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Hamilton Beach TrueAir Compact Pet Air Purifier 04384 Review: Washable HEPA filter!

Constantly bugged by dust mite or pet dander from your pets yet don’t have the time to handle this everlasting issue? Hamilton Beach has the "permanent" solution for you. Introducing the highly affordable and compact Hamilton Beach TrueAir Compact Pet 04384. The only few HEPA air purifier in the market that comes with a permanent, 99% efficiency HEPA filter. As minimal upkeeping is required (between 2- 3 times yearly in vacuuming the filter), how is the performance of this entry-level air purifier? Does it pack enough punch against other tougher pollutants? Learn more in our in-depth review below.
MRSP/ RSP**
± 79.00 p
     Annual filter ^    
± 10 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.

Hamilton Beach 04384 TrueAir Compact Pet Specification

ProductHamilton Beach 04384 TrueAir Compact Pet
Dimension
8.1 x 16.4 x 10.8 in
(20.6 x 41.7 x 27.4 cm)
Weight6.3 lb (2.9 kg)
Fanspeed3
Coverage (up to)140 sq. ft. (13 m2)
Airflow speed
Dust free (CADR)
Pollen free (CADR)
Smoke free (CADR)
Humidifying(H) speed
Filtration3-stage
Pre-Filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
Pre-filter
Permanent
HEPA filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
HEPA-grade filter
Permanent
Carbon filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
carbon zeolite filters (2 pack)
3 months
+- 4.99
Ionizer/ Technologies
UV-light/ PCO
-
Other filter
-
All-in-one filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
-
Optional/ Addon
-
Noise level
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

  • Permanent 99% HEPA-grade filter
  • Versatile compact design - use horizontally or vertically
  • 3 fan speeds (WhisperClean, Medium, QuickClean)
  • Ultra Quiet performance
  • 2 replaceable carbon zeolite filters

The starters

Hamilton Beach 04384 TrueAir Compact Pet  dimension
Dimension
8.1 x 16.4 x 10.8 in
(20.6 x 41.7 x 27.4 cm)
Hamilton Beach 04384 TrueAir Compact Pet  weight
Weight
6.3 lb (2.9 kg)

Not the most fancy-looking air purifier in the market, Hamilton Beach TrueAir Compact Pet 04384 is an entry-level segment air purifier that offers just enough airflow filtration. At a very compact 8.1 inches width, 16.4 inches weight, 10.8 inches depth, and 6.3 pounds weight, Hamilton Beach TrueAir Compact Pet 04384 is no doubt the ideal size for an office desk, bedside table, or cabinet placement with limited spaces. You can even bring it around for traveling or a short staycation. The flexible design with a removable base allows the air purifier to operate in both horizontal and vertical stand without any reduction in airflow efficiency. Usability wise is very straightforward as there is only 1 top control dial knob to manage the 3 fan speeds. The front cover also snaps out easily for quick and instant filter cleaning. Other limited features available in the air purifier include a 3-stage filtration with carbon filter, timestrip cartridge (filter replacement indicator), the aforementioned 3 speed, ultra-quiet operation, and 1-year limited warranty.

Airflow, speed, and CADR

Hamilton Beach 04384 TrueAir Compact Pet  coverage
Purifying coverage
140 sq. ft. (13 m2)
Hamilton Beach 04384 TrueAir Compact Pet  fanspeed
Fanspeed
3
Hamilton Beach TrueAir Compact Pet 04384 has a reasonable 140 square feet purifying coverage for a compact segment air purifier. While there is adequate and consistent airflow spread across its 3 fan speeds, against the big boys it is a long way behind. Together with the limited airflow delivery rate, Hamilton Beach TrueAir Compact Pet 04384 is best suited for close-range use e.g. next to your pet cribs.

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What’s inside count

Hamilton Beach TrueAir Compact Pet 04384 is a 3-stage pet-oriented air purifier with additional carbon zeolite filters so many would assume it is strong in pet odors filtration. Not so much I'm afraid as the framework size and price tag means there is very limited space for a comprehensive filtration. The good news is Hamilton Beach TrueAir Compact Pet 04384 still manages to squeeze in a permanent pre-filter for dust and pet hair removal and protect the HEPA filter. The permanent HEPA grade filter will focus on removing 99% of airborne dust mite, pet dander, mold, mildew spores, and pollen. Depending on the filter frequency utilization, both pre-filter and HEPA-grade filters will need to be clean or vacuum in a period between 2 to 3 weeks to prevent the filters from being clogged with particles.

Keep it down

One of Hamilton Beach TrueAir Compact Pet 04384 strongest suit, expect low noise level throughout all speed. For nighttime operation, we would recommend choosing the lowest WhisperClean speed. For other purifying purposes, go with the higher Medium or QuickClean speed. No official figures on the power consumption but we would safely presume it is energy-efficient that tally with the low airflow delivery speed.

At what cost

Hamilton Beach 04384 TrueAir Compact Pet  MRSP/ RSP
MRSP/ RSP**
+- 79.00
Hamilton Beach 04384 TrueAir Compact Pet  annual filter replacement cost
Annual Filter Cost
+- 10
^ Replacement filters/ estimated cost
Hamilton Beach TrueAir Compact Pet 04384 is the most expensive unit in its compact TrueAir lineup although we hardly consider it has expensive. Not only the air purifier has an attractive price advantage, there is very minimal annual filter maintenance cost on its dual carbon zeolite filters. Hamilton Beach TrueAir Compact Pet 04384 might not be the best pet air purifiers around the market, it will certainly do its job given the price tag it is in.

Hamilton Beach 04384 TrueAir Compact Pet VS the challengers

GermGuardian AC4100

GermGuardian AC4100

Cheaper with arguably more dynamic filtration including UV-C light. High annual filter replacement cost is the biggest stumble block.

Pros

  • Very affordable price tag.
  • Permanent HEPA grade filter that can be easily maintained with routine vacuuming.
  • Compact, lightweight, and portable body.
  • Versatile design where you can place the unit horizontally or vertically.
  • Low noise output.

Cons

  • Small airflow coverage with poor airflow delivery rate.
  • Weak filtration (at only 3 microns) with a gradual decline in the effectiveness of the HEPA filter.
  • Ineffective against strong odor and chemicals.
  • Plain vanilla unit with no addon features like timer, air quality status, Auto mode.
Hamilton Beach TrueAir Compact Pet 04384
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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