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Winix WAC9500 Ultimate Pet True HEPA Air Cleaner with PlasmaWave Technology
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- True HEPA Filtration captures 99.99% of airborne pollutants, pet dander and allergens as small as 0.3 microns.
- Washable advanced odor control carbon filter especially formulated to capture offensive pet odors as well as smoke, cooking and other household odors.
- Washable Pre-Filter extends the life to your filter by capturing Pet Hair and larger airborne particles.
- PlasmaWave technology attacks pollutants at a molecular level to neutralize viruses, bacteria, odors, and gases in the air
- Smart Sensors with Auto-Mode. Odor, Dust and Light Sensors automatically adjust your air cleaner settings to meet the needs of your environment.
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Winix 9500 Ultimate Pet
From time to time you may have noticed your pet's hair floating in the air or anywhere really. The 9500 uses 5 stage filtration to almost completely eliminate the hair, dander and odor of your pet to leave you with comfortable living.
283 sq. ft.
Clean Air Delivery Air Tested , the higher the CADR numbers, the faster the units clean the air.
- Pollen: 194
- Dust: 182
- Tobacco Smoke: 183
5 Stage Air Cleaning
Offering superior control of hair, pet dander and odors, as well as other household odors and allergens like pollen, mold spores and smoke particles.
- Washable Pre-Filter
- True HEPA 99.97% Effective Filtration
- CleanCel Anti-Bacterial Treatment
- Advanced Odor Control (granular carbon filter)
- Winix PlasmaWave Technology
Want to control your unit manually? The 9500 has you covered with two options; control panel operation or convenient remote control. With 4 settings you can manually set the speed to exactly what you want. So show the particles in your air whose boss by choosing between Low, Medium, High, and Turbo.
Utilizing our Smart Sensors the 9500 consistently monitors the air around it; offering Set and Forget convenience. When the unit senses the quality change, it automatically adjusts the speed at which it’s running to equalize the pollutants and create clean, fresh air.
With the end user in mind our engineers had a great thought; why do lights remain bright even when it’s dark? With that thought they created the auto dim feature; which senses the amount of ambient light in the room, allowing the unit to display either the normal bright LED or a dimmed LED. Perfect for use in rooms where sleeping may occur, perhaps the bedroom.
Worried you might forget when your filter needs to be changed? Fret not. The 9500 will let you know when it’s time. The control panel will display an LED alert until the filter is changed. On average the All-in-One filter cassette should be changed annually.
Established over 40 years ago, in 1973, our goal is and always has been simple; provide clean air and clean water. Winix is in constant pursuit of 'next generation' technologies and quality engineering leading to aesthetically pleasing, user friendly and (most importantly) powerfully effective products. We have a rich history of innovation and our uncompromised ethical standards are second to none.
Suitable for a family room or large bedroom; the Winix WAC9500 Ultimate Pet True HEPA Air Cleaner with PlasmaWave Technology combines the best filtering and technologies to deliver clean fresh air. True HEPA Filtration; Advanced Odor Control Carbon Filtration; hair collecting Pre-Filter; and Winix's PlasmaWave Technology combine to offer superior control of Pet and other Household Odors and Allergens.
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I run this guy on high 24/7 and was curious of power consumption. I took some pictures of how much power it pulls using Kill-A-Watt. The result were very surprising. this thing barely consumes any power.
I check local power company kWh rate and did the math
15.4 Watt x 24 hours = 369.6 Watts a Day
369.6 Watts / 1000 = .369 kWh
.369 kW x $0.12 per kWh = $0.044/day
$0.044 x 7 = $0.308/Week
$0.044 x 30 = $1.32/Month
$0.044 x 365.25 = $16.071/Year
Power consumption with Plasma Wave On:
Low: 3.5 Watts
Medium: 10.5 Watts
High: 15.4 Watts
Turbo: 65 Watts
I purchased two Winix WAC9500 almost 2 years ago.
1- It comes with the best VOCs detector I have ever seen (see pic). Note: It also comes with a PM detector (on the left) that is completely useless for monitoring air quality. You see it working if you forget to clean it
2- It cleans the air from PM, VOCs, virus and bacteria. I would not bet for the last but they say it does it
If you are an amateur on Air purifiers this device will help you a lot: Good air purifier with the best VOCs sensor.
