Honeywell AirGenius 3 Air Cleaner/Odor Reducer ~ Review

Posted by Jenna | Friday, December 21, 2012

I don't know about you, but I often wonder just how clean the air is outside....especially after reading the following press release:

On average, people take more than 21,600 breaths a day, yet two-thirds of the American population[1] does not  think about the quality of the air they are breathing. The AirGenius Awards, sponsored by the makers of the new Honeywell AirGenius Air Cleaner, set out to 'clear the air' by assessing the nation's cities based on specific criteria related to air quality.  So where can you find the cleanest air in America? In short, the answer is Florida. The awards, evaluated by scientists at the leading consulting firm Environmental Health & Engineering, highlighted six Florida metropolitan areas in the top 25, with Palm Bay/Melbourne/Titusville in first place.

"Data on pollen counts, particulate matter and ozone concentrations, public smoking laws, and 'green' city rankings for the 100 most populated U.S. cities were used in this assessment," said Dr. Ted Myatt, ScD, a senior scientist at the leading environmental consulting company Environmental Health & Engineering and Biological Safety Officer at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Massachusetts.  "The results are relevant to city dwellers and homeowners, particularly the elderly, young children, and individuals with allergies or asthma."
Below is a list of the top ten U.S. areas with the cleanest air:
1.    Palm Bay/Melbourne/Titusville, Fla.
2.    Cape Coral/Fort Myers, Fla.
3.    North Port-Bradenton/Sarasota, Fla.
4.    Honolulu, Hawaii
5.    Tucson, Ariz.
6.    Colorado Springs, Colo.
7.    Albuquerque, N.M.
8.    Seattle/Tacoma/Bellevue, Wash.
9.    Charleston/North Charleston/Summerville, S.C.
10.  Lakeland/Winter Haven, Fla.

I found this to be very interesting, and it got me not only thinking about the air in my state, but also the air quality in my home as well. I want to make sure that my family and I are not breathing in harmful gases, etc...which is why I decided to go ahead and evaluate my home's air quality with the Air IQ Quiz on the Honeywell Plugged in Facebook page. I found out our score was better than I thought, but there was still room for improvement and I appreciated read through the tips to help me do just that. and was happy to see it wasn't too bad.

The very first tip was to consider using an air purifier like the Honeywell AirGenius 5 Air Cleaner to help combat potential spikes in poor indoor air quality. The Honeywell AirGenius 5 Air Cleaner captures up to 99.9% of particles from the air that passes through the filters - the larger particles that you can see AND the really small microscopic particles. I thought this sounded perfect for our home and couldn't have been more excited to learn we were going to have the opportunity to review the AirGenius 3 from Honeywell.

When the AirGenius 3 Air Cleaner/Odor Reducer arrived I was looking forward to checking it out.
Out of the box, I was impressed with it's sleep and modern look. This is something I wanted to be able to use in our family room, so the fact that it's not an eye sore is much appreciated! I love the white, it goes very well with the rest of the decor in our home.

I was also happy to see that it's such a nice size. Measuring 12" x 11" x 29" in and weighing 14 lbs, this air purifier is certified for use in rooms up to 225 square feet! That makes it great for bedrooms as well as living areas as well.
Aside from the appearance, I was also immediately impressed with how user-friendly it is. The smart controls help take the guesswork out of how to most effectively clean the air in your home. There are 3 air cleaning levels to choose from : SLEEP which is an almost silent operation, GENERAL cleaning or MAX cleaning power depending on your air cleaning needs.
 We've been using it for a while now and have been pleasantly surprised with just how quiet it operates, even on the max cleaning power setting. This was especially surprising considering that it is certified to clean such a large space - I thought for sure it would be loud. 

There are two filter options. There's the ifD filter which is permanent and easy to clean. About 4 times a year, you just wash it ... never having to replace it! It catches larger particles. There's also the odor-reducing pre-filter (one of which is included with the unit). This helps absorb common household odors and VOCs and purifies the air. It needs to be replaced about every 3 months or so. What's nice is there's a filter indicator light that reminds you when you need to clean the filter so that's very helpful.

One thing I did not expect is that the air cleaner oscillates. I absolutely love this! It helps to disperse fresher, cleaner air throughout the room and is a feature I haven't seen with any of the other air purifiers I've personally seen. Another pleasant surprise was that this model is Energy Star rated and uses about the same amount of electricity as a light bulb. YAY!

Overall we've been extremely happy with the Honeywell AirGenius 3 Air Cleaner/Odor Reducer! It works great, and I love knowing that the patented QuietClean ifD advanced filtration technology helps to capture 99.9% of particles, both the ones you can see and the really small ones too. I would definitely recommend it to others who would like better air quality inside of their homes.

Find helpful tips and the Air IQ Quiz, visit

Buy It: You can purchase the AirGenius 3 from Honeywell for $229.99.

**The product for this review was provided for free. All opinions are my own.

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