The world of air purifiers is fairly new to me and honestly, not really something I’d thought about much until we had our son and I became much more conscious about everything that I used during pregnancy and while breastfeeding and also after he arrived. After chatting with some friends and doing my own research, I landed on getting an AirDoctor. (Well, first I tried another brand that I don’t think did ANYTHING and was so finicky to use, but I won’t focus on that today and instead focus on the air purifier I do love.)
If you’re reading this post because you’ve never ordered an air purifier and you’re doing some basic research like I did, here are a few reasons why people love them for their homes. In short, they’re great for managing or eliminating indoor air pollutants.
- Reduce allergies
- Help with asthma and other respiratory issues
- Reduce smell and odors
- Clean air from pet’s hair and dander
- Make calming noises for sleep
- Help kill bacteria
- Removes smoke (from outside or cooking) – my friends in CA absolutely LOVE their Air Doctors when they are dealing with awful wildfire smoke.
After I fell in love with AirDoctor, I reached out and asked if they could provide a promo to my readers. They kindly agreed and gave a VERY generous discount! Use this link to get the below discounts:
- $280 off the AD3000
- $120 off the AD1000
- $300 off the AD5000
The machines are pricey but they will last you for YEARS. They also have a 30-day return policy, no questions asked.
Okay, let’s dive into more details about why I love it.
AirDoctor Purifier Review
First, a little background on the company. AirDoctor was invented by Peter Spiegel whose vision was to provide professional air quality at an affordable price. AirDoctor been operating since 2016 and is based out of California. They have RAVING customer reviews on their website and have been featured on CNN, FoxNews, and The Chicago Tribune. AirDoctor is also praised by Dr. Mark Hyman, the Founder & Director of The UltraWellness Center and the Head of Strategy & Innovation of Cleveland Clinic’s Center.
Okay, let’s get into the details.
AirDoctor Purifier Pros And Cons
- AirDoctor removes 99.99% of tested bacteria and viruses down to 0.003 microns.
This is the most impressive thing to me– 0.003 microns is 100x smaller than the HEPA standard, which is what most people have in their homes. See the whole report here.
- AirDoctor removes 99.97% of the live SARS-CoV-2 virus from the air.
I’m always wiping down surfaces, making sure to wash my hands and keep Thomas’s hands clean, etc. and I appreciate that the AirDoctor takes it a step further to clean the air. I also love that I don’t have to think about it since the machine can run 24/7 and will adapt to the needs in the air. Read more about the test they completed with the AD3000 and the virus here.
The smallest AirDoctor completely purifies the air every 15 min in a 285 sq ft space, and the larger versions (3000 and 5000) cover even more space. I have the AD3000. Here’s a picture of it next to a basketball so you can get a sense for the size.
I’m really picky about this because Thomas is a light sleeper. We use a loud white noise machine in his nursery, but he’ll still wake up if we have a fire truck come through the neighborhood or any other loud noise. I wanted to make sure the AirDoctor wasn’t louder than the white noise and didn’t make a noticeable difference. It passed 🙂
- Unique features other air purifiers don’t have
AirDoctor has Dual Action VOC filter, Auto-Mode function, and UltraHEPA filtration which are somewhat unique to this air purifier compared to others on the market.
- Automatically adjusts based on air quality
The built-in air quality monitor automatically adjusts the purifier based on your air. You’ll see the ring turn red, orange, or blue depending on the quality of the air, and then it’ll go to work. These lights also turn off which is great for nighttime. If you set the AirDoctor to Auto, the fan speed will adjust automatically (good air quality = low fan speed; fair = medium, poor = high and boost fan speed).
I expected the AirDoctor to feel really heavy but it’s not too bad. The midsize machine, the AD3000, weighs 18 lbs, so I’m able to move it around easily if I need to. I have one in my living room and one in Thomas’ room so I don’t need to move them, but if you wanted to, you easily could. There are built in handles on the AD3000 and AD5000.
If you don’t want it to run 24/7, you can set a timer anywhere from one to 24 hours and then it will automatically shut off. This is a great feature if you’re going out of town and like to minimize things that are running.
I took it out of the box, removed tape holding the front panel, popped it open, took the plastic cover off the filter, put it back in and plugged it in and hit the power button. It took about 30 seconds.
- They are limited to shipping in North America right now
I don’t really care about a remote control since I keep mine on auto, but I do think an app would have been nice since I’m a data junkie. I would love an app to monitor air quality when I’m out of town. And it’d be awesome if it could integrate into my security system and alerts. But again, none of these are deal breakers.
This isn’t a big deal since I know the company is legit and my order went through just fine, but the checkout page is a little outdated and looks clunky.
