Therapure Air Purifier Costco

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A photo of the Therapure offices in Ontario Canada.

Therapure air purifiers are descendants of Sharper Image ionic air purifiers that were super popular back in the day but they now part of the brand ENVION who are part of Boneco a swiss company that has been making purifiers since 1956. 

The Therapure brand of purifiers resides at the lower end of the budget spectrum with most units costing less than $200 with most at around $129.

As with any air purifier review, we are interested in how each unit deals with smoke, dust, pet dander, and pollen. I am also interested in running costs, so how much electricity is used (as many air purifiers will be used 24 hours per day) and the costs of filters (no point buying a cheap unit and then having to spend many $$ on filter replacement.)

Let’s jump into the reviews and find out if therapure air purifiers are worth getting:

1.Envion Ionic Pro Turbo

Envion Ionic Pro Turbo, 500 Sq Feet, Black

This air purifier is meant for fairly sized rooms of up to 500 square feet and the price is usually around the $149 range.

From a technlogy point of view, it uses ionisation combined with a fan to add weight to air pollutants through the use of negative ions that then get captured by the steel blades.

It doesn’t use a HEPA filter so the benefit is that you won’t need to replace the filter like you would with a pure HEPA based unit.

You will also need to remember to clean the blades peridoically to keep the unit running at an efficient level.

The other benefit of ionization it is far less loud when in use when compared with a similar HEPA purifier which needs to force the air through the filter to achieve the same job.

Based on customer reviews, some people love the Ionization effect and describe the air as smelling a lot cleaner but their many customers who have issues with the ionization and said it actually had a negative effect on their allergies – so be sure give it a good test before deciding if you want to go for a unit like this. I love that Amazon.com is great with returns just be aware of third party sellers that may charge extra for returns.

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Envion Ionic Pro Turbo, 500 Sq Feet, Black
  • SILENT OPERATION - Destroy airborne germs and odors without ambient noise
  • IONIC PURIFICATION - Sanitize & remove 99. 9% of airborne allergens, irritants, and pollutants in your home - plus destroy cold & flu viruses, mold spores, and staph and strep bacteria.
  • 3X CLEAN - Purifies the air in medium to large size rooms (up to 500 square feet) up to three times in one hour. Perfect for the home or office.
  • FOREVER FILTER - Easy to clean, washable filter will save you money and lasts for years.
  • ENERGY EFFICIENT - Sophisticated tower design uses less energy than a compact fluorescent bulb

2.Therapure TPP240

Envion by Boneco - Therapure TPP240 – Easy to Clean HEPA Type Air Purifier Tower - UV Germicidal Hemispheric Purification - Removes Odors, Smoke, Mold, Pet Dander & More - 343 Sq Ft Capacity

You can use this air purifier is smaller rooms – maximum of 343 Sq Ft with the price around the $130 mark but varies across the year.

Unlike the pro turbo this unit combines a HEPA with an ionizer and even uses a UV germicidal tech to kill germs and bacteria whilst the HEPA and ionization deals with the pollen and pet dander.

One thing to note is that this unit doesn’t use a true HEPA but is a HEPA type – a true HEPA filter needs to remove 99.97% of particles smaller than 0.3 microns. HEPA type works only on 99% particles above 2 microns. Whilst this difference seems tiny, it really matters when we are dealing with tiny particles that cause allergies like dander and pollen. For this reason, I would say that you should avoid the TPP240 if you want to see benefits for asthma and allergies.

Another thing we noticed is that many of the reviews on Amazon.com shows signs of review manipulation with a Fakespot grade of D, for this reason, we wouldn’t recommend this unit and would suggest you look elsewhere for budget air purifier such as the Levoit H13 that is regularly available for less than $100 and has a true HEPA combined with a carbon filter.

Envion by Boneco - Therapure TPP240 – Easy to Clean HEPA Type Air Purifier Tower - UV Germicidal Hemispheric Purification - Removes Odors, Smoke, Mold, Pet Dander & More - 343 Sq Ft Capacity
  • REMOVES mold, smoke, germs, bacteria, viruses, common allergens, pet dander, odor & chemical gases from the air in your home
  • CLEANS the air in medium to large size rooms (up to 343 square feet) up to 3 times in one hour
  • SANITIZES and PURIFIES the air through patented UV Germicidal technology; CADR: Pollen – 155, Dust – 132, Smoke – 137
  • IONIZES the air in your home to help trap airborne particles & more efficiently clean the air.
  • CLEANABLE FILTER eliminates needs for costly filter replacement.

