If you haven’t noticed already, there’s now been a shift on tech brands to provide a sustainable ecosystem in living spaces and smart homes. No denying it, climate change is inevitable and air quality isn’t as consistent anymore. With that said, we are seeing a few products to come out in this space to make your home a better place. While the winter months here in the UAE offer respite for the last quarter of the year. The summer’s can see temperatures going up to 45 degrees plus and it’s also dust season. I can see the need of air purifiers. So it was a bit of a surprise when I got LG’s Puricare 360 Air Purifier. They claim that it can remove minute dust particles, odors and make the air quality significantly better. I decided to put that claim to the test.
Setting it up.
The first thing that comes to mind is that the PuriCare 360 looks like a nuclear silo, it’s cylindrical and the main functioning part of the machine is the top head which gracefully opens like a can and rotates. You’d think this is coming straight from Blade Runner 2049. Setting it up out of the box can be a bit more trouble than it should considering the amount of wrapping you’ll have to open. I could make an argument about saving the environment and hopefully packaging materials too will be environmental friendly. The LED around the booster fans also indicate the level of air quality, this can be turned off if you want it to run during the night and the lights bother you.
While they look aesthetic, the air holes across the cylinder that line serve a functional use, these are the air intakes and give the 360 Air purifying it’s purpose. These can be opened easily though and snapped back in place to reveal the filters which only need to be cleaned once every three weeks and LG recommends replacing the filters yearly.
When you want Data on your dust
Okay I’ll level with you, you’ll know how the Puricare 360 makes a difference when you have a parent come and tell you that the house doesn’t smell as bad and they can breathe better. While I say this in jest there is a point I’m making here.
Dust particles measured in PM or particulate matter. PM10 being the standard that air purifiers can technically get rid of. The LG PuriCare 360 can go smaller, PM 1.0 and they’ll clean these up really quickly.
The booster fan unit on top can push air fairly across a large spread and I have to say the unit itself has a futuristic design. LG says these are 75% faster than other brands, the only company I can think rivals this claim is Dyson’s newer air purifiers. Overall, it should cover about a good spread in a room, LG says it’s effective up to a 512 sq. feet.
You also get a remote control to control the same settings and if you want to set it up remotely, you can also use LG’s smart ThinQ app to do the same thing. You can set the purifier to run before you come in so you’ll have ironically, fresh air inside your house.
The app itself can also give you a good indicator of your dust levels and severity of how unclean your air is. ( Worth mentioning here, my mother’s room was almost perfect, while my personal work space was the complete opposite.)
The data above is helpful especially if you have kids around as well, the purifier does a good job of cleaning not just low areas but lower ones as well. the platfom that LG’s software works on, Smart ThinQ can also be used to run LG’s other smart products.LG says their smart mode is the go to mode to use which regularly monitors and adjusts fan speed accordingly.
I’d see this being more commonly adopted in the months to come as conversations about the air we breathe become more regular but as of this moment, the LG PuriCare 360 makes a difference, it certainly did in my home. But that difference comes with a price. It’s currently available on retail for AED 5,250 though you can certainly get it cheaper on e-commerce platforms like Souq.
I’d say that, for a generation two device like this? It’s worth your investment.