Winix 5500-2 Specification
|RSPMRSP/ RSP||+- 249.99|
15 x 23.6 x 8.2 in
(38.1 x 59.9 x 20.8 cm)
|Weight||15.4 lb (7 kg)|
|Coverage (up to)||360 sq. ft. (33 m2)|
|Dust free (CADR)||243 cfm (413 m3/h)|
|Pollen free (CADR)||246 cfm (418 m3/h)|
|Smoke free (CADR)||232 cfm (394 m3/h)|
|Airflow speed||53 - 226 cfm (90 - 384 m3/h)|
|A Annual filter cost ($)||+- 80|
- Replacement cost ($)
- Replacement cost ($)
True HEPA filter
- Replacement cost ($)
AOC Advanced Granular Carbon Filter
|Ionizer/ Technologies||PlasmaWave Technology|
- Replacement cost ($)
Filter H 116130
|Noise level||26.6 - 60+ dB|
|Power consumption||5 - 90 W|
|Timer/ Scheduler||1, 4, 8 hours|
|Sensors||VOC sensors (Air quality)|
|More color options|
|Air qualityAQ indicator|
|Filter change indicator|
|Email/ Phone support|
Winix 5500-2 key features
- 4-stage filtration with PlasmaWave™ Technology
- Permanent pre-filter
- AOC Advanced Granular Carbon Filter - 93% efficiency
- True-HEPA filter - 99.97% efficiency up to 0.3 microns
- 4 fan speeds (Low, Medium, High, Turbo)
- Auto mode/ Sleep mode
- Timer (1, 4, 8 hours)
- Air quality indicator - Blue (good), Yellow (fair), Red (poor)
- VOC sensor/ Light sensor, Odor sensor
- Remote control
- 2 years warranty
Similar to Winix 5300-2 setup, Winix 5500-2 has the newest aesthetic design that is both modern and contemporary. At a relatively compressed dimension, this black housing air purifier is just the right size at 15 x 23.6 x 8.2 in with 15.4 lb of weight. Build quality is solid, well-fitted with no visible gap as it should be. The whole body is made of plastic materials but is not the cheap, flimsy type that you feel it will release harmful ozone with any heat. Air vent placement is very typical console air purifier setup, where you have air inlet located at front sides while air outlet is located at top back. Lastly, there is a back handle slot that you can grab on to when moving the air purifier around.
Detects the level of ambient background light and automatically adjust the brightness of the LED indicators.
Moving on to the usability, Winix 5500-2 has a slight slanting angle control panel placed right at top. The entire control panel is made of a left Winix logo, five evenly spaced buttons (On/ Off, Mode, PlasmaWave, Fan Speed and Timer), one center air quality indicator bar that cycles between blue/ amber/ red, eleven indicator lights including the change filter indicator, odor sensor, light sensor, and a small filter reset button. Let’s go through each button one by one. Skipping the first self-explanatory On/ Off button, Mode button allows the cycle between Auto mode or Sleep mode (fan speed low, air quality indicator light off). The center dedicated PlasmaWave button activates or deactivates Hydroxyls function. Next is Fan speed button that will cycle between the four fan speeds. Timer button will preset between off, 1, 4 or 8 hours setting. A Reset button that will reset the count and turn off the change filter indicator light (use after you have changed the filter), odor sensor that detects the amount of odor in its surrounding and light sensor that detects the level of ambient background light and automatically adjusts the brightness of the LED indicators. Besides the filter reset button. All of the above function can also be control via Winix 5500-2 remote control. Overall the controls are clearly labeled with many supporting indicator lights. One tiny complaint though is the touch button lacks tactile feel like some of the older, classic air purifier model.
To round up Winix 5500-2 “complete purifying specification”, the air purifier comes with a 4-stage filtration with PlasmaWave Technology, 4 fan speeds with auto mode/ sleep mode, odor sensor, light sensor, digital screen with air quality indicator, filter replacement indicator, remote control, Ozone safe Certified by CARB (California Air Resource Board), AHAM listed, ENERGY STAR rated and 2 years warranty.
Airflow, CADR and everything in between
What’s inside count
^ Winix 5500-2 filters/ technologies/ lifespanWinix 5500-2 has a typical 4-stage filtration setup that includes a permanent pre-filter, True HEPA filter, AOC Advanced Granular Carbon Filter and PlasmaWave technology. The permanent pre-filter would focus on large particles like hair, dust and at the same time, reduce the work stress of True HEPA filter. The protected True HEPA filter would then concentrate on microscopic allergens as small as 0.3 microns at a standard 99.97% filtration efficiency. AOC Carbon filter would function as what a deodorization carbon would, trap smoke and odors indoor within its proximity. Finally, PlasmaWave would produce Hydroxyls to help break down tough airborne allergens, bacteria, and odors. The tiny differences between Winix 5300-2 and Winix 5500-2 are the former uses carbon pre-filter while the 5500-2 uses an upgraded AOC Advanced Granular Carbon Filter.
