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Sharp Purifier Summaries Sharp KC-C150U

Model: Sharp KC-C150U
- Good Rating
Up to 280 sqft (6 AC/hr)
MSRP $499.99
Conclusion: A good purifier for particle removal with humidity.
Detailed Review Below

Sharp KC-C100U


Model: Sharp Air Purifier KC-C100U
- Very Good Rating
Up to 205 sqft (6 AC/hr)
MSRP $399.99
Conclusion: Another good purifier for particle removal with humidity.
Detailed Review Below Sharp Plasmacluster FP-P60CX

Plasmacluster FP-P60CX
- Very Good Rating
Up to 270 sqft (6 AC/hr)
MSRP $399
Conclusion: Another good purifier for particle removal.
Detailed Review Below

Sharp Plasmacluster FP-P40CX





Plasmacluster FP-P40CX
- Very Good Rating
Up to 200 sqft (6 AC/hr)
MSRP $299
Conclusion: Another good purifier for particle removal.
Detailed Review Below Sharp FP-P35CX


Model: Sharp Air Purifier FP-P35CX
- Good Rating
Up to 185 sqft (6 AC/hr)
MSRP $199
Conclusion: A basic HEPA filter purifier.
Detailed Review Below



Sharp Air Purifier Detailed Reviews Sharp KC-C150U small



Model: Sharp Air Purifier KC-C150U
Last Reviewed: 02-29-2008
Rating Score: 62/100 points


Summary: The Sharp KC-C150U combines Passive filtration with active positive/negative ionization. This model also controls humidity with the addition of an in-unit humidifier. Sharp uses all of its electronic expertise on this purifier with sensors and electronic control features. Some features may be useful and others just extra gadgets. The main cleaning focus for this purifier is particle removal. Expect less cleaning for odors and gases, VOCs, and microorganisms. This unit utilizes long-life filters. This Sharp Air Purifier is a fair value.

Basic Specifications:

  • Designed for spaces up to 280 sqft (6 air changes per hour)
  • Passive and Active purification technology
  • Step 1: pre filter for larger particles
  • Step 2: deodorizing carbon filter for odors and gases
  • Step 3: 99.97% True HEPA filter w/ microbial control for particles
  • Plasmacluster technology - positive/negative ions
  • Humidification process to add humidity to air as needed
  • Electronic sensors for dust and humidity levels
  • Yearly Operating Costs $123.73
  • 1-year warranty parts and labor

Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) rating from The Association of Home Appliance Manufactures (AHAM) Smoke 224/ Dust 230/ Pollen 245

Rating Factors:

1) Value: 12/24 points - The MSRP is $499.99. The estimated square footage cleaned is 280 sqft. The Value equation is as follows: 100 * (1 - ((($499.99 initial + $123.73/year)/280 sqft)/8 removal points)) = 72.15. 72.15 = 12 points - Fair Value.

2) What is Removed: 8/16 points - Removal of Larger Particles >0.3 microns - Very Good Removal, 3-points. Removal of Smaller Particles <0.3 microns - Very Good Removal, 3-points. Removal of Odors and Gases - Fair Removal, 1-point, Removal of VOCs - Poor Removal, 0-points, Removal of Basic Microorganisms - Fair Removal, 1-point, Removal of Advanced Microorganisms - Poor Removal, 0-points.

3) Yearly Operating Costs: 9/15 points - The HEPA filter lasts up to 5 years at $20/year. The humidification filter lasts up to 2 years at $15/year. The washable carbon filter lasts up to 5 years at $15/year. Calculating electricity usage: 95 watts/1000 x $.0886/kwh x 24 hours/day x 365 days/year = $73.73/year. Total cost $123.73/year. Average to operate.

4) Quality: 11/12 points - Sharp makes a good quality product and has an excellent operation manual. Fit, Finish, and Workmanship - Excellent Quality, 5-points. Cleaning Technologies - Very Good Quality, 4-points. Support Material - Excellent Quality, 2-points.

5) Warranty: 2/8 points - This purifier has a 1-year parts and labor warranty. They do sell extended protection plans for an additional 1-year or 3-year for $39.99 or $101.97. Fair Warranty.

6) Maintenance and Cleaning: 5/6 points - Routine maintenance includes replacing the washable carbon filter every 5 years or as needed, the HEPA filter every 5 years or as needed, and the humidification filter every 2 years or as needed. Easy Maintenance, 3-points. Cleaning includes washing the pre filter and carbon filter as needed and monitoring the other filters. This should take you 15-30 minutes every other month plus soak and dry time. Average Cleaning 2-points.

