Editor’s Picks: Best Air Purifiers 2016

best air cleaner and air purifiersVALUE PICKSAir purifiers or “air cleaners” come in a variety of types with markedly different capabilities. In addition, some are not very effective at all, or can actually reduce home indoor air quality.  We’ve combed through the popular models and present below (in no particular order) 13 of the best based on how well they perform and their overall value.

Electrolux PureOxygen Allergy 300

Electrolux PureOxygen Allergy 300 HEPA ReviewFor those who demand pure air, or are plagued by allergies, the newly-released Electrolux PureOxygen Allergy 300 Allergen Air Cleaner is here to help. Of course, there are a lot of HEPA air filters on the market, so what makes this on any different? And is it worth the price?

Let’s take a closer look at this new air cleaner and whether its the right one for you.

This is a four-stage filter that uses a conventional HEPA (“High Efficiency Particle Arresting”) media that is really the tried-and-true method for removing airborne dust, viruses, bacteria, pollen and other allergens. In fact, this is what you would call a “True” HEPA filter in that it can take out fine suspended particles with 99.97% efficiency.

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Electrolux PureOxygen Allergy 300 HEPA - 4 stage filtrationIn addition, this filter uses PlasmaWave technology, which harnesses the power of charged particles to further bind to and destroy/inactivate airborne particles. This, coupled with the HEPA media is very good at dealing with the various suspended particles that generally give rise to acute allergic reactions.

Another stage of filtration utilized is carbon-filtration. Through the chemical process of adsorption, volatile organic compounds, such as smoke, fumes, pet smell and other undesirable odors are essentially sucked out of the air when passed through this activated carbon media. Notably, these cartridges are coated with “Cleancel,” which inhibits the growth of bacteria, fungi and molds that might otherwise colonize this matrix over time. The last thing you want is for your air filter to actually culture more pathogens!

With all of this filtration technology, the Electrolux PureOxygen Allergy 300 HEPA is reported to achieve high Clean Air Delivery Rates (“CADRs”) of 197/197/214 for smoke, dust and pollen, respectively. The unit is recommended for rooms/spaces of up to 300 square feet in area – making it great for most office/bedrooms and other medium to smaller spaces.

Beyond rock-solid air cleaning for even acute allergy sufferers, the Electrolux PureOxygen Allergy 300 also comes with a host of great design features to match its air-washing prowess.

Like some other high-end units, this one also uses a “smart” self-monitoring system that constantly tests the level of pollutants in the air and adjusts fan speed accordingly to throttle up or down as needed. This results in consistently cleaner air, with lower electricity bills to boot. There is no sense having your unit running wide open if air is already clean; this filter knows better and will cycle down when its work is done.

Sleep modes are not unusual, but this one is different. The Electrolux actually detects when sleep modes is warranted by light levels – when lights dim or shut near bedtime, the unit automatically goes in to Sleep Mode, which in turn causes a reduction in fan noise and display light intensity so that you can not only breathe easy, but sleep undisturbed as well. We can’t tell you how many good filters are just too loud to sleep next to; so we are very happy to see this light-activated sleep mode being offered.

This Energy Star Certified air cleaner is not only light on electricity, but also stretches the life of your HEPA media considerably. The air sensor ensures that you are not overworking the unit or the media, and a filter change indicator light lets you know exactly when you must replace filters. This takes all of the guesswork out of having to figure out when to change media on your own – something that is critical for continuous, effective operation.

To date, this model has earned a very impressive 4.8 out of 5.0 stars on amazon.com based on 11 reviews. This is very rare feat for any appliance, and is particularly noteworthy in the hard-to-please arena of home air cleaners. We are confident that this largely 5-star trend will continue.

Electrolux PureOxygen Allergy 300 HEPA - intelligent air-sensing technology.At its current sales price, hovering around $350, this is a very reasonably-priced unit relative to the class. In fact, compared to other units that utilize similar 4-stage filtration with “smart” controls, it’s very fair in our view.

In an area rife with competition, the Electrolux PureOxygen Allergy 300 Allergen Air Cleaner manages to set itself apart from the crowd. It does this through cutting-edge 4-stage filtration, an array of smart controls, and a very innovative sleep mode that is designed to let you sleep near the unit in peace. Moreover, we feel that it is very fairly priced relative to other air cleaners with similar CADRs. In short, a very smart buy for those who require very clean air.

