The BISSELL® air320 Air Purifier is part of the BISSELL lineup of premium lifestyle air purifiers that join form and function in your home. The air320 is designed with clean lines, smooth edges, modern legs, a discreet cord wrap, and a fabric filter that fit into the design of almost any home. Beneath the unique design is a powerful machine you'd expect from BISSELL - a trusted brand in homecare. The washable fabric pre-filter on the front of the machine is part of this air purifier's 3 stage filtration. This filtration system also includes a pleated high efficiency filter to capture hair, dust, pollen, and dander and an activated carbon filter to capture home odors, pet odors, and volatile organic compounds. The air320 is controlled by a soft-touch dial that allows users to adjust the fan speed. The air320 can accommodate large rooms like bedrooms, living area, basements, and dining rooms. It is tested to the AHAM standard to have a Smoke CADR of 199 for rooms up to 308 sq. ft., making it great for bedrooms, living areas, basements, and dining rooms. You’ve trusted BISSELL to clean and care for the floors and surfaces in your home. Now, let us clean your air! Plus, every purchase of this product helps save pets! BISSELL® proudly supports BISSELL Pet Foundation® and its mission to help save homeless pets. When you buy a BISSELL product, you help save pets, too. We’re proud to design products that help make pet messes, odors and pet homelessness disappear.
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Three stage filtration
Includes a fabric pre-filter, an activated carbon filter and a HEPA filter which captures 99.7% of 0.3 micron particles and smaller including pollen, dust, hair, and pet dander
Activated carbon filter captures gases and VOC's including odors from pets, cooking, smoke, and other common household odors.
Automated CircQulate System.
Monitors and provides indoor air quality readings in real-time and adjusts to the appropriate fan speed.
Peaceful Sleeping Environment.
Whisper-quiet fan speed option and automated night mode make it the perfect addition for bedrooms
Integrated and Functional Design.
Complements any living space with front panel filter access, convenient and discreet cord wrap, and intuitive controls.
Tested to the AHAM standard to have a Smoke CADR of 199 for rooms up to 308 sq. ft., making it great for bedrooms, living areas, basements, and dining rooms.
We're firm believers in use of air purifying technologies--we have 3-6 month filters on all our air handler outlets and a few ionizer fans dotted around the house for good measure. I work in a moldy, dusty office where lots of allergens hang in the air and ancient ductwork blows who-knows-what into my lungs. So it was with great curiosity and interest that we tore into the Air 320.
In your house--this thing is big, much bigger than I think we were originally expecting. Think something along the lines of a tall kitchen garbage can and you have an idea of what sort of floor space will be required. The white color is a welcome departure from black or dark brown that many of these larger floor appliances tend to feature. Styling has a bit of a vintage feeling, like an old 50s/60s style radio or TV on wooden legs with cloth accents. And yet somehow, it still comes off kind of modern-looking, too--probably due to the simple silver control and LED displays. There's a nice integrated cord wrap at the back so in case you put this unit near an outlet, you don't have to leave a cord dangling down on the floor or wrapped around the admittedly handsome looking stubby wooden legs.
From a usability standpoint, there's not a lot to complain about here. The single control dial serves triple duty--power (press), fan speed (turn), reset filter (hold down 3 sec). It's mercifully simple and keeps the face clean and uncluttered. The LED readouts are actually pretty slick. The white numerical display indicates air quality, from very good starting at 002 (why start at 2?) up into the mid hundreds for poor air quality. An small colored LED also glows beneath the display to indicate air quality running from blue (good) to amber (moderate) to red (time to move). But if you're like us and have enough LEDs glowing at night to cook by, you'll like the Bissell's light-sensitive display. It starts out bright when you turn the power on so it’s easy to read. Then as it runs during the day, the display starts to dim, and at night they turn off completely--no distractions when trying to fall asleep!
The unit is very easy to set up--just remember to take the filters out from behind the plastic covers and remove them from plastic. No tools are required...the cover snaps open and the filters (charcoal and pleated) have pull tabs to make removal a cinch. In operation, the fan has 5 speeds including an "auto" setting. We thought virtually all of the fan settings were actually VERY quiet--depending on how low it's running, the Bissell even makes for a pretty good white noise generator. The auto setting constantly monitors air quality via a small side panel sensor and adjusts fan speed accordingly. Where this unit wins out over our other ionizers is the total lack of smell. My wife and I are both pretty sensitive to the odor that seems to accompany most consumer-grade ionizing floor fans, but the Bissell was blissfully neutral whirring away in the corner as it did its air filtration job.
