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OVERVIEW: The holmes air purifier ionizer brand has quite a number of inexpensive Air Purifiers that are often sold on infomercials, shopping channels, and in stores like Target. If you're looking for an inexpensive, small room air purifier then I'm sure you've come across the Holmes line. The question is whether the cost, and replacement filter cost, make them a good value.
Did you ever buy an inexpensive piece of clothing, and found that it just didn't last very long? Buying an inexpensive Holmes Air Purifier Ionizer (I have had several) was an experience like that. I absolutely love saving money (I'm from New England after all) but sometimes that has caused me to be short-sighted. I've learned that buying quality can often cost less in the long run. Especially when it comes to appliances and clothing. If it lasts for many years it was a good investment." With that said I can't say I'm a big fan of Holmes, because I know where they are made (in China) and my dealings with the infomercial world (the markup is ridiculous) make me know that they are pretty cheaply made. Of course you're basically talking about a fan, and a cloth Hepa filter with a thin Carbon filter thrown in, so there's not much in it to begin with. With that in mind I will be reviewing the Holmes Ionizer Air Purifier Model HAP756U as a starting point to this question. OTHER BRAND MODELS Names/Numbers include: HAP726U, HAP412N-U HEPA-Type Mini Tower, HAP706-U Allergen Remover Mini Tower, Holmes HAP1200-U LifeLongô HEPA-Type Tower Air Cleaner, HAP8615-U True Hepa Allergen Remover Tower Air
Stage 1 HEPA. Best for cleaning dust and pollen from the air.
Stage 2 Carbon. For removing Odor. Carbon absorbs gases. the carbn n the holmes is particularly small, and while they are inexpensive at $3.50, you have to change it every 2 months or so.
1 - Fairly Inexpensive to Buy
2 - Convenience of buying filters or making a return (stores like Target)
1 - Loud
2 - Expensive Filter Replacements
3 - No pre-filters, nothing to kill mold, mildew, bacteria, or virusesp>
Retail Price: $140.00 - $240.00
Purification Technologies: 2
Square Footage: 418 SQ. Ft.
Replacement Filter Costs: $23/HEPA $3.50/Carbon
YEARLY COSTS: $75.00/year (Hepa $23.00 x 2) (Carbon $3.50 x 8)
Decibel Level: Low/High 26/45
Pro’s - Good for Dust and Pollen
Cons - Not good for Mold, Mildew, Viruses, Germs, Bacteria
Warranty - 5 Year Limited
Number of Speeds - 4
Filters - 2
SIZE - Length: 17.73 Width: 9.26 Height: 18.68
WEIGHT - (ease of moving to different rooms) 16.55 lbs
2. Particle Removal (Allergens, Dust) 7
3. Immune System Threats (Germs, Virus, etc.) 0
4. Gas Removal (Odor, Chemicals, Smoke) 5
5. Longevity/Quality 5
6. Noise Levels 4
7. Ease of Use 10
8. Warranty 7
9. Customer Service/Reputation (reviews) 5
10. Price Value 6
Score: 51 = Fair