Review of Bionaire Air Purifier Models


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Purifier Summaries Bionaire PERMAtech BAP2000-U


Model: PERMAtech BAP2000-U
- Fair Rating
One room up to 170 sqft
MSRP $199.99
Conclusion: Focused on cleaning
larger particles.
Detailed Review Below

Bionaire BAP725 QUIETech





Model: BAP725 QUIETech
- Fair Rating
One room up to 256 sqft
MSRP $139.99
Conclusion: Basic HEPA and carbon
filter air purifier.
Detailed Review Below Bionaire 1250-U


Model: BAP1250-U
- Good Rating
One room up to 418 sqft
MSRP $149.99
Conclusion: Basic HEPA and carbon
filter.
Detailed Review Below



Bionaire Purifier Detailed Reviews BAP2000 small




Model: Bionaire PERMAtech BAP2000-U
Last Reviewed: 12-03-07
Rating Score: 59/100 points

Summary: This is an interesting purifier. It looks ok, has a good warranty, operates fine, is relatively easy to setup, the quality is average, is relatively easy to clean, and cost effective to use. The kicker is that it really doesn't clean too awful much. Mostly show and not much go.

Basic Specifications: The PERMAtech BAP2000-U is designed for rooms up to 170 sqft. This purifier is passive/active with a pre filter and 99% HEPA on the passive side for particle filtration and a negative ionizer putting out negative ions into the air (see technology section for explanation why this is questionable). No replaceable filters, 3-speed fan, remote Galileo operation center controls many bells and whistles. 5-year warranty parts and labor. Smells like plastic out of the box - outgassing.

Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) rating from The Association of Home Appliance Manufactures (AHAM) Smoke 110/ Dust 110/ Pollen 110

Pictures: Bionaire PERMAtech 2000-U Shipping Box Bionaire PERMAtech 2000-U Bionaire PERMAtech 2000-U Technology


















Rating Factors:

1) Value: 8/24 points - The MSRP is $199.99. The square footage cleaned is 170 sqft. The Value equation is as follows: 100 * (1 - ((($199.99 initial + $77.61/year)/170 sqft)/3 removal points)) = 45.57. 45.57 = 8 points - poor value.

2) What is Removed: 3/16 points - Removal of Larger Particles >0.3 microns - Good Removal, 2-points. Removal of Smaller Particles <0.3 microns - Fair Removal, 1-point. Removal of Odors and Gases - Poor Removal, 0-points, Removal of VOCs - Poor Removal, 0-points, Removal of Basic Microorganisms - Poor Removal, 0-points, Removal of Advanced Microorganisms - Poor Removal, 0-points.

3) Yearly Operating Costs: 12/15 points - PERMAtech filters are cleanable and listed as not needing replacement. Electricity ranges from 50 to 150 watts depending on fan speed. I'll assume 100 (midway). Calculating electricity usage: 100 watts/1000 X $.0886/kwh x 24 hours/day X 365 days/year = $77.61/year. Total cost $77.61/year. Inexpensive to operate.

4) Quality: 8/12 points - You can tell the company has made several revisions over the years as workmanship is relatively high for plastic. The buttons and technology are very basic. Made in China. Fit, Finish, and Workmanship - Very Good Quality, 4-points. Cleaning Technologies - Good Quality, 3-points. Support Material - Good Quality, 1-point.

5) Warranty: 8/8 points - This purifier has a 5-year warranty on parts and labor. Excellent Warranty.

6) Maintenance and Cleaning: 5/6 points - There is little ongoing maintenance with this purifier. Easy Maintenance, 3-points. The manual says to check filters every 2 weeks and clean as needed. Cleaning included wiping outside, rinsing foam pre filter, and vacuuming the two PERMAtech filters. The procedure is relatively easy, but will need to be done regularly. Allow 30-45 minutes per month plus dry time for foam pre filter. Average Cleaning 2-points.

