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Zen Living Professional Air Purifier

Last updated July 18, 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

This was a popular unit for removing smoke from areas. It worked well because it utilized ozone. Whilst the amount of ozone was not massive, any amount of ozone has associated risks with Cancer – NewScientist.

For this reason, we currently recommend that you stop using this air purifier and if you are looking for similar power in a modern unit we would recommend a larger unit in general. We also developed a list of the best ozone free air purifiers as of 2021.

If you are interested in the PCO side of the technology being used in this unit, then you can check out the Molekule Science units – they use an upgrade version they call PECO. Be aware that the cheapest unit by Molekule around $400 for room 250sqft which is a fairly large premium compared to competitors like the Levoit H13 that uses HEPA and can be found online at the $100 range for a room-sized 129sqft.

My number 1 Alternative for the Zen Living air purifier is the Blue 211.

Blueair Blue Pure 211+ Air Purifier, 3 Stage with Two Washable Pre, Particle, Carbon Filter, Captures Allergens, Odors, Smoke, Mold, Dust, Germs, Pets, Smokers, Large Room (Pack of 2), White, 2 Count
  • 3-Part Filtration System Captures 99% of Common Airborne PM 2.5 Pollutants Such As Allergens, Odors, Smoke, Mold Spores, Dust Mites and Pet Dander
  • Activated carbon filter removes common odors caused by smoke, pets, cooking, dorm room smells and gases (VOCs) as well as smoke caused by wildfires.
  • Two washable pre-filters come with each unit to capture large particles such as dust and pet hair and can be changed to match any décor. Dark blue and grey pre-filters are included and other colors can be purchased separately
  • Quiet operation enabled by advanced filters that allow for a higher air flow at a lower noise level
  • Designed for medium to large rooms between 400 and 600 square feet. (aham rated at 540 square feet.), this purifier is ideal for large bedrooms, kitchens, living rooms and offices

Below is the original marketing material for the Zen Living unit that was sold between 2010-2016. It’s no longer on the market and we recommend all existing customers to look for replacements and not use them due to Ozone production.

The Zen Living Professional Air Purifier is a UVC Germicidal digital air purifier with HEPA filter that is best for regulating allergies. For odor eliminating features, it is recommended to use the Carbon Filter Zen Living Model.

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When you first turn the unit on, the air purifying function will automatically work. To reduce the number of dust particles, this air purifier will create negative ions that attract particles of dust around the clock. It has a separate control for the activated oxygen. In occupied spaces, the activated oxygen is usually retained at modest levels. To ensure the removal of odors, the air purifier may be set to a high level for a certain time period. If you are away, you can automatically set the timer to deodorize your office or home completely. Ozone that is unused returns back to regular O2 around 1 hour.

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This product removes pet dander, tobacco, odors, and smoke. The Zen Living Professional Air Purifier features an air sanitizer that significantly reduces bacteria, mildew, and mold that cause illness from the workplace or home. As the germs flow through the unit, the UV-C germicidal light will exterminate them.

The Zen Living Professional Air Purifier is designed to have a larger airflow. There is four steps process when the air is purified. The first step is the pre-filter that traps big particles like hair and then the air goes to the second stage which contains a washable HEPA filter that traps airborne pollutants, pollen, and dust that cause symptoms of allergy. The third stage is the stage that eradicates all types of microorganisms by using the UVC Germicidal light. The fourth and final stage creates negative ions that attract and attach to the bacteria, germs, and dust. When those harmful particles collected will be heavy enough, they will fall into the ground and can easily be vacuumed by vacuum cleaners. In that way, it will no longer be a threat to the irritating respiratory tract. The unit comes with activated oxygen for removing odors but it is suggested not to use this feature for allergy-fighting, because it may have a negative effect on people suffering from respiratory problems like severe allergies.

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The Zen Living Professional Air Purifier weighs 17 pounds and generates 11,300,000,000,000 ions per second or 11.3 Trillion ions per second! What generates the ions is the 12-15 Kilovolts power supply. This unit also operates silently with its 12 volts DC 400 CFM five-speed fan.

Update April 2020:

The Zen air purifier was a good machine back when we originally reviewed it in 2011 but 9 years has been a long time for this type of technology and things have moved along at a rapid pace. The following air purifiers are those that we are happy to recommend to people looking for an air purifier:

If budget is an issue, then your best $ to performance spend is with a unit like the Levoit 300, if you are want to learn more the be sure to read our review of the Levoit 300.

1.Blue Air 222 – Best Overall

 

Blueair Blue Pure 211+ Air Purifier, 3 Stage with Two Washable Pre, Particle, Carbon Filter, Captures Allergens, Odors, Smoke, Mold, Dust, Germs, Pets, Smokers, Large Room (Pack of 2), White, 2 Count
  • 3-Part Filtration System Captures 99% of Common Airborne PM 2.5 Pollutants Such As Allergens, Odors, Smoke, Mold Spores, Dust Mites and Pet Dander
  • Activated carbon filter removes common odors caused by smoke, pets, cooking, dorm room smells and gases (VOCs) as well as smoke caused by wildfires.
  • Two washable pre-filters come with each unit to capture large particles such as dust and pet hair and can be changed to match any décor. Dark blue and grey pre-filters are included and other colors can be purchased separately
  • Quiet operation enabled by advanced filters that allow for a higher air flow at a lower noise level
  • Designed for medium to large rooms between 400 and 600 square feet. (aham rated at 540 square feet.), this purifier is ideal for large bedrooms, kitchens, living rooms and offices

3. LEVOIT CORE 300 – Quite a machine for less than $100

LEVOIT Air Purifier for Home Allergies and Pets Hair Smokers in Bedroom, H13 True HEPA Filter, 24db Filtration System Cleaner Odor Eliminators, Remove 99.97% Dust Smoke Mold Pollen, Core 300, White
  • High Performance: Enjoy fresh air in 12 minutes with the Core 300 True HEPA Air Purifier. Featuring VortexAir Technology and 360° air intake, the Core 300 refreshes the air 5x per hour in rooms as large as 219 ft² / 20 m²
  • Find Relief: Ease sneezing, congestion, and other allergy symptoms caused by airborne contaminants. The H13 True HEPA Filter works alongside the Pre-Filter and High-Efficiency Activated Carbon Filter to capture 99.97% of airborne particles 0.3 microns in size, such as dust, smoke, pollen, odor
  • Multiple Filter Choices: Choose from a variety of replacement filters to best meet your needs. The Toxin Absorber Filter specializes in wildfire, smoke and VOCs. And if you’re a pet owner, try the Pet Allergy Filter to capture pet dander and absorb unpleasant odors.
  • Most Silent Air Cleaner: Choose Sleep Mode at night and then forget all about your air purifier while you sleep. QuietKEAP Technology reduces noise levels to a near-silent 24dB, ensuring the Core 300 won’t get in the way of a good night’s rest.
  • Sleek Design: The Core 300 practically serves your home while blending in with your decor. Its award-winning design (Red Dot, 2020) and modern white finish help your air purifier fit anywhere in your home/bedroom/room.

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