We placed this air purifier in my son's room because he has dust and pollen allergies. He is also a techno-person so this is a perfect match. This unit runs quiet and smooth, even at its highest speed. It has a carbon filter for odors and HEPA filter for quality filtration which works because his room hasn't required as much dusting. My son loves the WiFi operation and sets the unit to run max speed while he is at school and then lower while he is in his room studying or at bedtime. Soft blue LED lighting adjusts to room lighting so they are not too bright at night. This is a great air purifier!
Pros: High Quality, Looks Great, Lots of Features, Nice Design, Stylish
If you are looking for a very high quality air purifier, you can't go wrong with this one. I found the set up extremely easy. The filter is very easy to install/replace. Working the buttons to control it is clearly explained in the manual and just very intuitive. Downloading the app and connecting it to my phone was very easy. From the app you can see that status of the purifier, the current air quality, as well as control the purifier and its settings remotely. If you are in the room you can easily see the status and air quality by the light ring (different color for different levels of air quality).
Things that I like:
- the easy set up
- being able to control it remotely
- it will not continue running when the air quality is good - goes into sleep mode
- Its VERY quite - this is relative to the individual. My humidifier is louder. My dog's breathing is louder.
- I found that its quite good at removing odors as well
Reasons why I didn't give it 5 stars:
- replacement filter cost is $100 (couldn't find generic replacements)
- should be about a foot from any wall - that makes it stand out a little more than I'd like
- would like to see it come in different colors
Pros: Easy to Install, Easy to Use, High Quality, Lots of Features
I've owned another model Winix air purifier for a few years now and I'm very happy with it. I don't have allergies but I do have pets and an older dusty home so I like to keep the air clean of dust and odors. This WiFi model works very much the same as my other model except it has the ability to control and schedule it from your smart phone and it covers a larger area.
The thing that impresses me most about these air purifiers is how little energy they use. When the room lights are off and the room is dark the unit goes into sleep mode (unless programmed otherwise) which still circulates air a little but only uses about 3 watts. Low is only slightly more about 4 watts, medium round 7 and high around 15. Turbo is the real power consumer at about 50 watts. The PlasmaWave technology adds about a watt or less. When powered off it still consumes 1.2 watts even with WiFi off for some reason though.
On most of the settings the air purifier is very quiet. I keep it on while I sleep. It's only on high and turbo that I can really hear it and even then it's not that loud.
Setting up the wifi was easy. Through my smartphone I can remotely control the air purifier and even set scheduled events. I set mine to turn off during the day when I'm not usually in my bedroom. I like the ability to set up schedules which my other Winix air purifier doesn't have but I would have preferred to have it through Bluetooth because I don't really need to have 24/7 access to my air purifier when I'm away from home. It's neat that it can display outdoor air quality as well as a history of your indoor air quality but for me it's not that important.
Even without WiFi connectivity the air purifier is pretty smart at regulating the speed on it's own based on the air quality it detects. When there's movement in my bedroom, especially after I get up and make the bed and kick up dust, the fan speed increases to compensate. It's nice that I can keep it running for a few hours after I'm up to take care of the dust and then have it shut off but without the WiFi it would just go into low power on it's own.
The only downside is the filters are a bit expensive but they do last a long time. The carbon filter is part of the filter assembly which I'm not too happy about because I like to replace the carbon filter more frequently to control odors. I can probably just get a roll of carbon filter material and cut it to place inside the circular HEPA filter.
A few tips I've picked up from using air purifiers. They don't eliminate the need to dust, vacuum or clean. If you have pets you have to keep them clean if you don't want pet odors. Air purifiers don't perform magic but they do help keep the air you breath clean which is especially important if you have family members with allergies.
Pros: Easy to Install, High Quality, Looks Great, Lots of Features, Nice Design
Could not have been simpler to setup. Unbox pull plastic off filter pack lock back into place close door. Turn on. This model comes with wifi control. Download app that your phone needs. Follow instructions on establishing connection. Now you can control your unit from the other room or across town. The controls are also across top of unit for control without app. The moment I turned the unit on I could smell fresh clean air cycling through the room.
