Dyson Hot fan heater September 2011
Turning up the heat with Dyson's latest Air Multiplier innvovation
Dyson claims that its futuristic Hot fan heater can warm up a room faster and more evenly than its rivals. It’s the most expensive portable heater we’ve seen, but is Hot’s innovative technology and styling worth the extra cash? Read on for our First look review.
The Dyson Hot's cool modern styling ensures it looks unlike any other portable heater we’ve seen – but the £270 price tag could be hard to justify when a typical heater costs under £70.
Like the Dyson Air Multiplier fan, which launched in 2009, the Dyson Hot has been designed to boost the amount of air projected around a room, without the need for blades.
Dyson claims the Hot fan heater amplifies airflow six times, meaning you’ll supposedly feel the benefits quicker. We can’t confirm this, but in our quick trial it gave an even stream of hot air which filled the room quite quickly.
You can also watch our video review of the Dyson Air Multiplier fan to see the Hot’s cooling stablemate in action.
Easy to use
The Dyson Hot is simple to set up and comes with a remote control that can helpfully be kept on top of the heater, held in place by a magnet.
The buttons on the remote are quite small, but the instructions make the functions clear. It’s straightforward to choose the desired room temperature, change the speed of the fan and turn the oscillation feature on or off.
The buttons on the fan are on the base so are tricky to reach when the fan is placed on the floor.
Hot and cold air
The Dyson Hot has a variable thermostat which can be set between 1°C and 37°C. We can’t see anyone wanting to heat their room to a sweltering 37°C though.
There are 10 speeds to choose from. While the fan is noisy at high speeds it seemed to produce a reasonable heat on the slower, quieter settings too.
The slowest setting boosted the temperature of a small room by five degrees in five minutes. Once the fan had heated the room to our desired temperature it automatically switched off. It then monitored the room temperature, turning on and off as required to maintain it.
The fan’s cool air function, accessed by setting the temperature to 0, also seemed to work well.
Distinctive Dyson styling
As well as giving the fan a stylish appearance, the lack of moving parts and grill means there are no finger traps. The outer parts didn’t get hot when in use, either.
The Dyson Hot is 58cm tall (slightly shorter than other tower fan heaters we’ve tested recently) and can be tilted to direct heat towards the upper or lower part of the room.
37°Cthe sweltering maximum temperature of the Dyson Hot
It feels quite sturdy and well built. But while the distinctive futuristic Dyson design is quirky and fun, the finish is a little plasticky.
The Dyson Hot is available at John Lewis and will be on sale nationwide from October 2011.
Pros: Quick to heat and cool, simple to use, remote control
Cons: Expensive, futuristic looks won’t appeal to all