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Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0 Ultra Quiet HEPA Air Purifier (SPA-550A)
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- The BioGS SPA-550A air purifier will filter all the air in a room up to 550 sq. ft. twice in an hour on the highest setting.
- BioGS HEPA Filtration with 4 stages of purification and deodorization. The BioGS HEPA and Charcoal-Based Activated Carbon Filters will last up to three years, based on 12 hours daily operation. The Pre-Filter is washable.
- An ultra quiet BLDC motor operates at five different speeds. It’s virtually silent at low speed.
- Energy Star certified units will not run up your energy bill.
- Backed by industry leading five-year warranty and 24/7 lifetime technical support. Won several prestigious product design awards including Germany Red Dot award, Good Design Award by Chicago Athenaeum and Japan Good Design Award (G-Mark).
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About Rabbit Air & BioGS 2.0 Design Story
Founded in 2004 in Los Angeles, California, our company has dedicated its time, energy, and resources to perfecting a product that improves quality of life: the air purifier. Our undivided attention and dedication to air purification is why we have become one of the fastest growing companies in the U.S., ranked as such from 2009 to 2012 by INC. magazine.
The BioGS 2.0 Design Story
The BioGS's redesign is much more than a facelift.
We dug deep to reconsider the fundamental facets of our product, including the air purifier's shape and form, user interface, and functionality. We also ruminated on its impact on the environment, which led us towards a more holistic approach, cutting back on light and sound pollution generated by the air purifier to ensure that while it takes pollutants from the environment, it leaves nothing but clean air in return.
Industrial designer Guto Indio da Costa’s concept of "flow" resonates throughout the BioGS 2.0. The curvaceous body of the air purifier reflects its relatively simplistic but comprehensive functionality, and its clean, cool, and straightforward style. By reimagining the air purifier's structure and streamlining its bells and whistles, da Costa has steered the latest generation of Rabbit Air products towards growth and progress, with a new model that’s easy to use, less intrusive, and aesthetically pleasing.
Advanced HEPA Filtration
Typical HEPA air purifiers trap allergens and contaminants, which accumulate on the filter and interfere with efficiency. The BioGS HEPA filter traps and reduces common allergens* to support optimum filter efficiency and prolong filter life.
BioGS HEPA Filter vs. typical True HEPA Filter
Typical True HEPA filter:
- Traps allergen and particles 0.3 microns in size at 99.97% efficiency
BioGS HEPA Filter:
- Traps allergen and particles 0.3 microns in size at 99.97% efficiency
- Reduces buildup of common allergens including dust mites, mold, pollen and pet dander* trapped on the filter
- Reduces the growth of bacteria and viruses on the filter**
- Prolongs optimal filter efficiency
*Test samples: mite allergen (Der f2), cedar pollen allergen (Cry j1), 4 types of mixed spores (Aspergillus niger, Penicillium citrinum, Chaetomium globosum, Myrothecium verrucaria), Cat allergen (fel d1)
**Test samples: type A influenza virus(H1N1), Escherichia Coli, Staphyllococcus aureus
Four-stage purification & deodorization
Stage 1 - Pre-filter (washable and permanent):
The Pre-Filter effectively traps and reduces large sized allergens, dust, and particles.
Stage 2 - BioGS HEPA Filter:
The BioGS HEPA filter traps airborne particles down to 0.3 microns in size, 99.97% of the time, and reduces common allergens to support optimum filter efficiency and prolong filter life.
Stage 3 - Charcoal-Based Activated Carbon Filter*:
Made of high-grade granular activated carbon, our AC filter is much more effective than typical AC filters, which are coated with a thin layer of activated carbon. Chemicals and common household odors can be effectively reduced.
Stage 4 - Negative Ion Generator:
Produces beneficial negative ions to fortify the air you breathe and freshen your indoor environment.
Purification with Benefits
All interface lights will disappear when the unit is idle, to reduce light pollution and save energy. The filter life indicator will alert you when it’s time to clean and replace the filters.
The BioGS HEPA and Charcoal-Based Activated Carbon filters will last up to three years, based on 12 hours daily operation. The Pre-Filter is permanent and washable.
A childproof feature pauses air purifier operation when the front panel is removed.
ENERGY STAR certified units will not run up your energy bill.
The BioGS SPA-550A air purifier will filter all of the air in a room up to 550 sq. ft. (or 625 sq. ft. for the SPA-625A) twice in an hour on the highest setting.
The cutting edge BLDC motor operates at five different speeds. It’s virtually silent at the lowest speed.
Backed by an industry leading five-year complimentary repair on air purifiers and parts, Rabbit Air also offers 24/7 lifetime technical support.
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For two days, I noticed that I didn't have to sweep as often around the cage.. and when I did sweep, the little downy feathers would get sucked up by the Rabbit if they got within 8 inches of the bottom. Two days pass and I took the unit outside to see what all was collected. I was amazed. The top filter of the layers was full of the bigger feathers, and lots of fine, fine dust. The second filter (charcoal) had even finer particles... but that is as far back as the dust went. The Hepa filter had none. I tapped all three filters on the ground to get the big stuff off, then vacuumed them all and put them back. I do check it now weekly since I've got such a messy boy, but it only takes a minute at most. The design could not be more perfect. To speed up the air cleaning process I have a small hand held cordless blower that I'll stir up the air in the room. It takes all of 10 seconds to run down the drapes or mini blinds.
