Never mind the dirty air: Let’s get the elephant out of the room first. At $750, the Rabbit Air A3 is the most expensive air purifier I’ve tested to date, besting the LG PuriCare 360 I recently reviewed by 50 bucks. You wouldn’t realize it from looking at it, though. The relatively compact unit doesn’t appear to offer anything out of the ordinary for this market, at least on first analysis.
Unlike most purifiers in the $600-plus price band, which tend to have a 360-degree design, the Rabbit Air A3 is designed with a distinct front and back. Air is sucked in through the front and sides of the 20-inch-tall, 8-inch deep device, and clean air is emitted through a vent in the top. Unique in this market, the A3 is designed to either sit on the floor or be mounted on the wall (hardware is included), which makes even more sense if you choose one of the A3’s “Artists Series” designs, which replace the front-mounted filter cover plate (normally plain black) with one of four different art prints. For an extra $20, you can cover your air filter with a reproduction of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night,” Hokusai’s “The Great Wave off Kanagawa,” or two other selections. (Strangely, note that these covers do have a slight, negative impact on the performance of the filter.)