Who Should and Shouldn’t Buy the Honeywell 50250-s Air Purifier – An In-depth Review

Everyone has their own particular reason for purchasing an air purifier. Perhaps you suffer from allergies or respiratory problems and find that an air purifier helps to ease your symptoms. Or maybe you share your home with pets, or with a smoker, and you want to remove contaminants or smells from the air around you to improve your health?

One thing we all have in common, however, is the desire to find exactly the right air purifier for our needs – one that will be effective, efficient and of course good value for money!

In this review we’re going to take a look at the Honeywell 50250-s Air Purifier – how it works, any special features it has, pros and cons – to help you decide whether it’s the right model for you or not.

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So Who are Honeywell?

If you’ve been researching air purifiers online, chances are you will have seen the name Honeywell popping up. They’re a long-established company that have had a foothold in the air-purifying market (among many others) for several years. You might even have owned one of their other models, and are interested in seeing how this particular one compares.

The Importance of the HEPA Filter

You probably already aware if you’ve been looking into buying one of these devices that it’s the filters contained within the units which deal with any nasty particles in the air in your home and stop them in their tracks.

The most effective models for dealing with microscopic particles, such as mold spores, pollen and pet dust, are those which come with a HEPA filter, which the Honeywell 50250 does.

In order to be HEPA- certified, the filter needs to be able to capture 99.97% of airborne particles down to 0.3 microns in size – so, essentially the absolutely tiny ones!

Other air purifiers on the market which don’t come with a HEPA filter can’t always effectively deal with these types of particles, being better suited to larger ones.

What Does the Pre-Filter Do?

You might well be wondering that if the Honeywell 50250-s comes with a snazzy HEPA filter, why would you also need a carbon pre-filter?

The main benefit of the pre-filter (in addition to catching larger particles) is that it helps to neutralise any nasty odors – e.g. pet smells, cooking whiffs and smoke.

Carbon filters can also help to absorb some gases and chemicals such as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) found in some types of household cleaner and paint.

Please be aware though that the carbon filter will NOT reduce or absorb carbon monoxide, so always make sure any gas appliances are properly ventilated

Customisable Filter Combinations to Meet Your Specific Needs

The Honeywell has 4 filter options – HEPAClean®, QuietClean®, AirGenius® and the True HEPA Allergen Remover. Each of these is designed to address a specific need so you can configure the unit specifically for your needs by selecting the right combination of pre and main filters.

Example of filter options

If you have a large room (up to 390 sq. ft.) and removing smoke is important to you then the AirGenius is a great option. On the other hand if you suffer from allergies and want the power of a True HEPA filter to remove as much tiny particles as possible then you should go for the True HEPA Allergen Remover filter.

Click here and scroll down to the table to find the best option for you.

How Often do the Filters Need Replaced?

On the subject of filters, one important factor to consider when purchasing an air purifier is how long the filters last, and how much they cost to replace.

There used to be a different Honeywell model which I believe was marketed as having a ‘Permanent’ HEPA filter. Nowadays this has been renamed ‘Long Life’ and will need to be replaced at the manufacturer’s recommended interval of between 3-5 years. Average retail price at the moment for a replacement HEPA filter for this model is around $55.

The carbon pre-filter does need to be replaced at much more frequent intervals – Honeywell recommend every 3 months. But these are far cheaper and range between $9-20, depending where you source them from.

Taking an average of $15 and a life span of 3 months that’s roughly 17 cents a day – not a bad price to pay for clean, fresh air I don’t think?  I’m ashamed to say I probably spend about 10 times this amount on chocolate a day!

And What Are Running Costs Like?

While we’re talking about money, another thing I’m guessing you’re interested in is how much it costs to run an air purifier. Of course, exact costs will depend on how often you use your air purifier.

Generally, they’re designed to be used 24 hours a day, should you choose to do so, although most people don’t find that necessary.

One customer who purchased the Honeywell 50250-s reported that when operated 24/7 on the low setting his electricity bills were an additional $18 per month; $27 per month if using the medium setting; and $36 per month on high.  This was based on his energy supplier’s rate of $0.30 per kilowatt hour.

Is the Honeywell 50250-s Noisy?

