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

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


 

Blueair 203 Room Air Purifier

BONECO Air Purifier P500 with HEPA & Activated Carbon Filter

Coway AP-1012GH

Friedrich AP260 5-Stage Air Purifier (HEPA, Carbon, Plasma, Pre-filter, Multi-filter), Energy Star Qualified and AHAM Verified

Winix WAC9500 Ultimate Pet True HEPA Air Cleaner with PlasmaWave Technology

Winix U300 Signature Large Room Air Cleaner with True HEPA 5-Stage Filtration, PlasmaWave Technology and AOC Carbon

Air purifier

Blueair 203

Boneco P500

Coway AP-1012GH

Friedrich AP260

Winix WAC9500

Winix U300

Coverage (sq ft / m2)

240 / 22

250 / 23

256 / 24

260 / 24

284 / 26

300 / 28

Price

Filtration system

·Electrostatic and mechanical filtration

· A fan moves air through the filters

·Particle electrostatic HEPA-type filter

·Ionization chamber

·Captures 99.97% of airborne particles as small as 0.1 microns
and larger

· A fan moves air through the filters

·Permanent pre-filter

·True-HEPA filter

·You can choose baby, smog or allergy filter

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

· A fan moves air through the filters

·Pre-filter

·Deodorization Filter

·True-HEPA filter

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

·Ionizer

· A fan moves air through the filters

·Pre-filter

·Multi-filter

·True-HEPA filter

·Carbon filter

·Plasma generator

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

· A fan moves air through the filters

·Pre-filter

·True-HEPA filter

·Carbon filter

·PlasmaWave technology

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

· A fan moves air through the filters

·Pre-filter

·True-HEPA filter

·Carbon filter

·PlasmaWave technology

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

Purifies

Pollen, lint, hair, spores, mold, pet dander, dust
mites, household dust, and bacteria. For additional smoke or odor control, an optional SmokeStop Filter Kit is available for purchase

Pollen, lint, hair, spores, mold, pet dander, dust mites and most of the household dust, bacterias, and smoke particles. Absorbs low household odors.
Also, some other specific airborne particles depending on the filter you choose – baby, smog or allergy.

Pollen, lint, hair, spores, mold, pet dander, dust mites and most of the household dust and smoke particles. Reduces airborne bacteria and particles that carry viruses. Traps low odors and harmful gasses.

Pollen, lint, hair, spores, mold, pet dander, dust mites and most of
the household dust and smoke particles. Reduces airborne bacteria and particles that carry viruses AbsorAbsorbodors, chemical vapors, and VOCs.

Pollen, lint, hair, spores, mold, pet dander, dust mites and most of the household dust and smoke particles. Reduces airborne bacteria and particles
that carry viruses. Absorbs low odors and chemical vapors

Pollen, lint, hair, spores, mold, pet dander, dust mites and most of the household dust and smoke particles. Reduces airborne bacteria and particles
that carry viruses. Absorbs low odors and chemical vapors

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

4

5

5

5

5

6

Filters price

Filters cleaning and (or) change

Particle filter should be replaced every 6 months.

Clean pre-filter every month or more frequently. Change the main filter when the reminder is displayed but after one year at the latest

Clean pre-filter every 2-4 weeks. Change deodorization filter
annually. Change HEPA filters every 3 years.

Clean the Pre- Filter every 3 months. Replace Multifilter and carbon filter 2x a year. Replace HEPA filter annually.

Clean the Pre- Filter every 3 months. Replace filter kit (included all filters) annually.

Clean filters every 3 months. Replace filter kit (included all filters) annually.

Filters cost per year

~$100

$100 or more

$35

$95

$105

$105

CADR

Dust: 155

Smoke: 155

Pollen: 155

Dust: 167

Smoke: 150

Pollen: 193

Dust: 176

Smoke: 165

Pollen: 162

Dust: 175

Smoke: 168

Pollen: 176

Dust: 182

Smoke: 183

Pollen: 194

Dust: 197

Smoke: 197

Pollen: 214

Fan speeds

3

5

3

3

4

4

Noise level

32-56 dB. Max is something between heavy rainfall and the box fan on high. Min is like the whisper.

30-59 dB. Max is like the box fan on high. Min is like the whisper.

The low setting is virtually noiseless. The middle is
mildly loud and the high is fairly loud.

The fan is very loud on high, reasonable on medium and low.

On low, you can’t hear the unit is even running. Turbo is quite loud. Middle speeds are quieter than a laptop fan.

On low, you can’t hear the unit is even running. Turbo is quite loud. Middle speeds are quieter than a laptop fan.

