The Whirlpool AP51030K air purifier (also known as the Whispure 510) has been listed as one of the top 20 portable models on the market, according to a leading consumer report. It was rated as excellent at the removal of pollen, dust and smoke. It’s also highly rated for the amount of air it can purify in an hour – 4.8 times in a room sized 500 square feet. The name ‘Whispure’ is also very apt, considering the low noise levels it emits.
With the AP51030K air purifier, you can expect to benefit from an advanced 3 way filtration system. The front grill acts as a pre-filter and captures large particles such as hair, preventing them from entering the unit. Second is the carbon filter which will reduce odors and extends the life of the true HEPA filter. The HEPA filter in this unit will remove allergy promoting particles as small as 0.3 microns and will make the air 99.97% cleaner.
The types of particles removed include pollen, dust mites, dander, ragweed, mold spores and all other types of irritants that exacerbate allergy and asthma symptoms. Ease of use has also been kept in mind with this air purifier with soft touch easy to understand controls.
What We Liked
- Advanced 3 Way Filtration
The AP51030K air purifier is equipped with a pre-filter (front grill), a carbon filter for odors, and a true HEPA filter for airborne irritants such as dust mites, pollen, dust and mold spores.
- Integrated Control Panel
Equipped with an easy to use control panel it’s possible to lock the settings, move up and down the fan speeds and view the life left in the filters. It also has a sleep mode which once activated will automatically move to the night setting. After 8 hours the unit cleverly returns to the previous settings.
- Energy Efficient
Utility bills will not go through the roof with this air purifier as its Energy Star Rated.
- Highly Portable
This Whirlpool air purifier has convenient power cord storage, easy to use carry handle and is lightweight.
When in the sleep mode, it can barely be heard.
What We Didn't Like
Because of the way this air purifier works, it draws the dirty air in, cleanses it, and expels it through the top. This can cause a draft which some have found irritating if used in the bedroom. However, for those in warmer climates this could be seen as a positive.
On its highest setting this model can be pretty noisy, but with 4 speeds to choose from, the highest can be used when you’re not there.
The Whirlpool AP51030K is incredibly efficient at the job it’s designed for. It’s not equipped with lots of “bells and whistles”, however, everything you truly need is there and considering it was one of the top 20 in a consumer report, it’s well worth the money.
It’s not the cheapest on the market. If cost is an issue you may want to consider the Winix 5300 but this model will clean a much smaller space.
Last modified: April 21, 2013 (Prices are updated daily)