Important note: Aura Air filed for bankruptcy in 2023, so I would advise you to think carefully before making the final decision to purchase this device.
The Aura Air air purifier has some entirely different features and principles than many other devices I have tested so far. For a start, the most crucial physical difference from traditional air purifiers is that most of them are designed for the floor. In contrast, Aura Air is intended to be mounted on the wall.
In addition, Aura Air has an innovative filtration system that you won’t see on any other device. An advanced air quality sensor, room coverage of up to 325 sq. ft., and superior build quality are just a few of the additional features that adorn this top-of-the-line air purifier.
Table of Contents
- In a Hurry? Here’s a Quick Summary of the Aura Air!
- Installation and Mounting
- Features Overview
- Aura Air Smart App
- Space Coverage and CADR
- Filtration Technology
- How to replace the Ray-Filter?
- Noise Test
- Performance Tests
- Operating Costs
- Aura Air Purifier Video Review
- FAQ on Aura Air
- Pros and Cons
- Final Thoughts
I really like the complete control of the Aura Air air purifier via the smart app, which includes a detailed air quality display that can be displayed by the hour and by day. Both its successful worldwide operations and the successfully funded Kickstarter campaign two years ago confirmed the company’s seriousness.
Aura Air even uses 4-stage filtration, which is responsible for the performance and efficiency of this device. The Aura Air only requires the Ray-filter to be changed, which must be done on average every 6 months.
In essence, Aura Air is designed to help clean the air of bacteria, viruses, allergens, and VOCs. In this article, you can see all the tests I’ve done, how good this air purifier is, and whether it’s doing its job correctly.
In a Hurry? Here’s a Quick Summary of the Aura Air!
- Efficient Coverage: The Aura Air air purifier is designed for rooms up to 325 sq. ft., making it ideal for small to medium-sized spaces.
- Advanced Filtration: The device uses a four-stage filtration system, including a pre-filter, ray filter, UV-C light, and sterilizer, for optimal air purification.
- Smart App: The air purifier needs to be connected to a smart app.
- Wall-mounted Design: It’s recommended to hang the Aura Air air purifier on the wall, making it a space-saving option that blends well with home decor.
- Warranty: The device comes with a 1-year warranty.
The Aura Air Purifier has several specifications, as shown in the table below.
|14.8 x 14.8 x 6 inches (37,5 x 37,5 x 15 cm)
|Pre-Filter, Ray-Filter, UV-C Light and Sterionizer
|Room Coverage (4.8 ACH)
|325 sq. ft.
Installation and Mounting
The Aura Air is fully packed and ready to use but requires some preparation before the first start-up.
If you want to use the Aura Air as recommended by the manufacturer, you will probably want to hang it on the wall. The device has three 6 mm screws that serve as brackets. For a detailed explanation and how to hang the device on the wall, please refer to the user manual that also comes with the device. Please note that the power cord is slightly shorter, approximately 6.5 ft (2 m), so I advise you to choose a position close to a power socket. In addition, make sure that the device is positioned to reach the WiFi signal and that it is at least 20 inches (50 cm) away from other objects.
After selecting the location and before installing the device, the DC adapter must be connected. The last necessary step for the device to work is to connect it to the Smart App, which I have explained in detail under the heading Smart App.
The Aura Air is an air purifier designed for wall mounting. This significant difference sets it apart from other air purifiers on the market. Personally, I haven’t hung the Aura Air on the wall because I simply don’t have a free wall to put it on. Even if placed on the floor, Aura Air would not lose performance.
The first thing I noticed when the device arrived was the superb packaging. I really like it when companies go out of their way to package a product well, especially when it is a premium product like Aura Air, which also comes with premium packaging.
The Aura Air is made up of several components. The front cover contains the pre-filter, which is also the first stage of filtration, and the main cover, which clings to the Ray-Filter and rests on the base.
The device is made of high-quality plastic, white in color, while the primary cover is a contrasting, high-quality grey fabric. The main cover is attached to the base through a magnet.
On the front of the device, at the very bottom, there is an LED indicator essential for the communication of the device with the user. This indicator glows in several different colors in two different ways: flashing or breathing.
To sum up, the Aura Air is a very well-made device; it is also very aesthetically pleasing, and I am sure that it will fit seamlessly on almost any wall.
The Aura Air has only one button: the setup button, which is located on the back of the device, between the exhaust holes. This button has only one purpose: to help connect the device to the smart app. By pressing and holding the button for 4s, the device switches to listening mode (the LED light flashes green), which means the WiFi signal is active and ready to connect to the mobile app. Apart from this option, I didn’t notice that the setup button has any other option.
