Dyson AM06 Desk Fan Review

Speak into a traditional desktop fan and it will augment your voice.  I did this all the time when I was a kid.  Unfortunately, nostalgia of this ilk can’t be garnered from Dyson’s new Desk Fan. Before you proceed, if you’re really looking to beat the summer heat then check out the Hunter 53091 Builder Deluxe Single Light Ceiling Fan with Five Blades: Our Top Pick.

Now, you’ve probably seen this fan before.  Yes, it’s the same design as the previous iteration, but this version, the AM06, promises to be 75% quieter than the last yet produce the same amount of airflow.  Moreover, it uses 30% less power.  So a lower electricity bill and less annoyance.  All good things, right?

So what else is good about the Dyson Desk Fan?  Well, as I alluded to above, there are no blades, at least not in the “loop”, like a traditional fan.  However, technically speaking the Dyson Desk Fan still uses blades, though their design stuffs them inside of the base.  You’ll see this during assembly –  it looks something analogous to that of a jet airplane turbine.


So, how does it work?  When you power on the Dyson, and hit the speed up button, the fan spins in the base, sucks up air from the vents, and then spits it out via the loop (the circular top part).   And some how Dyson does it without turbulence, too much noise, and all with a consistent air flow.  I couldn’t tell you how they made this iteration quieter than the last, and since I didn’t use the previous version I can’t tell you if that is true.  What I can tell you, though, is that it is remarkably quite compared to other traditional desktop fans of this size (and power), and yes, it produces a good amount of air.

Some other things you should know:  Yes, the Dyson Desk Fan can indeed rotate.  The bottom most portion of the base has a small motor in it and allows it to oscillate from left to right without the usual clicking or popping.  To activate this feature you’ll need the included pocket friendly remote, which also includes the buttons for controlling the fan’s speed.  Speeds range from 1-10, which is depicted on the base of the fan via a small LED screen.  So yes, lose the remote and you’ll only be able to turn on the Dyson Desk fan.  It’s a small caveat in the grand scheme of things, but at $300 I would have hoped for some on fan controls.  Oh yeah.  The Dyson Desk Fan is pretty light weight so it’s easy to move around.

So for the size the Dyson Desk Fan produces an exceptional amount of air flow and all the while it does it without the noise.  Factor in that it’s easy to clean and little Timmy can’t get his fingers chopped off, and suddenly that $300 price tag seems negligible.

[box_info]FYI: photos we’re shot by a Samsung Galaxy S5. Just in case you were wondering.[/box_info]

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Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."

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  1. One annoying thing about reading people’s posts is when they don’t bother to proof-read their material before publishing it.
    Paragraph 4, “quiet” is misspelled as “quite”, more of a “grammatical typo” since the misspelling produces a wrong-but-correctly-spelled word.
    I hesitate to read further upon coming across the first error, the interruption having upset the whole experience… but hey, that’s life online.

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