Air quality of every city in India has been degrading day by day, especially in the Delhi NCR region. As poor air quality reaches peak levels, people finally have become aware of the hazards of smog and air-borne particulates. We’ve seen a steady growth in the air purifiers segment. Many established players have stepped in this market. One such company is Kent. Kent has brought in a wide range of products in its Air Purifier range.
One such is the Kent ALPS Plus Air Purifier. Packing a HEPA filter as well as an ionizer. It’s the top of the line air purifier with a built in PM 2.5 meter.
Kent ALPS Plus comes in White colour which we feel is appropriate and blends in with the décor. The thing we didn’t like is the Floral pattern on the front.
Moving on, you’ll find a front panel that has vents on the lower part of it to allow for air movement through the filter. There’s similar vents towards the rear of the air purifier for filtered air to come out of the unit. A bunch of controls are placed at the top panel allowing you to switch the unit on or off, adjust the fan speed, switch on the ionizer and even set a timer for 2, 4 or 8 hours.
Below this on the front panel you’ll find a reasonably sized colour display that shows the current PM 2.5 levels. 6 colours have been assigned for varying PM 2.5 levels, which goes from Green (Excellent) to Violet (Serious). Overall the Design is very minimal, one thing worth mentioning is the ease of replacing the filter. Grooves on the side of the unit allow you to lift the front panel. Inside you’ll find the HEPA filter and the layer of pre-activated carbon that is responsible for air purification purposes.
The Kent ALPS Plus air purifier is rated at a clean air delivery rate (CADR) of 400 m3/hr. We found it to be very effective at processing air in a regular bedroom or even a decent sized living room. For larger rooms you’ll need either a bigger unit or two air purifiers working together.
There are 4 filters in the unit, the HEPA filter module is responsible for sanitizing air of PM2.5 particles, allergens and dust while the ionizer clears out foul smells, cigarette odour and more. A distinct filter placed ahead of the HEPA filter clears out physical pollutants like hair and debris.
We were able to see significant improvements in air quality in about 15 minutes of switching on the air purifier. For a small to medium sized living room, this is as fast as most other purifiers available in the market. The Kent ALPS Plus gets a little loud at the Highest fan speed, which can become a nuisance if you keep it on during night.
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The Kent ALPS Plus is a good performer for the task it has been designed for. We would have been happier if the product was available in other colours too and would be a little silent at the Medium and Higher fan speeds. We hope in future Kent rolls out a wifi equipped product as well, for easier monitoring like many other products in this price range do. All in all, the Kent ALPS Plus priced at Rs. 20,000 (MRP Rs. 25,000) is a decent product.