Philips 1000i Series AC1214/41 is the Wi-Fi version of the Philips 1000 Series AC1213/40, which marked the first Smart air purifier from the product line of this Dutch multinational brand. This beastly air purifier is the Philips’s answer to the Winix NK105 and Honeywell HPA250B. So far, this is still the most popular air purifier from this brand, and you will find out why in our Philips 1000i Review.
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- The VitaShield IPS is good
- Smart features like Smart Sensor and Wi-Fi connectivity
- Great sensor
- Many problems with app
- Low fan power for the price
Do you hear about the Philips? This is one of the longest-history electronic and technology brands in the world, which is founded in 1891. Today, the Dutch multinational company focus mostly on the healthcare, and their air purifier devices are the most important appliances to ensure a better air quality for your indoor environment. As the first air purifier, the Philips 1000i and its non-Wi-Fi version, the Philips 1000, are the most popular devices to use at the moment. Okay, we can continue with the Philips 1000i Review.
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Philips 1000i Price
The Philips 1000 was one of the most critically acclaimed air purifiers, exceeding all expectations. Just only one year after this triumph, Philips seemed to rush the release of the Philips 1000i as the market threatened with Wi-Fi connectivity feature in low-range budget. This comment is mostly because of the many negative reviews for bad mobile app experience.
With the new career of investing for healthcare, Philips are one of the trusted brands for air purifiers. However, their products are mostly overpriced for a device with small fan power, and lots of bugs in mobile app. Maybe under an aggressively competitive segment like low-range market, Philips couldn’t afford to wait and they need the Philips 1000i as soon as possible to race to the front of the pack with a dramatic step forward in smart features.
Apart from what make the previous Philips 1000 successful, all the Philips 1000i’s enhancements were direct responses to the urge from Smart air purifier things like Honeywell HPA250B, Blueair Sense+ and even the low-end GermGuardian CDAP5500BCA. One major point in the Philips 1000i’s favor is the price. It is $299 in the original website of Philips USA, which is $50 higher than the non-smart Philips 1000. For an air purifier that targets only the small room, this air purifier has a higher base cost. Will you think if it’s worth when the Honeywell HPA300 and Coway AP-1512HH are both cheaper with really, really great performance? We will find out soon.
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Philips 1000i Design and Size
The Philips 1000i just only remains the same design concept from the previous Philips 1000, with not a slightest change in size, shape and even the display monitor. If you don’t check the box closely, you will mistake these items for sure. Remember that the non-smart Philips 1000 is model AC1213/40, and if you want an Amazon’s Choice air purifier, you can follow the deal below to buy the Philips 1000 right now.
Both the Philips 1000i and Philips 1000 are using the two-part body which is divided in half. The base is quite small but it is able to hold the 21-inch air purifier stand firm. The Philips 1000i is only 11.5 lbs, and you can easily move it without the help of any handle. Also, the cord length is about 6 ft, which is suitable for many common rooms in the U.S.
For the finishing, we have only one white color option, and this is also the main theme for every Philips air purifier. This Philips 1000i is mainly made of ABS plastic, and that’s why the white color option is the most suitable for this device. It would be much brighter than the white color option in a metal body.
The back of the device is clean, and you only have the air vent on front of this air purifier. There are many perforated holes for the front air vent, which is also the air intake grill of this Philips 1000i. At the bottom, there will be a logo of VitaShield IPS (Intelligent Purification System).
Just like many air purifiers in the same price range, like Honeywell HPA300 or Winix WAC9500, the Philips 1000i uses a bottom-to-top air flow system concept. From the front air grill, the contaminated air will pass many layers of air filters, and release through the top air outlet grill.
On top of this air purifier, we will have a control panel using touch panel type. There is also one LED indicator for the Smart Sensor, to tell you what is the current status of your indoor air quality.
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Philips 1000i Filters
The most important part in any air purifier is the quantity and the quality of its air filtration process. The latter is decided both by the materials that made these air filters, and what air filter types are used. In this Philips 1000i, we will have a general 3-stage air cleaning system as below.
