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Blueair Classic 280i Air Purifier
Classic 280i
This portable air purifier from Blueair is primarily filter-based and has a filter indicator, dirt sensor, and 3 speeds. It’s designed for floor or tabletop use in a 279 sq ft space and weighs 22.8 pounds.
Description
This portable air purifier from Blueair is primarily filter-based and has a filter indicator, dirt sensor, and 3 speeds. It’s designed for floor or tabletop use in a 279 sq ft space and weighs 22.8 pounds.

Ratings Scorecard

Test Results

Dust, pollen, smoke removal (low)

Dust, pollen, smoke removal (low)

Dust, pollen, smoke removal is how well a model cleared air of fine clay dust and cigarette smoke when operating at a low speed that was typically one setting above the lowest speed. Many models have multiple speeds and the lowest is not as effective at cleaning the air. A model that scores well for dust removal should perform comparably for pollen.

 /  5
Dust, pollen, smoke removal (high)

Dust, pollen, smoke removal (high)

Dust, pollen, smoke removal is how well a model cleared air of fine clay dust and cigarette smoke when operating at its highest speed. A model that scores well for dust removal should perform comparably for pollen.

 /  5
Noise (low speed)

Noise (low speed)

Noise is based in instrument measurements with the model running at a low speed. The lowest speed may provide even quieter operation but will not be as effective at cleaning the air.

 /  5
Noise (high speed)

Noise (high speed)

Noise is based on instrument measurements with the model running at its highest speed.

 /  5
Ease of use

Ease of use

Reflects how intuitive and easy the controls are to use, carrying ease, ability to remove the filter, and filter life indicator.

 /  5
Annual cost

Annual cost

Annual cost is a combination of yearly filter and energy costs.

 /  5

About

The Blueair Classic 280i is part of the Air Purifiers test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Room Air Purifiers models like the Classic 280i are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Dust, pollen, smoke removal (low) Dust, pollen, smoke removal is how well a model cleared air of fine clay dust and cigarette smoke when operating at a low speed that was typically one setting above the lowest speed. Many models have multiple speeds and the lowest is not as effective at cleaning the air. A model that scores well for dust removal should perform comparably for pollen.

Dust, pollen, smoke removal (high) Dust, pollen, smoke removal is how well a model cleared air of fine clay dust and cigarette smoke when operating at its highest speed. A model that scores well for dust removal should perform comparably for pollen.

Noise (low speed) Noise is based in instrument measurements with the model running at a low speed. The lowest speed may provide even quieter operation but will not be as effective at cleaning the air.

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