Hamilton Beach TrueAir Air Purifier for Home or Office with Permanent HEPA Filter for Allergies and Pets, Ultra Quiet, White (04383A)
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- High Performance Hepa Grade Filter: Captures 99% of Pet Dander, Dust, Dust Mites, Pollen, and Mold / Mildew Spores As Small as 3 Microns From the Air.
- Easy to Clean: Allergen Reducing Air Purifier Has a Permanent Hepa-Grade Filter That Easily Vacuums Clean.
- Compact, Stylish Design: Allergen Reducing Air Purifier Is Perfect in the Office or in Rooms up to 160 Sq. Ft.
- Versatile Air Care That Fits Anywhere: Position the Unit Vertically or Horizontally to Best Fit in Your Bedroom, Den, Nursery, Hallway or Living Room at Home or at the Office.
- Quiet and Powerful: Use Whisper Clean for Extra Quiet Operation at Night, the Medium Setting or the Quick Clean Setting for More Powerful Air Cleaning.
- 3 Versatile Speed Settings: Air Purifier Has Three Versatile Speed Settings That Give You Ultimate Control. Use Quiet Setting at Night or Quick Setting for Powerful Air Cleaning.
- Use How You Want, Where You Want: This Air Cleaner Works Standing up or on Its Side.
- Included Components: HEPA-Grade Filter
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Hamilton Beach True Air Allergen Reducer
High-performance, low-maintenance air care that fits anywhere.
With a permanent, 99% HEPA-grade* filter, the Hamilton Beach True Air Allergen Reducer cleanses the air in your home without the added costs and hassle of replacement filters. The high-performance filter captures dander & airborne particles as small as 3 microns, making your surroundings a better place to breathe.
*Test substantiated by Sun-Grun Environment Technology Co on 12/15/06
- Permanent, 99% HEPA-grade* filter – simply vacuum clean.
- High-performance filter captures dander & airborne particles as small as 3 microns
- Ultra-quiet operation
- Effective performance for large 160 square foot rooms
- 3 speeds
- Use it horizontally or vertically
Save Time and Money with Permanent HEPA-Grade* Filter
The True Air Allergen Reducer won't break your budget – it’s HEPA* filter is permanent and never needs replacement. It simply vacuums clean for minimal upkeep. High-performance purifiers help reduce airborne dust mite debris, animal dander, mold and mildew spores, smoke, pollen and dust, so you and your family can breathe easier.
*Test substantiated by Sun-Grun Environment Technology Co on 12/15/06
|Hamilton Beach TrueAir Air Cleaner (04383A)||Hamilton Beach TrueAir Air Cleaner (04386A)||Hamilton Beach TrueAir Air Pet Specialized Cleaner (04384)|
|2 zeolite replacement filters to target pet odors||✓|
|Permanent HEPA*-grade filter||✓||✓||✓|
|Coverage area (sq. ft.)||160||160||140|
The TrueAir Compact Air Purifier by Hamilton Beach offers 99% HEPA cleaning performance in a compact design that fits anywhere in your home or office. The TrueAir Compact Air Purifier is stylish enough to blend in with your décor and it won’t break your budget.
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I finally got the old filter machines out of the rooms and put these in, so I opened them 4-6wks after receiving, and guess what?!
The filters are CARDBOARD. For those that might not think this is a big deal, it is when you purchased them with plans to WASH THE FILTER WEEKLY. There isn't even a part number to order replacement filters... I HOPE(?) vacuuming them weekly will work, I guess, but I fully regret not opening these the day they arrived so that I could have returned them immediately and found a product with a washable, permanent filter.
I am totally pissed off at the misleading advertising of a permanent filter, my birds would easily have these clogged in 2 weeks with just their dander, and even I am more pissed at myself for not returning these the moment they arrived.
I figure other customers would appreciate knowing the truth about the "permanent" filters.
For people having problems with the relativity of the measurement, this should help.
To put in perspective, the average human hair is 150 microns in diameter while dust is typically 5 to 10 microns in size.
25 microns - Particles visible to the naked eye
10 microns - Heavy dust, lint pollen
5-10 microns - Average dust, plant spores, mold
1-5 microns - Bacteria, light dust, pet dander
0.3-0.1 microns - Bacteria, tobacco smoke, metallic fumes
0.001-0.01 microns - viruses
Particle Size of a Micron
Took pictures today during 3 month charcoal pre-filter replacement.
The 1st picture shows how much dust and pollutants the pre-filter trapped in 3 months. The 2nd pictures shows a new pre-filter after the 3 month replacement.
When we toured the home it was vacant, had been for a little while, and had MAJOR old house smell going on.
We knew that was something that you had to be okay with if you were going to live in an old house. It would, SUPRISE, smell old. We moved in, aired things out, and the old smell faded to what a normal old house smells like.
But the fading of that smell unmasked something so hideous, I question to this day how we missed it.
Cat pee. CAT PEE. The most acrid, disgusting cat pee smell you can imagine.
We tried everything to get rid of the smell from one corner of our living room. Chemicals (such as nature's miracle and the like) on the hardwoods to remove the smell, ripping out baseboards that seemed like they might be the offender, and A LIST of various products.
Bad air sponge? FAIL
Charcoal Deoderizers SWING AND A BIG MISS
Odor foggers? Yielded the best results of everything we tried... But it didn't get rid of the smell.
Finally I accepted defeat. I kept the wax warmer on any time I was in the room, lit incense, and tried not to breath through my nose when I sat on the floor for any reason.
There's a happy ending to this story one year later. I bought this BEAUTIFUL, WONDERFUL air filter... with the caarbon inserts. One hour of running in tandem with my existing air filter (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FBMJK9Y/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1)
And the smell that had haunted my dreams FOR A YEAR was finally gone.
