The air in my home gets so dry during the winter months. Fall and spring are a little better but not much. I also suffer from terrible seasonal allergies every season of the year! I have previously tried a couple cool mist humidifiers in my bedroom at night, and, while I liked the humidity, I did not like the white powder that spread throughout the room and on my furniture. Thus, when Venta approached me about reviewing the Venta Airwasher 2-in-1 Humidifier & Air Purifier, which is a humidifier and purifier that does not create a white powder, I eagerly accepted the opportunity. I received a Venta Airwasher 2-in-1 Humidifier & Air Purifier LW25 in exchange for my honest opinion.
The mission at Venta is to make the air customers breathe cleaner. Venta manufactures, sells, and distributes some of the best-known air systems in the world. Founded in 1981 in Germany, the company strives to deliver technology that is simple, efficient, and beautifully designed. The identity of the Venta company is clearly defined and directed by the Venta Guiding Principles: (1) Venta products are services, (2) Venta customers are also Venta partners, and (3) Venta employees are problem solvers. States Alfred Hitzler, Venta Airwasher Inventor and President:
“Every product we’ve invented began with our desire to improve our customer’s breathing and environmental needs. Customers have stayed with Venta over the years because they see our products as providing a valuable solution. They recommend us to their friends and family and they have made us the undisputed market leader. And for that we are eternally grateful.”
The company also strives to create and distribute products in a responsible and sustainable way. Corporate responsibility and sustainability are at the core of the business including when the company made the decision to use 100% wind energy in the production of every Airwasher made in Germany. Venta has also made solid progress reducing other environmental impacts in ways such as sourcing only materials which are completely recyclable and reducing the amount of packaging used in products. Sustainability is designed into every aspect of the Airwasher. Venta designs and optimizes products to consume less energy and for maximum efficiency of power consumption, which increases the lifespan of products and reduces ownership costs.
The Venta Airwasher is available in three energy-efficient sizes. The Airwasher LW15 humidifies up to 200 square feet and purifies up to 105 square feet. The LW25 humidifies up to 400 square feet and purifies up to 210 square feet. The LW45 humidifies up to 800 square feet and purifies up to 420 square feet. To choose the right Airwasher for you, measure your room and choose the corresponding model. For factors such as vaulted ceilings, rooms with fireplaces, desert conditions, or higher heating temperatures, Venta recommends choosing a larger size to maintain ideal conditions.
About the Venta Airwasher LW25
The Venta Airwasher 2-in-1 Humidifier & Air Purifier LW25 humidifies dry room air while simultaneously purifying it by removing dust, pollen, pet dander, and other allergens in rooms up to 400 square feet. The unit measures 11.8 by 13 by 11.8 inches and weighs 8.5 pounds. As with all Venta Airwashers, the LW25 does not use a filter. Instead, the water is the filter, which makes the product easy to maintain and clear. Venta Airwashers also do not produce the “white dust” common with other humidifiers due to the fact that the unit uses cold water evaporation technology. The LW25 is available in white or gray. The unit currently retails for $299.99 plus shipping and is also available via Amazon.
Setting up the Venta Airwasher 2-in-1 Humidifier & Air Purifier LW25 is incredibly easy. Simply remove the unit from the shipping carton, remove the protective shipping cardboard from the top and bottom, place the disk stack in the lower housing, fill the lower housing with water, and set the upper housing on top. As advised by Venta, I kept the packaging because I plan to store my Airwasher during the humid summer months. I was amazed at the simplicity of setup. I did not have to buy special distilled water or assemble any small pieces. Setup took only a few minutes. I rate the LW25 extremely highly in terms of assembly.
Unlike other humidifiers that use a mist to put moisture in the air, Venta Airwashers draw dry air through the top, passing the air over rotating disk stacks. Dirt and dust particles become heavy and sink to the bottom of the lower housing, leaving only humidified purified air to evaporate through the two vented sides of the unit. To fill the unit, simple use fresh tap water. Be careful when filling, cleaning, or moving the Venta Airwasher to avoid water spills, and never fill the unit through the air intake holes on top of the upper housing. Lifting the top of the unit off is quick and easy, meaning the filling the bottom is just as simple. I love that I do not have to buy jugs of distilled water. Transporting the lower unit to my sink or carrying pitchers of tap water saves me time and money. Tap water costs pennies, and I never have to make a shopping run to buy more special water. That the LW25 specifically uses tap water is one of my favorite features.
To keep the unit cleaner, Venta includes a sample bottle of Venta Water Treatment Additive (WTA), which was designed to maintain hygienic conditions in the lower housing and to improve the evaporation process. The use of the WTA is recommended for the best performance and efficiency of the Airwasher. Proper usage helps prevent the formation of hard calcium deposits and lime build-up. Because my tap water is hard, I have opted to use the WTA. In addition to keeping the bottom housing cleaner, the W.TA also improves the performance of the unit by creating a sheeting action on the disks with the effect of increasing the amount of surface area. To use the WTA, add a dose to the lower housing every ten to fourteen days. Also periodically rinse and clean the lower housing. A 35-ounce bottle of Venta Airwasher Water Treatment Additive currently retails for $29.99 on Amazon. One bottle contains ten doses.
Using the Venta Airwasher 2-in-1 Humidifier & Air Purifier LW25 is just as easy as setting up the unit. The operator panel on the top of the upper housing has only two buttons: on/off and fan stage selector. The on/off button turns the unit on and off. The fan stage selector allows the user to adjust the speed of the fan. My husband was able to figure out the operator panel without looking at the user manual. I prefer simple technology that is easy to operate, and the LW25 definitely meets my needs. I thus rate the Venta Airwasher extremely highly in terms of ease of use.
