29 Jan Honeywell HPA300 Review
(4 / 5)
Medical experts agree that using an air purifier, especially one that uses a true HEPA filter, may help allergies and asthma. That’s why I wrote this Honeywell HPA300 review. Honeywell makes some of the best air purifiers on the planet. That’s a fact. If that were not so, the Honeywell HPA300 True HEPA Allergen Remover 465 sq. Ft and other Honeywell products would have attracted tons of negative reviews online. But the vast majority of reviews I’ve seen are positive.
Why I Wrote this Review
Writing is very hard. And it’s not like writing reviews feels particularly exciting. So why did I spend my precious time piecing together this 4,000+ word Honeywell HPA300 review?
I intended to provide enough information so you could sort of like preview the deal you’re about to commit your funds to. My review aims to give you as much critically relevant information as you need to make an informed buying decision.
That’s why I’ve included a comparison between Honeywell HPA300 and a couple similar models. More specifically, I’ve placed the HPA300 beside its siblings, the Honeywell HPA200 and Honeywell HPA100. That should help you see how the HPA300 stacks up. Read on and decide whether you want to own a Honeywell air purifier.
The Honeywell HPA300 = Improved Indoor Air Quality and Reduced Allergy Symptoms
The Honeywell HPA300 stands tall among the most popular, efficient, and highly rated air purifiers on the market. I’d say Honeywell products are as popular as their GermGuardian counterparts, if not more so.
A Bold Claim to Start this HPA300 Review Off
I’ll kick off this review with one bold but true statement. It’s that the Honeywell HPA300 air purifier is an excellent air cleaner for purifying large and extra-large rooms. The device sanitizes all the air in rooms as spacious as 465 sq. ft., circulating the air 5 times in 1 hour (ACH). If your room is about 21X 22 inches, the HPA300 is your best bet. But you can also use it for smaller rooms. Still, it’d be better to buy a smaller air purifier if your room is much smaller than the recommended coverage of 465 sq. ft.
The HPA300 Uses True HEPA filters
The HPA300’s certified True HEPA filters remove at least 99.97 percent of allergens bigger than 0.3 microns. That makes the device a great pick for when you need to solve pet dander, household dust, pollen, and mold spore issues.
Besides, the purifier helps you eliminate different kinds of odors. At least, that’s what the manufacture says. But I’ve also seen enough anecdotal evidence (mainly reviews on Amazon) to conclude there’s lots of truth in this claim. Aside from that, the device can remove certain bacteria and even viruses from your indoor air. Plus, it may help remove tobacco smoke particles that are larger than 0.3 microns.
But Do True HEPA Air Purifiers Suck Smoke Particles?
A lot of Honeywell HPA300 owners keep saying that the device helps them deal with tobacco and wildfire smoke. But I’m not sure you should be smoking in the house. In fact, I don’t think the Honeywell HPA300 air purifier is a perfect solution for tobacco smoke problems. I should also also say you won’t find any air purifier that perfectly eliminate smoke particles.
What the EPA Says about Smoke
The issue as to whether True HEPA air purifiers remove smoke is a longstanding one. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, smoke particles emanating from wildfire are between 0.3 to 0.4 microns in size. Considering that true HEPA air filters remove up to 99.97% of pollution, it’d be easy to conclude that such air purifiers effectively remove smoke. But smoke contains a lot more than just particulate matter.
The best air purifiers may reduce odors from tobacco smoke, cooking, and other sources. However, if you smoke in the house, you’d still have tons of carcinogens floating around. In our opinion, the best way to deal with tobacco smoke is to not smoke at home.
Does the HPA300 Help Allergies?
The Honeywell HPA300 air purifier is a great product that helps people effectively manage asthma and allergies. And using it can dramatically improve the air quality in your home. People who use this purifier report being better able to manage their allergies and asthma.
My wife is allergic to pollen and dust. And we have this air purifier in our 20 X 20 living room. While I can’t say her allergies have vanished. However, my Honeywell HPA300 air purifier review wouldn’t be 100% truthful if I didn’t tell you that my wife’s allergies bother her much less. We also keep another device in the bedroom (the HPA200), and sleep at night has never been better for her. Without this solution, pollen would ruthlessly bludgeon her peace-of-mind.