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The Whirlpool AP25030K

Whirlpool AP25030K Whispure

The Whispure HEPA Air Purifier is a solid, popular air cleaner that can cover a sizable room. However, if you are going to spend $200, you should be aware of its shortcomings and increased operational costs compared to some of the more advanced, 5-stage units. For more information and our thoughts on the Whispure, please read on.

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There are few markets in which we see so many options and various technologies as in the air cleaner industry. Perhaps this is because there are so many ways to purify air, and various ways to characterize similar sorts of purification methods, which can confuse even well-informed consumers.

One model that is rather simple in design, yet very effective, is the Whirlpool AP25030K Whispure HEPA Air Purifier. This filter uses a very typical three-stage filtration system. The first two stages consist of a pre-filter and charcoal filter. The prefilter is a relatively course matrix that catches larger dust/dirt particles and prevents damage to the more delicate filter parts. The charcoal medium that is built into the prefilter absorbs odors, including smoke, fumes, and pet odors through a chemical process called “adsorption.” Charcoal and activated carbon filters are great, but need to be thrown out and replaced periodically because they inevitably become exhausted after months of use.

The third stage of filtration is through a High Efficiency Particulate Air (“HEPA”) filter – a very fine media that is designed to take down very small airborne dust, dirt and a variety of other suspended allergens as little as 0.3 micron is size. This is where the bulk of the purification takes place. Again, while HEPA filters are very effective, most need periodic replacement.

Aside from using reliable 3-stage filtration, however, the Whirlpool AP25030K has few other features that we’d expect to see in its class, beyond three fan speeds and filter replacement alerts.

In fact, we feel that this model is a bit overpriced for what it delivers. Indeed, it’s easily outmatched by other units that are available for slightly more, like the Winix WAC9500 Ultimate Pet Air Cleaner. The Winix WAC9500 is currently selling for just about $50 more than the Whirlpool, but you get a ton more features and much more advanced 5-stage filtration. Furthermore, with the Winix, you don’t need to worry about replacing the charcoal filter because it uses an advanced coconut-fiber odor filter that is more effective and is reusable. This alone makes it more affordable over the long run. But that’s not all, the Winix WAC9500 also comes with an auto sensor that monitors pollutant levels in the room and adjusts fan speed accordingly.

Overall, as we said before, the Whirlpool AP25030K Whispure is a solid air filter that’s effective. However, in our view, if you are going to spend a couple hundred dollars, you may as well spend just a bit more and get the Winix WAC9500 – a much more advanced and powerful 5-stage air cleaner that uses a reusable odor-capturing medium.

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Oreck Dual Max Air Purifier

Oreck Dual Max Air Purifier Review

For a very hot deal right now on a solid air purifier, check out the Oreck Dual Max Air Purifier, which is currently being offered at less than half of its MSRP as certified factor refurbished unit. For more information about this super deal on a great air cleaner, please keep reading.

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We see a lot of home air purifiers come and go, and can easily say that good ones are not cheap. However, there are some exceptional deals that come by now and then, like the current steep discount on Certified Refurbished Oreck Dual Max Air Purifier, which, as of the date of this post, is selling for $150 – more than $200 off of its $400 MSRP!  But does it work?

Oreck should know something about air filtration given its extensive industry experience in the vacuum technology space, and it does, which explains how the Dual Max Air Purifier came to have solid specs.

The heart of the Oreck Dual Max is its patented “Truman Cell” filter, which is based upon the well-established electrostatic precipitation principal. Generally, electrostatic air cleaners/precipitators work by guiding airflow through stacks of wires and plates between which a strong negative voltage is applied. This negative charge between the stacks creates an ionizing gas which in turn charges dust, dirt, and other find particles passing close by, causing them to be attracted and adhere to the plate material, where they can be cleaned off.

By using this technology and two powerful, low-noise fans, the Oreck Dual Max is well suited to pulling down many types of fine suspended particulates, like dust, spores and other typical allergens. Moreover, this filter comes with Oreck’s “Helios Shield,” which is another level of filtration designed to tackle odors, such as pet odors, fumes, aerosols and other noxious or musty smells.

An important side benefit of using electrostatic precipitation, rather than a typical disposable HEPA filter, is that there are no filter cartridges that require routine and costly replacement. Likewise, the Helios Shield that comes with the Dual Max is also built for the life of the unit, unlike the standard charcoal/activate carbon canisters often used for odor control.  As a result, this air cleaner very inexpensive to run, in addition to being low maintenance. Furthermore, the Dual Max is very quiet, producing only 37 decibels when on its lowest power setting – this is barely louder than a whisper.

