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Elechomes EPI081 Air Purifier Review: HEPA for under 100?

The best value air cleaner to date. Elechomes EPI081 is an aromatherapy air purifier for under 100 dollars. For such a low price, you'll get plenty of goodies that can help clean the air including the 4-stage filtration with HEPA and carbon filter. However, there is some compromisation needed to balance things up. Would it be the airflow output, build quality, or usability? Let's find out in our full Elechomes EPI081 review below.
MRSP/ RSP**
± 59.99 p
     Annual filter ^    
± 40 - 80 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.

Elechomes EPI081 Specification

ProductElechomes EPI081
Dimension
6.3 x 9.3 x 6.3 in
(16 x 23.6 x 16 cm)
Weight3.4 lb (1.5 kg)
Fanspeed3
Coverage (up to)215 sq. ft. (20 m2)
Airflow speed
Dust free (CADR)47 cfm (80 m3/h)
Pollen free (CADR)47 cfm (80 m3/h)
Smoke free (CADR)47 cfm (80 m3/h)
Humidifying(H) speed
Filtration4-stage
Pre-Filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
Fine preliminary filter
6 months
HEPA filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
True H13 HEPA filter
6 months
Carbon filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
Activated carbon filter
6 months
Ionizer/ Technologies
UV-light/ PCO
-
Other filter
Antibacterial filter
6 months
All-in-one filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
Elechomes EPI081 Replacement Composite Filter
6 months
+- 34.99
Optional/ Addon
-
Noise level22-50 dB
Power usage level
Timer/ Scheduler1/ 2/ 4/ 8 hours
Sensors
Auto mode
Air qualityAQ indicator
Filter change indicator
More color options
Wi-Fi/ BTBluetooth
ENERGY STAR
Remote control
Child lock
Warranty18 months
Email/ Phone support

Key features

  • 4-stage filtration system with 360° air circulation
  • 3 fan speeds with Auto mode and Sleep mode
  • Fine preliminary filter
  • Advanced compound filter (Antibacterial)
  • HEPA H13 filter - 99.97% particles removal/ 0.3 microns
  • High-grade activated carbon filter
  • 4 preset timer
  • Change filter indicator
  • Aromatherapy function (Elimina-te and redu-ce)
  • 18 months warranty with 24 hours online customer service

Pros

  • Less than $80 for a genuine 4-stage HEPA air purifier.
  • Compact travel size body that takes up very little space.
  • 360° air circulation with up to 215 square feet of coverage.
  • Top grade 4-stage filtration with antibacterial filter, True HEPA H13 filter, and activated carbon filter.
  • Silent operation that produced only 30 dB in sleep mode.
  • Relax your body and mind with any of your favorite essential oils.
  • Auto mode, sleep mode, and timer all come standard.

Cons

  • Not the most effective against chemical fumes.
  • Dust, pollen, and smoke CADR are only at 47 cfm.
  • Short replacement composite filter lifespan that needs change every 6 months/ 3000 hours.

The starters

Elechomes EPI081 dimension
Dimension
6.3 x 9.3 x 6.3 in
(16 x 23.6 x 16 cm)
Elechomes EPI081 weight
Weight
3.4 lb (1.5 kg)

The only affordable, aromatherapy HEPA air purifier at the point of this writing. Elechomes EPI081 portable 6.3 inches diameter, 9.3 inches height, and 3.4 lb weight are very versatile for everyday use. Bring it along with you during work, travel, or simply leave it in the bedroom for all-day purifying. The white housing is clean but not over-simplistic which would sacrifice its usability. There is 360° air circulation inlet that captures airborne particles at every angle. The top outlet allows further airflow distribution for greater coverage. There is even a slot where you can insert your favorite essential oil pads like lavender, chamomile, rose, or myrrh. Enjoy clean air while you relax and sleep throughout the day. The best of both worlds.

Another surprise design element we like about Elechomes EPI081 air purifier is the easy access front smart panel. There is a dedicated power button to turn on/ off the machine and a timer button cycling 1, 2, 4, 8 hours of operation. You can also select between the 3 fan speed and Auto mode that automatically sets to high speed when there is a high concentration of pollutants detected. Lastly, the filter change indicator will alert you to replace the composite filter after 3,000 of use.

On the whole, the fitting is tight with easy to open base cover for a quick filter change. No harmful off-gassing or ozone detected for our test unit. The extended 18 months warranty (after registration) is a good assurance of its reliability. It is also UL listed, AHAM rated, CARB approved, and pet-friendly. Since it does not comes with an ionizer or similar technology, it is also 100% ozone-free and safe for everyone including pets.

