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GermGuardian - 161 Sq. Ft Air Purifier - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 1801 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Peace of Mind- Almost Perfect

    Posted
    dancerathlete
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    I have been running my air purifier 24/7 for almost 2 months now. I haven't had any problems with this unit. PROS: 1) Really cleans the air- after just a WEEK of use, the outer (carbon) filter was covered in dust! Disgusting, but I'm satisfied to know that wasn't in my lungs. I vacuum the filter once a week. 2) HEPA filter. Although I can't actually "see" what it is catching, I know it is helping my air quality! I live in Utah where the inversion pollutes the air on a regular basis during the winter. This air purifier gives me peace of mind, knowing that when I come home I am in a clean air environment. Not only that, but it catches dust mite allergens, pollen, plant spores, bacteria, fungi, mold, smoke, dust..... We are definitely sleeping better at night, not waking up with the usual "stuff" that you have to clear out of your throat in the morning... catch my drift? 3) UV light- peace of mind that the germs that are caught by this thing are killed. 4) Catches SMELL (carbon filter)- I am used to smelling leftovers when I let my pots/pans soak in the sink overnight. Not anymore! I know this works because one time we went out of town overnight and turned the unit off. When we came back, our apartment smelled like soaking dishes/leftovers. A smell I'm glad to be rid of using this unit! CONS: 1) When I first got this unit, the lowest setting was pretty quiet. It is noticeably louder now. However, at this setting me and my husband are still able to sleep with the unit in our bedroom at night. AKA not too loud for sleeping (and I used to sleep strictly with earplugs for 2 years straight, so that should tell you something!). Because the fan got louder, I rate this product 4/5 stars. I hope it doesn't continue to get louder. I will update if it does. 2) When we first used it, it did have a "new" or plastic/carbon smell to it. I imagine this was the carbon filter. The smell was gone by the second or third day. I recommend this product. It is the best Air purifier/HEPA filter you can get for this price range. Obviously if you spend more money, you can get a much better product that will cover more square footage. **IMPORTANT- the 22" model can be used up to 155 sq. ft. The 28" model can be used up to 193 sq. ft. Buy according to your needs. AKA, measure the living space you want to use this unit in. In bigger rooms you will need MORE THAN ONE UNIT if you want this product to work effectively. Just an FYI.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Work Great but Noisy at Highest Setting

    Posted
    MyDogsStink
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    I'm using this in my master bedroom. My wife has three little, smelly dogs that she insists stay in the room with us at night. As you can imagine, the putrid odor from these mutts is horrific since they never get baths. And I have to constantly be on the lookout for stepping on urine or feces from these not-so-well potty trained mutts. Their dander and hair coats everything in the room like a fine powdery snow on a cold winter day. With the door closed at night, I feel that I'm trapped in a coffin deep under ground, struggling for one last gasp of fresh air. Every day since the dogs have entered my life, I ask myself if this is h-e-l-l. Then the GermGuardian 3-in-1 True HEPA Air Purifier came along. I turned it on for the first time and closed the door behind me. I came back in an hour later, and I was amazed at how much fresher the air was in the room. It's as if the GermGuardian uses tiny lasers to blast away odor particles in the room, rendering them inert. The deep fog of dust and dander that clouded the room summarily dissipated, leaving behind only pure, fresh, breathable air for the first time in many months. And I am starting to believe that maybe there is some hope for me on this earth, so there is no need to continue plotting my own demise. The only flaw with the GermGuardian is that it is very loud on the highest fan setting. Of course, there is no fan setting high enough to completely counteract the stench of the smelly mutts in my room, but the GermGuardian makes a valiant effort. I also wish there was a way to turn off the blue light for the UV lamp so I wouldn't have to turn that setting off at night. The blue light is blinding when you're trying to sleep, akin to staring at the midday sun. Of course, I've thought about sticking hot pokers in my eyeballs so I don't have to look at the piles of vomit and feces in the middle of the floor, so maybe this is blue light is a good feature. The bottom line is that I recommend this product. It may just save your life.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    fresh air

