Honeywell AirGenius 4 vs 5: Which Air Cleaner is Better?

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Sometimes it’s not enough to clean our homes and have a fresh smell. Whether you are a smoker, have pets, or have certain allergies, an air cleaner might be just what you need to ensure your home is clean, including the air. Honeywell has 2 Honeywell Airgenius air cleaners that we are going to go over today Honeywell Airgenius 4 vs 5. We will discuss their air cleaning abilities, the various settings that each machine has, and how they will each look in your home.

We will include a comparison chart for a quick review of the specific details, and some of the pros and cons for both air cleaners. There are just a few similarities so we will cover those first.

Honeywell AirGenius 4 vs 5

The Honeywell Airgenius 4 and  Honeywell Airgenius 5 use ifD filters. These are slightly different to HEPA filters as you can simply hand wash the filters and reuse them. The filters are capable of trapping 99.9% of harmful particles in the air, as small as 0.3 microns.

Both machines are extremely quiet to use and require very little power; in fact, Honeywell Airgenius 5 uses the same amount of electricity as a light bulb. There is an on/off oscillation switch on each of them, which allows you to choose when you want the air cleaner to oscillate.

You will receive 2 pre-filters and an extra odor-reducing pre-filter. The odor-reducing filter isn’t washable. It is recommended that you only use Honeywell replacement filters.

Honeywell AirGenius 4 vs 5

Honeywell Airgenius 4

Honeywell Airgenius 4

  • Size: 7.3 x 8.3 x 18.9 inches
  • Weight: 7.86lbs
  • Settings: 4- Sleep, general clean, max, allergen
  • Controls: Settings, auto shut off, Check filter light
  • Filters: ifD washable filters plus an additional odor reducing filter
  • Auto shut off: 2, 4, 8 hours
  • Energy saver: Yes
  • Check filter light: Yes
  • Room Size: Certified 150 square ft
  • Warranty: 5 years
Honeywell Airgenius 5

Honeywell Airgenius 5

  • Size: 9.9 x 9.7 x 26.8 inches
  • Weight: 9.1lbs
  • Settings: 5- Sleep, general clean, max, allergen, germ
  • Controls: Settings, auto shut off, Check filter light, filter status
  • Filters: ifD washable filters plus an additional odor reducing filter
  • Auto shut off: Between 2 and 12 hours
  • Energy saver: Yes
  • Check filter light: Yes
  • Room Size: Certified 250 square ft
  • Warranty: 5 year

The final similarity is the 5-year warranty that comes with both of the Honeywell air cleaners. On that note, let’s begin with the differences.

Honeywell AirGenius 4 vs 5: Appearance

Honewell AirGenius 5 Review

The majority of air cleaners nowadays are upright with most coming in black or white in order to blend in with various decors. Smaller tabletop air cleaners may weigh 3-4 lbs., whereas upright models can weigh up to 12lbs.

Honeywell Airgenius 4

It has a sleek, black design with all of the controls on the top. It weighs as little as 7.86lbs and it is 7.3 x 8.3 x 18.9 inches.

Honeywell Airgenius 5

It is also black but the design looks more modern, especially with the blue light at the bottom. It’s larger at 9.9 x 9.7 x 26.8 inches and weighs 9.1lbs.

The Winner Is- A Tie

Honeywell AirGenius 4 vs 5: Air Cleaner Settings

Honeywell Airgenius 4 Comparison

Depending on the specific cleaning abilities of your air cleaner, you should be able to adjust the functions for various situations. Perhaps you need a quick, fast clean, or you prefer a lower setting in order to sleep.

Honeywell Airgenius 4

There are 4 levels of cleaning; sleep, generally clean, max and allergen, particularly useful with those who suffer from pollen allergies.

Honeywell Airgenius 5

As well as the sleep, generally clean, max, and allergen, there is a germ setting. This helps to remove bacteria, viruses, and mold spores.

The Winner Is- The Honeywell Airgenius 5

Honeywell AirGenius 4 vs 5: Controls

As well as the settings, you might have an air cleaner that monitors the filters and has an automatic switch-off mode. The controls should be in an easy to access location.

Honeywell Airgenius 4 Review

Honeywell Airgenius 4

The buttons are conveniently placed n the top of the air cleaner. You will be able to set an automatic shut-off mode for 2, 4, or 8 hours. There is an electronic filter light to remind you to check your filters.

Honeywell Airgenius 5

The controls are in the same location but are embedded in a touchscreen. The automatic shut off can be set at any time between 2 and 12 hours. As well as the filter check light, there are filter status lights.

The Winner Is- The Honeywell Airgenius 5

Pros and Cons

The last thing before our final verdict is the pros and cons of each of the Honeywell air cleaners.

Honeywell Airgenius 4

Pros:

  • Absolutely perfect for washing areas, offices, small living rooms, and small kitchens. It will probably clean rooms larger than 150sqft
  • It’s extremely lightweight and easy to move from room to room
  • It is relatively quiet when on the general settings

Cons:

  • There are some issues with the durability of this air cleaner

Honeywell Airgenius 5

Pros:

  • It’s a great choice if you have pets, especially those with cat allergies, also has helped reduce headaches and coughs
  • You will be able to sleep well, even on the general clean setting, because of the low noise levels
  • Works really well in larger rooms and looks nice, not out of place

Cons:

  • Some people feel that the blue LED lights are too bright, especially for sleeping

The Final Verdict

Both the Honeywell Airgenius 4 and Honeywell Airgenius 5 do an amazing job of cleaning the air, not only improving the smell but also reducing dust levels. Using either can have health benefits, especially if you suffer from colds, headaches or allergies.

We felt that the Honeywell Airgenius 5 had a few slight advantages. The extra settings are useful, particularly if you are a smoker or have pets, it also helps that it will clean the air in larger rooms too. The filter status indicator lights were very handy, more so for the odor filters that can’t be washed.

We preferred the design of the Honeywell Airgenius 5. Although it’s larger, it has a more slim-line design and sleeker than the Honeywell Airgenius 4.

Honeywell Airgenius 5 is more expensive. However, we felt that it was worth it. Not only for the additional features but also for the durability of the air cleaner.


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