Published on March 4th, 2013 | by Kira0
Stadler Form’s Viktor: Keeping It Clean
Let me preface with saying that I love my apartment and I love my cat, but that does not mean that they are without fault. My place is old, and the heater seems to add a lot of dust to my house. And I won't even get started on the dust and dander and hair that the cat produces!
I like to have a clean place that smells fresh and is dust free. Which is why I regularly check out the latest in air purification technology. We recently heard about Stadler Form's Viktor Air Purifier, and were happy to check it out in preparation for allergy season. This very clean-looking, Swiss-designed air purifier does the trick. It has three different filter layers: an HPP filter system, a pre-filter, and a activated carbon filter. All of them can and should be be cleaned regularly to a certain degree, but the pre-filter and carbon filter should be replaced as well from time to time. The different filters each grab hold of differently-sized molecules, ranging from dust to viruses. The Viktor even has a little place you can add air freshener (or fragrance dispenser), if you are looking for that. None are included, but we did not find we needed them. Just having the Viktor turned on reduced the amount of cat odor in my room significantly.
The Viktor is very easy to use. It has five levels of intensity, with the lowest being fairly quiet and the most intense being pretty loud. The Viktor also comes with a timer; so, you can set it to clean while you are away and it will turn off on its own. I like sleeping with white noise; so, I just run the air purifier at night. There is a night mode where it dims the blue LED light. The light does not bother me, but if you are sensitive about sleeping with light, this may be an issue for you. We've tried other air filters and purifiers before- electrostatic models like the Crane Germ Defense that don't require purchasing additional filters are nice, and we're a fan of the "hide-away" design of the Rabbit Air MinusA2, though it does cost a pretty penny.
The Viktor looks quite sleek in it's own way, in either black or white, and minimalist in a way that made visitors wonder if Apple had entered a new business line. The manual isn't very helpful, and unlike some units that we've tried, there aren't any indicators on when to clean the unit. Also, the plastic housing felt cheaply-made, a shame for something where you're paying a premium for design.
Most high end purifiers are not cheap, and the Stadler is no exception, priced at nearly $400. Overall, it's done a nice job of reducing odors and dust without making much noise (or adding much to the electricity bill). Here is hoping it keeps us healthier through the rest of the winter and into Spring.