Pricy, but worth it
Super quiet, fits nicely into a corner and doesn't use much power. I have a cat that I'm allergic to, and this is a huge help. My apartment is small, and I'm only worried about the bedroom, so this size is perfect for me. It's powerful, but definitely limited to the sq ft that's listed.
Easy to assemble, clear instruction manual, and remote make it a piece of cake to operate.
I hesitated because of the price, but I have no regrets.
Vanessa M. - May 25, 2008
my longer review was lost when I clicked the 'member' link here. so i'll retype an abbreviated one. it works. i have had a few other good units also, this is my favorite. if you have allergies, get one. it works well. the auto fan speed seems to work also to 'sniff' the air, if i open the door etc it tends to speed up for a bit.
allergyguy from ca, May 18, 2008
Overall, High Performer & Sleek,
Initial thoughts from "lost" review (8/07):
On high (which we keep it set at except for TV viewing), the unit sounds strong, not overly loud or high-pitched. It's great "white noise" for light sleepers or to mask unwanted outside sounds.
Sleek and shiny; manages not to collect a lot of dust on the casing. The narrow depth is helpful: while the unit is fairly wide, it doesn't impose in the room. The mood light is cool and fun but bright for bedrooms, even in "sleep" mode. The built-in handle/groove for carrying is solid.
It works well, deep into ragweed season: we aren't nearly as stuffy or sneezy as usual and are breathing clearer. As far as dander and dust, we still have a lot floating around, but the purifier is working hard, as evidenced when maintenance-cleaning the prefilter.
CLEANING & FILTER REPLACEMENT
The filters fit exceptionally well together and in the housing and are easy to install/remove. They come together in a kit: handy!
Simple and explains things clearly.
Rabbit Air MinusA2 gives great results for the price--and marketing promises--and is manufactured exceptionally well.
We've owned this unit for 9 months. In the first several months, I absolutely noticed a positive difference in air freshness. At eight months, there seemed to be less of a difference in air freshness and I wondered if it was time to replace the filters, four months earlier than suggested. Customer service recommended I buy just a new charcoal filter, which we may yet do, and see if that helps before shelling out for a new filter kit. We have pets, down comforters (the pre-filter grid is filled with down!) and live in an older building with a lot of dust from age and remodeling. We run the unit on high 24/7, turbo if smoke filters in from other units. It's not instantaneous on odors, but it does effectively remove them within an hour or two. Customer service has been excellent. This unit and new filters aren't cheap, but I do think it's worth the cost...so far. And if the unit works again as well as it did initially, we're willing to buy the filters a little "early" if that's what's needed. We're even considering ponying up for a second unit.
KSM from Chicago, IL - May 16, 2008
PRODUCT WORKS GREAT VERY QIUET IN 3 FANS SPEED ON 4TH YOU CAN HEAR IT BUT IT DOES CLEAN ROOM VERY FAST I'M A SMOKER AND YOU CAN SEE THE SMOKE GOING TOWARD THE MACHINE :::ROOM SIZE 15 BY 10 . FILTERS ARE WASHABLE AND LAST FOR 18 MONTHS ACORDING TO THE INSTRUCTION IT'S PRICY BUT WORTH IT WILL BE BUYING ANOTHER SOON
remotecpu May 12, 2008
We have a lot of dust in the house like I am sure most of you do too. I tested the unit by placing it near an area where I constantly see dust floating around. A good trick is to use the sunlight to backlight the dust so you can clearly see how much is out there. Within about 15 minutes, the room appeared to have minimal dust floating around. I have noticed a big difference in the quality of the air when I am in the same room as the unit. We have a guinea pig that my wife and I are allergic to. When we have the unit near his cage we do not sneeze, get a runny nose or have itchy eyes but when the unit is in another room, our allergies get the best of us. I will have to buy another unit but it will be worth it. By the way, my son and I have asthma and allergies so this is highly recommended.
On a side note, unfortunately I only found one professional rating on rabbitair, so I was hesitant to purchase the unit. What convinced me to try this was all of the great ratings by amazon.com users. I personally think that Rabbitair should offer a money back guarantee to their customers so people do not hesitate to purchase this unit. Just my two cents...
