3M Filtrete Ultra Clean Air Purifier FAP02-RS

The 3M Filtrete Ultra Clean Air Purifier FAP02-RS (FAP02 for short) is sold at big retailers like Walmart, Amazon, and Target. While they generally receive positive reviews, this air purifier does not use a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. Rather, it uses an electrostatic filter that draws on 3M’s experience making furnace filters and particle respirators. It is designed for rooms up to 160 square feet. "Filtrete" is the charged electrostatic medium used in this air purifier. It acquires an electrical charge because of friction as the air passes the rectangular fibers that make up Filtrete. It is great for pollen and one-micron sized particles and dust.

3M Filtrete Ultra Clean Air Purifier FAP02-RS

Filtrete fibers can be spaced far enough apart that it doesn’t impede air flow as much as a HEPA filter does, and because of this, the FAP02 is very quiet and doesn’t use a lot of electricity. The electrostatic filter is great at removing pollen, which is enormous in size compared to the particles that a HEPA filter would catch. It does not claim to remove odors or chemicals from the air. The Filtrete filters need to be changed every three months and cost $10 to $15 each. There is no pre-filter and no screen to catch large debris like pet hair.

Some pet owners have complained that the filters become clogged very rapidly with pet hair. The expected lifetime of a Filtrete filter is only one month in a house with pets. Another problem with the Filtrete filter and other electrostatic filters is that particles build up on the charged surface, and the efficiency goes down. Some purifiers have washable, reusable filters, but the ones on the FAP02 are not washable, but must be replaced. There are two filter reminder systems provided with the machine: a sensor that senses particle accumulation on the filter and a warning light, and a 90 day countdown timer that the user can set.

The dust and debris are bound electrostatically, so vacuuming won’t make the filter effective again. However, some users say that vacuuming the back of the filter and the air intake can keep flow rates good. There are some aftermarket companies that make less expensive filters, but they have  been found to be inferior in performance to the actual 3M replacement filters.

The 3M FAP02 measures 16 x 7.25 x 22 inches and weighs 12 lbs. It is a good bet for people with seasonal pollen allergies and those sensitive to dust, but for those with chemical sensitivities, it will do little to nothing to help. However, the FAP02 does not emit ozone, which is good for those with sensitive respiratory tracts. This air purifier comes with a one year limited warranty, and there is no question that 3M knows a lot about electrostatic filters and filtration in general. In short, the FAP02 (particularly if you can find it on sale) is a decent machine for those who are sensitive to pollen and dust, and who use the purifiers in relatively small rooms.

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.

Kenmore-Envirosense-85500

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 2021 then be sure to check out our list of the best available at the moment:

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

Neoair Enviro Air Purifier

The Neoair Enviro 68108 retails for around $200 and features automated electronic controls and multiple stages of filtration. It is also designed to have low maintenance costs. Neoair, made in China, did not participate in the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers clean air delivery rate (CADR) testing, but the company says that on high speed, the Neoair moves 135 cubic feet per minute, 85 cubic feet per minute on medium, and 66 cubic feet per minute on the lowest setting. It is designed for rooms of up to 180 square feet.

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The Neoair Enviro 68108 has a multiple filtration system. The pre-filter is washable and picks up pieces of hair, dust, and other larger bits floating in the air. Next up is a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, which picks up 99.97% of particles that are 0.3 microns and larger in size. The HEPA filter in the Neoair contains activated charcoal that can get rid of minor chemical pollutants. Those who depend on serious chemical filtration will need something other than, or in addition to the Neoair Enviro 68108. To be fair, there are very few air purifiers in this price range that do a thorough job of filtering chemicals. The next filter is the Organic Fiber Sterilization filter which fights harmful microorganisms in the air. Users report that it does a good job picking up mold spores. Finally there is a low voltage negative ionizer that produces absolutely no ozone. The set of HEPA and organic fiber replacement filters costs about $45 and a set lasts for about a year (less if people smoke nearby).

