Honeywell HPA200 Review

In this Honeywell HPA200 review, I’ll tell you everything you should know about the Honeywell Air Purifier (HPA200, Black, 310 square feet). I’ll also introduce you to a couple HPA200 alternatives.  Once you’ve read through this review, you’ll know whether investing your money into this device makes sense. You’ll become a smarter shopper who easily picks the best air purifier deals.

So dive right in and learn all you can about this great allergen remover.

Honeywell HPA
The Honeywell HPA200 uses two powerful main filters and a prefilter/activated carbon filter to remove 99.97% of PM2.5 (0.3 or larger).

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I’m Not Surprised You’re Looking for a Honeywell

Honeywell HPA200 True HEPA Allergen Remover 310 sq. ft.

You’re likely looking around for an air purifier for home use. And you’ve decided it’s a Honeywell for you. There’s a compelling reason why Honeywell air purifiers have captured the imagination of consumers. These devices are well-made, are long-lasting, and work effectively for the right room size. Plus, they’re not the ugliest air purifiers on the planet!

Maybe you’re uncertain about the particular Honeywell to pick. That’s why I cobbled together this Honeywell HPA200 review. I’ve tried to include every detail relating to choosing the best air purifier for home use.  Hopefully, you’ll find this review helpful as you ponder the buying decision.

Before I proceed any further, I’ll give you a quick summary of the main specs of this Honeywell. After that, I’ll present its pros and cons.

With me, you get everything, the good and the bad. I work for my readers, not for air purifier manufacturers. If I advise you to stay away from a specific Honeywell air purifier or any other brand, please don’t buy it. I don’t want you to end up with stuff you’ll want to throw away.

Features

  • Room Size: 310 square feet
  • CADR for Smoke: 200
  • CADR for Dust: 190
  • CADR for Pollen: 180
  • Dimensions: 17.72″ X 10.05″ X 18.86″
  • Weight: 20 lbs
  • Carbon pre-filter (HRF-AP1)
  • A set of 2 True HEPA filters (HRF-R2)
  • Energy Star certified (84W)
  • Touch-sensitive panel
  • Auto off timer for 2,4, and 8 hours
  • Replacement reminder for the carbon pre-filter
  • Replacement reminder for the main filters
  • Dimmer to control brightness at night
  • ACH: 5 times for up to 310 sq. ft.
  • Color: Black
  • Warranty: 5-year limited guarantee

That’s a nice little list of features. But how good are they? Do these features make this Honeywell worth the money? In this review, I’ll help you to understand how the specs might benefit you.

At this point, I must say that the devices I own are the Honeywell HPA300 and the Dyson Pure Cool TP04. However, one of my friends owns this air purifier. And when he bought it, he invited me over to sort of like celebrate with him. I decided to carry my little noise measuring tool — the Voltcraft Mini Sound Level Meter.

Before I share what happened, let me summarize the good and the bad of this large room air purifier.

The Good

  • Affordable
  • High CADR
  • Touch-sensitive panel
  • Change-filter reminder
  • Removes 99.97% of particles larger than 0.3 microns
  • Easy to use and Portable
  • Energy Star rated & CADR rated
  • Timer

The Bad

  • No remote control
  • No sensor + no auto mode
  • Turbo setting quite loud
  • May produce bad smell (According to some reviews I’ve seen)
  • Some timers allow for settings beyond 8 hours

While there’s no remote control, the easy-tap control panel works well. And yes, it’d be nice to have a remote. I’d also love for them to increase the smartness of this air purifier. I’d love to see a seamless Honeywell app and Amazon Alexa capability for this unit. But can you believe most people don’t value smart features that much? Still, I’d like future versions of this model to have these features.

And for that price, asking for an air quality sensor plus an auto mode isn’t asking for too much. An air quality sensor is a very useful addition. These two features make a operating an air purifier a breeze, and they provide a ton of important indoor air quality info. Wouldn’t it be nice to get real-time PM2.5 and air quality reports? Would it also be great to have a unit that operates itself via its auto mode? That being said, I think the unit is reasonably priced and delivers real value for users. No wonder Honeywell has become a household brand.

Let’s now dive in and take a closer look at Richard’s Honeywell air purifier.

Inspecting the Honeywell HPA200

When I arrived at Richard’s place, he’d already taken the device out of the box. He had it on the carpet, and he was inspecting it. It was black and solidly built. It sat on the floor, ready for setup. Though it was smaller than my Honeywell HPA300, the size difference wasn’t appreciable.

