I’ve made a decision to review the Hunter HT1715 air purifier for its moderate price coupled with an attractive design. Even though this unit is suitable for small rooms (about 100 square feet), it seems to have a sold filtration system and several useful smart features. It’s fighting in the under $100 class, so up against some tough contenders like the levoit LV-H132.
The air purifier is very small and the manufacturer claims that it’s quiet too. Since I’ve been looking for an ideal model for my bedroom, I’ve decided to take a close look at the new Hunter’s creation.
Let’s see if it’s as good as the manufacturer claims it to be.
Hunter did an excellent job designing an extensive filtration system. For the first time, I see an air purifier with two pre-filters.
Pre-filters – These pre-filters aren’t similar to what I’ve seen before. The first difference is that there are two of them. The second is that they aren’t washable. It may seem to be a downside to someone, but in reality, non-washable filters often do a much better job than their washable counterparts (which some owners forget to clean on time anyway).
These pre-filters employ a special ViRo-Silver technology, which uses silver ions to fight bacteria and viruses. The filter also traps large contaminants on their way to the next filtration stage. Pre-filters have to be replaced once every 3 months. An 8-pack of them costs about $30, which is a supply for 1 year.
Bamboo Charcoal Filter – This filter deals with smoke, odors, and VOCs. It’s a rather powerful filter, which may be a good solution for households with smokers. It creates a special moisture balance to trap as many harmful particles as possible and comes as part of a 2-in-1 pack with the HEPA filter. The pack needs to be replaced every 12 months, with replacements costing about $40.
HEPA Filter – The standard HEPA filter does an excellent job catching harmful particles 0.3 microns in diameter. It fights pollen, mold spores, pet dander, allergens, and many other contaminants.
Overall, the maintenance of this unit will cost you about $70 a year. While it may seem too expensive to some, the initial low cost of the air purifier balances it out. In the box, you get 2 HEPA+Charcoal filter packs and 2 pre-filters.
Depending on how often you use the air purifier, the filter life may be extended to 18 months. The unit comes with a filter replacement indicator to let you know when it’s time to buy replacement packs.
The design of this unit is exceptional. Considering how powerful the filtration is, it’s amazing to look at the size of the air purifier. Its dimensions are 7 x 7.8 x 16.6 inches. The model weighs a little more than 6 pounds. It comes with a convenient handle and a place to hide the cord.
You can easily move this air purifier from one room to another to ensure clean air in the whole house.
The model comes in several color combinations, all of which look excellent. I prefer the white and gold design while someone else would probably enjoy the black and silver option.
The air purifier is so small that you can easily install it on a coffee table or a shelf. Just make sure other items do not block it so the air can circulate in and out freely.
The panel with LED lights is straightforward. It’s located on top of the handle and has only three buttons, power, timer, and fan. Unfortunately, the LED light can’t be dimmed when the air purifier is on, which is a downside for light sleepers.
Overall, it’s one of the most compact yet well-designed air purifiers I’ve reviewed.
It would have been an ideal air purifier if it had many smart options. However, since it comes with a reasonable price tag, I wasn’t expecting anything exceptional. The most unfortunate thing about the lack of smart options is that it doesn’t have a sleep mode. I would also appreciate an air quality sensor to know when to adjust the fan.
Filter replacement indicator – tells you when to replace the HEPA + charcoal filter pack by flashing. It doesn’t tell you when to replace the pre-filters so you have to set up your own schedule. Remember, if you don’t change the pre-filters timely, the life expectancy of the 2-in-1 filter pack goes down.
Timer – The timer allows you to reduce the energy use by setting your air purifier to go off after a certain time. The timer options are 2, 4, and 8 hours.
Unfortunately, that’s about it. It’s up to you to control the fan speed (3 speeds available) manually once the air quality gets better or worse and when you go to sleep.
I can’t say that this is the quietest air purifier I’ve ever seen, but it’s not loud either.Not quite as quiet as the Rabbit Air BioGS but at the lowest speed, the sound is at about 35dB, which is a little louder than a quiet whisper. Such a noise level is more than sufficient for a good night sleep.
At the highest fan setting, the air purifier produces about 56 dB, which is not too quiet (louder than the fridge). If you prefer to work or read when it’s quiet, you may be slightly annoyed at the air purifier sound, especially if it’s standing right next to you. Thankfully, it’s so small that you can place it virtually anywhere in the room.
At the 2nd setting, the air purifier produces 45 dB, which is reasonable for not interfering with your everyday activities.
This air purifier is not designed for large rooms. The manufacturer claims it can clean the area up to about 100 square feet. Let’s check out the CADR.
- Dust – 59.4 CFM
- Pollen – 62.4 CFM
- Smoke -41.8 CFM
Now by using our trick of multiplying the CADR indications by 1.5, we get the real coverage area. In this case, it’s between 63 and 94 square feet. So essentially, the manufacturer is telling the truth.
I wouldn’t recommend using this air purifier in rooms larger than 90 square feet to get the best results.
The unit comes with a 2-year limited warranty, which works only if you purchase the air purifier in the USA or Canada. The manufacturer promises to replace the unit free of charge if any defect in material or workmanship is discovered within 2 years or purchase. The cord warranty is only 6 months.
It’s important to change the filters timely and operate the air purifier according to the manual in order for the warranty not to be voided.
Overall, it’s a solid warranty for such a moderately priced unit.Pros:
- Moderate price
- Sleek design (several color combinations to choose from)
- Small and compact
- 2-year warranty
- Quiet operation
- Powerful filtration system with two pre-filters
- Filter replacement indicator
- High maintenance costs
- No air quality sensor or sleep mode
- Suitable for rooms up to 90 sq. ft.
Hunter HT1715 Air Purifier Review Conclusion
This is a small, compact, and portable air purifier, which can service rooms up to about 90 square feet. It comes with a strong 4-stage filtrations system, which includes a HEPA filter, a carbon filter, and two pre-filters with silver particles. The smart options are limited to filter replacement indicator and timer.
Overall, this is an excellent and moderately priced choice for people, who need a small and nicely designed unit for their small to medium sized rooms. I would recommend it to anyone, who wants a high-quality air purifier with a basic set of options at a low price.
This article was written by Julia Montague – check out her author bio here
Hunter HT1715 Air Purifier Review
- Final Rating: - 91%91%
The first air purifier I reviewed in 2019 is the Hunter HT1715. A very solid unit for the price with some fantastic features.