Hamilton Beach Air Purifier with Ultraviolet light Review

 
Hamilton Beach Air Purifier with Ultraviolet light Review
Ultraviolet air purifier in depth ratings
by Mercia Tapping, President, AllergyBuyersClub.com

Editor's note: These Hamilton Beach air purifiers were put through their paces by several of our staff. We always test our machines in "real life" type of situations. Since we do test our air purifiers, we are going to publish some data for you in upcoming issues on our best machines. Unfortunately for legal reasons, we cannot publish some of the data we have gathered for less effective purification machines. We already walk a tight rope, in trying to be impartial about what we sell and point out minuses as well as pluses. Quite understandably, this level of honesty is not always appreciated by a few manufacturers.
  • Air Purifier Particle Count Efficiency:
    The efficiency is the actual percentage of particles removed from the air based on our own testing of particles going into the air purifier vs. particles coming out of the machine. We tested over period of ten days, using particulate monitors in different locations in our offices. The following is only summary data for the sake of brevity.

    Low Fan Speed:
    88.1%

    Medium Fan Speed:
    91.4%

    High Fan Speed:
    97.5%

    Average efficiency:
    92.3%
    We consider this to be a superb result in such a low cost air purifier. The efficiency immediately puts it up to a 4 star rated machine. It would rate higher if it covered a larger area.
    The uniqueness of 3-way filtration with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Arresting) filter and UV germicidal light attracted us to these air purifiers from the start. And, with a well-known manufacturer that makes many other household appliances, we felt good about the company's business reputation for producing quality equipment.
    Pluses

      We like that these air purifiers offer 3-way filtration: a UV germicidal light in addition to a prefilter and HEPA filter. A triple threat to allergens makes these units stand out from others in their class.
      The AirSmart sensor technology is a real plus on these units. It allows you to constantly know the air quality in any room, and adjust the fan speeds accordingly. This is useful because you may not need to turn the air purifier on the highest setting if air quality is good, and you can therefore extend the life of the filters by not overusing them.
      One of our tester's favorite features is the automatic dial setting - simply set the air purifier to automatic, and it will regulate the fan speed based on the air quality of the room
      These air purifiers are lightweight. In fact, the smaller model at 12 pounds is a good unit to take with you when traveling to be used in a vacation home, hotel, etc.
      A filter change indicator on the LCD display will tell you when it's time to change the pre-filter and HEPA filter
      There is an "on & off" button for the UV light, so you can choose when to use the light to kill germs and bacteria
      A nice safety feature is built into these air purifiers: the auto shut-off feature turns off the fan and UV light if you remove the grills on the top or front of the air purifier to change a filter

    Minuses:

      These units are best for only small rooms and areas up to 350 square feet.
      On low speed setting, these air purifiers are slightly louder than a computer; they are the same noise level as the Austin Jr. air purifiers, and a bit louder than the Blueair smaller models (we offer both models).
      These air purifiers are somewhat noisy on high speed, but they can clear a room quickly from particulates due to the high fan power; you can use the high speed setting to clean a room and then turn it down when the air quality is improved
      We don't recommend these air purifiers for gas and VOC removal
      Annual maintenance costs are slightly higher than other small air purifiers, but the other small units do not have an ultraviolet light for killing viruses

    Summary:
    These Hamilton Beach air purifiers are for someone with medium allergies for particulate, bacteria, and virus control. You get an easy to maintain, efficient air cleaner with lots of features usually found in more expensive air cleaners for a very reasonable price. These air purifiers get the job of air purification done in a small room. And with a 3-year warranty, you won't be disappointed with these economically priced units at $219.95 and higher.

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