Alen BreatheSmart Classic Specification
|Product||Alen BreatheSmart Classic|
17.8 x 26.8 x 10 in
(45.2 x 68.1 x 25.4 cm)
|Weight||21 lb (9.5 kg)|
|Coverage (up to)||1100 sq. ft. (102 m2)|
|Airflow speed||150-286 cfm (255-486 m3/h)|
|Dust free (CADR)||300 cfm (510 m3/h)|
|Pollen free (CADR)||300 cfm (510 m3/h)|
|Smoke free (CADR)||300 cfm (510 m3/h)|
- Replacement cost ($)
Washable Pre-filter (with HEPA filter)
6 - 18 months
- Replacement cost ($)
HEPA-Pure Filter BF35
6 - 18 months
- Replacement cost ($)
- Replacement cost ($)
HEPA-Silver Filter BF35-SILVER-CARBON
6 - 18 months+- $79
HEPA-OdorCell Filter BF35-MP
6 - 18 months+- $109
HEPA-FreshPlus Filter BF35-VOC
6 - 18 months+- $89
|Noise level||42 - 56 dB|
|Power usage level||64 - 105 W|
|Timer/ Scheduler||4, 8, 12 hours|
|Air qualityAQ indicator|
|Filter change indicator|
|More color options|
|Warranty||Lifetime Limited Warranty|
|Email/ Phone support|
- 3-stage filtration with ionizer
- Washable pre-filter/ HEPA-Pure filter - [Optional] filters - HEPA-Silver filter, HEPA-FreshPlus filter, HEPA-OdorCell filter
- 4 fan speeds with auto mode
- Air quality indicator light (Blue, Yellow, Red)
- Advanced SmartSensor
- Personalizable front cover panel
- Child-lock control panel and child-safe vent guard
- 4, 8, 12 hour Pre-set timer
- Smart Filter Light indicator
- Lifetime limited warranty
At a conventional size of 17.8 x 26.8 x 10 in, Alen BreatheSmart air purifier is one of the most modern, eye-pleasing air cleaners in its class thanks to the front wood trim cover design. There are up to 14 front cover panels ranging from Brushed stainless steel to Weathered grey that will suit your home decor. Weight-wise is considerably light for its segment at only 21 lb. You could easily carry the machine via its back handle for room-to-room purifying. Continue touring the air cleaner, you have air intake grills at the sides and bottom while the air output grill is located at the top. Fitting is tight from top to bottom with no air by-pass detected during our test. Overall, Alen BreatheSmart air purifier feels solid with the durability to last for ages.
Continue with the top control panel. Alen BreatheSmart air purifier is super easy to operate thanks to the separate round button and dedicated indicator light. From left to right, you have the Ion button, Filter life button, Timer button, Power button, Speed button, and Auto button. Press the power button to start the air cleaner, press again to completely turn off the display light, again to shut down the air cleaner. Different colors will light up around the Power button to indicates its surrounding air quality. Blue equals clean air, yellow equals a moderate level of airborne particles detected while red indicates dirty air. Press Ion to enable the ozone-free ionizer (indicator light on), press again to disable it.
There are 3 indicator lights on top of the Filter life button. When the green light illuminates, the filter condition is good so no action is required. When the yellow light illuminates, the filter is reaching its end-cycle and you should start ordering the new replacement. When the red light illuminates, it is time to replace the filter. To reset the filter indicator light, press and hold the Filter life button down for 5 seconds. The indicator light should revert from red to green. To set the number of hours the air cleaner should be in operation, press the Timer button once to lock at 4 hours runtime, press again to set it to 8 hours, again to set it to 12 hours, and again to disable the countdown timer. The speed button is self-explanatory that cycles between speed 1, 2, 3, and T (Turbo). Lastly, the Auto button activates Auto mode that uses the SmartSensor technology to automatically set the right fan speed based on the number of airborne particles in its surrounding air.
As for the standard list of equipment, you have a 3-stage filtration with 4 fan speeds, HEPA-Pure filter (default choice), Ionizer, SmartSensor with auto mode, air quality indicator, quiet WhisperMax technology, Advanced Smart Filter that calculates filter life based on usage/ environment, and child lock. The Auto-off safety feature disables the unit when the front cover is not properly closed. Passive features include UL listed, Energy Star rated, and Lifetime limited warranty (with product Registration and active filter subscription).
