Is the newest RENPHO RP-AP002 really worth it? With high fan power, H13 True HEPA filter with an available Smart Sensor, the RENPHO RP-AP002 is a power user’s dream. However, it doesn’t have the Wi-Fi capability feature like the old RENPHO RP-AP001S, which holds it back from greatness. Okay, today we will talk about the flagship of RENPHO in the latest RENPHO RP-AP002 Review.
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- Good performance
- Decent Smart Sensor
- Above average fan power
- Only has 3X ACH
- Weird design
RENPHO is on their most glorious days, thanks to the popular RENPHO RP-AP001. They don’t wait too long to release the new RENPHO RP-AP002, hopefully approached the most hotly contested of which became known as the ‘premium low-range’.Will they succeed? Let’s find out in our today RENPHO RP-AP002 Review.
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RENPHO RP-AP002 Price
Even when air purifiers reach the $1000 or $2000 mark, the air purifier market is still more energetic in low-range segment. For years, new air purifier brands need to dominate in the lowest budget segment, before they have enough potential to reach a higher level. That’s the case of Levoit, Airthereal and RENPHO.
Now, when Levoit gains more presence even in mid-range market, it’s time for RENPHO to make a move. That is to say, the RENPHO RP-AP002 is a beginning of the next era for this American company. There is only one problem, it isn’t much different from the most popular RENPHO RP-AP001.
RENPHO charges you just $149, meaning the RENPHO RP-AP002 is just a new shell for an old air purifier. Maybe RENPHO still want to focus on defeating the Levoit LV-PUR131, instead of heading on with the bigger Levoit LV-H133 and Levoit LV-H135.
It is good strategy, though, as it isn’t easy to just jump on higher-range segment quickly. Even with that low price, the RENPHO RP-AP002 needs to compete against tough opponents like Airthereal APH260, Honeywell HPA200 or Medify MA-14.
As the latest effort to gain further market share in the U.S market, would the RENPHO RP-AP002 win over these already good air purifiers? We will find out, soon.
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RENPHO RP-AP002 Design and Size
With each new device released by different manufacturers across the globe, it is becoming increasingly difficult to tell air purifiers apart. However, some manufacturers are doing their best at making the signature air purifiers, one that you can’t find with other names.
RENPHO did quite good previously with their RENPHO RP-AP068, and though the RENPHO RP-AP001 doesn’t make significant difference from common console air purifiers, it still marks its own thing. RENPHO RP-AP002 borrows the same idea from the previous models, with 2 LED air quality indicators. This time, I think of them as eyes rather than ears.
For the rest of the design, it is largely true as the RENPHO RP-AP002 is just a common console air purifier. However, I think our white model which arrived for review is something a little different, and is quite attractive.
It is bigger than any previous RENPHO models, with 24 inches in height, and 16 inches in width. In addition to the two legs, the air purifier looks more solid on the ground.
RENPHO RP-AP002 makes use of a common bottom-to-top air flow system concept, but this time, the air inlet is positioned in the back. Something slightly odd is RENPHO doesn’t make air inlet grill behind the front plate like in the RP-AP001, making it quite difficult to place the RENPHO RP-AP002. Generally, you will place your air purifier with the back facing the wall, where it draws less air than in the front.
The position of buttons is also weird, too, as RENPHO places them in the front, instead of on top.
RENPHO RP-AP002 weighs 20.4 lbs, and this air purifier is the heaviest air purifier in the whole family. Luckily, it has a convenient handle from the back to help you carry it.
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RENPHO RP-AP002 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-AP002 makes use of the same 5-stage air cleaning system as the previous model.
- 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-AP002 uses H13 True HEPA filter to remove 99.97% of any harmful contaminants as small as 0.3 microns in size.
You don’t need to compare the RENPHO RP-AP002 vs RENPHO RP-AP001, as they both use the same air filter set. If you are using the RP-AP001 and you want to check the specs of RENPHO RP-AP002, you now understand that they have the same internals.
RENPHO RP-AP002 has an extra charcoal filter, to increase the efficiency of adsorbing odors. The main Activated Carbon filter is made of thick coconut shell, in honeycombed shape. It is perfect for trapping any household odors, smoke and chemicals.
Use the same air filter as the RP-AP001, the RENPHO RP-AP002 has a True HEPA filter, with antibacterial treatment coating. It can last longer, and prevent the bacteria and germs inside the air back to your room. The air filter set of RENPHO RP-AP002 is also certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for ozone emission safety.
The efficiency of RENPHO RP-AP002 isn’t different too much from the previous model, because I made the same test for these two air purifiers in the same 150-square-feet room. Also, I chose the Hathaspace, InvisiClean Sensa and Envion Allergy Pro AP200 to compare with the performance of these two. RENPHO RP-AP002 finished with high efficiency as expected, trapping 99.9% of any particles as small as 0.3 microns. The only air purifier that had higher efficiency than our today reviewed unit is the Airthereal APH260, with 99.93% score, thanks to its extra ionizer feature.
Using the same filter as the RP-AP001, it is recommended to change the air filter for RENPHO RP-AP002 every 6 months. The air filter, however, is truly affordable with only $29 for a full set.
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RENPHO RP-AP002 Room Coverage
RENPHO RP-AP002 is suggested for a room of 320 square feet by the manufacturer, meaning 20 feet larger than the RENPHO RP-AP001. In real-world use, such difference is negligible.
The ACH of RENPHO RP-AP002 is 3X. Even for the flagship, RENPHO RP-AP002 can only exchange the air in your room 3 times per hour.
The CADR of RENPHO RP-AP002 is 147 cfm in general. Basically, the fan power between two flagship models of RENPHO is the same.
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RENPHO RP-AP002 Sound
You can easily guess the specifications of RENPHO RP-AP002 from now on. Using nearly the same internals as the RENPHO RP-AP001, our today reviewed unit bears the same noise level. It is 35 decibels (db) on lowest speed, and can be as high as 52 decibels on highest speed.
But just like any RENPHO air purifiers, the RENPHO RP-AP002 is treated for bedroom, so it can dim the light and have a Sleep Mode setting, to give you the most restful sleep.
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RENPHO RP-AP002 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.
Another same spec for the RENPHO RP-AP002, with a standby power of less than 0.5 watts, and the power consumption of 50 watts.
If you decide to use the RENPHO RP-AP002 for 8 hours per day, you need to spend $18 each year.
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RENPHO RP-AP002 Additional Features
RENPHO RP-AP002 is the latest model of RENPHO family, so it makes use of a Smart Sensor to communicate the state of air quality in real time, and simultaneously activates the Auto Mode to respond accordingly by changing the fan power.
However, the flagship is only a standard air purifier. If you need a smart air purifier to be connected with your smartphone, you should look for the RENPHO RP-AP001S.
Note: RENPHO is adding the Wi-Fi version for this RENPHO RP-AP002. I will update the article as soon as the new version is available.
For bedroom use, the RENPHO RP-AP002 can dim the light setting, as well as has a Sleep Mode to fix the fan speed on lowest. Moreover, thanks to the Timer, you can schedule the time off anytime between 2, 4 or 8 hours.
RENPHO RP-AP002 also has a Child Lock feature, so you don’t need to worry your setting can be changed by your children or pets.
Finally, we can count on the LED indicator for filter replacement, to remind us when to change the air filter.
RENPHO RP-AP002 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-AP002 is a good air purifier, but you can buy the RENPHO RP-AP001 with cheaper price, and still get all the same specs as the latest flagship. Perhaps, we should look for the new RENPHO RP-AP003.
It is good, but the price isn’t as good as the RENPHO RP-AP001.