I tried lifting it by inserting my fingers in the handles located on either sides of the product’s top. I expected it to be lighter and easier to carry than my Honeywell HPA300. And it was. That means moving the machine around the house won’t give my friend any problems.

The device seemed ok from the design standpoint. We didn’t notice any defects — every part was intact. The filters were there in their plastic packaging, including the ones for replacement.

We also found an easy-to-understand owner’s manual to help us set the device up quickly. They’d also included a phone number just in case we ran into difficulties and needed some help. That’s kind of them. Naturally, I couldn’t forget mentioning that in my review. Luckily, installing the machine was pretty easy, and we didn’t need any help.

Design and Material

Let’s start with how the thing looks.

This Honeywell purifier has a “boxy” look, pretty much like its sibling the Honeywell HPA300 or its smaller sibling the HPA100. Even though the device is taller than it is wide, it has a somewhat round-ish appearance. Still, in its own peculiar Honeywell-ish way, it looks great. Since it is black in color, it introduces some majesty into any room with bright-colored furnishings. And it looks sturdy. It sits solidly where you put it. .

The machine uses tough, durable, anti-corrosion ABS plastic

To make this device, the manufacturer uses high-quality ABS plastic. The low-gloss finish given to the product makes it look great. The material used may be plastic, but nothing about the HPA200 feels or looks cheap. Nor does it seem delicate or flimsy as, say, Dyson Pure Cool TP04. You can read the Dyson Pure Cool TP04 review here.

By why ABS plastic for this Honeywell? ABS is an abbreviation for Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene. This kind of plastic is BPA-free, and that’s a good thing. In addition, ABS plastic is very strong and durable. It takes physical impact quite well. This Honeywell doesn’t look flimsy, and it certainly wouldn’t fall apart in you knocked it over.

One more thing: ABS plastic demonstrates very strong resistance to corrosive chemicals. This material is designed to withstand very heavy use, and it withstands nasty environmental conditions. You’re going to have your unit for years if you take good care of it.

Well, ABS isn’t food-grade material, not that it’s necessary to use food-grade material for air purifiers. If this was a water purifier, I’d say don’t buy it since ABS can leach and contaminate your water.

However, ABS doesn’t take very high temperatures well. It has a pretty low melting point. You can’t use the material continuously where temperatures hover around 70 degrees centigrade. But you’re buying this unit for home use rather than industrial use. And I know of no place on Earth where environmental temperatures ever build up to 70 degrees.

Assembly

The assembly of the parts seemed perfect. Not one panel was out of alignment with the others. But I’ve come across 1 user on Amazon who complained that their product had gaps in the bodywork. Evidently, this isn’t a widespread issue. And I’m sure Honeywell has or any other reputable air purifier manufacturer would have a problem replacing faulty products. I’d like to believe the customer got a replacement.

Setting the Honeywell HPA200 Up

Setting up the device was crazy easy. We kicked off the process by removing the front grill. The cover came off with ease. Then, we took the carbon prefilter and True HEPA filters  out of the plastic packaging. We examined them carefully, and they had zero defects. At least, we didn’t see any obvious defects.

We saw 2 “hand” symbols at the top of the front grille. Upon pressing the symbols simultaneously, the grille released, and we pulled it away from the unit. Then, we took the 2 True HEPA filters out of the packaging and inserted them into place. Note: we left filter tabs facing outward because that’d make filter replacement down the road easy.

The main filters were white, and they had a fairly large surface area. Look at the pic below. That’s how they looked like after we’d installed them.

HPA200 True HEPA filters
Most air purifiers use only one main filter. This uses 2 filters, and doesn’t that mean better air filtration.

After that, we simply placed the odor-reducing prefilter over the main filters. But we had to tuck the edges of the prefilter into tabs that stood all around the edges of the HEPA filters. We did that so that the prefilter could stay firmly held in place.

Finally, we put the front grille back. To do that, we hooked the lower side of the grille into slots we found there. Then, we proceeded to the slots at the top and pressed the grille downward where the hand symbols were.

At that point, all that remained was to plug the device in and see if it worked. We pressed the power button located in the middle of the panel, and the thing sprang to life. Doing all this took us under 5 minutes.

Mastering the Controls

HPA200 control panel

The panel contains quite a few features, but they’re nothing you can’t master in minutes. This is an aerial view of the panel

The panel features a clean silver finish and touch registers instantly. We saw 4 cleaning levels on the panel. These were Germ, General Clean, Allergen, and Turbo. For a new user, these fan speeds may seem a little confusing. Low, Medium, and Higher are more common. I own a HPA300, and its control panel looks exactly like this one. The first three cleaning modes coincide with the usual low, medium, and highly respectively. But I don’t think that would be a dealbreaker for anyone.

