The Coway AP-1512HHS (or AIRMEGA AP-1519P) is a slight upgrade that’s still a solid air purifier. Compared to the famous Coway AP-1512HH, the Activated Carbon filter of the Coway AP-1512HHS is more powerful, and it has all the Smart features to be an AIRMEGA model (name of the Coway’s premium lineup). These are all just tweaks though, so we need a complete Coway AP-1512HHS Review to see if we should pay more for the newer device or not.
In Breathe Quality, we have reviewed all air purifiers under these sections. Also, we guarantee that:
- We do give honest reviews (both pros and cons) so anyone will guarantee to have the wisest choices.
- We do not (and never) exaggerate one product just to let you click the links and buy that product blindly.
- High-quality performance
- Innovative design
- Great Eco Mode and Smart features
- A bit more expensive for near performance
- App receives many bugs
Coway has released the Coway AP-1512HHS, the model to bring the most popular and successful Coway AP-1512HH into the mid-range level, by connecting it with the IoCare app from AIRMEGA models. The device is even called as AIRMEGA AP-1519P, as it has near performance as the top-class air purifiers of the family. So, are you ready for the Coway AP-1512HHS Review?
Other Coway’s Air Purifier Reviews:
Coway AP-1512HHS Price
Adding a Smart air purifier version seems to be favored more and more in low-range segment. Many big air purifier brands are including the Smart features to their most popular budget products, to give everyone with tight budget a taste of high-end user.
Coway AP-1512HHS is such device, to import all Smart features from the luxury AIRMEGA lineup, like AIRMEGA 300S or AIRMEGA 400S, and bring to the most popular Coway AP-1512HH. If you are looking for the AIRMEGA AP-1519P, it is just the same as our today unit. Finally, the AIRMEGA we want to have (not the AIRMEGA 200M, without any upgrades from the original one).
It looks quite identical to the original model, and you might think that not a lot has changed – but it’s inside where the differences lie.
In terms of the price, the good (ish) news is that it hasn’t risen too much from the incredibly successful AP-1512HH, with the Coway AP-1512HHS coming in at $299 at launch.
The alternatives of this air purifier should be the smart versions from big competitors of the original one, like the Honeywell HPA8350 or Blueair Classic 205. But the latest Coway AP-1512HHS is still the most affordable air purifier to get, so do you find it more interesting?
Related post: Best air purifier 2021.
Coway AP-1512HHS Design and Size
First impression, the Coway AP-1512HHS has improved color selection, at least in my opinion. With less white and more pink, the air purifier brings an alternative look to Coway’s device. It feels closer to Rose Gold than anything else, but there’s a definite coffee tinge to the coloring that I’m not wholly enamored with.
Beyond that, the design of the Coway AP-1512HHS is familiar because it is exactly the same as the old Coway AP-1512HH. The same shape, frame and 16.8 x 18.3 x 9.6 inches footprint are used,and the temptation to copy and paste the previous year’s words here is high.
I shall persevere though, as it’s only fair to discuss what works on this newer Coway AP-1512HHS and why, in its own right, it’s still one of the best-designed air purifiers on the market right now. It is truly the iconic design of this #1 Korean air purifier company.
And yes, the bottom-to-top air flow system concept is used here, with the air intake behind the signature iPod-like front plate of Coway AP-1512HHS, which I was mightily impressed with the beauty of the air purifier blending with my home’s decor.
The number of buttons on top control panel is a bit changed, but it is still the classic buttons that I prefer to touch and feel. As you can see, simplicity is simply the best.
Coway AP-1512HHS weighs only 12.3 lbs, just like the predecessor, so you can easily move it from room to room.
Related post: Best air purifiers for bedroom.
Coway AP-1512HHS Filters
I’ve described the air filtration system of Coway AP-1512HH as “close to perfection”. The Coway AP-1512HHS welcomes some new changes, but one thing remains – the high efficiency of capturing airborne allergens. Let’s take a look on the 3-stage air cleaning system of this air purifier.
- 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 improved honeycombed carbon filter works its best to deodorize and trap harmful gas to keep your place fresh and odor-free. It reduces more than 90% of Volatile Organic Compounds and reduces fumes such as NH3 and CH3CHO.
- 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.
Though being built on the core of True HEPA filter from old model, the HEPA filter made by Coway is still one of the most powerful filters you can get in the world. It is high-quality and exceptional to deal with all types of airborne allergens, virus particles, pollen, mold and fungi particles, as small as 0.3 microns.