Though consumer gripes are few, one flaw pointed out by several users is that this machine doesn’t have seals and gaskets, which allows bypass of unclean air, allowing excess dust to accumulate behind the HEPA filter. The lack of seals and gaskets is actually one reason why this air purifier runs very quietly, because there is not much of a pressure drop across the filtration system. A few users have said that even though it is quiet enough on its highest setting for sleep, the electronic display cannot be dimmed.
Overall, this machine gets high marks for its price range. It uses only an average of 32 watts, and measures a compact 17.8 x 8.4 x 12 inches and weighs 10 lbs. It comes with a two year warranty that replaces defective units. It is a compact, attractive, easy to use air purifier that gives users a lot for their money.

Edenpure Air Purifier

TLDR: The Edenpure air purifiers were released and sold between 2006-2011 and its main technology was Ozone combined with a small HEPA filter system. If you are still using one of these air purifiers, then we would recommend you stop as there are a large number of health problems from the usage of an ozone unit in the home from numerous respected studies. If you are looking for a suitable replacement air purifier, we would suggest checking out our most recommended H13 air purifiers.

This Edenpure purifier review begins with the basics: what it looks like and who makes it. The Edenpure G-7 Whole Home Air Purifier looks like a small stereo speaker or karaoke machine, with a wooden cabinet and a black mesh front with control buttons and a remote. It measures 12.75 x 8.875 x 8.75 inches and weighs 16 lbs. It is made by Edenpure, a division of Suarez Corporation Industries (SCI), which is a direct marketing company based in Ohio. They make an extensive line of products for health, fitness, weight loss, and home care.

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What technology?

  • Ozone

The Edenpure G-7 uses four methods to eliminate indoor air pollution. It has an ozone generator, an ultraviolet light source, an ionizer, and a HEPA filter. It claims to purify the air in 3,000 square feet of living space. The ozone generator works by producing ozone, a strong oxidant, which is used to remove the smell of smoke after fire damage, as well as musty mold smells and even the smell of decaying flesh.

  • UV Light

The G-7’s ultraviolet irradiation sterilizes air that is forced past its UV lamps. The UV source and filter are designed to remove the dead microorganisms that have been killed by the UV light. The ionizer in the Edenpure G-7 uses electrically charged surfaces to create electrically charged ions. The ions latch onto airborne particles, which then are drawn to a charged collector plate. The fan-based ionizer in the Edenpure G-7 is an efficient ionizer, cleaning and distributing clean air quickly. 

  • HEPA filter

The Edenpure G-7 has a permanent HEPA filter with a removable, washable pre-filter. HEPA stands for “high efficiency particulate air,” and is designed to remove 99.97% or more of particles that measure 0.3 micrometers. HEPA filters are effective down to particles 0.01 micrometers in size, but are ineffective for particles smaller than that. In the G-7, the HEPA filter follows the removable pre-filter, which removes the more coarse air impurities so that the HEPA filter does not clog with them. HEPA filters do not generate harmful byproducts.

Other Edenpure air purifiers:

  1. EdenPURE OxiLeaf air purifier [plug in]

When this air purifier was on sale it ranged from $49 – $89 so this is on the cheaper end of the scale. The big benefit of the Oxileaf is that it can be easily plugged into a socket so takes up very little space.

This air purifier uses ozone production as a way to reduce the number of pollutants in the air which I always avoid recommending as ozone air purifiers can cause issues for people with allergies. Not all people suffer issues with Ozone but in general, I agree with the EPA who don’t recommend Ozone generators to be used to clean air in a home. It’s really just not worth the risk and whilst HEPA units are more costly to purchase and maintain they don’t suffer from the health risks that ozone generators can cause.

2.Edenpure air purifier a4647

The A4647 from Edenpure is a little different in that it uses UV light to purify the air. UV light can be useful when combined with something like a HEPA filter but this purifier only uses UV. The challenge with UV is that it can also generate Ozone which as we discussed can cause a whole raft of health issues so this is another air purifier that I would not recommend.

Problems?

