Kidding Around Essentials … Dyson AM10 Humidifier Review

humid-bstileLast month, our friends at Dyson sent us a new Dyson AM10 Humidifier so that we could try it out! I have been waiting for someone to get sick so that I could really put it through it’s paces (which sounds terrible … but you and I know that life with kids means that illness is never too far away!!). As we have been relatively healthy, we have been enjoying it for it’s ‘other’ use – a fan! Yes, you read that correctly – not only is it a humidifier, it can also be used as a fan for high-velocity air cooling in summer! It doesn’t oscillate but it’s great on a summer night.

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Before we go into the nitty gritty, some of you may not know what a humidifier is and why you need one. Basically, a humidifier makes humid air – it puts moisture back into the air we breathe. Our home and work environments are so climate controlled with the use of heaters/air conditioners that our air tends to get dry which can cause dry skin/lips, respiratory discomfort, dry sinuses, nose bleeds, and other health issues. I’m not a health professional, so please do your own research, but it is my experience that humidifiers can help soothe or prevent these concerns and help ease the symptoms of a cold and other respiratory conditions (if you have allergies or asthma, talk to your doctor before using a humidifier).

As you will be aware if you follow us on social media (and you should by the way!), Alegría had her tonsils out last week. Poor little thing. I remember VIVIDLY the pain involved.

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Tim was talking to his mate at work (who recently had his tonsils out) and he suggested that sleeping with a humidifier helped him. He said he was waking with a dry, sore throat – and whilst it is still going to be sore we thought maybe it wouldn’t be AS sore. So, this was our chance to see how easy the Dyson AM10 Humidifier would be to use!

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We all know that Dyson invest MILLIONS of dollars into research and development so whilst there are other cheaper humidifiers on the market the Dyson AM10 humidifier is top notch!

The Dyson humidifier uses Air Multiplier™ technology to project hygienic, humidified air quickly and quietly. It can disperse mist evenly throughout a 16m2 room so it had no problem in Alegría’s bedroom.

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We have used other humidifiers and vapourisers in the past with success but I was always concerned about mold and bacteria growing in the water compartment. Before releasing any mist, Dyson’s Ultraviolet Cleanse technology uses a three-minute cycle to kill 99.9%
of bacteria in the tank of water. Every drop of water is exposed to an ultraviolet light and then atomized by a piezo (whatever that is!). This ensures that any mist projected is  always 99.9% bacteria-free.

The Dyson humidifier measures temperature and humidity and adjusts accordingly to create a comfortable environment. This means that there’s no over humidification (which means no condensation forming on the walls and windows – thank goodness). You can manually change the settings but we used the AUTO mode so that the machine could do it’s thing!

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The Dyson humidifier is controlled by a remote control with 10 precise airflow settings and is magnetised to stay on the unit – a great feature of all Dyson fans / humidifiers. The accurate humidistat and efficient water management system means the humidifier can be used continuously for up to 18 hours using one 3 litre tank of water and there’s a built-in sleep timer for automatic turn off.

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It’s easy to use and the important parts are detachable. The water tank is see-through so you know when to refill through the twistable valve (that seals water tightly), it has a strong handle  and it all snaps back easily into the unit. It is recommended on the guide to clean the parts with a citric acid solution – I often wonder how important these things are … because it’s not very high on my priority list!

We found it very safe for kids (the unit doesn’t get hot and the steam is quite cool) and the only thing we would change is that we would add oscillation to the fan. It is bulky which makes storage tricky and you definitely wouldn’t pack it to travel (except in a caravan … I’d find a spot for it if we had a caravan!).

Overall, we love it. I can’t tell you definitively if it helped with Alegría’s tonsillectomy pain as she can’t really tell us (even if the pain was lessoned, then it’s still pain to her) – but if “Old Mate” at Tim’s work is to be believed he reckons it does! I definitely won’t hesitate in using the Dyson Humidifier if anyone gets a cold or is chesty in the future!

MORE INFORMATION

Website: www.dyson.com.au

Cost: $799.00 AUD


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Kidding Around Essentials … Dyson V6 Absolute

Okay, so I have a little confession to make! All year, I have been reading reviews from my fellow bloggers who have been lucky enough to review the newest member of the Dyson family – the Dyson V6 Absolute. I was waiting patiently not so patiently for my turn and a little bit of me thought I wouldn’t get the chance… but I should have known better! Good things come to those who wait, and boy, is the Dyson V6 Absolute a good thing!

The Dyson V6 Absolute makes a great selfie stick!
The Dyson V6 Absolute makes a great selfie stick!

I’m not into the nitty gritty of just how everything works – Dyson spend millions of dollars every day in research and development to make sure it just does. It you want all the specs, head HERE and if you want to know what I thought, then read on!

We have definitely put the Dyson V6 Absolute through it’s paces here at the Kidding Around Australia house. It’s cleaned up food, hair, dirt and flower petals! The only time it has faltered was when I tried to pick up a button on carpet (just because I could) and it pushed it rather than sucking it up!

It gives a really deep clean thanks to the cyclone technology that gets out all the underlying dirt that we can’t see, I was impressed and slightly horrified to see just how much was picked up and was there for all to see in the little plastic chamber!
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The Dyson V6 Absolute comes with five different attachment heads and a handy charging dock for keeping everything together (although everything doesn’t fit at the same time so a little basket or something is required to keep everything out of the way)! There are two smaller heads for spot cleaning and two Dyson-engineered cleaner heads for whole house cleans.  It also comes with a mini motorised head. The cleaning heads can be attached directly to the motor for a portable, “dust buster” type cleaner perfect for the car or to the stylish red pole (or wand? I’m not sure of the technical term!) that makes it an awesome cordless upright vacuum cleaner.

