The Winix PlasmaWave 5300 True HEPA Air Cleaner, is an unit which is designed to clean the air in rooms up to 350 square feet, in size. The HEPA filter in this unit captures unwanted particles down to 0.3 microns. The carbon filter captures larger particles, which not only prolongs the life of the HEPA filter, but helps remove unwanted odors. The PlasmaWave technology of this unit is designed to provide exceptional allergen removal and odor control. This air purifier offers 3 phases of air purification, which includes snagging mold spores, smoke, dander, pollen, dust, hair and lint.
The Winix PlasmaWave 5300 breaks down the molecules of the particles without leaving any dangerous ozone behind. This unit also has an automatic sensor, which monitors the air quality in the room and makes the necessary cleaning level adjustments. This energy saving, auto feature will select one of the 4 fan speeds to provide be right cleaning for the task at hand. This air cleaner offers a quiet mode through turbo mode and even has a mode for sleeping, which features a lowered speed of fan and display light dimming. All of this and the Energy Star rating, make this air purifier by Winix look like a good way to have cleaner indoor air.
Most of the reviews on this unit seem to be positive. Most consumers, who have chosen this Winix model of air cleaner, have given 5 stars on its performance. There has been talk of cleaner air and lessened smells and allergies. So much so, that some consumers have purchased more of the Winix PlasmaWave 5300 for other rooms in their homes. Now, there have been some mixed experiences with receiving the remote and when the air cleaning power kicks in. Some users have commented on the unit shutting down and having to be power cycled to resume working. These are comments from 4 and even some 5 star users of this product. Clearly, for them, the air cleaning power is quality enough to overlook these issues.
There has been mixed feedback about the noise of the fan and the PlasmaWave technology. Those who are very light sleepers have commented that either not sleeping with this air cleaner on or putting it on a wall timer might be best. Some people, who have bought this unit have noted that the PlasmaWave sound has been a bother to them. These are people who easily hear high pitched sounds, though. Also, on the site of a major, online retailer, the Winix PlasmaWave 5300 used to be pictured with a remote. This remote is the only way to shut off the PlasmaWave feature. Many customers contacted the company about not receiving a remote. Some were later sent out. Now, this unit states in the stats, that it does not come with a remote. There is another model of air cleaner in the 5000 series by Winix, which comes with a remote and a permanent HEPA filter. Some of the people who own the Winix PlasmaWave 5300, have suggested paying the extra $50 for the other one. Replacing HEPA filters can become a bit pricey after a while.
Overall it would seem that the positive feedback on this unit is very positive. There are those who have made adjustments in the filter department of the Winix PlasmaWave 5300. It would seem that there are a variety of filters, which will fit in this unit. Some of them are the washable carbon filters, which cuts down on the cost of replacement. Others have spoken of a higher quality HEPA filter, which can also be used in this Winix air cleaner. Some clever consumers have even gone with cut to fit, activated carbon filters and even added more than one to their air purifier. Now, some of the very negative feedback has come when, if for some reason this unit has been defective or breaks, the customer service at Winix has been not so much helpful. There are some who were able to return this item to Amazon and it went smoothly. There were just more stories about Winix not being very customer friendly. Now keep in mind, most people have been happy with their Winix PlasmaWave 5300 air purifier. It just seems that if something goes amiss with it, Winix may not be all that accomodating about an exchange.
It was bad enough to sour at least one customer on the Winix brand, and this person had 2 of the 5300 and 1 of another model. One of this person’s Winix 5300 air purifiers started making an unusual noise. The customer knew that it was not the sometimes static crackle, which the PlasmaWave sometimes makes. The representative at Winix described the noise differently, upon its return, said it was just the plasma wave and that they would be sending back the same unit. Basically, a “suck it up” attitude. Unfortunately, this person was not the only one to feel treated this way with a Winix return. Fortunately, most people who buy the Winix PlasmaWave 5300, have not had to make returns. Most people seem to feel that this product is worth the funds. On the right site, the Winix 5300 can be purchased for about $160.
Not being able to turn off the PlasmaWave feature without having a remote, has been a concern those who think that this technology does produce ozone. It has also been a bit of a drawback for those who are actually bothered by the sound of the PlasmaWave. Most people do not seem to notice or be affected by this technology. Most of the people who purchased the Winix PlasmaWave 5300 True HEPA Air Cleaner, have enjoyed the air quality sensor performance. The ones who have have noted that the unit kicks in stronger when a cat is using the litterbox, when a person is spraying fragrance or if someone is passing gas. There are a number of consumers, who feel that the sensor is random. These do not tend to be the customers who give this unit the 4 or 5 star ratings, of course. Overall, it may be a satisfactory air purifier. At least, most of the reviews say so.