Blueair 411 Auto Air Purifier: Trusted Review (2022)

The Blueair 411 Auto is a quality air purifier with some exciting extras that make it a worthy successor to its predecessor, the Blueair 411 air purifier.

The main feature that distinguishes this model from its predecessor is the air quality sensor, which detects particles in real-time. This sensor also works in combination with the air quality indicator on the front of the device and the automatic mode option, which changes the device’s operating mode according to the current air quality.

Blueair 411 Auto Air Purifier - Review
I placed Blueair 411 Auto on the desk in my living room.

The Blueair 411 Auto needs very little energy to work. It has a motor of only 10W, is designed for rooms of 190 sq. ft., and uses 3-stage filtration.

This air purifier fits perfectly into a small bedroom, small living room, office, or other room within the recommended dimensions.

This review will show you what makes the Blueair 411 Auto special, how good it performed in our tests, how loud it is, and whether it’s worth buying.

  • The Blueair 411 Auto is designed for spaces up to 190 sq. ft.
  • This air purifier uses a 3-stage filtration system consisting of a fabric pre-filter, a particle filter, and a carbon filter.
  • The Blueair 411 Auto performed well in performance tests and improved air quality by 94% in a 194 sq. ft. room.
  • It is very quiet in Night Mode, producing a noise of only 41.6 dBA.
  • The Blueair comes with a 2-year warranty.

Specifications

See the table below for the full specifications of the Blueair 411 auto air purifier.

Manufacturer Blueair
Model Blue Pure 411 Auto
Dimensions 7.9 x 7.9 x 16.7 inches
Weight 3.8 lb
Filters Washable Pre-filter, Particle Filter, and Carbon Filter
Filter Longevity about 6 months
Room Coverage (4.8 ACH) 190 sq. ft.
Number of Fan Speeds 3 – Night Mode, Everyday Mode, Boost Mode
Power Consumption 10W
Warranty 2-year
User manual PDF

Installation and Setup

The Blueair 411 Auto is entirely ready to use and does not require any particular procedure or adjustment before starting. All you need to do is place the unit in the desired location, take care not to block the airflow, plug it in, and switch it on.

Blueair 411 Auto Air Purifier - Parts
Blueair 411 Auto parts.

I recommend placing the unit 10 inches away from walls or other objects that may block the airflow. Be sure to put it on a hard and flat surface.

In addition, I would advise you not to place the appliance in places where there is excessive humidity. You can hide the power cord under the pre-filter if you like.

Design

In terms of design, the Blueair 411 Auto has retained the same principles as its predecessor but has significantly improved the fabric pre-filter, which now looks much more premium and is made from much higher quality fabric.

This air purifier is made of plastic, in my opinion, a pretty solid quality for this type of device. It is made up of two parts, 2/3 of which are taken up by the filter, and the top part contains the fan, the control knob, the air quality sensor, and the indicator.

Blueair 411 Auto Air Purifier - Placed on the Office Desk
Blueair 411 Auto – Placed on the office desk.

The lower part of the device is equipped with the pre-filter, which is easy to remove, easy to maintain, and available in 5 different colors, which further facilitates the installation of the device and its integration into any environment.

Although the Blueair 411 Auto does not have a handle to move from room to room, it is a very light and portable air purifier, so I do not think the lack of handles is a problem.

Overall, this is a stylish and modern air purifier adorned with a unique design that cannot be seen on other similar air purifiers. To be honest, I really like the look of the Blueair 411 Auto. I would like to see other brands working a little on innovation regarding appliance design.

The Control Button

The Blueair 411 Auto is a minimalist air purifier without many advanced options that uses just one button for complete device control. The button is touch-sensitive, precise, sufficiently sensitive, and perfectly positioned. There are indicators around the button to show the current mode and serve as an indicator to reset the filter.

Blueair 411 Auto Air Purifier- Control Button
Blueair 411 Auto has just one button for complete control.

The first press of the button switches the device on and sets it to automatic mode. In this case, all the indicators light up white.

A second press switches to night mode (low fan speed), the third press to everyday mode (medium fan speed), and a fourth press to boost mode (high fan speed).

The fifth pressure switches off the air purifier. Pretty simple controls, don’t you agree?

