Experts praise the HEPA-filtering HealthPro for its large coverage area (1,000 square feet, but it will work better in smaller rooms) and efficiency at removing particles. They also say it's the best air purifier for people with severe allergies. However, a few owners and experts point out that this air purifier can be loud on its highest speed setting. It's also expensive -- although not as expensive as its sibling, the IQAir HealthPro Plus (Est. $900), which comes with a gas-and-odor filter capable of capturing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the air. (You can add the gas-and-odor filter later to the regular HealthPro if you want.) For most people, an IQAir machine would be overkill, experts say. A less expensive alternative is the Austin Air HealthMate ($540), which works almost as well at filtering the most common household allergens, chemicals, odors and germs and costs hundreds less.
The IQAir HealthPro series has been evaluated by two of the best sources for air-purifier reviews: the enthusiast site Air-Purifier-Power.com and AllergyBuyersClub.com, a retailer that points out the pluses and minuses of the products it sells. The HealthPro is also reviewed by a handful of owners at Amazon.com.
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1. Allergy Buyers Club.com
AllergyBuyersClub.com -- which lists the pluses and minuses of the products it sells -- calls the IQAir HealthPro series "a king among princes," saying that in tests "virtually nothing escaped their HyperHEPA filter." However, editors say the HealthPro is a bit noisy compared to other air purifiers. Testing isn't well defined, however; it's unclear exactly how editors evaluate air purifiers.
Review: IQAir HealthPro Series Air Purifiers, Editors of AllergyBuyersClub.com
Reviewer Ed Sherbenou knows air purifiers -- his site analyzes numerous models in depth -- so his rave about the IQAir HealthPro (he owns the more expensive Plus model) carries particular weight. He says this machine came through when he and his wife moved to Houston, which does not meet air quality standards. Sherbenou also evaluates dozens of other air purifiers based on their mechanics, component quality and build quality, but he does not conduct head-to-head performance tests.
Review: My Air Purifier: IQAir, Ed Sherbenou
Seven of the nine owners posting to Amazon.com give the IQAir HealthPro 5 out of 5 stars. The other two give it 1 star, saying it releases its own odor and gives them a cough or scratchy throat.
Review: IQAir HealthPro Air Purifier, Contributors to Amazon.com