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The Bell Howell Ionizer Air Purifier has been the most poorly rated air purifier by most Amazon consumers, despite the company's reputation. I'm amazed that everyone from QVC to Target still sells this item. Some of the most frequent comments include:
1) "ozone smell" (which I will explain later)
2) "Hard to remove the cover to clean"
3) Broke down
The Bell Howell ionizer air purifier is a small room air purifier which uses almost the same technology as the ionic breeze, namely charged plates. If it was purely a negative ionizer (without the plates) it would be good for smoke, mold and pollution but with the washable plates it creates potentially dangerous ozone. As one consumer commented:
"It worked more or less ok for a few months except for the dang ozone smell you get sometimes, and then a few days ago I decided to clean the inside tube but after I reinserted it the thing stopped working. They designed this so poorly that the switch to turn it on is embedded with the button to take the removable panel off so any slight force will break the whole darn thing. I was close to order an oreck cheap but decided against it and cancelled the order after learning you have to buy new filters. Was deciding to get the XL model but learned those things are garbage as well after reading the negative reviews.
Negative ions have a positive effect on health and can remove odor and smoke. It does not work on dust or pollen however. By themselves they are an inexpensive technology. The problem with this air purifier is that it uses negative ionization plus a "wipeable" plate. Herein lies the problem.
1 - Inexpensive
2 - No filters to change
3 - Will help smoke and odor
1 - Cheaply made
2 - Not effective for dust, pollen, germs
3 - No warranty
4 - Small rooms only
Retail Price: $ 59.95 is the suggested retail but Amazon sells it for $29.95
Purification Technologies: 1
Square Footage: 300 SQ. Ft. when using Turbo speed (or so it is claimed)
Replacement Filter Costs: 0
Yearly Costs: $30
Decibel Level: Unavailable
Warranty - none (except regular store return)
Number of Speeds - 2
Filters - 1
2. Particle Removal (Allergens, Dust) 2
3. Immune System Threats (Germs, Virus, etc.) 0
4. Gas Removal (Odor, Chemicals, Smoke) 5
5. Longevity/Quality 2
6. Noise Levels N/A
7. Ease of Use 10
8. Warranty N/A
9. Customer Service/Reputation (reviews) 3
10. Price Value 2
Score: 25 = Poor
A better idea is to spend a little more and get a lot more in return.