Airflow, speed, and CADR

Elechomes EPI081 coverage
Purifying coverage
215 sq. ft. (20 m2)
Elechomes EPI081 fanspeed
Fanspeed
3
Elechomes EPI081 air purifier can clean indoor air up to 215 square feet with standard air changes per hour. The 3 fan speed output is plentiful but we suggest you leave it in Auto or sleep mode for a seamless operation. Auto mode will automatically set the fan speed to high when there are high pollutants detected. Sleep mode will lock the fan speed to low to prevent any noise disturbance during your sleep. Elechomes EPI081 is best used in small room sizes like bedrooms or dormitory where you will spend the most time in. You can even use it in the living room, basement, or garage, just don't expect the same air purifying outcome due to the larger room space.
Elechomes EPI081 dust CADR
Dust CADR
47 cfm (80 m3/h)
Elechomes EPI081 pollen CADR
Pollen CADR
47 cfm (80 m3/h)
Elechomes EPI081 smoke CADR
Smoke CADR
47 cfm (80 m3/h)
Elechomes EPI081 CADR is surprisingly low given its purifying coverage. The official clean air delivery rate is only at 47 cfm for all three dust, pollen, and smoke. This could be due to the many filters that impede the airflow circulation. While there is no denying Elechomes EPI081 capability in removing airborne irritants, don't expect the same performance as a full-sized console air purifier.

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What’s inside count

The biggest highlight to Elechomes EPI081 is the quadruple filtration and H13 filter. Starting with the pre-filter that captures large particles like dust, pet hair, debris in the air. The pre-filter will also help protect the HEPA filter from being damaged by particulates. Next, the antibacterial filter will inhibit microorganisms from growing in the filter and causes widespread germs. The medical-grade HEPA H13 filter will remove 99.97% of PM2.5 e.g. mold spore, mildew, dust mites, bacteria, and viruses. Compared with a normal HEPA filter, the HEPA H13 filter can capture fine particles as small as 0.1 microns (VS 0.3 microns). For smoke particles, the activated carbon filter will absorb pet odors, musty mold, cooking smoke, toxic cigarette, and anything that smells. After running Elechomes EPI081 for a couple of days, you can truly feel the air quality differences and breathe a lot better.

Keep it down

Elechomes EPI081 is a very silent air purifier suitable for a bedroom and workstation. It will output a whispering 22 dB noise at sleep speed that is even softer than in the library. Running at 50 dB high speed, we would categorize it under white noise that is not distracting at all. For power usage, Elechomes EPI081 is very energy-efficient given its average airflow distribution. At a standard 12 operation hours, the electric cost will be between the region of 0.02 - 0.04 dollars per day, or a mere 0.6 - 1.2 dollars a month. For the suggested 24 hours of operation, just multiply the figures by 2. Barely a pinch in your electric bill.

At what cost

Elechomes EPI081 MRSP/ RSP
MRSP/ RSP**
+- 59.99
Elechomes EPI081 annual filter replacement cost
Annual Filter Cost
+- 40 - 80
^ Replacement filters/ estimated cost
For a 4-stage air purifier with aromatherapy function, Elechomes EPI081 will only cost you around 60 after an online discount. Cheaper than its segment competitors are offering yet with better features including autonomous mode. You also get a HEPA H13 and dedicated carbon filter bundled in the package. As for the upkeeping, the filter replacement cost is on the pricier side between 40 to 80 dollars annually depending on the indoor air quality. You will have to replace the filter every 6 months to maintain the filtration performance.
So where is the best place to get Elechomes EPI081 air purifier? In Amazon of course. It comes with the best price, bundled deal, free shipping, 30 days return policy, and hassle-free purchase. Even the official Elechome site is pointing to Amazon. Alternatively, you can try other online retailers including Walmart, Best Buy, and Target. Do check back the listing from time to time for price updates especially during the holiday season.

Elechomes EPI081 VS the challengers

hOmeLabs True HEPA H13 Air Purifier HME020248N

hOmeLabs HME020248N Purely

Another H13 HEPA air purifier with a slightly cheaper price tag and upkeeping. Features and performance are inferior to EPI081.
LEVOIT Core 300 True HEPA Air Purifier

LEVOIT Core 300

A more known brand with QuietKEAP and Vortexair Technology. Slightly pricier without auto mode but in return you'll get a better filtration and CADR output.
TaoTronics TT-AP001 Air Purifier

TaoTronics TT-AP001

Cheaper to own and maintain but utilize a basic 3-stage filtration with no addon features.

Final thoughts on Elechomes EPI081

We are very happy with Elechomes EPI081 air purifier and the internet seems to agree with us. Out of the 788 reviewers, 87% of buyers gave it overwhelmingly 4 to 5 stars ratings. They are happy with the build quality, affordable pricing, essential oil support, and awesome 4-stage filtration. Most users see their allergies gradually go away as they wake up without morning cough and nasal drip. The features particularly autonomous mode also received plenty of praise. As for drawbacks, 6% of the users complained about the loud fan noise or the machine barely do anything at all. Few users also received a lemon unit but those are very uncommon. To sum up, there is no better value than Elechomes EPI081 air purifier. This is far from the best but sometimes you might not need the best for a simple task.

Elechomes EPI081 Air Purifier
3.5

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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