Every machine in Austin Air family was created to solve a specific problem, and as the name of Austin Air Pet Machine implies, it is for filtering unwanted pet odors, hair and dander. It is not a clear evolution from the previous Austin Air models, but it offers a far better impregnated carbon filter over the original Austin Air HealthMate. This is our comprehensive Austin Air Pet Machine Review for everyone who are living with pets.
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- Top-notch performance
- High quality and long-lasting air filter
- Powerful air flow with high CADR
- Overall complete finish
- Durable housing material
- No Smart Features
- High power consumption
- Really noisy
Since 1990, Austin Air is a symbol for air purifiers in the United States, and they are holding the largest manufacturer factory in the world. The Austin Air Pet Machine is one of the best air purifiers for pets, help you remove all the unwanted allergens and live with your beloved pets forever. Okay, back to the Austin Air Pet Machine Review.
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Austin Air Pet Machine Price
The Austin Air Pet Machine is another representative for the very old design of Austin Air with solid-built housing. While we now have the latest flagship Austin Air Bedroom Machine and Austin Air HealthMate Plus to enjoy, Austin Air has kept the Austin Air Pet Machine on sale.
In terms of what came before this air purifier though, the Austin Air Pet Machine looks like the Austin Air Allergy Machine, which looks like the Austin Air HealthMate, and still looks like the flagship Bedroom Machine. The only thing that marks out the model in our today review is a logo brand beside the signature knob. If it wasn’t for that, it would be impossible to tell this and the others apart.
It seems Austin Air will never change this design, so any fans of this brand can only just spend exorbitant sums of money, and they must be keen on the big changes from inside to think about buying a new Austin Air device.
The Austin Air Pet Machine price remains in high-range segment, as high as $654. This is only $10 higher than the Allergy Machine, and the older model’s owner can skip this model when looking for an upgrade. Even though it’s been superseded by the new flagship, it’s still widely available (and is still sold direct from Austin Air).
For the price, the Austin Air Pet Machine is the direct competitor of the Airpura R600 and Airpura I600. People can find the smarter devices on the market as well, without compromises for the performance, such as the Philips 5000i, AIRMEGA 300S or Blueair Classic 480i.
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Austin Air Pet Machine Design and Size
I have kept repeating the same words for the others 8 machines from the Austin Air family, and sadly, the 9th member is still the same design and size as its brothers. There is no change in the Austin Air Pet Machine, it is the same steel housing, the same powder coat paint finish. It must be great for Austin Air, somehow, as you can easily upgrade one air purifier from this brand just by ordering the new air filters.
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.
The Austin Air Pet Machine is 23 inches in height, and 15 inches in width. In a portable air purifier like this Austin Air Pet Machine, we have a signature 360° air intake system. Every minute, the system pulls in room air from all sides of the air purifier, and pulls out from the top air outlet.
Again, like any other machines of this company, the Austin Air Pet Machine 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.
Beside the top outlet air grill of this Austin Air Pet Machine, there is one knob to change fan speed. You can also find a logo to tell the Austin Air Pet Machine from others.
We have a total of 4 different color options for this Austin Air Pet Machine: Black, Midnight Blue, White and Sandstone. It is repeated again and again in any other Austin Air devices.
The Austin Air Pet Machine is 47 lbs in weight, and we must thank for the built-in caster to roll from spot to spot for cleaning air throughout your home.
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Austin Air Pet Machine 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. The Austin Air Pet Machine still features a 4-stage air cleaning system, though it has one special change.
- Pre-filter – During the first stage, Austin Air Pet Machine 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 Pet Machine 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 15 lbs of impregnated activate carbon and zeolite mixture to help remove ammonias, pet odors and dander, chemicals, and gases.
- True HEPA filter – The signature 60-sq-ft Medical-grade True HEPA filter of Austin Air Pet Machine can remove 99.97% of all particles larger than 0.3 microns, and even 95% of all particles larger than 0.1 microns.
Again, we have the classic double pre-filtration in this Austin Air Pet Machine. With a cotton pre-filter (which is permanent to use) and a medium particle filter, the Austin Air Pet Machine can wipe out all allergens from small size to large size. These filters are being used to prolong the life time of True HEPA filter as well.
For the traditional 15-lb Activated Carbon filter, Austin Air Pet Machine makes use of the specially impregnated carbon, which is highly capable of dealing with odors from your pets. It also combines with the natural zeolite, so this air filter can deal with more than 3000 types of toxic gases and odors.
