Air Purifier Humidifier Reviews
Sharp KC-850U Plasmacluster
1. Sharp KC-850U Plasmacluster
Ready to not just catch airborne particles like dust, residue, and microorganisms, particles that present an immediate risk to the wellbeing of people who experience the ill effects of asthma or sensitivities, however ready to give solidness with regards to another vital air quality characteristic, which is dampness, the Plasmacluster is a reliable partner in the modern household.
Utilizing the latest technologies and releasing ions into the air to improve its cleanliness, all while putting 3 filter media at your disposal to guarantee balance as far as purity and moisture, it was an easy decision to rank it on the main spot. In addition to helping create proper living conditions, it makes for a quite nice addition to the room you put it in because of its thin outline, clean white housing, and the cutting edge feel its electronic controls offer.
Air Cleaning Performance
With a high proficiency of up to 99.97% with regards to handling airborne particles, it is anything but difficult to perceive any reason why this is our best pick. Among the most hazardous contaminations it handles are incorporated microbes, smells, germs, growth, particulates, dust, and residue. It provides an automatic operation that we will cover instantly, yet it likewise lets you manually pick the speed at which it cleans the air – you get the chance to choose from 3 different fan speeds.
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Humidity Increase Performance
The trait that helps it double as a humidifier in addition to an air purifying device is the humidifying filter it comes with. As the tank which holds the water that is going to be released into the air to moisturize it has a hearty 7.7-pint capacity, you needn’t worry about refilling it too often either. You even get to choose whether or not you want its humidifying program to be active so that when summer comes and environmental conditions stabilize, you won’t consume extra power uselessly. You can do so by choose between the “clean air” and the “clean air and humidify” options.
7-10 pints per day
As it includes a dust tracking sensor, it even gives a solid automatic operation that takes the hassle out of using it. The perk this function gives is that it doesn’t expect you to choose a particular operational level contingent upon the air contamination level right then and there, monitoring indoor conditions to begin, stop, and alter speeds automatically as indicated by what readings the sensor gives.
Other Mention Worthy Details
- Produces 23 decibels on the Low speed setting, 34 decibels on the Medium setting, and 51 decibels on the High setting.
- Impressive CADR evaluations – 164 for dust, 174 for dust, and 164 for smoke/tobacco.
- Power cord measures 8.3 feet, barring the requirement for an extension cord.
- Complies to UL/cUL safety standards – you don’t need to stress anything may occur on the off chance that you run it when you are away from home.
- When it enters the standby mode, it draws just 0.3 watts.
The most ideal approach to portray its effectiveness as far as power consumption is to bring up the fact that it is Energy Star rated. Perceiving how this prestigious certification is just given to appliances and devices that draw significantly less power than other entries in their niche, it is all the proof you need to be sure of the fact that it won’t cost a fortune to run it.
There are 3 filter media you should tend to, an activated carbon media, a HEPA media, and a humidifying filter. It even features a micron mesh pre-filter that tends to the removal of small-sized airborne particles to make the job of the main media less demanding, expanding purification efficiency. The uplifting news with regards to upkeep is that you won’t really need to monitor the filters yourself as you will be announced by the clean filter indicator light when your attention is required.
Activated carbon filter:
- Washable and reusable, its replacement cycle coming once every 5 years.
- Serves the purpose of deodorizing the air.
- Measures 15.7″ by 9.7″ by 0.39″ and weighs 0.31 pounds.
- It requires replacement only once every 5 years.
- Serves the purpose of removing dust from the air.
- It measures 15.7″ by 9.7″ by 1.5″ and weighs 0.48 pounds.
- It needs to be replaced once every 2 years.
- Serves the purpose of humidifying the air.
- It measures 7.5″ by 8.9″ by 1.2″ and weighs 0.15 pounds.
If it were to bring up an imperfection, this would be it – the short 1-year warranty on parts and labor provided for it. Other entries are covered and promise to be repaired for nothing out of pocket for longer time ranges. However, everything considered, the KC-850U is still deserving of its spot as it conveys a general unbeatable performance, for the moment at least.
