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GermGuardian GG1100 Elite Pluggable UV-C Sanitizer Review: Filter Free!

A filter-free, pluggable air sanitizer that we never thought we would like. GermGuardian GG1100 is a compact, wall plug-in air purifier with UV-C technology that can provide clean, fresh air. At a fraction of its selling price, how effective is this UVC air sanitizer compare with older models? Can it improve room air quality as advertised? Find out in our GermGuardian GG1100 review below.
MRSP/ RSP**
± 59.99 p
     Annual filter ^    
± 15 - 30 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.

GermGuardian GG1100W/ GG1100B Specification

ProductGermGuardian GG1100W/ GG1100B
Dimension
6.75 x 6.75 x 3.5 in
(17.1 x 17.1 x 8.9 cm)
Weight0.7 lb (0.3 kg)
Fanspeed1
Coverage (up to)56 sq. ft. (5 m2)
Airflow speed
Dust free (CADR)
Pollen free (CADR)
Smoke free (CADR)
Filtration1-stage
Pre-Filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
-
HEPA filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
-
Carbon filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
-
Ionizer/ Technologies
UV-light/ PCO
LB1000 UV-C Replacement Bulb
6-12 months+- 14.99
Other filter
-
All-in-one filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
-
Optional/ Addon
-
Noise levelSILENT
Power usage level
Timer/ Scheduler
Sensors
Auto mode
Air qualityAQ indicator
Filter change indicator
More color options
Wi-Fi/ BTBluetooth
ENERGY STAR
Remote control
Child lock
Warranty1 year
Email/ Phone support

Key features

  • Pluggable Air Sanitizer with 3.5 Watt bulb
  • UV-C light technology with Titanium Dioxide
  • Ozone free
  • Completely silent operation
  • 20 Volt AC/ 60 Hertz
  • USB port for device charging
  • 1 year limited warranty

Pros

  • Less than 50 bucks for a wall pluggable UV-C room air sanitizer. Clean the air without using any filters.
  • Very easy to use with zero maintenance. The UV-C light bulb can last up to 5000 hours or 6-12 months on normal use.
  • UV-C light plus Titanium Dioxide is effective in killing airborne germs, bacteria, and viruses.
  • Capable of reducing household odors from pets, bacteria, diaper pail, and mold musty smell.
  • No noise, low power operation. You can even charge your phone with the side USB port.

Cons

  • Only for close up purifying with its 56 square feet coverage.
  • Not a substitute for a HEPA air purifier especially against large particles like dust and dirt.

The starters

GermGuardian GG1100W/ GG1100B dimension
Dimension
6.75 x 6.75 x 3.5 in
(17.1 x 17.1 x 8.9 cm)
GermGuardian GG1100W/ GG1100B weight
Weight
0.7 lb (0.3 kg)

Guardian Technologies is the king of innovative small appliances that can improve our health. No exception with GermGuardian GG1100 Elite UV-C Sanitizer. A compact yet powerful air cleaning device that can provide you with fresh air from any wall outlet. At a mere 0.7 pounds weight, 3.5 inches depth, 6.75 inches width and height, you can place it anywhere in the room without being too obstructive. In fact, you can even pack this 7-inch air sanitizer in your backpack during travel.

As for design, there are 2 color options which are white (GG1100W) and black (GG1100B). The clean white design comes with a glowing circle ring at the front letting you know the device is running. The plastic exterior is well-fitted with no obvious off-gassing detected. The air inlet is located at the sides while the air outlet is at the top to distribute the filtered air further out. Being a pluggable device, it is very easy to use as there are no controls to tinkering around with other than the USB port. Find a spot, plug, and leave the UV sanitizer to do its things. Just make sure there is nothing impeding the air ventilation of the device or close to flammable gases like fragrances and insecticides.

As for reliability and durability, GermGuardian GG1100 Elite UV-C Sanitizer comes with a standard 1-year limited warranty with US-based tech support. If there are any manufacturing defects, you can send it to many of the authorized service centers located in the United States.

Airflow, speed, and CADR

GermGuardian GG1100W/ GG1100B coverage
Purifying coverage
56 sq. ft. (5 m2)
GermGuardian GG1100W/ GG1100B fanspeed
Fanspeed
1
Let's be realistic in this part. GermGuardian GG1100 Elite is a pluggable, UV-C room air sanitizer so it is designed for small rooms. The 56 square feet coverage is not outstanding but it can still refresh your indoor air. Given its small dimension and budget-friendly price, the airflow output is adequate for most people that require clean, breathable air. No CADR available as GermGuardian GG1100 does not fit the testing criteria.

What’s inside count

For less than 50 dollars, GermGuardian GG1100 is a good filterless air purifier that you can depend on. Powered by the single UV-C light technology with Titanium Dioxide to reduce volatile organic compounds and kills airborne viruses such as influenza, staph, rhinovirus. The UV-C light will also reduce the growth of germs and microorganisms such as fungi, bacteria, viruses. GermGuardian GG1100 air sanitizer can also reduce odors caused by mold, mildew, pets, cigarettes, food, and a diaper pail. Works great in your office or home e.g. bedroom, kitchen, litter box, bathroom, children’s room, and laundry room. You will breathe better, sleep better, and wake up fully recharged with it by your side.

As with all UV-light products, you should take extra caution when using one. Go through the instructional manual as improper use can lead to cancer, birth defects, and reproductive harm. For California consumers, please read Proposition 65 before making a purchase.

Overall GermGuardian GG1100 Elite UV-C Room Air Sanitizer is excellent in eradicating airborne bacteria and viruses within its area. It does not produce harmful byproducts like ozone that can irritate your lungs. The only thing you have to take note of is the UV lamp life needs replacing every 10 to 12 months depending on use. We recommend replacing the light bulb sooner than later as the germ-killing efficiency will drop after 3,000 hours of use.

Keep it down

Being a filterless UV-C Pluggable Air Sanitizer, GermGuardian GG1100 is whisper quiet as there is no gigantic motor fan. You can sleep soundly in the bedroom or place it in the baby room next to the crib without having to worry about noise distraction. The 120 Volt AC, 60 Hertz power output is low so it is safe to leave it running the whole day. Your electricity bill will still look healthy even with multiple units of the room air sanitizer. Very likely you will not know its existence after some time.

At what cost

GermGuardian GG1100W/ GG1100B MRSP/ RSP
MRSP/ RSP**
+- 59.99
GermGuardian GG1100W/ GG1100B annual filter replacement cost
Annual Filter Cost
+- 15 - 30
^ Replacement filters/ estimated cost
Comes in a black and white version, GermGuardian GG1100 Pluggable Air Purifier & Sanitizer can be yours for less than 50 bucks. It comes with a UV-C light bulb that has a 5000 hours lifespan or estimate 6-8 months for normal use. Replacing the light bulb will cost you between 15-30 dollars annually which is not too bad unless you have multiple units at home. Is it a direct replacement for a HEPA air purifier? No, but it can remove bacteria, viruses, and even bad odors without you ever lifting a finger.
There's plenty of places you can purchase GermGuardian GG1100 pluggable air sanitizer. You can get it from the official Guardian Technologies website or local retailers like Walmart, Home Depot. So far the best deal is we manage to find is from Amazon after the online discount. You will save around 10 dollars compared with the official MSRP price. Whichever place you end up buying GermGuardian GG1100, free shipping, 30-days return policy, and free U.S. based customer support is standard across all range.

GermGuardian GG1100W/ GG1100B VS the challengers

GermGuardian GG1000 Pluggable Air Purifier & Sanitizer

GermGuardian GG1000 Pluggable

Older version to GG1100 so cheaper by around $10 bucks. Besides the different exterior designs, everything else is identical so go with this for the lower price point.
Clarifion GL-139 Negative Ion Generator

Clarifion GL-139

Another compact, wall pluggable model uses a negative ion generator to clean the air rather than UV-light. Less effective against germs but gain zero maintenance cost.

Final thoughts on GermGuardian GG1100W/ GG1100B

GermGuardian GG1100 UVC Air Sanitizer and Deodorizer is well received by the public with overwhelmingly positive feedback. 83% of the users that gave 4 to 5 ratings in Amazon either praise its price point, compactness, germ-killing efficiency, and quiet operation. A few of them also like the usability of the air purifier where it is virtually maintenance-free. Most of them are happy that their allergy symptoms like sneezing, scratchy throat, and headache are gone with the wind. The remaining 9% complained about receiving on a faulty unit or they see no differences at all in the air quality. Compiling all the data, it is safe to conclude that GermGuardian GG1100 Elite UVC Air Sanitizer would be a good buy for just under 50.

Verdicts and ratings

Build quality
6
Features
3
Coverage
4
Particle Filtration
3
Smoke Filtration
2
Price
8
Upkeeping
10
5.4
GermGuardian GG1100W Elite Pluggable UV-C Sanitizer
5.4

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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