In today’s material, I am testing the newest Gotie GOP-220S air purifier. How does this device work in practice and is it worth buying? Review.
Air purifiers have become very popular in Poland in the last few years. Many people choose them as a way to fight poor-quality air, especially during the heating season. However, it is not the air outside the window that is the main problem. Our homes are also full of allergens and microorganisms. As an allergy sufferer who additionally lives with three cats – I know it perfectly well. It is because of the fairly universal application that more and more companies are adding various types of air purifiers to their offer. They differ from each other not only in terms of appearance and price, but above all in functionality. I have already tested many such devices, and today it is the turn of the newest Gotie GOP-220S air purifier. I received the purifier from the manufacturer for review.
Gotie GOP-220S – first impressions
The device is quite large – it is undoubtedly one of the largest air purifiers I have reviewed. At the outset, I must admit that I do not like its appearance. The paintwork and shape give the impression that it is an old, small refrigerator – it has a characteristic hump on the back and a large flat front divided into two parts. The top is the display, the bottom is the air inlet grille. If you look closely, its sides are large cut-outs resembling a refrigerator door. It is said that appearance is a matter of taste, but when choosing home appliances, many people are also guided by its appearance – me too.
In the set with the device we also get a small remote control. Importantly, there are also batteries, so you don’t have to search for them all over the house. The remote control allows you to control all the functions of the purifier remotely.
However, if we lose it – all options can also be turned on from the device itself. However, I noticed the rather random precision of these buttons. Some of them probably turn on with a light touch of the marked field, others – such as changing the operating modes, practically cannot be pressed at all. It turned out that the touchpad is below the marked button itself, so it is actually better to use the remote control.
I had to think for a moment while attaching the cassette filter. As instructed, remove the front cover, remove the filter from the protective bag and attach it.
It sounds simple, but the instructions clearly indicate that the cassette filter should be mounted perfectly vertically. Meanwhile, there’s a UV-C lamp on the bottom of the device that rests on one side of the filter while the other goes deeper inside. It is very difficult to install the filter vertically, because a later attempt to close the fasteners causes it to be inserted at an angle. This is how I left it on the device.
Gotie GOP-220S – Filter and functions
The air purifier consists of a 5-stage filtration system. Its heart is a fairly large pre-filter that traps larger particles, such as dust. The HEPA filter (H13 class) is responsible for catching the next impurities. Its task is to remove grass pollen, smog dust, nitrogen oxides, sulfur and carbon. It is able to block contaminants above 0.3 microns. The filter also contains odor-absorbing activated carbon, a catalytic filter that destroys the cell walls of microorganisms, and a UVC lamp. It is responsible for air sterilization and has a bactericidal effect. It kills dust mites, bacteria and viruses.
The device can work in several modes. We have the ability to adjust the blower power in three stages, turn on ionization, and the UVC lamp. When turned on, the purifier works in continuous mode, but it is possible to set it to automatically turn off after 1 to 8 hours. However, it is not possible to set the operating time of the UVC lamp – many manufacturers use in their devices automatic extinguishing of this element after, for example, 15-30 minutes. In this way, its service life is significantly increased. Keep this in mind when using all GOP-220S Gotie Modes.
Gotie GOP-220S – Impressions from using
I tested the device in several places – both in a room about 25 square meters in size, a smaller office, a bathroom or a small bedroom. What positively surprised me was the quite good performance of the purifier while maintaining a low volume level. I don’t like loud devices that work with me for several hours. They just become irritating at some point. In the case of Gotie, even the second of the three blower power modes is so quiet that you can easily watch the TV normally and the purifier does not dominate. This is a big plus, especially when you want to use such equipment for a small bedroom. I like to sleep with closed doors and windows totally covered. Quiet and dark are the perfect conditions for me to sleep. A small bedroom plus a closed door is the perfect recipe for a slight stuffiness, and nobody likes to get up with a headache. For the last two weeks, I slept with the Gotie GOP-220S air purifier turned on, less than 2 meters away from me. Ionization and UVC lamp off, blower set to minimum and running all night. I must admit that I was positively surprised. The biggest downside is the size, because it’s actually hard to find a place for such a free-standing device, so I had to put it on the TV stand. When I went to sleep, I only heard a slight hum, which I got used to very quickly, and I stopped paying attention to it completely. Most importantly, I woke up without a headache, clogged sinuses, or even a runny nose.
What I noticed is that when you enter a closed room with the purifier and all its functions running, you can smell the characteristic smell of ionization. The air becomes crisp and smells ozone – just like after a thunderstorm.
The device also has an automatic mode and a special air quality sensor. We can check the cleanliness of the air in the room on a regular basis on a three-level scale. On this basis, the purifier selects the operating parameters in automatic mode.
Gotie GOP-220S – What I didn’t like
In addition to the aforementioned appearance and the low precision of the buttons on the housing, I did not like the manufacturer’s idea in the context of the LCD panel design. How did you come up with the idea to mark the fan speed (except for the colored bar) with a large blinking fan icon? Even the average speed setting of it means that I would not recommend looking at it to people suffering from epilepsy. It flashes so extremely fast that it becomes annoying especially after dark.
Fortunately, the device also has a night mode. After its activation, all the icons turn off and the purifier switches to the lowest speed to maintain silence.