As far as dampness increase abilities go, it is recommended for use in spaces of up to 200 square feet, while its performance as far as air filtration makes it reliable for use in spaces of up to 100 square feet. Its air cleaning abilities make it somewhat less performing than some of our entries, but the way that it doesn’t produce ions, ozone, or white dust compensate for its small flaw as it is safer and more qualitative.
It is capable to tackle airborne contaminations down to 0.3 microns too, another plus that not a lot of devices offer. Besides, the cool evaporative technology it depends on awards a viable way to increase dampness levels indoors that is safe enough to make it usable in the nursery.
|LW15 Airwasher Specs
As you can see, it features a quite generously-sized 1.4-gallon capacity tank that won’t require refilling all that often. When set on its low fan setting, it produces only 22 decibels, while on the high fan speed, it produces 32 decibels. Another mention-worthy aspect is the fact that it consumes little power to run, less than 10 watts to be more specific.
It automatically shuts off when the tank is empty to prevent overheating, and it features a LED indicator that lets you know when this maintenance task is required of you. There are no filter pads to change, which reduces operational and maintenance tasks for it. Additionally, it is suitable for all water hardness levels, so it is one of the least pretentious devices you will encounter.
Ready to at the same time add dampness to the air so your nose won’t feel dry amid winter and your skin won’t be itchy, while likewise removing an amazing 99% of impurities waiting lingering in the air so these toxins won’t enter your lungs and undermine your wellbeing, the Oreck is a 2-in-1 gadget a modern household ought not do without.
It is one of the more costly sections available, yet it is worth purchasing considering its effectiveness and ease of use that place it well above other entries. To give a solid performance, it utilizes a 2-stage filtration process amid which a HEPA and a carbon filter are utilized. With regards to the humidification side of things, it utilizes the ultrasonic technology that safely adds moisture by producing a cool mist.
|Filter light indicator
Its space saving design combined with the 115 square feet coverage makes it suitable for use in the nursery, bedroom, and even in a small office. As you are likely to not need its humidification setting all year long, you will be glad to learn that you can opt to turn it off, using the device solely as an air purifier whenever you want to.
Speaking of moisture increase, its easy-to-use controls even allow you to adjust mist output to ensure optimal comfort. For enhanced convenience in use, it features a humidistat and sensors that detect indoor humidity levels and automatically turn it on and off as needed to maintain your devices moisture in the atmosphere. Another praise-worthy aspect is its silent operation which makes it ideal for daytime, as well as nighttime use.
To create an indoor environment that is conductive to healthy breathing, the W200 is an essential acquisition. It quickly emits cool mist throughout the room to raise moisture levels and maintain them at a high level, all while consuming minimal power to run – on the low speed setting it consumes only 12.2 watts, while on the high speed setting it consumes a mere 22.8 watts.
The direct-fill design of its 1.18-gallon water tank ensure convenience when routine maintenance is due, all while not requiring refilling all that often. There is even a fragrance container featured where you can add your favorite essential oils for them to be released into the air and make the room smell more pleasant. It produces 32 decibels on the low setting and 46 decibels on the high one, so it won’t become a distraction if you sit in the same room with it when it runs.
||350 grams per hour
|Filter change indicator
When it comes to clearing the air of impurities, what makes it so effective is the evaporative mat is uses which ensures over 99% of particulates are removed, trapping the particles as the air is filtered through the top of the device. For safety and convenience in use, it automatically turns off when the tank is empty.
There is a red LED light that turns on as this happens to let you know that you must empty the tank for it to start operating again. Additionally, the bottom water basin is dishwasher safe, while the evaporative mat is machine washer safe, so you won’t have to put much effort into keeping it clean.
What sets it apart from all of our other entries is the fact that it doesn’t only add moisture to the air and clear it of impurities, but it can be used as a fan when the weather is too hot and you want to cool off, and as a heater during chilly autumn and winter days. As a matter of fact, it puts 3 independent control settings at your disposal to pick between, more precisely Heater, Heater & Humidifier, and Humidifier & Fan.
