Online reviews have been mixed. While some praise its sleek design, others compare it to a salon hair dryer or Rosie the robot from "The Jetsons." I expected it to be quieter than a conventional fan, and it is slightly quieter than a small Allaire fan I purchased at Restoration Hardware for . But at higher speeds, the Dyson is not whisper quiet.
In the July issue of Consumer Reports, out this week, the magazine liked everything about the fan except its price. Blindfolded testers couldn't feel a difference between Dyson's "smooth uninterrupted air flow with no buffeting" and the plain Jane air flow from conventional table fans costing to .
If you found yourself shopping for a new fan during last week's early heat wave, you might have seen the Dyson Air Multiplier fan featured in last Sunday's Target circular. I'll bet you did a double take on the price. At 0, you might have thought it must be a portable air conditioner. It's not. It's another "state of the art" appliance from Dyson, the company that also sells high priced vacuums.
The fan works by sucking in air from the base and enhancing its force as it is pushed through an opening around the ring. Like conventional fans, it also has an oscillation button, variable speeds, and a tilt feature.