Alen BreatheSmart FIT50 Specification
|Product||Alen BreatheSmart FIT50|
16.8 x 22.3 x 10 in
(42.7 x 56.6 x 25.4 cm)
|Weight||16 lb (7.3 kg)|
|Coverage (up to)||900 sq. ft. (84 m2)|
|Airflow speed||110-231 cfm (187-392 m3/h)|
|Dust free (CADR)||220 cfm (374 m3/h)|
|Pollen free (CADR)||220 cfm (374 m3/h)|
|Smoke free (CADR)||220 cfm (374 m3/h)|
- Replacement cost ($)
Washable Pre-filter (with HEPA filter)
6 - 18 months
- Replacement cost ($)
HEPA-Pure Filter FF50
6 - 18 months
- Replacement cost ($)
- Replacement cost ($)
HEPA-Silver Filter FF50-SILVER-CARBON
6 - 18 months+- $89
HEPA-OdorCell Filter F50-MP
6 - 18 months+- $129
HEPA-FreshPlus Filter FF50-VOC
6 - 18 months+- $119
|Noise level||32 - 49 dB|
|Timer/ Scheduler||2, 4, 12 hours|
|Air qualityAQ indicator|
|Filter change indicator|
|More color options|
|Warranty||Lifetime Limited Warranty|
|Email/ Phone support|
- 3-stage filtration with built-in ionizer
- Washable pre-filter/ HEPA-Pure filter (swappable - see optional)
- 4 fan speeds plus auto mode
- Advanced SmartSensor
- Changeable front cover panel
- Child-lock control panel and child-safe vent guard
- 4, 8, 12 hour timer
- Smart Filter Light indicator
- Alen Lifetime limited warranty
- [Optional] filters - HEPA-Silver filter, HEPA-FreshPlus filter, HEPA-OdorCell filter
Alen BreatheSmart FIT50 review
- Multiple color option/ wood trim design front panel cover.
- Excellent purifying coverage/ airflow delivery although its less effective against standard BreatheSmart.
- Up to 3 specialist filter upgrades (HEPA-FreshPlus , HEPA-Silver, HEPA-OdorCell).
- Ionizer is optional that can be disable via the button.
- Longer lasting filters (up to 18 months) on regular use.
- Smart Filter replacement indicator that calculates filter lifespan based on usage/ fanspeed/ environment.
- 4 fanspeed with Auto mode, SmartSensor, pre-set timer.
- Child friendly machine with safe vent guard and locking control panel.
- Lifetime Limited Warranty.
- HEPA-Pure filter lacks odor filtration and optional filter with deodorization requires top up.
- No dedicated odor carbon filter to support the HEPA filter lifespan.
- Noise is clearly audible at higher speed although still bearable.
Slightly smaller than the standard BreatheSmart model, Alen BreatheSmart FIT50 air purifier retains its conventional body size at 16.8 x 22.3 x 10 in that feels a lot more compact in real life. Overall Weight also dropped at only 16 lb (compare with 21 lb) which means moving the air purifier around is no issue via the back handle. Almost everything from the design cue is brought forward including our favorite swap-able front panel. Select one of the 14 beautiful front cover panel ranging from Seafoan-Green to Rosewood design. Air flows in via side and bottom outlet and flows out via the top outtake. Overall build quality is top-grade that guarantees no air bypass.
Moving on to the usability, Alen BreatheSmart FIT50 very straightforward control panel with labeled buttons and dedicated indicator lights for every function. Arranging from left to right, you have the Ion button, Filter life button, Timer button, Power button, Speed button, Auto button and Lock button. As to date, Lock button is the only function not available in BreatheSmart Classic. To start the air purifier, hit the Power button once and the surrounding air quality indicator ring will illuminate. Press again to turn off all display light and again to stop the air purifier. The AQ indicator ring will change its color based on the number of airborne particles in the air. Blue = low level of airborne particles detected, yellow = moderate level and red = high/ significant level. Ion button would turn on or off the ozone-free Ionizer when pressed. There is multiple setting in Timer button, the air purifier will cycle through 2, 4, 12 hours pre-set or turn off the timer when pressed. Same goes with Speed button, pressing the button repeatedly will cycle through fan speed 1, 2, 3 and T for turbo. Another dedicated function is Auto button where pressing the button will either activate or deactivate autonomous purifying. Finally, pressing and holding the Lock button for 3 seconds would locked the entire control panel from any fiddling by your kids. Repeat the steps to unlock it.