Switching from one mode to the next or previous one was pretty easy. You simply tap your way to the mode you want and that’s that.

But we also noted something you should know. We found that touching a button didn’t always register instantly. It seemed that we needed to tap twice in some cases to get the response we sought. We speculated that the panel might not be super responsive. Or we didn’t apply enough force while tapping.

And as I gathered bits and pieces for this post, I learned we weren’t the only ones who felt the touch buttons could respond faster. A few users online thought the same.

However, I don’t think this is a major issue. Once you get used to operating the machine, everything does get easier. And you’ll find that almost every tap registers quickly and effortlessly.

Measuring the HPA200’s Noise Levels

We decided to measure the device’s noise levels using our ears first. On the Germ mode, the device runs surprisingly quietly for such a powerful machine. The Germ mode is particularly useful when flu season shows up.

On the General mode, this large room air purifier was somewhat louder. But we could still hear Robert Kiyosaki loud and clear as he taught his unconventional money lessons on Youtube.

As for the Allergen mode, it was louder than the General mode, but not significantly so. Someone called me via my smartphone, and I could hear them clearly.

But the Turbo setting was a different story. It was too loud for my liking. Some people would even say the Turbo setting is unbearably loud. Fortunately, you’d never need to sleep with the Turbo setting on.

Sure, the noise produced at the first these 3 levels won’t disturb the average sleeper. It’s “ok white noise,” and many people would easily fall asleep on any of these speeds. But if you’re looking for a super quiet air purifier, you may to buy something else.  I mean, the HPA200 isn’t the quietest air cleaner on the planet. Again, the noise issue isn’t much of a bummer.

Noise Level Numbers from My Tool

Next, we used my tool to measure the actual numbers that represented noise levels for all 4 fan speeds.

Here are the results we obtained after testing the device at 1 meter. Lest we forget, the doors and windows remained shut the whole time we experimented with the purifier.

  • Germ Mode: 45 dB
  • General Mode: 51 dB
  • Allergen Mode: 54 dB
  • Turbo Mode: 58 dB

The Germ mode is the setting you’ll want to choose at bedtime. It works well, and it’s pretty quiet. No library would consider that noise level too loud. It’s more like bird calls. And just like bird calls don’t bother anyone, that fan speed won’t bother you. At that setting, you should sleep like a well-fed, comfortable baby.

On General and Allergen, the noise increases quite a bit, but you should be able to hold conversations at mealtime. And on Turbo, it’s pretty loud. But it certainly doesn’t sound like a powerful jet engine prepping for takeoff!

But I’ve seen quite a few negative reviews on Amazon and elsewhere regarding the noise levels produced by this device.

Some of the users said that their air purifier generated an annoying noise regardless of the setting they chose. The noise seemed to come from loose parts inside of the device. That said, most owners seemed quite happy with their air purifier.

Testing the Dimmer

The purifier features a light dimmer on the control panel. We decided to take the device to my friend’s master bedroom (16 x 17 feet). We wanted to see how his machine would behave at night. It was around 8:00 p.m. And it’s rather dark both outside and inside the house.

The panel had a blue LED backlighting, and the average sleeper should sleep without issues. However, the night light would probably disturb a light sleeper.

But here’s the good news. The dimmer allowed us to tap our way to softer illumination. This feature lets you adjust the light to any of 3 different levels namely Medium, Low, or Off.

In retrospect, maybe the lighting from the panel seemed too bright because the room was too dark. But don’t worry — you can even turn off the light. And you won’t lose an ounce of your machine’s effectiveness. You shouldn’t hesitate to buy the Honeywell HPA200 just because somebody said the night light is too bright.

Filter Replacement Indicator

But how do I change this Honeywell’s air filter? The HPA200 comes with a built-in filter replacement indicator so you can easily know when to replace the filters. Well, this feature isn’t unique to this air purifier. But not every other air cleaning device comes with separate filter replacement reminders.

The product comes with two reminders found near the dimmer. One notifies you when the prefilter needs replacement. The other one tells you when to change the 2 true HEPA filters.

When the time comes for you to replace either the prefilter or HEPA filters, a light comes on. You don’t have to wait for it, though. Honeywell says you can perform filter replacement earlier where necessary. If you live in an area with particularly high air pollution levels, you may need to replace the filters sooner than recommended.

Filter replacement is pretty easy. I described the filter installation process under the section “Setting the HPA200 Up” of this review. That’s precisely how you’re supposed to handle the filter replacement process. Simply remove the cover, remove the filter(s), and replace it/them. Finally, put the cover back. It’s that simple.