A. Lopez from Anaheim, CA - May 12, 2008
A Powerful Difference
We own a smaller home (1200 sqft) and have three children, three dogs and two cats. We purchased the RabbitAir BioGS to attempt to clean the environment in our home. I can't overstate the affect it has had on the air.
I hope I don't gross anyone out here, but I want to provide evidence to how well this thing works. Having said that, one of the very real ways you can tell is the stuff (or lack of) that comes out of your nose! After two months of using this machine, we have noticed a huge difference in dust etc. that gets caught in the computer intake, on the furniture, in the vents and in our noses.
Also, you can just tell a difference in the air quality. We live in the Atlanta area and are often under air restrictions. But at least inside our home we know that the air is much cleaner and healthier than outside.
I highly recommend this machine. It is easy to use, well-made, and above all else, delivers noticable results.
Drew R. from Nuneaton, England - May 12, 2008
Saved my marriage!
Between my wife's cat, that sheds more than science can explain and an apartment so full of her exotic plants it looks like a National Geographic Special, I was ready to move to the car. I ate allergy pills like popcorn and the spring only makes it all worse. I've had my Rabbit for one month and I haven't taken one allergy pill since I plugged it in. I was sold by the reviewer that said it was recommended by his allergist. I doubted it was as quite as billed but it really is. Even on high, its a gentle purr. (The cat sleeps in front of it and probably thinks it is purring.) Its too early to comment on filter cleaning,and durability but my early impressions all very positive.
Alan M. from Morganton, NC - May 8, 2008
Not just white noise
I live in an old house in a very humid city. THe first time I plugged the filter in, I could tell a difference in the quality of the air. All the different settings are a nice option for quiet or white noise along with your clean air.
tankgrrl from Houston, TX - May 2, 2008
Happy w/ product
The rabbit air filter operates very quietly which is a big deal for me. My old Honeywell filter was noisy even at the "quiet" setting, which makes it annoying when you're trying to go to sleeping.
Y. Kao from San Francisco, CA - May 2, 2008
I like it
We live in the desert southwest and have a lot of dust. We also have a big fluffy cat. Witht eh combination of the cat and the dust our house was always dusty, I could never keep up with it and my allergies were terrible. Now the dust is managable, we have a large open floor plan to our house, so it is maybe a bit much space for the rabbit to completely hadle. But there is a marked improvement in the amount of dust and an even more noticable difference in my allergies. I debated about buying a cheaper air filter, but I think it would have just been a waste of money. I am glad I bought the RabbitAir!
pugglelady from grand junction, CO, May 1, 2008
Worth the investment
On the first three settings this filter is almost audibly indistinguishable from a slow speed ceiling fan. The filter system on this unit is complex and time will tell if it is a good design, since we have only had it running for two weeks. What I have noticed in that time is any "funky" odors that previously existed in our bedroom are now completely gone, I sleep very sound and no longer suffer from a stuffy nose due to dust and allergens. The vertical oscillating $100 Target unit we previously used in the room was OK, but loud and did not have 20% the effective range of this device. From the visitor or guests perspective, it is also a work of art. Whether you place it on the floor, or wall mount it, you will have admiring questions about it. When we looked at replacing our old unit I was concerned about a $500 investment in an air filter, I have recently considered buying another one for another area in the house.
Randy Browning - April 27, 2008
FOR A CANCER PATIENT
i BOUGHT THIS PRODUCT FOR MY SON WHO IS UNDERGOING BOTH RADIATION AND CHEMO AT THE PRESENT TIME. THE THING THAT INTERESTED ME MOST WAS THE POTENTIAL OF THE VIRUS PREVENTION WITH VISITORS HE MAY HAVE. HE SEEMS TO THINK THE AIR QUALITY OF HIS HOME IS BETTER. I ALSO BOUGHT THE LARGER VERSION FOR MY HOME. MINE IS IN MY BEDROOM. I HAVE A LOT OF ALLERGIES AND AM ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE A DOG AND CAT AND AM ALLERGIC TO BOTH. I AM FINDING I SLEEP MUCH BETTER. THIS UNIT IS VERY QUIET. I AM NOT THRILLED ABOUT THE PRICE, BUT HAVE HAD LESS EXPENSIVE MODELS OF OTHER BRANDS THAT DIDN'T DO NEARLY AS WELL EITHER CLEANING THE AIR OR WITH ENDURANCE. AS TO DURABILITY, I PROBABLY SHOULDN'T HAVE GIVEN AS HIGH A RATING, BUT JUST FROM THE APPEARANCE, IT APPEARS MUCH BETTER MADE. THIS IS TRULY ONE OF THOSE EXAMPLES OF YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR.
