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Winix 5500 Review

Introducing the twin brother, the magnificent Winix 5500 air cleaner. Let's jump straight to the key points, Winix 5500 is basically the same unit as Winix 6300 with a different types of filter combination. Equipped with typical features and air filtration technologies in the PlasmaWave series, expect similar air purifying performance and applicable area. If you have gone through the review of Winix 5500, you probably can actually skip most part of the review and just focus on the specification and conclusion.
MRSP/ RSP**
± 169 p
     Annual filter ^    
± 130 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 5500 Specification

ProductWinix 5500
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/ Filter G 115122
1 year
79.99
Carbon filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
Activated Carbon/ Filter Pack P 115119 (4 pack)
3 months
49.99
Ionizer/ TechnologiesPlasmaWave Technology
UV-light/ PCO
-
Other filter
-
All-in-one filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
-
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
  • Activated Carbon Filters
  • Long-life Washable true-HEPA filter
  • PlasmaWave™ Technology
  • 4 fan speeds (Low, Medium, High, Turbo)
  • Auto mode and sleep mode
  • VOC sensors
  • Remote control

Pros

  • Attractive pricing with its combined features and solid purifying performance.
  • 4-stage filtration with PlasmaWave technology.
  • Effective True-HEPA filter and Carbon filter that is highly capable of capturing micron size particles and odors.
  • Comes with a remote control that could turn the PlasmaWave on/ off.
  • The unsung integrated remote control slot on the exterior.
  • Auto mode that works well with the VOC sensors in detecting surrounding air quality.
  • Sleep mode that would actually dimmed the indicator light which is great with all light closed.

Cons

  • The 2-in-1 combination between pre-filter and deodorization filter are generally less effective especially on the filter lifespan.
  • 1 year warranty in comparison with Winix Freshome series that offer 3 years warranty.
  • Short 3 months Odor carbon filter lifespan that is hassle to change compare with the 1 year True-HEPA lifespan.
  • A timer would be useful for people that likes to leave the air purifier on through the night.

The starters

Winix 5500 dimension
Dimension
16.2 x 21.8 x 8.5 in
(41.1 x 55.4 x 21.6 cm)
Winix 5500 weight
Weight
15 lb (6.8 kg)

Modern yet not over simplistic design, you might find Winix 5500 aesthetic slightly dated but it still packs a punch with its purifying efficiency. Pretty standard size and weight at 16.2 x 21.8 x 8.5 in/ 15 lb for a solid mid-range air purifier. Fitting and build quality is sturdy as you would expect. Winix 5500 highlight features include 4-stage filtration (Odor control carbon pre-filter, washable true-HEPA filter, PlasmaWave™ Technology), 4 fan speeds with auto and sleep mode, LED air quality indicator scale 1 to 5, VOC sensors, filter replacement indicator that checks and alert if the filter is exhausted, Ozone safe approved by California Air Resource Board, AHAM checked, ENERGY STAR rated, remote control to adjust fanspeed and activate/ deactivate PlasmaWave.

Airflow, speed, and CADR

Winix 5500 coverage
Purifying coverage
350 sq. ft. (33 m2)
Winix 5500 fanspeed
Fanspeed
4
Arguably Winix 5500 is crossing between medium and large air purifier due to its impressive 350 sq. ft. purifying applicable area in the segment that you would appreciate. 53 - 226 cfm Airflow range is impressive and manageable that tally with the wide purifying coverage. Perfect deal for medium-sized bedroom or small-size living room.
Winix 5500 dust CADR
Dust CADR
216 cfm (367 m3/h)
Winix 5500 pollen CADR
Pollen CADR
251 cfm (426 m3/h)
Winix 5500 smoke CADR
Smoke CADR
235 cfm (399 m3/h)
The main rationale why Winix 5500 is excellent at purifying is due to the strong CADR 216 cfm (dust), 251 cfm (pollen) and 235 cfm (smoke) that you would clearly see the differences. There are 4 selectable fanspeed (Low, Medium, High and Turbo); adding to that is the option to select Auto mode where the air purifier would automatically adjust fanspeed according to the surrounding air quality, or Sleep mode where the fanspeed would be set to low together with dimmed indicator lights for an unobtrusive sleep.

What’s inside count

Exceptional 4-stage filtration, Winix 5500 comes with great packages that consists of Carbon pre-filter, True-HEPA filter and PlasmaWave technology which you should be familiar with. First off, the Odor control carbon pre-filter would eliminate large size particles together with bad odors such as VOC, cigarettes. Moving on to True-HEPA filters, the filter is great at capturing 99.97% of airborne allergens up to 0.3 micron size. Lastly, Winix own PlasmaWave creates both negative and positive ion that would break apart odors, allergens, chemical vapors, and other indoor pollutants into harmless molecules all without emitting harmful ozone.

Keep it down

Winix 5500 noise level
Noise level
26.6 - 60+ dB
Winix 5500 power consumption
Power consumption
5 - 90 W
Probably the section you are least interested in, Winix 5500 offer average to decent 26.6 - 60+ dB noise level and 5 - 90 W power consumption that is reasonable for an air purifier although not unique from what other models is offering. Winix 5500 is dead silent at low/ sleep mode, barely audible noise at medium fanspeed and relatively loud at turbo speed. Compare with bigger household appliances such as air-con or fridge, the power consumption in Winix 5500 neglectable unless you set it to turbo all the way.

At what cost

Winix 5500 MRSP/ RSP
MRSP/ RSP**
+- 169
Winix 5500 annual filter replacement cost
Annual Filter Cost
+- 130
^ Replacement filters/ estimated cost
As we stated in Winix 5300 review, Winix 5500 is well-priced and a better bet than 5300 that offers greater bundled deal including a washable True-HEPA filter, remote control along with all the practical features you required. Filter replacement cost is reasonable for True-HEPA filter as it only requires yearly change. The Carbon filter is another story even though it’s not too costly that comes in a bundled of 4, the 3 months’ lifespan might not be everyone cup of tea. Go with Amazon as your research site as it consists the best overall deals for Winix 5500 with fastest shipping time, cheapest price tag, discount and simple return policy.

Winix 5500 VS the challengers

Winix 5500-2 PlasmaWave

Winix 5500-2

Winix 5500-2 is the newer version and direct replacement which offers better spec and timer. Its main and only shortcoming is of course the higher price tag.
Blueair 450E HepaSilent Digital Air Purification

Blueair 450E

Blueair 450e is slightly better in terms of overall purifying coupled with additional filters but the extremely premium price tag might turn you away.
Blueair 403 HepaSilent

Blueair 403

Blueair 403 is also another great alternative with much cheaper price point than Blueair 450e. The problem is you will have to give up on air quality sensors, remote control and so much more.

Holmes HAP726-U

Holmes HAP726-U could be the best one among the challengers with very low price tag, wide purifying coverage and longer filter lifespan. Nevertheless the CADR and airflow certainly lags behind of Winix 5500.

Verdicts and ratings

Build quality
6
Features
6
Coverage
6
Particle Filtration
8
Smoke Filtration
8
Price
8
Upkeeping
6
7.8
Winix 5500 Plasmawave
7.8

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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