- Location: online only
- Website: austinair.com
- Headquarters: Buffalo, NY
In our recent roundup of the best small-space air purifiers, we mentioned Austin Air. I own an Austin Air purifier (purchased through Allergy Buyer's Club), so I thought now would be a good time to expand a little on the company and provide a brief product review...
Based out of Buffalo, New York, Austin Air makes the air filters used by FEMA for emergency response situations. They produce a few different styles and sizes of air purifiers, all of which have a similar boxy metal enclosure that's set on top of casters. Within the product range, there are purifiers designed for people with allergies, babies, pets, and sleep disorders.
I own the Health Mate Jr. — it's well built, with a durable metal box encasing the filter. The compact design has casters that make it easy to move — great for access when you need to sweep underneath — and the HEPA filter is designed to last five years under moderate use, although I'd say the life span in my apartment has been more like three years. (I have a dog and my husband has allergies.)
I purchased the HealthMate because it has a 5-year warranty, a long-lasting HEPA filter, and a CADR (Clean Air Delivery Rate) of 200-250, which is more than enough for my moderately sized bedroom. It's also reasonably priced at $360. Other high-quality brands can cost upwards of $800.
The only problem I've found with the HealthMate is its noise level at higher settings. On full blast, the metal frame hums a little, and I have trouble sleeping from the noise. It's perfectly fine at lower settings, so we usually keep the fan at medium or low.
Overall, it's a reliable, well-made option for a bedroom air filter, and it performs well if you have mild allergies or just want to breathe cleaner air while you sleep.
Any other first-hand reviews of Austin Air purifiers? Add them in the comments below!
Photo: Austin Air Healthmate Jr.