roseylynn from Upstate New York, Apr 26, 2008
I purchased the RabbitAir because I was constantly getting sinus infections, reactivated asthma and besieged by dust and some type of irritant in my home that I have not been able to pinpoint. The night I turned on the RabbitAir I had one of the best night's of sleep I've had in while. It's amazing how it really 'senses' odors and particulate in the air and kicks in to clean the air (on auto setting). I haven't had it that long and I'm ready to see how easy it is to deal with the filters, other than that, I can't complain.
beachblanketbingo Apr 22, 2008
Sleek and Sexy
I'm an artist so I'm pretty picky about what is visible in my room. This thing is sexy! It looks great and it's super easy to figure out. Through no fault of RabbitAir, I was actually sent the wrong custom filter and they fixed me right up and sent the correct filter ASAP. Kudos to RabbitAir!
Only downside is that I expected it to remove smells from my room. Granted, it knew right away when my roommate cooked up some nasty greasy crap the other day. I was surprised when it's sensor lit up and it cranked really hard to filter out the smell. It was just too strong though. The smell took forever to go away.
Bottom line, it works great, it cycles a lot of air. Good buy.
Jed D. H. from San Francisco, CA - April 22, 2008
I would have to say the product deliverd as advertised and that the air quality in my house has definatly improved seeing that I own two dogs and a cat and my wife suffers from ashma. The order was delivered within the time fram the shipper said and I couldn't be happier with my purchase. I hope this review helps anyone who is thinking of puchasing this product.
Ted Philbin - April 21, 2008
Great product. Read for comparison against 582A
I wanted to post this review mainly because there is no real comparison between Rabbit Air MinusA2 (covers 700 sq. ft.) Ultra-Quiet Air Purifier - 6 Stage Filtration! - built in Mood Light and the Rabbit Air BioGP (model 582A - covers 780 sq. ft.) Ultra-Quiet Air Purifier w/ Germicidal Protection- Low Maintenance - Washable Filters!, Pearl White out there. This is to give you an idea if you're making a choice between the two. [...]
I first purchased the 582A but returned it after a few months of usage due to some minor defect for an exchange with MinusA2 (RabbitAir support was extremely helpful). As a result I have experience with both of these units. The main reason I purchased an Air Purifier was dust elimination and for that particular purpose in mind both these products exceeded my expectations.
In the order of importance for me, these are the differences:
- As I am posting this review MinusA2 is $[...] more expensive than 582A. So why should you even consider MinusA2? Read on...
(a) MinusA2 has 2 more levels of filtering. The Medium Filter (which filters medium sized particles and increases the efficiency/lifespan of the main HEPA filter) and a Customized Filter of your choice.
(b) On the other hand although RabbitAir boasts about the benefits of BioGP HEPA filters over the regular HEPA filters on their website, it's not clear if the MinusA2 HEPA filter is also BioGP (yet it's made by 3M and looks high quality). The price of the 582A's HEPA filter is more expensive. I am not sure if this is due to the surface area or because 582A's filter is really more effective.
- Noise level: This is where MinusA2 shines due to its more efficient new engine.
(a) I was pleasantly surprised to find out MinusA2 improves quite a bit over already very silent 582A. To compare at different speeds the noise and Clean Air Flow, check the Features tab in RabbitAir's own website for each product.
(b) I am not sure how RabbitAir calculates the sq ft. coverage but I run these units at the highest speed for which noise is acceptable (~ about 30dB in my opinion). Consequently I can run MinusA2 at Medium speed producing 97 Cubic Feet/min of clean air as opposed to 582A's Low speed producing 85 Cubic Feet/min.
- Area of coverage: Although 582A is rated at 780 sq ft. versus 700 sq ft. of MinusA2, if you check the Features tab for each product on RabbitAir's website you'll find out that MinusA2's clean air output is generally higher at the same speed setting as well as its CADR (clean air delivery rate) rating. I imagine RabbitAir's sq ft. calculation is based on the maximum setting in which 582A outputs 208 Cubic Feet/min vs 187 Cubic Feet/min of MinusA2. However I think this is unrealistic and I doubt many of you will choose to use it at the highest setting due to high energy consumption and noise.