How it cleans the air:
1- True HEPA Filter for PM captures 99.99% of airborne pollutants as small as 0.3 microns. ORIGINAL FILTER NOT AVAILABLE NOW
2- Washable carbon filter that removes VOCs (odors) NOT AVAILABLE NOW
3- Washable true pre-filter that captures larger airborne particles
4- Plasmawave technology that neutralize viruses, bacteria and more important: it breaks VOCs molecules neutralizing its harmful effects
Sadly, it lacks of a handle but you can use it as a portable device. It comes with the best remote you can find. It even lets you deactivate the plasmawave tech if you wish.
Forget all automatic modes to clean air. Do not use the sleep mode unless you do not need any air purifier. For clean air, use it on high. For Air Quality for VOCs, use turbo mode because it gets more air, improving sensitivity. Forget the PM sensor. It is useless. I have yet to find a good air purifier that comes with a good PM sensor.
Good for small and medium rooms. For bigger rooms you will need more air purifiers according to your needs but the Winix 9500 is a must to monitor Air Quality.
* You can purchase it from any country, warranty included, what speaks well about Winix. (Yes: There are a few companies selling THROUGH THE INTERNET here just to the USA and Canada. Too many returns I suppose)
* Best VOCs sensor considering display and sensitivity
* Best Air purifier remote control
* Automatic mode does work (forget sleep mode. It is useless)
* Clean PM and VOCs
* True Pre-filter
* Not noisy unless you use turbo mode
* excellent design
* PM monitor almost useless. It works once in a while
* Washable Carbon Filter not available now
* Relatively expensive good filters over $100
* It lacks a real handle
* Fake spare filters
* Useless support if you want to purchase the original filter
The device is really great but take care with the filters. They are selling filters with carbon components that are not washable. The original frame is made of plastic. This fake ones are made of pressed paper or similar. I include comparison pictures. I have not been able to purchase original filters here. That is why I gie it just 3 stars
The Feedback of the first site ultimately led me to purchase this machine, even though they did not recommend it as the absolute best choice. They actually preferred the Rabbit BioGS and the Sharp I talk about below, in this price range. I think any of these 3 would work, but you will still benefit from reading the below points.
Most Important Things To Know Going In:
A really good air purifier is going to be somewhere in the neighborhood of $1,000. I cannot afford that, so going in I know I am not buying the very best here, I am going for a good compromise on price and ability. Most air cleaners in the $300 range will have some flaws, so you are really looking for what you can live with. When I started searching I thought I could get a top of the line cleaner for $300. That is what you might think if you shop at Big Box stores, like me. Doing the research opened my eyes to the truth about how much an excellent air purifier really costs. This is my second air cleaner purchase. Just like most consumers, my first purchase was an air cleaner in the $50 price range. That unit was fair, but left me wanting much more and I started reading about air cleaners.
2) PLASMAWAVE, GREAT TECHNOLOGY, BUT DON'T EXPECT MIRACLES
If you want to see how Plasmawave works, go to the Winix company website, which is WINIXINC. One of the links is about the technology of Plasmawave. They have a nice informative video lasting about 4 minutes about the technology. Before watching, just be advised that they are of course overly optimistic about the capabilities of the machine. But I like the information presented. What customer reviews and professional reviews have said about plasmawave.....
A) It kills viruses and germs that it comes into contact with, but it won't sterilize door knobs, sink handles, etc. In other words, it helps but isn't a miracle worker.
B) It neutralizes VOCs and harmful chemicals in small, reasonable amounts. However, you cannot paint a chest of drawers and then put the Plasmawave in there and expect it to neutralize the huge volumes of chemicals in the air. In fact, one reviewer warned you might get a hydroxy radical mess as the machine tries to bond with the VOCs in the air.
C) Plasma Ion technology has had some critics who say that it's process may dry out the air somewhat. At worst, it may make your nose stuffy if you sleep next to the machine. Everyone seems to agree the Winix is not as bad at drying the air as the Sharp. The Sharp's positive and negative ion maker is rated as stronger than the Winix machine. I personally cannot sleep next to my Winix 9500 on the night stand, because it will make my nose dry and stuffy. Maybe just because of the circulation of the air over my face as I sleep. However, I sleep just fine if it is 6 feet away from the foot of the bed. So it is not a problem. I am actually testing it now, just for fun, using instruments that measure humidity, to see if the humidity in the room with the Winix 9500 changes at all.
