Holmes Air Purifiers

Like Honeywell, Holmes targets the lower price end of the air purifier market.  Units tend to be on the smaller size and many use HEPA filters.  Holmes has submitted some of its units for testing under the Clean Air Delivery Rate program but have not fared well possibly due to weak fan strength or construction that leaks air passing through it resulting in the discharge of unfiltered air.

Holmes Models

Holmes AOR1000FC-URatingsTechnical Specifications
Est. Price – $59.99Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) ?Smoke – NA / 450Pollen – NA / 450Dust – NA / 450Consumer Reports ?Score – NA / 100Dust/Pollen/Smoke
(High Setting)
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Room Size ? : 45 Sq. FtCirculation ? : NAFilter Type ? : Triple Layer Filter: Arm & Hammer Baking Soda, Zeolite & CarbonFilter Life Est. ? : NASize: 7″H x 11.5″W x 10.5″DWeight: 5.7 lbsNoise Level: NAEnergy Star? ? : No
Holmes HAP115Z-URatingsTechnical Specifications
Est. Price – $19.99Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) ?Smoke – NA / 450Pollen – NA / 450Dust – NA / 450Consumer Reports ?Score – NA / 100Dust/Pollen/Smoke
(High Setting)
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Room Size ? : NACirculation ? : NAFilter Type ? : Multi-stage Filter & IonizerFilter Life Est. ? : NASize: NAWeight: NANoise Level: NAEnergy Star? ? : No
Holmes HAP223RatingsTechnical Specifications
Est. Price – $39.99Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) ?Smoke – NA / 450Pollen – NA / 450Dust – NA / 450Consumer Reports ?Score – NA / 100Dust/Pollen/Smoke
(High Setting)
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Room Size ? : 70 Sq. FtCirculation ? : NAFilter Type ? : HEPA FilterFilter Life Est. ? : 3-6 MonthsSize: 8.5″H x 9″W x 6″DWeight: 4.3 lbsNoise Level: NAEnergy Star? ? : No
Holmes HAP242-TU1RatingsTechnical Specifications
Est. Price – NAClean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) ?Smoke – 70 / 450Pollen – NA / 450Dust – NA / 450Consumer Reports ?Score – NA / 100Dust/Pollen/Smoke
(High Setting)
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Room Size ? : 110 Sq. FtCirculation ? : NAFilter Type ? : HEPA FilterFilter Life Est. ? : NASize: NAWeight: NANoise Level: NAEnergy Star? ? : No
Holmes HAP412W-TURatingsTechnical Specifications
Est. Price – NAClean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) ?Smoke – NA / 450Pollen – NA / 450Dust – NA / 450Consumer Reports ?Score – NA / 100Dust/Pollen/Smoke
(High Setting)
 – NA / 5Est. Yearly Cost – NA
Room Size ? : 120 Sq. FtCirculation ? : NAFilter Type ? : HEPA FilterFilter Life Est. ? : NASize: NAWeight: NANoise Level: NAEnergy Star? ? : No
Holmes HAP422RC-TURatingsTechnical Specifications
Est. Price – $108.01Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) ?Smoke – 116 / 450Pollen – NA / 450Dust – NA / 450Consumer Reports ?Score – NA / 100Dust/Pollen/Smoke
(High Setting)
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Room Size ? : 180 Sq. FtCirculation ? : NAFilter Type ? : HEPA FilterFilter Life Est. ? : 3 MonthsSize: 26.5″H x 9.5″W x 6.5″DWeight: NANoise Level: NAEnergy Star? ? : No
