Philips Expert Series 3000i Complete Review | Technology

Philips Expert Series 3000i Complete Review | Technology
Philips Expert Series 3000i Complete Review 

Philips Expert Series 3000i Review: A refreshingly affordable air purifier

This whisper-quiet kit hits hard on everything from pollutants to pollen and pet dander.

Before the coronavirus pandemic, few of us would have noticed the air quality inside our homes.  After all, most of our waking hours were spent commuting to and from work, rather than inside our four walls.  But when we were suddenly inside for months on end, often in close quarters with other people, indoor air quality became a serious concern to address — and quickly.

It is no surprise that sales of air purifiers have skyrocketed over the past few years, with a recent report estimating the global market for these devices to grow by £220 million between 2020 and 2021,  and is expected to double by 2030. 

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Suffice to say, air purifiers are in serious demand – and perhaps nothing more than the Philips AC3033/30 3000i Expert Series air purifier.  In fact, we had to wait several months to get hold of a sample for testing because it kept selling out.

Philips Expert Series 3000i: What is special about this device?  

Well, for starters, it gets the hat-trick of being incredibly effective, whisper cool, and energy efficient.  It is also easy to use and program remotely.  Plus, it's a lot more affordable than similar high spec air purifiers - and some we've tested.  Here's why we're talking about this particular model.

Philips Expert Series 3000i: How we tested?

We spent several weeks putting the Philips AC3033/30 through its paces.  This includes trying out different settings on the device as well as moving it to different rooms to see how it will perform in different situations.  We also looked at how easy it was to use and compared it with similar tools to determine value for money.

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Philips AC3033/30 Expert Series 3000i Connected: £450, Argos.co.uk

  • Fan settings: four speed settings from sleep to turbo mode
  • Quiet Icon Certification: Yes 
  • Oscillation: no
  • Remote control: via mobile app, Alexa and Google Home 
  • Timer: Yes, with the ability to create a weekly schedule
  • Power: 55W
  • Warranty: 2 Years Worldwide Guarantee
  • Weight: 6.8kg
  • Height: 645mm
  • Max Width: 290mm

Design of Philips Expert Series 3000i

By design the Philips AC3033/30 is as simple as it gets - it's a 645mm high cylinder with a diameter of 290mm.  The lower two thirds are made of perforated white plastic that allows air to be pulled in from all sides.

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At the back, there's a hatch that you can open to install and remove the filter—it's simply a slot like placing a book on a shelf—while just above it is the sensor that detects the air quality in your home.  There's also a nook here that doubles as a handle to make it easier to lift.  And there are raised grooves on the bottom of the device that make it fairly easy to push it onto hardwood floors—though there are no wheels, so people with carpet may need to lift it up.

The top third is covered in a brown fabric around the sides, giving the overall look a Scandi, minimalist feel.  At the top, vents (outlets for filtered air) surround a circular, touch-sensitive control panel.  Unlike some of the other tools we tested, you can do a lot on this control panel, with the exception of setting up schedules.  For that, you'll need the app (more below).

Properties of Philips Expert Series 3000i

The Philips AC3033/30 is designed for rooms up to 135sqm - the average living room in the UK is 17.09sqm - so will comfortably fit most homes and even some businesses.

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Like other high spec air purifiers, the NanoProtect HEPA filter used in this device combines a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter with an activated carbon.  Together, they can remove up to 99.9 percent of bacteria and viruses as well as larger particles such as pollen, pet dander and bad odor.

But it's particularly efficient at it, as shown by its 520m per hour clean air delivery rate (how quickly it can clean air) – the more expensive BlueAir HealthProtect 7470i only has a CADR of 475m³/hr  .

The Philips AC3033/30 is able to achieve this efficiency by applying an electrostatic charge to the particles it is filtering so that they are more easily captured by the filter.  This means the machine doesn't have to work as hard to get the same results as a traditional HEPA filter, and is therefore more energy efficient and quieter.

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The control panel is also quite sturdy.  You can use it to toggle between four different fan settings – Sleep, 1, 2, and Turbo.  Alternatively you can use the Auto setting, which self-adjusts the fan speed according to the level of pollutants in the air.

At any time, you can check the air quality in your home on the display as well as when you might need to replace the filter.  There's also a button to turn off the LED display, which is handy for night time use.

Download the app and you can create usage schedules and personalize the filter experience to address your concerns, whether it's primarily the smell of cooking or pollen and other allergens.  It will also tell you when you need to clean the pre-filter, or replace the filter entirely.  Plus, you can buy replacements directly through the app.

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Experiment on Philips Expert Series 3000i

In terms of usage, the Philips AC3033/30 was fairly straightforward to operate.  Our favorite setting was Auto, which meant we could set it and forget it.  And using the app, we could also easily create a schedule that changed the setting from auto to sleep during the night time.

Basically, once it was installed, there was minimal fuss.  But compared to the other devices we tested, connecting it to the app wasn't as straightforward and it took us a while to finally get there.

There was another drawback.  The airflow is very powerful when the device is on - we can even feel it on the other side of the room - so you definitely wouldn't want it near any plants.  It also cools the room significantly during continuous use, so it's not ideal for the winter months.  So even though we had it on the auto setting, we had to turn it on and off throughout the day to make sure the room didn't get too cold.

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But we were very impressed with how efficient it was.  Compared to the smaller Philips 2000 Series 3-in-1 purifier, the sensor on this device was more sensitive.  This meant that whenever there was an increase in allergens or cooking odors in the air, it would directly increase the fan speed.  And then in a matter of minutes, the number of particles on the LED display will be back to one, and the air will be noticeably clearer too.

Verdict: Philips AC3033/30 Expert Series 3000i Connected 

We like testing the Philips AC3033/30 3000i, but it's definitely best for larger rooms where air flow may not affect temperature as much.  Plus, you'll need space to accommodate its large size.  Though for use in summer, we can easily see how it can also double as a fan.

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We especially like its efficiency and its responsiveness – it's not so sensitive that it will switch to turbo mode when someone walks around wearing perfume, but it will spring into action immediately, for example, cooking.  The smell enters the room.  We also liked that you could personalize the filter, for example to focus more on pollen than smell, which we felt improved the overall experience.

And finally, we were impressed by its relative value for money.  Compared to similar devices, it is much more economical.  And thanks to its low energy consumption—compared to a lightbulb—it's not too expensive to operate.  Plus, the filters, which come in at £77 each, will last you three years before you have to replace it.

Source: Qin Xie, The Independent, Direct News 99