EnviroKlenz Air System Plus review: 38 pounds, zero smart features


Let’s get straight to the point: EnviroKlenz Air System Plus won’t fit in with your living room décor. The 38-pound monster measures 15 x 15.5 x 22 inches (WxDxH) and is completely clad in a thick sheet of metal (your choice of white or black). It is placed on wheels to improve mobility, although its weight will sink those wheels into a padded carpet. Your replacement controls are mounted on the front of the device – a single knob that handles power and speed, plus a separate switch for your internal UV-C light bulbs (more on that later).

For heavy-duty purification needs, EnviroKlenz has you covered and more. Two separate filters, a huge HEPA filter plus the slimmest EnviroKlenz air cartridge, a VOC and pathogen filter, are complemented by a pair of large UV bulbs designed to remove any germs that pass through the two mechanical filter units. Designed to cover up to 1,000 square feet, the unit’s four speed modes allow it to process between 85 and 250 cubic feet of air per minute. (The company provides a single CADR rating of 350, an impressively high clean air delivery rate.)

This review is part of TechHive’s coverage of the best air purifiers, where you will find reviews of competing offerings, as well as a buyer’s guide on the features to consider when purchasing this type of product.

Unusually, air is drawn in through the upper parts of the device and emitted only from the front of the purifier, through a grille cut into the base; that’s the opposite of how most filtration systems work. The motor is definitely powerful, evidenced not only by the force of the air coming out of the device, but also by the noise it makes. Specifications range from 54dB in “whisper mode” to 62dB in high. That may seem like a narrow range, but at its best, the system is deafening.

enviroklenz filters and ultraviolet lights Christopher Null / IDG

EnviroKlenz filters the air in your home through a pair of disposable filters: a HEPA filter and the EnviroKlenz air cartridge (above). UV lights sterilize germs that may still be present.

At $ 799, the EnviroKlenz Air System Plus is expensive, and replacement filters aren’t cheap, either. The HEPA filter is said to last two years, but a new one costs $ 150. The EnviroKlenz air cartridge costs $ 99 and lasts for six months. A pair of UV bulbs cost $ 40; these last about 18 months. The bottom line: Investing in EnviroKlenz will be a significant outlay no matter how you cut it. (However, you can save $ 100 off the purchase price if you opt for a model without the UV bulb system.)

And that’s all there is to the device. It has no smart features. In fact, it doesn’t even come with a manual, save for a small installation diagram that is attached to the HEPA filter unit. The device’s most high-tech feature is two LEDs that let you know if the UV bulbs need to be replaced. Other than that, you aren’t paying for anything other than raw power. Emphasis on raw.

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