Pros: Durable, Easy to Clean, Easy to Install, Easy to Use, Good Size & Weight, High Quality, Looks Great, Lots of Features, Nice Design, Sturdy, Stylish
This is nice cylindrical air purifier, perfect for putting in tight corners. It is relatively tall for a room air purifier, with a small footprint on the floor. It measures 12 inches diameter on the bottom, and tapers to 9 1/2 inches diameter at the top. It stands 29 1/2 inches tall. It runs very quietly, has several speed settings, and has WiFi to connect to your home network and an app on your phone. Your phone needs to be fairly recent to be able to run the app; my phone has a version of Android that is too old for this app.
The filter has 3 components in one cylinder and must be replaced as one, no replacing parts such as the pre-filter or activated charcoal by themselves.
Pros: Good Size & Weight, Lots of Features, Nice Design, 12 inch diameter floor space
I was looking for an air purifier for the baby's room that could be set to run on a schedule. This WiFi-connected model does exactly that, and overall, I'm very pleased with it.
Here's what I like about the Winix NK105
(1) WiFi connection and smart phone app allow you to monitor air quality in the room from afar.
(2) Even better, the, WiFi connection and smart phone app allow you to program a schedule. This is a brilliant feature that you just won't find on non-WiFi models. I schedule it to clean the air for two hours before bedtime, so the room is fresh when baby is put down to sleep. No need to enter earlier to turn it on!
(3) Small footprint means it can be placed in a corner of the room.
(4) It's marketed as removing bacteria - other air cleaners don't mention this, and I found this a compelling feature. I hope it works, as I'm not really able to test it. I can tell, however, that the air is "crisper" after the machine has run for a while.
(5) Made in South Korea, which says "quality" to me versus products made in China.
(6) Excellent smartphone app, with logical controls and no crashes or errors
Here's what I didn't like as much:
(1) WiFi connection took a few tries with my phone. At first, the phone could not see the NK105's WiFi signal (which is required for initial setup before the NK105 is connected to a router).
(2) While the footprint is very compact, this is by no means a small air purifier. In fact, I was surprised at how big it was overall given that it's only rated for 320 sq ft. Another model I have from a competing brand is about the same size overall (shorter but wider), and is rated for much more square footage. I think the problem is that a large fan simply doesn't fit in a narrow cylinder, and despite being tall it operates more like a smaller unit.
(3) WAY too many lights! Please, Winix, redesign this. Perhaps to some consumers, the LED lights are viewed as a nice feature, but it was very surprising to find that even when the NK105 is completely off, it still has one bright LED on (the WiFi indicator). Even "Sleep" mode only turned off the top light while leaving all the others on. Strange!
(4) The controls are a little hard to use, as selecting modes requires pressing one button to cycle through a number of modes, but the mode indicator lights aren't on top next to the button, they're on the front of the unit, which you can't see if you're standing over it. Again, I think this is just a result of designing it to have lots of lights all over the unit, which might be attractive to some users, but not to me.
(5) At full power, it's very loud. This may be due to the fact that it has a smaller fan that must spin faster than other wider units.
So overall, it's a very good product, but some design choices don't seem ideal. The last thing I'll say is the marketing slogan on the box "Clean your air from anywhere" is technically possible, but a little bit silly. The real value of the WiFi feature is not monitoring the air quality, or cleaning the air, when you're not home, but being able to program a scheduled cleaning when you ARE home! That's why I ultimately recommend the product, despite it being just a bit too loud and way too bright!
This is a great air purifier. It's big but it's design doesn't take up a lot of space. I love the futuristic look of it. It has four speeds and the lowest is barely audible. I keep checking to see if it's on because I can't hear it. Even at the turbo speed it's not unpleasant sounding. It has a sensor which detects the quality of the air and in auto mode will adjust the speed according to the air quality. The app is great although maybe not necessary, but I'm a techno geek so I love it. You can check the air quality, life of the filter and totally control the functions. You can even create a schedule for turning it on, off or adjusting the speed. It has a sleep mode which puts it on low speed and turns off the Plasmawave(which I'm not exactly sure what it does- there's not a very good explanation of it in the literature) and also turns off the circular light on top. However, the other LEDs remain on although they're supposedly dimmed, but keeping this in a bedroom still emits quite a bit of light. Kind of like a night light. I would have given it 5 stars except the replacement filter is pricey although you only need to replace it once a year.
