GermGuardian AC4100 Review: Cheap + UVC Sanitizer

A speaker like design air purifier with the latest UV Technology, amongst GermGuardian AC4100 long list of features, affordable price tag is arguably its main strength in this competitive small air purifier market. With a versatile body framework that is portable for its segment, is the air cleaner adaptive enough to take on other entry-level air purifiers? Hit the break to learn more.
MRSP/ RSP**
± 69.99 p
     Annual filter ^    
± 48 - 65 p
Online price*
Latest Amazon price

GermGuardian AC4100 Specification

ProductGermGuardian AC4100
Dimension
6.5 x 11 x 7.5 in
(16.5 x 27.9 x 19.1 cm)
Weight4.85 lb (2.2 kg)
Coverage (up to)60 sq. ft. (6 m2)
Dust free (CADR)
Pollen free (CADR)
Smoke free (CADR)
Airflow speed
Fanspeed3
Filtration4-stage
Pre-Filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
Charcoal Pre-filter
6 - 9 months
HEPA filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
HEPA filter
6 - 9 months
Carbon filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
-
Ionizer/ Technologies
UV-light/ PCO
LB4100 UV-C Light
10 - 12 months14.99
PCO Filter
Other filter
-
All-in-one filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
FLT4100 Filter-E HEPA
6 - 9 months
24.99
Optional/ Addon
-
Noise level
Power consumption
Timer/ Scheduler
Sensors
More color options
Auto mode
Air qualityAQ indicator
Filter change indicator
Wi-Fi/ BTBluetooth
ENERGY STAR
Remote control
Child lock
Warranty1 year
Email/ Phone support

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GermGuardian AC4100 key features

  • 4-stage filtration with 3 speed
  • Charcoal pre-filter
  • Combination HEPA Filter
  • Optional UV-C Metal Shield with Ti02

GermGuardian AC4100 review

  • Affordable for a 4-stage filtration air purifier with UV technology.
  • Beautiful speaker-like body that is compact and practical.
  • Works in vertical and horizontal position.
  • Charcoal Pre-filter that detaches from the HEPA filter for vacuuming.
  • UV-C light technology that can be turned off when not needed.
  • Below average purifying coverage and filtration strength. Uses HEPA-type filter that has "only" 99% efficiency.
  • Annual filter replacement cost is high and can cost more than the air purifier on long use.
  • No addon features like timer, Auto mode even though it is understandable given its size and price tag.
  • Uses manual filter reminder date wheel.

The starters

GermGuardian AC4100 dimension
Dimension
6.5 x 11 x 7.5 in
(16.5 x 27.9 x 19.1 cm)
GermGuardian AC4100 weight
Weight
4.85 lb (2.2 kg)

At a mere 6.5 x 11 x 7.5 in dimension, GermGuardian AC4100 is a very compact air purifier at the size of a single speaker. The 4.85 lb weight is equally light for carrying around despite the lack of carrying handle. At the rear, you will find the air inlet covering most part of the air purifier and air outlet is at the other way round. Overall the build quality is “cheap”, but will do its job in holding everything together.

GermGuardian AC4100 controls

On to usability, AC4100 is very simple to use as there is only one front dial knob for 3 fan speed control and UV-light on/ off button. At the back, you have the Filter Reminder back wheel that requires manual adjustment. There are 4 felt pads you can stick it depending on what position you want the air purifier to operate in. Other than that, there is nothing much in it other than the 4-stage filtration and a standard 1-year warranty.

Airflow, speed, and CADR

GermGuardian AC4100 coverage
Purifying coverage
60 sq. ft. (6 m2)
GermGuardian AC4100 fanspeed
Fanspeed
3
As an entry-level compact air purifier, AC4100 estimated 60 sq. ft. purifying coverage is rather poor. Probably best used in close range like desktop, bedside or next to litter tray. The 3-speed airflow delivery rate isn't any better either although that is expected given the air purifier limited performance. No official CADR but it should follow the similar low output pattern.

What’s inside count

GermGuardian AC4100 Pre-filter
Charcoal Pre-filter
6 - 9 months
GermGuardian AC4100 HEPA filter
HEPA filter
6 - 9 months
GermGuardian AC4100 UV-light
LB4100 UV-C Light
10 - 12 months
PCO Filter
^ GermGuardian AC4100 filters/ technologies/ lifespan
As mentioned earlier, GermGuardian AC4100 is a 4-stage filtration (3-stage officially) at a very compressed body. You have the initial carbon pre-filter that handles large particles and smoke/ odors pollutants. With those pesky particles out of the way, the HEPA filter would uninterruptedly capture smaller micron size particles at 99% efficiency. As for notorious and tricky allergens including bacteria and viruses, you have the last stage UVC-light + PCO filter standing by for the last round elimination before releasing the purified air out.

Covered against

GermGuardian AC4100 VS Dust

Dust

EXCELLENT

GermGuardian AC4100 VS Pollen

Pollen

OK

GermGuardian AC4100 VS Hair

Hair/ Pet hair

OK

GermGuardian AC4100 VS Dust mites

Dust mites

OK

GermGuardian AC4100 VS Mold/ Mildew

Mold/ Mildew

OK

GermGuardian AC4100 VS Pet dander

Pet dander

OK

GermGuardian AC4100 VS Virus/ Germ

Virus/ Germ

OK

GermGuardian AC4100 VS Tobacco smoke

Tobacco smoke

OK

GermGuardian AC4100 VS Chemical

Chemical

OK

GermGuardian AC4100 VS VOCs

VOCs

OK

GermGuardian AC4100 VS Smoke/ Gas

Smoke/ Gas

OK

GermGuardian AC4100 VS Odor

Odor

OK

In general GermGuardian AC4100 effective plus purifying coverage and airflow delivery rate is magnificent in clearing away common airborne pollutants notably dust, pet hair. stand up against allergens, irritants, bacteria, GermGuardian AC4100 bundled , 3 fanspeed and 4-stage filtration is at somewhat average grade in destroying mold, spores, mildew, pollen, germs, dust mites and pet dander. 

Keep it down

GermGuardian AC4100 suppose to have a very decent noise level given its low airflow delivery rate, but we find that it's rather loud at second speed onwards if you place it at desktop use. On the flip side, power consumption is low across all speed even the air purifier does not have any eco-ness technology.

At what cost

GermGuardian AC4100 MRSP/ RSP
MRSP/ RSP**
+- 69.99
GermGuardian AC4100 annual filter replacement cost
Annual Filter Cost
+- 48 - 65
^ Replacement filters/ estimated cost
Other than the different variants from GermGuardian, AC4100 it's the only few affordable air purifier that comes with UV-C light technology. While the comprehensive 4-stage filtration is good to have, it does add up to the annual filter maintenance cost unless you want to skip the UV-C bulb. Another thing is the combination filter E set cannot be purchased separately and you have to replace it every 6 months on regular use.
No doubt Amazon has the best deal for GermGuardian AC4100 that includes free shipping with Prime and 30 days return policy. Guardian Technologies website and other retailers like BestBuy, Overstock, Walmart, Target should also be in your consideration list if you manage to find a better deal and don't mind the hassle account registration.

GermGuardian AC4100 VS the challengers

Hamilton Beach TrueAir Compact Pet 04384

Hamilton Beach TrueAir Compact Pet 04384

Similar price range but TrueAir utilize a permanent HEPA-grade filter that will save you on annual replacement cost. purifying zone also double but the downside is a weaker filtration depth and lacks UV-light technology.
GermGuardian AC4825 3-in-1

GermGuardian AC4825

A much better proposal in our book with more than double of its purifying coverage, faster airflow delivery rate, 3 years warranty, and bigger, better True HEPA filter. All that for a little bit of top up.

Levoit LV-H132

Again, spend a little bit extra, you have yourself a better air purifier with True HEPA filter, activated carbon filter, faster airflow distribution, night light mode, and cover more ground. Filter replacement cost is surprisingly lower.
Levoit LV-H126 air purifier

Levoit LV-H126

Yet another Levoit air purifier that offers True HEPA filter, single activated carbon filter, wide 161 square feet purifying applicable area and an extended 2 years warranty. LV-H126 looks much cooler and trendier too.

 Good to know

GermGuardian AC4100 charcoal pre-filter + 60 square feet purifying coverage can remove dust, hair, tobacco smoke, and pet odor within its small surrounding. Same goes with the HEPA filter and UV-C light, mold, pet dander, bacteria, and viruses that flows within its zone.

Final thoughts on GermGuardian AC4100

Air purifier keeps getting cheaper and cheaper every day. For such a low price, GermGuardian AC4100 has strong 73% 4-5 stars rating in Amazon that mostly focuses on its price tag, and effectiveness against dust, pet allergies. The 17% that gave 1-2 stars bad review are mostly concern about 2 things. 1) The durability where the air purifier dies with burning smell that likely coming from the circuit board. 2) It's loud. For an air purifier that supposes to place on the desktop, fan noise can be clearly heard. If you want something that is dirt cheap and does not mind the relatively short 1-year warranty, go for it.

Verdicts and ratings

Build quality
5
Features
3
Coverage
3
Airflow delivery
3
Particle Filtration
6
Smoke Filtration
4
Price
9
Upkeeping
8
6.5

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