Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr Review

As the junior word clearly stated, Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr is the mini version of the Allergy Machine that has the sizes of junior series with all Allergy Machine attributes. Powered by the High Efficiency Gas Absorption (HEGA) filter, Allergy Machine Jr offers Austin Air trademark durable purifying with greater attention in dealing stubborn particles like allergens, gases and odors. Perfectly made for allergen sufferer that has low tolerance towards airborne pollutants typically seasonal allergens, let's see what else this air purifier could do.
MRSP/ RSP**
± 395 p
     Annual filter ^    
± 37 p
Online price*
Latest Amazon price
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Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr Specification

ProductAustin Air Allergy Machine Jr
RSPMRSP/ RSP +- 395
Link
Dimension
11 x 16.5 x 11 in
(27.9 x 41.9 x 27.9 cm)
Weight14.1 lb (6.4 kg)
Coverage (up to)700 sq. ft. (65 m2)
Dust free (CADR)
Pollen free (CADR)
Smoke free (CADR)
Airflow speed48-200 cfm (82-340 m3/h)
Fanspeed3
Filtration4-stage
A filterAnnual filter cost ($)+- 37
Pre-Filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
Large Particle Pre-filter
5 years
HEPA filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
30 sq.ft. True Medical Grade HEPA
5 years
Carbon filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
Activated Military Carbon Cloth
5 years
Ionizer/ Technologies
UV-light/ PCO
-
Other filter
Medium Particle Pre-filter
5 years
All-in-one filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr Filter
5 years
+- 185
Optional/ Addon
-
Noise level40 - 65 dB
Power consumption80 W
Timer/ Scheduler
Sensors
More color options
Auto mode
Air qualityAQ indicator
Filter change indicator
Wi-Fi/ BTBluetooth
ENERGY STAR
Remote control
Child lock
Warranty5 years
Email/ Phone support

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Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr key features

  • 360° progressive filtering Intake System
  • 4-stage filtration
  • [STAGE 1] Large particle pre-filter
  • [STAGE 2] Medium particle pre-filter
  • [STAGE 3] 30 ft. Medical Grade HEPA filter
  • [STAGE 4] Activated military carbon cloth HEGA filter
  • 3 fan speeds
  • 5 years pro-rated filter lifespan
  • 5 years warranty

The starters

Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr dimension
Dimension
11 x 16.5 x 11 in
(27.9 x 41.9 x 27.9 cm)
Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr weight
Weight
14.1 lb (6.4 kg)

Premium powder coated steel housing that stands out from most plasticky air purifier, Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr 11 x 16.5 x 11 in dimension is no different from other Austin Air Junior air purifier. On the other hand 24 lb weight is lighter in its Jr group due to the different set of filter although its still far from light compare with other competitors model. Moving around the air purifier has to be done without the casters support as casters is an additional purchase. Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr is dead easy to use as there is only one front rotary dial knob up-front to control the fanspeed. Other notable spec includes 60° progressive Intake System, 4-stage filtration, long-life all-in-one filter, NRTL (Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory) recognized, CSA (Canadian Standards Association) and CE (Conformité Européenne) approved, ozone-free emission, 30 days money back guarantee and 5 years warranty on residential use. Fancy features such as auto mode, sleep mode, air quality status, digital indicator and timer are all excluded.

Airflow, CADR and everything in between

Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr coverage
Purifying coverage
700 sq. ft. (65 m2)
Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr airflow speed
Airflow speed
48-200 cfm (82-340 m3/h)
Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr fanspeed
Fanspeed
3
Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr shares the superb 700 sq. ft. purifying coverage that would be ideal for bedroom, small studio hall or lounge at max speed. With 3 fanspeed to go for at 48-200 cfm airflow, airflow distribution its extensive and consistent thanks to the 360° progressive intake system. No CADR stats available but do compare with other air purifiers purifying coverage and airflow delivery rate via the specification section above.

What’s inside count

Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr Pre-filter
Large Particle Pre-filter
5 years
Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr HEPA filter
30 sq.ft. True Medical Grade HEPA
5 years
Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr carbon filter
Activated Military Carbon Cloth
5 years
Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr other filters
Medium Particle Pre-filter
^ Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr filters/ technologies/ lifespan
Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr 4-stage filtration is no doubt great against airborne particles, chemical vapors, odors and allergens. First off the combined effort between outer mesh grille and inner pre-filter would trap large particles while the medium particulate filter would follow up the job on medium-sized particles; unique HEGA filter that traps any vapors, gases and odors related chemicals. Finishing up with the filtration is Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr HEPA filter that would deal with micron size particles e.g. bacteria that were not captured by the previous filter.

Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr is covered against

Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr VS Dust

Dust

EXCELLENT

Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr VS Pollen

Pollen

EXCELLENT

Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr VS Hair

Hair/ Pet hair

EXCELLENT

Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr VS Dust mite

Dust mites

EXCELLENT

Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr VS Mold/ Mildew

Mold/ Mildew

EXCELLENT

Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr VS Pet dander

Pet dander

EXCELLENT

Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr VS Virus/ Germ

Virus/ Germ

EXCELLENT

Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr VS Tobacco smoke

Tobacco smoke

EXCELLENT

Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr VS Chemical

Chemical

EXCELLENT

Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr VS VOCs

VOCs

EXCELLENT

Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr VS Smoke/ Gas

Smoke/ Gas

EXCELLENT

Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr VS Odor

Odor

EXCELLENT

In summary Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr 4-stage filtration is very effective when stand up against common and small scale pollutants, allergens, irritants, bacteria. Depend on reliable 48-200 cfm airflow delivery rate and wide 700 sq. ft. purifying coverage, Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr bundled Large Particle Pre-filter 30 sq.ft. True Medical Grade HEPA filtration is magnificent in destroying dust, pet hair, mold, spores, mildew, pollen, germs, dust mites and pet dander.  On tackling odors, smokes and fumes, Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr Activated Military Carbon Cloth is also magnificent against cooking odors, radon, ammonia chemicals, VOCs, tobacco and cigarette smokes.

Keep it down

Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr noise level
Noise level
40 - 65 dB
Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr power consumption
Power consumption
80 W
As mentioned in the previous Junior series, Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr is a relatively noisy air purifier at 40 - 65 dB particularly at third speed. Placing the air purifier further back from the bed would help mitigate the noise which is possible thanks to the wide purifying coverage. Power consumption is market standard at an average of 80 W and there is no sleep mode/ night mode to further improve on the figures.

At what cost

Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr MRSP/ RSP
MRSP/ RSP**
+- 395
Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr annual filter replacement cost
Annual Filter Cost
+- 37
^ Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr replacement filters estimated cost
While Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr is far from cheap given the lack of modern features, the filter is and should be the main reason to go for this air purifier. As most air purifiers would last you for at least couple of years, the estimated 5 years filter lifespan would greatly bring down the filter replacement cost and annual mandatory effort in replacing the filter. One little downside to Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr is replacing the filter is not as straightforward as most air purifier with front pop-out cover. You would need to unscrew and pop out the cover, remove the exhausted filter and replace it with new filter before closing it up. Check out Amazon website for more great deals on Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr filter replacement price.

The challengers

Austin Air Babys Breath

Austin Air Babys Breath

Exact replica to Allergy Machine Jr with the exception of two unique bright colors (pink and blue).

Austin Air Allergy Machine

The non-junior version that is beef up on airflow, purifying coverage and filtration strength.

Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200

Standard version with different set of activated carbon filter that is as effective against gases and odors.

In conclusion......

  • Solid powder coated steel exterior with no plastic off-gassing.
  • Consistent airflow with wide purifying coverage.
  • Trio filters (outer mesh filters, pre-filter and medium filter) that help prolong HEPA filter lifespan.
  • Super effective 30 sq.ft. True Medical Grade HEPA filter.
  • Optimal activated military carbon HEGA filter that handles bacteria, odors and gases well.
  • Long-lasting all-in-one filter that could last up to 5 years.
  • 5 years manufacturer warranty.
  • Noisy fan noise particularly on third speed.
  • Lightest among Austin Air purifiers yet still hard to move around without casters (addon purchase).
  • Hassle filter replacement that requires flipping over the air purifier and unscrewing bottom cover.
  • Plain vanilla set - lacks air quality sensors, auto/ sleep mode, digital display, timer and remote control.
Build quality
9
Features
3
Coverage
9
Airflow delivery
9
Particle Filtration
9
Smoke Filtration
9
Price
5
Upkeeping
9
8.3
8.3

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)FAQ

Where is Austin air made in?

Austin Air purifier is made in Buffalo, New York.

How tough and reliable is Austin Air build quality?

The entire body of is Austin Air is constructed in solid steel and fully welded together to prevent any rattles. The only plastic components you would find is the fan blade, control knob, casters (standard model) or legs (junior model) in the air purifier. Austin Air purifier color paint is powder coated, baked at 375 degrees Fahrenheit (191 Celsius). Rather than spray paint, the powder coated method eliminates any toxic off-gassing while enhancing the body durability.

Is it difficult to replace the filter in Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr?

Is not difficult to replace Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr filter but certainly not as straightforward as it could be. First unplug the air purifier from the power source, turnover the unit and unscrew the 4 screws at the bottom. Second remove the used cartridge from the machine and replace it with the new cartridge. Remember to remove the plastic wrap on the cartridge. Third redo the steps by screwing back the screws and turn back the machine. Congratulations you have now replaced Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr with a new set of filter and should not have to repeat the steps for at least 3 – 5 years.

Is Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr air purifier wall mountable?

No Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr is not wall mountable.

Does Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr comes with all the filters to use straight out of the box?

Yes you can use Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr straight away as the filter cartridge is bundled in the package.

How do I maintain Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr? Is the filter washable?

There is no need to wash or vacuum Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr's cartridge filter (including True Medical Grade HEPA Filter and carbon filter) as it is designed to be maintenance-free for up to 5 years. The only maintenance you need to do is the 4 sides of the exterior air ventilation that in time will be covered with large particles like dust or hair.