Pros: Durable, Easy to Use, High Quality, Looks Great, Lots of Features, Nice Design, Stylish
You know Ive had an interest in air purifiers for a long time. I live in the fairly dry and dusty central valley, ca and an figured an air purifier would be useful in the home in an area like this especially. I dont have allergies or Asthma but hey who doesn't want clean air. I just never pulled the trigger on one because they were really expensive limiting the average person to a very small one because of price. I just didn't think the small ones would be effective in the size rooms I have and that negates the cost. They seem to have gone up in size and down in price though. So I grabbed this one to place in the one room in my house that I actually my wife and I allow smoking. The larger size and look of this purifier is what really got my attention. I dont really see a need for the wifi control, but it was an appealing feature. Since the purifier was going in the "smoking room". The plasmawave tech incorporated into this purifier sealed the deal.
So I unboxed the purifier and got it set up as soon as it arrived at my door. Let me give you guys an idea of the packing as I have seen some reviewers that were unsatisfied with the way items were packed. This particular Air purifier was very well packed inside of the manufactures retail box with densely molded foam around it and cardboard baffles rendering it immobile. That box is packed inside of a brown double wall shipping box. So that should alleviate any potential buyers concern over safety in transit. The set up was very easy and quick. Remove the door on the back. Remove the air filter. Remove the plastic protecting the air filter. Reinstall the air filter. Plug it in and you are good to go. Took less than 5 minutes. Easy setup and installation is always a plus in my book. The app for wireless control of the unit was also fairly straight forward and quick. Download the app. Register for an account and connect to your wireless network. All of those steps went seamlessly with out fault.
Cosmetically you can see the thought that was put into designing something that performed an also looks nice. I mean I have seen lots of air purifiers and some of them look like industrial units that belong in a warehouse somewhere. This one though; standing about 28", with its shape, color, and subtle LED lighting makes it suitable to plop down right in the center of your living room and it will just blend in as part of the decor. It is an Energy star appliance by the way. The unit is powerful as well. It as 4 speed settings from low to turbo. On low you cant even hear it, but you can still feel the air being circulated. On Medium you begin to hear the purifier running but its kinda of soothing. On high this thing moves a lot of air. Compatible to a good 18" fan. On turbo it moves a much more air than a regular fan and is kind of loud, Comparable to one those job site propane heaters if you have ever heard one of those. dont get me wrong. It isnt going to disturb the neighbors if you live in an apartment or anything and not a setting you would be using while your asleep or relaxing watching tv. Its something that you would turn on when you are leaving home. After dinner I had a smoke in my "smoking room" and left the purifier running in there for a while. More than an hour. It removed all of the smoke from the room. Thats a great thing as I made sure that room was sealed so smoke wouldn't get into the rest of the house. So when you smoke in the room and dont open the sliding door. The smoke lingers in the air for a long time, but with the air purifier running I walked back in to a smoke free room. The Hepa filter that comes with it is said to last up to 12 months.
The one thing that I find sort of annoying about the Air purifier is that the wireless control will only connect using a 2.4ghz network. Now like I said I dont see the use for wireless control of the unit and will probably never use it, but I wanted to put this out there for those that may be purchasing this unit for the wireless control. Most in home wireless routers these days allow for 2.4ghz and 5ghz networks. Most people use the 5ghz though because its the fastest. 2.4ghz is great for longer distance but not speed. Anyway in order to control the purifier wirelessly you will have to switch from you 5ghz connection to the 2.4ghz connection. Not a labor intense task, but it would prove pretty annoying to do so every time. Other than that it is well worth the money.
Pros: Easy to Install, Easy to Use, Good Size & Weight, High Quality, Looks Great, Nice Design, Sturdy, Stylish