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Austin Air HealthMate Review In 2022: The OG

Constantly bugged by allergies like sneezing, wheezing, or coughing due to bad air? Fret not, as Austin Air HealthMate 400 air purifier got you covered. The undisputed 4-stage filtration can effectively remove all the airborne contaminants that cause common allergies in a home. Top it off with an industry-leading 5 years mechanical warranty and 5 years pro-rated filter lifespan; there are very few things not to like about it. In this review, we will explore the specification, pros, and cons of Austin Air HealthMate. Continue reading to learn more.
online price (US)**
±539 $$$$$$$/ 7

(annual filter cost ±43)

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** MRSP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price)/ RSP (Retail selling price) is 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.
` The indicated online price guides as follows: $ = under $50, $$ = $50-100, $$$ = $101-200, $$$$ = 201-300, $$$$$ = $301-400, $$$$$$ = 401-500, $$$$$$$ = over $500.

Austin Air HealthMate HM400 Specification

ProductAustin Air HealthMate HM400
Dimension
14.5 x 23 x 14.5 in
(36.8 x 58.4 x 36.8 cm)
Weight47 lb (21.3 kg)
Fanspeed3
Coverage (up to)1,500 sq. ft. (139 m2)
Airflow speed72-400 cfm (122-680 m3/h)
Dust free (CADR)
Pollen free (CADR)
Smoke free (CADR)
Humidifying(H) speed
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 ($)
15 lbs. Activated Carbon and Zeolite
5 years
Ionizer/ Technologies
UV-light/ PCO
-
Other filter
Medium Particle Pre-filter
5 years
All-in-one filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
Austin Air HealthMate Filter
5 years
+- 215
Optional/ Addon
-
Noise level40-65 dB
Power usage level132 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] 15 lbs. Activated carbon zeolite filter
  • [STAGE 4] 60 ft. HEPA filter
  • 3 fan speeds
  • 5 years pro-rated filter warranty
  • 5 years mechanical warranty

Design And Usability

Austin Air HealthMate HM400 dimension
Dimension
14.5 x 23 x 14.5 in
(36.8 x 58.4 x 36.8 cm)
Austin Air HealthMate HM400 weight
Weight
47 lb (21.3 kg)

Let’s begin with the exterior. Austin Air HealthMate is undoubtedly a large air purifier with a dimension of 4.5 x 23 x 14.5 inches in size. Made entirely with a premium steel casing that shouts quality, the downside is that the hefty 47 lb weight makes moving the air purifier around no easy task. Thankfully, there are 4 caster wheels standing by to help with the movability. Surrounding the body is the 360° progressive Intake System that pulls in airborne pollutants from all angles. Austin Air HealthMate comes in various colors that you can pick according to your home decor. We are a big fan of unconventional black housing design, but you can opt for the white variant if that floats your boat.

Austin Air HealthMate Control Panel

Moving to the controls. Austin Healthmate’s air purifier is super easy to use and set up without prior knowledge. There is only a manual knob at the front controls to select the 3 fan speeds. No AQI, no digital display needed. You will not find any modern add-ons such as an air quality sensor (for auto mode), filter replacement indicator, timer, or remote control here. We are surprised with the filter change omission as it is universally standard in all air cleaners.

Overall, Austin HealthMate air purifier is a mixed bag in offering and build quality. It is built to last even if you use it 24×7 without producing any harmful byproducts. It is 100% ozone-free, NRTL (Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory) recognized, CSA (Canadian Standards Association), and CE (Conformité Européenne) approved to be safe for home use. The 5 years warranty is the perfect assurance of its commitment to longevity. As long as you are willing to give in to the lack of features, you will be a happy owner for years to come.

Airflow, Coverage, And CADR

Austin Air HealthMate HM400 coverage
Purifying coverage
1,500 sq. ft. (139 m2)
Austin Air HealthMate HM400 fanspeed
Fanspeed
3
Here's where Austin Air stands out from the crowd. Covers all ground via its 360° progressive housing, Austin Air HealthMate has an airflow distribution rate between 72-400 cfm. Abundance for everyday use. Purifying coverage is also outstanding, with up to 1,500 sq. ft. at 2 air changes per hour. The wide air cleaning coverage allows you to place Austin Air HealthMate in large room sizes like living hall, lounge, kitchen, garage, basement, office space, to master bedroom. You can even use it as a whole-house air purifier by placing it center of the house. Feel free to use our comparison tool above to compare Austin Air HealthMate with other air purifiers.

