Air Cleaner Review: Rabbit Air

8/27/2009:

Do you use or need an air cleaner?

rabbit-air-minus-a2-spa780-product-shotFor some reason – I’ve always had an mini-obsession with air cleaners. Regardless if you have pets, allergies, smokers (or just plain stink yourself) – Hoboken doesn’t always have the cleanest air. With buses, trucks, sewage treatment stench and disgusting dumpster juice left on sidewalks – it’s always nice to have fresh air in your apartment or condo.

I think I’ve tried all the possible air cleaners out there. From your standard Honeywell HEPA filters (which I thought were terrible – because the filters were expensive, didn’t last long – and stunk your house up MORE if you didn’t change the filters at the right time) – to the Ionic cleaners (first tried the “imitation” Sharper Image models – which worked ok, then eventually settled on four Ionic Breeze desktop models for various rooms). While the Ionic Breeze cleaners met much controversy (Consumer Reports claimed they didn’t work) – I felt they were the best. Even after a party – with many people smoking – my apartment never stunk like smoke. But alas, Sharper Image is gone – and three of the four Ionic Breezes I owned eventually broke. I needed a new air cleaner.

So I stumbled across this company called Rabbit Air in a magazine. I checked out the website, looked at the specs – and picked up the flagship Rabbit Air MinusA2 SPA-780A.

Success – works great!

A couple things sold me about the Rabbit Air model:

  • 6 stage purification system:
    minus-air-filter-chart-vs-hepaYou can customize your MinusA2 air purifier by choosing from a variety of custom filters that will benefit you most. You have the choice of Germ Defense, Pet Allergy or Toxin Absorber. Each type of custom filter is specially engineered to trap and destroy different types of germs, chemicals or allergens. The unit also includes a six stage purification system with BioGS HEPA filter. This new generation HEPA filter is what differentiates Rabbit Air from all other HEPA type air purifiers. As opposed to other models which only trap particles without eliminating them, the BioGS HEPA filter traps and destroys allergens and pollutants down to 0.3 microns in size 99.97% of the time.
  • Flexible installation options:
    You could use the Minus A2 either as a free-standing unit – or add the optional wall mounting bracket. I chose the latter – and found a perfect spot that didn’t take up any extra room in the house.
    rabbit-air-minus-a2-spa780
  • It works – and works well:
    One thing I noticed about the “auto” setting was – that it picked up on the slightest change in pollutants in the air. Whether something obvious such as a cigarette, or not so obvious, like when a truck drove by – it automatically sensed that were extra toxins in the air – and boosted cleaning speed. Other benefits include the relatively low noise – and the fact that filters only cost $75 per year (much less than other brands). Another benefit is the excellent support. I had one issue where a sensor got a bit clogged – and they immediately instructed me how to rectify the issue (it was my fault.)
    rabbit-air-filtration-process

Discount for Hoboken411 Readers

I like the product so much, that I wrote Rabbit Air and told them I wanted to share my positive impressions with the Hoboken411 readers. They were thrilled to hear that – and are offering a 10% off discount coupon through the end of the year. If you order any product from them – just use Coupon Code: HOBOKEN411 when placing your order.

Does anyone else have this air cleaner? If so, do you share my sentiments?

PS – One strange feature was this “mood light” – which doesn’t make or break the product’s effectiveness – but I just don’t get why it’s there. If anything, it’d be cool if the color changed based on ambient sounds, but it’s just a straight blue light, and I don’t get what’s “moody” about it!

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10 Comments on "Air Cleaner Review: Rabbit Air"

MidnightRacer
Member

I paid $500 for mine. Before I bought it, I researched the charged plate versus the HEPA filter fan movement. But I couldn’t get over the price of either, plus the filters for the HEPA replacements. To me, it wasn’t worth it. But then in a year my allergies got worse and worse, til I was wheezing every night that I couldn’t fall asleep since I had to consciously force my lungs to breath. It got that bad. So bad that I wasn’t getting enough oxygen. Drugs only do so much. Finally, I couldn’t breath much at all, so I took a cab over to Sharper Image and bought the best model, barely making it to the store. Gradually, I could breath better in a couple of days.

These purifiers can’t do everything. Allergy sufferers have to remove all carpets, remove all books and magazines from shelves and store them away (dust catchers), and simplify their home as much as possible with as little fabric (including window treatments, don’t leave old dirty clothing out). Wash the bed stuff all the time, replace mattress after several years or earlier. Wash the floors every week. Remove dust from surfaces. You know what I’m saying.

FMTVENG
Member

for the people running these, do you really think they are worth their energy costs? this unit isn’t bad, only using about 58 watts, but that still equates to about $95/yr at PSE&G’s avg residential rate of 19cents /kWh. If you toss in a filter or two on top of that (for the units that use filters) these get pretty expensive to run and i’m not sold on how effective they are.

whineanddineinhob
Member
whineanddineinhob

If some of these units give relief to the allergy or sinus sufferers, and last 3 or 4 years, than it’s well worth the price of running the unit. Some of these over-the-counter remedies cost 9 bucks for a seven day supply.

In response to FMTVENG who said:
for the people running these, do you really think they are worth their energy costs? this unit isn’t bad, only using about 58 watts, but that still equates to about $95/yr at PSE&G’s avg residential rate of 19cents /kWh. If you toss in a filter or two on top of that (for the units that use filters) these get pretty expensive to run and i’m not sold on how effective they are.

legendkiller
Member

i had 2 Sharper Image Ionic Breeze they both died after 2-3 years..411 i hope you get more use with this then you did with your juicer.

Hellboken
Member
Hellboken

Germaphobes

mooshu
Member
mooshu

LOL!

I don’t have a filter. Hoboken’s air quality sucks in summer for me. But I can handle it.

In response to Hellboken who said:
Germaphobes

sms
Member

Has anyone tried the Oreck purifiers?

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