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Best Air Purifier for Homes: Coway AP-1512HH Mighty Review

If you are looking for a high quality air purifier for your home then you are going to want to check out the Coway AP-1512HH Mighty. It’s nearly universally recommended, sells for a reasonable price, is a good size, and it’s pretty good looking as well. It’s a no-brainer pickup for most home and apartment buyers.

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Coway AP-1512HH Basics

The Coway¬†AP-1512HH is a home air purifier that works with spaces of up to 361 square feet (about a 18 foot by 20 foot room). It’s a HEPA filter with a pre-filter for catching large debris (pet hair, etc.) and a charcoal filter for odor elimination.

Why It’s Our Pick

Long story short, this purifier offers just the right mix of performance, size, price, quiet operation, and features.

With an average price of under $200 the AP-1512HH is not cheap, but given it’s quality, use ratings, and huge number of positive reviews, it’s known to be a good deal.

The filter is quite quiet, which was a major factor in our choosing to purchase and ultimately recommend it. There is an “Eco” mode which has the filter’s fan run very quietly while an air quality sensor polls the ambient air quality. When particulate (dust, pollen, dander, smoke, etc.) is recognized the fan will spin up to maximum speed and clean the air. This can be a little bit jarring, since it’s definitely a surprise when it happens, bit it’s a great feature. The purifier has non-variable speeds as well, like “1” and “2” and “3”. These range from essentially silent to quiet noticeable.

Downsides of the AP-1512HH

We like the filter a lot, but it’s not perfect. Here are some things to keep in mind because you buy.

  1. Price Fluctuations
    We’ve seen this air filter range from $160 to $220, so you might buy it and see the price drop shortly after.
  2. Filter Replacements
    An AP-1512HH replacement filter will run you $45 and they last about 6 months, so expect to spend about $100 a year to operation this filter.
  3. Many LEDs
    Coway might have designed this air purifier to be great in bedrooms, but it has number of obnoxiously bright LEDs on it. You are going to want some tape or LED dimming stickers to address them. There is a big blue LED that is particularly offensive — it’s bright and blue LEDs are more problematic to sleeping then red or amber.