Hamilton Beach 04383A Air Purifier Review
Hamilton Beach 04383A is one of the best-sold air purifiers. The price is under $50, which 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.
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 the 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.
- 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
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 the noise is not troublesome.
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 changing it once a year for the best results.
The Hamilton Beach 04383A consumes 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.
The Hamilton Beach 04383A is a 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.
160 sq. ft. / 15m2
13.5 in / 34 cm
6 in / 15 cm
8.5in / 21.5cm
5.7 lbs / 2.6kg
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