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Winix PlasmaWave 5300 Review

The third and final of Winix PlasmaWave series air purifier review. Winix 5300 is the cheapest air purifier among its series and has the least features despite sharing the same performance and dimension. It is equally versatile in dealing with a wide range of airborne contaminants, chemical gases and odors including dust mites, pet dander, mold, pollen, soot, VOCs and so much more. How efficient will Winix PlasmaWave 5300 PlasmaWave be when put next to other air purifier? Let’s go into the details of Winix 5300 PlasmaWave HEPA air purifier and see what are the features that are left out from the series.
MRSP/ RSP**
± 199 p
     Annual filter ^    
± 80 p
 Online price*
N/A
** MRSP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price)/ RSP (Retail selling price) is provided by cleanairprice.com. 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.

Winix PlasmaWave 5300 Specification

ProductWinix PlasmaWave 5300
Dimension
16.2 x 21.8 x 8.5 in
(41.1 x 55.4 x 21.6 cm)
Weight15 lb (6.8 kg)
Fanspeed4
Coverage (up to)350 sq. ft. (33 m2)
Airflow speed53 - 226 cfm (90 - 384 m3/h)
Dust free (CADR)216 cfm (367 m3/h)
Pollen free (CADR)251 cfm (426 m3/h)
Smoke free (CADR)235 cfm (399 m3/h)
Filtration4-stage
Pre-Filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
Pre-filter
Permanent
HEPA filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
True HEPA filter
1 year
Carbon filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
Odor Absorbing Carbon Filter
3 months
Ionizer/ TechnologiesPlasmaWave Technology
UV-light/ PCO
-
Other filter
-
All-in-one filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
Filter A 115115
1 year
+- 79.99
Optional/ Addon
-
Noise level26.6 - 60+ dB
Power usage level5 - 90 W
Timer/ Scheduler
SensorsVOC sensors (Air quality)
Auto mode
Air qualityAQ indicator
Filter change indicator
More color options
Wi-Fi/ BTBluetooth
ENERGY STAR
Remote control
Child lock
Warranty1 year
Email/ Phone support

Key features

  • 4-stage filtration
  • Odor control carbon + pre-filter
  • True HEPA filter
  • PlasmaWave™ Technology
  • 4 fan speeds (Low, Medium, High, Turbo)
  • Auto mode/ Sleep mode
  • Air quality VOC sensor

Pros

  • Cheapest among the PlasmaWave series yet has equivalent airflow efficiency, coverage and performance.
  • Plenty of great deal with discounted price tag (replacement model WAC5300-2 is out).
  • 4-stage filtration with PlasmaWave Technology.
  • Reliable True-HEPA filter that is effective in capturing dust, hair and other micron size pollutants.
  • Same goes with Odor control carbon filter that would effectively capture odor typically from pets, cigarettes and cooking.
  • 4 fanspeed + Auto mode that relies on the VOC sensors.
  • Sleep mode that would also dimmed all indicator light.

Cons

  • Only 1 year warranty as opposed to Winix Signature series that offer 5 years or FresHome series that offer 3 years.
  • Top up a little bit more cash, you could opt for Winix WAC5500 that comes with a reusable/ washable true-HEPA filter.
  • Odor carbon filter would also serve as a pre-filter which that not as effective as it sounds.
  • Lacks remote control (applicable to newer model) compare with the very similar Winix WAC5500.
  • No direct button to turn off PlasmaWave purifying. You could disable it though by holding the power button down for 3-5 seconds.
  • Hassle and requires constant filter change on the 3 months deodorization carbon filters.
  • No pre-set timer setting for people that likes to leave the machine on 24/7.

The starters

Winix PlasmaWave 5300 dimension
Dimension
16.2 x 21.8 x 8.5 in
(41.1 x 55.4 x 21.6 cm)
Winix PlasmaWave 5300 weight
Weight
15 lb (6.8 kg)

Sharply defined yet not over minimalist, Winix PlasmaWave 5300 comes in comprehensive packages within its typical boxy shaped which you should be accustomed to. At an average 16.2 x 21.8 x 8.5 in size and 15 lb weight for a mid-range air purifier, build quality is superb that parts are well fitted and screwed together. Standard features include 4-stage filtration (pre-filter, Odor control carbon filter, true-HEPA filter, PlasmaWave Technology), 4 fan speeds with auto/ sleep mode, LED indicator light, a replacement filter indicator that alert user to swap for a new filter once its fully exhausted (limited to the HEPA-filter), a year’s worth of carbon filter (4-pack bundled) and complies with California Air Resource Board regulated on any ozone emission, AHAM checked, ENERGY STAR rated.

