Coway’s old model – Coway AP-1512HH is still an absolute looker and there’s still plenty of gas in the tank if you’re considering it as your next best air purifier in 2021, even though many Coway newer devices are available. Today, we will make a Coway AP-1512HH Review to see why you still want to stick with this air purifier.
Updated: Coway has released the Coway AP-1512HHS, as the new update to our today unit. The new air purifier is in AIRMEGA lineup, so it has all Smart features to compete in low-range to mid-range segment. Also, you can look for the AIRMEGA 150 as the smaller version of our today unit.
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Coway is the number one Korean brand for air purifiers not without a reason. With 30 years in this industry, this brand is a symbol to life-care service sector in Korea. They also are ranked 1st in Korea Consumer Electronics Market Share & Brand Awareness. A well-known brand is always the first reason people look at when buying a product of technology. Coway AP-1512HH, in fact, meets every demand a person would need for their home air quality. Let’s find out in our Coway AP-1512HH Review.
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Coway AP-1512HH Price
Just like Winix – another South Korean brand, Coway targets a very wide range of consumers from normal low-range devices to premium high-end air purifiers. We could easily understand the trend of these South Korea manufacturers, to bring the air purifiers to every class with their own preferences.
It’s no secret that Coway needed to do something big with this air purifier, to unleash something to stop the advance of other rising air purifiers in low-range. In fact, I just didn’t expect the Coway AP-1512HH to be this good. Yes, there are still some elements that prevent it from being the perfect air purifier, but to leap to this point from the very commonplace start is a really, really impressive feat.
It’s dropped a fair bit now though, what with the introduction of the new AIRMEGA family and the new AIRMEGA 200M. That makes Coway AP-1512HH stand among low-range air purifiers, with an attractive price of around $249 on official Coway website. The price can go even lower, and you should grab the deal on Breathe Quality as soon as possible, because the low price isn’t usually available.
The device is available in two colors – a dark black and a bright white. We can easily find the Coway AP-1216L to be the same price with Coway AP-1512HH, but the tower air purifier is quite inferior to our today unit. Or the AIRMEGA 200M, acted as the new version of Coway AP-1512HH in AIRMEGA name.
If you are looking for a comparison, you should check the Honeywell HPA300 – the powerhouse of this American brand. Or the Blueair Sense+ is also a good alternative, packing with Smart features and the same performance with our Coway AP-1512HH.
Perhaps, the Coway AP-1512HH is truly what we deserve to get, a standout air purifier within a very reasonable price.
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Coway AP-1512HH Design and Size
Well, it’s like Coway make drastic changes to their industrial design every year, if not want to say many changes in one year.
And that’s exactly the case here. Coway AP-1512HH only shares same idea design with the low level AP-0512NH. Frankly, this doesn’t bother me in the slightest. The Coway AP-1512HH was already one of the best-looking air purifiers around. Here is the white version of this Coway AP-1512HH, besides the popular black version.
Both the front and back are covered in plastic, but if compared with Winix 5500-2 or Coway AP-0512NH, the Coway AP-1512HH still looks much more luxury. Place the Coway AP-1512HH next to an iPod and you’d be surprise to see the similarity. Under the plastic plate of the front, there are many intake air vents to help bring the polluted air into this device’s air filtration process.
Also, we will have 5 function buttons on top of this air purifier. Like any other classic air purifiers, Coway AP-1512HH has an air outlet grill on top to release the fresh air out to your environment.
Out of the box, Coway AP-1512HH is a very nice device to look at, with the height of 18.3 inches and the width of 16.8 inches. It’s compact yet elegant, with a clear feel of premium quality when you just glance at. That said, it doesn’t feel like the most expensive on the market – whatever reason Coway is giving for charging this air purifier, it’s not coming through in the design. But it does feel like a device that can be mentioned in the same breath as the Honeywell HPA300 and Blueair Sense+ in terms of build quality.
Coway didn’t change the classic design of Korean air purifiers with two handles at each side. However with 12.3 lbs, this air purifier is on par with Levoit LV-PUR131 in weight and is lighter than lots of air purifiers in its native country like Winix WAC9500 or Winix 5500-2.
