Dyson has a new line of its ‘Cool’ bladeless fans out, and as you might expect from the UK-based appliance maker, they’re basically the best-looking fans you can buy. I got to take the AM06 Desk Fan 10 out for a test spin, just to see if the brains and beauty combined in the sleek package amounted to more than just a very expensive way to move some air around.
- 15-minute to 9-hour sleep timer
- 10 speed settings
- 10-degree tilt up or down
- 26 watts energy usage
- Remote control and simple LED display
- MSRP: $299.99
- Product info page
- Attractive design
- Quiet and powerful
- Remote required for advanced operation
This is where the Dyson first stands out from the competition: There’s no way to mistake this device for any of the other fans out there on the market, since it seems to be missing several very crucial parts, including blades. Instead, the AM06 Desk Fan 10 has a circular halo with an empty center, and all the wind-driving magic takes place in the base and within that round frame.
The model I tested came in a black and nickel color finish, which is sure to fit most decors, and the modern lines of the fan itself worked well with my own apartment setup, which is a mix of retro and modern looks. It has a slightly rubberized finish, but doesn’t seem to collect or retain dust all that much, and it takes up relatively little space on the desk. The shallowly embedded LED display is easy on the eyes even in a dark room, yet legible always.
Dyson’s industrial design has a common language, even among these fans and the vacuums it builds which don’t really resemble them in most respects, and that’s a very good thing since everything they make looks great. The materials used in the fan are mostly plastic, however, which leaves me partly wishing for more premium finishes in a $300 appliance.