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Fresh Air by EcoQuest

*Est. $600
Reviewed
June 2011
by ConsumerSearch
Fresh Air by EcoQuest

Pros
  • Some positive user reviews
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Ineffective performance
  • High ozone emissions

Air-Purifier-Power.com makes a convincing case that Fresh Air by EcoQuest is a poor choice in an air cleaner. Editor Ed Sherbenou, who is familiar with the details of hundreds of air purifiers, calls the Fresh Air the "lowest-ranking air cleaner ever," citing its high ozone emissions, hefty price tag and multilevel sales network. It also goes by the names Fresh Air by Vallara and FreshAir Surround. If you're willing to spend more than $400 on an air purifier, you might want to go with a better-rated, less expensive machine such as the Austin Air HealthMate ($540).

Although it isn't included in formal tests by ConsumerReports.org, the Fresh Air by EcoQuest is mentioned in a brief write-up about ozone generators. The Fresh Air does receive an in-depth evaluation by Air-Purifier-Power.com's Ed Sherbenou. We also found numerous reviews of this electrostatic air purifier on Epinions.com. At ConsumerAffairs.com, we found an informative overview of Alpine, the company from which EcoQuest was spun off a few years ago.

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FreshAir Surround by Vollara (formerly EcoQuest) with ActivePure

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Our Sources

1. Air-Purifier-Power.com

"Lowest-ranking air cleaner ever," reviewer Ed Sherbenou concludes at the end of this lengthy review about the Fresh Air by EcoQuest. He says this machine is overpriced and produces large amounts of ozone, and he goes into great detail about EcoQuest's business practices. The company has been renamed Vollara, but Sherbenou says the products haven't changed.

Review: Ecoquest Vollara Air Purifiers, Ed Sherbenou

2. ConsumerReports.org

This brief article explains why ConsumerReports.org does not recommend ozone generators such as the EcoQuest by Fresh Air. Their editors research and debunk claims by EcoQuest that the Fresh Air is used on spacecraft. Although it's not included in their ratings chart, ConsumerReports.org did conduct tests on the EcoQuest.

Review: Not Acceptable: Ozone Generators, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, April 2009

3. Epinions.com

Of the many reviews posted here, many are enthusiastic, interspersed with a fair amount of critics who call this machine overpriced and ineffective.

Review: Ecoquest Fresh Air Air Purifier, Contributors to Epinions.com

4. TheDailyGreen.com

This "consumer's guide to the green revolution" features a list of 63 air purifiers that may cause more harm than good. The EcoQuest by Fresh Air is included in this list.

Review: 63 Potentially Hazardous 'Air Purifiers', Dan Shapley, Dec. 10, 2008

5. ConsumerAffairs.com

This website provides insight into EcoQuest, which was spun off by a former executive at Alpine after that company got in trouble with the government. On this site, consumers talk about their experiences with the company. Alpine was sued for making unsubstantiated claims about the health benefits of its air purifiers.

Review: Alpine & EcoQuest, Editors of ConsumerAffairs.com

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