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Dyson AM02 Mini Tower Fan review

Luke Johnson



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  • Impressive cooling abilities
  • Unbuffeted, smooth airflow
  • Stylish, futuristic design


  • Expensive
  • A little noisy
  • No tilt function

Review Price £299.99

Key Features: Unbuffeted airflow; Handy remote; Bladeless air multiplier technology

Manufacturer: Dyson

What is the Dyson AM02 Mini Tower Fan?

The Dyson AM02 Mini Tower Fan is the latest addition to the British brand’s collection of eye catching air multipliers. A scaled down verison of one of the original trio of Dyson fans, it is the new big brother to the multipurpose Dyson Hot & Cool.

Capable of increasing airflow 16 times, it is for more intensive, large scale usage than the table top primed Dyson AM01. It is not your conventional electrical fan either, doing away with rotating blades in favour of passing a high intensity stream of accelerated air over an angled fin.

At £300 the Dyson AM02 Mini Tower Fan is far from cheap. Can it justify this lofty price tag? Let’s see.

Dyson AM02 Mini Tower Fan

Dyson AM02 Mini Tower Fan Design

The AM02 Mini Tower Fan’s design is classic Dyson. Smooth, flowing curves partner a minimalist, uncluttered form. The hollow elongated oval from where the airflow descends resembles the eye of an oversized needle and sits atop a solid base that houses all the inner workings. This combination ensures a sturdy foundation that's secure against accidental nocks.

At just less than one metre tall, the ‘Mini’ isn't all that... well, mini - it's only 13cm shorter than its predecessor. Its size is not an issue, however. The small 25cm footprint of the Dyson means it can comfortably sit in most home or small office environments. What’s more, it will look stylish and a little futuristic while doing so.

Unlike the full-size AM02 Tower Fan, the Mini is available in just one colour, silver. This classic colour ensures it will fit with most household decors, even if the lack of choice is a little disappointing. That said, however appealing on the eye, the matt plastic finish does betray the luxuriousness expected of a device priced just shy of £300.

The Dyson AM02 Mini Tower Fan’s design really does help separate this bladeless beauty from the mass of more conventional tower fans on the market. With the hollow centre throwing an air of confusion and witchcraft over the fan, its design turns this pricey luxury into more of a desirable gadget than a standard household appliance.

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Dyson AM02 Mini Tower Fan Features

The Dyson AM02 Mini Tower Fan is not exactly laden with features. It does what it does and it does it well. Beyond that, there are few additional bells and whistles. Before we get into features, though, to science class with you.

The AM02 Mini does not work like your typical fan. It utilises a brushless motor hidden within the base to draw in air (32 litres per second we are told) which is then accelerated through a 2.5mm aperture over the head’s airfoil design. The result is multiplied airflow that creates an area of low pressure, drawing in further air from behind. This improves the efficiency of the 65 watt fan. While this air is not passed over any cooling elements, the movement gives you a cooling effect. Simple, right?

With no blades in sight, this sophisticated approach gives the AM02 Mini, like other Dyson air multipliers, an airflow output uninterrupted by buffeting. While this might not sound like such a breakthrough, the results are extremely pleasing. No blades also means no safety hazards to the straying fingers of youngsters.

It comes bundled with its own compact remote. Although a small addition, we love that the fan’s remote can be magnetised to the top of the unit for safe storage. The handset’s gentle curve even perfectly mirrors that of the fan for a seamless, snug fit. This further highlights the premium design of the fan.

Unlike some of its smaller siblings, the AM02 Mini lacks the touch-tilt capabilities that allow you angle the airflow up or down. It's not an issue when cooling a large room, for more directed airflow, say when you are sat at a desk, but it is an irritating omission. A 2-metre power cord removes some of the location restrictions that befalls some rivals.

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June 27, 2013, 3:09 pm

for me dyson is like apple, brand prestige and arrogance with some saleable hardware, but daylight robbery when looked at objectively. Dyson's hand driers use insane amounts of energy, I'd guess this uses more than a normal fan. It's for people who have ipads built into their bath, and people who aspire to have ipads built into their bath. I'm all for innovation and design elegance, but for me dyson are hollow.

Hamish Campbell

July 1, 2013, 12:55 pm

I don't get why the noise level isn't at the top of their list of improvements. Is it only me....and most people I know, who consider fan noise the most important aspect?


July 2, 2013, 2:22 pm

I have a question for you have you put this in a warm room with no windows? I have a small treatment room which gets very hot and seems impossible to cool with fans but just wondering if this baby would be worth investing in?


July 2, 2013, 8:05 pm

No. All it can do is warm the room up. Any device, fan or whatever else, will warm the room up in the same measure that it draws power from the socket. It matters not whether the device is billed as a heater or a TV or a PC or a fan - if it draws 500W then it is a 500W heater.
If you want to cool the room down then the unwanted heat has to go somewhere, like out the window. And unless it happens to be colder outside than in, you will need a heat pump (aka air con) to push the heat out against the temperature gradient.


July 17, 2013, 9:25 am

You are wrong. There is a big difference between a 500W heater and a 500W fan. The fan converts most of the energy into kinetic energy, not heat. This is elementary school science.


July 17, 2013, 10:26 am

...and then the kinetic energy converts to [fill in the blank] as the air flow loses speed.
Actually the question is beyond elementary school level since it involves the concept of entropy (which always increases), not simply the concept of energy conservation.


July 17, 2013, 11:15 am

It is a cold day. Toboev is feeling chilly. No problem, he'll just turn on the fan. Ah. Problem solved.

Why don't you turn on the heater instead? Someone asks. 'Don't be silly', says Toboev. "There is no difference at all between the fan and the heater!" exclaims Toboev, after a sneeze. 'Everything converts to heat!'

He continues to mumble something about entropy. Meanwhile, the other person shakes his head and moves on.

There's simply no helping some people.


July 17, 2013, 4:24 pm

I notice you don't engage the question (i.e. fill in the blank), just engage in sarcasm.


July 17, 2013, 4:50 pm

Potential energy. Please think about it while trying to heat up a cup of tea by blowing air at it.


July 17, 2013, 7:30 pm

Still the sarcasm. I'm not sure what you think that adds to the points you try to make. As to potential energy, how? And what happens when that potential energy is returned - it can't just build up forever.
I'm not sure why you don't want to see that all the energy drawn by any electrical appliance, fan or other, eventually dissipates as heat. The only cooling effect of the fan is on you, the warmer body in the room, assuming the ambient temperature of the room is lower than your body temperature to start with. But it can't cool the room itself, only heat it up. The OP was wanting to do the opposite - to cool down a windowless hot room. A fan can't do that, not even a Dyson.
I'm happy for you to explain why I'm wrong, but childish sarcasm and posturing isn't helpful.


July 17, 2013, 8:21 pm

I only have one point to make, and it is a simple one.

You are wrong: A 500W fan does not produce the same amount of heat as a 500W heater.

Yes, even in a room with no windows.


December 28, 2014, 10:55 pm

I agree - to a point. The fan will heat the room. However, the 500w fan is not as efficient at heating as a 500w heater

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