Winix 5500-2 PlasmaWave Review

Air Purifier
True HEPA filter captures 99.97% of airborne pollutants; dust mites, pet dander, pollen and other allergens as small as 0.3 microns.
Winix 5500-2 PlasmaWave

Odor Reducing Washable AOC Carbon Filter

  • 4 Fan Speeds.
  • Smart Sensors & Auto Mode.
  • Sleep Mode.
* On special until end June 2020

Winix 5500-2 PlasmaWave Air Purifier

Mark Johnson
Mark Johnson
Last Updated:  Jun, 2020
Rated from 6422 reviews.

I think you’ll agree with me when I say:

It’s REALLY hard to choose an air purifier with all the options available!

Or is it?

Well, it turns out, that after years and hundreds of hours of testing & reviewing, we have strong opinions about what makes the best air filtration system: level of purification, efficiency, and maintenance.

The Winix 5500-2 PlasmaWave (On special until end Jun, 2020) has all the qualities and features, giving it an added advantage and an edge over its competitors.

Quick Summary of the Winix 5500-2 PlasmaWave

The WINIX 5500-2 Air Cleaner replaces the wildly popular 5500 model; designed for any home environment and ready to capture dust, pollen, pet dander, smoke, mold spores, VOC (volatile organic compounds) and household odors. With a CADR (Clean Air Delivery Rate) rating from AHAM (Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers), this unit is best used for medium to large living spaces, kitchens, or bedrooms.

The Good & the Bad


  • True HEPA filter.
  • Washable AOC Carbon Filter.
  • Sleep mode for silent night time.


  • Filters are costly but if they work, they are on par with other cartridge style hepa filters.

Key Features

  • 4 Fan Speeds – In Manual Mode the air purifier will continuously operate at the chosen fan speed (Low, Medium, High, Turbo). Choose Low or Medium for near silent cleaning and High or Turbo for maximum air flow and cleaning power.
  • Smart Sensors & Auto Mode – Utilizing our Smart Sensors the 5500-2 consistently monitors the air in your environment.
  • Sleep Mode – Sleep Mode senses the amount of ambient light in the room, adjusts the fan speed, and dims the indicator lights to provide a quiet clean that does not disturb sleep.
  • Filter Replacement Indicator – When the filters needs to be replaced, the Filter Replacement Indicator LED will illuminate. After replacing the filters, Reset the Filter Replacement Indicator by using a pin or needle to press the Filter Reset Button.
  • 3 Stage Air Purification – AOC (Advanced Odor Control) Carbon Filter, True HEPA Filter, PlasmaWave Technology.

Useful Product Info

  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 8.2 x 23.6 Inches
  • Product Weight: 15.4 Pounds
  • Product Color: Charcoal Gray

Common Questions

  • Difference between 5300-2 and 5500-2?

The 5500–2 has a remote control and a washable carbon filter that must be cleaned every 3 months and replaced after a year. Otherwise they are identical. Another unit with a remote control is Winix C535.

  • What is the negative ion output?

Most people don't realize this, but negative ions result in Ozone production much higher than is present even in outdoors rainfall.

What Others Think

At the time of writing this review, there were:

  • 3129 Customers
  • Who Gave it a Rating of 4.6 Out of 5.

What's Included?

Here's what you get when you buy this Air Purifier:

  • User's Manual
  • Carbon Filter
  • True HEPA Filter
  • PlasmaWave
  • 1 year warranty

Our Verdict

The unit is an amazing air purifier, True HEPA filter captures 99.97% of airborne pollutants; dust mites, pet dander, pollen and other allergens as small as 0.3 microns.

What to Look for in a New Air Purifier?

If you’re in the market for a new Air Purifier, you’re probably looking at the different options and wondering which is the best one to choose.

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Our reviews are based on the following features:


Only the most effective purifiers make the cut.

Noise Level

So there's more clean air and less noise.


Because you need a machine that’s built to last.

Ease of Use

It needs to be easy to use and easy to clean.


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Our Rating: 8.6/10

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Have you read our article on the hepa air purifiers?

Or our article on the best holmes air purifiers?

Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson

Mark advises business, individuals, and organizations on how to use and get the best purifiers so as to maintain their offices and homes. For a fresher and cleaner environment, he is the man for you. He loves ideas and concepts and uses his skills to make them a reality.

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