Dyson Humidifier Reviews and Buying Guide 2020

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When homeowners want a sleek bladeless tower fan or a high-powered vacuum, Dyson is a brand many consumers turn towards. The company has expanded their lineup in recent years to include new cutting-edge products like hairdryers, lighting, and air purifiers. Their current collection includes a lineup of small, but highly regarded humidifiers as well. 

Dyson’s Humidifier Collection

ModelStyleTimerOscillationRuntimeAdvanced Filtration
Dyson AM10DesktopYesNo18 hoursNo
Dyson PH01TowerYes3 levels36 hoursYes
Dyson PH02TowerYes3 levels36 hoursYes

Dyson has produced a number of fans over the years, but are relatively new in the world of filtration and humidification. While it’s not uncommon for the company to introduce or refresh a product line every few years, they currently only have three humidifiers available on the market at this time.

Dyson Humidifier AM10

Dyson Humidifier AM10

The first humidifier produced by Dyson was the AM10. It’s the company’s entry-level model, which makes it the most affordable humidifier from Dyson. The sleek system is also their smallest humidifier standing around 22” tall with a weight of only 7.8 pounds.

The Dyson AM10 is portable and won’t take up much space on a nightstand considering the base plate is 8.7” wide. From a design standpoint, it certainly looks like a system from Dyson and is a dual-function device like the rest of the company’s humidifiers. That means it can circulate cool air in the summer while providing you with humidification throughout the year.

Dyson’s Air Multiplier technology also comes into play with the AM10. It’s listed with an airflow rating of 460 liters per second under optimum conditions. It has an intelligent climate control function as well, which automatically adjusts the system according to the temperature and humidity levels in a room. It’s a nice touch and handy feature, even if the AM10 is not quite as intelligent as some of Dyson’s other systems.

Most of Dyson’s products are certified or accredited by various parties, and the AM10 is no different in that regard. It’s certified as Asthma & Allergy Friendly by the AAFA, just like their vacuum cleaners and air purifiers. It also features a built-in UV-C light that kills 99.9% of bacteria in the water. The water tank can hold 7.5 pints of water and can run continuously for up to 18 hours.

While well-received for the most part, the Dyson AM10 was the first attempt at a humidifier from the company. It performs admirably and has aged fairly well, but is expensive and a step down from their newer models.

Dyson Humidify+Cool PH01

Dyson Humidify+Cool PH01

Dyson is known for their innovation, and they made considerable changes to their second humidifier, the Dyson PH01. It’s a system from the company’s new Dyson Pure lineup, which means you’ll get advanced filtration on this humidifier along with several other flagship features.

This humidifier has some of the same features found on the Dyson AM10, but with a completely new design. With a height of 36”, it’s in the tower fan class, although much lighter than those machines with a weight of 18 pounds. It will take up a bit more space, but has more power and advanced features you won’t find from other manufacturers.

The first thing we want to touch on is real-time monitoring.  Dyson installed a series of intelligent sensors in this humidifier, which allows it to monitor humidity levels and the temperature in a room. While a small readout on the unit can give you some of those details, the Dyson Link app opens the door to an array of features.

This humidifier can detect particles or gases, but also removes up to 99.97% of pollutants and allergens from the air down to 0.3 microns in size. That’s possible through an activated carbon and Glass HEPA filter that’s part of the PH01’s fully sealed system. It can keep the water in the tank clean, just like the AM10, but this model also has a deep clean cycle.

Wi-Fi, voice control, and advanced filtration are two perks of this system, but not the only ones. It has several unique modes that set it apart from other systems as well. Fan Mode allows you to use the humidifier as a traditional fan while providing three levels of oscillation at 0, 45, and 90 degrees. If you’d prefer to humidify and purify the air without the breeze, Backwards Airflow Mode is an option as well.

Breeze Mode is a feature you can find on other systems. Dyson handles it a little better than the rest, however, as the company uses algorithms to replicate a natural breeze. Night Mode is perfect if you plan on using the humidifier in a bedroom. When activated, it dims the display and monitors things while you sleep while adjusting the system accordingly.

Dyson Pure Humidify+Cool Cryptomic PH02

Dyson PH02

The Dyson PH01 is a three-way system that acts as a fan, humidifier, and air purifier. The Dyson PH02 Humidify+Cool is essentially an upgraded version of that machine, with high-tech extra called Cryptomic technology. It’s another first from Dyson, and something you won’t find elsewhere.