Remember: you’re not required to change the prefilter and HEPA filters at the same time. That’s because the HPA200 doesn’t use a cartridge type filter. Honeywell purifiers typically use separate filters rather all-in-one filters like many other filters I’ve seen.

With a cartridge filter, you’ll usually replace all the filters at the same time. That means you may end up wasting a bit of filter life. As you can see, that’s a huge advantage the device offers. With this option, you’ll ONLY replace the filter(s) that needs replacement and continue squeezing value out of the rest.

Filter Replacement for Honeywell HPA200

Maybe you’ve asked at some point: How long do Honeywell air filters last? The issue of filter replacement is one that users of air purifiers keep debating.

The manufacturer recommends that the prefilter/odor filter be removed every 2-3 months. My friend usually replaces the prefilter for his powerful allergen remover once every 3 months. As for the True HEPA filters, Richard replaces them once every 6-8 months.

And are replacement filters for the HPA200 expensive? No, they’re affordable.  Every valuable thing in life costs money. With this air purifier, you’ll fork out about six dollars every 3 months for prefilters. That works out to about $24 per year.

Also, expect to spend roughly $30 every 6-8 months on the main filters. My friend replaces these filters 2 times every year. And that sets him back about $60. Filter costs therefore add up to approximately $84. Now is that expensive? (Prices keep changing, and these are estimations rather than actual prices at this time).

Compared to many other similar replacement filters I’ve seen, the Honeywell HPA200 replacement filters are quite affordable. I’ve reviewed air purifiers whose replacement filters cost more that the unit’s base price! And with most high-end air purifiers, be ready to pay as much as $250 on filters alone. Honestly, Honeywell filters are very reasonably priced. And there’s a bonus: they work much better than most. That’s value for money at its best.

What to Do When the Filter Change Reminder Comes on

Every time you replace the filter, you must reset the indicator. Here’s how to do that. Once you change the filter, press the indicator (for about 3 seconds) until the light goes off. It’ll come on again when the time to change the filters comes again.

Can I Change My Filters Earlier?

Yes, you can. And that’s easy. First, turn the device off. Then, press each filter replacement button (about 4–5 seconds) until a light comes on. Once that happens, proceed to replace your prefilter or HEPA filter ,or both, as the case might be.

And how do I reset the filter indicator for my HPA200? It’s easy. Simply press each button until the light goes off. Doing that resets the indicator.

No, don’t do that. Washing the prefilters or main filters for this venerated True HEPA allergen remover is a bad idea. They’re just not washable.

Instead, you’ll want to change the filters when the time to do so comes. Washing would leave you with good-for-nothing filters. And that’s not a desirable outcome.

However, you can vacuum clean the prefilter every once in a while. That tends to improve its performance and you’ll probably buy prefilters less often. Taking care of your prefilter is a great way to add longevity to the main filters.

But if you’re looking for a Honeywell that uses washable filters, consider buying the Honeywell Washable Filters Black (HFD-120-Q). And if you’ve always felt that replacement filters for air purifiers are in general obscenely expensive, check out 7 best air purifiers with washable filters. Or you can head straight to Amazon to read user reviews on the best air purifiers with washable filters.

How the Honeywell HPA200 Works

Air filtration for this product happens in two stages. Air enters the device via the front grille, gets cleaned, and shoots out into the room via the top. Thanks to its design, you can place the HPA200 with the back facing toward the wall. See, you don’t have to position it in the middle of the space you’re purifying.

The first part of the process happens at the outer odor-eliminating carbon prefilter. The other part of the process occurs at the inner 2 True HEPA filters.

Now, most HEPA air purifiers offer 3-stage as opposed to 2-stage filtration. They have a prefilter, a HEPA filter(s), and an odor-reducing carbon filter. But for this Honeywell, there prefilter is a 2-in-1 component that serves as the prefilter as well as the odor filter.

I feel that places too much pressure on this filter. That means the prefilter gets soiled pretty quickly. The recommended 90-day filter replacement may not work for someone who lives in a highly polluted area. For such a user, it’d be more like 60 days between prefilter replacements.

Let’s take a closer look at each of these two filtration stages.

The Carbon Prefilter (Prefilter/odor Eliminator)

Quite a few people keep praising carbon and all the great benefits it delivers. I won’t mention every possible benefit carbon offers, though. Instead, I’ll just focus on how the device’s carbon prefilters boosts this device’s effectiveness.