7) Look and Feel: 5/6 points - This is a good basic neutral looking purifier. Looks Good, 2-points. Controls are on the top and top front where they are easy to adjust and view. Weighs 25 lbs and measures 15-3/4" W X 24-3/4" H X 11-3/8" D. Feels Great, 3-points.

8) Years in Business: 5/5 points - Tokuji Hayakawa started Sharp at age 19 in the year 1912. He owned a small metal working shop that grew and changed over the years to one of the world's largest manufacturers of consumer electronics. SharpUSA is located in Mahwah, NJ. Sharp global is located in Osaka, Japan.

9) Noise Level: 3/5 points - This unit has a 3-speed fan with Low 17 dB, Medium 40 dB, and High 55 dB. Average Noise Level.

10) Set-Up: 2/3 points - The bad news is filters are inside unit in plastic bags. Remove from bags and re-install. The good news is now you know how to change the filters. They do this to keep the filters clean. Average Set-up.

total = 62/100 points

Conclusion: A good purifier for particle removal with humidity.
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Model: Sharp Air Purifier KC-C100U
Last Reviewed: 02-29-2008
Rating Score: 66/100 points


Summary: The Sharp KC-C100U combines Passive filtration with active positive/negative ionization. This model also controls humidity with the addition of an in-unit humidifier. Sharp uses all of its electronic expertise on this purifier with sensors and electronic control features. Some features may be useful and others just extra gadgets. The main cleaning focus for this purifier is particle removal. Expect less cleaning for odors and gases, VOCs, and microorganisms. This unit utilizes long-life filters. This Sharp Air Purifier is a fair value.

Basic Specifications:

  • Designed for spaces up to 205 sqft (6 air changes per hour)
  • Passive and Active purification technology
  • Step 1: pre filter for larger particles
  • Step 2: deodorizing carbon filter for odors and gases
  • Step 3: 99.97% True HEPA filter w/ microbial control for particles
  • Plasmacluster technology - positive/negative ions
  • Humidification process to add humidity to air as needed
  • Electronic sensors for dust and humidity levels
  • Yearly Operating Costs $88.81
  • 1-year warranty parts and labor

Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) rating from The Association of Home Appliance Manufactures (AHAM) Smoke 164/ Dust 164/ Pollen 174

Rating Factors:

1) Value: 12/24 points - The MSRP is $399.99. The estimated square footage cleaned is 205 sqft. The Value equation is as follows: 100 * (1 - ((($399.99 initial + $88.81/year)/205 sqft)/8 removal points)) = 70.20. 70.20 = 12 points - Fair Value.

2) What is Removed: 8/16 points - Removal of Larger Particles >0.3 microns - Very Good Removal, 3-points. Removal of Smaller Particles <0.3 microns - Very Good Removal, 3-points. Removal of Odors and Gases - Fair Removal, 1-point, Removal of VOCs - Poor Removal, 0-points, Removal of Basic Microorganisms - Fair Removal, 1-point, Removal of Advanced Microorganisms - Poor Removal, 0-points.

3) Yearly Operating Costs: 12/15 points - The HEPA filter lasts up to 5 years at $20/year. The humidification filter lasts up to 2 years at $15/year. The washable carbon filter lasts up to 5 years at $15/year. Calculating electricity usage: 50 watts/1000 x $.0886/kwh x 24 hours/day x 365 days/year = $38.81/year. Total cost $88.81/year. Inexpensive to operate.

4) Quality: 11/12 points - Sharp makes a good quality product and has an excellent operation manual. Fit, Finish, and Workmanship - Excellent Quality, 5-points. Cleaning Technologies - Very Good Quality, 4-points. Support Material - Excellent Quality, 2-points.

5) Warranty: 2/8 points - This purifier has a 1-year parts and labor warranty. They do sell extended protection plans for an additional 1-year or 3-year for $39.99 or $101.97. Fair Warranty.

6) Maintenance and Cleaning: 5/6 points - Routine maintenance includes replacing the washable carbon filter every 5 years or as needed, the HEPA filter every 5 years or as needed, and the humidification filter every 2 years or as needed. Easy Maintenance, 3-points. Cleaning includes washing the pre filter and carbon filter as needed and monitoring the other filters. This should take you 15-30 minutes every other month plus soak and dry time. Average Cleaning 2-points.