Where do I find Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr’s replacement filter?

Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr replacement filter is available from their official website, dealer or at Amazon website. Remember not to buy a junior cartridge filter on a non-junior model or vice versa.

Can you use an extension cord on Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr?

Yes you can as long as the extension cord is not damaged, tampered or over plugged with too many appliances. Inappropriate use of extension cord could cause Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr to malfunction and even fire to break out.

What is there between junior and standard Austin air purifier other than the different sizes?

Austin Air Healthmate, Healthmate Plus and Allergy Machine purifiers all have standard and junior sizes. The key differences between them is standard Austin Air model can cover up to 1,500 sq. ft. of space while Jr model can only cover up to 700 sq. ft. Standard model also comes with faster fan speed, larger filters and 4 casters by default.

What is the most popular color for Austin Air purifier?

Standard model is available in black, midnight blue, sandstone or white while Junior model is available black, midnight blue, sandstone or white. Baby's Breath series comes in Breath Blue or Breath Pink. According to Sylane, the most popular color is sandstone (light tan).

What is the main cause of Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr’s filter to fill up in less than 5 years?

Owning more than 1 pets, new carpeting or furniture, recently renovated home or repainting, heavy smoking, urban pollution, unique environment such as wedding studio, beauty salon, art shop would rapidly use up Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr’s filter.

What are carbon and zeolite filter used for?

Zeolite is a natural mineral that has the capability of adsorbing chemicals and gas molecules including the commonly found formaldehyde, ammonia and carbon monoxide. Austin Air uses Carbon and zeolite mixture filter to remove indoor gases, odours and chemicals.

What is the mixture ratio of carbon to zeolite in Austin Air HealthMate?

Approximately 10-1 (10 parts carbon, 1 part zeolite).

What is the perma filter pre-filter made of?

The perma filter pre-filter or Permafilt is made of cotton and wrapped around the cartridge filter.

How often do I need to clean and maintain Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr’s filter?

You will need to clean the 4 sides of external case periodically or once a month to remove dust from congesting the air inlet. Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr’s cartridge filter are designed to last up to 5 years under normal residential use without the need of cleaning or vacuuming.

How do I know when Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr’s filter is full as there is no filter replacement indicator?

If you notice the significant drop in airflow performance and filtration or there is an unpleasant odor coming from Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr’s purifier, it is time to replace your filter.

Why Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr’s purifier does not have a filter indicator light to aler you when filter requires replacing?

Because of the inaccurate filter usage measurement does not justify the cost of the addon on Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr’s purifier. There are 3 options of calculating the filter lifespan. First and the most common option is a simple timer to keep track of the length of time the filter is used. Highly inaccurate as the medium particle pre-filter, activated carbon and medical grade HEPA filter have different purpose so their usage lifespan would vary too. The second option is to measure the pressure drop across the filter until certain pressure of drop is reached. Again, this method is inaccurate as the filter is often more dirtier to the point it is unusable then the pressure drop suggested. Third option is to monitor the vapor pollution level of the air until it exceeded a certain level. This method is the most accurate and unfortunately it is the costlier that if implemented, it will push the selling price much higher and is no good news to the purchaser.

Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr Troubleshooting

Safety Tips

More on Austin Air HM205

Austin Air HM205  HEGA air purifiers are designed for people with allergies or asthma. Used the same powder coated steel as housing, underneath the HEGA air purifier is four stands with an option to upgrade to 4 built-in casters. A standard 360° air inlet and outlet available at top of the air purifier and a manual 3 fan speed knob for airflow control. Inside the Austin Air HM205 is the 4-stage filtration system that will handle medium to large particles (hair, dust) at the first two stage, a true medical grade HEPA filter at 3-stage for smaller particles (mold, pollen) and finally activated military carbon cloth High Efficiency Gas Absorption (HEGA) filter for the strongest particles that manage to by-pass all the above filters. By placing the HEGA filter after the HEPA filter, the Austin Air HM205  is able to removing the bigger particles first, only then it will filter out all the smaller, gases contaminants out of the air before it triggers any allergies symptom.

Applicable area, airflow, noise level and power consumption

Austin Air HM205 can quickly purify the air thank to highly efficient airflow delivery rate. With a smaller capacity, the HM205 can cover a range of 44m2 (469 sq. ft.) with 2 charges of air released hourly. No issue in eliminate tobacco smoke and odor from the air. Noise level is slightly above average at high speed, between 39.8 dB to 64.5 dB. The power consumption level is at 80 watts max.

Final thoughts on Austin Air HM205

Austin Air HM205 is a great economical choice as it is simple to use, durable, requires minimal maintenance and low filter replacement cost for everyday use. It is also excellent in handling airborne allergens, household chemical and gases thanks to the combination of HEPA and HEGA filter. The lack of features would be a turn down for some, but the worry-free 5 years warranty will be the perfect remedy to cover the only few flaws.

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