- Design and build quality: MinusA2 wins this comparison by far.
(a) I must say though that there's room for improvement for both of these products. For both of them the plastic construction looks a bit cheap although this is more apparent with 582A. I wish their build were metallic.
(b) However MinusA2 is quite handsome overall with its square lines.
(c) It could also be wall mounted.
(d) One more thing I'd like to mention is I really liked the tiny remote of 582A. I think MinusA2's remote is not only less functional but is bulkier for no reason. I also miss 582A's the tiny remote control pocket behind the unit which reduced remote control clutter in the house.
(e) By the way although the mood light of MinusA2 adds to its cool looks, I believe RabbitAir's own claim of the Mood Light "helping normalize blood pressure, pulse, and facilitate deep breathing blah blah" is total nonsense. I think this sounds totally unscientific and if anything has negative influence on my view of RabbitAir as a honest company with high quality products. Also you will find out that you can't change the color of this light as you wish (based on your mood) but the unit sets that itself (based on its own mood).
- Energy consumption: MinusA2 consumes between 8 to 47 Watts whereas 582A consumes between 7 to 67 Watts. I believe the lower consumption of MinusA2 is due to the newer generation Mitsubishi engine employed. Therefore you can expect lower energy usage if you plan to run the unit at anything beyond the Silent setting.
(a) Note that MinusA2 does not have an odor sensor although 582A has. I think this is quite useful with 582A and I don't understand why RabbitAir chose to drop this from MinusA2.
(b) On the other hand MinusA2 has a light sensor. Certainly it does not help to do a better air purification, but if you're using the Auto mode then the unit goes to the Silent setting automatically a few mins after the lights are dimmed. I think this should've been optional even in the Auto mode but it's a useful feature nevertheless.
(c) The particle sensor of MinusA2 looks more elaborate and I imagine it does a better job.
(d) Furthermore MinusA2 has adjustable sensor sensitivity. This is extremely useful, and the reason I returned 582A was because the sensors of the unit I received was simply too sensitive and was changing from "clean" to "very dirty" for no apparent reason in a split second (during late nights etc when there was no virtual change in room conditions).
Overall I think MinusA2 is a great unit and improves on the already impressive 582A. I thought it's worth the price difference. I already ordered a new one after RabbitAir customer support said they could give me a discount for an additional unit.
Alp ATICI from Chicago, IL - April 19, 2008
so far so good...
I have now owned the Rabbit Air-421 for about two months, and since I live in so. California where the air-quality are often poor, I needed to have a good air purifier around the house. When the unit arrived, I was a bit surprised how big it was. I would not recommend hanging this unit on any walls. The light indicators are great, tells you if the air in the house are good or unhealthy to breath. For the most part, the unit is very quiet and silent when switch to night mode. The unit produces cleaner and cooler air right away, but feels drier. I did a lot of researched before buying this unit, and I'm pretty happy with the purchase so far. Having one is enough around the house since these units are big, and they are easy to move from room to room.
D. Chu - April 18, 2008
Good air purifier for the money!
Noiseless operation on low setting. You wouldn't know it's on. The pollen/dust, and odor sensor works great. The unit is a bit large.
Mitsubishi makes great electronics. Wish I can say the same for their cars.
kinn74 - April 18, 2008
Worth every penny u spent
My son had bad asthma problem. Ever since we moved to this small apartment, he couldn't sleep thru the nite. Coughing,vomitting. It was horrible. I've purchased this Rabbit few months ago. He never had coughing spout since. Highly recommended
J. CHO from Irvine, CA - April 16, 2008
Rabbit Air BioGS Air Purifier
I live in an Apt Complex where the cigarette smoke is heavy, out of the 8
apt., only 3 are non-smokers,I am one of them. I also suffer from alllergies. I ran the Rabbit Air BioGS Air Purifier at turbo speed for a day, I couldn't believe the differnce it made! I now have it set so it cleans the air as needed. I am very happy that I spent the money!
Rita K. S. from Tipton, Mo - April 8, 2008