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Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr Review

The VOCs eliminator, Austin Air HealthMate+ HM250 is the smaller version of HM450 that offers the same attributes in dealing with chemicals, odors or any smoke elements pollutants. With a cleaner and fresher air, Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr could also provide relief to common symptoms caused by poor air quality such as sneezing, coughing or dry nose. Comes in standard Austin Air Junior sizes and features, let’s find out how effective HM250 HealthMate is in handling all the unwanted chemicals.
MRSP/ RSP**
± 419 p
     Annual filter ^    
± 42 p
 Online price*
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** MRSP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price)/ RSP (Retail selling price) is provided by cleanairprice.com. Accurate at the time of posting.
^ Annual filter cost is calculated based on filter price and 12 hours of usage. Pricing could vary depending on air quality, usage frequency, and speed.

Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr HM250 Specification

ProductAustin Air HealthMate Plus Jr HM250
Dimension
11 x 16.5 x 11 in
(27.9 x 41.9 x 27.9 cm)
Weight24 lb (10.9 kg)
Fanspeed3
Coverage (up to)700 sq. ft. (65 m2)
Airflow speed48-200 cfm (82-340 m3/h)
Dust free (CADR)
Pollen free (CADR)
Smoke free (CADR)
Filtration4-stage
Pre-Filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
Large Particle Pre-filter
5 years
HEPA filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
30 sq.ft. True Medical Grade HEPA Filter
5 years
Carbon filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
6.5 lbs. Activated Carbon Impregnated with Potassium Iodide and Zeolite
5 years
Ionizer/ Technologies
UV-light/ PCO
-
Other filter
Medium Particle Pre-filter
5 years
All-in-one filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr Filter
5 years
+- 210
Optional/ Addon
-
Noise level40 - 65 dB
Power usage level80 W
Timer/ Scheduler
Sensors
Auto mode
Air qualityAQ indicator
Filter change indicator
More color options
Wi-Fi/ BTBluetooth
ENERGY STAR
Remote control
Child lock
Warranty5 years
Email/ Phone support

Key features

  • 360° progressive filtering Intake System
  • 4-stage filtration
  • [STAGE 1] Large particle pre-filter
  • [STAGE 2] Medium particle pre-filter
  • [STAGE 3] 6.5 lbs of solid activated carbon and zeolite filter with Potassium Iodide and Zeolite
  • [STAGE 4] 30 ft. Medical Grade HEPA filter
  • 3 fan speeds
  • Long-life filter lifespan (up to 5 years)
  • 5 years warranty

Pros

  • Smaller in size yet still manage to cover 44 m2 (469 sq. ft.).
  • Sturdy Powder coated steel housing.
  • Excellent filtration with outer mesh filters, pre-filter, medium filter and HEPA filter.
  • Great for asthma and allergy thank to the 6.5 lbs. Carbon Impregnated with Potassium Iodide and Zeolite.
  • Long-lasting 5 years pro-rated filter lifespan.
  • 5 years warranty.

Cons

  • Noise level is below average especially at high speed.
  • Heavy yet without caster to push around (additional purchase required).
  • Troublesome filter replacement that requires unscrewing the outer case.
  • Lack of convenience features such as auto mode, air quality sensor, digital display.

The starters

Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr HM250 dimension
Dimension
11 x 16.5 x 11 in
(27.9 x 41.9 x 27.9 cm)
Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr HM250 weight
Weight
24 lb (10.9 kg)

No visual different between Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr HM250 and its non-plus HealthMate version as both are identical in many ways. Utilizing the same premium powder-coated steel housing that mainly contributed to its hefty 24 lb weight. Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr HM250 might be considerably compact in its segment at 11 x 16.5 x 11 size, moving around the air purifier still requires some effort and things do not help with lack of casters, unlike the non-junior version. Operating the machine is dead easy due to the lack of modern tech such as auto/ sleep, air quality indicator, timer. What’s standard in Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr HM250 is the excellent 4-stage filtration (with Potassium Iodide and Zeolite), long-life bundled filter, 360° progressive Intake System, NRTL (Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory), CSA (Canadian Standards Association) and CE (Conformité Européenne) approved, zero ozone emission, 30 days money-back guarantee and 5 years manufacturer warranty.

Airflow, speed, and CADR

Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr HM250 coverage
Purifying coverage
700 sq. ft. (65 m2)
Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr HM250 fanspeed
Fanspeed
3
No differences between Austin Air HealthMate and HealthMate+ in terms of figures output as both shine in purifying coverage up to 700 sq. ft. Airflow distribution is smooth and modest at 48-200 cfm, perfect for a master bedroom or mini living hall. Standard 3 fan speed option is available that should be enough customization for most users.

What’s inside count

Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr HM250 enhance 4-stage filtration provide superior protection against chemicals, bacteria, and viruses such as formaldehyde and ammonia. First off trio filters (outer mesh grille, inner pre-filter, medium pre-filter) would capture large to medium size particles. For gases and odors related irritants, Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr HM250 unique 6.5 lbs. Activated Carbon Impregnated with Potassium Iodide and Zeolite would do the job. Lastly a 30 sq.ft. True Medical Grade HEPA Filter that traps micron-size particles that would often trigger allergic symptoms.

Keep it down

Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr HM250 noise level
Noise level
40 - 65 dB
Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr HM250 power consumption
Power consumption
80 W
Again similar to HealthMate, Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr HM250 40 - 65 dB noise level is not impressive as there is no further option to opt down a less noisy fan speed. What most users would do is to place the air purifier further away from the bed so the noise would not be too intrusive during bedtime. Power consumption is standard at 80 W which is nothing to highlight.

At what cost

Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr HM250 MRSP/ RSP
MRSP/ RSP**
+- 419
Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr HM250 annual filter replacement cost
Annual Filter Cost
+- 42
^ Replacement filters/ estimated cost
With a higher price tag compared with the original HealthMate version, Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr HM250 might not be worth the upgrade unless you are sensitive to chemical vapors mainly formaldehyde and ammonia. Like all Austin Air purifiers, what you will get in the bundled is low-cost filter maintenance that would spread out across a 5 years period. Replacing the filters is not perfect but no big deal as its only required every couple of years. For the best deal on filter replacement, use the comparison table above or visit Amazon website for the latest Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr HM250 filter replacement price.

Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr HM250 VS the challengers

Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200

Lacks Potassium Iodide and Zeolite on carbon filter but with a cheap price tag.
Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr

Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr

Uses HEGA filter that is more popular option for people who smoke indoor.

Verdicts and ratings

Build quality
9
Features
3
Coverage
9
Particle Filtration
9
Smoke Filtration
9
Price
4
Upkeeping
9
8.1
Austin Air HealthMate Jr
8.1

Max Fernandez

A loving father and a dedicated reviewer for airfuji.com with more than 1000 air purifiers under his belt. Max Fernandez is also one of the million patients currently suffering from asthma. Feel free to nudge him if you have any questions.

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