Controls

Manual

Electronic

Electronic

Electronic

Electronic

Electronic

Air quality indicator

Filter change indicator

Auto mode

Programmable timer

Remote control

Carrying handle

Energy star

Energy usage (max)

80W

34W

90W

77W

70W

60W

Voltage

120V

120V

120V

120V

120V

120V

Ozone emission

None

None

Negligible

Negligible

Negligible

Negligible

Size (in / cm)

Height: 21 / 53

Width: 17 / 43

Depth: 8 / 21

Height: 25 / 63

Width: 18 / 46

Depth: 9 / 23

Height: 25 / 63

Width: 8.5 / 22

Depth: 14 / 35

Height: 26 / 67

Width: 15 / 38

Depth: 9.5 / 24

Height: 22 / 55

Width: 16.5 / 42

Depth: 9 / 22.5

Height: 22 / 55

Width: 16 / 41

Depth: 10 / 25

Weight (lbs / kg)

25 / 11

16 / 7

16.8 / 7.6

18.3 / 8.3

18.8 / 8.5

13.4 / 6

Warranty

5 year limited

5 year

3 year

1-Year parts and labor

5-Year electrical functional parts

1 year limited

5 year limited

Pros

+Great body material – galvanized steel housing with powder
coated finish.

+Captures 99.97% of airborne particles as small as 0.1 microns
and larger which is better than true-HEPAs 0.3 microns.

+Energy star qualified

+High-quality fan and case

+Many features – timer, auto mode, remote control etc.

+The display is dimmed automatically if the Boneco P500 is used in a dark room.

+Power consumption only 34 watts

+Fashionable with a sleek black mirror effect

+Many features – timer, auto mode, air quality sensor etc.

+Easy maintenance and long filter life.

+Energy star qualified

+Well-built, good quality, well-made interface.

+Modern, sleek design

+Many features including an auto mode, remote control etc.

+Great air-filtration quality

+Fancy air monitor LED

+Energy star qualified

+Many great features including an auto mode, remote control, timer,
sleep mode etc.

+Energy star qualified

+One of the best price vs air flow rate

+Modern, sleek design

+Many great features including an auto mode, remote control etc.

+Energy star qualified

Cons

No pre-filter.

Short filter life – only 6 months and it is costly

SmokeStop filter must buy separately

Not many features

Very expensive air purifier for only 250 square feet room

Expensive filters

You can manually turn it on and off, but that’s it. For other operations, you have to use remote. If you lose it or the batteries go dead,
you cannot change the settings on the machine

The LED light is too bright.

The buttons exude noise chimes when you change modes

Ionizer reduces the negligible amount of ozone. You can turn it off.

The blue LED’s are too
bright

Plasma generator a little
noisy

Plasma generator reduces a negligible amount of ozone. It can be turned off.

Only 1 year limited
warranty

PlasmaWave emits ozone. You can turn it off.

The light sensor could work better

PlasmaWave emits ozone.
You can turn it off.

The blue flashing lights are annoying

Overall Rating (max 5)

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)

4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)

4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)

15% Price/performance

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 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)

35% Performance

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 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)

15% Features

3 out of 5 stars (3 / 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)

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 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)

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

20% Maintenance & Upkeep

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

Conclusions, recommendations

Indoor Breathing choice

Best price

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:

Wide price range but similar performance. You can find a good deal here without a lot of features and really advanced technology air purifier.


Coway AP-1012GH logo

Coway AP-1012GH has a very good filtration system and a lot of features such as a timer, auto mode, air quality sensor etc. It is also very fashionable with a sleek black mirror effect and has an easy maintenance and long filter life. Great choice.


Friedrich AP260 5-Stage Air Purifier

Friedrich AP260 shows a high performance. Well-built, good quality, well-made interface. It has 4 filters including carbon filter and multi-filter. This air purifier also has some great features such as air quality indicator, filter change indicator etc. Fancy air monitor LED, energy star qualified.


Winix WAC9500 Ultimate Pet True HEPA Air Cleaner with PlasmaWave Technology

Winix WAC9500 has excellent performance, multiple features (auto mode, remote control, timer, sleep mode etc.), high CADR rating. Winix WAC9500 is energy star qualified. One of the best prices vs air flows rate.


Winix U300 Signature Large Room Air Cleaner with True HEPA 5-Stage Filtration, PlasmaWave Technology and AOC Carbon

Winix U300 has a modern, sleek design. It shows great performance with the highest CADR ratings in this category. Also has many great features including an auto mode, remote control etc. Energy star qualified.


BONECO Air Purifier P500 with HEPA & Activated Carbon Filter

Boneco P500 is twice expensive as its competitors and you will get what you pay for – really high quality built air purifier with great performance. High-quality fan and case, many features – timer, an auto mode, remote control etc. Power consumption only 34 watts.


Blueair 203 Room Air Purifier

Blueair 203 is a real workhorse. It has galvanized steel case. Does not have many features. It is simple and does the job very well. Energy star qualified.


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