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When Dyson asked if I'd like to review their new fan I was skeptical. I mean, a fan is a fan, right? It's a noisy thing that pushes air around...nothing ground-breaking. Then the package arrived and I had to say, "Wow". The fan—or as they call it "air multiplier"—looks like it belongs on the USS Enterprise. The fan is bladeless, a motor in the base of the unit sucks in air and shoots it out of the fan's ring. As the air passes over the ring's curved surface it's amplified— making the resulting airflow more powerful than a standard tabletop fan. Having no blades means the fan is safer and easy to clean (a major bonus for allergy sufferers like me).

The fan is super sleek and stylish— it has three controls: a power button (that glows), a knob that controls the strength of the air, and an oscillate button. You can also adjust the airflow by tilting the unit forward or backward. While I know it sounds pretty standard, this fan is anything but. I've had it out on my desk for about a week now and nearly everyone that walks by has to stop and check it out. It's definitely the coolest fan I've ever seen (pun intended). Dyson Air Multiplier, from $299.99, bedbathandbeyond.com —Allison Bean

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