This air purifier is CADR rated to purify rooms of up to 200 feet in size (e.g., 10 x 20 spaces). While this certainly not exceptional in its MSRP range, it’s very respectable for a unit selling for roughly $150.

Overall, we think the Certified Refurbished Oreck Dual Max Air Purifier is a great buy, not only because it works well on allergens and tough odors, but also because it requires no filter replacements. And though we could not say it’s definitely a better choice than other high-end air cleaners we have reviewed at its $400 MSRP-range – at $150 – this air cleaner is a no-brainer screaming good deal!

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Rabbit Air MinusA2

Rabbit Air MinusA2 Artists Series SPA-780A

Higher-end air purifiers are looking better than ever; however, they could not be considered works of art – until now. For one of the most advanced home air cleaners we’ve seen lately that not only performs, but actually doubles as art, check out the Rabbit Air MinusA2 Artist Series Air Purifier. To find out more about this innovative air cleaner art, please continue reading.

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Air purifiers are a key appliance in most modern homes. However, even the best suffer from a common drawback – they do not typically contribute to home decor. As such, they are often tucked away behind other furniture or situated discretely in some quiet corner.

Rabbit Air has confronted this limitation head on by producing a line of air purifiers that is not only equipped with cutting edge, advanced air filtration technologies, but also serve as pieces of attractive home décor that can be displayed proudly, rather than minimized. Take for example the MinusA2 Artists Series SPA-780A.

On the surface, the Rabbit Air MinusA2 Artists Series SPA-780A is a replica of the timeless 1889 masterpiece, “The Starry Night,” painted by arguably the most famous post-impressionist artist of all, Vincent Van Gogh. Further, this masterpiece is featured on a very thin and flat air-cleaner canvass that is approximately 21.4 inches wide, 20.25 inches tall, and only 7 inches deep. Consequently, not only does it look like art, but it can be displayed and even wall-mounted like art.

Beneath the surface, however, the Rabbit Air MinusA2 is a premium air cleaner with six stages of powerful, advanced filtration technologies that can cover a room up to 815 square feet in area.

In particular, unlike most competitive traditional air cleaners, the MinusA2 Artists Series features a particularly innovative BioGS High Efficiency Particulate Air (“HEPA”) filter that not only captures common allergens and bacteria, like typical paper glass or fiber HEPA filters, but also reduces their numbers over time. Rabbit Air is keeping relatively quiet about how exactly it manufactures this new type of HEPA filter matrix, but it reports that, compared to standard HEPA filters, the BioGS HEPA system results is a reduction in common household allergens, bacteria, viruses, and household odors, in addition to prolonging optimal filter efficiency. Of course, this filter is also designed for taking down virtually all other suspended particles down to 0.3 in size, including fine dust, microbes, pet dander and pet odors.

In addition to its advanced BioGS HEPA filter, the MinusA2 Artists Series uses other powerful air cleaning technologies, like a pre-filter, activated carbon filter for trapping odors, fumes and other impurities, and a modern negative ion generator that further captures/neutralizes airborne pollutants and odors. Moreover, the airflow maintained through the unit is achieved by a very high-quality brushless motor, that is more powerful and much more quiet than a typical electric motor. The result is an extremely low 20-decibel operational sound noise level at lower fan speeds – this is barely louder than human breathing (rated at 10dB).

Finally, add to all this a very discrete yet incredibly rich set of electronic controls in its slim vertically-oriented control panel, which, among other things, allows you to adjust fan speeds, chose various modes (including an auto mode for set and forget convenience) a light sensor that turns the unit to sleep when the room is completely dark, and an air quality light indicator.

Overall, we are extremely impressed – not only with the beautiful, wall-mounted design of the Rabbit Air MinusA2 Artists Series SPA-780A – but the exceptional level of its air cleaning technologies and it’s high-tech control panel that commands numerous air cleaning features and modes. Indeed, the only drawback we see to this unit is it’s relatively higher price. However, given this unit’s level of advanced technology and construction, we believe its cost to be quite reasonable.

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Winix WAC9500 Ultimate Pet Air Cleaner

Winix WAC9500 Ultimate Pet True HEPA Air Cleaner

Searching for serious air cleaning power? Have pets? In either or both cases, be advised that Winix has brought out the really big guns with its wildly popular Winix WAC9500 Ultimate Pet True HEPA Air Cleaner with PlasmaWave Technology. To find out what’s so great about this large room air cleaner by Winix, please read on.

