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Dyson’s New Air Purifier Is the First With the Power to Zap Formaldehyde From Your Home


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When you think of Dyson, you probably think of the brand’s top-of-the-line vacuums — the Animal pet hair blaster, anyone? Stopping dirt dead in its tracks isn’t Dyson’s only speciality, however. In fact, the latest advancement from the the geniuses over at the British tech company involves air purifiers. Dyson has officially taken the home appliance to the next level with its brand new Dyson Pure Cryptomatic air purifiers (starting at $649, Dyson) — the first-ever air purifiers to tackle formaldehyde in the home.  

Formaldehyde is a colorless, flammable gas that is found in many household items, including furniture, paint, air fresheners, mattresses, cleaners, carpets, electronics, and fireplaces — just to name a few. This common compound, found in most modern day homes, can trigger allergies and possibly lead to skin, eyes, nose, and throat irritation. It’s also a widely-known carcinogen. According to the American Cancer Society, “Exposure to formaldehyde has been shown to cause cancer in laboratory test animals. Exposure to relatively high amounts of formaldehyde in medical and occupational settings has been linked to some types of cancer in humans, but the effect of exposure to small amounts is less clear.”

Dryson Cryptomic

With a recent study from Harvard showing that 65 percent of our time is spent indoors, it’s of the utmost importance that the air we’re breathing is the cleanest it can possibly be — essentially the goal of the Cryptomatic line. 

Thanks to its revolutionary technology, this line transforms formaldehyde into small amounts of water and carbon dioxide, actively destroying it. 

“Formaldehyde is … particularly difficult to capture. Our chemist team has been searching for various methods to solve this problem for the past three years. We have tested more than 20 different catalysts — materials that would enable a chemical reaction to take place, but isn’t consumed or used up by the reaction,” explained Dr. Nathan Brown, Dyson’s head of research, in a press release. “We ultimately identified the mineral Cryptomelane as the ideal catalyst.” 

As a result, each purifier is equipped with a base panel that has a unique catalytic coating with the same structure as Cryptomelane. It also features “billions of atom-sized tunnels,” which are the optimal size and shape for trapping and destroying formaldehyde.



As for the rest of the design, you can expect the same stylish oval “wind-tunnel” feature of Dyson’s air purifier predecessors, with some slight upgrades. Coming in either a white and gold or bronze and gunmetal color, these new models are equipped with air multiplier technology, which “amplifies surrounding air” for better airflow, and a 350 degree oscillation for a steady stream of clean, purified H2O that can reach all four corners of any room. And, like other models, these Dyson devices have fully-sealed HEPA filtration systems to remove 99.97 percent of other common allergens and air pollutants — think dust particles, bacteria, mold, odors, and pollen.

While these purifiers don’t come cheap (the Pure Cool Cryptomic costs $650 and the Pure Hot+Cool model, which includes a heater, will set you back $750), the benefits of breathing the cleanest air humanly possible are clear and more than worth it in the long run. 

Where to buy: $649 to $749, Dyson

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