Sharper Image Professional Series Ionic Breeze GP Silent Air Purifier (One Silver Onyx) with One Free Air Freshener (SI830SX1)
The all-new Professional Series Ionic Breeze GP Silent Air Purifier with ultraviolet germicidal protection and Zenion Effect has been enhanced with faster, better air cleaning. It features a slide-out trio of stainless steel collection blades with two interior stationary blades to divert airflow and increase the charged blades' particle capture rate. New removable front and rear grills slide off for easy cleaning and you now can add negative ions to the flow of cleaner, fresher air. The GP model's germ-killing Sterilamp uses safe UVC technology that is established in hospitals and recently shown to reduce respiratory symptoms of office workers when used in building ventilation systems. Professional Series is the first Ionic Breeze GP to be endorsed by the authoritative British Allergy Foundation. BAF Seal means their own tests have proved that this air purifier "restricts or removes allergens from the environment of allergy sufferers and can be scientifically tested with measurable results."Ideal for a good-size room of 500 square feet or more. Stands 29" tall on a 7 1/2" x 11" base; weighs 15 1/2 lbs. Low energy demands of only 36 watts, three air-cleaning speeds and plugs into three-prong outlet with a 6-foot cord. Select gray with silver onyx or black with Burltech. Five-year warranty. Created by Sharper Image Design.
All-new Professional Series Ionic Breeze GP Silent Air Purifier with ultraviolet germicidal protection and Zenion Effect silent electronic propulsion.
New! Greater cleaning power. Slide-out trio of stainless steel collection blades has been enhanced with the patent-pending 3+2 configuration; two interior stationary blades divert airflow and increase the charged blades' particle capture rate.
Removable easy-clean grills. Front and rear grills slide off for easy cleaning. Negative-Ion Feature. Add negative ions into the cleaner, fresher airflow!
Allergy UK Seal of Approval. Professional Series is the first Ionic Breeze GP to be endorsed by the authoritative British Allergy Foundation.
29" tall on a 7 1/2" x 11" base; weighs 15 1/2 lbs. Five-year warranty. One Sharper Image Professional Series Ionic Breeze GP Silent Air Purifier with one Free $69.95 Air Freshener.
Recent Experience with the Ionic Breeze My daughter and I have seasonal allergies, so I thought we'd try the Ionic Breeze. I read reviews before we got them, and saw comments on difficulty of cleaning and noise.
It appears the cleaning experience varies with the environment, because ours have been as easy to clean as advertised on TV - just wipe them off. For us, once per month is enough. I'm guessing that if we had one in the kitchen area, and we fried bacon and burnt candles, we'd have to clean them more frequently and they might be harder to clean. We use them in the bedrooms, so we don't have as big a problem.
They are really silent, unless they are dirty. There's a light that comes on if they need cleaned, but I've noticed that they may start to make slight noises before the light comes on. If you clean them, the noise goes away.
They are definately reducing my tendency to wake and cough when the heat runs at night. I think they helped with the fall allergy season, too. The real test will be spring and I'll update this then....more info
Very expensive but works great I've had this unit for about four months now. It does a great job of cleaning the air of a medium-size room, and a decent job of cleaning the air of a large room. Although it is great to have silent operation, I think having a fan in the room (or at least some airflow) will help out the Ionic Breeze. Obviously, it can't suck up dust from across the room if there's no circulation, and it doesn't really create a lot of circulation on its own.
Cleaning the collection grid is not as easy as I thought it would be. Sometimes you will get a sticky film on there that won't come off just by wiping the unit down. When this happens I run the grid under water and then scrub with a clean rag. Any kind of smoke will definitely cause this kind of build-up: candles, cigarettes, burnt toast, etc. Some people claim that they only have to clean theirs once a month...for me, it's more like once a week. But maybe that's because my house is pretty dusty. In any case, it's not a big deal.
I bought this unit over the "regular" Quadra model because of the germicidal light. I don't leave it on all the time...at night, it's pretty bright (compared to a totally dark bedroom), so it stays off then. My wife and I haven't gotten sick since we started using this unit, but we haven't really had it long enough to make a decisive conclusion about its effectiveness. On the outside of the product's box is this awesome diagram showing how the germicidal light is of the perfect wavelength to destroy DNA in bacteria that pass by it. That's great, except...to what extent does it destroy DNA in MY cells? The product literature explicitly warns not to stare at the light or be exposed to it for more than a few minutes. My guess is you could probably burn out your retinas fairly quickly if you really wanted to.
It also sort of scares me that the product puts out ozone (O3) particles. Long term exposure to ozone is known to cause respiratory problems, although the Ionic Breeze is said to comply to low-ozone emissions standards ( < 0.050 ppm).
Overall, the product seems to work great. It collects tons of dust and particles, and we haven't gotten sick YET. On the other hand, it costs an arm and a leg, and poses potential (but are they negligible?) risks to your health. I'm giving it 4 stars because it seems to work as advertised, and they did give the proper warnings about the UV light and the ozone....more info
Gimic product that actually works! I bought the Ionic Breeze GP and have to say I am presently suprised at how well it works. The unit is completely silent except when it is ready to clean the filter. Come clean time, all you do is remove the filter and wipe it down. I actually run it under the kitchen faucet to clean and wipe dry. So simple. When you cook something that smells up the house, or have a house guest who smokes, you hit the "boost" button which helps remove odors faster.
My house is over a year old and still smells brand new, and I have a huskey, two kids and visiting parents who smoke. Definitely worth the money - also available as remanufactured with warranty for a savings....more info