The Austin HEALTHMATE Air Purifier is the last air purifier made in the United States. Strong steel casing and four types of filters. I've personally owned many Austin Healthmate Air Purifiers for over 25 years and it's design hasn't changed since my first. That's both good and bad. It's reputation and durability is strong. But it also hasn't added more current technology which I believe is a benefit to other, less expensive brands.
The video review below shows you the insides of my Austin Healthmate Air Purifier. The complete review continues after the video.
1 - HEPA - Best for allergies as it holds pollen, pet hair, and dust.
2 - PreFilter - This filter comes before the HEPA filter and holds hair and dust. This can help the HEPA last longer (To save money I prefer a washable prefilter as you'll find in most newer brands)
3 - Activated carbon - Include the carbon filter (an option) and you'll also gain protection from odors, gas, and chemical fumes. Expensive to replace each year it is perhaps the largest carbon filter on the market.
4 - Zeolite - Also absorbs gases and chemicals. It is found in cat litter because of how well it absorbs odor.
1 - U.S.A. designed and manufactured
2 - Stellar Customer Service
3 - Includes HEPA - which is best for allergies because it removes particles effectively
4 - Filters are all larger than the average HEPA air purifiers.
1 - Initial cost is expensive
2 - Brush motor is loud on medium and high speed
3 - The replacement filters are good sized- but very expensive.
4 - Brush motor can become noisier over time as it wears
5 - No Ultraviolet light and hence little help for removing or killing viruses, germs, and/or bacteria
MSRP Price: $ 519 (if you include carbon and zeolite $580)
Square Footage: 1200 Square feet
Replacement Filters: $200-340 (every 9-12 months on average)
Fan Volume: low/high 20/65 Db
Size: 14.5 x 14.5 x 23 inches
Weight: 45 pounds (It has wheels - a nice feature for easy moving)
Warranty: Solid 5 years on parts and labor, 30-day money-back guarantee. (Shipping Paid by Consumer)
Fan Speeds - 3
2. Particle Removal (Allergens, Dust) 10
3. Immune System Threats (Germs, Virus, etc.) 2
4. Gas Removal (Odor, Chemicals, Smoke) 10
5. Longevity/Quality 7
6. Noise Levels 3
7. Ease of Use 10
8. Warranty 10
9. Customer Service/Reputation (reviews) 10
10. Price Value 7
Score: 73 = Excellent
For the average allergic person or average home I would recommend a newer brand with more modern technology. This will cost less, and save money on electricity and in replacement filters.