7) Look and Feel: 5/6 points - This is a good basic neutral looking purifier. Looks Good, 2-points. Controls are on the top and top front where they are easy to adjust and view. Weighs 20.7 lbs and measures 14-7/8" W X 23" H X 10-1/2" D. Feels Great, 3-points.

8) Years in Business: 5/5 points - Tokuji Hayakawa started Sharp at age 19 in the year 1912. He owned a small metal working shop that grew and changed over the years to one of the world's largest manufacturers of consumer electronics. SharpUSA is located in Mahwah, NJ. Sharp global is located in Osaka, Japan.

9) Noise Level: 4/5 points - This unit has a 3-speed fan with Low 17 dB, Medium 34 dB, and High 51 dB. Quiet Noise Level.

10) Set-Up: 2/3 points - The bad news is filters are inside unit in plastic bags. Remove from bags and re-install. The good news is now you know how to change the filters. They do this to keep the filters clean. Average Set-up.

total = 66/100 points

Conclusion: Another good purifier for particle removal with humidity.
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Model: Plasmacluster FP-P60CX
Last Reviewed: 02-29-2008
Rating Score: 65/100 points


Summary: The Sharp Plasmacluster FP-P60CX combines Passive filtration with active positive/negative ionization. Sharp uses all of its electronic expertise on this purifier with sensors and electronic control features. Some features like the remote control may be useful and others just extra gadgets. The main cleaning focus for this purifier is particle removal. Expect less cleaning for odors and gases, VOCs, and microorganisms. This unit utilizes long-life filters. This Sharp Air Purifier is a fair value.

Basic Specifications:

  • Designed for spaces up to 270 sqft (6 air changes per hour)
  • Passive and Active purification technology
  • Step 1: pre filter for larger particles
  • Step 2: deodorizing carbon filter for odors and gases
  • Step 3: 99.97% True HEPA filter w/ microbial control for particles
  • Plasmacluster technology - positive/negative ions
  • Washable pre filter and carbon filter
  • Remote control and electronic sensors for dust levels
  • Yearly Operating Costs $76.91
  • 1-year warranty parts and labor

Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) rating from The Association of Home Appliance Manufactures (AHAM) Smoke 213/ Dust 209/ Pollen 205

Rating Factors:

1) Value: 12/24 points - The MSRP is $399. The estimated square footage cleaned is 270 sqft. The Value equation is as follows: 100 * (1 - ((($399 initial + $76.91/year)/270 sqft)/8 removal points)) = 77.97. 77.97 = 12 points - Fair Value.

2) What is Removed: 8/16 points - Removal of Larger Particles >0.3 microns - Very Good Removal, 3-points. Removal of Smaller Particles <0.3 microns - Very Good Removal, 3-points. Removal of Odors and Gases - Fair Removal, 1-point, Removal of VOCs - Poor Removal, 0-points, Removal of Basic Microorganisms - Fair Removal, 1-point, Removal of Advanced Microorganisms - Poor Removal, 0-points.

3) Yearly Operating Costs: 12/15 points - The pre filter is $13.00, but should only be replaced as needed. The HEPA filter lasts up to 5 years at $112/5 = $22.40/year. The washable carbon filter lasts up to 5 years at $63/5 = $12.60/year. Calculating electricity usage: 54 watts/1000 x $.0886/kwh x 24 hours/day x 365 days/year = $41.91/year. Total cost $76.91/year. Inexpensive to operate.

4) Quality: 11/12 points - Sharp makes a good quality product and has an excellent operation manual. Fit, Finish, and Workmanship - Excellent Quality, 5-points. Cleaning Technologies - Very Good Quality, 4-points. Support Material - Excellent Quality, 2-points.

5) Warranty: 2/8 points - This purifier has a 1-year parts and labor warranty. They do sell extended protection plans for an additional 1-year or 3-year for $39.99 or $101.97. Fair Warranty.

6) Maintenance and Cleaning: 5/6 points - Routine maintenance includes replacing the washable carbon filter every 5 years or as needed, and the HEPA filter every 5 years or as needed. Easy Maintenance, 3-points. Cleaning includes washing the pre filter and carbon filter as needed and monitoring the other filters. This should take you 15-30 minutes every other month plus soak and dry time. Average Cleaning 2-points.

