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Dyson AM02 Tower Fan

The Dyson AM02 is the “older” 39.7-inch tower fan using Dyson’s Air Multiplier technology for bladeless breeze creation.  It is one of the brand’s bigger bladeless fans, making it suitable for whole room cooling.  It also comes with an oscillation feature as well as a remote control. Like all of the other Dyson fans, it offers stability via a base-mounted motor, precision through a dimmer switch, and ease of maintenance via the lack of blades and grilles.

Dyson AM02 tower fan, Silver
List Price: $690.95
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Features

  • Air Multiplier bladeless fan technology draws air from behind the base and draws in more air through the loop via entertainment, resulting in a 14x force multiplication of the original air drawn in to start the process
  • Grille-less and blade-less for easy cleaning
  • Dimmer switch
  • Remote control
  • Energy-efficient DC motor

Pros

  • Much quieter than bladed fans
  • Has a small footprint due to slim profile
  • Magnetized remote control makes it easy to keep it with the fan whenever not in use
  • Good-looking, modern minimalist design
  • Soft, natural-feeling breeze settings
  • Produces consistent air flow
  • Very stable base
  • Excellent oscillation movement

Cons

  • Pricy even though it is now an older model
  • Can be noisy at the highest settings
  • Doesn’t produce as much wind/airflow as a regular (bladed) fan
  • Airflow weakens noticeably when the user’s distance passes 10 feet from the fan

Conclusion

The AM02 is actually Dyson’s older model for its bladeless tower fans, but a lot of people may be looking to acquire it now that the newer version (the AM07) has driven the AM02’s price down.  The price reduction is not much so that may make some think twice about it even now.  However, it does have a lot of good points in its favor.  Dyson engineered the first bladeless fans and it shows in the AM02’s performance, which is still better than a lot of bladeless fans on the market today.

Comparison

Nevertheless, there are quite a number of competitors to Dyson’s products now.  Two worth mentioning in comparison to the AM02 are the Bionaire BDF2011A-BM and Lasko AC600.  The Lasko is nearer the AM02 in size, while the Bionaire is shorter than both at 20 inches.

Bionaire BDF2011A-BM 20-Inch Bladeless Table Fan

Despite it being a table fan, the BDF2011A-BM is worth mentioning here because like the AM02 and AC600, it comes from an established name in the business and has similarly modern and minimalist styling.  It is a 20-inch table fan with a timer for programmable shutdown.  It also offers oscillation and uses Infinite Speed technology.

Features

  • 20-inch height
  • Elegant, sinuously curved shape
  • Stable base
  • Oscillation feature
  • Infinite Speed technology
  • Programmable timer
  • Variable speed dial

Pros

  • Decent airflow for its size
  • Relatively cheap for a bladeless fan
  • Interesting design
  • Oscillation range is not bad

Cons

  • Rather noisy
  • Wind output is only noticeable from very close

Conclusion

This is a nice little fan for those who want a bladeless fan they can keep on their desks—their home desks, that is.  It may not be ideal for the workplace given that it can produce quite a bit of noise.  It actually puts out decent air too given its size, but it is definitely not intended for whole room cooling or for situation far from the user.  It is a personal fan, no more and no less, and in that respect it functions respectably.

Lasko AC600 Air Logic Bladeless Tower Fan

The Lasko AC600 is a 36-inch bladeless fan equipped with the brand’s ion technology to promote freshness.  It comes fully assembled and with a remote control unit in addition to the EZtouch controls onboard the fan itself.  It oscillates and comes with a timer for auto-power-off.

Features

  • 36-inch height
  • Washable and replaceable filter + ionizer
  • One-touch control for removing filter for easy maintenance
  • Oscillation feature
  • Programmable timer can be set for up to 8 hours
  • Fully assembled
  • Remote control
  • 4 speed settings available

Pros

  • Ionizer + filter technology
  • Good airflow
  • Rather good-looking, unique design
  • Quite affordably priced

Cons

  • Can get loud
  • Poor remote control range

Conclusion

This is a fine example of the more affordable bladeless tower fans, and it does work sufficiently well to merit its price.  It has acceptable airflow, oscillation, and programmable shut-off.  These are all things that one tends to expect from bladeless fans given that they are supposedly the latest in fan technology.  It also has sufficiently striking looks to make it a conversation piece.  It does not have the best remote control, though, and gets progressively noisier as you turn it up.  That said, it is still a good fan for the money and no embarrassment to Lasko.

Verdict

The Bionaire is obviously going to be the weakest of the three, for the simple reason that it is the shortest.  What brings it down is that it is also the noisiest of them, oddly enough, stacking up serious decibels even at the lower settings.  Its price and portability may make it a contender for some, but on the whole, the real competition among the three is between the Lasko and the Dyson.

Both of the latter products are in the 30+inch tower fan category, and that means they are also among the stronger ones available today.  Airflow-wise, they are much the same, with the Dyson having a faint edge in terms of power and the Lasko in terms of air quality (due to its ionizer).  The Dyson does tend to be quieter, however, as the Lasko has a tendency to vibrate occasionally at the base.  The Dyson is also arguably easier to clean, has a better remote control (especially with the magnetic feature), offers a unique dimmer switch for precise control of airflow, and has better oscillation.

Is that enough to merit the huge gap in price between them?  The Lasko costs only about a third of the Dyson.  Despite that, many who can afford it might well prefer the former because it is of sturdier construction.  Dyson makes very durable products with an established reputation, and while Lasko has its share of virtue in that aspect, the other brand arguably outdoes it here.  The AM02 would be more likely to take regular use better than the Lasko as a result, making it likelier to last.

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