About Molekule

If you’re familiar with traditional air cleaners, you know they work by filtering particulate matter out of the air.

But according to the folks over at Molekule, they’ve created the world’s first molecular air purifier that doesn’t just capture pollutants, it eliminates them—including allergens, airborne chemicals (VOCs), mold, viruses, and bacteria. Not only this, but Molekule is also portable, much quieter, and can be monitored and controlled via its companion app.

In a nutshell, here’s how it works (we’ll go into more detail in a second): Molecule’s intake pulls in 360° of air. As this air passes over a patent pending light-activated nano-filter, any harmful pollutants not caught by the prefilter are turned into harmless elements at the molecular level. Then, this sanitized air exits Molekule into the surrounding room.

Although Molekule claims their technology is based on 20 years of research and development, does this necessarily mean that the purifier will work better than traditional options? Even then, will it deliver a solid level of value?

To begin, let’s take a look at Molekule’s finer details.

How Does Molekule Purify Air?

Made from machined aluminum, each Molekule air purifier is 23” H x 8.25” in diameter and weighs 18 pounds. On its top, you’ll find a natural leather handle that allows you to move the purifier wherever it’s needed.

Speaking of which, the manufacturer recommends one Molekule per 600 square feet, while placing it in areas where you spend most of your time, especially close to your bedside at night. This way, it can help you wake up feeling refreshed in the mornings.

When in use, Molekule feature three operation modes:

  • Silent (30dBa, or about as loud as a whispered conversation) – Although it still operates efficiently, this mode is meant to maximize quietness.
  • Turbo Boost (55dBa, or normal conversation) – Boost focuses more on cleaning the room “extremely quickly.”
  • Auto (42dBa, or a hushed conversation) – Here, Molekule will determine when the air needs a quick clean, based on factors like the number of pets present, size of the room, and more.

The Molekule air purifierThe Molekule air purifier.

Each of these settings can be adjusted directly via Molekule’s touchscreen display. Or, using your home’s Wi-Fi connection, your device can connect to the companion app, which can report metrics for each cleaning cycle, select the operation modes above, and report remaining filter life for both filters. Built-in sensors will also order new filters as needed, which will arrive directly on your doorstep.

We’re even told Molekule’s app will, over time, “increase in intelligence to report surrounding air quality metrics (both indoors and outdoors).”

Molekule’s Photo Electrochemical Oxidation (PECO) Technology

Most air purifiers work using HEPA filters to trap 99.97% of airborne particles 0.3 micrometers (µm) in diameter (several hundred times smaller than the thickness of a human hair), depending on the filter’s size and quality. However, this process only traps particulate matter, but doesn’t eliminate it.

Comparatively, Molekule uses proprietary technology called PECO (Photo Electrochemical Oxidation) to literally disassemble pollutants at the molecular level and convert them into nontoxic elements—without creating ozone. We’re told this technology was developed over the course of two decades, and that it’s able to destroy pollutants 1,000 times smaller than HEPA filters (0.1 nanometers), including VOCs and viruses.

According to the company, this means that Molekule is the “only product that eradicates the full spectrum of indoor air pollutants.” Here’s how the company explains it:

“This is done by creating a catalytic reaction that happens when a nanoparticle-coated filter is activated by light. Pollutants are broken down into their most basic molecular components, making them safe for us to breathe.”

Overall, the process works over 4 steps:

  1. First, Molekule’s air intake draws in air from all 360° at once.
  2. Then, this air is circulated first through the pre-filter, which traps “larger allergens like dust, pollen, and dander.”
  3. Next, the PECO technology goes to work breaking down harmful pollutants to their most basic molecular components.
  4. Last, Molekule will leave your room pollution-free in minutes.

Molekule's 4-stage purification process​Molekule's 4-stage purification process is claimed to eradicate the full spectrum of indoor air pollutants.

The manufacturer claims that Molekule has been extensively tested by third party laboratories, including the University of Minnesota and the University of South Florida, some of which have been shown to complete eliminate 3.9 million E. Coli in a single pass. A few white papers supporting these claims are listed on the Molekule website, and we were also able to dig up a PECO technology review elsewhere online.

