If anything was going to tip the scales and finally convince us to buy a home air purifier, it was 2020.
It was the year that dealt us a re-awakened appreciation for airborne viral particles, several months of eye-watering, throat-choking wildfire smoke, and a whole lot more “stuff” in the air of our indoor space—because we all spent a LOT more time indoors.
We had heard friends touting praise for the AirDoctor Air Purifier, but as always, the data nerd in us had to find out if it was really worth the hype.
As such, this is the most thorough AirDoctor review you’ll find. It might even be more than you need, but that how we do things.
In our AirDoctor review, we will go over every detail so you can determine once and for all if it will meet your needs.
AirDoctor Air Purifier Review
First, let’s clear up something we found super confusing when we first started researching indoor air purifiers. We came across a ton of mentions of the “AirDoctor Pro.”
We looked high and low, wondering what the difference was, only to realize that there IS NO AIRDOCTOR PRO.
Really. It’s just the AirDoctor. AirDoctor, as a company, uses the tagline “Professional Air Purifier”, but does not officially brand its products as such.
Phew! Now you can stop scavenging the depths of the interwebs to get that elusive “AirDoctor Pro” model everyone’s been talking about (because admit it, if there’s a pro version with extra bells and whistles, you’ve gotta get in on that—or at least know what you’re missing).
We can get on with the AirDoctor review (sans “pro”) now.
The AirDoctor Air Purifier is among the most reputable and reliable air purifiers in the market. It removes common harmful elements like pathogens, pet dander, smoke, and the most dangerous elements from the air in your living space to ensure you have clean air for worry-free deep breathing.
When researching air purifiers, there are several types, sizes, and factors to consider.
Here’s our rundown of how the AirDoctor Air Purifier fairs in each category to help you make the best choice.
AirDoctor Purifier Size & Design
The AirDoctor Air Purifier comes in a sleek, modern design. Mostly glossy white with tray accents, the AirDoctor blends well with any variety of home interior décor.
The rounded edges and corners of the air purifier also take away the “boxy” look many air purifiers in the market possess.
Weight: 20 lbs
Size: 23.5” (H) x 16” (W) x 8.5” (D)
It’s lightweight, meaning you can quickly move it around your living space and spot-treat the air in crucial areas.
Air purifiers destroy many indoor air pollutants such as dust, smoke, pollen, VOC gases, ozone, and formaldehyde (We bet you didn’t know you had that floating around in your home. Surprise!).
Particles flow in through the front vents, and clean air is released through the top vents.
The AirDoctor Air Purifier produces minimal noise. Really minimal. Watch the video demonstration of our AirDoctor in action to understand.
You’ll use multiple AirDoctor filters to achieve the purification level that makes the AirDoctor Air Purifier top of the line. All of them come with your initial AirDoctor purchase, and you’ll need to purchase replacements every so often.
The Three AirDoctor Filters You Need To Know About
AirDoctor Pre-Filter | Used to remove larger contaminants like hair and dust. No replacement necessary; Just wash with care for repeat use.
Dual-Action Gas-Trapped AirDoctor Filter | Takes care of gas, odor, and VOCs. Replace every 6 months.
UltraHEPA™ AirDoctor Filter | Removes almost 100% of the smallest and most dangerous particles. Notably, the AirDoctor UltraHEPA™ filter is nearly 100 times more effective than normal HEPA™ filters!
Starting to see why we love this air purifier?
Ensure that you follow the user manual’s instructions to replace your AirDoctor filters as necessary, and ensure that you are only using high-quality AirDoctor filters.
If you need to clean the pre-filter, use warm, soapy water, dry it well before reinstalling it, and be gentle with it.
Key Features of the AirDoctor Air Purifier
The AirDoctor Air Purifier has a revolutionary purification system that works differently from the other standard air purifiers in the market. Here are the key features that make it unique:
Ultra Lock Space Technology | This feature enables the air purifier to block all harmful gasses or compounds from passing through the filter during the air purification process. With this amazing technology, you are guaranteed that the air that passes through the vents comes out 100% clean.
