Winix 5500-2 True HEPA Air Purifier with PlasmaWave and Washable Filter Review

Winix 5500 2 is a product of Winix – a company that specializes in manufacturing products for purifying indoor air. The company also makes de-humidifiers, humidifiers, and air purifiers, including our feature product today, Winix 5500 2. The company is located in South Korea, and this product was the first air purifier from the Winix to win Amazon’s Choice title. This product is widely used in Asian cities including Seoul and Hong Kong, which are known to have polluted and dirty air. The air purifier uses three-steps to filter air using two physical filters as well as the Winix plasmawave step.

The 5500 2 model is an upgrade to the previous 5500 model, meaning this new version is more advanced. It uses an improved activated carbon layer, but also looks sleek and will give your room a touch of class. It also comes with a number of great settings that you will find useful, for example, the three timer settings as well as four-fan speed settings and various operation modes.

This air purifier can clean spaces of measuring 360 square feet, which is quite impressive and means you can easily deploy the device in your living room or bedroom.

The device can still be used in larger spaces, but the effectivity will be compromised and might take longer to adequately clean the whole space.

How Winix 5500-2 Works

Winix 5500-2 uses a three-step filtration process – a layer of activated carbon, a true HEPA filter, and the Winix’s plasmawave. The three steps combine to ensure you live in a clean air environment.

The first action is filtering the dirty air with the advanced layers of activated carbon known as the AOC layer (Advanced Odor Control). These layers of carbon filters are more advanced than the ones used in other air purifiers.

The AOC used in this device is a thick honeycomb filter slot in between two mesh sheets. Between these honeycombs are numerous beads made from clean activated carbon. This means that Winix 5500-2 uses a high amount of carbon layers as a standard filter.

After the bad odors are trapped in the AOC carbon filter, the air proceeds to the HEPA filter, where it undergoes intense filtration and trap all the particles and bacteria in the air.

Winix 5500-2 can trap up to 99.97% of particles as large as 0.3 microns wide, as well as dust mites, pet dander, and most of the bacteria larger than 0.3 microns.

The last stage of filtration is called plasmawave. This is unique to only Winix 5500-2 and even competitor products don’t have this filtration method. This filtration discharges hydroxyls into the filtered air. Hydroxyls occur freely in the outdoor air and are used to kill odors by getting rid of bacteria, VOCs, and viruses.

Who can use Winix 5500-2?

This product is perfect for anyone who lives in a polluted environment but is also perfect for anyone who wants to live in a clean environment. The device can be deployed in the kitchen, living room, office, or bedroom.

Winix 5500-2 Air Purifier Features

  • 4 Fan Speeds: The 4 fan speeds are; low, medium, high, and turbo. For silent cleaning, you can select either low or medium, but for maximum airflow and cleaning, tune high or maximum.
  • Smart sensors and Auto Mode: With the smart sensors, the device will consistently monitor the air in your space. The LED light indicates the quality of air in your room on a scale of good to poor (blue – amber – red. When the device senses a change in the quality of air, it automatically adjusts the speed of the fan to clean your room optimally.
  • Filter Replacement Indicator: Winix 5500-2 comes with a filter replacement indicator that will illuminate when the filters need to be replaced.
  • Sleep Mode: Sleep Mode senses the quantity of ambient light in the room and adjust the speed of the fan, and dims the LED indicator lights so that it cleans your room silently without disturbing your sleep.

Pros

  • The device uses a true HEPA filter and can capture up to 99.97% of airborne pollutants include dust mites, pollen, pet dander, as well as other allergens as small as 0.3 microns.
  • The AOC carbon filter is washable.
  • The plasmawave system is the permanent filter that safely breakdown allergens, odors, chemical vapors as well as other pollutants with no any side effect.
  • The smart sensors gauge the quality of air in your room, and the auto mode adjusts the fan to filter the air as required. The sleep mode ensures you still breathe clean air while sleeping without disturbances.
  • CADR rated for up to 360 square feet room size and is suitable for medium and large rooms, family rooms, kids’ bedrooms, and kitchens.

Cons

  • The filters might be defective.
  • Can be expensive to replace the HEPA filters.
  • The LED light indicators may not work well.

While Winix 5500-2 has a few drawbacks, the benefits outweigh the disadvantages. This is a product that I would highly recommend for you. The device is a great addition to your house and comes with advanced features and settings that you will find useful. The use of AOC ensures that the air purifier breaks down odors more efficiently than most air purifiers on the market. Whatever situations, it will be better off with Winix 5500-2 air purifier.

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