Recently, I was asked to test drive two new air purifiers from Oransi — the Oransi V-HEPA Air Purifier and the Oransi V-HEPA Pro UV Air Purifier. Before giving you my verdict, let me provide a little background about the environment that these Oransi products were tasked with treating. I live in a medium-sized one bedroom apartment with two dogs that shed, plus I have asthma and various allergies.
I decided to put the smaller air purifier, the V-HEPA, in my bedroom, which is also part of the area where my dogs stay when I am away from the house. Setting the air purifier up couldn’t have been easier. I removed it from the packaging, made sure the air filters were in place, plugged it in, and turned the dial to the high fan setting. Set-up was complete. Now, the fun began — could this tiny (small enough to sit on the corner of my dresser), no-frills air purifier make good on its promises of cleaner air and the quietest operation? It absolutely did.
Within two days of continuously running the V-HEPA, I could tell a positive difference in the quality of air in my bedroom and pet odors were significantly reduced. When I was away from home for extended amounts of time, I placed the compact air purifier on its highest fan setting. During the day and the evening, I used the medium setting. For sleep hours, I used the low fan setting, which (as promised) was barely audible.
The V-HEPA Pro UV, which offers a lot more functionality than the basic V-HEPA, was placed in my living room. This air purifier has a pre-filter, HEPA filter, and advanced carbon filter, as well as optional UV lamp and negative-ion settings to provide exceptional air cleaning performance. It also comes with a fully-functional remote control that works from a considerable distance, so I was able to change the settings from the comfort of my sofa.
My favorite feature of the V-HEPA Pro was probably the Intelligent Air Quality Monitor, which visually indicates (using red, green, and blue lights) whether your air is poor, has elevated levels of particles, or is good. Using this monitor, I could easily tell with a quick glance how much air purification my room needed.
Besides the bright lights and remote control, the V-HEPA Pro definitely improves air quality. I kept the air purifier mostly on the Auto setting, which chose the appropriate level of air purification based on the room conditions. It primarily stayed on the low or medium setting, both of which were extremely quiet.
Occasionally, I like to cook bacon or have friends over for a movie night, so my living room might need a boost in air purification. In these instances, I placed the V-HEPA Pro on its highest setting and turned on the UV and ion settings to clear the air and remove unwanted odors and germs. While the V-HEPA Pro was louder on the high setting (as expected), it wasn’t intrusive at all. I could still enjoy television or talk at a normal voice level to my guests. Plus, the V-HEPA Pro’s high setting works pretty quickly, so you really don’t have to use it long before you can return to a quieter low or medium setting.
Although the name Oransi means “orange” in Scandinavian, the focus of these products is on green operation. Both the V-HEPA and V-HEPA Pro are Energy Star-qualified products and this was apparent on my utility bill. Using both of the air purifiers continuously for one month, I saw no change in my electric bill.