This machine is built to eliminate formaldehyde in the air of your home by capturing formaldehyde and breaking it down into water and carbon dioxide. It runs continuously, and there’s nothing to replenish. That’s ideal if you’re concerned about your indoor air quality and VOCs. As the PH02 is Dyson’s flagship system, you’ll get all the features and modes found on the PH01 as well.

Unique Technologies from Dyson 

While Dyson uses unique technology in all of their systems, there are a few features that stand out. Their Air Multiplier technology is found on every fan, humidifier, or purifier in their collection and helped the company make a name for themselves in the personal cooling world.

Monitoring is only available on a handful of devices, while Wi-Fi is becoming a little more common with every generation. Below we’re going to break down what to expect from these three features.  

Air Multiplier Technology

When Dyson began producing bladeless fans, the world was introduced to their Air Multiplier technology. While a brushless motor is part of what makes this system unique, the company put a lot of thought into a design that delivers a steady stream of airflow that’s smooth, not choppy. It’s a technique other companies have tried to replicate, although most have not been remotely successful. There’s far more to this tech than the design implies.

Intelligent Monitoring 

While the air in your home may smell fresh and doesn’t cause you any breathing issues, you may be surprised to learn about the invisible horrors in your home. VOCs are by far the most common concern from homeowners and something that can come from various goods in your home, including flooring.

Dyson’s Intelligent Monitoring system can detect VOCs and other harmful substances in the air like mold or even formaldehyde. It uses sensors and laser measurements combined with a unique algorithm to find these particles and provide you with data on the air quality in your home in real-time.

In addition to tracking down contaminants, Dyson machines equipped with Intelligent Monitoring also come with advanced filtration. These systems have a completely sealed two-part filtration system that uses a Glass HEPA filter along with carbon filtration and is capable of clearing up to 99.97% of particles down to 0.3 microns.

Dyson Link 

While it’s not uncommon to find connected appliances from a wide variety of manufacturers, some handle connectivity better than others. We’ve seen companies that have connected devices, which allow your smartphone to act as a glorified remote, but Dyson takes things a step further with the Dyson Link mobile app.

From the pollen count outdoors to the humidity level indoors, the Dyson Link app can pull a variety of statistics from your machine. That includes current information along with previous reports on your humidifier's performance and the conditions in your home. As you’d expect, the app can also notify you when it’s time to refill the machine or change your filter.

Remote access is another perk of the Dyson Link app. It allows you to adjust humidity remotely, but you can also set a schedule up to 7 days in advance. Voice control is an option as well if you have a connected home that makes use of Amazon’s Alexa or other virtual assistants geared to work with Dyson’s connected systems.

Dyson Humidifier Features

In addition to Wi-Fi and intelligent Monitoring, there are a number of other features to look forward to when purchasing a Dyson Humidifier. Some are unique to Dyson or rarely found on other humidifiers, while others are commonly found from other brands.

Most humidifiers have a low and high setting, so systems with variable speeds are a plus. You’ll get that from Dyson, but they also include several modes with their humidifiers as well. Night Mode is something most people will be familiar with as it dims the lights and noise level while you sleep. That’s a common feature from Dyson, and so are Fan, Breeze, and Backwards air modes.

Fan mode allows you to use a humidifier without the humidifying feature, while Breeze mode uses an algorithm to mimic a smooth, natural breeze from Mother Nature. Backward airflow mode works in the opposite fashion from Fan mode. You can use the humidifying feature without the breeze as the system diverts air through the back.

Auto shut-off is standard, but you’ll only find oscillation on the PH01 and PH02. Both of those systems have an option for a Deep Cleaning Cycle as well, but all three take advantage of Dyson’s Ultraviolet Cleansing technology that removes up to 99.9% of bacteria in the water. Glass HEPA filtration is another advantage with Dyson humidifiers, but something we would like to see more of from other brands.

Dyson Humidifier Reviews

The AM10 was Dyson’s first attempt at a humidifier, so reviews haven’t been as kind when compared to their newer models. We found that homeowners were a little more partial to this one than professional reviewers, and most of the complaints come down to price.

Dyson doesn’t make cheap products, and most homeowners understand this. With that in mind, the price of the AM10 doesn’t make it any better than similar-sized systems at a fraction of the cost. The design makes the tank harder to fill, and it’s smaller than comparable humidifiers as well. On the plus side, consumers loved the look of the system and found it capable and quiet.

