The air that we breathe has a lot of impacts to our health. This is especially true for families with young kids and more of us would notice this during pandemic when we spend most of our time at home. Breville Smart Air Connect Purifier LAP308 is an air purifier with 4 stages purification, promising to reduce 99.97% of particles down to 0.3ʮ with true HEPA filter, dust with pre-filter, smoke and odours with carbon filter, bacteria and viruses with Microbe Shield light.

There is nothing super complex about the machine. It sucks air from its bottom put it through its filter, and blows it out from the top. The filter needs to be replaced periodically and there is an option between 3-layer HEPA filter (LAP030WHT0NAN1) or antivital HEPA-13 filter (LAP040BLU0ZAN1). It can be operated directly from the buttons on top the units, or it can be operated from a smartphone using WiFi connection.

Initial setup to connect to WiFi is not the most intuitive. I managed to get it right the second time, after I finally read the instruction carefully. After the first setup, I can set up automatic schedule from my phone. We can also add the unit to Google Home or Amazon Alexa.

Noise level is quiet for low and medium fan setting. It becomes noticeable at high fan speed, and becomes quite loud at turbo speed. Since I need this unit for the living room, it usually run on medium (sometimes high) and we rarely notice the sound.

As an added bonus, this air purifier also detects the air quality in the room it is placed. It identifies fine particles including allergens, reports it through a 4-colour indicator light and adjusts its performance automatically. Some people reports that the light indicator is too bright can can be distracting when placed in a bedroom, something I do not have to deal with. Putting the Night Mode on will turn off the light.

I started using this unit late last year and it helped a lot with the pollen. One thing I am curious to know if whether the filter will actually have visible dirt/particles when it is time to replace. For now, happy to keep using it. Thinking of buying the smaller Easy Air model for bedrooms.