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CHOICE Says Cheapie Kmart Fan Is Better Than The Exxy Dyson Cool Tower

You can bet your fan will be getting a bit of a work out as it starts to heat up but is it really worth splashing the cash on an expensive one?

According to CHOICE, probably not. Despite Dyson's cult following when it comes to products from vacuums to hair tools, when it comes to their fans, the consumer watchdog's testing has found your money might be better spent elsewhere.

CHOICE claims that following their testing, the $548 Dyson Cool Tower Fan was outperformed in several categories by cheaper models such as the $89 Anko pedestal fan, as well as other cheaper models available from stores such as Big W.

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"There's nothing in particular wrong with the Dyson Cool Tower Fan, and it admittedly comes with added features you don't get with the cheaper models, such as a timer and remote control," said CHOICE's expert fan tester, Matthew Tung.

"But, it's more than six times the price for something that essentially does the same job."

The $548 Dyson Cool Tower Fan. Image: Dyson

Choice gives each fan a score for airflow as well as measuring the maximum and minimum noise each device makes in decibels. Despite Dyson claiming to be "quiet and powerful", the testing found the cheaper versions were much the same.

"We test a range of basic, traditional pedestal fans in our labs here at CHOICE alongside the more high-tech expensive models such as Dyson," said CHOICE's home expert Rebecca Ciaramidaro.

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"Although the Dyson models don't perform badly in our tests overall, when it comes to the strength of airflow and their ability to create a nice cooling breeze, you can buy a product that does the job for less than a tenth of the price."

CHOICE reviewed three currently available Dyson fan models, the Dyson Cool Tower Fan AM07, the Dyson Hot+Cool Jet Focus AM09 and the Dyson Pure Cool TP04 fan.

The $89 Anko pedestal fan. Image: Kmart

"Although these fans perform adequately in our tests, we find that if you're just looking for something to circulate air and create a cooling breeze, the Dyson fans aren't worth the extra cash," Rebecca said.

"You're paying a significantly higher price for the design and technology of the added features which you may or may not need."

"An exception for this is perhaps in the case of the Dyson Hot+Cool Jet Focus fan, where you're getting a fan plus a good-quality heater for the cooler months in one."

However unlike the cheaper models, some of the Dyson range include air purifying options, which CHOICE currently do not test on, focusing mostly on cooling ability and noise in their testing.

Dyson models do come with other benefits which include:

  • Easier to clean due to not having grills of blades that collect dust
  • Safe around children as they don't have spinning blades
  • Added features such as the ability to alter airflow settings and the use of sleep timers
  • They look nice, if appearance is an important element to you

Whether these pros are worth the additional price tag is really up to you but when it comes to the basics of cooling and noise, you're better off picking up a cheapie from your local Kmart or Big W.

Featured image: Dyson/Kmart