12 Best Dyson Air Purifiers Reviewed: Really Overpriced Like Yankee Candles?

Dyson air purifiers are head-turners. 

With Dyson, you don’t really have to ask “Are Dyson air purifiers any good?”.

Dyson is known to create top-notch air purifiers, has an established reputation of almost 30 years now, and everybody loves their devices. Their prices; not so much.

All models – from Dyson DP04 to most premium HP04 – are considered premium air purifiers. That usually means a $500 price tag; however, all of them are undoubtedly worth that cost.

We’ll give you some head up on how not to overpay for Dyson air cleaners.

Example: Dyson HP02 Pure Hot Cool is just a HP01 model with access to the Dyson Link app. You can save $100 by choosing the HP01; same performance, just no iPhone app.

comparison of dyson remote control vs dyson link app to control dyson pure hot cool air purifiers
Earlier 01 models use only remote control. Newer 02, 04, and 06 models use the Dyson Link app for air purifier overall control.

It’s not just all about the design and performance here. Dyson air purifiers are not just a big fan that blows air through a basic HEPA filter to remove air pollutants. They have upgraded filtration systems for immaculate air purification, for one. 

Secondly, Dyson’s units are recognizable due to their additional operations. Namely, some of their models can, in addition to capturing air pollutants, cool you in the summer, warm you up in the winter, or even do both (not at the same time of course).

4 Series Of Dyson Air Purifiers (HP, TP, PH, And Personal Purifiers)

Dyson has up till now introduced 4 different types of Dyson air purifiers. These Dyson series are (with model numbers included):

  1. Dyson Pure Hot Cool (3-in-1 for all seasons): Purifier + Heater + Cooler. Models: HP01, HP02 Link, HP04, HP06.
  2. Dyson Pure Cool (2-in-1 for summer): Purifier + Cooler. Models: TP01, TP02, TP04, TP06.
  3. Dyson Pure Humidify Cool (3-in-1 for summer): Purifier + Humidifier + Cooler. Models: PH01, PH02 (newest with Cryptomic tech again formaldehyde).
  4. Dyson Personal Purifiers: Pure Cool Me (2-in-1 for summer), model BP01, and DP04.

We’ll cover all these Dyson series. We’ll start with HP Pure Hot Cool models, and continue with all 3 other Dyson series. We compared models within the same series in comprehensive comparison charts.

In the end, you will find LearnMetrics choice for the best Dyson air purifier overall. You can also find more about all the specifications below that, with Dyson air purifier FAQ.

Here’s a glance at the overview of all Dyson air purifiers. Don’t worry; we’ll break down and explain every series, model, with the main features in the comparison tables that follow:

comparison of all dyson air purifier series, models, with main features

Here the deal:

All of them are superb. Alen BreatheSmart and Molekule purifiers, both amazing brands, are honored to be mentioned in the same sentence as Dyson. What you really need is to figure out which Dyson air purifier fits your need perfectly.

Large room, small room, need some heating, need some cooling, OK with a basic HEPA filter, or you need advanced Glass HEPA Media Dyson towers, etc. are all factors specific to your situation.

Note on buying Dyson units: Be sure to buy from an authorized seller. Amazon, for example, is an authorized seller of all Dyson air purifiers; we’ll include the buy links for each model below.

To really pick the best Dyson air purifier for you, we’ll start by showing you how to navigate through all the Dyson models:

Navigating Through All The Models

First, let’s figure out the Dyson air purifier nomenclature. Currently, Dyson has about 12 models on the market. 

There is, generally, quite a lot of confusion with understanding which Dyson air purifier is which and what it does. 

Example: One of the most popular models is the Dyson Pure Hot Cool HP06. You can see a lot of information there: ‘Pure’, ‘Hot’, ‘Cool’, HP’, and even ’06’ all have a certain meaning in the Dyson world.

