Ever worry about allergens and VOCs—those undetectable chemical air pollutants that can be emitted by paints, carpets, furniture, fragrance and smoke, among other things—in terms of your family’s health? I do. And since my husband is highly reactive to pollen that can cause allergies and asthma, I was fascinated when I discovered the new Honeywell Bluetooth Smart True HEPA Air Purifier, which uses Bluetooth technology to track local pollen counts and can automatically adjust its cleaning levels—or let you manually adjust performance, even remotely through a phone app. But I’m also skeptical about products that claim to fix something I can’t see. So I put this air purifier to the test—literally. Take a look at the video of what I found and enter to win a free Honeywell Blue Tooth Smart True HEPA Air Purifier, worth $249!
I’m skeptical about products that claim to fix something I can’t see. So I put this air purifier to the test—literally. Win a Honeywell air purifier, worth $249!
We have a large bedroom, so the device’s capacity to cycle fresh air through more than 300 square feet of space was good news, too. I downloaded the app and found it really simple and easy to use—basically it turns the screen of your smartphone into a facsimile of the air purifier’s console, so you can push a “button” just like you would on the actual device. You can even dim the lights of the device from your phone!
I’ve used air purifiers before and one problem I found was that the filters were difficult to replace. I set up my Honeywell Blue Tooth Smart True HEPA Air Purifier in minutes, snapping in two sets of filters—one washable and one replaceable—that are just as easy to remove. According to the company, a fan pulls the air through the filters, capturing 99.7% of pollen, mold, pet dander, dust and the aforementioned VOCs. These microscopic airborne particles can be as small as .3 microns, which is 250 times smaller than the width of a human hair.
I also liked that I could set a custom schedule. On normal, low-pollen days, my Honeywell Blue Tooth Smart True HEPA Air Purifier now turns on at 8 p.m. and off at 12 a.m. That gives us enough time to filter the air before bedtime, and I like the additional low-level white noise that the air purifier provides as we’re going to sleep.
On the general setting, the white noise is quiet and consistent, while on the highest turbo setting it helps to block out other noises that can disrupt sleep. The Honeywell Blue Tooth Smart True HEPA Air Purifier would be a great air purifier for a newborn’s nursery, as I really believe white noise is the key to babies sleeping longer. When there was construction nearby, I kept the air filter on turbo all night long!
I knew that my husband hadn’t had any allergy attacks in the days since we started using the air purifier, but since pollen is impossible to see, I couldn’t really test for how well the air purifier was working to control it. However, since VOCs are found in incense smoke, I decided to test the function that way. Take a look and see how well it worked!
Amazing, right? I was really impressed. (Also, one clarification: The Honeywell Blue Tooth Smart True HEPA Air Purifier had already sensed the VOCs from the incense when I turned it on; no VOCs would have shown green on the sensor, but if you watch the video that light is already orange.) Even after I put out the incense, the air purifier worked double duty to filter out the VOCs. Only when it determined that the air was clean did it drop back down to normal functionality. Pretty cool. (And one more reminder to never burn incense inside!)
Want a Honeywell Blue Tooth Smart True HEPA Air Purifier so you can filter VOCs and allergens like a boss? You can buy one at Best Buy—where it snagged 4.5 out of five stars, natch—or enter here to win!