RENPHO has been launching air purifiers at a rapid pace in the latter half of last year. One recent launch, the RENPHO RP-AP088 is even unofficial on their website, with an unique design in the family. Today, let’s take a look at the RENPHO RP-AP088 Review.
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- Great Levoit LV-H132‘s alternative
- H13 True HEPA filter
- Very quiet
- Doesn’t have Smart Sensor like RP-AP001
- No CARB certification
RENPHO started in the same year as Levoit, but this Californian company is not only making air purifiers, but also scales and massagers. But don’t worry about their air purifier’s quality, because almost all of them are qualified by the California Air Resources Board for safety. So, it’s time for the RENPHO RP-AP088 Review.
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RENPHO RP-AP088 Price
We are all happy for the upgrade of RENPHO RP-AP001S, as well as the release of RENPHO RP-AP002 for not too long. Surprisingly, RENPHO has launched yet another air purifier, this time with two different color versions, called the RENPHO RP-AP088.
It is certainly meant to be better than the previous RENPHO RP-AP068, but considering its new design, we can all know this is a wannabe-competitor of Levoit LV-H132. Checking the marketing materials, I’m completely sure about it.
RENPHO finally announce this product online, so you can find this air purifier on their website. RENPHO RP-AP088 can go as low as $89, but its official price tag is $99 on RENPHO website, so I don’t know whether RENPHO considers the LV-H132 to be the main competitor or not.
However, maybe RENPHO forgets about the new release of Levoit, in the name of Levoit Vista 200 and Levoit Core 300. The latter even equals the flagship RENPHO RP-AP001 or Medify MA-14 in terms of performance rating. There is also the Airthereal ADH80 in the market, and this air purifier offers high-end feature for nearly the same price as our today unit.
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RENPHO RP-AP088 Design and Size
Though completely competes against the Levoit LV-H132, RENPHO RP-AP088 isn’t a homage of the famous air purifier, unlike many Chinese air cleaners at the moment. We can distinct both devices easily, and to be honest, the RENPHO RP-AP088 is way much cooler.
However, this is the first RENPHO air purifier to give us 2 color options. If you are fond of black air purifier, you can grab the below deal instead, which is named RP-AP088B.
The RENPHO RP-AP088 looks gorgeous, especially in the matte black color finish that I had for this review. It adds many rings around the body, to give you a feeling of premium metal, instead of the actual plastic material.
Like any air purifiers with cylindrical design, RENPHO RP-AP088 uses a bottom-to-top air flow system concept, with a 360° air intake. As a result, it can utilize fully the potential of the True HEPA filter, as well as the high fan power.
RENPHO RP-AP088 moves the top control panel to the edge, instead of leaving it in center like in the case of Levoit Vista 200. You will enjoy more fresh air, and the top air outlet looks pretty much the same as a cat.
The device is compact, too, with the dimensions of only 16 inches in height. It is a bit heavier than other competitors, with 8 lbs in weight. But hey, you can grab device with only 8 lbs, right?
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RENPHO RP-AP088 Filters
RENPHO RP-AP088 isn’t the flagship of RENPHO family, so it only introduces a simple 3-stage air cleaning system as below.
- Pre-filter – A ultra-fine pre-filter removes large particles like hair or pet dander. It also covers the True HEPA filter, and prolong its life time.
- True HEPA filter – RENPHO RP-AP088 uses H13 True HEPA filter, to remove 99.97% of any harmful contaminants as small as 0.3 microns in size.
- Activated Carbon filter – Neutralizes various household odors caused by cooking smells, smoking and pet odors, as well as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).
As the direct competitor of Levoit LV-H132, RENPHO RP-AP088 publicly compare both air filters. With a 360° air filter, the RENPHO RP-AP088 can capture more pollutants, therefore has higher efficiency. Moreover, to prevent leak of carbon grains, this device has an additional Net filter, which is inside the carbon filter.
Sadly, this is the only air purifier in RENPHO family without certification of the California Air Resources Board (CARB). It’s a pity for RENPHO, and we should wait longer to believe in the product 100%.
For the performance test, I used the RENPHO RP-AP088 in a room of 100 square feet, and let it run 1 hour. As you can see, the performance of our today reviewed unit is similar to the Levoit Vista 200, as it can captures 99.7% of all particles down to 0.3 microns.
The air filter of RENPHO RP-AP088 should be replaced every 6-8 months, depending on the actual air quality in your area. You should look for the filter RP-AP088-F1 or RP-AP088-F2 for filter replacement. It seems RENPHO really wants to capture the success of Levoit Core 300 in this air purifier.
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RENPHO RP-AP088 Room Coverage
RENPHO RP-AP088 is just a portable air purifier, to be used in small rooms. The manufacturer suggests to use this device in a room of only 220 square feet.
The ACH of RENPHO RP-AP088 is 3X. It can exchange the air in your room every 20 minutes.
The CADR of RENPHO RP-AP088 is 100 cfm in general, which is much better than the Levoit LV-H132. This high fan power is enough for the RENPHO air purifier to clean double the room size of its competitor quickly.
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RENPHO RP-AP088 Sound
If the RENPHO RP-AP068 is a great air purifier for bedroom or nursery, thanks to its quiet operation, our today RENPHO RP-AP088 is even much better. The lowest noise level is measured to be only 26 decibels (db), and the highest noise level is 52 decibels.
Also, like the Levoit LV-H132, RENPHO RP-AP088 is designed to be a nightlight in bedroom. So it is reasonable for it to be ultra quiet, right?
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RENPHO RP-AP088 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 higher fan power, the RENPHO RP-AP088 consumes more energy than the well-known Levoit LV-H132, with 35 watts on average. If you want to be economical, I think you should go for the Levoit air purifier.
If you decide to use the RENPHO RP-AP088 for 8 hours per day, you need to spend $12.5 each year.
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RENPHO RP-AP088 Additional Features
Here’s where the RENPHO RP-AP088 gets off futuristic train and gets down in many last years. Even for a nearly similar price as the RENPHO RP-AP001, our today reviewed unit doesn’t have the Smart Sensor, as it mimics exactly the Levoit LV-H132 to date. You will get the popular Nightlight function, which is actually good in this air purifier.
RENPHO RP-AP088 has a basic Timer to help you schedule the time off for 2, 4 or 8 hours. It also features a Child lock button, to prevent any error operation caused by children or pets.
Finally, you have a LED indicator for filter replacement, to remind you when to change the air filter.
RENPHO RP-AP088 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-AP088 is a good air purifier, as it tries to be better than the well-known Levoit LV-H132. In fact, it even tries to be as good as the Levoit Core 300, thanks to the customized air filter idea. Where thing doesn’t go well is its weak fan power, resulting in low overall performance.
Still, if you can find a good deal for RENPHO RP-AP088, it is worth a try.
- Cleaning Power
- Power Consumption
Great alternative to Levoit LV-H132.