Lifewise Ultra Air Purifier

Updated article May 2020

Please be aware that this air purifier has been discontinued but I am still keeping this review live for existing customers of the LifeWise air purifier. 

If you are interested ins seeing what the current most recommended air purifiers are in 2021, then look below:

Air Purifier
Best for Small Room
Best if you have the Budget
Best for Large Rooms
CADR
135 cfm
245 cfm
145 cfm
Technology
H13 HEPA
includes Smart Sensor to see how clean a room is or isn't
Ionizer and HEPA
Features
3 modes and sleep mode
Near silent 23 dBa when on lowest setting
Perfect unit for bigger rooms with a recommended 500 sq. ft.
Weight
8.83 lbs
15 lbs
Perfect unit for bigger rooms with a recommended 500 sq. ft.
Price
$99.99
$429.00
9 lbs
Best for Small Room
Air Purifier
LEVOIT Air Purifier for Home Allergies and Pets Hair Smokers in Bedroom, H13 True HEPA Filter, 24db Filtration System Cleaner Odor Eliminators, Remove 99.97% Dust Smoke Mold Pollen, Core 300, White
CADR
135 cfm
Technology
H13 HEPA
Features
3 modes and sleep mode
Weight
8.83 lbs
Price
$99.99
More information
Best if you have the Budget
CADR
245 cfm
Technology
includes Smart Sensor to see how clean a room is or isn't
Features
Near silent 23 dBa when on lowest setting
Weight
15 lbs
Price
$429.00
More information
Best for Large Rooms
CADR
145 cfm
Technology
Ionizer and HEPA
Features
Perfect unit for bigger rooms with a recommended 500 sq. ft.
Weight
Perfect unit for bigger rooms with a recommended 500 sq. ft.
Price
9 lbs
More information

Original review from 2010:

The LifeWise Ultra 63-1530 Air Purifier retails for $150 to $200 at Radio Shack. Pre-filter replacements cost $6.25 for a two-pack, and replacement UV bulbs cost $30 for a two-pack. LifeWise is one of Radio Shack’s trademarks, and this air purifier is a KAZ model that has been rebranded for Radio Shack, and has been given a slimmer design. The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers gives this product a clean air delivery rate, or CADR, of 69 for dust, 88 for pollen, and 80 for smoke. It is the right size for a small room. The 63-1530’s main selling point is that aside from the prefilter, there is no filter to replace because its main cleaning unit is an electrostatic collector rather than a HEPA filter.

Lifewise Ultra Air Purifier

With electrostatic air purifiers, impurities pass through the washable grid pre-filter, which picks up hair, lint, and larger particles. Charging wires ionize incoming air so that particles cling to the cleaning grid due to the electrical charge. It must be very consistently maintained and cleaned in order to do its job. The electrostatic cleaner is easy to vacuum, but it cannot be washed, and this means that oily airborne substances will build up. An ultraviolet light system made up of two UV lights will reduce the number of airborne germs in the exhaust. The power of the UV lamps is not published.

Users who buy the LifeWise Ultra 63-1530 do not like that it has to be kept meticulously clean or else it loses its efficiency. The overall rating for this model from the Radio Shack website is three stars out of a possible five. The UV purifier is not strong enough to do much in the way of disinfecting, but that is true of many home air purifiers that use UV technology. Users do like how quiet the machine is, saying it is easily quiet enough to sleep next to. These purifiers do release a certain amount of ozone, below the 0.050 parts per million that is the standard for medical devices. Users with asthma or heart disease are advised to consult their doctors before using any ozone-emitting air purifier.

Overall, this is a compact machine, at 10.75 x 16.5 x 9.25 inches, weighing about 10 lbs. It comes with a five-year warranty exclusive of filters. While the idea of not having to replace HEPA filters is very appealing to some consumers, users must know that they have to clean the electrostatic grid often and thoroughly to prevent it from clogging up.

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 Purifier for Home Allergies and Pets Hair Smokers in Bedroom, H13 True HEPA Filter, 24db Filtration System Cleaner Odor Eliminators, Remove 99.97% Dust Smoke Mold Pollen, Core P350 Grey
  • 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
Sale
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
Sale
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.