The biggest concern about products like the Edenpure G-7 is the ozone generation. While ozone does work wonders to reduce odors from musty basements, pets, and other household smells, it is also considered a health hazard when it is used long-term. The Edenpure G-7 creates 360 mg of ozone per hour, putting it in the middle range of home ozone generators, but many experts believe that is enough to be hazardous. Used in unoccupied rooms (no humans, no animals, no plants), however, the ozone generator works safely. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) identifies the Edenpure as a potentially hazardous ozone generator.

Returns?

Edenpure comes with a 60 day guarantee, and returns require original packaging. The machine carries a one year warranty. Users have had problems with customer service, however, particularly getting through to them in the first place, reporting recorded messages blaming a high volume of calls for the delays. While the Edenpure G-7 Whole Home Air Purifier may be safe for purifying rooms that are not occupied, there are enough concerns about the levels of ozone produced by the machine that any Edenpure purifier review would be remiss not to mention the potential dangers.

Why buy an air purifier?

People who are prone to allergies often have trouble with mold spores, pet dander, pollen, and dust as well as secondhand smoke. Today’s air purifiers are capable of capturing particulates to reduce the concentration of contaminants in the air, and can be quite useful for people who have allergies or asthma. An air purifier can also reduce the necessity of frequent room cleaning by getting dust and particles out of the air before they have a chance to settle on surfaces.

Air purifiers can also reduce cooking smells, pet smells, and other unwanted odors in the home.

Sadly many of the Edenpure air purifiers mentioned in this article have been discontinued and no longer available for sale.

If you are interested in finding out the best air purifier available to buy in 2021 then be sure to check out our list of the best available at the moment:

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

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.

hamilton beach 04163 air purifier

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 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
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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
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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.

Idylis Air Purifier Review [Sold in Lowes from 2010+] Updated for 2021

TLDRL The Idylis range were sold in Lowes in back in the early 2010’s but is no longer on sale but you can still buy the filters online. If you are an owner of one of these units, then be sure to check out my original review from 2010. It’s a good unit certainly for the time but if you have a large room you may want to look at upgrading to a modern unit. I added my suggestions to the end of this review of the Idylis air purifier.

This unique brand new collection of air purifiers offered by Lowe’s were created to assist you breathe much better, live more healthy and supply cleaner air flow in your house. Every device contains HEPA filtration systems which eliminate as much as 99.97% of air based contaminants which worsen delicate allergy symptoms. 2 Idylis™ versions feature UV-C technologies that focuses on airborne cold virus and flu-causing bacteria and they are also Power STAR® ranked to assist saving electricity and cash also.

Idylis items look good along with their smooth flat front panel, offer an simple to clean layout that mixes effortlessly with any kind of house’s décor.

Update as of 2021: If you are someone who is looking to get something that performs similar to an Idylis unit, then I would generally recommend checking out some of the best air purifier/humidifier combos as these are great for fairly large spaces that can be open to mold which was one of the main reasons for going with the Idylis air purifier range.

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PRICE = $299 (Lowes.com – Idylis 280) (Discountinued)

The History Of Idylis Appliances

The Idylis 280 and also the Idylis 200 air cleaners are Korean exports constructed by the Coway Company. Looking at the business in 1989, Coway had surfaced as a force within the Korean household market. In Korea, Coway retains more than 50 % share of the market for drinking water purification products, and 40 % of the actual household air purifier industry. This kind of substantial installed base facilitates the corporation’s bid to look worldwide.

Heading worldwide means infiltrating the overbuilt United States air-purifying marketplace. Coway identifies that items bought from the U.S. will require a different style from those targeted at Southeast Asian countries. Therefore when the organization introduced stateside in Los Angeles throughout 2007, it went for a 2 tiered strategy. Coway’s Idylis-branded 2nd collection items were sold and promoted solely by the large US merchant Lowe’s.

Idylis made an appearance on Lowe’s shelves throughout April, ’09, following a major problem with Hunter Permalife filter. It seems that Lowes has made a good buying decision this time!

