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Honeywell HPA200 Review

Editor’s Rating: 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

In this Honeywell HPA200 review, I’ll tell you everything you should know about Honeywell HPA200. 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 smart shopper who easily picks the best air purifiers deals.

So dive right in and learn all you can about the HPA200.

 

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 or office 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 great to look at, and work effectively for the right room size.

But you’re probably uncertain about the particular Honeywell to pick. That’s why I cobbled together this Honeywell HPA200 review. I’m not saying this is the most detailed review you can find online, but it sure will make shopping easier for you.

Before I proceed any further, I’ll give you a quick summary of the main specs of the HPA200. After that, I’ll present the pros and cons of choosing this device. Hopefully, the information you’ll gather here will help you make an informed decision.

Honeywell HPA200: Specifications

 

  • 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 inches
  • Weight: 20 pounds
  • Carbon prefilter (HRF-AP1)
  • A set of 2 True HEPA filters (HRF-R2)
  • Energy Star certified
  • Touch-sensitive control panel
  • Auto-shutoff timer for 2,4, and 8 hours
  • Replacement reminder light for carbon prefilter
  • Replacement reminder light for True HEPA filters
  • 2 Replacement True HEPA filters
  • 1 replacement prefilter
  • Dimmer to control brightness at night
  • ACH: 5 times for room size up to 310 sq. ft.
  • ACH: 10 times for room size up to 150 sq. ft.
  • ACH: 18 times for room size up to 80 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 HPA200 worth the money you’ll fork over? 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 Honeywell HPA300 and Dyson Pure Cool TP04.

However, one of my friends owns this air purifier. When he bought it, he invited me over to kind 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 to you, let me summarize the good and the bad of the Honeywell HPA200.

 

The Good

 

  • Affordable
  • High CADR
  • Touch-sensitive control panel
  • Change-filter reminder
  • Removes 99.97% of particles larger than 0.3 microns
  • Easy to use
  • Portable

The Bad

 

  • No remote control
  • No sensor for room air pollution data
  • Turbo setting quite loud
  • May produce bad smell (According to some reviews I’ve seen)

 

We can now move on.

Inspecting the 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 beautiful. Though it was smaller than my Honeywell HPA300, I shouldn’t say it felt intimidating.

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 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 the plastic packaging, including the ones for replacement. There was also a clearly written 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 help. That’s kind of them. Naturally, I couldn’t forget mentioning that in my review.

Setting the HPA200 Up

 

Setting up the device was crazy easy. We started the process by removing the front grill. Then, we unsheathed the carbon prefilter and HEPA filters. No defects noted.

We started with the HEPA filters which fitted well. Then, we clicked the prefilter into place. Doing all this took us about 5 minutes or less.

Finally, we put the front grill back. To do that, we hooked the lower side of the grill into slots we found there. Then, we proceeded to the tabs on the top and did the same. After that, it was time to plug the device in and see if it worked. Immediately we did that, the HPA200 sprang into life.

Mastering the Control Panel of the HPA200

 

The device comes with an easy-to-use control panel located on the top of the product. The panel features a clean silver finish and responds quickly to touch.

One sees four cleaning modes on the panel. These are Germ, General Clean, Allergen, and Turbo modes. For a new user, the modes can be a little confusing. But I own a HPA300, and its control panel is exactly like this one. The first three cleaning modes coincide with the usual low, medium, and highly respectively.

Switching from one mode to the next was easy. You simply tap your way into the mode you want and that’s that. But I noted something I must mention in this Honeywell HPA200 review. I noted that it was possible to tap and not see any change on the panel. We speculated that the panel might not be 100% responsive. Or we didn’t apply enough force while tapping.

I don’t think this is a major issue, though. You won’t find many people complaining about it.

 

Measuring the Noise Levels Emanating from the HPA200

 

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 the flu season shows up.

On the General mode, the machine was somewhat louder. But we could still hear what Robert Kiyosaki was saying on Youtube.

The Allergen mode was louder than the General mode, but not significantly so. Someone called me and I could hear them loud and clear.

But the Turbo setting is a different story. It was too loud for my liking. Some people would even say the Turbo setting is unbearably loud.

In this review, I must admit that the HPA200 isn’t the quietest air cleaner on the planet. Sure, the noise produced at these 3 levels won’t disturb a heavy sleeper. And I’ve heard many people call it “ok white noise.” But if you’re looking for a super quiet air purifier, you’ll want to buy something else.

 

Noise Level Numbers from My Tool

 

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

Here are the results we obtained after testing the device at 1 meter. Lest we forget, the doors and windows remained shut all the time we experimented with the HPA200.