Amcor Air Purifiers – What you need to know in 2021

Amcor air purifiers are a range of air purifiers that were released in 2006 but went bust in 2009 after realeasing a range of air purifiers.

Amcor air purifiers used a range of technologies but most were ionizer heavy with the best example would be the HT2000 that was HEPA and ionizer.

The company existed as an LTD based in NY with offices in Europe, US and Africa.

When the company existed they had the following products: [These have been found using the archive.org as the company no longer exists but it’s a good way for people to find out a little more about their old air purifier.]

21010 – Waterless Vaporizer

  • Uses no water for mold spores or bacteria to grow in
  • Use only 100% natural oil
  • 10 refill pads included
  • Silent operation

AM-40 — Clear Aire Ionizer w/Washable Filter

The AM-40 Air Purifier with the Amcor Exclusive High-tech our carbon ion generator. The Clear Aire uses a washable 3-layer filter that combines electrostatic and dust-holding high capacity filters in one cassette. This machine has 2 fan speeds and a scent release function. Includes fragrance cartridge and washable filter. 6010

AM45

  • Traps allergens and kills bacteria by five stage filtration system
  • Permanent Washable Nylon pre-filters
  • Six layer aluminum electrostatic filter
  • Photo-catalytic-oxidation filtration
  • Patented carbon filter ionizer

AM-50 — Clear Aire Elite

The AM-50 Air Purifier with the Amcor Exclusive High-tech our carbon ion generator.. The Clear Aire Elite uses a washable 5-layer filter that combines electrostatic, dust-holding, and anti-microbial high capacity filters in one cassette. The unit also accommodates a HEPA filter to further improve air quality.

AM-60 — Ultra Clean Air Processor

The AM-60 Air Purifier with the Amcor Exclusive High-tech our carbon ion generator. Ultra Clean has an advanced filter system, the type most recommended by health-care professionals. Helps clear microscopic irritants from the air such as pollen, dust, animal dander, mold, tobacco smoke, etc. This unit features double ionization, electrostatic filtration, and optional HEPA filtration.

AM70

This decorative faux Ficus Tree Air Purifier beautifies your home or office while purifying the air that you breathe. Never have to worry about watering your tree or replacing any filters!

AM80– True HEPA plus Ionizer. This was one of the more standard units that used both HEPA and Ionizer to clean the air.

AM90

  • High performance air purifier/ionizer for large areas and concentrated use
  • Extended surface washable HEPA type filter removes 99% of airborne pollutants
  • Washable dust pre-filter
  • Noise level is less than 50 Db
  • Backlit LCD
  • Timer function
  • Stating filter good for up to 8 washes
Amcor-Air-Purifier

Air purifiers can be very expensive, and those who can’t afford $500 or $1,000 for an air purifier may consider an Amcor purifier to be a good choice. The models they make are simpler, with fewer settings, but they do remove dust and particles from the air and use washable filters so filter replacement costs don’t add up like they do with some air purifiers.

The three most popular Amcor models are the AM-90, the AM-40, and the AM-70 Ficus Tree air purifier. Another addition to the Amcor lineup was the ionizer model ht2000. In general, I recommend avoiding ionizer air purifiers unless you have a specific need case.

The Amcor AM-90 is rated to clean the air in a room of up to 400 square feet and uses a measly 44 watts. It has a HEPA filter, which removes over 99% of airborne particles of 0.3 microns or larger in diameter. Users report that it is quiet and that they like being able to wash the filter up to eight times before having to replace it. The AM-90 has three speeds with electronic controls that include a clock. It has an eight-hour timer and retails for about $109. The AM-90 measures 7 x 14.5 x 19.75 inches and comes with a one-year limited warranty.

A smaller, simpler model made by Amcor is the AM-40. It is similar to the AM-90, but has only two speeds rather than three. It has a carbon pre-filter that absorbs odours, a washable five-layer filter, plus a fragrance dispenser. It works in a smaller room than the AM-90, and users report that it runs quietly. Measuring 11 x 9 x 6 inches, it retails for around $50.

The Amcor AM-70 is unique in that it is made to look like a small ficus tree. It is designed for small to medium-sized rooms of up to 240 square feet. Like the AM-40, it has a five-layer washable filter. This air purifier uses a carbon filament to clean the air, and it ionizes the air. The AM-70 has a high and a low setting and measures approximately 14.5 x 14.5 x 46 inches.

Sadly all Amcor air purifiers are now discontinued (as of 2020) and no longer available for sale.

But if you are interested in finding units that are very similar the Amcor units, then check out my current updated guide for 2020:

Air Purifier
Best for Small Room
Best if you have the Budget
Best for Large Rooms
CADR
135 cfm
245 cfm
145 cfm
Technology
H13 HEPA
includes Smart Sensor to see how clean a room is or isn't
Ionizer and HEPA
Features
3 modes and sleep mode
Near silent 23 dBa when on lowest setting
Perfect unit for bigger rooms with a recommended 500 sq. ft.
Weight
8.83 lbs
15 lbs
Perfect unit for bigger rooms with a recommended 500 sq. ft.
Price
$99.99
$429.00
9 lbs
Best for Small Room
Air Purifier
LEVOIT Air Purifier for Home Allergies and Pets Hair Smokers in Bedroom, H13 True HEPA Filter, 24db Filtration System Cleaner Odor Eliminators, Remove 99.97% Dust Smoke Mold Pollen, Core 300, White
CADR
135 cfm
Technology
H13 HEPA
Features
3 modes and sleep mode
Weight
8.83 lbs
Price
$99.99
More information
Best if you have the Budget
CADR
245 cfm
Technology
includes Smart Sensor to see how clean a room is or isn't
Features
Near silent 23 dBa when on lowest setting
Weight
15 lbs
Price
$429.00
More information
Best for Large Rooms
CADR
145 cfm
Technology
Ionizer and HEPA
Features
Perfect unit for bigger rooms with a recommended 500 sq. ft.
Weight
Perfect unit for bigger rooms with a recommended 500 sq. ft.
Price
9 lbs
More information

Brookstone Air Purifier – One to Avoid

Did you know that Brookstone (the guys that seem to have shops in every airport) used to sell air purifiers back in 2010. It was not a great unit and thankfully as of 2020, Brookstone no longer sells any air purifiers.

Many of the Brookstone air purifiers utilised ionizer technology such as the Pure-Ion Advanced Air Cleaner.

Ionizer used ionized particles to turn positive to negative and the metal fins can attract the dust. They can sometimes release small amounts of ozone so are no longer the norm for most people.

The amount of evidence to support Ionizer based air purifiers is very much lacking and is one reason why we always push HEPA based units. This is especially true with cheaper units in the sub $100 as HEPA units can now be produced fairly cheaply and even low priced units can be effective for small rooms or desks.

Brookstone-air-purifier

PRICE = $199.95 (Amazon.com) as of 2010

It’s best to first check what the major internet buying consumers think about this air purifier. Many large retailers provide their consumers with the ability to rate/review their purchases. We can use these consumer reviews to quickly gauge the general opinion about this Brookstone purifier.

Review SiteRating
Amazon.com3.5 Stars (3 reviews)
Epinions.com4.5 Stars (4 reviews)
Shopping.com3 Stars (2 reviews)

I am not happy with the number of reviews that are available for this particular purifier. The problem is that when there are only a few reviews, it easy for marketers/manufacturers to publish their own positive reviews that can affect the overall score.

I can not prove that people connected to Brookstone have been publishing false reviews but I will outline some of what I have found out and you can make your own decision.

First review:

5.0 out of 5 stars Stop snoring and breathe better., January 23, 2010

By
Internet shopper “Mike” (New Hampshire, USA) –

Total word count: 900+ words

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My problem with this review is how detailed it is. It has over 900 words which is impressive for just a normal consumer. I could understand this review being so long if he actually had some sort of grievance or point to make but he just provides a very “professional” review.  This Brookstone purifier review just reads like a marketing message that you would find on a retailers website or the script from a cheesy infomercial.

However, you should read the review and decide for yourself.

Second Review

1.0 out of 5 stars filter breaks easily with no replacement sold, August 8, 2009

Barry Obama “2 bigg 2 fail” (DC) – See all my reviews

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This review looks more real and I can understand why the reviewer has taken the time to write it. They had a grievance with their Brookstone purifier breaking and tells us that the metal fins might not be dishwasher safe. We usually expect that a small number of purifiers will break so this does mean that other customers will have the same problem.

Third Review

5.0 out of 5 stars I have 2 of these and I like the results!, February 22, 2010

By
Bold Consumer (Oklahoma City, OK USA) – See all my reviews

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Another 5 star review is highly positive. I clicked through to find out what other products this person has reviewed.

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Wait, is that 3 reviews in just one day! All the products on the first few pages related to DVD’s that people use when riding their bike indoor which are all sold by third-party sellers. I would suggest that this person is a professional Amazon reviewer and provide reviews for $. I suggest you have a look and decide for yourself.

Conclusion Retailer Reviews

I would be very wary of purchasing one of these air purifiers based on the fake reviews and lack of honest positive reviews that are available. The negative review are also very negative relating to the purifier breaking or causing particle build-up that makes breathing problems worse.

The next step we take for this air purifier review is to dig a little deeper into what the experts are saying about this purifier:

After reading a couple of different sources (there really is not much about Brookstone purifiers on the net), it seems that the Brookstone air cleaner uses the same technology that was used in the now-bankrupt Sharper Image purifiers.

When we read the technical details about the Brookstone purifier, it talks about the high CADR rating but then when we click to find out the CADR details we are taken to this page:

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It seems that Brookstone doesn’t want to publish their CADR rating as its missing from the product information page.

From what I can tell this Brookstone purifier is that it uses an ionization unit primarily than an ozone release as part of its cleaning process. Ozone is a toxic gas and I would recommend that you should keep well away from any purifier that uses it. This is especially true if you have pets, children, or elderly people living in your house. You can read more about the dangers of purifiers that use ozone at the EPA government website.

Conclusion

This purifier has a large number of dubious reviews and its technology is both antiquated and dangerous. I would seriously suggest that consumers look elsewhere to find a cheap air purifier. With a budget of $200, there is still a lot of purifiers that will clean the air and not harm your health:

We give the Brookstone Air purifier 0 Stars and recommend that consumers keep well away.

In 2021 no Brookstone air purifiers are available for sale but please feel free to check out the list of my current favorite below:

Air Purifier
Best for Small Room
Best if you have the Budget
Best for Large Rooms
CADR
135 cfm
245 cfm
145 cfm
Technology
H13 HEPA
includes Smart Sensor to see how clean a room is or isn't
Ionizer and HEPA
Features
3 modes and sleep mode
Near silent 23 dBa when on lowest setting
Perfect unit for bigger rooms with a recommended 500 sq. ft.
Weight
8.83 lbs
15 lbs
Perfect unit for bigger rooms with a recommended 500 sq. ft.
Price
$99.99
$429.00
9 lbs
Best for Small Room
Air Purifier
LEVOIT Air Purifier for Home Allergies and Pets Hair Smokers in Bedroom, H13 True HEPA Filter, 24db Filtration System Cleaner Odor Eliminators, Remove 99.97% Dust Smoke Mold Pollen, Core 300, White
CADR
135 cfm
Technology
H13 HEPA
Features
3 modes and sleep mode
Weight
8.83 lbs
Price
$99.99
More information
Best if you have the Budget
CADR
245 cfm
Technology
includes Smart Sensor to see how clean a room is or isn't
Features
Near silent 23 dBa when on lowest setting
Weight
15 lbs
Price
$429.00
More information
Best for Large Rooms
CADR
145 cfm
Technology
Ionizer and HEPA
Features
Perfect unit for bigger rooms with a recommended 500 sq. ft.
Weight
Perfect unit for bigger rooms with a recommended 500 sq. ft.
Price
9 lbs
More information

Ionic Pro Air Purifier – Review

A purifier capable of cleaning 500ft of air for under a  $100 sounds great, doesn’t it? This is probably why the Ionic Pro air purifier is one of the best selling affordable air purifiers on the market (and the $100,000’s spent on advertising and marketing.)

ionic_pro_air_purifier

Lets first look at some of the good points before we tear this machine apart:

1. Design

I’ll be honest it does look like a more expensive purifier. A couple of these towers in your bedroom might even be able to impress the ladies 😉 Obviously, time and money have gone into the overall look and design of these purifiers.

2. Affordable

Going out for a cheap family dinner now costs over a $100 so its really within the budget of anyone.

The Ionic Pro purifier is from the Marketing Geniuses at Sharper Image and its likely that you will have seen at least one of their cheesy infomercials. This company uses flashy marketing and dubious claims to ship cheap appliances en masse.

If you shop in Wal-Mart then the Ionic Pro range of purifiers is the retailer’s bestselling air purifiers.

3. No Replacement Filters

As the Ionic pro uses ionizer technology it will not require you to buy new filters as you would with a HEPA based purifier. However, you will still need to wipe down the ionizer plates every 3-5 days.

So, what wrong with the Ionic Pro?

The main problem with the Ionic pro is that its design is based on the now-defunct Sharper Image – Ionic Breeze air purifier.

When the Ionic Breeze purifier was released it was met by intense criticism by the whole air purifier review community. The Ionic Pro is 40% cheaper than the Breeze purifier and has some design modifications but the purification unit is nearly the same.

I understand that there is a market for very affordable purifiers but I just don’t think that the Ionic Pro are anywhere is anywhere near as effective as other cheap purifiers such as those from air purifiers from Honeywell.

How did the Ionic Pro Perform on Tests?

Like with every review that we conduct at air-purifier-reviewsite.com let first check the test results available:

At Air-Purifier-America.com they tested the slightly older ionic breeze but I think the results can be comparable:

ionic_pro_test_purifier_america

The tests show that the Ionic Breeze purifier came at the bottom of the results and the purifiers above are not $500+ models. The Honeywell hfd-120 sells on Amazon at the same price as the Ionic Pro Purifier (when bought from the company website – Amazon sells it for $50 less).

Effective Cleaning Power

If we look at the Ionic Pro company website we find the following:

ionic_pro_features

 

They tell us that the unit can trap particles as small as 1 micron! That sounds really small but lets first check out this diagram which shows the relative sizes of airborne particles:

HEPA_Filter_Micron_Chart

I normally tell people looking to buy a purifier to get a unit that is capable of at least 99.7% efficiency at removing particles bigger than 0.3 microns. When I speak to allergy sufferers I advise them to find a purifier that can deal with at least 95% of particles bigger than 0.03 microns.

Using the diagram we can see how the Ionic Pro purifier is unable to block the majority of:

  • Wood and tobacco smoke
  • Household dust
  • Bacteria
  • Dander
  • Insecticide dust
  • Fumes
  • No Viruses will ever be blocked by the Ionic Pro

I think its a little cheeky for Ionic to tell customers that their purifier will stop smoke and dust when the unit will only be capable of stopping the minority of very large smoke and dust particles.

Oh No Please Don’t Give Us Ozone

One of the main problems with the Ionic Breeze purifier was the sheer amount of ozone that was released from the unit. Ozone works by latching on to odor-causing particles and removing them. However, Ozone is a toxic gas and not something you want to be pumping into your home. Thankfully the Ionic Pro purifier releases less ozone than the Ionic breeze (48 ppb) but still releases 33 ppb. In my opinion, any release of ozone is too much!

Conclusion

If you looking for an affordable appliance to clean your air then please do not choose the Ionic Pro air purifier.  There are plenty of cheap air purifiers that do actually clean the air and don’t pollute your house with toxic ozone.

Update: April 2020 – this unit is no longer on sale.

