Some products dominate smart home discussion, like thermostats, lighting and security devices. Yet, there are plenty more out there that have adopted smart home connectivity and functions to make them more useful or informative.
Among these are air purifiers, which are ideal for those suffering from poor air quality or in homes where people have allergies and other breathing issues.
We take a look at the products on the market, to see if their smartness does actually make them any smarter and which are the most likely to benefit
The basics of an air purifier are that it use HEPA class filters, as found in most smart vacuum cleaners, to remove allergens, mold and bacteria from the air.
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Dyson Pure Cool Link Air Purifier
British firm Dyson has been building smaller and more powerful motors to shift are around in its range of vacuums, hand dryers and other products.
That technology allows it a natural entry into the air purifier market, with the Cool Link using the powerful motor to suck air in at the base and the specially designed fins to help circulate air quietly around the room, it swivels to provide even airflow around the room.
This provides a cooling effect in summer and inside the base, a 360° Glass HEPA filter removes those unwanted particles from the air. These include pollen, bacteria and fluff down to a mere 0.3 microns.
There’s also a layer of activated carbon granules that the air passes through on the way up that helps eliminates any odors and toxins, which might be present in paint or home cleaning products. Up the budget to $600 (For the latest prices and discounts, check here) and you can get a model that also provides heating.
Unlike most products that just do their job, the Dyson comes with a WiFi connection and smartphone app that will provide live air quality information to keep people at home in the loop as to how their home, check their air quality history, operate the Cool Link via remote control to adjust features including airflow speed, sleep timer and oscillation, it also provides fast access to FAQs and support.
To set the Cool Link up, you attach the top part to the base, and can use the provided remote or use your smartphone with the app. This asks for your WiFi details to set up a connection to the unit.
Turn it on and hold the button for five seconds to pair the devices, create a local WiFi connection to the Dyson.
Using the app you can run the Dyson from slow and silent modes (1-4 settings) to powerful (5-10), which provides some noise, while shifting air at up to 41.4 liters a second, with a thin whining, that may or not be distracting depending on the environment.
An auto mode will run the unit only when it thinks the air is getting dirty, and night mode operates it as quietly as possible and dims the LED display.
Consumables come in the form of the filter, which should last for around six months to a year with typical usage. This product is big at 40-inches tall, so should be placed out of reach of pets and children.
Honeywell Bluetooth Smart True HEPA Allergen Remover
A more compact device compared to the Dyons, Honeywell’s Allergen Remove is Bluetooth powered to provide smartphone app control. With the same class of HEPA filter, it promises to remove the same type and level of particulates as the Dyson, but is more practical for any room up to 310 square feet.
The app provides, allergen alert settings, auto-set, a proximity sensor, the ability to create custom schedules, reminders to change the filter plus online documentation and registration.
Measuring 17.7 x 10.1 x 18.9 inches it is half the size of the Dyson, and is also pretty quiet in lower operating modes, with fan noise only evident at
Being smart, the device can keep monitoring local pollen counts and automatically adjust its cleaning levels depending on the changing conditions. It has a better looking app than the Dyson and top mounted controls for
Users can also customize their units to auto adjust based on allergen levels in their zip code. If running normally, then the proximity sensor stops it working when you leave the room.
Otherwise it will run to one pre-set schedule, but isn’t clever enough to run variable schedules, although app updates could fix that.
Alen BreatheSmart FIT50 Customizable Air Purifier
Smart doesn’t always require an app and the Alen comes with its smart sensor built in, to monitor the air, while accepting a range of filters to deal with the owner’s specific environmental needs.
It is also suitable for larger rooms, and comes with a range of color panels to ensure it fits in with the decor, which makes this pretty smart in our book.
Live your best with the best-in-class performance of theAlen BreatheSmart FIT50 Customizable Air Purifier with HEPA-Silver Filter to Remove Allergies, Mold & Bacteria for cleaner, breathable air throughout the home and beyond.
Perfect for living rooms, open concept rooms, and other large rooms up to 900 square feet, the BreatheSmart FIT50 with HEPA-Silver filter features an antimicrobial coating to protect the filter against growth of harmful
bacteria and microbes.
Alen’s exclusive SmartSensor feature automatically detects and adjusts to changing air quality, prolonging filter life and conserving energy. WhisperMax technology uses pink noise to eliminate irritating high frequency sounds, enabling the BreatheSmart FIT50 to purify the air while maintaining a peaceful home environment.
BreatheSmart FIT50 is fully customizable, offering four different filter types to accommodate changing air purification needs, and 14 panel color options to match your home decor. All of Alen’s air purifiers include a lifetime warranty, ensuring years of pure air for your home.
With a range of different base models available from the Fur Family for pet owners to OdorCell for those with smelly children (possibly) and the FreshPlus to keep the air quality high, you can pick and choose your type and color from a wide range, which is very useful.
They are also available in 2,3, or 4 packs for those with lots of territory to cover, or multiple properties, but there is no specific saving.
The Alen BreatheSmart FIT50 seems best left in its automatic mode, which can intelligently adjust performance to provide the best air quality for a room, while maximizing filter life and saving the user both energy and money.
Built with tuning and aerodynamics in mind, the Alen range is also pretty quiet in most operating modes.
|Dyson Pure Cool Link Air Purifier||$399 (For the latest prices and discounts, check here)||Wi-Fi Enabled with Dyson Link App||$70 for a new filter||Automatically removes 99.97% of allergens and pollutants as small as 0.3 microns. Cools you in summer.||Blue or white|
|Honeywell Bluetooth Smart True HEPA Allergen Remover||$250 (For the latest prices and discounts, check here)||Bluetooth||$9 for a Carbon Air Purifier Pre-Filter
$38 for two True HEPA Replacement Filters
|True HEPA filter captures up to 99.97 percent of microscopic allergens such as mold spores, pollen, dust, smoke and pet dander as small as 0.3 microns
Removes airborne germs and reduces common household odors and VOCs
|Alen BreatheSmart FIT50 Customizable Air Purifier||$550 (For the latest prices and discounts, check here)||Integral smart sensor||Various filters from $79||Ideal for larger rooms up to 800 square feet. Comes with HEPA-Silver Filter technology to reduce allergies, asthma, mold and bacteria.||Variety of color shells|
These three products provide very different levels of smart, with the WiFi Dyson ideal for those in need of control from afar, the Bluetooth Honeywell suitable for those that are home lots and the Alen takes control of everything but provides a wide range of options for specific types of home and environment.
Patrick Sinclair is a geek; make no mistake about that. He runs All Home Robotics in his spare time so he doesn’t have to think about his depressing cubicle and it gives him an excuse to buy expensive gadgets to review!