The Molekule Air Mini consumes 18W power at its minimum setting, and 53W power at its peak setting. At either setting, it produces 36dBA and 62dBA noise levels, respectively. The purifier also has five fan speed settings that can either be set manually, or set to automatic control. At its price segment, Molekule will rival the likes of Dyson, Honeywell and Blueair in the smart, premium air purifier category in the country.
Catering to the premium segment of air purifiers in India, the Molekule Air Mini features a hybrid setup of a pre-filter and the patented PECO filter. The latter has been personally designed by the company’s chief scientist, Dr. Dharendra Yogi Goswami, which he built in the 1990s to aid the breathing of his children, who suffered from acute asthma. Today, the California brand, founded and run by Goswami’s children, claim that the PECO filtration technology can destroy bacteria, viruses, mold, chemicals and fine particulate matter.
Interestingly, while Molekule’s debut with its air purifier saw it win numerous accolades such as Popular Science’s ’10 greatest home innovations of 2017’ and Time’s ’25 best inventions of 2017’, it has also received severe criticism, such as being termed as ‘ineffective’ by The Wirecutter, a division of The New York Times. Rival air purification company Dyson also complained of fraudulent advertising by Molekule, after which the US Better Business Bureau had ordered the company to take down up to 26 claims it made in its advertisements.
REVIEW – As previously mentioned in my Air Purifier reviews, my kids and I have suffered from severe allergies both when indoors and outdoors for many years. Over the years I have tried several devices with small and limited benefits until a couple of years ago when I got my hands on the Molekule Air air purifier. Since then, I have also had the opportunity to test and review the Molekule Air Mini. Now Molekule has released a new model, the Air Mini+. Let’s see if it works the same as the previous two models.
What is it?
The Molekule Air Mini+ utilizes the same new technology air purification system as the Molekule Air Mini and offers the same experience covering up to 250 sq. ft. In addition, the Air Mini+ includes a particulate matter sensor & Auto Protect mode, designed to detect large particles in the air like dust and dander, and then automatically adjust the device’s fan speed based on that particulate matter it senses. This compliments what the PECO filter already provides the device, ensuring the capture and destruction of the widest range of pollutants in the air. This device is the most intelligent air purifier Molekule has designed, with the company’s powerful PECO technology at the core, and it is app-enabled.
Design and features
Ideal for small spaces, up to 250 sq. ft. (studio apartments, kids’ bedrooms, and home offices)
Breakthrough PECO technology destroys pollutants
Beautifully designed, quiet & energy-efficient
Includes a 6-month filter. Automatic filter refills for $99/yr
Room size coverage: Up to 250 square feet (23.22 m²)
Filter cost: 2 PECO-Filters – $99/year
Power consumption: 18-53 W (110/220v)
Noise level: 30-52 dBa
Dimensions: 12” (30.48cm) Height x 8.26” (20.98cm) Diameter
Weight: 7.3 lbs. (3.3kg)
Warranty: 2-year Limited Warranty
The Molekule Air Mini+ comes fully assembled as one simple unit. Inside the unit, there is the replaceable filter that can be accessed by pressing down on the Molekule and twisting counter-clockwise. There is a vegan leather carrying handle attached to the outside of the unit.
The Molekule Air Mini+ is a plug and play filter. It arrives with the filter installed in plastic, so you must first open the unit and remove the plastic. Then, all you have to do is unwrap the cord from the bottom and plug it in. Once you do, you touch the top center of the filter to adjust the power up or down.