Would you like to see it in action? Alegría is destined for a career in film or television – she is a born presenter!

The Dyson V6 Absolute is child’s play to use! All you need to do is hold down the trigger and it’s so simple (and light weighing only 2.2kgs) that Isaac can (and will) do it happily! It has a relatively short battery life (up to 20 minutes total) and this is cut dramatically if you use the extra strength ‘max’ power button.

The Dyson V6 Absolute is easy to clean (although it always makes me laugh – the idea of cleaning my cleaning products!). It’s simple to empty and every part comes apart easily with a flick or push so that you can really get into it if you need to. The washable filter, with HEPA filtration, doesn’t need replacing and leaves behind air that is cleaner than your currently breathing! Bonus!

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After putting it through it’s paces, the Dyson V6 Absolute is a crowd favourite in this house and is definitely worth investing in! In fact, if you would like to try it out (and perhaps come and clean our house) then let me know!

Please note: We were given a Dyson V6 Absolute for the purposes of this review. As always our opinion is honest and our own.

MORE INFORMATION

The Dyson V6 Absolute:

  • Was released in April 2015. You can buy it at Dyson.com.au and select retailers.
  • Is priced at $899, however the range is: Dyson V6 RRP: $499, V6 Animal RRP: 699, V6 Fluffy RRP: $799, V6 Motorhead RRP:$799, V6 Absolute RRP:$899.
  • Comes with a 2 year parts and labor warranty (and Dyson customer service is second to none!)Please note all details quoted are correct at the time of publishing. All details are subject to change without notice and Kidding Around Australia takes no responsibility for information contained in this post. Please check the appropriate website to ensure that information is still correct and current.ALL PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGES ON THE KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA WEBSITE ARE THE EXCLUSIVE PROPERTY OF THE KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA AUTHORS. ALL IMAGES ARE SUBJECT TO COPYRIGHT AND CANNOT BE USED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA.

{Sponsored Post} Kidding Around with … Dyson Cool

When Dyson approached us asking if we would be interested in reviewing their Dyson Cool Desk Fan we were excited to find out more! Before we agreed, we asked them “is it safe for our kids (and cat)?” and “is it portable?” As soon as they answered “yes” we agreed and became the proud owners of a Dyson Cool Desk Fan in black/nickel.

Photo Credit: Dyson
Photo Credit: Dyson

The fan comes in two pieces, which requires a simple ‘push and twist’ assembly and it’s ready to go! It is super easy to operate and the remote control is curved and has a magnet in it which attaches to the top of the fan.

Georgina Says

It is so light (you can literally pick it up with two fingers) which makes it great for moving between rooms and for going on road trips or camping holidays.

The Dyson Cool is perfect for camping trips! It's light weight and easy to transport.
The Dyson Cool is perfect for camping trips! It’s light weight and easy to transport.

The fan is whisper quiet and is perfect for children’s bedrooms – and because it is bladeless it is safe to put on the floor (no more worrying if someone will lose a finger). The fan tilts up and also oscillates from side to side.

Payno (Our Ring-In) Says

Dyson fans are the shizzle!

$74m was invested into developing the Dyson Cool™ fan range. Dyson spends $4.5 million every week on research and development and you can tell!

We love ours and would definitely recommend it!

Dyson Cool Features

Air Multiplier™ technology

Dyson fans use Air Multiplier™ technology to create a powerful stream of uninterrupted airflow. The air is accelerated through an annular aperture, creating a high-velocity jet of air. This passes over an airfoil-shaped ramp, channelling its direction and creating areas of low pressure behind and around the fan. The change in pressure forces surrounding air to be drawn into the airflow, resulting in a powerful stream of smooth cooling air.

Sound 75% quieter

Streamlined air channels for reduced airflow turbulence make AM06 75% quieter than AM01.

 40% less power consumed

Reducing turbulence makes the fans quieter, but it also means that less energy is required to move air through them. While the fans still produce powerful airflow, their motors are calibrated to run more slowly, drawing less energy.

Sleep timer

Fan can be programmed to turn off after pre-set intervals ranging from 15 minutes to 9 hours.

Remote control

With 10 precise airflow settings, sleep timer, on/off and oscillation control. Curved and magnetized to store neatly on the machine.

Oscillation control

Independent motor drives smooth oscillation.

Easy tilt

Pivots on its own centre of gravity.

Easy to clean

No awkward safety grilles or blades.

Safe

No fast-spinning blades.

AM06 Desk Fan 300mm Black/Nickel Specifications

Weight: 3.3kg

Cord Length: 1.8m

MORE INFORMATION

Website: http://www.dyson.com.au/fans-and-heaters/cooling-fans.aspx

Cost: $449 rrp

Disclaimer: We were given a Dyson Cool Desk Fan to review. Our opinions are honest and our own.

Please note all details quoted are correct at the time of publishing. All details are subject to change without notice and Kidding Around Australia takes no responsibility for information contained in this post. Please check the appropriate website to ensure that information is still correct and current.

ALL PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGES ON THE KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA WEBSITE ARE THE EXCLUSIVE PROPERTY OF THE KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA AUTHORS. ALL IMAGES ARE SUBJECT TO COPYRIGHT AND CANNOT BE USED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA.