I had the chance to try out a Dyson Pure Cool Link air purifier, and I have to say, this thing is pretty darn cool, no pun intended. The Dyson Pure Cool Link is an air purifier that duos as an air circulating fan. The “Link” in it’s name stands for the fact that it’s linked via wifi to an app, which means you can control it remotely from your tablet or phone.
Where it shines…
First, it’s one smart cookie. The Dyson Pure Cool Link has sensors to detect the air quality as well as the temperature and relative humidity in the room. The app also draws info from Breezometer to show the local outdoor air quality and BAQI rating.
The HEPA filter is designed to capture ultrafine particles (as small as 0.3 microns). It removes 99.97% of allergens from the air, including things like pollen, bacteria and pet dander.
You can set it to “Auto” mode, and the Dyson Pure Cool Link will adjust the airflow speed based on the air quality in the room. If the air quality is poor the fan speed will ramp up. If the air quality is good it will turn itself off. (Since it can only sense air quality when the fan is running it will turn itself back on every so often to test the air quality, and then either go back to standby, or ramp things up if the air quality is flagging.)
The app stores all this info, so you can go back and look at how your indoor air quality charts over time.
You can set a schedule for when it will automatically turn on and off. Using the app you can tell the Dyson Pure Cool Link that you want it to run in auto mode from say 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. each Thursday night when hubby is cooking dinner, or you could tell it to run the fan at level 6 from midnight until 7 a.m. every weeknight to help keep the air flowing in your bedroom while you sleep.
It’s light and easy to move from room to room. The entire unit weighs under 4 kilos. The instruction manual warns that you should never carry it by the tower portion. It’s easy to take it apart into two pieces to move it. The tower portion comes off easily, and is simple to snap back into place.
It’s quiet. The fan motor settings range from 1 to 10. When you crank it to 9 or 10 it’s a bit loud, sort of like being in the same room as a hair dryer. However settings 6 through 8 are in the “quiet background noise” range, and if it’s at 5 or lower you likely won’t even notice it’s on. When set to auto I find that it seldom goes into the higher setting ranges. (My husband, who loves the white noise from our wonky old ceiling fan at bedtime actually complained that this unit was too quiet. Ha.)
It has a special night time mode. When night time mode is triggered (either via the app or by hitting the moon icon on the remote) the LED display dims and the fan runs at lower, quieter, speeds (maxing out at level 4).
It’s a fantastic fan. The tall oval tower “loop amplifier” blows air over a wide area, and it also oscillates back and forth (an option you can toggle on and off, so you can either have it rotating to blow air around the room, or stationary and aimed at a precise spot).
It has a nice long cord (2 meters long), making it easy to plug directly into a wall socket.
It doesn’t take up much floor space. The base has a small foot print, with a diameter of just under 20 cms.
You can control the Dyson Pure Cool Link remotely by app. I’m not sure why I would want to to able to turn my air purifier on when I am away from home, but it’s neat that it’s an option. It did come in handy at one point, we went away on vacation for a few days and when I realized I hadn’t turned off the fan before we left I was able to use the app to tell it to turn itself off.
This is a small detail, but I thought it was absolutely brilliant. The remote control is curved to fit the top of the machine, and it’s magnetized. So it sort of clicks into place and stays on top of the unit, even when the fan is oscillating. That one small touch, the perfectly shaped magnetic remote that sits on top in a spot where it’s easy to access and doesn’t get lost, made me stop and go, “Who thought of that? How smart! Yes, of course, this is made by Dyson!”
As someone who has allergies to dust, pollen and cat dander, I can say that the Dyson Pure Cool Link has definitely improved the air quality in my home. Using it for close to two months, there’s been a noticeable difference in our indoor air quality, lessening my need to rely on allergy medication to be able to breathe easily while sleeping at night.
It’s also shiny. I just like the look of it. I think it looks like something you’d find in Buck Rogers’ apartment (and yes, I meant that as a good thing).
Where it might disappoint…
My husband, who would sleep each night in an ice box if he could, was a bit disappointed with the fact that the Dyon Pure Cool Link doesn’t actually blow ice cold air. I had to field the “Well why does it have Cool in the name then, eh?” question multiple times. The unit doesn’t actually cool persay. On top of being an air purifier it’s also a fan, and it’s a really great fan that does a fantastic job of circulating the air. However it’s not an air conditioner, and it doesn’t actually cool the air. In a hot stuffy room it will just move around the hot stuffy air. (And then depressingly show you on the app that yes, it really is 31 degrees in your bedroom.)
Also be aware that you will need to replace the filter. Filters run $119.99 and are designed to last for 4000 hours of use. To put that in perspective, 4000 hours would be over 166 days of non-stop 24-hour a day usage. I’ve been using my Dyson Pure Cool Link for about seven weeks now and my app assures me I still have 3652 hours to go. (I did the math and that means I’ve been averaging just under 50 hours a week of usage. 52 weeks in the year times 50 hours a week would only total 2600 hours. So based on my usage, I am estimating that I shouldn’t need a new filter for well over a year.)
What I only wish it could do…
I wish the app would link up with other smart home accessories. It would be fantastic if access to the Dyson Pure Cool Link app was added to the If This Then That directory. It would be neat to be able to pair it with the location info from something like the Kevo Smart Lock to give you the option to automatically tell your Dyson Pure Cool Link to turn off when you’re not home. Even more so I would love to be able to create an IFTTT recipe that would use the temperature data from the Dyson Pure Cool Link to tell my Nest thermostat to turn on. (Oh hey, my bedroom is 31 bleeping degrees. I don’t care what the thermostat on the ground floor says, kick that air conditioner on pronto!)
Overall I am loving our Dyson Pure Cool Link. It’s become a necessary fixture in our bedroom, and I would love to add a second unit for the ground floor. The $599.99 price tag is high, but I think this, like all Dyson products, is a case of you get what you pay for.
For further info:
- check out the Dyson website.
- visit Dyson Canada on YouTube.
- connect with Dyson on Twitter.
- follow Dyson on Facebook.