Blueair Air Purifier Review and Test Results

Price: $440-600


OVERVIEW: When I first took my Blueair air purifier apart I immediately saw that they are going for particle removal, and trying to do it right. They are going for the higher-priced, high-quality end of the market. I wondered whether the high price of their units (in my opinion) was because:

1 They are made in Sweden, rather than China (labor costs).

2 They are modeling the IQAIR Purifier Company from Sweden which also goes for the high-priced, high-quality end of the market ($899-1200)

Most of their models are great for particle removal but what they don't cover is germs, viruses, and bacteria. Often that is the tradeoff companies have to make - go for particle removal, and skip ultraviolet and other germ/virus technology to stay competitive. So we're talking Hepa, or Hepa-like and electrostatic filters. I have several of their models and will be doing video reviews shortly to take you inside the machine. I start my review with the popular Blueair air purifier 503 Model(formerly the 501)

Video Review of the Blueair Air Purifier 503

Compare the Blueair Air Purifier to Other Brands

Company History

The Blueair air purifier line is from Sweden (although I'm not sure if it is still made there. Swedish labor is much more expensive than China). Founded in 1996 they have established themselves as a worldwide player in the air purifier market.

OTHER BRAND MODELS include the 203, 270E, 303, 403, 450E, 550E, 603, 650E, and ECO10.

Pros and Cons


1 - Filter Change Indicator Light so as not to void warranty

2 - Durable steel construction

3 - Has wheel casters (great if you want to move it alot

4 - Quiet (although in quiet move doesn't move much air)

5 - Energy Efficient


1 - Not a true Hepa filter - 'Hepa-like"

2 - No pre-filter, short filter life (6 months) as a result - electrostatic probably clogs up more and is less efficient as a result

3 - The seating of the filters in the housing is not a tight seal and allows for some air to by-pass reducing the air cleaning efficiency

4 - Nothing to kill viruses, bacteria or mold/mildew

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Specifications and Technologies

Blueair 503 Air Purifier

Retail Price: $ $440 - $600

Purification Technologies: 3 - Electrostatic, ionizer, HEPAsilent (choice of HEPASilent particle and gas filters or Smokestop filters for better smoke removal.)

What technologies Missing: TIO2, UV, prefilters

Square Footage: 580 SQ. Ft.

Replacement Filter Costs:recommended to change every 6 months: 3 Particle Filters/3 Smokestop particle filters

Yearly Costs: $230/Year

SPEEDS-NOISE LEVEL: 3 speeds Low 32db & High -68decibels

Pro’s - Good for pollen, dust, allergens, smoke

Cons - Not good for viruses, germs, mold, bacteria

Warranty - Warranty: 5-year limited manufacturer's warranty only valid if you replace the filters every 6 months

Number of Speeds - 3

Years In Business: 14

"Richardson" Air Purifier Rating

1. Technologies Included: (out of of 10 technologies) 3

2. Particle Removal (Allergens, Dust) 9

3. Immune System Threats (Germs, Virus, etc.) 0

4. Gas Removal (Odor, Chemicals, Smoke) 8

5. Longevity/Quality 10

6. Noise Levels 10

7. Ease of Use 9

8. Warranty 5 (very strict)

9. Customer Service/Reputation (reviews) 9

10. Price Value 5

Score: 68 = Good


The Blueair is one of the air purifiers which can handle cigarette smoke and I recommend it for people who smoke. On the allergy end it does a good job, but is a bit expensive and I might recommend something that does as well for a lower price if that is your need. Well-made, and sturdy.

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