When your Honeywell HPA200 sucks in dirty air from the room, the contaminated air first comes into contact with the prefilter. The prefilter does two things. One, it takes large particles such as pet dander, pet hair, and dust from the air, leaving the finer particles for the main filters. That makes air filtration for these filters easier and more efficient. Two, the prefilter removes VOCs and odors.

But…..

Does the Honeywell HPA200 Remove Odors and VOCs, Really?

Yes, it does. In fact, Honeywell air purifiers are some of the best odor and VOCs eliminators on the planet. Users of this air purifier, like my buddy Richard, can’t stop praising their machine for its great smells removal ability. But while this and most other air purifiers remove 99.97% of 0.3-particulates, they may not remove 99.97% of gaseous molecules. It’s a well-known fact that this and all air purifiers handle particulates much better than they do smells and VOCs in general. That said, you should notice a huge difference in your indoor air quality with the HPA200.

We have a Honeywell air purifier in our large living room. And unsurprisingly, it reduces kitchen odors to unnoticeable levels in an hour or so. The HPA200 should remove about the same amount of smoke and VOCs as its bigger sibling, the HPA300.

But that doesn’t mean you should smoke in the house as much as you like. The more smoke, dust, VOCs, and other pollutants in a space, the sooner you replace the filters.

You must NEVER use your HPA200 or any other purifier in a pollution-packed environment. Make sure to clean the place thoroughly before you install any air purifier.

Changing your prefilter regularly ensures your device carries on performing at maximum efficiency. And as already mentioned elsewhere, prefilter replacement add a little more longevity to the True HEPA filters. You’re looking at 4 changes every year.

2 Main Filters

Once the air gets cleaned at the prefilter level, it passes on to the main filters. Here, all the remaining contaminants get eliminated. These filters have the power to suck out of the air at least 99.97% of particles larger than 0.3 microns.

I’m talking of microscopic particles here, PM2.5 and PM10. Wait, did you say PM2.5? Yes, that’s what I said. You can learn more in this article: Do HEPA air purifiers remove PM2.5?

Upon looking at their prefilter and HEPA filters for the first time, most people can’t believe all those contaminants came from their home. The filters appear greasy and filthy dirty. Remember, your lungs and other crucial body organs are irreplaceable (or replaceable at obscene costs) while filters are inexpensively replaceable.

Sure, buying replacement filters doesn’t feel particularly nice or enjoyable. But there are many benefits arising from using disposable filters. If you have asthma, I’d encourage you to use air purifiers with replaceable filters as opposed to air purifiers with permanent filters.

So, What Contaminants Do HEPA Filters Remove?

These filters help remove dust, all kinds of pollen, pet dander, pet hair, dust mites, mold spores and other potentially dangerous airborne particles. These filters purify indoor air down to 0.3 microns, ensuring you breathe cleaner, fresher, healthier air. These filters also help eliminate particles from home construction and renovations.

Do HEPA filters remove gaseous pollutants such as VOCs? No, they’re not designed to remove gaseous pollutants. That’s why you should ALWAYS buy an air purifier that uses an odor-reduction filter. That’s the best-known solution for smoke odors, organic odors, and chemical odors.

But if smoke and odors are a major concern for you, I’d advise you to by an air purifier tested to remove the smallest particles. Medify air purifiers are pretty effective when it comes to tackling toxic fumes and other VOCs. That’s why medify air purifiers (*affiliate link to Amazon) are my #1 pick almost always regardless of the contaminants in question.

Auto shutoff Timer

With this air purification device, you need not worry about waking up at midnight to turn it off. That’s because the machine comes equipped with the capability to shut itself off at preset times.

Unfortunately, the timer gives you only 3 options namely 2, 4, and 8 hours. Overall, that’s a pretty cool feature. But I feel Honeywell should consider adding more options. At least, they should consider adding option 12.

And why is this programmable timer important? It helps you choose how long your air purifier cleans the room before it shuts down. That helps you operate the device some of the time rather than all the time, which translates into energy savings.

HPA200 CADR

The HPA200 has a CADR (smoke) of 200; 190 for dust, and 180 for pollen. Those numbers are good. You’re looking at a highly efficient device here. Air quality experts advise consumers to choose devices with a CADR of at least 100.

But What’s CADR?

CADR is short for clean air delivery rating. When shopping around for an air purifier, you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for its CADR. Typically, manufacturers indicate CADR for 3 particle types namely smoke, dust, and pollen. It’s a measure of how much air an device moves and how fast it moves it. The higher the CADR, the better. Note: avoid air purifiers whose CADR is below 100. The effectiveness of such air purifiers would be be too low.

