Kenmore Envirosense 85500

The Kenmore Envirosense 85500 is recommended for rooms up to 280 square feet. It has a Clean Air Delivery Rate, or CADR of about 185. While there are in-depth explanations of the CADR, one very simple rule of thumb is that the CADR number should be at least two-thirds of the square footage of the room you want to put it in. So, with its CADR of 185, it could be used in a room of around 275 square feet, which is pretty close to the 280 square feet it is recommended for.


It has a five-stage cleaning system with a pre-filter that’s washable, and a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. This four-speed machine alerts you when the filter needs changing, and it has a remote control. The slowest speed is very quiet, and the unit measures 21.7 x 16.3 x 8.5 inches. It weighs about 15 lbs.

The Envirosense 85500 contains a nano-silver filter, which became extremely popular in Asia after the SARS outbreak in 2004. The filter is antibacterial and anti-fungal that has been shown to reduce numbers of airborne viruses. Kenmore was one of the first to market this technology in the U.S. It senses the level of particles and odors in the air and adjusts its fan speed accordingly, which is a nice touch.

This air purifier earned Energy Star status, with a rating of 2.8 dust CADR per watt, meaning it uses about 66 watts. The documentation does not specify how often to change the filters. Online customer reviews have indicated one year, but the Sharp air purifier that appears to be this machine’s clone indicates a five-year life for the filter, so there may be some trial and error involved in figuring it out.

Complaints about the Kenmore Envirosense 85500 generally have less to do with the machine itself and more to do with Sears’ customer service, whether the air purifier was purchased online or in a bricks and mortar Sears store. So you’re not likely to have too many problems with the purifier itself, but if you do, you will have to deal with Sears and their reputation for non-stellar customer service.

The Kenmore Envirosense 85500 is almost identical to models made by Sharp and Whirlpool, particularly the Sharp Plasmacluster FP-N60CX. Sharp’s Plasmacluster series is the top seller in Japan, and has become popular in the U.S. too. Overall it is a good machine, but customers may want to choose based on Sharp’s customer service versus Sears.

Sadly this purifier has been discontinued and no longer available for sale.

If you are interested in finding out the best air purifier available to buy in 2020 then be sure to check out our list of the best available at the moment:

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
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
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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