Blueair Classic 480i is the most necessary upgrade to a previous air purifier with such great performance that has won numerous of awards – the Classic 405. But it’s still worth considering, provided you can swing the high asking price. Have any questions? First, read our Blueair Classic 480i Review.
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- Awesome performance rating
- Highest quality material
- Improved air filtration system
- Accurate Smart Sensor
- 5-year warranty
- Starting price is far too high
- The machine is big and heavy
- Quite noisy at highest setting
Blueair is a Swedish air purifier brand which lasts for 20 years. Their air purifiers are now available in more than 60 countries, which is a good sign of their popularity. Now, let’s talk about the Blueair Classic 480i Review to see if this air purifier could be the next device in your home or not.
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Blueair Classic 480i Price
$100. Yes, that’s how you need to pay for the upgrade of built-in Smart Sensor and an improved air filtration system.
However, as an upgrade of the amazing Classic 405 – winner of the Best Buy award from Which? (one of the UK’s largest independent consumer organizations), recommended by the Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association, clearly Blueair Classic 480i is a real deal for the mid to high-range market.
Starting from $649, Blueair Classic 480i must compete with lots of big brand, like Rabbit Air with their MinusA2, Honeywell with their latest Honeywell HPA600B. The top 1 brand in high-range – IQAir, also makes a good air purifier to compete with Blueair in this segment – the IQAir HealthPro Compact.
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Blueair Classic 480i Design and Size
Blueair Classic 480i still holds the same design and size we’ve ever seen from the previous Classic 405. That means it keeps the same height of 23 inches and same width of 20 inches, which is a medium size compared with a bigger Classic 605 (26 inches in height) and Classic 205 (21 inches in height).
The fresh design DNA like air grill from both sides has been spliced onto the Blueair Classic 480i and I’m a fan, just as I was with Classic 405. This design optimizes the back to front air flow system, which is a great advantage for the Classic family. However, this air flow system is not so popular in the mid to high-range air purifiers. Typically, a $600 air purifier will use a 360 Degree air flow, or the new bottom-to-top air flow system (like the latest Classic 605).
On top of this Blueair Classic 480i is a brand new digital control panel, with a built-in button for Auto Smart Sensor and two indicators for VOCs and PM 2.5.
Blueair Classic 480i is a durable steel and big size air purifier, with 33 lbs in weight. Moving it around is especially difficult because of the dumb handle from each side. Luckily, we will have an improvement differentiating this air purifier and the predecessor Classic 405 – the optional installation of casters. That gives this Blueair Classic 480i enough mobility, the same goes with higher model like Classic 605.
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Blueair Classic 480i Filters
As the most important criteria to decide the performance of one air purifier, we need to know the quality and material of the air filters, as well as the number of air filter types in this testing device. Blueair Classic 480i is rated as Best in Test by the independent Nordic test institute Testfakta, making air filtration system is one of the most competitive edges for this device.
- 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.
HEPASilent is the unique air filtration technology from Blueair company, built from a mechanical gradient structure materials. It helps resist clogging and won’t re-release particles back into the air, even when the filter is heavily loaded. Also, this technology uses electrostatic cling to get particles electrically charged before passing through the mechanical filter. This process will reduce up to 99.97% of airborne particles as small as 0.1 microns.
Just like Classic 405, you can purchase the SmokeStop filter to add an extra layer of Activated Carbon filter. Made of magnesium dioxide and copper oxide impregnation, this Activated Carbon filter can adsorb most of the common gaseous pollutants like Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), traffic exhaust, smog, odors, and smoke. You can tell the difference between the Particle filter and SmokeStop filter due to the colors. Particle filter is whole white, while the SmokeStop filter has activated carbon covered, and therefore is black.
The last but not least, all of Blueair Classic air filters are naturally anti-bacterial and 100% recyclable.
In the common Breathe Quality’s performance test, I put both the Blueair Classic 480i and the Alen BreatheSmart into a room of 300 square feet for 1 hour. With this test, I can easily tell the performance of Blueair Classic 480i, as well as help you realize the difference in performance rating of two $649 air purifiers. After 1 hour, the Blueair Classic 480i easily defeats the opponents, captures 99.97% every airborne particle as small as 0.3 microns. The Alen BreatheSmart can only deal with 98.5%.
Most importantly, the cost of filter replacement for Blueair Classci 480i (and Classic 405 as well) is only $59. You should know that this is the lowest filter replacement cost among all mid to high-range air purifiers. The average filter cost is about $90 and can rise up to $300 (especially for Medical-grade filter like Austin Air HealthMate Plus). However, this filter has only one disadvantage, as it can only last for 6 months of use, or 4,380 hours.