3.Envion TPP100 compact 360 air purifier

Envion Therapure TPP100 Compact 360 HEPA Type Air Purifier, 2-Speed Grey, 25 Sq Ft Capacity | Removes Odors, Smoke, Mold, Pet Dander, Bacteria And More!

This tiny air purifier is built for very small areas and can be found online at different retailer around the $60 and sometimes comes up at Walmart for $25ish.

Unlike the other 2 therapure purifiers we reviewed here, this doesn’t use UV or Ions and uses the HEPA- style we mentioned previously.

Whilst this unit can be found super cheap, be aware that replacement filters can cost upwards of $32 with shipping.

Whilst this could certainly be an interesting gift for someone at the office, we can’t suggest that this unit is suitable for someone looking to deal with dust or pet allergies – you really just need to spend at least $100 for a unit that could deal with these issues for a fairly small room.

I would suggest taking a hard pass on this air purifier and spending an extra $40 to go for something like the Levoit H13 that we recommended earlier.

Envion Therapure TPP100 Compact 360 HEPA Type Air Purifier, 2-Speed Grey, 25 Sq Ft Capacity | Removes Odors, Smoke, Mold, Pet Dander, Bacteria And More!
  • REMOVES mold, smoke, germs, bacteria, viruses, common allergens, pet dander & odor from the air in your home; CADR Dust: 30 Pollen: 29 Smoke: 27
  • CLEANS the air in small size rooms (about 115 square feet) up to 3 times in one hour
  • COMPACT - Perfect for small spaces like bathrooms, pantries, offices, cubicles, etc.
  • 100% OZONE FREE. Does not use UV or Ions which produce trace amounts of ozone, a harmful air pollutant.
  • CLEANABLE filter eliminates needs for costly filter replacement.

So should you buy a Therapure air purifier?

It probably won’t come as a surprise in that I don’t recommend you buy any of these air purifiers.

Whilst they are super popular due to the fact that they are stocked in big box stores like Costco, Walmart, Sears…etc they just don’t provide enough value in 2020.

Ionization is a technology I would generally avoid even if it’s not as bad as the old ozone generators of the past – some people find that even small amounts of ozone can make their allergies worse.

The lack of true-HEPA is also a major concern as it feels like customers are duped into thinking its similar to the filters used on American made Austin purifiers – when there is a massive difference between the number of particles that are blocked.

The challenge is that if you want a unit that can deal with a large square foot area as these units you will need to spend at least $100 more – but I think it’s well worth the extra investment.

Be sure to check out my top air puifier recomendations for 2020 (all budgets covered!)

1.Austin A250B1 – Best Overall
Austin Air A250B1 HealthMate Plus Junior Air Purifier, Black
  • Designed for people living in smaller spaces and specializes in the reduction of harmful chemicals, noxious gases, VOC’s, formaldehyde, and sub micron particles for individuals in the most contaminated of settings
  • Broad spectrum adsorption offers protection for people exposed to smoke from wildfires, those living close to busy highways, and people with sensitivity to certain chemicals and gases found in the home
  • True medical grade HEPA filter removes 99.97% of all particles larger than 0.3 microns; over 270 cubic inches of activated carbon impregnated with potassium iodide and zeolite filtration removes odors, gases and chemicals including formaldehyde and benzene
  • 3 speed settings for fan; 360 degree intake system draws air into all sides of unit, passing air through a 4 stage filter
  • Eases headaches and reduces nausea related to chemical exposure; helps reduce coughing, wheezing and sneezing, dry mouth, runny nose; reduces night time allergies and asthma attacks, snoring, and helps you sleep better; strengthens the immune system

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2. Medify MA-40 2.0 – Great if you can afford