Aura Air has no other button on the device apart from this one because the device is fully smart, and all control is done via the smart app, which is available for iOS and Android devices.
Aura Air is a square air purifier with rounded edges. The device draws air from the front through the openings under the front panel.
The air then passes through all stages of filtration and exits through the vents at the back, arranged around the entire device.
Size and Dimensions
The air purifier weighs 12.1 lb (5,5 kg). The dimensions of the device are 14.8 x 14.8 x 6 inches (37,5 x 37,5 x 15 cm). Aura Air is not a bulky device, it is not very heavy, so it will not take up a sizable wall-mounted area.
What’s in the box?
You will receive Aura Air, a wall adapter and plugs, Smart Jig, screws, anchors, washers, and a user manual when you buy the device.
As I mentioned earlier, I am impressed with how Aura Air is packaged with the quality of the box and the packaging it comes in. However, I recommend going back to the beginning of the article, where I explain the unpacking and preparation process in detail so that you don’t skip any steps.
Aura Air operates between 110 – 220 V and has accessories for almost any socket in the world. This is a perfect thing because wherever you are, you can order Aura Air, and you will have no problems using it in your own country.
Although it looks very minimalistic, Aura Air is equipped with many advanced features.
Apart from the standard options expected in this price range, what I like most is the air quality sensor equipped with 7 different sensors, which is definitely one of the most advanced I have come across so far.
The main idea is to hang Aura Air on the wall or ceiling, which sets it apart from conventional air purifiers, mostly fixed on the floor or other solid surfaces.
Hanging it on the wall is very simple; all the necessary material is supplied with the device, and it is up to you to choose just where you want to put it.
If you are in a situation like me and have no wall space, you can comfortably place the device on a table, the floor, or a similar hard surface.
The smart app is the basis of the Aura Air air purifier, and without a connection to the smart app, the device is useless and cannot be used.
Having been guided by previous experience and the plethora of air purifiers with a smart app but are very buggy and almost impossible to connect to the device, I was also skeptical about Aura Air. However, the connection process was smooth and hassle-free and I find it one of the better-made apps. All this can be confirmed by the excellent reviews in the app stores.
The most unusual thing about Aura Air, which I have not come across before and which I am not at all used to, is the inability to switch the device off. At first, I found it very strange that I could not turn the device off (except by pulling the plug), which is set to always work. However, on reflection, this is not such a bad idea, because why do we need an air purifier if not to keep the air clean. So using a device like the Aura Air all day long, which is not a significant energy consumer but also has excellent sensors and controls the way it works according to the sensors, is not a disadvantage, but a fantastic innovative idea and a great benefit overall.
Regarding the operating modes, Aura Air has 3 operating modes: High Mode, Low Mode, and Silent Mode. There is also the inevitable Auto Mode, which switches to one of these three modes depending on the current air quality in the room.
In addition to these three modes, which are essentially three different speeds, there is also a Night Mode used when we need a bed rest. The Aura Air reduces the speed to the minimum and dims the LED indicator. This mode can be set to a maximum of 12 hours in one day. Once active, it will automatically activate at the specified time each day.
Filter Reset Indicator
You can check the current wear of the Ray-Filter on the smartphone app at any time.
In addition, Aura Air will notify you when the pre-filter needs to be cleaned, which is also essential to periodically clean it from dust residues.
This is a handy option as this way, you do not have to manually keep track of when it is time to change the filter; Aura Air will do everything for you.
Air Quality Sensor
Aura Air uses a smart sensor that measures the air quality in the room in real-time. The air quality in the room is measured by 7 different sensors.
The sensors in the Aura air purifier detect smoke, CO, CO2, VOC, PM 2.5, PM 10, temperature, and humidity. Very comprehensive and in line with the quality and price of this device.
The sensor is located inside the device. The air comes into contact with the sensor after it passes the first filtration stage (pre-filter). In addition, you can find information about the current air quality in your environment (according to the location you have set in the app), which you have obtained from the BreezoMeter service.
For a detailed overview of how Aura Air measures and determines the current air quality and to better understand the values, I recommend reading the official explanation of all scales on the Aura Air website.
The LED indicator is located on the bottom of the device, on the front side.
In addition to the app, it is the primary means of communication between the device and the user.
