Dyson quietly launched a new range of fans and air purifiers and you probably never knew

What is the mysterious Autoreact range?

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Dyson makes some very tasty fans and air purifiers. Some of them also heat the air as well as blowing it around/purifying it. And one even humidifies as well. They all have names that are perhaps less elegant than their appearance, but which are certainly descriptive – the one that is a fan, purifier and humidifier is called Dyson Purifier Humidity+Cool for instance. 

I was a bit surprised to notice, a few weeks ago, that Dyson seemed to have launched an entirely 'new' range of air moving devices: 'Auto React', actually styled as 'autoreact' so it looks appropriately cool. Having already got hands on with Dyson Zone, I sensed this could be another scoop. I contacted Dyson, demanding to know what was going on. Why had some of the best fans and best air purifiers you can buy suddenly changed name? If nothing else, this was going to be very annoying due to the need to update our best Dyson fan buying guide.

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A slightly scary promotional image for a Dyson air purifier

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I should point out here that Dyson has been known to suddenly change the names of its products before. All the Dyson Purifier range was previously known as Dyson Pure, but they changed that in 2020. As far as we know, nothing else about the products changed; just the name. 

The autoreact range really is something new though. Just not very new. I am sure you can't wait to find out the truth so here we go. According to a Dyson spokesperson with knowledge of the situation, autoreact has been brought in to address the current worldwide shortage of microchips and other components and supply chain issues in general. As a result, this 'new' range of purifying fans does not include support for Dyson's app, because the chip that would normally provide Wi-Fi connectivity is not included in the product.

Is this a problem? Only if you are addicted to Dyson's app. All the information about your air quality, temperature and so on can be viewed on the screens of the autoreact devices and there is a remote control. The only other functions I can think of that you would lose, in the absence of Wi-Fi, are Alexa/Google voice control and the option on certain Dyson fans to precisely set the range and orientation of their oscillation, as that function only works via the app. Via the remote you can still set them to swing from side to side, but you can't adjust the start and stop point of the oscillation. 

In terms of functionality and what they do to the air, the autoreact range is identical to the standard one. Pricing also seems to be much the same. 

This page on the Dyson site (opens in new tab) shows you which fans are now autoreact and which retain Wi-Fi. Underlining the fact that demand for the best Dyson fans is outstripping supply, the Hot+Cool and Humidify+Cool fans are sold out whether they are autoreact models or not! 

Dyson says this is not intended as a permanent measure, although anyone looking for a PS5 or certain new cars will be aware that the supply chain crisis has been in full swing for several years now, and shows no signs of drastically improving any time soon. Whether they've got app connectivity or not, they're still great fans, purifiers and (when available) heaters and humidifiers.

Duncan has been writing about tech for almost 15 years, during which time he has attended every event going, apart from Apple ones, as he mysteriously doesn't get invited to them. He has covered everything from smartphones to headphones, TV to AC and air fryers to the movies of James Bond and obscure anime. 

Duncan's current brief is everything to do with the home and kitchen, which is good because he is an excellent cook, if he says so himself. He also covers cycling and ebikes – like over-using italics, this is another passion of his. Duncan also edits T3's golf section because fuck it, someone has to. Dave Usher does all the real work on that bit, though. In his long and varied lifestyle-tech career he is one of the few people to have been a fitness editor despite being unfit and a cars editor for not one but two websites, despite being unable to drive. He also has about 400 vacuum cleaners, and is possibly the UK's leading expert on cordless vacuum cleaners, despite being decidedly messy. A cricket fan for over 30 years, he also recently become T3's cricket editor, writing about how to stream obscure T20 tournaments, and turning out some typically no-nonsense opinions on the world's top teams and players.

Before T3, Duncan was a music and film reviewer, worked for a magazine about gambling that employed a surprisingly large number of convicted criminals, and then a magazine called Bizarre that was essentially like a cross between Reddit and DeviantArt, before the invention of the internet. There was also a lengthy period where he essentially wrote all of T3 magazine every month for about 3 years. 

A broadcaster, raconteur and public speaker, Duncan used to be on telly loads, but an unfortunate incident put a stop to that, so he now largely contents himself with telling people, "I used to be on the TV, you know."