No matter how safe you are at home, microscopic particles can find their way into the tiniest cracks and wreak havoc on your health. Whether you suffer from seasonal or pet allergies or simply feel uncomfortable inhaling fumes from passing cars, you need to equip your home with an air purifier. In this article, we’re going to talk about the 2609A Air220 from Bissell, a company well-known for making some of the world’s best home appliances. So does the Air220 belong in your home, office, dorm, or apartment? Let’s find out.
The first thing to pay attention to when shopping for an air purifier is how large of a space it works optimally in. The Air220’s ideal settings are in rooms as large as 800 square feet, making this the perfect device to place in home offices, dorms, kitchens, and bedrooms.
It’s important to note that the Air220 is not equipped with very many convenience-adding features. For instance, the Air220 lacks Wi-Fi connectivity and a smart air sensor, so using this air purifier requires a bit of manual labor. Selecting between the five fan speeds is done by simply turning the soft-touch dial. Pressing the dial turns the unit on and off, and this is also how you reset its filter functions.
Convenient Cord Wrap
On the back of the unit, you can find the cord wrap where the power cord can be stored off the ground and out of harm’s way. The wrap helps in pulling off a cordless vibe if you’re into that sort of thing.
Unlike many air purifiers you’ll find on the market, the Air220 uses a shutter-free or louver-free outlet to release clean air into a room. Bissell intentionally uses a louver-free design to prevent debris and random objects from falling into the outlet and preventing even distribution of air. This minor detail has changed the way we think out air outlets now. In addition to lacking any shutters, the outlet faces upward, shooting clean toward the ceiling where it can gently fall across wide areas.
One minor detail that many people tend to overlook is the positioning of the outlet. The outlet blasts cleaned air into a room, so it needs to be as unobstructed as possible. If the outlet is located at the back, the air purifier cannot stand against a wall. The Air220 outlet, however, is different as it faces upward. This design allows you to place the Air220 up against a wall without worrying about blocking the outlet.
The Air220 uses one of the simplest 3-stage filtration systems we’ve seen in a long while. The first line of defense against airborne pollutants is the front access panel, which traps larger debris from making their way and clogging the next filters. The second filter is an activated carbon filter that serves to get rid of large particles, odor molecules, and VOCs. The last stage is a True HEPA Filter that has an effectiveness of over 99% of trapping microscopic particles measuring down to 0.3 microns in width.
Automated Night Mode
The Air220’s internal clock knows when it’s time to turn the lights off for the night. As soon as the sun drops, the Air220 will switch from any of its fan speeds to night mode of its own accord. This is a handy feature for sensitive sleepers who can become easily awaked by fan noises.
But even at its highest fan speed, the Air220 isn’t an obnoxiously loud device. The opposite is true – on its highest setting, the Air220 produces a gently 50 decibels of noise, equivalent to common household background noises, that can gently lull its users to deep sleep. So regardless of the time of day, if you leave the fan on between its second and fourth speed setting, you’ll hardly notice a thing.
Last but not least is the appearance of the Air220. Although looks aren’t everything, it’s an important consideration if you don’t want your living room looking like a random collection of colors and shapes. The Air220 has a charming antique look to it; the peg legs jut out at an angle, and its color scheme won’t clash horribly with most interior designs.
Overall, the Bissell Air220 is a pretty awesome air purifier. It’s missing a lot of the features we’d want, such as a remote control or a smart air sensor, but as is, there’s not a lot to complain about. We’d recommend staying away from the automated sleep mode if leave your bedroom window open at night.