Even if you keep your home super clean, the air can contain a lot of particles — and these particles are often especially irritating for people with allergies. Luckily, the best air purifiers help to minimize common air pollutants like dirt, dust, pet dander, and smoke. And when the air is cleaner, your home will feel like a way more comfortable place.
Since air pollutants aren't visible to the naked eye, it can be easy to forget that they're even there. But if you suffer from from allergies or a respiratory condition, feeling more irritated when you're in your house is a pretty clear sign that something's amiss with your home's air. HEPA air purifies are widely recognized as the best at reducing airborne allergens, which makes these a great option for people with allergies or other conditions. And even if you don't suffer from allergies, a great air purifier can simply make your home smell fresher by pulling odors (like cat litter and musty furniture) out of the air.
If you've been hesitating to try an air purifier because of the cost, keep in mind that these appliances fall in a wide range of price points from very affordable to ultra-luxe. These 11 air purifiers are some of the most highly-rated out there — and some costs less than your monthly coffee budget.
1. An Odor-Reducing Air Purifier That's Ideal For Medium Spaces
Made with a hemispheric HEPA-type filter, this circular air purifier helps reduce pollution, allergens, dirt, and dander, plus it features a UV light which can kill airborne bacteria that cause odors. This purifier also features an automatic timer, digital read display, and clean filter indicator, making it incredibly easy to use and customize.
2. An Ultra-Affordable Air Purifier That Eliminates Pet Dander
Pets are a blast, but you know what isn't? Their dander. This super-quiet air purifier comes with a permanent HEPA filter and a specialized odor-reducing filter just for pets, which makes it great at tackling dander. You can also use a vacuum to clean the filter, making this one of the most convenient and affordable options around for air purification.
3. A Desktop Air Purifier That Keeps Small Spaces Smelling Fresh
Looking for a way to get cleaner air in your office or workspace? This desktop air purifier is a great pick because it helps remove up to 99 percent of airborne particles using an ionizer. It's also super lightweight and portable, so you can take it to the office and then back home whenever you want.
4. An Ozone Air Purifier That Goes To Town On Smoke
It can be hard to get out stubborn smells, especially smoke. But with this Ozone generator and air purifier, which uses oxidation to break down set-in odors, you can get rid of them for good. "Bought a house where smokers lived in it for 30 years. After I nuked the house with KILLZ paint I used the OZone Power 5000. It did a great job, considering I only used the timer," writes one reviewer.
5. An Energy-Efficient Air Purifier That's Great For Large Rooms
Consumer Reports recommends this air cleaning system, which draws in air from all sides, because it's excellent at removing 99 percent of all fine clay dust, pollen, and cigarette smoke from the air. In large spaces between 400 to 600 square feet, this purifier can really work wonders, but because it runs on a whisper-quiet motor, there's a good chance you'll forget it's even running.
6. A Three-In-One Air Purifier With Over 6,000 Reviews On Amazon
With more than 6,000 reviews on Amazon, this three-in-one air cleaning system with a HEPA filter gets rave reviews from users with respiratory issues. "Awesome for dust and mold allergies," writes one reviewer. "Perfect for our asthmatic household," another commented. This purifier also uses UV-C light to kill airborne bacteria, which makes it great at kicking common household odors to the curb.
7. A WiFi-Enabled Purifier That Allows You To Monitor Your Air Quality From Anywhere
This super innovative machine takes the air purification game to a whole new level. Because it's WiFi-enabled and compatible with Amazon's Alexa, you can actually remotely control this purifier from your smartphone, and get real-time reports about your home's air quality. It also comes with a multi-layered HEPA filter that's great for eliminating dirt, dust, bacteria, and other impurities, as well as an automatic shut-off, internal fan.
8. A High-End Air Purifier That Removes Dust & Allergens In Just Two Hours
One reviewer refers to this purifier as "the Mac Daddy of air purifiers that you'll fall in love with," and it's not difficult to see why. While this air purifier is definitely one of the pricier options on this list, it's worth it if you're looking for a very comprehensive purifier that is quiet, energy efficient, easy to maintain, and can work well in spaces up to 1100 square feet. This customizable purifer can clean air in just two hours, and detects and adjusts to changing air quality continuously throughout use.
9. A Triple-Filtered Air Purifier That Neutralizes Household Odors With Ease
This air purifying filtration system does virtually everything and is great for sensitive users. It offers three stages worth of filtration and can neutralize almost 100 percent of dust, allergens, and bacteria. The first filter targets mold, fungi, and dander, while the second filter can trap dust mites. The third and final filter is charcoal-activated and devours odors.
10. A Super-Quiet Air Purifier That Gets Rid Of Dust & Pollen
This Energy-Star rated purifier from Sharp is great for spaces up to 454 square feet and uses ion technology to target airborne viruses, mold, and fungus. Although it's larger in size than some other models, it's whisper-quiet but still a monster at targeting dirt, pollen, dust, and smoke, and can help make air fresher with each use.
11. A Purifier That Helps You Breathe Easily In Extra Large Rooms
"We have had this running day and night for [three] years and it is in great condition," writes one reviewer of this highly recommended true HEPA air purifier, which Consumer Reports also recommends. Powerful enough for use in rooms up to 390 square feet, this durable purifier can remove microscopic allergens and circulates the air in extra large rooms up to five times every hour.
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