In this Alen BreatheSmart Fit50 Review I will look in detail at the main features so that you can make an informed purchasing decision.
The Alen BreatheSmart Fit50 is certainly not a cheap air purifier and you need to fully understand what it is capable of achieving before investing in one for your home or office space.
So, what are the main features that come with the Alen BreatheSmart Fit50?
Alen BreatheSmart Fit50 at a Glance
|Coverage Area (sq. ft.)||900|
|Air Flow Rate||110 - 231 CFM|
|Whisper Max Technology||Yes|
|Smart Sensor Technology||Yes|
|Energy Rating||60W on High Speed|
|Filter Life||up to 12 months|
|Filter Change Indicator||Use and Environment|
|Color Panel Options||14|
|Speed Settings||4 (32.4 - 48.7 dB)|
|Dimensions||22.25" x 16.75" x 10"
|Price||Check Latest Price|
Alen BreatheSmart Fit50 – Main Features
Here is an in-depth look at the most important features on the Alen BreathSmart Fit50 Air Purifier.
1. The HEPA Filter Options
Just like the other models, the Alen BreathSmart Fit50 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 that is designed to remove the 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 Fit50 has a very good CADR Rating of 250.
In addition to scoring well in scientific tests, this machine gets excellent user reviews.
The BreatheSmart Fit50 can handle medium sized rooms measuring up to 900 sq. ft. You will find some reviews and listings suggesting that the coverage is 800 sq. ft., but the manufacturer’s website states 900 sq. ft.
If you need more or less air cleaning power than the Fit50 is capable of achieving, you should check out the other models instead:
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: 32.4 dB
- Speed 2: 38.5 dB
- Speed 3: 44.5 dB
- Speed 4: 48.7 dB
The WhisperQuiet Performance Technology helps to keep the noise emissions from these machines at a more tolerable level.
All air purifiers make a certain amount of noise if they are going to clean effectively, but the WhisperQuiet technology makes the Fit50 one of the quietest options within its class.
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 BreatheSmart Fit50 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
The Fit50 model is significantly quieter than the more powerful Original BreatheSmart model, so don’t be tempted to buy a machine that is more powerful than you need because it comes with an additional noise penalty.
4. Smartsensor Technology
Just like the Original BreatheSmart machine, the BreatheSmart Fit50 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 at any given time (see video below).
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 Fit50 machine every 12 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 Fit50- Videos
Alen BreatheSmart Fit50 – My Verdict
The Alen BreatheSmart Fit50 is a highly effective and stylish looking air purifier.
It is an excellent option for medium sized rooms.
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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