It is able to output up to 2.2 gallons of moisture per day, the cloth wick it uses for the evaporative humidification process being washable and reusable to spare of making additional purchases. When the tank it features is low on water, the LED indicator light activates to let you know that refilling is needed.
||2.2 gallons per day
||3x per hour
|Low water level indicator
For safety purposes, when the tank does empty, the sensor it features causes it to automatically shut off. Another safety feature is the tip-over sensor that makes it turn off completely when it is knocked over to prevent any unwanted incidents. There are 3 fan settings and 3 heating power levels that you can pick between to customize the atmosphere it helps create.
As the filter it uses is a HEPA-type model, it effectively removes pollen, dust, smoke, dust mites, and pet dander from the air, among other things. Furthermore, it provides up to 3 air changes per hour to ensure you are constantly breathing in fresh, clean air that benefits your health instead of affecting it.
Useful for individuals who experience the ill effects of hypersensitivities, asthma, or other respiratory issues
since it can expel the triggers that trigger or compound these conditions. Interestingly, moisture increasing devices can give help to individuals who experience the ill effects of colds, the influenza, sinus blockage, and dry hair and skin
. Fundamentally, a combo device would have the capacity to address every one of these issues viably, so in case you are confronting any or the majority of the aforementioned problems, at that point it is the appropriate response. But there are upsides and downsides to any product, and the combo device makes no exception to this rule. To help you figure out where you stand when it comes to making the acquisition, here are the pros and cons that you need to be aware of before drawing a definitive conclusion.
- Convenient: The convenience aspect is undeniable as less space will be occupied indoors in order to tend to the fixing of 2 different air quality issues, you will have less maintenance work on your hands as you will tend to monitoring and caring for a single device, and maintenance costs will be reduced as a result of this 2-in-1 design as well.
- More problems solved: Obviously, the dual function provided benefits you greatly as there are more air quality issues being tended to simultaneously. This means that you actually enjoy living in a healthy space when you are at home, one where you will feel safe and where you won’t be predisposed to respiratory issues anymore.
- Budget-smart: Although most models tend to come at quite spicy prices, they still make for smarter acquisitions when compared to the separate purchase of a moisture increasing devices and an air cleaning one. Thus, in the end, you actually save money by making this deal.
- High maintenance: It might do the job of two separate devices at once, which is an incontestable perk, but this implies that it is twice as pretentious when it comes to maintenance work as well as the air purification media and the moisture dispensing element need attendance.
- Higher asking price: When compared to standalone air cleaners, combo devices are more expensive. However, this isn’t a surprising aspect as it provides two important functions that contribute to the boost of your health. Additionally, it is not a general rule as some systems are quite reasonably priced and accessible to a wide range of customers.
- Not always as effective: Considering the fact that it serves two different functions, it comes as no surprise that it might disappoint when it comes to one of its fulfilled functions. This isn’t necessarily true with all models, however, new generation higher-priced devices delivering a surprising performance when it comes to both functions.
||Product to Receive the Best Score
||To tell if an air cleaning device is able to remove the dangerous pollutants lurking in the air you breathe at home, you must check its efficiency rate in terms of purification. The higher the rate the better as fewer airborne pollutants will escape its operation, thus ensuring that the air you inhale is as pollutant-free as possible.
||Sharp KC-850U Plasmacluster
||Effectiveness in humidity level raise is best reflected by the amount of moisture the combo system is able to provide over the span of a day. Models that output more moisture were the ones to receive better scores as they can obviously get the job of normalizing indoor humidity levels faster than their opponents.
||Boneco W200, Envion FS200
||The wider area it covers the better as it provides you with the possibility to use the device in more rooms and spaces without worrying it might underperform. Evidently, the ones that covered a higher square footage were the products to receive higher ratings when it came down to this criteria.
|Versatility in use
||Although all systems are exceptional when it comes down to this aspect as they perform two separate functions effectively, we gave one of our picks a higher rating as it provides even more than air humidity increase and purification, serving as a fan and a heater as well.