The Plasmawave technology was started by Sharp in Japan. Years ago, when people said the Sharp Plasmawave dried out the air, Sharp addressed the issue by adding humidifiers to their Plasmoclaster machines. This website posed the question that if the plasmawave needs water vapor to work, does it work poorly in low humidity environments. I don't know. The company does not list any minimum levels of humidity that I have found. Go to air purifier power website mentioned for more explanation.
D) You will see many reviewers saying they want to be able to turn off the plasmawave part of the machine at times and just use the HEPA and other filters. Winix 9500 does have the option to turn the Plasmawave off, which is nice. However, the owner's manual suggest that you should leave it on at all times.
3) SLEEP MODE
You have to know that many people seem to have issues with the automatic sleep mode. The light sensor does not seem to work well. This goes back to my first point, you are in the price range where you cannot expect perfection. I ordered one knowing the automatic sleep mode is flawed. Most manufacturers seem to miss the point that people don't want a huge glowing readout that is going to light up a dark room when you are trying to sleep. So, if this is important to you, make sure you purchase a brand that offers the ability to turn off lights or dim them. Most units do not offer this, especially in the less than $200 arena.
4) ANNUAL REPLACEMENT FILTER COSTS ARE WINIX $90 VS SHARP $150 VS RABBIT BIO GS AT $60, ALSO CONSIDER FUTURE AVAILABILITY OF FILTERS THAT YOU WILL NEED FOR YOUR MACHINE
These Winix units are made by a Korean company who used a very similar technology to the Sharp Plasmocaster made in Japan. I wanted the new Sharp model Plasmocaster FP-A80u which is $300. I had a hard time finding one to buy, Amazon only carries the cheaper models that don't have an automatic mode, as of March 30,2012. The Sharp models are supposed to be better quality than the Winix, but Sharp has had issues with not stocking replacement filters. One website warned that about the time you need a replacement filter, Sharp has discontinued the model and the filters you need. This was a big concern for me, since I was having trouble finding the unit to purchase, what are the chances I can get a filter 2 yrs from now. The sharp replacement filters are supposed to cost about $50 more per year than the Winix filters, so there was an additional annual cost to the Sharp Model also.
Almost every major online seller of air cleaners carries the Winix models. So I feel like finding replacement supplies should be much easier 2 yrs down the road. But there are really no guarantees. That is why the website I mentioned recommends some brands that have a really good customer support and are located here in the USA.
5) ROUGHLY 180 SQ FT AREA IS MAX
Most websites dedicated to allergy sufferers say that any air purifier needs to change air 6 times per hour in a room, to be effective. Of course manufactures of all brands don't like using this standard because it shrinks the amount of square footage that their particular machine can clean. Using this standard, one website who shows their math on how they figure out the air change rate per hour, adjusted the Winix 9500 to 180 sq ft max. Don't get the idea that only Winix overstates its square footage ability, this seems to be common to all brands. Manufacturers will use 2 or 3 air changes per hour, instead of the 6 per hour that allergy specialists recommend.
6) CADR Ratings
The Ultimate Pet 9500 is AHAM certified with CADRs (Clean Air Delivery Rates) at 182 Dust, 194 Smoke, 183 Pollen. The higher the number, the better. The Sharp model advertised a Pollen CADR of over 300! The Rabbit Bio GS was very similar to the CADR numbers of the Winix.
The review website I mentioned said the CADR numbers for the Winix 9500 were slightly suspect and may be better in real life. He based this on the fact that the CADR numbers for the cheaper Winix 5300 are actually much better than the top of the line, Winix 9500. We know the Winix 9500 has a better filter system. A lot of people with the Winix 5300 buy the replacement filters for the Winix 9500 and try to use them in their machine. AHAM certified CADRs (Clean Air Delivery Rates) for the Winix 5300 are 248 Dust,235 Smoke,251 Pollen. Doesn't seem to make sense, does it?
The over all noise of the machine is very quiet, except on turbo. The low setting is so quiet that I keep turning it up to Medium or High, because I don't feel like it is circulating enough air.
