AROEVE Air Purifier
- Powerful filter for the size.
- Simple, straightforward controls.
- Ultra-quiet motor.
- Excellent for removing odors and VOCs.
- Affordable replacement filters.
- UV light is not germicidal.
- Essential oil diffuser could work better.
- No remote control or smartphone app.
If you think your indoor air is more stale than it was a few decades ago, you’re probably right. Recently, there’s been a green revolution in building materials and codes. Drafty single-pane windows have been replaced by double-pane windows with a layer of argon gas.
Every new home is built with Tyvek or a similar home wrap to keep air from bleeding through the walls. Even weather-stripping has improved in recent years, with denser, more durable foam than in years past.
This has all been great news for the environment. The better insulated your home, the less energy you spend heating and cooling it. You’ll also spend less money. Unfortunately, we can’t say the same for your home’s air quality.
Back in the old days of drafty houses, there was plenty of air exchange. And while this could be unpleasant, it also kept the air inside your house fresh.
When your house is all sealed up, contaminants can build up in the air. If there’s any mold, the spores will have no way to escape. If your furniture or upholstery is leeching toxic chemicals, they’ll continue to accumulate. The same goes for pet dander, food odors, and other contaminants.
A good air purifier can alleviate this problem. You won’t have to deal with odors. And if you have any allergies, the mold, pollen, and other irritants will be removed. All you’ll be left with is fresh, clean air.
AROEVE Air Purifier
We’re about to review the AROEVE Air Purifier. This purifier has a powerful four-stage filter that removes more contaminants than most home air filters. It runs very quiet, especially when you’re using it in sleep mode. It’s also surprisingly powerful for the size, and sports a built-in oil diffuser.
Of course, these are just some of the features we’ll need to consider. To get a truly accurate picture, we’ll have to look about deeper. We’ll examine the physical design, and how it’s put together. We’ll talk about how you control the various functions, and how you change the filter. After giving it a thorough examination, we’ll have enough information to render a fair verdict. Let’s get started!
The AROEVE Air Purifier has a cylindrical housing that’s constructed from a tough plastic. The matte finish won’t collect dust and fingerprints, and you can choose between black and white variants. The diameter is only 6.1 inches, so it has a very small footprint. It’s also just 9.7 inches tall, and weighs a mere three pounds. This makes it easy to move from room to room.
The front and back of the housing have vents across the bottom half. These are short vertical slots, stacked in columns that are staggered like bricks. This creates an attractive appearance, and allows the inner UV light to bleed through. The top of the housing is a black spiral vent, and is also backlit.
Air flows in through the front and back vents, and out through the spiral vent on the top. For this reason, you want to have plenty of clearance to allow the air to circulate. AROEVE recommends leaving at least 15 inches of clearance in all directions.
For the most part, this purifier is easy to set up and operate. You just plug it in and turn it on. We’ll go into more detail on the functions in a moment. However, the internal filter cartridge will be encased in a plastic bag. Twist off the bottom of the housing, remove the bag, and replace the filter. Otherwise, the purifier won’t work.
The AROEVE purifier’s controls are located in the top of the housing. There’s a vertical bar in the middle of the outflow vent, with the buttons arranged in a column. All of the buttons are soft touch, so they’re very easy to operate.
The topmost button controls the timer function. Tap it once for a six hour timer, and again to extend that to 12 hours. A third press will set a 24-hour timer, and another will turn the timer off. There’s a set of three indicator lights just above the button, so you can always see where the timer is set.
The next button turns the UV light on and off. We were excited to see a UV light at first, but this isn’t actually a sterilizing UV. It’s similar to the light from a UV backlight, so it won’t hurt your eyes. This is a slick decorative feature, but that’s all it is. The same button is also used to reset the filter indicator. Just press and hold it.
The last button is a split button that controls the power and fan speed. Pressing and holding it will turn the motor on and off. Tapping it will cycle through the speed settings, which are indicated by three LED lights. The first, indicated by a moon, represents sleep mode. This is the slowest mode, but it’s literally whisper-quiet, producing only 22dB of sound. Speeds 1 and 2 are correspondingly more powerful, but also make more noise. But even on the top setting, it’s not disruptively loud.
