People seem to suffer from allergies and sensitivities more now than ever before. And, airborne allergens and pollution seem trigger symptoms and amplify chronic conditions. Dust, pollen, mold, smoke and pet dander are just some of the popular types of airborne contaminants. This is where using the best true HEPA air purifier comes into the picture.
How to Choose the Right Air Purifier
Before buying an air purifier, you need to know what factors you need to consider. Some of most important factors when choosing an air purifier include but not limited to the following: filter type, CADR rating and air flow rate.
What is CADR? It refers to Clean Air Delivery Rate. More accurately, it indicates an air purifier’s capability of filtering airborne contaminants such as dust, pollen, and smoke. It is also important to note that there is a separate rating given out for each of these three contaminants.
Another thing that you need to consider is the unit’s air flow which is highly dependent on the fan and type of filter used by the air purifier. Also, the number of air changes is also dependent on the size of the room.
Honeywell 50250 S
If you’re looking for a lot of purification for the right price, the 50250 s is probably your best bet. It has an enormous HEPA filter that lasts up to 5 years between replacements. It also has a fairly nice activated carbon prefilter. Controls are simple and it’s easy to use, but there are really no features worth mentioning. You basically just have a dial that controls the three speed fan, and two filter change indicator lights. But, its lack of timers and smart features are a welcome trade for a low price.
We also like that the unit exhausts from the top. It does a great job of keeping air moving, which helps capture more airborne dust. When we plugged the 50250-s in for the first time we noticed that it moved a lot of air. So much in fact that it sucked a few dust bunnies from the floor into the prefilter. We also noticed that our machine had a bit of a wobble when the fan was on low. On medium and high the wobble disappeared.
Can you get a better HEPA-equipped purifier? Sure. It will cost you though. At this price point there aren’t many that deliver so much HEPA goodness.
- One of the Best HEPA purifiers for the money
- Huge, long-lasting, HEPA filter
- Activated carbon pre filter for odor and VOCs
- Very affordable
- Cheap replacement filters
- 360 degree intake
- Fairly large
- A little loud on high settings
- Honeywell recommends placing the unit 3 feet from the wall
Honeywell QuietCare 17000 Air Purifier Review
With so many air purifier brands in the market, Honeywell is one of the few that stands out. Through the years, Honeywell has released many high-quality air purifiers in the market. Most of these air purifiers were highly rated by their users.
The HoneyWell 17000 is one of the best air purifiers in the company’s lineup. It is ideal for rooms up to 168 square feet. The purifier measures 15.8 x 13.1 x 17.1 inches. It is also incredibly lightweight, weighing only at 14 pounds. Because of the unit’s sleek and compact feature, it can also be considered as a portable air purifier. It also comes with a handy handle on top of the unit.
The most impressive thing about this unit is that it comes with an IntelliCheck system which enables you to conveniently monitor the status of the True HEPA filters, and lets you know if it is already time to have the filters replaced. The way the IntelliCheck system works is pretty simple. Each true HEPA filter comes with its own dedicated button which once pressed, activates a light telling you the status of the filter. The light may continuously shine or keep on blinking.
The unit also comes with three fan speed options: low, medium and high. The unit operates quietly in low and medium settings which make these two options ideal if you are reading, watching television or sleeping. On high settings, the unit produces slight noise which can be distracting to some people who are sensitive to noise.
When it comes to the Honeywell QuietCare 17000’s efficiency, the unit does a great job as it boasts an ACH or Air Changes per Hour rating of 6x which means the unit is capable of completely changing the air six times per hour. The unit also has a CADR rating of 130/130/130, which means the unit can filter 130 cubic feet of air every minute.
- Quiet in low and medium settings
- Efficient and reliable
- Comes with different useful functionalities
- Sports a bulky and outdated design
- Unit can be too loud in high settings
Winix PlasmaWave Series WAC5500 Review
The Winix PlasmaWave Series WAC5500 is one of the most popular ion air purifiers in the market. It is known for effectively removing airborne contaminants like dust, pollen, and other similar small particles. The unit is ideal for medium-sized rooms.
The said Winix unit makes use of a proprietary ionizer to electromagnetically charge small airborne particles, making the filtration process easier. However, it is known that free-floating charged particles can cause damage to sensitive lungs. In order to prevent this kind of issue, Winix makes use of the PlasmaWave technology which only gives the airborne particles a weaker charge, so they would be able to quickly dissipate than other ionized particles.
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The Winix PlasmaWave Series WAC5500 commences its filtration process by pulling air through the unit carbon pre-filter. The carbon pre-filter then removes large particles and reduce odors. Next, the true HEPA filter captures smaller particles such as allergens, dust, and pollen. The final stage of the filtration process would be the ionizer. The unit’s ionizer lightly charges the particles as they leave the Winix PlasmaWave Series WAC5500’s system so that they will be able to attract other particles in the air, making them larger and easier to capture the next the air passes through the unit’s filters.
The Winix also provides a filter to monitor to help you determine if it is time for the filter to be replaced. Set this unit to auto mode, and a basic air quality sensor estimates the number of contaminants present in the air and conveniently adjust the unit’s fan speed accordingly.
However, the Winix PlasmaWave Series WAC5500 lacks some important features. The unit does not come with operation schedule that would let you set the air purifier to run at a certain time of the day. Additionally, the unit lacks sleep mode and operation timer, which makes monitoring of the unit a bit of a challenge. If you are curious, check out our reviews of the best PlasmaWave technology air purifiers.
- Effective in removing small and large contaminants in the air
- Ideal for people suffering from allergy caused by airborne contaminants
- Lacks some important features that other units of the same price have
Having the best true HEPA air purifier can go a long way in terms of cleaning the air in your immediate environment. The units we cover above are just two of the most popular air purifiers on the market and both will provide great results in your home.