Dyson Pure Cool Link Review: Air Purifier Meets Fan

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How about a fan that uses a combination of turbochargers and jet engines? Sounds pretty intriguing right? Fold in air purification and should be all but sold. But as you probably guessed it: tech like this comes at a cost. And that cost is $500. However, we’re talking about Dyson. The vacuum (and now Dyson air purifier) manufacturer that promises to never lose suction. If this sounds a little daunting and you’re looking for an air purifier that’s easy to configure and easier to use, then check out the Silver Onyx Air Purifier.

So how does the companies newest product stack up? Keep reading my the Dyson Pure Cool Link review to find out.

Overview

Price: $499 on Amazon
Available: Late April 2016
Model: Purelink Cool Air Purifier (White: N475 305158-01 or Blue: N475 305159-01)

WHY IT’S A TOP PICK: It’s three awesome products in one: air purifier, fan and a VOC meter.

What We Liked:

  • Dyson good looks
  • Three products in one
  • Connects over WiFi allowing your phone to double as a remote
  • Easy to use and intuitive app

What We Didn’t:

  • Connecting to your home’s WiFi can be a laborious process, especially if you have to reset it
  • Fairly tall making it difficult to hide

Dyson Purecool Link Specs

EfficacyRemoves 99.97 of allergens
& pollutants .3 microns
HEPA Filter Life
4000 hours
Warranty5 Years
Weight7.9 lbs
Size7.7 x 4.3 x 40.1 inches
Filter Replacement Cost$69.99
Easy to Replace Filtersgreen-check-mark
Auto Purificationgreen-check-mark
IR Remotegreen-check-mark
WiFi + Appgreen-check-mark
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Design

At a glance, the Dyson Pure Cool Link air purifier looks like another fan from Dyson. But look a bit closer and you’ll notice that the base is larger, which is where that aforementioned jet engine tech is housed. That and the Glass HEPA filter, which they say removes 99.97% of allergens and pollutants as small as .3 microns. I realize in real world terms the latter doesn’t mean much, but in short, it should be effective at reducing harmful stuff in the air that could or would otherwise be dangerous for you or your family members, especially new borns. Yes, that’s the world we live in today.

Out of the box the Dyson Pure Cool Link comes in two pieces. Assembly takes no tools and just requires the top be aligned with the base and its slots, which snap into place. Included is the familiar Dyson remote, which for safe keeping can be stuck on the top, which magnetically sticks in place.

Dyson Pure Cool Link
The include remote magnetically sticks to the top of the Dyson Pure Cool Link.

To replace the HEPA filter – which should be good for about 4000 hours of use (or roughly 6 months of use is you run it full time) – you just need remove the top, pull out the filter and stick in a new one. If past experience with air purifiers is any indication, you’ll likely want to vacuum and clean the Pure Link, as dust is sure to build up on the outside.

However, that all said, it looks like the filter might not run all the time, despite the Dyson Pure Cool Link being on and the filtering system active, as I’ve been running mine for over 14 days and the app (more on that in a minute) only shows 11hrs 58 mins of use. So if the case is such, it’s likely the included HEPA filter will last well over a year. But my gut says this is a bug in the app.

Good to Know: There is a small door on the base. That contains the VOC (volatile organic compound) sensor. Be careful when cleaning this.

During the unboxing you’ll likely notice that the base of the Dyson Pure Cool Link has a blue sticker adhered to it. On that sticker is an SSID and the WiFi password to pair the air purifier with your home’s WiFi such that you can access and control the device with your phone…any where.

The Dyson App

Much like any IoT, or Internet Connected Device, it can be a bit of a laborious process to connect it to your home’s WiFi and in turn your phone. So be sure to practice patience.

