I’ve had a Rabbit Air MinusA2 air purifier for over a year, and I adore it, so I was thrilled to try Rabbit Air’s newest member of its air purifier family, the Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0, a redesign of their previously popular unit.
Having dog allergies and being a dog enthusiast requires some lifestyle tweaks—since discovering a few years ago that I’m allergic to dogs, I decided to clean my breathing air rather than wrapping the dogs in plastic (because I’d never consider giving them up, of course).
My official test for an air purifier is how I breathe at night while I’m trying to sleep and whether I’m stuffy in the morning. I started running the BioGS air purifier in my bedroom after I came back to NYC from a month in Miami, when I knew my room would be dusty and filled with dander and NYC grime. Sometimes I sleep with breathing strips on my nose, but I decided to test the BioGS without them to see if it would help me sleep peacefully—and it did. I woke the first morning with clear sinuses, and still do.
Another of my criteria for an air purifier is how noisy it is—this one has five different speeds. I don’t mind some white noise while I sleep, so I turn it up. But when this unit is turned down, you can’t hear it at all.
This unit has a different interface than I’ve seen on other air purifiers, including my Rabbit Air MinusA2. The way the buttons and indicators are designed puts me in mind of a sci-fi movie that takes place a hundred years in the future. This interface assumes that you are an intelligent person. Gone are huge, tacky buttons—they are replaced by small, brilliant lights that shine through the unit’s outer shell, which, when removed, reveals information about filter life, modes, and speeds.
One thing that impressed me about the BioGS 2.0 is that it’s not highly illuminated, making it nice for the bedroom. Some other air purifiers have bright lights that can’t be dimmed or turned off for sleeping.
The BioGS is quite the looker too. It’s got a sleek, modern look that will go with contemporary interior designs, but it’s small enough to stick into a corner and blend with a wall if you’ve got a “French countryside cottage” kind of interior.
Machines like this can be intimidating if you haven’t used one before, but I’m here to tell you that Rabbit Air is one of the most user friendly air purifier companies out there—simply take the unit out of the box, remove the plastic from the filters, and put them back into the machine. Then plug it in for clean air.
This unit is different from others in that there aren't any labels on the front cover, which is part of its design charm. Simply familiarize yourself with what the lights shining through the cover mean (take off the cover and it’s all very clear). Once you set the unit to do what you want (I set it on auto), you won’t need to change it much anyway.
Once a month or so it’s a good idea to use a vacuum or hand vac to clean the dust from the pre-filter. You can even hose it down or wash it in the bathtub. This unit works so well, even if you don’t think you have dust, you will be amazed at what you’ll find after a month of use, especially if you have dogs or cats. It even sucks in pet hair! For me, the most important thing is that it sucks up all of the loose particles that my dogs bring in from outside, things like pollen and city grime that can cause me to have an allergy attack.
Another cool thing about the Rabbit Air BioGS is that it has an air quality sensor, which you will find only on the higher end air purifiers. This measures the amount of particles in the air—if you put it on “auto” mode, it will speed up or slow down the fan according to how dirty your air has become.
According to Rabbit Air’s website, the BioGS Hepa and carbon filters should last about a year and a half with 24 hour use (or 3 years with 12 hour use). The pre-filter is permanent and just needs cleaning.
The unit has a small remote control. My only issue with remotes for air purifiers is that they tend to be tiny and get lost, but the BioGS has a slot on the back/top of the unit where you can stow the remote. You'll need the remote to use the timer feature and the ion feature. The remote works great and is easy to use.
There are two units in this model: The BioGS SPA-550A air purifier will filter all of the air in a room up to 550 sq. ft. (or 625 sq. ft. for the SPA-625A) twice in an hour on the high setting.
I have several brands of air purifiers so I’ve gotten to be quite the air purifier connoisseur, and I’m very discerning when it comes to these machines. The BioGS has impressed me with both its design and its execution. In other words, this thing works. For $369.95 to $399.99, the BioGS is priced in the mid-range for air purifiers, but I believe that it works like a high-end unit. Paws up for Rabbit Air’s BioGS!
The Rabbit Air BioGS:
- Traps allergen and particles at 99.97% efficiency down to 0.3 microns
- Reduces common allergens including dust mites, mold, pollen and pet dander
- Reduces the growth of bacteria and viruses on the filter
- Prolongs optimal filter efficiency
- Alleviates common household odors
- Has a negative ion mode
- Energy Star certified (won’t run up your electric bill)
From the Rabbit Air website:
The BioGS's redesign is much more than a facelift. We dug deep to reconsider the fundamental facets of our product, including the air purifier's shape and form, user interface, and functionality. We also ruminated on its impact on the environment, which led us towards a more holistic approach, cutting back on light and sound pollution generated by the air purifier to ensure that while it takes pollutants from the environment, it leaves nothing but clean air in return. Industrial designer Guto Indio da Costa’s concept of "flow" resonates throughout the BioGS 2.0.
The curvaceous body of the air purifier reflects its relatively simplistic but comprehensive functionality, and its clean, cool, and straightforward style. By reimagining the air purifier's structure and streamlining its bells and whistles, da Costa has steered the latest generation of Rabbit Air products towards growth and progress, with a new model that’s easy to use, less intrusive, and aesthetically pleasing. For more information on the BioGS 2.0, check out Rabbit Air's website.