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Honeywell True HEPA Allergen Remover Review

Great air cleaning performance somewhat offset by loud fan and high costs
Honeywell True HEPA Allergen Remover
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Price:   $250 List | $219.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Excellent air cleaning performance
Cons:  Loud fan, high operating costs
Manufacturer:   Honeywell
By Buck Yedor, Max Mutter, and Steven Tata  ⋅  Jun 18, 2021
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  • Air Cleaning Performance - 40% 8.3
  • Noise - 25% 4.0
  • Ease of Use - 25% 7.1
  • Operating Cost - 10% 4.0

Our Verdict

The Honeywell True HEPA Allergen Remover offers high performance when it comes to air purification. It's a great air purifier but has a somewhat noisy fan and operating costs that are slightly above average. If you're not too sensitive to noise, it is a great machine, but you can find better values elsewhere.

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Pros Excellent air cleaning performanceExceptional air cleaning performance, very quiet operation, simple user experienceExcellent air cleaning performance, quiet operation, average lifetime costSmall footprint, minimalist design, good performance for its sizeBudget friendly, compact, great performance
Cons Loud fan, high operating costsExpensive operating costExpensive operating costNo timed settings, lacks air quality sensorLoud, doesn't have an automatic air sensor
Bottom Line Great air cleaning performance somewhat offset by loud fan and high costsExcellent, high quality air cleaning performance from a quiet and convenient applianceA top performing model that combines average lifetime costs to create a great valueSmall, powerful, and inexpensive — a great pick for those wishing to filter air in a smaller spaceA budget-friendly and space-efficient model that gets the job done but is a little underpowered for large spaces
Rating Categories Honeywell True HEPA... Winix 5500-2 Coway Airmega 1512HH Blueair Blue Pure 411 Levoit Core 300
Air Cleaning Performance (40%)
8.3
8.1
7.9
7.2
7.6
Noise (25%)
4.0
9.3
9.0
8.0
4.0
Ease of Use (25%)
7.1
8.5
7.8
8.0
8.4
Operating Cost (10%)
4.0
5.0
5.0
8.0
7.0
Specs Honeywell True HEPA... Winix 5500-2 Coway Airmega 1512HH Blueair Blue Pure 411 Levoit Core 300
Dimensions 20 x 11 x 22.5 8.2" × 15" × 23.6" 16.5 x 9.5 x 18.5 16.7" x 8" x 8" 8.7" x 8.7" x 14.2"
Weight 17 lbs 15.4 lbs 12.7 lbs 5.3 lbs 7.5 Ibs
CADR 300 CFM 246 CFM 240 CFM 120 CFM 135 CFM
True HEPA (99.97%) Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Estimated Lifetime Cost (5 years) $771 $660 $556 $337 $455
Airborn Particulate Reduction After 1 Hour (%) 99.78% 99.99% 99.84% 99.72% 96.33%

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


Honeywell True HEPA Allergen Remover air purifier - the honeywell scores exceptionally well in the air cleaning...
The Honeywell scores exceptionally well in the air cleaning performance metric.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Air Cleaning Performance


The Honeywell is one of the top performers in our air cleaning tests, sharing the top score with three other models. Its CADR (clean air delivery rate) of 300 is one of the largest of the models we tested, making it suitable for large rooms of up to 450 square feet.

That power allowed it to remove 99.78% of the airborne particles in our testing room within half an hour. This is the fastest any model reached such a reduction. However, it didn't continue to lower the particulate count over the next half hour of testing, whereas some other models reached just slightly higher percentages by the end of the test. It is one of the best models in odor reduction, but it still had trouble removing the harsh smokey smell from our testing room.

Noise


Noise is one of the Honeywell's downfalls. While we didn't find any of our purifiers to be unbearably noisy, the Honeywell is one of the lower scorers. On high it makes a high-pitched shriek that is very noticeable. If you're the kind of person who likes white noise, it may fade into the background, but it might become quite distracting if you are sensitive to noises. Turning the Honeywell down to medium and low knocks the volume down a peg, but the pitch remains the same and was still noticeable.

Ease of Use


Here, the Honeywell falls behind the top scorers. It has simple, clear buttons on the top of the unit that allow you to select one of four fan speeds easily, and set the off timer. The only downside is its size. At 17 pounds, it is the heaviest model we tested, and thus the hardest to move around. It does have two recessed handles that make the task of moving it around a little easier, but most comparable models are at least four pounds lighter.

Honeywell True HEPA Allergen Remover air purifier - the honeywell is fairly heavy, but its handles make it a bit more...
The Honeywell is fairly heavy, but its handles make it a bit more portable.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Operating Cost


The Honeywell is again one of the low scorers in our operating cost metric. Its estimated lifetime cost came out to a whopping $771. That high cost starts with the list price. It is also the most power-hungry of the models we tested, gobbling up 0.065 kWh of electricity for each hour of operation. Assuming average electricity rates, this works out to $34.16 every year. The filters are actually relatively cheap, lasting one year and costing just $60.

The operating cost above has jumped even further as the price of this model has increased in November 2021.

Honeywell True HEPA Allergen Remover air purifier - the honeywell's control panel.
The Honeywell's control panel.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Value


The True HEPAoffers great air cleaning performance and is priced accordingly. Its high list price and $771 estimated lifetime cost are both on the high end.

Conclusion


The Honeywell True HEPA Allergen Remover is a great performer, but a relatively loud fan and high price make the Coway a better choice for most people seeking top-notch performance.

Buck Yedor, Max Mutter, and Steven Tata

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