Modern air purifiers work pretty solid but now companies focusing on design aesthetics alongside performance. People are seeking for design when they choose an air purifier as they placed it mostly in the living room. The Medify MA-40 Air Purifier which comes from a Kickstarter company based in the USA called Medify Air which launched some modern air purifiers in recent years. This device is a perfect one when it comes to design and performance for choosing an air purifier. We have also listed it on our top 9 best air purifier reviews for smoke. Today we are going to review the Medify MA-40 air purifier in detail. Let’s deep dive into our well-researched review.
Specifications and Features:
At first, take a look at the specifications below:
Filtration: Pre-filter, HEPA, and Carbon filter combined in a package and optional ion generator.
HEPA class: True HEPA
Filter life: 3000 hrs. (a single set that includes all three filters)
CADR: 330 cubic meter/hour or 194 cubic foot/minute
Sensor: Particle sensor PM 2.5, ambient light sensor
Coverage: 800 sq ft at 2 air changes per hour or 400 sq ft at 4 air changes per hour
Number of manual fan speed: 3
Automatic mode: Yes
Size: 22″H x 9.9″W x 10.9″D
Device weight: 15.5 lbs
Rated power: 68 W
Maximum Noise: <66 dB(A)
Voltage: 110-120 V AC 60 Hz
- Medical Grade H13 Filters (higher rated than True HEPA) 99.97% particle removal. H13 True HEPA is considered medical grade air...
- Cleans a room up to 1,300 sq ft in one hour, 800 sq ft in 30 minutes, 400 sq ft in 15 minutes (CADR 330)
- Particle sensor built in with visible air quality indicator by color, CARB, Energy Star & ETL certified.
- Tempered Glass panel (like your cell phone, easy to clean, won't scratch like cheap plastic models), 4 fan speeds, 8 hr timer, night...
- Genuine Medify Replacement Filter: B07MTQFFNT
Medify Ma-40 is a sleek and modern air purifier with true HEPA filtration technology. The compact body is made with high-quality plastic with a glossy finish. It feels so premium by touch.
Frontside: The front panel has a large air vent where the fresh air comes out, an air quality status indicator and the Medify Air branding. The air quality indicator lights are blue, green, and red for good, ordinary, and poor air quality, respectively.
Backside: On the backside, there is a large air inlet, the particle sensor, and a handle. Air inlet has a removable cover for filter installment. The particle sensor is also covered, which is removable for maintenance. As the filters come as a set, it is very convenient to install or replace the filter set.
Top: The top is fully covered with tempered glass and the control panel is here which is entirely capacitive touchscreen with indicator lights. The ambient light sensor is placed on the top panel. This control panel features a child lock, timer, ON/OFF, speed, and Anion controller button. The timer has four modes: 1h, 2h, 4h, and 8h. It has 3 manual fan speed along with automatic mode. There is a filter life indicator. This indicator light will be turned on when the filter life ends.
The left and right sides are flat. It stands on four small feet.
In-depth Review of Medify MA-40:
HEPA Filtration: It seems like a great air purifier with its high specifications and beautiful design. They advertised the unit has medical grade H13 class HEPA filter, but this is a bit confusing. H13 class is air filter rating on Europian standard (EN 1822-1:2009) which efficiency is 99.95% at 0.12-0.25 microns. On the other hand, true HEPA filter efficiency is 99.97% at 0.3 microns on US standard. So, this medical-grade is sort of a marketing term though the filter is true HEPA which is good news.
Activated Carbon Filter: The activated carbon filter will help to absorb VOCs and odors from the air. They didn’t mention the total surface area of the activated carbon substances, but it looks thick, and it performs excellently to remove odor.
The filter set is included with a pre-filter and an activated carbon filter. The combined filter set is easy to install or replace. However, the combined filter set has some downside. As we know, the activated carbon filter got saturated quickly than the HEPA filter, so the performance of the carbon filter could be down after a couple of months’ usage. The filter set has 3000 hours of life, which is excellent. But the replacement cost per year is a bit higher compared to the other. Check latest filter price
Another downside of the combined filter is the pre-filters are not washable. Although, you can clean the filter surface gently with a dust cloth. The filter set needs to be replaced every six months or 3000hrs of usage.
Anion filter: The unit has an ion generator in its filtration system. However, it is optional and turns it on will give you some boost (8% increase in CADR) in air cleaning. They claim it is ozone free though all ionizers produce some amount of ozone. Ozone has some kind of metallic smell, and Medify MA-40 doesn’t smell noticeable when the Anion is turned on, so it looks like the ozone emission is very low.
