The LG PuriCare AS401VSA0‘s appeal may be niche, but it’s an interesting concept that’s designed for customers who want “an air purifier that doesn’t look like an air purifier”. While the core device isn’t too exciting, its design is unique and it doesn’t lack in performance – but whether to buy really boils down to how much one wants a different air purifier. So, let’s check our latest LG PuriCare AS401VSA0 Review.
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- Unique & compact design
- Enjoyable Smart Sensor
- Quiet operation
- No Energy Star rating
- Lower performance
Just like Sharp and Samsung, LG is a giant in electronics manufacturing in the world with an Asian foundation. With many PuriCare air purifiers in hands, LG can compete with any competitors in all price ranges. The LG PuriCare AS401VSA0 is for budget-conscious buyers, as it is the unique air purifier you can get for a decent performance. Let’s check our today LG PuriCare AS401VSA0 Review to see if it fits your home.
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LG PuriCare AS401VSA0 Price
The LG PuriCare AS401VSA0 is a very, well, mid-range air purifier. It is a compact and unique air purifier, something that you don’t think it’s an air purifier, but one that needs a price to really show whether it’s a great creation from LG.
And the price. LG is clearly positioning this air purifier to be something that’s for those that want a little bit of technology in their lives, but they need to differ from the rest, but for a decent price, and if the cost is low enough then this could well be a success.
However, if it’s just like any decent budget devices from the South Korean company, then it can’t have such beautiful appearance. The LG PuriCare AS401VSA0 has pretty good first impression, so its price is a bit higher than other ‘budget’ LG air purifiers.
So to say, the official price tag of the LG PuriCare AS401VSA0 is $299. It’s a confident step forward, not just for LG’s experimental air purifier branch, but for its flagship devices in general. Well, the LG PuriCare AS560DWR0 even costs more, and can head on with any high-range air purifiers on the U.S market.
Simply put, this is LG’s best in recent memory and as a result, this could be one of the best air purifiers for bedroom in the near future.
That amount of money will basically get you any popular air purifiers on the market, or at least most of one if you’re on the hunt for the AIRMEGA 200M, Blue Pure 211, Airthereal AGH550 or Levoit LV-H134.
Even if you’re looking for some air purifiers in bedroom, the Sharp FP-K50UW, Bissell air400 or Vornado PCO375DC are suitable with higher performance. But even with this stellar year for these air purifiers, LG’s unique device easily makes its case for the cash.
If you need an air purifier to be on-the-go, the new LG PuriCare Mini will be perfect for you.
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LG PuriCare AS401VSA0 Design and Size
Instead of straying from the pack, the LG PuriCare AS401VSA0 blends in with this year’s fleet of flagships. But that’s not such a bad thing. It even takes cues from the flagship LG PuriCare AS560DWR0 and LG PuriCare AS330DWR0, evolving the color-coded LED system for Air Quality Monitor.
So, the LG PuriCare AS401VSA0 is the Round Console air purifier of LG, and with nice design, it feels like a decor than a home appliance. A simple leg makes the device look like a ‘Q’ letter, and the body comes with many concentric circles. The center is the Air Quality Monitor, and I really like the lighting color from LG devices.
The LG PuriCare AS401VSA0 is the Silver version of the Round Console air purifier. There is a gold version, name AS401VGA1 with similar specs. Overall, I prefer my testing unit with Silver color option, as it is easier to blend with my home decors.
LG PuriCare AS401VSA0 uses the bottom-to-top air flow system concept, with the top air outlet around the curves. With the top air outlet, you can place the air purifier anywhere in your home.
The top control panel, however, is really simple to read and manage. It has an air quality index at the center, so you can actually know the status of your indoor air quality.
LG PuriCare AS401VSA0 is quite compact with only 17.7 inches in height and 18.5 inches in width. It is still bigger than the IQAir Atem or Molekule Air Mini, but it is more compact than the Dyson Pure Cool Me. The air purifier can be brought anywhere in your home, with the weight of 15.9 lbs.
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LG PuriCare AS401VSA0 Filters
LG, just like many South Korean air purifier brands like Coway or Winix, believes in the performance of actual mechanical filters. The LG PuriCare AS401VSA0 features a simple 3-stage air cleaning system as below.
- Pre-filter – A permanent pre-filter will help you capture the large particles of contaminants, from pet hair, human hair and mold. It also prolongs the life time of other filters.
- HEPA filter – The main HEPA filter that captures 99% of down to 0.3 microns allergens, virus particles, pollen, mold and fungi particles.
