PurOxygen P500 Air Purifier Review
- Remote control
- UV disinfectant
- Not smart
- No fan adjustment in sleep mode
- no wheels
The PurOxygen P500 may not be the most stylish air purifier on the market, but its six-stage filtration process certainly delivers clean air quickly.
P500 has a utilitarian look, with a white plastic rectangular body, silver trim and a black grille. It stands on the floor, 51 cm high, 33 cm long and 17 cm wide, with a white cable 180 cm long extending from its base.
With handles on both sides of the silver finish and a weight of just 4.5kg, you can easily move it around. It comes with a small remote control that fits in the palm of your hand.
But you’d be forgiven for thinking that this air purifier is nothing special…until you see the filter.
All about the filter
PurOxygen claims the P500 removes 99.98% of airborne pollutants such as pet dander, mold, dust, viruses and bacteria. It fights smoke, controls odors and helps with respiratory problems. Once you see the filter, you will understand why.
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3.5cm thick to be exact, and it rattles when shaken. Plus, 37 by 30 cm, that’s the width of an A3 sheet of paper and just 7 cm shorter.
There are four layers. The pre-filter traps particles as small as one micron or larger, and identifies and filters out dust, hair and dander, boosting the power of the next HEPA filter layer.
The HEPA HII filter captures particles larger than 0.3 microns and 95% to 99% of particles smaller than 0.3 microns.
Next comes a layer of activated carbon, which, with the help of a HEPA filter, removes almost all air pollutants, such as pet smell, decoration pollution or smoke smell.
And the last layer is cold catalytic filtration, designed to control pollution in normal household conditions. PurOxygen claims that this layer will decompose harmful gases (also known as volatile organic compounds or VOCs) such as formaldehyde, smoke odors and trim fumes.
And that is not all. The air purifier is also equipped with a negative ion generator that filters dust, pollen, pet dander, mold spores and other potential allergens from the air.
Then there is the ultraviolet disinfectant, which is used to kill germs, allergens, bacteria, mold, pollen, and viruses. PurOxygen says it helps improve air quality by addressing common causes of illness and allergic reactions, and is especially recommended for use by people with weakened immune systems, asthma, or allergies.
Setting up the P500 is simple. The box contains the purifier, filter, user manual, insert card and remote control. Unfold everything, remove the plastic filter, place the filter in the purifier with the blue side out, close the filter cover, turn on the appliance and press the power button on the device or on the remote control.
There are two ways to control the air purifier: the round control panel on the device and the remote control.
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There are four buttons on the panel of the device: one to turn the power on and off, one to change the fan speed or switch it to automatic mode, one to turn on sleep mode and one to set the timer from one to twelve hours. turn off the machine.
By pressing two button combinations, you can display the room temperature, turn the child lock on and off, turn the UV filter on and off, or reset the filter life management function.
The remote control gives you the same controls, with the addition of the ability to turn the ionizer on and off with the function button.
The air purifier makes three beeps when turned on, which is nice, and starts automatically.
At first there is a slight smell of plastic, but it quickly disappears.
There are three speed modes. Speed 1 runs at 350 rpm and produces about the same sound as a desktop computer. Speed 2 runs at 550 rpm and is equivalent to the sound of a washing machine or dishwasher. Speed 3 is 800 rpm and about the same volume as a household hair dryer.
The control panel has a circular indicator light and an air quality indicator that shows information about particulate matter in the air. Light represents air quality in terms of the color spectrum: green is excellent, blue is good, yellow is average, and red is poor.
The air quality indicator counts down to cleaner air when the purifier is running; the indicator changes from 0 to 500, anything below 50 is good.
It was quite difficult to test the performance of the air purifier since the atmospheric conditions were so good, but we experimented with trim smoke.
We put the cleaner in a room with a freshly painted ceiling. It initially registered air quality as blue 84, and it only took six minutes of running the purifier on speed 2 to lower it to green 8.
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We also tasted burnt toast by purging it with cleaner. The air quality was red, and in just a few seconds it plummeted to green.
Sleep mode turns off UV light and runs at low speed, which if you like white noise while you sleep, might be too quiet for you.
The purifier has no smart features. But while you can’t control it from your smartphone, the remote control might be more convenient for some.
PurOxygen says you need to clean the filter every two months, either by exposing it to sunlight for one to three hours or by vacuuming it.
However, there are a few remarks. You can’t use the purifier in a room that’s below freezing or above 40°C, so check again on a damn hot day.
PurOxygen says the P500 will handle spaces from 150 to 550 feet.2means 14m2 up to 51m2and it will clear up to 550 feet2 every hour, up to 1650 feet2 in three hours.
The P500 is a 45W appliance. This is about average for a device of this type; power consumption is about the same as a small laptop or Sky Box.
You also need to consider the cost of replacement filters, which you can buy on Amazon for $39.97. PurOxygen does not provide an estimate of how long the filter should last as this will depend on your air quality.
Price and availability
This is the only PurOxygen air purifier. It’s available in the US from a number of retailers including Sears and Treblab, but the best current price we can find is from Amazon where it’s $149.97.
It is only available in limited quantities in the UK. Yes, you can buy it on Amazon, but it’s very expensive and we wouldn’t recommend it at its current price of £387.77.
With the P500, you compromise aesthetics for an efficient six-stage filtration process that works with particulates and gases. You may be looking at a white plastic block with a conventional air intake, but you get an ionizer and cold catalytic filter bed, and a HEPA II quality filter.
We believe this compromise is worth it. If you’re looking for an efficient air purifier that does a little more for a reasonable price, the P500 is definitely worth a look.