People who are allergic to pollen and asthma asthma sufferers should seriously consider buying the HPA300. But owning the device will not eliminate dusting, cleaning and vacuuming. That’s why we keep our home sparkling clean at all times. Still, you’ll find that you have much less dust to worry about.
The Honeywell HPA300 Air Purifier isn’t Perfect
Of course, the Honeywell HPA300 air purifier isn’t perfect. There are small issues such as too much noise when you set the air purifier to its Turbo setting.
This Honeywell HPA300 air purifier review hopes to provide a detailed, unbiased opinion about the product. Hopefully, you’ll find the review helpful.
- Model: HPA300
- Material: ABS plastic with a satin black finish
- Air purification coverage: Up to 465 sq. ft.
- Product dimensions: 20 X 10.8 X 22.3 inches
- Replaceable Filters: 3 True HEPA filters (type R)
- A replacement prefilter HRF-AP1
- 4 cleaning levels including a Turbo setting
- Weight: 24 lbs
- Cord length: 6 ft.
- Unique separate reminders for filter replacement
- Automatic shut-off timer at 2, 4, or 8 hours
- Adjustable lighting for control panel
- Touch-sensitive controls
- ACH: 5 on Turbo setting
- CADR rating for smoke is 300
- CADR rating for dust is 320
- CADR rating for Pollen 300
- Warranty: 5 year limited warranty
- Energy star certified
What I Like
- A clean, simple, great looking design
- Super easy to install
- Easy to clean
- Improves allergy symptoms quickly
- Prefilter replaceable without having to replace the HEPA filters
- True HEPA filters
- Not obtrusive
- automatic shut off timer
- Versatile: effectively cleans large, extra-large, and small rooms
- Reminds user to replace filters and prefilter
- Clearly written user label
- Lamp’s brightness doesn’t bother you at night
What I Don’t Like
- No remote controls: somewhat inconveniences users
- The true HEPA filters can be a bit pricey
- Currently available in black color only
- Turbo setting can be bothersome
- Auto shut-off timer only works for 2,4, or 8 hours
- Names for various settings can be confusing for new users
- Some users have complained of noxious orders especially while replacing filters
- Sometimes, touch buttons may take a while before registering touch
- Energy consumption is high
First Impressions Upon Sighting the HPA300
When you see the HPA300 for the first time, you get the impression that you’re looking at a high-quality product. The product’s build is easy on the eye.
In addition, the product feels great to touch. Aside from that, you won’t find any rattling parts or loose ones. All the panels line up right.
The device comes with a clearly written “new user” label. The label helps new HPA300 air purifier owners to quickly familiarize themselves with the device. The label explains how to remove and replace the front grill easily.
It’s easy to think that the filters are ready to use. But don’t turn your Honeywell HPA300 air purifier on, yet. First, remove the filters from the packaging. Then, install them. I’ll explain how to install the filters and prefilter later on in this Honeywell HPA300 review.
The label also explains how to operate this air purifier’s “easy tap” controls. Simply tap the relevant icon on the control area and voilà!
- Tap to turn the air purifier on or off
- Tap to select a desired cleaning setting
- Tap to choose the Turbo cleaning mode
- Tap to select the auto shut-off timer to 2, 4, or 8 hours
- Tap when you need to turn off lights or adjust brightness
Consult the Quick Reference Guide, too
The Honeywell HPA300 air purifier also comes with a “Quick Reference Guide.” To get it, simply pull the small tab at the top of the device near the controls. Once you do that, you’ll see a clearly written quick reference guide.
The guide contains helpful instructions including Honeywell’s customer support phone number. You could still operate this air purifier without reading the quick reference guide, though. Still, it’s a nice addition that I’ve not seen in quite a few similar air purifiers.
How the Honeywell HPA300 Air Purifier Works
The unit performs double filtration efficiently. The first stage happens at the unit’s highly effective prefilter. The second phase of air filtration happens as dirty air passes through the unit’s True HEPA filters.
The unit needs one prefilter and three True HEPA filters to function efficiently. I’ll now describe the air filtration process.
Air Filtration at the Pre-filter
Air gets drawn into the unit through a grill at the front side of the HPA300. Then, it passes on to the prefilter. Here, large particles such as pet hair, lint, human hair, skin flakes get removed.