Here are the key phrases to help you out navigating the Dyson comparison tables below:

  • ‘Pure’ = Purifier.
  • ‘Cool’ = Cooling effect.
  • ‘Hot’ = Heating effect. 
  • ‘Humidify’ = Adds moisture to the air.
  • ‘Link’ = Can be linked to Dyson Link app on iPhones, Android smartphones.

Here’s the 1st moneymaker tip we already mentioned: Dyson Link models have a $100 higher price tag just because of the Link app; specifications of the air purifiers are more or less the same.

Letter designations in the model indicate to which air purifier series that Dyson unit belongs:

  • ‘HP’ = Pure Hot Cool series (1st comparison table).
  • ‘TP’ = Pure Cool series (2nd comparison table).
  • ‘PH’ = Pure Cool Dehumidify series (3rd comparison table).

What’s even more insightful (and useful to know) are the numbers in the models. Here’s how this goes:

  • ’01’ is usually the standard model.
  • ’02’ is 01 with additional features like the Dyson Link app (Case and point: HP01 vs HP02).
  • ’04’ models come with upgraded 360 Glass HEPA Media filters (01 and 02 usually have 360 Glass HEPA filters). 
  • ’06’ are the new expensive models with Cryptomic technology for removing formaldehyde. They come with $100 higher prices just because of that.

You will find that the 01 and 02 models have many things in common, and the 04 and 06 models likewise.

Example: 01 and 02 models usually have 360 Glass HEPA filters and can oscillate at a 70° angle. 04 and 06 models have 360 Glass HEPA Media filters and a 350° oscillation range.

By itself, the 360 Glass HEPA filter removes 99.97% of allergens and pollutants as small as 0.3 microns including pollen, dust, mold spores, bacteria, and pet dander. The upgraded 360 Glass HEPA Media filter include an activated carbon filter that absorbs all kinds of odors, including smoke:

comparison of dyson hepa filters between dyson pure hot cool air purifier hp01 hp02 and hp04

Here’s the takeaway before looking at model-by-model comparisons:

  1. 01 and 04 models have the best price-performance; they are well worth the price. 
  2. 02 and 06 models might be too expensive for some; if you prefer user-friendliness and smartphone-based controls, go for it.
  3. 04 and 06 models have advanced filtration system with HEPA Media filters; they are better, but that also adds to the overall cost of a Dyson air purifier.

Additional note: Dyson is notorious for not putting the recommended coverage area. We’ll look at maximum airflow (in CFM) to get an idea about the room sizes Dyson air purifiers are appropriate for.

With all this in mind, let’s first look at the most popular and recognizable Dyson air purifier series:

Dyson Pure Hot Cool Series (Most Popular)

Dyson Pure Hot+Cool series is the most advanced (and best) Dyson series. All units – smaller HP01 and HP02, to bigger HP04 and HP06 – can be used year-round.

That’s due to the triple action of:

  1. Air purification with 360° Glass HEPA Filter (HP01, HP02), or 360° Glass HEPA Media Filter (HP04, HP06).
  2. Heating element with thermostat control (for winter). Quite a powerful one; air purifiers use only 40W while heater can generate up to 1,500W of heating power.
  3. Cooling fan (for summer). Note: Dyson Cool ≠ Air conditioner. It’s just a fan that creates a refreshing breeze.

dyson hot and cool purification models

It has to be said that when you’re in the market for air purifiers, you don’t really seem to need that Hot+Cool effect, right?

What’s interesting is that people who own Dyson Pure Hot Cool immediately point out something like this:

“I just love the thermostat heating and cool air in the summer.”

It’s no wonder that Pure Hot+Cool Series is the most popular Dyson air purifier series. In addition to the triple action, here are some features Dyson offers:

  • Remote control, vs Dyson Link app. To control all the actions of the air purifier.
  • Jet focus control; you can use the ‘Hot’ function as a space heater (broad range) or long-range personal heating (focused range).
  • Oscillation function: HP01, HP02 can cover 70° angle, HP04, HP06 can cover 350° angle.
  • Air Multiplier technology; uninterrupted airflow.
  • Coveted ‘Certified Asthma and Allergy friendly’ certificate, as well as PTPA seal.

