Winix 5500 Air Purifier Review
One of the most necessary equipment in today's time is an air purifier. The continuous degradation in the air quality has raised serious concerns in the last two decades. People living in cities are most affected by bad air quality to the increasing pollution. But, as it is said, necessity is the mother of invention, some experts decided to create an air purifier. It came as a complete blessing for all those who suffer from air-related disease due to the excessive pollution that is eating our environment slowly.
We always look for products that are helping solve our daily life problems and that too with ease. We recently reviewed one of the air purifiers by RabbitAir, and it was utterly satisfying. Today, we will be looking at the one offered by Winix. The Winix 5500-2 Air Purifier is one of the bests the company has ever manufactured. It is also the first air purifier from the Korean giant that got Amazon's Choice title. The company has claimed that it is the best purifier available in the market. Though they have launched newer models recently and this may not be able to take the top spot now.
Winix 5500-2 Air Purifier comes with True HEPA filtration. It uses a three-step filtration process to provide the best-quality air for the users. The design and look of the machine are quite attractive, and it can easily fit your drawing room as a showcase material. It can clean spaces up to 360 square feet with ease. And, from the reviews that we read from the customers, we got to know that it is a perfect option for your living room and bedroom. So, without spending much more time, let us dive deep inside the features and functionalities of the air purifier.
Product Overview: Winix 5500-2 Air Purifier with True HEPA, PlasmaWave and Odor Reducing Washable AOC Carbon Filter
Product Dimensions: 15 x 8.2 x 23.6 inches
Item Weight: 15.4 pounds
Item model number: 5500-2
The air purifier arrived at us in a big box, and as the machine is vertical, you must take care of how you take it out from the package. Other than, excellent packaging, the company has mentioned some of the best features on the cover of the carton. It was delivered to us in good condition with all the shipping standards in mind. We were excited to open and look at what's inside the package.
When we opened the box, we found all the necessary accessories and everything was in the right place. We were happy that everything from warranty card to instruction manuals was placed correctly. It also comes with remote control, so that you can manage the purifier just like television. The box also included the wall mount kit. We decided not to use the wall mount as we wanted to test the machine in different areas, but if you're going to keep it stable in one room, then you can use it.
Design: Whether you like it or not, but the design of a product matters a lot, and it impacts the mind of a user especially if it is something that will remain in your house as a showpiece too. The Winix 5500-2 Air Purifier has a sleek design which allows it to look good with any environment; you keep it in. It has a plastic body with an all-black color. It doesn't look cheap like most of the air purifiers that fall in its price range. The machine seems slimmer than it appears in photographs. The air purifier is not bulky as it weighs just around 15.4 pounds. The only problem is that carrying it can be a hectic task as it doesn't come with caster wheels. Many people may criticize the plastic body, but it is good because it is an electronic item which will be plugged in all day long. On the front side, you will find five different function buttons, and they are comfortable while pressing. There is also a presence of a LED sensor, and it shows three different colors. The colors tell you the quality of the air in the room, which it is placed. On the front side, it has the air intake system, so be careful where you place it because you don't want to have any problems in the early going. It is mentioned in the user manual that the product should not be kept in direct sunlight to avoid any failure. The outlet air vent is available on the top, just like most of the air purifiers. We were delighted with the overall design of the air purifier. If you are not wall mounting the machine, then we would recommend you to keep it on a stable flat surface similar to a table for maximum benefits.
One of the best things about a Korean technological brand is that they use the most advanced technology to make their products, and the case is same with Winix 5500-2. It comes with a three-stage filtration to provide the best quality air. The three-step process is as follows:
- Pre-filter/ Advanced odor control carbon filter: Like most of the purifiers, the pre-filter helps in capturing large particles of dust, contaminants, pet hair, pet dander, and pollen. It is attached with an Advanced Odor Control Carbon Filter that helps in reducing odor and protect against VOCs.
- True HEPA Filter: The company has provided True HEPA filter, and that captures 99.97% of down to 0.3 microns, virus particles, allergens, pollen, mold, and fungi particles.
- Winix PlasmaWave: The purifier also comes with Winix PlasmaWave; it is nothing but a type of ionizer, which helps in trapping and reducing the number of pollutants. A user can turn it off or on, according to their needs.
If you are Winix machine lovers, then you will enjoy the power that this purifier brings. It utilizes the True HEPA Filter with PlasmaWave Technology. The PlasmaWave is an innovative technology that forms Hydroxyl Radicals to reduce and attack the air pollutants and even chemical gases. The destroyed pollutants come out in the form of vapor.
