From allergens to smelly pets (or kids), we could all use a little fresh air now and then. I’m one of those “misses work” type allergy sufferers. I’ve spent a lot of money over the years in an effort to get some relief, especially when I’m home and out of the deadly winds of the desert. My latest weapon in the battle against airborne particulates? The Oreck Air Response air purifier. How does it stack up?
To start with, let’s talk indoor air purifier options. For years, I’ve sworn by my Blueair Classic 505. It’s quiet, it’s effective, it’s big in a “we’re gonna need a bigger boat” kind of way, and it’s $800. That’s perhaps a worthwhile investment for a room like a bedroom where breathing is particularly helpful, but what about the rest of the house? There are plenty of nooks and crannies in the average home that are just crying out for a little air-cleaning love, and I can say that this little Oreck does a heck of a job.
The Air Response I am reviewing is the medium size, weighing in at just under 12lbs compared to my Blueair 505’s 33lbs. It’s also less than half the size at 8.5″ x 16.3″ x 18.6″. Don’t let its small size fool you, however, as it can really move some air when you need it to. This smaller unit is designed to completely recycle the air in a roughly 200 square foot room in 12 minutes when at its highest speed. The unit uses a two-stage filtration system starting with an activated carbon filter for odor reduction, then a HEPA filter. The cost to replace both is $29.99, which I don’t feel is excessive for the performance. The display on top of the unit will alert you when you need to order a new filter, and though I’ve thrown everything I can at it for a month, I haven’t been asked to replace the filter. Given that replacement filters is where most companies “get you,” I’m encouraged by the low cost of replacements.