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Especially for allergy sufferers, unclean air can become a problem, but dust particles indoors can also be unhealthy for everyone else. Philips air purifiers are one way to remove these allergens from the air.

In the following Philips air purifier test 2021 we want to help you find a Philips air purifier that is best for you. We have compared Philips air purifiers in various sizes and models and would like to show you the various advantages and disadvantages in the following. This should make your purchase decision as easy as possible.




Summary

  • Philips primarily offers air purifiers with HEPA filters. They are particularly accurate due to this filter technology, so they can filter even very small particles and are therefore very suitable for allergy sufferers.
  • Philips air purifiers can be divided into three categories, namely air purifiers for smaller rooms of up to 49m2, air purifiers for medium-sized rooms of up to 104m2 and air purifiers for large rooms of up to 130m2.
  • There are also a number of buying criteria that can be used to compare Philips air purifiers: Room size, CADR value, power consumption, ECARF certification, dimensions and additional features.

The Best Philips Air Purifiers: Our Choices

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a Philips air purifier

In the following, we will answer some basic questions about buying a Philips air purifier.

What makes Philips air purifiers different from other manufacturers?

Philips primarily produces intelligent air purifiers for private use. The air purifiers are particularly suitable for allergy sufferers, as most of the Philips devices have a thorough HEPA filter and an allergy mode.
Philips air purifiers are particularly suitable for allergy sufferers.

Due to the HEPA filter technology used (among other things), even particularly small particles of up to 0.003 μm can be removed from the air.

The Philips air purifiers are also certified by ECARF (European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation) and therefore optimally suitable for allergy sufferers. Furthermore, the air purifiers from Philips are so-called intelligent air purifiers, as the devices have various sensors that automatically detect when a new cleaning is necessary.

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Allergens such as pollen, dust mites, mould spores and animal dander, as well as bacteria or viruses with a size of only 0.3 micrometres can be filtered out of the air with the help of the HEPA filter. This can make life considerably easier for allergy sufferers in particular.
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Are Philips air purifier spare parts and accessories available?

Philips offers various accessories and spare parts in connection with the air purifiers. First and foremost, the spare parts offered are filters that need to be replaced regularly.

At what prices are Philips air purifiers available?

Depending on the model, Philips air purifiers cost between €160 and €600. The price varies mainly depending on the performance, i.e. the size of the room that can be cleaned and how quickly.
Room size price range
For small rooms from 160€
For medium-sized rooms from 350€
For large rooms up to 600€

What are the alternatives to Philips air purifiers?

There are three types of air purifiers, namely air purifiers with HEPA filters - like the ones from Philips -, electrostatic air purifiers, and air washers. In the following, we will highlight the two alternatives to Philips air purifiers and compare them based on their respective advantages and disadvantages.

Electrostatic cleaners / ionisers

In the electrostatic air purifier, also called an ioniser, two magnetic plates magnetise the particles, causing them to stick to the plate. The ioniser enriches the air with negative ions, which are often missing in many office buildings and whose absence can lead to the "sick building syndrome".

The ioniser offers the advantage that, unlike an air purifier with a HEPA filter, it is completely silent and its compact size makes it well suited for cars. However, regular cleaning is necessary, electricity is consumed continuously and some devices produce ozone in the process.

Advantages
  • Improves ionic balance
  • Compact size
  • Noiseless
Disadvantages
  • Continuous power consumption
  • Regular cleaning required
  • Can produce ozone

Air washer

As the name suggests, an air washer uses a roller to pass air through water. The particles remain stuck in the water.

Advantages
  • Also a humidifier
Disadvantages
  • Higher noise level
  • Regular changing of water necessary
  • Not suitable for humid rooms
  • Inefficient with particularly small particles (not necessarily suitable for allergy sufferers)

The air washer also has the advantage of functioning as a humidifier, but is therefore less suitable for humid rooms. The disadvantages of an air washer include the higher noise level, the need to change the water regularly and the lower efficiency with particularly fine dirt.

Here, a family shows off their air washer on Instagram and their excitement about how quickly the room air is freed from unpleasant kitchen odours.

Decision: What types of Philips air purifiers are there and which one is right for me?

Philips offers three classes of air purifiers: Air purifiers for small, medium or large rooms. Below we compare these three classes.

Air purifiers for small rooms

First, Philips offers air purifiers for smaller rooms of up to 49m2. These air purifiers achieve a cleaning performance of up to 190m3/h. Air purifiers for smaller rooms offer several advantages. As an advantage, the unit tends to be smaller and more compact, the price tends to be much lower and the noise level tends to be lower.

Air purifiers for medium-sized rooms

There are also Philips air purifiers for medium-sized rooms of up to 104m2. These units have a cleaning capacity of 333 to 400m3/h. This is enough to clean a 20 m2 room. With this cleaning capacity, a 20m2 room can be cleaned in less than 8 minutes.

In addition to the significantly higher performance of these air purification units, they also have more intelligent features. The units already have additional functions such as various modes (sleep mode, gas mode, ...) and sensors. However, the disadvantages of the more powerful air purifiers are the higher price, the larger size and the tendency towards a higher noise level (except in sleep mode).

Air purifiers for large rooms

Finally, Philips also offers air purifiers for large rooms up to 130m2. These air purifiers achieve a cleaning capacity of up to 500m3/h and can clean a 20m2 room in less than 6 minutes. This performance comes with the same disadvantages as the air purifiers for medium-sized rooms, namely even higher costs, larger dimensions, a tendency towards higher noise levels and finally higher electricity costs.