I saw the evidence of this air purifier’s efficiency while replacing the prefilter. The prefilter was grimy. It was a complete mess. But I was glad that all the filth was there and not in my veins or lungs.
From the prefilter stage, the air proceeds to the device’s 3 True HEPA filters. But before I discuss the second stage of the cleaning process, let’s me tell you more about prefilters.
The HPA300 Uses Activated Carbon Prefilters
A good portion of the prefilter is basically activated charcoal. The prefilter covers entirely the front area of the HPA300. Of course, it remains hidden behind the front grill.
Now, there are tons of BIG claims made about activated charcoal.
Here are some of those claims:
- Activated charcoal whitens teeth
- Activated charcoal improves heart health
- Activated charcoal lowers bad cholesterol
- Activated charcoal treats skin problems
- Activated charcoal has anti-aging properties
- Activated charcoal potentially cures hangovers
Now, those are bold claims. But there’a an important truth you should know. There just isn’t enough conclusive evidence that these claims are 100% true.
So, insert the word “potentially” after the word “charcoal.” And you’ll begin seeing the claims for what they truly are. I won’t say the claims amount to nothing more than speculation. But some of the evidence is pretty much anecdotal.
Do you have pets, especially cats? Human hair and fur from pets can clog up your unit’s prefilter real quick. While changing the prefilter, most people can’t believe all of that filthy stuff came from their home.
generally, the prefilter is designed to take care of relatively large particles. But it also helps users address household odors.
Evidence Shows Activated Carbon Can Eliminate Contaminants
According to NCBI, medical practitioners usually use activated charcoal to eliminate contaminants from the digestive tract. It’s therefore not surprising that the HPA300 uses a prefilter made of activated charcoal.
Aside from reducing odors, the prefilter prolongs the life of your true HEPA filters. If your prefilter is working properly, your true HEPA filters end up with less work to do. That’s why I’ve stated that the prefilter prolongs the life of the true HEPA filters.
True HEPA Air Filtration
What happens at the true HEPA filters?
The unit’s true HEPA filters receive partially cleaned air from the prefilter. The term HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air.
True HEPA air filters should remove at least 99.97 percent of particles with a diameter of 0.3 microns or larger. That’s a requirement by the U.S. Department of Energy. True HEPA filters do the heavy lifting when it comes to removing super fine particles from your indoor air. Whatever the prefilter couldn’t pick gets picked by these filters.
These true HEPA filters feature many pleats. The pleats give them a large surface area so they can trap particles effectively. While changing these filters for the first time, you’ll get a shock of your life. You’ll wonder, “How have I survived all these years without using an air purifier? And you’ll want to call, text, or email your friends about your discovery.
Clean Air Exits the HPA300 through the Top
After filtration, fresh clean air leaves the unit through an air grate located near the controls at the top of the device. Now, that’s really a good thing. In most homes, air purifiers stand in the middle of the room because they require more room to operate efficiently.
But that’s not the case with the Honeywell HPA300. Due to its design, you can place this air purifier against the wall. With the HPA300, you’ll worry less about space limitations.
No Obstructions with the HPA300
Most air purifiers suck in air from the back, purify it, and spew it out the front. That means you must place them some distance away from the wall.
In contrast, it’s easy to “hide” the Honeywell and still enjoy the awesome benefits it delivers. Simply plug the HPA300 into some corner. Then, utilize the rest of the space for other purposes.
I now will tell you how to install the filters.
Installing the Filters is Pretty Easy
It took me a couple minutes. Simply remove the front grill. Then, put in the new True HEPA filters. That should be pretty easy to do. Next, place the prefilter in front of the True HEPA filters and you’re done! You only need a few moments to perform this simple task.
Here’s a Honeywell HPA300 air purifier with freshly installed HEPA filters
Usually, you won’t replace the prefilter and true HEPA filters at the same time. You’ll normally replace the prefilter four times each year. But you’ll only change the HEPA filters once every 12 months (usually). If your place is chock-full of pollutants, you’ll replace the filters more frequently.
Each of the 3 true HEPA filters has two “easy to hold and pull” tabs that make removing it easy and fast.
