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Review of the Dreo Pilot Max Tower Fan

Walter Shillington writes about products he knows firsthand. His articles focus on healthcare, electronics, watches, and household items.

The Dreo Pilot Max Tower Fan

The Dreo Pilot Max Tower Fan

An air conditioning unit occupies my kitchen window, ensuring this room is wonderfully cool even on the hottest days. Unfortunately, the remainder of my house lacks this advantage and can become extremely uncomfortable.

I decided to pull the cooler air into my living room utilizing a fan positioned at the kitchen entrance. For this job, I chose a tower fan. These devices are too tall to trip over and narrow enough to allow a passageway through the opening to my kitchen.

While I wanted an oscillating fan, it was important that its range could be set to encompass only the width of the kitchen entrance.

Today, I am reviewing the Dreo Pilot Max. This fan is slender and relatively quiet, and its degree of oscillation can be adjusted. It appears to be ideal for my purpose.

Just by coincidence, my new fan's color scheme matches that of my robotic vacuum

Just by coincidence, my new fan's color scheme matches that of my robotic vacuum

Description

The Dreo Pilot Max is a 42-inch tower fan sheathed in a shell of gray and black plastic. The main unit is 42 inches tall with a 13-inch base. It is 6 inches wide and 5.5 inches deep.

The Pilot Max is equipped with an 18-inch-tall cylindrical fan assembly paired with a 36W brushless DC motor. Air is pulled through the back and left side of the tower and expelled through its front grill. The back panel of this fan can be easily removed for cleaning.

This fan is matched with an AC adapter fitted with a six-foot cord. It can be controlled using either its remote or a touch panel located at the top of the tower.

Twelve different fan speeds may be selected. When oscillation is activated, one of four ranges can be chosen.

Four modes are available, including an auto setting which adjusts the Pilot Max's fan speed as the temperature rises or drops. A timer setting is also included.

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Specifications

  • Brand: Dreo
  • Name: Pilot Max
  • Model: DR-HTF004
  • Height: 108 centimeters (42.5 inches)
  • Weight: 4.6 Kilograms (10.1 pounds)
  • Rated voltage: AC120V
  • Rated power: 36W
  • Breeze direction: Forward
  • Oscillation: 30°,60°,90°, or 120° (selectable)
  • Speeds: 12
  • Noise Level: 25dB - 48dB
  • Breeze types: Normal, natural, auto, and sleep
  • Timer: 1 - 12 hours
  • Remote control: Included
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The AC adapter plugs into an input near the bottom of the fan

The AC adapter plugs into an input near the bottom of the fan

Bladeless Technology

Despite the terminology, these devices are not entirely bladeless. A tall cylindrical fan sits atop a DC motor, sucking in air from the back and side of the tower and expelling it through its front grill.

View of fan with back cover removed for maintenance

View of fan with back cover removed for maintenance

Modes of Operation

Normal mode:

One of twelve fan speeds can be selected, ranging from the gentlest of breezes to a hearty wind that can be felt across a large room.

Sleep Mode:

The fan's speed is automatically reduced every 30 minutes.

Natural Mode:

The fan speed will fluctuate, simulating the effect of natural wind.

Auto Mode:

The tower fan senses temperature changes, automatically adjusting the fan's speed. This results in energy savings.

The two pieces snap together to form fan's base

The two pieces snap together to form fan's base

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Oscillation

This fan can be set to quietly oscillate 30, 60, 90, or 120 degrees. The ability to control how far this fan swings can be beneficial when attempting to direct airflow to only a portion of a room.

The Timer

A timer can be set, turning off the fan after a specific period, ranging between one and twelve hours.

Bottom of fan prior to assembling its base

Bottom of fan prior to assembling its base

Durability and Maintenance

The Dreo Pilot Max arrived well packaged, and assembly consisted only of attaching its base and plugging in the AC adapter. This fan functioned flawlessly during my tests, suggesting good quality control.

Maintenance proved to be easy. After removing one screw, I can pull away the back panel and dust off the interior of the fan.

Touch controls located at the top of the fan

Touch controls located at the top of the fan

The Dreo Pilot max has been set to maximum speed

The Dreo Pilot max has been set to maximum speed

Overall Impression

While I would prefer it to plug directly into an AC outlet, the AC adapter accompanying this device is low-profile and functions well.

This fan is quiet; even at its highest setting, the noise produced is not particularly bothersome. And, like many of its competitors, the Pilot Max can be set to twelve distinct fan speeds and make use of four different modes.

What makes this tower fan unique is its ability to adapt oscillation range to best match the area you wish to cool. The Dreo Pilot Max Tower Fan is recommended.

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