The Philips 5000i Series AC5659/40 is the flagship, and the great air purifier from Philips, one that pushes the brand back to the forefront of the air purifier piles in terms of design and performance. However, lower fan power and not improving the mobile app in a meaningful way while still charging a huge premium make this a tough sell. If you need a full review for this air purifier, you are in right place, as our Philips 5000i Review is the most trusted one in 2019.
In Breathe Quality, we have reviewed all air purifiers under these sections. Also, we guarantee that:
- We do give honest reviews (both pros and cons) so anyone will guarantee to have the wisest choices.
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- The VitaShield IPS is good
- Smart features like Smart Sensor and Wi-Fi connectivity
- Great sensor
- Still has problems with app
- Low fan power for the price
Founded since 1891, the Philips is one of the most powerful leaders of the electronic and technology brands in the world, with employees across 100 countries. This brand even gained the royal honorary title of Koninklijk in Netherlands, which is comparable with the Royal Warrant in the UK. So far, Philips has developed their Philips Professional Healthcare to focus more on the healthcare division. Their air purifiers are aiding this mission, and the flagship Philips 5000i is the best device they have offered. So, let’s read our Philips 5000i Review.
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Philips 5000i Price
With the Philips 5000i, you will enjoy the skip of many generations, as the previous model is the Philips 2000i. Guessing from the name, we may expect the introduction of the Philips 3000i and Philips 4000i, but no, we will never have chance to experience these air purifiers. Instead, the high-end machine of this Dutch multinational company is the Philips 5000i, also with a skip in the price tag.
The Philips 5000i continues to improve the design, while remains most of the strength from its predecessors. It still takes the form of a compact air purifier, and replace the former front plate for more surface in the air grills. But don’t judge a book by its cover, as this is the most powerful air purifier of Philips you could have.
Just like any air purifiers in the lineup of Philips, this Philips 5000i has many powerful smart features. While there are many bugs in the mobile app, the Philips 5000i works really great with Wi-Fi connectivity function, one thing that both the Philips 2000i and Philips 1000i are struggling to keep up with the flagship.
Like I said earlier, this Philips 5000i is a skip both in the performance, and the cost as well. If you look for a Philips 5000i in the official website, it would cost you $699. This early price was too high, as it is $300 more expensive than the previous model, and you will doubt the difference for such huge sum of money.
Perhaps this time, Philips has one thing to call the flagship, with a higher cost than even the AIRMEGA 300S and AIRMEGA 400. I also wrote the reviews for the Honeywell HPA600B, Rabbit Air MinusA2, Blueair Classic 480i and the Austin Air HealthMate Plus, so you can get a clearer picture of how they differ and which is most worth your money.
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Philips 5000i Design and Size
As one of the brands with many innovative designs, we expect the Philips 5000i to be a lot different from the rest of the product line. This air purifier has said goodbye to the modular design from the previous models, to stay in a much more conservative design of a rectangular prism. You can see the similar design in other brands as well, like the Honeywell HPA600B or even Austin Air HealthMate.
Surprisingly, the Philips 5000i isn’t keeping the usual air intake grill under the front plate anymore. Instead, you will get the basic air grills from both sides. To improve the performance of this air purifier, Philips has built the inside of this Philips 5000i to hold two sets of air filters for both side air grills. This is also the idea of many big air purifier brands, like Blueair with their Blueair Classic 605, or Coway with their AIRMEGA 400S.
For the size, this air purifier is even shorter than the previous Philips 2000i, with only 22 inches in height, though the width is larger with 18 inches. The cord length is about 6 ft, which is suitable for many common rooms in the U.S.
What’s most impressive is how we feel about this air purifier. It is more compact, and elegant than any other air purifiers in the same price range. To keep the weight of this Philips 5000i to only 19.4 lbs, this company needs to use the common ABS plastic for the housing. It is not durable like the Austin Air Pet Machine or the Airpura R600, but it is much brighter and gives us a feeling of purification. It is even more beautiful with the change of the smart LED display ring at the center of this Philips 5000i.
Philips once again is loyal with the traditional bottom-to-top air flow system concept, but with a much more stylish air outlet grill. It is quite deep into the center, which allows more space for the fresh air to come out. Also, you can find a line of six buttons to change the settings, just like the predecessors.
Philips 5000i is still heavier than the predecessors, especially the Philips 1000i. However, you will have four built-in casters to help move this air purifier around your house.
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Philips 5000i 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 5000i, we still have the 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.
Even in a flagship like the Philips 5000i, this company continues to say no to the ionizer, which is the top reason to cause asthma and many other breathing issues for people. So to say, we only have three physical layers of air filtration for the Philips 5000i, something quite similar to the Airpura I600 or Airpura R600. But never take the True HEPA filter from one Philips air purifier a little lightly, because with the VitaShield IPS technology, this air purifier can even remove many common bacteria and viruses, like H1N1 (influenza), for cleaner air. The advanced active carbon filter is also high-quality, and very effective against Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), odors and gases.
