Surround Air XJ-3800 Intelli-Pro Review


The Surround Air XJ-3800 is a winner. The company have been making it for years and it has well over 600 vastly positive customer reviews on Amazon at the time of writing this review.

There’s a reason why this all-in-one air purifier and ionizer is so popular. While it doesn’t have as high ion production as the best ionizers reviewed here, with a negative ion output of 60 million per cubic centimeter, it is still far higher than most other so-called ionizing air cleaners out there.

In fact, the Surround Air XJ-3800 Intelli-Pro’s 60,000,000/cm3 negative ion production is a full 10 or even 20 times higher than the vast majority of its ionizing purifier competitors.

Despite this, it has being tested for ozone output and produces only 0.7 parts per billion by volume. This is over 70 times lower than the UL 867 standard of 50 ppbv required by California state law.

At levels this low, ozone would be virtually undetectable, even with constant use, and as you’ll see ahead, this advanced air purifier with ionizer actually removes ozone from the air when it’s operating.

7 Air Purifying Technologies in 1

There are 7 different ways the Surround Air XJ-3800 cleans the air in your home. Let’s have a quick look at each of them to understand what makes this such an effective ionizing air purifier.

  1. A pre-filter to catch large particles and improve the performance of the other filters. This can be washed if needed and never needs replacement.
  2. An electrostatically charged collection grid that draws dust and other allergens in from the surrounding air. This too can be simply wiped to clean occasionally.
  3. An active carbon filter that is highly absorbent and traps harmful airborne compounds like ozone, formaldehyde and other volatile organic compounds emitted from electrical equipment and furnishings in your home. Carbon filters also work well against strongly odorous contaminants like tobacco smoke, hydrogen sulfide (rotten egg gas) and ammonia.
  4. A long-lasting true HEPA filter that effectively traps 99.97% of particles right down to 0.3 microns. HEPA filters are the best method for removing dust, pollen, pet dander and other airborne allergens from your living space. The addition of the strong negative ionizer in this air purifier actually increases the effectiveness of the HEPA filter as well.
  5. A photocatalytic oxidation filter which destroys airborne bacteria and viruses. This is also another way carcinogenic VOCs are eliminated within this air purifier ionizer.
  6. A germicidal UV lamp that eliminates mold spores, microbes and other harmful airborne organisms. The CDC recommends the combination of ultraviolet light and a HEPA filter, as found in the Surround Air Intelli-Pro, for preventing airborne diseases.
  7. A 60,000,000 cm/3 negative ion generator the causes floating particles to clump together and become too heavy to remain airborne. USDA testing found high negative ions in an environment quickly reduce airborne dust, particles and bacteria significantly.

The XJ-3800 packs a lot of air cleaning technology into an strong all round ion air purifier. It is also significantly lower in price than many of its less powerful competitors.

In addition to all of this, the Intelli-Pro has special sensor technology on auto mode to adjust its air cleaning as needed and its powerful fan will easily purify the air in larger rooms in your home.

There is also a quiet mode for the evening and Surround Air claim it is extremely energy-efficient, running on high only when needed to deal with heavy airborne pollution and allergens like cigarette smoke or pet dander.

This room ionizer and air cleaner has a 30 day money back guarantee and then a 3 year warranty after that. Given that Surround Air is an established 20+ year-old company, this is much easier to trust than warranties from many other air cleaner manufacturers out there.

Considerations

One negative with the Intelli-Pro air purifier is that you should replace the combination HEPA/carbon filter approximately every 12 months for best results.

The UV lamp can last up to 3 years and the photocatalytic filter lasts between 3 and 5 years. Surround Air estimates that replacement costs will be roughly $25-$50 a year for maximum air cleaning.

All HEPA filter-based air cleaners will encounter these costs and the XJ-3800 parts seem comparatively cheap compared to other air purifiers replacement parts. You can check the current prices here and if you’ve decided on the Surround Air Intelli-Pro it might make sense to pick up an extra HEPA/carbon filter at least.

There’s a more visual explanation of how the 7 stage air cleaning process works here on Amazon. The detailed customer feedback and answered questions by current owners are also very informative in deciding if the Surround Air XJ-3800 Intelli-Pro is the best air cleaner for you.

You can read more detailed reviews and comparisons of the best ionic air purifiers here.


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