Review of the best according to the editors. About the selection criteria. The the material is subjective, is not advertising and is not serves as a guide to the purchase. Before purchase is needed consultation with a specialist.
High quality fuel-air mixture is the key to a long and good engine operation throughout the operation of the car. Behind the purity of the supplied air to prepare the mixture special air filters that trap dust and other dirt on perforated paper or non-woven surface.
Today, dozens of filters are being manufactured companies around the world, but not all of them are popular among consumers and market experts. Spending your own research, magazine selected 12 best manufacturers air filters recommended for use in automobiles Professionals and experienced users.
Rating of the best manufacturers of air filters
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How to choose an air filter
Air filter selection includes determination the geometric shape and type of filter curtains, which affects degree of air purification from dust particles.
According to the geometry of the working part, all air filters are divided into 3 type:
- ring – old samples of air filters that installed mainly on carburetor cars. The peculiarity of this design is expressed in the presence of aluminum wireframe reinforcement that increases strength and allows Compensate for high air pressure. Lack of ring filters consists in a small filtration area and, as a result, in reduced replacement intervals.
- panel – widespread filters in the form of cartridges that are used as part of modern injection and some carburetor cars. Virtually flawed by design, with the exception of the susceptibility of curtains to crushing under air pressure. However, in this case, you can find a compromise: the presence of a plastic frame and a plastic / metal mesh significantly increases the strength and resistance of the element to statodynamic loads. Their advantage: large area cleaning, compact overall dimensions and ease of replacement.
- cylindrical – filters designed to work on commercial vehicles and diesel cars engines. They require less space than ring analogues, but significantly exceed them in filtering area curtains. Easy to install, highly constructive rigidity even without the use of additional reinforcing elements.
According to the degree of purification, all filters are divided into 4 types:
- 1st degree cleaning filters – the easiest type filters, which includes only one layer of filtering paper, perceiving all air pressure. Cleans well but not for long, and therefore costs minimal money.
- 2nd degree cleaning filters – a layer of paper curtains in them preceded by a special synthetic pre-cleaner, which picks up the largest fractions of dust. This approach to filtering typical for operating vehicles in heavy dusty conditions, and therefore these filters are recommended to be installed on SUVs, crossovers and other cars often driving on dirt and sand roads.
- 3rd degree cleaning filters – these filters are valid according to the principle of preliminary cyclone cleaning, which allows sift through most of the debris before the pre-cleaner passes and filtering curtains. Twists are created using the impeller, or geometry of the filter itself, and as a result, dust particles settle inside a special container. Apply such filtering elements mainly in diesel cars where quality air and its absorption volumes are much higher than in gasoline ICE.
- zero resistance filters – a special type of filtering elements, usually beyond the scope of general classifications. It differs from the main filter array in that it has impregnation synthetic material with special dust-repellent compounds, as well as double metal reinforcement of the frame (special mesh) which ensures the maximum possible air intake with minimal resistance and constancy of filtering properties. “Nuleviki” is advisable to use only in sports cars or cars with a forced engine. In other cases, their efficiency will border on unreasonable spending on acquisition, because such filters are many times more expensive ordinary.
The first place in the ranking for the right of the strong goes to Mann, which delivers consistently good and high quality to the market filters for fuel, oil and air. From random sampling all over Mann’s air filters showed the best range result in air purification components, fit for landing location and strength level.
As for the controversial issues in Mann’s assortment, here it stands note the high cost of offers in comparison with the market. Sure, it’s far from all models in the manufacturer’s lineup, but cases where the difference in price with the nearest (and often less known) analogue is approximately 500-1000 rubles, involuntarily the question arises as to the appropriateness of such a purchase. But, as if there no matter what, Mann will be a great choice for those who value quality more than cost, often operates a car on off-road, and also does not like to change filters on time (the nominal range of these filter elements is 20% higher competitors capabilities).