Running down the specification list, starting with 4 fanspeed and an optional Ionizer pair with HEPA filter of your choice, WhisperMax technology, SmartSensor with auto mode, air quality indicator with display, Advanced Smart Filter that automatically adjust filter replacement time based on usage/ condition, Child-lock, Auto-off safety feature, UL listed, ENERGY STAR rated and Lifetime limited warranty.
Airflow, speed, and CADR
What’s inside count
Let's start with the reusable pre-filter velcro to the HEPA filter. It's washable and works exactly as advertised; trap large-size pollutants and at the same time, prolong HEPA filter lifespan. Uniquely Alen, you have the option to choose 1 of the 4 types of HEPA filter that each has their own specialty. The default HEPA-Pure filter is effective against common household allergens but it lacks any deodorization filtration. HEPA-FreshPlus is the enhanced version that would target, chemical, smoke and VOCs dispersed from home. For mold, germs issue that relates to asthma, you have the HEPA-Silver. Finally, HEPA-OdorCell is magnificent against stinky old diaper and pet odor. On leftover or unclear pollutants, the ionizer would come into play. Each filter kit is built differently but expects the same size, quality and durability.
Filter maintenance and careAlen BreatheSmart FIT50 air purifier has one of the easiest filter replacement set we have ever seen. It uses 1 filter kit in its entire filtration contrary to others multiple filter setup. To begin the filter replacement, first make sure the air purifier is standing upright, then proceed by pulling out the front panel starting from the bottom corner. With the front cover out of the way, remove the filter by pulling the pull strings and replace it with the new filter. Make sure the wrapper on the new filter is removed and the pull strings is facing outwards. Reattach the front panel via the top tabs first and that's it, you're done in probably less than 2 minutes. There is a removable pre-filter within the HEPA filter kit that can be clean when it is clogged with particles. Simply peel the black foam layer that is held on by Velcro and lightly vacuum the filter to prevent tear.
Keep it down
WhisperMax technology bounded 32 - 49 dB noise output is less noisy than standard BreathSmart Classic but you could hardly tell the differences in normal circumstances. For night use we recommend switching on Auto mode as the air purifier would automatically adjust the fan speed to reduce disturbance on your sleep. Ionizer plays little to no part in the noise party.Power consumption is at an average 60 W, little differences between the more powerful BreatheSmart Classic (both Energy Star rated) and slightly better than other similar range air purifier. Auto mode should be activated be default as it can help optimizing your energy usage volume.
At what cost
^ Replacement filters/ estimated cost
Alen BreatheSmart FIT50 VS the challengers
Alen BreatheSmart ClassicThe first and standard version of BreatheSmart air purifier with best in-class airflow performance and coverage. Alen BreatheSmart Classic is also the most expensive between Flex and Fit50 and you will have to do with a higher maintenance cost and bulkier framework.
Alen BreatheSmart FLEXThe smallest and more cost-effective version of BreatheSmart series with a marginally smaller framework. What Alen BreatheSmart Flex have to compromise is a weaker purifying coverage, airflow performance including CADR and the lack of Alen excellent SmartSensors thus no Auto mode.
Rabbit Air MinusA2 SPA-700AIt's hard to talk about competitors without mentioning Rabbit Air MinusA2. Focusing on the lower spec SPA-700A, you gain the additional 6-stage filtration, wall mountable body and the same personalizable front panel. What you lose is the purifying coverage, CADR output and the slight increase in price.
Oransi Max HEPAIt may not have the style, purifying coverage or customization as Fit50, Oransi Max HEPA air purifier is still a good alternative with 2 dedicated MERV16 grade v-HEPA filter and activated carbon filter plus a powerhouse 10 years warranty. After all, isn't the filtration strength is what we suppose to prioritize for?
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