There’s a lot to digest here but these extra features are exactly why people love Dyson air purifiers.

To simplify things, let’s compare all Dyson Pure Hot Cool air purifiers head to head, based on HVAC specifications:

HP01 vs HP02 vs HP04 vs HP06 Comparison (With Commentary)

Dyson Pure Hot+Cool: Dyson HP01 Dyson HP02 Dyson HP04 Dyson HP06
Photo: Newest HP model with Cryptomic Tech (Photo Not Yet Available)
Room Size: Small / Standard Room Small / Standard Room Large Room Large Room
Max. Airflow: 425 CFM 425 CFM 658 CFM 634 CFM
Format: Desk Unit Desk Unit Floor Unit Floor Unit
HEPA Filter: 360 Glass 360 Glass Glass HEPA Media Glass HEPA Media
Dimensions: 24.9″ x 6″ x 8.7″ 24.9″ x 6″ x 8.7″ 30.1″ x 5.1″ x 8.1″ 30.1″ x 4.7″ x 8.1″
Weight: 8.6 lbs 8.6 lbs 12.4 lbs  12.4 lbs
Price: $$$$ $$$$ $$$$ $$$$
Average Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4.6 out of 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Comparing Pure Hot Cool units, you can immediately notice the difference between HP01, HP02 and HP04, HP06 models.

HP01 and HP02 are smaller desk units; both can produce 425 CFM maximum airflow. In comparison, HP04 and the new HP06 units are bigger floor units; HP04 can produce 658 CFM maximum airflow (almost 50% more than HP01, HP02).

The difference is also in HEPA filters. HP01, HP02 come with 360° Glass HEPA Filter, while HP04, HP06 come with 360° Glass HEPA Media Filter.

That ‘Media’ is HP04 Dyson air purifier is quite relevant. In short, Media filters 04 and 06 models use have incorporated activated carbon filters. HEPA filter captures solid particles, activated carbon adsorbs gaseous air pollutants such as cigarette smell, kitchen odors, and so on:

comparison of dyson hepa filters between dyson pure hot cool air purifier hp01 hp02 and hp04

Another difference between Pure Hot Cool air purifiers is the way of how you can control them. The most basic way is to use the remote control – the HP01 is the only model that uses only that. Other models – HP02, HP04, HP06 – use the easy-to-use Dyson Link app.

Here’s how remote control vs Link app looks head-to-head:

comparison of dyson remote control vs dyson link app to control dyson pure hot cool air purifiers

That’s why the Pure Hot Cool series has a sub-group called the ‘Dyson Pure Hot Cool Link’ series. This includes HP02, HP04, and HP06 units. 

Example: When referring to the HP02 model, Dyson usually uses its full name: ‘Dyson Pure Hot Cool Link HP02 air purifier’.

Obviously, the Dyson Link app adds $100 to the price of the device (at least in the HP01 vs HP02 case). That does make Dyson HP01 very appealing for people on smaller budgets who would like to buy premium Dyson air purifiers.

Here’s the 1-sentence quick assessment of all Pure Hot Cool models (we’ll give the title of the ‘Best Dyson air purifier’ further on):

  • Dyson HP01: Budget-friendly small air purifier.
  • Dyson HP02: Dyson Link app-enabled small air purifier.
  • Dyson HP04: Amazing budget-friendly Dyson Link app-enabled big air purifier.
  • Dyson HP06: Overpriced new big air purifier with Cryptomic tech.

Dyson Pure Cool Series (Most Powerful)

In many ways, Dyson Pure Cool units are ‘cooler’ than Pure Hot+Cool units. Previous heater models need to create 1500W for heating (that impacts the design, size of a unit); Pure Cool units can operate at eco-friendly 40W easily.

Dyson Pure Cool series devices TP01, TP02, TP04, and TP06 are the quintessential Dyson air purifiers. In addition to air purification (which is what we’re all looking for when buying an air purifier), the fan also proves a cool breeze during the summers.

dyson air purifier and cooler combo

All 4 Dyson Pure Cool series air purifiers are floor-based towers.