For those who don’t know, the VitaShield IPS of Philips is certified allergy-friendly by the European Center of Allergy Research Foundation (ECARF). This is also the highest level of certification for one air purifier’s technology, so you can believe in a better health with this Philips 5000i.
Like any high-end air purifiers, I just do the test simply to guarantee the performance of these air purifiers. I let the Philips 5000i to run in a room of 300 square feet with full of pollutants, for one hour. This time, I chose the Alen BreatheSmart, the Austin Air Allergy Machine and the Austin Air HealthMate Plus to compare the performance of this Philips 5000i. As you can see from the chart below, the Philips 5000i is super effective in the given room size, and it can deal with 99.95% of any particles as small as 0.3 microns.
Philips is not a brand for low filter replacement cost, especially when this Philips 5000i needs two sets of air filters simultaneously. For a lifetime of 1 year, the Nano Protect HEPA filter will cost you $149, which is double the filter cost of the Philips 2000i. Moreover, you need to pay for the extra $79 of the Activated Carbon filter. It is more expensive than even the AIRMEGA 300S, or the Sharp KC-860U.
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Philips 5000i Room Coverage
Okay, here is the curious thing about this air purifier. It’s got a lower CADR rating, and also the quite low AHAM certified room coverage for the price. If you use the Philips 5000i, you can only use it in a room of 454 square feet. Just look at the Oransi Max, it is suggested for a room of 1100 square feet, and the Airpura I600 is even meant for a room of 2000 square feet.
The ACH of Philips 5000i is 5X. With this air changes per hour rating, the Philips 5000i can clean your room as often as 15 minutes.
The CADR of Philips 5000i is 293 cfm in general. This CADR rating is only higher than the AIRMEGA 300S and Honeywell HPA600B, and is nowhere near the same fan power as the Austin Air HealthMate Plus or the trio of Dyson Pure Cool Link, Dyson Pure Hot+Cool and Dyson Pure Cool Tower. But for the suggested room coverage, this Philips 5000i can clean at a quick rate.
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Philips 5000i Sound
The Philips 5000i is meant for large to extra large room, but with such weak fan power, we can believe it still has the quiet operation that you need for even a bedroom. And don’t forget the Philips is one of the best electronic companies in the world, and their products are really worth your money.
The lowest noise level of the Philips 5000i is only 20.5 decibels, which is even quieter than the Ultra Quiet Rabbit Air MinusA2. This is also the noise level of the rustling leaves, and I believe that it is a lot better than the Philips 1000i.
Even if you switch to the highest setting, the noise level of this Philips 5000i is only 52 decibels (db), which is still great, only lose to the Alen BreatheSmart 75i. As an air purifier designed for the large room, such noise pressure of the Philips 5000i is truly great, and you can use this air purifier in many quiet place such as your office.
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Philips 5000i 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.
Philips 5000i uses the latest DC motor to achieve low power consumption for the CADR rating. With the Energy Star rating, this air purifier consumes only maximum of 56 watts.
For 8 hours of using the Philips 5000i per day, it would cost you around $20 per year. It is just only $0.05 per day to keep your indoor air quality as good as possible.
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Philips 5000i Additional Features
In the high-end level, people only think of the air purifier as a strong fan power to clean a large room, or even an extra large room. That’s the play field of things like the IQAir HealthPro Plus, Austin Air HealthMate Plus, Oransi EJ120 or Airpura UV600 – these air purifiers are the best examples for how an air purifier should do in the high-range.
The Philips 5000i is not one of those commons, but it won’t be able to shake up the air purifier market with its noticeable additional features, because there are AIRMEGA 400S, Blueair Classic 605 and Honeywell HPA600B around here. However, I really like the smart features of this Philips 5000i, just only one exception of the Smart Wi-Fi connectivity feature. It is better than the same thing happened in the Philips 2000i, but you still need to wait a little bit for the perfect smartphone app to remotely control this air purifier.
Philips 5000i has one of the best Smart Sensor, which named AeraSense, to detect even the slightest change in indoor air quality with high accuracy. Then, this Philips 2000i will automatically adjust the fan speed to match the current change in particles. You can also use the Allergen Mode to deliver the turbo speed performance manually.
And there is a Night Sense Mode in Philips 5000i 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 also 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.
And yes, the best part of this Philips 5000i that’s certainly something the rest of the market hasn’t seen yet, is 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, the Philips 5000i can stop functioning to avoid ineffective purification. So to say, you can’t be all lazy and forget about replacing the air filters annually.
Finally, you will have a Timer function in this Philips 5000i as well.
Philips 5000i 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.
The flagship of Philips is finally a wonderful air purifier to have. In real-world use, the Smart features of Philips 5000i work great, with no major issues at all for the Smart Wi-Fi connectivity like in the predecessors. This air purifier also comes up with a better fan power, and dual air filtration to guarantee the best performance.
- Cleaning Power
- Power Consumption
The best air purifier of Philips – one giant in electronics and healthcare appliances.