Expert Review: Rabbit Air A3 Ultra Quiet Air Purifier

Published on 10/25/2022 · 6 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the air purifier, which was given to me in September of 2022.
Julie B., Air Quality Expert
By Air Quality Expert Julie B.

All photos courtesy of Julie B.

About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the air purifier, which was given to me in September of 2022.

My take

The Rabbit Air A3 is an incredibly quiet personal air purifier that fits into any room of the house. With lots of customization options and six layers of filtration, it is powerful enough to clean the air in a large living room or common area. I found it easy to start using right away, and maintenance is a breeze. This is by far one of my favorite purifiers.

About the gear

  • Model: Rabbit Air A3 Ultra Quiet Air Purifier
  • Certified Room Coverage: 1,070 sq. ft. or 535 sq. ft. for allergy sufferers
  • Listed ACPH: Two/Four

About me

  • Experience: 2+ years

Test conditions

  • When I acquired it: September 2022
  • Days tested: 30+ and counting
  • Where I’ve used it: Standing on the floor in my master bedroom and on a tabletop in my home office
  • Conditions of the rooms its been used in: Cat and dog fur, mold, dust, stale cigarette smoke odor from previous renter, and litter box odor
  • Other air quality conditions I’ve used it in: Cooking smoke and household cleaners
  • Used for: Reducing pet allergens and odors
  • How often it’s run: 24/7
  • Preferred mode: Auto

How it performs

Noisiness Rating

What I was looking for

I was looking for an air purifier that would be able handle the pet fur and dander that is all over my wood floors. I also needed the purifier to be able to clean a larger space and maybe alleviate some of my allergy symptoms.

Why I chose this unit

This unit was given to me by Rabbit Air. However, I was already in the process of researching this unit to purchase it. I chose this product because it could clean up to 1,070 sq. ft., and I liked the ability to choose a customized filter and faceplate. The A3 stood out to me as one of the more aesthetically pleasing units, and being able to have the option to mount it was a big plus.

What I love about it

  • Design: The design of the A3 fits really well into my home. The fact that it can be mountable, has a child lock, and there are models with artwork panels, makes it really compatible. I also like that the front panel is secured by magnets for easy removal, and that it has a built-in mood light that is customizable by color, or a color rotation. I really wanted to be able to use the mood light as a night light, but I found it was a little too bright for that—at least for me. A dimmer option on the light would easily solve this problem and would be clutch for people that use it in rooms with sleeping children.
  • CADR: The CADR rating is impressive at 315 for pollen, 262 for dust and 257 for smoke, which is great for large rooms. While it does not have the highest CADR rating out of all the purifiers in this price range, the A3 achieves these ratings while still being quiet and aesthetically pleasing.
  • ACPH: The A3 can clean 1,070 sq. ft. of air in a room with an average ceiling height of eight feet in 30 minutes, at the rate of two air changes per hour (ACPH) on its highest fan speed. For allergy sufferers, the recommended rate is four ACPH, which means this unit is good for a 535 sq. ft. room with eight-foot ceilings. This coverage is more than enough for the spaces I am using the unit in and, since I run it on auto mode, it only gets to the point where it needs to clean the air at this speed during the occasional cooking mishap.
  • Filters: The A3 has six levels of filtration, and four replaceable filters, one of which is customizable. I chose the pet allergy filter as my customizable filter, and it is definitely doing its job. The unit comes with a filter case that is compact and super easy to separate, so I don’t have to remove each filter individually. Also, the filter pack is purchased and replaced as a unit, which keeps me from having to remember which filter to change and when.
  • Noise Level: I run my A3 in auto mode all day and night. It’s unbelievable how quiet it is. I haven’t come across another purifier yet that is this quiet. I also like that I can choose whether or not the buttons make sounds when I’m using the app to adjust the unit. I really like this feature as I can turn off the mood light while my kid is sleeping without it making a loud “BEEP” noise.
  • Special Certification: The A3 is certified by the Asthma and Allergy foundation of America. This fact gives me the peace of mind that the unit has passed strategic testing and has been found effective and safe for asthma and allergy sufferers. This certification means it’s also safe for my kid as well.

Issues I’ve encountered

  • Features: The A3 does not have an air quality indicator that is visible on the unit itself. It’s so quiet that I never know what fan speed it’s on, or what the current air quality is, unless I look at the app or activate the display buttons. Added to that, the app does not track the air quality over time, so there is no way to go back and see what the air quality was in the past.
  • Portability: The A3 weighs 20.3 lbs. I haven’t had any issues moving it from room to room, but I could see how it may cause an issue for some consumers. Admittedly, it really wasn’t designed to be portable.

Favorite feature of this air purifier

I’m not gonna lie, I really like the fact that the A3 has a mood light. Everytime I walk into the room and the mood light is on, it makes me happy. It’s not a feature one finds on any other purifier out there besides the Minus A2, which is also from Rabbit Air. Plus, the mood light can be set to turn off automatically when the room is dark.

Value for the money vs. other options

The A3 tends to be a bit on the pricier end of personal air purifiers. There are other, cheaper options that will cover the same amount of space and come with WiFi capability. One example is the Winix XLC, or even the Rabbit Air Minus A2 which covers 200 fewer sq. ft., but has all of the same features. As a consumer, I was really drawn to the A3 just for features like the artwork panel option, the mood light, and the customizable filters. But if money was a concern I’d go with the Minus Air 2 or, more reluctantly, the XLC.

Final verdict

The Rabbit Air A3 is an air purifier for those looking for something which covers a large space, is super quiet, efficient, and looks good while doing its job. I’m really enjoying having the air purifier, with its colorful mood lights, in my master bedroom. I also like checking the app to see what the purifier is currently filtering out of the air. It’s easy to use and, to my knowledge, the most customizable air purifier out there.

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