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Winix A230 Tower HEPA Air Purifier Review In 2022: The Black Variant

Need something cheap, reliable, and most importantly capable of cleaning the air? Look no further than Winix A230 Tower True HEPA Air Purifier. Design for modern home use at an affordable price point, you're getting a 4-Stage PlasmaWave filtration with a whole lot of addons. So what are the pros and cons of this compact air cleaner? Compared with other same category models, how does it stack up? More critically, should you go with this or the mirror A231? Find out all the answers in our Winix A230 review below.
online price (US)**
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(annual filter cost ±50)

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** MRSP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price)/ RSP (Retail selling price) is 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.
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Winix A230 Specification

ProductWinix A230
Dimension
9.5 x 14.6 x 9.5 in
(24.1 x 37.1 x 24.1 cm)
Weight11.5 lb (5.2 kg)
Fanspeed4
Coverage (up to)230 sq. ft. (21 m2)
Airflow speed
Dust free (CADR)149 cfm (253 m3/h)
Pollen free (CADR)154 cfm (262 m3/h)
Smoke free (CADR)147 cfm (250 m3/h)
Humidifying(H) speed
Filtration4-stage
Pre-Filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
Fine Mesh Pre-Filter
1 year
HEPA filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
True HEPA filter
1 year
Carbon filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
Activated Carbon Filter
1 year
Ionizer/ TechnologiesPlasmaWave Technology
UV-light/ PCO
-
Other filter
-
All-in-one filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
Filter O 1712-0110-00
1 year
+- 49.99
Optional/ Addon
-
Noise level25 dB
Power usage level
Timer/ SchedulerNo
SensorsSingle Smart Sensor
Auto mode
Air qualityAQ indicator
Filter change indicator
More color options
Wi-Fi/ BTBluetooth
ENERGY STAR
Remote control
Child lock
Warranty2 years
Email/ Phone support

Key Features

  • All-in-one 4-stage filtration with PlasmaWave Technology
  • Fine Mesh Pre-Filter
  • True HEPA filter - 99.97%/ 0.003 microns
  • Activated Carbon Filter
  • 4 fan speeds
  • Auto mode/ Manual Sleep mode
  • Air quality indicator - Blue (good), Amber (fair), Red (poor)
  • Single Smart Sensor
  • 2 years warranty

Design And Usability

Winix A230 dimension
Dimension
9.5 x 14.6 x 9.5 in
(24.1 x 37.1 x 24.1 cm)
Winix A230 weight
Weight
11.5 lb (5.2 kg)

A mirror to A231 but with modern black housing. The compact size Winix A230 Tower HEPA Air Purifier comes in at only 9.5 inches in diameter and 14.6 inches in height. Perfectly suited for tight areas like a tabletop, desktop, bedside, or TV cabinet with limited space. The lightweight makes carrying Winix A230 a bliss for room-to-room cleaning. Continue with the exterior, the 360° air ventilation setup allows airborne contaminants to be drawn in at every angle. Build quality is top-grade even though it is priced under 100. At this price range, you’re still getting an AHAM Verifide performance, CARB approved/ ozone-safe check, and UL recognized with an official 2 years warranty from Winix.

With its small compact form, Winix A230 is very easy to use as it is essentially a plug and play model. You can effortlessly cycle between the 4 fan speeds or enable Auto mode that uses a higher fan speed when the surrounding air quality level drops. Sleep mode only works manually that disables PlasmaWave, turns off indicator lights, and sets the fan speed to the lowest (lower than low). You can also disable PlasmaWave Technology by holding the buttons for more than 3 seconds. The AQ indicator will display Blue when air quality is good, Amber when it is fair, and Red when air quality is poor. Lastly, the filter change indicator illuminates red when it is time to replace the filter. The removable panel can be easily detached to replace the all-in-one filter change.

Airflow, Coverage, And CADR

Winix A230 coverage
Purifying coverage
230 sq. ft. (21 m2)
Winix A230 fanspeed
Fanspeed
4

Prepare to be amazed at Winix A230 air purifier airflow performance. Despite its compact size and low entry price, it can cover an AHAM Verifide of 230 square footage of room space at 5 air changes per hour. Ideal for an asthmatic or hypersensitive person. You can further extend the purifying coverage to 555 square footage but with a reduced 2 air changes per hour or every 30 minutes. Highly suited for medium room sizes like bedroom, small living room, kitchen, and studio apartment. No other small air purifier can match its airflow output.

