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Bionaire Air Purifiers

Overview

Bionaire is owned by the parent company of Holmes which also makes air purifiers.  Bionaire models are inexpensive and some use HEPA-type filters rather than HEPA.  HEPA-type filters capture particles down to 2 microns which probably won't remove the smaller particles that normally cause the most health issues.  If you are interested in Bionaire models, look for the units that use HEPA filters and are rated for the largest room size possible.  Models that have been rated under the Clean Air Delivery Rate program received low scores.

Bionaire Models

Bionaire BAP260-U Ratings Technical Specifications

Est. Price - $39.99

Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) ?

  • Smoke - 55 / 450
  • Pollen - NA / 450
  • Dust - NA / 450

Consumer Reports ?

  • Score - NA / 100
  • Dust/Pollen/Smoke
    (High Setting)
    - NA / 5
  • Est. Yearly Cost - NA

Room Size ? : 85 Sq. Ft

Circulation ? : NA

Filter Type ? : HEPA Filter

Filter Life Est. ? : NA

Size: 11"H x 9.4"W x 15"D

Weight: 7 lbs

Noise Level: NA

Energy Star? ? : No

Bionaire BAP825WO-U Ratings Technical Specifications

Est. Price - $99.99

Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) ?

  • Smoke - 116 / 450
  • Pollen - 110 / 450
  • Dust - 110 / 450

Consumer Reports ?

  • Score - NA / 100
  • Dust/Pollen/Smoke
    (High Setting)
    - NA / 5
  • Est. Yearly Cost - NA

Room Size ? : 180 Sq. Ft

Circulation ? : NA

Filter Type ? : HEPA Filter

Filter Life Est. ? : NA

Size: 29.6"H x 8.2"W x 11.2"D

Weight: 15 lbs

Noise Level: NA

Energy Star? ? : No

Bionaire BAP1400-U Ratings Technical Specifications

Est. Price - $48.95

Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) ?

  • Smoke - NA / 450
  • Pollen - NA / 450
  • Dust - NA / 450

Consumer Reports ?

  • Score - NA / 100
  • Dust/Pollen/Smoke
    (High Setting)
    - NA / 5
  • Est. Yearly Cost - NA

Room Size ? : 81 Sq. Ft

Circulation ? : NA

Filter Type ? : PERMAtech HEPA Type Filter

Filter Life Est. ? : NA

Size: 18.4"H x 9.4"W x 13"D

Weight: 11 lbs

Noise Level: NA

Energy Star? ? : No

Bionaire BAP1412-U Ratings Technical Specifications

Est. Price - $69.57

Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) ?

  • Smoke - 52 / 450
  • Pollen - 50 / 450
  • Dust - 50 / 450

Consumer Reports ?

  • Score - NA / 100
  • Dust/Pollen/Smoke
    (High Setting)
    - NA / 5
  • Est. Yearly Cost - NA

Room Size ? : 81 Sq. Ft

Circulation ? : NA

Filter Type ? : PERMAtech HEPA Type Filter

Filter Life Est. ? : NA

Size: 17"H x 8.2"W x 11.5"D

Weight: 8 lbs

Noise Level: NA

Energy Star? ? : No

Bionaire BAP1525RCW-U Ratings Technical Specifications

Est. Price - $196.82

Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) ?

  • Smoke - 110 / 450
  • Pollen - 110 / 450
  • Dust - 110 / 450

Consumer Reports ?

  • Score - NA / 100
  • Dust/Pollen/Smoke
    (High Setting)
    - NA / 5
  • Est. Yearly Cost - NA

Room Size ? : 170 Sq. Ft

Circulation ? : NA

Filter Type ? : Washable Pre-Filter & PERMAtech HEPA Type Filter

Filter Life Est. ? : NA

Size: 29.6"H x 8.2"W x 11.2"D

Weight: 14 lbs

Noise Level: NA

Energy Star? ? : No

Bionaire BAP1700-U Ratings Technical Specifications

Est. Price - $132.2

Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) ?

  • Smoke - 110 / 450
  • Pollen - 110 / 450
  • Dust - 110 / 450

Consumer Reports ?

  • Score - NA / 100
  • Dust/Pollen/Smoke
    (High Setting)
    - NA / 5
  • Est. Yearly Cost - NA

Room Size ? : 170 Sq. Ft

Circulation ? : NA

Filter Type ? : PERMAtech HEPA Type Filter

Filter Life Est. ? : NA

Size: 29.6"H x 8.2"W x 11.2"D

Weight: 16 lbs

Noise Level: NA

Energy Star? ? : No

Bionaire BAP9700-U Ratings Technical Specifications

Est. Price - $129.98

Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) ?

