The Vornado AC350 offers low-range performance and better fan power than the Vornado QUBE50, thanks to its console air purifier design. It’s on sale at a fair price, making this air purifier an Amazon’s Choice for Vornado air purifiers. We’re happy to give you the most proper Vornado AC350 Review.
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- Even better price
- Simple to use
- Good specs at good price
- Lacks of additional features
- High power consumption
Vornado has invented new air purification system for more than 60 years, so the Vornado AC350 and Vornado AC550 have been the main products for a long time. Now being replaced by the Vornado PC300 and later, Vornado PC375DC, our today Vornado AC350 is still the only Amazon’s Choice. Maybe the position will be changed in the near future, but for now, let’s finish our Vornado AC350 Review.
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Vornado AC350 Price
The Vornado AC350 is the new air purifier at the budget end of the market, replacing the older Vornado AC300 model. Considering it has a CADR rating of 150 cfm in general, together with a great Vornado air filter that has proved for years, the Vornado AC350 looks a very impressive air purifier for its low price tag.
First thing first then, the Vornado AC350 price. Because the old Vornado AC300 is currently unavailable, you can only select the Vornado AC350 in white version, with the original price tag to be $109. However, I have a deal for this Amazon’s Choice, so the price can go as low as $99.
The Vornado AC350 is now superseded by the Vornado AC550 and high-end Vornado PCO300, which in turn is upgraded to the newest Vornado PCO375DC. The latter will use a new set of Vornado air filter, and guarantee much better performance.
So where does this Vornado AC350 in the market? Well at that price it has the likes of the Okaysou AirMax8L, Elechomes EPI236 or TruSens Z-1000 for company and in terms of specs it easily stands up to them.
Are you ready for this uniquely gorgeous device? If yes, let’s get my deal.
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Vornado AC350 Design and Size
In terms of design, both the Vornado AC350 and later Vornado AC550 take most of their cues from the firm’s first air purifiers, the Vornado AC300 and AC500. So if you are a long-time fan of Vornado, you won’t be impressed with the new white color, especially when the old jet black gives a true premium feeling.
It’s hardly groundbreaking in terms of looks, but it’s still the iconic Vornado design, which doesn’t show any signs of being cheap. I even think of the similarity with the Oreck DualMax from another American company, but to be honest, I like the design concept of this Vornado AC350 more.
The Vornado AC350 has the size to be like a Honeywell HPA200 or Levoit LV-PUR131, with 18 inches in height, and 13 inches in width. Therefore the Vornado AC350 is a real console air purifier, and it is ready to hold a really big fan.
This air purifier features a simple bottom-to-top air flow system concept, with the air intake behind the front plate. Vornado AC350 has a quite stylish air outlet grill, and overall this air purifier is lovely to match any decor.
The Vornado AC350 only uses the electronic push button for its control panel. It is simple and can help the manufacturer reduce the base cost.
Weighing in at 10.2 lbs, the Vornado AC350 is really light despite of its size. If you want to use the Vornado AC350 in different rooms, it is easy to move this air purifier.
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Vornado AC350 Filters
There is no outstanding technology in the air filtration system of this budget air purifier, as Vornado AC350 run a simple-yet-trusted 3-stage air cleaning system.
- Pre-filter – A preliminary filter covers the True HEPA filter, to trap the large objects of pollutants like fur, hair and large dust.
- Activated Carbon filter – A carbon sheet to remove odors and prolongs HEPA filter life.
- True HEPA filter – With the True HEPA filter, this air purifier can capture 99.97% of as small as 0.3 microns allergens, virus particles, pollen, mold and fungi particles.
There is not much to say about the air filtration system of this Vornado AC350, as it is 100% ozone-free and is completely certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for its safe operation.
