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For those of you that have the Ionic Breeze Quadra, what do yall think about it?

What's everyone's opinion on other air purifiers?
 

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we have 1 of these from brookstone



seem's to take some pet smell out of our bedroom. i have less cloggy nose when i wake up in the morn. we keep it on our night stand.........


****NEW ESP™ Personal Air Purifier

Brookstone sku # 384438

Designed for smaller spaces, our ESP™ Personal Air Purifier is virtually silent—and it never needs a filter. Using electrostatic precipitation, the ESP Air Purifier traps airborne allergens—such as pollen, mold, dust mites, bacteria, smoke and pet dander—improving the quality of the air in your personal space. It even neutralizes odors and captures super-small microscopic allergens, such as viruses. Perfect for use on a nightstand or desk, the ESP Air Purifier is also extremely energy-efficient, so you can use it around the clock for just pennies a day. Designed and engineered by Brookstone. UL-approved AC adapter

http://www.brookstone.com/shop/prod...&subcategory_code=604&search_type=subcategory
 

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I had a hot tub with an ionic filter. It worked like a banshee. :)
 

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I would like to hear how you guys like or dis like it....

I want one, but I dun wanna piss away $400 for one either.... =T
 

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I have the Ionic Breeze GP from Sharper Image in my data center at work. It does a decent job of sucking dust out of the air. Take like 1-2 minutes to clean/wipe down. I give it a :thumb
 

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the one we have pic above is only for a room, not a whole house. prolly once a week we wipe it w/ the cloth it came with--takes about 10 secs if that... :shrug I've noticed my allergies are better when I wake up...
 

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I have the Ionic Breeze GP from Sharper Image in my data center at work. It does a decent job of sucking dust out of the air. Take like 1-2 minutes to clean/wipe down. I give it a :thumb
does it power thru smoke like it does on the tv commercial????

Would you spend $400 on one for yerself????
 

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consumer reports Quick picks--->
19 Friedrich $500
21 Whirlpool $270
The Friedrich (19), an electrostatic precipitator, was among the best at removing dust and smoke. We found that its $72 auxiliary odor filter adds nothing to performance and may not need to be replaced annually. However, its collector plates do need periodic cleaning, and it may generate ozone and make a crackling noise. The Whirlpool (21), a HEPA filter, has fairly low upkeep costs for this type.
 

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another from CR:


October 2003
In-depth tests: Sharper Image Ionic Breeze, Honeywell Environizer



MAKING A MARKET
Ads like this one have helped make Sharper Image the leading brand. It makes a number of claims (“cleans 24-7” and “saves money,” for example). However, as our report explains, those statements are irrelevant because the main claim--”It works!” --didn’t measure up in our tests.


Sharper Image ads claim that the Ionic Breeze has been “proven effective” and that “tests at leading university research centers show that the Ionic Breeze is effective at trapping airborne allergens, contaminants and irritants.” Ads also cite its quiet operation, implying that other cleaners are less effective because people can’t abide the noise and will shut them off.

Here is what we found.

Last year, we said that the Ionic Breeze “proved unimpressive” and that our tests “found almost no measurable reduction in airborne particles.”

The company complained, maintaining that our tests, based on the industry standard for measuring clean-air delivery rate (CADR), were inadequate. Sharper Image said that the Ionic Breeze technology is “vastly different” from that of other air cleaners and would fare better in a longer test.

We re-examined our test procedures and had them reviewed by an independent expert, Morton Lippmann, professor of environmental medicine at New York University. He confirmed the validity of our methodology. We continue to stand behind our report.

This year, we ran our regular tests for the Ratings of whole-house and room air cleaners. We then ran additional long-term tests to find out whether the Sharper Image technology is, as the company says, “so unique” that we have to “look beyond the limiting CADR test protocol” to evaluate it fairly. We included the similar Honeywell Environizer in the extended testing.

This year’s additional testing has not changed our judgment.

We hired both Prof. Lippmann and S. Katharine Hammond, professor of environmental health sciences at the University of California at Berkeley, to evaluate the results of several studies that Sharper Image sent us to demonstrate the Ionic Breeze’s effectiveness. According to our two experts, some of those studies were irrelevant to the question of whether the Ionic Breeze was an effective air cleaner. For example, one Virginia study used the Ionic Breeze only as a particle sampler, not an air cleaner. Other studies used questionable methodology or showed merely that the Sharper Image had little air-cleaning capability.


THIS YEAR'S ADDED TESTS AND RESULTS

Long-term air cleaning. We tested the Sharper Image Ionic Breeze and the Honeywell Environizer against two high-scoring air cleaners, the Friedrich electrostatic precipitator and the Whirlpool HEPA filter.

We gauged how well each air cleaner could handle the periodic introduction of small amounts of pollutant into a sealed test chamber over a 6-hour period. One set of tests used smoke, another fine dust. A second set of tests gauged how well each cleaner worked for the next 17 hours, after the last injection of pollutant. For both sets of tests, we ran the Ionic Breeze and the Environizer on high to maximize performance; the others were on low, their quietest setting.

The better an air cleaner does in lab tests like these, the better it will perform in a household setting. But as Prof. Lippmann explained, if there is “very little dust removal over 100 minutes,” then running an air cleaner for 24 hours “is not going to make it an effective air cleaner when infiltration of air containing particles into a room continues.”

The results. The Ionic Breeze and the Environizer didn’t come close to the performance of the others. As the graph below shows, the Friedrich and Whirlpool have very high rates of air-cleaning. The Ionic Breeze and Environizer had very slow rates of cleaning, which did not improve over time; those two products never achieved the same low pollutant level that the Friedrich and Whirlpool attained.

Noise study. We asked 40 people in 20 households to run the Friedrich and Whirlpool in their bedrooms continuously on low speed for a week.

The results. Thirty-five of those using the Friedrich said they didn’t notice the noise, hardly noticed it, or noticed but didn’t find it bothersome. With the Whirlpool, 29 people didn’t notice the noise at all, hardly noticed it, or noticed but didn’t find it bothersome. Two said the Whirlpool’s noise was so annoying that they wanted to turn the machine off. No one said that about the Friedrich.

Given those findings, you could expect most of the air cleaners we tested to be quiet enough on low speed for most households. Based on our lab measurements and judgments, both fell within the range we call very good for noise on low speed.


THE BOTTOM LINE

The Ionic Breeze and the Environizer are quiet but ineffective. A comparable product, the Hoover SilentAir 4000, performed poorly in our standard test; we chose not to put it through any extended trials. Considering how slowly these three products worked, our advice is to avoid all three. There are much better choices.
 

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Filters out Particles?!?!?

:eek :( :eek
 

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Mort Lippman! Funny he uses one of our instruments now.

As for the Hammond person, I've never seen her at AAAR Meetings.

They should have contacted this guy
 

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Filters out Particles?!?!?
Yep. Lots of particles in the air. Particles carry smells. Particles bad for you. (We're not sure *how* bad, or what is the mechanism of injury, etc.) Me study particles long time.

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does it power thru smoke like it does on the tv commercial????

Would you spend $400 on one for yerself????

No one is allowed to smoke in the office, so I can't say....

I would if I had the money, but it's a good ways down on my list of things to buy with $400 :D

That review of the Sharper Image one sounds like it sucks :shrug I know that it pulls a decent amount of dust out of the air though. I clean it every other week or so and there's a solid layer of dust on the 3 fins. Oh well :shrug
 
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