Deciding what to use to clean your home might not seem like a difficult task on the surface. Nevertheless, ensuring the devices and products you choose are both safe and effective has become a hot topic in recent years, especially now that we know more about how certain compounds and chemicals affect our health.
This is also true when it comes to choosing an air purifier. It can be challenging to find one that effectively cleans the air, fits your lifestyle, falls within your price range and doesn’t look like an outdated radiator. When in doubt, it’s best to turn to tried-and-true brands and products with excellent user reviews. We evaluated these eight air purifiers by their efficiency (how many germs they claim to suck up), their appearance (is it aesthetically-pleasing?) and price. From desktop fans to state-of-the-art machines, here are seven of the best and most versatile air purifiers on the market.
Alen BreatheSmart Classic Large Room Air Purifier
Do you have a big home? Not a problem with the Alen BreatheSmart Classic Large Room Air Purifier. This air purifier cleans up to 1100 sq. ft. every 30 minutes without filling your house with noise. In fact, the technology is twice as quiet as that of its key competitors, even on Turbo speed. Like all high-quality air purifiers, the Alen BreatheSmart has a HEP-Pure filter that claims to capture 99 percent of airborne particles down to 0.3 microns. This combines with the device’s Laser Smart Sensor, which also detects airborne particles down to 0.3 microns, to effectively clean your air of dust, pollen, allergens, and dander.
No expense is spared in the design of the air purifier, either. The Air Quality Indicator Light always reflects the real-time purity of the room’s air in an easy-to-read display. Furthermore, it comes in 14 different colors and panels so you can always find one to match you home’s interior. This is a high-end device, coming in at $688.
Levoit Compact Air Purifier
Compact enough to fit on your desk but powerful enough to remove 99.9 percent of dust, pollen, smoke, odor, mold spores and pet dander, the Levoit Compact Air Purifier is an excellent entry-level option. Rather than using a UV or ions to clean the air, the device features a three-stage filtration system. This comprises a pre-filter, a HEPA filter and an activated carbon filter. Three fan settings let you control the speed and volume of the purifier.
This air purifier was definitely designed for use in the bedroom. It features a soft optional night light with two brightness settings as well as a very quiet fan. It’s not out of place on your nightstand, either, with its white or black case and sleek design. While not as feature-filled as other air purifiers on this list and better suited to small rooms than large homes, you can find it on Amazon for the low price of $76.99.
Rabbit Air MinusA2 Air Purifier
At the opposite end of the spectrum, you’ll find the Rabbit Air MinusA2, priced at $549. This one comes with all the bells and whistles: a five-speed fan, a transition light sensor and the ability to cycle the air in a 815 sq. ft. room twice every hour. It also features six layers of filters, including an upgraded BioGS HEPA filter and a customizable filter with pet allergy, germ, toxin or odor defense.
This device looks more like a high-tech thermostat than a traditional air purifier; it’s designed to either stand alone or mount on the wall. While its modern design and thin case are discreet enough, the MinusA2 takes up a lot of real estate on your wall. You can personalize the screen with photos and pictures, though the MinusA2 would still look out of place anywhere but an ultra-modern space. It’s a good choice for consumers who are invested in upgrading their home with today’s most cutting-edge technology.
Philips Smart Air Purifier
It’s sometimes difficult to tell how effective an air purifier is, though Philips makes it simple with a light display feature that shows you the air quality in the room, ranging from blue (good) to red (poor). Philips Smart Air Purifier also offers three distinct modes: General Mode, which sets automatically; Allergen Mode, which adjusts its speed when it detects changes in allergen levels; and NightSense mode, which automatically turns down the fan speed and dims its lights when the room is dark.
This is an exceptionally popular air purifier, partly due to the fact that it comes in many sizes and prices, ranging from $250 for a bedroom fan to $549 for an extra-large room fan. The ability to control the purifier remotely is also attractive to anyone investing in smart home technology.
GermGuardian 4-in-1 Full Room Air Purifier
Quiet and Alexa-enabled, the GermGuardian 4-in-1 Full Room Air Purifier is a relatively more affordable fan that can compete with many of the features of brands like Philips and Dyson. Like the Philips, the GermGuardian will monitor your air and show you whether the quality is poor, moderate or good via a Light Ring on the front of the unit. You can also pull up the accompanying GT app to see this information on more detail, as well as set alerts so that it notifies you when the air quality changes.
The GermGuardian looks like any ordinary stand-up fan, so it probably isn’t winning any design competitions anytime soon. However, at a price point of $149 and with glowing Amazon reviews, it’s certainly worth your consideration.
Dyson Pure Cool Link Desk Air Purifier
Dyson has long been known as an innovator in the home cleaning space, though its product line recently evolved beyond vacuums to include technology like purifying fans. The Dyson Pure Cool Fans come in two sizes: a tower and a smaller desktop size.
Inside the fan itself is a Dyson HEPA filter, complete with a layer of activated carbon granules that capture odors and harmful toxins like paint fumes. But the real appeal of this product is its portable size. At just 25 inches tall, it fits neatly into small spaces like laundry rooms and home offices where a stand-up fan might be cumbersome.
Molekule Air Purifier
This is the most expensive air purifier on the list, sitting at $799, but for serious allergy-sufferers, this is as good as it gets. Unlike most other purifiers, which have HEPA filters that collect particulates from the air, the Molekule actually removes indoor air pollutants and destroys them. It does this using a dual-filtration system: first, the Pre-Filter catches larger pollutants like dander and pollen; then, the Nano-Filter cleans the air, claiming to eliminate airborne pollutants that are 1,000 times smaller than those the average air purifier can destroy.
The materials used to create the Molekule aren’t just functional; the design is sleek and elegant, featuring a leather handhold strap and a machined aluminum case. This air purifier is only available on the company’s site, not Amazon, so it’s tough to get a sense of how customers feel about the Molekule. The reviews on the site are mostly positive, however, with a few complaints about connectivity and customer support.