If you are scared of the fact that the purifier doesn't have an ionizer, then don't. The PlasmaWave technology does the same work, and it doesn't emit harmful gases, which can cause problems to respiratory disease patients.
Working: Now, as we have understood the design and filters of the air purifier, let us take a look at its working. The machine first cleans the air using a layer of activated carbon, a true HEPA filter, and in the end, Winix's PlasmaWave system. The dirty air gets filtered by the activated carbon layer which the company calls the AOC layer (Advanced Odor Control). It is different from other air purifiers because they use activated carbon filter only not advanced. It can trap bad odor and small dust particles with ease. After passing through the layer, it comes to HEPA Filter. It is the most crucial layer, and it where most of the filtration is carried out. The US Department of Energy has certified the air purifier for having the capability to catch 99.97% of particles larger than .3 microns. Finally, the air reaches the PlasmaWave layer where the air is treated with Hydroxyls to remove VOCs, bacteria, and viruses.
Room Coverage: Another essential thing that we all have to check while purchasing an air purifier and its room cleaning capacity. The company claims that the machine can purify the air in 360 square feet room with ease. When we talk about the ACH, Winix has only one setting and that 4X ACH. It also misses out on air changes per hour as it is lesser than the older models that the company offers. When it comes to CADR, it is 243 Dust/232 Smoke/246 Pollen (CFM). It tells how fast the purifier can clean the air inside a room.
Another important thing we need to check in an air purifier is its sound. When it comes to Winix 5500-2, we were not exactly disappointed with the sound because whatever you do, an air purifier with five-speed changes will generate noise. When we tested the machine, the sound didn't go down less than 30 decibels when operated on sleep setting. But, when you use it on Turbo settings, the device tends to make much louder noise. Yes, it didn't rise much but the sound doubles, and you will not be able to ignore it.
When it comes to power consumption, the air purifier doesn't need much. It can efficiently operate at 70 watts, and that's quite surprising considering the amount of power five-speed fans need. It is quite similar to the other models offered by the company. Overall, we were happy with the sound and power consumption capabilities of the purifier.
Pros of Winix 5500-2 Air Purifier with True HEPA:
- The machine comes with different settings that allow it to adjust brilliantly according to the environment.
- It comes with three different filters that are capable enough to provide the best quality air as an output.
- The machine uses Advanced Odor Control, which is better than the ones found in ordinary air purifiers.
- The Winix 5500-2 air purifier can filter the air in a 360 sq. Ft. room with ease in an hour when operated at the highest setting.
- The motor runs at five different speeds that user can adjust without any problems.
- The filters can easily last up to six months without creating problems even during their last stages.
- It has PlasmaWave technology that kills the bacteria and releases them in the form of vapor.
- The power consumption of the purifier is quite low because it operates on five different speed levels.
- It is quite affordable, and one can purchase it for their office or residence.
Cons of Winix 5500-2 Air Purifier with True HEPA:
- The lack of pure ionizer.
- The noise can become a problem when operated at the highest setting.
- The machine doesn't use the technology that increases the durability of the HEPA Filter.
Final thoughts on Winix 5500-2 Air Purifier with True HEPA:
Winix 5500-2 is an excellent choice for people suffering from any respiratory disease. We were happy with the overall performance of the machine. When it first arrived, we were thinking to be as good as RabbitAir MinusA2. Although the price range is low, some of the features of this machine are good. We tested the air purifier in different atmospheres, and we would love to tell you that it performed exceptionally. The replacement cost of the filters is high, and they only last for six months at max when used 12 hours daily. If your consumption is lower, then they might run for a couple of months more. When it comes to the filtrations process, we would say that it works perfectly without any issue. The adjustability features also provide the user with a lot of confidence. Overall, it is a great air purifier that may not be the best in the market, but the affordable price justifies the features. We spent around two-three weeks with the air purifier and have not faced any technical issue as of now. We would say that the company could've reduced the noise levels if they would've used better technology because at the highest setting, sometimes it can get irritating for the user. Apart from it, we didn't face any significant issue. We hope that all the questions regarding the use and features of the purifier are answered in this review. We would love to review some more purifiers so that you can get more options to choose from. Otherwise, if you find Winix 5500-2 suitable, then you can purchase it. It comes from a well-known brand, and everything's perfect about it.