AllerAir 5000 (also known as AllerAir AirMedic Pro 5) is the fifth generation of the big American brand, only behind the flagship AllerAir 6000 series. The AllerAir 5000 family is also the most popular air purifier series of this company, but do you think the chunky machine will be the pick for your ultra-high price air purifiers? Let’s find out, in our today AllerAir 5000 Review.
In Breathe Quality, we have reviewed all air purifiers under these sections. Also, we guarantee that:
- We do give honest reviews (both pros and cons) so anyone will guarantee to have the wisest choices.
- We do not (and never) exaggerate one product just to let you click the links and buy that product blindly.
- Top-notch performance
- Customized and high-quality bulk of Activated Carbon filter
- Solid built
- Extra durability
- High fan power
- No Smart Features
- Really noisy on highest speed
- High power consumption
Since 1996, the AllerAir is always the closest competitor of Austin Air in the United States market, and they had been the best air purifier brand in Canada until the arrival of Airpura in 2004. But with fantastic customer base, this company always find the best way to improve their amazing products. The AllerAir 5000 is their proudest child, not only because of the superb performance, but also the highest value on price. Are you ready? Let’s get back to our AllerAir 5000 Review.
Other AllerAir’s Air Purifier Reviews:
1, AllerAir 6000 Review.
2, AllerAir 4000 Review.
3, AllerAir AirMed 3 Review.
4, AllerAir AirMed Review.
1. AllerAir 5000 Price
The AllerAir AirMedic Pro 5 (formerly AllerAir 5000) is one of the most expensive series of AllerAir air purifiers, with 25% increase in price compared with the previous AllerAir 4000. This series is so successful that AllerAir decided to end the manufacture of the previous model to focus more on this product. Therefore, the AllerAir 5000 is the biggest product lineup in the AllerAir family, with 30 different air purifiers.
Stronger performance is, of course, the main event this time. The previous model wasn’t distinct from the compact AllerAir AirMed 3, and AllerAir needs a real high-end air purifier to close the gap with top air purifiers like Austin Air HealthMate Plus or Austin Air Bedroom Machine. Most importantly, with the continuous improvement, you can get an AllerAir AirMedic Pro 5 Ultra S with performance even exceeding the IQAir GC MultiGas.
I have mentioned a lot of big names, and you can understand the league of our today AllerAir 5000. This premium air purifier is a high-range device, and it can remove strangely awesome amount of airborne pollutants, especially in large rooms. The performance is good, but the main reason to choose the AllerAir unit over other brands is their Activated Carbon filter. With up to 40 different proprietary carbon blends, in a filter from 2.5-inch to 5-inch depth, the AllerAir 5000 is the best option to deal with any kinds of gasses, odors and chemicals. The highest amount of carbon in the AllerAir 5000 is the weight of 30 lbs, which is 25% better than even the best air purifiers of Airpura, like Airpura C600, Airpura F600 or even Airpura P600.
To name the price of AllerAir 5000, it is quite variable. It starts from $699 for the basic AllerAir AirMedic Pro 5, but the price can go as high as $1599, and matches even the highest price of the next-gen flagship AllerAir 6000 (as stated on AllerAir website). If you need help to check the full price of all AllerAir 5000 products, you can see the table below.
We shall see if this AllerAir 5000 can really topple other competitors or not. Apart from the aforementioned air purifiers, AllerAir 5000 must compete with a lot of top guns in the air purifier market, like these flagship AIRMEGA 400S, Winix T1 or Oransi Erik 650A. If you find the AllerAir AirMedic Pro 5 as part of a low-price deal like our deal below, it’s still a solid buy. Its tech and performance are good. But if you really want to try the top high-end, I suggest you to check the AllerAir AirMedic 6 first.
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2. AllerAir 5000 Design and Size
The AllerAir AirMedic Pro 5 is the stubby, tubby high-end air purifier. AllerAir is a company with long history, and they have ignored several recent design trends, and we end up with something quite the same as the old AllerAir 5000.
And that’s why we don’t find the new name anything different.
But let’s look at the positive things first, the AllerAir 5000 is close to perfect with its full-metal housing. The air purifier is designed with powder-coated paint, and with sticky seal, it can prevent any off gassing. Its size is a bit bigger than the previous AllerAir 4000, which shares the same design concept. The dimensions are 20.5 inches for the height, and 15 inches for the diameter. However, it is still smaller than the mobile machines like Austin Air HealthMate Plus or Airpura UV600, as they are 23 inches in height.
At 39 lbs, the AllerAir 5000 is a real huge machine, and it can go up to 46 lbs with things like AllerAir AirMedic Pro 5 Ultra S or AllerAir AirMedic Pro 5 Ultra VOG. We are happy to have 4 wheels to provide maneuverability for this big machine, which is one more reason to buy the AllerAir 5000 for large rooms.
The AllerAir 5000 is a classic air purifier, something meant not to be eye-catching, but solid and powerful. Good thing is, you can still select the color options for your air purifier, with 3 basic colors: black, white and sandstone. Our testing unit is black one, but I find the rest 2 colors quite interesting. Be sure to check for the color option before you buying.