In addition to the indicator light for each operating mode, it also serves as an indicator to reset the filter. If the light is red, it’s time to change the filter. I like the minimalism and simplified controls that adorn this Blueair air purifier.

The Blueair 411 Auto remembers your last settings and starts automatically when plugged in, which means you can connect it to a smart plug.

Airflow

The Blueair 411 Auto is round in shape, which means that the filter in this device is cylindrical, hollow in the middle. This means that this air purifier draws air through openings in the bottom of the unit, spaced out on all sides.

The air is then filtered and exits through the holes on the top side.

Size and Dimensions

The air purifier weighs 3.8 lb. The dimensions of the device are 7.9 x 7.9 x 16.7 inches. It is a portable and small air purifier that can be easily moved from room to room.

What’s in the box?

You will receive an air purifier, 2-in-1 filter, fabric pre-filter, and user manual when you buy the device. As minimalistic as the device is, so is the packaging, and so are the accessories that come with the device. Overall, the Blueair 411 Auto is a very easy-to-use air purifier.

Features

The Blueair 411 Auto is a minimalist air purifier with extras such as an air quality sensor, an air quality indicator, and an auto mode that set it apart and take it up a notch without compromising its minimalism. In addition, this series is known for its auto-start option.

This means that the Blueair 411 Auto starts working as soon as you plug it in; you can plug this air purifier into a smart plug and use it the way the older version is used.

In the following sections, I will describe all the most essential features and options this model has.

Air Quality Sensor

The air quality sensor is the biggest innovation in Blueair’s Blue Pure series. The sensor is mounted on the back of the device and detects particles in real-time.

Blueair 411 Auto - Air Quality Sensor
The air quality sensor is located at the back of the Blueair 411 Auto.

This handy feature takes the Blueair 411 Auto to a whole new level, especially as you can now monitor the current air quality at any time; plus, you can switch the device to auto mode.

As an option, I would have liked to have had a sensor sensitivity setting because I sometimes feel that it could have been a little bit more precise. Overall, I really like this option, and it’s definitely an improvement compared to the previous Blueair Blue Pure series.

I recommend cleaning the sensor regularly to maintain a high accuracy level.

Air Quality Indicator

The Blueair 411 Auto has a built-in air quality indicator located on the front of the unit. This indicator collects data from the air quality sensor. It lights up a different color depending on the current air quality indicator.

Blueair 411 Auto Air Purifier - Air Quality Indicator
The air quality indicator is located on the front.

This indicator lights up in three different colors. If it glows red, it means that the air is polluted; if it glows orange, it means that the air quality is moderate; and if it glows blue, it means that the air quality is good.

The air quality indicator determines the color it will glow according to the amount of PM2.5 in the air.

The air quality indicator is compatible with night mode, which means that it will dim the light when the unit is switched to this model.

Auto Mode

Auto mode is another option that works in combination with the air quality sensor. Basically, in Auto mode, the Blueair 411 Auto monitors the current air quality and switches modes based on this. This is a handy option that allows you to turn on the air purifier, leave it running and make sure the air in your room is of the highest quality at all times.

Filter Reset Indicator

The Blueair 411 Auto uses a filter reset indicator to let you know when to change the filter. The indicator is located around the control button; more specifically, it is the same indicator that shows the currently active mode.

If this indicator is red, it is a sign to change the filter immediately.

Blueair 411 Auto Air Purifier Video Review

In the video above you can see a detailed review of the Blueair 411 Auto air purifier.

Room Coverage

The Blueair 411 Auto is a small air purifier designed for rooms with an area of 190 sq. ft. Blueair cleans the air 4.8 times in one hour in a room of this size.

When it comes to CADR (Clean Air Delivery Rate), the Blueair 411 Auto has values of 107 for dust, 96 for pollen, and 123 for smoke. This air purifier ideally fits into small spaces such as a small living room, a small bedroom, a small office, etc.

I would recommend this model for use in a bedroom, especially as it has a night mode offering very quiet air purification and dims the lights on the unit.

Filtration Technology

The Blueair 411 Auto uses a 3-stage filter consisting of a washable fabric filter, a particle filter, and a carbon filter. In addition, this air purifier uses HEPASilent technology, which is essentially an ionizer built into the device and can’t be switched off.

