Hamilton Beach 04163 Air Purifier

The Hamilton Beach 04163 Air Purifier is marketed as being “99.97% effective” at capturing small particles in the air. This is only partially true. In this review, I’ll give you a clear picture of what the 04163 can do… and whether it’s worth the investment.

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How it Works

A true HEPA filter is the heart of the Hamilton 04163. Wrapped around the HEPA filter are several components that make the purification process more effective.

The first of these components is the charcoal carbon prefilter. Sitting just behind the intake grill, air flows through the carbon prefilter and is scrubbed of odors and large particles (such as dust). The air then flows directly into the HEPA filter.

The HEPA filter does most of the grunt work. It extracts pollen, smoke, dust, molds, bacteria, viruses and other undesirable particles. This particular HEPA filter is 99.97% effective at the eradication of small particles. But, what’s important to note, it can only clean air that makes it into the filter.

Air that leaks from the unit before hitting the HEPA filter won’t enjoy the same level of purification.

After the HEPA filter spits out this odorless, dust-free air it is met with one more purifying component; a UV germicidal light. The UV germicidal light exists to do one thing; to kill any remaining airborne microorganisms. These are the same microorganisms that lead to allergies, asthma, and general sickness.

By the time air is released, the Hamilton 04163 Purifier has captured particles as small as 0.3 microns. This makes it one of the most effective purification units in its price bracket. But remember; this level of effectiveness only applies to air that flows through the unit from beginning to end.

Added Benefits

A 3-speed fan circulates air in the immediate vicinity. You can set the unit to auto, and it will adjust the fan speed depending on air quality. Meaning that the fan speeds up automatically when particles are detected and slows down when it’s clean.

The AirSmart Sensor does two things: first, it gives a clear readout of how much filter life is remaining. You’ll always know when to change the filters for maximum effectiveness. Second, it tells you how to clean the air in the room currently is. The air quality scale shows a reading of poor, fair, or good at all times. Therefore, you can adjust fan settings to compensate for drops in air quality.

This is not a big air purifier, making it ideal for smaller locations such as bathrooms or small garages. It is effective in rooms up to 350 square feet. Any bigger and you’re likely to see a drop ineffectiveness.

Dimensions are 25x18x13 inches, making this a unit that lends itself to discretion. If you have a room where a noticeable purifier won’t do, this may be the perfect alternative.

The price point is incredibly aggressive, especially considering the UV light and HEPA filter. I’ve been hard-pressed to find a similarly feature-rich unit below $300.

But I would still check out the following air purifiers (We found them to be best in 2020): 

1.Best for Most People – LEVOIT Pet Edition
LEVOIT Air Purifiers for Home Allergies and Pets Hair, H13 True HEPA Filter for Bedroom, 24db Filtration System with ARC Formula, Remove 99.97% Odors Smoke Dust Mold Pollen, Core P350, Gray
  • Genuine Replacements: Search for "p350-rf" or "B087R7ZFPB" for levoit 3-in-1 customized pet filter with ARC Formula to ensure excellent performance
  • Perfect Gift for Pet Families: Ideal for pet allergies, improve your air quality and help you and your pets relieve allergic symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, sinuses and heavy breathing. Ozone-free, approved by CARB, ETL listed and CA PROP 65 certified
  • High Powered: The Vortexair Technology offers an increased CADR of 141 CFM / 240 m³/h, handily covering rooms as large as 219 ft2 (20㎡) and refreshing the air 5 times per hour, perfect for bedroom, living room, dining room or pet room
  • H13-Grade True HEPA Filter: Reduces up to 99.97% of harmful air pollutants, smoke, pollen, mold spores, dust mites and other allergens as small as 0.3 microns from the air. This new fine non-woven fabric pre-filter is more effective than other common pre-filters at capturing floating hair, pet fur, pet dander, dust, fibers, lint
  • Sleep Mode & Timer: The QuietKEAP Technology keeps noise levels as low as 24dB. Set a timer for 2, 4, 8, or 12 hours, then turn off the display light to enjoy a perfect and undisturbed night of sleep. The pet lock button prevents your pets from tampering with any of the other buttons or settings

2. Budget Friendly – $75ish Hamilton Beach TrueAir
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Hamilton Beach TrueAir Air Purifier for Home or Office with Permanent HEPA Filter for Allergies and Pets, Ultra Quiet, Black (04386A)
  • High Performance Hepa Grade Filter: Captures 99% of pet dander, dust, dust mites, pollen, and mold / mildew spores as small as 3 microns from the air.
  • Easy to clean: Allergen reducing air purifier has a permanent Hepa-grade filter that easily vacuums clean.
  • Compact, stylish design: Allergen reducing air purifier is perfect in the office or in rooms up to 160 square feet
  • Versatile air care that fits anywhere: Position the unit vertically or horizontally to best fit in your bedroom, den, nursery, hallway or living room at home or at the office.
  • Quiet and powerful: Use whisper clean for extra quiet operation at night, the medium setting or the quick clean setting for more powerful air cleaning.

3. Winix 5500-2 – For those with bigger rooms
Winix 5500-2 Air Purifier with True HEPA, PlasmaWave and Odor Reducing Washable AOC Carbon Filter
  • True HEPA filter captures 99.97% of airborne pollutants; dust mites, pet dander, pollen and other allergens as small as 0.3 microns
  • Washable AOC Carbon Filter, made from activated carbon granulars for removal of household odors. Decibels 27.8 dB
  • PlasmaWave acts as a permanent filter to safely break down odor, allergens, chemical vapors and other pollutants with no harmful ozone
  • Smart Sensors gauge the air and our Auto Mode adjusts the fan to filter the air as needed; with a sleep mode for silent night time operation
  • CADR rated for 360 square feet room size. Suitable for medium and large rooms; kids bedrooms, family rooms and kitchens

4. Coway Airmega 400 – If you need the very best or the largest space
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Coway Airmega 400 Smart Air Purifier with 1,560 sq. ft. Coverage
  • Coway Airmega 400 room air purifier is designed to accommodate large room sizes up to 1,560 square feet and cleans the air at least two times per hour when used as recommended.
  • Coway Airmega Max2 filter—combined activated carbon and True HEPA filter—captures and reduces up to 99.97% of 0.3 micron particles in the air, including pollen, pollutants and other allergens. It also reduces volatile organic compounds by more than 99% and reduces fumes such as NH3 and CH3CHO. Includes washable and permanent pre-filter to catch larger dust particles.
  • Coway Airmega’s pollution sensor communicates indoor air quality testing in real-time. The brightly colored LED ring lets you know how clean or dirty your indoor air is, every minute of the day.
  • Coway Airmega has five fan modes: Smart, Sleep, Low, Medium and High. Noise level is nearly silent at lower speeds. Max noise at highest setting is 43.2 dB.
  • Coway Airmega is a smart, energy efficient air purifier with a three-setting smart mode to adapt to its surroundings. Fan speed automatically adjusts based on the room’s air quality and lighting conditions to improve air quality.

Last update on 2020-10-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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