Xiaomi hasn’t changed the design much over various iterations
Xiaomi hasn’t changed the design much over various iterations

Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier 3: One for the affordable segment

  • The 2C is certainly cheaper but it uses a lower-grade EPA filter instead of the class 13 HEPA filter used in the Air Purifier 3
  • The Mi Air Purifier 3 looks almost the same as earlier variants, with slight changes

NEW DELHI : Where Dyson’s products have always been aimed at the premium category, Xiaomi’s are meant to be more affordable. Staying true to that, the Mi Air Purifier 3 is priced at an affordable 9,999, slightly more expensive than the Mi Air Purifier 2C announced a few months ago.

The 2C is certainly cheaper but it uses a lower-grade EPA filter instead of the class 13 HEPA filter used in the Air Purifier 3, which makes the latter a better bet.

Xiaomi hasn’t changed the design much over various iterations. The Mi Air Purifier 3 looks almost the same as earlier variants, with slight changes. The notable change, of course, is the fact that there’s an display on one side of this purifier. The company also claims that the clean air delivery rate (CADR) and total coverage area of this air purifier is better than past variants.

While CADR is often used as an identifier for an air purifier’s performance, many have questioned the rating’s efficiency. One of the primary contenders against CADR has always been Dyson.

This is important, because having used the Mi Air Purifier 3 side-by-side a Dyson Pure Hot+Cool, the Mi seems to go into lower intensity cleaning modes (suggesting that the room is clean enough) faster.

That said, we asked Xiaomi how the purifier decides when to go into lower intensities. While the Mi Air Purifier bases this decision purely on the PM2.5 levels in a room, Dyson determines AQI (Air Quality Index), based on data about other pollutants, too.

That doesn’t necessarily mean that the Mi Air Purifier doesn’t handle PM10, etc., but since its software doesn’t take it into account when determining AQI, could raise a big question against its performance.

At its affordable pricing though, the Mi Air Purifier does seem to work pretty well in small and medium-sized rooms.

PROS

  • Sleek and simple design
  • Affordable pricing
  • Can be managed remotely via the app


CONS

  • Quite noisy at high fan intensities
  • Uses only PM2.5 levels to judge AQI
  • Throws only cool air outwards

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