Reviewed
February 2015
by ConsumerSearch
Whirlpool AP51030K Whispure Review

Best cheap air purifier

Pros
  • Great pollen/dust/smoke clearing
  • Includes HEPA and carbon filters
  • Quiet
Cons
  • Costly replacement filters
  • Carbon prefilter works for light odors only
  • Air output can feel drafty

Bottom line

The Whirlpool AP51030K Whispure air purifier is a solid performer that costs less up front than some premium air cleaners, although it's less effective than some in clearing odors or chemicals from the air. But when it comes to particle removal, the Whispure is top-rated in professional reviews and gets excellent ratings from owners, who say there's a noticeable difference in air quality and a reduction in allergy symptoms. Another plus is that the electronic controls make it a cinch to use.

Breaking it down

Performance

Noticeable improvement in air quality. The Whirlpool AP51030K Whispure air purifier gets top marks in one major test, where it exceeds expectations for filtering dust, pollen and cigarette smoke out of the air on high and low fan speeds. Ed Sherbenou of Air-Purifier-Power.com isn't impressed by its effectiveness at getting rid of odors or chemicals, but does say that it is "a good choice for seasonal pollen, housedust, or mold allergy sufferers." Editors at AllergyBuyersClub.com say the Whispure "significantly reduced the particle count in the room" and note its "impressive" ability to clean large rooms considering the size of the unit. Hundreds of owners contributing to sites like Amazon.com concur, noting that the Whirlpool AP51030K Whispure noticeably reduces dust particles in rooms and eliminates allergy and asthma symptoms.

Ease of use

Intuitive electronic controls. The Whirlpool Whispure is easy to use, with electronic controls and a "nicely-labeled" dashboard, according to editors at AllergyBuyersClub.com. Editors also point out the convenience of the five-stage filter status indicator, noting that it lets you know when the filter is reaching the end of its life in ample time to order or purchase a replacement. Owners posting feedback at user review sites say the controls are simple to use and appreciate the various options for fan speed, which aids in noise control.

Noise

Quieter than most, even on highest setting. This Whirlpool air purifier is quieter than other air cleaners on both its high and low settings; it was the quietest portable air conditioner tested in one expert test and receives praise from editors at AllergyBuyersClub.com for its quiet operation. Most user reviews concur, though some dissenting voices can be seen at Amazon.com

Cost of ownership

Expensive replacement filters. The initial cost of this air purifier is less than that of premium air cleaners. However, replacement filters are expensive and can wind up costing as much as half of the original purchase price per year, Sherbenou says. The Whispure's five-year warranty is good, and should offer some peace of mind for owners.

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Whirlpool AP51030K Reviews

1. ConsumerReports.org

Editors here test 28 room-size air purifiers, including the Whirlpool AP51030K. Testers rate the units' ability to clear a sealed chamber of dust, pollen and smoke (on low and high speeds) and rate their measured noise levels on both speeds. Annual energy and filter costs are also estimated.

Review: Whirlpool Whispure AP51030K Air purifier, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

2. Air-Purifier-Power.com

The Whirlpool AP51030K earns a spot in Ed Sherbenou's list of 10 best air purifiers. Things aren't perfect, and the Whispure air cleaner isn't very effective against odors and chemicals, but it is recommend for those whose primary concern is ridding the air of allergens such as pollen and mold spores.

Review: Whirlpool AP51030K: Whispure 510 Review, Ed Sherbenou, Not Dated

3. AllergyBuyersClub.com

Experts at AllergyBuyersClub.com say the Whirlpool AP51030K reduces room particles during testing and that it's quiet even on its turbo setting. They do note that its charcoal filter isn't strong enough to tackle big odors or volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and that the foam silencing insulation may aggravate chemically sensitive people. There are also more than 20 user reviews posted, and the Whispure earns a nice 4.8 star score among owners.

Review: Whirlpool Whispure 510 Air Purifiers #AP51030K, Editors of AllergyBuyersClub.com, Not dated

4. Amazon.com

The Whirlpool AP51030K earns an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars in more than 780 owner-written reviews at Amazon.com. Owners say the air smells fresher and there are no visible dust particles floating about. Several say they've noticed a reduction in allergy and asthma symptoms.

Review: Whirlpool Whispure Air Purifier, HEPA Air Cleaner, AP51030K, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of February 2015

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