Nowadays, the retro-styled design is implementing in different types of products by many tech companies. Bissell air220 air purifier adopts a combination of retro and modern design, which can easily blend into today’s interior. This device is a newly arrived air purifier in 2019 from the Bissell lifestyle air purifiers lineup. The sleek retro-modern yet super minimalistic air purifier also designed for high-efficiency air cleaning. Today we are going to review the Bissell air220 air purifier in detail with pros and cons and a comparison with its larger version.
Specifications and Features:
At first, look at the specifications below:
Filtration: Separated pre-filter, HEPA, and activated carbon filter
Filter life: 6 months for both HEPA and activated carbon filter
CADR: 178 cubic meter/hour or 105 cubic foot/minute (Dust)
Sensor: VOC sensor, ambient light sensor
Coverage: 250 sq ft at 3 air changes per hour
Number of manual fan speed: 5
Automatic mode: Yes
Size: 24″H x 14.5″W x 8.5″D
Device weight: 18.7 lbs
Rated power: 75 W (0.63 Amps at 120V)
Noise level: 34 – 51 dB(A)
Voltage: 110-120 V AC 60 Hz
Model: Bissell 2609A Air220
- 3 Stage Filtration includes an activated carbon filter and a high efficiency + pre-filter that captures over 99% of 0. 3 micron...
- Honeycomb-structured activated carbon filter captures gases and VOC’s, including odors from pets, cooking, smoke, and other common...
- Automated Circulated System monitors and provides colored-coded, indoor air quality feedback and adjusts to the appropriate fan speed.
- Whisper-quiet operation and automated night mode contribute to a peaceful sleeping environment.
- Designed with features like front panel filter access, a discreet cord wrap and intuitive controls, so it blends into any home
Bissell air220 is a sleek, medium-sized air purifier that is easily portable. It draws air to its filters from the front side and delivers the clean air to the upward direction from the top using a centrifugal fan. Filters can be easily replaceable from the front air intake grill.
A small LED matrix display placed at the top-middle of the front, which shows the automatic mode status, fan speed level, and filter life status. A color LED bar placed below the matrix display, which changes the color depends on the air quality.
On the top, there is a single soft-touch dial with a button along with the air delivery grill to control the air purifier. On the back, there is a carrying handle, and at the bottom, there is a cord wrap to organize the 6-inch power cord.
In-depth Review of Bissell air220:
Pre-filter: Bissell air220 has a pre-filter sheet at its primary stage of air filtration. It comes with the HEPA filter, and it is not washable. Pre-filter will trap the larger pollutants like hair and pet fur. You can softly vacuum the pre-filter often to increase the filtration efficiency.
Core HEPA filter: The second stage of the filtration is a HEPA filter as a core filtration for any airborne particles that size as small as 0.3 microns. The HEPA performance will ensure you a 99.97% efficiency when the dirty air passes through it. Although the whole room air cleaning depends on the airflow rate and the air circulating through the filter. The HEPA filter needs to be replaced in 6 months. Although, the filter life also depends on the air quality of the room. The air purifier will notify you when the filter needs to be replaced.
Activated Carbon filter: It seems like Bissell is very concern about odor filtrations on their air purifiers. As the first generation Bissell air400 air purifier, the Bissell air220 also uses a honeycomb styled filter filled with activated carbon pellets. This activated carbon substance will help you to reduce different types of odors like smoke odor, pet or baby odor, or from paints. Like the HEPA filter, the activated carbon filter also has a separate filter life indicator, and it should be replaced every six months.
Coverage, CADR, and ACH: Bissell air220 air purifier is made for small to medium rooms. The CADR for dust is 178 cubic meters per hour or 105 cfm, for smoke is 172 cubic meters per hour or 101 cfm, and for pollen is 160 cubic meters per hour or 94 cfm. Therefore, this will be perfect for a 250 square feet room where you will get 3 air exchange per hour or 150 square feet at 5 air exchange per hour, although the CADR rating is self-tested and not verified by AHAM.
Also, you can find out how many air exchanges you will get from it for your specific room size with our ACH calculator.
Intuitive Control Knob: Bissell air220 air purifier uses a single soft knob to control all the operations. You can easily change the fan speed or set it to automatic mode by twisting the dial. The dial is also working as a power button, and filter reset key. Although, it lacks some basic features like a timer.
Automatic mode and air quality display: Bissell air 220 uses a VOC sensor instead of a particle sensor, which will detect odors and VOC more effectively than dust or other particles. Thus, it will be a good selection if your primary concern is odors or VOCs removal. It has five levels of manual fan speed. In automatic mode, it adjusts the fan speed based on the sensor reading and shows the real-time air quality status on its LED color bar with three colors: blue orange and red for good, moderate, and poor air quality, respectively.
Automatic night mode: All the display goes off automatically in the dark based on its ambient light sensor. This is convenient when you go sleep as it turns off the display by itself.
Aesthetics: Bissell air220 is a solid build quality, retro-styled modern air purifier that is suitable to place it anywhere in the home. It is equipped with only necessary features, and easy maintenance is perfect for a minimalistic lifestyle.
Noise Level: The noise level is 34 – 51 dBA, which looks good. But at the lower fan speed, the air cleaning efficiency will reduce. Check out our top picks of best quiet air purifiers; some are range from 20 – 45 dB in noise level.
Warranty: The air purifier comes with a three years limited warranty from Bissell. Don’t forget to register the air purifier on the Bissell website to claim a warranty.
Annual Filter Replacement Cost:
HEPA & Pre Filter: $45
Activated Carbon Filter: $37
Monthly energy consumption cost: $4.9 based on daily 18hrs of usage at maximum speed (at 12cents per kWh energy rate). You can find out your energy bill based on your usage and local energy rate with our Air Purifier Energy Consumption Calculator.
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Pros and Cons:
Compared with its larger version Bissell air220 vs. Bissell air320:
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. How often I need to change the filters?
A. Bissell suggests changing each filter every six months. Also, it comes with a separate filter life indicator for both HEPA and activated carbon filter.
Q. Does it produce ozone?
A. Bissell air220 is a 100% ozone-free air purifier as it has no electronic filters, rather than the HEPA and carbon filter.
Q. Does it remove dust?
A. Yes, the HEPA filter will remove dust at high efficiency. However, it lacks a particle sensor to measure PM2.5 in the air.
Q. Does it remove odors?
A. The structured honeycomb filter filled with a large number of activated carbon pallets will help to absorb odor effectively. The built-in VOC sensor will trigger when it detects any odors or VOCs in the air. Therefore, this will be a perfect selection for odor removal.
Bissell air220 is a high build quality medium-sized, minimalistic lifestyle air purifier that is focused on its main job, which is air cleaning by pollutants and odor removal. There are no fancy filters or features to create a gimmick. If you are a minimalistic lifestyle enthusiast and you need an air purifier for a small to the medium-sized room, then this air purifier will match your requirements.