- Pre-filter – The polluted air must pass through a built-in pre-filter, where most of the large objects of contaminants, such as pet hair and even some kinds of pet dander and skin, are being held.
- Activated Carbon filter – The Active carbon filter reduces gases and odors, as well as many types of smoke and chemicals like formaldehyde and VOCs.
- True HEPA filter – The True HEPA Filter is the core of the VitaShield IPS, which captures 99.97% of as small as 0.3 microns allergens, virus particles, pollen, mold and even bacteria.
Just reading the specs, you can think the air filtration process of this Philips 1000i quite normal. A 3-stage air cleaning system is the most basic one being used in Levoit LV-H133, Oransi Max, or Whirlpool WPPRO2000, so what makes the Philips 1000i stand out of the crowd? Well, the VitaShield IPS, with the powerful True HEPA filter, is able to deal with not only the common airborne allergens like dust, dust mites, pollen, mold spores and pet dander, but also many viruses and bacteria like the Influenza A in H1N1 virus. This technology also can effectively remove the ultra-fine particles as small as 0.02 microns. Philips is proud to call their HEPA filter with an impressive name – the Nano Protect Pro HEPA filter.
But will the air cleaning system is able to hold a position for Philips 1000 and Philips 1000i in the aggressive competitive market? Don’t forget that there are many competent candidates, some with the common ionizer like Coway AP-1512HH or AeraMax 300, some have the advanced technology like the Winix HR950 or Sharp FP-F50UW, not to mention the UV-C technology in Oransi Finn and GermGuardian AC9200WCA. To know the answer, we need a performance test for this Philips 1000i. This time, I used the normal test conditions like a room of 150 square feet, and let all them run in 1 hour. The samples to compare with this air purifier are the Honeywell HPA300, Whirlpool WP1000, and Blue Pure 211.
And the result, the Philips 1000i, with the weaker fan power, can only clean 99.9% airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns. The aforementioned testing samples are quite better, with the high efficiency of 99.95%. However, I believe the performance of this Philips 1000i is really great, and it can be as good as the more expensive Oransi OV200 or Sharp FP-F60UW.
For the air filter cost, this Philips 1000i will charge you a lot for its high-quality air filters. The original Nano Protect HEPA filter is $69, and the Activated Carbon filter is $39, and they both can last for only 1 year. If you want a better annual filter cost, you should choose either the Coway AP-1512HH or AeraMax 300. However, it is really difficult to find an original replacement in Amazon, so I guess you need to look for these parts in the local stores.
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Philips 1000i Room Coverage
Clearly the Philips 1000i has great air filtration process, but what draws this air purifier back is its fan power. So I am quite surprised because the manufacturer has suggested a room size of up to 680 square feet. However, the AHAM certified room coverage of this Philips 1000i is only 200 square feet.
The ACH of Philips 1000i is 5X. This air changes per hour rating is really, really high and the Philips 1000i can clean your room as often as 15 minutes.
The CADR of Philips 1000i is 160 cfm in general. Though this CADR rating is even higher than Oransi Finn and Sharp FP-F50UW, the Philips 1000i shows a relatively weak fan power, and it takes more time to clean your room thoroughly.
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Philips 1000i Sound
Because the Philips 1000i is an air purifier for bedroom, the silent operation is truly a key factor to check. But don’t worry, the Philips is also one of the best electronic companies in the world, and they never try to ruin their products just by some little noise.
I’ve measured the lowest noise level of both Philips 1000 and Philips 1000i to be only 20 decibels, which is just like the rustling leaves. You will barely hear a sound when this air purifier run on lowest speed, but what about the highest speed? Again, the highest noise level is only 52 decibels (db). The audible noise is not too loud, and it is the same level with the Winix HR900, and of course, the Alen BreatheSmart FLEX and Honeywell AirGenius 6 HFD360B.
If you need an air purifier with silent operation, you should always keep the Philips 1000i (or Philips 1000) on lowest speed.
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Philips 1000i 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 if this air purifier is good or not.
With so little power in the fan and the DC motor, this Philips 1000i will require only a little energy to run. The power consumption of this air purifier is 50 watts, and I believe the Energy Star rating is perfectly true for this air purifier.
