Taking a deep breath in the comfort of your home might not be as good for you as you thought. Unfortunately, the many things we do to cut energy costs, like insulating doors and windows, can also keep airborne pollutants and contaminants confined in our homes.
Luckily, having an air purifier is medically-proven to alleviate breathing problems by expelling these irritants that can exacerbate asthma and allergies. To get the best-performing air purifier, you’ll have to look at manufacturers with the best track records, and Coway definitely has one of the best records for an electronics consumer company.
Coway is one of the most prominent manufacturers of air and water purifiers in the world. This Korean-based company has been collecting awards in consumer electronics and technological innovations every year since 2006. Their selection of high quality and portable air purifiers certainly deserve our attention. Let’s check out four of the best air purifiers made by this award-winning home care products company.
OUR PICK Coway AP-1512HH Mighty Air Purifier Review
The Coway AP-1512HH HEPA Air Purifier uses a 4-stage filtering process for sieving the air. It also features a timer, air quality indicator, and an eco mode to save energy. Don’t be fooled by the relatively compact size and beautiful design; this air filtration device packs enough punch to effectively purify the air in rooms of up to 528 square feet (claims by Coway).
In addition to the traditional 2-stage purifying process that most air filterers have, Coway has knocked it up a notch (or two) by throwing in a micro-mesh layer and an ionizer for good measure. The metallic mesh layer serves to trap large particles such as dust and pet hair, and it’s easy to clean which in turn prolongs the life of the carbon and HEPA filters; just detach the mesh and tap it against a garbage can.
This device has 5-speed settings, but auto and eco modes are all you really need. Auto mode conveniently alters the fan speed depending on how polluted your air is. When the machine detects good quality air for 30 minutes, it’ll switch to eco mode and then turn off until it’s needed again. This is especially handy for people who don’t have the time to babysit their air purifier.
Companies tend to exaggerate the performance of their machines, and Coway is no exception. Though the company boasts of 528 square feet purifying coverage, this compact unit performs well only in much smaller areas. Despite being a compact air purifier that runs with a noise level of between 24.4 and 53.8 dBa, some customers have complained about loud, disturbing fan noises, especially during the nighttime.
Read our full review on the Coway AP-1512HH Mighty Air Purifier.
Coway 2-in-1 Air Purifier Review (AP-0512NH Model)
Have you ever wished that your air purifier could rock out awesome tunes while it operates? Well, you’re in luck, because the Coway AP-0152NH model is both an effective air purifier and a white noise/nature sounds/lullaby music player. This model has two timers: one for a 1/4/8-hour operating duration and the second is for a 15/30/60-minute therapy music duration.
Though the Coway AP-0512NH only utilizes a dual-filtration system (the previous model has four stages), this should still perform well when purifying area in smaller areas like bedrooms and kitchens of up to 155 square feet. This unit comes with washable carbon filters for trapping large particles, extending the life of the True HEPA filters which remove up to 99.7% of airborne irritants.
This 2-in-1 air purifying mechanism also features indicators for detecting air quality and when the filters need to be changed. When set to auto mode, the air quality sensors detect how polluted the air is and automatically runs the fans at the appropriate speed to capture as many pollutants as possible.
As mentioned earlier, the second most prominent feature of the 2-in-1 air purifying device by Coway is for blasting (at low decibels) nature sleep-inducing music and sounds. This is ideal for purifying the air that your child breathes while it encourages quick sleep for your child.
Customers who gave negative reviews criticized the music-playing feature on this product. The low-quality speakers mixed with nonsensical “gimmicky” music doesn’t actually make sleeping easier. In addition, the fans can be quite loud so sleeping is out of the question unless the device is set to eco mode, the lowest fan-speed setting, or turned off.
Now introducing the one and only tower air purifier on this list. Tower air purifiers aren’t exactly new, and some clients may prefer larger machines for filtering and moving greater quantities of air each hour. But don’t be fooled by the “tower” design; this device is actually lightweight (13.9 lbs) and takes up very little space (10.7 x 10.5 x 32.7 inches).
The AP-1216L tower air purifier by Coway features the 4-stage pre-filter, carbon filter, HEPA filter, and ionizer we know and love. The pre-filter is washable and reusable and, combined with the carbon filter, keeps the 99.7% HEPA filter cleaner for extended periods of time so replacements are infrequent.
For those of you who don’t identify and hardcore, environmentally-aware consumers, you may benefit from the lack of an eco mode. The eco mode in the other air purifier models serves to keep the machine running using minimal power. However, the auto mode in this Energy Star-certified air purifying device only uses as much fan speed and energy necessary for optimal, time-efficient cleaning.
The AP-1216L also features air quality indicators and a 1/4/8/12-hour timer. The control panel on the front-facing top panel of the tower is easy to understand and use. If you need your air filtered for 12 hours, just push the button and you’re all set.
The problems customers have found with the LED lights. Coway really seems to love its LED lights and oftentimes the customer suffers. If you’re afraid of the dark, this air purifier also serves as an effective nightlight. Performance-wise, it performs just as well as, if not better than, direct competitors.
Read our extended Coway AP-1216L tower mighty air purifier review
Coway AP-1005AH Air Purifier Review
If you thought 4-stage cleaning was the way of the future, you could not be more wrong. The Conway AP-1005AH features a 5-stage purifying system to remove and destroy up to 99.95% of airborne contaminants. The additional phase is antimicrobial filtration for ensuring microbes are not released back into the air we breathe.
Another unique and innovative feature in this Coway air purifier model is the child mode which allows the device to detect the appropriate room temperature and air quality for your children. This is a definite time saver and takes out the guesswork in configuring the optimal settings for your little ones.
The beautiful design makes the AP-1005AH have similar dimensions and weight to an LCD TV. It’s only 19.4 lbs and 21.4 x 7.1 x 20.0 inches, so carrying the device is much like carrying your TV from room to room. The easy to use controls are found on the right side of the front-facing panel. In addition, this model can even be mounted on the wall which saves much-needed floor space.
This Coway air purifier features a filter change indicator, is Energy Star-certified which guarantees efficient energy consumption, works to purify the air in rooms as large as 239 square feet, and runs with a maximum noise level of 49 dBa. The air purity sensor detects how polluted your indoor air is. The LED light changes colors to indicate how contaminated your air is, and the auto mode runs the device to automatically set the fan speed for effective and time-efficient air cleaning.
Best Coway Air Purifiers
Coway AP-1512HH Mighty Air Purifier
Coway AP-0512NH Air Purifier
Coway AP-1216L Tower Mighty Air Purifier
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Best Coway Air Purifiers: Conclusion
These are four of the best air purifiers produced by Coway. This South Korean-based company produces different designs that fit all of their consumers’ needs. If you’re looking for a compact device; tall towers for powerful air movement; or a wall-mounted floor space-saving model, Coway has you covered. Their Energy Star-certified air purifiers are sure to cut energy costs whilst effectively eliminating air up to 99.95% of airborne contaminants.
Although the bright LED lights, fan noise levels, and the inferior sound quality of its therapeutic music player can be annoying at times, you won’t be disappointed with these products’ excellent air-cleaning performance and automated modes for additional convenience.
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