The budget beauty is back with the new Airthereal APH230C – the little brother of the two new devices from this American company to join the market. As one Pure Morning air purifier, the Airthereal APH230C is a versatile alternative for anyone who wants performance of the Airthereal APH260 for less money to spend on. In our today Airthereal APH230C Review, we’re happy to be the first one to make a thorough test of this product.
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- New anti-bacterial treatment for HEPA filter
- 100% ozone-free
- Cheaper than Airthereal APH260
- Quiet operation
- High energy consumption
- No Smart features
Last year sees Airthereal‘s new milestone, with the foundation of the newest Airthereal APH230C and the next-gen flagship Airthereal AGH550. While the company isn’t as popular as the rival Levoit, but the company gains many tremendous signals to go head-to-head with any big players in the budget segment. In our today Airthereal APH230C Review, we will get a more affordable option with full power to deal a coup d’état to Levoit Core 300.
Airthereal APH230C Price
Airthereal is certainly redoubling their efforts, with the new release of the Airthereal APH230C and the giant Airthereal AGH550. In fact, our today reviewed unit has been just out for a few weeks, and I’m happy to be one of the first users to make a proper review.
This Airthereal APH230C is part of the first wave of Airthereal air purifiers, named Pure Morning version, and it’s time for the new player to prove that it can offer more than just a single-hit for the lifetime.
Perhaps, the ‘C’ in its name is just like how the iPhone 5C named in the past, and the Airthereal APH230C is surely ‘cheaper’ than the first of its kind – Airthereal APH260, with the price tag of only $89. It is also the same price as the last year’s Airthereal ADH80, resulting a $10 drop off for the old product.
Overall, the Airthereal APH230C is a strategic ace in budget limit of this company, and it’s up against some heavy hitters in the budget category, like the Levoit Core 300, Okaysou AirMax8L or Vornado AC350. This air purifier is pending for the certification of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), but it is 100% ozone-free, with only mechanical filters.
If you’re looking for a pure, clean air for less than $100, this Airthereal APH230C will certainly be a good selection.
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Airthereal APH230C Design and Size
The Airthereal APH260 is still the Amazon’s Choice for overwhelmingly positive rating on Amazon, and the new Pure Morning air purifier hope to see the same glory with a nearly similar device.
Airthereal, again, chooses the white color option for the new Airthereal APH230C. Without the revealed air grills from both sides and the premium top control panel like its Pure Morning brother, the Airthereal APH230C is built without any highlights. It could have some of the Airthereal styles, but just the common styles that any budget air purifiers could have.
It is a bit smaller than its brother with 20 inches in height, but it keeps the same width of 13 inches. The Airthereal APH230C adds more curves on edges, and it is thicker than the APH260 with 7.5 inches in depth.
We have a simple bottom-to-top air flow system concept, using perforated holes for the air intake. In many budget air purifiers, such style of air intake could be considered the pre-filter.
Airthereal APH230C has a much simpler control panel on top, as it doesn’t have the Air Quality Monitor, something even the cheaper Airthereal ADH80 can show off.
However, the Airthereal APH230C is still a compact device with just 10 lbs in weight. Adding the new Airthereal APH230C won’t cost you a lot of spaces in your room.
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Airthereal APH230C Filters
It seems Airthereal is looking for more air purifiers with 100% ozone-free, as both of the new products continue using only mechanical filters, just like how the Airthereal ADH80 and Airthereal ADH50B did previously. This Airthereal APH230C uses a simple 3-stage air cleaning system, with marketing material to be “7-in-1 HEPA filter”.
- Pre-filter – A preliminary filter covers the True HEPA filter, to prolong the life time of the core filter, by trapping the large objects of pollutants like fur, hair and large dust.
- True HEPA filter – With the True HEPA filter, this air purifier can capture 99.97% of as small as 0.3 microns allergens, virus particles, pollen, mold and fungi particles.
- Activated Carbon filter – The real power of Airthereal air purifiers is inside the carbon filter, as a combination of Nano mineral, Cold catalyst, Photo catalyst and Molecular Sieve carbon. It will adsorb the odors, chemicals and smoke from the indoor air.
Airthereal APH230C straightly removes the ionizer and UV-C light filter from the very first Airthereal APH260, so it won’t emit any ozone during the running time. Though the CARB certification is pending, I believe it is just a matter of time.