Auto Sensor With Air Quality Indicator | When setting up the air purifier, this is among the few features you will be able to identify on the front side. Each of the three different colors from the auto sensor informs you of air quality in your living space.
Blue means that the air in the room is good, orange shows that the room’s air quality is moderate, and red indicates that the air quality is poor.
The neat thing about these indicators is you can see from across the room if something’s up with your air. We see it turn orange from time to time, and when we check around to find the source, sure enough, the cat just used the litter box, or someone’s been cooking with oil.
It’s fun to watch and even more of an exciting relief to watch it go back to blue, having done its job. Go, go, gadget AirDoctor!
24-Hour Timer | the 24-hour timer ensures that the AirDoctor Air Purifier can turn off automatically if you want it to. All you need is to set the hours you want the air purifier to run before it switches off. The time ranges between an hour and 24 hours.
Automatic Mode | When in automatic mode, the AirDoctor Air Purifier monitors the air quality in your living space and adjusts automatically to get rid of pollutants.
This set-it-and-forget-it feature is our AirDoctor’s standard mode of operation because we’re lazy. Why would we want to manually check-in and monitor the air quality in our living space the air purifier can do it for us?
Four Fan Speeds | the AirDoctor purifier offers four fan speed settings: low, medium, high, and turbo. When you’re not using auto or if you need to spot-treat a highly polluted room, this gives you more control. Each level does slightly increase the noise level, though.
Filter Change Alert | The AirDoctor filter alert informs you when it is time to change the UltraHEPA™ filter and the Activated Carbon AirDoctor Filters. The lights on the AirDoctor filter indicator goes on when it’s time for a replacement.
Fun fact: In 6+ months of constant use, our AirDoctor filter light has yet to come on, indicating to us that AirDoctor isn’t lying when they say AirDoctor filters last a long time. Even with kids, very hairy pets, tons of dust tracked in from outside, and regular use of oil on the stovetop and fire in the fireplace, this air purifier wins.
Night Mode | Oh, do we hate the multitude of power indicator lights beaming from all corners of the room at all times. We keep black electrical tape on hand just to take the light pollution down a notch.
The people at AirDoctor know this plight, and they saved us all a few inches of electrical tape. The night mode feature on the AirDoctor Air Purifier dims the control panel at night.
It’s an essential feature for people who like complete darkness when sleeping. People like us.
WhisperJet Fan | Due to its WhisperJet fan, the AirDoctor Air Purifier produces minimal noise levels, ranging between 39dB and 59dB.
Remember that when in turbo mode or high settings, the noise level is a bit higher.
Energy Star Certified | This certificate assures you that the AirDoctor Air Purifier uses minimal energy. This can be a big deal for a product you might be running 24/7 (like we do).
AirDoctor Air Filtration (Cleaning) Process
We briefly mentioned the three included AirDoctor filters that make up the AirDoctor Air Purifier, but here is the low-level detail on each.
The AirDoctor Air Purifier has a 4-in-1 cleaning process that includes:
Pre-Filter | This washable, reusable filter does not require replacement and traps larger particles like hair, dirt, and dust. It’s essential because it improves the other internal filters’ efficiency by keeping large pollutants out of the filtering components.
Activated Carbon Filter | The AirDoctor Air Purifier states that this air purifier is a dual-action gas and Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) filter. Most of the other air purifiers in the market only have this type of Activated Carbon filter.
UltraHEPA™ Filter | The ultraHEPA™ filter is the most advanced HEPA™ filter available in the market today. It captures 99.95% of particles down to 0.003 microns, 100X more effective than a typical HEPA™ filter found in competing air purifiers.
As compared to other air purifiers, which can trap down to only 0.03 microns, the AirDoctor excels in this area.
Ionizer | The ionizer is a bonus air-cleansing feature of the AirDoctor purifier that emits negatively-charged ions out into the air to help purify it.
Ionized air is claimed to be a mood enhancer and odor neutralizer—the AirDoctor scores extra points for giving its users this added capability.