7) Look and Feel: 5/6 points - This is a good basic neutral looking purifier. Looks Good, 2-points. Controls are on the top front. A remote control makes adjusting easy. Weighs 18.8 lbs and measures 16-3/8" W X 22-1/2" H X 9-1/2" D. Feels Great, 3-points.

8) Years in Business: 5/5 points - Tokuji Hayakawa started Sharp at age 19 in the year 1912. He owned a small metal working shop that grew and changed over the years to one of the world's largest manufacturers of consumer electronics. SharpUSA is located in Mahwah, NJ. Sharp global is located in Osaka, Japan.

9) Noise Level: 3/5 points - This unit has a 4-speed fan with Silent, Medium 14 dB, High 35 dB, and Max 52 dB and Auto. Average Noise Level.

10) Set-Up: 2/3 points - The bad news is filters are inside unit in plastic bags. Remove from bags and re-install. The good news is now you know how to change the filters. They do this to keep the filters clean. Average Set-up.

total = 65/100 points

Conclusion: Another good purifier for particle removal.
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Model: Plasmacluster FP-P40CX
Last Reviewed: 02-29-2008
Rating Score: 65/100 points

Summary: The Sharp Plasmacluster FP-P40CX combines Passive filtration with active positive/negative ionization. Sharp uses all of its electronic expertise on this purifier with sensors and electronic control features. Some features like the remote control may be useful and others just extra gadgets. The main cleaning focus for this purifier is particle removal. Expect less cleaning for odors and gases, VOCs, and microorganisms. This unit utilizes long-life filters. A fair value.

Basic Specifications:

  • Designed for spaces up to 200 sqft (6 air changes per hour)
  • Passive and Active purification technology
  • Step 1: pre filter for larger particles
  • Step 2: deodorizing carbon filter for odors and gases
  • Step 3: 99.97% True HEPA filter w/ microbial control for particles
  • Plasmacluster technology - positive/negative ions
  • Washable pre filter and carbon filter
  • Remote control and electronic sensors for dust levels
  • Yearly Operating Costs $61.20
  • 1-year warranty parts and labor

Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) rating from The Association of Home Appliance Manufactures (AHAM) Smoke 163/ Dust 157/ Pollen 156

Rating Factors:

1) Value: 12/24 points - The MSRP is $299. The estimated square footage cleaned is 200 sqft. The Value equation is as follows: 100 * (1 - ((($299 initial + $61.20/year)/200 sqft)/8 removal points)) = 77.49. 77.49 = 12 points - Fair Value.

2) What is Removed: 8/16 points - Removal of Larger Particles >0.3 microns - Very Good Removal, 3-points. Removal of Smaller Particles <0.3 microns - Very Good Removal, 3-points. Removal of Odors and Gases - Fair Removal, 1-point, Removal of VOCs - Poor Removal, 0-points, Removal of Basic Microorganisms - Fair Removal, 1-point, Removal of Advanced Microorganisms - Poor Removal, 0-points.

3) Yearly Operating Costs: 12/15 points - The pre filter is $14.50, but should only be replaced as needed. The HEPA filter lasts up to 5 years at $126/5 = $25.20/year. The washable carbon filter lasts up to 5 years at $83/5 = $16.60/year. Calculating electricity usage: 25 watts/1000 x $.0886/kwh x 24 hours/day x 365 days/year = $19.40/year. Total cost $61.20/year. Inexpensive to operate.

4) Quality: 11/12 points - Sharp makes a good quality product and has an excellent operation manual. Fit, Finish, and Workmanship - Excellent Quality, 5-points. Cleaning Technologies - Very Good Quality, 4-points. Support Material - Excellent Quality, 2-points.

5) Warranty: 2/8 points - This purifier has a 1-year parts and labor warranty. They do sell extended protection plans for an additional 1-year or 3-year for $39.99 or $101.97. Fair Warranty.

6) Maintenance and Cleaning: 5/6 points - Routine maintenance includes replacing the washable carbon filter every 5 years or as needed, and the HEPA filter every 5 years or as needed. Easy Maintenance, 3-points. Cleaning includes washing the pre filter and carbon filter as needed and monitoring the other filters. This should take you 15-30 minutes every other month plus soak and dry time. Average Cleaning 2-points.