Germ Mode: 45 dB

General Mode: 51 dB

Allergen Mode: 54 dB

Turbo Mode: 58 dB

 

The General Clean mode is the setting you’ll want to choose most of the time. It works well and I’d not says it’s terribly loud.

But I’ve seen quite a few negative reviews on Amazon and elsewhere regarding the noise levels produced by this device. Some of the complainants said that their air purifier generate an annoying noise regardless the setting they chose. The noise seemed to come from loose parts inside of the device. But I must say the vast majority of people seemed happy with the product.

 

Testing the Night Light Dimmer

 

The HPA200 features a light dimmer which appears on the control panel. We decided to take the device to my friend’s bedroom (16X17 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 control panel had a blue LED backlighting which, I must admit, felt too bright. I won’t say it was very bad, though. However, someone who can’t sleep with lights on would get a little bothered.

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

Maybe the lighting from the control panel appeared too bright because the room was too dark. But don’t worry — you can always turn off the light completely. And you won’t lose any of your machine’s effectiveness. Nobody should hesitate to buy the Honeywell HPA200 because they’ve heard the light’s too bright at night.

 

LED Notification for Filter Replacement

 

There’s one thing I found to be impressive about the HPA200.  It’s that it allows the user to 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 located near the dimmer. One notifies you when the prefilter needs replacement. The other one tells you when to change the true HEPA filters.

When the time comes for you to replace the prefilter and HEPA, a light comes on. You don’t have to wait for it, though. Honeywell says you can perform filter replacement before that happens.

Filter replacement is pretty easy. I described the replacement process under the section “Setting the HPA200 Up” of this review.

 

Filter Replacement for Honeywell HPA200

 

The issue of filter replacement is one that users of air purifiers keep debating. Pretty much everyone (including doctors and researchers) agree that true HEPA filters are highly effective.

But some people feel that the filters cost a little too much.

I usually replace my HPA300’s prefilter once every 3 months. As for the HEPA filter, I replace it once every 10-12 months. I won’t join the conversation as to whether the prices are steep or not, though.

In my review, all I’ll say is that every valuable thing in life costs money. With this air purifier, you should be willing to part with about six dollars every 3 months for prefilters. Also, expect to spend roughly 30 dollars every 10-12 months for the HEPA filter replacement. But you may end up buying the HEPA filters twice. It all depends on how dirty the air really is.

 

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 2 or 3 seconds) until the light goes off. It’ll come on again when the time to change the filter 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. After that, press each button until the light goes off. Doing that resets the LED filter-change indicator.

 

Can I Wash My Filters?

 

No, don’t do that. Washing the prefilters or HEPA filters for the HPA200 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. Also, taking care of your prefilter is a great way to add longevity to the HEPA filters.

But if you’re looking for a Honeywell that uses washable filters, consider buying the Honeywell Airgenius 5. You’ll learn more about this recommendation later on in this Honeywell HPA200 review.

 

The Design of the Honeywell HPA200

 

I probably should have started with this aspect. But I felt the information I presented first was weightier than the design issue. That doesn’t mean I think design isn’t that important — it is.

The Honeywell HPA200 has a “boxy” look, pretty much like its sibling the Honeywell HPA300. Even though the device is tall than it is wide, it has a somewhat roundish 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.

 

Material Used for HPA200

 

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 HPA200 feels or looks cheap. Nor does it seem delicate or flimsy as, say, Dyson Pure Cool TP04.

Assembly

The assembly of the parts seems perfect. But I’ve also come across users (mostly on Amazon) who complain that their product had gaps in the body’s panels.

 

Contacting Honeywell

 

Contacting Honeywell should resolve such issues, though. But Honeywell’s customer service isn’t perfect. Shipping isn’t free either should you decide to return the item. The company should start moving a little faster in terms of processing returns.

 

Honeywell HPA200: Double Filtration

 

Air filtration for this product happens in two stages. The first part of the process happens at the outer carbon prefilter. The other part of the process occurs at the inner, two-layered HEPA filter.

Let’s take a closer look.

 

The Carbon Prefilter

 

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

When your Honeywell sucks in dirty air, the contaminated air first comes into contact with the prefilter. The prefilter makes air purification by the HEPA filter easier and more efficient. It removes larger pollutants including pet hair, pet dander, and other large particles. It
leaves the finer particles for the HEPA filter.

 

Does Honeywell HPA200 Remove Odors?

 

Honeywell says that the HPA200 is a great air purifier for odors. Not everyone agrees with this claim, though. I owe it to my readers to mention one very important fact. It’s that there’s no air purifier designed purposely to handle gaseous pollutants.

