With the next-gen 5-stage air cleaning system, the Winix U450 (Winix WACU450) is not a budget air purifier anymore. It is currently the most powerful air purifier of the Signature Series, and also the most powerful mid-range air purifier to date. So, what could you expect from our Winix U450 Review. Let’s find out.
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Winix is, again, ready to end the series of Signature air purifiers with the Winix U450, the equivalent of Winix P450 in the old FresHome family. Apart from the apparent increase in size, the Winix PU50 must follow the core of Winix U300 since beginning. Quick fact: the Winix U450 is just the next upgrade for the Winix P450, and is a bigger version of the Winix U300. So, do you need this air purifier? Let’s read our Winix U450 Review first.
Winix U450 Price
Winix took a major leap in its fight against the native air purifier brands in the U.S market with the series of FresHome and PlasmaWave families many years ago, with some very competent air purifiers like Winix P150, Winix 5300-2, Winix 5500-2 and Winix C535. The Signature Series is a masterstroke when Winix shifts focus to mid-range market, but need the adequate quality to meet the more complicated requirements.
Like the Winix U300, the Winix U450 is rather well for the asking price of $299, featuring a totally new air filtration system with only the cost of the old devices with lesser specs like Winix NK100 and Winix HR900. This time, you get an all-round air purifier from Winix, with a much better original price tag than even the Winix HR950.
So to say, the Winix U450 is the best air purifier in the range of $300 at the moment. Apart from the already famous Winix army, other air purifier brands in the same price range are quite lacking interest, like Oransi Finn or Sharp FP-F60UW. However, don’t forget that there are still many air purifiers with smart features in this price range, and if you feel in need of a modern air purifier, you should have your eyes on the Philips 2000i, Blueair Sense+ and Honeywell HPA250B right now.
But if you settle on the Winix U450, I am happy to give you a great deal, to further decrease the price of this air purifier.
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Winix U450 Design and Size
The Winix U450 looks… totally similar to the old Winix P450. From the design concept of lean-on-top digital control panel, the front plate to hide the air grill, and of course, even the size is the same. Look at the dimension of this Winix U450, it is still the same with 25.6 inches in height and 17.3 inches in width. I bet you can tell the difference between the two model, unless you notice the change in the logo on front of the Winix U450.
Just a couple of years ago, even native air purifier brands like the Honeywell and Austin Air tried to keep the same appearance for their air purifiers, only change the size to hint the actual room coverage. While it helps you easily tell one air purifier from a specific brand, it is really boring to have a similar air purifier over and over again. It doesn’t work that way for the Winix, as they still prefer to change the appearance a lot of time, as you can see from different products like Winix 6300-2, Winix WAC9500, Winix HR950 or Winix QS. They are all different, and if you don’t have much experience, you won’t know that they are all from the same company.
That being said, the Winix U450 still sports the same bottom-to-top air flow system concept just like, actually, all other Winix air purifiers. The digital control panel, as a result, stays the same as the previous Winix U300 as below.
Winix U450 weighs 19.4 lbs, and with only one inconvenient handle, it will be a more difficult task to move this air purifier around your home.
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Winix U450 Filters
You need to know that the 5-stage air cleaning system is currently the most powerful air filtration technology for mid-range of the Korean brand. And just like the predecessor in Signature Series, the Winix U450 does an excellent job at keeping your indoor air quality as healthy as possible.
- Pre-filter – The polluted air must pass through a pre-filter. This pre-filter will help capture the large objects of contaminants, such as pet hair and even some kinds of pet dander. This filter can be washable to work permanently.
- CleanCell Anti-Bacterial Treatment – Though this is not a physical filter, the treatment also provides a layer of protection to your air quality.
- True HEPA filter – The True HEPA Filter that captures 99.97% of down to 0.3 microns allergens, virus particles, pollen, mold and fungi particles.
- Activated Carbon filter – Made of high-grade granular activated carbon, this Activated Carbon filter will eliminate odors and smokes, also reduce the common household chemicals.
- Winix PlasmaWave – This technology is one kind of ionizer, which can further reduce the amount of pollutants. Can be switched on/off.
With moderate to heavy usage, you can easily feel the difference in your home while using the Winix U450. First, the Winix U450 uses a real washable pre-filter that can effectively traps large particles such as pet hair, lint, dust and fibers. The filter cassette has a mesh shield to improve the performance and significantly inhibit the growth of impurities on surface of HEPA filter. Moreover, the innovative CleanCell antimicrobial treatment of Winix covers the pre-filter, to reduce the development of bacteria, fungi, mildew, molds and dust mites.
We also have the combination of both True HEPA filter and a premium quality carbon filter to adsorbing and neutralizing strong odors caused by ammonia, and bacteria. The Activated Carbon filter can last for 1 year with regular washing. Meanwhile, the True HEPA filter is the UL listed HEPA filter to deal with 99.97% of as small as 0.3 microns particles.
The last but not least, Winix U450 makes use of the powerful patented PlasmaWave technology. This treatment can remove airborne viruses, chemical vapors, gases, and remaining odors by naturally forming hydroxyls to neutralize the pollutants at the molecular level, and turn them into the water.