- Activated Carbon Filter – An odor and VOC filter reduces odors, smoke and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) like formaldehyde.
The LG PuriCare AS401VSA0 only uses a simple HEPA filter, and the company just said that it removes over 90% of airborne allergens. In real-world use, the performance is a bit better, so the LG PuriCare AS401VSA0 can clean 99.7% of any airborne particles down to 0.3 microns in our test of 200 square feet. However, such performance was lower than the Rowenta PU6020, Rowenta PU3040, Coway AP-1512HH or Honeywell HPA8350.
You will need the filter AAFTVT130 for this LG PuriCare AS401VSA0. The filter is recommended to change every 4100 hours of use (approximately 12 months).
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LG PuriCare AS401SVA0 Room Coverage
The LG PuriCare AS401SVA0 is surprisingly powerful for its size. And that’s not just limited to how the air purifier is pending with an Energy Star rating, as it is tested for rooms up to 248 square feet.
The ACH of LG PuriCare AS401SVA0 is 2X to 4X. At maximum power, the air purifier can clean the air every 15 minutes.
The CADR of LG PuriCare AS401SVA0 is 205 Dust/ 160 Smoke/ 215 Pollen (cfm). This air purifier can actually clean the fine particles (smoke particles), but its performance is a lot lower than large dust particles.
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LG PuriCare AS401SVA0 Sound
As you might have suspected from the design, the LG PuriCare AS401SVA0 is meant for quiet operation. It is necessary for a budget air purifier, but nevertheless slightly limit its fan power to use in larger room sizes.
Either way, I’ve been delighted by the lowest noise level of this LG PuriCare AS401SVA0, which is only 23 decibels (db). It is just like the rustling leaves’ sound, and I believe it can be equal with the Coway AP-1512HH, which is the best bedroom air purifier.
On highest speed, the noise level is just 51 decibels, meaning the LG PuriCare AS401SVA0 is just half the noise level of common air purifiers, even on Turbo mode.
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LG PuriCare AS401SVA0 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.
Unlike its brothers, the LG PuriCare AS401SVA0 isn’t certified as Energy Star. However, its power consumption is extremely low, as the air purifier can trim the rated power to just 3 watts. On lowest speed, the power consumption is just 9 watts.
If you switch on Turbo mode, the power consumption LG PuriCare AS401SVA0 is only 43 watts. If you truly need an air purifier for energy saving, I must recommend you to get this LG PuriCare AS401SVA0.
If you use the LG PuriCare AS401SVA0 for 8 hours each day, it would cost you just $3-$15 per year.
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LG PuriCare AS401SVA0 Additional Features
As a mid-range air purifier of a top electronics corporation, the LG PuriCare AS401SVA0 shows off the beautiful Smart Indicator. It has both dust and odor sensors, and the air purifier will give feedback on both PM (10, 2.5, 1.0) display and LED indicator.
Moreover, the LG PuriCare AS401SVA0 works based on the Smart Sensor, because its Auto Mode can automatically change the fan speed to match the environment’s need.
This air purifier also features many basic settings, like the Child lock function to prevent any accidental changes of settings from your pets or children. It also has a Timer, to schedule the time off after 2, 4, 8 or 12 hours.
Finally, we get a LED indicator for filter replacement, to alert us when to change the air filters.
LG PuriCare AS401SVA0 Customer Service
LG is still one of the best electronics manufacturers in the world. So far, the company focuses on improving the customer service, at the world-class level. Buying an LG product means you will get the full support from this company.
To contact LG, there are many methods. You can either email them online, or through their community forum, Facebook or Twitter fan page. If you look for the direct contact, you can live chat with them online, or call them at 800-243-0000. LG’s support is available from 7 AM to midnight CST.
The company supports you with the most competitive warranty for any air purifiers. All air purifiers are covered with a 10-year warranty for Inverter motor only. For other parts and labor, the company deliver a common 1-year warranty.
Although LG took its time to bring the LG PuriCare AS401SVA0 to market following its gold brother, the company has taken full advantage of their opportunity to make good on the learnings from the previous air purifiers. With the unique design, the LG PuriCare AS401SVA0 looks especially nice, and it’s for anyone who want an air purifier that doesn’t look like an air purifier.
The price is on-par with other air purifiers with industrial look, and certainly, higher performance. But the LG PuriCare AS401SVA0 earns its stars with a gorgeous Air Quality display, very quiet operation and energy-saving consumption. Additionally, it packs more than enough power to help you live with your everyday allergy problems.
A good set of LG air purifier.