Will Molekule’s PECO technology cost you an arm and a leg?

How Much Does Molekule Cost?

No prices were listed on the Molekule website at the time of our research, as the second product run sold out in 10 days. Currently, you’ll have to sign up for updates when the third batch is ready to go.

However, several third-party websites (more soon) indicated the preorder price is $499, which will supposedly increase to $799 in early 2017. You’ll also pay $20 for shipping.

For this price, you’ll receive one pre-installed nano-filter and pre-filter, as well as a power cable and handle. You’ll also get your first year of filters free. If you need to purchase filters individually, they’ll cost you:

  • Pre-Filter: $12 (3 months average life)
    Nano-Filter: $99 (1 year average life)

Alternately, you can choose to get as many filters as you need for $99 per year.

All Molekule purchases come with a 60-day refund policy, less S&H charges, as well as a 1-year limited warranty.

Given its technology and price point, are customers pleased with the performance of their Molekule air purifier?

Are There Any Online Molekule Customer Reviews Yet?

Although two batches of Molekule purifiers had been released before our research, we didn’t encounter any direct customer feedback. The device’s PECO technology is also proprietary, so there wasn’t any feedback about this, either.

Based on this new technology, we found that several popular media outlets provided reviews on Molekule, including PC Mag, The Verge, SlashGear, Engadget, and many others. However, these were all high-level reviews, without any first-person, hands-on feedback.

Customer review aside, who’s responsible for the Molekule purifier?

Who Invented the Molekule Air Purifier?

The PECO technology behind Molekule was originally invented by Dr. Yogi Goswami, a Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of South Florida, using principles of solar technology, light, and nanotechnology—along with two decades of research, patents, and publication.

Today, Dr. Goswami’s son, Dilip Goswami, has taken this technology and “enlisted some of the brightest minds in applied science, engineering, and design” to implement it into Molekule, a device the company believes has the ability to help millions of people breathe better. Because of this, the company is on a mission to “eliminate indoor air pollution, in every home, for everyone,” and to ADAPT the technology behind Molekule for use in businesses, hospitals, airplanes, and more.

Does all of this mean you should buy a Molekule air purifier?

Is Molekule the Right Air Purifier for You?

Whether you’re searching online or at a brick-and-mortar retailer near you, the fact of the matter is that you can typically pick up a high-quality HEPA-based air purifier for anywhere between $100 and $200—which is up to 80% less expensive than Molekule.

However, as we often say here at HighYa, price is only one factor in determining overall value. The second part of the equation is how much use you’ll get out of Molekule, as well as the potential health benefits it can provide. Here are a couple admittedly simplistic examples to outline what we mean:

  • Are you just looking for something to remove dust and other larger particulate matter from the air inside your home or office? Something that might be able to deliver the most bang for your buck? In an instance like this, it might be difficult to go wrong with a traditional air purifier.
  • On the other hand, do you have allergy sufferers in your home? Are you looking to get rid of the most allergens possible—including airborne chemicals, viruses, and bacteria? Due to the fact that Molekule’s PECO technology can destroy matter hundreds of times smaller than a HEPA filter, its high price might be worth the much-improved performance.

Did Molekule deliver noticeable results in the air you breathe? Did you feel the physical effects of cleaner air, or do you feel it was a waste of money? Whatever happened, tell our 2,000,000+ monthly readers all about it in your review below!

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21 Consumer Reviews for Molekule

Average Consumer Rating: 3.8
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 13 4 star: 0 3 star: 2 2 star: 2 1 star:  4
Bottom Line: 62% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Awesome product!

    The design and material quality of the product are amazing. I have definitely seen a decrease in allergy symptoms of those in my household since we have run the unit. That in itself is priceless.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Worth every dollar

    Yep, I was so desperate to do something about the air pollution in my house that I laid out the dollars for the Molekule. And I don't regret it at all!