The second choice of our rating – car air filters from Filtron, whose main advantage is the perfect balance between price and quality. Every new model the filter is checked for compliance with the strength parameters and resistance to air flow, and, if necessary, equipped with additional reinforcing elements, more durable a frame adjusted to a fraction of a millimeter relative to the originals.
Filtron’s little trouble with filters is bad fitness for off-road driving – in such conditions, mileage to replacement will be no more than 8-9 thousand kilometers. In turn, when exit on highways and city roads there is an opportunity to extend life double filter, up to 16-18 thousand kilometers with a small residue work resource. Thus, yielding to the main competitor – Mann – in performance, Filtron wins price, which provides shaky equality in a difficult dispute leaders.
The line below is the Mahle manufacturer, working in paired with a corporation partner, Knecht. Differs from Filtron, mainly by price parameter, remaining approximately the same workmanship as the competitor. Naturally, this feature should be considered as the main drawback, as well as the presence of fakes on domestic market.
As for the merits, here you can highlight high quality material used in the manufacture of filters: high density synthetic or paper curtains, optimal mechanical characteristics of the plastic frame (balance of strength and ductility), the presence of reinforcements such as polymer or aluminum mesh. IN depending on the market segment, the mileage of one filter may vary from 14 to 16 thousand kilometers when driving in urban the roads. However, with frequent off-road exits, be prepared change the filter every 5-10 thousand kilometers.
Every second person on the territory knows about Bosch Russia – primarily in household and construction equipment, as well as small household consumables. However, few people know that besides everything German Grand is one of the strongest representatives automotive parts market. In their assortment there was a place and air filters that are above average as in terms of quality, and in terms of value. Some filter models are installed on cars (mainly German) as original, which once again proves Bosch’s viability as a manufacturer for the auto segment.
Despite all the regalia and advantages of air filters from Bosch, experts quote them lower than their counterparts from Mann, Filtron and Mahle. But, knowing how these firms can raise prices on their own product, our challenger sometimes goes to the clean first place in trust rating and frequency of purchases by loyal consumers.
The fifth place in the ranking goes to Fleetguard, an assortment which has about 2700 items of air filters for various makes and models of cars. As with Bosch, this brand relies on a balance of quality indicators (structural strength, fixing elements, quantity delayed dust, etc.) and prices, which often wins competition even with the recognized leader in the person of Mann.
According to the results of independent testing, it was found that Fleetguard’s prototype filter retards about 99.87% dust from the total mass of particles. According to the manufacturers themselves, this achieved through the use of a special gluing filter material and frame using hot melt adhesive. Thanks to this, the edges on folds are not subject to cracking by vibration, and as consequence, do not let the dust inside the engine. Add to that nice price, and you get a great consumable in stock for case of urgent replacement of the old filter.
A company that is less known than other members our rating. Mapco is headquartered in Berlin, and presumably there is a part of its production capacities. Barcodes on products often indicate the South-East Asia, where, presumably, the main pool of enterprises is based. All this indicates that the brand belongs to the budget. segment … which we can see when we get acquainted with the prices of range.
However, this is the same strange case when quality It turns out to be an order of magnitude higher than expected. Yes, extreme loads (such as frequent overcoming rough terrain, riding in the sand and soil) the filters will not stand, however, in the conditions of the city and suburban routes will be very cool. Mileage Level between replacements can reach up to 16 thousand kilometers, but only with Provided a very rational operation of the car. If a there are no alternatives in the form of products of the above companies – feel free to buy filters from Mapco.
BluePrint ranked seventh because the company not very popular among Russian consumers, but gradually, step by step, it takes the market share from the strongest representatives of the segment of air (and not only) filters. Cause this is what the British manufacturer is used to doing a bet on quality even at the expense of attractive value. Fruit This can be observed already at the stage of selecting a filter for your car: almost certainly the minimum off-road mileage will be about 10 thousand kilometers with 15 thousand on urban routes.