7) Look and Feel: 4/6 points - It looks modern with a rounded tower design. It is relatively neutral as far as colors (black with silver trim). Looks Good, 2-points. The feel is "ok". Most of the plastic fits well, but the buttons are a little cheap feeling and operate accordingly. Over all ok. Feels Good, 2-points.

8) Years in Business: 4/5 points - Bionaire has been around for almost 30 years. They originated in Canada in the late 70's with a line of ionizers.

9) Noise Level: 3/5 points - Quiet on low setting 30dB. Louder on high 55db. The Ionizer made a "zapping" sound when I tested this unit which actually is a bit annoying. It is not as audible on high as low, but annoying none the less. I may have needed to clean the purifier before using. Average Noise Level.

10) Set-Up: 3/3 points - Getting up and running is easy, learning to use the Galileo control station will take a little longer. Easy Set-up.

total = 59/100 points

Conclusion: Focused on cleaning larger particles.
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Model: Bionaire BAP725 QUIETech
Last Reviewed: 12-03-07
Rating Score: 58/100 points

Summary: This is a basic HEPA and carbon filter air purifier. They have designed the filter housing effectively on this model by enhancing the seal of the filters allowing less air bypass around the filters. No pre filter. Only use for very light duty.

Basic Specifications: The BAP725 QUIETech is designed for spaces up to 256 sqft. This purifier is "passive technology" as the air must travel through the purifier to be cleaned. The BAP725 uses a basic 2-step process. Particles travel through a HEPA filter and a carbon filter. The purifier is easy to maintain and filter replacement cost is reasonable. The purifier has a 4-speed fan. Smells like plastic out of the box - outgassing.

Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) rating from The Association of Home Appliance Manufactures (AHAM) Smoke 168/ Dust 150/ Pollen 140

Rating Factors:

1) Value: 12/24 points - The MSRP is $139.99. The square footage cleaned is 256 sqft. The Value equation is as follows: 100 * (1 - ((($139.99 initial + $125.73/year)/256 sqft)/4 removal points)) = 74.05. 74.05 = 12 points - fair value.

2) What is Removed: 4/16 points - Removal of Larger Particles >0.3 microns - Good Removal, 2-points. Removal of Smaller Particles <0.3 microns - Fair Removal, 1-point. Removal of Odors and Gases - Fair Removal, 1-point, Removal of VOCs - Poor Removal, 0-points, Removal of Basic Microorganisms - Poor Removal, 0-points, Removal of Advanced Microorganisms - Poor Removal, 0-points.

3) Yearly Operating Costs: 9/15 points - HEPA filters last 1-2 years $35/year total. Carbon filters last 3-4 months at $17/year total. Electricity ranges from 40 to 150 watts depending on fan speed. I'll assume 95 watts (midway). Calculating electricity usage: 95 watts/1000 X $.0886/kwh x 24 hours/day X 365 days/year = $73.73/year. Total cost $125.73/year. Average to operate.

4) Quality: 9/12 points - Similar to 2000 above. It appears the housing has a tighter air vacuum then older models. Made in China. Fit, Finish, and Workmanship - Very Good Quality, 4-points. Cleaning Technologies - Very Good Quality, 4-points. Support Material - Good Quality, 1-point.

5) Warranty: 4/8 points - This purifier has a 2-year warranty on parts and labor. Good Warranty.

6) Maintenance and Cleaning: 6/6 points - Routine maintenance includes changing HEPA and carbon filters as needed. Should be less than 30 minutes every 6 months. Easy Maintenance, 3-points. Cleaning is limited to basic wiping down of unit. Easy Cleaning 3-points.

7) Look and Feel: 4/6 points - This is a basic looking box unit. Looks Good, 2-points. The feel is "ok". Most of the plastic fits well, but the buttons are a little cheap feeling and operate accordingly. Over all ok. Feels Good, 2-points.

