Ionic Air Purifier Review 

Retail Price: $39 to $549


OVERVIEW: I am amazed that the ionic type of air purifier (also called ionizer and electrostatic) is still popular, despite the fact that the Ionic Breeze air purifier was pulled off of TV by the Federal Trade Commission. The danger with many ionic air purifiers (not all) is their tendency to create Ozone. For many consumers the name "Ionic Breeze" is even synonymous with the term "Air Purifier" because of the infomercial exposure.

In this Ionic Air Purifier Review I will be giving an overview of the pros and cons of ionic types to help you determine whetehr they are a good fir for your needs. If you're not sure whether ionic is for you or not read on...

WATCH THIS VIDEO: Ionic Breeze and The Dangers of Ozone

How Ionic Air Purifiers Work

Most ionic air purifiers use washable metal plates to capture pollution and kill smoke and odor. The way it works is that most pollutants have either a negative or positive charge. By electrifying metal plates with positive and negative electrons the pollution particles are attracted like a magnet.

The picture below is an example of a "grid" style of collector, which produces less or no ozone compared to the "plate" style found on Oreck and the Ionic Breeze.

Then you have the Oreck style called "Truman Cells" which can create Ozone, although not as much as the Ionic Breeze plates did.

While ozone is a "byproduct" of ionic plates, and not what does the actual work in cleaning the air, different ionic air purifiers will differ in how much, if any, ozone they create. In general the smaller the plates the less the ozone. The grid style seems to create less opportunity for ozone creation.

The big problem with ionic air purifiers, assuming that it does not create ozone, is that most dust and pollen does not have an electric charge, at least not enough to be caught by the grids. Most of the dust in an Oreck machine or the plates is due to static electricity.

Pros and Cons of Ionic

Ionic air purifiers are both inexpensive to make, purchase and maintain. The downside is that they are not very good for dust or pollen.


1 - Inexpensive

2 - Washable which means no replacement filters to buy

3 - Destroys odor and smoke.

4 - Inexpensive to run.


1 - Does not remove dust or pollen like a HEPA filter

2 - Can create ozone which can harm lungs

3 - Does not help with germs, bacteria, viruses

4 - Frequent cleaning required of the plates - every 4 or 5 days

5 - Internal ionizing wires need cleaning after eight to ten days. This will stop a humming noise caused by particle build-up on the charging wire

6 - Like all ionizers, the unit can create a black wall effect if left too long in one spot.

7 - Some ionizers can make an annoying sparking and crackling noises may develop when collector plates and ionizer wires are not kept perfectly clean

Since Ionic Breeze died a sudden death you might want to watch some of the "Top 10 Air Purifier" videos via the menu on the left.

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Ionic Air Purifier Customer Reviews

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Ionic Air Purifier Review - Conclusion

If you have allergies, find an air purifier with HEPA and skip this ionic air purifier review. If you have asthma DO NOT USE IONIC, as it does create some Ozone which can irritate lungs.

If you smoke cigarettes, have an odor problem, or pollution then this might be an inexpensive alternative air purifier. If you smoke you won't have to buy a HEPA filter which gets clogged with nicotine. You can click on the Amazon link below to fidn reviews and to buy a used model, which I would recommend.

I hope this Ionic Air Purifier Review has been of help.

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