Ease of Use Rating
The Molekule was easy to setup and operate. Upon starting the system goes through an initial cleanup that takes from 20-60 minutes to complete. We found the user interface simple to use. Navigation between screens uses a swiping feature somewhat like an iPhone.
We did not install the app. In reading reviews we found some users report pairing issues although we did not investigate these issues further.
The Molekule start up guide says "there may be an unpleasant smell during the initial 24-48 hours of use". We did not experience this odor.
We could not find air flow specs on the Molekule website however in testing and from manufacturer notes we estimate the air flow is approximately 100 CFM.
The amount of air flow will impact the number of air changes per hour which is important in determining the room size that can be cleaned. Based on the air flow alone the CADR (clean air delivery rate) standard suggests a room size of approximately 150 - 200 sq ft.
In our testing we observed a 64% removal of fine particles when measured with a particle counter. This places the air purifier around the middle 50% for all models that we have tested.
To their defense, Molekule is marketed as using a PECO-filter that breaks down pollutants and claims to destroy them. We did not test it's ability to remove VOC's (volatile organic compounds) or to destroy pollutants or germs. What we tested measured the ability to remove airborne particles such as pollen, dust, pet dander, etc with each air pass through the air cleaner. In other words the percentage of clean air coming out of the air vent compared to what is going in. If germs are a primary concern, we do not have the ability to test the effectiveness for this.
On Amazon for customer reviews we found 57% of reviews gave the Molekule air cleaner a 5 star rating. The number of reviews are limited as of the time of this review and all are 3 star or 5 stars.
Many positive comments were given for the design and crisp, fresh smell.
The key negatives that were reported is some issues with the wifi or app, and blue light is bright at night.
CONSUMER REVIEW SUMMARY
5 Star Reviews: 57%
4 Star+ Reviews: 57%
Source for consumer reviews: Amazon