Unfortunately, there’s no remote control or smartphone app. If that’s important to you, check out the Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier 3C. It has easy-to-use app controls, along with a mid-sized design and 400 square feet of coverage. That said, the filter isn’t quite as effective, and the onboard controls are more limited.
The AROEVE Air Purifier has a four-stage filtration system, enclosed in a single cylindrical housing. This makes it easy to change when the time comes. Then again, you also can’t save money by replacing individual components.
The outside of the filter cylinder is wrapped in a pre-filter. This is a looser material than the inner filter, and is designed to catch larger debris. Larger dust particles and animal hair will stop here. That way, they don’t get into the inner layers and clog everything up.
Inside of the pre-filter is where the real business happens. To begin with, there’s a HEPA filter, which is an accordion-style filter you’ve probably seen before. This filter is designed to trap even very small particles in the air. Inside the HEPA filter are the silver ion and charcoal filters. These filter out harmful chemicals, as well as unpleasant odors.
The motor is rated to clean a room as large as 215 square feet. That’s the size of a large bedroom or a moderately-sized living room. Keep in mind that this rating depends on the volume of air, not just the floor area. If you have cathedral ceilings, you won’t be able to cover as large an area. Similarly, if your ceiling is lower than 8 feet, you’ll get a bit more coverage.
If you need to cover a larger area, the Okaysou Apollo 718 is a solid choice. It’s powerful enough to cover an area of 800 square feet, which is larger than some one-bedroom apartments. It also has similar filtration capabilities, but it’s much bigger and bulkier.
What Does it Remove?
The AROEVE Air Purifier is exceptionally capable. Let’s start with the HEPA filter itself, which carries a rating of H13. A typical home air purifier uses an H12 HEPA filter. An H12 filter removes 99.995% of particles as small as 0.3 microns. That’s pretty impressive! But an H13 filter removes 99.995% of particles as 0.1 micron.
That’s incredibly small. You’ll be able to remove mold, pollen, and even bacteria. At that size, you’ll also trap a lot of viruses. Keep in mind that this is not a medical-grade purifier. Medical-grade purifiers require additional germ-killing features the AROEVE purifier doesn’t have.
The silver ion layer is one we haven’t seen before. The silver ions act as a catalyst for various toxic chemicals, rendering them harmless. This is paired with an activated charcoal layer, which traps VOCs and other hazardous chemicals. The charcoal filter also absorbs smoke, pet odors, and other smells.
Maintenance & Extras
As with any air purifier, your exact filter life will vary. The dirtier your air and the more often you run the purifier, the shorter it will last. Conversely, it will last longer if you don’t use it as often, or if your air isn’t that dirty to begin with. AROEVE recommends replacing your filter every three to six months. There’s a built-in timer that will beep to remind you after 2,000 hours of operation.
Changing the filter is easy. Just unscrew the bottom as we already described, and swap in the new filter cylinder. Replacement filters are surprisingly affordable, and you can order them individually.
In addition to purifying your air, the AROEVE purifier also doubles as an essential oil diffuser. There’s a little pad in the bottom, which you can pull out through a slot. Add a few drops of oil, and you’ll be good to go. This is a neat idea in theory. But in practice, it doesn’t work very well. There’s no actual air flow through the area where the pad is inserted. Some of the aroma will eventually work its way into the air stream, but you’ll barely notice.
The AROEVE Air Purifier is a compact, powerful little machine. With only a six-inch diameter, it occupies very little space. If we had any complaints, they were mostly related to marketing. The UV light is only cosmetic, and the “diffuser” doesn’t diffuse.
As far as the actual filter goes, it does an excellent job. The H13 filter removes all but the most miniscule of particles. Meanwhile, the silver ion and charcoal layers do a great job at removing chemicals and odors. For the most part, we were very pleased.
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