In a year of impressive air purifiers, notably the Blueair Sense+ and Coway AP-1512HH, the GermGuardian AC5350B is quite a disappointment. Despite the new name, the GermGuardian AC5350B is more of the same cheaper AC5300B from the American brand. We will see if it is worth in our today GermGuardian AC5350B Review.
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- Overall good air filtration process
- Modern design
- 5-year warranty
- Quite noisy at highest setting
- Low CADR rating
Guardian Technologies is truly an iconic air purifier brand. Their products are available in every air purifier store and supermarket. We think of them as a king in low-range air purifier segment, only with Honeywell can compete in the huge quantity of air purifying devices. Today, we have enough time to deliver the trusted GermGuardian AC5350B Review for you.
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GermGuardian AC5350B Price
GermGuardian AC5350B is a low-range air purifier with a price tag that matches the new 22-inch flagship of this brand – the CDAP4500BCA – a baffling misstep. This air purifier just uses the same air filtration from the GermGuardian AC5250PT, but will charge you $30 for a new appearance. And, for me, this is not a reason I buy an air purifier.
The GermGuardian AC5350B starts at $159, the price range that even without the CDAP4500BCA, there are lots of great affordable air purifiers like Honeywell HFD280B or SilverOnyx. They are both capable of dealing with allergens, as well as a more reasonable price tag.
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GermGuardian AC5350B Design and Size
The GermGuardian AC5350B has two version for you to choose, Black Onyx or Crystal White. If you are looking for the White version, you should search for GermGuardian AC5350W, which has same specs as the GermGuardian AC5350B, or you can grab a $20 OFF deal from below.
Somehow with the new color edition, GermGuardian AC5350B can easily be mistaken with the GermGuardian CDAP5500BCA. And the GermGuardian AC5300B (of course). And pretty much every modern air purifier the company has released in the past three years.
It isn’t an ugly air purifier by any means; it just lacks imagination. Both the front and back are the huge air grills to show the classic back-to-front air flow system from tower air purifier, while the handles are on both sides. There is one signature circular light from the front to indicate if the GermGuardian AC5350B is on or off.
Along the shape of its body, GermGuardian AC5350B stays the same 28-inch in height. That height is among the tallest air purifiers, give this GermGuardian AC5350B something to make it stand out from the crowd.
At the top, you will have a brand new control panel to differentiate it with the predecessor. A digital display is using to show you exactly the current fan speed of GermGuardian AC5350B.
However, the GermGuardian AC5350B is only 11.25 lbs, which is really lightweight to move it anywhere in your home.
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GermGuardian AC5350B Filters
To decide the power of an air purifier, basically we will look at how many filters it has and what types of air filters are used. GermGuardian AC5350B is just like a GermGuardian AC5250PT with a modern appearance, because it stays the same 3-in-1 air cleaning system as below.
- Pre-filter – A normal pre-filter with Activated Carbon Filter to remove the large particles of pollutants and reduce odors created from smoke, cooking, and pets.
- True HEPA filter – GermGuardian AC5350B uses a True HEPA Filter to capture 99.97% of microscopic allergens, dust and mold spores as small as 0.3 microns in size.
- UV-C Light – This air purifier is also using an UV bulb to kill airborne bacteria, viruses and mold spores.
There is no clear different from the GermGuardian AC5350B’s air cleaning system with others in this brand, however, the new True HEPA filter of GermGuardian AC5350B is still the latest technology of this company. They call this air filter Pet Pure Treatment, that includes an anti-microbial agent to inhibit the growth of mold, mildew and odor-causing bacteria on the surface of the filter. While the efficiency of this new air filter needs to be tested more, I try to add this air filter into a previous AC5300B, and it works just like the GermGuardian AC5350B. So again, why need $30 to purchase the newer?
For a standard test in Breathe Quality, I put the GermGuardian AC5350B in the same 100-sq-ft room with GermGuardian AC5250PT and Honeywell Compact AirGenius 4 HFD280B. They all run in 1 hour. Running a test for GermGuardian devices for lots of times, it is no surprise that both GermGuardian AC5350B and GermGuardian AC5250PT can have high efficiency of 99.9% for any particles as small as 0.3 microns. The Honeywell HFD280B, without a True HEPA filter, has a result of only 90%.
Just like any other devices in GermGuardian’s line, the GermGuardian AC5350B runs an UV-C light bulb to fight germs and kill airborne bacteria, viruses and mold spores.
Base on 24/7 use, you need to replace the air filter after 6-8 months. Luckily, the air filter cost of GermGuardian AC5350B is only $39, one of the most affordable air filters to buy.
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GermGuardian AC5350B Room Coverage
GermGuardian AC5350B is again another 167-sq-ft air purifier. This room coverage is normal among GermGuardian line of air purifiers, which is a little bit smaller than others in the same price range, like Honeywell HFD300 (225 sq ft) or SilverOnyx (500 sq ft).