  • Smoke - 105 / 450
  • Pollen - NA / 450
  • Dust - NA / 450

Consumer Reports ?

  • Score - NA / 100
  • Dust/Pollen/Smoke
    (High Setting)
    - NA / 5
  • Est. Yearly Cost - NA

Room Size ? : 165 Sq. Ft

Circulation ? : NA

Filter Type ? : PERMAtech HEPA Type Filter

Filter Life Est. ? : Lifetime

Size: 26.4"H x 10"W x 11.8"D

Weight: 11.2 lbs

Noise Level: NA

Energy Star? ? : No

Bionaire BAP9700S-U Ratings Technical Specifications

Est. Price - $189.99

Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) ?

  • Smoke - 125 / 450
  • Pollen - NA / 450
  • Dust - NA / 450

Consumer Reports ?

  • Score - NA / 100
  • Dust/Pollen/Smoke
    (High Setting)
    - NA / 5
  • Est. Yearly Cost - NA

Room Size ? : 190 Sq. Ft

Circulation ? : NA

Filter Type ? : HEPA Filter

Filter Life Est. ? : 9-12 Months

Size: NA

Weight: NA

Noise Level: NA

Energy Star? ? : No

Bionaire BAP9900UV-CNU Ratings Technical Specifications

Est. Price - $219.99

Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) ?

  • Smoke - 101.3 / 450
  • Pollen - 117 / 450
  • Dust - 112.4 / 450

Consumer Reports ?

  • Score - NA / 100
  • Dust/Pollen/Smoke
    (High Setting)
    - NA / 5
  • Est. Yearly Cost - NA

Room Size ? : 157 Sq. Ft

Circulation ? : NA

Filter Type ? : Photocatalyst (TiO2) Filter, HEPA Filter & Germicidal UV Light

Filter Life Est. ? : NA

Size: NA

Weight: NA

Noise Level: NA

Energy Star? ? : Yes

Air Purifier Noise Chart - Decibel Ratings of Common Sounds

Source

Decibel Rating (dB)

Falling leaves

0-10

Whisper

10-20

Soft music

20-30

Mosquito buzz

40-50

Normal voices

50-70

Traffic sounds

70-80

Vacuum cleaner

80-90

Thunder

90-100

Chain saw

110-120

Rock concert

120-130

Pain threshold (jet take off)

130-140

Perforation of ear drum (gun shot)

160 and higher

Bionaire Company Info

The Bionaire brand is a subsidiary of the Jarden Corporation, a large company with many other brands of home appliances operating under its aegis, including familiar names such as Sunbeam, Crock-Pot, and Mr. Coffee. In addition, Jarden is the parent company of Holmes, which also makes air purifiers. In addition to its air purifiers, Bionaire also makes heaters, humidifiers, fans, and other such products. It has been in operation since 1977, when its first air purifier was released in Canada.

Bionaire Air Purification Technology

The air cleaners made by Bionaire all make use of two methods of reducing pollution, a HEPA-type filter and an ionizer. HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters are a recognized standard in air filtration. The fact that Bionaire's filters are only "HEPA-type" instead of true HEPA should make customers aware of the difference. Bionaire claims that these filters achieve "up to 99% filtration capturing particles 2.0 microns or larger from air passing through the filter." This sounds good at first glance, but be aware that many serious airborne pollutants are much smaller than 2.0 microns.

In comparison, true HEPA filters in home air purifiers are able to target particles that are as small as 0.3 microns. Therefore, Bionaire's products will certainly take care of relatively large items such as dust, but smaller particles are not guaranteed to be filtered out at all.

The other method used by Bionaire products, ionizers, will give air molecules a negative electrical charge, which will attract particles which, like many common pollutants, have a positive charge; the end result is that the pollutants are entrapped and removed from the air. All ionizers in Bionaire air cleaners can be turned on and off as desired by the user.

Neither of the methods described above will deal with gasses or odors, as they are only designed to filter out particles.

Bionaire Model Pricing

Bionaire's purifiers are relatively low in price. The cheapest has a list price of $40, and the most expensive is $160. On top of this, Bionaire claims that its PERMAtech air cleaners are "The first of their kind to offer HEPA-type filtration in a permanent filter that never has to be replaced," provided that they receive ordinary care, which means that the filters are cleaned once every three months. This is something to bear in mind, as filter replacements often add significantly to the initial cost of most air purifiers over the course of the purifiers' lifetimes. Note that not all Bionaire air purifiers have the PERMAtech label, however; the others require do replacement filters as usual.


Bionaire Air Purifier Models

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