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Filtrete Healthy Living 1550 Air Filter Review

By: Carl Laron on June 21, 2017

Bottom Line

Furnace filters cost significantly less than air purifiers, and experts say they can be just as effective for most people. The Filtrete Healthy Living 1550 gets excellent reviews from both professional review sources and users, with many noting a significant reduction in allergy symptoms.

Pros

  • Treats whole house
  • Very good overall performance
  • Maintains good airflow
  • Great value

Cons

  • Some fit issues with the 4-inch filters
Our Analysis
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Breaking it down

Performance

Excellent at removing allergens and smoke. Filtrete filters, including the Filtrete Healthy Living 1550, do a very good job of trapping dust and pollen and removing cigarette smoke. The 1550 in the model number is its micro particle rating, with higher numbers indicating a finer micro particle removal capability. Filtrete filters are available with ratings as low as 600 MPR all the way to 2,400 MPR. All rate well in user reviews, and several, including the Filtrete Healthy Living 1550, score well with the pros as well. Anecdotally, users report that they dust less, sneeze less and need less allergy medicine after they installed a Filtrete filter in their home heating/cooling systems.

Ease of use

No stand-alone air purifier unit required. Filtrete filters (made of pleated electrostatically charged fiber) are inexpensive, disposable and easy to find at discount and home improvement stores. They work in an existing furnace to replace standard furnace filters for a higher level of filtration. All of the Filtrete filters allow very good airflow to the furnace, according to one expert test, but you should change the filter every three months to keep it from clogging up., and we did spot feedback from owners posting feedback to Amazon.com, that these filters may cause some furnaces to overheat. Another issue prospective buyers may need to be aware of is that these filters come in two depths. The standard version is 4 3/8 inches thick and is for use in housings that accommodate 5-inch or thicker filters, while the slim fit versions measure 3.75 inches thick, for use in true four-inch housings.

Noise

Zero additions to home noise levels. One major benefit of Filtrete filters, which work with an existing furnace, is that they don't add any additional noise to the home. This is true of all furnace filters. In fact, one professional testing organization doesn't even offer ratings for noise levels on do-it-yourself furnace filters, whereas room air purifiers are rated for noise levels at both low and high settings in the same review.

Cost of ownership

Costly among furnace filters, but worth it. Filtrete filters vary in cost depending on their size and MPR rating, but, in one professional test, the Filtrete Healthy Living 1550 performs equally as well as a competitor's filter that cost three times as much. The manufacturer rates the filters as having a three-month life span. Compared to a stand-alone air purifier, which can cost several hundred dollars and still require periodic filter replacements, Filtrete filters seem reasonably priced, many say. The best values, it appears, can be had by buying the filter in multipacks, either 2 or 4 at a time.

Our Sources

Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

The Filtrete Healthy Living MPR1550 is tested alongside a dozen other whole house air filters in this professional review at ConsumerReports.org. Each is rated for dust and pollen removal, smoke removal and airflow resistance. Annual costs are also noted.

Contributors to Amazon.com, As of June 2017

This furnace filter gets positive reviews from around 420 customers here, earning an overall rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars. Pet owners say they're amazed at how much pet hair the Filtrete MPR 1550 sucks up, and allergy sufferers note a reduction in their symptoms. Most of the low ratings we saw had to do with shipping or sizing issues.

Contributors to Filtrete.com, As of June 2017

We spotted additional reviews for the Filtrete Healthy Living MPR1550 filter at Filtrete's site. More than 240 users leave feedback and the vast majority rate it highly. It earns an overall score of 4.9 stars, though performance is liked slightly more than value.

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