Austin Air HealthMate Plus Review

Specially created to deal with the trickiest air contaminants problem or Multiple Chemically Sensitive (MCS), Austin Air HealthMate+ HM450 is the enhance or plus version of HM400 in dealing with extra strong gases and odors namely VOCS. Guaranteed by the reputable Austin Air brand and excellent 5 years unit/ filter warranty, what is the difference between HealthMate and HealthMate Plus and which air purifier should you go for? Let’s find out what extra plus point can HM450 bring to the table.
MRSP/ RSP**
± 649 p
     Annual filter ^    
± 65 p
Online price*
Latest Amazon price

Austin Air HealthMate Plus Specification

ProductAustin Air HealthMate Plus
Dimension
14.5 x 23 x 14.5 in
(36.8 x 58.4 x 36.8 cm)
Weight47 lb (21.3 kg)
Coverage (up to)1500 sq. ft. (139 m2)
Dust free (CADR)
Pollen free (CADR)
Smoke free (CADR)
Airflow speed72-400 cfm (122-680 m3/h)
Fanspeed3
Filtration4-stage
Pre-Filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
Large Particle Pre-filter
5 years
HEPA filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
60 sq.ft. True Medical Grade HEPA
5 years
Carbon filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
15 lbs. Impregnated Carbon and Zeolite Mixture
5 years
Ionizer/ Technologies
UV-light/ PCO
-
Other filter
Medium Particle Pre-filter
5 years
All-in-one filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
Austin Air HealthMate Plus Filter
5 years
+- 325
Optional/ Addon
-
Noise level40 - 65 dB
Power consumption132 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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Key features

  • 360° progressive filtering Intake System
  • 4-stage filtration
  • [STAGE 1] Large particle pre-filter
  • [STAGE 2] Medium particle pre-filter
  • [STAGE 3] 15 lbs. Activated carbon zeolite filter with an additional additive of potassium iodide
  • [STAGE 4] 60 ft. HEPA filter
  • 3 fan speeds
  • 5 years pro-rated filter warranty
  • 5 years mechanical warranty

Austin Air HealthMate Plus review

  • Great for all room sizes with its comprehensive purifying coverage.
  • Trio pre-filter that reduce workload of the HEPA filter.
  • Highly effective 15 lbs. Activated carbon zeolite filter with impregnated potassium iodide.
  • Standard but proven 60 sq. ft. HEPA filter.
  • Durable powdered coated steel housing with zero off-gassing.
  • Super long filter lifespan of up to 5 years.
  • 5 years manufacturer warranty.
  • Undesirable noise level particularly on higher speed.
  • Bulky and heavy although there is a caster to support.
  • Hassle filter replacement that requires unscrewing the bottom part cover.
  • Very empty on spec- lacks auto mode, indicator, air quality sensor, timer and remote control.

The starters

Austin Air HealthMate Plus dimension
Dimension
14.5 x 23 x 14.5 in
(36.8 x 58.4 x 36.8 cm)
Austin Air HealthMate Plus weight
Weight
47 lb (21.3 kg)

First off, Austin Air HealthMate Plus shares Austin Air standard air purifier platform design and dimension at 14.5 x 23 x 14.5 in. Its considerably bulky though not too tall, the only complains we had with Austin Air HealthMate Plus is its hefty 47 lb weight that is largely contributed by the premium powder-coated steel housing. Thankfully the 4 wheel casters come in handy when you need to move the air purifier around. On to the usability, Austin Air HealthMate Plus is super-easy to use as there is only 1 front dial knob to control the air purifier. While the lack of air quality sensor, auto mode, filter indicator is a big bummer, other notable specification includes excellent 4-stage filtration, 5 years all-in-one filter lifespan, 360° progressive Intake System, NRTL (Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory) recognized, CSA (Canadian Standards Association) and CE (Conformité Européenne) approved, no ozone emitted, 30 days money-back guarantee and 5 years warranty on residential use.

Airflow, speed, and CADR

Austin Air HealthMate Plus coverage
Purifying coverage
1500 sq. ft. (139 m2)
Austin Air HealthMate Plus airflow speed
Airflow speed
72-400 cfm (122-680 m3/h)
Austin Air HealthMate Plus fanspeed
Fanspeed
3
Austin Air HealthMate Plus impressive 1500 sq. ft. purifying applicable area can cover literally any types of room from the master bedroom, kitchen all the way to the living hall. Supporting the generous purifying coverage is the all-around 360° progressive system and 72-400 cfm airflow distribution at 2 air release hourly. Similar performance to other Austin air purifiers, you can check out other large size air purifiers airflow performance via the comparison link above.

What’s inside count

Austin Air HealthMate Plus Pre-filter
Large Particle Pre-filter
5 years
Austin Air HealthMate Plus HEPA filter
60 sq.ft. True Medical Grade HEPA
5 years
Austin Air HealthMate Plus carbon filter
15 lbs. Impregnated Carbon and Zeolite Mixture
5 years
Austin Air HealthMate Plus other filters
Medium Particle Pre-filter
5 years
^ Austin Air HealthMate Plus filters/ technologies/ lifespan
With only one notable difference between HealthMate, Austin Air HealthMate Plus 4-stage filtration is great against large to micron-size particles that you expect no less from Austin Air. The first stage of defense is the outer mesh grille plus bundled pre-filter that captures large particles such as dust, hair. The continuing second stage is the medium particle filter that would follow up on smaller size particles that were not captured by the earlier pre-filter. On gases and odors related particles, Austin Air HealthMate Plus enhanced 15 lbs. of carbon impregnated with potassium iodide would do a great job against chemicals typically formaldehyde and ammonia. The last-stage HEPA filter would concentrate on micron-sized particles that were not captured previously.
Covered against
Austin Air HealthMate Plus VS Dust

