The Filtrete FAP-C03BA-G2 is taking Filtrete to the next level, and other budget air purifier competitors should be scared. In Breathe Quality, we all agree that this should be the most sold Filtrete air purifier, as it has everything for a desired affordable air purifier. Today, we will discuss more in the Filtrete FAP-C03BA-G2 Review.
Updated: If you want an air purifier for larger room coverage, you should look for the Filtrete FAP-T03BA-G2.
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- High-quality True HEPA filter
- Low budget
- Energy Star rating
- Simple air filter installment
- Very high fan power
- No Smart Sensor
- High annual filter cost
Filtrete is the main air purifier and air filter brand of the 3M Company, so this brand name is quite popular in the North America market. With the shift in making air purifiers, the company has released the high-quality products with in-house air filters for the low-range segment. The Filtrete FAP-C03BA-G2 is the direct upgrade of the Filtrete FAP-C02WA-G2, only in black version. Okay, let’s check it out in the Filtrete FAP-C03BA-G2 Review.
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Filtrete FAP-C03BA-G2 Price
The Filtrete FAP-C03BA-G2 is definitely one of the favorites for air purifier of the year ready, and I believe after this air purifier, 3M Filtrete has finally come of age.
After the success of the Filtrete FAP-C02WA-G2, the U.S firm is back again with the duo Filtrete FAP-C03BA-G2 and Filtrete FAP-C03-A2. Using the same filter F2, the Filtrete FAP-C03BA-G2 is ready to be the perfect successor, only with the change in its mantle’s color.
Featuring a powerful fan motor, verified by the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), Filtrete FAP-C03BA-G2 is just amazing value for the price. Clearly Filtrete is looking to jostle its way to the front of the best-selling air purifier queue with this air purifier.
Time to guess the price, because Filtrete doesn’t officially announce the price of their products online. In some well-known retailers, the Filtrete FAP-C03BA-G2 is around $129 to $169. It is impressive, as it is $50 cheaper than the next flagship Filtrete FAP-T03BA-G2, but only $20 higher than the previous models.
If you look at the sheer performance, this Filtrete FAP-C03BA-G2 can best a lot of air purifiers in this price range. The devices which are capable to compete with the Filtrete FAP-C03BA-G2 are just a few, for example Levoit LV-PUR131, Airthereal APH260 or Okaysou AirMax8L. I also recommend the Hathaspace and RENPHO RP-AP001, but they are quite more expensive than the Filtrete FAP-C03BA-G2.
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Filtrete FAP-C03BA-G2 Design and Size
The Filtrete FAP-C03BA-G2 is simply the bigger console air purifier version of the previous Filtrete FAP-C02WA-G2. However, the difference is slight, and you can only tell which air purifier is bigger when put these two side-by-side.
Otherwise, you can think of the Filtrete FAP-C03BA-G2 as just a different color option to buy. Actually, any Filtrete air purifiers with “C” in its name are sharing the same console air purifier design, with a front plate to cover the air inlet.
The size of this Filtrete FAP-C03BA-G2, as I’ve mentioned before, is only slightly bigger. We get an air purifier with the height of 21.3 inches and the width of 15 inches. Again, the Filtrete air purifier is a little bit bigger than other competitors, so it can hold larger air filters.
Running the traditional bottom-to-top air flow system concept, the Filtrete FAP-C03BA-G2 is universal to use. It’s also easier to remove the plate and install the new air filter.
On top, we get a very familiar control panel from the previous models. Well, that means you can skip the “Additional Features” section completely if you’re from any previous Filtrete air purifier reviews.
The Filtrete FAP-C03BA-G2 is heavier, of course, than its predecessors. It weighs 13.3 lbs, which is nearly the same as the Filtrete FAP-T03BA-G2.
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Filtrete FAP-C03BA-G2 Filters
Filtrete is famous for manufacturing high-quality True HEPA filter, so the air purifier’s performance is in fact a selling point of this company. The Filtrete FAP-C03BA-G2 runs an in-house 2-stage air cleaning system, which is certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
- True HEPA filter – Filtrete FAP-C03BA-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).
In a more difficult test than the previous Filtrete FAP-C02WA-G2 – in a room of 150 square feet, the Filtrete FAP-C03BA-G2 had a better performance, capturing 99.92% of all airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns in size. The result was still behind the Winix 5500-2 or Sharp FP-K50UW, but these air purifiers are more expensive than our today unit.
Again, we will use the filter F2 for the Filtrete FAP-C03BA-G2, but you need more air filters. Because its life time is only 6 months, the annual filter cost of this air purifier is a bit higher than other brands.
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Filtrete FAP-C03BA-G2 Room Coverage
Filtrete FAP-C03BA-G2 is the next-gen model, which is suggested for large room, bedroom, office and kitchen. It is verified by the AHAM, to cover a room size of 250 square feet.
The ACH of Filtrete FAP-C03BA-G2 is 4X. This air purifier can exchange the air in your room every 15 minutes.
The CADR of Filtrete FAP-C03BA-G2 is 160 Dust/ 158 Smoke/ 200 Pollen (cfm). Its Pollen-free rating is nearly equal the Winix 5300-2 or Winix 5500-2, indicating very high fan power performance of this air purifier.
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Filtrete FAP-C03BA-G2 Sound
Part of the Filtrete upgrade is keeping the “ultra-quiet” title for a much stronger device. And Filtrete has been doing that for years now, so we can believe in the Filtrete FAP-C03BA-G2’s quiet operation, which is also recommended for bedroom.
I would have perhaps preferred to see more air purifier to keep the noise as good as the Filtrete FAP-C03BA-G2, as it can go only 32 decibels (db) on lowest speed. It is just like the whisper, you know.
The highest noise level of this air purifier is only 55 decibels, and I don’t mind using its quick cleaning, so long as it’s not bedtime.
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Filtrete FAP-C03BA-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.
We have another Energy Star air purifier from Filtrete, which is clearly a sign of well-done air purifier made for the consumers. Filtrete FAP-C03BA-G2 has a rated power of 82 watts, which is a bit higher than other similar Energy Star air purifier. In fact, it has the lowest Dust-free CADR/watt rating, among all Filtrete air purifiers.
If you run the Filtrete FAP-C03BA-G2 for 8 hours per day, the annual cost is just $29.
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Filtrete FAP-C03BA-G2 Additional Features
The Filtrete FAP-C03BA-G2 keeps the same additional features as the Filtrete FAP-C02WA-G2, with a built-in electronic filter indicator and a basic Timer setting. Both settings are useful, but they aren’t enough to compete with other smart air purifiers on the market.
Finally, we have a Nightlight option in this Filtrete FAP-C03BA-G2, which is useful for bedroom use.
Filtrete FAP-C03BA-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.
The Filtrete FAP-C03BA-G2 is the latest effort at making a high fan power air purifier for low-range budget under $150, from one famous brand of The 3M Company. The sheer fan power and care taken with the new F2 filter should prove that.
I like its amazing performance with such high-quality internal specs. This is going to win a fair few fans, I bet, because the air purifier performance is generally the most important factor.
However, there are a few niggles. A modern air purifier in this price range without a Smart Sensor is a disadvantage, and the Filtrete FAP-C03BA-G2 can’t just win without this feature. Its annual filter replacement is also quite high, because the filter’s life time is only 6 months.
I must admit, this is the best Filtrete air purifier I want to have.