This company still calls their new product “7-in-1 HEPA filter”, as the Airthereal APH230C runs a high-end honeycombed Activated Carbon filter, with Nano mineral, Cold catalyst, Photo catalyst and Molecular Sieve carbon inside. This filtration technology can reduce the growth of mold spores and bacteria, as well as other Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) on the surface.
With the high-end carbon filter, the Airthereal APH230C performed extremely well in the same test as its Pure Morning brother, in the same area of 150 square feet. The result, its efficiency of trapping any particles as small as 0.3 microns is 99.9%, which is better than many Chinese air purifiers like Okaysou AirMic4S, Mooka Allo or Elechomes EPI236.
However, the filter life span of this Airthereal APH230C is just only 6 months, and you should replace the filter for optimal performance. The filter is quite affordable at $25, and you should get one from our below deal.
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Airthereal APH230C Room Coverage
Considering how inexpensive it is, the room coverage capability of the Airthereal APH230C is better than you might expect. It is 315 square feet suggested by the manufacturers, which is just a little behind the Airthereal APH260.
The ACH of Airthereal APH230C is 4X, meaning it will clean your room every 15 minutes, for a total of 4 times per hour.
The CADR of Airthereal APH230C is 135 cfm in general. This is the same fan power as the more expensive Levoit Vital 100. Seriously, this air purifier needs such power to deliver enough clean air for a large room.
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Airthereal APH230C Sound
The Airthereal APH230C comes with an ultra-silent operation, reducing the noise level to just only 22 decibels (db). This is the range of the rustling leaves’ noise level, and you should use this air purifier on bedroom for sure.
The experience on highest noise level of this Airthereal APH230C is also acceptable, being 49 decibels like other devices in Airthereal family. For an air purifier with such high fan power, the silent operation of Airthereal APH230C deserves to be its selling point.
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Airthereal APH230C Power Consumption
One of our most FAQs is “Do air purifiers use a lot of energy?” In fact, air purifier must be used for a long time to be efficient. And power consumption is one important criteria to review if this air purifier is good or not.
Well, power consumption in the Airthereal APH230C is somewhat disappointing. The solo downside of the previous Pure Morning air purifier remains inside the new one, with the rated power of Airthereal APH230C being 60 watts. Definitely not one for saving your electricity bill.
If you run the Airthereal APH230C for 8 hours per day, it would cost you $21 each year.
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Airthereal APH230C Additional Features
To reduce the price of an air purifier with so many strengths, Airthereal must remove some high-end features like Smart Sensor in this Airthereal APH230C. Something that even the cheaper Airthereal ADH80 can be proud of, but our today unit… won’t.
However, don’t make a sad face, because Airthereal APH230C is designed to fit any bedrooms with its Sleep Mode. This isn’t a Light Dimmer setting, but it reduces the fan power to the lowest level. In addition, a basic Timer can schedule the time of for this air purifier after 1, 2, 4 or 8 hours.
This air purifier should be the next best air purifier for baby, just like its previous brother, as it has the Child lock to prevent any changes of settings, made accidentally by your children or pets.
Finally, we still have a LED indicator for filter replacement.
Airthereal APH230C Customer Service
Despite of being established only in 2017, the Airthereal has proved to be a big air purifier brand of the North America market. They provide you with loyalty programs, discounted promotions and campaigns over the year, so you will satisfy with their products.
For the customer service, the Airthereal provides excellent support online. You can either call them for a toll-free service, email them at email@example.com or live chat with them. If you have any immediate questions, you can reach their FAQs page to search for an answer.
Airthereal also guarantees for your satisfaction, so they give you a full refund within 30 days of purchase for any Airthereal product. For shipping, they are generous with the Free Shipping policy for any 3-7 days standard shipping. However, if you need fast shipping, you need to pay for extra charge.
Finally, all Airthereal air purifiers come with 2-year warranty, plus 1 year for online warranty registration. That is great, provided that they just only sell the budget air purifiers.
It says a lot about the quality of the Airthereal APH230C that many of the downsides I could attribute to it wouldn’t realistically be expected on an air purifier of this price. Admittedly, the power consumption is still quite high, but if you can pay the cost happily, you will enjoy the fresh air for a humble budget.
Airthereal APH230C is cheap, but it lacks features to deal with the competition.