The AirDoctor Air Purifier air cleaning process packs a punch in its solidly-built, glossy body. The UltraHEPA™ filter, however, is what makes this air purifier stand out among the competition, and was a huge selling point for us.
The video below demonstrates below how the filtration process, make it one of the best air purifiers on the market
How Much Area Does The AirDoctor Air Purifier Clean?
The AirDoctor Air Purifier may seem small, but it can handle cleaning up to 900 square feet. This is enough for many home applications, although technically, most homes have more extensive square footage.
We find our one unit sufficient for our entire main level, and we spot-treat individual rooms in the house if we feel it needs it.
It wouldn’t be out of the question to get another, though, to feel like you have all your bases covered—particularly in multi-level homes.
The AirDoctor Air Purifier is most effectively used in areas like:
- Open-floor plans
- Garage or workshop
- Office spaces
- Finished or unfinished basements
Who Can Benefit Most From The AirDoctor Air Purifier?
You’ll benefit most from the AirDoctor if you or someone in your home:
- Suffers from severe allergies
- Has asthma
- Has chemical sensitivities
- Owns pets
- Is exposed to high levels of outdoor air pollution, most likely if you live in the city, or live in an area with frequent blowing dust (in the country or dry, desert landscapes), wildfire or other smoke, or frequent high ozone levels
Pros and Cons of the AirDoctor Air Purifier
- It has an auto-sensor, plus an air quality indicator that can be seen across the room or dimmed at night.
- The most advanced air filtration and purification system we found
- 24-hour timer
- Extremely quiet when running; the strong WhisperJet fan has four different speeds
- Looks slick in any environment
- No remote control. This seems like a real miss. It would be even better if the AirDoctor was Smart-enabled to allow you to control it through WiFi or any other smart-controls.
- Higher price point than some competing models
Does The AirDoctor Air Purifier Really Work?
Yes, yes, yes. We’re so happy with the purchase. While we cannot definitively say that our AirDoctor has improved our health overall, we honestly feel the difference in the air.
It’s proven to capture and knock out viruses (one in particular which shall not be named), bacteria, volatile gases, and more.
We’ve noticed a serious reduction in various other indoor pollution particles that the AirDoctor filters can destroy, like dust, pollen (we have so much of that), and pet dander (also so much of that).
What is AirDoctor’s Warranty and Return Policy?
The AirDoctor Air Purifier comes with a one-year limited warranty.
AirDoctor comes with a 30-day no questions asked return policy under their 30-Day Breathe Easy Guarantee. If you purchase through Walmart or Amazon, you should check to make sure you are eligible for a 30-day return.
How Often Should I Change AirDoctor’s Filter?
The AirDoctor Pre-Filter does not need to be changed, but simply washed with warm water. The Carbon/Gas Trap/VOC Filter should be replaced every 6 months, while the UltraHEPA™ Filter will last 12 months. These lengths assume normal usage under normal conditions. If you live in an area with heavy pollutants or have several animals, you may want to change filters sooner.The automatic sensor will notify you when the filters needs to be changed.
Does the AirDoctor Capture Mold?
Yes. AIrDoctor will capture mold. However, if mold is present, this may be a sign of a larger issue in your home and would need to consult a professional to remove the source of the mold.
What does Auto-Mode on my AirDoctor do?
This is one of our favorite features. If the AirDoctor detects pollutants in the room, it will increase the fan speed to remove the pollution until it is no longer detected.
Can I Use My Humidifier or Dehumidifier in the Same Room As My AirDoctor?
Yes. If you have a humidifier or dehumidifier in your house, you can still use the AIrDoctor in the same room. It recommended that you keep them a few feet apart. Other than that, it should work just fine.
The Importance Of Having Clean Air In Your Home
It’s essential to have clean air in our homes. There is an increased concern by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) about the air quality we breathe.
The EPA further states that indoor air can be five times as polluted as the air outside, which we were shocked to learn.
Indoor pollutants can trigger respiratory infections, aggravate asthma symptoms, and even neurological problems. Using quality air purifiers like the AirDoctor can eliminate all these indoor pollutants keeping us from being healthy.
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