How CADR is Calculated

CADR is the product of an air purifier’s CFM (cubic feet per minute) and its efficiency. If an air purifier has an efficiency of 90% and its CFM is 200, then the device’s CADR should be 90/100*200. The CADR for that device would be 180.

HPA200 ACH

ACH stands for air changes per hour. This device purifies and circulates the air in a room measuring 310 sq. ft. 5 times every hour. Please note that ACH isn’t a permanent number. Don’t worry; I’ll explain.

The CADR of an air purifier is determined by a room’s dimensions.As room size decreases, ACH increases. For example, if your room is about 150 sq. ft., the ACH for the HPA200 for that room would be 10 times. And if the room is much smaller, say 75 sq. ft., the ACH would drastically shoot to 20 times an hour!

The device is suited to spaces measuring about 310 square feet or roughly 18 feet x 17 feet. Now, that’s a fairly large space. You can also use it for smaller rooms, of course. But if the room is quite small (below 150 sq. ft.), the HPA200 would be overkill. In such a situation, you should probably go for a smaller Honeywell. You may want to consider buying the Honeywell HPA100. The manufacturer has designed the HPA100 for relatively small rooms.

HPA200 Power Consumption

Nobody wants an air cleaner that gobbles up electricity. If you seek an air purifier that saves energy while pulling an insane amount of air, pick the HPA200. The unit is Energy Star certified, and it consumes about 84 Watts.

That’s about 50% what the HPA300 consumes. If you had this powerful thing on 24/7/365, you’d draw about 736 kWh. If we assume the power cost to be 10 cents, you would pay $73.60. That works out to about $6 per month. Plus, you most likely won’t want to operate the thing 24/7. Richard (my friend) runs his 12 hours each day, and it costs him about $30 annually.

But I feel 84W is far too much for an air purifier meant for 310 sq ft. I expected the device to consume no more than 60W. But if you won’t be running the machine 24/7, expect to pay no more than $37 annually. And that’s quite affordable for most people, am I right?

When you add this cost (electricity) to annual filter costs, you’ll see the total running costs for this purifier hover around $157.600. And that doesn’t seem monstrous to me. Actually, I’ve researched for much cheaper air purifiers that had more running costs than this. This one looks like a good deal to me. Look, owning this thing (including base price) would cost you about $355.20.

Therefore:

The total annual cost of operating the HPA200 daily over a 5-year period would be about $71.

The Honeywell HPA200 is insanely affordable, huh?

Is the HPA200 Good for People with Allergies?

Yes, it is. As noted above, it drills down to the 0.3-micron level, leaving your space feeling  noticeably cleaner and fresher.  I’m 100% certain that the device would help their allergies and breathing issues. Your friend would particularly find the device useful when spring comes around and pollen flies in fast and furious from all directions.

Quite a few studies show that filtering indoor air is a great way to manage allergies. My son and wife happen to be allergic to a whole slew of contaminants, including dust and pollen. That’s why we own 3 air purifiers. One is in our bedroom, one in the living room, and one in my son’s bedroom.

From the anecdotal evidence I’ve gathered from their experience, I can say that True HEPA air purifiers work. These devices suck in impossibly contaminated air, purify it, and pump out squeaky clean air for you and your loved ones.

Maybe you’ve been meaning to buy a gift to a friend who battles asthma and other such complications. I believe this device is among the best gifts you could buy for them.

Warranty

When it comes to warranties for air cleaning devices, 1 to 2-year warranties are more common. By comparison, this allergen remover offers a 5-year warranty. To mean, that’s a clear demonstration of the manufacturer’s faith and confidence in their product. I’ve used Honeywell air purifiers (not this one, though), and I know they work. This 5-year warranty sets these air purifiers apart from many comparable options.

The Honeywell HPA200 Vs Its Competitors: Comparisons

Certainly, the Honeywell HPA200 isn’t the only air purifier you can buy. The air purification market reels from an avalanche of options. I want to help you make an informed decision. That’s why I’ll show you how the HPA200 stacks up in comparison with other air purifiers.

Let’s roll.

Honeywell HPA200 vs. Honeywell HPA300

This is the HPA300, the HPA200’s larger sibling. Unlike the HPA200, this one cleans up to 465 sq. ft., and it uses 3 instead of 2 True HEPA filters. It’s also taller and heavier.

