Dyson Pure Hot Cool air-purifier review: An air-purifier for all seasons
In middle the of the winter this year in January, Dyson launched a new type of air-purifier. This one, called Dyson Pure Hot+Cool, not only "purifies" air but also heats up your room. This is an updated -- as well as a separate variant -- of the Pure Cool that Dyson had launched last year. Unlike the earlier variants, the Pure Cool came with an LCD display as well as features like a unibody design and a base that rotated 350 degrees. This year, the British tech firm took its love for clean air a step further by introducing the Dyson Pure Hot+Cool air-purifier in India.
If you see the name this latest purifier from Dyson, you will notice that a lot is going on here. Pure. Cold. Warm. That is because it does it all, at least that is what Dyson claims and I will talk in a while whether these claims are justified or not. The Dyson Pure "Cool" air-purifier that was launched last year came with powerful blades that could produce a cooling effect in the room where it was kept. No, there is no air-conditioner in this product. But like a ceiling fan it can blow cool air.
The Dyson Pure "Hot+Cool" air-purifier, launched earlier in January, walks a mile extra as it not only produces a cooling effect but can also blow hot air to increase the room temperature if needed. And boy, it's good at its job! And then there is the "Pure" part in the name, which simply stands for clean air.
Like the earlier Dyson products we have reviewed over here at the India Today Tech, I find that this one too works exceedingly well. The Dyson Pure Hot+Cool is a top notch product. And just like the earlier Dyson products that I have reviewed, this one too demands a premium. With price of Rs 52,900, it is quite expensive for an air purifier.
Look ma, no blades
Dyson is a company known for blending class with its futuristic designs. Be its hair styling package, the Dyson Airwrap that we reviewed last month or the Dyson Pure Cool air-purifier, which we reviewed last year, when it comes to design, Dyson is distinct. This is true for the Pure Hot+Cool air-purifier as well.
Dyson's newly launched air-purifier features an ergonomic design that is designed to provide maximum efficiency. On the top is a futuristic loop that houses the fan blades, which rotate to blow the hot or cold purified air. Positioned below the future loop is the LCD display, which provides information including the PM 2.5, PM 10, VOC and NO2 levels. Additionally, the LCD display also shows the room temperature along with humidity, state of filters, Air Quality Index or AQI and the state of filters and fan levels.
The filters go in the lower half of the purifier. It sucks in polluted air from all directions, cleans it through two types of filters -- HEPA and activated carbon filters -- and pushes it out through the plastic loop. The way it is with the Dyson products, you can't see any fan blades. The motors, and the blades, are all inside the air-purifier.
The meshed plastic body of the air-purifier houses the filter system. The entire ensemble, which is painted in the shades of white and gray, stands on a white base, which not only allows the filter to rotate and project clean air all around it but can also be twisted forward and backward, enabling the clean and hot air to be directed where it is needed.
It's hot, it's cool, it's clean
The Dyson Pure Cool air-purifier, which I tested last Summer, was a star and it did a great job at purifying the air in my room. The Dyson Pure Hot+Cool air-purifier is no different when it comes to performance. It cleans and projects the air, which has been stripped off all its harmful components, in all directions with equal efficiency. It's just that this one is better because of the additional features. To be fair, it's also more expensive.
During the course of my review, I went out of the city for a couple of days. I turned off the air-purifier during the four days I was gone. When I came back the room smelled of wood and mould. This reflected on the LCD screen of the Pure Hot+Cool air-purifier when I turned it on. The air in the room was polluted and stale. To my great surprise, in less than half an hour the smell was all gone and all the numbers on the screen returned to the green aka the safe zone. And the credit for its effectiveness goes to its sensors and the POLAR test, which is a special testing technique used by Dyson to test its air-purifiers. Dyson claims that the POLAR test is better than the conventional CADR test as it is closer to the real-life situations.
Talking about being better, if you live in Delhi or have checked the news of late, you would know the change of weather this year has surprised many as did the uneventful frequent showers. One evening recently I got drenched in the winter rain. That evening showed me how products like the Dyson Pure Hot+Cool can save the day, or your health, for you. I turned to the Dyson Pure Hot+Cool air-purifier to ward off the cold and test the effectiveness of its heating system in the process. I was genuinely surprised by how quickly it heated the room to 30 degrees Celsius and in turn saved me from what could have been a week-long bout of cold. As far as the cooling is concerned, the cool is through air that is at the room temperature. It works as intended but don't consider the Dyson Pure Hot+Cool an active air-conditioner despite its looks.
The Dyson Pure Hot+Cool air-purifier can be controlled using a remote, which comes with a host of new buttons to give you more granular access to the device and its features. Apart from the power, information, auto, rotation, night mode, fan speed and the button to select the flow of air (fan mode or diffused mode) there are three new buttons on the remote. There is a new "time" button and a button painted blue that enables flow of cool air. There is also a temperature control button which not only enables you to opt for hot air but also sets the temperature that you desire in your room. On the hot side you can up to 37 degrees Celsius. On the cool side, the Dyson purifier is limited to the room temperature.
You can control the Dyson Pure Hot+Cool air-purifier using the Dyson Link app on a smartphone or even Alexa, if you have an Amazon Echo smart speaker at home. You can ask Alexa to set the fan speed to 4 and she would readily do so.
Should you buy the Dyson Pure Hot+Cool air purifier?
In one word: Yes. Sure, Rs 52,900 seems a lot of money but the Dyson Pure Hot+Cool air purifier in my opinion is totally worth it. Good products, effortless convenience does cost money. And the Dyson Pure Hot+Cool is a great product, and incredibly convenient.
It features a simple and elegant design that is bound to add a style statement to you decor, it's safe to use even with toddlers around - no fuss about the fan blades or about the heating rods -and it is one device that can be used all year long. So yes, even if it is expensive, I will say it is worth the money if you want a top-end air-purifier that offers features no other air-purifier in India does.