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Winix is a first-rate air purifier manufacturer that we have featured on this site many times. In particular, we’ve been impressed by the quality of their air cleaners and their PlasmaWave technology. Now we’d like to draw your attention to Winix’s self-proclaimed “ultimate” air purifier model, the WAC9500 Large Room Ultimate Pet Air Cleaner.

The WAC9500 is indeed all business. This model is designed to deliver outstanding air filtration, but is also packed with additional, innovative air-cleaning technologies to tackle  stubborn odor problems, including but not limited to – pet odors.

The WAC9500 uses a 5-stage filtration system, the first stage being an anti-bacterial, washable pre-filter that is designed to catch larger particles/pollutants and preserve the life of the 2-stage true High Efficiency Particulate Air (i.e., “HEPA”) filter. This HEPA filter is cutting edge, and can take down particles as small as 0.3 microns with 99.99% efficiency. This is ideal for capturing suspended allergens like mold spores, dust, pollen, microorganisms, smoke, pet dander, etc.

However, the WAC9500 does not stop there; it also subjects air to a Nano Silver Anti-Microbial Treatment – the third stage – to further sterilize household air from airborne biological pathogens.

The fourth stage of filtration is where much of the odor control is achieved. Unlike most filtration systems that use activated carbon media, which becomes exhausted over time and must be replaced periodically with a brand new cartridge, the Winix WAC9500 uses an innovative washable carbon filter composed of natural coconut husks. This advanced carbon filter is reported to be 3X more efficient at capturing odors than typical carbon media and will save you money because it can be washed and reused.

The final stage involves treatment by Winix’s highly-acclaimed PlasmaWave Technology. We will spare you the chemistry lesson, but this feature essentially produces highly charged/reactive particles that are attracted to and bind to airborne pollutants, which then either oxidizes (destroys) the pollutants outright, or causes them to clump together (which makes them more easily caught by the HEPA filter) or precipitate out of the air onto the ground or furniture surfaces where they can be vacuumed up.

In addition to all of this powerful cleaning technology, the WAC9500 also comes with a self-monitoring Smart Sensor that adjusts cleaning power based on detected pollutant levels, so you can let the unit essentially run itself in the background. Also thrown in is a handy remote control, from which you can select various operational modes and up to 4 fan speeds.

Overall, we are very impressed by the power, advanced technology, and odor-fighting capacity of the Winix WAC9500 Ultimate Pet True HEPA Air Cleaner with PlasmaWave Technology.  It’s also a very affordable large room air cleaner compared to others we’ve seen in it’s class. As such, we’d easily recommend it to anyone looking for a top notch, high-capacity air cleaner – regardless whether or not you actually have pets.

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Alen BreatheSmart

Alen BreatheSmart Air PurifierThere are many air purifiers that will improve household air quality. However, to handle larger spaces efficiently and more effectively, we suggest paying a little more for a top-tier home air cleaner, like the Alen BreatheSmart Air Purifier.  For more information about this particular model, please continue reading.

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Like many things, home air purification is a somewhat relative concept.  Indeed, there are numerous models on the market that, to some degree, will clean the air in your home. However, this may not comfort you, if you are highly sensitive to allergens and your air purifier cannot handle the volume of air in your living space. In these cases, we recommend not going for the bargain units and instead seeking out air cleaners that have the technology and power to maintain home air quality even in bigger rooms– for example, like the Alen BreatheSmart Air Purifier.

The Alen BreatheSmart is a powerful air purifier that uses a high-capacity design in conjunction with several advanced air-cleaning technologies that are proven to dramatically reduce very fine airborne particulates.

This purifier first passes air through a pre-filter, which is designed to catch relatively large dust and other particles that may otherwise clog or cause early exhaustion of the next filter – the High Efficiency Particulate Air (“HEPA”) filter.  This second-stage HEPA filter is intended to capture 99 percent of very small suspended particles, such as mold, pollen, pet dander, etc. Moreover, this HEPA filter is electrostatically charged to enhance its particle filtering ability.

The third method used by this model to reducing airborne pollutants is with an ozone-safe ionizer system. By releasing ions (charged particles) into the air, they attract to and bind to airborne contaminants and cause these contaminants to bind to and clump with each other. The result is larger particles that can more easily be caught by the unit’s charged HEPA media.

