The Austin Air Baby’s Breath is the hidden gem of the Junior Series in Austin Air family. This new small form is, somehow, two additional color options for the previous Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr. We’ve done a full Austin Air Baby’s Breath Review for you to compare with the old machine.
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- Top-notch performance
- High quality and long-lasting air filter
- Overall complete finish
- Durable housing material
- No Smart Features
- High power consumption
- Really noisy
Since 1990, the Austin Air is the top-of-mind brand when anyone searched for an air purifier in the U.S market. As an air purifier designed to keep the air in your child’s nursery clean and safe, the Austin Air Baby’s Breath is clearly the best air purifier for baby. Let’s find out in our Austin Air Baby’s Breath Review.
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Austin Air Baby’s Breath Price
The Austin Air Baby’s Breath will give your baby the clean air they need – that’s the advertisement for this air purifier in Austin Air website. In fact, investing in an Austin Air Baby’s Breath is not just only for giving your baby a safe, healthy place in which to grow and thrive, it is also the normal Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr to help you against all types of allergies and asthma issues.
That is, like the Allergy Machine Junior before it, the Austin Air Baby’s Breath puts an impressive specifications of air filtration system, with a comfortable size to fit anywhere in your room, and makes you wonder why no other brands are interested in scaling their big machines.
Not everyone wants a giant air purifier, and who could be blamed for wanting to use a compact air purifier, especially for a small and extra small room?
The Austin Air Baby’s Breath sits alongside three other air purifiers from Austin Air in the Junior Series, and it starts from $435 for the non-caster version, or $465 for the caster version. This is exactly the same price with the Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr, and you can top up $30 to buy the Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr. This is one early problem for the Austin Air Baby’s Breath. Of course, high-end specs require a high-end price, but for an air purifier mostly targets at small room, it will lead the purchasers to expect a bargain.
Even as a budget air purifier of Austin Air family, the price of the Austin Air Baby’s Breath can be alternated by the modern Oransi Max, or even the high-level devices from other well-known brands like Sharp KC-850U, Winix HR1000 and Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0. So what could you expect for an air purifier like Austin Air Baby’s Breath? We will find out, but below is a quick deal for you to grab.
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Austin Air Baby’s Breath Design and Size
The Austin Air Baby’s Breath, like any others in Junior Series line, follows closely the excellent design established by the bigger Austin Air Allergy Machine. It is drastically smaller than the brother from Standard Series, with only 16.5 inches in height, and 11 inches in width. It’s enough to make a difference, as the Austin Air Baby’s Breath is only half the size of its bigger brother.
The Austin Air Baby’s Breath has a full steel housing, baked on powder coat paint finish. This material helps prevent any off-gassing of chemical vapors, both within the clean air stream and in the unit’s end-of-life phase.
The felt gaskets will seal the filter chamber to maximize the air filtration performance. This is a must-have feature on any portable air purifiers, and out of all devices I’ve reviewed, the Austin Air family is undeniable the best.
You might have noticed that the Austin Air Baby’s Breath is the only device in the whole Austin Air family with a different set of color options. This air purifier is mostly for a baby’s bedroom, and it is painted in the most lovely colors: Blue and Pink. You can choose the Blue version for your son, and/or the Pink version for your daughter. It is quite childish if compared with the Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr, but this is the necessary color to differentiate these two editions.
Other specs remain the same with the old machine, as the Austin Air Baby’s Breath still features the powerful 360° air intake system, the thing that is only available on air purifiers with high fan power, like Honeywell HPA300 or Blue Pure 121.
Just like any other machines of this company, the Austin Air Baby’s Breath is CSA (Canadian Standards Association) approved – the highest certification for any electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and gas products that meet the strict requirement to be safety.
The Austin Air Baby’s Breath weighs in at 17 lbs, 4 lbs lighter than the Austin Air HealthMate Jr or Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr. It’s easier to move this air purifier around your home with the optional installment of casters.
