Austin Air Purifiers are the last remaining air purifier produced and manufactured in the U.S. It features a sturdy outer sheath made of steel and while primarily a well-made HEPA air purifier it has 3 more technologies. Having owned many Austin Air Purifiers I will stress that they look and operate the same as they did years ago. There are pro's and con's to that fact. The pro is that it has a stellar reputation. The con is that it has failed to keep up with other models that include more technologies like UV to kill viruses and germs.
In the video below I take apart my Austin Air Purifier. After the video the review (along with spec sheets and ratings) continues.
1 - HEPA - Preferred for allergies because it grabs and retains pollen, hair, and dust particles.
2 - PreFilters - A pre-filter grabs large particles like hair and dust. It extends the life of the HEPA filter. The Austin version is a good pre-filter, although I would prefer they had a washable filter like many other brands now offer.
3 - Activate carbon - This is an optional filter and it grabs and retains odors, gases and chemical fumes. Especially important for people with chemical sensitivities. Quite pricey to replace every 9-12 months it is none the less a very hefty size filter making it better than most you;ll find.
4 - Zeolite - Very similar to carbon it was nice to see someone add Zeolite for it's ability to absorb chemicals from the air.
1 - Made in the US
2 - Superior Customer Service
3 - Large HEPA - a good sized HEPA filter makes it effective for allergies
1 - One of the more expensive air purifiers
2 - It's older style brush-type motor is noisy
3 - HEPa and Carbon replacement filters are expensive
4 - Without UV light, Tio2, or negative ions it fails to help with viruses, mold, germs, and/or bacteria
Amazon Price: $ 519 ( $580 with optional Carbon Filter)
Technology Inlcuded: 4
Square Footage claimed: 1200 Square feet
Replacement Filters: $200-340 (replace these every nine months on average)
Fan Noise: low/high = 20/65 Db
Size: 14.5 x 14.5 x 23.0 inches
Weight: 45 pounds (castors provided for easy moving
Warranty: 5 years for parts & labor, plus a 30-day money-back guarantee (just pay shipping to return)
Fan Speeds - 3
2. Removing Particles (Pollen, Dust) 10
3. Immune Protection (Germs, Virus, Bacteria, etc.) 2
4. Gases (Odor, Fumes, Smoke) 10
5. Quality 7
6. Noise 3
7. Easy to use 10
8. Warranty Terms 10
9. Reputation (reviews) 10
10. Cost Value 7
Score: 73 = Excellent