Everything you read is true. It does stink. You do need to air it our, IMO more than a couple days. If you have the tiem let it air for a week or more in a outside environment or the gragage. I bough ti for my daughters bedroom with a second one for our spare bedroom and they do their job well. We've had them for a month so I can't speak as to the lifetime quality, but I can't imagine they will fail anytime in the near future. I do wish the covers were removable - that would be the only downfall.