Dyson Air Multiplier Reviewed


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Dyson makes fans now: Starting at $299!

Summer in Hoboken – or any other hot city for that matter, can really be the pits. Cooling off is important to many people. Below is some information about a “cooling device” that may interest you today.

For the cost of a full room air conditioner, you can have the latest Dyson technological achievement: The Dyson Air Multiplier.

I happened to receive one as a gift recently (the 10″ model) – and will briefly share my experiences.

Dyson Air Multiplier Review

Not your typical fan in many ways

Let’s start with the (few) good things. It’s a neat looking device and has no dangerous blades. And it blows some air. The premise behind the design, is that it uses “jet engine” technology to amplify or “multiply” the air – both by the air it sucks into the base – and the air it “picks up” on the way out through their patented “multiplying ring” which supposedly amplifies the air 15x.

The functionality of the fan, uh, multiplier is quite slick. The rocker-like swivel to tilt it up or down is smooth, and the oscillating mechanism works well. No doubt it’s very well made.

There are quite a few bad reviews online for this device – primarily because the of the “sticker shock” and the perceived value. Many reviewers said you can get “95% of the functionality from a $10 fan at Walmart.”

I too, felt the same way initially – but I’m starting to see the how this fan, um multiplier works differently.

Different technology, different effect

For one thing, when you want to “feel” a traditional fan – you get up close and put your face, body or hands directly in front of the unit – and you feel this strong thrust of air. But the farther you walk away from the fan – the less effective it becomes.

With the Dyson Air Multiplier – it’s almost the opposite. When you get close to the device – you don’t feel this “wall of air” because it’s much like the diagram above – a bulk of the work happens further away from the fan, uh multiplier. You feel it better when you’re further away.

Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not this punishing breeze like you might get from an industrial fan you’d see in a Mexican sweat shop – more “straight and steady” than anything else. It feels more like actual “wind” you’d experience from Mother Nature outside, but I do wish it was a stronger breeze (note that I have the lowest end model). And I’m definitely not paying close to $500 for some of the newest, larger models coming to the market.

Is the $300 worth it? Sure – if you want a semi-functional device that is a good conversation starter, if you have kids that are prone to getting fingers lopped off – or if you have money burning a hole in your pocket.

But in the end – it’s quite possible that Dyson may have rushed this to the market. Maybe a few more years of hard-core engineering could have made it a 20x or 30x multiplier, um fan. Who knows.

Does anyone else have the Dyson Air Multiplier? Like it? Love it? Hate it?

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010 12:55 pm

I find the Vornado fans a lot more impressive. They can be a bit noisy but I feel that they move the air really well. And, much cheaper!

Thursday, July 22, 2010 4:03 pm

$295 for a Fan or $85 for 6,000 BTU A/C at Best Buy…I cant make up my mind which one to buy…

Thursday, July 22, 2010 3:04 pm

Sounds like most of Dyson’s products… nice industrial design, too bad the functionality is “meh”.

For the cost, you can buy a ceiling fan and have it installed, which will me much more effective at circulating air in a room.

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