The Blueair Classic 205 is the little smart brother in the whole Blueair Classic family. As one in the most powerhouse family of Blueair, with Classic 405 – winners of awards and Classic 605 – the powerful smart air purifier, we should expect in this Blueair Classic 205 a lot. So don’t let you wait anymore, here is the Blueair Classic 205 Review.
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- Great performance rating
- Highest quality material
- Wifi and Alexa enable
- 5-year warranty
- Is more expensive than others with same room coverage
- Quite noisy
- No integrated Smart Sensor
As one of the best air purifier brands in the world, the Swedish Blueair has delivered their products to more than 10000 customers. Purchasing one air purifier from this brand is highly recommended. Now, because you are here, you must want to read the Blueair Classic 205 Review to see if this air purifier is a smart choice for 2019 or not.
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Blueair Classic 205 Price
Though being the little brother, and the most affordable smart air purifier in Classic family, Blueair Classic 205 is still under the entry mid-range in the market. Like a great many Blueair devices in 2019, this Blueair Classic 205 features an unique and powerful air filtration technology to remove even the particles with size as small as 0.1 microns.
The Classic family has always been about offering good performance at a mid to high-range cost, and this Blueair Classic 205 is no different. The original price starts from $349, and for that, Blueair Classic 205 is even more expensive than some other brands’ flagships, like Winix WAC9500 or Levoit LV-H133. Other good air purifier you could consider in this price range is the Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0 – one masterpiece of modern air purifiers, and the new Levoit LV-H134.
If you are looking for a smart air purifier, Blueair Classic 205 is a good start. However, after the unveiling of the Blueair Sense+, which are admittedly above-average, you can enjoy all these necessary Smart features with a much lower price.
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Blueair Classic 205 Design and Size
As the first one of its smart kind, Blueair Classic 205 remains the classic design from the first air purifiers. That being said, we will have a durable steel air purifier, with solid built-in body and pure look. We still have the characteristic metal front with Blueair logo and an LED on/off indicator.
The size of this Blueair Classic 205 is a little bit smaller than its brother, with only 21 inches in height and 17 inches in width. Though smaller than Blueair Classic 405 and Blueair Classic 605, this air purifier is still easy to control while sitting or standing.
We will have a big air intake grill from the back and an air outlet grill on top. This is the original design concept of the Blueair’s air purifiers, to make use of the classic air flow structure from side-to-top. This design concept can help maximize the efficiency of its fan power, and is popular in other air purifier brands in same price range, like GermGuardian AC9200WCA, Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0 or Sharp FP-A80UW.
Also on top of this air purifier, the Blueair Classic 205 features the recognizable digital control panel with easy-to-read LED icons let you see the status of your air purifier’s Wifi connection, operating speed and filter.
Just like the Classic 405, Blueair Classic 205 doesn’t come with a set of casters. Luckily, this air purifier is only 24 lbs and is lightweight enough to move around your home. However, if you value the weight of the air purifier much, you need to check the lightweight ones like Blue Pure 411 (also from Blueair), Levoit LV-H132 or Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0.
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Blueair Classic 205 Filters
When it comes to the performance and power of an air purifier, we decide based on how many air filters it has and the air filter types are used. Not like any other brands, Blueair uses the same air filter structure for all of their Sense and Classic air purifiers. This will guarantee a top-notch performance for whatever air purifier you choose from this brand, even in the little Blueair Classic 205.
- Particle Filter/ SmokeStop Filter – You can choose from the Particle Filter with the power to capture 99.97% of pollutants such as pollen, dust, pet dander, mold spores, viruses and bacteria down to 0.1 microns. Otherwise, you can pay more for SmokeStop Filter, which is most likely the combination of True HEPA filter and Activated Carbon Filter.
This is the same HEPASilent filter being used in the Blueair Classic family. With a combination of both mechanical and electrostatic filtration, the HEPASilent technology can trap even the tiny 0.1 microns airborne particles of pollutants, with an efficiency rate of 99.97%. It is safe to say that the air filtration technology of Blueair is one of the best at the moment. Having a Blueair Classic 205 is a guarantee of clean air in your home.
