The Honeywell range of air purifiers are known for their simple looks and high performance. We have reviewed the entire range of Honeywell Air Purifiers. Our last post was on the Honeywell Air Touch HAC35M1101W Room Air Purifier. This post, we bring to you the Honeywell Air Touch A5 Air Purifier Review. This is the introductory level air purifier and the cheapest of the Air Touch series. The low price doesn’t mean that it is inferior in anyway. The device performs very well and is suitable for small sized rooms. The HAC25M1201W can be regarded as the Best Honeywell Air Purifier in India. Read this Review to know more.
Best Honeywell Air Purifier Air Touch A5 Review
In terms of sales Honeywell A5 is the company’s most sold air purifier. The reason may be because cost-wise it is the cheapest of all models from Honeywell. There are very few air purifiers in India with with Real-time pollution feedback in this price. From the number of features perspective, I would not say its the best. It has AUTO mode which lets you relax while it automatically alters its fan speed to clear off the pollutants in the best possible way.
However, it does not have a very common feature of a Timer. Personally speaking, I have not seen many people using the Timer function in air purifiers, air conditioners or anywhere.
Model Name – Honeywell HAC25M1201W
September 2017 along with Honeywell Air Touch i8 Air Purifier.
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Design and Colors
The Honeywell Air Touch A5 comes in two colors- Champagne Gold and Classic White. The looks are decent and the air purifier reeks high class. The control panel is all black and has a glossy finish. The Air Purifier releases air at an angle of 15-20°. This creates optimum air flow to clean air from even the farthest corners. The purified air comes out from the top and the funnel design helps throw the air wide.
The sides of the air purifier are the air inlets. The back has a handle to lift and place the air purifier as per the need. The device has an anti-fall base and is topple resistant and restricts accidental falls. Even if the air purifier topples while in operation, it turns off automatically.
The Honeywell Air Touch A5 comprises of three filtration stages. The Pre-Filter, HEPA Filter and Activated Carbon Filters are the standard set of filters. The Pre-filter is essentially the first level of air quality treatment and is washable. It helps increase the life of the HEPA and filters stack on the inside. The high grade HEPA filter removes PM2.5 and microscopic allergens. The Compound Filter is nothing but HEPA and the Activated Carbon Filter merged together into one. The compound filter cannot be washed and should be replaced when the indicator blinks. Honeywell advertises the life of its filter to be 3,000 hours. Obviously, the actual life depends on many different conditions. Still, on an average the filters can last for about a year for 8 hours daily usage.
The CADR for Air Touch A5 is 250. Compared to other air purifiers in the same price band like MI Air Purifier 2 (310) and Philips AC1215 (270), it is lesser. The Coverage Area is 323 sq.ft. As advertised, the air purifier can clean this much area in 15 minutes. This claim means that there is something fishy about the CADR rating. The CADR rating is indicative of the Air Changes per Hour (ACH) which is a minimum of 5. If the CADR rating is indeed 250, it means the air purifier should clean the whole room air a minimum 5 times. From the 15 minutes thing, the ACH value comes out to be 4. It is possible that maybe the company is considering Open and Shut scenarios where the room is not fully air tight.
Still, Honeywell Air Purifiers are among the Best in quality and performance.
Air Quality Indicator
The Honeywell Air Touch A5 has a Tri-LED Air Quality Indicator mechanism. There is no Real-time air quality indicator. Air purifiers which come with WiFi and APP functionality have PM2.5 displays. The display is either on the control panel or is visible in the APP. The Honeywell Air Touch i8 Air Purifier launched with A5 has this functionality. There is no comparison in terms of coverage, CADR or cost as such. The i8 model is the only model from Honeywell which has a PM2.5 on the control panel itself. The Air Touch S8 model comes with WiFi and the PM2.5 reading can be seen in the APP.
Sleep Mode and Child Lock
Honeywell A5 has a sleep mode feature which can be used during night or sleep time. Have a comfortable night’s sleep with the already low noise operation supplemented by the sleep mode. A Child Lock button on the touch panel restricts deliberate setting changes by small kids. The buttons on the panel won’t respond unless the child lock is disabled.
As is present in most air purifiers, the Auto mode is a hassle-free mode of operation. You do not to have to manually change the settings again and again if you use it. The Air Purifier automatically adjusts its fan speed as per the pollutant levels. After a power failure, the purifier restarts on its own to the last setting selected.
There is a sensitive laser dust sensor in this model. It senses the particulate levels in the room and helps the purifier to function in Auto mode. There is no Real-Time pollution reading though. But, its absence is fine since its a budget model. With each additional sensor, the cost of the air purifier goes up. If interested in seeing your device work in real-time, there’s one model from Honeywell that displays it. The Air Touch i8 Air Purifier is one such model.
Summary of Features
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The Honeywell Air Touch A5 is definitely the Best Honeywell Air Purifier under 10,000! Honeywell Air Touch’s feature set and performance is good in an affordable cost. To sum up, it is a good air purifier. It won’t disappoint you it’s our guarantee. If you are looking for a low budget yet effective model, go for it. It is comparable to the MI Air Purifier 2S in cost. MI has come up with a TRUE HEPA filter in its models MI Air Purifier 3 and MI 2C now. The MI air purifier 2S and MI Air Purifier 3 have many extra features like real-time AQI monitoring through APP and higher CADR. Still, in terms of brand trust Honeywell has an edge. You can compare the features and decide which one to buy.