With higher fan power, the Vornado AC350 can match even the popular Vornadobaby Purio using thicker HEPA filter, as it can trap 99.9% any particles down to 0.3 microns in a room of 100 square feet. When I raised the difficulty for larger room, up to 150 square feet, the Vornado AC350’s efficiency drops to only 99.7%. It is the same performance as other more expensive devices, like Honeywell HPA100 and VAVA VA-EE008.
Vornado AC350 runs the same air filter as bigger brothers, like Vornado AC550, Vornado PCO300 and even Vornado PCO500. This air filter MD1-0022 doesn’t need cleaning, and you need to replace it every year. Well, the official cost for such air filter is $39, and together with its life time, the Vornado AC350 has a much lower annual filter cost compared with others.
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Vornado AC350 Room Coverage
Vornado AC350 and its direct bigger brother, Vornado AC550 could be the best fan power in the whole Vornado family. Thanks to the independent test made by Vornado, we could know that the Vornado AC350 is for areas of 220 square feet.
The ACH of Vornado AC350 is 5X to 11X. As usual, Vornado air purifiers are the best ones with high air changes per hour rating. It works best in the room of just only 100 square feet, cleaning 11 times per hour.
The CADR of Vornado AC350 is 152 Dust/ 142 Smoke/ 170 Pollen (cfm). I can’t believe to have an air purifier with such high CADR rating for less than $100, except for the Levoit Core 300. This air purifier even matches the fan power of its high-end brothers, for example the Vornado PCO300.
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Vornado AC350 Sound
However, running an air purifier with high rpm speed can’t be quiet, and it seems the Vornado AC350 will be even noisier with high CADR rating. On lowest speed, the noise level is recorded to be 40 decibels (db) at 955 rpm, and it is still just like library mode.
Without the Quick Clean like the Vornado QUBE50, our today reviewed unit is still noisy on highest speed at 1633 rpm, and the highest noise level is 55 decibels (db). And unlike the Vornado AC550, you don’t have the Smart Sensor to keep the fan speed low.
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Vornado AC350 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.
Power consumption is also a main downside of Vornado air purifiers, until the newest series of Vornado PCO375DC and Vornado PCO575DC were born. For the old products like Vornado AC350, the rated power is 96 watts.
If you run the Vornado AC350 for 8 hours per day, it would cost you $34 each year. This could be the reason why Vornado doesn’t send their units to Energy Star for testing.
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Vornado AC350 Additional Features
Again, the Vornado AC350 keeps the low price by not adding any additional features. There is no Smart Sensor in this product, and actually, there is nothing at all.
Well, at least we still have 2 LED indicators for filter replacement, or else we will forget the control panel completely.
Vornado AC350 Customer Service
As an U.S firm based, Vornado gives the best customer service to any local customers. If you are from outside the U.S, don’t worry as they have subsidiaries in 12 different countries in the world.
The company not just back you up, they also hear from you. If you have any feedback, feel free to contact Vornado. You can live chat with them, from Monday to Friday, within their chat hours. Or else, you can call them directly via phone at 800-234-0604 or via fax at 316-733-1544. If they are out of office, I recommend you to email them at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, depending on your product.
To guarantee your satisfaction, unopened air purifiers are free to return within 30 days. Remember that the shipping costs are non-refundable. You should check their FAQs page for more information.
Most of Vornado air purifiers are covered with a 5-year warranty, including of the Vornadobaby products, against material and workmanship defects, from the date of purchase. The flagships of Vornado, however, increase the satisfaction guarantee to 10 years. Not so many companies would dare to extend the warranty duration like Vornado.
The Vornado AC350 has a special design, but that’s not what any users remember of it. We use the Vornado air purifiers, because we love its strong fan power, to clean the room up to every 5 minutes. Also, on paper, the Vornado AC350 can clean large room better than even the more expensive devices, and keep the HEPA filter for longer.
However, the downside of such strong fan power is its high noise level and high power consumption. To solve this problem and still using one Vornado device, you must pay for at least $200 more, which triples the price tag of our today Vornado AC350.
Exclusively strong fan power for less than $100.