If you are looking for an air purifier that could replace an ionic air purifier then we can recommend the Levoit Core 300 (it helps that it’s under $100)  but be sure to check out the full list of air purifiers we recommend in 2020:

What to look for in a review of an air purifier?

Finding a good quality air purifier is a challenging task as every person will need it for a different task.

Someone with an allergy will require the purifier to remove particle causing allergens which is best with filters like HEPA, make sure to look at Pure and H13 as many “HEPA type” units have problems with smaller particles than the Pure and H13 models

In comparison, someone with an issue with VOCs [Volotile organic compounds issues] or an issue with a pet or home odor, you will need the purifier to do a different job.  In this case, you will want to look at units that have high scores dealing with chemicals that usually involve large activated filters that are measured in pounds of charcoal.

You might also need an air purifier for a specific job like vaping or smoking. Different air needs the right recommendations to deal with the task at hand.

When we look at every purifier that we review at our site, we take into account the needs of different consumers. When we review the purifier we try to test across a large range of jobs. In many cases we find that whilst one manufacture may be perfect for one person, it will not be the best with another. Air purifier recommendations are therefore targeted at specific needs rather than an overall score.

The amount of air purifier technology is now massive with HEPA, Ozone generation, ionic breeze, and electrostatic to name just a few. If you have little knowledge of this technology then it can be a daunting task to know which is right for you.

The main role of an air purifier is to fight airborne contaminates which are otherwise naked to the eye. Most air purifiers will use a reactive compound to literally clean the air around the home. With most airborne contaminates being naked to the eye, it can be a problem reviewing how well an air purifier performs. A way to check the efficacy of an air purifier involves the use of modern scientific theory using a laboratory.

You should always try and read reviews that relate to the area in which your air purifier will be used. Many reviews will be done in the workplace, home, and school settings. Try and look for results that relate to the area in which you will be using your purifier. Another important aspect of air purifier reviews is safety concerns, as air purifiers will often be left on for large amounts of time and thus need to be safe.

You should check what type of equipment was used for each review and check that they followed standard laboratory guidelines. Testing the efficiency of purifiers can be tricky and that is why you need to make sure that the review you are reading is as accurate as possible.

Whilst it’s useful to read Laboratory tests we also propose that you read other customer reviews. Using this type of review you can find out how certain design elements work and how good the companies’ customer service is.

With both laboratory and other customer reviews, then you will be in a perfect position to choose the best air purifier for your needs.

Allerair 5000 Vocarb Air Purifiers: Hunting After VOCs

The explosion of office equipment, consumer goods and new building materials has made VOC sources ubiquitous. It is a little scary, but almost every home and office contains chemicals (up to 900 separate volatile compounds).

Of course, Allerair simply could not ignore this issue and released a few air purifiers for addressing it in the Allerair 5000 series – the AllerAir 5000 D Vocarb, AllerAir 5000 DX Vocarb, AllerAir 5000 W Vocarb and AllerAir 5000 Vocarb.

If you wonder why these Allerair 5000 Vocarb air purifiers fight VOCs better than competing units, the answer is carbon. Large amounts of the highest grade carbon offer enhanced adsorption for formaldehyde, ozone, ethylene, cleaners and heavy metals that can be found in lower weight hydrocarbons or cigarette smoke.

In addition to the carbon filter, the devices also feature today’s must-have – a HEPA-filter (no frills, but able of providing  99.995% removal efficiency for 0.3 micron particles, and a pre-filter, which traps dust particles.

allerair-5000-vocarb-air-purifer

And if you want some additional protection (though the one offered by basic Allerair 5000 Voc filters seems more than enough), you can also add a germicidal UV light and order a custom carbon blend filter.

UPDATE 2021: I would not recommend a unit like the Allerair 5000 as it just can perform when put against the modern bests air purifiers for VOCs. We recently published a study on some of the best units for Volatile Organic Compounds so be sure to check it out if you are in the market for an air purifier for VOC issues.

If you would rather want your filter to capture particles, chemicals an odors directly at their source, there is the AllerAir 5000 W Vocarb air purifier with a special nozzle.

