Published on September 12th, 2015 | by Greg0
Honeywell HPA250B: A True HEPA Air Purifier With Bluetooth
It isn’t allergy season- Spring is long past, and we’re moving rapidly into autumn. But that doesn’t mean environmental conditions aren’t still an issue for folks with asthma or allergies, since smoke and pollutants can cause suffering year-round. Air conditioners might still be cranked up, but even if you’re preparing to bring out the space heater, you should probably consider how to ensure the quality of the air you’re breathing.
The Honeywell HPA250B True HEPA Bluetooth Smart Air Purifier is a small, fairly compact unit with several features that set it apart from the many competitors on the market. Rated to work in rooms of 310 square feet or less, it’s ideal for smaller apartments or most rooms. And while it isn’t the sexiest model, and it’s almost entirely plastic, it is the only one that we’ve seen with a dedicated app. At first, you might be wondering why that would be an important or particularly handy addition- but it turns out to be very useful indeed. Bluetooth wireless has made it’s way into just about every gadget, from kitchen scales to toothbrushes, and here it’s put to great effect.
Not only can you control the speed and power- basically replacing the remote that is common among higher-end air purifiers- but you can get notifications of allergy alerts and pollen counts (and whether the source is grass, mold, ragweed, or trees). Moreover, you can enable an automatic setting that uses that information to control your air purifier, allowing it to determine the optimal configuration. Your device must remain nearby in order for this to work though, which does limit it a bit. We were impressed at the responsiveness- no delays when using the app- and the ease of pairing. And there are helpful indicators showing when the two different filters need to be replaced (approximately every three months and twelve months, respectively), plus a button for purchasing new ones.
Compatible with both Android or iOS devices, you’ll need to be running Android 4.3 and above and iOS 6.0 and above, and your device must support Bluetooth 4.0 (which most smartphones do). The HPA250B was surprisingly quiet, barely audible on the lower settings, and we liked the dim, blue backlighting. It is more expensive than other models with similar ratings- the extra features do add to the price tag. We think they were worth it, if you’re the sort who likes gadgets- certainly, you can get pollen counts via other methods but this way is satisfying as you get to feel immediate results. Available for around $210, the Honeywell Bluetooth Smart Air Purifier can be found online and in stores now.