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Honeywell Air Touch A5 Review: Honeywell Air Touch A5 air purifier is the latest entry in the growing compact air purifier segment. Having an air purifier at home was once a luxury and now it has become a necessity if you are living in any of the top metro cities in India. Compact HEPA air purifiers priced under ₹ 10,000.00 were the most sought products by customers, Philips AC1215 was the best rated and top selling HEPA air purifier for a very long time. Xiaomi launched their smart air purifier MI-2 at an aggressive price point, but, it fell short of Philips for below par technology and reliability. Honeywell, one of the most reputed brands, plans to disrupt this segment with Air Touch A5, let’s cut through the features and specs to see what Honeywell Air Touch A5 has on the cards.
Design: Honeywell Air Touch A5 is a tall and handsome air purifier with elegant finishes, the moulded design ensures there are no sharp edges. Most of the design cues are borrowed from its sibling Honeywell Air Touch I8. The 6.2 kg device can be easily moved around with the anti-slip handle located at the back. Air touch A5 is offered in classic white and champagne gold colors, the colors look really rich, thanks to the UV coating on the device, I personally like the classic white color. The wedge at the bottom is thoughtfully designed for you to wrap around the wire to prevent any clutter, even when the device is plugged in.
LED indicators, air outlet and the touch control panel are ergonomically located on top of the device, I really could not understand on why Honeywell chose to have the air quality indicators on top of the device as it is not easily visible if you are sitting at a distance from the air purifier. Could it be to have a clutter free design?. Installation of filters are really easy, thanks to its draw-type rear door to place the filters. The new DIY (Do it Yourself) concept is creeping in fast for a good reason, I could easily remove the door to wash the pre-filter, this ensures you don’t have to pay for any technicians to install air filters. The control panel located on top of the device is neatly laid out without any bumpy buttons and is very easy to read and use. The tri-color LED air quality indicator is a new feature on A5 model of Honeywell air purifiers. I’m glad to see the child lock feature on the A5 air purifier, which was missing on the other Honeywell air purifiers.
Technology: Honeywell Air Touch A5 is equipped with a pre filter and the HEPA air filter, the mystery word HEPA which stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air. Glass fibers are used to make HEPA filters and their unique configuration makes sure that large contaminants such as mold, dust and allergens are captured. HEPA filters can collect 99.9% of airborne impurities that are larger than 0.3 microns diameter. It is important to know that HEPA filters do not deal with nasty smells or odors. Honeywell Air Touch A5 is equipped 3 stage air purification system, a pre filter, a HEPA filter + carbon filter. The pre filter helps to filter larger airborne impurities and improves the life of HEPA filter, the carbon filter to remove odors or gases and the HEPA to remove PM2.5 (Particles less than or equal to 10 micrometers in diameter, in simple terms, these are particles less than the width of human hair).
The touch control panel is neat with minimum soft buttons, this ensures it is clutter free and easy to operate. The large air suction channel on the side ensures optimum air suction and high efficiency in the operating environment. Sensors in the air purifier cuts off the power if the device falls flat, this is a nice feature if you have pets at home. Honeywell Air Touch A5 is an ozone free device, ozone gases are harmful to health only while you inhale. However, given the price point, Honeywell has equipped basic HEPA filters instead of their patented high grade HEPA+HiSiv filters as seen on premium models like Honeywell Air Touch I8.
Cleans a 320 sq.ft. room in 15 minutes
H11 grade HEPA filter
4 fan speed modes
Handle for easy carry around
Sound level: 46 – 60 dB
Filters out PM2.5 – >99% 1 H
CADR- 250 m3/h
Weighs 6.2 kg
3 stage air purification
Performance: Honeywell Air Touch A5 air purifier has an impressive Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) of 250 m3/h and covers over 320 sq.ft., the air purifier is ideal for bedrooms, medium living rooms, or even a studio apartment. The auto mode is handy as the air purifier takes control of itself, calibrates the air quality around you and adjust the fan speed accordingly. The night mode operation is very silent and hardly any noise is noticeable. The noise levels get louder at higher fan speeds, this is expected with a CADR of 250 m3/h. I would recommend to close the windows while the air purifier is powered on or you may also close the door if the device is powered on in any of your bedrooms, this ensures air is cleaned faster and improves the filter life too.
Customers have noticed inconsistent operation of the device is different cities, this is not at fault with the air purifier but due to climatic conditions. Weather in Mumbai is more humid when compared to Delhi, humid weather causes moisture on the sensors making it inconsistent by indicating poor air quality even though the air quality is actually good. Constant cleaning of moisture with a dry cloth is required for the device to show accurate results.
Maintenance: Honeywell claims the filter life of 3000 hours, which can last approximately 10 months on regular usage, this can vary depending on the air quality around you too. HEPA filters will need to be replaced on the end of its lifetime and the air purifier will stop functioning if the filters are not replaced in 14 days. The HEPA + Carbon filter around ₹ 3000. Air purifier is delivered with a 1 year service guarantee for any faulty parts.
Conclusion: Honeywell Air Touch A5 an excellent air purifier with intuitive features, brilliant specifications and great technology. Honeywell may have learnt its lessons in a hard way, which is really good. The initial set of Honeywell Air Touch air purifiers were priced over ₹ 35,000 and were later brought down below ₹ 25,000 this year, which is a sweet spot for customers looking for good air purifiers. Honeywell Air Touch A5 too has got its pricing right with online offers priced below ₹ 10,000. Honeywell Air Touch A5 has set the cash registers ringing with huge sales volumes and is already listed as the best seller on Amazon.in, If you are confused over the Philips AC1215 or Mi 2 over the Honeywell Air Touch A5, check out our shootout here..