The good thing is that the Blueair 411 Auto is CARB certified, which means that it does not produce ozone in unauthorized amounts and is safe to use.

Blueair 411 Auto Air Purifier - Replacement Filter

Blueair 411 Auto Replacement Filter

Always buy genuine filters for the best performance. As soon as the filter reset indicator is on, you are ready to change filters. Do it as quickly as possible.

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The Blueair 411 Auto uses high-quality filters, as confirmed by the performance test results. The fabric pre-filter is washable, while the particle filter and carbon filter combination are replaceable and must be changed periodically.

Fabric Pre-filter

The fabric pre-filter is the first and perhaps the most interesting filtration stage on this appliance. I say most interesting because the Blueair pre-filter is innovative, available in 5 different colors, and washable.

Blueair 411 Auto Air Purifier - Pre-filter
Blueair 411 Auto – Pre-filter.

The primary purpose of this pre-filter is not aesthetic; this filter catches all large particles such as hair, dog hair, large dust particles, etc.

In fact, the pre-filter will preserve and extend the life of the particle filter in this way.

Particle Filter

The particle filter is the second and primary filtration stage on this machine. This filter removes airborne allergens such as pollen, dust, pet dander, microbes, etc.

Blueair 411 Auto Air Purifier - Particle Filter
Blueair 411 Auto – Particle filter.

Interestingly, the Blueair 411 Auto does not use a True HEPA filter. Although it has performed very well with this filter too, I feel that an addition such as a True HEPA filter would significantly increase the performance and take the unit to the next level.

Carbon Filter

This final filtration stage captures light household odors from pets, cooking, and smoking. To be honest, I am not satisfied with the quality and performance that the Blueair 411 Auto has produced when it comes to gas filtration, especially when it comes to the filtration of cigarette smoke.

Blueair 411 Auto Air Purifier - Fibrous Carbon Filter
Blueair 411 Auto – Fibrous carbon filter.

I would therefore recommend the Blueair 411 Auto air purifier for filtering dust particles, pollen, and similar pollutants rather than odors.

How to Replace the Blueair 411 Auto Filter?

The Blueair 411 Auto uses a washable pre-filter, and this is a filter that is not changed but needs to be washed or cleaned from time to time. I recommend cleaning this filter at least once a month, in some cases more.

However, the combination of particle and carbon filler is not washable; it is a filter that needs to be changed occasionally, every 6 months on average. Fortunately, the Blueair 411 has an Auto Filter Reset indicator that lets you know when it’s time to change the filter. This means that you should change the filter as soon as the indicator turns red.

Noise Test

The Blueair 411 Auto uses only 3 speeds, 3 working modes to be precise. What positively surprised me is the volume in Night Mode (Speed 1), which is only 41.6 dBA, in the rank of some of the quietest air purifiers I have had the opportunity to test so far.

Blueair 411 Auto Air Purifier - Noise Test
I tested the Blueair 411 Auto with a special noise measuring tool.

However, in Boost Mode, the volume is slightly louder, the motor is strangely audible, and sometimes you can hear cracking or strange noises. This personally bothers me a lot, which is one of the downsides of this air purifier. When we add that at this speed, it emits a sound of 61.2 dBA, we can say that it could be a bit quieter.

Speed Value (dBA)
Night Mode 41.6 dBA
Everyday Mode 42.9 dBA
Boost Mode 61.2 dBA

In addition, I would like to praise the night mode, which is very quiet, when this mode additionally dims all the indicators on the device, giving it the possibility to use it without any problems in the bedroom.

Overall, the Blueair 411 Auto is very quiet at first and second speed, while it is slightly louder at third speed, but bear in mind that you will be using the device rarely at speed 3.

Performance Tests

In the performance tests, the Blueair 411 Auto showed excellent results. I tested the device using the Temtop laser particle counter, which detects the number of particles in real-time.

As the Blueair is designed for rooms up to 190 sq. ft., I will show the test in a room of very approximate dimensions and a slightly larger room.

Blueair 411 Auto Air Purifier - Performance Test
I have tested the Blueair 411 performance with the Temtop laser particle meter.

