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TruSens Z-2000 Review

Easy to use and powerful, it is ideal for those dealing with common pollen and pet allergies
TruSens Z-2000
Credit: TruSens
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Price:   $279 List | $259.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Good air cleaning performance, seperate air quality meter, quiet
Cons:  Expensive upfront cost, no CADR rating
Manufacturer:   TruSens
By Buck Yedor, Max Mutter, and Michelle Powell  ⋅  Jun 17, 2021
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  • Air Cleaning Performance - 40% 7
  • Noise - 25% 9
  • Ease of Use - 25% 9
  • Operating Cost - 10% 5

Our Verdict

The TruSens Z-2000 is one of the best options for those with severe allergies. It is user-friendly, has excellent air cleaning performance, and is incredibly quiet. One of the most unique features this device offers is an air quality sensing pod that can be placed anywhere in your house. The pod can be set to automatically engage the machine based on air quality readings around your house. While this unit doesn't have some of the official certifications other air purifiers have, it showed excellent results in our testing lab. If you can get over the high upfront cost, this is a great tool for those in desperate need of relief from allergies.

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Pros Good air cleaning performance, seperate air quality meter, quietExceptional air cleaning performance, very quiet operation, simple user experienceExcellent air cleaning performance, quiet operation, average lifetime costQuiet, low operating costs, excellent priceExcellent air cleaning performance, quiet operation, large CADR
Cons Expensive upfront cost, no CADR ratingExpensiveExpensive upfront costLower power for larger roomsVery high operating costs
Bottom Line Easy to use and powerful, it is ideal for those dealing with common pollen and pet allergiesExcellent, high quality air cleaning performance from a quiet and convenient applianceA top performing model that combines average lifetime costs to create a great valueIt's quiet, well designed, and relatively inexpensive, but is suitable for smaller room sizesA top notch, powerful model that boasts excellent performance, but also demands top notch spending
Rating Categories TruSens Z-2000 Winix 5500-2 Coway AP-1512HH Levoit LV-H132 Blueair Pure 211+
Air Cleaning Performance (40%)
7.0
8.0
8.0
5.0
8.0
Noise (25%)
9.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
8.0
Ease Of Use (25%)
9.0
9.0
8.0
8.0
6.0
Operating Cost (10%)
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8.0
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Specs TruSens Z-2000 Winix 5500-2 Coway AP-1512HH Levoit LV-H132 Blueair Pure 211+
Dimensions 12.6" x 11.6" x 25.4" 8.2" × 15" × 23.6" 16.5" x 9.5" x 18.5" 7.5" x 7.5" x 13" 12.8" x 12.8" x 20.25"
Weight 7.4 lb 15.4 lb 12.7 lb 8.45 lb 12.2 lb
CADR N/A 246 CFM 240 CFM 110 CFM 350 CFM
True HEPA No Yes Yes Yes No
Estimated Lifetime Cost $597 $660 $556 $323 $1,105
Airborne Particulate Reduction After 1 Hour (%) 99.85% 99.99% 99.84% 95.66% 99.95%

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


The TruSens is a high performer in the air quality metric.
The TruSens is a high performer in the air quality metric.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Air Cleaning Performance


The TruSens is one of our top performers in this metric. After just half an hour in our smoky testing room, it removed an impressive 98.15% of the airborne particulates sized 2.5 microns or larger. After one hour, that reduction in airborne particles was nearly complete, reaching a level of 99.85%. Though none of the purifiers we tested were particularly proficient at reducing the smoky odor in our testing room, the Z-2000 was one of the better models. The room smelled noticeably less pungent at the end of the hour, though the smoke smell was still readily apparent.


We didn't award the Z-2000 a top score in this metric because it doesn't have a clean air delivery rate (CADR) rating from the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM). CADR allows you to judge how large of a room the purifier can handle and is one of the few truly comparable certifications awarded to consumer-level air purifiers. The Z-2000 claims it can handle rooms of up to 375 square feet, which would imply a CADR of 250, but that number has not been certified by AHAM.


Air Quality Sensor Pod


Many purifiers have air quality sensors and a corresponding auto mode that allows the purifier to ramp up and down in response to its senses. The problem with these sensors is that they are almost always located on the purifier itself. The inherent problem here is that the cleanest air in your home will likely be the air right next to your purifier, and that is the air the meter will be measuring. The Z-2000 offers an air quality pod --essentially a separate air quality meter-- that you can place anywhere in your home. Thus you can put the Z-2000 into auto mode and have it react to the air quality right next to your bed or favorite couch instead of the air right next to the purifier itself.

Bathing the TruSens' remote air quality monitor in smoke.
Bathing the TruSens' remote air quality monitor in smoke.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Noise


The Z-2000 is one of our favorite models for those that are sensitive to noise. It has a virtually silent whisper setting, and even its normal low modes barely make any noise. Higher settings are certainly audible, but the pitch stays low and consistent, mostly blending into the background, and actually providing somewhat of a pleasant white noise (if you're into that kind of thing). Even the highest turbo mode stays a lower hum that isn't too grating.


Ease of Use


Of all the purifiers we've tested, the Z-2000 offers one of the best user experiences. From setup to operation, we didn't hit any snags. Setting up the Z-2000 couldn't be easier — unwrap the filters, plop them in, and you're good to go.


Even the air quality sensor pod pairs automatically the minute you plug it in (the pod communicates with the purifier wirelessly but still needs to be plugged into an outlet). The controls are super straightforward, and there is even a color-coded air quality readout shown when using the sensor pod. It offers four different fan settings, an auto mode, two, four, eight, and 12 hour off timers, and a quiet night mode.

A colored light ring indicates the reading from the remote air...
A colored light ring indicates the reading from the remote air quality meter. We tuned it red by lighting some paper on fire right next to the sensor.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Weighing only 7.4 pounds and providing a built-in carrying handle, the Z-2000 is also very easy to move from room to room.

Operating Cost


This is the only area where the Z-2000 wasn't a particular standout in our testing. Still, its overall costs are fairly average, and you get great performance in return.


The high list price of $279 is where most of the Z-2000's costs lie. Once you make that initial investment, the costs are fairly low: replacement filters average $58 per year, and low energy usage results in an estimated $5.81 of electricity per year of regular use. This combines into an estimated lifetime cost of $597 over an average five-year lifespan.

The unit is very light and has a large carrying handle.
The unit is very light and has a large carrying handle.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Value


The Z-2000 certainly isn't the cheapest purifier on the market, but it provides great performance for relatively middle-of-the-road lifetime costs.

Conclusion


The TruSens Z-2000 is a powerful purifier that removes most allergens from the air. If you can stomach the relatively high upfront cost, it is a great tool in the never-ending battle against pollen and pet dander.

Buck Yedor, Max Mutter, and Michelle Powell