There is always a life cycle for a technology product, and air purifier is not an exception. The Honeywell AirGenius 3 is a great start for a life cycle of Honeywell tower air purifiers, but it is old, too. Though Breathe Quality is a little bit late to start a review for the HFD Models of Honeywell, our Honeywell AirGenius 3 Review is still the perfect choice for every air purifier enthusiasts.
If you are looking for the Honeywell HFD flagship, you should look for Honeywell AirGenius 6.
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- Unique technology of ifD filter with good performance
- Washable pre-filter
- 5-year warranty
- Low CADR rating
- The device is old and hard to find a dealer for it
As a big air purifier corporation in the world, Honeywell has released more than 30 specific air purifiers, with two biggest lines of products – the HPA Model and HFD Model. If the HPA Model is typically powerful with great True HEPA filter, especially featured in Honeywell HPA600B – latest flagship of this brand, the HFD Model emphasizes more in the appearance. However, that doesn’t mean there is no “new” technology in this Honeywell AirGenius 3 HFD300. Well, let’s find out in our Honeywell AirGenius 3 Review.
Honeywell AirGenius 3 HFD300 Price
Honeywell AirGenius 3 is the development of the Honeywell HFD-010, which is also a really old model in 2019. It can only be bought from back ordered in the official website of Honeywell, with around $179, which is a big drop from the official $240 tag.
For the current price, Honeywell AirGenius 3 is facing lots of potential opponents, from both inside and outside of Honeywell brand. The Honeywell HPA030B is a good option to replace the Honeywell AirGenius 3, also with a cut of $50 in price tag, while the Honeywell HPA200 is still a viable option for better CADR rating and fan power. If you look further, the best alternatives could be a GermGuardian CDAP4500BCA, with a better price and a good Wi-Fi connectivity function; or the Blueair Classic 203 Slim is a powerhouse for great air filter from one of the best air purifier manufacturers in the world.
However, if you really want this Honeywell AirGenius 3, we will give you a rare deal to buy it. At the moment, this is the best deal you could get, with nearly half the official price tag.
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Honeywell AirGenius 3 HFD300 Design and Size
Honeywell has made all the right moves in some respects. When the trend of tower air purifier is increasing, thanks to Guardian Technologies with their series of tower air purifiers, Honeywell has answered with the series of HFD Models. Though the Honeywell HFD-120-Q was belittled by a cheap air grill and hard-to-push button, the Honeywell AirGenius 3 isn’t. The color is painted as plain black or white, for attractive feelings.
Also, this Honeywell AirGenius 3 still remains the same back-to-front air flow concept from other tower air purifiers. Which means you will have a good-looking air outlet grill from the front, and a huge air intake grill from the back. The only tower air purifier which comes with a different concept is the Honeywell HPA160, which is not a big success of this brand.
As usual, on top of this Honeywell AirGenius 3, you will have a manual controller to change the fan speed, or to check the filter replacement indicator of your air purifier.
With 27 inches in height, Honeywell AirGenius 3 is not a heavy air purifier, too. The weight is about 13 lbs, and is quite similar to other tower devices from this brand.
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Honeywell AirGenius 3 HFD300 Filters
Using the same air filter as the previous HFD-120-Q, Honeywell AirGenius 3 features the unique ifD air filters (only from the HFD Models of Honeywell) and a 2-stage air cleaning system as below.
- Pre-filter – Not like the HPA Models of Honeywell, like HPA100, HPA200 or HPA300, Honeywell AirGenius 3 only uses a normal pre-filter. This pre-filter can capture larger particles before they enter the ifD filter. Also, the pre-filter is washable, and therefore, permanent.
- ifD filter – The Honeywell AirGenius 3 uses an unique ifD filter to capture up to 99.9% of down to 0.3 microns contaminant particles like pet dander, mold, viruses, bacteria and pollen. This air filter adds an Activated Carbon filter to help deodorize the air and reduce the odors.
Not like the typical True HEPA filter, Honeywell AirGenius 3 makes use of the ifD filter, which stands for Intense Field Dielectric. This air filter is a breakthrough, permanent filtration method that is highly effective against all types of airborne particles which are larger than 0.3 microns. It works when a high voltage source actively charges the filter and forces particles to be captured in the physical layer of filtration.
The performance of this Honeywell AirGenius 3 is especially better than the predecessors like Honeywell HFD-010 and Honeywell HFD-120-Q. Putting all three air purifier in a room of 150 square feet for 1 hour, I saw the difference much easier. The Honeywell AirGenius 3 has a decent efficiency of 96%, while the HFD-120-Q is only 90% and HFD-010 is 68%. If you can run this air purifier for like 8 hours per day, the efficiency can reach as high as 99.9%, for any particles that are 0.3 microns and larger.