Dyson learned from those mistakes with the PH01, which is more expensive, but a much better all-around system. The addition of Intelligent Monitoring, Wi-Fi, and Advanced Filtration are major additions that make the price tag easier to swallow. Reviews and homeowners felt the PH01 was a huge improvement from the AM10.

The PH01 and its variant the Dyson PH02 are both easier to clean, and the filters last longer as well. The water bucket isn’t as difficult to deal with, and the additional modes aren’t gimmicky, but actually useful. The PH02 Cryptomic doesn’t have many reviews because of the price and how new it is, but it’s the same machine as the PH01 in different colors with Cryptomic tech.

Dyson Humidifier Warranties

When you buy something that’s 2-3 times the cost of other systems, most people hope for a good warranty. With Dyson, you’ll get a decent one with 2 years and a 30-day money-back guarantee. That’s better than average considering there are hundreds of humidifiers with 1-year warranties, but disappointing given the price. By comparison, a cheaper Dyson vacuum cleaner can have a 5-year guarantee.

Dyson Humidifier Replacement Parts

A longer warranty would be nice to see from Dyson, but they make up for that to a degree by offering a wide variety of replacement parts. For the AM10, you can pick up anything from a water tank plug or UV lamp to complete replacement for the loop amplifier. While you can’t buy a motor, you can replace most of the parts that are subject to break.

With the Dyson PH01 and PH02 Cryptomic, you can pick up a similar set of parts along with evaporators, pump columns, and base skirts. The selection isn’t as vast because they are newer, and some parts are not available online, so you’ll have to contact Dyson directly. All genuine Dyson parts are backed by a 1-year guarantee.

Pros and Cons of Dyson Humidifiers

When weighing the pros and cons of a Dyson humidifier, things are fairly simple. The advantages of buying a humidifier from Dyson are the features. While style is an obvious perk as well, along with bragging rights for owning a “Dyson,” their newer system can truly do it all.

When you need a humidifier that monitors the air quality in a room and can automatically adjust itself, it’s hard to argue against the Dyson PH01 can do. It’s the best all-in-one humidifier we’ve seen and packed full of useful features like backwards airflow mode and Wi-Fi. It performs as advertised, and the attractive but unusual design will fit with any décor.

The obvious disadvantage to Dyson humidifiers is the price.  The AM10 is cheaper, but not worth the cost when compared to other top brands with systems that perform just as well, if not better for far cheaper. If budget isn’t a concern, the PH01 is worth it, while the PH02 is just the same system geared towards formaldehyde removal at an increased cost.

Dyson Humidifier Pricing and Availability 

Unless you happen to catch one of their humidifiers on sale during a holiday or have a coupon, you’ll need to fork over between $499 to $899 for a Dyson humidifier depending on the model you choose. You can find factory-reconditioned and refurbished models cheaper or finance one of their humidifiers through Affirm.

Availability isn’t a problem for Dyson, so you can find their systems through major retailers, including Amazon and Best Buy, or buy direct from the company. We have noticed the AM10 stock has begun to dry up as Dyson moves towards their Pure Cool lineup, so prices on the secondary market are subject to change as well.

Dyson Humidifier FAQ 

Q: What’s the F3 error code mean on a Dyson humidifier?

A: If you see the error message F3, it means your system is too cold to function properly.

Q: How often should I clean the loop on my humidifier?

A: It’s recommended to wipe down the air loop amplifier and the air gaps once a week with a lint-free cloth, whether you have a Dyson tower fan or humidifier. The PH01 and PH02 have a deep clean cycle and maintenance reminders as well.

Q: Why can’t I see mist coming from my humidifier?

A: Dyson recommends adjusting your system to 70% if there’s no visible mist.

Q: Which Dyson humidifier is best suited for homes with hard water?

A: While there’s a quick fix for hard water, the Dyson Link app will allow you to select the level of hardness for the PH01 and PH02.

Q: What’s the ideal humidity level for my home?

A: It’s recommended to keep the level between 40 to 50%. If the humidity is too high, you can experience issues with mold or bacteria, while low humidity can extend cold and flu season in your household.

Q: How are humidifiers sized for residential use?

A: When trying to find the right size humidifier for a room, square footage is the main specification to look for. Some companies size their systems according to the type or room or list the moisture output per day.

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