Could the RENPHO RP-AP001 be RENPHO’s swan song? This could be the cheapest air purifier with all the high-tech you could get from top rated air purifiers, like Smart Sensor and Wi-Fi Enabled Connectivity. Today, let’s talk about the most popular RENPHO air purifier in this RENPHO RP-AP001 Review.
Important: The RENPHO RP-AP001 only has Smart Sensor feature, so if you want to control your air purifier with smartphone, you need to look for the RENPHO RP-AP001S.
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- High-quality performance
- Lots of Smart features
- Affordable price
- Good fan power
- Only has 3X ACH
- Quite noisy on highest speed
RENPHO has done incredible things since their foundation at 2015, thanks to their excellent products and services. With their budget air purifiers in hand, the American company’s reach is beyond the United States, to many countries in Europe. The RENPHO RP-AP001 is definitely their most successful product, and this could be the most affordable option for any smart tastes. Okay, it’s time for the perfect RENPHO RP-AP001 Review.
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RENPHO RP-AP001 Price
The RENPHO RP-AP001 is an extremely fine air purifier for its price range, as it is easily the direct competitor to the Levoit LV-PUR131, and it doesn’t forget to keep the price one level down from the already budget smart option.
This strategy of course works, as the RENPHO RP-AP001 can be perfectly good as your day-to-day air purifier, thanks to its Smart Sensor. In the Amazon’s Choice RENPHO RP-AP001S, you can even control it with your smartphone, just like how the Levoit LV-PUR131S can do. Perhaps in air purifier world, “S” means “smart”.
Today, the official launching price of this RENPHO RP-AP001 is $149 on RENPHO website. However, you can get the device for as low as $99 with our deal. The smart version named RENPHO RP-AP001S costs you $129, which is still cheaper than the competitor Levoit LV-PUR131S.
That said, the RENPHO RP-AP001 has respectable specs for its price, but it is on competition with things like Airthereal APH260 or Medify MA-14, as they both have the same H13 True HEPA filter like our today reviewed unit. If you prefer muscle strength than the convenient Smart Sensor, you can also select the Levoit Core 300 or Levoit Vital 100, with the former being one of the best deal in 2021.
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RENPHO RP-AP001 Design and Size
For an affordable air purifier, RENPHO RP-AP001 is quite big. It’s a 21-inch height and 14-inch width, making it bigger than the popular Levoit LV-PUR131, so unless you have rather a tall back it may be hard to put this air purifier tabletop.
The RENPHO RP-AP001 loses the premium feeling of the cheaper RENPHO RP-AP068, as it hides the air grills under the front plate, which is quite a common design. In fact, RENPHO RP-AP001 has two light indicators on top, making it quite like a cat’s ears. Little things can differentiate one air purifier from another.
This air purifier sports the common bottom-to-top air flow system concept, like many other console air purifiers. The air sensor is placed near the air inlet, so it can measure quite accurately the indoor air quality. Also, the design of the front plate makes it easier to set up the device, which is very important for any new users.
RENPHO RP-AP001 has a quite complicated control panel, with 7 different buttons. This control panel is similar for both smart and standard version of RENPHO RP-AP001.
This air purifier weighs 16 lbs, making it solid and firm on the ground.
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RENPHO RP-AP001 Filters
To check the performance of one air purifier, normally we will check the quality and quantity of air filters inside it, as well as the air filter types. RENPHO RP-AP001 is a rare air purifier in low-range segment to have a 5-stage air cleaning system.
- Pre-filter – A preliminary filter removes large particles like hair or pet dander. It also covers the True HEPA filter, and prolong its life time. Can be washable.
- Charcoal filter – Adsorbs odors and captures large dust.
- Activated Carbon filter – Neutralizes various household odors caused by cooking smells, smoking and pet odors. Greatly increases the performance of adsorbing odors and chemicals. Made of thick coconut shell carbon.
- Antibacterial coating – Prevents the growth of bacteria and germ on the surface of True HEPA filter.
- True HEPA filter – RENPHO RP-AP001 uses H13 True HEPA filter to remove 99.97% of any harmful contaminants as small as 0.3 microns in size.
Instead of using just one layer of carbon filter, the RENPHO RP-AP001 improves with one extra layer of charcoal filter, to improve the performance of odor trapping. Only the Airthereal APH260 and next-gen RENPHO RP-AP002 have the same idea to further reduce the effect of household odors and chemicals, just by increasing the number of carbon filters.
Deep inside RENPHO RP-AP001 is a True HEPA filter, with an upgrade of anti-microbial coating. This HEPA filter is normally found in high-end air purifiers, because it can prevent the polluted air get back to your room.
