The Holmes HAP1200-U LifeLong HEPA-Type Tower Air Purifier is able to clean up to 170 square feet of room space. The HEPA filter removes up to 99% of airborne particles, trapping smoke, dust, pollen, mold spores, and pet dander. The HEPA filter never needs to be replaced with this permanent style filtration system, you will need to wipe down or vacuum the filter semi regularly, however this is a small price to pay to never have to replace expensive HEPA filters. The pre-filter is also washable, cutting down on how many replacements you have to buy, and the optional ionizer is a nice feature to naturally provide a fresh clean smell.
Features and Specification
- Coverage Area: rooms up to 170 sq ft (13ft x 13ft)
- Traps pollen, dust, mold, pet dander and smoke from the air passing through it
- LifeLong Permanent Filter removes up to 99.97% of airborne allergens
- Washable pre-filter helps capture larger particles and extends the life of the HEPA-type filter
- Optional Ionizer setting naturally improves particle removal while freshening air
- Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR): 110
- Three speed settings provide options for different conditions
- Quiet operation
- Space Saving Tower Design
- AHAM certified and UL listed
- Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 10.8 x 21.8 inches
- Weight: 22.5 pounds
- Warranty: 5-year limited warranty
While researching the Holmes HAP1200-U LifeLong HEPA-Type Tower Air Purifier online we were able to find nine reviews awarding this purifier three and half out of five stars. The reviews were strongly mixed, leaning more towards the positive end of the spectrum.
The positive reviewers stated that this purifier left the room smelling fresh and clean, removing allergens and as a result reducing allergy symptoms. Several reviewers found that this machine helped their allergies more than medications and left their room smelling fresh and kept it ventilated without having to open a window. By keeping windows closed several reviewers reported this cut down on the number of allergens let into their living space.
Another popular feature was the washable pre-filter. Several reviewers enjoyed this feature not only because it cut down on replacement costs, but also because cleaning it allowed them to see how much dirt was filtered from their air. The reviewers reported shock at how much dirt and grim was filtered from their air and trapped by their units. However, that is about where the positive reviews end.
The majority of reviewers disliked the ionizer; in fact the only thing they liked about the ionizer was that they could turn it off. The biggest issue with the ionizer was the black, hard to clean gunk left behind by the filter.
The blue light on this unit was also reported to be extremely bright, and in some cases it even disturbed sleeping. One reviewer stated she had to put tape over the light so it would not keep her baby up while he napped or slept at night. Many reviewers found this feature to be extremely annoying as sleeping with a bright light was difficult for them, but they needed it to be on at night.
The final complaint from several reviewers was the sound level of this machine, as it was reported to be loud. Several reviewers reported that it was so loud it disturbed their sleeping or watching TV shows. The reviewers found this to be very annoying as they felt it help their allergies and air quality in their home but it disturbed their daily functions so they felt they could not use it to its full potential.
Overall, we feel fairly comfortable with suggesting the HAP1200-U LifeLong HEPA-Type Tower Air Purifier to consumers. The negative reviews were few and most did not highlight any real design flaws or concerns; but rather on personal preferences on light and sound. Out of the hundreds of units shipped there are bound to be some defective units, but they are covered by a 5-year manufacturer warranty!. Poor customer service experience from some users shouldn’t be held against the product itself. The positive reviews told of satisfied customers who were breathing better and experiencing relief from their allergies.
You can buy the Holmes HAP1200-U from many big retailers offline or online like Amazon, Macys, Kohls, Target, Walmart etc.