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If you have pets roaming around, then obviously the best air purifier in your mind is one that’s the best air purifier for pets. The Airthereal APH260, for example, handles pet hair, pet dander, and pet odor. On top of that, it staves off viruses, spores, and bacteria, a mainstay for the best UV air purifier.
When you want to further kill little unseen beasties, and ensure they stay dead, the Airthereal APH260 has five stages of filtration, one of which includes a UV C light filter for killing off viruses and bacteria.
Airthereal APH260 Air Purifiers utilize a surprisingly good on such a low-cost unit. It isn’t mind-bending, but it has a good CFM of around 150. You’d think that would create a bunch of noise, but not so! At the lowest setting, which is also considering Sleep Mode, you’ll get around 25 decibels; the highest is just under 50. That’s slightly quieter than the Levoit Air Purifier Large Room.
With the Airthereal Air Purifier’s good fan power, you can expect to reach a nice sizeable area. In an hour, its CFM can cover 355 square feet. More importantly, it swaps out the air every 15 minutes or so, which is fantastic. For more coverage, look to the Alen BreatheSmart.
To achieve quality air filtration, airborne particles are filtered through five different filters, each with their own strengths. Anything large gets stopped by the pre-filter. Smaller particles like allergens, mold, fungi—99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns—get stuck in the True HEPA filter, with the ionizer filter to help attract them further. To handle odors, chemicals, and smoke, you have the activated carbon filter, which also makes use of a cold catalyst filter. To kill off viruses, spores, and bacteria, that’s what the UV-C light filter is for. It can also work perfectly to remove pet hairs but it will not do it as well as the Airthereal ADH80 would.
Like all air purifiers around this price, the outer shell of the machine usually isn’t high quality. It isn’t tough like stainless steel, but the hard plastic used at least gives it some kind of protection if or when it gets knocked over. It isn’t terribly heavy either—just 10.4 lbs—so it’s at least light enough to move around the house.
Like the SilverOnyx Air Purifier, the Airthereal APH260 is a rare machine. It offers great performance at a low price, in addition to low-cost replacement filters. Sure, it isn’t Energy Star certified, but it isn’t an energy hog either, so you don’t have to worry about spending more. Its best value would be better spent in a kid’s room or small office. Of course, you could always consider the Germ Guardian AC4825E as well.
Considering its low energy consumption, the lack of an Energy Star certification for the Airthereal APH260 is negligible. It conserves energy anyways. When you push that aside, you’re graced with a low-cost, low-investment air filter. It even has an indoor sensor and Auto Mode for a hands-off approach, if that’s your thing.