Best Air Purifier 2017 – Buyer’s Guide

 

 

Levoit LV-H132

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If you’re a heavy smoker, then investing in an air purifier can be one of the best things that you do for your health. Of course, quitting smoking would be even healthier. But for many of us, smoking is an enjoyable part of life that we don’t wish to cut back on. Most air purifiers will help with that smoke smell and improve the overall quality of air. But, certain ones seem to work better for that smokey smell, and a prime example of that is this Levolt LV-H132.

One of the main reasons for this is that the Levolt has three different settings; high, medium and low. To really get the smoke out of the air, we find using an air purifier on a low setting for a longer period of time better (if not 24/7). This is one of the quietest air purifiers available, so you’ll have no qualms leaving it on through the night to get rid of the smoke in the air. By combining a high-power air purifier with an ability to be almost silent, Levolt have made one of the more popular purifiers on the market, and rightly so.

The only negatives that we can see with the Levolt is that it might be a bit bigger than some people will expect. Dimensionally it isn’t huge, but it’s certainly quite a big heavier than you might expect. Whilst it is a bigger model, it does delivers a great deal of power in ratio to its size. If you’re after a heavier duty purifier to deal with strong smoke smells, this would be a fantastic option.

Our Verdict

 “The best air purifier for smoke”

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hOme Ionic Air Purifier

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Not everyone is looking for a huge air purifier that will take up a large amount of space in your room. In fact, many people prefer a small desktop purifier to a larger one.

The reason? Well, they’re portable for one. This means that you won’t have to worry about heaving a heavy appliance around. They’re also great for use both at home or in the office, which is where they are most commonly used.

This purifier is particularly tiny. With dimensions of 6.7 x 6.7 x 7.5 in, it will easily fit onto a desk or table without interfering with your workspace. In fact, you’ll probably forget it’s even there! For its size, it delivers a good amount of power. It isn’t restricted to just the desktop area; this purifier will easily be strong enough for a small room.

It’s a simple filter that you won’t have any trouble using. With two setting of high and low, this is perfect for using through the day time and night. High during the day for optimum effect, and low throughout the nighttime to maintain clean air and a near silent purifier. To clean, you simply have to flip the purifier upside down and screw the bottom off. Simple enough, right?

If you’re looking for a purifier for your lounge or an area larger than that, then you’ll need to invest in a more powerful air purifier than this. Apart from that, there aren’t many issues that we’ve seen with this Home Ionic’s air purifier.

Our Verdict

 “The best desktop air purifier”

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Honeywell HPA060 True HEPA Compact Tower Allergen Remover

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Probably the most common reason for purchasing an air purifier is to help clear the air of allergens.

Fortunately for us, Honeywell have produced an air purifier specifically targeted at reducing allergens and making our lives that little bit easier. I say have produced; Honeywell are actually one of the most popular and trusted brands in the air purifier industry. They’ve been making appliances for many years and have an excellent customer service record.

Honeywell state of their website that over 7 in 10 doctors and allergists recommend their brand over their competitors. This is extremely impressive, and probably due to the strict regulations and requirements that they adhere to. Between meeting the AHAM regulations (Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers) and the CADR (Clean Air Delivery Rate), it’s no wonder that their products come highly recommended by professionals.

Whilst this air purifier is great for allergies such as pollen, cats and dust, it’s also a great choice for asthmatics, too. It comes highly recommended from many health professionals for anyone experiencing a breathing disorder or difficulties breathing in general.

For those looking for a purifier that will get rid of stronger smells like smoke, then this isn’t the best option for you. Whilst we certainly feel like this is the best air purifier for allergies, it isn’t the best for bad odors in general. It’s specifically designed to combat allergens, which it does fantastically well.

Our Verdict

 “The Best Air Purifier for Allergies”

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GermGuardian AC5250PT

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Whilst most people are cat and dog lovers, there are also a striking amount of us that suffer with allergies to our beloved four legged companions. For many years, people went undiagnosed with their allergies and suffered in silence. Though nowadays, it’s easier to tell if you are allergic to animals, and more and more people are realizing their allergies as time progresses.

So, what can you do if you’ve just realized Felix has been causing your nose to itch the past few years? Or more commonly, what about if your child has developed irritations towards Fido leaving his hairs all over the house? Well, a good solution to this can be by investing in a good quality air purifier. Air purifiers are proven to help with pet allergies, but not all of them are designed to do this.

