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The Best Ionic Fresh Air Purifiers Review

Updated on August 21, 2011

Facts and Fiction

There has been a great deal of controversy related to air ionizer technology and products. The main advantage claimed by this form of air purifier is its ability to improve living standards. A report by the New Scientist as early as 2003 discovered that ionic breeze air purifiers drastically reduced hospital infections.

In the recent years, the emergence of several high profile air-borne diseases has helped popularize negative ion air cleansers, and I invite readers to learn more about the efficacy of these appliances before acquiring one.

With that in mind, I am going to review some of the best ionic air purifiers on the market in terms of effectiveness and value.

Ionic Breeze® Quadra® Silent Air Purifier

I usually begin with one of my favorites, but I had to mention the Quadra first, because -- well -- I had to. Frankly, I'm not a fan. By all reports and accounts it fails at ridding even small rooms of dust, and at this price, you should be able to expect quite a punch in terms of performance. 

Viewers who seek solace from allergens will find the Quadra efficient and silent, however. In this, I find no fault whatsoever and many of the positive reviews I have read focus on this. What makes my teeth grind together though, is that you can expert this one-dimensional result from many cheaper models.

My other qualms are ethical in nature. Slandering reports ultimately led this producer out of business, principally revolving around false advertising and exploitation. Despite this, the Quadra remains popular. 

P.S: Bear in mind that I have heard conflicting tales about power consumption. Some U.S models are shipped with 220w to 110w converters. I leave the decision up to you. 

Ionic Pro CABR1

The Ionic Pro is what is known as a "Mini air purifier", the comparatively miniscule price-tag leads us to expect little. However, I'm certain some readers are not looking for powerful all-in-one solutions, and may simply wish to "neutralize" one room. In an effort to cut-costs, I've added the Ionic Pro in my selection.

So what can we expect from a product that is 16 times less expensive than the Quadra? This model functions exceptionally well in small areas. If you need to clean out the air in a specific area then the Ionic pro fits the bill.

This model promises the following features:

  • Neutralizes smoke and unpleasant odors
  • Low power consumption
  • Energy efficient
  • Soothing nightlight
  • Fits in small spaces


There is one potential problem with reference to the last bullet point. Specifically, that the pro needs to plug directly into the power grid in order to work. So the fact that it "fits in small spaces" comes with a catch.

Miallegro 1760 Air Ionizer

The Miallegro 1760 is a triumph of style and features at a great price. The first thing that catches the eye, before you've even turned it on, is that it is both graceful and elegant and will blend-in well in most homes.

Despite the power and relative size of the product, it can be placed inconspicuously just about anywhere. Internal oscillation and sleek, quiet fans ensure that you can sleep at night without having to wear earplugs.

Other aspects which I like are the ability to program the device for automatic shut-off, reducing power expenditure and the ability to change settings from a distance with its remote control. A procrastinator's dream!

The Product Featurelist:

  • Elegant ionizing tower fan purifies air while cooling the home or office.
  • Slim internal oscillating design takes up minimal space for wide range of air circulation.
  • 3 quiet speed settings.
  • Stylish remote control with compact ergonomic design.
  • Programmable shut-off timer of up to 8 hours to help save energy.

Honeywell Fresh Breeze

I guess I'm hooked to Aesthetics! I adore the dark, alienesque design of the Honeywell Fresh Breeze. This product is a direct competitor of the aforementioned Miallegro and must aim high in order to outdo its worthy adversary. Predictably then, it offers similar features.

  • 3 speeds with a 12 hour programmable shut-off (beating the Miallegro's 8 hour time-frame)
  • An LCD display with a touch button control system
  • An internal thermostat which can also be programmed
  • Oscillation
  • Remote control with flashlight (seems a bit over the top to me, but it definitely caters to the midnight sugar craver crowd -- myself included).

Reviews herald the product for its performance, which see the Fresh Breeze able to move large amounts of air silently. I have to say, the product is very reminiscent of the Miallegro, in just about every aspect, the one difference being its more geeky looks which may suit different people better. Given the affordable price-range, I can only recommend these models whole-heartedly. Unless you are looking for a smaller and more specific product, in which case the cheap Ionic Pro may be what you're looking for. 

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      Ahmad 

      5 years ago

      It's really aaminzg. I'm a paraplegic, multi disabled and mute.Yet your post was most timely. It didn't initiate any change in me; but reinforced changes I've been going through the past week.You see Ben, I'm also a technophobe reliant on my roommate/partner to do all the computerized work necessary for business.Also I might add, having bought all your WSO's, I'm addicted to the necessity for mobile marketing for local businesses.But I always found obstacles. Namely my disabilities. Well now they're challenges.Before I couldn't think of doing live videos. I just never found the fancy graphic kind on YouTube motivating.Well today I found a solution. Doing a visual email video explaining briefly my disability and then casually texting my message looking them straight in the eye.Getting a simple blog setup with a portfolio not claiming I did them, but what I can do for them.Like a visit to my site will reward them with a free e book on how mobile marketing can benefit them .a free QR code and what it means in revolutionary technology for offline marketing in ad spend, simplicity in getting their message off to prospective customers/clients. and amassing unbelievable profits.The bottom line is my disabilities can work for me than against me. Trustworthiness.You can help, Ben by assisting me with an intro pitch. Your marketing prowess has helped this struggling warrior to dream again.Thank you, Ben. Everyone needs a life makeover no matter how small or big.God Bless.

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      marty b 

      7 years ago

      i find your info useful but i would also like to see the cleaning of the unit talked about----filters ??? ---cleaning with damp cloth ???? - having to replace filters ???---this info would also have a bearing on purchasing.....thanks

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      whitton 

      7 years ago

      Thank you for this helpful information and product recommendations. Honeywell makes a great product and very affordable.

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