My bedroom is my sanctuary, especially as I don’t have to share it with anyone! I have brightly coloured duvet covers, a fantastic copper wire lampshade I love, IKEA furniture I’ve put together myself (OK, I only did the shelves), and my bedside table is full of pretty nail varnishes, 100 moisturisers and packets of fun size Maltesers. My point is that I have it just how I want it. (Apart from the curtains, but in a rented house you can’t have it all.)
Anyway, when John Lewis asked if I wanted to review the new Dyson Pure Cool Link Purifying Desk Fan, I wasn’t really sure if I needed one, especially for my desk (I work right next to the patio doors in the lounge.) I also have a cheap old fan from my old house in my bedroom that I wheel out on the two days of summer we have, but I was really intrigued to see why it had a relatively high price tag and what difference purifying the air would have in my bedroom. I mean surely, a fan is just a fan? (It isn’t, and don’t call me Shirley. Sorry.)
OK, NOT MY ACTUAL BABY
Firstly, it’s one sexy piece of equipment, at least as far as fans go. It has a sturdy cylindrical base, with a separate circular, blade-less, oscillating ‘fan’ that you click on top. It’s that easy to put together. It also comes with a lightweight, easy-to-use remote control, so you can manage the fan from anywhere in the room (ie. from your bed!)
So why use a purifying fan over a regular fan? Don’t worry, I’ve done my research and have used the fan for over a week now, to get a really good feel of how it works. The thing to remember is that indoor environments can be up to five times more polluted than outdoors. We’re not just talking the black mould that seems to grow around my window sills during winter (mmmm), but household cleaners, scented candles, antiperspirants and air fresheners all leave the air polluted. And because we tend to seal up our homes (I don’t think I open my windows for four months of the year), these pollutants and allergens can’t escape. So that’s why a purifying fan comes into its own. But here’s some technical blurb to explain it much better than I can:
This purifying fan is ideal for the warmer months as it automatically removes 99.95% of allergens and pollutants as small as 0.1 microns from the air, making your home environment a cleaner and more habitable one. The 360° Glass HEPA filter captures ultrafine particles from the air including pollen, bacteria and pet dander right down to 0.1 microns. On top of this a layer of activated carbon granules captures odours and potentially harmful toxins like paint fumes.
A few useful features:
- You can download a Dyson app which allows you to monitor the air quality in each room, so that you can see the difference after you’ve used the fan. It’s easy to set up, but note that it won’t allow you to connect if you use 5G wifi, which is, of course, what I use! But I’m going to try again later and see if I can connect to the 2G. You can also set a target air quality level with this app, and it gives you historical data so you can easily monitor changes.
- The remote control is really simple to use, and is super intuitive – so much so that the first time Dexter (my 11-year-old) picked it up, he worked out immediately how to control the fan. It has 10 speeds, but the air that comes out of the circular hole (ie. the bladeless fan part) doesn’t blast you too much, moreover it just feels like it’s cleaning the air and cooling you down. I’m not sure I’ve explained that the particularly well, I just mean that it’s really not like other fans!
- It also has a great night-time mode that allows you to put the fan on when you go to sleep but it then dims the LED display so that it doesn’t disturb you as you sleep – there is also the option to set it so that it then automatically turns itself off after 15 minutes. Having said that, ever since the fan has been in my bedroom, I’ve had it running all night every night. It’s so quiet (I have it on number one or two) that you don’t even notice it’s on. The great thing is, it gives you the feeling of having the window open with fresh air coming in, without all the noise of outside.
- Of course, it’s bladeless, so it’s super safe if you have children.
The Dyson Pure Cool Link Purifying Desk Fan is the type of product that you don’t think you need, because you think that other fans can do the same job. But in my opinion, they don’t. I’m the most sceptical person there is, trust me, and I knew I would be really hard to win over, but Dyson have done exactly that with this product. Yes, it’s a lot of money (RRP £349.99), but it’s worth every penny, especially if you suffer from allergies, have pets, or, like me, just like to keep cool at night. My eldest son has been eyeing up this fan for the last week but sorry son, it’s all mine!
* This product was gifted to me by John Lewis.