The Filtrete FAP-C02WA-G2 is cheap and cheerful, but so is the competition. However, with its fetching looks, high-quality performance and medium room capability, this air purifier sounds impressive for the money. Okay, it’s time for a great air purifier, in our Filtrete FAP-C02WA-G2 Review.
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- High-quality True HEPA filter
- Low budget for decent fan power
- Energy Star rating
- Simple air filter installment
- Lower performance (due to AHAM)
- High filter cost
Filtrete celebrated their 25 birthday with a new collection of air purifiers, starting with the Filtrete FAP-C01-A, and our today Filtrete FAP-C02WA-G2 is the direct successor of the aforementioned small room version. It is also the current Amazon’s Choice, and I would like to deliver the Filtrete FAP-C02WA-G2 Review to help you guys check its efficiency in real-world use.
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Filtrete FAP-C02WA-G2 Price
Yes, the Filtrete FAP-C02WA-G2 looks promising. It has everything you love in a budget device, from the appealing design, good specs and simple control panel. It’s also verified by both the Energy Star and Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), making it a strong contender in the increasingly competitive segment.
The low-cost Filtrete air purifier has been resurrected with the new series, started with the Filtrete FAP-C01-A and Filtrete FAP-C01-F1. Our today Filtrete FAP-C02WA-G2 is the next-gen air purifier, together with the iconic Filtrete FAP-C02-A2.
Filtrete FAP-C02WA-G2 doesn’t come with an official price on Filtrete website, but you can get it around $109 in many retailers. For $20 more, you can get the Filtrete FAP-C03BA-G2 that fits a larger room size.
However, there are rival air purifiers which offer even better specs for around the same price (or less) which means you’re essentially paying for Filtrete’s filter and design skills more than anything else – both of which are admittedly above-average.
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Filtrete FAP-C02WA-G2 Design and Size
Looking at the Filtrete FAP-C02WA-G2 and you will find it a lot different from any older Filtrete models. Now, the current Filtrete family is only making simple and practical console air purifier design.
So as the next upgrade of the Filtrete FAP-C01-A, the Filtrete FAP-C02WA-G2 has a bigger size with the height of 18.3 inches and the width of 12.2 inches. However, the moment you set it up it’s obvious this is a budget device with premium aspirations.
It looks bigger than the Pure Enrichment PureZone and Levoit Vital 100, but it remains the very classic look of a budget console air purifier: front plate cover, traditional bottom-to-top air flow system concept, soft touch buttons.
The glossy top is in fact fashioned with a stylish air outlet, using diagonal air grills. The symbol for the buttons are simple and easy to read, too.
Filtrete FAP-C02WA-G2 weighs 11.7 lbs, so it is a bit heavier than many other competitors.
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Filtrete FAP-C02WA-G2 Filters
When you want to check the performance of one air purifier, normally you will look at the quantity and quality of the air filters inside. As the number one manufacturer of the air filter, we can trust in the performance of the Filtrete FAP-C02WA-G2, which has only a 2-stage air cleaning system.
- True HEPA filter – Filtrete FAP-C02WA-G2 uses an in-house True HEPA Filter to reduce 99.97% of as small as 0.3 microns allergens like mites and pet dander, virus particles, mold spores, pollen, germs and bacteria particles.
- Activated Carbon Filter – This in-house Activated Carbon filter adsorb unwanted odors and fume such as cooking smells, smoke, ammonia and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).
Filtrete is now using True HEPA filter for their air purifiers, instead of the old electrostatic filter. As the market becomes increasingly fond of the HEPA filter, this is a good move, especially when Filtrete has more than 25 years of making air filters experience.
Thus, the performance of the Filtrete FAP-C02WA-G2 is staple in this price range, as it can clean 99.9% of any airborne particles down to 0.3 microns, just like the GermGuardian AC5000, Vornadobaby Purio, Vornado AC350 and Medify MA-14.
Filtrete is using the filter F2 for the Filtrete FAP-C02WA-G2, and you need to change the filter every 6 months to keep the optimal performance.
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Filtrete FAP-C02WA-G2 Room Coverage
For an air purifier with such low-range price, the Filtrete FAP-C02WA-G2 has a strong fan power. It is recommended for a room of 170 square feet.
The ACH of Filtrete FAP-C02WA-G2 is 4X. This air purifier can exchange the air in your room every 15 minutes.
The CADR of Filtrete FAP-C02WA-G2 is 110 Dust/ 107 Smoke/ 135 Pollen (cfm). Its CADR rating listed on AHAM website is a bit different, but I think this is just an error. Still, the exact fan power is a little bit lower than many competitors, most notably the Levoit Core 300 and Airthereal APH260.
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Filtrete FAP-C02WA-G2 Sound
In our standard noise level test – which involves checking the air purifier in all 3 fan speeds, from a distance of 9.8 feet – the Filtrete FAP-C02WA-G2 has a noise level of only 31 decibels (db), which is the noise level of the whisper.
Even if you turn the Filtrete FAP-C02WA-G2 on highest speed, the noise level is only 52 decibels. It is the same as the normal conversation at home, and the white noise released from the air purifier can actually support you sleep faster.
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Filtrete FAP-C02WA-G2 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 Filtrete FAP-C02WA-G2 is an Energy Star air purifier, because it is verified for consuming low energy in conjunction with decent fan power. Its power consumption is only 54 watts.
If you run the Filtrete FAP-C02WA-G2 for 8 hours per day, the annual cost is just $19.
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Filtrete FAP-C02WA-G2 Additional Features
Filtrete is well-known for being an air filter manufacturer. All of their air purifiers come with only basic settings, like a built-in electronic filter indicator, to remind you when you need to change the filter. Also, you has a basic Timer setting in this Filtrete FAP-C02WA-G2, to schedule the time off after 2, 4 or 8 hours.
Moreover, the Filtrete FAP-C02WA-G2 comes with a fancy Nightlight option, and that’s why it’s perfect to be in bedroom.
Filtrete FAP-C02WA-G2 Customer Service
Filtrete is the official air purifier brand developed by the 3M Company, so this company really focuses on the customer service. You can find a very strong knowledge base on Filtrete website, to know any definitions commonly associated with indoor air quality.
If you have questions, make sure to contact them via live chat or phone at 800-388-3458. The customer service is available from 8 AM to 5 PM CST, Monday – Friday.
Any Filtrete air purifiers are covered with a 1-year warranty. If you want to send them a message, you should follow the instructions in their Contact Us page. They will respond to your email request in 24 – 48 business hours.
In keeping with its ancestors, the Filtrete FAP-C02WA-G2 offers good performance on a budget, but there’s nothing truly awe-inspiring here. You get a True HEPA filter from a well-known manufacturer, but that’s it, given the increasing competition in low-range segment.
However, when you are loyal fan of the 3M Company, it seems the Filtrete FAP-C02WA-G2 is a good option to go for. On the plus side, the air purifier looks attractive even if it doesn’t use premium materials, and it is completely verified by numerous reputable organizations, like the Energy Star and AHAM. It is also certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), so you can trust the device to be safe and reliable.
I recommend to raise the budget a little bit (about $20), to have the Filtrete FAP-C03BA-G2 for stronger performance. But if you only need a portable air purifier for small rooms, the Filtrete FAP-C02WA-G2 is still the best Filtrete option.
A great contender from the famous Filtrete company.