I decided to review the winix AW600 air washer for its numerous features. Besides offering a 4-stage air filtration system, it also works as a humidifier. Many people are looking for a high-quality air purifier and humidifier combo these days – especially those living in dry climates.
Personally I live in a very humid place already, so if anything I need a dehumidifier and air purifier, but I’m always on a lookout for anything new in the industry to review for my readership.
This air purifier and humidifier can service rooms up to 600 square feet – which is huge for a 2 in 1 machine. You can find our other reviews of similar devices here.
It uses a special CleanCel technology to produce pure water for humidification purposes. At the first glance, the unit seems to have a nice design. Let’s go deeper into the specs.
The Winix AW600 Triple Action Humidifier with Plasmawave technology is the full title of this machine. The name is almost as big as the machine itself! (more on that later).
It offers the following stages of air filtration:
Pre-Filter – Takes care of large particles in the air, allowing the HEPA filter to work longer. This pre-filter is easy to remove. It can be washed with tap water. It’s important to wash this pre-filter at least once every three months.
HEPA Filter– This 2-in-1 filter takes care of 99.97% of contaminants 0.3 microns in size. It deals with mold spores, allergens, pet dander, and numerous other impurities. This is a high-quality filter, which needs to be replaced once every 9 months. There is no filter replacement indicator, so you need to time the filter replacement yourself. It comes in a combo with a carbon filter and costs about $40 for the two.
Carbon Filter – A high-quality carbon filter takes care of odors and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in the air. It can also deal with smoke and numerous kitchen odors. Replacements are combined with the HEPA filter. See above
PlasmaWave – PlasmaWave technology allows this air purifier to work as an ionizer. It keeps the air smelling and feeling fresh. The technology produces no ozone. The ionizer is optional. Therefore, you can turn the air purifier on without the ionizer if necessary. PlasmaWave technology creates Hydroxyls, which neutralize viruses, bacteria, odors, gases, and more.
CleanCel technology (Humidifier) – This special technology consists of discs with antimicrobial treatment. These discs are turning inside the water dealing with 99.9% of the water contaminants. The discs can be washed with tap water and detergent. The washing procedure is necessary every time the water tank is refilled.
Overall, this air purifier/humidifier has a strong purification system with a moderate filter replacement cost. Annually, you would need to spend about $60 on the combo filter. The rest of the components are washable. The maintenance of this unit is very simple.
However, the design of the purifier/humidifier doesn’t seem to be well thought out. Many users complain that the humidifier doesn’t work as it should. While operating at the highest speed, and therefore doesn’t provide sufficient humidity. The water in the tank is being used up slowly, thus forcing the humidifier to consume more energy without proper output.
At the first glance, I had a positive feeling about the design of this unit. However, by looking closer, I discovered that it’s quite bulky. The model weighs over 15 pounds (without water in the tank), making it tough to haul around the house in case you need to use it in different rooms.
The aw600 also has a fairly large footprint. Its dimensions are 13.4 x 13.4 x 17.7 inches. Even though it looks fine against numerous backgrounds, its size is a little overwhelming when you get it home.
The controls are located on the top of the unit and are pretty straightforward. You can adjust the fan settings (there are three speeds), choose auto, continuous, and night mode, set the timer, and turn the ionizer on and off.
The contemporary design with a straightforward control panel give this unit high scores. Meanwhile, heaviness, bulkiness, and absence of caster wheels don’t make it a good choice for people, who are pressed for space or not able to lift such a heavy machine.
The water tank is not transparent, so you can’t watch the water level. However, there is a small transparent line, which helps you get an idea about the disappearing water. You need to watch the levels yourself. However, the system will automatically shut off when the water level is dangerously low.
The number of smart options for this air purifier humidifier are quite limited. Here are a few I found. All of them are useful, but since the unit isn’t cheap, it could have come with a bigger variety.
Night Mode – You can set the purifier to the night mode. It will turn off the lights and slow down the fan speed. The unit does it automatically as soon as it gets dark. However, you can turn this mode on any time you wish.
Humidity Sensor – If you set the auto mode, it will activate the humidity sensor. The humidifier will try to maintain the humidity at 60 % by changing the fan speed according to the readings.
Timer – You can set the timer for the unit to turn off or on in 2, 4 or 8 hours. It’s a good energy saving option, which can help you maintain proper humidity and clean air levels in your home.
Unfortunately, this air purifier doesn’t have an auto mode for the air purity. So if you are thinking about keeping the air clean while enjoying the right humidity, you need to rely on the unit to do a good job without a sensor.
Thankfully, this model doesn’t consume too much energy. It uses about 16 Watts at the highest fan setting which is below the average for combo machines like this.
The manufacturer claims that the unit can work in the area of about 600 square feet. This air purifier doesn’t have a CADR rating so we can’t perform the calculations to check the claims.
I’ve read numerous reviews left by the users and came to the conclusion that as a humidifier, this model doesn’t do a good job in large rooms. It’s not clear whether it’s a design flaw or the manufacturer’s mistake. The 2-in-1 model should be used for large areas. In fact, some units have trouble maintaining 65% humidity even in the smallest rooms due to the design problems.
This is a fairly quiet unit. It produces about 44 dB at the highest fan setting and about 25 dB at the lowest level. Even when the fan is working at full speed, it will hardly interfere with your everyday activities.
At its lowest speed, the fan is about as loud as the sound of approximately 7 to 8 rustling leaves, making it ideal for the bedroom. As a light sleeper, I always look for air purifiers with the lowest noise levels of about 20 dB.
This air purifier and humidifier comes with a formidable 3-year warranty. I think it’s a reasonable warranty for a complex 2-in-1 unit. Winix has an excellent customer support service, which can answer questions over the phone or email. The majority of customers are satisfied with the way Winix support and warranty work.
- Simple maintenance
- Moderately priced filters
- Quiet operation
- Low energy consumption
- 4-stage air purification system
- Heavy and bulky, no caster wheels
- Doesn’t service a large area
- Lack of smart options
- No CADR rating
- Formidable price tag
Winix aw600 air washer review conclusion
Even though this unit has a 4-stage filtration system, it’s a humidifier rather than an air purifier. And I can’t give it high scores for humidifying properties. Overall, if you want a high-quality air purifier, I would recommend getting another model. If you want a high-quality humidifier, think about purchasing a humidifier instead of a 2-in-1 option.
This air purifier/humidifier has excellent features. However, the design is a little off. As a result, not all of these wonderful options are performing as planned. I think that it would be a better idea to purchase two units separately or take a look at our comprehensive combo page where we look at the best 2 in 1 devices on the market right now.
Winix AW600 air washer
- Final Rating: - 78%78%
It’s a tough job making these 2 in 1 units. Based on all the different ones we’ve reviewed, it seems like there’s always one component that suffers. Either the air purifier isn’t as good as a regular one or (usually) the humidifier isn’t up to the job. In many cases, I think we would recommend getting two separate units. But when that’s not possible (take up too much space) then it seems like you really have to choose which part of the machine you don’t mind being less than optimal – you can’t have both apparently! and this unit from Winix is yet another where the humidifier is the less than optimal part.
Also published on Medium.