When you mention an Austin Air device, you can’t forget the signature 60-sq-ft Medical-grade True HEPA filter. With so many filter media, the Austin Air Pet Machine can deal with even the tiniest particles, with the efficiency of 99.97% for particles ≥ 0.3 microns, and 95% for particles ≥ 0.1 microns.
My favorite part of the review is the performance test of one air purifier. This time, I selected the AIRMEGA 300S and Alen BreatheSmart as the samples to test the performance of this Austin Air Pet Machine. The result, it was not a surprise as the Austin Air Pet Machine was the winner, as you can see from the chart below.
My testing conditions: Running all air purifiers in the room of 400 sq ft, in 1 hour.
For the filter replacement, you need to pay $295. But keep it in mind that the air filter of Austin Air Pet Machine can last for 5 years, meaning you only need to pay $59 for the annual filter replacement cost. This is only a small amount of money you need to pay for the clean air.
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Austin Air Pet Machine Room Coverage
The quality of the air filtration process is important, but an air purifier needs the fan power to optimize its efficiency. Commonly, the high-range air purifier can cover an extra large space without problem. The Austin Air Pet Machine can clean a room of 1500 sq ft.
The ACH of Austin Air Pet Machine is 2X to 4X. This rating tells us that the machine can clean your room up to every 15 minutes.
The CADR of Austin Air Pet Machine is 400 cfm in general. With such high fan power, the Austin Air Pet Machine will clean your room pretty fast.
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Austin Air Pet Machine Sound
It seems this company doesn’t even try to improve the negative side of the powerful fan. As far as I know, the Austin Air Pet Machine uses a Permanent-Split Capacitor motor which is mounted on shock absorbers to minimalize the noise. However, the fan operation of this machine is really noisy.
So to say, the noise level at the lowest setting is 50 db. It is even higher than the highest noise level of some lower-range air purifiers. And once you switch to the highest speed, the Austin Air Pet Machine nearly reaches the threshold of “noise”, with 66 db. If you mostly run the air purifier on highest speed, make sure that you won’t be affected by noisy sound.
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Austin Air Pet Machine 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 Pet Machine has a Permanent-Split Capacitor (PSC) motor to draw less current and reduce your operating costs. However, you still experience a quite high power consumption from 56W to 132W.
For running an Austin Air Pet Machine 8 hours per day, you need to pay from $20 to $48 annually. Even if you always run the air purifier on highest speed, it would cost you only $0.1 each day.
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Austin Air Pet Machine 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. The top examples are the Airpura H600 and Blueair Pro M.
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 Alen BreatheSmart. Or with around $600, you can choose between the Rabbit Air MinusA2, AIRMEGA 300S and the Blueair Classic 480i. They all feature the modern smart features for your convenient life.
Austin Air Pet Machine 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.
As one member of the Austin Air family, the Austin Air Pet Machine is a strong air purifier machine. It helps reduce your chronic pet allergies, freshen your indoor air, and create an all-around healthier environment for you, your family, and your pets. So great it is, only when you can compromise with the high noise level and power consumption.
Should I buy Austin Air Pet Machine?
Yes, this is one of the best air purifiers for pets, and if you can afford that much, you will be very happy.
- If you have serious allergies or asthma to airborne pollutants: the Austin Air Pet Machine is the best machine you can get, but you can always upgrade to the Austin Air HealthMate Plus.
- If you want a better performance, or better fan power to clean your room faster: you can choose between the Airpura H600, Airpura I600 and/or Airpura R600, as they all have a CADR ratings of 560 cfm (higher than Austin Air Pet Machine, only 400 cfm).
- If you need an air purifier with a better room coverage: the Airpura air purifiers are better with the room coverage of 2000 sq ft.
- If you need a budget version of this air purifier: you can think of the Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr, which is $150 less. Or if you can afford more, the Rabbit Air MinusA2 has the same quality in air filtration process with $50 less. The Austin Air HealthMate is also a good option with $50 less.
- If you need a more silent air purifier: for the price, the AIRMEGA 300S, Rabbit Air MinusA2 and Alen BreatheSmart are more silent than this Austin Air Pet Machine.
- If you care about the annual filter cost and energy cost: the Austin Air Pet Machine is the most saving for annual filter cost, but for the power consumption, you should choose the Rabbit Air MinusA2 or AIRMEGA 300S over this air purifier.
- If you love the additional features: you should look for the Rabbit Air MinusA2, Blueair Classic 480i or AIRMEGA 300S for the Smart Sensor and Smart Wifi connectivity.
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An ultimate solution for pet odors and pet dander.