Rabbit Air A3 air purifier review: high performance, high price
It doesn’t matter how dirty the air looks: let’s get the elephant out of the room first. At $ 750, the Rabbit Air A3 is the most expensive air purifier I’ve tested to date, beating the LG PuriCare 360 which I recently priced at $ 50. However, you wouldn’t realize it just by looking at it. The relatively compact unit doesn’t seem to offer anything out of the ordinary for this market, at least at first glance.
Unlike most purifiers in the price bracket over $ 600, which tend to have a 360-degree design, the Rabbit Air A3 is designed with a separate front and back. Air is drawn in through the front and sides of the 20 inch high and 8 inch deep unit, and clean air is emitted through a vent on the top. Unique in this market, the A3 is designed to sit on the floor or be mounted on the wall (hardware is included), which makes even more sense if you choose one of the ‘Artist Series’ designs from the A3, which replace the front panel. mounted filter cover (normally solid black) with one of four different art prints. For an additional $ 20, you can cover your air filter with a reproduction of Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night”, Hokusai’s “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” or two other selections. (Strangely, note that these covers have a slight negative impact on filter performance.)
This review is part of TechHive’s coverage of the best air purifiers, where you’ll find reviews of what the competition has to offer, as well as a buyer’s guide to what features to consider when buying. this type of product.
The A3 has a lot of power, at least on paper. It can provide two air changes per hour in a 1,070 square foot room and displays solid Clean Air Delivery Rates (CADR) numbers of 315 (pollen), 262 (dust) and 257 (smoke) cubic feet per minute. CADR numbers express the amount of air that a purifier can clean in a set amount of time. The specifications of the unit state that it can filter particles “as small as 0.3 microns with an efficiency of 99.97% and particles of less than 0.1 microns with an efficiency greater than 99%. Finally, the unit is certified by the asthma & allergy friendly certification program of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and Allergy Standards Limited.
A collection of five enormous flat and square filters are sandwiched under the A3’s magnetic cover, all stacked on top of each other. These include a pre-filter, a mid-size particulate filter (over 1 micron), a carbon filter, a HEPA filter (no H level listed) and a custom filter that you choose when purchasing. . Four custom filters are available, from Germ Defense to Pet Allergy, although it’s not clear what each offers compared to the four existing filters that are already in the mix. Replacing the entire shebang will set you back $ 106, but Rabbit says the filter line should last 2 years, even with 12 hours of use per day.
The unit’s interface is minimalist, with buttons for fan speed, three automatic modes (each corresponding to an increasing level of germline paranoia), a “negative ion” toggle, and a loose indicator of quality. air (one LED = good, four LEDs = bad).
All of this is indicated by a series of dots; there are no digital readings or color coded air quality indicator. There is a long colored LED that runs across the top of the device, but that’s just for decoration (10 color options, plus an offset option, are available in the app). Finally, the unit automatically dims its LEDs when it is dark; these lights can also be turned off manually in the app.
The unit is extremely quiet at lower airflow settings. Mount it and the unit quickly gets deaf – probably a necessary concession to give the A3 its spacious room coverage capability.
While the Rabbit Air mobile app has a somewhat convoluted setup, which involves scanning a serial number on the low device – I was able to connect it to my home network (only 2.4GHz networks are supported) with minimal fuss, after the inexplicable failure of the first setup attempt.
The app offers a more intuitive way to interact with the unit’s controls and provides more detailed air quality information, allowing you to explore the odor, particulate PM1.0, PM2 conditions .5 and PM10. However, you cannot track this information over time; this is only a real-time view. A simple countdown timer and scheduling system are also built into the app. Overall, it’s not the most advanced mobile app out there, but basic tasks are pretty easy to perform.
Overall, the A3 performs well, but it’s a really tough sell at $ 750 in a very crowded area of high-end air purifiers. The similar Less A2 might be a better bet for more users. The A2 costs $ 550 and can handle up to 815 square feet. It has a similar design (including the option to purchase an art cover plate) and the same multistage filtration system. Unless you are trying to purify the air in a very large space, it might be a smarter and more affordable choice.