Like a lot of huge high-end air purifiers of the past, the AllerAir 5000 makes use of the powerful 360° air distribution system. As a result, you can move the machine anywhere in your room, and you are still enjoying the best indoor air quality.
Well, the knob is simple to be reviewed, because classic air purifiers only need simple things like that. Everyone can use this air purifier without any problem.
Our real problem lies in the fact that AllerAir 5000 is too difficult to disassemble. If you are not a good technician, you may find removing or accessing the air filters quite hard to do, even if you follow the guide carefully.
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3. AllerAir 5000 Filters
One of the many main reasons to buy an air purifier from AllerAir, Austin Air or Airpura is the top-notch quality of their air filtration systems. The AllerAir 5000 differs from version to version, but in general it has 4-stage air filtration system as below.
- Pre-filter – First, we will have a poly pre-filter to capture large particles and prevent the main filters from clogging with pollutants. The pre-filter is necessary to extend the life of the main filters, and you need to change it every 3 months.
- True HEPA filter – The AllerAir 5000 uses a Super HEPA filter to remove fine airborne particulates, with high efficiency of 99.99% for any particles down to 0.1 microns.
- Activated Carbon Filter – The high-quality Activated Carbon filter, either of virgin coconut (Exec) or virgin bituminous coal (Vocarb) to deal with chemicals, gases and odors.
- UV-C light filter – You can optionally choose the UV-C light bulb, to neutralize biological contaminates with ease.
AllerAir AirMedic Pro 5 has different pre-filter for different models. The standard version still uses a poly pre-filter like any previous AllerAir 5000 series, but if you select the DS version, you will need the tacky pre-filter. Or if you choose the MCS version, let’s buy the cotton pre-filter, because it is unbleached and can’t cause any multiple chemical sensitivities. AllerAir 5000’s pre-filter can easily be vacuumed from both sides, but you should avoid dispersing the contents inside the pre-filter.
The standard version of AllerAir AirMedic Pro 5 uses the previous True HEPA filter just like the old AllerAir 4000, or you can replace it with the new Super HEPA filter. Models from the AirMedic Pro 5 Plus and upper will use the Super HEPA filter as default. The new HEPA filter is made out of self-contained, strong mesh of fibers that does not require any chemical binders or casings. It can prevent any chemical dispersing from the air filter, then can remove as high as 99.99% any airborne particles down to 0.1 microns.
AllerAir is proud to offer the deepest carbon beds on the market, with up to 40 different proprietary carbon blends. Most importantly, the Activated Carbon is built with maximum depth and dwell time. For the dwell time, it acts like another layer of pre-filter, to force the pollutants dwell in the filter for longer period of time.
The carbon filter of AllerAir 5000 is not only large, it is really “deep”. In fact, the surface area of the carbon is the same as an entire football field, which is really, really impressive. Thick filter of granular carbon is necessary in adsorbing any chemicals, gases and odors, and by buying AllerAir 5000, you will be ensured to have at least 2.5 inches of carbon filter. This depth is 2.5 times the carbon bed of high-end air purifiers like Oransi EJ120, defeating most of the common air purifiers on the market. The premium version of this air purifier, for example AllerAir AirMedic Pro 5 Ultra or AirMedic Pro 5 HDS, can even have the 5-inch deep carbon filter.
The canister of AllerAir 5000 can hold up to 30 lbs of granular carbon, which is 25% more than even the Airpura flagship products. It is safe to say that AllerAir 5000 is now one of the best air purifiers with Activated Carbon filter, only stays behind the bigger brother – AllerAir 6000. Also, you still have two different versions of carbon filter. The Exec is the standard carbon filter, made of virgin coconut charcoal, while the Vocarb is made of high-quality virgin bituminous coal. If you have serious allergies for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), you are highly recommended to use this filter. Moreover, we will have special carbon filter to deal with tobacco smoke, cigar odors or even volcanic smog.
Finally, we can have the UV lamp as an optional filter, to neutralize any live contaminants that pass through the rays, including bacteria and viruses. The 10W UV lamp costs you $131, and only lasts for one year. If you don’t live in areas with high level of viruses, I suggest to exclude this option.
Back to the most expected part, the real-world test, we will have the AllerAir 5000 to perform in the same conditions as the previous model. The comparison models this time would be the Austin Air HealthMate Plus, IQAir HealthPro Plus and Airpura UV600. We can see they all make the impressive marks, to have high efficiency from 99.98% – 99.99%.
The basic Medical-grade True HEPA filter from AllerAir AirMedic Pro 5 is available, and you can purchase it with only $131, and it can last as good as two years. Carbon filter needs to be purchased from $171, but it can last for up to 5 years.
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4. AllerAir 5000 Room Coverage
Why do you need to buy high-end air purifiers? One main reason: to cover your whole house, or large rooms. This AllerAir 5000 is absolutely for large rooms, and it can clean a room of 1500 square feet with ease. For real, the CADR rating of this air purifier is only behind the Airpura fan power.