If you are willing to pay more, you will have the SmokeStop filter, which adds an extra layer of Activated Carbon filter. This Activated Carbon filter is made of magnesium dioxide and copper oxide impregnation, which is highly effective against all kinds of common gaseous pollutants like Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), traffic exhaust, smog, odors, and smoke.
Bringing the Blueair Classic 205 into a test is, luckily, one of the easiest tasks for me. There is no doubt for the good performance rating from all of Blueair air purifiers. In this test, I chose the Winix WAC950 to compare with my Blueair Classic 205. At the time of writing, the Winix WAC9500 is still one of the best air purifiers 2019, and would be a worthy challenger for any air purifier. The test conditions are simple, running for one full hour in a room of 150 square feet. As the result, Winix WAC9500 easily pass with a high efficiency of 99.95% for trapping any pollutants as small as 0.3 microns. But, it is amazing that Blueair Classic 205 also scores this high efficiency of 99.95%. That’s the true power of HEPASilent technology, which even pass the most difficult test.
And don’t forget that all of Blueair Classic air filters are naturally anti-bacterial and 100% recyclable. That’s why in Breathe Quality, we truly value the Blueair brand in terms of high quality and green materials.
Being an air purifier for small room, Blueair Classic 205 filter is the most affordable in this family to purchase, from $49 for the Particle Filter. The raw cost of this filter is also among the lowest if you compared with other $300 air purifiers, like Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0 with $85 or Winix NK105 with $100. However, the downside of this Blueair Classic 205 filter is the lifetime of 6 months, which translates into 4,380 hours of use. This lifetime is quite shorter than others, especially for a mid-range air purifier.
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Blueair Classic 205 Room Coverage
Blueair Classic 205 is ideal for a small room, with a room coverage of 279 square feet. This room coverage is even way smaller than any well-known $200 air purifiers like Honeywell HPA300 or Coway AP-1512HH. For the price, if you want to deal with larger room, you should check the Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0 (with 625 square feet) or at least Oransi OV200 (with 400 square feet).
The ACH of Blueair Classic 205 is 5X. This is the common ACH rating from any devices in Blueair Classic family, which allows this Blueair Classic 205 to clean your room every 12 minutes.
The CADR of Blueair Classic 205 is 200 Dust/ 180 Smoke/ 200 Pollen (cfm). The CADR rating is perfect for its room coverage, and with a high ACH rating as 5X, we believe this Blueair Classic 205 can even clean a room up to 360 square feet in size. Also, this CADR rating is higher than many competitors in same price, like Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0, or Oransi OV200.
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Blueair Classic 205 Sound
Even with the HEPASilent technology, Blueair Classic 205 is not as silent as expect. This problem is mostly because of the high fan power of this air purifier.
With 3 fan speeds, Blueair Classic 205 has the same noise level with the bigger Classic 405, which is 32 decibels at the lowest setting. This is higher than most of the silent air purifiers like Winix WAC9500, Levoit LV-H133 or Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0. However, since the library noise level is 40 decibels, the noise level of Blueair Classic 205 is mostly acceptable in low setting.
At the highest setting, the noise level is even higher than Blueair Classic 405, with 56 decibels (db). However, this noise level is just the same level as normal conservation in your home. And if you keep this air purifier mostly in the low speed, I believe that you can run this air purifier at public and quiet spaces like the office or library.
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Blueair Classic 205 Power Consumption
One of our most FAQs is “Do air purifiers use a lot of energy?” An air purifier is designed to run for a long time to be efficient. Therefore power consumption is always one important criteria when you decide to buy one air purifier.
Using the old technology of HEPASilent, Blueair Classic 205 has a higher power consumption than others from this brand at lowest setting, with 20 watts. At the highest setting, the power consumption is about 80 watts. If you value the energy-saving air purifier (admit it, everyone does), you should choose other devices from this same brand, like Blue Pure 211 or Blue Pure 121. Or else, I recommend you to look for the Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0 – one of the best energy-saving air purifiers for the price.
