Honeywell HPA200 Review – Complete Review

Introduction

The Honeywell HPA200 is one of the company’s top-selling models, and for a good reason. With an easy-to-use interface that doesn’t require any complicated maintenance or repairs on your part (and its filters last up to 12 months!), this product has everything you need in order to maintain air quality around both home AND office spaces!

Honeywell’s HPA200 is an air purifier that uses True HEPA technology to remove up to 99.97% of airborne particles from the air that passes through it. This includes pollen, dust mites, mold spores, smoke, and pet dander, which can cause allergies or respiratory problems. The unit is also quiet, so you won’t even know it’s running!

Design 

Honeywell HPA200 comes in two different editions: the Black Edition and the White edition.

Honeywell is not the most stylish brand when it comes to air purifiers, but many people buy them because they are a quality brand that doesn’t cost a lot. The design of Honeywell HPA200 is classic and simple, with the air intake coming from the whole body. This design is perfect for its fan power, which means the air purifier can actually do its job well.

The Honeywell HPA200 air purifier is different from other air purifiers in its price range because it has a combination of plastic and metal parts. The top of the air purifier has an air outlet grille. The Honeywell HPA200 is also smaller than the Honeywell HPA300, being only 19 inches tall. It has the same controller on top with function buttons and two LED indicators for filter replacement.

The Honeywell HPA200 has two handles on each side. This makes it easier for you to move the air purifier around your home. The weight of the Honeywell HPA200 is only 14 lbs, which is less than 10 lbs for the larger Honeywell HPA300.

The Honeywell HPA200 is designed for a large room, but the Honeywell HPA300 is a better option for a large room. If you are looking for a small air purifier from the Honeywell brand, you should look for the Honeywell HPA100 or the Honeywell HPA060.

Usability

One of the strong points of the HPA200 and other units in the HPA series is that they have control panel lights that can be turned off completely. This is not common for most other air purifiers on the market, including top-rated models like the Coway Mighty and Winix 5500-2.

The HPA200 series air purifier is more portable than most other air purifiers because it has two side pocket handles. This makes it very easy to lift up and move around. Other air purifiers on the market either have no handle or a single handle on the back.

This unit does have a timer, but it doesn’t have remote or Smart functionality. That means you can’t control it with an app.

Filters

Honeywell HPA200

The HPA200 has two HEPA filters. The filters are the same as the ones in the smaller HPA100. The only difference is that the HPA200 has two filters, while the HPA100 has only one.

HEPA filtration is the best way to filter out particles like pollen, dust, smoke, and more. It captures 99.97% of all particles that go through the filter. This is a very high rate of efficiency that ensures your air will be clean.

This Honeywell unit also has a carbon filter. The carbon filter is put over the two HEPA filters. This means that the air goes through the carbon filter first. The carbon filter will catch any large particles.

The carbon filter will become saturated quickly with large particles, so it needs to be replaced more often. However, the HEPA filter will not become saturated with these particles and so it will last longer. The HEPA filter is more costly to replace than the carbon filter, which is why this can be considered a good thing.

The Coway Mighty and Winix 5500-2 both come with an additional, washable pre-filter. This separate pre-filter helps to extend the life of the HEPA filter and the carbon filter. As a result, you need to replace both filters less frequently.

Air performance

In 150 sq. ft. test conditions, the HPA200 at 200 CFM was able to lower particle concentration in the room from 10,000 particles per cubic ft. to 1,000 particles per cubic ft. in 11 minutes. This is only 1 to 2 minutes slower than most 250 CFM units (the Coway Mighty and Winix 5500-2 are two examples) and about twice as fast as most 100 CFM units (for example, the Honeywell HPA100). This is unsurprising considering it has twice the output (CFM).

The unit was able to lower the room’s particle concentration all the way down to 100 particles per cubic ft. in 35 minutes. This makes it as effective as higher CFM units (e.g. Coway Mighty, Winix 5500-2) in achieving completely clean air in such a size room, although it took longer to do so. The Coway took 23 minutes and the Winix took 15 minutes.

Air movement

The HPA200 has a maximum output of 200 cubic feet per minute (CFM), meaning it can clean a block of 200 cubic feet of air every minute. Our test results show that it is able to service a room up to 250 sq. ft. with high-efficiency particle filters (2x HEPA filters).

