Whirlpool Whispure AP51030K Air Purifier Review
The Whirlpool 510 (AP51030K) Whispure true HEPA air purifier is made for rooms up to 500 square feet (46.5m). This unit is within a $200 – $350 price range and has very good ratings. Let me show you is it worth your attention.
Design, size, placement
Whirlpool 510 is quite big as a room air purifier. It looks like a heater, not very stylish. But it is a very smart design, the air inlet is in front, but the outlet is on top. So you can place it close to the wall, which allows you to save space. Also, Whirlpool 510 has built-in handles to transport the air purifier. Weight is 25lbs (11.3kg) which is ok for this size air purifier.
Height 24in (61cm), width 20.5in (52cm), depth 10in (25.4cm).
How it works and what sources of indoor pollution destroy
Whirlpool AP51030K has a fan that moves air through 3 filters. A fan is a weak part of this unit. Many customers had problems with noise coming from a fan. That is because the fan is not balanced. If you have one of them then you got a brack. Mine works very well.
The Whirlpool 510 has a 3-stage filtration system. Pre-filter captures large particles and helps to extend HEPA filter life. A carbon filter eliminates odors. The carbon filter is too thick to eliminate the high amount of odors, but low ones get rid very well. In the middle is a true HEPA filter and it filters 99.97% of particles that are 0.3 microns and larger.
So with Whirlpool 510 filter system, you will eliminate dust mites, mold spores, pollen, tobacco smoke, pet dander, low odors, and other microscopic irritants that can pollute your indoor air and aggravate allergy and asthma symptoms.
- This unit has electronic controls and 4 fan speeds. The buttons are plastic and look cheap, but I think you will not play with them very much.
- The turbo setting is good for fast cleaning. It is loud, though.
- The very good feature is sleep mode. When you push it, the purifier switches automatically to the low setting for 8 hours. After 8 hours, it goes back to the previous setting.
- 2 Separate Filter Replacement Lights indicate when to replace the HEPA filter or charcoal pre-filter
- Built-in Handles to transport the air purifier to any room in the house
- Manufacturer’s 5-year Limited Warranty
- Energy star qualified
It’s quiet in the-the low setting, annoyingly loud in the top one.
I may suggest using a medium setting during a day and low in a night. Use the highest speeds only for specific circumstances.
CADR: Pollen scores 401
CADR: Dust scores 325
CADR: smoke scores 315
If used in recommended size room 500 square feet and let’s say ceiling height is 8 feet, then this air purifier gets rid of smoke, dust, and pollen in just 10 minutes. Really amazing. Imagine how good it works in smaller rooms.
Maintenance and upkeep
The manufacturer recommends changing pre-filter every 3 months. I suggest vacuuming this filter every 2 weeks. That will save you money. Of course, they are not very expensive, 4-pack costs around $30.
The HEPA filter should be replaced once a year.
Filters change is easy.
Whirlpool 510 is energy star qualified. Really low energy consumption for that big unit.
The Whirlpool 510 is a true HEPA filter air purifier with one of the best value general air purifiers on the market. It covers 500 square feet of space and costs between $200 – $350.
500 sq. ft. / 46.5m2
24 in / 61 cm
20.5 in / 52 cm
10 in / 25.4 cm
25 lbs / 11.3 kg
Max 39 watts
Max 49 dBA
Pollen / Dust / Smoke
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