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Holmes Air Purifier Reviews

Last updated June 3, 2021

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Author avatar Danny Ashton

Danny as been writing about air purifiers for 10+ years. He is a major fan of home technology, which makes him the perfect person to test and evaluate products for HouseFresh

Holmes has been making air purifiers since 1982. 

Similar to the Brookstone and Therapure air purifiers, they are often found in big box shops like Walmart, Bed Bath and Beyond, Target, and Costco. 

The general reputation around Holmes air purifiers is that they are decent they are still a budget purifier so they are unlikely to work well in large homes or those with specific medical needs like asthma.

If you are just looking for an air purifier for a small room then a machine from Holmes could be a good option.

One of the big benefits with going with a well-known brand is that they produce their filters are easily available and the Holmes AER1 system allows you to use 5 different filters for your specific needs:

  1. Odor Eliminator – this uses baking soda, carbon, and zeolite to remove particles that cause bad smells in your home.
  2. Total air – this is a HEPA type so great for large particles like dust but not as good as true HEPA than can pick up smaller particles of .3 microns like Pollen.
  3. Allergen Remove – This is their version of true HEPA and would be your choice to use if you had allergies wanted the purifier to clean the air in your bedroom. 
  4. Performance Plus – this is another true HEPA that also includes odor removing elements.
  5. Smoke Grabber – this is a purifier specifically used to remove cigarette smoke from the air. 

This ability to pick the filter for your specific needs is a great way to allow for different use cases for one air purifier model. 

There are a number of Holmes Air Purifiers on the market so we have done a deep dive to look at which are the models that we would recommend. 

As always, we look at customer reviews from around the web and also use analysis to avoid “review manipulation” that is becoming all too common in the modern online shopping world. 

1. Holmes medium or large room purifier [Best for most users]

Holmes kzdkc Large Room 4-Speed True HEPA Air Purifier, Medium, Black

This air purifier comes in two different sizes with the medium room (299 sqft) and large room (349 Sq-ft) and the price is usually not  a massive difference  so we would always recommend going for the large room version (as it clean’s a bigger space.)

The unit uses 3 allergen filters and 3 carbon filters that will need replacing every 6-12 months depending on usage. 

The unit on full power is very loud so be aware but they do include a number of different settings (although the amount of air cleaned per hour will be reduced.)

Many customers found that the carbon filter did a great job of removing animal smells.

The only challenge with this purifier is that the filters do start to add up at around $10 for just one allergen remover filter. 

But in reality, you will always need to replace filters for a HEPA based purifier and the price for Holmes are not outrageous when compared to the competition.

Holmes kzdkc Large Room 4-Speed True HEPA Air Purifier, Medium, Black
  • 99.97 percent EFFICIENT AT REMOVING ALLERGENS: True HEPA Air Purifier is 99.97 percent efficient in removing airborne allergens as small as 0.3 microns from air passing through the filter
  • IDEAL FOR LARGE ROOMS: This air purifier has a slim design that's perfect for bedrooms, family rooms, or any living space. It is recommended for large rooms up to 349 sq ft.
  • 225 CADR: Air purifier provides a 225 CADR (Clean Air Delivery Rate)
  • ENHANCED CARBON FILTER: Includes 3 replacement filters treated with baking soda to help reduce odors in your home
  • FILTER VIEWING WINDOW: Visipure filter viewing window allows you to see when it’s time to replace your filter

5. Holmes Small Room Purifier [Budget Option]

Holmes Desktop HEPA-Type Filter & Optional Ionizer, Air Purifier, Cream

Small room air purifier Holmes model HAP242-UC is a HEPA-type filter removes 99% airborne particles and allergens. This particular unit has a carbon filtration which reduces household odors. Has dual-position, slim space-saving design, filter exchange indicator with a 3-speed setting. It is a quiet unit even on the highest setting but the con is that the filters are expensive to replace, which is about every three to four months.

At less than $50 this is not a bad option if your budget is tight but be aware if you are using it in a room bigger than 109 sqft you will save money in the long term with the large or medium room version. 

Holmes Desktop HEPA-Type Filter & Optional Ionizer, Air Purifier, Cream
  • REMOVES UP TO 99 percent OF AIRBORNE PARTICLES: The Holmes Desktop HEPA-Type Air Purifier with Optional Ionizer captures particles as small as 2 microns from air passing through the HEPA-Type filter, removing up to 99 percent of airborne particles and allergens, such as pollen, dust, mold, pet dander, and smoke from the air so you can breathe more comfortably
  • INCLUDES IONIZER: This Holmes air purifier features an optional air ionizer that helps to bind negative ions to airborne smoke, dust, and pollen to form larger particles that are more easily captured, helping to clean air more thoroughly and tackling odors
  • 70 CADR: Air purifier provides a 70 CADR (Clean Air Delivery Rate)
  • CUSTOMIZABLE SETTINGS: 3 speed settings to help you keep your air clean and pure
  • SLIM DESIGN, IDEAL FOR SMALL ROOMS: Recommended for rooms up to 109 sq. ft.; can be placed vertically or horizontally anywhere, including a table or desktop.

Discontinued Models:

2. HAP1200-U Life Long Tower

Holmes HAP1200-U

The HAP1200-U Life-Long Tower from Holmes doesn’t require filter replacement for it has a built-in washable permanent filter. This HEPA-type filtration system removes 99% of airborne particles, 3 speeds, comes with optional ionizer setting for air freshening and can cover medium size rooms up to 170 square feet. Cons are that the fan tends to rattle on any setting other than the lowest setting. Also, the bright blue light on the fan also makes it difficult to sleep.

3. HAP424- Model

HAP424-U Model air purifier

HAP424-U Model is a HEPA-type air purifier that removes up to 99% of airborne particles including dust, pollen, mold spores and eliminates most household and pet odors with a built-in enhanced filter for baking soda. The slim tower design allows you to place it anywhere in the house, filter change alert system and comes with a 3-speed setting. This medium size unit covers rooms up to 180 square feet. Cons are that while the lowest setting is quiet the other settings are loud as a regular wind fan.

4. Holmes HAP706-U mini tower

Holmes HAP706-U mini tower

Holmes HAP706-U mini-tower removes 99.97% airborne particles and is a true HEPA filter. Slim space-saving tower, three cleaning levels, washable pre-filter that captures larger particles with an optional ionizer to naturally freshen the air. Designed for a small room covers up to 80 square feet. It does put a “new smell” into a room but the con is that it sounds like a regular wind fan on higher speed settings.

So should you get a Holmes Air Purifier?

Back in 2010, Holmes had a large range of different air purifiers that included ionizers and HEPA based systems.

The reality was that is was super confusing with HPA 123 or 654 which didn’t really mean much to average consumer.

Since then, they have moved a far simpler system of small, medium, and large combined with multiple options when it comes to filters.

I personally think this is a good move for Holmes as it allows customers to pick and choose what they need and it does help to keep costs low.

The challenge is that once you start running one of these purifiers for a large amount of time, the costs of filters will add up.

So if you have a fairly low usage need then, by all means, grab one of the recommended Holmes purifiers on this list but if you do have a large need and want to avoid costly filter replacements then I would recommend increasing your budget for something like the Austin Air Purifier that needs filter replacements far less and can deal with much bigger spaces.

Last update on 2021-07-29 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API