Sharper Image Ionic Breeze GP SI730 Air Purifier

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  • Don't waste your time and money

    Sep 11, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Silent, Eliminates Odors, Nice Looking Design
    Cons: Possibly Harmful to your Health, Ineffective wrt Dust, Expensive

    Summary: I don't write many reviews, because I don't really have the time and I'm not usually passionate about a particular product. However, after trying this air purifier and being disappointed, I decided to do some investigating on the subject of air ... read more

  • Does Not, and Cannot, Work

    Nov 16, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Errr... It does nearly nothing at a low operating cost.
    Cons: It can't actually clean much air.

    Summary: The "Ionic Breeze" line of products cannot, by design, actually work. Understanding why is actually quite simple. For the purposes of this review, we will compare two air purifiers. The Ionic Breeze, and a standard HEPA media filter with a plain, ... read more

  • Ionic Breeze Review by former Sharper Image Employee

    Sep 13, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Will make your friends know you have money to blow and possibly make them envious.
    Cons: Quite noisy at times. Does not perform as advertised. Ozone odor quite overpowering. WAY overpriced.

    Summary: When I first started my part-time job at The Sharper Image, I was very excited about the opportunity to purchase their items, namely the Ionic Breeze, at a substantial discount. Within the first 2 weeks of my employment I purchased the Ionic Breeze GP. ... read more

  • Very expensive plug in (air refreshener) :(

    Sep 1, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: masks odors with ozone (good if you like to smell bleach all day)
    Cons: Very expensive giant air refreshener with a bug light

    Summary: My husband and I watched all of the infomercials about the Ionic Breeze and mostly just laughed and said that it could never work. Then one day my husband said why don't we give it a chance and he ordered two Ionic Breezes, the fancy ones that have ... read more

  • It actually does work!!!

    Jan 22, 2005 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Quiet, does as advertised, low maintenance
    Cons: High initial cost

    Summary: Like you I had seen the commercials for the Ionic Breeze and thought "yeah, right". I work on a cruise ship and thus I have to take over the cabin from the departing person. When I first moved in I noticed a very strong smell of cigarettes and B.O. ... read more

  • Sharper Image Ionic Breeze GP - Does it really work? GP SI730 Review

    Apr 22, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Silent, works as advertised, good customer service
    Cons: Durability problems, initially expensive

    Summary: Introduction All Sharper Image Ionic Breeze products function in the same way: Air is drawn into the unit by electrostatic charge, dust particles are attracted to charged metal plates and stay inside the unit, and cleaner air comes out on ... read more

  • I don't know HOW it works, but it DOES...

    Mar 2, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: It absolutely works as advertised!
    Cons: Can be noisy when it needs cleaning.

    Summary: Just purchased my Ionic Breeze GP from their reconditioned online store which means I got the identical unit for half the price and STILL has the full 5-year warrantee. The unit looked brand new and although I'm a heavy smoker, it seemed to clear the air ... read more

  • Ionic Breeze GP I'm not Sure How Well It Works but My Allergies Feel Better!

    Jan 11, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Collects dirt from air, kills viruses and germs with UV light, relatively quiet usually
    Cons: Initially Expensive for new units, Can be loud when too much dirt collected inside

    Summary: Well, this year I spent quite a bit of money buying air purifiers to help relieve my allergies. I've tried Hunter HEPA unit but the expense of constantly buying new HEPA filters every 1 to 3 months became extremely expensive in a short period of time. ... read more

  • **(UPDATED)** the BEST air purifier I have owned - BUT...

    Aug 16, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Quiet operation, sleek design, color choices, no cost to operate.
    Cons: expensive (at first), may (or may not) create unhealthy ozone

    Summary: PLEASE NOTE: I have changed my mind about this product. Yes, it has worked well for me. I see the "gunk" collected on the collection grid and love the fact that it's not in my lungs. BUT, recently, I have read articles about the unhealthful ... read more

  • Works well for us

    Jan 18, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: cleans the air pretty well, helps some allergies, silent, no filters
    Cons: expensive, use carefully

    Summary: When we were married my wife's two small dogs, one is a Pekingese and the other about the same size, came with her. Turned out that I am somewhat allergic to them. My eyes would burn and lungs would get congested. On December 30th we purchased the ... read more

  • 5 years, and still love these things.

