The Dyson AM08 is this company’s latest pedestal fan when it comes to their Air Multiplier bladeless technology. Much like the very popular AM09 fan heater and the AM08 desk fan, it has some very cool features, but is it worth the possibly budget busting price tag? First, let’s go through what’s good about it.
One of the greatest things about this design is that there are no blades to deal with. Not only does this make for a quiet machine, it also makes it safer and easy to clean. If you’ve ever taken apart a fan to scrub and blast the built up gunk off the blades, you’ll really like this feature.
How quiet is it?
As for the noise level, it’s actually 35% quieter than the previous Dyson fan model, the AM03. Because there are no blades, there is much less air turbulence as the air flows through the fan in either direct or oscillating mode. This means you don’t hear the sound of the blades whirling – only the sound of the air whooshing through smoothly. Additionally, they also use what’s called a Helmholtz cavity on the unit itself which essentially traps sound waves to make the motor very quiet.
Will it save money on electric bills?
This newer model consumes less power than its predecessor and much less than your average household pedestal fan, making it quite energy efficient. Since it only uses 15% less however, you may only notice a difference in your power bill if you’re used to running a fan night and day every day. The good news is that even though it uses less energy, it still has an extremely powerful airflow.
Is it safe for kids and pets to be around?
This is a definite yes – it is much safer than other fans because it has no blades for fingers and tails to get caught up in. Bladeless fans are a relatively new technology, and Dyson has become extremely proficient at getting their machines to produce a ton of airflow without them. This also means this fan is easy to clean, which is a nice bonus. Also, the base that sits on the floor is nice and wide, the unit is hard to tip over.
What extra features does it have?
Like many pedestal fans, this one oscillates 180 degrees: Just touch one button on the remote control (which attaches magnetically to the unit itself so it won’t get lost). It also can be adjusted for height, and the top can be tilted backward and forward to direct the air up or down.
One thing that sets it apart is that it has ten full speeds to choose from, and it has a sleep timer. You can set the timer to let the fan run for anywhere from 15 minutes up to 9 hours, and it will automatically turn off after that time.
Dyson AM08 Specs:
- Colors Available: White with Silver
- Base Diameter: 4.2” without baseplate; 10.5 inches with baseplate attached
- Top Diameter: 17.7”
- Cord Length: 6.6’
- Total Weight: 8.5 pounds
- Total Height: 55.4” (adjusts from 46.5” to 55.4” tall)
- Voltage: 110
What comes with it?
- Remote Control (magnetized to stick to the top of the AM08)
- Operations Manual
- 2 Year Limited Warranty
AM08 vs AM07
While these two products use the same technology and are both energy efficient and quiet, they are quite different. First, the AM08 is a pedestal fan, meaning it has a circular top sitting on a long thin shaft attached to a wide base. Then AM07, on the other hand, is a tower fan, so it looks much more streamlined and air flows in a wider space from top to bottom.
Second, the pedestal AM08 can be adjusted for height, whereas the other is a static unit standing at 39.6” tall.
Third, while they both have an oscillating feature, the AM08 is the one that can be tilted up and down to direct air flow, while the tower fan cannot.
Can I get one refurbished?
While Dyson does offer factory refurbished models of some of their older model vacuums, at this time they do not do factory refurbishing on their fan line.
- Great design that looks good in any room
- Strong airflow
- Great features to make it very flexible
While user reviews of this pedestal fan are very favorable (it gets 5 stars in review after review and has an average rating of 4.1 out of 5), not all users are as impressed. While it is a very good, durable machine that does what it claims, it’s expensive. Much like Dyson vacuum cleaners, these fans are at the top of the line and have the price tag to prove it. However, given how impressed users are that have purchased and reviewed some of the older models, they seem to stand the test of time and are a good investment.
The second complaint in some user reviews is that they thought this machine would be quieter. While it’s true Dyson fans are overall much more quiet than those from other companies, don’t be fooled. While the motor is quiet and there are no blades spinning to listen to, there is and always will be the sound of the air moving through the unit, and that’s not going to change. The whole job of the fan is to move air, and let’s face it: You can’t stop the sound of wind. While on lower settings, a baby can easily sleep with this pedestal in his or her room, at higher settings, you are going to hear it at least somewhat.
The bottom line is this is a great pedestal fan – the best, in fact. However, it also has a hefty price tag. If you’re looking for an investment to move the air in your home that is virtually maintenance free and is easy to use and safe, this could be just what you’re seeking.
However, if the one-time cost is going to break you, you may prefer to go with a cheaper model even though it will be noisier, use a bit more electricity and won’t have all the bells and whistles. In any case, at 4.1 out of 5 stars and review after review extolling its virtues, the Dyson AM08 is a great fan to buy, especially if you can get it on sale.