The Holmes HAP9726B-NU is not a huge leap forward from its predecessor – the Holmes HAP726-NU. The good and bad points of the earlier device remain. But, at least, people will prefer the black color and they are ready to pay $10 more to have one. What about you? Let’s find out in this Holmes HAP9726B-NU Review.
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- We do give honest reviews (both pros and cons) so anyone will guarantee to have the wisest choices.
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- Low-range cost
- Decent performance
- Impressive customer service
- High power consumption
- Noisy fan
Holmes has been in the world of air purifier of the United States for more than 35 years, under the name of The Holmes Group. Now, being acquired by the Jarden Corporation, this brand has a chance to improve their air purifiers to a next level. The Holmes HAP9726B-NU is one of their best sellers, a real True HEPA air purifier with decent performance for a low sum of money. Okay, it’s time to back to the Holmes HAP9726B-NU Review.
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Holmes HAP9726B-NU Price
Holmes HAP9726B-NU is only the simple update to the very old Holmes HAP726-NU. Right at the name, we can feel it as the next generation of the previous great True HEPA filter. However, it was the story long time ago, and right now, can the Holmes HAP9726B-NU deal with many great and modern air purifiers?
This is also the most powerful True HEPA air purifier for just a small cost. The price of Holmes HAP9726B-NU is only $119 in the website of The Holmes Group, which is exactly $10 more than the old white version. We would like the new Holmes HAP8650B-NU to succeed, but our today Holmes HAP9726B-NU needs to work harder if it want to achieve such success.
To have an air purifier with such fan power of Holmes HAP9726B-NU in this price range, there is no chance for you to do such hard task. The VEVA 8000 Elite Pro and Honeywell 17000-S may pose some power, but they are a lot behind the actual wind technology of Holmes.
Right now, I have a deal for this Holmes HAP9726B-NU on Amazon. The device has 34 reviews at the time of writing, rated 3.5/5.
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Holmes HAP9726B-NU Design and Size
The Holmes HAP9726B-NU is intended to be a console low-range air purifier. It is a fairly small air purifier, with the dimensions of 17.3 (H) x 15.7 (W) x 8 (D) inches, which is even smaller than the old Holmes HAP726-NU. The weight of this device is also lighter with just 11 lbs. You can easily move it around your home.
The black color gives this air purifier a sense of premium, and I must tell you that it’s hard to acquire in such low-range segment. In addition, the small perforated holes for both air intake and air outlet help the build feel solid and tough, and should help the Holmes HAP9726B-NU match a lot of decor easily. Just like other console air purifiers of this brand, the Holmes HAP9726B-NU uses a bottom-to-top air flow concept system, and you will enjoy the fresh air from the top air outlet.
Holmes provides a simple control panel on top of this air purifier, but it is quite difficult to press the buttons. Part of the reason could be because of the old age of the device.
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Holmes HAP9726B-NU Filters
To decide the performance of one air purifier, you will need to know about the quantity and quality of its air filters, as well as the air filter types are used. The Holmes HAP9726B-NU has the similar 2-stage air cleaning system as the old devices.
- Activated Carbon Filter – This Activated Carbon filter has been treated with the baking soda, it can act as a pre-filter to trap larger particles and adsorb the odors that may come from pets, garbage, cooking, smoke, bathroom or litter boxes.
- True HEPA filter – A True HEPA Filter can reduce 99.97% of down to 0.3 microns all contaminant particles like dust, dust mites, pollen, pet dander or even mold spores.
Actually the Holmes HAP9726B-NU is just another color option for the old Holmes HAP726-NU, as it uses the same air filter from the old device. Of course, it is a different level to the old HEPA-type device (like Holmes HAP242-NUC or Holmes HAP424-NU), but it is quite disappointed for a newer product.
But in real comparison, the Holmes HAP9726B-NU is actually better than the previous model. In a room of 200 square feet, this air purifier has an efficiency of 99.6% to deal with any particles down to 0.3 microns.
Like I said earlier, the Holmes HAP9726B-NU uses the same air filter as the HAP726-NU. You should replace the air filter after 6 months of use, for optimal performance.
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Holmes HAP9726B-NU Room Coverage
This air purifier is, of course, for a medium-sized room. The Holmes HAP9726B-NU’s room coverage is about 300 square feet.
The ACH of Holmes HAP9726B-NU is 4X. This air purifier can clean your room in every 15 minutes.
The CADR of Holmes HAP9726B-NU is 193 cfm in general. It is better than any air purifier in the same price range, as they just only have around 100 cfm for the highest setting.
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Holmes HAP9726B-NU Sound
Again, we don’t have any hope for the new Holmes air purifier to have silent operation. The Holmes HAP9726B-NU is another device with loud sound, and the noise level can reach 60 decibels (db) at the highest setting.
Some reviewers wrote that the air purifier is too noisy to sleep with it on. You should be careful if you run it on highest speed while sleeping.
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Holmes HAP9726B-NU 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.
Holmes HAP9726B-NU has a much better power consumption than the old device, and the rated power is only 95 watts. It is even better than the Holmes HAP8650B-NU, which is also a newer device and best seller of this company.
For running the Holmes HAP9726B-NU 8 hours per day, you need to pay $35 each year.
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Holmes HAP9726B-NU Additional Features
Despite of the newer release, Holmes HAP9726B-NU is still too old to compete with other brands in terms of additional features. This air purifier has only 2 basic functions: the auto-off timer and LED indicator for filter replacement. It is good for 2010, but hey, we are in 2019, right?
If you want the smart features, you need to compromise for a smaller fan power. The AeraMax 100 and SilverOnyx are the most popular air purifiers with Smart Sensor in this price range. Also, the Airdog FitAir is a new kid on the block with the Bluetooth-connected function.
Holmes HAP9726B-NU Customer Service
Even being acquired for more than 10 years, the Holmes products are still one of the most popular electric appliances today. Then the reason can only be their impressive customer service. If you need to contact them, you can easily do so by filling in the information at their Contact page, or calling them via phone at 800-546-5637.
Once you make an order, you will get your Holmes air purifier with a promotion of Free Shipping over $50. However, the promotion is only applied at the time of writing, so if you can’t find the Free Shipping option, you should choose to buy from Amazon. The most wonderful thing is, after your purchase, or any reason you are not completely satisfied with the Holmes air purifier, you can return your item within 30 days of receipt for an exchange or refund of the purchase price. Great, isn’t it?
And don’t worry about your air purifier, it will be backed up by a great 5-year warranty from The Holmes Group. This is also the best warranty for an air purifier brand that only targets low-range segment.
Holmes HAP9726B-NU may be the best seller of The Holmes Group, and in fact, it has the best fan power for the price. But just only the fan power can’t deny the fact that its overall performance is really, really bad.
- Cleaning Power
- Power Consumption
The Holmes HAP9726B-NU may have the best fan power for the price, but other than that, there is nothing to convince you to buy it.