Holmes HAP424-URatingsTechnical Specifications
Est. Price – $75.81Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) ?Smoke – 116 / 450Pollen – NA / 450Dust – NA / 450Consumer Reports ?Score – NA / 100Dust/Pollen/Smoke
(High Setting)
 – NA / 5Est. Yearly Cost – NA
Room Size ? : 180 Sq. FtCirculation ? : NAFilter Type ? : HEPA FilterFilter Life Est. ? : 3-6 MonthsSize: 28″H x 10″W x 8″DWeight: 11.4 lbsNoise Level: NAEnergy Star? ? : No
Holmes HAP706-URatingsTechnical Specifications
Est. Price – $64Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) ?Smoke – NA / 450Pollen – NA / 450Dust – NA / 450Consumer Reports ?Score – NA / 100Dust/Pollen/Smoke
(High Setting)
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Room Size ? : 80 Sq. FtCirculation ? : NAFilter Type ? : HEPA Filter & Washable Pre-FilterFilter Life Est. ? : 10-12 MonthsSize: 15.7″H x 8.2″W x 11.4″DWeight: 8 lbsNoise Level: NAEnergy Star? ? : No
Holmes HAP716-URatingsTechnical Specifications
Est. Price – $88.78Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) ?Smoke – 100 / 450Pollen – NA / 450Dust – NA / 450Consumer Reports ?Score – NA / 100Dust/Pollen/Smoke
(High Setting)
 – NA / 5Est. Yearly Cost – NA
Room Size ? : 150 Sq. FtCirculation ? : NAFilter Type ? : HEPA Filter & Washable Pre-FilterFilter Life Est. ? : NASize: 28.3″H x 8.2″W x 11.1″DWeight: 14 lbsNoise Level: NAEnergy Star? ? : No
Holmes HAP726-URatingsTechnical Specifications
Est. Price – $107.95Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) ?Smoke – 168 / 450Pollen – NA / 450Dust – NA / 450Consumer Reports ?Score – NA / 100Dust/Pollen/Smoke
(High Setting)
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Room Size ? : 256 Sq. FtCirculation ? : NAFilter Type ? : HEPA Filter & Carbon FilterFilter Life Est. ? : 3-18 MonthsSize: 18.7″H x 17.73″W x 9.3″DWeight: 17.1 lbsNoise Level: NAEnergy Star? ? : No
Holmes HAP756-URatingsTechnical Specifications
Est. Price – $208.45Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) ?Smoke – 270 / 450Pollen – 230 / 450Dust – 275 / 450Consumer Reports ?Score – 62 / 100Dust/Pollen/Smoke
(High Setting)
 – 5 / 5Est. Yearly Cost – NA
Room Size ? : 418 Sq. FtCirculation ? : NAFilter Type ? : HEPA FilterFilter Life Est. ? : 3-18 MonthsSize: 22.4″H x 10.4″W x 21.4″DWeight: 23 lbsNoise Level: NAEnergy Star? ? : Yes
Holmes HAP1200-URatingsTechnical Specifications
Est. Price – $78.39Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) ?Smoke – NA / 450Pollen – NA / 450Dust – NA / 450Consumer Reports ?Score – 33 / 100Dust/Pollen/Smoke
(High Setting)
 – 2 / 5Est. Yearly Cost – NA
Room Size ? : 170 Sq. FtCirculation ? : NAFilter Type ? : Permanent Filter, HEPA Filter & Pre-FilterFilter Life Est. ? : NASize: 28.9″H x 8.5″W x 11.2″DWeight: 13.4 lbsNoise Level: NAEnergy Star? ? : No
Holmes HAP2400B-URatingsTechnical Specifications
Est. Price – $49.95Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) ?Smoke – 70 / 450Pollen – NA / 450Dust – NA / 450Consumer Reports ?Score – NA / 100Dust/Pollen/Smoke
(High Setting)
