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Alen: Air Purifier Company and Product Line Review

Alen, in 2004, offered its first purifier to those in search of clean air. Based in Austin, Texas, Alen prides itself on specializing only in air purifiers, air purification systems, and accessories. A stark contrast to many other companies that offer air purifiers alongside myriad other products. And we respect Alen’s approach; the focus is on what’s best for the air purifier consumer. The company makes it their business to put the customer first and backs their lineup with a rock solid warranty and outstanding customer service (both online and on the phone).

Alen Breathesmart Home Decor Image

Alen’s BreatheSmart purifier is one of our favorite units to recommend when appearance matters. This line lives comfortably in any decor thanks to customized and interchangeable panels. Image Courtesy of Alen

While their focus falls on clean air, and clean air alone, they do offer a impressive line of purifier products. Alen offers a wide range of air purifiers, filters and devices modeled to the specific needs various customers. They provide detailed knowledge on what their air purifiers can do, what constitutes clean air, and why a shopper may be in need of their product. We rank thier products at among the best in the industry and others; like Top10 Reviews, Air Purifiers America, and Amazon are full of good things to say about Alen.

The only thing we don’t love is that they include optional ionizers in their products. We still haven’t totally bought into that technology. But, as far as ozone production is concerned, Alen points out that all of their HEPA Air Purifiers are ozone-safe. And, that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) certifies that they produce ozone emission concentrations less than 0.050 parts per million. Well under acceptable safety limits for household use

Our RatingModel & FeaturesPrice

4.8 Stars
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Alen BreatheSmart

  • Purifies up to 1100 SF
  • 15 Color Options
  • 41.5-56 dB
  • ~12 Month Filter Life

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4.0 Stars

Alen BreatheSmart FIT50

  • Purifies up to 800 SF
  • 14 Color Options
  • 32.4-48.7 dB
  • ~18 Month Filter Life

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3.75 Stars

Alen BreatheSmart FLEX

  • Purifies up to 700 SF
  • 14 Color Options
  • 39-55 dB
  • ~6-9 Month Filter Life

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3.75 Stars

Alen Paralda

  • Purifies up to 500 SF
  • 2 Color Options
  • 37.5-60 dB
  • ~6 Month Filter Life

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4.25 Stars

Alen T500

  • Purifies up to 500 SF
  • 2 Color Options
  • Wood Inlay Options
  • 42-56 dB
  • ~6-12 Month Filter Life

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CUSTOMER SERVICE & COMMUNITY

Alen considers customer service a key priority in their business. Once you buy an Alen air purifier, you are a member of their community… for life. You are privy to a lifetime warranty and assistance with your machine. And, they’ll help you to learn as much as you can about indoor air quality and the science behind air purification. Alen’s website also provides extensive information on the various types of air purification systems, filters, and articles on air quality and health. They even sponsor the American Lung Association and their Fight for Air Climb in Austin, TX. We love that they take an active interest in general lung and respiratory health awareness.

60-DAY GUARANTEE and LIFETIME WARRANTY

One of our favorite things about Alen is that they offer a 60-day satisfaction guarantee and return policy. If you purchase an air purifier through Alen and are not satisfied with it, return the machine within 60 days of purchase for a full refund (minus shipping expenses). This gives you a good amount of time to test their air purifier and make sure it is doing the job before committing to the product. Alen suggests that most of their customers will feel a marked difference in their air and breathing quality within 48 hours.

Perhaps more important than the 60-day guarantee, Alen provides a lifetime limited warranty on all of their products. As long as you properly care for your air purifier, Alen will repair and replace the machine as long as you own it. Alen claims that they are the only air purifying company to offer this level of service. They insist that the customer is their first priority and truly value the relationship created when someone buys Alen products.

WIDE RANGE OF FILTER OPTIONS

Alen offers an impressive spectrum of air purifying machines and replacement filters. They manufacture only HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filters, which we consider the most effective technology available. HEPA filters can remove up to 99% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns in size. Unlike Electrostatic air purifiers which often need to be cleaned internally or Ionic/Ozone air purifiers which can produce toxic levels of ozone, HEPA filters are recommended by a variety of health organizations and government agencies. From health nuts to pet owners, to moms… Alen has a product designed to fulfill your air purifying needs.

Alen focuses on the needs of the customer

Alen focuses on the needs of the customer rather than adding features that look good on a product listing or advertisement. You won’t find UV lamps in their products. Just the stuff you need.

