This air purifier is an efficient unit, although it lacks some useful features and can be harmful to sensitive lungs because of the ions that it uses.
The Winix PlasmaWave Series WAC5500 is an efficient ion based air purifier that removes dust, pollen, allergens and other indoor pollutants from your house, allowing you to breathe clean and fresh air. It uses an ionizer to electrically charge small particles of dust and makes it easier for the filter to absorb them.
This air purification system is effective and removes many indoor pollutants, such as dust, allergens, hair and bad odors. It eliminates pollutants at a molecular level to neutralize bacteria, viruses, chemical vapors, and odors without harming the environment. However, the fact that it uses ions in the functioning process may be harmful to your lungs because free-floating charged particles may affect sensitive lungs. A shortcoming of the air purifier is that it is loud when set at its highest capacity, which makes it hardly suitable for bedrooms, nurseries, and other quiet areas. It is an Energy Star qualified appliance that helps you save money in the long run.
|Specs||PlasmaWave Series WAC5500|
|Dimensions||21.7” x 16.3” x 8.5”|
|Area Coverage||350 Square Feet|
|CADR Rating for Smoke||236|
|CADR Rating for Pollen||252|
|CADR Rating for Dust||248|
|Filter Type||True HEPA|
|Odor Reducing Filter||Yes|
The Winix PlasmaWave Series WAC5500 is a medium category air purifier, weighing almost 16 pounds and it’s 21 inches tall. It has a digital display and an elegant control board and LED that let you know which feature you have used and how the air purifier is set.
This air purifier is equipped with a filter monitor that lets you know when to replace the filters.
The fans are adjusted by an air-quality sensor that estimates how many pollutants are in the air when the machine is set in auto mode. It starts the purification process by pulling the air through a carbon pre-filter which removes large particles, such as hair, and reduces bad odors. After that, the HEPA filter captures the smaller particles such as dust and allergens and the ionizer charges particles as they leave the air purifier so that they will be able to attract other particles, making them larger and easier to capture the next time the pass through the filters.
The Winix PlasmaWave Series WAC5500 comes with a one-year warranty against damages, which is a shorter warranty than in other purifiers, while the Smart Sensor with Auto-Mode adjusts your air cleaner settings automatically to adapt to the needs of your environment, which makes it very easy to use. The air purifier comes with a washable HEPA filter and the filter monitor lets you know when the filters need to be changed, which is a great advantage of the device. It is very easy to use thanks to the remote control it comes with. However, a big flaw is represented by the lack of an operation schedule that would allow you to set the device to work at a certain time, and of the sleeping mode feature that forces you to monitor the device and change its settings if you don’t want it to run continuously.
✓ HEPA filter can capture the smallest of particles from the air
✓ Energy Star qualified
✓ Intuitive controls and elegant digital display
✓ Filter monitors announce you when maintenance work is due
✓ Air quality sensor adjusts the speed of the fan according to the specific needs at that moment
✓ Effective overall operation
✗ Uses ions – might affect people with sensitive lungs
✗ Loud operation when it’s set on the highest speed
✗ Warranty length of only 1 year
✗ Can’t set the unit to start running at a certain hour
As any true top of the line air purifier, it uses HEPA filtration to eliminate the vast majority of airborne particles that lurk in the air you breathe, even the smallest of them. What adds to the magnificent performance of this model is the fact that it features the PlasmaWave technology as well, a technology that ensures pollutants such as viruses, germs, and bacteria will be completely removed from the air by attacking them at a molecular level. Therefore, the Winix PlasmaWave Series WAC5500 air purifier is an amazing choice to go with if you or any of your loved ones suffer from allergies or asthma, allowing you to breathe the air indoors without fearing that it might harm your health in any way. If this isn’t enough to convince you that you should invest in this model, know that it’s Energy Star certified for its low operational costs, so it won’t consume much at all despite the fact that it boasts an amazing performance.