For 8 hours of using the Philips 1000i per day, it would cost you around $18 per year.
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Philips 1000i Additional Features
The main reason you consider this Philips 1000i over the original Philips 1000 is because of its rich additional features. This air purifier has everything one other would cost you double or more. And thanks to the origin of the giant Philips name, you can trust in these additional features to work flawlessly. Or at least, the most parts.
Philips 1000 is highly recommended for its accurate Smart Sensor. Benchmarked against a professional-grade sensor, this Smart Sensor (named AeraSense) can detect even the slightest change in indoor air conditions. Then, it will monitor the air by automatically adjusting the fan speed when it detects a change in particles. Moreover, Philips 1000 and Philips 1000i make use of the impressive Allergen Mode to deliver the turbo speed performance.
Philips 1000i also has a Night Sense Mode to automatically turn down the lights and fan speed when the room is dark. As an air purifier for bedroom, this function is also a great-to-have feature. The dimmed light and the low sound help you sleep better. However, when you run this Night Sense Mode, by default you will turn off other Auto modes.
The Child lock function is another one great thing to have, as it prevents unintended changes in settings. Remember that it won’t prevent your child to push the air purifier out of the table, so you still need to be careful.
Philips 1000i has reached a next level of inventing the indicator for filter replacement. It still alerts you when it is time to replace the filter, but if the filter is not replaced promptly, both the Philips 1000 and Philips 1000i can stop functioning to avoid ineffective purification. So to say, you can’t be all lazy and forget about replacing the air filters annually.
Back to the reason you are charged for $50 more, the Philips 1000i has a connected app to control it via Wi-Fi. This app also gives you many allergen advice, and you can change the fan speed, set a schedule, or see your filter lifetime easily. But, with so many negative reviews for the app performance, I could conclude that the Wi-Fi connectivity feature is not worth the money. In the time of writing, I found the app is sometimes not working in all Philips air purifiers, be the Philips 1000i, Philips 2000i or even the Philips 5000i.
It is quite disappointing, because the idea of the Philips app is really great with the tracking indoor and outdoor air quality. I am checking the latest version of this app (in Apr, 6th) and seeing if the developers have finally fixed the crashes or not. I will update the status as soon as possible.
Philips 1000i Customer Service
Philips is the giant in electronic appliance industry, with over 100 years in history. You can contact their customer service team and get personal help for all your product related questions. They provide an online store FAQs so you can find the manuals easily. Apart from that, Philips provides an exclusive support service, and you can call us at 888-744-5477, or via live chat everyday.
Philips is available in the United States, and they offer the Free shipping policy and a 30-day return guarantee for all their products. If you find their air purifiers any defects in material or workmanship, you are covered with a 2-year warranty.
Philips 1000i is the Wi-Fi-version of the great Philips 1000, with high-quality air filtration process, amazing additional features and of course, an Energy Star rating power consumption. This air purifier is one of the best air purifiers for bedroom, and I suggest you to get it as soon as possible.
Should I buy Philips 1000i?
Yes, this air purifier is the best air purifier for value in the Philips family. There are stiff competitors to consider, but you will miss many great things if you don’t buy this Philips 1000i.
- If you have serious allergies or asthma to airborne pollutants: the Philips 1000i has one high-quality True HEPA filter, which can even clean the particles as small as 0.02 microns.
- If you want a better performance, or better fan power to clean your room faster: you should check the Whirlpool WP1000 or Blue Pure 121 for better fan power.
- If you need an air purifier with a better room coverage: you could pay more for the Austin Air HealthMate Jr (700 square feet), Alen BreatheSmart 45i (800 square feet) or even the Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr (700 square feet).
- If you need a budget version of this air purifier: you can save more money by choosing the Philips 1000, but without the Wi-Fi connectivity feature.
- If you need a more silent air purifier: the Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0 and Levoit LV-H133 are more silent than this Philips 1000i.
- If you care about the annual filter cost and energy cost: you should look for the Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0 for better annual cost.
- If you love the additional features: this is the best air purifier you can get with both Smart Sensor and Smart Wi-Fi connectivity feature.
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The great air purifier can only come from the greatest electronic brand.