That is not an extra robot of a star Wars movie. It’s another smart air purifier, Blueair’s HealthProtect 7410i.
The HealthProtect 7410i is a sizeable unit, standing over two feet tall and weighing almost 28 pounds. Its upright design makes it a bit awkward to move around, but two wheels on the back of the unit allow you to drag it around like a vacuum cleaner, although this is a bit awkward.
Smart features aside, one of the unit’s biggest selling points is its vented design. While the typical high-end air purifier draws in dirty air from the bottom and expels filtered air from the top, HealthProtect draws in air from the sides of the device, passes it through a pair of unique shaped filters. of V and then expels him. through plugs placed around the device.
SpiralAir’s so-called design aims to disperse air more completely in a room, and while I can’t accurately measure whether clean air actually reaches the corners of the room better than the competition, it makes for a different experience than a Units such as Mila or OxyPure, which shoot air upwards in a jet.
The company says the purifier can completely clean a 418-square-foot room in 12 minutes, capturing smoke particles with a CADR (Clean Air Delivery Rate) of 270 cubic feet per minute (cfm), dust with a CADR of 275 cfm and pollen. with a CADR of 280 cfm. It also promises to capture volatile organic compounds (VOCs), bacteria and viruses, although its effectiveness in removing coronavirus from the air has not been proven.
The HealthProtect 7410i’s single filter, which has a shelf life of six months to a year, costs about $ 70 to replace. An RFID chip built into the filter monitors its remaining life and reports that information to the application. Subscriptions are available for discounted prices on replacement filters. You can also buy replacement filters from Blueair on Amazon.
HealthProtect’s built-in controls are minimalist and not instantly intuitive, though the manual guides you through the ins and outs of fan speed settings (three are available), automatic mode, and the “GermShield” feature, which is activated when A “germ prone” environment “is detected. A sizable LED bar offers an easy look at air quality, measuring levels of particulate and gas pollutants separately with one of five colors ranging from blue (excellent) to red (heavily polluted).
You’ll get much more information from the Blueair app, which tracks pollutants separately: PM1 (particles that measure 1 micron), PM2.5, PM10, and VOC levels, plus temperature and humidity. Manual controls are easily accessible here, including a night mode that turns off the LEDs and silences the unit, along with a basic programming system.
I don’t like my purifier running at night, and it was easy for me to set a schedule to mute it after hours. I ran into some errors when trying to set a second schedule for the day as the app wrongly told me that the two schedules overlapped. A bit of trial and error (and deleting and recreating schedules) finally solved that.
Blueair’s HealthProtect series does not offer the most attractive design, and it seems more suitable for a hospital than a home, but its impressively quiet operation is a significant advantage. And as with other high-end purifiers, it’s not cheap. The $ 600 7410i version, reviewed here, is the entry level for the lineup of four different models. Prices reach $ 840 at the higher end, giving you a higher airflow rate and an informative LCD screen. Compatibility with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant is promised, but was not enabled at the time of my review.
While both the Mila and the OxyPure are slightly more capable in various functions, the ultra-quiet operation of the HealthProtect 7410i is a huge plus that could propel it in the queue of some users.