The Whirlpool AP51030K Whispure air purifier is a solid performer that costs less up front than some premium air cleaners, although its costly replacement filters add to the cost of ownership over time. 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.
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. 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 and Epinions.com concur, noting that the Whirlpool AP51030K Whispure noticeably reduces dust particles in rooms and eliminates allergy and asthma symptoms.
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 to sites like Amazon.com and Epinions.com say the controls are easy to use and appreciate the various options for fan speed, which aids in noise control.
Quieter than most, even on highest setting. This 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. One owner posting feedback to Amazon.com says, "On the lowest setting I can watch TV at normal volume levels with the unit sitting three feet from me. After leaving the room it's easy to ratchet it up to the turbo mode which I leave it on most of the time when not using in the living areas."
Expensive replacement filters. The initial cost of this air purifier is less than that of premium air cleaners. However, with replacement filters costing $100 per year, the Whirlpool quickly winds up costing more than air purifiers that offer lifetime filters. One owner posting to Amazon.com also complains that the unit generates heat during use, which will end up costing you more in air-conditioning expenses. The Whispure's five-year warranty offers peace of mind for owners.
Editors here test 32 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: Air Purifiers, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, April 2012
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.
Review: Whirlpool Whispure 510 Air Purifiers #AP51030K, Editors of AllergyBuyersClub.com, Not dated
The Whirlpool AP51030K earns an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars in more than 300 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 July 2013
The Whirlpool Whispure 510 air purifier is a favorite here, averaging 4.5 out of 5 stars in nearly 20 user reviews. Most of these reviews are for earlier 510 models, which is similar to the current AP51030K.
Review: Whirlpool Whispure 510 HEPA Air Purifier, Contributors to Epinions.com, As of July 2013