That’s why it’s worth investing in one that’s specifically designed to do just that; eradicate pet dander. Whilst it isn’t the most budget friendly air purifier around, it’s 28 inches of pure filtering power.

The GermGuardian AC5250PT uses a special antimicrobial agent as part of their ‘Pet Pure’ treatment. This is designed specifically to help target and eliminate pet odors. Combining this with the typical HEPA technology, it makes this a tough purifier to beat if you are looking for the best air purifier for pet dander.

Our Verdict

 “Best air purifier for pets”

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Hamilton Beach TrueAir

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Let’s face it; we can’t all afford to blow a few hundred dollars on an air purifier. We often have other priorities to spend our hard-earned money on. Because of this, unfortunately the quality of the air we breathe comes second best to more important things (like rent and food, maybe!). But don’t worry; we got you. Although some of the best quality purifiers cost a fair deal of money, that doesn’t mean to say you can’t get a good one for a fraction of the price.

Our pick of the budget bunch is the Hamilton Beach TrueAir. Whilst there is a dividing quality between purifiers less than a $100 and those in the hundreds of dollars, this holds its own with many filters two or three times its price. Do bear in mind that you won’t be getting the very best quality.

It’s a very basic tower design that has all the necessary features that you could need in a purifier. It has three different settings, all of which are relatively quiet, even when on high. Although it wouldn’t be suitable for a basement sized room or larger, it can do a good job in anything less than that.

What separates this from other models is the ability to vacuum the filter, as opposed to either investing in new ones or having to wash it out. This makes for easy use, though you will want to replace the filter every few months.

Of course, our objective is to help try and save you money and limit unnecessary outlay. That’s why we recommend this purifier for anyone on a budget – or anyone just looking for a decent quality product.

Our Verdict

 “Best inexpensive air purifier”

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PureZone 3-in-1 True HEPA

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Ah, the bedroom. A sacred place for many, we long to return to the bedroom after a long, hard day at work. And what do we want to avoid when we get into the bedroom? Yes, that right. Stuffy air. Fellas; studies have shown that a woman will turn you down if she finds it untidy and smelly. Though to be fair, this is probably the same if the roles were reversed!

PureZone actually went as far as to test the decibels of noise that this air purifier makes. The found that it was less than 30 decibels in noise. To give you a comparison…

For it’s price, you are certainly getting a decent purifier for your money. With 3 different settings and an autotimer than can be set for up to 8 hours, you’d be hard pressed to find a better quality purifier for this sort of money.

Our Verdict

 “The Best Air Purifier for Bedroom”

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GermGuardian AC5350B

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There’s nothing worse than coming home to an unpleasant smell in your home. Whether it be from a badly cooked meal or a pensioner pet, a bad odor in your home can cause great discomfort. Studies show that the first thing people notice when they walk into your home is the smell, and the last thing you want to do is invite guests around and suffer the embarrassment of a foul-smelling household.

The GermGuardian AC5350B is an excellent choice for those looking to eradicate those foul smells or stop them before they even become an issue. With a CADR rating of 110+, this is one of the highest CADR ratings that we’ve listed. This shows that the AC5350B is a purifier with substantial power and ability.

Our Verdict

 “The Best Air Purifier for Odors”

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O-Ion B-1000

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Whilist O-Ion might not be as big of a name brand as some of the other purifiers available, you really can’t argue with the price to quality to ratio that they offer. Sure, their models aren’t of the very highest quality, but they’re also not hundreds of dollars either. If you’re looking for a trade off and find a fairly decent air purifier that won’t break you bank balance, then this would be a great choice for you.

Maybe the best feature that the B-1000 has to offer is it’s near silence; it really is one of the quitest air purifiers that we’ve seen. Described as ‘whisper quiet’, it’ll purify your air throughout the night with minimal disturbance to your ears. It’s UVGI technology ensures that this air purifier is definitely one that you won’t have to be concerned about; it’ll get the job done perfectly.

Our Verdict

 “The Best Air Purifier for Cigarette Smoke (and weed smoke!)”