Example: TP01 and TP02 are 40 inches tall. TP04 and TP04, for comparison, are a bit taller, with 41.5-inch and 41.3-inch height, respectively.

Pure Cool air purifiers also some very useful features, such as:

  • Backward airflow mode. Unique Dyson valve projects air through the back of the TP04 model, for example.
  • Air quality sensors. These particles and gas censors can detect the concentration of air pollutants, report them in real-time, and allow you to remove them immediately. For gas removal (odors, smoke), an activated carbon filter (TP04 and TP06 have one) is especially useful.
  • 350° angle oscillation.
  • Dyson Link app gives you air quality intelligent reporting capability.

It’s noteworthy to see that, according to the maximum airflow, the Pure Cool are the most powerful Dyson air purifiers with the biggest coverage area. Here’s the spec-by-spec comparison:

TP01 vs TP02 vs TP04 vs TP06 Comparison (With Commentary)

Dyson Pure Cool: Dyson TP01 Dyson TP02 Dyson TP04 Dyson TP06
Photo: Newest TP model with Cryptomic Tech (Photo Not Yet Available)
Room Size: Large Room Large Room Large Room Large Room
Max. Airflow: 920 CFM 869 CFM 764 CFM 634 CFM
Format: Tower Tower Tower Tower
HEPA Filter: 360 Glass 360 Glass Glass HEPA Media Glass HEPA Media
Dimensions: 40″ x 4.4″ x 7.5″ 40″ x 4.4″ x 7.5″ 41.5″ x 4.6″ x 8.1″ 41.3″ x 4.6″ x 8.1″
Weight: 8.4 lbs 8.4 lbs 11.0 lbs 10.7 lbs
Price: $$$$ $$$$ $$$$ $$$$
Average Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4.6 out of 5 stars 4.9 out of 5 stars 4.3 out of 5 stars
Availability: Check Price Check Price Check Price Check Price

Comaparison Pure Cool models, we should immediately notice the difference in the maximum airflow. Maximum airflow of all units – TP01, TP02, TP04, and TP06 – is higher than aiflow of any model from Pure Hot Cool series.

Example: TP01 can generate the most powerful airflow of any Dyson air purifiers – a massive 920 CFM. For comparison, HP04 from the Pure Hot Cool series can generate 625 CFM airflow.

You might also notice that maximum airflow is decreased with each Pure Cool purifier. TP01 has the highest 920 CFM airflow, and the new (overpriced) TP06 has only 634 CFM airflow.

However, TP01 doesn’t have cool features such as Dyson Link app connectivity, or real-time air quality reporting via sensor:

indoor air quality sensor on dyson tp04 pure cool air purifier
Dyson TP04 has a real-time air quality sensor right on the device. You can adjust the fan speed setting accordingly.

All of the features we wish the powerful TP01 would have, the TP04 has. This includes:

  • Advanced 360 Glass HEPA Media filter, also capable of adsorbing odors like cigarette smoke.
  • Real-time indoor air quality reporting sensor.
  • Important: 10 fan speed setting. You can use exactly the one that optimally purifies your indoor air.
  • Dyson Link app connectivity.

TP01 and TP04 are better models here. TP02 is a less-powerful more expensive version of TP01, and TP06 is the new overpriced and weaker version of TP04.

Further on in the verdict section, you can find out which model – TP01 or TP04 – was LearnMetrics’s 1st choice for the Pure Cool series.

Dyson Pure Humidity Cool Series (Adds Air Moisture)

In the winter, low relative humidity equals to dry air. To remedy that, Dyson has introduced a new air purifier humidifier combo Pure Humidity Cool series – with PH01 and PH02 models – that can:

  1. Purify air all year round. For this, the PH01 and PH02 models use 360 Glass HEPA Media filter to capture 99.97% of pollutants such as allergens, viruses and bacteria as small as 0.3 microns.
  2. Humidification. This is the key part; PH01 has a 1-gallon water tank that can be evaporated, and increase relative humidity (bring it to 40% optimum indoor relative humidity).
  3. Cooling fan.

