We like that the name Dyson will not remained tied to its landmark vacuum cleaner, in the way that Xerox became synonymous with photocopying, but will instead is coming to symbolize innovation and quality in general, in the manner of Apple. The Dyson Air Multiplier fan and Airblade hand dryer began to demonstrate this, and now their diversification continues with the newly-announced Dyson Hot.
Last night we got to see Sir James himself take the wraps off of the new product, which combines the Air Multiplier technology of the fan with internal heating elements and a fancy sensor that eases the user experience. The Dyson Hot is designed to heat an entire room with a minimum of fiddling on your part: You set the temperature numerically and the Hot takes care of the rest, sensing and maintaining the appropriate temperature using a minimum of electricity. (There's no LCD screen, by the way; the housing has simply been made ultra-thin over the numerical display so that the digits shine through the surface futuristically, a nice aesthetic touch.) Because the Air Multiplier technology moves a high volume of air, you get a lot more bang for your buck than you would with a conventional space heater, even of the fan-driven sort.
Best of all, there's no grill, my number one gripe with air-moving devices, whether air conditioners, heaters or purifiers. I live in a high-dust environment and periodically have to clean the dust-catching grilled devices in my apartment every month. (Fittingly, the only device I have that's up to that task--particularly with things like the well-overhead air conditioner grill--is a Dyson vac, but I'll get to that in a future "Living With..." product review.) The smooth shape of the Dyson Hot means you can give it a quick wipe with a Swiffer to remove any dust, and you won't get that burning dust smell that comes every November when you first turn the heater on.
Another nice touch is the remote control, formed with subtle curve along its underside that neatly corresponds with the top of the Hot. A magnet inside both items lets the remote perch neatly at top dead center, making it easy to find.
Here's a video of how it all works:
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Here's a list of criteria I'd like to see in an air cleaner:
Ion plate unit comes out easily and can be put in the dishwasher. Final HEPA filter is washable. Quiet. Does not contribute heat to room. Pre-filter to catch large particles (airborne hair, etc).
Dyson, get to work! (or offer me a job and I will get to work for you)