Note that in order to service a 250 sq. ft. room, the fan needs to be set to maximum speed. At this speed, it is quite loud. However, on lower fan speeds it is much quieter but will not be able to effectively lower room concentration in a large room.

Our fan speed vs area of coverage recommendations are:

On turbo (highest fan speed), it can serve a 250 sq. ft. room. On high (second highest fan speed), it can serve a 200 sq. ft. room and, on medium (third highest), a 150 sq. ft. room, and on low, a 100 sq. ft. room

Noise 

This unit also produces a lot of noise for how much air it moves.


On its highest setting, this unit moves 200 cubic feet of air per minute. It was measured to produce 69.6 decibels of noise, which is pretty loud. For comparison, the Coway Mighty was measured to produce less noise at 250 cubic feet per minute – 66.1 dB – but that’s because it’s a bigger machine.


If you need to run the unit on low settings, be aware that it will be quite loud. It was measured at 50.9 dB on low, which is worse than other units that are louder on low settings.
If you are planning to purchase an air purifier for your office or bedroom, we do not recommend the Honeywell HPA200. There have been many negative reviews about how noisy this air purifier can be, and it seems that these reviews are increasing.

Durability

The build quality of the HPA200 is the same as the HPA100. The only difference is that the HPA200 is larger. However, the HPA100 is half the price of the HPA200. So units that are similarly priced to the HPA200 have better build quality and use higher quality parts.

Energy efficiency

This Honeywell unit, like other units in the HPA line, is not very efficient when it comes to energy use.

The max. Settings on this unit result in it drawing 86.6 watts of power. A better-quality unit, like the Coway Mighty, draws less power – 72.3 watts – but produces more airflow – 250 CFM.

The HPA200 uses 62.1 watts of power on lower settings, while the Coway only uses 8.1 watts of power. If you’re looking for an energy-efficient air purifier, the Coway is a better option.

The Honeywell HPA200 costs up to $30 per year to use 8 hours per day. This cost is stable and reasonable, as the Honeywell HPA200 is an Energy Star device.

Price & Value

This unit is on the low side because it is not very energy efficient. This means that it will cost you more money to use it over time than if you had a different, more efficient unit.

Second, the high filter replacement costs are a downside. This unit requires two HEPA filters, which are the same filters used in the HPA100.

The problem is that Honeywell prices the filter replacement for the HPA100 too high. The cost of a replacement filter is reasonable and competitive, but it becomes very expensive when you double the price. This becomes even more egregious with the HPA300, which requires three of the same filter.

This unit doesn’t offer good value because it is more expensive than other units that have better features or performance. The Coway Mighty is a better unit that outperforms the Honeywell in many areas.

The Winix 5500-2 is a good choice for a lower initial price. It has a greater output (250 CFM), a better carbon filter (see our review for more info), and also comes with a remote. The Winix, like the Coway, outperforms the HPA200 in important categories like energy efficiency and noise output as well.

User Experience 

There are three different types of Honeywell air purifiers: the HPA100, HPA200, and HPA300. However, when you actually order them, they do not come pre-cut, so you have to measure and cut them yourself. This can be very difficult and time-consuming. 

However, you can purchase them from Amazon very easily. Just type in “VEVA advanced filters” into the search bar, and you will see the precut pre-filter for your Honeywell HPA 100. This same pre-filter also fits the 200 and 300-series air purifiers. 

Even though Honeywell does not make the pre-cut pre-filters anymore for the HPA 100 to

Pros & cons

Pros
  • The 5-year warranty on this air purifier is longer than most other warranties.
  • The control panel lights turn off completely when the timer is set.
  • Fairly portable for its size. It is not very light, but it is easy to carry around because it has handles on each side.
  • Black is a good colour because it doesn’t show dirt easily.
  • A HEPA filter is a standard for particle filtration in the industry.
Cons
  • The carbon in the filter acts as a pre-filter and needs to be replaced more often because of it.
  • This fan has low energy efficiency – it doesn’t move a lot of air for the amount of energy it uses at all speeds, including medium.
  • The noise output from this fan is too high.

Verdict

The Honeywell HPA200 is a reasonable choice if you can’t afford the better Honeywell HPA300. It doesn’t have as much power as the HPA300, but it will help you against allergens. The Honeywell HPA200 also doesn’t have many smart features. If you’re looking for a newer model, I suggest you look at the Honeywell HPA250B or Honeywell HPA600B.