Alen suggests that you prioritize a HEPA filter and use other technologies to enhance the result. Every Alen air purifier includes a specific kind of HEPA filter to best suit your needs. And their many options include HEPA-Pure for dust and allergens, HEPA-Silver for bacteria and germs, HEPA-OdorCell for smoke and heavy odors, and HEPA-Fresh Plus for chemicals and VOC’s. Each adds a slight enhancement to their HEPA filtration to meet the needs of a specific customer group.

DESIGNER PANELS TO YOUR TASTE

Custom air purifier faces are available from Alen

From weathered wood, to carbon, to thier blank canvas primed panels; Alen makes it easy to blend your purifier into its new home and your personal style.

One of the most unique aspects of Alen air purifiers is their ability to fit into your own home fashion decor. The BreatheSmart line, including the BreatheSmart FIT50 and FLEX machines, all have options for personalizing your machine through the choice of designer panels. The original Breathesmart and FLEX models include 14 different color options while the Breathesmart FIT50 offers 13. These color choices range from graphite to electric blue to petal pink. Some of the brighter more fun colors make Alen a perfect choice for kids’ rooms. As each machine is equipped with safety features such as a locking control panel and child-safe vent guard, there is no reason to worry about having one of these machines around children. They even have options for designing your own.


TOP SELLING ALEN AIR PURIFIERS

There are many reasons why people go in search of an air purifier for their home. Some are in need of a solution for their allergies or asthma problems. Others want to find a better way to deodorize areas of their house. Many people have pets which shed large amounts of fur and dander. Some homes have difficulties with mold, smoke or other potentially toxic chemicals. Alen (specifically on their website) does a wonderful job of categorizing their machines to suit any and all of these needs. Depending on whatever issue you may be experiencing, Alen suggests a perfect machine for you. Each model and make has unique features and filters specific to the needs of the customer. Here are some of the top sellers:

ALEN BREATHESMART HEPA AIR PURIFIER

Alen Breathesmart

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The Alen Breathesmart HEPA Air Purifier is the largest and best performing model they offer. However, this means it also among the priciest. However, you certainly get a lot for your money and will reap the benefits shortly after your purchase. This machine effectively cleans the air of a room approximately 1,100 sq ft in just under two hours. Its top features include the customized color panels, lifetime warranty, 4-speed fan and filter life indicator. It also includes 4 HEPA filter options, which can be changed depending on your needs. The machine also has a smart-sensor, which can detect levels of pollutants in your home and automatically adjust accordingly. It claims to have a “whisper quiet operation” and lights-off mode, making it perfect for bedrooms as well as other spaces.

Pros:

  • Cleans rooms up to 1,100 square feet
  • Swappable Designer Panels
  • 4 HEPA filter options
  • Smart-sensor
  • Automatic mode
  • Power/Sleep Mode
  • 4-speed fan
  • Timer
  • Ionizer
  • A lot of power in a small package (26.75″ x 17.75″ x 10″)
  • Lifetime warranty

Cons:

  • Turbo mode can seem loud
  • Standard HEPA filter does not include odor filtration
  • Frequent filter replacement when left on 24/7
  • Pricier than other air purifiers
  • We don’t love that it comes with an optional ionizer

ALEN PARALDA AIR PURIFIER

ALEN PARALDA best looking tower unit... in our opinion

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The Alen Paralda Air Purifier has a unique tower design. Especially when compared to competing tower designs. It is available in white or lime green. And, we think it’s one of the more fashionable air purifiers for a modern home. And, at the International Housewares Show the Paralda won the Designer Award, for its innovative composition. It is a smaller and therefore less expensive model, about half the price of a BreatheSmart model.

However, this machine performs; it can quickly and effectively clean the air of a room up to 500 sq ft. We would use it for bedrooms, TV rooms, and smaller office spaces. For consumers concerned with energy efficiency, the Paralda is Energy Star Certified, using only 56 watts on its highest speed setting. The machine has a filter life of about 6 months with a filter life indicator and programmable controls. It also has a very handy cord-wrap system, making it easier to keep this machine contained and out of the way.

Pros:

  • Sleek and innovative design
  • 4 speed settings
  • Energy Star Certified
  • HEPA air filter
  • Programmable controls
  • Cord-wrap system
  • Filter life indicator
  • Upgraded germ and bacteria filter
  • Small footprint (28″ x 7″ x 11″)
  • Lifetime warranty

Cons:

  • Performance stands out in small rooms only
  • Does not include a pre-filter
  • Speed 4 can be noisy
  • Less filtration capability than larger models

ALEN T500 TOWER AIR PURIFIER

Alen t500 looks a bit more like your standard tower

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The Alen T500 Air Purifier is a compact tower model. This machine can easily clean rooms up to 500 sq ft and is considered the most portable option they offer. And with a low average price, it’s a great bargain for customers in search of a more compact model. In terms of design, the T500 offers two different color choices with optional trims and inlays.

