Oreck’s new air purifier – Oreck Air Tower is the comfortable low-range tower air purifier with power of real True HEPA filter. But is it enough to put Oreck back in the competition track? We will see, in our today Oreck Air Tower Review.
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- Has True HEPA filter
- Compact size
- Selects among many colors
- Low fan power
- Under powered
Oreck is the most influential air purifier company in the U.S, along with Honeywell and Holmes. But just like any air purifier brands without True HEPA filter, Oreck quickly fell behind in the air purifier competitive race. Hopefully, with the Oreck Airvantage and later, Oreck Air Tower, the company is taking step to claim back the top position. Let’s complete our latest Oreck Air Tower Review.
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Oreck Air Tower Price
True HEPA filter is not quite popular in the lineup of Oreck family. The most popular air purifier of this company – Oreck XL Professional uses the special Truman Cell filter to clean the air, while others like Oreck Air Response Large and Oreck Air Response Turbo only pack the low-level HEPA filter.
But so-so specs and questionable price tag don’t do enough to grasp the imagination, and unless you are a true fan of Oreck there are better options out there.
The Oreck Air Tower receives mixed reviews right in the official Oreck website, rated 3.4/5 overall. For an air purifier with the cost of $199, we may expect more for the newcomer of Oreck family. If you prefer an additional humidification function at the same price, you can consider the Oreck Air Refresh instead.
If tower design concept is your thing, you will love the GermGuardian CDAP5500BCA or Honeywell HFD-120-Q. You can also find the powerful alternatives in console form like Inofia PM1320 or Hathaspace Smart True HEPA Air Purifier. However, Oreck still offers a much better customer service than these Chinese manufacturers, so you should think it carefully.
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Oreck Air Tower Design and Size
Long since the Oreck XL Professional do we have an air purifier with at least 4 different color options. The Oreck Air Tower doesn’t bring anything new for design concept in the world of air purifiers, but we can enjoy our own taste, choosing among: Platinum (default), Black, Cream and Bronze.
Our today unit is a Platinum, or White unit, but if you love the premium Black color of Oreck devices, you can follow the deal below for your favorite Oreck Air Tower version.
If you are familiar with the classic design of tower air purifier made by American manufacturers, you will like the large parallel air grills of this air purifier. You can think of the Oreck Air Tower similar to the Honeywell HFD-120-Q or Alen T500, but with bigger top.
The Oreck Air Tower is really an air purifier with compact size, to fit seamlessly within your home. The dimensions are 17 inches in height and 8.6 inches in width.
Like so many other common tower air purifiers, Oreck Air Tower uses the back-to-front air flow system concept. It has a button to remove the front cover, so you can change the air filter.
Top control panel includes of only 4 functional buttons, placing in the U-shape order. Oreck told us that the buttons are easy touch, as they are one selling point of this device.
Oreck Air Tower is only 7.7 lbs, so you can grab it and move easily from room to room.
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Oreck Air Tower Filters
The Oreck Air Tower will run only one filter for its air cleaning system, and honestly I find it… quite weak for a $200 air purifier. But let’s take a closer look at the system.
- True HEPA filter – The main HEPA media filter can capture 99.97% of any particles down to 0.3 microns like pollen, dust mites, allergens, pet dander, and cooking smoke.
I made the same test for Oreck Air Tower like the previous Oreck Airvantage, in a room of 100 square feet and under 1 hour. As you can see from the chart below, the efficiency of Oreck Air Tower is a bit lower than the old model, as it can only clean 99.9% any particles down to 0.3 microns within the time. It is still decent performance, though.
You can buy the air filter model AIRH1Q2PK for the Oreck Air Tower, as indicated in the Oreck official website. The filter costs you $44, and needs to be replaced after 1 year.
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Oreck Air Tower Room Coverage
The Oreck Air Tower comes without any room coverage suggestion, but through rigorous tests, I believe it is meant for a room of only 150 square feet.
The ACH of Oreck Air Tower is 4X. Like other Oreck air purifiers, it can exchange the air every 15 minutes.
The CADR of Oreck Air Tower is 100 cfm in general.
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Oreck Air Tower Sound
Using a True HEPA makes the Oreck Air Tower not a silent air purifier. Oreck also avoids to add quiet operation as selling point, like they did previously on Oreck XL Professional.
Clearly, the noise level isn’t the strength of this tower air purifier. I’ve measured the noise level can reach 60 decibels (db) at maximum, which is really noisy for an air purifier with such low fan power like Oreck Air Tower. If you want to use it in small rooms or bedrooms, make sure to use the lowest setting.
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Oreck Air Tower 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.
Oreck Air Tower uses the average power consumption just like other devices in Oreck family, only with 55 watts.
If you run the Oreck Air Tower for 8 hours per day, you will need to pay $20 each year.
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Oreck Air Tower Additional Features
For an air purifier with one of the lowest launching price, we shouldn’t expect much for the additional features in this Oreck Air Tower. It still has a built-in Timer to help you schedule the time off, from 2, 4 and 8 hours. However, don’t hope for high-end things like Smart Sensor.
And don’t worry, there is a LED indicator for filter replacement. You don’t need to remember the date all by yourself.
Oreck Air Tower 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.
Oreck Air Tower may be the newest air purifier of Oreck family, but it is far from a real device to save this company.
An overpriced Oreck air purifier, again.