The Honeywell HPA300 is bigger, heavier, and taller than HPA200. But it’s surprisingly easy to move from one place to another. Designed for extra-large rooms, the HPA300 can efficiently clean spaces measuring up to 465 sq. ft. (about 22 feet x 21 feet). The only other Honeywell that comes close to this level of power is the Honeywell 50250-S. I’ll talk about it a little further down the road.

Like HPA200, HPA300 is available only in black. Its design is very similar to that of HPA200 and the smallest sibling in that series. And like the HPA200 and HPA100, this one looks “Ok” rather than incredibly cute. Maybe the manufacturer should alter the design to infuse a little freshness into the current look.

Maybe the reason Honeywell doesn’t do a thing about the staleness of their design is that they know their products are damn good. Plus, it’s not like consumers (apart from me perhaps) are complaining.

At 465 sq. ft., the Honeywell HPA300 demonstrates an ACH of 5. I’d expect the ACH to rise as the room gets smaller. In a room of a square footage of 235, the unit should deliver at least 10 air circulations every 60 minutes.

The HPA300 uses one carbon prefilter and 3 massive HEPA filters. And as you might expect, this device is a little more powerful and expensive that either the HPA200 or the diminutive HPA100.

READ a full Honeywell HPA300 review here.

Honeywell HPA200 vs. Honeywell HPA204

HPA204
The HPA204 boasts the same air filtration technology, capability, and features the HPA200 has. The only difference is that the HPA204 is white.

The Honeywell HPA204 is pretty much like the HPA200. It’s actually a white version of the HPA200. So, if you prefer brighter colors, consider buying the Honeywell HPA. Its specs and features mirror those of its black sibling.

HPA200 vs. HPA304

HPA304 white
The HPA304 is every inch like the HPA300, except that it’s white. It features 3 main filters and 1 activated carbon filter for odors removal.

The HPA304 is similar to HPA300 in all respects. So you’ll want to read the HPA300 review mentioned above for info on features and specs. But unlike the HPA200 and HPA300, the HPA304 is whitish. By contrast, the HPA300 and HPA200 are only available in black. The differences between the HPA300 and HPA200 are the exact same differences between the HPA304 and HPA200.

Honeywell HPA200 vs. Honeywell Airgenius 5

Honeywell Airgenius 5
This air purifier offers smaller CADR numbers than the HPA200. One good thing about this one is that the filters are washable. If you hate the idea of buying replacement filters, this is the deal for you.

The Honeywell Airgenius 5 features a taller design than the HPA200.  Now, there’s one important difference I must call your attention to. It’s that the Honeywell Airgenius doesn’t come with a true HEPA filter. However, the filter for the Airgenius demonstrates HEPA-like qualities. Note that this type of filter typically clean the air down to 2 microns at best, removing about 99.9% of these particles. This certainly is the perfect option for an allergy/asthma sufferer.

In a room that measures 250 sq. ft., the Honeywell Airgenius 5 cleans and circulates the air 5 times. Like the HPA200, the Honeywell Airgenius is suitable for purifying relatively large rooms.

Another difference is that while the HPA200 uses 4 cleaning modes, the Airgenius uses 5. These modes include Sleep, Allergen, Germ, General Clean, and Max. Also, the device costs a bit more than the HPA200.

Here’s very good news. The Honeywell Airgenius uses washable filters. Remember I told you that you shouldn’t wash the filters for the HPA200. With the Airgenius 5, you won’t need to keep replacing the filters. The device uses a permanent filter rather than a disposable one. But you’ll need to wash it at least 4 times each year. I’m talking savings here. With this choice, you can save a bundle in the long term.

Let’s talk CADR now. The Honeywell Airgenius 5 has a slightly lower CADR than HPA200. The CADR for smoke for this device is 161, 160 for dust, and 170 for pollen. But it’s still a praiseworthy air purification workhorse.

Honeywell HPA200 vs. Honeywell 50250-S

Honeywell 50250-S
The Honeywell 50250-S features a cylindrical, and though it may seem shorter than the HPA200, it’s actually taller. Stable is the idea that popped into my mind upon seeing this air purifier. It’d be pretty hard to topple this one, huh?

I really like the Honeywell 50250-S True HEPA (for 390 sq. ft, White). The unit features a cylindrical design which is dissimilar to that of the Honeywell HPA200. And the HPA200 looks thinner and taller when placed beside the completely round Honeywell 50250-S.

Aside from that, the Honeywell 50250-S offers a significantly higher CADR that the HPA200. With this HPA200 alternative, the CADR for smokes stands at 250; the number for dust is 250 dust, and that for pollen is also 250. Remember: the higher the CADR, the better. We can safely say that this option is much more powerful than the HPA200, though both are highly effective.