Airflow, speed, and CADR
What’s inside count
While Alen BreatheSmart air purifier "only" comes with 1 bundled filter set, it still shines in filtering out common airborne pollutants at a reasonable time. Starting with the washable pre-filter that traps large particles like hair and dust while prolonging the HEPA filter lifespan. Depending on which HEPA filter you choose, the standard HEPA-Pure filter is excellent at removing common allergens and microorganisms without any deodorization capability. Optional filters upgrade includes mold, germs & asthma specialist HEPA-Silver, chemical, VOCs, smoke targeted HEPA-FreshPlus (recommended) and pet & diaper odor neutralizer HEPA-OdorCell. Last but not least the built-in ionizer would release negative ions and electrostatically merge unwanted ions into one. As a result, the heavier particles would drop allowing the HEPA filter to capture.
Filter maintenance and careUnlike every other console air cleaner that comes with a multi-layer of filters, replacing Alen BreatheSmart filter is probably the easiest task as there is only 1 filter change. With the unit standing upright, pull out the front panel from the bottom corner. Remove the used filter by pulling the pull strings and place the used filter in a plastic bag to prevent dust from re-spreading into the air. Prepare the new filter set by removing the plastic wrap and insert it into the air purifier with the pull strings facing towards you (outward). Finally, snap back the front panel but this time start with top tabs then follow by the bottom. The entire steps take less than 2 minutes excluding cleaning the washable pre-filter. To wash the pre-filter, slowly peel the black foam layer that is held on work Velcro. Proceed by lightly vacuum or wash the pre-filter off any large particles such as dust and hair. If you choose to skip the pre-filter care (not recommended), you only need to do this every 6 – 18 months.
Keep it down
At what cost
^ Replacement filters/ estimated cost
Alen BreatheSmart Classic VS the challengers
Rabbit Air MinusA2 SPA-780AComes with 4 customized filter options and plenty of beautiful front panel design to choose from. Even though Rabbit MinusA2 SPA-780A lacks the impactful airflow distribution, it rocks with a more comprehensive 6-stage filtration plus a wholesome of aesthetic enhancement including a thinner and lighter frame size body.
Airmega 400Better purifying coverage, CADR with dual pre-filter MAX2 setup. Otherwise, the Alen BreatheSmart air purifier is pretty much the better choice with a cheaper price point plus the availability of customized filter and front panel design.
Final thoughts on Alen BreatheSmart ClassicThere is no question on the capabilities of Alen BreatheSmart air purifier but ask yourself, what is the purpose of purchasing an air cleaner? If is for allergies related purpose, it would do an excellent job according to 88% of the Amazon user reviews rated at 4 – 5 stars. Other compliments include the abundance of features, wide purifying coverage, and impressive airflow performance. What surprised us is not many people praise the customizable front panel option likely due to the additional cost involved. For the remaining 12% users that gave it a not-so-good review, their complaints mainly focus on the poor filtration against allergies from pets despite the right type of customized filter. Contrasting feedback to ponder upon, if you do not mind spending this much on a top-notch machine, what we have here is an air purifier with a highly customizable exterior and interior (optional filters). Recommended.
- Swappable wood trim front cover design.
- Wide purifying coverage and superior airflow delivery rate.
- Up to 3 optional filter upgrade to choose from depending on your needs.
- Ionizer could be turn on or off.
- Longer lasting filters (up to 18 months) depending on usage volume/ air quality.
- Accurate Smart Filter Light replacement indicator that calculates based on usage/ fan speed/ environment.
- Abundance of features - SmartSensor (air quality sensor), auto mode, filter life timer, pre-set timer.
- Child friendly machine with child lock and safe vent guard.
- Alen unique Lifetime Limited Warranty (active filter subscription).
- Lacks odor filtration on bundled HEPA-Pure filter (Optional filter upgrade required).
- No dedicated odor carbon filter that could come in handy during filter replacement.
- Noisy at the highest speed. Nevertheless, Auto mode will come to the rescue.