Changing your prefilter regularly ensures your device carries on performing at maximum efficiency. And as already mentioned elsewhere, prefilter replacement gives a little more longevity to the HEPA filters.

 

2 True HEPA Filters

 

Once the air gets cleaned at the prefilter level, it passes on to the 2 HEPA filters. Here, all the remaining contaminants get eliminated. True HEPA filters have the power to suck in 99.97% of particles larger than 0.3 microns. I’m talking of microscopic particles here.

Upon looking at my used filters (for my HPA300) for the first time, I could believe what I saw. The filters appeared greasy and filthy dirty. I couldn’t bring myself to believe all that dirt actually originated from my indoor air.

Sure, buying replacement filters doesn’t feel particularly great. But there are clear benefits that come from changing them.

 

What Contaminants Do HEPA Filters Remove?

 

True HEPA filters help remove dust, pollen, pet dander and hair, dust mites, and mold spores. They also help eliminate particles from home construction and repairs. There are also claims that the product takes care of smoke odors, organic odors, and chemical odors. The product may also help remove certain germs and Volatile Organic Compounds VOCs.

I won’t praise this device for its smoke elimination capability. But I’ve read lots of positive reviews where people from fire-prone areas heap tons of praise on the HPA200.  They say that the device helps them address smoke and odors at home.

I’m not saying don’t use this air purifier to remove smoke. I’m saying I’m not sure it’s the smartest solution for that problem.

 

HPA200: The Perfect Gift for People with Allergies

 

Maybe you’ve been meaning to buy a gift to a friend who battles asthma and other such complications. My review finds this device to be among the smartest gifts you could buy for them.

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 from all directions.

Quite a few studies show that purifying indoor air is a great way to manage allergies. My son and wife happen to be allergic to dust and pollen. That’s why we own 3 air purifiers. One is in our bedroom, one in the living room, and one in Richie’s (my son’s) bedroom. From the anecdotal evidence I’ve gathered from their experience, I can say that Honeywell air purifiers work.

 

Auto shutoff Timer

 

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

Unfortunately, the timer gives you only 3 options namely 2, 4, and 8 hours. I think that’s a pretty cool feature. But I also feel Honeywell should consider adding more options.

 

How Honeywell HPA200 Works

 

The manufacturer designed HPA200 to supply occupants of large rooms (up to 310 sq. ft.) with fresh, clean air. And in this Honeywell HPA200 review, I must state that the device lives to users’ expectations.

The device draws in contaminated air from the front side. The air first passes through the prefilter which removes large particles and possibly odors. The half-clean air then moves on to the HEPA filter where the bulk of air purification takes place.

The HEPA filters remove up to 99.97% of particulate matter bigger than 0.3 microns. Once the air is clean, the device spews it out through the top.

Since dirty air gets sucked in via the front, you can place the HPA200 with its back against the wall. That makes the device a great choice if you have space limitations. In contrast, most other purifiers let the air in via the back and release it via the front. Such devices can give you a real headache if you live in a small home.

 

CADR for HPA200

 

Earlier in this review, I stated the CADR figures for this Honeywell.

 

But What’s CADR?

 

CADR is short for clean air delivery rating. CADR is the product of an air purifier’s CFM (cubic feet per minute) and its efficiency. When shopping around for an air purifier, you’ll want to keep an eye on CADR. Relying on a device’s efficiency alone is not a good idea.

 

How CADR is Calculated

 

If an air purifier has an efficiency of 99.97% and its CFM is 200, then the device’s CADR should be 99.97/100*200. The CADR for that device would be 199.94. Typically, manufacturers indicate CADR for 3 particle types namely smoke, dust, and pollen.

The higher the CADR, the better. Don’t buy an air purifier whose CADR is below 100. Its effectiveness would be too low. 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.

 

ACH for HPA200

 

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.

As room size decreases, ACH increases. For example, if your room is about 150 sq. ft., the ACH for the room typically is 10 times. And if the room is much smaller, say 80 sq. ft., the ACH drastically shoots to 18 times an hour!

The device is suitable for rooms measuring about 18 X 17 feet. That’s a fairly large space. You can also use it for smaller rooms, of course. But if the room is quite small (below 160 sq. ft.), you should go for a smaller Honeywell. You may want to consider buying the HPA060 or HPA100. The manufacturer has designed these two devices for relatively small rooms.

 

HPA200: Energy Consumption

 

Nobody needs an air cleaner that gobbles up electric power. If you seek an air purifier that saves energy, the HPA200 should be it. The HPA is Energy Star certified and consumes about 84 Watts.