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Austin Air Baby’s Breath Filters
When checking the performance of one air purifier, normally we will check the quantity of air filters and what air filter types in this device. Austin Air Baby’s Breath, though being small, keeps the new 4-stage air cleaning system from the Austin Air Allergy Machine.
- Pre-filter – During the first stage, Austin Air Baby’s Breath will capture any large objects of airborne pollutants which can be seen by the naked eye, such as large dust, pet hair, fur and even some pet dander particles.
- Medium Particle Pre-filter – Just like Rabbit Air MinusA2, Austin Air Baby’s Breath makes use of a double pre-filtration, and can remove small to medium size particles like dust, pollen and mold spores in this stage.
- True HEPA filter – The 30-sq-ft Medical-grade True HEPA filter of Austin Air Baby’s Breath can remove 99.97% of all particles larger than 0.3 microns, and even 95% of all particles larger than 0.1 microns.
- HEGA filter – It is composed of a carbon cloth and is more efficient than a normal Activated Carbon filter at adsorption of gaseous pollutants, chemicals, and odors.
The Austin Air Baby’s Breath is a basic air purifier of this company, with the powerful double pre-filtration. It is high-quality, and can remove even the small-size particles, and leave only the ultra-fine particles for the HEPA filter. Therefore, the True HEPA filter can easily last 5 years.
At the center of this air purifier places the 30-sq-ft Medical-grade True HEPA filter for removing more than 99.97% of all airborne allergens ≥ 0.3 microns. Actually, the Austin Air Baby’s Breath can push farther than this point, and can deal with even the 0.1 microns pollutants in your baby’s room.
As introduced in the Allergy Machine, the Austin Air Baby’s Breath makes use of the HEGA (High Efficiency Gas Absorption) filter. This air filter constructed of military-grade activated carbon cloth absorbs chemicals, gases, fumes, vapors, and odors. It is also the effective filtration in removing harmful Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).
You shouldn’t wait long for the performance test, as I only performed a similar test as the Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr, with the participation of Alen BreatheSmart FLEX and Oransi OV200 to compare with the performance of this Austin Air Baby’s Breath. All the tests are operated in a room of 200 sq ft, for 1 full hour. Again, the clear winner of this game is the Austin Air Baby’s Breath, with high efficiency of trapping 99.97% all particles down to 0.3 microns. The Oransi OV200 can only end up with 99.9%, and the Alen BreatheSmart FLEX was down to 98%.
The Austin Air Baby’s Breath has a more affordable air filter cost, with only $205. Because you only need to replace one in 5 years, the annual filter replacement cost is down to only $41, which is even more reasonable than buying an Alen BreatheSmart FIT50 or Blueair Classic 405.
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Austin Air Baby’s Breath Room Coverage
For the fan power, Austin Air just simply reduce the room capability of Austin Air Baby’s Breath to only 700 sq ft. But just don’t fall for the manufacturer’s suggested room size, because you need to know the CADR rating to decide one air purifier’s fan power.
The ACH of Austin Air Baby’s Breath is 2X to 4X. It means the Austin Air Baby’s Breath can exchange the air in your room up to 4 times per hour.
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Austin Air Baby’s Breath Sound
Looking at the very high noise level of the Austin Air Allergy Machine, I expect a much quieter air purifier this time. The answer is, not much it seems. Even with a smaller size fan, the Austin Air Baby’s Breath still draws a lot of noise.
The range of noise level is from 49 to 65 db. If you compare with the noise level of Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0 (20 db) or Alen BreatheSmart 45i (39 – 55 db), you will not accept such high noise level of this Austin Air Baby’s Breath. For an air purifier to help your children sleep easier, I wonder whether the obvious noise of the Austin Air Baby’s Breath can interfere with the nice advertisement of an air purifier designed specifically for babies and young children. Of course, this is a soothing white noise, but it is too noisy to handle.
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Austin Air Baby’s Breath Power Consumption
In Breathe Quality, one of our most FAQs is “Do air purifiers use a lot of energy?”. In fact, an air purifier needs to run for a long time (usually more than 8 hours) to be efficient, and therefore, power consumption is an important criteria to decide which air purifier to buy.