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Blueair Classic 480i Room Coverage
All of the room coverage specifications, like ACH and CADR ratings, of this Blueair Classic 480i remains the same with Classic 405. You can expect this air purifier to work effectively in a room of 434 square feet. In this price range, if you want a larger room coverage, there are lots of potential candidate. For example, the Rabbit Air MinusA2 can cover up to 815 square feet, or the Austin Air Allergy Machine with 1500 square feet.
The ACH of Blueair Classic 480i is 5X, resulting a frequency of cleaning your room every 12 minutes.
The CADR of Blueair Classic 480i is 300 Dust/ 280 Smoke/ 300 Pollen (cfm). With 1/3 the price, a Honeywell HPA300 can do even better. However, I need to remind you that higher CADR rating doesn’t mean better performance. The most important criteria to decide the performance of air purifier is the structure and quality of its air filters.
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Blueair Classic 480i Sound
With a built-in Sensor, Blueair Classic 480i can automatically switch to the lowest setting. Combines with the HEPASilent technology, this air purifier can reduce the fan noise to as low as possible.
Blueair Classic 480i uses 3 fan speeds, and the lowest noise level is 32 decibels, which is lower than library noise level. Though it isn’t as good as the silent devices like Winix WAC9500, Levoit LV-H133 or Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0, it is mostly acceptable.
At the highest setting, the air purifier can reach 52 decibels (db) noise level, which is higher than the noise level of normal conversation at home. So make sure that you always keep the Smart Sensor on, especially when you use it for bedroom or your office.
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Blueair Classic 480i Power Consumption
One of our most FAQs is “Do air purifiers use a lot of energy?” In fact, we need to run an air purifier for a long time to be efficient. And power consumption is one important criteria to review if this air purifier is good or not.
Although Blueair Classic 480i has a built-in air sensor, the power consumption is still remaining from 15 watts to 90 watts, just like the Classic 405.
However, thanks to the air sensor, this air purifier will mostly run at lowest setting, and reduce the power consumption significantly. At 15 watts, the power consumption of this Blueair Classic 480i can easily defeat others in same price range, like Honeywell HPA600B or AIRMEGA 300S.
For running a Blueair Classic 480i 8 hours per day, you only need to pay from $5 to $33 annually.
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Blueair Classic 480i Additional Features
As I stated earlier, Blueair Classic 480i is indeed a necessary upgrade to Classic 405, with a built-in air sensor. This integrated air sensor will automatically detect the current air quality and change the fan speed. You can see the benefits of this Smart Sensor in the reduction of noise level and power consumption.
Blueair Classic 480i, however, doesn’t support Alexa. Though the application of Alexa is limited, if you are using Amazon Echo in your home, you should opt-in for Classic 405, which does support it. The Wifi capability and control via app are still available in this air purifier.
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 405. 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.
In the real world, both Blueair Classic 480i and Classic 405 are now the smartest air purifiers available, with lots of additional features to compete with the classic ones like Austin Air air purifiers, the Austin Air HealthMate, Pet Machine and Allergy Machine.
Blueair Classic 480i 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.
If you want to upgrade your Blueair Classic 405, you should think it again. The air sensor is much handy, but what you’re saving by going for Classic 405 far outweighs what you’re losing. If you don’t have any air purifier, however, an investment in Blueair Classic 480i may save you a lot of money for your electric bill.
Should I buy Blueair Classic 480i?
- If you have serious allergies or asthma to airborne pollutants: this Blueair Classic 480i is one of the best air purifiers from this well-known brand.
- If you want a better performance, or better fan power to clean your room faster: you can choose between the Austin Air HealthMate, Austin Air Allergy Machine and Airpura H600 for better CADR rating.
- If you need an air purifier with a better room coverage: the Airpura H600 and Airpura I600 can clean a room of 2000 square feet, the Austin Air HealthMate and Austin Air Pet Machine is 1500 square feet. You can also choose between the Alen BreatheSmart (with 1100 square feet) and AIRMEGA 300S (1256 square feet) with the price of Blueair Classic 480i.
- If you need a budget version of this air purifier: with $170 less, the Oransi Max and Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr are your best picks for a budget version. Even the Blueair Classic 405 is great enough to be the alternative of this Blueair Classic 480i, with $100 less.
- If you need a more silent air purifier: the Blueair Classic 480i is quiet for the fan power. But you can achieve more with the Rabbit Air MinusA2.
- If you care about the annual filter cost and energy cost: the Blueair Classic 480i is great for annual filter cost.
- If you love the additional features: the Blueair Classic 480i is the most modern air purifier to buy.
- Cleaning Power
- Power Consumption
This is still a superb device that, provided you look after it, has the stones to last you a long time.