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Honeywell True HEPA Allergen Remover Review

Great air cleaning performance somewhat offset by loud fan and high costs
Honeywell True HEPA Allergen Remover
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Price:   $180 List
Pros:  Excellent air cleaning performance
Cons:  Loud fan, relatively high operating costs
Manufacturer:   Honeywell
By Buck Yedor, Max Mutter, and Steven Tata  ⋅  Jun 17, 2021
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  • Air Cleaning Performance - 40% 8
  • Noise - 25% 4
  • Ease of Use - 25% 7
  • Operating Cost - 10% 4

Our Verdict

The Honeywell True HEPA Allergen Remover offers high performance when it comes to air purification. It's a great air purifier but has a somewhat noisy fan and operating costs that are slightly above average. If you're not too sensitive to noise, it is a great machine, but you can find better values elsewhere.

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Pros Excellent air cleaning performanceQuiet, low operating costs, excellent priceQuiet, low operating costsGood air cleaning performance, low overall costInexpensive, low operating costs
Cons Loud fan, relatively high operating costsLower power for larger roomsMediocre power, few settingsSomewhat expensive replacement filtersPoor air cleaning performance, flimsy construction
Bottom Line Great air cleaning performance somewhat offset by loud fan and high costsIt's quiet, well designed, and relatively inexpensive, but is suitable for smaller room sizesAn inexpensive, decent overall machine with few notable qualitiesA great combination of good performance and low cost make this a great budget optionA low cost model with correspondingly poor performance
Rating Categories Honeywell True HEPA... Levoit LV-H132 Pure Enrichment Pur... GermGuardian AC4300... Holmes HEPA Type De...
Air Cleaning Performance (40%)
8.0
5.0
4.0
6.0
3.0
Noise (25%)
4.0
9.0
9.0
6.0
6.0
Ease Of Use (25%)
7.0
8.0
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5.0
Operating Cost (10%)
4.0
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Specs Honeywell True HEPA... Levoit LV-H132 Pure Enrichment Pur... GermGuardian AC4300... Holmes HEPA Type De...
Dimensions 20" x 11" x 22.5" 7.5" x 7.5" x 13" 10.8" x 6.9" x 12.1" 8.88" x 6.38" x 22" 13" x 10" x 5.5"
Weight 17 lb 8.45 lb 6.5 lb 9.45 lb 4.7 lb
CADR 300 CFM 110 CFM 80 CFM 100 CFM 70 CFM
True HEPA Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Estimated Lifetime Cost $771 $323 $279 $495 $143
Airborne Particulate Reduction After 1 Hour (%) 99.78% 95.66% 93.58% 99.39% 89.49%

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


The Honeywell scores exceptionally well in the air cleaning...
The Honeywell scores exceptionally well in the air cleaning performance metric.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Air Cleaning Performance


The Honeywell is one of the top performers in our air cleaning tests, sharing the top score with three other models. Its CADR (clean air delivery rate) of 300 is one of the largest of the models we tested, making it suitable for large rooms of up to 450 square feet.


That power allowed it to remove 99.78% of the airborne particles in our testing room within half an hour. This is the fastest any model reached such a reduction. However, it didn't continue to lower the particulate count over the next half hour of testing, whereas some other models reached just slightly higher percentages by the end of the test. It is one of the best models in odor reduction, but it still had trouble removing the harsh smokey smell from our testing room.

Noise


Noise is one of the Honeywell's downfalls. While we didn't find any of our purifiers to be unbearably noisy, the Honeywell is one of the lower scorers. On high it makes a high-pitched shriek that is very noticeable. If you're the kind of person who likes white noise, it may fade into the background, but it might become quite distracting if you are sensitive to noises. Turning the Honeywell down to medium and low knocks the volume down a peg, but the pitch remains the same and was still noticeable.

Ease of Use


Here, the Honeywell falls behind the top scorers. It has simple, clear buttons on the top of the unit that allow you to select one of four fan speeds easily, and set the off timer. The only downside is its size. At 17 pounds, it is the heaviest model we tested, and thus the hardest to move around. It does have two recessed handles that make the task of moving it around a little easier, but most comparable models are at least four pounds lighter.

The Honeywell is fairly heavy, but its handles make it a bit more...
The Honeywell is fairly heavy, but its handles make it a bit more portable.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Operating Cost


The Honeywell is again one of the low scorers in our operating cost metric. Its estimated lifetime cost came out to a whopping $771. That high cost starts with the list price. It is also the most power-hungry of the models we tested, gobbling up 0.065 kWh of electricity for each hour of operation. Assuming average electricity rates, this works out to $34.16 every year. The filters are actually relatively cheap, lasting one year and costing just $60.

The Honeywell's control panel.
The Honeywell's control panel.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Value


The True HEPAoffers great air cleaning performance and is priced accordingly. Its high list price and $771 estimated lifetime cost are both on the high end.

Conclusion


The Honeywell True HEPA Allergen Remover is a great performer, but a relatively loud fan and high price make the Coway a better choice for most people seeking top-notch performance.

Buck Yedor, Max Mutter, and Steven Tata