Winix 5500-2 is covered against
Hair/ Pet hair
Keep it down
At what cost
^ Winix 5500-2 replacement filters estimated cost
Winix 5300-2A slightly lower tier model, Winix 5300-2 is cheaper but not by a lot accounting both models online price. The downfall is the lower grade Odor control carbon pre-filter that in theory is less effective than Winix 5500-2 carbon filter. The rest of the design and specification is identical.
Winix NK105Rather than recommending the usual Winix HR1000, this newer, tower form air purifier stands tall with its slimmer body profile. Winix NK105 is also blessed with WiFi-enabled feature where you can pair with Winix SMART app for remote access. The downside for going with NK105 is the higher cost yet with a weaker airflow purifying coverage and CADR.
Holmes HAP8650B-UAn unorthodox choice, Holmes HAP8650B-U only cost around half of what Winix 5500-2 is priced with identical purifying coverage and CADR output. What's lacking is the PlasmaWave tech and other convenience features such as air quality display and Auto mode.
Coway AP-1512HH MightyVoted the best air purifier by our peers, Coway AP-1512HH Mighty is a tad more expensive than 5500-2 online price, in return, you get a slightly better purifying coverage, CADR, and lower maintenance cost. AP-1512HH also comes with PlasmaWave technology equivalent Vital ionizer.
- Wide purifying coverage with distinctive CADR and airflow distribution.
- 4-stage filtration with PlasmaWave technology.
- Washable carbon pre-filter that handles both dust, fur and unseen smokes and odors.
- True-HEPA filter that traps down to 0.3 micron size particles including bacteria and allergens.
- Remote control that could operate and control the fanspeed.
- 4 fanspeed plus Auto mode and Sleep mode that activates automatically when there is no light source.
- Built-in timer with 3 pre-set option (1, 4, 8 hours).
- Improved 2 years warranty (Winix 5500 only comes with 1 year warranty).
- We like the dedicated AOC carbon filter, but it's but the best in the market when it comes to strong, pungent smell.
- During our test, there is a delay (2-4 minutes) before the air purifier reacts to surrounding airborne particles. Either the odor sensor requires cleaning or the sensor takes its own sweet time to detect.
Final thoughts on Winix 5500-2Winix 5500-2 has been in the market for quite some time and it still receives many positive reviews to this day. Out of the 800+ reviews, 86% of the reviewer that gave it 4-5 stars fancy what Winix 5500-2 is offering especially with the sales price tag. The PlasmaWave + True HEPA filtration strength also work very well against dust, germs, and allergens. A smaller group of people also appreciate the inclusion of air quality indicator, Auto mode and remote control at this price point. As for the negative reviews, around 9% of the 1-2 stars reviewers does not agree on Winix 5500 2 effectiveness against smoke and odors. Some people also complained about the noise level and product longevity, but the percentage is just too small to make any judgement. To conclude, the positives you would get from the air purifier is more important than the shortcomings. Winix PlasmaWave 5500-2 is definitely our pick of the bunch.
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Winix 5500-2 VS Coway AP-1512HH
Winix 5500-2 VS Honeywell HPA300
The inevitable VS comparison that most people will go through. On paper, it is a landslide win for Winix 5500-2 PlasmaWave as the air cleaner comes all the tech gadgets like Auto/ Sleep mode, air quality indicator and remote control all at a cheaper cost of ownership. On the other hand, Honeywell HPA300 this an extraordinary machine despite having none of the above features, the air purifier does better in airflow performance resulted a broader room size coverage and better clean air delivery rate return. At the end of it all, we still going to pick Winix 5500-2 as the discounted online price is simply irresistible.See the full spec comparison in Winix 5500-2 VS Honeywell HPA300.
Winix 5500-2 VS 6300-2
If you are confused choosing between Winix 5500-2 or Winix 6300-2, Winix 5500-2 is our pick as it has a lower price point and most importantly, it's still can be easily purchased online. Winix 5500-2 also utilized an arguably better smoke and odor filtration. AOC Advanced Granular Carbon Filter VS Winix 6300-2 thinner Odor control carbon pre-filter. Otherwise, both air purifiers share the same 15 x 23.6 x 8.2 in dimension, 360 sq. ft. room size coverage, 230+ cfm dust/ smoke/ pollen free CADR, 4 speed, 4-stage PlasmaWave filtration, and a full set of usability features like Auto mode, AQ sensor.See the full spec comparison in Winix 5500-2 VS 6300-2.
Winix 5500-2 VS 5300-2
There are good reasons why many people are undecided between Winix 5500-2 VS 5300-2 as both air purifiers are identical in many ways. Winix 5500-2 is the higher spec version with marginally better airflow output, AOC carbon filter and remote control. On the other hand, Winix 5300-2 offer a lower price tag that itself is already a deciding factor. Either way, both air purifiers have the same dimension (15 x 23.6 x 8.2 in), purifying coverage (360 sq. ft.), CADR (230+ cfm), 4-stage PlasmaWave filtration and essential features like Auto mode, air quality sensor, timer, and two years warranty.
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