    Posted
    Rocky
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    I purchased this about 4 months ago, and I have to say, it has changed my life! I have two large dogs and allergies. Though my dogs don't shed much, they still have dander and they used to send me into middle of the night asthmatic fits. I wasn't sleeping a full night through without a double dose of allergy medicine and an inhaler (and even then it was iffy)...Until I got the GermGuardian. Upon first use there was a little of that "new plastic smell," but it went away after about 36 hours of continuously running it. The first night I used it, I took my allergy medicine, but did not have to use the inhaler. Did not wake up once! The second week after using it, I noticed that there was less dust in our bedroom, and I had been able to take my allergy medicine less and less (now maybe once a week if that). In fact, I haven't touched my inhaler in over two months! I am going to buy a second (larger unit) for our upstairs living area. I take the smaller one upstairs while I'm cooking if I am making something that is really smelly (like fried fish or bacon) and run it while I cook. It really helps to minimize the amount of lingering odors. It would be nice to not have to move it around all the time! The best part though...In this yucky cold and flu season, I am pretty sure the GermGuardian kept me from getting full-blown sick! I started to feel a sore throat and stuffy, but it never broke out into a full cold. I have recommended this item to four people who ordered it, and all of them said that they are noticing a huge difference in the air quality in their home. ***ONE THING TO NOTE*** You have to rinse the thinner filter off about every two weeks (and be careful, it can tear easily). I don't recommend vacuuming it (I tore it up, and it didn't seem to get all the crud out). I usually just rinse it out in the tub with cool water and let it air dry for about 5-10 minutes. It will help prolong the Hepa filter in it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Make no mistake, this has really helped!

    Posted
    Sandlotje

    ***************I've only had my unit for 6 days now.****************** So I got the smaller of the two germ guardians because the smaller one was the only one that was in stock at the time; and I was desperate to find something to help my allergies. I got it and noticed a difference the first night after letting it run in the bedroom with the door closed for a period of around 12 hours. Nights previously were unbearable due to the worst pollen season in years. I also have a dog (does not shed), but I noticed more allergies after I got him. This has really done a lot to help allergies of all types. Prior to using the Germ Guardian, I was using allergy pills here and there that had little to no effect on me because the pollen has been so overwhelming this year. While I still experience plenty of allergy symptoms, this has alleviated them to the point that I do not have a stuffy nose at night anymore. Without this, I would have continued to have many nights of sneezing fits and light sleep. As far as odors go, it definitely *helps* but does not eliminate like some of the other reviewers seem to experience. My dog is not quite housebroken yet, and even though I have this running, I still experience plenty of bad odors. Sure they're not quite so bad; I would not base my purchase on the odor control aspect. Overall, I HIGHLY recommend this. It has been doing a tremendous job of capturing a lot of airborne dust and debris and other allergen-causing pollutants in the air. My nights have been significantly better by just using this unit; but I think allergy medicine still helps to attack the root of the issues.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    10' x 10' x 10' bedroom

    Posted
    jking
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    I use it for my wife and 2 small children. They all suffer from mild allergies. I recently started experiencing allergies, too. This little thing seems to work very well. We've used it probably a total of 9 months every since we've purchased it years ago. It helps decrease our congestion. The 3 speeds are nice too, however, as I sleep about 12 inches away from it, it can be very loud. The UV light also serves as a very faint (and I mean very faint in comparison to an actual night light) blue light/night light sort of light whenever we have it on during the evenings. An honorable mention is, it doubles as a fan for hot nights/days though the projection of the air that is blown out is pretty much 90 degrees perpendicular to the front of the device. It's hard to describe but if you're looking directly at it and it's standing upwards in its standard position, the air blows out to your right instead of directly at you as a normal fan would. I like to aim the air at my feet on some nights when I don't want to use a fan. Also, when it's hot but not hot enough to use my portable window AC unit, it suffices as a fan for me and I have a very low tolerance for warm weather. Overall, it feels like it'll last for a fairly long time. The only reason for 4 stars is the noise level, but other than that I enjoy it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent value for the money

