Winix 5500-2 Specification
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)|
- 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|
- 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)
- Light sensor, Odor sensor
- Remote control
- 2 years warranty
Winix 5500-2 review
- Super attractive price (after online rebate) when you consider the complete specification offering.
- Decent CADR that covers medium room size well via its 4-stage filtration and PlasmaWave technology.
- Washable pre-filter that might be a hassle to maintain, you will be glad how much money and dust you have collected even a short period of time.
- Genuine, True-HEPA filter works as advertised in removing allergens and other germs microorganisms.
- Use a standalone AOC carbon filter rather than cheap out on a carbon pre-filter sheet.
- Full access remote control including the mode selector.
- 4 fan speed plus Auto mode and Sleep mode. Sleep mode pairs well with the light sensor that autonomously adjusts the LED indicator brightness according to the room ambient light.
- Built-in timer with 3 pre-set option (1, 4, 8 hours).
- Not outstanding, but an improved 2 years warranty (Winix 5500 only comes with 1-year warranty).
- We like the dedicated AOC carbon filter, but it's not 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.
Similar to Winix 5300-2 setup, Winix 5500-2 air purifier has the newest aesthetic design that is both modern and contemporary. At a relatively compressed dimension, this black housing air cleaner 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. While the whole body is made of plastic materials, it 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.
Moving on to the usability, Winix 5500-2 air purifier has a slight slanting angle control panel placed right at top. The entire control panel consists 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 change filter indicator, odor sensor, light sensor, and a small filter reset button. Skipping the first self-explanatory On/ Off button, let’s go through each button one by one. Mode button allows the cycle between Auto mode and Sleep mode. The center dedicated PlasmaWave button activates or deactivates Hydroxyls function. Fan speed button that will cycle between the four fan speeds. Timer button will switch between off, 1, 4 or 8 hours preset setting. The small Reset button will reset the count and turn off the change filter indicator light (use after you have changed the filter). Odor sensor detects the amount of odor in its surrounding; light sensor 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 we like the controls are clearly labeled with many supporting indicator lights, the only tiny complaint we had is the touch button lacks tactile feel unlike some of the older, classic air purifier.
To round up Winix PlasmaWave 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 air purifier 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 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, with 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, germs, and odors. The tiny differences between Winix 5300-2 and Winix 5500-2 filters are the former uses carbon pre-filter while the latter uses an upgraded AOC Advanced Granular Carbon Filter.
Hair/ Pet hair
Keep it down
At what cost
^ 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 Advanced Granular 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 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 only a tad more expensive but in return, you get a slightly better purifying coverage, CADR, and lower maintenance cost. Coway Mighty also comes with PlasmaWave technology equivalent Vital ionizer.
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Winix 5500-2 VS Coway AP-1512HH
Again it is tough to pick between these two highly recommended air cleaners. In the end, we decided to go with Winix 5500-2 PlasmaWave for its standalone AOC carbon filter and of course lower online price than Coway AP-1512HH air purifier. Apart from that, both air purifiers have a mid-range 300+ square feet coverage, 4-stage filtration, 230+ CADR and a wholesome of features like air quality sensors, Auto mode, and timer.
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 that resulted in a broader room size coverage (465 sq. ft. VS 360 sq. ft.) and better clean air delivery rate return. (above 300 cfm). At the end of it all, we still going to pick Winix 5500-2 as the discounted online price is simply irresistible.
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.
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.
Winix 5500-2 VS 5500
The discontinued Winix 5500 VS the current top-selling model Winix air purifier 5500-2. Even till this day, many people are still searching for the differences between these two air cleaners. Let's begin with the new model: 5500-2. First, an updated black exterior design that looks more suited to modern times. There is also an improvement on purifying coverage (360 sq. ft.) and dust CADR (243 cfm). Lastly, the replacement purifier also gains the latest AOC carbon filter, built-in timer and 2 years warranty (VS previous 1 year). Winix 5500 on the other hand, achieve a surprise advantage on airflow, Pollen, Smoke CADR, and a washable HEPA filter that is not entirely "washable" as it may sound. Either way, 4-stage filtration, PlasmaWave technology, four-speed with Auto/ Sleep mode, remote control, sensors, and AQ indicator is available on both air purifiers.
Winix 5500-2 VS C535
Even though Winix is more to 5300-2 rather than C535, both models are comparable as they share that same dimension, airflow, and CADR output. Ultimately we go with Winix PlasmaWave 5500-2 air purifier as our pick due to the three main reason: First, it has better availability as it is a global model VS Costco lock C535. Second, it is equipped with Filter H kit that comes with AOC Advanced Granular Carbon Filter VS Winix C535 Filter A kit that comes with Odor Absorbing Carbon Filter. Lastly, it is more competitive price than the limited C535. Only go with Winix C535 if you can find a better deal, wants a white exterior and do not mind losing out on a remote control.
How does Winix 5500-2 PlasmaWave work?
Winix 5500-2 PlasmaWave Technology works by generating positive and negative ions that will combine with water vapor to form hydroxyls. Hydroxyl molecules created can be used to neutralize germs, bacteria, viruses, and other gases including chemicals like VOCs naturally, without producing any harmful ozone.
How do I reset my Winix 5500-2 air purifier ?
To reset Winix 5500-2 air purifier after replacing a filter, first turn on the air purifier. Next, use a paper clip or any thin object to press and hold the RESET button for at least 5 seconds. A short beep can be heard, and the change Filter Indicator LED light will STOP illuminating to confirm the reset.