The Elechomes EPI236 is adding flair to the budget segment, and I believe some improvements will take it a long way close to the best budget air purifiers in the U.S. Are you ready for the newest Elechomes EPI236 Review?
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- 100% ozone-free
- Good fan power for the price
- Smart Sensor on a budget
- Quite noisy on highest speed
Elechomes is doing great at manufacturing new air purifiers. The Elechomes EPI236 is the latest model of this company, and it is meant to fill the gap between two previous models, and competes directly against the popular Levoit Core 300. In our today Elechomes EPI236 Review, we will give our first impression of the new device, and let’s see if it is actually the best budget air purifier from the rising Chinese manufacturer or not.
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Elechomes EPI236 Price
The budget air purifier segment of the United States is on fire currently with numerous incredible value for money devices available for consumers. Air purifiers don’t need short refresh cycles, but a company needs to have air purifiers that fit all budget options.
Then you now the goal of the Elechomes EPI236, to fill the large gap between the flagship Elechomes UC3101 and Elechomes EPI081. It is really hard for a newcomer to start manufacturing the mid-range devices, so focusing on low-range budget is commonly better.
As the newest entrant born because of this ideology, Elechomes EPI236 has a price tag between two previous model, to be officially $109 on Elechomes website. You should check our deal below, to get a (usually) better price than the official one.
Like I said earlier, the Elechomes EPI236 is placed in a very competitive segment. Besides the obvious Levoit Core 300 – one of the best air purifiers reviewed by Breathe Quality, the Elechomes EPI236 is also more expensive than air purifiers sharing same design, like Airthereal ADH80 or Medify MA-14. You can also think of the RENPHO RP-AP001, if you value the Smart Sensor selling point.
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Elechomes EPI236 Design and Size
It seems urgent need to release a new air purifier doesn’t give Elechomes enough time to make a new design. The Elechomes EPI236, once again, shares the exactly same design as the model EPI236 from Healthlead, which is also a China-based company.
As with most air purifiers in this segment, the Elechomes EPI236 follows the tried and tested cylindrical design. It isn’t too big with 16 inches in height, and 9.4 inches in width. Thanks to the white color, the air purifier looks nice in plastic body, and you can think your air purifier to look eye catchy.
Elechomes EPI236 uses a traditional bottom-to-top air flow system concept, and it has perforated holes for the air intake. The air intake is 360° to increase the efficiency of high fan power.
However, Elechomes EPI236 places the control panel on front rather than top, and in my opinion, it is quite difficult to change the setting, as the air purifier must be put on ground. You’d better switch to Auto Mode and forget controlling this air purifier completely.
Elechomes EPI236 weighs only 7.7 lbs, just half the weight of the Elechomes UC3101. You can move it from room to room quite easily.
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Elechomes EPI236 Filters
It seems Elechomes want their new air purifier to be quickly certified as 100% ozone-free, so they only use mechanical air filter in this Elechomes EPI236, which is unlike the first Elechomes UC3101. That said, you will have a simple 3-stage air cleaning system in this Elechomes EPI236.
- Pre-filter – To trap large pollutants like pet hair, lint and fur.
- Activated Carbon filter – Eliminates odors and smoke.
- True HEPA filter – Removes 99.97% of airborne pollutants down to 0.3 microns, such as pet dander, pollen, smoke and more.
Making an all-in-one air filter is trending right now, to simplify the process of changing air filter. You can dispose the old filter and install the new one without any tools required.
I made a simple test for the Elechomes EPI236, in a room of 150 square feet and under 1 hour. I let it run against many popular air purifiers in the same price range, like the Airthereal APH260, Levoit Core P350, Mooka Allo and TruSens Z-1000. Certainly, the Elechomes EPI236 can’t compare with things like Airthereal APH260 or Levoit Core P350, but it is the cheaper air purifier. Beside, the efficiency of 99.7% for trapping any particles down to 0.3 microns is still great to use.
Elechomes charges you around $36 for the new air filter of Elechomes EPI236. You need to replace the filter every 6 month, for optimal performance.
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Elechomes EPI236 Room Coverage
Elechomes EPI236 is marketed to be used in large rooms, as the manufacturer suggests to run it in a room of 280 square feet.
The ACH of Elechomes EPI236 is 5X. This air purifier can fully exchange the air in your room 5 times per hour.
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Elechomes EPI236 Sound
Elechomes isn’t a good company to hold the noise level lower than other competitors. The Elechomes EPI236, despite of weaker fan power, bears the same noise level of 35 decibels (db) just like the Elechomes UC3101. Of course, it is quiet, and you won’t notice it running in this mode.
However, things get a little bit unacceptable for the highest speed. Its noise level is now 61 decibels, and no way you can sleep with this mode on.
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Elechomes EPI236 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 if this air purifier is good or not.
The Elechomes EPI236 reduces the power consumption from previous model to only 50 watts. It is not the best, but it is good enough to keep your electricity bill low.
If you run the Elechomes EPI236 for at least 8 hours per day, you will need to pay $18 each year.
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Elechomes EPI236 Additional Features
The number of air purifiers with Smart Sensor for around $100 has increased rather rapidly, and the Elechomes EPI236 is no different, with a dust sensor to track the air quality status. The LED indicator is at the bottom, and sometimes you will miss the report, but that’s okay.
Smart Sensor isn’t only for reporting the air quality index. Thanks to the Auto Mode, Elechomes EPI236 will choose the proper fan speed automatically for the current air quality index. You can fully set it and forget it.
To aid the users in smart control, Elechomes EPI236 has a basic Timer, so you can schedule the time off after 1, 2, 4 or 8 hours. It also has Child lock feature, by holding both the fan speed and filter reminder buttons for 3 seconds. This setting helps you keep the air purifier running from the curiosity of your children or pets.
Finally, Elechomes EPI236 has a LED indicator for filter replacement, to remind you when to change the filter.
Elechomes EPI236 Customer Service
Elechomes is a Chinese air purifier manufacturer, so it is quite hard for them to deliver the best customer service like any other local air purifier brands.
So to say, if you encounter any problem, it will take time to solve it. Make sure to contact email@example.com for any trouble as soon as possible.
The products of Elechomes are fulfilled by Amazon, so they cover a Free Shipping for you. Elechomes also provides a full refund within 30 days for any undamaged product and packaging. However, if you can’t provide a proper reason for returning, you must pay the shipping cost.
For the warranty, by default you will get an 1-year warranty for the air purifiers. If you register on their website, you will get an extra 6-month warranty.
Elechomes EPI236 has done a good job at filling the large gap between other models in the family. It still has many weak points, but it is open to any new improvements to be a decent contender in the low-range segment.
Elechomes EPI236 is a decent contender for low-range, if it has some future improvements.