Take a look.
Precut Filter Alternative
Not everyone uses a precut replacement prefilter. Honeywell HPA300 owners who like saving money may prefer to buy a sheet of activated carbon. They then cut it up into several prefilters and that’s about it.
However, that necessitates a bit of precise measuring and cutting. And you can make mistakes. Admittedly, this approach saves you money. But there are good reasons you might go the precut prefilter route.
The Best Precut Prefilter for the HPA300
The Premium VEVA precut prefilter works perfectly for Honeywell HPA300. You should be able to fit it in minutes.
The VEVA Premium precut prefilter is available as a package containing four prefilters or more. What you get should last you a whole year or even longer. At around $59, you should easily access the precut prefilter.
Note: prices keep changing. It’s best to visit Amazon and check the current price of the precut prefilter.
Does the HPA300 Remove Tobacco Smoke?
The simple answer is that it does. But I’ll quickly add that it does so to a limited extent. And in the end, the device may not eliminate the deadly carcinogens found abundantly in tobacco smoke.
Most people who write or talk about about air purifiers keep succumbing to one temptation. They repeatedly say that true HEPA filters remove every trace of cigarette smoke.
I agree that true HEPA filters are super effective. However, I think some people tend to be economical with the truth in this regard. The best way to avoid the effects of carcinogens is to quit smoking.
The second best way is to minimize the opportunities for secondhand smoke. If you or your spouse smoke, just don’t do it in the house. Tobacco smoke can harm children in many serious ways. You can read this article I wrote on secondhand and thirdhand smoke.
The best true HEPA air purifier for odors may not fully eliminate odors or tobacco smoke. That sure sounds contrary to what most people think and say. But you decided to read this Honeywell HPA300 review for some reason. You needed to the truth; the whole truth.
The HPA300 Features 4 Fan Speeds
The unit doesn’t come with the settings of low, medium, and high that most people might expect. Instead, you’ll see “Germ,” “General Clean,” “Allergen,” and “Turbo.”
Let’s examine each of these filtration speeds in a little bit more detail.
Fan Speed 1: Germ
Anyone who owns this unit can tell you that the lowest setting of the Honeywell HPA300 is super quiet. But I’ve interacted with few unhappy owners who felt that this setting is somewhat louder than a similar setting on comparable devices.
My opinion is that this air purifier is as quiet as any other true HEPA air purifier out there. Generally, air purifiers that use true HEPA filters tend to be a little louder than other comparable devices. I find the Germ setting on my HPA300 surprisingly quite for such a powerful air purifier.
The Germ setting is the fan speed to choose while listening to some soul-lifting music. Or, while watching a movie. You may also choose the mode for when you go to bed.
Fan Speed 2: General Clean
On this setting, you’ll get a lot more filtration than you would on the Germ mode. However, you’ll get a little more noise.
But the noise produced is far from what you’d call disturbing. In fact, the noise is almost inaudible. It doesn’t prevent you from connecting with your favorite band or author.
At this noise level, my wife who’s a light sleeper enjoys her sleep without a problem.
Fan Speed 3: Allergen
Some people may not like being in the same room with this unit while it’s on this setting. Falling asleep might be a little tough, too.
But aren’t you mostly away from home for hours at a time? Your HPA300 should be in there working hard, helping you eliminate allergens. The Allergen speed is the “everyday” speed for this air purifier. During bedtime, though, you’ll probably want to switch to a lower fan speed. The allergen mode is also the setting to choose throughout the flu season.
Fan Speed 4: Turbo
The Turbo mode is the highest setting on this device. On this setting, the unit runs furiously fast. Not surprisingly, you may not find the noise level particularly pleasing.
ACH for HPA300
The HPA300 has an ACH (air changes per hour) of 5. On the Turbo setting, the HPA300 purifies and circulates the air in the room every 12 minutes. The turbo setting is ideal for when you’re out there working or attending to other issues.
If you battle allergies or asthma, I’d advise you to first run your HPA300 for some time (maybe 2 hours or so) on Turbo. Good news: the HPA300 comes with a great feature called the auto timer.
The feature lets you choose how long you want the device to run and then auto-shutoff. With this air purifier, you can choose one of 3 timing options: 2 hours, 4 hours, and 8 hours. Afterward, you can select a slower speed.