The Austin Air Baby’s Breath has a Permanent-Split Capacitor (PSC) motor to draw less current and reduce your operating costs. But the power consumption of this air purifier is still too high, from 56W to 80W. In fact, in this price range, the Austin Air Baby’s Breath could be easily the most power-consuming air purifier.
For running an Austin Air Baby’s Breath 8 hours per day, you need to pay from $20 to $30 annually.
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Austin Air Baby’s Breath Additional Features
The Austin Air family is the first and the foundation of an air purifier industry in North America. They choose to constantly improve the high quality of air filter over adding any kinds of additional features. It is also the trend of any high-end air purifiers which aims at the high-quality purification, not the flashy features.
There won’t be even the filter replacement indicator or the Timer. There is only one manual knob to change the fan speed of this machine.
If you like to add the Smart Sensor, a great feature to automatically adjust the fan power to suit the current indoor air quality, you need to buy the Oransi Max. Or you can choose between the Sharp KC-850U or the Sharp KC-860U for the humidifier function. It is your choice, right?
Austin Air Baby’s Breath Customer Service
If you are using or planning to use one air purifier, you couldn’t skip the name of Austin Air. The leading indoor air cleaner manufacturer in the United States is also one of the largest air purifier manufacturing facility in the world, producing everything in house from the filters, to metal housing, and even the finish powder coat paint. Buying an air purifier from this brand is a smart investment to improve your indoor air quality.
There are more to say about the Austin Air company. They are recommended by lots of well-known organizations such as Red Cross, FEMA and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the career of dealing with negative health effects of ash, chemicals, VOCs and other miscellaneous airborne particulates released into the air. This is also the only brand which is selected by the U.S government to save people for chemical attacks, natural gas leaks, and even wildfire smokes.
Back to the top 1 customer service in air purifier industry, you can contact them anytime through their online form, or via phone at 800-724-8403.
If you buy one product from this brand, you need to register to activate the 5-year warranty for your air purifiers. The Medical-grade True HEPA filter is also covered by another 5-year warranty, which you need to register one another form for it only. The warranty submission is quick and easy, and you should do it immediately after purchasing a product from Austin Air.
The Austin Air Baby’s Breath should stay as another color version for the previous Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr, or else you can’t just buy this machine for your baby, especially when he or she is sleeping. The noise level is just too high to accept, especially when the children are sensitive to the loud sound.
Should I buy Austin Air Baby’s Breath?
Yes, if you are an Austin Air fan. No, if you need a silent air purifier for your children not waking up in the midnight.
- If you have serious allergies or asthma to airborne pollutants: the Austin Air Baby’s Breath is a powerful option, and an upgrade to Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr is also recommended.
- If you want a better performance, or better fan power to clean your room faster: you should choose the Alen BreatheSmart 45i or Oransi Max, which has higher CADR rating than your Austin Air Baby’s Breath.
- If you need an air purifier with a better room coverage: the Alen BreatheSmart 45i (with 800 sq ft) and Oransi Max (with 1100 sq ft) are better.
- If you need a budget version of this air purifier: you should choose the Honeywell HPA300 or Blue Pure 211, as they have even better fan power than this Austin Air Baby’s Breath. The Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0 will save you $40 – $80, and it has good air filtration system to compare with this air purifier.
- If you need a more silent air purifier: for the price, the Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0, Sharp KC-850U and Alen BreatheSmart 45i are more silent than this air purifier.
- If you care about the annual filter cost and energy cost: the Austin Air Baby’s Breath is the most saving for annual filter cost, but for the power consumption, you should choose the Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0, GermGuardian AC9200WCA or Alen BreatheSmart 45i over this air purifier.
- If you love the additional features: you should look for the Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0 or Alen BreatheSmart 45i for the Smart Sensor, or the Sharp KC-850U for the humidifying function.
- Cleaning Power
- Power Consumption
This is a good air purifier for adults, yes, but if you want to purchase this Austin Air Baby’s Breath for your children, you should think again for the noise it could make.