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GermGuardian AC4825

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If I had to say a brand that have solidified themselves as the number one brand in the air purifying industry, I would say that GermGuardian are the one to go for. Backed by a long history and solid warranties, their a good option if you worry about your purifier breaking down and not being able to get it repaired. By going with a reputable brand like GermGuardian, you protect yourself against buying a purifier that doesn’t work.

In particular the AC4825 is a good option. Although their product don’t differ too much in ability, there’s certainly a difference when considering certain aspects of their process. For instance, this model has become extremely popular because it’s ideal for the majority of sizes of the rooms within your household. It works perfectly for your lounge, bedroom or any other small to medium sized room within you house. Other GermGuardian products are designed for larger rooms and basements, which wouldn’t be the ideal use for the AC4825.

A fairly budget friendly option, the AC4825 would be a great option for any household looking to purify the air.

Our Verdict

 “The Best Air Purifier for Asthma”

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Honeywell 50250-S

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Forgive the R2D2-esque design of the 50250-S; it really is a solid machine that holds its own in the purify market.

 

Our Verdict

 “Best Air Purifier for Dust Allergies”

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Gideon Electronic Plug-in

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What are some of the thing that you look for when purchasing a purifier for your baby? Well for us, we think that there are two important features. Primarily, safety. You don’t want a purifier that heats up too much around your baby and children. This is because although you keep your eyes on your baby as much as possible, they have a habit of crawling away and exploring as they get older!

Secondly, you don’t want to disrupt your babies air too much. A purifier with too much power on high settings could be too much for a child. Babies are sensitive, and you don’t want a noisy machine drastically changing their environment. Fortunately, Gideon have provided us with a solution that fulfils both of those needs.

Our Verdict

 “Best Air Purifier for Baby Lungs”

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Levoit Air Purifier with True HEPA Filter

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One thing that can ruin moving into a new apartment is dirty air. Whether that be a lingering odor in the kitchen or just a general stuffiness that interferes with your breathing. Ever moved into an apartment only to find a hidden spot of damp or mold in the corner? Well, it can happen to anyone, even the most scrutinous. Fortunately, with the help of a large air purifier, you can stop this being an issue for you.

This model also has a great sleep mode, which is specifically designed to stay nice and silent throughout the night. It has a timer, which you can set anywhere up to 12 hours.

Our Verdict

 “The Best Air Purifier for Apartment Scents”

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Philips Air Purifier 2000i

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Whilst many of the more popular air purifiers we’ve featured are marketed as being small and compact, there is a whole market for heavier duty air purifiers that can purify the air in a larger area. The basement is a prime example of a large area that can often become overwhelmed with bad odors and unclean air. Mold and dust are a prime concern in any basement, as are those nasty smells which seem to linger.

The answer to this? Well, a large air purifier can be the difference between mold encompassing your entire basement and not. The most advanced and technologically advanced purifier we’ve seen, it uses 3 different filtering stages to ensure you’re getting the purest air.

Firstly, it goes through a preliminary filter that’s designed to deal with anything bacteria – mold, fungi and other nasties.

Then, it proceeds through a HEPA filter to rid the air of any pollen, dust and larger particles than can be dealt with by the first filter.

Finally, onto the Carbon filter, specifically introduced to reduce odors. After going through these filters, you can be assured of getting a great standard of clean air.

The only negative with this purifier is the hefty price tag. It isn’t cheap, but you are paying for a the very best quality you can find. With a CADR rating of over 135, you can be assured that this model has been made to the strictest standards.

Our Verdict

 “The Best Air Purifier for Basement Cleanliness”

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GermGuardian AC4900CA

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Not the first Germ Guardian product that we’ve featured, the AC4900CA is a power air purifier that would be a good addition to any home. Compared to some of the other air purifiers that we’ve listed you might consider it to be quite noisy if you’re used to near silence, but we find the low noise fairly calming and almost soothing.

What this air purifier features that some of our other air purifiers don’t have is the UV-C sanitizer, which will undoubtedly come in handy for anyone looking for a sanitizer and complete cleanliness. This is one of the reasons why this model works particularly well for mold. The UV works with Titanium Dioxide to rid of any nasty spores that might have built up throughout your home. At its current price, you’d be hard pushed to find a better option on the current market.

Our Verdict

 “The Best Air Purifier for Mold”

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