Air purification has become a hot category, and TruSens have a range of three portable purifiers to suit small, medium and larger rooms. We put the TruSens air purifier Z-2000 to the test.
GadgetGuy put the TruSens air purifier Z-2000 (medium room) to the test. It is a solid contender for the perfect purifier at just $299.
ACCO Brands is behind TruSens. It is best known for stationery products like Artline, Derwent, Esselte, GBC, Kensington, Maped, Marbig, Quartet, Rapid, Rexel, Spirax, Stabilo, and Xstamper. What GadgetGuy’s knows is that ACCO Brands are all about quality at reasonable prices in highly competitive markets.
TruSens comes in three models
Z-1000 for small rooms to 23m2 $179
Z-2000 for medium rooms to 35m2 $298
Z-3000 for larger rooms to 70m2 $419
Room size assumes a standard 2.4m ceiling height. TruSens does not quote a CAGR (clean air delivery rate) but states that air changes twice every hour. On that basis the Z-2000 that is a CADR of 168m3/hour.
Each has a different sized Dupont filter unit comprising individually replaceable HEPA and actve carbon filters. They also have a replaceable UV bulb that helps to prevent the growth of odour-causing microbes on the surface of the filter — these last up to three years.
The Z-2000 and Z-3000 come with a separate TruSens SensorPod that can be placed up to 15 metres from the TruSens and monitors air quality in the room.
This is important to ensure that the whole room is purified – not just the air around the filter. It also enables the TruSens to display the 1 to 500-point Air Quality Index (AQI) scale from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
For example, here is the NSW AQI and you can search for each states AQI. During the test, the outside AQI was 49 in the ‘good green range’. The purifier bought that down to six!
Place the filter pod up to 15m away and turn on both. Pair the SensorPod to the TruSens. Done.
Initially, for around 10 minutes, the TruSens was working overtime on Trubo (maximum fan speed) but gradually became whisper quiet as the AQI lowered.
It is best to leave it on 24/7 (Auto mode requires SensorPod).
Our tests were in a 30m2 office and as soon as a door or windows opened the AQI
indicator shot up to the 40s.
Our measurements were from 35dB (typical) to 70dB at Turbo speed.
Airflow – it is not a fan
Air comes into the filter from 360°. It gently blows out the top in two directions. About 70% comes forward at 45°, and 30% goes up at 90°. This creates gentle circulation to ensure the whole room is purified. TruSens claims it is 24% better than a unidirectional airflow.
Auto mode does all the work.
Manual fan speeds – Whisper, 1, 2, Turbo
Sleep mode – 2, 4, 8, or 12 hours (best left on auto)
AQI feedback in number and Blue/Orange/Red glow based on PM2.5 or larger particles
223 (round) x 567mm (high – includes carry handle) x 4.1kg it
is best on a floor.
Z-1000 – 40Wh
The display will tell you when to change filters. The HEPA filter (details here) has a washable pre-filter (wash when needed) and the filter should last 12-15 months depending on use and environment. The active carbon filter should be changed every three to four months (comes in a three-pack).
We don’t have replacement prices yet but will update this
We used it for five days in a 30m2 office. After the initial clean the air remained at an AQI of 6-8 unless we opened a window or door.