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)|
|Airflow speed||53 - 226 cfm (90 - 384 m3/h)|
|Dust free (CADR)||243 cfm (413 m3/h)|
|Pollen free (CADR)||246 cfm (418 m3/h)|
|Smoke free (CADR)||232 cfm (394 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 usage level||5 - 90 W|
|Timer/ Scheduler||1, 4, 8 hours|
|Sensors||VOC sensors (Air quality)|
|Air qualityAQ indicator|
|Filter change indicator|
|More color options|
|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 its specification.
- Decent CADR that covers medium room size via its 4-stage PlasmaWave filtration.
- Genuine, True-HEPA filter works as advertised. Excellent in removing allergens and other 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/ Sleep mode with light sensor. Sleep mode 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).
- 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 short delay before 5500-2 reacts to surrounding particles. Either the odor sensor requires cleaning or the sensor takes its own sweet time to detect.
Like 5300-2, Winix 5500-2 has the aesthetic design that is both modern and contemporary. At a relatively standard dimension, this black housing air cleaner is 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 including the front panel. It is not the cheap, flimsy type that you feel it will release harmful ozone with any heat. Air ventilation placement is very typical console air purifier setup. Where you have air inlet located at front/ sides and air outlet is at the top back. Lastly, there is a back handle slot that you can grab on to when moving 5500-2 around.
Moving on to the usability, Winix 5500-2 air purifier has a slight slanting angle control panel at the top. The entire control panel consists of a left Winix logo and five evenly spaced buttons (On/ Off, Mode, PlasmaWave, Fan Speed, Timer). Right at the center, there is an air quality indicator bar that cycles between blue, amber, red. There is also eleven indicator lights, odor/ light sensor, and a small filter reset button. Skipping the self-explanatory On/ Off button, let’s go through 5500-2 buttons 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.
Continue on, the Reset button will reset the count and turn off the change filter indicator light. Odor sensor is there to detects the amount of odor in its surrounding. Light sensor detects room ambient light and automatically adjusts the LED indicator brightness. Other than the filter reset button, most function is also available in the remote control.
Overall we like the controls are clearly labeled with many supporting indicator lights. The tiny complaint we had is the touch button lacks tactile feel unlike some of the older air purifier.
Let’s round up Winix 5500-2 air purifier “complete purifying specification”. First the 4-stage filtration with PlasmaWave Technology, 4 speeds with auto/ sleep mode. Odor/ light sensor, digital screen with AQ indicator, and remote control. Finally, Ozone safe Certified by CARB, AHAM listed, ENERGY STAR rated and 2 years warranty.
Airflow, speed, and CADR
What’s inside count
Let's talk about 5500-2 4-stage filtration (pre-filter, True HEPA, Carbon Filter, PlasmaWave technology). The pre-filter would trap large particles while reducing the work stress of the HEPA. The protected True HEPA filter would focus on microscopic allergens as small as 0.3 microns. AOC Advanced Granular Carbon filter would function as what a deodorization carbon would. Trap indoor smoke and odors within its proximity. PlasmaWave technology would produce Hydroxyls to break down tough allergens, germs, and odors.
The tiny differences between Winix 5300-2 and 5500-2 PlasmaWave are the filters. The former uses carbon pre-filter while the latter uses an upgraded AOC Carbon Filter.On the whole, the 360 square feet and 243 cfm dust CADR are highly effective in filtering initial dust and hair. 99.97% True HEPA filter is superb in removing pet dander, mold, pollen, bacteria, and viruses. The AOC Carbon Filter is above average in eliminating cigarette smoke, VOCs, radon, ammonia and pet odors.
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At what cost
^ Replacement filters/ estimated cost
Winix 5500-2 VS the challengers
Winix 5300-2A slightly lower tier model, Winix 5300-2 is cheaper than 5500-2 but not by a whole lot. The trade-off is the lower grade carbon pre-filter that in theory is less effective than AOC Carbon Filter. The rest from design to specification is identical.
