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Austin Air vs IQAir

Deciding between two of the best air purifiers, IQAir and Austin Air, can be a difficult decision but we are here to help you. 

That also includes a higher price tag and that is not a bad thing as you will get what you pay for with both of these air purifiers. 

While they have some similarities like using high-quality filters to remove particles from the air, there are some big differences between the two as well. 

So let's not wait any longer and jump right into comparing two specific models from each company, Austin Air HealthMate Plus and IQAir HealthPro Plus. 

IQAir vs. Austin Air — A Comparison of Top-Rated Air Purifiers


What will you pay to ensure you have the best air quality inside your home?

You can spend anywhere from $100 all the way up to $1,000 or more on an air purifier and with these two brands, you are going to get what you pay for.

The Austin Air HealthMate Plus price tag is $854.99 (we may have a discount for you if interested) and the HealthPro Plus from IQAir has a price of $899.00.

The prices for these units reflects the high quality of air filtration inside them, with both brands having some top-rated systems.

What is the difference between the filters you may ask? Let's go find about that below.


IQAir HealthPro Plus

The HEPA filter inside the HealthPro Plus is the big selling factor for IQAir.

They call it the HyperHEPA and it is "hyper" good at capturing airborne particles. In fact, it has been tested and certified by an independent third-party lab to filter 99.5% of harmful ultrafine pollution particles down to 0.003 microns in size. This is one of the best HEPA filters on the market and can capture very minute particles. 

Also in the filtration system is a PreMax filter that traps coarse particles like pollen, pet dander, and mold spores. The gases, chemicals, and odors are eliminated with the V5-Cell filter.

With 5 pounds of activated carbon in that filter, it is able to help eliminate volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other harmful chemicals like formaldehyde.

Austin Air HealthMate Plus

The HealthMate Plus carbon filter is what you will want if you need to eliminate gases, chemicals, and odors. The 15 lbs. of activated carbon and Zeolite also has potassium iodide added for extra protection from those already mentioned pollutants (VOCs and formaldehyde to name a few) along with smoke. 

Add in two pre-filters and a true medical-grade HEPA filter, you have a complete filtration system that you won't find in other air purifiers.

With 10 more pounds of activated carbon mixture in the filter than the IQAir HealthPro Plus, the Austin Air HealthMate Plus will give you much more protection against those foul smells and gases you can't see.

Both filter systems are great for eliminating pollutants inside your home even if they go about it with different filters. For IQAir, you will have more focus on eliminating particles in the air. Austin Air will focus not only on eliminating the gases and odors but also make sure the particles are being taken care of too. 

So how often will you have to change filters for each one? 

IQAir Filter Life Expectancy Austin Air Filter Life Expectancy
V5-Cell Carbon Filter — 2 years
HyperHEPA Filter — 4 years
PreMax Filter—18 months
Carbon Filter — 5 years
HEPA Filter — 5 years
Pre-filters — 5 years
IQAir HealthPro Plus Filtration System Austin Air HealthMate Plus Filtration System

Housing Material - Plastic vs Steel

One of the main differences between the two units is IQAir air purifiers are made from plastic while Austin Air's units are made from solid steel.

IQAir — The housing is made of non-offgassing, impact-resistant, UV-stabilized ABS. So what is that? It is plastic that contains an additive that will absorb certain wavelengths of UV with little or no degradation. This helps preserve the unit for a long time. 

Austin Air — The housing is made of solid steel and welded together to prevent any rattling. The powder-coated paint will prevent any off-gassing and odors. The caster wheels and control knobs are the few plastic parts that exist on the HealthMate Plus.

Noise Levels - How loud are they?

"How loud is the air purifier?" is a question that you probably have on the list when searching for air purifiers. An extra loud air purifier might be bothersome with it running all the time. But if it eliminates the pollutants in your home, does it necessarily matter? Lets see how the two units compare for sound.

Austin Air HealthMate Plus has 3 different fan speeds and the noise levels range from less than 50 dB to around 62 dB (decibels). You can expect noise levels from a quiet conversation to a normal conversation on the highest setting. 

IQAir HealthPro Plus has noise levels ranging from 25 dB to 57 dB depending on what speed the air purifier is set to. This has 6 different speeds so that is why you get a wider range of noise levels. A whisper is around 30 dB so if you have it on the lowest setting all the time, this will be very quiet.

