Hamilton Beach 04383A Air Purifier, Allergen Reducing Air Cleaner with Permenant HEPA Filter

Hamilton Beach 04383A Air Purifier Review


Hamilton Beach 04383A is one of the best-sold air purifiers. The price is under $50, that is really cheap for 160 square feet (15m) size room. Does it really work? Read more below.

Design, size, placement

The Hamilton Beach 04383A is a very small air purifier. It looks like a speaker in both – black or white colors.Hamilton Beach 04383A Air Purifier, Allergen Reducing Air Cleaner with Permenant HEPA Filter

Dimensions are:

Depth 8.5in / 21.5cm

Width 6in / 15cm

Height 13.5in / 34cm

The best place for it should be somewhere on a shelf or table. For user convenience, this unit can be placed vertically and horizontally.

It will not break your shelf because the weight is only 5.7 lbs (2.6kg).

How it works and what sources of indoor pollution destroy

The Hamilton Beach 04383A works with a fan. A fan draws air through the sides of the front panel, then the air goes through a filter and is then released through the back of the unit.

Hamilton Beach calls this HEPA filter, but it is actually not. True HEPA filters particles as small as 0.3 microns, but filter used in this unit filters only 3 microns sized particles. What does it mean? It filters dust mites, mold spores, pollen, pet dander, but it can’t filter tobacco smoke, household pesticides, germs, odors.

Features

  • Digital controls on the top of the unit. Using the switch, you can turn the air purifier on low, medium or fast mode.
  • The air purifier is very simple without special features.
  • One year warranty

Noise level

The low setting is barely audible. The middle setting is also quiet, could use this while sleeping. The highest setting is not very loud but disturbs your sleep. Overall I could say noise is not troublesome.

CADR

The manufacturer doesn’t say anything about CADR, but I found on the internet CADR estimates of 40-50. These are estimated because the filtration system is not good enough to make measurements for small particles, and so probably doesn’t qualify for CADR. If we take CADR 50, then with recommended room size 160 square feet and ceiling height 8 feet, the unit makes 1280 cubic feet per minute. 1280/50 = 25 minutes. I think that full air change in room 2 times in an hour is very poor.

Maintenance and upkeep

The manufacturer says that you don’t have to change a filter, just clean it every 3-6 months. As there is no pre-filter, a filter can be very dirty shortly. For easier cleaning, I suggest to clean it often. The front panel opening is very easy, just push the knob.

As this filter is cheap, only $15, I recommend change it once a year for best results.

The Hamilton Beach 04383A consume only 9 watts on quiet mode, 18 watts on medium and 38 watts on high speed. That is really nothing, same as home internet router.

Summary

The Hamilton Beach 04383A is good stylish, compact and cheap air purifier for small sized rooms. And it really works, but not for everyone. Before you buy this unit, make sure you understand what purpose you need it.

Pluses:

  • Permanent filter never needs replacing (I recommend change it once a year. That’s cheap)
  • Compact, stylish
  • Works horizontally or vertically
  • Cheap price

Minuses:

  • Filters 99% of particles as small as 3.0 microns while a true HEPA filter is 0.3 microns
  • Don’t filter tobacco smoke and odors
  • No CADR (Only estimated)

Specifications:

Capacity

160 sq. ft. / 15m2

Height

13.5 in / 34 cm

Width

6 in / 15 cm

Depth

8.5in / 21.5cm

Weight

5.7 lbs / 2.6kg

Controls

Manual

Warranty

1 year


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