    I've been treated all of my adult life for allergies; mold, dust, pigweed, grass, dogs, cat, horses, etc. And I live on a horse farm with all of the above, in an old house that allows the outdoor pollution to drift through the cracks. Every morning I take my Claritin and Flonase. Every night I shower and clean my nose with my neti pot. I would still wake up swollen and congested from the dogs and cats sleeping in my bedroom.

    The Molekule has changed my life. No more dog smells or the smell of my barn boots in the mudroom. The air smells fresh and pure. You can SMELL the ions! And, best of all, no more congestion or swelling. I still vacuum every couple of days. This jewel is just another arrow in my quiver to help clear my air of pollution! Love it! Oh, and it is portable, so I move it to whichever room I'm in!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    So far so good!

    • California,
    • Nov 21, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I purchased the Molekule after watching a YouTube review. Of course, I liked the design (and it does look fantastic anywhere in your home), but what I liked even more was the intelligence behind it.

    More so than not, I forget to change the filters or don't change them when I'm supposed to, not only hindering the machine that uses the filter, but also offering no health benefits to me if it's dirty. Molekule just sent me my first pre-filter automatically, since it "knew" it was at nearly 100% capacity. I greatly appreciate not having to think about this.

    As soon as it showed up, swapping out the filters was a breeze, and my Molekule was back in action. I definitely recommend it, and have already sent links to a few friends.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Don't buy this

    • San Francisco, CA,
    • Nov 18, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    Do not buy a Molekule.

    My unit stopped working after a week. I think this isn't uncommon because I have seen other reviewers say the same thing. More important, it didn't seem to improve air quality; in fact, it made the air quality worse with an awful stench that gave us a headache.

    The company offered to replace it with a new unit, but I would rather return it because I don't trust the technology of this new company. To return the useless (and heavy) item, the company requires that I pay for return shipping.

    I'm writing this so that others are not duped into spending way too much for a useless product and being out of pocket the shipping expenses. The company seems to invest heavily in marketing (and paid "reviews") and external design (which is irrelevant when you want something that works effectively).

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 7 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Defective right out of the box, non-existent customer service!

    Nicely packaged unit, expensive look, but cheap "made in China" quality of assembly with very questionable performance. The unit arrived with damaged electrical wiring inside the filter area, and customer support never responded to three email requests to exchange the unit. Molekule doesn't have a phone customer support at all! Remember this before purchasing anything!

    Credit card claim filed as this was the only option to get money back. Filter size in this unit and density of Hepa layer is comparable to $40 air purifier you find in home improvement stores, and whole product performance seems to be overrated, and the unit is way overpriced for what you get. Think twice before wasting $750 on this product.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Do not recommend

    I purchased two Molekule units. I have noticed no difference in my sinus congestion or allergies since using the units for four months. In addition to that, the units continuously shut themselves off for no reason.

    I tried contacting Molekule for assistance. I had to call and leave four phone messages, two emails and only after posting on their Facebook page did I get a phone call.

    They told me to remove the units from the APP because it was not working.

    Well, the units run now, but cannot be programmed to go to boost mode unless you unplug the unit, let it go through the complete setup mode and then change it to the boost mode. To put the unit back to auto mode, you must unplug again and go through the steps again.

    For the cost of $1,600 for two units, I would expect better customer service and the units to perform as advertised.

    Do not buy these cleaners.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 0 out 2 people found this review helpful

    They are re-invented the wheel!

    Nothing is more heartbreaking than seeing a loved one suffer, especially from lifelong afflictions that can finally be dealt with more effectively.

    As a Washington DC native, I grew up with a wide range of allergies and asthmatic conditions. Doctors said my symptoms (sneezing, drippy nose, watery eyes and overall aches) were caused largely by various pollens and dogs and cats.

    I tried a wide range of medicines over the years, including prescriptions, but the side effects were often unpleasant. Even HEPA filters were minimally helpful. And, they were often noisy as well as requiring frequent filter changes and cleaning.

    About three months ago, my wife and I began using a completely new technology to determine if it could help us deal with pollen and other allergens in the New York City air. A major challenge, indeed.