7) Look and Feel: 5/6 points - This is a good basic neutral looking purifier. Looks Good, 2-points. Controls are on the top front. A remote control makes adjusting easy. Weighs 14.8 lbs and measures 16-3/8" W X 22-1/2" H X 7-7/8" D. Feels Great, 3-points.

8) Years in Business: 5/5 points - Tokuji Hayakawa started Sharp at age 19 in the year 1912. He owned a small metal working shop that grew and changed over the years to one of the world's largest manufacturers of consumer electronics. SharpUSA is located in Mahwah, NJ. Sharp global is located in Osaka, Japan.

9) Noise Level: 3/5 points - This unit has a 4-speed fan with Silent, Medium 14 dB, High 35 dB, and Max 52 dB and Auto. Average Noise Level.

10) Set-Up: 2/3 points - The bad news is filters are inside unit in plastic bags. Remove from bags and re-install. The good news is now you know how to change the filters. They do this to keep the filters clean. Average Set-up.

total = 65/100 points

Conclusion: Another good purifier for particle removal.
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Model: Sharp Air Purifier FP-P35CX
Last Reviewed: 02-29-2008
Rating Score: 60/100 points

Summary: The Sharp FP-P35CX uses Passive filtration for air cleaning. Sharp uses its electronic expertise on this purifier with sensors and electronic control features. Some features may be useful and others just extra gadgets. The main cleaning focus for this purifier is particle removal. Expect much less cleaning for odors and gases, VOCs, and microorganisms. This unit utilizes long-life filters. A poor value.

Basic Specifications:

  • Designed for spaces up to 185 sqft (6 air changes per hour)
  • Passive purification technology
  • Step 1: pre filter for larger particles
  • Step 3: 99.97% True HEPA filter w/ microbial control for particles
  • 3 fan speeds plus auto-speed sensor
  • Electronic sensors for dust levels
  • washable pre filter
  • no remote
  • Yearly Operating Costs $44.60
  • 1-year warranty parts and labor

Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) rating from The Association of Home Appliance Manufactures (AHAM) Smoke 147/ Dust 150/ Pollen 155

Rating Factors:

1) Value: 8/24 points - The MSRP is $199. The estimated square footage cleaned is 185 sqft. The Value equation is as follows: 100 * (1 - ((($199 initial + $44.60/year)/185 sqft)/4 removal points)) = 67.08. 67.08 = 8 points - Poor 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 - Good Removal, 2-points. 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: 15/15 points - The pre filter is $14.50, but should only be replaced as needed. The HEPA filter lasts up to 5 years at $126/5 = $25.20/year. Calculating electricity usage: 25 watts/1000 x $.0886/kwh x 24 hours/day x 365 days/year = $19.40/year. Total cost $44.60/year. Very Inexpensive to operate.

4) Quality: 10/12 points - Sharp makes a good quality product and has an excellent operation manual. Fit, Finish, and Workmanship - Very Good Quality, 4-points. Cleaning Technologies - Very Good Quality, 4-points. Support Material - Excellent Quality, 2-points.

5) Warranty: 2/8 points - This purifier has a 1-year parts and labor warranty. Fair Warranty.

6) Maintenance and Cleaning: 6/6 points - Routine maintenance includes replacing the HEPA filter every 5 years or as needed. Easy Maintenance, 3-points. Cleaning includes washing the pre filter as needed and monitoring the HEPA filter. This should take you 15-30 minutes every other month plus soak and dry time. Easy Cleaning 3-points.

7) Look and Feel: 4/6 points - This is a good basic neutral looking purifier. Looks Good, 2-points. Controls are on the top front and reasonable in usability. Weighs 13.4 lbs and measures 16-3/8" W X 23" H X 7-7/8" D. Feels Good, 2-points.

8) Years in Business: 5/5 points - Tokuji Hayakawa started Sharp at age 19 in the year 1912. He owned a small metal working shop that grew and changed over the years to one of the world's largest manufacturers of consumer electronics. SharpUSA is located in Mahwah, NJ. Sharp global is located in Osaka, Japan.

9) Noise Level: 4/5 points - This unit has a 4-speed fan with Silent, Medium 14 dB , High 30 dB, and Max 48 dB and Auto. Quiet Noise Level.

10) Set-Up: 2/3 points - The bad news is filters are inside unit in plastic bags. Remove from bags and re-install. The good news is now you know how to change the filters. They do this to keep the filters clean. Average Set-up.

total = 60/100 points

Conclusion: A basic HEPA filter purifier.
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