In addition to the manual controls, the Venta Airwasher 2-in-1 Humidifier & Air Purifier LW25 comes equipped with an automatic safety shut off switch. As soon as the upper housing is lifted off the lower housing, the motor shuts off. As a mother of two young children, safety features such as the automatic safety shut off switch are essential for me. Although I keep my little ones away from the Airwasher, accidents can still happen. I feel more secure knowing that the motor will shut off automatically should either of my children start playing around with the unit. The motor additionally turns off automatically when the water level in the lower housing becomes insufficient.
Because my husband experiences an uncomfortably dry throat overnight in the spring, I decided to put the Venta Airwasher 2-in-1 Humidifier & Air Purifier LW25 in the bedroom in which he currently sleeps. The room measures approximately 350 square feet. After the first night of use, my husband woke up feeling really well. He did not experience any stuffiness like he usually does this time of year. He then woke up each morning after that first night with the same positive experience. In fact, the one night that he forgot to turn the unit on, my husband woke up feeling more congested than the previous nights. He has definitely noticed a significant difference in his comfort level while using the Venta Airwasher.
The bedroom in which I sleep with my two children is slightly smaller than the bedroom in which my husband sleeps. I turned the Venta Airwasher 2-in-1 Humidifier & Air Purifier LW25 on when I put my daughter to bed. When I went in two hours later, I could definitely tell the difference between the humidified room and the rest of the house. The air felt significantly moister and smelled a little wetter, kind of like a warm spring day. The unit kept the room humidified all night. I am definitely excited to use the Airwasher during the winter months in which my house becomes intolerably dry at night.
Venta Airwashers operate by the process of cold evaporation. Unlike with cool or hot mist humidifiers, you will not see any white residue, vapors, or mists with the Airwasher. The disk stack rotates in the water, creating a surface area of over 45 square feet. When dry air meets the surface area of the disk stack, the water evaporates into the room. By using the cold evaporation process, any excess humidity can be virtually ruled out. I found that the Venta Airwasher 2-in-1 Humidifier & Air Purifier LW25 maintained a constant humidity in my bedroom all night long. I did not go to sleep feeling dry and wake up feeling soggy. I also love that the Airwasher does not produce a sticky white dust all over my bedroom. My biggest complaint with other humidifiers is the white dust from my hard water. Venta completely solves that problem with the process of cold evaporation.
When I sleep, I need a little white noise in the background. I usually leave a fan on all night. The Venta Airwasher 2-in-1 Humidifier & Air Purifier LW25 does produce some noise while in use at 25–37–42 dBA. The sound levels are comparable to an average room fan. Even at the highest setting, the sound is not too loud. In fact, the white noise produced by the unit helped me fall asleep and stay asleep. Thus, in addition to humidifying the air of my bedroom, the Airwasher also produces some gentle background sound that soothes individuals who require white noise to sleep.
My only complaint about the Venta Airwasher 2-in-1 Humidifier & Air Purifier LW25 is the blue light produced by the operator panel. In addition to white noise, I also require complete darkness to sleep. The blue lights on top of the Airwasher are extremely bright and light up my bedroom too much for me to fall asleep comfortably. My husband also complained about the lights, and he does not need complete darkness to sleep. I wish that the unit dimmed or shut off the blue lights after a few minutes. Fortunately, I was able to cover the lights with a small piece of black electrical tape, but having the lights dim or turn off completely would be an appreciated feature in future upgrades to the Airwasher.
If you experience dry, uncomfortable air in your home, I highly recommend the Venta Airwasher 2-in-1 Humidifier & Air Purifier. Venta currently offers three sizes to meet your individual square footage needs. I received the LW25 model, which humidifies up to 400 square feet and purifies up to 210 square feet. The unit is easy to assemble, use, and maintain. To fill the unit, simple use fresh tap water. I love that I do not have to buy jugs of distilled water, which saves me time and money. As a mother of two young children, safety features such as the automatic safety shut off switch are essential for me. As soon as the upper housing is lifted off the lower housing of the Airwasher, the motor shuts off. Venta Airwashers operate by the process of cold evaporation, so you will never see any white residue, vapors, or mists. I hated cleaning up the sticky white dust from my other humidifiers, and Venta completely solves the problem with the process of cold evaporation. My only complaint about the Airwasher is the blue light produced by the operator panel, but I was able to solve the problem by covering the lights with a small piece of black electrical tape. Overall, I rate the Venta Airwasher 2-in-1 Humidifier & Air Purifier extremely highly and recommend the brand if you are shopping for a new room humidifier and purifier.
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Venta Airwasher 2-in-1 Humidifier & Air Purifier LW25 Review © 2016 Heather Johnson
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Unpacking the Venta Airwasher 2-in-1 Humidifier & Air Purifier LW25 © 2016 Heather Johnson
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Upper and Lower Housings of Venta Airwasher 2-in-1 Humidifier & Air Purifier LW25 © 2016 Heather Johnson
Lower Housing and Disk Stack of Venta Airwasher 2-in-1 Humidifier & Air Purifier LW25 © 2016 Heather Johnson
Upper Housing of Venta Airwasher 2-in-1 Humidifier & Air Purifier LW25 © 2016 Heather Johnson
Filling the Lower Housing of the Venta Airwasher 2-in-1 Humidifier & Air Purifier LW25 with Water © 2016 Heather Johnson
Adding the Venta Water Treatment Additive © 2016 Heather Johnson
Operator Panel of the Venta Airwasher 2-in-1 Humidifier & Air Purifier LW25 © 2016 Heather Johnson