The best thing about the air purifier humidifier combo is that you don’t need 2 devices; you need just 1 and it’s made by Dyson. Here is how the advanced HVAC engineering was used to incorporate a humidifier into the existing air purifiers:

1 gallon water tank inside the air purifier humidifier combo by dyson

That 1-gallon water tank is excellent. If you have indoor plants, they will need additional humidity in winter.

On top of that, both Dyson Pure Humidity Cool models use UV Cleanse technology. It effectively exposes every drop of water to ultraviolet light to remove 99.9% of bacteria in the water before it humidifies your home.

Let’s compare PH01 and PH02 spec-by-spec:

PH01 vs PH02

Dyson Pure Cool: Dyson PH01 Dyson PH02
Photo: Newest PH model with Cryptomic Tech (Photo Not Yet Available)
Room Size: Large Room Large Room
Max. Airflow: N/A N/A
Format: Floor Floor
HEPA Filter: Glass HEPA Media Glass HEPA Media
Height: 36.42 inches 36.42 inches
Weight:  18.3 lbs 18.3 lbs
Price: $$$$ $$$$
Average Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4.3 out of 5 stars
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If you compare PH01 vs PH02, you can see that all the specs are basically the same. So what’s the difference between PH01 and PH02?

It’s the new Cryptomic tech PH02 has. Basically, it’s a bit of an overpriced addition that removes formaldehyde (VOC) from indoor air, if you have any.

That’s why PH02 has a $100 higher price tag than PH01. It’s nice to see new technology, but it’s not really worth an extra $100.

That’s why we can, prior to the final verdict further on, decide that PH01 is the best Dyson Pure Humidify Cool air purifier.

Dyson DP04 And Dyson Pure Cool Me (BP01)

DP04 and BP01 (Dyson Pure Cool Me) are kinds of special air purifiers, without a defined series of their own. What both of them have in common?

They are both desk air purifiers. More or less, they are designed for personal use.

Example: Dyson DP04 is a tabletop air purifier with a 360 Glass HEPA filter. In the past, there were DP01 and DP02 models, but they were discontinued because they could not compare to the Pure Hot Cool HP01 and Pure Cool TP01 models.

On the other hand, Dyson Pure Cool Me is the first in the new series (BP01; it’s a 01 model). It’s the first personal air purifier developed by Dyson, and in all fairness, it’s immensely popular.

In short, DP04 is the old-series survivor, Pure Cool Me (BP01) is a new series starter. Let’s compare the two:

Dyson Personal Purifiers: Dyson DP04 Dyson Pure Cool Me
Photo: dyson small room air purifier dyson bp01 hepa personal air purifier
Room Size: Standard Room Standard Room
Max. Airflow: 618 CFM 686 CFM
Format: Tabletop Tabletop
HEPA Filter: Glass HEPA Media Glass HEPA Media
Height: 27.2 inches 15.8 inches
Weight: 10.3 lbs 6.2 lbs
Price: $$$$ $$$$
Average Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars 4.3 out of 5 stars
Availability: Check Price Check Price

Here’s the quick outtake: 

Pure Cool Me personal air purifier is much shorter (15.8 inches vs DP04’s 27.2 inches) but it can produce a 686 CFM maximum airflow. DP04 is heavier, with 10+ pounds, and it should generate a bigger airflow. But it doesn’t – it has 618 CFM maximum airflow.

That’s a clear advantage of Pure Cool Me here. It’s:

  • Lightweight (only 6.2 lbs).
  • Smaller (can fit on the desk easier).
  • Has a powerful 686 CFM airflow.

The price could make a difference, but both DP04 and BP01 have a price tag between $400 and $500. It is clear which unit is the winner here. 