And if you are used to getting the best of the best, there is a unit with a special VOC blend of carbon in an extra deep bed filter for superior purification – the AllerAir 5000 DX Vocarb. While most AllerAir 5000 purifiers feature an 18 lb carbon filter, this one has a 27 lb filter.

On the low setting, the products are barely audible. They become quite loud though on the two higher settings, but, according to the latest research, low is the best.  The faster rate of sucking the air makes the airborne particles get stuck in the HEPA, so it is better to keep your unit running on low.

The Allerair 5000 Vocarb air purifiers are just perfect for people concerned about household or office volatile organic compounds, gases and odors. You will feel no paint or other types of chemicals, just beautifully filtered clean air.

Austin HealthMate Jr HM 200 Filter: The Filter Matters

Of all air purifier components, the air filter is probably the most important. And as every good air purifier, the Austin HealthMate Jr HM 200 has a good filter.

First, a specially engineered 360-degree air intake system draws air into the Austin HealthMate Jr HM 200 Filter from all its sides from an area up to 700 square feet. Then, the air filter cleans the air in four stages – the pre-filter removes dust, pet dander and hair, the other pre-filter gets rid of spores, mold and pollen, the activated carbon/zeolite blend removes odors , chemicals, and gases and, finally, the true HEPA filter eliminates bacteria and viruses.

As anyone who has researched air purifiers can tell you, the real expense with true HEPA filters is not the upfront purchase costs, but the cost of replacement filters combined over the course of the years. The HealthMate Jr HM 200 Filter is made of sturdy solid steel material with non-toxic powder coating and is warranted to last for five years… yes, you read it right.

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All you need do in order to make sure that the filter lasts that long is to vacuum the pre-filter every few months. You can do it this way – turn off the machine and run a bristled vacuum over the outside of the filter. It is really simple: just create a reminder in your calendar app and you should be set.

In addition to being well made, the unit does a pretty good job of filtering the air. It is also quite energy-efficient (80W of power on high) and has three speeds, which is nice. It is quiet on the low setting, and relatively quiet, overall.

As far as air filters go, the Austin HealthMate Jr HM 200 Filter provides good quality at a reasonable price (especially given that you are required to replace them in just five years).

Pesky Mold: Air Purifiers for Eliminating Mold

Here is the thing about mold – it’s everywhere. Indoor molds grow in any humid parts of the household, exposing you and your family to dangerous fungal spores – in the laundry room, in the bathroom, or the garage. It can grow in the pool area, in the kitchen, in air ducts or in damp carpets.

Some molds can cause inflammatory reactions, resulting in headaches, muscle and joint pain, fatigue and general weakness.

Usually, mold is easy to spot as you can see black, brown, green, pink or orange on your walls or smell a musty and earthy odor. If this is the case with your household, it is important to remove the mold and get a good air purifier to prevent mold growth and improve the air quality.

Airfree Onix 3000 Mobile Home Air Purifier Sanitizer Unit System

This is a real mold killer. The manufacturers of this air purifier promise that the Airfree Onix will incinerate 99.99% of all micro-organisms, including mold spores, fungus, bacteria and viruses at a high temperature of around 400F, living no living microorganism a chance to survive. Plus, the device supposedly does not contribute any heat to your household. The Airfree Onix will be effective in an area up to 550 square feet.

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Honeywell HHT-011 Compact Air Purifier with Permanent HEPA Filter

This is a much cheaper air purifier, but it doesn’t mean that it is not good at doing its job. The Honeywell HHT-011 is silent and will get rid of 99% percent of mold spores, pet dander, pollen, smoke, and dust in your household. There is just one slight downside – it can effectively clean the air in a room  up to 85 square feet.

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Airfree P1000 Home Air Purifier

This air cleaner is much like the Airfree Onix 3000, and has the advantage of costing almost a hundred bucks less. It will also incinerate all living microorganisms for you and completely get rid of mold and fungal spores. It also features a blue light which can be used as a night-lamp or be turned off. And haven’t we said? The Airfree P1000 Home Air Purifier is completely silent, making you wonder whether it functions at all (which it does, of course).

