The Aprilaire Clean9550 is difficult to love. Sure it’s got all the core air purifier features, but it doesn’t really excel at anything, and it misses the performance of a True HEPA filter. It’s an Allergy9550 for people who can’t afford one. Welcome to our latest Aprilaire Clean9550 Review.
In Breathe Quality, we have reviewed all air purifiers under these sections. Also, we guarantee that:
- We do give honest reviews (both pros and cons) so anyone will guarantee to have the wisest choices.
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- Sturdy design
- Accurate Smart Sensor
- Zero ozone emission
- No True HEPA filter
- Low filter’s lifetime
Aprilaire has always been a big air purifier brand in the North America market since 1954. Besides the famous whole-home air cleaner solution, this company is also making several console air purifiers for private rooms. The Aprilaire Clean9550 is the most affordable of the 9550 Series, which we will have a proper Aprilaire Clean9550 Review today.
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Aprilaire Clean9550 Price
Aprilaire 9550 Series gets ever so slightly more affordable with the introduction of the Aprilaire Clean9550 to the American firm’s air purifier lineup. But don’t go thinking this is a bargain basement offering, because it carries a mid to high tier price tag.
Unveiled the Aprilaire Clean9550, which was hotly rumored as the child of the Aprilaire Allergy9550, and while the name was a bit of a surprise at launch, pretty much every other detail had been leaked correctly.
In terms of price, the Aprilaire Clean9550 starts with an official $569. That’s so much for a budget air purifier, because the flagship Aprilaire Allergy+Pet9550 costs around only $599. That’s why Aprilaire has reduced the price of Aprilaire Clean9550 on many well-known online retailers, which is a lot more appropriate for a HEPA-type air purifier.
Of all those high-quality air purifiers, there is only the Alen BreatheSmart FIT50 comes with a HEPA-type filter just like our Aprilaire Clean9550. But the FIT50 has a Lifetime Warranty backing up, but what’s about our today unit? We will find out soon.
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Aprilaire Clean9550 Design and Size
Aprilaire, just like Austin Air or AllerAir, doesn’t care much about the design of their air purifiers. What you get on the Aprilaire Clean9550 is exactly the same thing you find on the flagships like Aprilaire Allergy9550 or Aprilaire Allergy+Pet9550.
It does feel solid, with chunky dimensions of 27.5 inches in height and 17.25 inches in width. The Aprilaire Clean9550 do take you back a few years to the classic console air purifiers in rectangular prism shape.
The front cover can be removed by pulling away from the body, as it uses magnet to attach with. I think the air quality indicator above the logo is actually not a bad thing though, as it gives great aesthetic pleasure.
As a console air purifier, Aprilaire Clean9550 uses a bottom-to-top air cleaning system, with the air intake placing in both sides. The air outlet can be found behind the top control panel, which is the same for all three models in 9550 series.
Aprilaire Clean9550 is quite heavy with 26 lbs of weight, and you should thank the two handles to help you move it around your home.
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Aprilaire Clean9550 Filters
The Aprilaire Clean9550 uses a very simple 3-stage air cleaning system to deliver high-quality filtration performance.
- Pre-filter – Captures large to medium airborne particles like large dust, lint, pet hair and fur. It can be cleaned by vacuum, or be washed to remove buildup.
- HEPA filter – Aprilaire Clean9550 only uses a HEPA-type filter, which removes 99.5% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns like dust, pollen, mold spores, germs and other pollutants.
- Activated Carbon filter – Reduces household odors, VOCs and gaseous pollutants.
Without the True HEPA filter, the Aprilaire Clean9550 can’t match its brothers in terms of power. To test the performance of this air purifier, I made a test for all 9550 air purifiers. They all performed in a room of 300 square feet, during 1 hour. As you can see from the chart below, the Aprilaire Clean9550 can reach exactly the efficiency of 99.5% for trapping any particles down to 0.3 microns.
You should change the air filter every 6 to 12 months, depending on use. Only get the genuine Aprilaire replacement filter, which is available from the below deal.
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Aprilaire Clean9550 Room Coverage
Aprilaire Clean9550 is an air purifier for medium to large rooms, so the manufacturer suggests to use it in a room of 495 square feet.
The ACH of Aprilaire Clean9550 is 5X. It will exchange the air in your room every 12 minutes.
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Aprilaire Clean9550 Sound
Higher fan power results in the higher noise level, and the Aprilaire Clean9550 is not exception.
Turning it on the highest fan speed, I measured the noise level to be 64 decibels (db). That said, you shouldn’t use this feature while you’re working or sleeping.
Luckily, there is a Sleep Mode to help reduce the noise greatly, to only 30 decibels. It is just like the whisper, and basically you can’t notice any sound from the device.
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Aprilaire Clean9550 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.
The power consumption of Aprilaire Clean9550 is 85 watts, and it doesn’t have the Energy Star rating.
If you run the Aprilaire Clean9550 for 8 hours each day, you need to pay $30 each year.
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Aprilaire Clean9550 Additional Features
All air purifiers under 9550 Series, including of the Aprilaire Clean9550, are the best air purifiers this company can deliver. They all pack with the Smart Sensor, an ability to detect the changes of indoor air quality, then adjust the fan automatically based on environment’s need.
Besides the normal 3 fan speeds, Aprilaire Clean9550 has one Sleep Mode to dim the light, set the fan speed to low and turn on the Timer for 8 hours; and one Turbo Mode to increase the fan speed to the highest. You can also change the Timer setting, for 1, 2, 4 and 8 hours.
There is a Control Panel Lock function, to prevent others change the current setting on this air purifier.
Finally, we will have a LED indicator for filter replacement. Whenever the filter cartridge is at 90% of its capacity, the air purifier will beep 3 times to notify you when the power is on. Also, the LED indicator will flash until you get a filter replacement.
Aprilaire Clean9550 Customer Service
Aprilaire is one of the top air purifier brands in the U.S, and they are happy to assist you for any problems. Just call them toll-free at 800-334-6011, from Monday to Friday, 7:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m CST. You can also email them out of working hours, right in their Contact Us page.
Aprilaire grants you a 5-year warranty for any whole-home air cleaners, the warranty is on cabinet from the date of installation. Moreover, you are guaranteed by Clean Coil, to commit the professional cleaning in the next 10 years, at the cost of $100.
In case of Aprilaire 9550 series, the limited warranty is only effective for 1 year, and you don’t have the Clean Coil Guarantee.
Aprilaire Clean9550 is quite similar to Alen BreatheSmart FIT50 in mid-range segment, as they both come without the power of True HEPA filter. To compensate the missing part, the FIT50 has a Lifetime Warranty to back up. But for the Aprilaire Clean9550, it needs to reduce the original price.
Aprilaire Clean9550 should get a lower price point.