Besides using a very solid three-stage filtration system, the Alen BreatheSmart is noteworthy in that it has a very high filtration capacity coupled with a very intelligent self-monitoring system.  This air purifier is rated to process 1,100 square feet of air space two times per hour on its maximum setting. That’s a very large coverage area. Furthermore, there is no need to temper this power by adjusting filtration speed when pollutant levels go down because the BreathSmart does it for you.  When set to Auto Mode, this unit’s SmartSensor Techology will monitor the pollutant level in your air and automatically adjust cleaning power to bring them under control.  When the light indicator shines blue, pure air is being maintained.

In conclusion, with its modern air purification technology, great automatic controls, and very high capacity, we find the Alen BreatheSmart to be a worthwhile purchase for larger rooms or office spaces, or for those who simply want the peace of mind of having additional purifying power when needed.

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While it may not have a HEPA filter or some of the various self-monitoring smart controls we see in some of the household air cleaning units, if strong odors are your problem and you need to deodorize a large space, we can hardly think of a better, less expensive way to do so than with the EcoQuest XL-15 Living Air Classic air purifier.

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EcoQuest Fresh Air EcoBox

EcoBox Alpine EcoQuest FreshAir Box Living Fresh Air PurifierFor purifying air in large rooms using innovative, NASA-derived technology that simulates naturally-occurring air purifying phenomena, we like the EcoBox Alpine EcoQuest FreshAir Box Living Fresh Air Purifier. For more information about this super high tech and powerful home air cleaner, please read on.

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The technology bar on home air purifiers is always on the rise. In the recent past, two-stage filtration using HEPA media and a carbon pre-filter was still fairly common among the higher end models, However, today, the trend is toward even greater purification efficiency achieved by using charged particles to take down ever smaller and difficult-to-filter-out allergens.

Take for example the EcoBox Alpine EcoQuest FreshAir Box Living Fresh Air Purifier.  We like this home air purifier because it purifies large rooms up to 500 square feet in size by using space-age cleaning technology that, while seemingly complicated, is actually a simulation of naturally-occurring, pollution-reducing weather phenomena.

The FreshAir EcoBox is a portable air cleaner designed to eliminate virtually 100 percent of suspended allergens, odors and other fine contaminants that are annoying and unhealthy, particularly for those suffering from allergies or asthma.

The heart of this air purifier is in its Active Pure technology, otherwise known as Radiant Catalytic Ionization or sometimes referred to as Photo Catalytic Oxidation.  EcoQuest’s Active Pure technology is actually an improvement on the original technology developed by NASA used to purify the air in their space vessels. As such, EcoQuest’s purifiers are the only residential air cleaning systems to come with the Space Foundation Certified Space Technology seal.

Radiant Catalytic Ionization (“RCI”) works by simulating the sanitizing power of the sun through the generation of highly-reactive and naturally-occurring molecules, like hydroxides, hydroxyls, ozonite ions, super oxide ions, and hydro-peroxides.  When these charged molecules are released into the air, they bind to contaminants and oxidize – i.e., neutralize – them, thus making air cleaner and fresh. The EcoBox can create these charged particles by shining a proprietary UVX bulb onto a specialized catalytic honeycomb matrix coated with a unique metallic surface.

Although this technology is quite complex, the results are easy to explain – in testing, RCI is reported to reduce things like bacteria, molds, viruses and other pathogenic microorganisms, including Staph, E-Coli and Listeria, by 99.9 percent!

We see a lot of air purifiers during our monitoring of new product releases and, we have to say, the EcoQuest Fresh Air EcoBox uses some of the most advanced technology we have ever seen. Nevertheless, putting the esoteric product details aside, we like this model because of its large coverage area (up to 500 square feet) and its proven ability to eliminate nearly 100% of common airborne pathogens.

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Winix FresHome P450 True HEPA

Winix FresHome Model P450 True HEPA Air Cleaner with PlasmaWaveWinix has released its biggest and highest-capacity home air purifier to date – the P450 FresHome Large Room Air Cleaner – and it’s very impressive. If you are looking for a powerful and quiet home air cleaner for large spaces or multiple rooms, please continue reading.

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Winix has been around for some time now, and we’ve generally been impressed by the high quality of, and advanced technology used in, their air purifiers. Now, Winix has upped the ante again by coming out with its highest-capacity air purifier yet – the Winix FresHome P450 Large Room/True HEPA Air Cleaner.  Please note there is a smaller version of this model called the P300.

