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Lifewise Ultra Air Purifier

Updated article May 2020

Please be aware that this air purifier has been discontinued but I am still keeping this review live for existing customers of the LifeWise air purifier. 

If you are interested ins seeing what the current most recommended air purifiers are in 2021, then look below:

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Original review from 2010:

The LifeWise Ultra 63-1530 Air Purifier retails for $150 to $200 at Radio Shack. Pre-filter replacements cost $6.25 for a two-pack, and replacement UV bulbs cost $30 for a two-pack. LifeWise is one of Radio Shack’s trademarks, and this air purifier is a KAZ model that has been rebranded for Radio Shack, and has been given a slimmer design. The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers gives this product a clean air delivery rate, or CADR, of 69 for dust, 88 for pollen, and 80 for smoke. It is the right size for a small room. The 63-1530’s main selling point is that aside from the prefilter, there is no filter to replace because its main cleaning unit is an electrostatic collector rather than a HEPA filter.

Lifewise Ultra Air Purifier

With electrostatic air purifiers, impurities pass through the washable grid pre-filter, which picks up hair, lint, and larger particles. Charging wires ionize incoming air so that particles cling to the cleaning grid due to the electrical charge. It must be very consistently maintained and cleaned in order to do its job. The electrostatic cleaner is easy to vacuum, but it cannot be washed, and this means that oily airborne substances will build up. An ultraviolet light system made up of two UV lights will reduce the number of airborne germs in the exhaust. The power of the UV lamps is not published.

Users who buy the LifeWise Ultra 63-1530 do not like that it has to be kept meticulously clean or else it loses its efficiency. The overall rating for this model from the Radio Shack website is three stars out of a possible five. The UV purifier is not strong enough to do much in the way of disinfecting, but that is true of many home air purifiers that use UV technology. Users do like how quiet the machine is, saying it is easily quiet enough to sleep next to. These purifiers do release a certain amount of ozone, below the 0.050 parts per million that is the standard for medical devices. Users with asthma or heart disease are advised to consult their doctors before using any ozone-emitting air purifier.

Overall, this is a compact machine, at 10.75 x 16.5 x 9.25 inches, weighing about 10 lbs. It comes with a five-year warranty exclusive of filters. While the idea of not having to replace HEPA filters is very appealing to some consumers, users must know that they have to clean the electrostatic grid often and thoroughly to prevent it from clogging up.

Sadly this purifier has been discontinued and no longer available for sale.

If you are interested in finding out the best air purifier available to buy in 2020 then be sure to check out our list of the best available at the moment:

1.Best for Most People – LEVOIT Pet Edition
LEVOIT Air Purifier for Home Allergies and Pets Hair, H13 True HEPA Filter with ARC Formula for Bedroom, 24db Remove 99.97% Odors Smoke Dust Mold Pollen, Core P350, Grey
  • Genuine Replacements: Only use genuine Levoit replacement parts to ensure excellent performance (Search for: LEVOIT Core P350-RF). The convenient check filter indicator informs you when it might be time for a new filter. Filters should be replaced every 6–8 months
  • Perfect Gift for Pet Families: Ideal for pet allergies, improve your air quality and help you and your pets relieve allergic symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, sinuses and heavy breathing. Ozone-free, approved by CARB, ETL listed and CA PROP 65 certified
  • High Powered: The Vortexair Technology offers an increased CADR of 141 CFM / 240 m³/h, handily covering rooms as large as 219 ft2 (20㎡) and refreshing the air 5 times per hour, perfect for bedroom, living room, dining room or pet room
  • H13-Grade True HEPA Filter: Reduces up to 99.97% of harmful air pollutants, smoke, pollen, mold spores, dust mites and other allergens as small as 0.3 microns from the air. This new fine non-woven fabric pre-filter is more effective than other common pre-filters at capturing floating hair, pet fur, pet dander, dust, fibers, lint
  • Sleep Mode and Timer: The QuietKEAP Technology keeps noise levels as low as 24dB. Set a timer for 2, 4, 8, or 12 hours, then turn off the display light to enjoy a perfect and undisturbed night of sleep. The pet lock button prevents your pets from tampering with any of the other buttons or settings

2. Budget Friendly – $75ish Hamilton Beach TrueAir
Hamilton Beach TrueAir Air Purifier with Permanent HEPA Filter for Home or Office and for Allergies and Pets, Whisper Quiet, 160 sq ft, Black
  • High Performance Hepa Grade Filter: Captures 99% of pet dander, dust, dust mites, pollen, and mold / mildew spores as small as 3 microns from the air.
  • Easy to clean: Allergen reducing air purifier has a permanent Hepa-grade filter that easily vacuums clean.
  • Compact, stylish design: Allergen reducing air purifier is perfect in the office or in rooms up to 160 square feet
  • Versatile air care that fits anywhere: Position the unit vertically or horizontally to best fit in your bedroom, den, nursery, hallway or living room at home or at the office.
  • Quiet and powerful: Use whisper clean for extra quiet operation at night, the medium setting or the quick clean setting for more powerful air cleaning.

3. Winix 5500-2 – For those with bigger rooms
Winix 5500-2 Air Purifier with True HEPA, PlasmaWave and Odor Reducing Washable AOC Carbon Filter
  • True HEPA filter captures 99.97% of airborne pollutants; dust mites, pet dander, pollen and other allergens as small as 0.3 microns
  • Washable AOC Carbon Filter, made from activated carbon granulars for removal of household odors. Decibels 27.8 dB
  • PlasmaWave acts as a permanent filter to safely break down odor, allergens, chemical vapors and other pollutants with no harmful ozone
  • Smart Sensors gauge the air and our Auto Mode adjusts the fan to filter the air as needed; with a sleep mode for silent night time operation
  • CADR rated for 360 square feet room size. Suitable for medium and large rooms; kids bedrooms, family rooms and kitchens

4. Coway Airmega 400 – If you need the very best or the largest space
Coway Airmega 400 Smart Air Purifier with 1,560 sq. ft. Coverage
  • Coway Airmega 400 room air purifier is designed to accommodate large room sizes up to 1,560 square feet and cleans the air at least two times per hour when used as recommended.
  • Coway Airmega Max2 filter-a combined activated carbon and a True HEPA filter-captures and reduces up to 99.99 percent of particles 0.01 microns in the air, including pollen, pollutants and other allergens. It also reduces more than 99 percent of volatile organic compounds and reduces fumes such as NH3 and CH3CHO.
  • Coway Airmega’s pollution sensor communicates indoor air quality testing in real-time. The brightly colored LED ring lets you know how clean or dirty your indoor air is, every minute of the day.
  • Coway Airmega has five fan modes: Smart, Sleep, Low, Medium and High. Noise level is nearly silent at lower speeds. Max noise at highest setting is 43.2 dB.
  • Coway Airmega is a smart, energy efficient air purifier with a three-setting smart mode to adapt to its surroundings. Fan speed automatically adjusts based on the room’s air quality and lighting conditions to improve air quality.

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

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