UPDATE APRIL 2020: The most recent Idylis air purifier is the Idyliss AC-2123 which has a CADR rating of 150 so is primarily a small room device. This is the current product URL on the Lowes site: https://www.lowes.com/pd/Idylis-3-Speed-232-sq-ft-HEPA-Air-Purifier/50274753

CADR Ratings

The main Idylis purifiers are the following:

  • Idylis 100 – costing $89,
  • Idylis 125 – costing $128,
  • Idylis 150 – costing $167,
  • Idylis 200 – costing $246,
  • Idylis 280 – costing $299.

These purifiers seem to have been created for CADR-marketing. Which means powerful fans and also free fitted filter systems – decreased effectiveness, particularly wherever very small sub-micron measured contaminants are involved.

CADR rankings for the Idylis “280” happen to be;

  1. Airborne dirt and dust – 290
  2. Cigarette Smoke – 280
  3. Plant pollen – 285

AHAM suggests the Idylis 280 for use in a 434 sq ft . space. As normal, this really is over-stated. If the claimed sound specs cited below confirm accurate, the large Idylis may have the ability to operate on increased rates of speed and earn a space size bigger than it’s CADR rating.

Till much more information come to light, I am would recommend the 280 for room spaces up to a utmost of 320 square foot.

CADR rankings for the Idylis “200” are;

  1. Airborne dirt and dust – 215,
  2. Cigarette Smoke – 200,
  3. Plant pollen – 215.

AHAM recommends the Idylis 200 for use in a 310 sq feet space – I suggest this purifier for a room with a maximum size of 230 square ft.

The CADR scores for both these purifier are very high, the normal CADRs are usually from 100 (very weak) to a highest of 450 (unusual).

Filter Replacement and Costs

The cost of filters is something you need to be careful about when buying mid range and cheap air purifiers. With the Idylis range – the replacement purifiers cost the following:

  • The filter replacements for the Idylis 280 cost $70 for both filters.
  • The filter replacement cost for the Idylis 200 costs $50 for both required filters.

The costs of filters is very reasonable for such a cheap purifier.

How Loud Is This Purifier?

Another issue with mid and low priced purifier is the sound they make. Often cheaper purifiers can be so loud that you can’t not run them for long amounts of time on their highest setting. The marketing material that comes with the range of Idylis air purifiers states the following:

High speed sound = 42.5 dB which is 290 CADR rating for less than 42 d(B)A sound level! This sound to cleaning rate is one of the highest we have come across in the mid range priced purifiers.

Most silent air purifier are only found in the $700+ range such as the Airgle 750.

FINAL REVIEW:

The Idylis range of air purifiers are well rounded purifiers that offer great value for money. If you can pick one up at Lowes then we recommend that you go for the Idylis 280 to get the most cleaning per $. We give the Idylis air purifiers a score of 5 stars and will be providing a video review in the next few days.

Air-Purifier-Power – Recently gave this purifier a score of 83 out of 100 – “Not bad for a “department store air cleaner.”” – URL

Sadly the idylis air purifier range 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:

If you are interested in finding the best air purifier in 2020 then be sure to check out my current recommendations:

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

Whirlpool Whispure 510 Air Purifier

This article will review the following air purifier: Whirlpool Whispure AP510

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PRICE = Should be $399 – Amazon.com 

It always worth check out what other consumers think of this purifier before we dig deep into the technology behind this purifier. We check the major internet retailers who provide their consumers with a chance to rate their purchase.

Review SiteRating
Amazon.com4.5 Stars (18 reviews)
Epinions.com4.5 Stars (16 reviews)
Shopping.com4.5 Stars (16 reviews)

The Whispure has had some of the highest review ratings we have ever seen for a medium price range air purifier.

What have other experts said about this purifier?