BrandPurifying CoverageFan Speed
Medify Air MA-14200 sq. ft.3
Medify Air MA-25500 sq. ft.3
Winix A231230 sq. ft.4
Coway Airmega 250930 sq. ft.3
Medify Air MA-15330 sq. ft.3
GermGuardian AC9200WCA378 sq. ft.3
Winix A230 dust CADR
Dust CADR
149 cfm (253 m3/h)
Winix A230 pollen CADR
Pollen CADR
154 cfm (262 m3/h)
Winix A230 smoke CADR
Smoke CADR
147 cfm (250 m3/h)
CADR is slight under par but that is expected at this price point. You're getting 149 cfm for dust, 154 cfm for pollen, and 147 cfm for smoke. Slowly but surely, it will take its price to clean the air in the room.

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Filters And Performance

Like most Winix air purifiers, Winix A230 is powered by the proven 4-Stage HEPA PlasmaWave Technology. When airborne pollutants are pulled in at a 360° angle, the fine mesh pre-filter will capture large particles like dust, hair, fiber, and lint. Without the PM10 pollutants passing through, the activated carbon filter neutralizes smoke from cooking, pet odors, food, chemical fumes e.g. cigarettes, VOCs, radon, formaldehyde while prolonging the HEPA filter life. The True HEPA filter capture 99.97% of airborne allergens small as 0.3 microns such as mold, mildew, pollen. PlasmaWave Technology electrically discharges Hydroxyls to neutralize germs, bacteria, and viruses including influenza strain H3N2. It is safe for home use where only hydrogen from the pollutants' molecular structure is destroyed.

Noise And Energy Usage

Winix A230 air purifier runs quietly with under 25 dB at the lowest speed. Leave it in Auto or sleep mode and you can work, relax, sleep seamlessly without having to monitor it. As an Energy Star certified model, the electric cost is only about $0.04 per day, $1.2 a month, or 14 dollars a year with daily 12 hours of operation. Again, leave it in Auto mode for the best energy optimization.
Noise TypeDecibels
Winix A23025 dB
Breathing10 dB
Rustling leaves20 dB
Whispering/ Quiet library30 dB
Light rainfall40-50 dB
Conversation50-60 dB
Vacuum cleaner/ Hair dryer/ Washing machine65-80 dB
City traffic80-90 dB

Pricing And Maintainence Cost

Winix A230 MRSP/ RSP
MRSP/ RSP**
+- 99.99
Winix A230 annual filter replacement cost
Annual Filter Cost
+- 50
^ Replacement filters/ estimated cost
A brand new Winix A230 air purifier will cost you between $79.99 to $119.99 dollars depending on seasonal sales or any online discounts. It is worth every penny you paid considering the number of filtration you'll get and the autonomous features with built-in sensors. Likewise, the all-in-one filter replacement set will only cost you around 50 dollars annually, or roughly 0.14 dollars per day. There are some features omitted like light sensor, timer, and reduced airflow performance, but nothing will hinder its outstanding value.
The best place to buy Winix AM230 air purifier is on Amazon as it comes with attractive discounts, bundled deals, free shipping, and 30 days return policy. Winix's official website is doable as well but the higher selling price might turn you off. You can also try your luck with your local brick-and-mortar store but availability is also non-existence.

Pros

  • Affordable 4-stage PlasmaWave HEPA air cleaner for just under 100 dollars.
  • Low filter maintenance cost (under 50 dollars annually).
  • Compact body with a beautiful 360° air intake.
  • Proven True HEPA filter with 99.97% particles removal efficiency.
  • Remove household smoke and odors via a dedicated activated carbon filter.
  • Built-in air quality sensors for real-time auto fan speed adjustment and air quality monitor.
  • Made entirely in Korea with 2 years warranty.

Cons

  • No timer, no smart features.
  • Weaker airflow performance.
  • Manual sleep mode (does not activate automatically when lights are out).
Winix A230 HEPA Air Purifier
4.5

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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