8) Years in Business: 4/5 points - Bionaire has been around for almost 30 years. They originated in Canada in the late 70's with a line of ionizers.

9) Noise Level: 3/5 points - Quiet on Sleep setting <30dB. Louder on high 56dB. Average Noise Level.

10) Set-Up: 3/3 points - Easy Set-up.

total = 58/100 points

Conclusion: Basic HEPA and carbon filter air purifier.
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Model: Bionaire BAP1250-U
Last Reviewed: 12-03-07
Rating Score: 61/100 points

Summary: This is a very basic HEPA and carbon filter air purifier. The remote monitoring system is more show that actual functionality although a few of the options may be desirable. The actual cleaning power is likely less than stated as the filters are very basic and not as heavy duty as more quality air purifiers. You get what you pay for. No pre filter.

Basic Specifications: The BAP1250-U is designed for spaces up to 418 sqft. This purifier is "passive technology" as the air must travel through the purifier to be cleaned. The BAP1250-U uses a basic 2-step process. Particles travel through a HEPA filter and a carbon filter. The purifier is easy to maintain and filter replacement cost is reasonable. A 4-speed fan and remote monitoring system run the bells and whistles. Smells like plastic out of the box - outgassing.

Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) rating from The Association of Home Appliance Manufactures (AHAM) Smoke 275/ Dust 270/ Pollen 230

Rating Factors:

1) Value: 16/24 points - The MSRP is $149.99. The square footage cleaned is 418 sqft. The Value equation is as follows: 100 * (1 - ((($149.99 initial + $125.73/year)/418 sqft)/4 removal points)) = 83.51. 83.51 = 16 points - good value.

2) What is Removed: 4/16 points - Removal of Larger Particles >0.3 microns - Good Removal, 2-points. Removal of Smaller Particles <0.3 microns - Fair Removal, 1-point. Removal of Odors and Gases - Fair Removal, 1-point, Removal of VOCs - Poor Removal, 0-points, Removal of Basic Microorganisms - Poor Removal, 0-points, Removal of Advanced Microorganisms - Poor Removal, 0-points.

3) Yearly Operating Costs: 9/15 points - The HEPA filters last 1-2 years $35/year total. Carbon filters last 3-4 months at $17/year total. Electricity ranges from 40 to 150 watts depending on fan speed. I'll assume 95 watts (midway). Calculating electricity usage: 95 watts/1000 X $.0886/kwh x 24 hours/day X 365 days/year = $73.73/year. Total cost $125.73/year. Average to operate.

4) Quality: 8/12 points - You can tell the company has made several revisions over the years as workmanship is relatively high for plastic. The buttons and technology are very basic. Made in China. Fit, Finish, and Workmanship - Very Good Quality, 4-points. Cleaning Technologies - Good Quality, 3-points. Support Material - Good Quality, 1-point. Similar to 2000 above.

5) Warranty: 4/8 points - This purifier has a 2-year warranty on parts and labor. Good Warranty.

6) Maintenance and Cleaning: 6/6 points - Routine maintenance includes changing HEPA and carbon filters as needed. Should be less than 30 minutes every 6 months. Easy Maintenance, 3-points. Cleaning is limited to basic wiping down of unit. Easy Cleaning 3-points.

7) Look and Feel: 4/6 points - This is a basic looking box unit. Looks Good, 2-points. The feel is "ok". Most of the plastic fits well, but the buttons are a little cheap feeling and operate accordingly. Over all ok. Feels Good, 2-points.

8) Years in Business: 4/5 points - Bionaire has been around for almost 30 years. They originated in Canada in the late 70's with a line of ionizers.

9) Noise Level: 3/5 points - Quiet on Sleep setting <30dB. Louder on high 57dB. Average Noise Level.

10) Set-Up: 3/3 points - Easy Set-up.

total = 61/100 points

Conclusion: Basic HEPA and carbon filter.
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