Let’s round up all the best models in the final verdict:

Final Verdict For All Dyson Air Purifiers

This might be a very long assessment of all Dyson air purifiers. We hope we have learned quite a few things about how Dyson approaches air purifiers, and what specifications their best units have.

As promised, LM has chosen the best air purifiers from all Dyson series. Here are the winners:

  • Best Pure Hot Cool model: Dyson HP04. Powerful, Media HEPA, and exceptional air purifier in every sense.
  • Best Pure Cool model: Dyson TP04. A stronger and most reliable air purifier with all the new features customers love.
  • Best Pure Humidify Cool model: Dyson PH01. Best air purifier humidifier combo at the lowest price.
  • Best Personal mode: Dyson Pure Cool Me. Lightweight, budget-friendly, yet powerful air purifier to put on a desk.

Taking into account all the specs, features, advancements in filtration technology as well as digital reporting, there is little doubt which Dyson air purifier is the best.

The clear overall winner is the Dyson HP04:

best dyson air purifier
Dyson HP04 is, according to all assessments and reviews, the best Dyson air purifier.

It’s the epiphany of how every air purifier should be designed, of how it should perform, and it encapsulates the best of Dyson HVAC engineering. It’s the only air purifier with a 5-star rating from LM. You can check it HP04 and buy it here.

FAQ About Dyson Air Purifiers

There are numerous questions that may arise about Dyson air purifiers. Here LM answers some of the most frequent ones:

Is Dyson A Good Purifier?

With almost every other brand, the answer would be “Well, which model do you have in mind?”.

With Dyson, there are no such worries. All Dyson air purifiers – every model – are superbly made and perform very well to remove dust particles, pollen, smoke, and so on.

From these great models, some – like HP04 and TP04 – are exceptional. 

Is Dyson Air Purifier A HEPA?

Yes. All Dyson units are HEPA air purifiers. By definition, HEPA filters remove more than 99.97% of all very tiny (0.3 microns in diameter) particles. That’s the basis of Dyson air purifiers as well as other air purifiers.

Dyson uses two types of HEPA filters, namely:

  • Second generation 360 Glass HEPA filters.
  • Advanced 360 Glass HEPA Media filters.

Both of them work exceptionally well to remove all kinds of particles that cause indoor air pollution. The ‘Media’ filters additionally adsorb unwanted odor and smells, like cigarette smoke. 

How Long Do The Dyson Air Purifier Filters Last?

Dyson recommends for all filters to be replaced every 12 months. In short, these HEPA and activated carbon filters last for 1 year; you even get a 1-year warranty when you buy them.

Dyson offers a series of HEPA filters that are compatible with their specific models. When buying an air purifier, filter prices can be a contributing factor in the decision-making process. 

Are Dyson Air purifier Filters Washable?

No, not at all. Dyson produces highly sophisticated HEPA and activated carbon filters. You can’t just run water over them and help that tiny particles, captured by Dyson’s HEPA filters, will be washed away.

Washing any kind of air purifier filters can put your air purifier at risk. Electronic devices, especially air purifiers, don’t handle bad fitting or wet filters very well.

Does Dyson Pure Cool Actually Cool The Air?

No, it actually doesn’t. However, you will feel cooler because the Pure Cool units create a cooling breeze. From your own experience, standing in the wind does feel cooler, right? That doesn’t mean that the temperature of the air is changed.

The cooling process by the fan is the result of moisture on our skin evaporating. This is an endothermic process; it needs to draw energy from the surroundings in order for water to be evaporated. This energy comes from our skin, thereby cooling us down. It’s the same principle our body uses to cool down in a hot environment; by sweating.

Air conditioners are HVAC devices that actually have the capability to lower the air temperature in a room.

What Are Cheaper Dyson Alternatives?

Dyson air purifiers are perfectly engineered; that’s why they are so expensive. However, an air purifier is basically just a fan and a HEPA filter, and there are many other brands that offer similar-performance air purifier at a reduced price tag.

One of the best examples are Hathaspace air purifiers that cost less than $400.

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