It remains unclear to me why Honeywell uses these terms instead of simply Low, Medium, and High. But I’d say using different names for settings doesn’t make the device harder to operate.
Tap Your Way into Convenience
The HPA300 comes with “an easy tap” control panel. Whether you want to power off the device or switch to a different fan speed, just tap it. For the most part, the touch-sensitive “buttons” work without any issues.
But I must let you know one small fact. Sometimes the touch buttons don’t seem to respond as fast as I’d like. And I’ve read a couple of reviews on Amazon and elsewhere where users have made the same observation.
Still, I should say that I don’t find this particularly annoying. In fact, the longer you own the device the less often the little glitch happens. And I can’ t say the issue has ever prevented me from using my HPA300.
Adjustable Lighting for Peaceful Sleep
Some people won’t sleep if there’s too much light in the room. Others can tolerate a certain level of lighting. The nice thing about the HPA300 is that lets you dim the light from the control panel as you like.
You can dim the light or make it brighter.. You can also turn it off completely if it bothers you.
In a world where everyone is crazy busy, it’s easy to forget things. Even important ones like filter replacement. But the HPA300 is intelligent enough to know it’s time to change the filters. There are two lights: one for the prefilter and the other for the HEPA filter.
Consider that the HEPA filter can stay in good working condition for up to 12 months. What does that mean? You won’t need to change the HEPA filter every time you need to replace the carbon prefilter.
CADR for HPA300
CADR simply means Clean air delivery rate. You want to pay attention to this number while shopping for an air purifier. The higher the CADR number the better. A wise buyer will always stay away from air purifiers whose CADR is 100 and or lower.
The CADR for HPA300 is 300 (smoke), 320 (dust), and 300 for pollen. That’s pretty high. In fact, few comparable air purifiers clean the air at such a high level of efficiency. If you’re looking for an air purification behemoth, the HPA300 is it. There’s a reason health facilities and industries choose the Honeywell air purifier. And there’s a reason you’ll want to choose it if allergens have made your life unbearable.
At 24lbs, I found the HPA300 surprisingly light to move around. Admittedly, the device is heavier than quite a few similar options out there. I’d probably buy a different option if I had to keep moving the air purifier across the house. That said, the HPA300 features two handles near its top to help you carry it with ease.
Compared to most other air purifiers I’ve seen, I’d call the HPA300 an energy guzzler. The device consumes from 40 watts to as high as 130 watts. That’s quite high.
To put its power consumption into perspective, consider the following. The HPA200, the sibling that immediately follows it, consumes not more than 84 watts on the highest setting. But that little surge in power consumption isn’t such a huge disadvantage. The “problem” becomes less important when you view it against the supercharged air purification you get from the HPA300.
Does Owning the HPA300 Mean You Won’t Need to Dust Anymore?
No, of course. Anyone who says you’ll never need to dust your place ever again is a shameless snake oil salesperson. And you shouldn’t listen to them.
Certainly, the HPA300 is quite effective. It does remove hefty amounts of dust and other pollutants. But even the best air purifiers are machines. And machines aren’t always perfect.
You’ll want to use this device while at the same time maintaining proper hygiene. You’ll want to dust surfaces regularly. Also, regularly vacuum the floor, carpeting, and furniture. A clean indoor environment helps the best air purifiers run efficiently. And efficiently running air purifiers make sure the occupants of a home breathe clean, healthy air always.
Issues of Concern for the HPA300
I use the HPA300, and I can tell you with a straight face that it’s a great air purifier. My wife battles allergies. And she says that the the HPA300 is one of the best things that have happened in her life. I can’t agree more. She sneezes and wheezes less these days. Plus, she needs her inhaler less and less. Best of all, she sleeps much better at night.
But as I researched the HPA300, I came across a bunch of not so happy reviews. I shouldn’t conclude this review without telling you about a certain concern. Some users complained that they sensed an odor emanating from their unit, especially while replacing their filters.
Well, I can’t say that it’s many users. But the number of complaints was high enough to have me thinking that Honeywell should address the issue. Fortunately, I found that the smell tended to disappear with time. Still, two or three users thought they’d made a mistake by buying the HPA300.
