The Oreck Air Response Medium (WK16001) is an affordable smart air purifier, but its low performance is really a problem. In our today Oreck Air Response Medium Review, we will see if we should upgrade from Oreck Air Response Small to this air purifier or not.
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- Smart Sensor
- Great Silence technology
- Quiet operation
- No True HEPA filter
Since 1963, Oreck has been one of the most popular air purifier brands in the United States. David Oreck, together with his company, has marked some impressive checkpoints in more than 50 years. Today, we will discuss the Oreck Air Response Medium Review, for the second brother in the most popular Oreck series.
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Oreck Air Response Medium Price
Oreck has produced another chic, stylish yet affordable Air Response air purifier, and though it has better performance than Oreck Air Response Small, it isn’t quite as impressive.
It still looks and feels like its small brother, but Oreck appears to cut back a little too much when it comes to everyday performance. The Oreck Air Response Medium is in complicated position, where people will choose the Oreck Air Response Large instead for sure.
Here in the U.S, you can buy the Oreck Air Response Medium with only $179 on Oreck official website. Its price is in the middle of other Air Response devices, and a bit lower than the Oreck Airvantage.
That pitches it right in the middle of the Honeywell HPA100 and Honeywell HPA200, and don’t forget to mention the Levoit LV-PUR131 and AeraMax 200 with all these high-end features they can bring within the same price.
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Oreck Air Response Medium Design and Size
For an air purifier under $200, the Oreck Air Response Medium looks and feels great. It is like an unibody air purifier, and you won’t notice where to remove the front cover.
It’s relative compact air purifier, in the middle size of the Oreck Air Response Small and Oreck Air Response Large, with 18.6 inches in height and 16 inches in width. The Oreck Air Response Medium, right at its name, is surely the middle brother.
Other than the size, it is exactly the same as other Air Response air purifiers, except for the Oreck Air Response Turbo. The Medium model uses the same bottom-to-top air flow system concept.
Besides the top air outlet, Oreck has given the air quality indicator bar and a control panel. If you jump from the review of the small model, you will find the medium version quite similar.
The Oreck Air Response Medium is still lightweight to lift, as its weight is only 11 lbs.
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Oreck Air Response Medium Filters
Being one member in the Air Response series, the Oreck Air Response Medium will use the exact 2-stage air cleaning system as its brothers.
- Activated Carbon filter – Oreck Air Response Medium has an Odor filter to remove unwanted odors from the air.
- HEPA filter – The main HEPA media filter can capture 99% of any particles down to 0.3 microns like pollen, dust mites, allergens, pet dander, and cooking smoke.
Unlike the Oreck AirInstinct and Oreck Airvantage, the Oreck Air Response series only makes use of the weaker HEPA media filter. With lower-level air filter, this air purifier can’t reach the high efficiency as real True HEPA filter.
This time, I made a test in a room of 150 square feet for the Oreck Air Response Medium. I also brought the Blueair Sense+, Medify MA-Smart, Medify MA-25 and Winix P300 into the test to compare with our today unit. The Oreck representatives performed a bit weaker than other air purifiers in the same price range, as it was only 99.8% for trapping any particles down to 0.3 microns.
The filter kit of this Oreck Air Response Medium is labeled AK46001, and it costs you $27, for up to 12 months of protection.
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Oreck Air Response Medium Room Coverage
You might expect $40 to cover a much larger room, right? Indeed, the Oreck Air Response Medium is recommended to use in a room of 225 square feet, which is a bit better than the Oreck Air Response Small.
The ACH of Oreck Air Response Medium is 4X. So to say, the air purifier can clean your room every 15 minutes.
The CADR of Oreck Air Response Medium is 152 Dust/ 132 Smoke/ 158 Pollen (cfm). Oreck Air Response Medium can work its best in any medium rooms.
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Oreck Air Response Medium Sound
You might expect that an air purifier with such a modest fan power and performance would come with the goods on quiet operation. What’s more, while 25 decibels (db) isn’t as impressive as the Oreck Air Response Small, it is just the noise level of whisper, so you will be satisfied with Oreck Air Response Medium.
The highest noise level of this middle Oreck Air Response is only 53 decibels (db), which is lower than many air purifiers in the same price range.
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Oreck Air Response Medium Power Consumption
One of our most FAQs is “Do air purifiers use a lot of energy?” because we need to run an air purifier for a constant long time, and power consumption is really a thing to consider.
Even for a bigger fan power, the Oreck Air Response Medium only requires 62 watts for the power consumption, which is a bit higher than the Oreck Air Response Small. We’re long past the point of being impressed with such power consumption, but hey, it’s still okay, especially for an Energy Star air purifier.
If you run the Oreck Air Response Medium for 8 hours per day, you will need to pay $22 each year.
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Oreck Air Response Medium Additional Features
From the first Oreck Air Response Small, we will see the introduction of Smart Sensor in an Oreck air purifier. The Oreck Air Response Medium, obviously, will use the dust sensor (or DustSense technology) to automatically adjust the fan speed, depending on the real-time environment’s need.
It also has a built-in Timer, as well as the Light Dimmer option. These functions are available in any devices of Air Response series.
The last but not least, we will have the LED indicators for filter replacement, with one for HEPA, and one for Odor filter.
Oreck Air Response Medium Customer Service
As one of the biggest air purifier brands in the world, Oreck maintains a very strong customer service, which is truly the top selling point of this manufacturer.
That’s why Oreck not only commits with many global responsibilities, this American company also provides everything to help their customer buy and use their product easily. If you purchase an air purifier from Oreck, you are ensured to find the closest store or monitor the whole order status. For every problem, you can contact them via live chat, or call them at 800-289-5888, from Monday to Friday.
They also give you a 2-day express shipping, and Oreck usually promotes with a discount, as well as free shipping for most of their products. Note that the shipping will be quicker if the order is placed in the U.S.
Oreck is the rare company that allows full refund for their air purifiers, providing that the unit is still within the trial period. You should contact 877-533-2019 for more information. Also, you can ask for warranty at 800-989-3535, which lasts for 3 year in case of residential products. For commercial products, Oreck only provides a 1-year warranty.
The Oreck Air Response Medium is clearly superseded and overshadowed by the Oreck Air Response Large, but it has a bit lower price tag, so you can save about… $20. Okay, I should admit, there’s no point in buying the Oreck Air Response Medium now.
The Oreck Air Response Medium is overshadowed completely by its bigger brother.