Now, noise levels are undoubtedly another really important factor to consider when selecting an air purifier, particularly if you plan on using it in a bedroom at night.

You’ll never get a truly silent air purifier, but how does this model shape up compared to some of its competitors?

I’d say there’s been a mixed reaction from customers.  Many have reported that it’s not noticeably loud, especially when used on the low setting.

Others have said that when they’ve used it on the high setting the noise has been comparable to that of a table top fan, or have described it as sounding like a large volume of air moving rapidly.

I’ve reviewed other air purifiers in the past where the opinion of customers has been overwhelming one-sided, with virtually all agreeing that any noise is minimal.  But in the case of the Honeywell 50250-s, although there are a large number of customers for whom noise hasn’t proved an issue, there are nonetheless some who have found it distracting.

Of course, noise is very much subjective – what’s annoying for one person perhaps is comforting for another.  But it’s definitely something to bear in mind when making your selection.  If you’re especially sensitive to sound then this probably isn’t the best model for you.

Now, How Easy is this Air Purifier To Use?

I’ll be honest – I’m not especially a technically-minded person. When it comes to appliances and devices in my home the simpler, the better!

And that’s why I like this air purifier.  It’s not overly complicated or flashy.

There’s 3 manual settings, and a very handy  Intelli-Check™ electronic filter indicator which tells you when it’s time to change your filters.

For the most effective operation don’t place it directly up against a wall – allow a good few feet of space to allow the air to circulate properly.

This device is also fairly portable, which is useful if you plan to use it in different rooms. It weighs approximately 21 lb, and while there aren’t any casters there is however a handle so you can easily lift and carry it. Size-wise it measures in at 18x18x19.5 inches.

One slightly negative thing I will say about the 50250-s is that it’s maybe not the most stylish air purifier out there. It’s a circular unit with a series of small vents on the front, perhaps not quite as sleek as some other models.

But, in its favour it is fairly neutral, meaning it won’t clash with your decor.  And again, as in the case of noise, looks are a totally subjective thing. If something represents good value for money and does the job well, does it make a difference in the big scheme of things what it looks like?

What Size of Room Can It Be Used In?

Don’t be tempted to go for a model which the manufacturer recommends for use in a room much smaller than your own.  It won’t be able to clean the air as effectively and you might end up needing to shell out for a new one.

The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers have certified that the Honeywell 50250-s is sufficient for rooms up to 390 square feet, and it can circulate the air up to 5 times an hour.

Be sure to keep the windows closed in the room in question when the unit is in operation, else more polluted particles will just drift in, thereby making it more difficult for your purifier to effectively clean the air.

Does the Honeywell 50250-s Produce Ozone?

The question of whether a particular air purifier produces ozone is understandably a very important consideration due to the potential health risks involved.

But the good news is that this model doesn’t have a ion generator and therefore doesn’t produce any ozone.

The Bottom Line Summary

You should buy this unit if:

  • You’re on a budget and cost is more important than a flashy design
  • Your room is less than 390 sq. ft.
  • You suffer from pet or other allergies (72% of allergists surveyed recommended this unit)
  • You want the filtering power of a True HEPA filter

You shouldn’t buy this unit if:

  • You need to purify a room larger than 390 sq. ft.
  • You want something that has has a design that will fit into your decor and colour scheme
  • You need a unit that has more features i.e. auto air quality sensors, timers etc.

I’d say that overall the Honeywell 50250-s has a lot going for it.

Retailing for approximately $120, usually with free shipping, it’s undoubtedly a good value-for-money contender which can cope with a large space.

Despite its power it’s still fairly lightweight and portable, and is also very easy to maintain and clean – perfect if you prefer your home appliances to be fuss-free and simple to use (just remember you will need to change the carbon filters every 3 months or so).

On the negative side it’s perhaps not the most stylish of air purifiers out there, and the jury is still split somewhat on the issue of noise – it definitely doesn’t appear to be as quiet a model as some of its competitors.

Over 3000 people have reviewed and rated the 50250 with 80% of customers giving it 4 or 5 stars out of 5! So it’s definitely a popular and well-regarded unit.

My Verdict
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