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Dyson’s Bladeless Fan Can Trap Tiny Pollutants, But Is That Enough To Make Me A Fan?

  • The Pure Cool TP04 is Dyson’s most recent addition to its line of air purifier fans that are tested using their state-of-the-art POLAR standards.
  • The TP04 comes with the ability to clean up to 99.95% of pollutants, particulates, and allergens from the air, and is proven to be able to reach room sizes of up to 290 square feet.
  • The Dyson TP04 retails at a price of RM2,829 in Malaysia, or SGD899 in Singapore.

Earlier this year, I was given the opportunity to pay a second visit to Dyson’s development facility in Johor, this time to take a look at its POLAR testing standard that’s currently used in its air purification products.

During the few hours I spent over at the facility, I learned about how POLAR was meant as complementary addition to already existing test standards, and how it measures the efficiency of an air purifier using metrics that make more sense in the real world. You can read more about the testing standard here.

Much more recently, Dyson gave Vulcan Post the opportunity to experience their air purification technology for ourselves by sending over the Pure Cool TP04—the most recent addition to their line of purifier fans.

The TP04 was released in April last year, coming with a bunch of features that immediately placed it in the ranks of class-leading performers.

Among other things, the TP04 touted the ability to capture 99.95% of pollutants and allergens in the air, with particulates as small as 0.1 microns able to be captured in the process (for comparison, a strand of human hair measures in at a thickness of 75 microns).

Some of the more commonly known pollutants particulates that the TP04 is able to capture include Benzene gas, pollens from flowers, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from cleaning agents, mold, bacteria, and allergens from pets.

And as part of the family of devices tested under the POLAR standard, the TP04 is claimed to be able to effectively clean the air of rooms as big as 290 square feet using its far-reaching bladeless fan setup.

Add all of this to other features such as an informative LCD display, plenty of options for speed, oscillation, and energy-saving, and the ability to connect remotely via apps to control the device or receive air cleanliness reports.

Now this sounds nice and all, but how did the TP04 perform during daily use?

Premium And Thoughtfully Made

Upon unboxing the unit, I noticed immediately that the TP04 is built solid, with the unit clad plenty in hard plastics that didn’t once feel cheap. There was a nice heft to the weigh of the unit—this one being a pedestal model that’s supposed to be placed on the floor (as opposed to a smaller table-top model that’s also available)

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From the offset, the TP04 is extremely easy to use. Right after unboxing the unit, all we needed to do was install two sets of particularly thick filters—the high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter that’s used for trapping thins like pollen, dust mites, dander, and cigarette smoke, and the carbon filter that’s meant to remove odours as well as other volatile organic compounds and gasses.

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Beyond that, all that was left to do is plug the unit in and let it perform its duties, which it did without any fuss,

Throughout the period of testing, I personally found a few things that I quite liked about the TP04, one of it being its ability to oscillate up to 350 degrees..

With my desk situated approximately 10 feet away, I was able to feel the circulation of air even with the speed of the TP04 set to half, indicating its ability to really reach far corners of a room if necessary.

But it must be mentioned that although the TP04 is able to drive clean air with ample power, it doesn’t necessarily offer the ability to cool the space, so be aware of that fact if you also require a solution that comes with temperature control.

Additionally, I really appreciated the LCD display that allowed me to quickly and easily understand the device settings and current air conditions ranging from how much particulates or pollutants there were inside the room, and how much longer the air filters would last before they required a change.

The many information options available on the TP04 / Image Credit: Vulcan Post

Plus, the simple remote controller that the TP04 came with was also easily navigable and handily attached itself to the top of the TP04 via a magnet—just one of the many thoughtful features Dyson chose to bundle with in with the design.

The remote magnetically attaches to the top of the TP04 / Image Credit: Vulcan Post

Verdict

Now considering the way air purification works, it was hard for us to gauge the performance of the TP04 in a tangible manner, but what I can safely tell you is that throughout the duration of our use—even until today—the air in the office felt somewhat cleaner and easier to breathe.

Couple this with the ease-of-use afforded by the TP04, and it really becomes one of those things you can buy, plug in, and trust it to work well for a very long time without the need for human interference.

All in all, the Pure Cool TP04 represents some of the best air-purifying tech that money can buy, plus a host of additional features that go beyond what you’d expect to find from a conventional air purifier.

If you’re looking for something to help you manage unclean air in your home or office space, the TP-04 will undoubtedly be able to accomplish the task even in considerably polluted spaces. The only caveat is that it’s pretty expensive, retailing at a price of RM2,829 or SGD899.

ProsCons
Sturdy and well-builtPricey
Top-notch air purificationDoes not provide the best cooling options
User-friendly interface and menu
Very good air circulation reach
  • You can find out more about the Dyson Pure Cool TP04 here.

 

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