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Austin Air HealthMate review

One of the best air purifiers made in the USA — not as powerful but well suited for tackling VOCs and gasses
Published on February 13, 2024
Written by
Danny Ashton
Danny is the founder of HouseFresh and has been writing about air purifiers and indoor air quality since 2010. He is our lead tester, conducting all the tests we use to evaluate air quality products. That is why you will always see his name attached to our reviews.

Our verdict

A made-in-the-USA air purifier that removes VOCs and gasses that won’t be suitable for the majority of consumers. 


Still, for those of you who have concerns about removing gas as well as particles, then this expensive air purifier is worth considering.

Richard Taylor’s wife, Joyce, suffered from respiratory distress syndrome. He noticed that she only had relief when in a clean hospital room. So in 1990, he designed an air purifier that used True Medical HEPA and activated carbon to clean the air inside his home. 

Within a week of using the first device, Joyce could sleep undisturbed for the first time in years. That was the start of Austin Air.

Now, it’s one of the world’s largest air cleaning manufacturers, has 30 employees, and has a revenue of $19.2 million. Austin Air purifiers use much more activated charcoal than what is typically used in consumer air purifiers, with around 15 lbs used in the HealthMate. 

While this means that Austin Air purifiers are among the highest priced on the market, they are great at removing gasses, odors and VOCs that standard air purifiers find much harder to remove. Austin Air was tested by the U.S. Army and fulfilled the largest deployment of air purifiers in American history to support the air quality concerns in post-9/11 NYC. 

TL;DR The Lowdown on the Austin Air HealthMate

“The best air purifier on the market for dealing with gasses, odors and VOCs. Likely overkill for those looking to keep dust and pollen levels low due to its high initial and running costs.”
— Danny Ashton, HouseFresh Founder & Senior Writer

What we really like

15lbs of activated carbon with zeolite (the largest amount we have seen in a consumer air purifier) — perfect for dealing with any issues with gas-based pollutants
Filters last five years before they need to be changed
Simple system to use — three fan speed modes
Wheels allow you to move the purifier to different locations without having to lift
Powerful fan that pushes a good amount of air through both the HEPA and activated charcoal filter

What we think could be better

At maximum fan speed, it pulls 132 watts which are on the higher side compared to similar-performing units
No app support or smart features at all
At 62dB, it’s a little louder than purifiers from Levoit, Alen or Blueair

The specifications

This air cleaner is worthy of consideration for those wanting to remove gasses from their environment. But, at over $700, this air purifier is considered high-end and you are not paying for extra features. The Austin is a powerful fan with a large, activated charcoal filter and true HEPA. 

The most similar comparison we can make would be the IQAir Healthpro Plus. It’s $800 and has a smaller activated charcoal filter but improved performance when dealing with particle pollutants. 

HouseFresh Rating:★★★★☆
Time to clean our test room:36 minutes
Air purifier technology:Carbon Filter, HEPA Filter, Pre-Filter, Large Particle Pre-Filter
Recommended room size:750 to 1500 sq. ft. 
Clean air delivery rate (CADR):150 CFM (estimated based on HouseFresh tests)
Dimensions (in inches / in cm):23H x 14.5W x 14.5D inches (58.4H x 36.8W x 36.8D cm)
Weight (in pounds / in kg):47 lbs (21.3 kg)
Noise level (measured from 3 ft. away):Speed 1: 42 dB
Speed 2: 53.2 dB
Speed 3: 61.5 dB
Filter life:5 years
Electricity consumption (kilowatt-hour):Standby mode: 0 kWh
Speed 1: 61.1 kWh
Speed 2: 85.05 kWh
Speed 3: 147.6 kWh
Estimated running costs (electricity consumption + filter replacements):$254.56 per year
Manufacturer’s warranty:5 years
Country of manufacture:US – Buffalo, New York

Basic but stylish design with a functional control system

I like the basic look of this air purifier. It’s a curved rectangular unit that fits nicely in a modern room.

I could feel the weight of the activated carbon filters as soon as this unit arrived. At 47 lbs (21.3 kg), you might need someone to help when you receive it, but once you have got it out of the box, the included wheels help move it around.

I liked the black color, but you can also choose sandstone if you prefer that color scheme.

The Austin Air team didn’t reinvent the wheel with its control system. The HealthMate has a simple 3-function switch for switching the unit on and for changing the fan speed.

Considering that VOCs and gasses are tricky to detect with current sensor technology, I understand why they don’t use an auto-mode.

When compared side-by-side with the large IQAir Healthpro Plus, you can see that it has a similar floor footprint but is a much shorter unit.

While it might not look big compared to the IQAir, the HealthMate is still one of the largest air purifiers on the market based on weight and dimensions.

Functional design that does the job

The Austin HealthMate uses a True HEPA filter with 15 lbs of activated carbon and zeolite

Zeolite helps improve how well the filter can remove VOCs. It works similarly to activated carbon, absorbing and trapping the gasses. 

Most air purifiers use a HEPA-based filter with a small amount of activated carbon via impregnated fabric or small pellets. The reason that small amounts of carbon are used is down to price and can quickly increase costs for the initial unit and replacement filters.

As most home issues involve particle pollution, they don’t require much carbon to do their job well. 

But in situations that generate a lot of VOCs or gasses, you will want to have the biggest amount of activated carbon available. The Austin Air HealthMate currently has the largest carbon-sized filter in the United States. 

You can see just how big this filter is when comparing it side-by-side with the Levoit Core 300 – this thing in HUGE!

When HEPA-based filters are first delivered, they are often kept in a plastic bag, and this was the case with the Austin Air HealthMate — so I was sure to remove this bag before switching the unit on.

