Honeywell Air Touch S In-depth Review

  • Editor Rating
  • Rated 3.5 stars
36,000.00 to 39,990.00
  • 60%

  • Design
    Editor: 70%
  • Technology
    Editor: 90%
  • Performance
    Editor: 65%
  • Maintenance
    Editor: 70%
  • Price
    Editor: 55%

Honeywell Air Touch S Air Purifier Review: Honeywell Air Touch S is India’s first smart air purifier, Air Touch S air purifier is Wi-Fi enabled and the device can be controlled via an app on your apple or android smartphone. Specifications and most of the features are the similar to Honeywell Air Touch model. Let’s cut through the features and specs to see what Honeywell Air Touch S has on the cards.

Design: Honeywell Air Touch S is a tall and handsome device with excellent finishes, the moulded design ensures there are no sharp edges. The 9 kg device can be easily moved around with the anti-slip handle located at the back. Air touch S is offered in royal silver color and it looks really rich, thanks to the UV coating on the device. The wedge at the bottom is thoughtfully designed, you can 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 control panel located on top of the device is neatly laid out without any bumpy buttons and is very easy to read and use.

TechnologyHoneywell Air Touch S is equipped with a pre filter, Honeywell patented HiSiv 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 is equipped 3 stage air purification system, a pre filter, a HEPA filter and a HiSiv filter which is basically a 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 responsiveness is really impressive, to increase the fan speed, you just need to swipe your finger across, similar to your smartphone. I also like the 3 exclusive indicators for each filter so that you exactly know which filter to replace. In most cases, the life of HEPA and Carbon end at the same time. 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 H Plus AppHoneywell Air Touch S is a Wi-Fi enabled device, once the device is connected  to your home internet, you can monitor realtime indoor air quality, filter usage status and remotely control and operate the device from anywhere you are. I have tested the app on iOS. The user interface is neat without any clutter and is easy to operate. You can power on the device, put it on sleep, auto and quiet modes as well as change the fan speed. The app also has an option to order the filters, however, the link landed me in the Honeywell China website.

  • Touch Control Panel

    The touch control panel responsiveness is impressive

  • Smart Features

    You can control the device from your palm via the H Plus app.

  • Applicable Area

    The device can astonishingly cover over 450 sq.ft area

  • 7 Speed Modes

    Best in class 7 fan speed modes

  • Anti-slip Handle

    Anti-slip handle is well blended to the design and is easy to carry the device around

  • Noisy

    The device gets noisy at high fan speed levels

  • LED Air Quality Lights

    Air quality lights are not visible if you are sitting away from the air purifier

  • Portable Wheels

    Given the huge size of the device, portable wheels could have been an ideal option

Features

Cleans a 300 sq.ft. room in 15 minutes

H11 grade HEPA filter

7 fan speed modes

Infrared dust sensor

Large handle for easy carry around

Specifications

Sound level: 23 – 53 dB

Filters out PM2.5 – >99% 1 H

CADR- 300 m3/h

Weighs 9.5 kg

3 stage air purification

Performance: Honeywell Air Touch S has an impressive Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) of 300 m3/h and covers over 450 sq.ft., the device is ideal for large living rooms, bedrooms 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 given the size of the air purifier. The noise levels get louder at higher fan speeds, this is expected with a CADR of 300 m3/h.

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 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. [

Last update on 2018-06-21

Honeywell Air Touch S is pitted against the Philips AC3256, both are in the same price range, great technology and build quality. However, Philips AC3256 wins our vote for its class leading CADR of 367 m3/h. Honeywell runs with lesser noise when compared to the Philips AC3256, this is because of the lower CADR of 300 m2/h.

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 HiSiv Carbon filter costs approximately ₹  2995 + and the HEPA filter around ₹ 3595. Air purifier is delivered with a 1 year service guarantee for any faulty parts.

Conclusion: Honeywell Air Touch S is India’s first smart air purifier, the device is well built with impressive features and great technology. Honeywell H Plus app for iOS and Android has a slick user interface to take control of the entire device from anywhere. An in-built humidifier in the device would have been great at this price point. The filters have a great  life span and they are expensive to be replaced. However, if you are check-price-on-amazon-buttonlooking for a good air purifier for a large house (3 bedroom), Honeywell Air Touch S is an ideal choice for its smart features, great technology, impressive CADR and high quality filters, the device is retailing from ₹ 39,990.00 and is available on Amazon from ₹ 36,000.00. But, if you are looking at a value buy, I would recommend the Philips air cleaner AC3256 for its higher CADR, best in class 24 month warranty and top notch service available on Amazon from ₹ 26,000.00

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