Air-Purifier-Power: Has given this purifer a score of 81 out of 100URL

CADR Rating

  • Whispure 510 air purifier created by Whirlpool had been ranked # 2 out of 30, and also showcased as being a quick best third party recommendation within the Consumer Reports October 2005 assessments.
  • (There has been succeeding CR assessments, however these haven’t been as broadly promoted.)
  • Whirlpool room air purifiers score high throughout clean air delivery ranking for each dollar.
  • This Whispure AP510 offers a typical (CADR) – Clean Air Delivery Rate of 316. CADRs are usually; dirt 330, cigarette smoke 330, plant pollen 288.
  • When it comes to clean air delivery for each $ AP51030S rates the most effective, standing with high quality equipment selling at much higher price.

Filter Technology

  • Whirlpool AP510 provides genuine HEPA degree effectiveness (99.97% of contaminants bigger than .3 micron sizing) air purification in areas up to five hundred sq ft.
  • This particular Whirlpool Whispure air cleaner makes use of 3M Filtrete Genuine Hepa filtration system technologies.
  • When the AP51030S is run regular as suggested, the primary Filtrete Hepa filtration system requires replacement every 12 months.
  • A charcoal pre filter eliminates bigger contaminants in front of the Hepa filtration system. Pre-filter switching is suggested four occasions yearly.
  • AP510 includes a modern filtration system change sign light for both the filtration system and pre-filter.

Weak Ponts

  • AP51030S Weak points; chem/odor, filtration system changes, sound
  • The primary problem could be the particle-only emphasis, there isn’t any actual chemical or smell capacity. With the cost nearly pushing in the direction of $400, and with a few sellers upping costs through the manufacturing gap, we have a price/performance problem.
  • This Whispure 510 purifier’s regular filtration system alterations can end up being annoying.
  • You will find consumer reports of higher costs: replacing filters may equal to 1 / 2 of the acquisition cost each year.
  • Customers record operating the AP510 using the lowest of 4 fan rates of speed more often than not to help keep sound to a whisper.
  • Digital controls consist of an 8-hour snooze function: strike a control button, it decelerates, eight hrs elapses, the Whirlpool Whispure 510 air cleaner instantly increases.

Overall this Whirlpool Whispure Air Purifier is a really good value for money air cleaner. The problem at the moment is that not enough of these purifiers are being made so the price has risen considerably. We will alert our readers as soon as more of these purifiers hit the market. We give this purifier 5 stars and recommend it for purchase if you can get it for $400.

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.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 Air MA-40-W2 V2.0 Air Purifier with H13 HEPA filter - a higher grade of HEPA for 840 Sq. Ft. Air Purifier, 99.9% | Modern Design - White (2-Pack)
  • A higher grade of HEPA - H13 Filters (higher rated than True HEPA) 99.9% particle removal.
  • 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: B0819583PQ, 110 Volt units, USA registered Lifetime Warranty

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

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
  • High Performance: Enjoy fresh air in 12 minutes with the Core 300 True HEPA Air Purifier. Featuring VortexAir Technology and 360° air intake, the Core 300 refreshes the air 5x per hour in rooms as large as 219 ft² / 20 m²
  • Find Relief: Ease sneezing, congestion, and other allergy symptoms caused by airborne contaminants. The H13 True HEPA Filter works alongside the Pre-Filter and High-Efficiency Activated Carbon Filter to capture 99.97% of airborne particles 0.3 microns in size, such as dust, smoke, pollen, odor
  • Multiple Filter Choices: Choose from a variety of replacement filters to best meet your needs. The Toxin Absorber Filter specializes in wildfire, smoke and VOCs. And if you’re a pet owner, try the Pet Allergy Filter to capture pet dander and absorb unpleasant odors.
  • Most Silent Air Cleaner: Choose Sleep Mode at night and then forget all about your air purifier while you sleep. QuietKEAP Technology reduces noise levels to a near-silent 24dB, ensuring the Core 300 won’t get in the way of a good night’s rest.
  • Sleek Design: The Core 300 practically serves your home while blending in with your decor. Its award-winning design (Red Dot, 2020) and modern white finish help your air purifier fit anywhere in your home/bedroom/room.

