Hamilton Beach TrueAir Compact 04386 Review

In most cases, cheap and good HEPA air purifier does not blend well together. Hamilton Beach TrueAir Compact 04386 Air Purifier is definitely not the case. Not only it is an effective HEPA air purifier that can deal with common allergens such as dust or mold, it comes with a unique permanent filter that is reusable and never need to be replaced. In long run you will save tons of money on filter replacement, the most astounding part of all is Hamilton Beach TrueAir Compact 04386 price tag; almost half of other entry-level portable air purifier. So what is the cons you might asked. Read more...
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Hamilton Beach TrueAir Compact 04386 Specification

ProductHamilton Beach TrueAir Compact 04386
RSPRetail suggested cost +- 59.99
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Dimension
8.1 x 16.4 x 10.8 in
(20.6 x 41.7 x 27.4 cm)
Weight5.6 lb (2.5 kg)
Coverage (up to)140 sq. ft. (13 m2)
Dust free (CADR)
Pollen free (CADR)
Smoke free (CADR)
Airflow speed
Fanspeed3
Filtration2-stage
A filterAnnual filter cost ($)+- 0
Pre-Filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
Pre-filter
Permanent
HEPA filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
HEPA-grade filter
Permanent
Carbon filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
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Ionizer/ Technologies
UV-light/ PCO
-
Other filter
-
All-in-one filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
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Optional/ Addon
-
Noise level
Power consumption
Timer/ Schedule
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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Hamilton Beach TrueAir Compact 04386 key features

  • Permanent 99% HEPA-grade filter
  • Compact body that can use horizontally or vertically
  • 3 speeds (WhisperClean, Medium, QuickClean)
  • Ultra Quiet operation

The starters

Hamilton Beach TrueAir Compact 04386 dimension
Dimension
8.1 x 16.4 x 10.8 in
(20.6 x 41.7 x 27.4 cm)
Hamilton Beach TrueAir Compact 04386 weight
Weight
5.6 lb (2.5 kg)

Sharing the same design platform as otherTrueair purifier, Hamilton Beach TrueAir Compact 04386 is very compact at only 8.1 x 16.4 x 10.8 in (20.6 x 41.7 x 27.4 cm). Great for small to medium size houses with very tight space, weight is comparatively light too at only 5.6 lb (2.5 kg). As most air purifier can only run in standing position or simply vertically, Hamilton Beach TrueAir Compact 04386 can run horizontally where is a removable bottom base that you could take out. Functionality wise is pretty much non-existence other than the very easy to use top dial knob to manage the 3 fan speed. Last but not least Hamilton Beach TrueAir Compact 04386 comes with a standard 1 year limited warranty.

Airflow, CADR and everything in between

Hamilton Beach TrueAir Compact 04386 coverage
Purifying coverage
140 sq. ft. (13 m2)
Hamilton Beach TrueAir Compact 04386 fanspeed
Fanspeed
3
Same 5 speed 140 sq. ft. purifying coverage as Hamilton Beach TrueAir Compact Pet air purifier, Hamilton Beach TrueAir 04386 is only meant for very small room size where you would place it as close to the intended target as possible. Airflow delivery rate its not great either as expected from the small applicable area. Official CADR is not available but figures should be quite similar to the airflow output. If you want an extensive coverage air purifier, this is not the right model.

What’s inside count

Hamilton Beach TrueAir Compact 04386 Pre-filter
Pre-filter
Permanent
Hamilton Beach TrueAir Compact 04386 HEPA filter
HEPA-grade filter
Permanent
Again Hamilton Beach TrueAir 04386 uses a 2-stage purification method that does not include a odor carbon filtration. Large particles such as dust will be filter out by the Pre-filter while smaller particles like mold and pollen will be capture by the 99% efficiency rate HEPA-grade filter. For any smoke and odors related particles, well, you're out of luck.

Hamilton Beach TrueAir Compact 04386 is covered against

Hamilton Beach TrueAir Compact 04386 VS Dust

Dust

EXCELLENT

Hamilton Beach TrueAir Compact 04386 VS Pollen

Pollen

OK

Hamilton Beach TrueAir Compact 04386 VS Hair

Hair/ Pet hair

OK

Hamilton Beach TrueAir Compact 04386 VS Dust mites

Dust mites

OK

Hamilton Beach TrueAir Compact 04386 VS Mold/ Mildew

Mold/ Mildew

OK

Hamilton Beach TrueAir Compact 04386 VS Pet dander

Pet dander

OK

Hamilton Beach TrueAir Compact 04386 VS Virus/ Germ

Virus/ Germ

OK

In summary Hamilton Beach TrueAir Compact 04386 effective Pre-filter plus 140 sq. ft. purifying coverage and airflow delivery rate is in catching common airborne pollutants such as dust. pit against allergens, irritants, microorganisms, Hamilton Beach TrueAir Compact 04386 incorporated HEPA-grade filter, 3 fanspeed and 2-stage filtration is at relatively average grade in destroying pet dander, dust mites, pollen, mold and mildew. 

Keep it down

At low whisperClean speed, Hamilton Beach TrueAir 04386 is dead silent which is prefect for night time. Moving up to medium and high speed, expect subtle but slightly audible noise level. Not ENERGY STAR rated but power consumption is very low regardless of what speed the air purifier is in.

At what cost

Hamilton Beach TrueAir Compact 04386 annual filter replacement cost
Annual Filter Cost
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^ Hamilton Beach TrueAir Compact 04386 replacement filters estimated cost
Like other Hamilton beach TrueAir purifier, Hamilton Beach TrueAir 04386 is also very cheap which should comes as no surprise given both shares very similar setup. There is also zero filter replacement cost as standard in this series. In short this is a highly affordable and maintenance-free air purifier that offers very basic functionality.

The challengers

Hamilton Beach TrueAir Compact Pet 04384

Hamilton Beach TrueAir Compact Pet 04384

Similar permanent air purifier setup but comes with Carbon Zeolite filter. Slightly more expensive with very low annual filter cost.

GermGuardian AC4100

Our favorite alternative model that comes with 3-stage filtration including a UV-C light and carbon pre-filter. Filters require replacing though not expensive at all.

In conclusion......

  • Very low price tag.
  • No filter change needed with the permanent HEPA-grade filter.
  • Small in size (portable grade).
  • Versatile design that can be place horizontally or vertically without reducing the airflow efficiency.
  • Low noise level at all 3 speeds setting.
  • Very limited purifying coverage and airflow delivery rate.
  • Poor HEPA filtration that typically will decline in efficiency on frequent use.
  • No odor removal carbon filter.
  • Plain vanilla set without timer, Auto mode.
  • Comes only with standard 1 year warranty.

More on Hamilton Beach TrueAir 04386

Light weight, sleek and stylish, these are the elements that clearly describe Hamilton Beach TrueAir 04386. This black covered plastic air purifier is compact enough be fitted into luggage for traveling. Placing the air purifier could not be any easier as the Hamilton Beach TrueAir 04386 can be position horizontal or vertical and still retains the same efficiency. Using or maintaining the unit is also easy thanks to the large manual dial at top and wide front cover that can be push open to clean the permanent filter inside. Overall the build quality is sturdy even if the entire housing is made of plastic.

Applicable area and airflow

Suitable for small room, the applicable area for Hamilton Beach TrueAir 04386 is not poor but certainly not at its finest. Our in-house test shows that Hamilton Beach TrueAir 04386 CADR is acceptable given the affordable price for this true air allergen-reducing air cleaner.

Final thoughts on Hamilton Beach 04386

Very affordable price tag? Check. Permanent HEPA filter that does not require to be replaced? Check. Light-weight and compact in size? Check. Hamilton Beach TrueAir 04386 air purifier is a fantastic choice for someone who needs a easy to use, hassle-free air purifier that can perform a simple task in removing common allergens. Still, realistically, the air purifier performance is not up to the par with most of the big brand but that should not stop you from considering Hamilton Beach TrueAir 04386 purifier.

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