Looking for the best HEPA air purifier? There are few products that have been able to achieve a design aesthetic that is on par with Apple, Dyson and those alike. So who would’ve thought that one of those companies to achieve such would be a maker of Air Purifiers. I sure as hell didn’t.

The Blueair Sense is unlike any air purifier I’ve ever used, let alone ever laid eyes on. The all white box has been, from the looks of it, carefully designed to be both simple and tasteful – the top of it is covered in tempered glass. Most other air purifiers looks something analogous to that of a plastic tower fan that can be purchased for $40 at Bed Bath and Beyond. That in mind, though, the BlueAir Sense isn’t cheap; it costs $479 and likely performs as well as other air purifiers that cost perhaps half that. But more on that in a sec.

In addition to an “ion charging process” to clean the air, the Blueair Sense uses a traditional, and proven effective, HEPA filter. Unfortunately, the Blueair Sense’s HEPA Filters are not reusable and must be replaced periodically. A tough proposition to swallow, especially since replacement filters cost about $80, though they should last for sometime. How long will each one last? Unfortunately, I can’t tell you and nor have I had to replace my filters – I’ve been using the Blueair Sense for over two months without any indicator to do so.

To power on the Blue Air sense, just plug it in and then wave your hand over the glass surface. If done correctly, a small circle will illuminate and the Blueair Sense’s fan will kick on. Perform the same action again and a second circle will appear indicating that it is now speed 2. There are three speeds available and the fourth swipe will power off the Blueair Sense. That’s it. That’s how you operate the Blueair Sense.

That all in mind, the Blueair Sense is designed to be used in rooms that are up to 150 square feet. The company recommends that you keep windows and doors closed to improve the air purifier’s efficiency. I left my open and while it’s difficult for me to gauge my rooms air quality, I haven’t experienced any of the same problems that I had previous to my time using an air purifier – it’s been a few years since I started using one. Which brings me to my next point: the Blueair Sense seems to accomplish the same effect as other, cheaper air purifiers that I’ve tested. However, the Blueair Sense is easily and by far the best looking that I’ve tested. And while I can’t possibly suggest that one pay the premium for that alone, I can attest to the fact that it works well, looks great and is very easy to use.

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Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."

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