Medify MA-40W2 V2.0 Medical Grade Filtration H13 True HEPA for 840 Sq. Ft. Air Purifier, 99.9% | Modern Design - White (2-Pack)
  • Medical Grade H13 Filters (higher rated than True HEPA) 99.9% particle removal. H13 True HEPA is considered medical grade air filtration, the unit alone is not a medical device.
  • Cleans a room up to 1,600 sq ft in one hour, 840 sq ft in 30 minutes, 420 sq ft in 15 minutes (CADR 330)
  • To make V2.0 quieter in 'Sleep Mode' and Speed 1 the ionizer is automatically turned off, on speed 2 and 3 it can be turned on/off as needed | CARB, Energy Star & ETL certified.
  • Tempered Glass panel (like your cell phone, easy to clean, won't scratch like cheap plastic models), Sleep mode and 3 fan speeds, 8 hr timer, night mode, child lock
  • Genuine Medify Replacement Filter: B07MTQFFNT, 110 Volt units, USA registered Lifetime Warranty

3. LEVOIT CORE 300 – Quite a machine for less than $100

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LEVOIT Air Purifier for Home Allergies Pets Hair Smokers in Bedroom, H13 True HEPA Air Purifiers Filter, 24db Quiet Air Cleaner, Remove 99.97% Smoke Dust Mold Pollen for Large Room, Core 300, White
  • Genuine Replacement Filters: Search for core300-rf or core 300 replacement filter for Replacement Filters. Use genuine Levoit replacement filters to maintain the best performance and to ensure what you're buying is worthy of your investment
  • Higher Purify Performance: Use the Core 300 to fill your environment with crisp, clean air. Its Vortexair Technology creates a stronger air flow, CADR number is 230+m3/h, allowing it to cover up to 219 sq. ft. AC 120V/60HZ for USA and Canada
  • Improved Filtration: With larger expansion area and longer length than others, the H13 Ture HEPA filter works with ultra-fine Pre-filter and activated carbon filter, trapping 99. 97% of fine particles and allergens as small as 0. 3 microns and large pollutants such as dust, pet dander, smoke, mold, pollen
  • Most Silent Air Cleaner: The noise level is nearly voiceless at sleep mode with only 24db, its QuietKEAP Technology reduces noise so you can sleep in a restful and soothing indoor environment
  • Ultra-long Service Life: Industry leader provider's bearing makes this levoit core300 hepa air purifier durable and reliable. The AC capacitor motor uses durable high-precision bearing, and excellent internal structure increases abrasion resist, which obviously extends the life of machine

4. Coway Airmega 300 – Not cheap but great for large spaces

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Coway AP-1512HH Mighty Air Purifier with True HEPA and Eco Mode
  • Coway Mighty (AP-1512HH) is designed to accommodate room sizes up to 361 sq.ft (CADR: Dust 246 / Pollen 240 / Smoke 233 cb. ft.).
  • 4 Stage Filtration System (Pre-filter, Deodorization filter, True HEPA filter, Vital Ion) captures and reduces up to 99.97% of particles 0.3 microns in the air, including pollen, pollutants and other allergens. It also reduces volatile organic compounds and reduces odor.
  • Coway Mighty pollution sensor communicates indoor air quality in real-time. The brightly colored LED lets you know how clean or dirty your indoor air is every minute of the day. And it features a timer, and filter lifetime indicator.
  • Fan speeds available in 1, 2, 3 stages by manually setting up. While auto mode automatically optimizes the speed setting 1 through 3 based on the level of indoor air quality. When no pollution is detected for 30 minutes, the fan will automatically stop and set as Eco mode to save energy.
  • Timer feature allows the machine to run 1/4/8 hours before automatically powering off.

5. Sharp FPF30UH – Great for small spaces and tight budgets

Sharp, White FPF30UH True HEPA Air Purifier for Home Office or Small Bedroom with Express Clean. Filters Last up-to 2 Years for Dust, Smoke, Pollen, Pet Dander, 143 Square Feet
  • SMALL ROOMS: Designed for Rooms up to 143 sq. ft.
  • CADR Dust (101) / Smoke (92) / Pollen (109)
  • Long-Life TRUE HEPA Filter Lasts Up-to 2 Years (actual filter life will differ depending on the environment)
  • True HEPA Filter Captures 99.97% of Allergens as Small as 0.3 Microns that pass through the filter
  • The Library Quiet, Sleep Setting is Perfect for the Bedroom or Home Office (as low as 23 dba)

Last update on 2020-08-08 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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