Sharper Image opinion please

I have been thinking about getting the professional ionic breeze the one that has the UV light in it and was wondering what you all think or your opinions were of it. I have allergies to molds and dust and other things with my eyes itching a lot. They want 499.99 for it with the second one for 1/2 price. So, they are not cheap and I don't want to get ripped off. Thanks for your help.
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John wrote:

I can't testify to the efficacy of the unit, but here's all the information I would need if I was searching for a solution and thought this *might* be it.
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http://www.sharperimage.com/us/en/cust_help/cserv_returnsandexchanges.jhtml#policy
Returns & Exchanges
What is your return policy? How do I return items from a Canadian order? International Returns Replacement Guarantee
What is your return policy? (top)
We stand behind every product we sell. If you're not absolutely pleased with your purchase - for any reason - we'll be happy to make an exchange or refund the purchase price. Simply return the item to us within 60 days via insured parcel post or UPS to:
T.S.I. Returns, 2901-A W 60th St., Little Rock, AR 72209
You can also return products to any of our more than 180 stores nationwide. From sharperimage.com you can look for the store nearest you by selecting "store locations" from the bottom of any page.
We ask that returned products be in like-new condition with original packaging and materials. A receipt must accompany all returns.
Many of the products won at our auction site also have a 30-day return privilege. See auction site for specifics.
Joe
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The price is a real turn off for me too. Hopefully the patent will run out soon so competition can drive the price down. Certainly dosen't cost them all that much more to make than a conventional one.

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John wrote:

Search the archives for this newsgroup for "ionic breeze". There are certainly many opinions about it, but if you stick to the science, it sounds to me like the air cleaner is just plain dangerous because of the ozone it produces.
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I am allergic to mold in the air, 3-5 microns. I do not have the pro one. But I do have two of the original ones. They are about 7 years old now and I may have to replace the grids soon.
I use an ASHRE 6 rated air conditioner filter and with 2 of the Ionic's running in a 1650 sq ft home. I have no floaties in the air. I have tile floors and a dog. I live in Phoenix, not exactly know for cleanliness.
The Ionic's do a good job of cleaning the air. I had a integral sink with my solid surface counter tops in my last home. Cleaning the Ionic's in the sink stained it. Thank god for Simple Green.
I am not so sure that you need to pay up for the UV one. I am not so sure that the UV is all that great of an improvement. The rating for the units I have say 500 sq ft. They are silent until they need cleaning. Then they make some noise.
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Ionic Breeze is a waste of money. Consumer Reports tested it & found it to do very little cleaning of air. I tested it with a very sensitive and expensive hot wire anemometer to measure air flow. Your average home filter grille has a velocity of 300 feet per minute over a large area. That moves a lot of air through whatever filter is installed there. The Ionic Breeze has an average velocity of 90 feet per minute over a very small opening. Very little air means very little filtering. Also note it has three collection plates spaced very far apart. A good electronic air cleaner has more, larger plates spaced much closer together. This holds more dirt. The people I know that have Ionic Breeze clean them every three months. Not much dirt on 3 small plates means not much dirt removed from the air. Go waste your money on something more fun!
Stretch
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Sharper Image actually sued Consumer Reports over their review of the Ionic Breeze. Sharper Image not only lost, but was ordered to pay about a half-million dollars in legal expenses incurred by CR. A Google search ought to reveal some details.
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John wrote:

Those things do everything they were designed to do and everything they say in the ads. However they were designed to make Sharper Image lots and lots of money. If you listen carefully to the ads they will tell you they HELP REDUCE. The problem is they don't help much and don't have nearly enough cleaning capacity to make a dent in real life situations. The independent test I have seen indicate they would take about 6 months to clean out a room as well as a HEPA can do in a matter of hours.
Help reduce can mean a reduction of 0.02%. Not enough to help.
While doing this they add Ozone to your air. Ozone is that nice after the thunderstorm smell, but it also is a well known pollutant. You don't want this stuff.
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I'm in the market for a couple of good air filters and have been doing a lot of reading of user reviews, Consumer Reports, etc. The general consensus is the ionic filters don't do much. Hepa filters, on the other hand, are supposed to be very effective. As I said, this isn't from personal experience, just what I've found in my research.
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Consumer Reports has an old article , go online. Basicly it said dont waste your money it is worthless, and for 500 you can get a top line filter that realy works without adding Ozone, a by product of the Idiodic breese you should realy not add to your home. Get a better furnace filter and a stand alone room unit that is proven to work one that does not add the lung irritant 03
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My opinion is that they are pretty much worthless. Excellent marketing, lousy engineering. To move a significant amount of air, they would have to be VERY much larger. The HEPA units move SUBSTANTIALLY more air. While the filters need occasional replacement (and they are fairly expensive), they are infinitely more effective as they move so much more air.
I have substantial allergies to mold. (late summer early fall). What works best for me are HEPA filters. I prefer the ones like the Honeywells which use an external (cheap) filter of wraparound foam. You change the cheap filters about 3 times for each changing of the HEPA filter.
Good luck,
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I'm on my 2nd Honeywell HEPA air filtration system. The 1st one lasted over 10 years, then the on-off switch broke so I just bought another one.
Seeing what it cleans from my bedroom air, it's hard to believe that something else could be better. I would sometimes have trouble sleeping at different times of the year because of allergies, and those days are over.
If you are going to buy a filtration system, it doesn't do any good if you don't get the best one you can. There are plenty of good Honeywell room HEPA filtration systems below $150, some below $100. Why spend so much more on the Sharper Image unit, whose performance is suspect?
Steve
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I have a Honywell electronic air cleaner attached to my furnace for the past 20 yrs and it works great.
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John writes:

Yes, spending $500 on a gadget may give you a placebo effect for your psychosomatic illness.
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