As with its other models, we like that the P450 FresHome uses a combination of three types of proven air-cleaning technologies. The first stage employs an activated carbon pre-filter, which is the gold-standard for removing larger dust particles and also capturing various household odors, like smoke, fumes, pet odors, etc.

During the second stage, household air is subjected to a true-HEPA filter, which is a very fine media that is rated at 99.7 percent efficiency and can catch suspended particles that are as small as 0.3 microns. This stage is effective at dealing with the majority of fine allergens, such as pollen, mold spores, pet dander, smoke and other airborne microorganisms/impurities.

The third stage passes the largely purified air through the P450’s PlasmaWave system – an exciting technology that Winix is known for.  Winix’s PlasmaWave system uses a positive/negative ion generator and water vapor to form what are called hydroxyls – which are highly charged/reactive water molecules that bind to and destroy airborne bacteria, gases, odors and other pollutants. Apart from being effective, this process is very advantageous because it does not result in the inadvertent creation of harmful ozone, like many other air purifiers do.

In addition to using a cutting-edge 3-stage filtration system, the P450 FresHome boasts various other interesting design features.  For example, this model uses an auto mode in combination with an air-quality sensor that allows you to let the unit run on auto-pilot.  Further, it comes with a sleep mode and 4 separate fan speeds for additional convenience/user preference.

Finally, the P450 FresHome also stands out for its high capacity and quiet operation.  Rated for rooms up to 450 square feet in area, this air cleaner has the horsepower to handle large living rooms or multiple, smaller adjoining rooms. Moreover, it can do so without disturbing the silence.  Indeed, this unit’s virtually silent operation is routinely underscored in its consistent 5-star user satisfaction ratings.

At HGT we have seen many faddish air purifiers come and go – the Winix FresHome P450 Large Room/True HEPA Air Cleaner is not one of them.  The P450 is a top-tier air purifier that uses a solid and innovative 3-stage filtration system that can take down the most stubborn allergens and odors in large living spaces, all while running quietly and intelligently via self-monitoring controls.

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Venta Airwasher LW44

Venta Airwasher LW44 Humidifier and Purifier All-in-One UnitThe Venta Airwasher LW44 Humidifier and Purifier All-in-One Unit is an ultra-high quality humidifier/purifier that uses a brilliant energy-efficient design to remove air impurities while providing just the right amount of humidity. For more information about this top-tier humidifier/air purifier, please read on.

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Most companies that produce humidifiers and air purifiers dabble in other kinds of appliances. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but there is something different about a manufacturer that has dedicated its entire existence on producing just one thing.  This is Venta Airwasher.

Venta Airwasher is a German company that is recognized as a worldwide leader in designing exactly one type of appliance – hybrid air purifier/humidifiers.  These units are not cheap, but they are constructed with technology and features that are simply a cut about the rest of the class.

For example, we have looked at the Venta Airwasher LW44 Humidifier and Purifier All-in-One Unit — and we are impressed.

As the name suggests, the Venta Airwasher LW44 humidifies as it purifies the air in your home.  And it does this in a very remarkable way.  Rather than using the typical filter pad to trap fine particles like just about all other purifiers do, the LW44 effectively washes out impurities in the air by directing air over a series of disks that rotate through water.  The result is that things like dust, odors and other allergens are pulled into the water, and only pure, perfectly humidified air leaves the unit.

In addition, because this purifier method uses only evaporation, you need not be concerned about the creation of harmful ozone; nor do you have to worry about over-humidifying your home and inadvertently promoting the growth of molds and other deleterious organisms.

Moreover, not only does the Venta Airwasher LW44 purify and add the proper amount of humidity to the air naturally, it does so with incredible efficiency. In fact, the LW44 operates on less than 10 watts of power, but can treat an area of up to 720 square feet in area.  This is remarkable.

Further, the LW44 is easy to maintain, with all of the major components removable for hassle-free cleaning. As such, you can run this unit all year round, as it was intended to be used. Other notable features include an auto shut off, low water indicator, and a set of very precise electronic speed controls.

This model is definitely pricier than your typical humidifier/purifier, but the results, construction and efficiency that the Venta Airwasher LW44 Humidifier and Purifier delivers are far from typical. If you want a unit that is built to run year round – and for a lifetime of use – to keep your home fresh and perfectly humidified, then we say put your money into a Venta Airwasher LW44.