It blends with walls and wooden floors, but we’re way more enamoured by the Paralda’s design. Due to its lightweight and small footprint, you can purchase an additional travel bag and take it with you while traveling (more suited to road trips). It is Energy Star certified, surviving on a lean 53 watts on the highest setting and 30 watts on the lowest. It houses a 3-speed fan and can use 4 different HEPA filter options. As with most Alen machines, the T500 comes with a change filter indicator light and a lifetime warranty.

Pros:

  • Compact size, perfect for travel
  • Cleans air in rooms up to 500 sq ft
  • Two color choices, optional trims and inlays
  • Energy Star Certified
  • Whisper-quiet on low settings
  • 3-speed fan
  • 4 HEPA filter options
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Washable pre-filter
  • Change filter indicator
  • 12-hour run timer
  • Compact dimensions (22″ x 6″ x 10″)

Cons:

  • Mainly effective for small spaces
  • Speed 3 is a little loud

ALEN BREATHESMART FIT50 HEPA AIR PURIFIER

Alen Air Purifier models like the FIT50 Are great for pet owners

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We like to think of the Alen Breathesmart FIT50 as the original Breathesmart machine’s little brother. It has many of the same features but in a smaller size and at a lower price. The FIT50 can clean the air of a room up to 900 sq ft and is priced just below the full size BreatheSmart. However, it measures 35% smaller than the larger Breathesmart and offers 13 different color options, from weathered gray to oak to seafoam green.

Just like its big brother, this machine has 4-speeds, a filter change indicator, and an automatic mode. The choice of color and optional child-friendly vent guard make this model ideal for bedrooms. It includes the dust and allergy filter, but can also utilize the full range of HEPA filters available for this machine. For customers searching for a smaller, less expensive Breathesmart, the FIT50 is a great alternative to the original model.

Pros:

  • Cleans rooms up to 900 square feet
  • Designer Panels
  • 4 HEPA filter options
  • Smart-sensor
  • Automatic mode
  • Power/Sleep Mode
  • 4-speed fan
  • Timer
  • Optional child friendly vent guard
  • Impressive power in a smaller package (16.75″ x 22.25″ x 10″)
  • Lifetime warranty

Cons:

  • Turbo mode can seem loud
  • Standard HEPA filter does not include odor filtration
  • Frequent filter replacement when left on 24/7

ALEN BREATHESMART FLEX HEPA AIR PURIFIER

Alen air purifier Flex model

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The Alen Breathesmart FLEX HEPA Air Purifier is yet another fantastic addition to the Breathesmart line. The FLEX contains all of the benefits of the other Breathesmart machine, but at an even smaller and more affordable price point. This model can clean the air of a room up to 700 sq ft. It provides 14 different color panel options and contains an awesome HEPA pure filter. These filters can be changed to other custom suited Alen filters to better suit your specific needs. The FLEX has 4 speeds, a filter life indicator, and power/sleep mode. It also has a built-in handle, making it easy to move from room to room if need be. Since the dimensions are a mere 25″ x 15″ x 8.5″, it will live perfectly into a cozy corner.

Pros:

  • Cleans rooms up to 700 square feet
  • More affordable than larger models
  • Designer Panels
  • 4 HEPA filter options
  • Smart-sensor
  • Automatic mode
  • Power/Sleep Mode
  • 4-speed fan
  • Timer
  • Tiny 25″ x 15″ x 8.5″ dimensions
  • Lifetime warranty

Cons:

  • Turbo mode can seem loud
  • Standard HEPA filter does not include odor filtration
  • Frequent filter replacement when left on 24/7

OUR FINAL THOUGHTS ON ALEN

Alen BreatheSmart in Living Room

All in all, the Alen produces very high quality air purifiers with extensive support and customer service. This company concentrates exclusively on air purifiers so they make it their priority to accommodate customers’ needs. With a lifetime warranty, any Alen model is worth your consideration as you research your purchase.

The Breathesmart line is the most all-inclusive when it comes to general air purifying needs, with their optional decorative features and high power air purification systems. The tower models offer sleek designs and ease of transport. And, all machines utilize HEPA filters with a range of functions that can be changed depending on your current home or work environment needs. Alen air purifiers may not be the least expensive machines, but they rival many other producers with their large variety and efficient filter options. Also, if you’re looking for a test kit for dust mites, fungus, mold, etc. Alen sells those as well. Awesome, right?

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