For running a Blueair Classic 205 8 hours per day, you only need to pay from $7 to $30 annually. If you mostly run the Blueair Classic 205 in the lowest setting, the cost you need to pay can easily be missed.
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Blueair Classic 205 Additional Features
Blueair Classic 205 is a smart air purifier, which means you can connect this device to Wifi and control it easily via a mobile app named Blueair Friend App (available both for iOS and Android). Moreover, if you have Amazon Echo, you can use Alexa to control Blueair Classic 205 via voice commands.
Other high-end additional features like Night Mode (to reduce the fan speed and stop the light) and Timer are all available in this Blueair Classic 205. In addition, you will not need to note the date of filter replacement, because this air purifier comes with a handy LED indicator to remind you.
But there is no Smart Sensor (which help you automatically adjust the fan speed according to the air quality) in this Blueair Classic 205, which is not available in Classic 405 and Classic 605, either. For a $300 air purifier, you will not believe that Blueair can’t integrate the air sensor into their devices. This feature is more or less must-have, especially when other competitors have done it so well. We can tell a few names like Winix WAC9500, Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0, Levoit LV-H134 or even the $200 ones like Coway AP-1512HH or GermGuardian CDAP5500BCA.
Blueair Classic 205 Customer Service
As one of the best recommended air purifier brands in 2019, Blueair focuses strongly on the customer service. With a lot of local stores and a dedicated supports from both phone and email, you are guaranteed to reach them as soon as possible.
If you need to find a local store of Blueair in all over the world, you can use the store locator function of their website. To reach the customer service, you can choose from calling them at 888-258-3247, or emailing them at email@example.com. They will be available for you from Monday to Friday, with the exceptions of U.S holidays.
Remember only one thing, you need to complete the Product Registration form within 60 days of purchase or register through the Blueair Friend mobile app to secure the 5-year warranty. Otherwise, you only benefit from 1-year warranty. Moreover, do not attempt to bring the air purifier outside of the United States or Canada, or your warranty will be void immediately.
A good and smart air purifier, but the price is high for a small room device. Blueair Classic 205 is also old and noisy, which makes customers prefer the Blueair Sense+ much more, with better overall performance.
Should I buy Blueair Classic 205?
Maybe no, unless if you need to control your air purifier with Alexa voice commands. Otherwise, a Blueair Sense+ is always better.
- If you have serious allergies or asthma to airborne pollutants: the Blueair Classic 205 is the best thing you can get, or you can consider the Levoit LV-H134 and Blue Pure 121.
- If you want a better performance, or better fan power to clean your room faster: this is the air purifier with the great fan power for the price. You could buy the Honeywell HPA300 or Blue Pure 211 to improve the fan power.
- If you need an air purifier with a better room coverage: you can choose the Alen BreatheSmart FLEX or Levoit LV-H134, as they can deal with 700 square feet. The Oransi Max is suggested for the room size of 1100 square feet, too.
- If you need a budget version of this air purifier: you can choose the Blueair Classic 203 or Honeywell HPA200 instead. But the best alternative of this Blueair Classic 205 is the Blueair Sense+.
- If you need a more silent air purifier: the Blueair Classic 205 is really silent and you don’t need to look for others.
- If you care about the annual filter cost and energy cost: the Blueair Classic 205 is one of the most saving air purifiers you can get, but I suggest to pay more for the Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0 or Alen BreatheSmart 45i, especially when you concern about the annual cost the most.
- If you love the additional features: the Winix NK100, Winix HR950, Oransi OV200 and Levoit LV-H133 are the best options with Smart Sensor. If you want the Wifi connectivity function, you had better pick one in these Winix NK105, Winix QS, Blueair Classic 205 and Honeywell HPA250B. You can also check the Sharp KC-850U or Sharp KC-860U for the humidifier function.
- Cleaning Power
- Power Consumption
Blueair Classic 205 is a member of a great brand for air purifiers, but its performance doesn’t justify its price tag.