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Coway AP-1012GH Air Purifier

Coway AP-1012GHYou may not heard of them, but Conway is a top-tier manufacturer of air purifiers, like the newly released for 2013 Coway AP-1012GH Smart Air Purifier with HEPA Filter. For more details about Conway and this hot new model, please read on.

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Home air purifiers are one of the best ways to minimize the respiratory irritation caused by suspended particulates and allergens. And although a good air purifier is bound to improve anyone’s health, for those people unfortunately plagued by allergies or asthma, air purification is not a luxury, but rather a necessity.

With all of the technology advancements in home purification units over the last few years, the good news is that consumers are getting much more bang for their buck; however, cutting edge technology does not come cheap, and there are poorly-constructed models out there.

One very exciting newly-released model that caught our discriminating eye is the Coway AP-1012GH Smart Air Purifier with HEPA Filter.

You may not have heard of Woonjin Conway before, but they are a leading home electronics manufacturer headquartered in Korea, and they have been around since 1989. Their product portfolio has continued to expand, and now the Conway crew is flexing their technological prowess in the home air purifier market.

The AP-1012GH is one of their newest “smart” air purifiers, and is equipped with a pollution level sensor that constantly monitors air quality by checking for the presence of suspended particulates. This sensor adjusts the unit’s air flow depending on the degree of purification required, thus ensuring that consistently good home air quality is maintained, with just the right amount of energy expended to do the job.  Given this efficiency, in addition to being an Energy Star Rated, this model has also been blessed by the prestigious Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (the “AHAM”).

As far as the “guts” of the filtration unit, the AP-1012GH is all business.  It uses a true HEPA filter, plus a pre-filter, ionizer, and carbon filter. Despite the hype you may hear from competing fly-by-night brands, this type of 4-stage true HEPA system is simply the best method available in our opinion for purifying air effectively, and also removing smoke, odors and other impurities.

Finally, beyond coming with solid technology and accolades from Energy Star and AHAM, the Coway AP-1012GH simply looks great, with a very sleek and modern edge that will not detract from contemporary home décor.

Overall, we are very impressed with the Coway AP-1012GH Smart Air Purifier – it uses a highly-effective 4-stage filtration system; it is extremely energy efficient and self-adjusts via smart technology to maintain great air quality; and it’s about as sexy as an air purifier can get!  Click Here For The Lowest Prices & Secure Shipping!

Winix WAC6300

If you are looking for a cutting edge, yet affordable true HEPA air purifier for a large room or studio apartment, you ought to take a look at the Winix WAC6300.

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Air purification is a necessity for many homes, particularly for those of us who suffer from allergies.  However, cleaner air is important for everyone, and the EPA has reported that common airborne allergens, such as dust, mold and other particulate matter can have deleterious effects on our health.  As a result, there are many manufacturers clamoring to produce air purifiers for all price ranges. Unfortunately, much of this is hype is to promote technologies that don’t work, and even have been found to adversely affect home air quality.

Among the newer units on the market that is based on empirically-sound air purification technology, we suggest you consider the Winix WAC6300 4-Stage,True HEPA Air Cleaner with PlasmaWave Technology. This Energy-Star Qualified model utilizes true HEPA mechanical filtration, which removes 99.7% of airborne pollutants, including pet dander and other particulate allergens down to 0.3 microns. However, before air is subjected to HEPA filtration, it passes through a carbon pre-filter, which catches large particles and absorbs odors created by, for example, cigarettes, cooking and decaying material. In addition to removing odors, this prefilter significantly extends the life of the HEPA unit.

Finally, air is subjected to Winix’s PlasmaWaveTM, which creates charged ions that combine with natural water vapor to form potent hydroxyls. These hydroxyls are then released to instantly neutralize viruses, bacteria, chemical vapors, odors and gases in the air by a process which converts them into harmless molecules, such as water vapor.  Notably, unlike many other models out there, this process does not produce harmful ozone.

Another feature of this unit is that it comes with an Air Quality Sensor, which constantly monitors your room and adjusts the unit’s performance based on the pollutant load.  Consequently, you do not need to use timers or other delay switches, because the WAC6300 will determine for itself when it no longer needs to run.

To sum up, we at HGT like the Winix WAC6300. Why? Because it combines proven carbon, HEPA and non-ozone producing PlasmaWave filtration to capture and neutralize very small particulates/pathogens; it comes with an automatic air quality sensor; it’s highly energy-efficient thanks to its Energy Star rating; and is relatively affordable for its class and features. Thus, we would recommend it for any room or studio/small apartment up to 350 square feet in area.