Now, that isn’t to say it isn’t a simple process to connect your phone, it just takes a bit of back and forth. Much like a device like this, you’ll need to download the app. Next, you’ll have to hold down the power button until the WiFi symbol blinks on the face of the Pure Cool Link’s base – there is a small LED screen. After that, you’ll have to connect to the Dyson Pure Cool Link. To do this you simply select it from your phone’s WiFi menu. After that you’ll be prompted to enter the Pure Cool Link’s password. If done correctly you’ll then be prompted to enter your home’s WiFi password, which in turn should pair the two, provided you’re back in the app. And if that is done correctly the app will display a success screen and you’ll be able to control the Dyson Pure Cool Link from your Android or iOS device.

Good to Know: To clear the Pure Cool Link’s WiFi settings, just hold the power button for 20 seconds.

Within the app, you’ll also be able to review the Pure Cool Link’s current stats, including remaining HEPA filter time (you’ll get a notification when it needs to be replaced), current room air quality (poor, fair, or good), as well as review historical data via a graph since you started running the air purifier. You can also enter in your location, which allows you to not only view your city’s temperature, but its air quality score.

Good to Know: The Dyson Pure Cool Link is only 2.4Ghz compatible.

Now, once you’ve paired the Pure Cool Link to your home’s WiFi, anyone with the app should be able to control it. And those controls include the ability to increase fan speed, set a sleep timer, and flip the oscillation feature on and off. You can also set a schedule based on the day of the week, or simply flip the Pure Cool Link to auto mode, which will increase or decrease fan speed depending on the room’s air quality. For those who are sensitive to light, there is a sleep mode, which will not only select the quietest of settings, but turn off the Pure Cool Link’s LED display after 10 seconds of inactivity from a remote.

You should be able to control the Dyson Pure Cool Link any where you’ve got an internet connection. On occasion you’ll open the app and see a connection lost screen. Just tap the refresh button and you should connect. That said, when you open the app, you’ll be welcomed with a house. If green then the air quality is good. Yellow is fair. Red is poor. The button in the lower left corner accesses the historical data. The button on the right, the remote.

Performance

When I began using the Dyson Pure Cool Link, it told me my air quality was just Fair. I thought there was no way, as I had an air filter that had been running 24/7. Nevertheless, I flipped on the Pure Cool Link and let it do its thing. For the next 5 days it continued to display “Fair”. So my assumption was that it wasn’t effective. But then the following week something happened. Remember that house? Well, it turned “Green”. Which is to say the air quality went to “good”.  Why did this happen? Probably because I closed my window. You see, the Dyson Pure Cool Link, which is designed to filter a single room’s air, is most effective in a sealed space. And effective it was.

Sound wise, the Dyson Pure Cool Link, when at a setting of 3 or less, is almost whisper quiet. Push it higher and things get noticeable louder. And at 8-10 it almost sounds as if there is a suction like noise, probably because the filter is working that much harder. The motor on the other hand, that oscillates the fan, is whisper quiet, displaying no clicks, humming or whining.

If I had to take issue with the Dyson Pure Cool Link is its size. Because its fairly slender it’s not too obtrusive in a space – the base is just 7.7″ in diameter. Moreover, it’s attractive, as far as fans go. But because it’s tall, standing at 40″, it’s hard hide it. But that’s also by design, as the Pure Cool Link is intended to kill two birds with one stone: be a fan and an air purifier. So arguably it’s not the best air purifier on its own, but the best air purifier that also doubles as a fan.

Dyson Pure Cool Link Review Wrap Up

Most air purifiers make promises to clean the air, but unless you buy a separate VOC meter you’re none the wiser to their efficacy. Dyson puts their money where their mouth is, and clearly shows you what it can do, day by day, and week to week. This allows you to make an informed decision as where to place the Pure Cool Link, or better yet, if you should get more of them.

Good to Know: You can review weekly historical data presumably since start of time. But daily historical data is limited to just 7 days.

Yes, the $500 price tag is perhaps a hefty price to pay. But with it you’re getting Dyson technology, which let’s be honest, is some of the best in the suction/fan industry. Plus, the looks. You can quip over that – it’s sleek looking. And it connects to the Internet allowing you to control it from your phone. Points have to be awarded for that last point alone. That all said, there is a Costco version of the Pure Cool Link for less money, but with it less power.

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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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