The best part? All of these air filters are mechanical, so the RENPHO RP-AP001 is still 100% ozone-free. It is certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for ozone emission safety, so you can use it even in your baby’s room without any problem.
To help you know the exact performance of this RENPHO RP-AP001, I brought it to a test in 150 square feet, and let it run for 1 hour. I also chose the Hathaspace, InvisiClean Sensa and Envion Allergy Pro AP200 to compare with the performance of our today unit. It seems the RENPHO RP-AP001 is truly powerful, as it scored efficiency of 99.9% for trapping any particles down to 0.3 microns.
You can buy a full set of air filters for this RENPHO RP-AP001 with just only $29. It is recommended to change the air filters every 6 months for peak performance.
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RENPHO RP-AP001 Room Coverage
The RENPHO RP-AP001 is designed to be the main competitor with the Levoit LV-PUR131, so it bears the same performance. You can use this air purifier for any rooms around 300 square feet with ease.
The ACH of RENPHO RP-AP001 is 3X. It is quite disappointed for an air purifier with such fan power to exchange air only 3 times per hour.
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RENPHO RP-AP001 Sound
RENPHO really cares about their customer’s sleep, so they design all products for bedroom use. The RENPHO RP-AP001 has an average noise level of only 35 decibels (db), which is near the silence of the whisper.
Moreover, just like the predecessor RENPHO RP-AP068, our today air purifier has a Sleep Mode option, and can dim the light to give you the most restful sleep.
On highest speed, however, the noise level can reach 52 decibels. It isn’t too noisy, but if you are easily disturbed by sound, you should avoid using RENPHO RP-AP001 on max fan speed.
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RENPHO RP-AP001 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.
RENPHO RP-AP001 has a standby power of less than 0.5 watts, and its average power consumption is just 50 watts. Sure, it doesn’t have Energy Star rating like the competitor Levoit LV-PUR131, so if you care about your energy bill that much, you should use the Levoit air purifier.
If you decide to use the RENPHO RP-AP001 for 8 hours per day, you need to spend $18 each year.
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RENPHO RP-AP001 Additional Features
The RENPHO RP-AP001 has an affordable, yet accurate Smart Sensor. Today, many air purifier manufacturers pack air sensor from Sharp to reduce the cost, and increase the price of their products. However, RENPHO can make their own in-house sensor, and in my opinion, it is much more valuable.
The Smart Sensor is capable of detecting air quality, and it gives feedback immediately through the light indicator. As a result, the Auto Mode is enabled to quickly respond to the change of indoor air quality.
If you buy the RENPHO RP-AP001S, you can also control the air purifier with RENPHO smart app. It is also compatible with Alexa or Google Assistant, so you can use voice control to command your air purifier. I know, it is super convenient to use.
As I mentioned earlier, the RENPHO RP-AP001 has a Sleep Mode to dim the light setting, and switch fan speed on lowest. You can also use the Timer to schedule the time off for 2, 4 or 8 hours.
RENPHO RP-AP001 includes a convenient Child Lock feature, to prevent any setting changes made by your children or pets. It happens in real-world use, so you should lock the air purifier as much as possible.
Finally, RENPHO RP-AP001 has a LED indicator for filter replacement. It is recommended to check the indicator, and change air filter as soon as the alert is red.
RENPHO RP-AP001 Customer Service
As a native American air purifier company, RENPHO is great at customer service. They always try to answer any inquiries within 24 hours, to support you about their products or services.
RENPHO offers customer service for every day of the week, from Monday to Sunday. You can either call them at 844-417-0149, or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are UK user, you can reach them at 44-785-555-5664.
You can easily track your shipping order on RENPHO website, and they commit to deliver air purifiers between 48 to 72 hours, for US buyers only. If you select the Standard shipping option, you even get a free shipping from RENPHO.
RENPHO provides a 30-day return with money-back guarantee, for all of their air purifiers. However, you are responsible for paying for your own shipping costs for returning your item.
Also, you need to register a warranty for your air purifier product, then RENPHO will cover you with an 1-year warranty. It is good enough to have your air purifier covered by any warranty, right?
RENPHO RP-AP001 is a versatile alternative to the popular Levoit LV-PUR131, as it has both standard and smart versions to use. The performance is great, thanks to the H13 True HEPA filter and good fan power. However, the price is quite unstable, and if you find the alternatives more affordable, you should buy them instead.
Overall, I like the RENPHO RP-AP001, but I wish it to have a more premium design. If you are okay with its simple appearance, you should get one immediately, as the RENPHO air purifier is really a good deal for everyone.
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