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Dyson AM02 Mini Tower Fan review - Performance, Value and Verdict

Luke Johnson

By Luke Johnson

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

7

Dyson AM02 Mini Tower Fan Performance

The ‘Mini’ aspect of the Dyson AM02 Mini Tower Fan does not seem to have had a negative effect on performance. It packs a considerable cooling punch. The cooling effects of the fan can be felt from one side of a 7.5m room to the other with little loss of power.

A control dial lets you customise the ferocity of the airflow with intricate precision. From a gentle whisper of air capable of blowing bubbles (see below) to a full on gale, the AM02 Mini covers the full range.

Dyson AM02 Mini Tower Fan

It can get a little noisy though, especially when cranked up to higher rates of airflow. That said, we used the AM02 Mini to cool a room where we were watching TV, with just a couple of clicks of volume needed to turn the fan into distant background noise. Used in our bedroom it didn’t trouble sleep.

The lack of buffeting is one of the main draws of the costly Dyson air multiplier range. The smooth, unabated airflow provided is welcome on stifling days or when looking to be cooled quickly, say after a run or exercise session. Strangely, we found ourselves quickly becoming fan snobs when switching back to a convention bladed option. Buffeted air is not a problem until you have experienced the alternatives.

A wide oscillation range can be activated via the on fan controls or through the remote. It covers a near 180-degree angle, spreading the cooling effect across whole rooms rather than specific parts.

Dyson AM02 Mini Tower Fan

Should I buy the Dyson AM02 Mini Tower Fan?

The Dyson AM02 Mini Tower fan fits a specific market and will not be suitable for all. If you’ve got a fair chunk of spare cash and find yourself frequently clammy, though, then it is an obvious choice.

For a large roomed home or small office environment, the latest air multiplier is a good fit. It makes the most of the increased open space and can supply sufficient cooling to fill it. For smaller homes, however, even Dyson itself offers better value products than the AM02 Mini. For an extra £50 more you can add dual heating and cooling capabilities in the form of the Dyson Hot & Cool. This will even be of use through all four seasons.

Price is always a difficult with Dyson but you do get what you pay for: power, performance and style.

Verdict

The Dyson AM02 Mini Tower Fan is ideal for either a larger home or small office environment. It’s capable of kicking out a considerable amount of cooling air in a stylish and unassuming manner. However, there is no getting away from its sizeable price tag.

Overall Score

7

danielfrisbee

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?

rea

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?

toboev

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.

e0fc6d85

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.

toboev

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.

e0fc6d85

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.

toboev

July 17, 2013, 4:24 pm

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

e0fc6d85

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.

toboev

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.

e0fc6d85

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.

Colhard

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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