Another advantage of BluePrint filters are nominally higher air loads that can carry filter curtain without wrinkling. This is done, first of all, due to frame reinforcement (polymers or alloy metals), as well as through the selection of filter material high density. If not for the high cost, we would get an excellent candidate for leadership in the segment.
The difference between the UFI and Pilenga brands is small – both companies came to the market from Italy, both have enterprises in the territory other countries, both produce filters for a huge range of brands and models of European cars. That’s just being a budget company, UFI captures part of the Asian auto industry, customizing its product to quality standards of several territorial groups at once.
If you analyze the advantage of UFI in more detail, then at first plan will come out higher mileage intervals and working resource. Replacing these filters may be required after the passage of 12-14 thousand kilometers in the urban cycle, whereas in in the case of Pilenga, this figure may not reach 10 thousand. However, to “clear up” on these consumables also does not work: users strongly recommend that you comply with the standard the speed regime characteristic of movements within the city, as you can drive less often on dusty country roads and carefully monitor maintenance intervals.
On the ninth line of the ranking is the manufacturer of budget segment, whose enterprises are located in 3 countries European continent: Italy (head office), Cyprus (main part of production capacity) and Spain (several plants). Behind relatively little money the company produces enough high-quality air filters, the main advantage of which concluded in full compliance with the size of the regular landing places.
In the Pilenga assortment you can find a filter for almost any European car, including for AvtoVAZ products. how and in the case of the Japanese Champion, the Italian company abandoned using paper filter shutters in their consumables by for the manufacture of synthetic material. Such a step allowed significantly increase the efficiency of the filters (the increase was about 20% of the initial value), as well as reduce them cost, which is reflected in the final price. As a result, filters Pilenga became very popular among budget lovers car service, and often purchased in stock for case of urgent replacement of a standard filter consumable.
For more than 20 years in the domestic market Champion managed to maintain a reputation as a reliable supplier of consumables from Japan, providing them with more than one generation of car owners. In addition to candles and wiper blades company supplies the segment with quality filters made in compliance with the required standards of Europe and Of Asia.
Champion’s main filter curtain material is synthetic fabric – from the use of paper corrugation they refused for a long time. Filters with cyclone, the mileage of which is estimated at 20+ thousand kilometers. If a take average test mileage, then they vary in range from 10 to 15 thousand kilometers when driving around the city. However, the assortment of the Japanese company has several interesting offers and off-road, whose working life is approximately the same level. As for the shortcomings, he is, in fact, one: Champion filters rarely fit the size of regular air filters, due to which there are some difficulties with their installation in the seat.
Outside the top ten, the Japanese manufacturer is located Nipparts, whose range of air filters is oriented as to Asian and European markets. Landing dimensions models clearly fit under standard jacks, blocking air ducts and preventing dust from entering the engine. Price indicators are also at an acceptable level for consumers: some filters can be purchased cheaper than the average cost in the market.
Despite all of the listed benefits of Nipparts, you should understand that their filters are designed primarily for operation of cars in a city where the air environment dust less. Thus, the target audience of the company includes includes cars of middle and representative class, as well as city crossovers. Average travel time per air filter in case of movement only on city roads will be 7-12 thousand kilometers. If you neglect the advice and “pile on” off-road, a modest 5 thousand can become extreme kilometers.
Opens the rating one of the few representatives of Japan in today’s ranking is Sakura, a company focused on work in middle market segment. Moreover, the average level is maintained both in quality and in cost parameters: fitting to the dimensions of the original filters are accurate to hundredths of a millimeter, which reduces the risk of leaking dirty air from the environment.
An important factor for choosing Sakura was the fact that their filters ideal for use in Russian roads, where runs between replacements can reach 10-12 thousand kilometers. AND here on the road we do not recommend moving out with them: as noted users, the actual life in such conditions may drop to 3 thousand kilometers, and a blow to the engine (so called air starvation) will be significant.
Attention! This rating is subjective, is not advertising and does not serve as a guide to the purchase. Before the purchase consultation with a specialist is necessary.