I've never loved any electronic more than I love this one. Worth. Every. Single. Penny.
A little about this air filter, it's not as small or as quiet as the one I linked. I really like the carbon filters in this one (I'm sure it's what finally, fully eliminated the cat pee smell). This one can sit on its side, which is WONDERFUL. It's under my couch right now. Out of sight, which is nice because it's not super nice looking.
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It's got a hepa-like filter - meaning it's not hepa class but its purpose in life is get rid of dust and "crud" as opposed to purifying the air around you like some units claim. My goal was simply dust elimination in the room.
Unit itself is well built - the plastic felt reasonably decent. The switch on top also felt good during use, again didn't feel cheap. The air comes in the front (which is the darker gray plastic) and comes out the left side through some air vents. The air angles out to the left, so if you want the air blowing at you may have to arrange the unit at an odd angle. The vent itself is not adjustable which is too bad.
It has three settings - the lowest setting is fairly quiet but there is audible "wind sound" which I don't find too loud for sleeping but if you're fussy about sound it might be a deal breaker. The middle setting is fine for waking hours and the fastest setting starts to border on being a little distracting - i think the idea is that you'd use the high setting for a short period of time to quickly clean out a room before entering it and turning down the speed.
The filter itself feels relatively fragile - it can be cleaned and reused but I would exercise care in that regard. I can see that over time it would eventually come apart. I have not yet had to clean it but the instructions (which are brief, but adequate) are clear enough.
The million dollar question: does it actually do anything? Maybe it's placebo but maybe it actually does make a difference. I've noticed less dust on beside tables and my nose/sinuses feel better. I can't say it's made a huge difference, yet, but I think it is helping. It won't clear out a big room but a small bedroom or office it should cope with.
At $90-ish it's a bit pricey when you consider it's just a fan with a paperfilter at the front of it. At $70-ish it's a more reasonable experiment. I was loathe to spend a whack of money to test out something like this but for the money I've paid, the product I've received, and it's apparent performance I think it's a fair deal.
So if you think you may have air quality issues (dust specifically as this doesn't kill mold, viruses, or bacteria) it's worth a try. I gave it 5 stars because it appears to be currently the best overall deal on Amazon for a small air cleaner.
Update: about a month after purchase, I can indicate that the unit does indeed reduce dust on surfaces. Other rooms without it clearly get worse. I still don't know if it makes a health difference but clearly at his point it can only help
Update: October 30th. After about 7 months the unit just died. It has a year warranty, which I am about to try and use but I am very disappointed it didn’t even manage to last a year. I’ve had El Cheapo desk fans for $20 that have lasted several years before grinding down to their doom. I’ll update again once I’ve experienced the warranty service. When it worked, it worked well (originally 5 star). The paper air filter is as I’ve mentioned fragile feeling but I was able to clean it several times with a vacuum hose and it did manage to capture a fair amount of dust.
Update Nov 11/17 - the warranty process was relatively painless. You goto their webpage, email support, send your contact info and a picture of your power cord to the unit cut and give them $10 for shipping and they ship you a new unit. Mine arrived within a couple of days. Hopefully, this unit lasts longer but I leave it on most of the time on low speed in the bedroom to reduce dust and as I’ve indicated above, it really does appear to work judging from the amount of dust that is on the paper filter. Raising the score back up.
Update aug 4/18 - still going on the replacement unit. Also have a bionaire “egg” shaped air cleaner as well which is cheaper than this unit currently and has ion producing capability plus a blue glowing light that that can be turned off and on. Plus, it’s cheaper at this writing. Both seem to work about the same and are effective at getting rid of dust in a room. I prefer the bionaire mainly because it has the funky light and the shape but the Hamilton beach is a no bells and whistles, solid buy.
Update October 27 / 2019: the unit is still working fine. Have cleaned it multiple times and it has had some remarkably large dust bunnies in it. I've gotten used to it on the lowest setting so that I don't even notice it in my bedroom. Don't forget to vacuum the surfaces of the unit and inner bits you can reach - ironically, they attract dust and well.
My bionaire egg cleaner is also going- it is as of this writing still a few bucks cheaper and is an Amazon choice. It also has a filter change light. Its buttons feel a little cheesy but they light up and as I've mentioned it has a blue Ring of Clean light at the bottom. Personally, I'd get the bionaire again over this because its cheaper and has a few extra features for less money. But the Hamilton beach unit is also a worthy buy if you like the style and no frills design.
Update April 21 2020: Hamilton Beach air cleaner is still going, still removing dust from the air. The filter material is coated but the frame of the filter is made of paper and held in by two bendable plastic clips (which will break eventually so try to remove filter carefully). Price has dropped down to "reasonable" range again. I should note its rival, the bionaire egg, is also working but one of the cheapo buttons has lost the led light functions.
Lo recomiendo por su costo y calidad.
Cleaning the filter is super easy and takes seconds. The sound is virtually unnoticeable at the low setting, there's no annoying ON light, and I love that it can lay horizontal or stand vertical.
A really good little machine that does well in my bathroom, keeping the dust down from the litter box. Highly recommended!
It may not be a true hepa, as far as removing down to the tiniest particles from the air, but it removes all the major allergens which is what counts for me. At a fraction of the price of the high-grade air purifiers, this unit is great value - especially since you don't need to buy replacement filters which can get expensive over time.
Lowest setting can be used for a calming white noise at night which is fantastic
Cleans out airborne dust - less dust accumulation on flat surfaces
Easy to clean, just open the front and pop the filter out
Might not work for those with severe allergies as the filter doesn't seem to be true HEPA grade
Might be a great device, I will never know.
I do wish it had a timer mode, but I bought a smart plug to keep it on a schedule and now it's pretty much perfect. Will be buying more of these for other rooms!