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Qualities of an Ideal Air Purifier: Shopping Guide

Everybody knows that an air purifier is supposed to clean up dirty air and help people with asthma, allergies and other breathing difficulties, but not everybody knows what the qualities of a good air purifier are. The air purifier industry is very large, and it is easy to get lost in the variety of air purifiers.

Most air cleaners out there have a highly efficient HEPA filter for fine particles, a carbon filter for odors and a pre-filter. Some of these air purifiers use carbon as a pre-filter. However, this is not very correct. There should be another pre-filter that catches dust first, because if used as a pre-filter, micropores in carbon will soon get clogged up with dust, and it will no longer be able to filter out odors.

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It doesn’t matter how much there is of carbon. What matters is how fine it is, because the finer carbon is, the better it will remove volatile compounds. It is good if carbon has such additives as potassium permanganate and zeolite, since they are effective at absorbing ammonia-type smells (like pastrami) and hydrogen sulfide (sewer gas).

There is another essential point – the construction. If you want your air purifier to be durable, it should be made of metal rather than plastic. This is especially important if you have children.

Another vital quality is sound. The air purifier should be relatively silent when it operates, and have a few speed settings. A loud air purifier could be a major source of unhappiness.

A good air purifier should also have a return policy and a long-lasting warranty. You don’t want to get stuck with a non-functional device that you can’t return.

When purchasing the unit, consider not only the price of the device, but also the cost of replacement filters, because it can add up.

And if you do buy an air cleaner, don’t expect it to purify the air in your entire home. It is impossible, so opt for a purifier that will go in your child’s room or master bedroom.

Top Three Air Purifiers with HEPA Filters

Sure, you have all heard about air purifiers with HEPA filters. This kind of air purifier is considered to be the most effective, with HEPA filters removing over 99% of airborne particles without any harmful side-effects. This 99% includes everything that an average person can be allergic to – pollen, dust mite, and animal dander, so an air purifier with a HEPA filter is basically your ticket to an allergy-free life.

Update 2021:  We recently published a list of the best H13 air purifiers on the market today. H13 is one of the highest-rated HEPA filters and block a lot more particles than lower-rated filters like H11 and H10. As they stop so many particles, these are the filters that are used in a hospital setting.

Here is the list of the top three HEPA filter air purifiers that might help you to decide on the air purifier of your dream.

Honeywell 50250 99.97% Pure HEPA Round Air Purifier

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This is one of the most popular air purifiers put there. And it’s not surprising – it is sturdy, powerful, quite inexpensive, and easily maintainable. Plus, the device features an exclusive 360° air intake and output which allows for thorough cleaning. A five-year warranty also earns a very good score for this air cleaner. This may not be the most silent air purifier, but its low price and high quality compensate for the noise. In fact, the Honeywell 50250 99.97% Pure HEPA Round Air Purifier is the only air purifier under $200 that is efficient in cleaning the air, according to ConsumerSearch and Consumer Reports.

Honeywell HHT-011 Compact Air Purifier with Permanent HEPA Filter

If you want a more silent air purifier and don’t want to spend a ton of money, this is a perfect option. The Honeywell HHT-011 Compact Air Purifier features a permanent filter, just like the Honeywell described above, which means that you won’t need to change filters. Another nice feature is that it costs about three times less.

We recently reviewed the very best Honeywell air purifiers on the market in 2021.

Whirlpool Whispure Air Purifier, HEPA Air Cleaner, AP51030K

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This air purifier has it all – it is quiet and very efficient as it can filter the air in a 475 square feet room almost five times per hour and 120 times per day! Moreover, you can put it to sleep if you don’t want it to work all the time, choose one of four fan speeds or switch to turbo mode. The only downside is that you would have to shell out about three hundred bucks for this treasure. It is a superior air purifier, no doubt about that, but if you are not too eager to spend this kind of money and your room does not have many square feet, you can settle for the Honeywell 50250 99.97% Pure HEPA Round Air Purifier which has a 375-square feet capacity and costs about two times less.