Good for large spaces
Includes a ductless room fan
Appearance might not suit all tastes
Requires unobstructed air flow
The LG PuriCare AeroTower features a unique design, which is a tall tapered spire that’s forked down the middle. The base is the widest part of the device, and houses its filters.
About the LG PuriCare AeroTower U9CV1C
While the LG PuriCare AeroTower LG PuriCare AeroTower’s controls are intuitive and easy to use, we’re still partial to using ThinQ’s remote control functionality.
Dimensions: 44.1” x 10.4” x 10.4” (H x W x D) Weight: 27.6 lbs Filter life: 12 months Finishes: Beige, Silver User manual: LG PuriCare AeroTower U9CV1C manual
What we like
It features solid all-around performance
In terms of overall performance, the LG PuriCare AeroTower scored in the middle of the pack of air purifiers we’ve lab tested.
On our particulate filtration test, the LG PuriCare AeroTower’s coverage was about 16% shy of average. This may not sound like the moderate performance it is, but the range of results for this test are gigantic: The LG PuriCare AeroTower’s particulate clearance rate was only about 53% that of the our No. 1 particulate-busting purifier, the Coway Airmega 250s, for example, but is still what we’d consider an average performance.
When we switched over to volatile organic compound (VOC) clearance, the LG PuriCare AeroTower fared better, falling just 2% shy of the average. Again, while this result puts the LG PuriCare AeroTower towards the middle of the pack, the range of performances here is so large that it’s still clearing at a rate that’s 38% of the highest-performer, the Aura Air.
While we wouldn’t necessarily recommend the LG PuriCare AeroTower as the best pick for either particulates or VOCs, we would consider it a good pick if you’re looking for a purifier that can do a reasonably decent job at both tasks.
It’s capable of providing a large area of coverage
One of the more impressive features of the LG PuriCare AeroTower LG PuriCare AeroTower is the room size it’s rated for. The average living room or bedroom size is 300 square feet; the LG PuriCare AeroTower provides coverage for up to 818 square feet. For context, the average air purifier is rated for just 524 square feet.
Most air purifiers aren’t rated for a room of this size, making the LG PuriCare AeroTower one of the better options for larger areas. If you do have a room of this size, you’d essentially need two average purifiers to provide similar coverage.
Its air quality monitor and automatic mode let you set it and forget it
While more in-depth air quality information can be found in the app, you can also find a summary displayed clearly on the device itself.
One combination of higher-end air purifier features that we love is a built-in air quality sensor coupled with an automatic mode. The air quality sensor enables the automatic mode to kick on when filtration is necessary and then shut off again once air quality has been restored.
In addition to monitoring the levels of particulates in the air, the LG PuriCare AeroTower’s air quality sensor also provides information about the air temperature and humidity, which is a nice bonus.
The only issue to note is that the LG PuriCare AeroTower’s air quality sensor, like most other purifiers, only senses particulates and not VOCs, meaning any uptick in VOCs won’t trigger the device automatically.
Its smart features provides full remote control and diagnostics
LG’s smart platform, ThinQ, is one of the better suites in the appliance space. While LG’s focus is on data collection and providing users reliable diagnostics, the smart service also provides the usual array of functionality, such as full remote control of the device, intuitive visualizations for the air quality sensor, and tracks the life span of its filter.
What we don’t like
Its height and weight can make repositioning cumbersome
The LG PuriCare AeroTower’s unique shape, tall stature, and overall weight can make it a hassle to move from room to room.
The LG PuriCare AeroTower is one of the tallest and heaviest air purifiers we’ve reviewed so far, at 27.6 pounds and just over 3.5 feet tall. Though the unit does have a lower center of gravity, its weight and height make it more difficult to move around than most other units we’ve tested.
If your main use case for an air purifier involves moving it around your home to help disperse specific sources of allergens or VOCs, there are smaller, lighter options out there—they just won’t be able to provide coverage over as large an area.
If you’re just planning to plop down this purifier and let it run on its automatic mode, the LG PuriCare AeroTower’s size and heft are unlikely to cause much issue.
What owners are saying about the LG PuriCare AeroTower U9CV1C
As the LG PuriCare AeroTower is a relatively new, relatively expensive device, there isn’t a substantial body of user reviews available online just yet. We’ll update this section as more user reviews become available.
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LG’s warranty covers parts and labor for up to a year, with an extended warranty covering its motor system for up to 10 years.
Given that a single year is the industry standard warranty, we’re very happy LG ensures its most important component for such a long time. This warranty makes the LG PuriCare AeroTower into more of a long-term investment than many of its competitors.
Should you buy the LG PuriCare AeroTower U9CV1C?
Yes—If you want all-around coverage for a larger room
The LG PuriCare AeroTower’s niche is as an all-purpose air purifier for larger areas, and it excels in those situations.
While its particulate and VOC filtering weren’t particularly impressive on their own, neither performance will disappoint. The LG PuriCare AeroTower is also capable of covering an area up to 818 square feet, more than twice the room coverage of the average air purifier. This feature makes the LG PuriCare AeroTower one of a handful of purifiers capable of handling rooms of this size. The LG PuriCare AeroTower also has a nice assortment of smart features that provide full remote control and helpful readouts of air quality data and diagnostic information.
While the LG PuriCare AeroTower is on the pricier side compared to some of its competition, we believe its performance and feature set, coupled with LG’s excellent warranty make this purifier a good value for those looking to improve a larger room’s air quality.
If a large area of coverage is important, we recommend checking out the Medify Air MA-50, which goes up to 1,100 square feet and provides even better particulate filtration, though it doesn’t handle VOCs as well.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.
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Mark Brezinski is a senior writer with over ten years of experience reviewing consumer tech and home appliances.
Dave Ellerby is Reviewed's Chief Scientist, and has a Ph.D. from the University of Leeds and a B.Sc. from the University of Manchester.
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