Dust

EXCELLENT

Austin Air HealthMate Plus VS Pollen

Pollen

EXCELLENT

Austin Air HealthMate Plus VS Hair

Hair/ Pet hair

EXCELLENT

Austin Air HealthMate Plus VS Dust mite

Dust mites

EXCELLENT

Austin Air HealthMate Plus VS Mold/ Mildew

Mold/ Mildew

EXCELLENT

Austin Air HealthMate Plus VS Pet dander

Pet dander

EXCELLENT

Austin Air HealthMate Plus VS Virus/ Germ

Virus/ Germ

EXCELLENT

Austin Air HealthMate Plus VS Tobacco smoke

Tobacco smoke

EXCELLENT

Austin Air HealthMate Plus VS Chemical

Chemical

EXCELLENT

Austin Air HealthMate Plus VS VOCs

VOCs

EXCELLENT

Austin Air HealthMate Plus VS Smoke/ Gas

Smoke/ Gas

EXCELLENT

Austin Air HealthMate Plus VS Odor

Odor

EXCELLENT

Without a doubt Austin Air HealthMate Plus 4-stage filtration is highly efficient when take on common and micron size contaminants, allergens, viruses and bacteria. Made possible by ultra-powerful airflow distribution and wide purifying coverage, Austin Air HealthMate Plus combined filtration is exceptional in eradicating hair, dust, pet dander, dust mites, fungi, pollen, mildew, mold, spores and germs.  On handling odors and smokes, Austin Air HealthMate Plus is also exceptional against cooking odors, radon, ammonia chemicals, VOCs, tobacco and cigarette smokes.

Keep it down

Austin Air HealthMate Plus noise level
Noise level
40 - 65 dB
Austin Air HealthMate Plus power consumption
Power consumption
132 W
132 W average power consumption is high but not too far off from same segment air purifier. As with all Austin Air purifiers, Austin Air HealthMate Plus 40 - 65 dB is considerably loud even at the lowest speed. The classic "place the air purifier far far away" could be used to alleviate from the noise. With that being said, Jr version would be more suitable for bedroom use.

At what cost

Austin Air HealthMate Plus MRSP/ RSP
MRSP/ RSP**
+- 649
Austin Air HealthMate Plus annual filter replacement cost
Annual Filter Cost
+- 65
^ Replacement filters/ estimated cost
Austin Air HealthMate Plus premium asking price might not be reasonable given the lack of modern practical features, it's still a sturdy, well-built air purifier with genuine filtration capabilities. What you will get in-return is one of the lowest annual filter replacement cost thanks to long-life all-in-one filter that could last up to 5 years. Another mandatory thing we need to mention is the not so straightforward filter replacement process that requires unscrewing in order to remove the cover rather than slide-out mechanism.

Austin Air HealthMate Plus VS the challengers

Austin Air HealthMate HM400

Cheaper with similar dimension, airflow performance and coverage with the exception of a carbon filter that does not come with impregnated potassium iodide.

Austin Air HealthMate Plus Jr HM250

Jr version with a smaller dimension, purifying coverage, airflow and of course a much cheaper price point.

Verdicts and ratings

Build quality
9
Features
3
Coverage
10
Airflow delivery
10
Particle Filtration
9
Smoke Filtration
9
Price
2
Upkeeping
8
8.3

Frequently Asked Questions FAQ

Troubleshooting

Safety Tips

More on Austin Air HealthMate+ HM450

Designed with powder coat steel housing, Austin Air HealthMate+ HM450 boxy exterior and heavyweight could prove challenging in moving around the unit but thankfully there are 4 casters in support. Operating the machine is very straight-forward as there is very little control besides the round knob fan speed. A superb 360° dual functions airflow inlet/ outlet allows superior airflow throughout the air purifier. Supporting it is the renowned 4-stage filters that can traps large to small pollutants such as hair, pet dander, mold, pollen and dust through its first/ second stage pre-filter and HEPA filter. What’s unique about Austin Air HealthMate+ HM450 is the inclusion of a more powerful 15 lbs. of activated carbon/ zeolite with Impregnated Activated Carbon and Zeolite in trapping stronger chemicals (particularly VOCs), gases and odors.

Applicable area, airflow, noise level and power consumption

Austin Air HealthMate+ HM450 is efficient at highly contaminated area thanks to the wide purifying coverage with 2 air charges disperses hourly. Its strong airflow delivery rate can also quickly cleanse the air from bacteria, viruses, and odors. Works perfectly well especially for those people with pre-existing health issues. Same fate with HM400, The noise level for Austin Air HealthMate+ HM450 is slightly above average at high speed however, the power input level is normal at 132 watts maximum.

Final thoughts on Austin Air HealthMate+ HM450

Why or who should consider the Austin Air HealthMate+ HM450? Put it simply, those in need of the most effective way of removing even the slightest amount of chemicals that could potentially bring harm to our body. Besides the renowned Austin Air quality and reliability in dealing with bacteria and viruses, Austin Air HealthMate+ HM450 also offers an additional filtration to deal with gases elements such as wood smoke, VOCs, cleaning products and a tobacco cigarette. The lack of features will continue to haunt Austin Air air purifier, but that should not stop you from considering it.

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