Here's what I don't really understand. As awful as the air quality was when I first set it up, when set to "auto" it went on the lowest setting and stayed there for an hour. It should have been sensed the extremely poor air quality. I turned on the ionizer, and it is 100% odorless. The only way I can tell it's on is there is a light that lets me know. I'm not sure about that either.
What I do know is I had medium expectations, and this machine operates like a work horse. I've had it maybe 5 weeks.
Two more things: #1. This wasn't a free test unit. I bought this myself not knowing what to expect. #2. I've never written such a long review.
Top–notch customer service
Made in Korea, not China
Impressive performance – but realize that the CADR (clean air delivery rate) is lower than some other purifiers
Not, repeat NOT intended for large rooms. Made for smaller rooms.
I'm very impressed with the quality of this BioGS 2.0 air purifier. Online research told me that the giant South Korean air purifier company, Coway, manufactures the BioGS 2.0 and Rabbit Air engineers design the filters. That's a major plus in my book. I tend to avoid Chinese–made air purifiers if given a choice because of quality issues. Anyone who recalls the 2007 pet food recalls and animal deaths worldwide due to Chinese melamine contamination knows what I'm talking about.
The BioGS 2.0 is ideal for small to moderate sized rooms. It is not intended for large rooms or "open spaces" in big houses. If you expect this air purifier to do an adequate job in a large room, you'll be disappointed. Instead, I would consider an Oransi air purifier, Alen's Breathesmart or a Blueair Classic 400, 500, or 600 series air purifier.
The minute you open the box, you realize the BioGS 2.0 is a high quality product. The packaging is superb to protect what's inside. The Quickstart Guide and User Manual are easily digested because they're filled with drawings and easy-to-understand English. It should be noted here that Rabbit Air is considered to have one of the top customer service centers in the air purifier business. That says a lot. You are paying for that Los Angeles–area based service, staffed by Americans who speak English. Check Amazon's Customer Reviews for some other air purifier brands and you'll read angry remarks from frustrated customers who cannot get any help. The BioGS 2.0 is a very quiet air purifier because of its BLDC (brushless direct current) motor. Even on Level #4 or #5 it's quieter than many other brands.
This is a fully automated air purifier. There's a touchscreen LED panel on top as well as a remote. Read the instruction booklet and you quickly get up to speed on how to operate the BioGS 2.0. Folks, there are plenty of electronic controls and displays (Air quality indicator, fan speed, auto mode, timer, and Negative ion on/off button) but they are very easy to learn and master.
There is a four–stage filter system: a permanent pre–filter that is easily cleaned using a vacuum on low power (and washable, too), a carbon filter (apparently about a pound of carbon here), a true HEPA filter containing germicidal chemicals to help slow the growth of viruses and bacteria on the filter, and a negative ionizer which can be switched off.
If you run your air purifier 24/7 as I do, Rabbit Air indicates the BioGS HEPA and charcoal filter should be replaced every 18 months. If you smoke, own pets, or have a different source of odors, you will probably need to change the charcoal filter sooner than that. Rabbit air filters are available from Amazon or directly from the company's web site. That's extremely important. If you've ever purchased a much less expensive air purifier and discovered that replacement filters are no longer produced - you know the frustration.
Finally, I considered purchasing other air purifiers before choosing Rabbit Air.
Sweden-based Blueair makes some excellent products but I really wanted an air purifier with a pre-filter that I can periodically clean with a vacuum. The pre-filter PROTECTS the very important HEPA and charcoal filters. Thesweethome.com tested the Blueair Classic 503 model and it clogged with considerable dust buildup (because there's no pre–filter.) Mind you, thesweethome did not choose a Rabbit Air model as its top pick – but, I believe, the BioGS 2.0 is a very good choice for smaller and moderate-sized rooms. Coway's Airmega line of air purifiers are excellent and remind me of Rabbit Air (especially since Coway makes the Rabbit Air units). The Alen Breathesmart appears to be a top–notch contender, but research tells me it's made in China and can be quite loud. The Alen Breathesmart would be suitable for a larger room since it can clean a larger space, faster, than the BioGS 2.0. The American-made Austin Air HealthMate would appear to be a definite top contender since you turn this unit on and leave it running. (There is a knob to increase the speed of the fan and that's about it.) I would almost refer to this as the "little air purifer that could." It comes with 15 pounds of activated carbon and has been used by the Red Cross and FEMA after 9/11 and during the Porter Ranch gas leak that spewed methane into the air in southern California. But read reviews and you'll spot remarks from owners who face costly repair bills after their units stop working properly. Many companies have reduced customer care in light of rising costs.
If you expect too much out of the BioGS 2.0, you’ll be disappointed. Realize that this machine is intended for smaller rooms such as bedrooms. If you have open spaces, a larger room or heavy cigarette smoke, check out Rabbit Air’s Minus A2 models, an Airmega, Oransi, Alen Breathesmart, or a Blueair classic air purifier. Good luck.
But now that I see how much my boyfriend's allergies have improved, I don't even care one bit. My boyfriend is severely allergic to our sweet pup and we tried EVERYTHING except getting an air purifier. I was a little concerned about the price tag but I was ready to try anything after seeing him suffer so much.
This thing quiet and sleek but most importantly, it is so effective. The filter replacement and cleaning are straight forward but I won't have to worry about that for a while. I can't say enough good things about it.
Bottom line: if you are suffering from allergies, you NEED this.