||You might have a certain room or space in mind when you make the acquisition, but you must take into consideration the fact that, at one point, you might need to place it in the office, bedroom, or nursery, rooms where you need for it to be as discrete as possible when operating to not present a nuisance and disrupt from the activities that you are unfolding. Obviously, we gave a better score to the models that produced less noise when running.
||Venta LW15 Airwasher
||When we rated their designs, we took into consideration the amount of space each product takes up and how difficult it will be for you to move it from room to room. To put it in simpler words, we checked and compared their size and weight, the smaller ones receiving more points when it came down to this criteria.
||Venta LW15 Airwasher
||Safety is one of the main factors you have to worry about with any acquisition, especially when it comes to devices like the combo systems that you most likely intend to let run unsupervised while you are at work or away from home for any other reason. When it comes to their safety in use, the feature that helps establish whether or not you are dealing with a qualitative model from this point of view is the presence of an automatic shut-off function that activates when the tank is empty. There are other parameters that indicate operational safety as well, compliance with pre-established safety standards being one of them.
||Sharp KC-850U Plasmacluster, Venta LW15 Airwasher, Boneco W200, Envion FS200
||One of the best ways to figure out how durable a product will be is by checking out the length of the warranty agreement provided by the manufacturing company. Being aware of this aspect, we gave more point to the models that had a more generous backing against defects in parts and workmanship.
||Venta LW15 Airwasher
Frequently Asked Questions
?It is as performing as separately purchased purifiers and humidifiers are?
The answer to this question varies depending on the specific product at hand as some models are equally if not higher performing then their individual counterparts, while other models are indeed less performing, not being able to increase moisture and remove contaminants with the same effectiveness provided by separate devices.
?Will it help eliminate bad odors?
Generally, issues related to bad odors indoors are fixed with the help of an activated carbon filter that is specifically designed to absorb the particles which cause the appearance of the odors to start with. Thus, if you want to target bad odors, we recommend you opt for a model that features this filtration media.
?What are the health issues it helps prevent?
Seeing how it performs not one, but two separate functions that both collaborate to create safer and cleaner air indoors, there is a wide range of health issues it prevents. Among the most important issues it keeps at bay are included congested sinuses, dry skin, dry hair, skin irritations, colds, allergies, asthma attacks, and other types of respiratory system problems.
?How often is filter media replacement required?
This depends on the specific model at hand, some systems requiring it more often than others. There are systems that use different methods to rid the air of impurities, not relying on filters, which obviously don’t require this maintenance procedure. If your pick does feature filters, however, you should check the user manual or spec sheet to see when and under what circumstances you will need to make the change.
?For models with a water tank, what type of maintenance is needed?
It is preferable that you take out the water tank and thoroughly clean it using a vinegar and water mixture once per week. Otherwise, you risk for bacteria to form in it and for the device to start releasing impure moisture into the air, thus putting your health in danger as you inhale these harmful contents.
?What happens if I don’t refill the water tank on time?
If you don’t refill the water tank on time and the system doesn’t feature an automatic shut-off set in place for this specific occasion, you might end up overheating the device and rendering it useless. On the bright side, all quality systems come with this safety feature in place to prevent this occurrence.
?Does the risk of over humidifying the air exist?
Yes, this risk does exist, and you must avoid over humidifying the air at all costs as it leads to the appearance of mold and mildew, their spores presenting a great threat to your health when inhaled. To make sure this won’t be an issue, only use the humidifying function until indoor moisture levels reach 60%. Never let moisture levels exceed this limit as a perfect growing ground for the aforementioned pollutants is created.
?Is it more energy efficient than separate devices are?
Considering the fact that instead of running two separate devices you will operate a single unit, it is safe to say that, regardless of how much power it draws, it is still more efficient in terms of energy consumption than a separate moisture increase device and air cleaning device would be.
?What are the features/specs that matter the most?
As it is supposed to fulfill two totally different functions, the specs and features you must be on the look for involve both functions. Make sure that the system is able to remove as many airborne pollutants as possible, preferably over 99% of them, and that moisture output per day is as high as possible for dryness level to be fixed fast.