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Coway AP-1512HH Filters
Close to perfection. That’s the best way to describe the filtration power of Coway AP-1512HH.
At low-range segment, most of air purifier manufacturer needs to sacrifice something – the air filter, the noise level or the fan power. Within the Coway AP-1512HH, amazingly, there is no sacrifice at all. To compete against Winix with their signature PlasmaWave Technology, Coway added enough air purification process to be at mid-range level. Let’s have a look in the 4-stage filtration of Coway AP-1512HH:
- Pre-filter – A washable pre-filter will help you capture the large particles of contaminants, from pet hair, human hair and mold. Keep in mind that this pre-filter is washable and therefore, is permanent to use.
- Activated Carbon Filter – This filter works its best to deodorize and trap harmful gas to keep your place fresh and odor-free.
- True HEPA filter – The high-performance composite True HEPA Filter that captures 99.97% of down to 0.3 microns allergens, virus particles, pollen, mold and fungi particles.
- Ionizer – Vital ionize boosts the cleaning power and freshens the air. Can be switched on/off.
Not much has really changed from the power of Coway air purifiers, but this still holds up as one of the best True HEPA air purifiers in the world. To test the performance rating of this Coway AP-1512HH, I used a $199 Levoit LV-PUR131 and a $699 Honeywell HPA600B. The result is really amazing, as the Coway AP-1512HH can capture 99.95% of as small as 0.3 microns particles (only a little bit below the Honeywell HPA600B), while the Levoit LV-PUR131 has a lower efficiency of 99.7%.
My test conditions: Room coverage of 200 square feet and non-stop running for a full 1 hour.
This top-notch performance is mostly improved through a clever True HEPA filter, which are made with the high-quality material. A vital ionizer is also crucial in releasing a charged ion cloud to trap any allergens lurking around the True HEPA filter. This air cleaning system is exactly what makes the Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0 so successful, and again it boosts the Coway AP-1512HH to a next level of air filtration.
Having an ionic feature in your air purifier is a reason to create ozone and irritate asthma and respiratory issues. And it seems ozone emission level of Coway AP-1512HH is worse than Rabbit Air to handle it. So if your health is affected by ozone, you should turn off the Ionizer in Coway AP-1512HH.
Coway continues to surprise their customers with an incredibly low air filter cost. The Coway AP-1512HH’s air filter is only $45, which is lower than both the $68 of Honeywell HPA300‘s and the $119 Winix WAC9500. You need to replace the True HEPA filter once per year and the Activated Carbon filter once every 6 months.
In fact, we were using two Coway AP-1512HH devices at both our home and our office. The symptoms of serious allergies had reduced significantly in a short time. There is not a slightest sign of asthma when using the ionizer within this device, so don’t worry.
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Coway AP-1512HH Room Coverage
In the U.S and a few other territories, a powerful air purifier must be the one cover a huge area space. That’s why all air purifier brands from the US aim directly at large rooms. We could find Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0 with a 625 square feet, or Honeywell HPA300 with no less than 465 square feet.
With a same price with Levoit LV-PUR131, Coway AP-1512HH can cover effectively a room of 360 square feet. Consider the price could drop about $60 to $70, and is way much cheaper than other US brands, we satisfy with this room coverage without doubt.
The ACH of Coway AP-1512HH is 4X. This specs is as powerful as the Korean air purifier rival – Winix. More air changes per hour result in more frequently your room will be cleaned.
The CADR of Coway AP-1512HH is also impressive, with 246 Dust/ 233 Smoke/ 240 Pollen (cfm). One again, Coway is even with Winix in terms of power. CADR tells exactly how well an air purifier can clean the air within a particular size room and if you concern of the power of your air purifier, you should choose Coway AP-1512HH right away.
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Coway AP-1512HH Sound
As an air purifier designed for bedroom, Coway AP-1512HH must meet the strict requirements not to be noisy. Many of the bedroom-centric air purifiers just like the Coway AP-1512HH produce a great white noise, a soothing ambient sound to help people fall asleep. You should choose an air purifier for your bedroom carefully, otherwise you will be continuously kept awake at night.