    Dec 19, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Looks great, no filter, quiet and great warranty
    Cons: Expensive, need to keep it on all the time, some hate the smell

    Summary: I've owned various versions of ionic breeze. From the original, then upgraded to quadra, then to gp, and the other to gp professional. You've read many things about this thing and as my ex-fiance owned a cat and I had really bad allergies I can tell ... read more

  • This is the one to buy!

    Aug 6, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Silent, no replacement filters, energy efficient, easy and cheap to maintain, and it works.
    Cons: Way overpriced but can be bought for under $200. I still have to dust!

    Summary: I bought 2 of these on-line refurbished 4 months ago for about $175 each including shipping. I was surprised to receive 2 units that were completely indistinguishable from new. This truly has been a "best buy" for me. I sure am glad I didn't settle and ... read more

  • Great for allergy sufferers!

    Jun 13, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Blissfully silent! Effective at scrubbing allergens from the air. Easy cleaning. No filters to buy.
    Cons: So far none that I can think of.

    Summary: I've had my Ionic Breeze GP for about a week now and it has made a tremendous difference in my allergies. My allergies are to pollens, especially ragweed, plus dust and animal dander. Though I have no pets and use a filtered window screen, I generally ... read more

  • I can BREATHE!

    Jun 13, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Quiet, unobtrusive, highly effective in killing germs. An absolute must for pet owners!
    Cons: The initial cost was quite a setback ($900 for both units including warranty).

    Summary: I would have never considered buying this purifier if it were not for my fiancee who had developed an allergy to our four rabbits. They have full run of the apartment and the central air is always full of rabbit hair and other irritants. We bought ... read more

  • Pricey, But Effective

    May 10, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Effective at reducing allergens Silent operation No filters to maintain
    Cons: High initial cost Bulky appearance

    Summary: I've been using the Ionic Breeze GP for about 5 weeks now. The unit is in my bedroom and it collects a surprising amount of dust and allergens. I can happily report that my allergies are much better since installing the IB. And this during a spring with ... read more

  • Just love it....

    Dec 11, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Quiet. Space efficient. Kills germs and bacteria. Easy maintenance. Economical in the long run.
    Cons: Must clean immediately if burning candles. Or turn it off while candles are lit.

    Summary: I think it works great. No fans making noise or any kind of electrical buzzing. You can really see all the dirt and dust it collects in just a week. I also noticed that the dust that doesn't pass through the air cleaner simply drops straight down. ... read more

  • A great idea that helps some types of allergy sufferers a great deal

    Jul 2, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Silent (most of the time), no filters, cheap to operate
    Cons: Produces ozone as a byproduct, noisey in humid atmosphere, problems with power supply

    Summary: I've owned several incarnations of the ionic breeze units produced by the Sharper Image. Their earlier versions of this product, while functional, were not made of sturdy enough stuff to survive constant daily use. This, their latest model, seems to ... read more

  • Express Customer Reviews

  • Rated Unacceptable

    Apr 9, 2005 by
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    Pros: Quiet in operation. No filters to replace.
    Cons: Ineffective, potentially harmful, unreliable, overpriced.

    Summary: Anyone considering buying one of the Sharper Image Ionic Breeze air purifiers -- or any of their competitors -- should check out what Consumers Union has to say about these. Not only is the unit ineffective at cleaning the air, but it emits a high ... read more

  • Don't waste your money.

    Mar 10, 2005 by
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    Pros: It's silent and running cost is low.
    Cons: Expensive and hardly works compared to real purifiers. Also broke in less than a year.

    Summary: The air current is too weak to filter out a good amount of dust. I'm sure that it does filter out some pollutants but for the price, you can definitely find something better. I had mine for a year before it broke and I only had to clean it every 2-3 ... read more

  • Do not buy!!!!

    Feb 20, 2005 by
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    Pros: Looks cool
    Cons: As good as magic beans

    Summary: Says it removes smoke from the room. My husband held his cigarette a foot away from the machine and it didn't do anything. It was on high power. Overnight, all it does is mask the odor with a "wet sheet metal" smell. Save your money and buy some ... read more

  • WARNING: Keep paint and brushes handy...

    Feb 20, 2005 by
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    Pros: Quiet. Seems to clean air. Makes a great paperweight.
    Cons: Coats walls and small mammals with soot. House smells like an electrical storm.