Speaking of which, let's get to performance. In this respect--I guess we have to have a little faith. Apparently, if you already have pretty hefty filters on your A/C and heating units, there might not be a lot of stuff still floating in the air that needs filtration. We tested this unit in the dirtiest, most allergen filled room we could find--our daughter's bedroom, sitting right next to her birdcage. The digital display spiked a bit all the way up to ... GASP ... 009, and then settled back down to 002. Okay, so apparently even our dirtiest air was relatively clean according to the Bissell. Still, we did notice some fine particulates slowly starting to accumulate on the pleated filter so we can report that even when there's not a lot to do, the Bissell still seemed to be doing it well and catching the even smaller flotsam and debris still hanging in the air.
If you have a small apartment or a BIG room that could use some air filtration treatment, I honestly think this unit is worth the money and effort--it's quiet, simple to use, probably won't intrude on most modern décor, and has a capacity that far outpaces and performance that outclasses most run-of-the-mill floor standing ionizing fans. The only tradeoff you have to make is space--this unit may have some decent styling cues, but it's not subtle or small so it will be a little harder to tuck away in a corner somewhere. We might not have been the best test case--it would have been more telling if we turned it on and the display glowed angrily red at us, and then slowly turned blue over a period of a few days--but for what it is and what it does, we're still very satisfied.
I would recommend this to a friend
Air quality, Cleaning, Filters
Dust, For pets
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
I really like this, not a true HEPA, but that's ok
I have many air purifiers/cleaners/hepa filters/etc. and have had many over the years. In most cases, these are marketed as HEPA filter units and what that means is the very finite particles are removed, in addition to the bigger particles. The problem with HEPA, while the best for you, is that the filters are very expensive to replace, and on an expensive machine, the filters are expensive proportionally it seems.
So, why buy this instead? Well, I'll tell you that it does a very good job at cleaning the air, which will prolong the filters in my expensive HEPA machines. That will save me money for sure and frankly since my biggest problem is dog hair, dander, dust, and other things like this, so getting that taken care of by the Bissell machine first is great! Not to mention that the replacement filter costs are nowhere near the cost of the HEPA filters, this is a great choice for probably many folks.
So the build on this, besides being a unique and cool retro TV console looking design, is very decent. A lot of metal, and that is something I've never seen before. The filter pack has a pre-filter sheet of material I've also never seen before, that filters out the big dust, dander, etc. before it can get into the HEPA looking filter. Then, after that, there is a real charcoal filter that has a honeycomb type design. It filters the air well, cleans out odors extremely well, and is the first time I've seen a charcoal filter with actual charcoal in it. Very impressive. And again, replacement costs are not bad at all, nowhere near the costs to replace the HEPA filters.
I use air quality monitors (Awair and Foobot) to monitor the air quality in my home, due to the fact I was a WTC 9/11 first responder and have many sinus infections. So, eliminating dust, dirt, etc. is critical for my health. And having dogs doesn't help, but I'm not getting rid of the dogs, so I use air cleaners/filters/etc. to offset the dog issue. And of course the dogs (two of them, a big one and a little one) are both long hair dogs, which carry dirt and dust with them, plus the endless shedding that occurs basically year round.
I would recommend this for anyone looking to get into an air cleaner to either see how it helps them, and/or to help support and reduce the amount of work their HEPA air cleaners are doing which will save money not having to replace the filters as often.
I make it a point to vacuum the pre-filter sheet and grille at least once a week, to prolong the filters as well. And this makes easy work of this. The grille is easy to remove and put back on, the pre-filter sheet is not the typical one with lots of holes, so it is preventing the filters from getting worn out too early.
The AUTO function works very well. It will show an "A" if on AUTO mode, which adjusts the fan based on the air quality sensor telling the machine the current state of the air, and will display a BLUE light when all is good. If it turns GREEN (not yellow as the owners guide says), it means it is detecting something and is working a bit harder clean the air, and if it displays RED, it is in full clean mode and you'll hear the fan ramp up even faster.
So, in summary, YES I recommend this, and YES I really like it, YES it has a build quality unlike anything else I've seen or used with the metal construction in many places, and the filter costs are more than reasonable. It will suffice for many who just want to clean up the air, and will assist any HEPA filters last longer by cleaning out the bigger stuff in the air.