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Coverage, CADR, and ACH: The company claims Medify MA-40 can clean a room of 800 square feet with 2 air changes per hour (ACH). So, we can calculate its actual CADR in cubic feet per minute with the formula: CADR = (2 ACH x 800 sq ft x 8 ft ceiling)/60 minute = 213 cfm or we can convert 330 cubic meter/hr = 194 cubic feet/minute. Don’t confuse with the advertised 330 CADR which is in cubic meter per hour.
However, 194 CFM is enough for a medium-sized bedroom of 200 square feet, where you will get 8 air changes per hour, or it takes 8 minutes to clean the air from the entire room. Thus this could be a great choice for selecting an air purifier for smoke or heavily contaminated air for 200 square ft room. Find your required air delivery rate with our simple CADR Calculator.
Noise: On the highest fan speed, you will get a noise level of 66 dB, which is not the quitter. For reference, the average sound level of a vacuum cleaner is 70 dB. On low-speed setting, it’s around 50 dB, but the performance (CADR) will drop. However, from the noise level perspective, this is not a quieter air purifier.
Particle (PM2.5) Sensor: Medify MA-40 has a built-in PM2.5 particle sensor that works fine most of the time. The indoor air quality displays on the front panel as blue, green, and red, which looks cool. Also, automatic mode runs based on its PM2.5 sensor.
Control: The glass-top touch screen control panel is very convenient to use and feels premium to touch. The starting sound is charming. It has 3 manual fan speeds and an automatic mode. Automatic mode works very nice based on its PM2.5 sensor. You should clean the PM2.5 sensor regularly to get the best result. You can manually turn ON or OFF the Anion, which generates ions to capture particles. A downside is it has no remote or app control.
Night Mode: It has a night mode that activates the dark environment. Night mode only actives if the automatic mode turns on. On night mode, all indicator lights turn off except the power and front air quality display indicator. The fan runs low on night mode.
Child lock: Child lock is another useful feature for preventing any unwanted button pressing on touch. Though you need to press the button for 30-45 secs to deactivating the child lock, which is kind of annoying.
Power: The rated power 68W is a bit high compared to other air purifiers in its category. The monthly operational cost will be no more than $3 (at $0.12 per kWh energy rate) on daily 15 hours of usage. The unit runs on 110-120 V AC at 60 Hz.
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Use our ACH calculator to find out the air exchange rate for specific room sizes.
Warranty: Another great thing about this mid-range air purifier is you will get a lifetime service warranty from the manufacturer. To claim the warranty, you must have to use the original replacement filter and replace it on every 3000hrs of usage.
Pros and Cons:
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Using and Maintenance Guide:
Placement: Place the air purifier where air can circulate easily through it. Do not block its air inlet or outlet. Keep it at least 50cm from the wall. Do not use it on the same socket that is connected to the TV. Keep it at least 3 feet from TV to avoid any interference.
Clean the sensor: Particle sensors got saturated quickly. Clean the particle sensor with a dry cotton swab twice in a month to get optimum result. Make sure to keep the sensor dry.
Filter: Replace the filter every 6 months or 3000hrs of usage. Use only the original replacement filter. You can clean the filter surface carefully with a dust collector. Also, you need to clean the back cover, and the particle sensor covers regularly.
Caution: Always use dry dust cloth to clean the air purifier. Always unplug the device before maintenance. Unplugged the unit when it is not in use. Always follow the user manual when it comes to maintenance.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. Is the filter set is washable?
A. No, but you can wash the filter surface softly with a dry microfiber dust cloth
Q. When to change the filter set?
A. In every 6 months or after 3000 hrs of usage. Filter life indicator light will be turned on when the filter needs to replace.
Q. Does this produce ozone?
A. Very low which is a safe level as they say. By the way, you can turn the anion OFF.
Q. Does it remove dust?
A. Yes, as the filter is true HEPA, which can remove 99.97% particles that are sized 0.3 microns and higher, included dust, pollen, pet dander.
Q. Does it remove mold?
A. It can remove mold, yet no air purifier can’t control the mold growth. You need to control the moisture level to stop mold growth.
Q. Is this good for smoke removal?
A. Yes, it can clean smoke particles and the smell effectively. But you have to consider the room size to get the best result.
Q. Does it remove the odor?
A. Yes, and it works fine to remove odor.
Q. What is the coverage?
A. It depends on the home air conditions. For light air pollution, it can be used in an 800 sq ft room.
Read our post on commonly asked questions about air purifiers.
Is it worth it to buy?
Medify MA-40 might be the right air purifier for you if it meets all the conditions you need. The excellent build quality, along with performance makes it a perfect air purifier you can use it to remove smoke or any other indoor air pollutants effectively. The most important thing is users are happy with it.