I must point out that the Blueair has shown outstanding results in dust and pollen removal, but it has also shown slightly worse results in the fight against odors.

This means that it will not be as active in the kitchen or in smoking rooms as a larger and more powerful air purifier such as the Levoit Core 400S, which also uses a pellet-based carbon filter.

194 sq. ft. Room Test

In the first test in a 194 sq. ft. room, the Blueair 411 Auto achieved excellent results, improving air quality by approximately 94% in 60 minutes of operation at maximum speed. In this way, Blueair reduced the AQI from 137 to 8.

# Starting Baseline After 60min
PM 2.5 105.1 6
PM 10 147.2 8.5
Particles 152503 8831
AQI 137 8

I have to say that this is a remarkable result and that Blueair has fully justified the room coverage it has, considering that the room in which I tested it is almost identical in size to the recommended dimensions.

320 sq. ft. Room Test

In another room, 320 sq. ft. in size, which is much larger than the recommended dimensions, the Blueair 411 Auto also performed very well, improving air quality by approximately 91% in 60 minutes of operation at maximum speed.

# Starting Baseline After 60min
PM 2.5 102.1 8.5
PM 10 143 11.9
Particles 148108 12409
AQI 133 12

I have to say that I was impressed with the performance that Blueair did in this room. In short, this is an excellent quality air purifier that can handle rooms that are slightly larger than the recommended dimensions.

Operating Costs

This is the part where Blueair surprised me very positively. It is simply amazing that such a strong air purifier has a motor power of only 10W.

Blueair 411 Auto Air Purifier - Power Usage
Blueair 411 Auto has a motor of 10W.

This means that the Blueair only consumes 9.1W in Boost Mode (Speed 3), which further means that if you were to leave this air purifier running in Boost mode, 24 hours a day and so on for one month, your electricity bill would go up by about $0.8, which is very little and puts this air purifier in the place of one of the smallest electricity consumers that I have tested so far.

Interestingly, in Night Mode (Speed 1), this air purifier consumes only 1.9W, and in Everyday Mode (Speed 2), 2.3W. In short, this is one very economical air purifier.

Speed Power Usage (W)
Standby 0W
Night Mode 1.9W
Everyday Mode 2.3W
Boost Mode 9.1W

In addition to the cost of electricity, there is also the cost of replacement filters, which is also very affordable, especially considering that filters are very long-lasting.

Adding up the cost of electricity consumption and replacement filters, the conclusion is that the Blueair 411 Auto is a very low annual consumer. It is one of the most affordable air purifiers to maintain that I have tested so far.

FAQ

Does the Blueair 411 Auto produce ozone?

As certified by CARB, the Blueair 411 Auto produces ozone within allowable levels that are not harmful to health.

Does this air purifier use washable filters?

Only the pre-filter can be washed on the Blueair 411 Auto. This means that the particle and carbon filters are replaceable and need to be changed on average every 6 months.

What is the warranty on the Blueair 411 Auto?

This air purifier comes with a 2-year warranty if you register the air purifier on the Blueair website soon after purchase.

Does the Blueair 411 Auto use a True HEPA filter?

Nope. This air purifier uses a particle filter that removes airborne allergens such as pollen, dust, pet dander, germs, etc.

Pros and Cons

To revise, here are the advantages and disadvantages of Blueair 411 Auto:

Pros

  • Needs Very Little Energy to Work
  • Washable pre-filter
  • Air quality sensor and indicator
  • Automatic mode
  • Energy Star certified
  • Works with a smart plug
  • Very easy to use
  • Quiet in night mode
  • Ideal air purifier for small spaces

Cons

  • Slightly poorer performance in neutralizing gas
  • No True HEPA filter

Final Thoughts

The Blueair 411 Auto is a small air purifier designed for rooms up to 190 sq. ft. Ideally, it fits in a small living room, bedroom, office, or similar room.

The Blueair 411 Auto is my absolute recommendation because of its incredible performance, quiet operation at first and second speed, low energy consumption, and extras like the washable pre-filter and air quality sensor.

If you have any uncertainties or questions about this machine, please leave a comment in the comment box below.

9.5

SCORE

Review Breakdown

Performance

9.6

Noise

9.1

Operating cost

9.6

Value for money

9.6

Ease of use

9.7

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