Looks more like a piece of furniture
Quiet most of the time
Automatic mode adjusts speed based on need
Automatic night mode turns off lights in the dark
No back intake means you can put it flush against a wall
Very loud on high
Only measures PM2.5
The Bissell Air320 departs from most purifiers that tend to look very functional and don’t really blend into your décor or others that mimic the style of a fan. Instead, the Air320 looks more like a piece of furniture with design cues from furniture of the 1960-1970s. The legs are rounded with a faux wood finish to continue the furniture theme. A single dial with a button in the center controls everything with an oversized dot matrix display hidden in the plastic on the front that indicates the PM2.5 levels. Also included is a hidden color changing light the creates a glow directly under the display with the color indicating the general air quality going from green to red. The fan has 5 speeds as well as an auto mode. Included is a PM2.5 sensor which can measure fine particles but there is no mention of a PM10 sensor to measure dust, mold, and pollen. Air is pulled into the mesh fabric on the front and filtered air exits from the top. This design means you can put the unit flush against a wall without impeding operation. It also has a cord organizer built into the back to keep things tidy. The overall build feels sturdy.
Performance and Operation
Overall operation is very simple. There are no smartphone controls or WiFi to set up. Just press the button in the middle to turn in on and then turn the dial to set the fan speed. Nothing else is needed. On low, the unit is barely audible and can be easily drowned out by regular noises in a room. On high, you will likely hear if even over a very loud TV. Thankfully you only hear the sound of air rushing, but it is still noticeable. If you keep it on one speed you could probably just tune it out after time but on auto the change can be quite abrupt. If it is anywhere near where you are cooking and is set to auto, you will know withing a few minutes if any smoke, fumes, or anything else is floating in your room as it goes into turbo for a few minutes to clean things up. Even in a 30x22 room it only takes between 15-30 minutes to get levels under control once no more pollutants are added. At that point, the pollution levels drop low enough for the automatic mode to drop the speed down to more tolerable levels. There is a bit of a tradeoff in moving so much air in a short time but it seems quite effective in taking care of even large rooms. In most cases, the filter can keep the room clean enough that running on full speed is rare. The only downside is the effectiveness of auto mode for allergies is questionable because it sets filter speed based on measurements. If you are expecting this to automatically sense dust, mold, and pollen it would seem unlikely as it doesn’t measure that particle size. Unfortunately, other measurement tools have not shown that not enough of the pollen has been making its way into the house lately to do a proper test even though several trees are pollinating currently. That said, if your only hang-up is a PM10 for other allergens you can always run it on manual since the filter media itself is capable of handling it. The main question is how effective auto mode actually is.
The digital readout and color light to indicate air quality are straightforward and make it easy to tell the overall air quality even from across the room without adding too much information. A thoughtful touch is when the room goes dark it turns off all lighting and displays. This is helpful for bedtime, but it would also be helpful to include a timer function to allow scheduled mode changes. It’s hard to justify running a purifier when you away from the house all day. Remembering to turn it off an on again will likely lead to someone forgetting. It would also be nice to have a way to set it to force a lower maximum speed at bedtime. Most people would likely be willing to wait a little longer to get fully cleaned air at bedtime if it meant not listening to a jet engine in their room for up 15-30 minutes or longer depending on there is more being added to the room. Although its nice to make things as simple as possible, these additional features would make it more likely to be used regularly as well as make it more effective.
The Bissell Air320 is an attractive and simply designed purifier with just enough to help without causing confusion for those less technically inclined. No need to expect calls from the grandparents asking how to use it. The main question is if it is overly simplistic for your purposes. If you mainly need a purifier that can move a lot of air and clean a larger space, the Air320 could potentially fit the bill.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Breath of Fresh Air
I had never had an air purifier prior to getting the Bissell air320. It’s claimed to handle room sizes up to 1000 square feet but my test room was about half the size. Out of the box, it’s not intrusive and actually adds some décor (in my opinion) with its retro design, highlighted by the faux wooden legs.
Unit ships with two filters: a high efficiency and an activated carbon filter. There’s also fabric cover where the air is drawn in, essentially providing 3 stage filtration. The filters appear reasonably priced come replacement time. The unit will alert (display a code) when changes are due.
Operationally, it has 6 fan speed settings: 5 different fan speed settings and an auto mode. I used an app sound meter) to measure the various noise levels associated with the 5 fan speed settings. I have only used at the lowest level as the others get noticeable in operation. The unit is in the auto mode by default and runs at a higher fan speed initially at start up for about 30 seconds (perhaps to get a good whiff of the environment); this is normal operation. In my application, it was for the kids’ bedroom to help with their allergy. The core of the device is a PM 2.5 sensor that’s able to measure dust, pollen and smoke. It appears to work for now but spring will be the real test when tree pollen levels spike. The purifier provides a lit three-digit air quality measure while in use. This lit air quality indicator uses an ambient light sensor to turn it off in dark settings (to help promote sleep, not serve as a distraction etc.). A simple push of the power button will display the reading, if needed when the surroundings are dark. There are also three categories of air quality this unit assigns (good, moderate and poor). There’s a colored visual for the air quality categories for an at-a-glance determination; this appears restricted to the auto mode operation only (good air quality = blue light, moderate air quality = orange light and poor air quality = red light.)
