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Crane Air Purifiers

Overview

Crane makes 2 air purifiers, both targeted to families with kids.  Both units were tested under the Clean Air Delivery Rate program and scored poorly.  Both units are rated for extremely small spaces, probably due to weak fans that are not capable of drawing in much air.

Crane Models

Crane EE-5064 Ratings Technical Specifications

Est. Price - $79.17

Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) ?

  • Smoke - 23 / 450
  • Pollen - 31 / 450
  • Dust - 25 / 450

Consumer Reports ?

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

Room Size ? : 36 Sq. Ft

Circulation ? : NA

Filter Type ? : 5 Level Filtration: HEPA Filter, Acrtive Caron Filter, Photocatalyst Filter, Particle Filter Foam & Germicidal UV Light

Filter Life Est. ? : 3-6 Months

Size: 16.6"H x 10.1"W x 10.1"D

Weight: 5 lbs

Noise Level: NA

Energy Star? ? : No

Crane EE-5065 Ratings Technical Specifications

Est. Price - $80.8

Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) ?

  • Smoke - 23 / 450
  • Pollen - 31 / 450
  • Dust - 25 / 450

Consumer Reports ?

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

Room Size ? : 36 Sq. Ft

Circulation ? : NA

Filter Type ? : 5 Level Filtration: HEPA Filter, Acrtive Caron Filter, Photocatalyst Filter, Particle Filter Foam & Germicidal UV Light

Filter Life Est. ? : 3-6 Months

Size: 16.6"H x 10.1"W x 10.1"D

Weight: 5 lbs

Noise Level: NA

Energy Star? ? : No

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

Crane Company Info

After their success with "fun" yet functional cool mist humidifiers in 2005, Crane USA, Inc. of Bensenville, IL expanded into the air purifier market, releasing 2 novelty shaped plastic units -- one shaped and painted to resemble a happy penguin, the other a friendly shark -- both of which meet the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) clean air delivery rates.

Crane is a subsidiary of Wachsmuth & Krogmann, a German company established in Hamburg in 1797 with offices also in Hong Kong, France and the US that is a major designer, importer and manufacturer of small appliances, outdoor products and tools. Wachsmuth & Krogmann is a member of the Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA) and established Wachsmuth & Krogmann, Inc. in 2000.

Air Purification Products, Pricing, and Where to Find

Crane USA, Inc's entire line of products seek to improve the interior home environment with fancifully shaped units that reflect their motto that "the home is a personal expression of an individual lifestyle." Crane air filters only cover small rooms so their targeted market is home nurseries, children's bedrooms and sick rooms. The units are modestly priced between $50 and $70 and are available online or at retail outlets like Target, Wal-Mart and Sears. Filters in sets of 4 are available for under $20 at retailers like Babies "R" Us, Toys "R" Us and Kmart, which also carry the air purifiers. Crane USA also makes 11 ultrasonic cool mist humidifiers in kid's favorite animal shapes as well as popular cartoon characters like Sponge Bob Square Pants and Hello Kitty.

Crane USA has a toll free customer service number (1-888-599-0992) and sells replacement parts through their website at http://www.crane-usa.com They .offer a one year limited warranty with a full refund within 90 days of purchase.


Crane Air Purifier Models

Crane air purifiers come in two functionally identical models -- except for the molded plastic body -- that both have a five-step process to remove allergens and bacteria from small rooms of 50 to 80 square feet:

Both units combine true HEPA filtration with a UV germicidal light claiming to remove 99.97% of airborne contaminants and particles as small as 0.3 microns. Both units feature a tap-over switch that contains an auto-shut off function so the unit will stop operating if not in an upright position. Weighing less than 7 pounds, it has an adjustable-speed fan with a knob on the "belly" of the figure. There is a blue UV indicator light and a red air purifier power indicator light.

The five filters in the Crane air purifier units are:

The five level filtration process uses the washable particle filter to catch the big airborne contaminants and the HEPA filter to capture dust and pollen down to 0.3 microns and also reduce smoke, mold spores and pet dander. The active carbon filter combats odors and the photocatalyst filter works in conjunction with the UV light to neutralize harmful fumes and further eliminate airborne odors.

The unit comes with all filters and is fully assembled. Replacement filters can be purchased at the same retailer wherever Crane air purifier products are sold. The particle filter can be washed and the other four filters can be purchased as a set. The HEPA filter should be replaced if used continuously every three to six months -- depending on air quality -- and the other filters need to be replaced annually. The UV bulb provides approximately one year of continuous operation, after which it loses effectiveness, so it needs to be replaced by a factory-authorized bulb annually and properly recycled.

AHAM listed ratings for Crane's air particulate removal:

These ratings are actually quite low and point to a fairly ineffective filtering system.

Crane Air Purifier Manual - http://www.crane-usa.com/manuals/Air_Purifier_Manual.pdf 

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