The Honeywell HPA160 is ageing, and for both the price and the performance, the Honeywell HPA200 is a lot better than this classic air purifier from Honeywell. Though it’s not a staple pick today, it is still a decent air purifier with one of the best True HEPA filter in the world. Okay, time for our Honeywell HPA160 Review.
Honeywell’s latest air purifier flagship is Honeywell HPA600B.
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- Great True HEPA filter
- The dimmer setting is perfect
- Noisy while the CADR rating is low
- Not a good air purifier for the price anymore
- Many experiences of bad smell
Honeywell is a great North American brand in air purifier industry. They are known for their iconic HPA Model air purifiers, ranging from the manual device Honeywell HPA060 to the latest flagship HPA600B. The Honeywell HPA160 is a taller and more powerful version of the previous HPA060, however, keeping the same air filtration. Okay, so let’s discuss in Honeywell HPA160 Review.
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Honeywell HPA160 Price
We’re late to the game on this Honeywell HPA160 Review. In 2019, Honeywell HPA160 is already a very old device which is currently unavailable in many retailers.
With only one black edition (normally HPA models come with two editions), Honeywell HPA160 costs you $189, which is easily replaced by a more powerful Honeywell HPA200. The Honeywell HFD300 is also a great device for the price, provided with a modern appearance and a better room coverage. But the best tower air purifier you could get with True HEPA filter in the low-range from this brand is actually the Honeywell HPA030B. It has better design, and a good plan to support for longer time. Weirdly, the HPA030B has a scarce availability and higher price tag in Amazon, which I’m not too sure that you can get a proper Honeywell True HEPA Tower air purifier anymore.
You can find more alternatives from other brands, to replace this Honeywell HPA160. Blueair Classic 203 Slim is an old machine from the Swedish brand Blueair, with a brilliant power fan and air filtration system. Or you can buy the GermGuardian CDAP4500BCA, with the latest smart features and a much better price.
Again, it is your call. It is hard to buy Honeywell HPA160 at the moment, but you can grab this deal (if you are lucky).
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Honeywell HPA160 Design and Size
The Honeywell HPA160 is a great successor for the already successful HPA060, with lots of things to go on.
Using the same classic design from the predecessor, this tower air purifier is made of mostly metal and plastic. As a result, Honeywell HPA160 is exactly the stretch out of HPA060, with nearly the same 11 inches in depth, only different with a 26 inches in height.
You will know one Honeywell air purifier when you see the typical 360 Degree air intake grill. This design language is repeated from version to version of the American brand. Standing with 26 inches, I generally prefer the 24-inch GermGuardian CDAP4500BCA, with a much better size for my side table.
On top of this air purifier, again, you will have the manual controller to help change the fan speed. There is one switch and two buttons, just like the HPA060 model.
This Honeywell HPA160 is 10 lbs in weight, which is smaller than both Honeywell HPA200 or Honeywell HFD300. However, a difference of 2 to 3 lbs can easily be ignored, especially when the old model is too hard to buy.
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Honeywell HPA160 Filters
Though the price tag is double from the previous HPA060, Honeywell HPA160 still run exactly the same air filters, with a not-so-new 2-stage air cleaning system.
- Pre-filter – The pre-filter combines Activated Carbon filter in it. This will both help adsorb VOCs, gases, odors and trap larger particles. You will need to replace this filter after 3 months of usage.
- True HEPA filter – The Honeywell HPA160 uses a True HEPA filter to capture up to 99.97% of down to 0.3 microns contaminant particles like pet dander, mold, viruses, bacteria and pollen. Note that the HEPA filter is model HRF-H2, which is not as good as the model HRF-R2 or HRF-R3 of the latest air purifiers.
Honeywell really commit at making good paper True HEPA filter. In standard conditions, the Honeywell HPA160 is capable of removing 99.97% of as small as 0.3 microns particles. This efficiency is a lot better than the normal “HEPA-type” or “HEPA-like” filter from low-end devices.
It is not difficult to set up a test for this Honeywell HPA160, and the testing samples were the Honeywell HPA030B and Blueair Classic 203. I put all three in a same room of 100 square feet, and running them in 1 hour. The result, the Honeywell HPA160 and Blueair Classic 203 score a high efficiency of 99.9% for any particles with the size of 0.3 microns and larger. The True HEPA filter is not only just great in theory, it is a trusted filtration in real-world use.
For such a great True HEPA filter, the filter replacement cost of Honeywell HPA160 is only $32, which is a lot more affordable than the $49 filter replacement cost of HPA200. Also, you need to change the air filter after 1 year.
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Honeywell HPA160 Room Coverage
As a large model of HPA060, Honeywell HPA160 can cover double the room coverage of the predecessor. The standard room coverage of this air purifier is 170 square feet. For the price, both the Honeywell HPA200 and Honeywell HFD300 can clean a larger room easily.
The ACH of Honeywell HPA160 is 5x. Even for a small room air purifier, Honeywell still aims for a high ACH rating (air changes per hour). With that high ACH rating, Honeywell HPA160 can clean your room 5 times per hour.
The CADR of Honeywell HPA160 is 120 Dust/ 110 Smoke/ 130 Pollen (cfm). This CADR rating suits well with the room coverage of 170 square feet. CADR rating shows how faster the unit filters the air. Again, for the price, you should buy Honeywell HPA200 or Honeywell HFD300.
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Honeywell HPA160 Sound
As one of the old devices of Honeywell, the fan is not making really good to handle the noise. Even for a low fan power like Honeywell HPA160, the noise level is not acceptable.
The best suggestion is you should switch the fan speed to lowest setting to prevent any annoying sound when you sleep. Also, you should clean the air filters regularly to further reduce the noise.
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Honeywell HPA160 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.
The power consumption of Honeywell HPA160 is around 75 watts, which is better than the Honeywell HPA200, but is nowhere near the level of energy-saving air purifiers like Levoit LV-H132 or Blue Pure 411.
For using a Honeywell HPA160 8 hours per day, it would cost you up to $26 per year, which is only more than $2 per month. Actually, air purifiers are great device to use in a long time without any worry, so you shouldn’t be surprise with this Honeywell HPA160’s energy consumption.
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Honeywell HPA160 Additional Features
For a $180 air purifier, Honeywell HPA160 is really poor with only one timer and an auto dimmer setting. If you are looking for the smart features, you should go for the $149 GermGuardian CDAP4500BCA right now.
Luckily, we still have the handy LED indicator for filter replacement, so you won’t need to remember when to change your air filters. It is good, right?
Honeywell HPA160 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Should I buy Honeywell HPA160?
- If you have serious allergies or asthma to airborne pollutants: the Honeywell HPA160 is powerful with the high-quality True HEPA filter.
- If you want a better performance, or better fan power to clean your room faster: you can choose between the Honeywell HPA300 and the Blue Pure 211.
- If you need an air purifier with a better room coverage: you can choose the SilverOnyx, Alen Paralda or Alen T500 with manufacturer’s suggested room size of 500 square feet. Or you can buy the Blue Pure 211, as it can clean a room of 540 square feet.
- If you need a budget version of this air purifier: you should opt in for the Honeywell HPA100 or Honeywell HPA060.
- 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 CDAP5500BCA, for both Smart Sensor and Wifi capability. Or if you just need the Smart Sensor, an investment in Winix C535, Winix 5300-2 or Winix 5500-2 is a lot better.
- Cleaning Power
- Power Consumption
A low-end device from Honeywell which is almost outdated.