37 C, and the unit will cease heating when it gets to the sought temperature.
Or you can just run it to clean the air in your room, with it switching off when an air quality target has been met.
It can oscillate through around 90 degrees. The flow of air from the fan can be thrust quite a way out into the room in “focused” mode, or spread out in “diffused” mode.
There’s a single control button on the front along with some LED indicators, but you’ll generally exercise manual control using the twelve key infrared remote control. In addition to the functions mentioned, there’s a “Night mode” which dims the LEDs and a sleep timer.
Oh, and it’s “Smart”, as I mentioned. That’s what the “Link” in the product name means. It can connect to your WiFi network and be controlled by an iOS or Android app.
For no particular reason I decided to put the app on a my current model eight inch Samsung Galaxy Tab A tablet running Android 6.0.1. I use this as a controller for lots stuff, so it seemed appropriate. But the Play Store informed me that “Your device isn’t compatible with this version.” I tried on a Samsung Galaxy S6 phone, and it installed smoothly on that. I checked the Apple App store using an iPad Mini, and it appeared only in the “iPhone Only” section of the store, not the “iPad Only” section. Yet the app’s description says “Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.” It installed smoothly on the Mini. I did most of the testing using that device. I did quickly check out the app on the Samsung Galaxy S6 and it was virtually identical in operation.
The Play Store shows an average rating of 3.1 stars (out of 5) for the app. The App Store hasn’t received enough ratings to display a star score.
The first thing the app requires of you it to sign in or create a Dyson account (it’s free). That done, the app launched straight into a wizard for connecting devices. The first step was type of machine – Robot vacuum or Purifier – followed by WiFi network selection. This works only for 2.4GHz networks.