In times of many wildfire smoke threats, the Austin Air HealthMate Plus is deployed to be the ultimate solution, hence makes the position of Austin Air more solid in the high-range market. That’s why the brand can’t miss the chance to release the compact version right after, and here is the Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr. Being the budget version, what could you expect from this air purifier? Get your answer in our Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr Review.
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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
Austin Air is one of the most familiar names in the U.S air purifier market. Since 1990, this company is mentioned again and again in lots of government’s campaigns to deal with the chemical weapons, gas leak and natural wildfire smokes. But back to the main topic, you are here to read our Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr Review, right?
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Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr Price
The Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr may look similar to previous air purifiers from Austin Air, but it packs a punch and is perhaps the best small-form-factor True HEPA devices around right now, making it a great choice if you want an amazing device for a small place.
The Austin Air HealthMate Jr created a great legacy for the Junior Series. It maintains the powerful air filtration process and high-quality housing of the bigger brother, while features an iconic compact-sized demeanor. And thankfully, Austin Air can keep up with the next Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr.
Yes, it is capable of just about everything its larger sibling, the most popular Austin Air HealthMate Plus is, but in a smaller, more energy-efficient form factor that won’t cost you much everyday.
The Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr also uses one of the most progressive Activated Carbon filters in the world. And you will love it, because it can deal with the widest range of airborne pollutants, including chemicals, smoke and VOCs.
This Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr only costs you $465, just $50 higher than the previous standard version (compared with $120 difference from the bigger models). If you want to add the casters in the air purifiers, you need to pay for $30 more. It is also the most expensive in the Junior product line.
That price range is not for many competitors, and you can only choose from the Sharp KC-850U or Oransi Max instead. They both have much more features than our today Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr, but I still… love the performance of one air purifier more. Personally, I would choose the Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr, but you?
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Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr Design and Size
If you buy the Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr, you will have an air purifier with a look exactly like any other Austin Air machines. It still features the all-steel housing, to prevent any off-gassing of chemical vapors, both within the clean air stream and in the unit’s end-of-life phase. The Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr is baked on powder coat paint finish.
And just like the previous model – the Austin Air HealthMate Jr, this air purifier is only 16.5 inches in height and 11 inches in width. This is the standard size of every Austin Air compact device, and it seems just half the size of its bigger brother, the Austin Air HealthMate Plus.
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.
Again, like any other air purifiers in Austin Air family, the Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr has received exactly the signature 360° air intake system, which is only achieved by having a strong fan power. Of course, the grill is perforated to improve the performance of its double pre-filters much better.
Just like any other machines of this company, the Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr 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.
There are 4 main color options for the Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr: Black, Midnight Blue, White and Sandstone. Our testing unit is a White one, and in my opinion, this is the better White color than what is featured in the Airpura family.
The Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr is only 21 lbs, which is even lighter than half of the bigger Austin Air HealthMate Plus.
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Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr 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 HealthMate Plus Jr, though being small, features a signature 4-stage air cleaning system like its bigger brothers.
- Pre-filter – During the first stage, Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr 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 HealthMate Plus Jr makes use of a double pre-filtration, and can remove small to medium size particles like dust, pollen and mold spores in this stage.
- Activated Carbon filter – A 6.5 lbs of Activated Carbon, potassium iodide and zeolite mixture to help remove household smoke, odors and even chemicals like formaldehyde, benzenes and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).
- True HEPA filter – The 30-sq-ft Medical-grade True HEPA filter of Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr can remove 99.97% of all particles larger than 0.3 microns, and even 95% of all particles larger than 0.1 microns.
We still have the double pre-filtration in this Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr like the powerful Austin Air HealthMate Plus. Taking a close check and you will find these filters with same materials. These filters are able to remove even the small-size particles, and leave only the ultra-fine particles for the HEPA filter. As a result, it prolongs the life time of True HEPA filter to 5 years.
Like the HealthMate Plus, the Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr adds potassium iodide to its Activated Carbon filter, to accelerate the binding of chemicals much faster. Compared with the full-size machine, you might be expecting some compromises to have been made in the process of squeezing this air purifier into its compact form factor. It can only hold 6.5 lbs of carbon, which is half of the full-size, but is still capable of beating even a $1595 Oransi Erik 650A with only 3.5 lbs of impregnated carbon. With a combination of natural zeolite, this air filter can deal with more than 3000 types of toxic gases and odors.
It may be small, but with 30-sq-ft True HEPA filter, the Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr still has more media filters than even the flagships of other brands. Talking about the efficiency, Austin Air claimed that their air purifiers can even deal with the pollutants as small as 0.1 microns in size.
But that’s just what they said. In Breathe Quality, every air purifier must pass a strict test with full of smoke, pollen, dust and if we can afford that much, chemicals and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). To test the performance of this Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr, I ran it in a room of 200 sq ft for 1 hour. Our sample units are the Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0, Winix HR1000 and Sharp FP-A80UW to compare with this machine.
As the result, the Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr was a clear winner with the efficiency of 99.97% for trapping any particles down to 0.3 microns. The Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0 and the Winix HR1000 only ended at 99.95%. We can easily see how strong the air filtration process of this Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr.
There is always downside for an upgraded version, and for most of the time, it is the higher cost. To replace the filter for Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr, you need to pay for $234. Thankfully, the True HEPA filter can last for 5 years, so you only pay for $47 per year for the filter replacement. It is more affordable than even the Alen BreatheSmart FIT50 or Blueair Classic 405.
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Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr Room Coverage
For the fan power, this American company just simply reduce the room capability of Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr 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 HealthMate Plus Jr is 2X to 4X. It means the Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr can exchange the air in your room up to 4 times per hour.
The CADR of Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr is 200 cfm in general. With a lower CADR rating than even the Winix HR1000 or Sharp KC-860U, the Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr won’t clean your room of 700 sq ft fast enough.
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Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr Sound
Looking at the very high noise level of the Austin Air HealthMate Plus, 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 HealthMate Plus Jr 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 HealthMate Plus Jr.
However, the noise level is still lower than the threshold we called “noise”, and if you don’t have any problem with the sound, you still can run this air purifier.
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Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr 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 HealthMate Plus Jr has a Permanent-Split Capacitor (PSC) motor to draw less current and reduce your operating costs. But the power consumption of this Austin Air HealthMate Jr is still too high, from 56W to 80W. I have no idea what the advanced motor is doing to keep minimalizing the noise and the energy of this air purifier.
For running an Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr 8 hours per day, you need to pay from $20 to $30 annually.
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Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr 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 HealthMate Plus Jr 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 bigger version is truly a revolution, but the compact version – Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr is not so greater than the standard Austin Air HealthMate Jr. You can still opt in for it, but you must embrace both the higher base price and filter replacement.
Should I buy Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr?
Yes, this is the best air purifier in the Austin Air Junior Series, and it is an amazing protection against the wildfire smoke and chemicals for the price.
- If you have serious allergies or asthma to airborne pollutants: the Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr is the most powerful option for the price.
- 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 HealthMate Plus Jr.
- 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 HealthMate Plus Jr. The Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0 will save you $100, 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 HealthMate Plus Jr 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
The potassium iodide to deal with the chemicals much faster? But with such little amount of this thing, the Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr pushes quite far for its price.