However, due to the core nature of this air filter is just an ionic air filter, it can produce a trace amounts of ozone, and therefore can irritate asthma or other breathing issues. If you have these breathing problems, you should not buy this air purifier, because Honeywell AirGenius 3 doesn’t have any on/off button for ionic feature.
The ifD filter, which named HRF-K2 is one of the most affordable filters of Honeywell, with only $17 in price tag. That is reasonable because the filter is not a True HEPA filter with complicated mechanism. Moreover, the HRF-K2 air filter is permanent to use, because it is washable. If you are using Honeywell AirGenius 3, you can use the filter for the whole life without thinking.
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Honeywell AirGenius 3 HFD300 Room Coverage
Just like Guardian Technologies, the tower air purifiers of Honeywell are not good for their fan powers. Honeywell AirGenius 3 can only deliver clean air efficiently in a room of 225 square feet.
The ACH of Honeywell AirGenius 3 is 5x. The Honeywell AirGenius 3 HFD300 can clean your room every 12 minutes.
The CADR of Honeywell AirGenius 3 is 150 Dust/ 146 Smoke/ 160 Pollen (cfm). Though the CADR rating is not as good as the HPA200, it is still better than the Honeywell HPA160 in the same price range. To clean a room of 225 square feet, Honeywell AirGenius 3 is efficient.
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Honeywell AirGenius 3 HFD300 Sound
There is one advantage for not having True HEPA filter in your air purifier – the silence of its fan. It’s really difficult for a good True HEPA air purifier to deliver a quiet noise level. Luckily, thanks to the ifD air filter, Honeywell AirGenius 3 (and others in HFD Models) is really quiet.
With only 3 fan speeds, the Honeywell AirGenius 3 is a must-have air purifier in any quiet places, such as your office or bedroom.
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Honeywell AirGenius 3 HFD300 Power Consumption
One of our most FAQs is “Do air purifiers use a lot of energy?”. In fact, we need to run an air purifier for a long time to be efficient.
Honeywell is notable for high power-consuming air purifiers, like Honeywell HPA300, however it is not the case of the Honeywell AirGenius 3. That being said, the Honeywell AirGenius 3 HFD300 maximum power consumption is only 38 watts, which is quite similar to the Best Seller in 2019 – Levoit LV-H132. It is a good compliment for the low energy consumption of your Honeywell AirGenius 3.
For using a Honeywell AirGenius 3 8 hours per day, it would cost you up to $14 per year.
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Honeywell AirGenius 3 HFD300 Additional Features
Honeywell AirGenius 3 is just a classic and old air purifier. You will have an oscillation function button, which is for moving the air forth and back. However, there is on common functions as Timer or Auto Dimmer setting as featured in the Honeywell HPA Models, like HPA200 or HPA300. For these settings, you need to upgrade to the Honeywell HFD310 or HFD320 (which is AirGenius 4 or 5).
As a typical air purifier, you will still have a LED indicator for filter replacement in this Honeywell AirGenius 3.
If you are looking for a Smart flagship air purifier of Honeywell, you can also look for Honeywell HPA 600B.
Honeywell AirGenius 3 HFD300 Customer Service
Honeywell is a leading brand in air purifier market, but they don’t offer a friendly customer service as others. You can reach them via mailbox of Honeywell Store in 407 N. Quentin Road, Palatine, Illinois. But I suggest you should call them at 847-701-3038 for any support questions. Or you can email to email@example.com for any problems you experience while on the site or after buying a product. Honeywell is available from Monday to Friday.
They don’t have Free Shipping like Rabbit Air or Alen, and you must notify them within one business day for any problems with third-party shipping service like USPS or FedEx. Otherwise, they won’t take responsibility for any merchandise damage in transit. Also, the shipment can take up to 10 business days from the date that the order is shipped.
The hardest part is when you want to return one Honeywell air purifier, as you only have 30 days from the date you receive your item to process your return. You won’t receive the shipping charge (on both the original shipping charge and the return shipping charge) and must pay a 10-30% re-stocking fee if there is no damage caused by transit or workmanship defects.
The warranty policy of Honeywell is also among the longest to guarantee against all defects, with up to 5 years warranty.
Honeywell AirGenius 3 is not a smart choice for your home in 2019, especially when the GermGuardian CDAP4500BCA is offering better smart features with only $149. Also, the ifD air filter can emit ozone and therefore, we don’t recommend this air purifier if you have asthma or other breathing conditions.
- Cleaning Power
- Power Consumption
This is not the best Honeywell air purifier so far, especially after the release of better True HEPA air purifiers, for example the Honeywell flagship – the Honeywell HPA600B.