The Alen BreatheSmart Air Purifier has become a very popular option for those who are looking to combine highly effective air particle removal with stylish good looks.
In this Alen BreatheSmart Air Purifier Review I will look in detail at the main features so that you can make an informed purchasing decision.
The Alen BreatheSmart is not a cheap air purifier and you need to fully understand what it can do before investing in one for your home or office space.
So, what are the main features that come with the Alen BreatheSmart Air Purifier and is it worth the price tag?
Alen BreatheSmart at a Glance
|Coverage Area (sq. ft.)||1100|
|Air Flow Rate||150 - 286 CFM|
|Whisper Max Technology||Yes|
|Smart Sensor Technology||Yes|
|Energy Rating||105W on High Speed|
|Filter Life||up to 9 months|
|Filter Change Indicator||Use and Environment|
|Color Panel Options||14|
|Speed Settings||4 (41.5 - 56 dB)|
|Dimensions||26.75" x 17.75" x 10"
|Price||Check Latest Price|
Alen BreatheSmart Air Purifier – Main Features
So, let’s have a closer look at some of the most important features on the Alen BreathSmart Air Purifier.
1. The HEPA Filter Options
The Alen BreathSmart Air Purifier comes with a HEPA filter.
Rather than supply exactly the same general HEPA filter with every machine, Alen offer you 4 different filters to choose from, depending upon your specific needs.
Each of these HEPA filters is said to be capable of removing 99% of air particles as small as 0.3 microns.
The HEPA-Pure Filter is the standard option for everyday use and it comes with 3 layers of filter to remove dust, pet dander, mold spores and pollen from the home. This would probably be the first choice for those who are looking for a general all-purpose air purifier.
The HEPA-Silver Filter is similar to the HEPA-Pure in that it removes dust and mold spores. It is, however, also targeted more towards allergy sufferers and claims to deal with germ particles too.
The HEPA-Fresh Plus Filter is a more specialised option and is targeted towards removing smoke, VOCs and heavier chemicals.
VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compounds – they are potentially harmful very small particles that HEPA filters often fail to deal with.
Finally, the HEPA-Odorcell Filter is designed more for those who are concerned about removing odors from the home, including pet and diaper smells.
If you change your mind later on, or if your air purification needs change over time, you can simply buy a replacement filter of a different type.
Whichever HEPA filter you choose, the machine also comes with a cleanable pre-filter to remove larger particles so that the HEPA filter can concentrate on removing the more difficult smaller particles.
2. CADR Rating & Room Size
CADR stands for Clean Air Delivery Rate.
An air purifier’s CADR Rating tells you how well that particular machine performed in scientific tests that are designed to assess their ability to remove smoke, pollen, and dust particles from a standardised room.
The Alen BreatheSmart has an excellent CADR Rating of 300.
In addition to scoring well in scientific tests, this machine gets excellent user reviews.
As for room coverage, the original Alen BreatheSmart can handle large rooms measuring up to 1,100 sq. ft.
If you don’t need that much air cleaning power, the other models are suitable for the following room sizes:
Please note that, whilst the Flex model is suitable for room sizes of up to 700 sq ft., it does not come with the Smartsensor or Whisper Smart technologies.
3. Speed Settings and WhisperQuiet Technology
There are 4 speed options to choose from.
The higher the speed setting, the more efficient the air cleaning process.
The noise emission levels for each speed setting are:
- Speed 1: 41.5 dB
- Speed 2: 44 dB
- Speed 3: 50 dB
- Speed 4: 56 dB
The WhisperQuiet Performance Technology helps to keep the noise emissions from these machines at a more tolerable level. A certain amount of noise is inevitable with any high quality air purifier, but there are other machines on the market that are unbearably loud at certain settings, which is why Alen introduced the WhisperQuiet technology.
Everyone has their own personal tolerance levels for noise emissions, but the general consensus amongst those who have reviewed these machines is that they are only noticeably noisy on the top speed setting.
The Alen BreatheSmart comes with some other sleep-friendly and child-friendly features, including:
- A “lights off” mode for night time operation
- A locking control panel
- A child-safe vent guard
4. Smartsensor Technology
The Alen BreatheSmart air purifier comes with Smartsensor Technology.
This means that you won’t have to spend time constantly thinking about which of the 4 speed options to choose.
Instead, the Smartsensor technology checks the air quality in your room and automatically adjusts the machine’s speed setting to the most suitable one. This is obviously a very nice convenience feature, but it also ensures that you are running the machine on a setting that will clean your air without being on too high a setting. This can save your ears from unnecessary noise and your bank balance from unnecessarily high electricity charges.
In addition, there is a warning light system to tell you how polluted the air in the room is.
5. Optional Ionizer
Although the HEPA filters ought to be good enough to deal with most of the unwanted air particles, there is an optional ionizer unit.
Personally, I am not a fan of ionizers due to the risk of excessive ozone emissions into the home.
Alen claim that their machines are “ozone-safe”, and they may be right, but I am still a bit cautious about this issue.
You will have to make your own mind up about whether or not you need to use the optional ionizer unit on this machine.
6. Filter Life & Replacement
The lifetime of any filter will depend upon how often and how intensively it is used.
As a rough guide, however, you will need to replace the filter on the BreatheSmart machine every 8-9 months or so.
You don’t need to keep track of how long a filter has been in use because the air purifier itself will actually tell you when the filter needs to be replaced.
7. Lots of Nice Color Options
The Alen BreathSmart Air Purifier is undoubtedly one of the most stylish and contemporary looking machines on the market today and you should be able to find one that suits the decor in your home.
There are some quite traditional color panel options, like white or black, but there is also a wide range of more interesting color options to choose from.
Alen BreatheSmart – Videos
Alen BreatheSmart Air Purifier – My Verdict
The Alen BreatheSmart is a high quality air purifier that comes with the added bonus of looking nice.
You can read my comparison reviews of the Alen BreatheSmart air purifiers here:
- BreatheSmart vs BreatheSmart Fit50
- BreatheSmart Flex vs BreatheSmart Fit50
- BreatheSmart vs BreatheSmart Flex
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