Coway AP-1512HHS use an improved honeycombed Activate Carbon filter, which is widely used in AIRMEGA product line, and it is more efficient in trapping odors and chemicals. In real use, I can’t say I noticed things looking exceptional – that’s not to say that the more advanced carbon filter isn’t impressive, but the current carbon filter of Coway is overall too good.
It also doesn’t have the vital ionizer feature, so the Coway AP-1512HHS can be 100% ozone-free. While recent air purifiers are more and more getting rid of this feature, I’m not surprise of this removal by Coway. Thus, this air purifier is certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for ozone emission safety.
With not much changes in the internal power, I believe you still can use the old test for the Coway AP-1512HHS. As you can see, the Coway AP-1512HHS can nearly match the performance of a $699 Honeywell HPA600B.
With the new carbon filter, of course the price for a set of Coway AP-1512HHS filter is more expensive. You need to find the air filter compatible for the AIRMEGA AP-1519P to get the right filter, which lasts for 1 year.
Related post: Best air purifiers for allergies.
Coway AP-1512HHS Room Coverage
Coway doesn’t necessarily need to change everything inside this Coway AP-1512HHS from the original product. The fan power is remaining, so I believe the room coverage is still 360 square feet.
The ACH of Coway AP-1512HHS is 4X. With such high air changes per hour rate, this air purifier can clean your room every 15 minutes.
The CADR of Coway AP-1512HHS is 246 Dust/ 233 Smoke/ 240 Pollen (cfm). It is enough to clean the suggested room size of 360 square feet.
Related post: Best large room air purifiers.
Coway AP-1512HHS Sound
Usually in this section I’d talk about the noise level test for the air purifiers. As the smart version of the best air purifier for bedroom, as well as the best air purifier for baby, it is naturally for the Coway AP-1512HHS to be impressive at silent operation.
Keeping only 3 fan speeds, the Coway AP-1512HHS runs at only 24 decibels (db) on lowest speed, which is even quieter than whisper. On highest speed, the noise level is measured to be only 54 decibels, and it won’t disturb you when working with such noise, because it is a soothing white noise that can improve your work’s efficiency.
Related post: Best air purifiers for baby.
Coway AP-1512HHS 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.
It’s always struck as odd that Coway never really chase good power consumption in their air purifiers, may be to force users to use the Eco Mode. Well, the lowest power consumption of Coway AP-1512HHS is only 5 watts, but it can be as high as 78 watts. For an air purifier with original Energy Star rating, the Coway AP-1512HHS is not too good.
If you use the Coway AP-1512HHS for 8 hours per day, you need to spend from $10 to $30 annually, depending on the most used fan speed.
Related post: Best air purifiers for pets.
Coway AP-1512HHS Additional Features
Coway is making progress to bring the smart air purifiers for everyone. The AIRMEGA lineup is the pioneer, as all air purifiers are now having at least one smart version.
That being said, the Coway AP-1512HHS, or actually AIRMEGA AP-1519P, can be connected to the IoCare app by Coway. Now you can monitor your air purifier anytime, anywhere by your smartphone. Moreover, as a product of AIRMEGA, the Coway AP-1512HHS is certainly able to connect with Alexa and Dash Replenishment Service, meaning you can use voice control.
And don’t forget the already good Smart Sensor of Coway AP-1512HHS. You can always check the air quality indicator on top control panel, and the Smart Sensor also activates the Auto Mode on, to adjust the fan speed accordingly to reduce particles.
Well, Eco Mode is still the signature additional feature of Coway air purifiers, for it can help reduce the energy consumption easily. By continually tracking the indoor air quality, Eco Mode can ‘know’ when to stop the fan power, and it will remain passive for 30 minutes. This is why the Coway AP-1512HHS is the best air purifier to save your energy bill.
We still have the basic settings like the Timer or LED indicator for filter replacement. Both these features work fine on this Coway AP-1512HHS, and make your life much easier.
Coway AP-1512HHS 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.
The Coway AP-1512HHS costs more obviously, but it brings many high-end features from Coway flagships to a more affordable price point. However, I don’t like the IoCare app, as it has a lot of bugs to live with. If Coway doesn’t try to fix their app, perhaps I will stick with my Coway AP-1512HH for a while.
Need to improve IoCare before releasing this air purifier.