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Room Size ? : 110 Sq. FtCirculation ? : NAFilter Type ? : HEPA FilterFilter Life Est. ? : 3-6 MonthsSize: 6″H x 13.5″W x 10.5″DWeight: 6 lbsNoise Level: NAEnergy Star? ? : No
Holmes HAP8615-URatingsTechnical Specifications
Est. Price – $72.59Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) ?Smoke – 75 / 450Pollen – NA / 450Dust – NA / 450Consumer Reports ?Score – NA / 100Dust/Pollen/Smoke
(High Setting)
 – NA / 5Est. Yearly Cost – NA
Room Size ? : 116 Sq. FtCirculation ? : NAFilter Type ? : HEPA FilterFilter Life Est. ? : NASize: 15.6″H x 9.8″W x 12.6″DWeight: 9.6 lbsNoise Level: NAEnergy Star? ? : No
Holmes HAP9240-URatingsTechnical Specifications
Est. Price – NAClean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) ?Smoke – 65 / 450Pollen – NA / 450Dust – NA / 450Consumer Reports ?Score – NA / 100Dust/Pollen/Smoke
(High Setting)
 – NA / 5Est. Yearly Cost – NA
Room Size ? : 101 Sq. FtCirculation ? : NAFilter Type ? : HEPA FilterFilter Life Est. ? : NASize: NAWeight: NANoise Level: NAEnergy Star? ? : No
Holmes HAP9412B-URatingsTechnical Specifications
Est. Price – NAClean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) ?Smoke – NA / 450Pollen – NA / 450Dust – NA / 450Consumer Reports ?Score – NA / 100Dust/Pollen/Smoke
(High Setting)
 – NA / 5Est. Yearly Cost – NA
Room Size ? : 110 Sq. FtCirculation ? : NAFilter Type ? : HEPA FilterFilter Life Est. ? : 3-6 MonthsSize: NAWeight: NANoise Level: NAEnergy Star? ? : No
Holmes HAP9412W-URatingsTechnical Specifications
Est. Price – NAClean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) ?Smoke – NA / 450Pollen – NA / 450Dust – NA / 450Consumer Reports ?Score – NA / 100Dust/Pollen/Smoke
(High Setting)
 – NA / 5Est. Yearly Cost – NA
Room Size ? : 110 Sq. FtCirculation ? : NAFilter Type ? : HEPA FilterFilter Life Est. ? : 3-6 MonthsSize: NAWeight: NANoise Level: NAEnergy Star? ? : No
Holmes HAP9424B-URatingsTechnical Specifications
Est. Price – NAClean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) ?Smoke – 105 / 450Pollen – NA / 450Dust – NA / 450Consumer Reports ?Score – NA / 100Dust/Pollen/Smoke
(High Setting)
 – NA / 5Est. Yearly Cost – NA
Room Size ? : 165 Sq. FtCirculation ? : NAFilter Type ? : HEPA FilterFilter Life Est. ? : NASize: NAWeight: NANoise Level: NAEnergy Star? ? : No
Holmes HAP9424W-URatingsTechnical Specifications
Est. Price – $69.99Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) ?Smoke – 105 / 450Pollen – NA / 450Dust – NA / 450Consumer Reports ?Score – NA / 100Dust/Pollen/Smoke
(High Setting)
 – NA / 5Est. Yearly Cost – NA
Room Size ? : 165 Sq. FtCirculation ? : NAFilter Type ? : HEPA FilterFilter Life Est. ? : NASize: NAWeight: NANoise Level: NAEnergy Star? ? : No
Air Purifier Noise Chart – Decibel Ratings of Common Sounds
SourceDecibel Rating (dB)
Falling leaves0-10
Whisper10-20
Soft music20-30
Mosquito buzz40-50
Normal voices50-70
Traffic sounds70-80
Vacuum cleaner80-90
Thunder90-100
Chain saw110-120
Rock concert120-130
Pain threshold (jet take off)130-140
Perforation of ear drum (gun shot)160 and higher