This indicator has several different states:
- Flashing green: Aura has entered listening mode; it is waiting for new WiFi
- Flashing blue: establishing a connection to the network
- Flashing blue: connecting to the cloud
- Breathing white: Aura is working properly
- Flashing white: no WiFi connection
- Breathing magenta: Aura has entered safe mode
- Flashing magenta: waiting for firmware update
- Flashing amber: device cover is open
- Flashing red: high CO/smoke warning
Integration of Voice Assistants
In addition to connecting to the smart app, Aura Air offers the possibility to connect to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. It is a perfect option for users who want to take control of this device to a higher level and operate it with voice commands.
Aura Air Smart App
Aura Air requires a connection to the smart app, available for iOS and Android devices. Therefore, if you don’t have a smartphone that runs one of the two systems mentioned, I suggest you reconsider buying an Aura Air air purifier.
As I mentioned earlier, the smartphone app is so well-optimized that you should have no problems connecting to the device and using the app itself.
Check out the most exciting options offered by the smart app in the following paragraphs.
But before you start anything, you need to download the app to your smartphone, install it and run it. Then follow the on-screen instructions to register with a valid email address, verify the address and move on to the next step.
Connect Your Device to Your Phone
After registering and completing the other steps that follow, you need to connect Aura Air to your smart device. You must continue to follow the steps and instructions you receive in the app. To get started, connect Aura Air and turn it on. The LED should flash green, indicating that the device is ready for a WiFi connection.
Follow the on-screen instructions to connect the Aura Air to your WiFi network; once you have successfully connected WiFi and the air purifier, return to the app and press the “Connect” button. Wait for a while for the device to connect, and then you should see the screen as in the third screenshot.
The middle button, which looks like the Aura air purifier, goes to the main control panel.
If you access this button for the first time, you will see the Heidy Assistant, which asks you to fill in certain information so that the air purifier can be customized to your needs. If you are not comfortable sharing this type of information, press the “x” in the top right corner to close the Heidy window.
Once you’ve completed all the initial steps, you’re in total control of your Aura Air air purifier. At the top of the screen, you can see a graph showing the current indoor and outdoor air quality. Below are a few different sections that you can swipe between to see all the information you might need, such as air quality, temperature, the number of individual particles in the air, and recommendations based on air quality and preset items via the Heidy Assistant.
Clicking on the lightning button located in the top right corner opens a window to control the device’s operating mode and the setting to turn the device night mode on and off at a specific time.
Settings and Analytics
Pressing the chart button in the top right corner opens a window with a detailed overview of the air quality, which can be filtered by the hour or day.
In the top right corner, the last button in the row opens the basic settings for Aura Air. Here you can find options to turn notifications on or off, the ability to reset the filter, and other options.
Another exciting but, in my opinion, incomplete option is the suggestions the app gives according to air quality. I like this idea very much, and you can get excellent advice, but the problem is that it is dominated by incomplete and not-so-good advice. I hope the developers will work on this and add and adopt many new and helpful tips. This information sometimes appears in notices.
Space Coverage and CADR
The Aura Air Air Purifier is designed for rooms up to 320 sq. ft., which means it will clean the air 4.8 times in one hour in a room of this size.
According to the manufacturer’s specifications, Aura Air will clean the air 2.5 times (ACH) in an hour in a room of 600 sq. ft. size, which means the Aura Air has approximately 200 CFM.
When determining the room size covered by the unit, it is common to take 4.8 ACH as standard. So, when calculated, this means that the Aura Air would be best used in rooms up to 360 sq. ft., which is then similar in coverage to the Winix 5500-2 air purifier.
In any case, the Aura Air fits perfectly in a living room, bedroom, office, or even any other room that has a free wall on which you can hang the device.
The Aura Air air purifier uses a 4-stage filtration system consisting of a pre-filter, a Ray filter, a UV-C light, and a sterilizer.
Scientific research has shown that Aura Air detects, traps, and kills 99.9% of viruses, bacteria, molds, and VOCs so you can breathe freely. Ideal for any indoor space, it removes airborne particles down to 0.3 microns in size, including allergens and viruses. The high-precision air quality sensor combined with the auto mode option and 4-stage filtration will make the air in your environment much better and more desirable to breathe.
The pre-filter is the first stage of filtration. This filter targets large particles, including dust, pollen, insects, and animal hair.
Its primary purpose is to keep out any larger particles, thus preventing them from entering the Ray-Filter and thus extending its life.
