Review: Philips Series 3000 proves bigger is better with home air purifiers
Not all air-purifiers designed for your home are equal. And over the years, Philips has made some of the most powerful and efficient air purifiers for your living rooms and bedrooms, across price points and in different sizes. And this year is no different, with the latest Series 3000 purifier update.
Design: Longer and wider
The Philips Series 3000 AC3256 purifier is the logical successor to the AC4072 purifier. And understandably, it is quite large too—in fact, slightly bigger than the predecessor. And that means you get a bigger fan which can dispense air quicker, as well as a larger clean air vent. The design has been given a complete upgrade. The more modern design lines are clear across the entire purifier. The front panel now curves into the sides, instead of the slab flat design of the predecessor. Open this panel, and you get access to multiple filter layers—a nice new touch is a latch mechanism to hold these filters tightly into place.
The clean air vent is still designed in a way that it dispenses clean air out from the top, and that enables better vortex creation in the room. But that vent, instead of being at the very top, has been pushed down a bit on the back panel, because of the handle design which is now integrated and gets a redesigned grille too.
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At the top sits the very cool touch-enabled control panel. There are controls for power, fan speed, timer and even a lock feature to prevent change of modes in case of accidental touch. The professional particulate matter monitor has been added to the Series 3000, and that gives you an actual readout of the air quality in the room in real time.
It is good that Philips has retailed the colour ring—red means the air quality in the room is bad (this is generally when the PM level in the room is above 70), purple means moderately good (this is when the level is around 60) and blue means perfectly clean air (this is usually below 50).
Performance: Filters make all the difference
This is an extremely powerful indoor air purifier, meant for large rooms and halls. In fact, this will be at-home in your living room, while looking good too. What you get with the Series 3000 AC3256 is a clean air delivery rate (CADR) of 367 m3/h, which is quite high. And the efficiency is helped by the fact that Philips is using a thick filter, called NanoProtect HEPA, with a separate allergen removal mode. This purifier can also clean out common air-borne allergens, bacteria and even viruses such as H1N1, apart from protection against a gamut of other pollutants.
The technology that monitors the room’s air quality in real-time is called AeraSense, and that works with the running modes to ensure automatic switching depending on the detected air quality at that time. A lot of purifiers rely on connectivity with the home Wi-Fi network and smartphone apps to get this feature to work, but by integrating that on the purifier itself, Philips has removed the element of complication that “connected gadgets” tend to bring in for some buyers.
The fans have 5 speeds, and it is creditable that the fan doesn’t make a ruckus on levels one, two, three and even four. But push it to five, which it automatically will if you suddenly open all doors and windows to spoil the room’s air quality, and you can distinctly hear this purifier over the TV news anchor screaming at panellists on a prime-time debate.
This is one of the few purifiers that has a separate pre-filter as well—something on the lines of what you have in split and window ACs at home. This is certainly more efficient in catching the larger particles such as dust, strands of hair etc. before it can get lodged into the other filters. Some purifiers integrate the pre-filter into the main filter itself, which we feel is not ideal.
Verdict: There is no substitute for power
It is big in size, and with air purifiers, big might actually be a good thing. At least that is the case with the Philips Series 3000 air purifier meant for homes, because it packs in powerful specs and excellent air cleaning capabilities. If you are looking for an uncomplicated air filtration system for a big room at home, this could very well be the one to invest in. It is priced at Rs32,995, and is better than anything else currently available in this price bracket.
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