Replacing the filter is not as straightforward as other units. You will need a screwdriver:

Once you have dettached the top of the unit from its body, you will be able to access the filter. Here is how it looks inside:

The Austin Air HealthMate Cleared our test room in 37 minutes

We test all the air purifiers we review here at HouseFresh in the same room of 728 cubic ft and use burning incense to simulate particle pollution. Using the indoor sensor from Purpleair we track the PM1.0ug/m3, PM2.5ug/m3 and PM10.0 ug/m3 and time how long it takes to get the level of PM1 down to 0.

Air cleaning performance test results

The Levoit Core 300S took a little longer than this unit, at 39 minutes, to clean our test room. The Mila air purifier was quicker at 35 minutes.

If this air purifier was designed only to remove particles, then the results could be seen as unimpressive, considering that it cleaned our test room at a similar rate to the Levoit Core 300S, which is available for $150. But you must consider that the Austin Air is designed to remove gasses and VOCs due to its larger-than-normal activated carbon and zeolite filter. 

Luckily our upgraded Purple Air Indoor sensor has the latest BME68 sensor that allows us to also track the level of VOCs in the air. 

Removing gasses takes much longer and even with the large filter of the Austin Air HealthMate, you can see that VOC levels are drastically reduced over the next few hours after we perform our particle test. By 2 PM, we had reduced the level of VOC from 433.65ppm to 50.52ppm. 

  1. In our home lab of 728 cubic feet, we light an incense stick to generate particle pollution and VOCs.
  2. We set up our trusted Purpleair Indoor Sensor with the latest Bosch gas sensor to track levels of PM1ug/m3, PM2.5ug/m3 and PM10ug/m3 and VOCs in the air.
  3. We switch the air purifier to its highest speed and measure how long it takes to get our room air quality down to PM1 level to 0.
  4. We use an energy meter to measure precisely how much electricity is used when running the unit at the lowest and highest fan speed settings.
  5. We track sound levels emitted by the air purifier at different fan speeds with the help of a commercial sound meter.
    sound meter

Noise levels test results

At the lowest fan speed, the Austin Air HealthMate has a comfortable 40dB, but at the highest speed, it reached 62dB, which is a little higher than similar performing units that max out at 52 dB. 

The ability to remove VOCs will likely require a more substantial fan to push the air through the large filter, so more noise is expected. While it’s not painfully loud, it would be something you notice if you had to work in the same room. 

That being said, I know that noise is subjective. Have a listen for yourself so you can assess whether the Austin Air HealthMate is too noisy for you?

The cost to run an Austin Air HealthMate: $254.56 per year

1. Electricity costs = $196.66 per year

At the highest speed, the Austin Air HealthMate pulls 132 watts, equating to $138.76 per year if you run it 24/7, 365 days per year. This is higher than we see with most consumer-grade air purifiers, but again makes sense when you consider the large, activated charcoal filter.. 

2. Filter costs = $57.90 per year

The replacement filters come with one filter that includes the HEPA, activated charcoal/zeolite and prefilter and comes in at a whopping price of $289.99. Still, luckily, you only need to replace the filter every five years, which is way more in line with the costs of other air purifiers on the market. 

Considering the large amounts of activated carbon, the filter costs seem very fair, but it’s still going to be a bit of a shock when you first replace it after five years. 

Several generic filters are a little less to purchase, which brings the total cost of filter replacements down to $149, equaling $30 per year in filter costs. Still, based on reviews, I was wary of the quality and recommend sticking with Austin Air genuine filters.

Austin Air Healthmate Replacement Filter White
PUREBURG Replacement HEPA Filter Kit Compatible with Austin Healthmate FR400, HM400, HM402, HM405, HM410, HM450 Air Purifiers
Large Particle Pre-filter + Medium Particle Pre-filter + Activated Carbon and Zeolite filter + True Medical Grade HEPA filter
HEPA Filter Kit Compatible with Austin Healthmate
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Austin Air Healthmate Replacement Filter White
Large Particle Pre-filter + Medium Particle Pre-filter + Activated Carbon and Zeolite filter + True Medical Grade HEPA filter
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PUREBURG Replacement HEPA Filter Kit Compatible with Austin Healthmate FR400, HM400, HM402, HM405, HM410, HM450 Air Purifiers
HEPA Filter Kit Compatible with Austin Healthmate
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Bottom line

If you don’t have any issues with VOCs or gasses, choose a cheaper air purifier from Levoit, Blueair, Coway or Alen. 

But if you have health concerns or significant issues with outdoor pollution gasses, you can’t get much better than the Austin Air HealthMate and its 15 lbs of activated carbon and zeolite.

It has much more activated carbon than the IQAir Healthpro Plus and comes in cheaper both to buy and run. Still, its performance for just particles is less than that of the IQAir unit. For those looking for the best air purifier for VOCs, the Austin Air HealthMate is one of the leading air purifiers. 


We calculated the monthly energy consumption costs with the help of the Department of Energy’s appliance energy calculator. We calculated yearly costs associated with running Austin Air HealthMate for 24hs a day for 365 days. We ran this calculation utilizing the U.S. average utility rate of $0.12/kWh as of September 2023.

At HouseFresh, we have been reviewing air quality products since 2010. In all these years, we learned not to rely on manufacturers’ claims and the ever-so-glowing marketing materials. That is why we buy products with our own money, so we can write unbiased reviews after we’ve had enough time to evaluate air quality products in our home lab. Every unit we recommend has been thoroughly tested to assess its performance, energy consumption, and noise levels emitted in real-life environments. If you have any questions about our testing process for different types of air quality products, just drop us an email at hello@housefresh.com.

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About the author

Danny Ashton

Danny is the founder of HouseFresh and has been writing about air purifiers and indoor air quality since 2010. He is our lead tester, conducting all the tests we use to evaluate air quality products. That is why you will always see his name attached to our reviews.