Ever since I coughed through a Beijing airpocalypse, I’ve been saying clean air doesn’t need lớn cost an arm và a leg. I even set up Smart Air khổng lồ 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 to testing it—until now. Và what I found testing the Xiaomi mày 2 shocked me.

Xiaomi mày 2 Air Purifier: Put to the Test

Smart Air co-founder Anna ran a brand new Xiaomi mi 2 air purifier in the 15m2 Smart Air thử nghiệm bedroom where we’ve tested the DIYs, IQ Air, xanh Air, and Philips. Anna ran six tests on tự động mode & 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, and turned it off when she returned home. That means there was no one in the trang chủ during the tests. The doors và windows were closed during the tests. (More details on the kiểm tra method & all original data are here.)

A Dylos Pro tracked ≥ 0.5 micron & ≥ 2.5 micron particle counts during the test. Thử nghiệm 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 thử nghiệm Results

The mi 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 auto mode and the high mode results of the mày 2 purifier were nearly identical. That’s a mystery.

Here’s how the mi results compare to 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 to lớn make for years!

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


The Xiaomi mi Air Purifier Really Wants khổng lồ Be in auto Mode

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

WATCH: mi Reverts to tự động Mode After 3 Hours


To be sure this is what the machine was doing, we put the xiaomi on the highest setting và tracked noise levels overnight from the Smart Air Lab.


You can see the noise remaining high for three hours, then it returns to lớn the ups and 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 mi has a loose standard for “safe.” The xiaomi 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 mi air purifier won’t stay on high?

The fact that the xiaomi 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 mode after three hours. (full transcript available in the supplemental materials).


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

I calculated the percent of hours that the air was unsafe for the mày 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 mi 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 mi Mi2’s tự động 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 Mi2 was running.

Learn More: we subsequently ran tests on the particle counter inside the xiaomi mi Mi2, & 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 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 tiện ích told him his air got miraculously cleaner). So I double và 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 average (I compared it to 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 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 auto mode I’ve tested. I’ve tested the Philips AC4072 on tự động mode, and it averaged 59% reductions in 0.5 micron particles, which is pretty close to lớn the xiaomi mi results. So I think this is more of a problem with tự động modes rather than the xiaomi 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 tự động hóa mode.

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

Open Data

As always, I’m publishing more details on the kiểm tra method & the original data for fellow nerds.

Review Update: July 2018Some users have reported that they are able khổng lồ get their xiaomi air purifier khổng lồ remain in ‘high’ mode using the ‘automation’ feature of the app. For more information, kiểm tra out this phản hồi by Ryan, & this image showing how to set up auto mode. Breathe safe!