    Posted
    Adie
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    Finally after reading lot of reviews and suffering from allergies for almost 3 months into this terrible weather of NY, i finally decided to buy this purifier. I was a little cautious as some customers complained about having problem with some units, so i decided to go to store instead ordering online. While in store I asked the representative to turn it on for me so that I dont have to return from home. Out of the box, just plug it in and and is ready to go. Has 3 settings i,ii and iii. III is slightly louder but at I and II you wont even know if its on. We have a closed living room area and my wife loves to cook and fry things. So she decided to cook as soon as I turn the unit on. And we couldnt appreciate smell of cooked food where the unit was placed and as soon as she turned off the stove we couldnt even smell in rest of the living room area (my living room is approx 500 sq feet). Next morning I woke up without having to sneeze or having a stuffed nose (something very unusual for me). My son suffers from similar issues and he gets frequently sick (almost every month). I am hoping that this unit will continue to impact our life positively

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Dissapointed

    Posted
    JinWL

    With all the great reviews, I purchased 2 of these to replace my two, 14 year old ionic-type purifiers. Not that they were not working, they did very well at removing odors, not really capable of removing dust from the duct work, but I thought its time in case they stopped working with age. I have one of these GGuardians in the finished basement, moves the air around pretty well and will take in some dust particles but does not take out any cooking odors that may linger there, as the kitchen is at the top of the entrance. The other unit I have in the entrance of the kitchen which is quite small. I point it into the small area to get rid of cooking odors and it FAILS to do it, even on the high speed. It will remove some of the smoke if frying but the odor still reeks. I end up setting my old purifier and it will take care of the odors. Very disappointed in the removal of odors of cooking in such a small area and find it terribly frustrating to bring a 14 yr old purifier down to finish the job. Both my items were at full price, not on sale like they are now. This is my second attempt to send a review, the other never made it in. Overall I give a 2 only for the fan capability to move air and keep some dust at bay in the basement. The other gets a ZERO for my intended use in a small kitchen.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    What Good is a Warranty If you Keep Paying?

    Posted
    Denverite

    I received the Guardian Technologies AC4825 germguardian 3-in-1 Air Cleaning System sometime shortly after October 3, 2015 (shipping date) and put it immediately into service. On December 19, 2015 I took the unit out of service and cleaned it in accordance with user manual. When I put it back into service, the UV light would not come on. Thinking I could have damage bulb by banging it while hot, I ordered a replacement bulb. On about December 27th, I received the bulb and replace the one in the unit. On placing the unit back in operation, the UV light would still not come on. On December 30th I called Guardian Technologies customer service. Although still under warranty, they advised me that at my own expense I could purchase packaging material and pay to ship the unit back to them (also asked me to insure it at my expense) and they would have a technician look at the unit. Let’s recap, unit broke in 3 months and I was to spend my own money to send it back to Guardian Technologies under warranty.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Emits Strong Plastic Smell

    Posted
    Snowmen2016
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    I purchased this from a Best Buy retail store for a family member with respiratory issues in the hope that it would help. Upon bringing it home and setting it up in the room, the unit emitted a very strong plastic smell that actually made the family member worse! Exactly the opposite from cleaning the air that we expected. So, we moved it to another room in hopes that the smell would subside after a couple of days of use. It did not, so we returned this unit for another. Unfortunately, the second unit had precisely the same issue. I should also note that this smell was more acutely noticed by the family member with the respiratory issue in comparison to others in the family who were much less sensitive to it. We moved the second unit again to another room for about three weeks to see if it would abate with a longer time. The smell did reduce somewhat but it was still too strong and needed to be returned. That is where the second issue began! We tried to return the second unit to our local Nashua, NH Best Buy retail store but was denied a refund because Best Buy's return policy is now a mere 15 days which I was not aware of! This model clearly has a systemic problem that is more acutely sensed with people with respiratory issues. There are numerous reviews on Amazon purporting the same issue. Best Buy should have refunded my purchase of this defective unit. From now on, I will shop at Amazon who has a much better return policy and they stand behind their customers and products. What is the point of going to a retail store who doesn't take care of their customers? The Assistant Manager at this store just lost Best Buy a family of customers over a $85. purchase.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Solved many issues, in just minutes!

