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Dyson’s newest bladeless fan has advanced air purifiers and will work with Alexa

Dyson, maker of high-end vacuums, fans, and hair dryers, just announced the newest version of its combo purifier and bladeless fan, one that the company says has a more advanced filtration system intended to trap harmful gases.

The new Pure Hot + Cool Link Air Purifier looks similar to last year’s Pure Cool Link Purifier, but the new model has a next-generation filter with an “extra layer of activated carbon” that is coated with Tris, an antimicrobial agent. It’s not only designed to capture particular matter, like smoke, dust, and pollen, but now is also capable of trapping harmful gases like formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, and naphthalene, Dyson claims.

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The new purifier also WiFi-connected, syncing with Dyson’s free mobile app to allow for remote viewing and control of indoor temperature, air quality history, and spikes in poor air quality, which over time. Dyson believes that over time, this kind of information will help users better understand the impact of certain activities in their home environment — if the air quality dips when you’re cooking dinner, for example, then you might become more aware that pollutants are coming from your gas burners.

And the purifier will automatically adjust to certain pollutants in the air: in a brief demo of the new device, it automatically upped the strength of the fan when we sprayed aerosol hairspray near it.

It’s also the first Dyson purifier that will work with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, although this is enabled through the Dyson mobile app; Alexa isn’t built directly into the purifier itself. Also, the Alexa feature won’t be ready at launch. (The company says it’s “coming soon.”) Once Dyson’s Alexa skill does launch it will work with all of Dyson’s WiFi-connected purifiers.

The new purifier-plus-fan comes in two models, a tower version and a desktop version. The Pure Cool Link tower costs $499, and the Pure Hot + Cool Link desktop purifier costs $599. Normally, Dyson’s tower fans run on the more expensive side, but in this case the tower is cheaper because it only offers a cooling/fan function, while the desktop purifier offers heating. The new filters can be used in last year’s Dyson purifiers, too, and will cost $69.99 as a standalone product.

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