Review: Honeywell HFD-120-Q QuietClean Tower Air Purifier with Permanent Filter

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My oldest daughter, who just recently turned 11, has a ton of allergies.  It seems the poor thing is allergic to every type of tree, flower, leaf, pet, pollen bud and spore under the sun.  She gets yearly tests by an allergist and takes medication to deal with it as best she can and this keeps her reactions mostly under control.  When the team at Honeywell reached out to me to see if I’d be interested in reviewing one of their products I jumped at the chance.  The HFD-120-Q QuietClean Tower Air Purifier was a logical fit.  This particular air purifier is meant for medium to large rooms (perfect for bedrooms) and utilizes a washable filter which means you don’t have to keep throwing money at it every month when it comes time to replace the filter

How did the HFD-120-Q perform?

Read on to find out.

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Meet exhibit A.  Our Golden Doodle Cody.  Golden Doodles (a mix between a Gold Retriever and a Poodle) are said to be hypoallergenic breeds.  While our allergist maintains that there’s really no such thing as a true hypoallergenic dog, we’ve found that Abby has little to no reaction to Cody most of the time.  We do take precautions like keeping him out of her room and limiting here direct contact with him for extended periods of time, and this does seem to help.  However, we’re also realists.  There is simply no way to keep Cody’s dander, and the limited amount of hair he sheds away from every area of the house.

It is for this reason I was excited to test out the HFD-120-Q and decided the place that made the most sense to keep it was in Abby’s room.

Inside the box, in addition to the unit itself, you’ll find a Quick Start Guide, longer Instruction Manual as well as a card with Honeywell’s contact information should you have any problems with the unit.

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At the top of the unit, hidden underneath is a handle which makes moving the purifier around easier.  It’s not terribly heavy but it is long.  The handle makes moving it from location to location in and around your home easier.

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The first thing I did, before setting up the HFD-120-Q, was pop off the filter cover so I could get a look at the inside of the unit.  Honeywell says that this unit captures 18 times more pollutants when compared to similar air purifiers.  Reason being, the fan that is built into the unit that effectively circulates air throughout the room, forcing particles through a 3-step filtration system. With it’s whisper quiet operation, the QuietClean air purifier circulates and filters room air.

The filter is removable and it’s recommended it be washed four times a year.  There’s an electronic reminder on the top of the unit which lets you know when it’s time to clean the filter.

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As far as setting up the HFD-120-Q, it’s pretty much “plug and play.”  Honeywell does recommend this unit be used in medium to large sized rooms and says it’s perfect for bedrooms.  The HFD-120-Q uses about the same amount of power as a standard household lightbulb so you needn’t worry about it driving up your monthly electric bill.  It’s also recommended that you place the unit at least three feet away from any wall to allow for proper circulation.

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On the top of the unit you’ll find a simple to use control panel.  The HFD-120-Q has three settings.  Low, medium and high.  Pressing the large power button cycles through from off to low, then to medium, then to high then back to the off position

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Three backlight displays let you know which of the three settings (low, medium, high) you have the unit set to.  It’s tough to see in the photo below but in this case we have the unit set to high and you can hopefully make out the illumination of the third clear panel.

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The other button on the control panel works the oscillating feature of the HFD-120-Q. This allows the unit to rotate automatically achieving more coverage in the room in which it’s placed. The HFD-120-Q can handle a room size up to 170 sq. feet.

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The HFD-120-Q is surprisingly quiet. My daughter isn’t the soundest of sleepers and has, in the past, complained about the noise of ceramic heaters, fans or other devices in her room. Once I plugged the HFD-120-Q into her room and turned it on I never heard her mention it being too loud once. The only sound which comes from the unit it that which comes from the internal fan and this is even quieter than that of a standard desktop fan.  It’s quiet enough to leave on all the time – even while you’re sleeping.

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So what’s most important about the HFD-120-Q is the fact that it just works.  It only took a few short minutes, after I’d plugged the unit in, for me to notice a difference.  The air in Abby’s room just smelled cleaner.  It’s something that’s not easily described in a written review, perhaps in the future we’ll be able to implement “smellavision” here at Run Around Tech, but for now you’ll have to take my word.  If you’ve ever gone outside on a clear fall day and taken a deep breath of fresh air that’s akin to what I felt like when I entered Abby’s bedroom with the HFD-120-Q running.

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We’ve tried a few other air purifiers around our house.  What we liked best about the HFD-120-Q is it’s oscillation feature which works to capture and clean air all around the room in which it’s placed, instead from only one angle.  It’s rather sleek and the black and silver finish mean you won’t be embarrassed keeping it out and on display in your home.  Backed by a five year warranty this is one air purifier worth looking into.

You can learn more about the Honeywell HFD-120-Q QuietClean Tower Air Purifier by visiting this page on the company’s web site.

MSRP:  $169.99

PROS:  Washable filter, large coverage area, oscillation function, quiet.

CONS:  None.


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  • jason mchann

    this is an advertisement not a review. a review would take measurements to prove effectiveness.