    Summary: My Ionic Breeze is now gone with the wind and in my dumpster. Perhaps I didn't read the manual correctly, but I had no idea that putting the thing too close to a wall (mine was two feet away) would cause its surface to become ionized and leave it looking ... read more

  • no good, worst air cleaner for highest price

    Jan 3, 2005 by
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    Pros: looks cool, many people think it works
    Cons: expensive, breaks down a lot, is noisy, doesnt clean the air.

    Summary: I used to own one (ended up throwing the thing out) It broke three times during the 3 year warranty period. Each time it was replaced for no charge untill it broke again (2 months after the end of the warranty period) It's funny how they advertise it ... read more

  • Waste of money

    Dec 10, 2004 by
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    Pros: None
    Cons: Everything

    Summary: I echo the reviews so far on the Ionic Breeze GP. This thing is expensive, and it doesn't clean very well. The fan speed is quiet - but that's because its not strong enough to be circulating the air around any sized room. The plates collect dust, but so ... read more

  • Not impressed with this overpriced product

    Jun 11, 2004 by
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    Pros: quiet
    Cons: Really doesn't work as expected. Over priced.

    Summary: We have had two of these air cleaners for about two years now. We have 7 cats and 2 dogs so you know we needed it pretty badly. From our experience, it doesn't really clean the air (it still stinks in my house even with the machine going 24 hours/day), ... read more

  • Beware!

    Jan 18, 2004 by
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    Pros: Potentially cleans air well
    Cons: It can blow up if you light a candle anywhere in the house

    Summary: Although I have not purchased this air purifier my neighbor has. It literally blew up after one month of using it and she cleaned it every week. The reason: you cannot use candles in your house -- not just in the room but in the house. She had black ... read more

  • Not too impressed - Ionic Breeze GP

    Jul 22, 2004 by
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    Pros: None noticed
    Cons: Expensive and does not work as advertised

    Summary: Ozone odour can be overwhelming at times. I havn't noticed any difference in air quality. Purchased in February 04. Five months later, product is making a crackling noise. Wrote to Sharper Image about it, and they offered to replace the unit. ... read more

  • Poor Quality & Unreliable

    Dec 28, 2003 by
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    Pros: Does seem to clean air as claimed.
    Cons: Poor quality and reliability.

    Summary: I received one of the Sharper Image Ionic Breeze GP SI730 air purifiers for Christmas. The claims about cleaning the air appear to be true but I found the unit to be extremely poorly made and unreliable. The unit died after less than five days (circuit ... read more

  • Ionic Breeze - Refurbished units die after 1 year

    Jan 31, 2007 by
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    Pros: Takes care of litter box odors (3 boxes) like nothing else tried before or since.
    Cons: Refurbished units have repeatedly quit at 13 months.

    Summary: I love the way the a working ionic breeze helps reduce litter box odor in our basement. If I can smell something, it generally means the unit has shut off for cleaning. A day after cleaning, all smells well again. Unfortunately, I'm now going on my ... read more

  • 2 Weeks with Ionic Breeze

    Dec 29, 2003 by
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    Pros: Quite.
    Cons: "Ozone" smell can be overpowering at times. Seems to need more cleaning than advertised.

    Summary: I have friend who is alergic to everything. I have 2 cats. In the past my friend has had reactions simply to the clothes I was wearing. I bought the both the full size Ionic Breeze GP and a desktop size Quadra just before Christmas. When they ... read more

  • I love this thing

    Dec 14, 2009 by
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    Pros:   Ultraviolet light germicidal.   very easy to clean.
    Cons:   don't run it in occupied room, cause of the Ozone thing. 

    Summary: I have a lot of books in my bedroom-it's more like a library than a bedroom. Old books smell like, well, old books!  I got this unit from a daughter who didn't want it anymore cause she read 'bout the ozone factor.  Well, I read up that ... read more

  • Ionic Breeze GP far exceeds expectations

    Dec 31, 2004 by
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    Pros: Too many to list. The product works BETTER than we expected
    Cons: None

    Summary: I've watched Ionic Breeze commercials for years, but never bought one until November of 2004. I bought a reconditioned GP and used it for only 2 weeks then bought 2 more because of the results. They are unbelievable--smells like I live in a pure oxygen ... read more

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