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Dyson pedestal fans

The stylishly different Dyson AM02 and AM03 cooling fans are expensive at $699 each, but are they effective?

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First look review

Dyson AM02 (left) and AM03 (right).
Dyson AM02 (left) and AM03 (right).

Moving air cools the skin. So to get the room-air moving well, a fan must push a moving column of air into the room.

The Australian consumer organisation Choice pitted the 2 Dysons against conventional pedestal fans. It measured 4 performance factors:

  • The total volume of air delivered by the fan.
  • Air movement and distribution at increasing distances from the fan (measured at 500mm intervals, starting at 1 metre from the fan and ending at 3 metres from it).
  • Efficiency (that’s the amount of air moved for the electricity used).
  • Noise (measured 1 metre in front of the fan).

Each Dyson’s total volume of air was matched by only one of the conventional fans – and most of them delivered significantly less air.

The Dysons also pushed a very even flow of air well into the room. Most of the standard fans produced an intense flow near the fan but that dropped off quite rapidly as the distance from the fan increased.

The Dysons don't have external blades to move the air around; instead, the air's delivered through a patented "air multiplier" collar. They also have "continuously variable" speeds rather than the "set" speeds (low, medium and high) of most fans.

For efficiency and noise the Dysons were in the middle of the pack.

Our verdict

They do the job – but at $699 each, they’re also expensive.