How to Use the AirDoctor Purifier
Truthfully, all you have to do is remove the air filter plastic cover before using it for the first time, plug it in and turn it on. But I’ll go into to detail about how the AirDoctor works in this section in case you like to know what makes it so great!
Once you press the power button, it will start in Auto mode on the high-speed mode. Then, the sensor will detect the air and adjust as necessary, changing hte fan speed to whatever is appropriate to handle the contaminations in the room.
You can also manually adjust the fan speeds between Low, Medium, High and Boost. Low and Medium are best for everyday use while High is best for areas with more airborne contaminants (such as excessive smoke). The Boost setting is best used for shorter bursts of time when you want to rapidly purify the air. I could see using Boost if someone comes to my house and I realize they are sick!
If the LED lights are too bright, select Dim Mode to turn them off.
AirDoctors have three filters that create a 4-1 cleaning process.
This is the first filter used by the AirDoctor. It’s a washable, reusable filter and you never have to replace it give that you can wash it. It traps large particles like dog hair, dust, pollen, etc. Catching all of the large particles is essential for the other filters to work.
2. Activated Carbon Filter
The AirDoctor is a dual-action gas and Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) filter. Most air filters have this, so it’s likely that if you’ve had a different brand, this is the same thing.
3. UltraHEPA™ Filter
the UltraHEPA filter is what makes the AirDoctor so special. It’s the most advanced HEPE filter you can find and it captures the 99.9% of particles up to 0.003 micros, like I mentioned before. Most air purifiers on the marker trap down to 0.03, so the AirDoctor is MUCH more effective.
I mentioned that the AirDoctor has a 4-1 cleaning process, and the 4th part is that it contains an air ionizer.
This emits negatively charged ions into the air which helps purify it.
When to change filters
It varies depending on the machine you have, but all of them have a Change Filter Alert indicator light so you know when it’s time. But, here are the guidelines provided by AirDoctor.
- AirDoctor 1000: Based on 24/7 usage, the UltraHEPA® filter and Carbon/VOC filter in AirDoctor 1000 both need to be replaced about every 6 months.
- AirDoctor 3000: Again, if you run the machine 24/7, the Carbon/VOC filter should be replaced every 6 months and the UltraHEPA® filter should be replaced every 12 months.
- AirDoctor 5000: Based on 24/7 operation, the Carbon/VOC filter should be replaced every 6 months and the UltraHEPA® filter should be replaced every 12 months.
- You can buy filter replacements right from AirDoctor.
What size Air Doctor should I get?
It depends where you want to use it!
- The smaller and most compact AirDoctor 1000 purifies the air in smaller spaces like a guest bedroom, kids’ room or office, changing the air in up to 285 square feet 4 times per hour, or every 15 minutes.
- The AirDoctor 3000 cleans air in large spaces like master bedrooms, living rooms, and kitchens. It changes the air in up to 638 square feet four times per hour, or every 15 minutes. (Since our living room and my son’s room are larger than average room size, we have the AD3000 in each.)
- The AirDoctor 5000 is best for extra-large spaces like open concept living rooms and high ceiling great rooms, and will change the air in up to 1,001 square feet 4 times per hour, or every 15 minutes.
Air changes per house matter because if you’re not moving the air, you’re not cleaning the air. Experts recommend at least 4 air changes per hour for optimal removal of airborne particles. Many air purifiers base their room size coverage on only 1-2 air changes per hour (ACH) so it’s important to check that your air purifier has a high enough CADR (Clean Air Delivery Rate) to circulate the air in the room at least four times per hour.
My Air Doctor Purifier Review
I truly love it.
I had another air purifier in the past and even though it was smaller, it was such an eyesore. It was black and round and I much prefer the white machine that doesn’t draw attention to itself and the rectangle shape makes it easier to slide up against a wall or into a corner. The sound of the previous one was also so much louder than the AirDoctor which is honestly quieter than my air conditioning. I’ve noticed I’m less stuffy in the morning when I wake up and my eyes don’t get irritated as much (I wear contacts and my eyes are somewhat sensitive). I appreciate the simple features that make this machine so much higher end, including the ability to turn off lights at night and how easy it is to change filters.
I’ll be really curious to see how it does when we have air quality issues (there was a wildfire near us last year and the air was TERRIBLE). The previous air filter I had didn’t even register that there was smoke and I KNOW the air inside my house was bad since we could smell it!
If you have an Air Doctor, I’d love to hear why you like it. And if you have another brand you love, share that too! Let me know if you have questions! I hope this post was helpful since I couldn’t find many AirDoctor reviews out there when I was researching! Don’t forget to use this link when you purchase to save $$!