The IQAir New Edition HealthPro Plus gets rave reviews from many experts and owners for its superior allergen-removal capabilities, though a lukewarm reception from some for its particle removal effectiveness and its cost. The latest version of this air cleaner is rated to remove particles even smaller in size than standard HEPA filters can handle, though that performance is not always borne out in testing. The Plus portion of this unit is the addition of a V5 filter for odor and chemical removal, and the HealthPro Plus is a top choice in that regard. Though this New Edition is quieter than previous models, some reviewers say it still gets pretty loud on the highest setting.
Great for odors, so-so on particles. Multiple reviews, both professional and owner-written, say the IQAir New Edition HealthPro Plus is a terrific choice for those suffering from chemical sensitivities. It's been revamped with a HyperHEPA filter to capture particles tinier than a normal HEPA filter can -- down to 0.003 microns in size, but well-documented testing by The SweetHome.com reveals only okay results when it comes to removing particles from the air. IQAir is the educational partner for the American Lung Association and was used by the Hong Kong Hospital Authority during the 2003 SARS outbreak.
Advanced controls with presetting features. The IQAir New Edition HealthPro Plus comes in sturdy packaging and is easy to set up. The package includes optional casters for moving the unit from place to place easily if needed. The IQAir New Edition HealthPro Plus offers advanced controls that are intuitive to use, navigating the unit's six speed settings and other features. Editors at AllergyBuyersClub.com say, "While we did not see the need for the remote control, we were impressed with the ability to set the machine to go on and off at certain pre-designated times and fan speeds. The four key touch pad displays the programming timer status, filter life and status, and fan speed."
New Edition is quieter, thanks to upgrades. A few owners and experts say this air purifier can be loud when run on its highest setting. Upgrades over the previous IQAir HealthPro Plus reportedly made the current version 32 percent quieter.
Multiple filters to replace. The IQAir New Edition HealthPro Plus is expensive, and it has several filters that need to be replaced periodically: the prefilter (Est. $60) every six to 18 months, gas and odor filter (Est. $90) every one to two years and the HyperHEPA filter (Est. $190) every two to four years. A few reviews point out that, because the filters are all on different replacement schedules, it does offset the cost of having to replace multiple filters simultaneously. In one test, energy consumption was a serious concern as it used considerably more power than competing models.
IQAir HealthPro Plus Reviews
John Holecek painstakingly tests some of the most popular air purifiers currently available. He acknowledges that the IQAir New Edition HealthPro Plus is "widely considered the gold standard" among air purifiers, but is less impressed. Performance is competitive, but not the very best in class. More worrisome, he notes that between the price of the filters and the amount of power consumed, cost of ownership over five years is extremely high.
Review: The Best Air Purifier, John Holecek, Oct. 22, 2014
Ed Sherbenou reviews and rates air purifiers on this site, placing the IQAir New Edition HealthPro Plus in his Premium Air Purifiers category and the number one spot in his list of the top 10 air purifiers. He says, "In 2012, IQAir upgraded HealthPros to the 'New Edition' standards, tested and certified to filter 99.5 percent of microscopic ultrafine particles, down to 0.003 microns in size."
Review: IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Review, Ed Sherbenou, Not dated
Editors of AllergyBuyersClub.com rate the IQAir New Edition HealthPro Plus as the best in its category, with few cons listed. Editors say the New Edition models are quieter, have a longer filter lifespan and deliver more clean air thanks to upgrades. More than 70 owners rank this air purifier with an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars. Around 90 percent say that they would recommend the air purifier to a friend.
Review: IQAir New Edition HealthPro and HealthPro Plus Air Purifiers, Editors of AllergyBuyersClub.com, As of February 2015
More than 120 owners post ratings of the IQAir New Edition HealthPro Plus at Amazon.com. It earns an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars overall. A few isolated complaints say it emits a strange smell.
Review: IQAir New Edition HealthPro Plus Air Purifier, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of February 2015
5. Apartment Therapy.com
The IQAir HealthPro Plus amazes blogger Gregory Han when it nearly eliminates his girlfriend's constant allergy symptoms. He tests it extensively in their Los Angeles apartment, reporting detailed particulate-elimination results that he measures with a laser particle gauge. After using the IQAir, Gregory notes "This might have been the cleanest air I've ever breathed in all of Los Angeles…"
Review: Best Product: IQAir HealthPro Plus, Gregory Han, April 8, 2008