Mi air purifier 2

Ever since I coughed through a Beijing airpocalypse, I’ve been saying clean air doesn’t need khổng lồ cost an arm và a leg. I even phối up Smart Air lớn provide low-cost purifiers to lớn people around the world based on that data.

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So when the xiaomi 2 air purifier came out for under $150 (10,000INR / 1,000RMB), I assumed it works just fine. But I had never gotten around khổng lồ testing it—until now. And what I found testing the Xiaomi mày 2 shocked me.

Xiaomi mày 2 Air Purifier: Put khổng lồ the Test

Smart Air co-founder Anna ran a brand new Xiaomi mi 2 air purifier in the 15m2 Smart Air chạy thử bedroom where we’ve tested the DIYs, IQ Air, blue Air, and Philips. Anna ran six tests on tự động hóa mode and six tests on the highest setting (which the xiaomi 2 air purifier oddly calls “Favorite mode”).


Anna turned the purifier on in the morning when she left home, & turned it off when she returned home. That means there was no one in the home during the tests. The doors và windows were closed during the tests. (More details on the chạy thử method and all original data are here.)

A Dylos Pro tracked ≥ 0.5 micron và ≥ 2.5 micron particle counts during the test. Chạy thử data shows these 0.5 micron readings correlate highly with the US Embassy’s PM2.5 readings (r = .90).

As in my earlier tests, I calculated effectiveness as (the number of particles before turning the purifier on) versus (the average number of particles over the last four hours).

Xiaomi 2 Air Purifier test Results

The xiaomi purifier scored as one of the worst purifiers I’ve ever reviewed. On average, it removed only about 60% of 0.5 micron particles over the last 4 hours of the test.


And oddly enough, the tự động hóa mode và the high mode results of the ngươi 2 purifier were nearly identical. That’s a mystery.

Here’s how the xiaomi mi results compare to lớn earlier results from other purifiers using the same method, same particle counter, in the same room.


The data shows the xiaomi air purifier performed worse than the $30 DIY purifier I’ve been showing people how lớn make for years!

Below is a normal chạy thử day. I put a dashed red line representing the World Health Organization’s 24-hour PM2.5 limit (25 micrograms).


The Xiaomi mày Air Purifier Really Wants to Be in auto Mode

What’s wrong? The key is that—even on the highest setting—the xiaomi mi reverts back to tự động mode after 3 hours..

WATCH: mi Reverts to auto Mode After 3 Hours


You can see the noise remaining high for three hours, then it returns lớn the ups và downs of tự động hóa mode:


Here is the same graph with particle counts (measured by the Dylos). The particle counts rise sharply every time the machine turns off.

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The data shows that xiaomi has a loose standard for “safe.” The xiaomi mi is turning off when PM2.5 reaches 40 micrograms, which is far higher than even the WHO’s 24 hour limit. And it’s far higher than levels where we know PM2.5 has serious health effects from empirical research. Then it turns on again when PM2.5 gets up lớn 70 micrograms—almost three times the limit.

Really? The xiaomi air purifier won’t stay on high?

The fact that the mi air purifier can’t be kept on continuously all night is so strange that Anna asked xiaomi mi customer service over at mi.com. She asked twice to make sure we’re not making a mistake. They confirmed that, no matter what, the machine will go back to tự động hóa mode after three hours. (full transcript available in the supplemental materials).


How often is the air unsafe with a mi Air Purifier?

I calculated the percent of hours that the air was unsafe for the mi air purifier during the tests using this rule:

After the purifier was on for at least 1 hour, for any hour where outdoor air pollution was unsafe (> 25 micrograms – the WHO 24-hour limit), how many hours was indoor air also unsafe (>25 micrograms)?

The Xiaomi mày air purifier left air unsafe for a shocking 86% of the time. The other similarly sized machines in my earlier tests left air unsafe only 7-16% of the time.


Maybe the xiaomi Mi2’s tự động hóa mode is using the looser Chinese standard for clean air of 35 micrograms. Yet even with that high number, it was still above the limit 77% of the hours the xiaomi mi Mi2 was running.

Learn More: we subsequently ran tests on the particle counter inside the mi Mi2, và what we found was shocking ».

Wait, are you sure?

I wanted to lớn be really careful about this review. I’ve seen other tests showing that the xiaomi mi 1 air purifier works just fine, including these tests from Dr. Saint Cyr (although I’ve seen people write about flaws too, such as this guy who kept the filters wrapped in plastic, turned it on turbo mode, và the app told him his air got miraculously cleaner). So I double & tripled checked the data:

We tested with a different particle counter in a different room.I re-analyzed the data throwing out any days with large fluctuations in outdoor air.I analyzed days when outdoor pollution was low to lớn average (I compared it lớn other tests done just two weeks before in the exact same room with the exact same particle counter.

None of these analyses changed the result (see details here).

Bottom Line: Performances of xiaomi Mi2

From this data, my conclusion is that the fan and the filter are fine, but the xiaomi mi air purifier has a programming flaw. Even if I use it on the highest setting, I’ll be breathing air far above the safe limit for most of the night. That’s a problem.

Is it just a xiaomi mi Purifier Problem?

To be fair, I cannot recommend any tự động mode I’ve tested. I’ve tested the Philips AC4072 on tự động hóa mode, and it averaged 59% reductions in 0.5 micron particles, which is pretty close khổng lồ the xiaomi mi results. So I think this is more of a problem with tự động modes rather than the mi specifically.


Yet I can still recommend the Philips. Why? It can stay in medium or high as long as you want, and test data shows it works fine all night as long as it’s not on auto mode.

I’m confident that xiaomi can fix this flaw by simply allowing people khổng lồ run it on high without reverting back to auto mode. But until that happens, I cannot recommend using the Mi2.

Open Data

As always, I’m publishing more details on the thử nghiệm method and the original data for fellow nerds.

Review Update: July 2018Some users have reported that they are able to lớn get their mi air purifier khổng lồ remain in ‘high’ mode using the ‘automation’ feature of the app. For more information, check out this bình luận by Ryan, và this image showing how khổng lồ set up tự động mode. Breathe safe!