Aura Air takes between 24-48 minutes to fully calibrate the sensor and start displaying the latest data in the app.
The Ray-Filter is the second stage of filtration and the primary filter on this device. Interestingly, this filter comprises 3 unique antibacterial layers that target fine particles (PM 2.5 and 10), germs, odors, bacteria, viruses, fungi, and mold spores.
This filter consists of three layers: a HEPA filter, an activated carbon filter to absorb odors, and a cotton fabric filter impregnated with copper oxide to kill bacteria and neutralize viruses, fungi, and molds.
UV-C light is the third level of filtration; it is located inside the device and is not visible from the outside. A UV-C filter uses light to help remove microorganisms such as germs and viruses.
The Sterioniser acts as an ionizing filter system, electrically charging molecules and allowing them to settle on surfaces to be cleaned later.
How to replace the Ray-Filter?
The Ray-Filter is the primary filter on the Aura Air air purifier; it is not washable and needs to be changed every 6 months on average.
The smart app will send you a notification as a reminder when it’s time to change the Ray-Filter.
The process of changing the filter is straightforward; you just need to follow the steps below:
Total time: 10 min.
Step 1 – Disconnect Aura Air
First, unplug Aura Air from the electrical outlet.
Step 2 – Remove Old Ray-filter
Remove the cover and take out the old Ray-filter.
Step 3 – Insert New Ray-filter
Insert the new Ray-filter inside the air purifier.
Step 4 – Replacing the Aura Air Cover
Replace the Aura Air cover.
The Aura Air air purifier uses 3 different speeds to run the motor.
The unit is quiet in silent mode and produces a sound of only 42.2 dBA, which is much louder than the volume produced by the Alen FLEX at the lowest speed, which is one of the quietest air purifiers I have tested so far.
Notably, the Aura Air motor runs smoothly, with no noise or unpleasant sounds. In High Mode, the volume is a little louder but also bearable, especially knowing that this is when the machine is at its most efficient and is unlikely to run very often at this speed.
Overall, the volume produced by the Aura Air is acceptable in silent and low modes, but it is a little louder in the High mode, and I think the Aura Air engineers could have had a little more fun with the motor and turned the volume down a little further.
The Aura Air is an air purifier designed for rooms up to 325 sq. ft. The manufacturer states that this filtration system captures and kills 99.9% of viruses, bacteria, VOCs, and allergens.
According to the dimensions recommended by the manufacturer, I have tested the unit in a room approximately the size of the room and in a room that is almost twice the recommended dimensions. The Aura Air gave good, not-so-perfect test results.
The patented filtration technology proved to be effective. However, I still think that adding a True HEPA filter would have significantly improved the filtration itself. The device would have had much better results in the tests I did.
320 sq. ft. Room Test
In a 320 sq. ft. room in the first test, I set the Aura Air to run in high mode.
In 60 minutes of work, this device improved air quality by approximately 84%. This is a good result, even if the room is slightly smaller than the recommended dimensions, especially considering that after these 60 minutes, the device continued to improve the air.
560 sq. ft. Room Test
In a 560 sq. ft. room, the Aura Air improved air quality by approximately 78% in 60 minutes of work at maximum speed.
This is a much weaker result than in the previous test. I think this is due to insufficient airflow, as the Aura Air continued to improve the air quality in this room after these 60 minutes. In any case, the device behaves much better in rooms smaller than the recommended dimensions, so I would advise you to use it that way.
It is surprising how Aura Air is a small electricity consumer. The unit uses a motor of only 34W, which is a perfect figure for this airflow and this coverage.
If you left the Aura Air running 24 hours a day for a month, your electricity bill would increase by about $1.5 at maximum speed, which you’ll agree is an excellent deal.
|Power Usage (W)
The other, higher cost when it comes to operating costs is filter replacement, which needs to be done on average twice a year. If we calculate the cost of the replacement filter, which is higher than expected, and the electricity consumption, we can say that the Aura Air is medium but still not too expensive to maintain annually.
Aura Air Purifier Video Review
Check out Aura Air in the video above. See how good it works in different rooms and if this is the best air purifier for your needs.
FAQ on Aura Air
Does Aura Air need to be hung on the wall?
It is recommended but not mandatory.
Can Aura Air work without a smart app?
The smart app is required to use the Aura Air air purifier, and it cannot work without it.
What is the warranty?
The Aura Air comes with a one-year warranty.
Pros and Cons
To revise, here are the advantages and disadvantages of the Aura Air air purifier: