Honeywell AirGenius5 HFD320

Honeywell AirGenius 5 HFD320 review

The highest lineup in Honeywell AirGenius series, Honeywell AirGenius 5 has exceeded most tower air purifier performance with its latest innovative purifying technologies. Among all its features, Honeywell HFD320 own patented QuietClean® ifD® filter is perhaps the most interesting aspect as it will pit against the traditional HEPA filter on its overall capabilities. Will Honeywell AirGenius 5 HFD320 filtration will stand out in this fearsome and competitive purifying industry? Let’s find out.
MRSP/ RSP**
± 299.95 p
     Annual filter ^    
± 0 p
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Honeywell AirGenius 5 HFD320 Specification

ProductHoneywell AirGenius 5 HFD320
RSPMRSP/ RSP+- 299.95
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Dimension
11.5 x 29 x 11.5 in
(29.2 x 73.7 x 29.2 cm)
Weight14 lb (6.4 kg)
Coverage (up to)250 sq. ft. (23 m2)
Dust free (CADR)160 cfm (272 m3/h)
Pollen free (CADR)170 cfm (289 m3/h)
Smoke free (CADR)161 cfm (274 m3/h)
Airflow speed
Fanspeed5
Filtration3-stage
A Annual filter cost ($)+- 0
Pre-Filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
Washable Pre-filter
HEPA filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
-
Carbon filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
-
Ionizer/ TechnologiesOscillation
UV-light/ PCO
-
Other filter
ifD Micro-Filter
Permanent
All-in-one filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
-
Optional/ Addon
HRF-K2 Filter K Household Odor & Gas Reducing Pre-filter (2 pack)
3 months+- 15.95
Noise level
Power consumption
Timer/ Scheduler1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12
Sensors
More color options
Auto mode
Air qualityAQ indicator
Filter change indicator
Wi-Fi/ BTBluetooth
ENERGY STAR
Remote control
Child lock
Warranty5 years
Email/ Phone support

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Honeywell AirGenius 5 HFD320 key features

  • 3-stage permanent filtration
  • 2 pre-filter options - A permanent washable foam pre-filter or odor & gas reducing pre-filter
  • Permanent QuietClean ifD filter
  • Optional on/off Oscillation
  • 5 speed smart controls - SLEEP (almost silent operation), GERM (cold flu season), GENERAL cleaning, ALLERGEN (peak allergen season) or MAX Cleaning Power
  • Auto shut-off timer - 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 hours
  • Electronic filter gauge and filter change indicator
  • 5 years limited warranty

The starters

Honeywell AirGenius 5 HFD320 dimension
Dimension
11.5 x 29 x 11.5 in
(29.2 x 73.7 x 29.2 cm)
Honeywell AirGenius 5 HFD320 weight
Weight
14 lb (6.4 kg)

Unmistakably Honeywell AirGenius design, Honeywell AirGenius 5 HFD320 is the highest range in the series with standout black tower housing and blue accent light. Its sleek tower allows the permanent filters to be remove and maintain quickly and easily. At 11.5 x 29 x 11.5 in (29.2 x 73.7 x 29.2 cm) dimension and 14 lb (6.4 kg) weight, its actually same as AirGenius 4 but with a more premium touch screen control. Speaking of controls, you have the standard 5 fanspeed control from SLEEP, GERM, GENERAL cleaning, ALLERGEN and MAX Cleaning Power (Allergen Reduction and Germ Reduction setting is exclusive to Honeywell AirGenius 5 HFD320). Timer also bump up to 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 pre-set. Other available controls include the optional Oscillate, Accent Light on/ off and Check filters button with live filter status indicator. Last but not least the 3-stage Honeywell AirGenius 5 HFD320 is AHAM and ARB certified (comply with the federal ozone emissions limit), Energy Star rated and 5 years warranty.

Airflow, CADR and everything in between

Honeywell AirGenius 5 HFD320 coverage
Purifying coverage
250 sq. ft. (23 m2)
Honeywell AirGenius 5 HFD320 fanspeed
Fanspeed
5
For a permanent tower air purifier, Honeywell AirGenius 5 HFD320 has a pretty remarkable 250 sq. ft. purifying coverage. With consistent airflow distribution spreading across the 5 speed, choose either from SLEEP, GERM, GENERAL cleaning, ALLERGEN or MAX Cleaning Power mode. Needless to say for more comprehensive medium room size coverage, go with the MAX Cleaning Power.
Honeywell AirGenius 5 HFD320 dust CADR
Dust CADR
160 cfm (272 m3/h)
Honeywell AirGenius 5 HFD320 pollen CADR
Pollen CADR
170 cfm (289 m3/h)
Honeywell AirGenius 5 HFD320 smoke CADR
Smoke CADR
161 cfm (274 m3/h)
Honeywell AirGenius 5 HFD320 CADR is equally impressive for a permanent filter air purifier. Highest in the AirGenius group, You have dust CADR at 160 cfm, pollen CADR at 170 cfm and smoke CADR at 161 cfm.

What’s inside count

Honeywell AirGenius 5 HFD320 Pre-filter
Washable Pre-filter
Honeywell AirGenius 5 HFD320 technologies
Oscillation
Honeywell AirGenius 5 HFD320 other filters
ifD Micro-Filter
^ Honeywell AirGenius 5 HFD320 filters/ technologies/ lifespan
Like all Honeywell AirGeniuses, Honeywell AirGenius 5 HFD320 features an patented QuietClean ifD technology that eliminate up to 99.9% of microscopic allergens as small as 0.3 microns. The washable/ odor reducing pre-filter will capture large particles like dust and harmful gases, while the permanent honeycomb washable ifD filter will handle other smaller micron size allergens, germs and bacteria. Oscillate can also be activated via a touch of a button. Honeywell AirGenius 5 HFD320 filtration works reasonable well although it's incomparable against traditional HEPA and carbon filter media. Another thing is the 2 permanent filters requires regular maintenance/ cleaning (quarterly or when necessarily) to prevent dust and other particles from clogging up the filter thus reduce its efficiency.

Honeywell AirGenius 5 HFD320 is covered against

Honeywell AirGenius 5 HFD320 VS Dust

Dust

EXCELLENT

Honeywell AirGenius 5 HFD320 VS Pollen

Pollen

EXCELLENT

Honeywell AirGenius 5 HFD320 VS Hair

Hair/ Pet hair

EXCELLENT

Honeywell AirGenius 5 HFD320 VS Dust mite

Dust mites

EXCELLENT

Honeywell AirGenius 5 HFD320 VS Mold/ Mildew

Mold/ Mildew

EXCELLENT

Honeywell AirGenius 5 HFD320 VS Pet dander

Pet dander

EXCELLENT

Honeywell AirGenius 5 HFD320 VS Virus/ Germ

Virus/ Germ

EXCELLENT

Honeywell AirGenius 5 HFD320 VS Tobacco smoke

Tobacco smoke

OK

Honeywell AirGenius 5 HFD320 VS Chemical

Chemical

OK

Honeywell AirGenius 5 HFD320 VS VOCs

VOCs

OK

Honeywell AirGenius 5 HFD320 VS Smoke/ Gas

Smoke/ Gas

OK

Honeywell AirGenius 5 HFD320 VS Odor

Odor

OK

Honeywell AirGenius 5 HFD320 3-stage filtration is vastly efficient when pit against large and tiny pollutants, allergens, irritants, viruses and bacteria. Powered by immense airflow input/ output and wide purifying coverage, Honeywell AirGenius 5 HFD320 combined filtration is terrific in eliminating dust, hair, pet hair, pet dander, dust mites, pollen, mold and mildew.  On smokes and odors, Honeywell AirGenius 5 HFD320 filtration is weak in handling chemicals, odors, cooking smell, fire, VOCs, tobacco smokes, cigarette, vapor, radon and ammonia.

Keep it down

Honeywell AirGenius 5 HFD320 QuietClean technology generates very little noise particularly in the first 2 speed (SLEEP and GERM mode). For night time use, you can run Honeywell AirGenius 5 HFD320 in SLEEP mode where the air purifier runs whisper quiet while setting on Maximum performance, the MAX Cleaning Power (fifth speed) noise is audible but perfectly bearable. Honeywell AirGenius 5 HFD320 is Energy Star certified so power consumption is on the low side which uses less than a light bulb upon lower speed selected.

At what cost

Honeywell AirGenius 5 HFD320 MRSP/ RSP
MRSP/ RSP**
+- 299.95
Honeywell AirGenius 5 HFD320 annual filter replacement cost
Annual Filter Cost
+- 0
^ Honeywell AirGenius 5 HFD320 replacement filters estimated cost
With the washable foam pre-filter and permanent ifD QuietClean technology, Honeywell AirGenius 5 HFD320 won't cost you any additional dime upon purchase. Even if you do opt for the odor reducing pre-filter upgrade (fully recommended), at most +- 64 would be the annual filter replacement cost.

The challengers

Honeywell HPA300

Honeywell HPA300

If you don't mind the higher annual filter maintenance cost, Honeywell HPA300 has a higher CADR return and purifying coverage.
Airfree Onix 3000

Airfree Onix 3000

Another filterless, no maintenance Thermodynamic air purifier that you could also consider.

In conclusion......

  • Sleek, airflow resistance tower design.
  • Support either permanent pre-filter or odor-reducing pre-filter (our votes goes to odor removing pre-filter).
  • Practically no annual maintenance cost via its patented QuietClean ifD technology.
  • Effective ifD filter against microscopic household allergens.
  • Smart controls with optional oscillation and accent light.
  • Electronic Filter Check reminder with live gauge indicator.
  • Highly customizable timer (up to 12 hours).
  • 5 years warranty.
  • Price is slightly on the high side although things even up with its virtually 0 maintenance cost.
  • Slightly loses out to traditional media filtration that tends to have stronger filtration efficiency.
  • Permanent filters requires regularly clean up to prevent from being congested from airborne particles.
Build quality
9
Features
4
Coverage
5
Airflow delivery
5
Particle Filtration
8
Smoke Filtration
3
Price
6
Upkeeping
10
8.3
Honeywell AirGenius5 HFD320

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air cleaner shares the same platform with other AirGenius air purifiers so naturally the dimension is very similar to each other. Its long body structure that widens at bottom adds extra stability to the air purifier. Underneath the bottom you will find a bottom glowing blue accent light that nicely compliments its modern design. On the other end of the air purifier, you will find touch sensitive controls aligned nicely that allows 5 air cleaning levels. Beneath the honeycomb filter is own ifD filter that could absorb a high number of airborne pollutants and viruses.

Airflow performance and applicable area

Powered by QuietClean ifD advanced filtration technology, Air Cleaner is effective in dealing with 99.9% of microscopic size airborne particles at 23 m2 (250 sq. ft.). With the CADR rating of 160 cfm for dust, 170 cfm for pollen, 161 cfm for smoke, this permanent filter can handle dust, mold, pollen and pet dander with ease while the deodorizing pre-filter with cover for smoke and odor. Noise level is low in lower mode setting and moderate at high speed mode. As an Energy Star Rated unit, Honeywell quoted power consumption uses about the same amount of electricity as a light bulb. While we won’t say its too far fetch, you will have to optimize the fan speed if you want to achieve the energy saving level.

Final thoughts on

If you need a top end tower air purifier to kick start your journey to a cleaner air, takes the cake (apart from AirGenius 4). Its exterior is eye-catching, multiple timers setting, maintenance free yet powerful ifD filter and the smart controls has its charm of its own. The average purifying range is not the best we seen, but we are just nitpicking over tiny details.

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