The ACH of GermGuardian AC5350B is 4X. With that ACH rating, this air purifier will clean your room every 15 minutes.
The CADR of GermGuardian AC5350B is 114 Dust/ 108 Smoke/ 127 pollen (cfm).
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GermGuardian AC5350B Sound
With 5 fan speeds, GermGuardian AC5350B is not as quiet as the previous GermGuardian AC5300B, and can go as high as 60 db. With that noise level, you can’t ignore the sound when running the GermGuardian AC5350B at full fan speed.
Even at the lowest setting, the noise level of GermGuardian AC5300B can reach 40 db, which is higher than most of the normal air purifiers in the market. For example, the AeraMax 300 is only 35 db, the SilverOnyx can be as low as 25 db, or the Winix 5300-2 with only 28 db.
If you are planning to have an air purifier for a quiet space, GermGuardian AC5350B is still not the best choices of yours. Instead, I suggest you to read our reviews for Levoit LV-H132 or Honeywell AirGenius 4 HFD310.
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GermGuardian AC5350B Power Consumption
A good air purifier must be used for a long time to be efficient, and one of the most asked questions in Breathe Quality is: “Do air purifiers use a lot of energy?”. We can all agree that power consumption is one important criteria to review if this air purifier is worth your money or not.
With a new built-in 5W UV-C bulb, GermGuardian AC5350B runs at 60W, which is much higher than the energy-saving air purifiers like Levoit LV-H132, AeraMax 300 or Coway AP-1512HH. But this power consumption is still better than the Winix 5300-2, Winix C535 and Winix 5500-2.
For using a GermGuardian AC5350B 8 hours per day, it would cost you up to $40 per year.
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GermGuardian AC5350B Additional Features
Although the GermGuardian AC5350B is the same price with CDAP4500BCA, it is ridiculous that you won’t have the same latest additional features. That being said, no Wifi capability and no Smart Sensor. The only new feature from the previous AC5300B is a timer.
However, if you compare with other air purifiers in the same price range, like Honeywell HFD300 or the Blueair Classic 203, you will notice that these air purifiers are not having any additional features. That’s why the GermGuardian CDAP4500BCA is now the king of low-range budget.
GermGuardian AC5350B Customer Service
There is not much to say about the brilliant support from Guardian Technologies’s customer service. The American brand is providing a very active support for anyone contacting them. They also put the Instruction Manuals online to help you solve the common questions by yourself. But if you can’t find a solution, just contact the customer service via phone at 866-603-5900 or via email at email@example.com. Just like any other brands, they will be available for you from Monday to Friday.
They have occasional Free Shipping policy, as well as a great discount on all products (most popular 10% to 20%). Whenever you find their air purifiers not as great as you previously thought, you can return them within 30 days of your original receipt of the order. And don’t worry about the warranty policy of Guardian Technologies, as they warrant their products to be free of defects in materials or workmanship. You can register for a warranty in up to 5 years.
It is hard to give a good verdict for this GermGuardian AC5350B. It is not worth the upgrade from previous air purifiers of Guardian Technologies, unless the company dares to give a new name and new story. Otherwise, even in low-range segment, this GermGuardian AC5350B is still overpriced and uninspiring, and I prefer sticking with the GermGuardian AC5250PT.
Should I buy GermGuardian AC5350B?
No, I don’t see any reason to buy this GermGuardian AC5350B over the GermGuardian AC5250PT, and personally, I don’t like the modern design of Guardian Technologies, either.
- If you have serious allergies or asthma to airborne pollutants: the GermGuardian AC5350B is great with the combination of True HEPA filter and UV-C light filter.
- If you want a better performance, or better fan power to clean your room faster: you can choose between the Blue Pure 211, Honeywell 50250 and Honeywell HPA300 for a better fan power.
- If you need an air purifier with a better room coverage: you can choose the Alen Paralda or Alen T500 with manufacturer’s suggested room size of 500 sq ft. The Winix 5300-2, Winix C535 and Winix 5500-2 can clean a room of 360 sq ft, and they are double the room size of this GermGuardian AC5350B.
- If you need a budget version of this air purifier: you should opt in for the GermGuardian AC4825, GermGuardian AC4900CA or GermGuardian AC5250PT.
- If you need a more silent air purifier: you should get the Coway AP-1512HH, Levoit LV-PUR131 or Winix WAC9500 instead.
- If you care about the annual filter cost and energy cost: the Coway AP-1512HH and Levoit LV-PUR131 are better options for you.
- If you love the additional features: you can get the Blueair Sense+, Honeywell HPA250B or GermGuardian CDAP4500BCA, for both Smart Sensor and Wifi capability functions.
- Cleaning Power
- Power Consumption
Just turn your attention to GermGuardian CDAP4500BCA, with the same price range.