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)

Bionaire Air Purifier

Bionaire air purifiers recently made it into the news after they used thousands of bad electronic chips were incorporated into their range of BAP1300 air cleaners.

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Now this is a perfect example of how sometimes reviews from Consumer Reports and AHAM’s CADR rating can get it very wrong.  The BAP1300 managed to receive a CADR rating of  315 and was supposedly  capable of cleaning a room sized 488 square feet.

At Air-purifier-reviewsite.com we always tell our users not to rely on just one review (this even includes our very own site.) The internet has now given us unprecedented access to more data and reviews than ever. If you followed our buying advice you would find the following results for this specific Bionaire air purifier:

1. Amazon.com users gave the purifier a massive 2 and a half stars.

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2. Shopping.com gave the unit an average of 1 and a half stars.

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3. Epinions.com provided this purifier score of 1 and a half stars.

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The problem with the reviews at Consumerreports.org is that they only test air purifier for a short amount of time. The problem with the Bionaire air purifier was that faulty electronic control chips failed after a number of days. Don’t get me wrong I really respect ConsumerReports.org but i don’t use it solely to decide on a new air purifier.

Sadly many consumers did choose to follow the advice of ConsumerReports.org and purchased the Bionaire BAP1300 and suffered the consequences. Many consumers complained of the unit stopping working after just 3 days or even as long as a month. I can’t imagine anything more annoying than an air purifier just failing to work after such a short amount of time. The worst thing is that this Bionaire was actually not bad at air cleaning but the durability was the worst i have ever heard of.

The worst thing was that people had to pay the shipping costs to send the unit back to Bionaire which for some cost over $100. In future always try to buy your air purifier from a retailer that will exchange or refund faulty products without making you pay the shipping costs.

Thankfully the Bap1300 is now discontinued but we should all remember what happened with this purifier so that we don’t make the same mistakes in the future. Remember to check at least 6 different review sources before making your final buying decision.

Aprilaire air cleaner

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Aprilaire are known for creating high quality whole house air purifiers. The first air cleaner to be released was the 5000 Aprilaire electronic air cleaner which hit the market in July 2000. Now the 5000 model is joined by the 2000 and 4000 range of media air cleaners.

Whole House cleaners are purifiers that are attached to your house furnace system and require a HVAC technician to install them.

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Here are some quick plus points of the 5000 Aprilaire Air Cleaner

  • The manufacture says that the house air cleaner can deal with at least 95% of air particles that are bigger than 0.35 microns.  In comparison, some house furnace air cleaners usually only have a 70% efficiency at blocking particle less than 0.35 microns.
  • According to the claims of Aprilaire – the system uses an electronic media filter that will require changing only once a year. This was found to be true by an independent LMS test which puts the Aprilaire at the front of its competitors in this regard.

Test Data Versus Other Whole House Air Cleaners

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In an independent test results the Aprilaire was rated second in its ability to remove air particles in comparison with the Carrier Infinity, Trane CleanEffects and the Honeywell F300.  The Aprilaire air cleaner was found to remove at least 90% of all air particles bigger than 0.3 microns.

How Does  Aprilaire Air Cleaner Work?

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Unlike a lot of whole house purifiers, the Aprilaire uses a 2 stage process of electronic ionization matched with a micro-fibre filter. The electronic stage charges the surrounding particles which are then picked up by the small fibre filter.

In comparison most of the residential air cleaners use just one technology such as the Honeywell Fx00 range which use only electronic filters. The benefit of using two technologies is that the electronic unit will make it easier for the filter to pick up particles. As particles are charged they are made heavier which means that it will be easier for them to be caught in the filter.

Most electronic air cleaners will require cleaning regularly but with a combined system it seems that you will only have to replace the media system every year. The cost of 2 of these Aprilaire 5000 filter media cost just under $60 on Amazon.com (which is cheap!)

What About The Problems?

Cleaning 90% of particles bigger than 0.35 microns is good but this is only 10% of the air particles in the air! You need a purifier that can stop 95% of particles bigger than 0.03 microns.

