Weight: 15.4 pounds
Dimensions: 15 x 8.2 x 23.6 inches
- Clears up to 360 square feet
- Various smart features
- Auto mode may not reach full 360 square feet
The Winix 5500-2 Air Purifier With True HEPA Filter is affordably priced and is packed with features. That makes it take our best overall spot.
Its CADR was conducted by a third party to ensure the results were fair. It works best in rooms that are 360 feet or less. That makes it a great choice for bedrooms, kitchens, and living rooms.
This air purifier uses three filters. One of those filters can also be turned off. The initial filter is the HEPA filter. This filter was tested and found to be capable of clearing 99.97% of pollutants. It was tested with dust, pollen, pet dander, and other allergens.
If you suffer from allergies, then having an effective HEPA filter is key to finally living a life free of allergies. This air purifier can keep your home clean of allergens. You may notice that your sinuses clear up quickly after running it for a few days.
Another important filter in this air purifier is an activated carbon filter. One of the benefits of this particular filter is that it can be removed and cleaned. This allows you to keep on using the filter longer. You'll need to replace it eventually, but if you clean the filter often, then you can extend its lifespan.
The activated carbon filter is useful for removing odors, volatile organic compounds, and smoke. It can remove smoke from as light as your cooking to as intense as those from a wildfire.
Because it gets rid of odors, you'll also find it useful for places like the bathroom or next to your cat's litter box. It can remove the unpleasant odors that sometimes linger in these locations.
One final filter that this air purifier has is a plasma filter. It can be turned on and off as needed. This is a permanent filter that also gets rid of odors. However, it specializes in removing chemical compounds that may exist in the air. This is important for homes that reside in environments with a lot of air pollution.
Whether you live near an industrial area or the highway, your home is subject to a lot of toxic fumes. Those fumes can enter your home and become even more deadly in a confined area. The plasma filter destroys the toxic compounds and keeps your home clean and pure. You may notice an odor from the air purifier whenever the plasma filter is in use, however. Luckily, you can always turn this filter off if it becomes too bothersome.
The sensors on this air purifier are also great. It has several smart sensors that detect the quality of the air. If the air is found to be less than ideal, then the air purifier switches its fan mode accordingly. When the air quality is ideal, then the purifier turns itself off.
It also has a night mode that you can switch on. This mode runs the purifier quietly. You'll still have clean air being pushed through the room, but it won't be at a noise that disturbs you from your sleep. You can either manually turn on night mode or you can just turn off the lights. This will make the purifier switch to night mode automatically.
The average decibel rating for this air purifier is 27.8. You can also control the purifier anywhere in the house with its remote controller.
What Reviewers Say
- "This air purifier reduced the amount of dust and hair we have in the house. It even cleared our baby's eczema up."
- "This purifier is sturdy and durable. It was easy to set up, and I had it going in 5 minutes."
- "The sensor is very sensitive. It goes to work quickly when it senses the air isn't pure."