In my use, I have never gone beyond the good air quality threshold. My numbers, however, have fluctuated a bit. On the first day, the measure was 003. Within about 30 minutes, it had changed to 002 (“resting” measure or lowest reading the unit will output). I have also noticed it typically spikes in the morning after the kids flock around it from the shower (body heat, perhaps)? It shoots up to about 009 but reverts to the resting reading of 002 in a short time. All in all, I have a good feeling about this unit (literally when in use). The real-time indication of the air quality conditions is definitely a plus, especially for anyone with allergies.
I would recommend this to a friend
Air quality, Ease of use, Filters
Dust, For pets, Odor
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Pets.. what pets?
I will start of by saying we basically have a zoo in our home! 2 giant breed dogs, a medium sized dog with long fur, 8 reptiles and a toddler. Needless to say there was a lot of pet dander in the home. This thing has been fantastic! I did not realize how big of a difference an air purifier could make in a home. We have ours in the open concept area of the home- nestled between our couch and love seat.
When we walk in the house you no longer get that "we have dogs" smell.
The air is truly more crisp and fresh; like walking outside on a cool winter day. I have also noticed in the few weeks we have had this that my sinus issues have almost gone away.
Our home is also prone to dust. I attribute much of this to the dogs coming in and out. While we still get dust, the amount has significantly lessened. You can see in the pictures how much the pre filter has already caught in just a few weeks.
This is a fairly sizable unit, it stands about as tall as a standard end table. However its modern design helps it fit in most decor.
One thing I enjoy about this unit is how it was designed with the user in mind! It has LEDs that signify real time air quality; red is poor, green/yellow is moderate and blue is great. If you are like me, super sensitive to even the smallest light while sleeping; this unit is for you! The unit senses darkness and dims/shuts off the leds accordingly. The unit is also easy to control with a small knob at the top that has different fan speeds or an auto function. The air also blows out the top of the unit. This is quite refreshing as it truley circulates the purified air throughout the home.
It is very easy to get to the 2 filters inside the unit. These even have little fabric tabs that make them even easier to remove and change when it indicates to do so.
The only con I have encountered so far is ease of finding replacement filters. Although I will not need them for quite some time, they do not seem to be readily available yet. Bissells website shows them as coming soon.
Last year we got the Bissell air400, which we liked and so got this to replace another, older purifier.
This is a large air purifier for larger rooms (Rated 1000 Sq. ft). We're currently using this in our Master Bedroom.
It shows a lot of thought was put into the design of this machine:
First, dare to say, looks great. With its wooden legs, fabric front and minimalistic controls, it has a timeless design of mid-century furniture. My first impression is how nice it looks.
It's fairly thin with just enough space for the central fan and the filters. (about 9" deep).
The controls very are simple to operate: Press the center button for on and off, and rotate the dial to go from automatic to 5 speeds. That's it.
The auto mode regulates the speed based on the air quality, this is displayed in a hidden display in the front, below the control, which has numbers up to 999 indicating air quality, and a glow light below that changes color depending on the air quality.
It then has an auto night mode, so it goes completely dark when the lights are out.
Filters: It has large an thick HEPA filter, a carbon filter of the same size, and a the front cover also serves as a fabric mesh. Replacing the filters takes seconds and no tools. The unit has a filter replacement indicator for each filter: F1 or F2 instead of the air quality readout.
The HEPA filter is for particulates, including allergens.
The activated carbon filter is for reducing ambient odors.
The auto mode uses a dust sensor on the side of the unit, that the manual indicates it should be cleaned twice a year. The cover for this comes out with no tools.
The unit is very well constructed. The air movement is provided by an aluminum 'squirrel cage' fan (similar to most HVAC units) powered by a digital motor (These are the most precise motors, also used by the latest high-end vacuums, etc.).
The air comes from the front mesh and it's exhausted trough the top of the unit, which has a metal grid. It does not blow air from the back, and has a simple cord manager
Note that if the unit looses power it will remain off, so it won't work with smart switches, and has no remote controls. It also does not generate negative ion particles.