Sharp KC-830U Plasmacluster

The Sharp KC-830U Plasmacluster Air Purifier is a cutting edge model that comes with a humidifier function and air filtration & quality monitoring system that makes this one of the “smartest” units you can buy.

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Air purification is often a necessity for many of our homes, particularly for those of us who suffer from asthma and allergies, and/or who live in homes that require odor control, such as homes with lots of indoor pets, smokers, etc. Fortunately, technology advances along and home air purifiers are becoming more effective and efficient. Nevertheless, it is still an industry where there is significant hype and misleading claims about certain technology that does not work, and may even make home air quality worse.

Sharp, on the other hand, is renowned for producing high quality electronics and appliances, and has come forth with a new concept in home air purification – the Sharp KC-830U Plasmacluster.  This unit comes with several features that make it one of the hottest new air purifiers to hit the market.  This model uses a 3-stage cleaning system that utilizes a true HEPA filter that captures 99.7% of particles as small as 0.3 microns.  This effectively takes care of pet dander, dust mold, and pollen.  Further, it comes with an antimicrobial layer that adds extra protection against viruses. Air is then subjected to Sharp’s Plasmacluster Technology, which operates by splitting water molecules into charged ions that are spread into the room to surround suspended particles. In this way, the natural ion balance of the air is restored, and the air is left fresher and cleaner-smelling, similar to the air close to a waterfall or immediately after a thunderstorm.

This unit is also interesting in that it possesses sensors that constantly monitor home air quality. In this way, the KC-830U automatically adjusts the unit’s fan for air purity and humidity levels exactly when it’s needed. This unit also has a humidifier function, which turns on and off as needed to treat excessively dry air environments, where proper humidity levels can make air easier to breathe and help reduce static electricity.

In addition, the Sharp Plasmacluster is extremely quiet and energy efficient. In fact, by virtue of its Silent Mode function, which reduces sound to only 25 decibels, this model is reported to be one of the quietest HEPA filters available today, making it perfect for use in bedrooms and living rooms.  This model is also Energy Star qualified.  Indeed, compared to standard models, the KC-830U is reported to use 35% less energy than others in its class.

Finally, this unit requires very little maintenance. Unlike others, the Plasmacluster uses ultra-long life HEPA filters that require changing only once every 2 years.

Users are giving this model rave reviews for its quiet operation, performance and efficiency.  We are not surprised, and are also impressed with the level of cutting edge technology that the Sharp KC-830U Plasmacluster Air Purifier brings. As a result, we believe that this is a very smart buy.

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Blueair 203W HepaSilent

If you are in the market for a cutting edge air purifier that combines electrostatic and mechanical filtration in a very compact and stylishly-designed unit, the Blueair 203w HepaSilent Air-Purification System may be for you.

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Air purifiers are often a necessity in the home to reduce pet dander, viruses, airborne dust, bacteria, spores and other fine particles/pathogens that can trigger asthma, allergic reactions and cause other adverse health consequences.  Today there are many air purifiers on the market, and a lot of hype surrounding various technologies, much of which is simply unsubstantiated or badly misguided.

The Blueair 203W HepaSilent model, however, is a solid air purifier that is based on a patented combination of time-tested technology. The unit works by pulling air from the back of the unit and then passing it through an electrostatic HEPA-type filter, which traps small particles. The air then moves to an ionization chamber where it mixes with negative ions.  These negative ions that are then released into the air collide with particles in the room, charging them.  This air is then passed back through the filter and becomes bound to the electrostatic media.  Blueair reports that this combination of filtration methods results in air purification that is 99.97% efficient, and the retention of particulate matter down to 0.01 microns.

In addition to providing highly-advanced and efficient air purification, this unit stands out from others in its class in terms of compact and contemporary Swedish design. The Blueair 203w HepaSilent is composed of galvanized steel that is powder-coated for durability and to prevent chemical off gassing.  Moreover, because of its tall and narrow shape, if you don’t want to display the unit in the open, it can be tucked into the smallest spaces around the home where it can work quietly.

The ultimate proof of this unit, however, is in the very high-satisfaction it is receiving from users. Indeed, purchasers report that this model delivers outstanding performance for allergy-sufferers.  Further, they also love its ultra-compact and sleek design.  We too are fond of the Blueair 203W HepaSilent – it represents precisely the type of innovative, new air-purification technology that we love to feature on HGT.  Accordingly, we recommend it to anyone looking for their first, or a replacement, home air-purification system.

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