Feature Air purifier small rooms Air purifier medium rooms Air purifier large rooms
Cleaning capacity up to 190m3/h 333 to 400m3/h up to 500m3/h
Power consumption 22 W, 0.5 W standby mode 35-60 W, 2 W standby mode up to 65 W, 2 W standby mode
Noise level 20 - 50 dB 34 - 64 dB up to 70 dB
Size from a height of 36 cm from a height of 50 cm up to a height of 70 cm
Cost from €160 from €350 up to €600

Buying criteria: These are the factors you can use to compare and evaluate Philips air purifiers

In the following, we will show you which aspects you can use to decide between the many possible Philips air purifiers. The criteria you can use to compare Philips air purifiers include:

In the following paragraphs, we will explain what is important in each of the criteria to help you make your buying decision.

Room size / ceiling height

Philips air purifiers are suitable for different room sizes due to their performance. As already mentioned, there are three different classes of Philips air purifiers, namely air purifiers for small rooms of up to 49m2, air purifiers for medium-sized rooms of up to 104m2 and finally air purifiers for large rooms of up to 130m2.

Depending on the size of the room that is to be cleaned, an air purifier that can at least fulfil this capacity should be used accordingly.

An air purifier with a higher capacity than necessary has the advantage that the room can be cleaned faster, but it consumes more electricity.

CADR

Performance is also indicated by the CADR value. Specifically, the CADR value, or "Clean Air Delivery Rate", indicates how many particles can be cleaned from the room air. At Philips, this value is given inm3/h, i.e. the size of the room (m3) that can be cleared of particles in the range of 0.09 - 11 cubic metres in one hour.

The higher the value, the better the cleaning performance. Philips CADR values range from 190m3/h to 500m3/h, depending on the unit. A CADR of 400m3/h should thus clean a room of 20m2 within only 8 min. Although this value is generally a good guideline, its applicability is often disputed due to incorrect or deviating measurements and should therefore not be the only decisive purchase criterion.

Power consumption

Basically, it can be said that the power consumption of Philips air purifiers is not exorbitant. Nevertheless, there are relevant differences in power consumption between the various devices.

Basically, the higher the cleaning performance, the higher the power consumption.

Accordingly, the smallest Philips air purifier with the lowest cleaning power is also the one with the lowest power consumption, namely 22 watts or <0.5 watts in stand-by mode. The more powerful Philips air purifiers, on the other hand, consume up to 65 watts.

ECARF certification

ECARF awards seals of approval to products that help to make life considerably easier for allergy sufferers. Especially for allergy sufferers, this seal can be a decisive purchase criterion. Philips also offers air purifiers with ECARF certification.

ECARF stands for "European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation". This is an institute that was set up specifically to research allergies at the Charité, a well-known university hospital in Berlin.

Noise level

Basically, it can be said that most Philips air purifiers can reduce the noise level depending on the power mode, and the noise level of all Philips air purifiers covers a range. The maximum noise level of the units is between 50 and 70 dB and can be reduced to 20 to 35 dB depending on the unit's power level.

Depending on the performance of the device in general and the specifically set power level, the noise level also increases.

In the following video, an Instagram user shows the noise level of the Philips air purifier series 5000i:

Dimension / Design

The Philips air purifiers can be divided into two categories based on their dimensions: Rectangular or cuboid bodies and Cylindrical bodies. The size of the air purifiers tends to increase with the performance. The least powerful Philips air purifier is only 36 cm high, while the most powerful air purifier is already 70 cm high.

Depending on how small the room to be cleaned is, it should be considered whether a more powerful air purifier (than actually needed) is worth the extra space. In addition, personal taste and the rest of the room layout should also be taken into account when considering the dimensions.

An Instagram user shows her excitement about the Series 4000i cylindrical air purifier. The large air purifier (with a height of 70 cm) also fits well in the room due to its cylindrical shape and simple design.

Additional functions

Apart from these purchase criteria, other functions can also play a role in the purchase decision. For example, control via app is possible with some devices and some devices have an air quality feedback (numerical or coloured).

In addition to these and other functions, Philips also offers 2-in-1 combination devices that clean and humidify the air.

Note: The Philips homepage offers a product advisor that suggests a suitable air purifier by answering a few questions.

Facts worth knowing about Philips air purifiers

Now that you know which purchase criteria to consider and possibly already own the right Philips air purifier, there are certainly some questions that are interesting for you. In the following we have summarised and answered the most important ones.

What can I do if the Philips air purifier displays an error message? Who can I contact?

If the air purifier displays an error message, it may be the filter warning indicator, in which case the filter should be changed. In case of other malfunctions, you can contact the Philips Service Centre or order a repair directly on the homepage. You can also ask a dealer or the point of sale for advice.

How do I change the filter on a Philips air purifier?

The Philips homepage offers instructions on how to change the filter for various air purifiers.

  1. Step 1: Switch off the appliance and unplug it from the mains.
  2. Step 2: Remove the used air filter, which must be changed according to the filter warning indicator. Dispose of the used filter.
  3. Step 3: Remove the new filter from the packaging and insert it.
  4. Step 4: Reconnect the mains plug and press the reset button for 3 seconds so that the filter warning indicator counter resets.

What warranty do I get on my Philips air purifier?

Generally, Philips offers a 2-year warranty (unless otherwise stated). Which services are actually included or not included in this guarantee is clearly defined on the homepage.

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