Both carbon and HEPA filter are replaceable (not washable) but the front fabric cover should be vacuumed as needed, and it's not consumable.
Noise is still noticeable when at its lowest level: It's spec sheet refers to 37 dB at its lowest.
Overall it looks great, it's very simple to operate and very well constructed.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Large but subtle.
The Bissell air320 is a great air purifier for a larger room. It is a pretty large unit sitting at 15.5"(W) × 8.5" (D) × 25" (H). It is about the size you would expect for a 1000 sq ft coverage. Considering it is only one inch taller than the air320 model and covers 200 more sq ft, I find the air320 model the better option. Not to mention that white casing with a wood color finish for the legs, makes it blend in with the decor a bit better than the black finish. There has been some mixed reviews on the noise level and I would say this could be attributed to the size of the room you want to cover as well as your air quality. The current live feedback on my air quality sits at a 0.02 which allows me to keep the setting at its lowest setting. I would say it is equivalent to a room fan. It's pretty quiet and doesn't bother me very much. Even at the lowest setting, I can definitely feel a slight draft circulating in my large living room which gives me a good indication that it is cycling the air through the room. However, if your air quality comes in higher and you need to turn to a higher setting, I can understand why some say the unit is very load. This purification unit uses a 3 filter system, which includes a honeycomb with activated carbon, a thick high efficiency filter and the gray fabric filter that snaps in front of the unit. I can definitely see how this unit can help filter out the dust and allergens in the air. Our family has lots of seasonal allergies which I am hopeful this unit will help alleviate some of those symptoms, since it is currently winter, we I am not yet able to truly comment on its allergy reducing capabilities other than visible seeing that this is a quality build unit.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great air purifier
I was looking for an air cleaner as we have a lot of cedar and grasses at our farm that release lots of pollen, as well as plain old dirt in the air. We also have two inside dogs! I wanted to try this air purifier. The purifier came out of the box complete, I plugged it in and watched it work.
So, install the filter and, voila'!, you are on your way to cleaner air. When I first turned it on, I set it on 'auto' and let it run. On the front of the purifier, near the top it displays a three-digit number AND a colored light. I have attached two pictures: Value 002 and a blue light (this is excellent!), and value 754 and a red light (this resulted from burning bacon!). It also displays green light in the midrange, but I have been unable to capture that as it quickly clears the air from red zone.
The purifier comes with five fan speeds, plus auto. I recommend auto as this machine seems to really circulate the air and know when to kick in to a higher speed. For instance, when I started cooking bacon, it went up to 100 or so on the monitor. When it began to burn, it jumped way up and the fan shifted into the highest speed, 5.
I feel that this machine is very accurate to what is in the air in my house. Every morning when we start coffee, it goes up two or three points, then quickly goes back down to a 002 or 003.
Functionally, the purifier takes in air from the face, pulls it through the filters and exhausts it from the top There is a single control on top. Press it to turn it on and turn it to change speed. I will say that when it is at top speed, it is as noisy as a fan over a stove, but that just means it's working! If you have it on auto and it goes to full speed, but you need it less, you can dial the fan down-- this will just take it longer to clear whatever is in the air. Normally, you can't hear it at all, about the same noise level as a top-end refrigerator.
A:AnswerHi Art - Filter life varies based on run time and existing air conditions. It is recommended to replace both the pleated and activated carbon filter once every six months. The Activated Carbon Filter 2677 and the pleated High Efficiency Filter 2804 are available through BISSELL online or over the phone at 800-237-7691.
A:AnswerWatch Bissell.com and Bestbuy.com. Remember, the fires out West. People are desperate for air purifiers and Bissell is very popular. Regularly and carefully clean your prefilter, hepa filter with a vac and they can last longer than recommended. I have the 220 and 320 and love them.
A:AnswerWe purchased two of these for our home because of smoke from wildfires near us (one for upstairs, one for downstairs). They do a very good job of filtering smoke and odors. They measure the fine particle levels (such as caused by smoke) and increase air circulation automatically in response to higher levels. They display the levels on the front panel, so you can see them respond in real time. Whenever I start to smell smoke, I can see the indicator levels rise and the filters increase air circulation automatically with it. You can see the effect the filters have in real time. They quickly bring air levels back in check again.
A:AnswerHEPA stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air filter. It filters very small particles out of the air, such as smoke and dust. Activated carbon filters certain organic vapors from the air such as VOCs, ammonia, and some kinds of fumes and odors. They work well together to create a clean air environment in different ways, but for allergies such as pet dander, pollen, and smoke, the HEPA is most likely to be of direct benefit to you.