    Posted
    Nicoman

    Wow! What an amazing machine! Recently a new member in the house is smoking, and refuses to go outside. Despite only that one person is a smoker.... Put this in my bedroom, and within minutes I was already breathing better. I could feel my lungs thanking me. I could feel my nose and mouth breathe better. I also own a cat, but never had a problem with his hair/dander. This solved the smoke odor problem right away! A HEPA + Carbon + UV-C light, does wonders to Odor, Mold, Allergy. Even if you think you have none, you'll breathe 10x better with this. Lowest setting is quiet as a mouse. Perfect for sleeping. The nice subtle UV light gives a nice nightlight as well. Good size machine, not too big, not too small. Does job well. This was easily the best $99 spent in over 10 years. Just from sleeping one night, I woke up 1000x times more refreshed and ready. No clogged nose, no sick stomach from waking up to cig-smoke. Do yourself a favor, and spoil yourself with this!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Now I'm A Believer

    Posted
    RTHOME
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    When my son gets hit with a respiratory illness, he gets hit hard. Combine that with asthma, allergies like pollen and possibly to our pets and sooner or later I have to do a full court press to help support his symptoms and comfort, promote recovery and an environment conducive to sleep, rest and recovery. To say nothing of a maintenance mode going forward. Add to that we stripped our house to the studs and remodeled it. New materials and carpets bring their own dust, etc. So I bought 2 of these for bedrooms and 2 huge units for living and family rooms. There is a NOTICEABLE difference in air quality. A deep inhale feels cleaner, like ocean air without the moisture or salt. Hard to explain, worth every penny. I caught a cold while he was on the mend so I used the UV light. We run these with the door "cracked." My son's baseline symptoms both while sick and while healthy are improved with these. But beyond being functional and a great value, they look COOL. That's not needed but they are a seriously stylish addition. And I love the blue light for UV. The Low setting is quiet enough that my son can sleep with it on all night. BIG PLUS. Love these. No going back. Highly recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazed that it works well

    Posted
    BeeMO
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    I was initially skeptical about this product. I needed something that could get rid of the pollen and clean out the air in my room. My brother and I have allergies and this air purifier help clean the air from pollen and dust. On days that the pollen level are high I would start this on and close my door and suffer the majority of day doing my chores with a runny nose. When comes time to lay down and relax in my room my sinus clears up. There is 3 mode for this product and yes there is a humming sound. It's not that loud on the first notch but when comes the 2nd and 3rd it is obnoxiously loud but I can sleep soundly on the first notch. The downside to this product and maybe it's just me cause my brother doesn't suffer from it but it dries my nose and throat to the point it's unbearable. I have to shut the machine off before sleeping in order to feel comfortable. My solution for the dryness is to add a humidifier to it to keep the moister in the air.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Helped with my allergies & kitten.

    Posted
    Calvin
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    I have a kitten with respiratory issues along with very bad Spring allergies myself. I bought my kitten and I a humidifier, but decided a purifier would be best to use in conjunction with the humidifier. When I got the Germgaurdian purifier, I was already feeling good when I opened the box and was greeted to a big Thank You card from the manufacturer. Set-up was very simple and the device looked sturdy. Has been working well since and has cleared up my allergies substantially; I went from sneezing five times in a row multiple times a day to not even sneezing once if I am in my room with this purifier. My kitten loves it and I have also noticed subtle breathing improvements for her as well. I highly recommend this product to anyone who has pets or allergies.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great performer!

    Posted
    Dave
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    My wife has terrible allergies, in conjunction with gas forced hot air heat makes for lots of dust and sneezing. This unit works wonders. Well packaged, with everything needed to use out of the box. I purchased in conjunction with an electronic humidifier and the results are excellent. No dust residue , quiet operation, silent on lowest setting but noticeable on medium to high. If you need white noise to sleep it will be better than leaving the TV on. Recommends to clean filters monthly, I had to vacuum off pre filter after first few days but has been good to go since. UV filter emits blue light but no additional sound to disturb. Performing as described, exceeding my expectations. Highly recommend GermGuardian Air Purifier and Best Buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent little purifier