Whole house air cleaners sound like the perfect solution but there are many faults with the concept. In brief a whole house air purifier will only clean where the main airflows exist. You can read more about this problem by reading this article: Do Whole House Air Purifiers Work?

Conclusion

As the independent results show the Aprilaire range of air cleaners are some of best whole house air purifiers on the market.

The problem is due to the fact that  this unit is a whole house air purifier. Time and again these house cleaners fail to live up to expectations.

Whilst the Aprilaire air cleaners are the best out of the bunch i would still not recommend them. At a cost of $600, you will get more clean air for your dollar if you choose a portable air purifier.

11 Utterly Ridiculous Air Purifier Gadgets

Save Your Money And Keep Well Away From These 11 Bizarre Air Purifiers.

1. Pet Purifier

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Finally your dog can breath clean air it sniffs at another dogs ass. This bizarre air purifier even comes with an air freshener mode. Once activated the air freshener will spray your pet and those around it with a scent that is meant to induce relaxation in you and your dog.

Thankfully this ridiculous pet gadget costs less than $20 so you will still have some money left for the inevitable veterinary fees.

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2. Face Mask Purifier

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Be honest the Hannibal Lecter look is hot this year!

This gadget is powered by USB and uses two fans to provide you with a constant stream of clean air. Whilst the constant sound of the fans might annoy colleagues I doubt they will have the cojones to make eye contact with you. Sadly for this purifier to work outdoors you will need to cart it around with your laptop.

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3. Personal Air Purifier

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At first i thought this was some sort of clunky MP3 player circa 1996.

This ugly device is actually an air purifier that you hang around your neck. How this can actually provide you with clean air is beyond me but thankfully you won’t have to worry as its not longer available for sale.

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4. Cat Litter Purifier

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If you keep forgetting to change the cat litter but hate the feline stench then this might be the gadget for you. However I doubt this purifier could do much to stem the smell from a 6 weeks worth of cat mess.

Just save your money and get off the coach once in a while to look after your pet.

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5. Plant Purifier

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On paper this plant air purifier sounds awesome. It uses plants instead of filters to clean the air in your room of noxious pollutants. However can you seriously imagine these two little plants cleaning your smoke drenched dirt box of a room?

I think not!

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6. All in One Clock, Temperature and USB Air Purifier

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This gadget is utterly useless for someone who smells ok and sleeps in a bed. However if you stink, smoke, sleep at your desk and need to know the time constantly then this is the gadget for you.

It is USB powered, beeps every hour and even has the room temperature on it’s lcd screen. Totally useless

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7. Ozonolysis Air Purifier – Create Smog In Your Roomgroundlevelozone

Recently a range of ionic purifiers were released that used ozonolysis technology. Whilst the marketing slogan told us that these purifiers would clean the air, the scary truth was that these unit where pumping out harmful toxins.

One purifier generated as much harmful ozone that is found during a high smog day in downtown Los Angeles.

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8. USB Pen Drive Purifier

usb_pen_drive_purifierWhilst at $6 this purifier is dirt cheap but its still totally ridiculous. The only thing this gadget will do is to help run your laptop battery down. I would prefer to spend the $6 on something more useful.. like maybe some Gummy Bacon?

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9. Manmade Tree – Air Purifier

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In Peru they have found a bizarre solution to the air pollution problem. Whilst a simple solution would be to stop cutting down trees they decided to build these strange manmade monstrosities. The “Super Tree” purifies the air using electricity and they say it can clean up to 200,000 cubic metres of air.

Sadly as it’s a machine this “tree” creates a large amount of sludge like waste that needs to be sewage treated.

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10. Apple Air Purifier

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Be warned this purifier is not from the makers of the iPhone and iBook. I really have doubts on this small gadgets ability of cleaning any amount of air but hey at least it looks pretty!

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11. Purifier Chair

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Remove the stench from an 8 hour marathon session of WoW with this awesome gaming chair. It combines a personal air purifier with touch screen controls and multi monitor set-up.

At $40,000 I imagine will be way over the budget for the average Wow player.

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