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Honeywell – AirGenius5 : Air Purifier Review

The HFD320 is an air purifier that is based on the QuietClean ifDยฎ technology. It captures a high percentage of airborne particles to ensure that the air in your room is clean and refreshing. In case you or a member of your family is allergic to pollen or any other allergen, then you should consider this air cleaning system. In addition, this unit features smart controls that allow users to adjust settings with ease and convenience.

If you are looking for a features-rich air purifier, then you may be interested in this unit. In case you are already considering it, then we have all the information that you need to have before you make a final decision. Is it suitable for a large or small space? Does it consume excess power or not? Can it be used in a quiet place?

The information we have compiled will help you to get an answer to these questions and others that you may have. Without further ado, lets us start with product description.

Description of the AirGenius5 by Honeywell

To start with, the HFD320 is a strong air purifier that is suitable for spaces that are as large as 250 square feet. It is based on QuietClean ifDยฎ technology and it is capable of capturing up to 99.9% of airborne particles. It effectively removes microscopic allergens as well as harmful gases.

Furthermore, this technology is capable of capturing minute particles that are as small as 0.3 microns. If you are planning to transform your room into a place of comfortable environment, then this unit has some impressive features.

Classy design : check!

Classy design : check!

In addition to its advanced technology, the HFD320 uses filters to remove airborne particles and odors. It features two optional pre-filters that capture bad smell and large particles before the air gets to the permanent filter. You can clean these filters by rinsing or vacuuming them. To ensure effective air purification, the pre-filters should be changed every month. The HFD320 offers five air purification levels to ensure that your family inhales uncontaminated air.

The HFD320 is an Energy Star rated product that runs on minimum energy. Its design allows it to deliver optimum performance while consuming minimum amount of power. According to the manufacturer, this unit and a standard light bulb consume the same amount of energy. Its CADR values for dust, tobacco smoke, and pollen are 160, 161, and 170 respectively.

Although the manufacturer indicates that this air purifier runs quietly, we have observed that it produces an audible sound. Compared to some units of same or higher capacity, the HFD320 is noisier. Nevertheless, some people may like the soothing effect of the humming sound that this air purifier produces. In case there is noise in the background, its sound can effectively mask it.

Does the unit save its settings when there is a power outage? We have observed that this air purifier does not restart automatically after a power outage. It losses most of the settings and the user has to reset them again. This unit may therefore not be a suitable solution for your house if your place experiences intermittent power outages.

A clean interior? Yes sir!

A clean interior? Yes sir!

Although an air purifier is expected to remove bad smell and ensure that your room is always dominated by a smell of fresh air, we have noted that majority of these units produce a nasty plastic smell especially when they are new.

This is disgusting because an air purifier is the last appliance that one would expect to produce bad smell. The good news is that the smell disappears after a couple of days. However, many cases of the smell persisting have been reported by dissatisfied customers.


Technical Specs

Filter TypeifD technology
Air Flow CFM0.3 microns
Maker-recommended Room Size250 sq ft.
Noise levelLow
Energy star-rated YES
Power (in W)40 watts
Remote control ? Y/NN
Dimensions12.2 x 12.2 x 29.9 inches
Weight9.1 pounds
Maker (brand)Honeywell (HFD320)
Warranty5 years
Link to ManualHere


  • Effective air purification. This unit effectively removes pollen, dust, pet dander, bad smell, and other air borne particles.
  • Consumes minimum power. This unit is Energy Star rated and consumes minimum power. It is a suitable unit for people who want to save money.


  • Produces an irritating smell. We have noted that a large percentage of these units produce a chemical smell when they are used for the first time. Although the smell disappears after a short period of time, it can persist for weeks depending on your product.
  • Produces a loud sound. We have observed that the HFD320 produces a loud sound that can be disturbing.

Users' feedback

Users quotes on Amazon.comHas a lot of good features, but for the cost, I honestly expected it to last longer than 4 months before the fan motor starts making the death grumbles. What happened Honeywell?"

Users quotes on Amazon.comFirst of all, this air cleaner has a very modern look and feel. It is very nice and fits into any room of my house just fine. I bought two air cleaners at the same time to get a feel for what I want/need in my home. In addition to this item, I bought Winix PlasmaWave 5300 Air Cleaner Model. I opened the Honeywell first and placed it in my bedroom. After reading the instructions, I put it on setting 4 and told it to oscillate in my bedroom. I typically sleep with a fan (sometimes a white noise machine if it is too cold), but this unit was audible even over those sound sources. It is audible everywhere in the room and doesn't adjust at all on its own. When we woke, I admit that we both felt better than we had the last month or so. The smell was better, you could see less dust in the sunlight, and the unit was still chugging along just fine. The next night, I tried the Winix. The Winix unit was significantly quieter. While it isn't quite as appealing visually, it seems to function much stronger. The Winix has a visual sensor to show what type of air quality it detects and adjusts the fan speed and technology used accordingly. At the lowest setting, the Winix uses 9W of power and is almost silent. It is impossible for me to hear from five feet or more away. The sleep mode on the Winix kept it quiet through the night as well - no sounds competing with my other audio sources. I'm happier with the Winix, but if you're looking for a specific use for an air cleaner, you can set the Honeywell to a strong setting, oscillate it, etc. It looks nicer as well. For constant use in your house, get the Winix. If you're looking to clean the aid during a party or other event, get the Honeywell."

Conclusion: AirGenius5 by Honeywell

AirGenius! Big name for a small device! This unit effectively removes allergens and other contaminants from the air to enable you to breathe easily and comfortably.

Although this unit offers some impressive features, we have observed that it produces a chemical smell and a loud sound. Both elements are more acute than at competitors: we thought this should be reflected in our rating. At the Air Geeks, we are convinced that you could find better for the same price.

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