Blue Pure 411 Air Purifier

Last updated date: February 11, 2019

DWYM Score
8.6

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 48 expert reviews, the BlueAir Blue Pure 411 Air Purifier placed 5th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 17, 2019:
Checkout The Best Air Purifier for a detailed review of all the top air purifiers.

Expert Summarized Score
8.7
4 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.4
312 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
It performs impressively, reducing particulates by more than 90 percent in 35 minutes in a New York City bedroom of 200 square feet (as well as the Coway performed on its quiet setting). It’s also attractive, with a simple cylindrical design and five color options, and compact, just 16½ inches tall and 7½ inches in diameter.
- New York Times Wirecutter
This small room purifier contains three filters, which work together to not only cleanse the air but also deodorize the air. Thanks to its compact design, you can put the purifier almost anywhere. It even comes with two colored pre-filters, so you can switch up the style to match your room’s decor. You may also change the fan speed to customize the clean-air output to the room size. Plus, it’s lightweight, and it comes with an extended warranty.
- HouseholdMe
It is relatively small, cylindrical, and slightly larger than a large shoebox turned on its side. It is designed to cover approximately 161 square feet, so the size was actually perfect for her room. It has a Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) of 105.
- HighTechDad
The best competition edge of the Blue Pure 411 with others is not just only from its small design, progressive air filters and a powerful fan; but also thanks to the incredible quietness this air purifier brings to us. That being said, you will have an air purifier with only 46 db at highest setting. Note that, Blue Pure 411 has 3 fan speeds, and the highest noise level is only a bit higher than library noise level.
- Breathe Quality
December 13, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
It only has one button that controls the fan speed.
- HouseholdMe
A bit expensive
- HighTechDad
The dust filter is not good enough, no true HEPA filter
- Breathe Quality
December 13, 2018 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Breathe and sleep easier thanks to Blue Pure 411 air purifier. With a simple, user-friendly one-button control you can easily select from 3 different fan speeds all of which help to remove allergy causing pollutants and odors. The three-stage filtration process starts with a colorful, washable pre-filter which captures larger particles like dust and pet hair. The air then passes through both a particle and activated carbon filter which catches virtually every airborne particle: pollen, dust, pet dander, mold spores, smoke, allergens and bacteria. Get rid of everyday smells such as food and pet odors naturally without harsh chemicals that mask odors. Filtering air from all sides, millions of ultra-thin fibers of different layers make it less dense than ordinary filters resulting in less clogging, higher airflow and lower noise. In fact, on the lowest setting, the 411 is described as whisper-silent. This purifier is designed to fit into any room in your house with 2 different pre-filter colors included, blue and dark grey, and many other colors available to purchase separately. With certified results through independent testing from the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), the Blue Pure 411 has a clean air delivery rate of 105 cubic feet/minute meaning it will clean the air in a 161 sq. ft. Room 5 times an hour.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Alen BreatheSmart Air Purifier
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 4
2. Coway Mighty Air Purifier
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 10
3. IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 3
4. AirMega 400 Air Purifier
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 3
5. Blue Pure 411 Air Purifier
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 4
6. Blue Pure 211+ Air Purifier
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 5
7. GermGuardian Full Room Air Purifier
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 5
8. Whirlpool Whispure Air Purifier
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 4
9. Honeywell True HEPA Allergen Remover
Overall Score: 7.6
Expert Reviews: 4
10. Austin Air Healthmate Standard Air Purifier
Overall Score: 6.6
Expert Reviews: 2

An Overview On Air Purifiers

The reasons for buying an air purifier can be as numerous as the number of pollutants in the air — and indoors, that number tends to be bigger than most people would expect. Despite the best efforts of the filters in our air conditioners, pollen and dust particles can settle into carpets and upholstery. Mold spores can grow in moist areas. And if there are pets or smoke involved, expect dander and carcinogens to be part of every breath.

Whether you suffer from allergies or just want to eliminate the smell associated with all this particulate matter, a good air purifier can be an essential accessory in any room. But how are they different from the filters we already have in our regular AC?

All that depends on the purifier. Most models circulate air through a HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filter, and often more than one. HEPA filters are certified to trap particulate matter as small as 0.3 microns, which covers dust, pollen and most bacteria. Purifiers like the IQAir HealthPro Plus boast a medical-grade Hyper-HEPA filter that will go down to 0.003 microns — enough to pick smoke out of the air.

In conjunction with this, the more high-tech air purifiers can employ an extra line of defense. The Germ Guardian uses an optional UV light that renders many micro-organisms sterile, and an activated charcoal filter that can actually pull in and neutralize toxins through electrostatic attraction. There are also models like the Coway Mighty Air Purifier that can ionize incoming particles, which are then sucked in by metal plates or other treated substances.

A word of caution on ozone, though. While they’re less common these days, some air purifiers generate ozone, which, according to the manufacturers, can deodorize and disinfect the air. The jury is still out on those claims, and in fact the presence of ozone in confined spaces can be more harmful than the pollutants you’re trying to get rid of.

For a measure of general effectiveness, you can look for a rating on most air purifiers called the CADR — Clean Air Delivery Rate. It’s a number that represents the cubic feet per minute (CFM) of air that has been cleared of all the particles of a given size. These ratings are recognized by the EPA and can be found on most devices. If you can’t find them, the number is fairly easy to calculate: Just take the CFM on the air purifier and multiply it by the percentage of a certain particle (smoke, pollen, etc.) that the machine can remove.

DYWM Fun Fact

That air purifier humming away in the corner of your room may look tranquil, but it was initially created for military use. The HEPA filters that are so common today were first employed to keep lab workers safe at the Manhattan Project, the 1940’s scientific effort that led to the creation of the atomic bomb. Back then, scientists were less concerned with their ability to keep their allergies in check. They were using the filters to block out as much radioactive material as possible.

The Air Purifier Buying Guide

  • One of the first things you’ll want to consider when buying an air purifier is the kind of room you’ll be using it in. When it comes to price, this is usually the primary factor. A workhorse unit that can handle an entire living room and kitchen (the IQ Air HealthPro Plus, for example) is going to run you significantly more than a machine that’s meant for a home office (the Coway Mighty) — for good reason.
  • Are you looking for protection from allergies or just need to freshen up the air? A quick look at the specs for the purifier should tell you what particles it can effectively remove from the air. Again, a HEPA filter is going to do the trick for most common irritants and odors, including pet hair and dust. But if you live in a smoker’s house, look into something more robust.
  • Much like your air conditioner, you’ll likely be keeping an air purifier on for as long as you plan on breathing the air in that room. In a lot of cases, that might be all day, so power consumption matters. Frugal users might want to check out the wattage specs on prospective models. There are also features that can mitigate that electricity drain, such as timers. In most cases, your air purifier won’t be running all the time. It’ll cycle the air through a few times an hour, and you can adjust that number more or less with most models. The Alen BreatheSmart does one better, with a handy sensor that measures the air quality in the room and automatically adjusts the fan speed and cycle time to match its needs.
  • Another thing to figure into your price point are the filters. Like your AC, there’s upkeep involved. Check not only the price of your filter, but the frequency with which you’ll need to replace it.
  • Since they’re meant for indoor use, most air purifiers are better looking than, say, that wall AC unit you had in your dorm room at college. That said, few people want them as the focal point in a room. If you’re getting one for a small room, you likely want a small purifier — or at least one that’s nondescript. Sleekly designed at less than 17″ x 19″, the Coway Mighty fits the bill on both counts.