    Posted
    RichJ
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    The room it is in, is within specs size wise. It has helped with the dust, but not as much as I would have hoped. With that said, I do tend to leave a window open in the room as it is an office/bedroom. It has controlled the dust considerably. Smell wise, I haven't noticed what others have, however I have smell goods going. I like the blue LED light in it as it gives off a good amount of light, especially at night for a night light. It could be to bright for some that are sensitive, but if you can sleep with a nightlight, this will be just fine. Noise wise, I keep it at the 2nd level. It is quiet enough there that it doesn't interfere with the TV. 1st level is super quiet. 3rd level is quite loud & does interfere with the tv enough that I have to crank up the volume a little. I went with this purchase mainly for the dust control, and I am not totally happy with it, but happy enough. I can't put all that blame there as I there is a fairly old mattress in that room, and I am willing to bet that after replacing the mattress I will be more happy with the dust control.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My first air purifier

    Posted
    JenRacy
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    I'm not even using this a week and I can smell the difference in the air. It seems like I can still smell the slight cigarette smell through the walls but it's not heavy anymore and I am wondering if it's my imagination that I'm smelling anything at times. I can finally get some sleep. Made me wonder if the neighbors whom I share a thin wall with were smoking at times so I shut it off and the smell was heavy again so I put it back on and the smell seemed light and went away, this has helped a lot. I will see how well it will works for me in the long run. So far I am happy with this air purifier.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice product.

    Posted
    cswindell
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    I bought this item because I needed a unit that could sit on the floor. Also the price was within my budget and it was available in the store. When I took it out of the box and plugged it in there was a really strong plastic smell just like the other reviews said so the next day I bought a pluggable air freshener and that masked the smell. I run the purifier 24hrs a day so the smell went away fairly quickly. The UV light is very bright at night so I turn it off. On low I can the fan is fairly quiet, but not completely silent, but my portable heater is a lot noisier. The fan does blow quite a good amount of cold air so the room stays pretty cool when the heater is not on, which will be great for the summertime. After buying this and taking Mucinex for a few days my sinuses have been a lot better. The first day I woke after using this my nose was a lot clearer so I did not have to spend a lot of time blowing my nose in the morning.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very Good Air Purifier!

    Posted
    DommTheDon
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    This purifier has worked very well. I purchased this one for my kids and to place in their rooms as they suffer from allergies. It has made a huge difference and has improved their overall suffering from allergies, especially whenever they are in their room. One of my kids would go to bed coughing most nights and would struggle being able to get to sleep or stay asleep because of this. Now, with the germ guardian she has made drastic improvements and hardly coughs at night now, only whenever she is suffering heavily and has major drainage will she continue to cough. The device is super easy just Plug and Go, and it has a button on top to push to turn on the UV light to help control and kill off bacteria and other things that could be circulating through the room. I clean it about once a week to once every two weeks, and you can tell it does a really good job at catching the dust once you open that bad boy up. I use a vacuum to clean the filter off. I highly recommend this product!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Mixed feelings about this product

    Posted
    Kanga
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    It's not bad, but it's not great either; it's okay. I don't have allergies, so I can't comment on this item's effectiveness for that. There is a smoker in the household, and with this machine, the air got "lighter," NOT so much "fresh crisp air" like another commenter had said in another review I read. With that being said, it did help in terms of pets, we have a bunny, and 5 cats, and it does keep the air "lighter." In terms of odor, it does help BUT it's more like put one of these product in a single room, (and I live in an apt 800 sq. ft.), but it definitely didn't purify the air in that whole apt except in that room. It is somewhat strong, as it did suck in some loose bunny fur in that room that was nearby. The filter gets dirty super quick!!, it seems like i have to change it once a month rather than once a year. So the summary is, it works in purifying the air, but only good for one room at a time, and replace the filters once a month instead of one year.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Worked great until it didn't

    Posted
    Jenja
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    Purchased from Best Buy in May, 2018. Fan stopped working August, 2018. Up until this point, it was working great. I ran it every night in my small bedroom (about 7 or 8 hours a day). I purchased a new HEPA and pre-filter hoping that might be the problem, but nope. It wasn't. Tried to reset the lights (even though the light was still green), but that didn't work either. Sad truth is I just got a bum deal and returning it to Ohio for warranty is just wasted money that I could be investing in a better quality unit. So, I spent $90 on the unit, $25 on the replacement filter, and sending it to Ohio for warranty on the off chance it MIGHT be covered is another $30. The only reason I gave it 2 stars is because when it worked, it worked well. But under the circumstances, I can't and won't recommend this product.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend