Which Austin Air purifier is best for me?

Unit

HealthMate
HealthMate Jr.

HealthMate+
HealthMate+ Jr.

Allergy Machine
Allergy Machine Jr.

Baby's Breath

Pet Machine

Bedroom Machine

Recommended use

Allergies, asthma, odors, gases, chemicals, smoke*

Allergies, asthma, odors, gases, multiple chemical sensitivities, smoke*

Allergies, asthma

Homes with pets

Allergies, asthma, odors, gases, chemicals, smoke*, including particles at the sub-micron level

Benefits

Removes smoke, mold, mildew, fungi, asthma-triggering irritants, allergens, germs, viruses, bacteria, gases, odors, chemicals

Removes smoke, mold, mildew, fungi, asthma-triggering irritants, allergens, germs, viruses, bacteria, gases, odors, chemicals (including formaldehyde)

Removes mold, mildew, fungi, asthma-triggering irritants, allergens, germs, viruses, bacteria, gases, odors, smoke, chemicals

Removes dust, pet dander, allergens, asthma-triggering irritants, germs, viruses, bacteria, odors, chemicals, gases

Contains a five stage filter to more effectively capture gasses and particles at the sub-micron level

Filter makeup

Healthmate: 15 lb. carbon/zeolite, 60 sq ft true medical HEPA

Healthmate Jr: 7 lb. carbon/zeolite, 30 sq ft true medical HEPA

Healthmate+:15 lb. carbon/ zeolite/potassium iodide, 60 sq ft true medical HEPA

Healthmate+ Jr: 7 lb. carbon/zeolite/potassium iodide, 30 sq ft true medical HEPA

Allergy Machine: Over 60 square feet of true medical grade HEPA + activated military carbon cloth (HEGA)

Allergy Machine Jr & Baby's Breath: Over 30 square feet of true medical grade HEPA + activated military carbon cloth (HEGA)

15 lb. specially impregnated activated carbon/zeolite, over 60 square feet of true medical grade HEPA

15 lb. activated carbon/zeolite, over 60 square feet of true medical grade HEPA, activated military carbon cloth

Total Weight

Healthmate: 53 lb.
Healthmate Jr: 18 lb.

Healthmate+: 53 lb.
Healthmate+ Jr: 18 lb.

Allergy Machine: 45 lb.
Allergy Machine Jr: 13 lb.
Baby's Breath: 13 lb.

Pet Machine: 53 lb.

Bedroom Machine: 45 lb.

Cost

Healthmate: $539
Healthmate Jr: $375

Healthmate+: $649
Healthmate+ Jr: $419

Allergy Machine: $575
Allergy Machine Jr: $395
Baby's Breath: $395

Pet Machine: $595

Bedroom Machine: $765

 

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Allergy Machine vs. HealthMate

The HealthMate purfiers have a true medical HEPA filter surrounded by a carbon/zeolite mixture which adsorbs odors and gases. The Allergy Machine has a HEGA filter, comprised of a true medical HEPA filter placed outside an advanced military carbon cloth which absorbs odors and gases. Both products are effective for those with allergies and asthma. The Allergy Machine may be more effective for people who smoke or are in contact with more odor sources, and since it is lighter in weight it can be moved from room-to-room more easily. HealthMate models are more effective for persons with chemical sensitivities.

HealthMate vs. HealthMate+

The HealthMate and HealthMate+ both use a true medical HEPA filter, granular carbon and zeolite. The carbon in the HealthMate+ is impregnated with potassium iodide, which makes the unit even more effective at removing formaldehyde and ammonia. Sources of formaldehyde in homes can be carpets, wood construction and furniture materials (MDF, plywood, etc.) and upholstery. The HealthMate+ is especially good for use in places with high levels of chemical use or off-gassing, such as new and remodeled homes, laboratories, beauty salons and other businesses.

Pet Machine vs. HealthMate

The HealthMate has a true medical HEPA filter surrounded by a carbon/zeolite mixture which adsorbs odors and gases. The Pet machine's carbon/zeolite mixture is specially impregnated to remove pet/ammonia odors.

Removing Wildfire Smoke

There is a lot of conflicting information on the Internet about how to filter wildfire smoke. The granular activated carbon in the Healthmtate, Healthmate Plus, Pet Machine and Bedroom Machine works better than the carbon cloth in the Allergy Machine (called HEGA) for wildfire smoke. There is more media than in the units that use HEGA cloth, and it is much better at removing odors.

Standard vs. Junior

A standard purifier cleans up to 1500 square feet and is good for a one-story house or apartment. A junior unit cleans up to 700 square feet and would be recommended for a single room.

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