At 390 sq. ft., the Honeywell 50250-S has an ACH of 5 times. It’s suitable for large rooms juts like its relative the HPA200, but it cleans a larger area. And while the HPA200 is black in color, the Honeywell 50250-S is grayish.

Here’s one more thing.

Most air purifiers suck in air from the back/front and release it via the top. But the Honeywell 50250-S offers a 360-degree air inlet. It sucks in air from all directions and after removing harmful airborne particles lets it out via the top. With this one, you won’t worry too much about where to place it. Pretty much any location around the house will do.

There’s one more difference between these comparable air cleaning devices. The HPA200 features 4 cleaning modes namely General Clean, Germ, Allergen, and Turbo. By contrast, the Honeywell 50250-S comes with three cleaning modes namely Low, Medium, and High.

Now, a thing about the Honeywell 50250-S’control panel. If you’re looking for a device you’ll command through touching or tapping, look beyond the Honeywell 50250-S. That’s because you’ll have to control the device manually.

But that’s not a problem, is it? For me, the Honeywell 50250-S is the perfect device to place in a large office. It looks neat and official. And it pleases the eye more than the HPA200 does. 

Honeywell HPA200 Review: Final Thoughts

I won’t say the Honeywell HPA200 is the best air purifier on the planet. However, no one disputes it’s a great product. Its CADR and ACH make it a powerful and efficient air cleaning device for home use.

This large room air purifier is black. Now, black blends in super well with pretty much any color. You won’t need to repaint your room to accommodate this machine. Plus, it’s light and easy to carry.

This air purifier offers a whole load of features. Among those features include the ability to notify users about filter replacement. The purifier’s auto shutoff timer and light dimmer are other additions that provide tons of convenience.

The unit operates surprisingly quietly at speed 1, 2, and 3. And while it does get louder on the Turbo setting, it’s still tolerable. Fortunately, you’ll likely use the less noisy but still effective General cleaning mode.

Finally, the Honeywell HPA200 True HEPA Allergen Remover 310 sq. ft.is a hugely affordable air purifier. I’d recommend this powerful allergen remover to any allergy and asthma sufferer for cleaning rooms up to 310 sq ft. Didn’t click with the HPA200? No worries. Head over to Amazon and check out user reviews on the best air purifiers on the market.

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  1. I own, or have bought for friends, the following Honeywell models: HPA104, HPA200, HPA204, HPA300, HPA3100, HPA3300, and HPA5300. I an experienced mechanical and electronics tinkerer. And indeed not only have repaired myriad items, but have designed and even produced some small devices with embedded electronics / computers.

    Some comments:

    Overall not a bad review. I agree with the basic conclusion, that the HPA200 is an excellent air cleaner, well worth buying if it’s appropriate for the intended room size, tho there are numerous other good choices.

    BUT… the way you present different models is extremely confusing to the reader. The HPA100 and HPA104, the HPA200 and 204, and the HPA300 and 304 are pairs of the EXACT SAME MODEL, except the “04” means white plastic case, and the “00” means black plastic case. You confusingly imply they are distinctly different models. THEY ARE NOT.

    [Note the HPA5100B and the HPA5100W use a final “B” or “W” to designate white vs black in what is otherwise an indentical item. [It’s not clear to me a HPA5300W ever was made.]

    You make a big deal about air quality sensing, and auto-control of the motor speed by what the air quality sensor sees. In theory this can be useful thing. But I can tell you, in practice, you’ll get FAR better results owning an actual decent air quality meter (such as the HoldPeak HP5800D, or the TempTop P200, both available on Amazon for between $60 and $70) and setting your fan speed manually based on what your air quality meter shows. I’ve made extensive measurements of indoor air with my meters, including when using the Honeywell HPA5300B that DOES have air quality sensing. And thus been able to precisely measure how well that auto sensor and auto air quality control works. To make a very long story short, and spare you a lot of data, I’ll say yes… the auto control and air quality indicator is of some value, but it doesn’t come close to giving you as good an idea of what’s going on with your indoor air and what setting your air cleaner should be at as does use of a hand held PM25 meter. So I would not make nearly as big a deal as you out of the lack of such in the HPA100 / HPA104 / HPA200 / HPA204 / HPA300 / HPA304 models.

    But if you want an air cleaner with display of air quality (albeit CRUDE display… just “OK / medium / bad’ … and control of its speed based on the air quality sensing (“auto”), consider the HPA5300B, which is similar to a HPA300 with air quality sensing added, tho is rated for a bit larger (530 sq ft as opposed to 465 sq feet) rooms.

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