Sharper Image Ionic Breeze Review
The Sharper Image Ionic Breeze electronic air cleaner is an electrostatic air cleaner that uses a series of electronically charged plates to clean the air. The electrostatic plates are permanent type filters also known as filter-less and require cleaning with a damp cloth. The air is pulled through the Ionic Breeze due to electrical charges on the plates however there is no fan assembly and that translates into a very quiet air purifier with little air movement. According to consumeraffairs.com, Sharper Image filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February 2008 largely due to litigation over the advertising of the Ionic Breeze air purifier.
Approximate Price: $499
Overall Air Cleaner Rating: 4.25/10
- Ease of Use Rating: 1.5 out of 2. The Sharper Image Ionic Breeze air purifier is very simple to set up and operate. The power controls are very intuitive and access to the filter plates is as simple as pulling on the handle at the top of the air cleaner. The electrostatic plates require cleaning in order for the air cleaner to operate at its peak efficiency and this can become a chore compared to a maintenance free air cleaner.
- Air Flow: 0 out of 2. The Ionic Breeze air purifier has very little air flow and was among the worst performing air purifiers with respect to room coverage size. The Ionic Breeze Quadra model that we tested had an air flow rate of approximately 15 cfm (cubic feet per minute) and that would effectively clean a 20 sq foot room (ie 4’x5’).
- Filter Efficiency: 1 out of 3. The Ionic Breeze removed 30% of the airborne particles that were passing through the air purifier. This places the Ionic Breeze in the lowest quartile of air purifier performance.
- Consumer Feedback: 1.75 out of 3. In a review of the Amazon customer reviews we found consumers rated the Ionic Breeze with an average rating of 3 out of 5 stars. Nearly half gave this air purifier a 4 or 5 star rating. The positive reviews focused on the Ionic Breeze’s ability to remove dust and in particular odors such as smoke odors. Others purchased it due to a price drop and a liking for a “fresh ozone smell”. About 30% of reviewers gave the Ionic Breeze a 1 star rating. We were surprised to see many had quality issues and had to return 2 or 3 air purifiers. Some found the Ionic Breeze did nothing to reduce dust and others found an unwelcome odor was produced by the air purifier.
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