Alen BreatheSmart 75i Review
Pros: Excellent overall performance, performs well in large spaces
Cons: Expensive upfront cost, very high operational cost, large footprint
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|Pros||Excellent overall performance, performs well in large spaces||Exceptional air cleaning performance, very quiet operation, simple user experience||Excels in large spaces, extensive control options, great noise to power ratio||Excellent air cleaning performance, quiet operation, average lifetime cost||Budget friendly, compact, great performance|
|Cons||Expensive upfront cost, very high operational cost, large footprint||Expensive operating cost||High operating cost, bulky, app required for some features||Expensive operating cost||Loud, doesn't have an automatic air sensor|
|Bottom Line||A purifying powerhouse that easily handles large spaces but comes with a steep price tag||Excellent, high quality air cleaning performance from a quiet and convenient appliance||A high-performance, high-volume machine that has user-friendly interface options and a wider range of controls than other purifiers of its class||A top performing model that combines average lifetime costs to create a great value||A budget-friendly and space-efficient model that gets the job done but is a little underpowered for large spaces|
|Rating Categories||Alen BreatheSmart 75i||Winix 5500-2||Coway Airmega 400S||Coway Airmega 1512HH||Levoit Core 300|
|Air Cleaning Performance (40%)|
|Ease of Use (25%)|
|Operating Cost (10%)|
|Specs||Alen BreatheSmart 75i||Winix 5500-2||Coway Airmega 400S||Coway Airmega 1512HH||Levoit Core 300|
|Dimensions||27" x 18.5" 11.5"||8.2" × 15" × 23.6"||14.8" x 14.8" x 22.8"||16.5 x 9.5 x 18.5||8.7" x 8.7" x 14.2"|
|Weight||27 lbs||15.4 lbs||24.7 lbs||12.7 lbs||7.5 Ibs|
|CADR||400 CFM||246 CFM||328 CFM||240 CFM||135 CFM|
|True HEPA (99.97%)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Estimated Lifetime Cost (5 years)||$1,289||$660||$1,339||$556||$455|
|Airborn Particulate Reduction After 1 Hour (%)||100.00%||99.99%||99.96%||99.84%||96.33%|
Our Analysis and Test Results
With the Alen BreatheSmart 75i, if clean air is what you're after, clean air is what you'll get. It scores exceptionally high in our air purification tests. It's also quiet and comes packed with user-friendly features. The only major drawback is the price point and the usage costs associated with running this powerful device.
Air Cleaning Performance
Our performance testing consisted of a few different components. The first was making sure that the CADR (clean air delivery rate) number provided by the manufacturer was verified by AHAM (Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers). This ensures that the machine's efficacy has been verified by a third party; not all air purifiers go through this outside verification. The BreatheSmart 75i has the AHAM stamp of approval and is capable of cleaning 400 cubic feet of air per minute. Ultimately, this means that this is an exceptional option for large rooms.
The next step was sealing up our 150-square-foot testing room and filling it with smoke by burning paper and other testing materials. We monitored the air with a Dylos air quality monitor; once the room reached our desired level of airborne particulate pollution, we kicked on the BreatheSmart 75i for an hour. After 30 minutes, there were only 16.62% of the original particulates left floating in the air, .003% after 45 minutes, and 0 detectable particulates after an hour. While the odor from the burnt paper wasn't entirely eliminated, it was severely reduced.
While we all want to be in a room breathing clean air, some machines are simply too noisy and distracting to make it feel worthwhile. In order to see just how noisy each device was, we turned each one on and measured the sound output with a decibel reader. Even when set to the turbo, the BreatheSmart 75i produced very little noise. In this setting, it omits a pleasant low hum that our testers found to be noninvasive white noise. When running on medium, it was even quieter, and it was all but unnoticeable when set to low.
Ease of Use
When testing each machine's ease of use, we looked at a couple of key features. First, we timed how long it took to get the device out of the box and set it up. It took our testers about five minutes to get the BreatheSmart 75i up and running, which is pretty average when compared to most other models.
As with the majority of air filters, the BreatheSmart 75i does not come equipped with a remote control. The built-in control panel, however, is simple and easy to use. The buttons are straightforward and well labeled.
One of our favorite features is the inclusion of an air quality monitor. This lets you turn the machine to "auto" and will kick on if the room's air quality dives below a certain measurement. This function works in tandem with an LED light ring that changes color as the air quality improves or worsens. It can be set to run in increments of two, four, and twelve hours and has five different speed options. The BreatheSmart 75i is a large and bulky machine. While it is equipped with handles, it weighs a whopping 27 pounds, which makes it a little more challenging to relocate.
Operating costs account for two things. The amount of electricity the device uses and how often you have to replace filters. To measure the amount of electricity used, we hooked the device up to a watt reader and recorded how many kilowatts per hour it used while running on a medium setting. Assuming 12 hours of use per day, it costs around $9.00 to run the BreatheSmart 75i for a year. While quite a few devices were cheaper to run, this was nowhere near the highest annual cost.
While the BreatheSmart 75i isn't too expensive to run for a year in terms of electricity, you will need to replace its combined HEPA and carbon filter once a year. These will run you around $99.00 a pop. We assumed an average lifespan of five years for all of the devices; when you add the initial purchase price, the annual use costs, and the annual filter costs, this machine has the highest lifetime costs of any of the air purifiers we tested.
While the initial purchase price is hefty, the performance offered by the BreatheSmart 75i is outstanding. If you have a large space and need serious performance, this machine is up for the task. If you have a smaller space or are on a budget, other models will likely be better suited. All in all, the Alen delivers and we find it's worth the price.
The Alen BreatheSmart 75i is powerful, quiet, and easy to operate. The only downside is the high lifetime costs associated with this machine, as well as the initial purchase price. However, if you need an air purifier for use in large spaces and you're after a machine that is quick and effective, look no further.
— Buck Yedor
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