Airflow, speed, and CADR

Winix PlasmaWave 5300 coverage
Purifying coverage
350 sq. ft. (33 m2)
Winix PlasmaWave 5300 fanspeed
Fanspeed
4
Unquestionable 350 sq. ft. purifying coverage is one of most important highlights for an air purifier, Winix PlasmaWave 5300 covers wide purifying applicable area that you would find it very useful. 53 - 226 cfm airflow range is remarkable that is punchy on all speed. With the extensive cleaning coverage, Winix PlasmaWave 5300 is ideal for medium-sized room typically in bedroom, small office block or studio equivalent size living room.
Winix PlasmaWave 5300 dust CADR
Dust CADR
216 cfm (367 m3/h)
Winix PlasmaWave 5300 pollen CADR
Pollen CADR
251 cfm (426 m3/h)
Winix PlasmaWave 5300 smoke CADR
Smoke CADR
235 cfm (399 m3/h)
Highly respectable clean air delivery rate that you would be happy with, Winix PlasmaWave 5300 216 cfm Dust CADR, 251 cfm Pollen CADR and 235 cfm Smoke CADR is on the high side that set itself ahead of most mid-range purifying competitors. Up to 4 selectable fanspeed ranging from low, medium high to turbo, Winix PlasmaWave 5300 also comes with an Auto mode that would monitor surrounding air quality and automatically adjust the fan speed accordingly for optimum clean air level. In Sleep mode fanspeed are set to low with dimmer indicator lights that works great during night time.

What’s inside count

Winix PlasmaWave 5300 reliable filters with PlasmaWave technology offer excellent 4-stage filtration that you could count on. Firstly the combination effort between pre-filter and odor control carbon filter would effectively removes large particles and bad odors from smoke, pet litter. The True HEPA filter is capable of blocking 99.97% of micron-size airborne pollutants from its surrounding air. Finally, the PlasmaWave would break apart stubborn particles that manage to by-pass all of the filters into a perfectly non-toxic compound.

Keep it down

Winix PlasmaWave 5300 noise level
Noise level
26.6 - 60+ dB
Winix PlasmaWave 5300 power consumption
Power consumption
5 - 90 W
Fairly manageable 26.6 - 60+ dB noise level and 5 - 90 W power usage that you will have no issue operating Winix PlasmaWave 5300 in long-run. Winix PlasmaWave 5300 is virtually silent at low/ sleep mode and reasonable white noise at high and turbo speed. Compare with household appliances, Winix PlasmaWave 5300 is also ENERGY STAR rated that would keep the electricity cost down.

At what cost

Winix PlasmaWave 5300 MRSP/ RSP
MRSP/ RSP**
+- 199
Winix PlasmaWave 5300 annual filter replacement cost
Annual Filter Cost
+- 80
^ Replacement filters/ estimated cost
Without shelling out lots of money, Winix PlasmaWave 5300 is very well-priced that bundles with a year's worth of carbon filter plus air quality sensor that you would appreciate. Filter replacement is on the low-side if purchase online and bundled packages does help marginally reduce the replacement cost. The only hassle thing worth noting is you have to replace the odor filter due to the short 3 months lifespan. Before you make a decision on this product, remember to go through Amazon as it is the best price vs packages deal with most attractive price tag, discount, simple return policy plus fastest shipping time.

Winix PlasmaWave 5300 VS the challengers

Winix 5300-2 PlasmaWave

Winix 5300-2

Winix 5300-2 is of course the direct challenger as it is the newer version which offers the greatly miss timer. It’s expensive although not by a significant margin.
Winix 5500 Plasmawave

Winix 5500

Winix 5500 could be the perfect alternative with extra remote control and washable True-HEPA filter. There is a slight increase in pricing which isn’t too much in our humble opinion.

Holmes HAP726-U

Holmes HAP726-U is also another good choice with downright affordable price tag, wide coverage and longer filter lifespan. The downside is the CADR and airflow might not be at the same par as Winix PlasmaWave 5300.

Verdicts and ratings

Build quality
6
Features
6
Coverage
6
Particle Filtration
8
Smoke Filtration
6
Price
8
Upkeeping
7
7.6
Winix PlasmaWave 5300
7.6

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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