Filters And Performance

Austin Air HealthMate provides a reliable and high-performance 4-stage filtration that you deserve. When air is drawn into the 360-degree intake system, the trio pre-filters (including an outer steel mesh filter) trap medium to large particulates like hair, dust, pet fur, and lint from passing through. It also protects the carbon and HEPA filter from getting clogged with unnecessary pollutants. For smoke, toxic gas, and odor-based pollutants, the 15 lbs. Activated Carbon and Zeolite specialized in removing VOCs, benzene, formaldehyde, cooking smells, cigarette smoke, and pet odor. Finally, the main highlight, the 60 sq. ft. True HEPA filter capture 99.97% of microscopic particles larger than 0.3 microns and 99% of all particles larger than 0.1 microns. This includes mold spore, mildew, pet dander, dust mites, bacteria, and viruses. There is no ionizer or UV light here; everything is 100% mechanical filtration, therefore ideal for an asthmatic or hyperallergic person.

Austin Air HealthMate Filter

Noise And Energy Usage

Austin Air HealthMate HM400 noise level
Noise level
40-65 dB
Austin Air HealthMate HM400 power consumption
Power consumption
132 W
The tradeoff for the outstanding performance, Austin Air HealthMate 40 to 65 decibels noise range is loud when used as a bedside air purifier. You will have to place it further away from the bed or work desk when you need to focus. Most people will keep it at speed 1 to keep the noise distraction at a minimum level. Energy usage wise, the 132 watts power consumption is on the high side of an air purifier, especially when running 24 hours a day. If energy efficiency is a big concern for you, there are other smaller but less effective air cleaners you can look into.
Noise TypeDecibels
Austin Air HealthMate HM40040-65 dB
Breathing10 dB
Rustling leaves20 dB
Whispering/ Quiet library30 dB
Light rainfall40-50 dB
Conversation50-60 dB
Vacuum cleaner/ Hair dryer/ Washing machine65-80 dB
City traffic80-90 dB

Pricing And Maintainence Cost

Austin Air HealthMate HM400 MRSP/ RSP
MRSP/ RSP**
+- 539
Austin Air HealthMate HM400 annual filter replacement cost
Annual Filter Cost
+- 43
^ Replacement filters/ estimated cost
At around $710 before any discount, Austin Air HealthMate asking price is far from cheap, considering the almost non-existing features. You're getting 100% out of it in filtration performance. Most people would opt for more affordable alternatives like Winix, Levoit, Honeywell even though those are not in the same category. However, if you are on the lookout for IQAir, Blueair, or Alen air cleaners, do put Austin Air HealthMate on your bucket list.

Owning and maintaining Austin Air HealthMate air purifier is another story. The annual filter replacement cost is unbelievably low (+-$43) due to the long all-in-one filter usage life. The filter can last up to 5 years when used in an ideal air condition (above unhealthy state). The only downside is the annoying filter replacement task. You will have to flip over the air purifier, unscrew the bottom cover, take out the old filter, and swap it with a brand new one before screwing it back on. Thankfully this is not a routine job.

Austin Air HealthMate Air Purifier

Final Thoughts On Austin Air HealthMate HM400

Austin Air HealthMate has all the ingredients for an excellent HEPA air purifier, yet it is not for everyone. The high price, the bulkiness, and the lack of features all subtract from its appeal to the masses. However, if you can look past the drawbacks, it will safeguard your home from harmful airborne pollutants, essentially what an air purifier suppose to do. It will keep you and your family member safe and healthy for years to come. Judging by the many positive 5 star online reviews, Austin Air HealthMate will be a good buy. Most people have no regrets about getting one.

Pros

  • Great for all room sizes with its comprehensive purifying coverage.
  • Trio pre-filter (outer mesh, pre-filter, medium filter) captures large particulates and reduces the workload of the HEPA filter.
  • A highly effective 15 lbs. activated carbon zeolite filter neutralizes smoke and odors.
  • Comprehensive 60 sq. ft. HEPA filter that traps even the tiniest particulates that naked eyes cannot see.
  • Durable and sturdy powdered coated steel that will not release harmful ozone byproducts.
  • Long-lasting filter (up to 5 years filter lifespan).
  • 5 years manufacturer warranty. Covers all poor workmanship except filters.

Cons

  • Expensive (+-$700). You can easily get 2-3 air cleaners to cover multiple rooms.
  • Loud fan noise on high speed with no sleep mode option.
  • Very bulky and heavy despite having casters to support it.
  • Hassle filter replacement requires the bottom panel to be unscrewed before removing the filter cartridge.
  • Plain vanilla set. There is no auto mode, digital screen, air quality indicator/ sensor, and timer.

Verdicts And Ratings

Build Quality

Features

Coverage

Particle Filtration

Smoke Filtration

Price

Filter Cost

4.1

OUT OF 5

4.1

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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