Pricey wi-fi-connected device does a good job maintaining room temperature and air quality.
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As someone who’s really allergic to dust and cats, but can’t get around living with both, it’s my unfortunate lot to go through life in a constant state of congestion, sneezing and general environment-induced misery.
My wife and I try to keep our house as clean as possible as a result, but it’s difficult when you have two cats constantly prowling around. We’ve had an air purifier in the bedroom for years and we don’t let the little guys in there, but it hasn’t seemed to have helped much. I’d still usually wake up with a clogged nose.
This is why I’ve recently started turning to more advanced technological solutions to try and improve the situation. I’ve become a big fan of robot vacuums as a result – having them regularly patrol the floors is definitely helping.
I also set up a Netatmo Healthy Home Coach in the bedroom a few months ago to try and get a sense of how I could improve the environment in there. As I detailed in my recent review, the device has done a good job of identifying the problems – either poor air quality, temperature or humidity – but it ultimately doesn’t do much to solve them. At the end of the day, it’s just a sensor.
Enter the Dyson Pure Hot+Cool, a pricey purifier-fan-space-heater all-in-one from the company known for its vacuums. Dyson generally makes quality stuff, so I figured that if anything was going to help it’d be this thing, which sells for a hefty $699 in Canada.
The Pure Hot+Cool looks a lot like Dyson’s other fans and space heaters – a handsome blade-less loop that can easily be mistaken for a piece of modern art. The big difference is its fatter base, which contains the air-purifying filter.
It’s also a “smart” device, meaning it connects to a smartphone app via your home wi-fi. The app lets you control all of its settings remotely and delivers air quality reports on a daily or weekly basis:
So, what’s the verdict after two months of using the Pure Hot+Cool? There are three ways to answer that question.
The first is Dyson’s own app, which – according to the screen grabs above – shows that the air quality in my bedroom has been good ever since I fired the thing up.
The second, more neutral view comes from the Netatmo Healthy Home Coach. If you read my review of it, you’ll know that the device is a hard-driving task master. Getting a perfect reading is tough because if you turn up the heat in your room, you can unwittingly boost the moisture level. If it gets too cold, air quality can suffer.
It’s thus a constant dance to balance those readings. You’re stuck in a never-ending quest to get the Home Coach to display its perfect “blue” colour assessment, or at least “green” for good. More often than not, however, I’d find myself battling to get away from the “orange” or “red” readings, which aren’t good.
On this front, the Pure Hot+Cool is a wizard. The device automatically mediates both the temperature and air quality in a room, so it’s the perfect complement for a sensor such as the Home Coach.
Now, my bedroom is a constant 18 degrees with solid air quality and healthy moisture levels. The Netatmo device, meanwhile, typically displays a blue or green reading, which is something of a miracle.
Of course, technological readings are one thing and actual human experience is another, which is where the third assessment method comes in. So do I feel any better?
In fact, I do. I’m not waking up congested as much as I used to and I feel like I’m sleeping more soundly. I’m certainly a lot better off than I was a few months ago, when I’d be popping allergy pills like vitamins.
The big question, however, is whether this is due to the technology or is it just because of a shift in the weather? Winter tends to be easier on us allergy sufferers because there are fewer pollens or other environmental exacerbating factors floating around. My feeling better could simply be the product of fewer allergens in the air in general.
That’s likely a factor, but I suspect the Dyson Pure is also doing its job. We have had other air purifiers going in previous winters, after all, with little positive effects to show.
I’m inclined to say that Dyson’s pricey device is indeed worth it, although I’m going to reserve final judgment until summer arrives. I’m curious to see whether it can do as good a job battling back the allergens when the air is full of them. I really hope it does and for now, at least, I’m optimistic that it will.
Dyson supplied a loan unit for the purposes of this review.