In the world of air purifiers, it seems that a lot of companies have forgotten one important thing…
Not everyone wants (or needs) the biggest, most powerful air purifier that has ever been created.
It may be true that having a high powered air purifying device is a big draw for a lot of homeowners, but a product like this has no place for someone who’s looking for a compact, small and portable device.
This especially rings true for anyone that lives in a small apartment, shares a space with other people, works in a tiny office or cubicle setting, or travels a lot. For these reasons, a compact air purifier is the optimal choice.
Fortunately, one company in particular (Honeywell) has noticed the rising demand for small, portable air purifiers. In this review, we’ll compare their top two products that meet this specific need for consumers:
- HHT-011 Compact with Permanent HEPA-type Filter
- HFD-010 QuietClean Compact Tower with ifD Filter
Below, you’ll find a description that outlines the most important features each product contains and also a summary that should give you a pretty good idea which device is best for your needs.
Honeywell HHT-011 Review
The Honeywell HHT-011 is a compact air purifier that offers a lot of perks for very reasonable price (avg. $40).
Because of its small size (14″ x 6.5″ x 10.75 ” in.) it can be placed anywhere inside a room. It easily fits on top of a table, counter or desk and is is a breeze to transport with while traveling. Plus, it’s designed in such a way that it can sit horizontally or vertically on any surface.
It features a 3-stage air purification process that includes a pre-filter, HEPA-type filter and ionic generator. This combination allows it to effectively capture 99% of air pollution including dust, dander, smoke, pollen and mold spores.
The only drawback to the HEPA-type filter is that it can only trap particles as small as 2 microns in size. This is perfectly fine for anyone who doesn’t suffer from asthma or severe allergies, but if you do then you’ll want a more efficient product, like the HFD-010 reviewed below.
It’s important to note that the ionizing feature does help to balance out the issue with the HEPA-type filter by zapping particles from the air as small as .1 microns. The only caveat here is that you need to vacuum up these fallen particles, otherwise they can reenter into the air if kicked back up by a person walking through or pets moving about.
The HHT-011 is AHAM certified to purify a space up to 85 sq. ft., which is ideal for most small bedrooms, office spaces and hotel rooms. It also has three fan speeds, allowing you to control how fast it operates.
Two final features that add value to this air purifier are a filter clean indicator and nightlight.
The filter cleaning reminder is a great addition because it takes the guesswork out of when the filter has become too dirty to work properly. Once this light comes on, a thorough vacuuming of the filter will bring it back to new again.
The nightlight is also a good feature for people that want to use this air cleaner in a bedroom or hotel room. This soft illumination provides a light glow in the room so you can see well enough in case you have to get up during the night.
Honeywell HFD-010 Review
As we alluded to in the review of the HHT-011, the HFD-010 has a much more powerful filter than the one include on the other device.
In fact, the HFD-010 uses ifD technology that’s 99% effective at removing particles as small as .3 microns. This equates to capturing 7x more smaller pollutants than the HEPA-type filter on the HHT-011. The ifD filter captures ultra-fine particles created by dust, pollen, dander, smoke and mold spores. It’s also washable and reusable for the life of the product.
This product also includes an ionizer for extra cleaning power, tackling particles as small as .1 microns.
The HFD-010 is AHAM certified to clean the air within a space up to 62 sq. ft., which works well for a small bedroom, office, cubicle and hotel room. It also has two fan speeds, allowing you to choose the appropriate cleaning level and has the ability to exchange the air within a room up to 5x per hour.
Its attractive, slim design takes up very little space and measures 9.10″ x 11.20″ x 16.70″ in. It can be placed on a table or desk and is easily portable for travel purposes.
The average price for this product is around $60 and packs a lot of power in a small device.
As you just discovered, both of these two air purifiers require low maintenance and offer effective cleaning for small spaces.
However, you may still be wondering which air purifier is better for your particular situation. To help guide you in the right direction, we’ve put together some key highlights below that should help you make a final decision.
HHT-011 versus HFD-010
The HFD-010 air purifier has a superior filter. The ifD filter technology captures the most particles and is washable and reusable for the life of the product
- The HFD-010 is excellent for asthma and allergy sufferers, the HHT-011 is not
- The HHT-011 can purify an extra 23 sq. ft., which is not too much larger than the HFD-010
- The HHT-011 can sit horizontally or vertically, the HFD-010 only stands vertical
- Both products include an ionic generator for extra cleaning power
- Both air cleaners are practically the same size
- The price difference between each model is around $20