Coway AP-1512HH has only 3 fan speeds, with the noise level at the lowest setting of 24.4 decibels. This is just exactly the noise level of the whisper, and in real-world use, you hardly be able to hear anything. Even at the highest setting with 54 decibels (db), the Coway AP-1512HH produces a great white noise through a soothing sound of its fan. This reason is exactly why Coway AP-1512HH is now the best air purifier for bedroom.
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Coway AP-1512HH Power Consumption
One of our most FAQs is “Do air purifiers use a lot of energy?” In fact, air purifier must be used for a long time to be efficient. And power consumption is one important criteria to review how much energy this air purifier will consume.
Prepare to be surprised, as the power consumption of Coway AP-1512HH could be as low as 4.9 watts, thanks to the fantastic Eco Mode. This Eco Mode will put the air purifier in a standby (which only consume 4.9 watts) whenever it detects a better air quality and there is no need to run the fan. It is safe to say that Coway AP-1512HH is the most energy-saving air purifier in the market today. Even the top brand in energy-saving field – the Rabbit Air can only reach the minimum of 5 watts.
However, if you keep running this Coway AP-1512HH at the highest fan speed, the power consumption can be as high as 78 watts. So to say, the Winix WAC9500 consumes up to 70 watts and the Honeywell HPA300 even increases to 130 watts. Coway AP-1512HH might not be the best energy-saver, but it is not the worst, though.
But hey, the Coway AP-1512HH is still an air purifier with Energy Star rating, so it must pass strict tests to be energy efficient. The device is also recommended to help save the environment.
Let’s think for a minute, for like 8 hours of using per day, it would normally cost you from only $10 to $30 per year. Yes, that’s just how you pay for a light bulb each year.
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Coway AP-1512HH Additional Features
Personally, we would like a lot more additional features on an air purifier. Though Coway unveiled many new air purifiers at the moment, if you want a quick-fire look at the Coway AP-1512HH, we’ve got you covered. In short, our Coway AP-1512HH Review will tell you that it’s still a great air purifier with many features.
One good thing will never be changed from Korean devices is tons of featuring functions. Both Winix and Coway are well-known for their up-to-date features on their air purifiers. You need a Smart Sensor to have you automatically select the most proper mode for your room, or a timer to set up on your own? Then Coway AP-1512HH will cover all of these functions. As I stated clearly in the Power consumption part, Coway AP-1512HH brings out the unique Eco Mode, to help further boost the power of Smart Sensor, and reduce the power consumption to as low as possible. This feature is really gold for anyone who is worrying about the annual electricity bill.
However, there is no Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connectivity for this Coway AP-1512HH. This is still not a set back for air purifiers, especially when people are most likely to set their devices in Auto Mode for best efficiency. But if you are really driven by a Smart air purifier, you should search for the Honeywell HPA250B or Blueair Sense+. These brands really pour their heart into building apps, with little to no bugs while running the smart air purifiers. Also, the new Coway AP-1512HHS is available, to help you touch such high-end things in a budget device.
The Coway AP-1512HH uses an intuitive air quality indicator, too. There are two LED filter replacement indicators for True HEPA and Activated Carbon filter, respectively.
Coway AP-1512HH Customer Service
As one of the top electronic brands in Korea, Coway is somehow as huge as Samsung. This brand not only carries out clean innovations for the customers, Coway also delivers their direction as Coway Trust. That’s why Coway always strongly focus on their customers and community. With global subsidiaries and regional dealerships that serves over 60 countries, you should believe in the 3-year warranty for every product from Coway brand.
Moreover, you can contact them via phone at 800-285-0982, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Normally, they will try to contact you back within 24 hours.
Coway AP-1512HH has finished one year after being awarded as the Best Air Purifier by many famous organizations, but it is still a good performer in the market at the moment. Coway has just raised the bar for every other low-range air purifiers. Simply put, if you want to buy a new air purifier within $200 right now, this is the one to pick.
Easily the best low-range air purifier around right now. The Coway AP-1512HH genuinely feels like it could surpass even the mid-range machines in purifying air.