Air purifiers comparison: 151-300 square feet coverage / $0-200 price.


 

 

Honeywell HFD-120-Q QuietClean Tower Air Purifier with Permanent Washable Filters

GermGuardian AC5000E 3-in-1 Air Purifier with True HEPA Filter, UV-C Sanitizer

GermGuardian AC5250PT 3-in-1 Air Purifier with Pet Pure True HEPA Filter, UV-C Sanitizer,

AeraMax 200 Air Purifier for Allergies, Asthma and Flu with True HEPA Filter and 4-Stage Purification

Honeywell HFD 320, Honeywell AirGenius5 Air Cleaner/Odor Reducer

Fellowes AP-300PH Air Purifier

Winix FresHome Model P300 True HEPA Air Cleaner with PlasmaWave

Air Purifier

Honeywell

HFD120-Q

Germ Guardian AC5000

Germ Guardian AC5250PT

Fellowes AeraMax 200

Honeywell

HFD 320

Fellowes

AP-300PH

Winix P300

Coverage (sq ft / m2)

170 / 16

193 / 18

193 / 18

200 / 18

250 / 23

300 / 28

300 / 28

Price

Filtration system

·A fan moves air through the filters

·Washable pre-filter

·Permanent washable IFD filter

·Electronic ionizer

·Captures 99% of airborne particles as small as 2 microns and larger

·A fan moves air through the filters

·Pre-filter/charcoal

·True-HEPA filter

·UV-C light

·Captures 99.97% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns
and larger

·A fan moves air through the filters

·Pre-filter/charcoal

·True-HEPA filter coated with Pet Pure Treatment

·UV-C light

·Captures 99.97% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns
and larger

· A fan moves air through the filters

· Carbon pre-filter

· True-HEPA filter

· PlasmaTRUE
technology

· Captures up to 99.97% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns or larger

·A fan moves air through the filters

·Washable pre-filter or odor-reducing pre-filter

·Permanent washable ifD Filter

·Electronic ionizer

·Removes up to 99.9% of airborne particles 0.3 microns or larger

·A fan moves air through the filters

·Carbon pre-filter

·True-HEPA filter

·PlasmaTRUE ionizer

·Captures 99.97% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns
and larger

·A fan moves air through the filters

·Carbon pre-filter

·True-HEPA filter

·PlasmaWave technology

·Captures 99.97% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns
and larger

Purifies

Pollen, lint, hair, spores, mold. Part of pet dander, household dust, and bacteria. Low odors if you use odor reducing pre-filter.

Pollen, lint, hair, spores, mold, pet dander, dust mites and most of
household dust, bacterias, and smoke particles. Absorbs low household odors.

Pollen, lint, hair, spores, mold, pet dander, dust mites and most of
household dust, bacterias, and smoke particles. Absorbs low household odors.

Pollen, lint, hair, spores, mold, pet dander, dust mites and most of
household dust, bacterias, and smoke particles. Absorbs low household odors.

Pollen, lint, hair, spores, mold, pet dander, dust mites and part of household dust, bacterias, and smoke particles. Absorbs low household odors if
choose odor reducing pre-filter.

Pollen, lint, hair, spores, mold, pet dander, dust mites and most of
household dust, bacterias, and smoke particles. Absorbs low household odors.

Pollen, lint, hair, spores, mold, pet dander, dust mites and most of
household dust, bacterias, and smoke particles. Absorbs low household odors.

Air change per hour (Based on an average coverage ~250 sq ft)

3

4

4

4

5

6

6

Filters price

Filters cleaning and (or) change

Clean both filters at least once a month. If you choose to use odor
reducing pre-filter, change it every 3 months.

Clean pre-filter once a month. Change HEPA filter when needed, approximately once
every 6 months. Replace UV-C bulb every 10-12 months.

Clean pre-filter once a month. Change HEPA filter when needed, approximately once every 6 months. Replace UV-C bulb every 10-12 months.

Replace carbon filter every 3 months.

True-HEPA filter in normal use needs to be replaced annually.

Should replace pre-filter every 3 months. ifD filter should be
cleaned every 3 months.

Replace carbon filter every 3 months.

True-HEPA filter in normal use needs to be replaced annually.

Replace carbon pre-filter every 3 months.

True-HEPA filter in normal use needs to be replaced annually.

Filters cost per year

$0 to $32

Filters $70

+ bulb $30

Total $100

Filters $70

+ bulb $30

Total $100

$46

$40

$62

$70

CADR

Dust: 110

Smoke: 110

Pollen: 132

Dust: 139

Smoke: 125

Pollen: 149

Dust: 125

Smoke: 125

Pollen: 125

Dust: 129

Smoke: 126

Pollen: 124

Dust: 161

Smoke: 161

Pollen: 161

Dust: 200

Smoke: 191

Pollen: 201

Dust: 197

Smoke: 197

Pollen: 214

Fan speeds

3

3

5

4

5

4

4

Noise level

Quiet on low. With mid and high sounds like a small fan

Very quiet on low. Loud on high.

You can choose between super quiet on low and loud on high

You can choose between super quiet on low and loud on high

You can choose between super quiet on low and loud on high

Quiet on low. Quite loud on high.

