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Works great within a narrow set of circumstances
on August 2, 2012
I do love Dyson - I had one of their original vacs, and loved it so much when their ball vac came out I bought one and gave my other one to someone at work. The vac has been outstanding, and any others I've tried (including some freebies from Amazon Vine program) have just really stunk in comparison.
I liked this fan from an appearance standpoint since it was first announced, in the design stages. But the price was always just insane, so I passed.
I've gone through two or three various tower fans, and always had the same problem with them - lack of air movement, noisy, and oscillation always was really clunky, jerky, and not effective. And they were mostly butt ugly tall rectangles. Garish lights on the front or LED displays.
Finally this went on sale and Dyson sent me an email. I checked a local brick and mortar and the sale was there as well, so for $150 less than the normal price, I thought I'd give it a shot. This brick and mortar has reward points you can bank up, so I had about 80 dollars worth of "bucks" so I got it even cheaper then. And since I get a 60 day return policy with no restocking fees for anything, I figured it was the perfect time to try it. It would not likely be cheaper for a while, and if it's not worth it, I can return it and be no worse off.
So I got it home. This was to replace a circular "turbo" fan that I've had for like 8 years now. That fan works great, moves air even on low speed, and isn't annoyingly loud until it's on high, and even then it's just a normal fan noise. But man, that thing gets air going, so much that loose papers around are slung everywhere. And that fan I keep right in front of an HVAC register on my floor in the great room, on the wall in "front" of my couch. That way when the AC is on, I get really good cool air breezes. But it's about 16 or so feet from where the couch sits, which is why the tower fans never worked that well there.
This was unboxed, and a quick assembly (but I took off all the little stickers when I unboxed it, and didn't realize until afterwards that those stickers tell you where each part lines up to be assembled - but it's obvious anyway). Plugged it in (why, oh WHY do fan makers never make a FLAT flush to the wall plug so that it can be plugged in behind things like book cases and such without having to pull things away from the wall so much?) and fired it up. I was actually amazed at how much air it moved, even on low.
So I sat at my spot on my couch, and tested the oscillation - and I have to say, this is without a doubt the best oscillation I've ever seen in a tower fan. Smooth, absolutely no noise from it whatsoever. Brilliantly done. Of course, I wasn't feeling any air movement. So I cranked it up, and started feeling a breeze. But I was surprised at how much noise it made. And yes, it's not a normal WHRRRRR fan noise because of the design, so it's a high pitched turbine kind of noise, MUCH more noticeable than a regular fan noise simply because it's different. Think weird sounding electric mixer. As the time passed it became less noticeable, especially as ambient noise in the room increased. I think it's really the difference of the expected sounds that makes it as noticeable as it is.
But still, not much air flow. Even on high, I wasn't feeling even as much as I'd feel with the old circular fan on low. I got up by it, felt around, and it's neat at least how it curves around the edges and shoots out. But that's when I noticed, it's not shooting STRAIGHT out. Both sides are blowing a vertical column of air that is somewhat pointed inward, so they intersect at like the 8 to 9 foot point. Which, of course, helps to interrupt each side's flow. At that closer mark, the airflow is much more obvious, and is then a viable fan alternative.
I moved it to the other side of my great room, next to the fireplace, so it's only about 10 feet away or so now, and it's actually kind of good there. Even on the nearly silent low setting, I can at least kind of feel airflow. They say there's no buffeting, and that's true, even on high you never feel that, but at all speeds you do notice that it's not as hard a wind blowing than it can be at other times.
As you turn it higher, it's very much like a gaming PC suddenly kicking in fans - it's just about that exact sound until you get to the max settings where it's like a blender or mixer motor almost.
I'm still kind of up in the air about it, but I have 60 days to decide. I'm leaning towards keeping it now, since for the price I paid (230 less than the normal price) it may actually prove to be worth it. I don't like the circular fan I had, since that has a big base and is about 18 inches across. This takes up such a tiny amount of floor space, like 7 or 8 inches, since it's all in the vertical. Which was why I tried tower fans last summer in the first place. Aesthetically it's a win, no doubt. Nothing at all like it out there. I love the looks. The remote works very well, although I wish they hadn't made it so streamlined - it's all flush, no bumps on the buttons (think the home keys, J and F, on a keyboard) to mark them, so in the dark you really have to fiddle to find what you want to press. But it works great, never a missed press that wasn't read right.
There appear to be 8 distinct levels with the remote.
So if you can use it from a place 10 feet or less from where you want the wind, it works very well. You won't get the insane hurricane force winds that you can get from other fans, but you'll get a good amount without using much space at all, and without making an otherwise attractive area of your house look a little worse from some floor fan. And I'll admit, my biggest problems with the lack of fan "presence" is in direct comparison to a floor model fan - which is a totally unfair comparison, apples to oranges. It is definitely the best airflow from any tower I've tried (and returned).
Would I buy it at full retail? No, never. But for $230 less than retail, while it still stretches the price I was willing to pay for a floor fan, after having tried two or three others before, it really does seem to be a matter of getting what you paid for something. So less air flow than a full fan, but great mid and low air flow in a very, very attractive package. If it weren't for the price, I'd probably rate this thing 5 stars, but as long as it's so expensive, I can't give it more than 3.