The ACH of AllerAir 5000 is 4X. With high fan power, the AllerAir 5000 can deliver fresh air every 15 minutes.
The CADR of AllerAir 5000 is 400 cfm in general. This high CADR rating is really for a high-end air purifier, and it is enough to help the AllerAir 5000 clean such large rooms. However, the fan power is still below the trio of Dyson Pure Cool Link, Dyson Pure Hot+Cool and Dyson Pure Cool Tower, because the Dyson air purifiers are designed to be the cooling fan as well.
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5. AllerAir 5000 Sound
The most obvious thing to have a powerful air purifier is living with its loud noise. There is still not good enough technology to help air purifiers with high fan power cope with the noise level. Normally, the higher the fan power, the noisier.
AllerAir AirMedic Pro 5, the new name of AllerAir 5000, is certainly an innovative machine. However, the motor inside this machine needs huge power to deliver strong air delivery rate, and you can’t expect it to be silent. We have the lowest noise level to be 50 decibels (db), which is exactly the highest noise level of many air purifiers, some even with strong air blow like the AllerAir 5000.
And the nightmare will come to the highest setting, when the AllerAir 5000 is recorded with the noise level of 75 decibels. This is higher than the threshold of noise, and many people may find it too annoying to stand. If you run this air purifier while sleeping, the high chance is you just can’t sleep.
I suggest to use the compact air purifiers in the bedroom, for example the AllerAir AirMed or AllerAir AirMed 3. However, you still can’t run them on highest speed for sure.
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6. AllerAir 5000 Power Consumption
In Breathe Quality, one of our most FAQs is “Do air purifiers use a lot of energy?”. In fact, an air purifier needs to run for a long time (usually more than 8 hours) to be efficient, and therefore, power consumption is an important criteria to decide which air purifier to buy.
AllerAir 5000 has power consumption from 115 to 150 watts. That’s quite reasonable for an air purifier with such high capacity, and we don’t need an Energy Star rating to check if this air purifier is energy saving or not. Sure enough, the answer is just no.
If you run the AllerAir 5000 for 8 hours per day, you need to pay $41 to $55 annually.
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7. AllerAir 5000 Additional Features
Just like all air purifiers in the AllerAir family, the AllerAir AirMedic Pro 5 or AllerAir 5000 comes with no additional features. Classic high-end air purifiers like this machine tends to improve the actual performance, or the technology of air filtration, rather than adding some new features.
Sadly, today we love to have the Smart Sensor and some even consider this feature as necessary. The Smart Sensor will be the perfect way to ease our lives, as we only need to turn on the air purifier, and let it do the task entirely.
But back to our AllerAir 5000, what do we have? Only one simple knob, and nothing more.
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8. AllerAir 5000 Customer Service
As the leading air purifier company in the North America, AllerAir strongly focuses on the customer service. They ensure to give you not only the finest product in the world, but also the most comprehensive support policy as possible.
Their main selling point is the deepest carbon beds on the market, with up to 40 different proprietary carbon blends. To back up the high-quality air filters, they dare to give you difference back PLUS one air purifier for free, for any competitor’s unit with more relevant carbon + HEPA filtration at a lower price. So to say, AllerAir is really confident about their pricing policy.
Do you need help? AllerAir provides a toll free customer support phone-line (available Monday to Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM) and you can either call them at 888-852-8247, or live chat with them. If you contact them outside the business hours, you can email them via the Contact Us page.
Just like any air purifier brands located in the United States, AllerAir allows us to return the air purifier within 30 days, but you must take a 25% restocking charge. If you want to avoid the charge, be sure to return the products unused and unopened within 15 days. The filters can also be returned, but only in unopened condition, within 15 days.
AllerAir is one of the few brands that offers the 5-year warranty, for all air purifiers in the Pro 4 (formerly 4000), Pro 5 (formerly 5000) and Pro 6 (formerly 6000) series, as well as a 10-year warranty on parts (such as motor, cord, switch, wheels, etc). All air purifiers in the AirMed 1 and AirMed 3 only receive an 1-year warranty on both parts and labor.
9. Our verdict
AllerAir 5000 clearly takes the same route as powerful air purifiers like Austin Air HealthMate Plus or Airpura V600, to focus on improving the efficiency and capacity. We can see better air filtration method in the new AllerAir AirMedic Pro 5 in a ton of customized options. But no way we can find a little new additional feature in this machine.
The AllerAir 5000 starts as the entry-level to high-range segment, but if you want a luxury thing, the AllerAir AirMedic Pro 5 Ultra VOG and AllerAir AirMedic Pro 5 Ultra S are yours to burn the money. It is equivalent to even the Airpura P600 or Oransi Erik 650A, however, I must assure you that the AllerAir deserves that huge sum of money. It is just… suitable for anyone who are desperate with their allergies and heath problems.
But the drawbacks? AllerAir 5000 consumes more energy than average air purifiers, and the noise level is too high to accept. Should you be able to deal with these disadvantages, you can live well with the AllerAir machine.
- Cleaning Power
- Power Consumption
High performance, but the AllerAir 5000 should only be for people who have MCS.