The plasmawave technology does make a little bit of noise that you may not hear at all, depending on age and high frequency hearing loss. It is a very unique sound. It reminds me of those electric pest control devices that are supposed to operate on a frequency humans cannot hear, but you can hear a little high frequency chattering sound. Again, if you don't hear it, you probably lost that part of your hearing range. I don't notice it unless it is sitting on the nightstand and I am trying to fall asleep.
8) SHORTEST WARRANTY IN THE $300 PRICE RANGE--ONE YEAR
The parent company is Korean. They have a short warranty period of only one year. Many units in this range offer much greater warranty periods. You kind of have to balance that with the great reviews here on Amazon. I would have liked for this unit to have a better warranty, but I bought one anyway. It wasn't a deal breaker for me. I liked that the unit had been out a few years and had a proven track record.
A note on the Rabbit Bio GS, the original Rabbit 421a was supposed to be made in Japan. However, noticing all of the recent complaints on Amazon about quality control problems with the Rabbit Bio GS, I wonder if they have not started making this unit in another country. It seems like the overall quality has declined from the customer complaints. However, their warranty is good and their customer service is supposed to be great.
CONCLUSION: After a week of research, I don't know that there is really a "perfect" unit in this price range. If you want to drop a $1,000, you can get a unit that seems to have little, if any, flaws.
In this price range, competition is fierce among many companies who are bringing cheaper units out of China or Korea to rebadge and rename and then sell here in the USA. If you don't like the Winix 9500, try the Rabbit Air BioGS. Rabbit Air BioGS annual filter replacement cost is lower than these Winix units. However, they have their flaws too. You can read those in the reviews here and at other websites. Like I said, the Sharp FP A80u for $300 was supposed to be great, but I could only find it at Best Buy Online and talked myself out of it because of future availability of supplies. It was just introduced in the last few months, so it is possible that the Sharp FP A80u is not fully on the market yet. You may want to check back later. The fact that Amazon carried the cheaper, manual mode only, Sharp FP A60u, did make me worry somewhat about what happened to the A80U which adds the much needed "automatic" clean mode.
In the end, as one Review Website put it, as long as you don't buy a cheap air cleaner that pollutes the air through one of two methods, you should see some improvement in purchasing almost any air cleaner. The 2 methods of polluting are units that CREATE ozone, which you don't want. You will see most units claim somewhere that their unit does not do this. The second is in cheap units that let dirty air slip around the edges of the Hepa filter. This creates a problem where small molecules of dirt and bacteria can build up inside the unit itself, causing the exhausted or returned air to actually be dirty, possibly carrying bacteria, etc. That is why I chose the Winix 9500 over the cheaper Winix 5300. Most websites seem to think that having a filter cassette, while increasing cost of filter replacement, may help avoid the leaking of air around a bent or damaged air filter. Some other brands, like Orsani , have addressed this by using a magnetic gasket to hold the filter firmly in place and avoid air leaking around the filter.
I hope this review saves someone a week of valuable time, that they can then spend with the person they love. I felt like after the time I invested, I needed to write something!
ONE MONTH UPDATE
After a month with the Winix 9500, I think I could have been happy with the Sharp FP A60 U, which is manual mode only. I am not really using the fancy automatic modes of operation. I haven't even turned off the Plasmawave. I pretty much run it in manual mode on HIGH most of the time. Just because I want it to move as much air as possible and I tend to move it around each day, to different parts of the house. On the medium and low modes, I just don't feel like the machine is circulating enough air to help.
I like the machine, but truthfully, it is hard for me to really tell if it is helping. I just have to hope that it is. Other than getting rid of immediate odors, who knows if the negative, positive ions thing is working? I keep checking the prefilter and I don't really see as much dust and dirt as I would have hoped. I thought it would be coated by now, but it still looks relatively clean.
If you don't have to have the fancy automatic modes, purchase one of the cheaper models of Sharp or Winix that still allow the deluxe filters to be used in them. The reviews I had read before I purchased claimed that you really did want automatic mode. But I just haven't used it at all, because in automatic mode the unit runs at a very low setting until it senses a need to rev up. This might be great if you have a pet and the unit kicks on when they pass close by. Just understand, it is mopping up the immediate threat in a 6-8 foot circle and then cutting back off. I want it to clean the whole room and remove all of the dust in the air. So I leave it on the high setting all day. I could have done just fine with a "Manual Mode Only" unit, as long as I was still getting the same quality filter.
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If I could, I'd return the product.