Just like the old Winix P450, testing the Winix U450 with others in the same price range proves unnecessary, as the Winix U450 is truly a beast in the room coverage of 300 square feet. As you can see in the chart below, the Winix U450 performed a high efficiency of 99.95% for trapping any particles down to 0.3 microns. Meanwhile, the Oransi OV200 was only 97.9%, the Alen BreatheSmart FLEX was even lower with 96%. Even the air purifiers from giant multinational corporation can only achieve 99%, just like Philips 2000i or Sharp FP-F50UW.
The Winix U450 will use the latest filter F from this brand, which costs you $139. For a HEPA filter that only lasts for 1 year, the air filter cost is too high to handle. The Winix P450 costs you only $89, while others like Whirlpool WP1000 or Levoit LV-H133 cost you $94 and $84, respectively.
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Winix U450 Room Coverage
Again, the Winix U450, as its name implies, is able to deal with a room of 450 square feet. The CADR rating of this air purifier is also the highest of the brand in mid-range tier. It is similar to the powerful air purifier of America like Whirlpool WPPRO2000 or Honeywell HPA300.
The ACH of Winix U450 is 4X. Even for a large room air purifier like Winix U450, it still exchanges the air in the room every 15 minutes.
The CADR of Winix PU50 is 298 Dust/ 291 Smoke/ 343 Pollen (cfm). This could easily be the highest CADR rating for an air purifier in low to mid-range budget of Winix. If you demand an air purifier with such great CADR rating, you should look for the Sharp FP-A80UW or Blue Pure 121.
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Winix U450 Sound
Once again, we are looking at an air purifier with the noise level of only 28 decibels (db). For an air purifier with only 4 fan speed like the Winix U450, it is the very great noise level.
Winix is an air purifier brand with fame in making low noise level air purifiers. Even with a much more fan power, this company improves the fan to reduce the noise level as low as possible. This is also the effort Winix tries to do to reduce the ozone emission from their PlasmaWave technology.
So to say, the Winix U450 is a great air purifier for the large bedroom, or the office.
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Winix U450 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.
High power consumption was the biggest issue with the early products of Winix, and the Winix U450 is not an exception. As the result, Winix U450 has a high power consumption of 110 watts. The lowest setting of Winix U450 is only 11 watts, so you need to turn the Auto Mode on to keep the fan speed mainly on low speed. For an Energy Star rating air purifier, the highest power consumption is still lower than the 130-watt Honeywell HPA300.
For using Winix U450 8 hours per day, it would cost you $0.4 to $40 per year, depending on the most-used fan power.
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Winix U450 Additional Features
In terms of additional features, the Winix U450 is exactly the same as the Winix P450. There is a Smart Sensor to help this air purifier detect the change in your indoor air quality. Then you can set the Auto Mode on to automatically adjust the fan power to match the current indoor air quality. This is an important feature, but is more and more common due to the existence of this mode in even the low-budget devices like SilverOnyx, AeraMax 100 or Coway AP-1216L.
Winix U450 can easily be controlled by the remote when you are far from this air purifier (only 20 ft from the air purifier). Moreover, when in the Auto Mode, this air purifier activates the light sensor, which can detect the amount of ambient light in the environment and automatically dims the control panel light and changes the fan speed to low.
And finally, you still have the LED indicator for filter replacement in this Winix U450.
Winix U450 Customer Service
Established over 40 years ago, in 1973, the Winix company is truly an expert in air purifier industry. They have many headquarters, not only from Korea but also from both the U.S and Europe. ou can reach them both via phone or email, from 9 to 5, Monday to Friday. If you have trouble calling them, you can email the Winix America at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In original website, they are selling both new and certified refurbished air purifiers, of course with free shipping in the U.S only. For Winix products, the Winix Limited Warranty is from 1 year to 5 years, depending on the products. During the warranty period, Winix will repair or replace the product if it fails because of a defect in material or workmanship, as determined by Winix. Remember that this warranty will be null and void if the product is used for purposes other than home, consumer purposes.
With a good price for the new 5-stage air filtration system, the Winix U450 is the most popular choice to buy from this brand, especially when it has higher CADR rating than its brothers, like Winix WAC9500, Winix AM90 or Winix HR950.
Should I buy Winix U450?
Yes, the Winix U450 offers too much for an entry-level of mid-range air purifier. You can only deny the necessary of Winix U450 if you prefer more smart features on your air purifier, like in the Winix NK105.
- If you have serious allergies or asthma to airborne pollutants: the Winix U450 is great with True HEPA filter and its 5-stage air cleaning system.
- If you want a better performance, or better fan power to clean your room faster: you should check the Whirlpool WPPRO2000 or Blue Pure 121 for a slightly better fan power.
- If you need an air purifier with a better room coverage: you could pay more for the Austin Air HealthMate Jr (700 square feet), the Alen BreatheSmart 45i (800 square feet) or $110 the Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr (700 square feet).
- If you need a budget version of this air purifier: you can save more money by choosing the Winix P150, Winix P300 or Winix U300.
- If you need a more silent air purifier: the Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0 and Levoit LV-H133 are still more silent than this Winix U450.
- If you care about the annual filter cost and energy cost: you should look for the Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0 for better annual cost.
- If you love the additional features: you can select between the Winix QS, Winix HR1000, Philips 2000i and Blueair Sense+ for both the Smart Wi-Fi connectivity and Smart Sensor functions.
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