The latest refinement of Dyson’s air purifiers brings us the Purifier Cool Formaldehyde. This appliance gets a dedicated sensor for detecting and destroying formaldehyde gas in your home. It works in line with the company’s ongoing mission to keep improving our indoor air quality.
But is this premium air purifier for you? If these three reasons are important to you, you might want to consider getting your hands on one soon.
Sleek, futuristic appliance
There’s always something about Dyson products that make me feel like they’re appliances that would fit right into the Jetsons’ home. The Dyson Purifier Cool Formaldehyde has an elongated loop where the air comes out after being filtered through its base. It doesn’t take up much room because of its shape. And it’s just 10.7lbs, so it’s easy to move around if you need to. There are plastic components to it that make it lighter and easier to clean.
White Planet, the exclusive distributor of Dyson in the Philippines, brought in the White/Gold option. Isa pointed out in her video how its looks can match wooden décor, allowing you to fit this into many homes.
LiTT Tip #1: It’s crucial to check the Dyson Purifier Cool Formaldehyde regularly to ensure it is clean and there aren’t any blockages. Check the air inlet holes on the cover and the small aperture in the loop amplifier for any obstruction. If you see any dust on its surface, wipe that loop amplifier, shrouds, and other parts with a clean, dry cloth only. Use a soft brush to remove dust and debris. Don’t use detergents or polishes to clean your machine.
Fool-proof setup and use
No matter how futuristic the Dyson might look, it isn’t complicated. Even the packaging has been arranged in a way where everything is easily accessible. Setting it up takes just a few minutes. The only thing you need to assemble are the filters, and that just needs to be fitted into the correct slots. As I mentioned in my first impressions, Dyson included a sticker attached to the shroud with simple instructions on connecting the filters. Once you’ve done this step, you can already plug in the Purifier Cool Formaldehyde to use.
You can use the purifier and fan without having the Dyson Link setup at first. The included magnetic remote has access to the Purifier Cool Formaldehyde’s basic functions. And you get a quick view of the different settings and information about your air quality through its built-in LCD screen.
But if you want more detailed information on your home’s air quality, what the machine is filtering out, and tweak its different settings, you will need the Dyson Link app, which is available for Android and iOS. The app is also essential for receiving updates for your air purifier, scheduling when it will turn on and off, keeping track of when you need to replace your filter, and other maintenance and troubleshooting needs.
You can also use the app to control the Dyson Purifier Cool Formaldehyde even when you aren’t home. If you want to take that further, the Purifier Cool Formaldehyde also supports voice control with assistants like Siri, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa.
Within the Dyson Link app, it looks like Amazon Alexa is integrated. But we’re getting a notice that Amazon Alexa isn’t available in our region yet. But I have been able to link it to my Android devices via Google Assistant.
Cleans and cools your space
I went through the specifics of what the Dyson Purifier Cool Formaldehyde can offer you. As with other Dyson purifiers, it works to automatically sense, capture, and trap pollutants found in your home.
This time, there’s a new solid-state formaldehyde sensing tech that can capture and destroy formaldehyde, which is one of those potentially dangerous volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
The sensor is paired with Dyson’s Selective Catalytic Oxidisation (SCO) filter, capable of continuously destroying formaldehyde at a molecular level. Unlike the HEPA+ Carbon filter, the SCO filter won’t need replacing throughout the machine’s lifespan; at least, that’s what Dyson claims.
These pollutants are 500 times smaller than particles the size of 0.1 microns, so it’s tougher to capture without the right equipment. And that’s what Dyson promises with this air purifier.
Formaldehyde is a colorless pollutant that might be in furniture and wooden products with formaldehyde-based resins, insulating materials, paint, wallpaper, household cleaning products, and varnishes. The company warns against prolonged exposure and the health risks this might raise.
I have to reiterate that this machine hasn’t been tested for detecting COVID-19. Dyson doesn’t claim it’s a medical-grade device, and representatives from the company haven’t mentioned their plans about addressing this health issue.
Dyson built the entire Purifier Cool Formaldehyde to qualify for HEPA 13 standard. Its engineers worked to improve airflow pathways, making sure that no air coming into the machine bypasses its filters and that no dirty air will escape through.
Aside from formaldehyde gases, it is built to filter out other harmful pollutants in the air, like allergens and bacteria from flowers and pets, smoke, fumes from cooking and cleaning products, and others.
I’ve noticed it react quite quickly to any changes in air quality inside. If I use a perfumed product or spray air freshener, I watched the air quality change on the LCD screen. It’s pretty impressive to see it speedily purify the air, too.
When I slept with this Dyson machine working in my room, I didn’t wake up in the middle of the night with clogged airways from a sudden allergy attack. It seemed to have kept allergens out of my bedroom. Impressive.
The Dyson Purifier Cool Formaldehyde is designed to work with spaces within your home. For better representative testing, the company employed its POLAR test in a larger than standard 27m² room to ensure purified air can follow through every corner of your room.
The Purifier Cool can oscillate from 45 degrees up to 350 degrees, and fan speed can be up to 10. It won’t be as strong as standard electric fans for cooling. But I can imagine this will work as additional cooling in an airconditioned room. Its main task is to clean the air inside, anyway.
If you don’t want the airflow to hit you, there’s a backward airflow option that diverts the air through the back of the machine. You can also opt to set the Purifier Cool Formaldehyde in Auto mode to allow its onboard sensors to adjust settings on their own depending on the air quality in the room.
If you want to use this while you sleep but you’re worried about the noise, Dyson equips the Purifier Cool Formaldehyde with a Night mode that uses quiet settings and a dimmed display. I really didn’t use Night mode because I didn’t find its noise to be bothersome even at its strongest fan setting. But for those who are sensitive to sound, this is Dyson’s solution for you.
LiTT Tip #2: The best room placement for the Dyson Purifier Cool Formaldehyde will be away from open windows or radiators (the latter isn’t really a problem in the Philippines). Let it run in a closed room to purify the air properly.
LiTT Tip # 3: The HEPA+ Carbon filter usually requires replacing once every 12 months if used for 12 hours straight. But that might change depending on the environment or location of the machine. To check your filter’s quality, tap on the cogwheel on the upper right corner of the app, select Your machine’s settings, and then scroll down until you locate the Air portion. You’ll then see the filter’s life there.
What’s lit and what’s not?
What’s lit about it:
- Futuristic design
- Easy to clean and move around
- Straightforward setup process
- Quick detection air quality changes and cleaning of pollutants
- Controllable via the app, popular voice assistants
What needs the extra spark:
- Priced on the premium side
- No Amazon Alexa support in the country yet
- Fan strength to just be a bit stronger
From the few weeks I’ve spent with this air purifier, the Dyson Purifier Cool Formaldehyde has delivered on its promise to purify the air in my home. It might look daunting, but it’s one of the simplest pieces of tech I’ve used. And that simplicity is possibly one of the things you pay for when you get this premium purifier.
Yes, it is expensive. It’s not going to be for a lot of people. But for those who want it and can afford it, you get an appliance that just works. Dyson’s done all the work and included all its fancy tech, so you get an air purifier that works with just a few taps on your smartphone or the included remote. Some people are willing to pay for that convenience.
The Dyson Purifier Cool Formaldehyde in White/Gold is available for PHP 40,500.
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