That’s about 50% what the HPA300 consumes.

Expect to pay about an annual electric bill of around $30. That works out to about $2.5 per month. And that doesn’t seem monstrous to me.

 

How the Honeywell HPA200 Compares to Other Air Purifiers

 

Now I’ll tell you how the HPA200 compares to other air purifiers. Certainly, the Honeywell HPA200 isn’t the only air purifier you can buy.

The air purification market reels from an avalanche of options. I thought it wise to give you a bit of information about a couple other air purifiers. I aim to help you make an informed decision.

Let’s roll.

 

Honeywell HPA200 vs. Honeywell HPA300

 


The Honeywell HPA300 is bigger, heavier, and taller than HPA200. But it’s surprisingly easy to carry. Designed for extra-large rooms, the HPA300 can efficiently clean a room measuring up to 465 sq. ft. (about 22X21 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 this Honeywell HPA200 review.

Like HPA200, HPA300 is available only in black color. Its design is very similar to that of HPA200. The manufacturer doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to modify the design. But it’s not like consumers are complaining.

Still, I feel the company should infuse a bit of freshness into this design. Maybe the reason Honeywell doesn’t care about the staleness of their design is that their products are damn good.

At 465 sq. ft., the Honeywell HPA300 demonstrates an ACH of 5. I’d expect the ACH to rise as the room gets smaller as is the case with HPA200.

The HPA300 uses one carbon prefilter and a 3-layered true HEPA filter. And as you might expect, this device is a little more expensive to buy and maintain than the HPA200.

You can read more about the Honeywell HPA300 air purifier here.

 

Honeywell HPA200 vs. Honeywell HPA204

 


The Honeywell HPA204 is pretty much like the HPA200. But it’s white in color unlike the HPA200. So you might consider buying this air purifier if you prefer brighter colors.

 

HPA200 vs. HPA304

 


The HPA304 is similar to HPA300. So you’ll want to revisit the comparison provided above for the details.

But unlike the HPA200 and HPA300, the HPA304 is white in color. The HPA300 and HPA200 are only available in black. And like the HPA300, the HPA304 is taller than the HPA200.

 

Honeywell HPA200 vs. Honeywell Airgenius 5

 


The Honeywell Airgenius 5 features a taller design than the HPA200. I should also say that its design looks more compact than HPA200’s.

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. But here’s news: its filter captures particulate matter that’s as small as 0.3 microns. Even though the filter is not true HEPA, it has HEPA-like qualities.

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 filter. The device uses a permanent filter. But you’ll need to wash it at least 4 times each year. I’m talking savings here.

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 real praiseworthy air purification workhorse.

 

Honeywell HPA200 vs. Honeywell 50250-S

 

I really like the Honeywell 50250-S. That’s probably the reason this section of my Honeywell HPA200 review is longer than the other comparison sections.

The design is almost similar to Honeywell HPA200. However, the HPA200 looks thinner and taller when placed beside the completely round Honeywell 50250-S.

Aside from that, Honeywell 50250-S offers a significantly higher CADR. The CADR is 250 for smoke, 250 dust 250, and 250 for pollen. Remember: the higher the CADR, the better.

At 390 sq. ft., the Honeywell 50250-S has an ACH of 5 times. It’s suitable for large rooms and even extra-large ones. And while the HPA200 is black in color, the Honeywell 50250-S is light greyish.

Here’s one more thing.

Most air purifiers suck in air from the back and release it via the front. But the Honeywell 50250-S sucks in air from all directions and lets it out via the top. That means 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.

But my review won’t be complete if I don’t talk 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.

That’s not a problem, though. For me, the Honeywell 50250-S is the perfect device to place in an office. It looks neat and official.

 

Honeywell HPA200 Review: Conclusion

 

I won’t say the HPA200 is the best air purifier on the planet. However, I must admit it’s a great product. Its CADR and ACH make it a powerful and efficient air cleaning device for home and office use.

In addition, the Honeywell HPA200 looks good. Also, it’s light. And it offers many great features. Key among those features is its ability to notify users about filter replacement. The purifier’s auto shutoff timer and light dimmer are also terrific features.

The HPA200’s Turbo setting can be somewhat noisy, though. Fortunately, you’ll likely use the less noisy but still effective General cleaning mode.

For its price and effectiveness, the Honeywell HPA200 True HEPA Allergen Remover 310 sq. ft.is a product I’d recommend to someone I care about. Quite reasonably, I’ve awarded this Honeywell air purifier a star rating of 4

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

 

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