Winix NK105Not going with the norm Winix HR1000, this tower air purifier stands gets the nod with its slim body profile. NK105 is also blessed with WiFi-enabled feature where you can use the SMART app remotely. The downside for going with NK105 than 5500-2 is the higher cost yet with a weaker airflow, coverage and CADR.
Holmes HAP8650B-UAn unorthodox choice, Holmes HAP8650B-U only cost around half of what 5500-2 is putting on. For that, you'll still get an identical purifying coverage and CADR output. What's missing from 5500-2 is PlasmaWave tech and practical features e.g. AQ sensor, Auto mode.
Coway AP-1512HH MightyVoted the best air purifier by our peers, Coway Mighty is only a tad more expensive than 5500-2. In return, you get a slightly better purifying, CADR, and lower maintenance cost. Coway Mighty also comes with PlasmaWave technology equivalent Vital ionizer.
Good to know
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 5500-2 for 2 reasons. A) The standalone AOC carbon filter and B) The slightly lower online price. Apart from that, both air purifiers have a similar 4-stage filtration. Airflow performance is also identical with 300+ square feet coverage and 230+ CADR. Finally, features like air quality sensors, Auto mode, and timer is available on both models.
Winix 5500-2 VS Honeywell HPA300
The inevitable VS comparison that most people will go through. On paper, it is a landslide win for 5500-2 as it comes all the tech like Auto/ Sleep mode, AQ indicator, and remote control. On the other hand, Honeywell HPA300 is an extraordinary machine despite having none of the above features. The air purifier does better in airflow performance with above 300 cfm CADR. This also resulted in a broader room coverage (465 sq. ft. VS 360 sq. ft.). At the end of it all, we still going to pick Winix 5500-2 as the cheaper online price is simply irresistible.
Winix 5500-2 VS 6300-2
If you are confused choosing between Winix 5500-2 or 6300-2, you're not alone. 5500-2 is our pick as it has a lower price point and most importantly, it's still can be easily purchased online. It also utilized an arguably better smoke and odor filtration. Advanced Granular Carbon Filter for 5500-2 VS 6300-2 thinner Odor control carbon pre-filter. Otherwise, both air purifiers share the same 15 x 23.6 x 8.2 in dimension and 360 sq. ft. room size coverage. Airflow is identical too at 230+ cfm dust/ smoke/ pollen free CADR.
Winix 5500-2 VS 5300-2
There are good reasons why many people are undecided between Winix 5500-2 VS 5300-2. Both air purifiers are exactly identical in many ways. 5500-2 is the higher spec version with better airflow output, AOC carbon filter and remote control. 5300-2 offers 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), and 4-stage PlasmaWave filtration. Essential features like Auto mode, air quality sensor, timer, and two years warranty is in on both models.
Winix 5500-2 VS 5500
The discontinued Winix 5500 VS the current top-selling model 5500-2 air purifier. Even till this day, many people are still searching for the differences between these two. 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, 5500-2 comes with AOC carbon filter, built-in timer and 2 years warranty (VS previous 1 year). The "old" 5500 achieve a surprise advantage on airflow, Pollen, and Smoke CADR. There is also a washable HEPA filter that is not entirely "washable" as it may sound. Either way, 4-stage filtration, PlasmaWave, Auto/ Sleep mode, remote control is available on both air purifiers.
Winix 5500-2 VS C535
While Winix 5500-2 is more related to 5300-2 than C535, they share the same dimension and airflow output. Ultimately we go with 5500-2 air purifier as our pick for three main reasons. 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. Third, it is more competitive price than the limited C535. Only go with 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 Technology work?
PlasmaWave works by generating positive/ negative ions and combines with water vapor to form hydroxyls. Hydroxyl molecules created can be used to neutralize germs and chemicals gas particles. No harmful ozone is produced during the process.