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Comments about Airpura R600 Air Purifier:
I love this air purifier. I also have an Austin Healthmate (which is good too), but I like the Airpura better. It is quieter & does a better job at taking odors out of the air. I like the fact that you can adjust the fan speed by turning the knob, rather than the typical presets: low, medium, & high. This way I can control how strong/noisy the machine is. I think it's perfect for the bedroom because it's very quiet. You can easily turn it up when you leave the room without that loud blasting fan noise (unless you turn it up to max). I keep it running 24 hrs/day on a low setting.
Comments about Airpura R600 Air Purifier:
I just bought the R600 in black from Sylvane. no shipping or tax (Michigan).
This is a solidly built purifier. It's not super quiet on the low setting, but quiet enough to keep in the other room. The air coming out smells really fresh. Must be all the activated carbon washing the air. On high it really shoots out some air. I like the simplicity of this machine. It's really well built, there's no vibration at any speed. The castors are really nice - I can move it around on my low pile carpet. Not much difference in noise between the low and medium setting, so I keep it around the medium setting most of the time.
With the lights out, I shined a flashlight next to where the air draws into the side, and I could see tiny dust particles getting sucked into the perforated metal. My apartment is filled with tiny dust particles, which I'm guessing is cat dander but don't really know. Before buying the purifier, I made a point of vacuuming out my heat vents, getting a good furnace filter, and cleaning in general. I also put in vent filters for the 5 air vents in my apt. For 6 years in my apt I never payed attention to the furnace filter, but the ones they had been putting in were undersized and cheap as they get. Dust and stuff from my cat has been shooting through the air for years and lately (last year or so) I've had allergies and headaches, pressure behind my eyes. I never had allergies in my life (41 now).
Anyway.... short of cleaning out the ducts, I've done everything I can, including buying a Miele hepa vacuum. I'll up date as many months go by - been only 4 days so far and I feel better but too soon to tell if I've fixed the issue.
It's a solid, powerful, large machine. The air definitely feels fresher. For my 700 sq ft apt it's pretty sufficient I think. I am however thinking about getting the Winix 9500 for my bedroom, thinking it will be a better white noise machine. Reviews talk about how the winix is quiet it is on low. I did have a Rabbit Air BioGS for awhile but it had a pitchy, undulating noise on all settings that I couldn't get used to. The R600 has a nice solid hum. You can hear the motor but it's not too loud and you can also hear the air rushing out.
The Amazon product description says "near silent operation" on low. Wrong, guys. It's a low hum but not near silent. If you put it in another room from where you are, then yes, near silent. But if it's right next to you, no way it's near silent. Ideally I'd just like to hear the rushing air and nothing else, but with a huge HEPA filter and 18 pds of carbon, I can see how it needs a decent sized motor to draw the air through it. Also if you listen close a few feet from the unit there is a slight buzzing noise coming from the on/off switch. I'm told a power bar might eliminate it. I'm used to it now though and don't notice. Like anything, you notice all the subtleties at first, and then it begins to all blend together as other ambient sounds come and go from around the apt.
Lastly, I'm told there is an optional accessory called a neg-air collar (comes in all three colors) that wraps around the top of the unit, acting as a sound surpressor. The air is directed out through a tubular port, instead of coming out from all around the top. I'm told a new batch is on order.
I'm liking this machine more each day.
Must say cust service was great. Emailed Airpura directly inquiring about the sound issue and they took the time to answer with detailed explanations about product development, etc. Will be looking into the neg-air collar. Sound insulation is what this machine could benefit from. It's a 4 right now, and a little quieter and it gets a 5 star
Power consumption seems normal for such a capable machine. Will check my electric bill next month.
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