Both units will sound like a normal conversation when on the highest setting with the IQAir being a little bit more quiet. 

*Around 50 db is moderate rainfall or a quiet office setting and 60 dB is considered a normal conversation or background music*


Both Austin Air and IQAir have great warranties that back their amazing air purifiers. The warranties provide you with reassurance in case anything does happen to your unit(s).

Austin Air — The air purifiers are warranted to be free from defects in material and workmanship for five (5) years from the date of purchase and a five (5) year pro-rated filter warranty, by far the most comprehensive in the industry. If the filter lasts less than five years, Austin Air will discount the cost of a new filter based on the number of years the filter has been in use. They also have a 30-day money back guarantee!

IQAir — They guarantee that your air purifier is free from defects, or they will fix or replace it for free. You will have to register your product within 30 days of purchase to be eligible for a 10-Year Limited Warranty. This warranty is for parts and labor (excluding filters).

IQAir vs Austin Air — Tech Specs

IQAir HealthPro Plus
Austin Air HealthMate Plus 
28"H x 15"W x 16"D - Mobile
23″H x 14.5″L x 14.5″W
35 lbs.
47 lbs.
Room Coverage:
Up to 1,125 sq. ft.
Up to 1,500 sq. ft.
Fan Speeds:
6 speeds
3 speeds
CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute)
up to 300 CFM
up to 400 CFM
no wheels
4 caster wheels



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Pros and Cons of Austin Air and IQAir

IQAir HealthPro Plus

Austin Air vs. IQAir — IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier


👍🏼 HyperHEPA filter 99.5% of harmful ultrafine pollution particles down to 0.003 microns in size 

👍🏼 Easy to replace each filter when the time comes

👍🏼 10-year warranty

👍🏼 Touchpad with LCD display

👍🏼 Indicator showing when filters need to be changed  

👍🏼 Each unit is tested and comes with certificate of performance


👎🏼 Made from plastic

👎🏼 Taller unit at 28" and is bulky

👎🏼 On the highest speed, it can be a bit loud

Austin Air HealthMate Plus

Austin Air vs IQAir - Austin Air HealthMate Plus Air Purifier


👍🏼 Made in the USA 

👍🏼 Clinical trials prove effectiveness of Austin Air

👍🏼 Carbon Filter has 15 lbs. of activated carbon/zeolite/potassium iodide

👍🏼 Medical-Grade HEPA filter that removes 99.97% of all particles larger than 0.3 microns and 95% of all particles larger than 0.1 microns.

👍🏼 360° Intake System allows air to be drawn in on all four sides of unit

👍🏼  5-Year filtration life expectancy


👎🏼 Can be on the louder side when on the highest setting 

👎🏼 No remote control for adjustments to fan speed or to turn on/off

👎🏼 No sensors or smart features for filters 


We hope you can see that both Austin Air and IQAir are both great air purifiers that will eliminate pollutants and give you clean air to breathe inside your home. 

The first key difference will be the HyperHEPA in the IQAir vs Medical-grade HEPA in Austin Air.

  • HyperHEPA filters 99.5% of harmful ultrafine pollution particles down to 0.003 microns in size
  • True Medical Grade HEPA removes 99.97% of all particles larger than 0.3 microns and 99% of all particles larger than 0.1 microns

The other key difference will be the amount of activated carbon mixture in the units to remove Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), formaldehyde, benzenes, chemicals, gases and odors. 

  • Austin Air has 15 pounds of Activated Carbon/Zeolite/Potassium Iodide mixture 
  • IQAir has 5 pounds of Granular Activated Carbon Adsorption & Pelletized Chemisorption

You can learn more about Austin Air and what they offer here, Austin Air Purifiers.

Austin Air and IQAir both have robust filtration systems, great warranties, and are built to run 24/7 for years to come. That is why they are two of the best brands out there for air purifiers. We would recommend either brand for you and your home. 

If you have questions about which would be best for your needs, please call or email us any time. We will happily answer your questions and guide you to the best option that is right for you.

You can reach us at 24 hrs, 7 days a week, or call 800-791-8083 Monday-Friday, 9:00-5:00 CST.