Most of the best air purifiers promise to eliminate things like dust, allergens, pet dander, and odors, but the HealthProtect 7470i also significantly targets bacteria and viruses. However, product descriptions are very careful not to promise that it will kill SARA-CoV-2 or reduce virus transmission. Still, we were intrigued by the slightly different USP and a premium release from air quality experts, Blueair. 

Blueair HealthProtect 7470i: Key specs

Power: 9-43WRecommended room size: 418 sqftCADR: 475m3/hr (pollen), 465m3/hr (dust), 455m3/hr (smoke)Smart?: YesNoise: 25-48dBDimensions: H27.2 x W11.8 x D11.8inWeight: 27.6lbs

Blueair HealthProtect 7470i: Set-up

Though the Blueair HealthProtect 7470i looks advanced and complicated to get set up, it’s actually a very simple process. Once unboxed, you’ll need to plug the appliance in and download the app to your smartphone. The Blueair app will direct you through the process of pairing your account to the air purifier, and from there, you’ll be able to keep track of air quality data and more from your device. You’ll want to place the HealthProtect 7470i somewhere with space all around, and ‘SpiralAir’ technology means that it can evenly distribute clean air 360 degrees around the room. Thankfully, wheels make it easier to move around, but its size made it difficult to identify the perfect spot.

Blueair HealthProtect 7470i: Performance

As said, though Blueair is careful not to make promises the HealthProtect 7470i can’t keep, we were very intrigued about whether we would notice a difference. While you can control the purifier using your phone or smart speaker, there are also controls on the LCD display on top of the device. These include turning it on/off, setting the speed (a choice of 1, 2, 3, auto or night), and - strangely enough - switching the GermShield technology on or off. In terms of monitoring how well the HealthProtect protects you from nasties in the air, the data provided doesn’t dive as deeply as we would have liked. For example, you can find information on PM 1 (fuels), PM 2.5 (cooking and smoking), PM 10 (dust and pollen), tVOC (detergents, paints, and perfumes), temperature, and humidity but bacteria and viruses are missing. As the unique selling point here, we were confused by the absence of something you wouldn’t get from a more basic air purifier. Still, it certainly isn’t lacking anything you’d expect to find outside of the extra virus protection, and the data on things like particulate matter and tVOC gases is presented nicely in both the app and the device’s own display. It’s also very quiet (24dB on its lowest setting), often identifying pollution from cooking or cleaning and ridding the air of them without us even noticing. According to Blueair, the HEPASilent Ultra filter is responsible for this ‘whisper quiet’ operation, using electrostatic and mechanical filtration to produce 50% more clean air using 55% less energy and making 10% less noise. Night mode is also present, making the HealthProtect even quieter and less conspicuous. You can set this to come on automatically at your preferred time, so you won’t need to worry about being disturbed as you sleep.

Blueair HealthProtect 7470i: Design

Due to its larger size and ‘hard to miss’ design, we would only wholeheartedly recommend the Blueair HealthProtect to those with larger spaces. Cramped living rooms could be completely overwhelmed by the device, and depending on personal taste, it won’t suit many decor styles. The white, boxy shape is an acquired taste, even if the extra features on offer make up for it. Of course, the more clinical aesthetic might be intentional, designed to appeal to the more health conscious, and it isn’t ugly by any stretch of the imagination. The wheels on the bottom are a welcome inclusion, making it much easier to move the purifier from room to room without needing to lift it. As said, its quiet operation, even as it comfortably removes impurities from the air, makes it a good choice for the bedroom. At the same time, you may want to position it outside the kitchen when you’re cooking something particularly pungent.

Blueair HealthProtect 7470i: Our verdict

While certainly a few improvements and tweaks could be made to the overall experience of the Blueair HealthProtect 7470i, we can’t fault its performance too much. It’s difficult to measure its effectiveness against bacteria and viruses when compared to other air purifiers without data reported in the app. Still, we would guess that it would serve as an added extra for peace of mind rather than something on the frontline of defense against seasonal sniffles or something worse.

About this review, and the reviewer

Caroline is the smart homes editor for Homes & Gardens, writing about and reviewing all of the devices and gadgets that have cropped up over the last few years, promising to make our lives simpler and more efficient. The Blueair HealthProtect 7470i was kindly provided for review purposes and was tested in the writer’s own home over a period of several weeks.

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