All I can say that I’ve not noticed any odors from my unit. And that I find it completely safe to use. Besides, it doesn’t generate ozone like some other comparable air purifiers out there. Generally, though, you won’t go wrong with a Honeywell.
Comparisons: Honeywell HPA300 vs. Honeywell HPA200 vs. Honeywell HPA100
Honeywell HPA300 vs. Honeywell HPA200
The HPA200 is smaller in size that the HPA300. It works well for both large and small rooms. The HPA200 can help clean air in rooms as large as 310 sq. ft. By comparison, the HPA300 is a large and extra-large room air purifier designed to purify rooms as large as 465 sq. ft.
But while the HPA200 is smaller, it weighs nearly the same weight at 20 lbs.
Both of them also use carbon activated prefilters. But while HPA300 uses three true HEPA filters, the HPA200 uses two filters.
Not surprisingly, the Honeywell HPA300 costs a little more than the HPA200. And just like the HPA300, the HPA200 is only available in black. If you’d prefer a different color, the HPA304 and HPA204 are great alternatives for the HPA300 and HPA200 respectively.
Additionally, the two devices have similar settings and have a maximum ACH of 5.
As you might expect, the CADR for HPA200 is significantly lower than that of HPA300. Here are the numbers: CADR for smoke: 200, for dust: 190; and for pollen 180. I’d earlier provided the CADR for the HPA300 (see Features).
Additionally, the HPA200 comes with a 5-year warranty, just like its bigger brother. And for both devices, you can set the auto-off timer to 2, 4, or 8 hours. Also, both of them have filter replacement reminders. For both of them, you can dim the control panel light, make it brighter, or turn it off.
Each device works well for the stated room size. But here’s what makes the HPA300 superior to HPA200. The HPA200 won’t be very useful if the space is too large. By contrast, the HPA300 can work for a small, medium, large, or extra-large room. However, using the HPA300 for a small room ultimately amounts to underutilizing the device.
Honeywell HPA300 vs. Honeywell HPA100
Both use true HEPA filters and carbon activated prefilters. But the HPA100 is much smaller than the HPA300. And at 8 lbs, the HPA100 is much lighter than the HPA300. In terms of coverage, the HPA100 works best for an area not larger than 155 sq. ft. That’s a 12 X 13 feet room.
Here’s how their CADR values compare. For HPA100, the CADR for smoke is 100. For dust, the CADR is 106 and for pollen, it’s 100. Frankly, that CADR is pretty much the lowest an air purifier is supposed to go.
Unlike the HPA200 and HPA300, the HPA100 uses just one true HEPA filter. And like its bigger siblings, it uses only one carbon activated prefilter. That means it’s cheaper to buy and operate this air purifier.
Just like the two bigger models, the HPA100 has an ACH of 5. Similarly, its shut-off timer allows users to purify their indoor air for 2, 4, or 8 hours at a time. And just like its bigger siblings, this air purifier comes with a 5-year limited warranty.
Finally, the HPA100 is quite affordable. As of this writing, the HPA100 costs about 50 percent less than the HPA300. If your room is rather small, you’ll want to pick the HPA100. So my review terminates here.
What’s your feeling about the HPA300? Read my closing thoughts and then head over to Amazon to check the price.
Honeywell HPA300 Review: Final Thoughts
Are you looking to purify a large or extra-large room that’s swarming with allergens? The HPA300 should be a great bet. The CADR is quite high, making the device a powerful choice.
Sure, a few users of this product have not been very happy with their purchase. Some people feel that the device produces too much noise on its Turbo setting. And few say they’ve noticed a bad smell emanating from the device. Also, some people feel that the filters are a little expensive. However, the vast majority of users I came across sounded quite pleased with it. As a person who owns this device, I can say it’s worth the money.
The Honeywell HPA300 is a great air purifier for pollen, dust, mold pores, and other such pollutants. Some users also say this air purifier helps them deal with smoke and odors. But since there’s so much argument surrounding this issue, I won’t say this product removes gases or smells. I’ve with good reason given it a rating of 4/5. You can buy the Honeywell True HEPA Allergen Remover, 465 sq. Ft, HPA300 on Amazon right now.
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