    The website information was initially exciting to me as someone who closely follows a range of new tech updates and creations. The product is called Molekule, and as far as I am concerned, this device really is equal to "re-inventing the wheel."

    Molekule is a sleek, quiet machine that can easily be carried from room to room. Most importantly, the unit is an air "purifier," not simply a filter. Elements that could sneak through various HEPA filters get trapped and destroyed in the Molekule, releasing clean, fresher air into the room.

    With the ability to exchange bad air for good, in about one hour in a 600 square foot room, this is a game-changer on a much higher level. I am happy to say that those results continue to be proven effective on a daily basis after several months. And, our reactions include both a definite realization of wonderfully fresh air in our apartment, in less than an hour.

    After our first night of using Molekule in our bedroom, our itchy eyes and stuffy nose conditions almost completely disappeared and improved steadily each day. You can also control the unit from a well-designed app on your phone.

    If anyone you care about has allergy or asthma conditions, or if you simply want the cleanest, freshest air in your home or office, my guess is that you will find similar success and appreciation for this totally new tech in the clean air category. Best wishes from us to you.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 0 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Clean air makes a big difference

    We love our Molekule. We ordered it before it went into production and waited several months for it to finally arrive. We did not know what to expect.

    Finally the box arrived. It was well packaged, and the unit looks amazing in our home. It is touch screen controlled and very easy to configure and run. Our home is often buttoned up due to the cold weather, and we wanted to know if the Molekule would make a noticeable difference. It does. Before the Molekule, I would often wake up congested, and my wife would complain that I snored, and I would not feel rested in the morning after a sufficient number of hours of sleep. With the Molekule running, I wake up rested and clear-headed, with no congestion.

    The Molekule has a quiet fan that gives off a peaceful white noise. It also gives off a faint blue light that can be turned off in Dark Mode. But we prefer to leave the blue light on. There are two filters that are very easy to change. We were surprised at what we found when we did our first replacement of the pre-filter. Were we really breathing that stuff? We have radiant heating, not forced air, so not much mechanical dust movement and we keep the house clean, so we found it interesting that so much got caught.

    We keep the Molekule in our bedroom, but will from time to time move it to other rooms. It has a nice carrying handle. It is a solidly built product, and also nice to look at. Soon we might add more to our home.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 14 out 16 people found this review helpful

    Does nothing for air quality!

    • Harrison, NY,
    • Oct 27, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I’ve had the Molekule for a few months now. I monitor the air in my home with Awair air monitor. The unit tells temperature, humidity, co2, VOC, and dust. My air quality in co2, VOC, and dust have not improved at all! I’m very upset I spent $800 on a hyped-up HEPA filter. I’ve even put it next to the Awair and no change. Total let down. If I can return it, I would in a heartbeat.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Amazing

    • Woodstock, NY,
    • Oct 27, 2017
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    I was skeptical at first because of the price and the newness of the product. I did a lot of research on many different types of filters in currently have HEPA filters that I thought we doing a great job. However, after replacing my first pre-filter, I was shocked at the amount of dust that was on it. Not just in it huge clumps of dust on the underside of a home that is vacuumed and wet mop every day due to allergies.

    This is a game changer. If you have health issues or just wish to have a cleaner environment please make the investment in your health. Your health is everything and this is definitely worth every penny.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Helped my newborn breathe and sleep

    • Toms River, NJ,
    • Oct 18, 2017
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    Our Molekule is possibly one of the best products I've ever purchased and worth every cent.

    For weeks our newborn daughter was constantly congested and restless, she would sleep for 30 minutes to an hour at best. She would only breathe easily outdoors.

    After plugging in the Molekule, within a couple of hours I noticed her breathing was rhythmic and within a day she was sleeping for 3-4 hours every time. In addition, my wife no longer snores at night, my son's light allergies have not flared up, and I have never woken up with more energy.

    We have now had it for over a month, and overall it is a solid product.

    Any poor review on this site should be brushed off as 1-time occurrence and people who expect miracles. If anyone in your family suffers from allergies get one.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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