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they're silent because they're not effing WORKING

By 7/06/2009

so i fell for it. i went out and bought two of the sharper image ionic bubonic silent whatevertheyare air purifiers, about two years ago.

and currently, the number of working ones in our house is ZERO.

they both spazzed out. starting spitting and frying and then, dunzo.

these were the ones with the lifetime warranty. that cost a small fortune. that were going to purify my home.

and what's the deal with sharper image? they're rebranding?

that makes me ill.

anyone else care to vent? or explain? or offer alternative purification methods?


  1. I had the same thing happen to me with a Sharper Image air purifier. I wrote a letter to the company, and they did nothing. Maybe that's why they've almost gone bankrupt... or did they already go bankrupt? I can't remember.

    Regardless, DO NOT BUY A SHARPER IMAGE AIR PURIFIER. They do not last.

  2. Wait, so just because they're rebranding means that they are no longer honoring their warranties? I call bs. Dumb.

    You need to get that returned. Write letters, whatever it takes. Or you could just talk smack about them on your blog, that works too.

  3. I bought a Whirlpool Whispure ( I think model 510) on ebay for like $150. Love it. Totally makes my whole apartment smell like cut grass instead of dirty cat liter. It's a little noisy but it's Energy Star and one of the highest rated air purifiers on Consumer Reports. Plus, those ionic ones are terrible for you: if you've got asthma, those ion-spitting ones will make it much worse.

  4. Sorry it didn't work for you! I don't have experience with Shaper Image air purifiers but I market ATMOSPHERE® Air Purifier

    Here are some specs-

    The ATMOSPHERE™ Air Purifier offers state-of-the-art air purification technology that features three pre-installed filters: a cleanable pre-filter, a replaceable carbon (odor) filter,* and a replaceable HEPA (particulate) filter.
    29"H x 15"W x 11"D. 23.2 lbs.

    The Atmosphere Air Purifier is backed by these strong certifications:

    AHAM – Certified by the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers
    Asthma & allergy friendly certified™

    Maybe this will help!

  5. I had a bionaire or something like that which died a year or two ago. I got a smaller replacement at target, so far so good. its made by holmes and so far is working great. I just wish that this one had a little light to tell me when to change the filter, like my old one did. But, best thing is that I can buy filters from target vs amazon and less money too.

  6. The same thing JUST happened to mine too. I loved how it worked, when it worked. I thought Sharper Image was known for quality, apparently I was way off.

  7. I think Sharper Image went bankrupt and is rebranding under a new financial model. That red tape might have something to do with not honoring warranties anymore.

    I read one time that those things don't really do what they are supposed to do.


  8. Plants!



  9. Austin Air's HealthMate air cleaners are expensive, but they work great. Mine allowed me to survive living above two insanely heavy smokers for a couple of years.


  10. Sorry, but the Sharper Image is complete crap...hey actually put out ozone as well. I beleive there was a class action lawsuit about them mnot working as advertised. I bought into the hype and have now moved onto another purifier.


    I would stick with the IQAir, BlueAir or the Austin...in that order if you want a product that had a solid reputation.

    The IQAir is pricey, but they are used in hospitals. Depending on your needs, you could also get a UV light which controls dusts, molds, etc. Also used in hospitals and commercial businesses.

  11. Plants! I agree with 'Anonymous', go for the eco option. Here's another link, this one from Tree Hugger on air purifying plants.


  12. I still don't know if I believe that these things do ANYTHING at all, but I bought an el cheapo (about $120) model from Wal Mart about a year ago and it's been great. You do have to clean it out every once and awhile (oh, it's scary what comes off the metal thingees), but so far, so good.