Quiet on low. Loud on high ~55dB

Controls

Manual

Manual

Electronic

Electronic

Electronic

Electronic

Electronic

Air quality sensor

Filter change indicator

Auto mode

Programmable timer

Remote control

Carrying handle

Energy star

Energy usage (max)

43W

58W + bulb 8W

60W + bulb 8W

62W

40W

70W

60W

Voltage

120V

120V

120V

120V

120V

120V

120V

Ozone emission

Negligible

Negligible

None

Negligible

Negligible

Negligible

None

Size (in / cm)

Height: 29/73

Width: 10/25

Depth: 11/28

Height: 28/71

Width: 7/18

Depth: 10/26

Height: 28/71

Width: 7/18

Depth: 10/26

H: 20/52

W: 13/33

D: 7/18

Height: 29/73

Width: 11/29

Depth: 11/29

Height: 22/56

Width: 16/42

Depth: 10/25

Height: 21/53

Width: 16/42

Depth: 10/25

Weight (lbs / kg)

15 / 6.8

10.5 / 4.8

10.5/4.8

10.5 / 4.8

13 / 6

21.6 / 9.8

13.4 / 6

Warranty

5 years limited

3 years limited

5 years limited

3 years limited

5 years

5 years limited

3 years limited

Pros

+Easy to remove and cleanable filters.

+Energy star certified.

+Unit price and easy maintenance

+UV-C technology

+Slim design that saves space

+Do not need the table, you can put it on the floor

+Energy star certified.

+5 fan speeds

+UV-C technology

+Slim design that saves space

+Do not need the table, you can put it on the floor

+Programmable timer

+Energy star certified.

+Sleek design, compact size

+Quality electronic controls

+Great features – air quality sensor, filter change indicator,
auto mode.

+Energy star certified.

+5 cleaning levels

+Energy star qualified.

+Accent Light Button.

+Oscillate Button – Press this button if you want your air
cleaner to gently rotate from side to side.

+Auto-off Timer Button – Push this button if you would like your
air cleaner to run and then automatically shut-off after a certain amount of time.

+Automatic operation. The air purifier will automatically sense
the number of impurities in the air, and adjust the fan speed.

+Air quality light indicator.

+Energy Star Certified.

+High CADR rating.

+Electronic controls with a color-coded air quality sensor and auto mode.

+Remote control.

+Filter replacement indicator.

+Light sensor: dims the control panel lights and sets the fan speed to quiet when the room is dark.

+Energy star qualified.

Cons

Filter replacement indicator doesn’t turn on when a filter is dirty. Maybe it turns on when filters are totally clogged?!

The UV indicator is way too bright

Expensive maintenance

The plastic smell when using it the first time. I recommend to
turn it on highest speed with the UV-C light turned on for 48 hours.

The UV indicator is way too bright

The plastic smell when using it the first time. I recommend to
turn it on highest speed with the UV-C light turned on for 48 hours.

Bright blue light

Filters only low odors. For heavy odors, you have to choose an air purifier with a larger carbon filter.

Can’t turn off ionizer.

Can’t reset filter reminder before it has accumulated all 5 LED
“bars.” Annoying if you want to clean the filter before reminder
tells you to.

Quite heavy.

The LED screen is bright.

The ionizer noise is very
annoying. And you can’t turn it off.

No lighting on the smooth touch panel buttons.

For the same price, I would prefer the Winix PlasmaWave 5500, it is quieter, have more features and covers bigger space.

Overall Rating (max 5)

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

3.9 out of 5 stars (3.9 / 5)

4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)

4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)

4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)

15% Price/performance

3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

5% Design

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

35% Performance

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

15% Features

3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)

3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

10% Noise level

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

20% Maintenance & Upkeep

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)

3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

Conclusions, recommendations

Indoor Breathing choice/

Best price

Indoor Breathing choice

Note: Though Clean Air Deliver Ratings (CADR) can be found for a large number of favorite brands, many of the most well-respected companies in the air purification field do not give CADRs to their purifier. This should in no way bias potential customers against them.


Summary:

In this category, all air purifiers are great competitors. All of them has pluses and minuses but I think you can find the best that fits for you.


AeraMax 200 Air Purifier for Allergies, Asthma and Flu with True HEPA Filter and 4-Stage Purification

Fellowes AeraMax 200 has the highest rating in this category. It has a sleek design, compact size, a great performance, covers up to 200 square feet. It has good features such as automatic operation and air quality light indicator. And it is cheapest between competitors.


Winix FresHome Model P300 True HEPA Air Cleaner with PlasmaWave
Winix P300 has great CADR results, covers up to 300 square feet. Really good performance. And it has a lot of features such as electronic controls, air quality sensor, auto mode, filter replacement indicator, light sensor, carrying handle. And Winix P300 is only one in this category with remote control. If the maintenance cost is not the most important to you choose this instead of the Fellowes Aeramax 200.


Fellowes AP-300PH
Fellowes AP-300PH is very powerful, covers up to 300 square feet. It has high CADR rating and few good features such as air quality sensor, filter change indicator, and auto mode.


Honeywell AirGenius5 Air Cleaner/Odor Reducer, 250 sq. ft.
Honeywell HFD 320 has a little bit lower performance than air purifiers with the true-HEPA filters. This unit has 5 cleaning levels which allow you to set really quiet operation, accent light button, oscillate button and auto-off timer button.


GermGuardian AC5250PT 3-in-1 Air Purifier with Pet Pure True HEPA Filter, UV-C Sanitizer

Germ Guardian AC5250PT has great performance, 5 fan speeds, electronic controls, programmable timer, slim design. Very similar to Germ Guardian AC5000 but with more features.


GermGuardian AC5000E 3-in-1 Air Purifier with True HEPA Filter, UV-C Sanitizer

Germ Guardian AC5000 is one of the best selling air purifiers int he world. It has an affordable price, good filtration system, easy maintenance. It is simple without many features.


Honeywell HFD-120-Q QuietClean Tower Air Purifier with Permanent Washable Filters Honeywell HFD120-Q has a bit weaker filters than competitors. But it still does a good job and cleans a lot of air pollutants. If you don’t forget to clean the filters regularly you will save the money. Good choice if you need a simple air purifier for small space.


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