Holmes Company Info

Holmes has been in the air purifier business since 1982. The Holmes brand is a subsidiary of the Jarden Corporation, which owns other brands such as Sunbeam, Mr. Coffee, and Crock-Pot. Jarden also owns another air purification company, Bionaire.

Holmes Air Purifier Technology

The many air cleaners designed by Holmes primarily use either HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) or HEPA-type filters, though many models also include ionizers that may be turned on or off separately from the filter. Despite the term “HEPA-type,” there is clearly a major difference between true HEPA filters and others. HEPA filters, including those used by Holmes, are much more effective. Holmes claims that its HEPA filters will remove 99.97% of all particles larger than 0.3 microns; whereas the HEPA-type filters will eliminate 99% of all particles larger than 2.0 microns.

A careless customer might only look at the percentages and suppose that they are about the same, but the distinction between 0.3 microns and 2.0 microns is considerable when dealing with indoor air pollution. Many common pollutants fall somewhere in between those two sizes, which means that a HEPA filter will eliminate them, but a HEPA-type filter will likely not.

Also, note that HEPA filters, HEPA-type filters, and ionizers will not effectively deal with gaseous pollutants, only solid particles.

Price Range of Air Purifier Models

Holmes’s air purifiers are easy to find and are some of the most affordable on the market. The cheapest and smallest models cost no more than about $20, while the most expensive is only around $100, still relatively low for a purifier. In addition, though, filters need replacing every six to twelve months, adding to the overall cost. One Holmes model, though, does have a permanent filter that does not need to be replaced.


Holmes Air Purifier Models

  • Allergen Remover for Medium to Large Rooms (HAP726-U): HEPA filter enhanced with baking soda for odor control. Coverage area of 256 square feet.
  • Allergen Remover for Large Rooms (HAP756-U): HEPA filter enhanced with baking soda. Coverage area of 418 square feet.
  • Allergen Remover Tower Air (HAP716-U): HEPA filter, ionizer. Coverage area of 150 square feet.
  • Allergen Remover Tower Air (HAP8615-U): HEPA filter enhanced with baking soda. Coverage area of 116 square feet.
  • Allergen Remover Mini-Tower (HAP706-U): HEPA filter, ionizer. Coverage area of 80 square feet.
  • HEPA-type Desktop Air Purifier (HAP2400B-U): HEPA-type filter enhanced with baking soda. Coverage area of 110 square feet.
  • HEPA-type Tower Air Purifier (HAP424-U): HEPA-type filter enhanced with baking soda, ionizer. Coverage area of 180 square feet.
  • HEPA-type Mini Tower Air Purifier (HAP412W-TU): HEPA-type filter enhanced with baking soda, ionizer. Coverage area of 120 square feet.
  • HEPA-type Desktop Air Purifier (HAP242-TU1): HEPA-type filter enhanced with baking soda, ionizer. Coverage area of 109 square feet.
  • Desktop Air Purifier (HAP9240-U): HEPA-type filter, ionizer. Coverage area of 101 square feet.
  • Medium Room Air Purifier, White (HAP9424W-U): HEPA-type filter, ionizer. Coverage area of 165 square feet.
  • Medium Room Air Purifier, Black (HAP9424B-U): HEPA-type filter, ionizer. Coverage area of 165 square feet.
  • LifeLong HEPA-Type Tower Air Cleaner (HAP1200-U): Permanent HEPA-type filter, ionizer. Coverage area of 169 square feet.
  • HEPA-type Mini Tower Air Purifier (HAP412W-U): HEPA-type filter enhanced with baking soda, ionizer. Coverage area of 120 square feet.
  • Odor Grabber with HEPA-type Filter (HAP223-UC2): HEPA-type filter, carbon filter, ionizer. Coverage area of 70 square feet.
  • Personal Space Ionizing Air Purifier (HAP115Z-U): “Multi-stage filter,” ionizer. No coverage area given, but recommended for small rooms.
  • Pet Products Odor Purifier (AOR1000FC-U): Filter with “odor grabbing crystals.” No coverage area given, but recommended for medium-sized rooms.
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