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Aroeve MK01 vs MK06

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Welcome to Vacuum Wars and to another Air Purifier Wars air purifier match-up. In this review, we’ll be comparing two ultra-affordable air purifiers from the same brand: the Aroeve MK01 and the Aroeve MK06. We decided to compare the Aroeve MK01 vs MK06 when we noticed how popular they both were as well as the fact that they were both geared toward the same size room.

OUR CHOICE

Aroeve MK01

Aroeve MK01
RUNNER-UP

Aroeve MK06

Aroeve MK06

When we say affordable, it’s not an exaggeration. These are two of the cheapest air purifiers on the market and they happen to be from the same brand. So, it will be interesting to see how they stack up against one another. So, let’s get started.

RELATED: See which models we chose in our Best Air Purifier competition!

Comparing the Aroeve MK01 and MK06

Starting with the basics, the MK01 is more of a cylinder shape, and the MK06 is rectangular. Both are about 10 inches tall and are available in two classic colors: black or white. While these air purifiers aren’t exactly identical, they do share several similarities.

Aroeve MK01 vs MK06
The Aroeve MK01 and MK06 we purchased for this comparison. © Vacuum Wars

Specs: Aroeve MK01 vs MK06

Aroeve MK01Aroeve MK06
Official Coverage215 sq. ft.215 sq. ft.
PM2.5 SensorNoNo
Pre-FilterYesYes
HEPA FilterYesYes
Carbon FilterYesYes
HEPA Rating99.97 @ 0.3 microns99.97 @ 0.3 microns
TimerYesYes
Fan Speeds33
Dimensions6.1″ x 6.1″ x 9.7″6″ x 6″ x 9″
ColorsWhite, BlackWhite, Black
CertificationsCARB, ETL, SGSCARB, ETL, SGS
Where to BuyAmazonAmazon
Data from the Aroeve website and air purifier manuals.

Similarities

They both use the same basic air purification techniques and they’re both recommended for spaces around 215 square feet, recirculating the air in that area within an hour. They both also employ a multi-directional air intake from the side vents and a top-placed fan for dispersing fresh air.

Measuring Airflow - Aroeve MK01 vs MK06
Measuring airflow in our studio. © Vacuum Wars

Features

Our first round is features. These are things that don’t necessarily help with air purification but are nice to have. Both models feature soft-touch control panels with timers for 6, 12, and 24 hours and fan speed settings, including a hushed night mode, a moderate speed 1, and a more vigorous speed 2.

Aroeve MK01 vs MK06 Side by Side
The two Aroeve air purifiers side-by-side (MK06 left, MK01 right). © Vacuum Wars

They both have LED lights with ambient options, filter replacement indicator lights, and aromatherapy chambers. So, the MK01 and MK06 are pretty much the same in the features category. However, for this round, the MK01 does win, thanks to its slightly smaller size.

Shopping for an air purifier for a larger space? See our Aroeve MK04 vs Blueair Blue Pure 411a Max comparison and our other air purifier reviews and buying advice!

Filter Quality

Moving on to the filter quality round, the MK01 and MK06 use the same three-layer circular filter. The filter has an inner activated carbon layer to trap odors, smoke, and fumes and a central HEPA filter to eliminate particles larger than 0.3 microns. As well as an outer pre-filter to catch bigger particles such as dust, hair, and fiber.

HEPA Filter Used by the Aroeve MK01 and MK06
Both air purifiers use the same HEPA filter. © Vacuum Wars

Aroeve recommends cleaning the pre-filter every two to four weeks to ensure optimal efficiency and prolong the filter’s lifespan. Filter replacement is suggested every three to six months or after two thousand hours of use on both.

Aroeve does offer upgraded four-layer HEPA filters for specific needs, including versions for standard use, pet dander, and smoke and odors. But for the filtration quality round, it is a clear tie as they both use the same filter.

Performance Tests

Moving on to the bench tests. This is where we focus on assessing metrics like airflow and noise level. During these tests, the MK01 outperformed the MK06 in airflow across all three settings.

Airflow / Noise: Aroeve MK01 vs MK06

Fan SpeedAroeve MK01Aroeve MK06
144 db @ 5 CFM46 db @ 0 CFM
250 db @ 18 CFM48 db @ 11 CFM
362 db @ 30 CFM57 db @ 19 CFM
Results are from our independent testing, not from the manufacturer.

In the real-world noise test, which measures noise levels at the setting most likely to be used in a household, the MK01 registered 50 decibels while producing an airflow of 18 CFM at a fan speed of one. Conversely, the MK06 recorded a slightly lower 48 decibels at the same speed, but with a reduced CFM of 11. So, the MK01 takes the honors in this round.

Measuring Noise with a Decibel Meter - Aroeve MK01 vs MK06
Measuring noise with a decibel meter. © Vacuum Wars

Filtration Tests

Moving on to the filtration tests. In our fog test, we discharged 12 seconds of fog into a sealed room and operated each air purifier at maximum power. In this test we noted that the MK06 restored the room back to baseline readings in 135 minutes, whereas the MK01 only took 112 minutes.

Activated Carbon Filter Inside the HEPA Filter Used by the Aroeve MK01 and MK06
The activated carbon layer is on the inside of the HEPA filter. © Vacuum Wars

Since they have the same filter, the difference is probably attributed to the differences in their airflow. Remember, the more expensive one, the MK01 had higher airflow numbers than the MK06, which explains why it was a little bit faster at reducing the particles.

In this test, we also look at the reduction of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. We conduct this test by introducing precise quantities of incense smoke into a sealed refrigerator and measuring how efficiently and swiftly the air purifier can minimize the VOC levels over a 5-minute test on maximum power.

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Aroeve MK01Aroeve MK06
Fog Test112 min135 min
TVOC Test10% in 5 min12% in 5 min
Results are from our independent testing.

In this test, there was almost no difference between the two. While the MK01 again reduced the particles from the smoke faster than the MK06, the actual VOC gas reduction was only around 10 percent for both in the 5-minute test, which is not particularly good. But you wouldn’t expect VOC reduction to be all that good in this budget price range.

If you want better VOC gas reduction, we recommend considering one of the upgraded filters Aroeve offers. So, the MK01 won the filtration test category because of its higher airflow and particle reduction speeds.

OUR CHOICE

Aroeve MK01

Aroeve MK01
RUNNER-UP

Aroeve MK06

Aroeve MK06

Verdict

In conclusion, after we add up all the scores and the test results, the winner for this head-to-head competition is the Aroeve MK01. It’s a little more expensive compared to the MK06, but it’s still one of the cheapest air purifiers on the market, and its high airflow makes it worth the upgrade.

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