Published on May 22nd, 2019
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.
It’s also safe to assume that you don’t want to waste countless hours of searching through hundreds of websites just to find the best rated air purifiers that fit your specific needs. On this page, you’ll find everything you need to quickly make the right decision on which air purifier to get.
We hope this list of the top rated home air purifiers is exactly what you’re looking for and that it not only saves you time trying to find the right device but also helps you get the most value for your money!
1. Coway AP-1512HH Mighty Air Purifier
The mighty air purifier is compact by design but is equipped with cutting edge features to keep your indoor air clean. Equipped with a HEPA efficiency rating of 99. 97 percent, it uses a four-stage filtration system to effectively eliminate odors and pollutants. This mighty machine includes an air quality indicator through our particle sensing technology that will kick your air purifier into high gear when needed. And when pollution is not detected for 30 minutes, the fan will automatically stop to save energy.
Within 35 minutes, the Coway AP-1512HH reduced airborne particulate pollution in a 200-square-foot New York City bedroom by as much as 99 percent. And though it’s rated for spaces of 360 square feet, when we tested it in a Los Angeles office more than four times larger, after just one hour it had cut particulate pollution by almost 70 percent.
At about $500 for five years of operation, including base price, replacement filters, and electricity, it’s also the most affordable purifier of its abilities that we’ve ever found. And the Coway maintains its exceptional performance over the long term: When we measured its performance using filters that had been in use 24/7 for more than a year, it still cleaned the air as well as it did with brand-new filters. Finally, its compact form, quiet operation, and display-shutoff feature make it especially well suited to bedrooms.
2. Alen BreatheSmart Classic Large Room Air Purifier
Perfect for large family rooms and open concept spaces, the Alen BreatheSmart Classic air purifier offers an 1,100 SqFt coverage area.
Alen’s HEPA-Pure Filter is best for removing airborne allergens and dust. You’ll receive: 1 BreatheSmart Classic air purifier, 1 HEPA-Pure Filter, 1 Graphite panel, and Forever Guarantee (Lifetime Warranty).
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 BeatheSmart 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.
3. Blue Pure 211+ Air Purifier for Home, 3 Stage with Two Washable Pre-Filters
Breathe and sleep easier thanks to Blue Pure 211+ air purifier. With a simple, user-friendly one-button control you can easily select from 3 different fan speeds all of which help to remove allergy causing pollutants and odors. The three-stage filtration process starts with a colorful, washable pre-filter which captures larger particles like dust and pet hair. The air then passes through both a particle and activated carbon filter which catches virtually every airborne contaminant down to a virus in size: pollen, dust, pet dander, mold spores, smoke, allergens and bacteria.
Get rid of everyday smells such as food and pet odors naturally without harsh chemicals that mask odors. Filtering air from all sides, millions of ultra-thin fibers of different layers make it less dense than ordinary filters resulting in less clogging, higher airflow and lower noise. In fact, on the lowest setting, the 211+ is described as whisper-silent.
This purifier is designed to fit into any room in your house with 2 different pre-filter colors included, blue and dark grey, and many other colors available to purchase separately. With certified results through independent testing from the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), the Blue Pure 211+ has a clean air delivery rate of 350 cubic feet/minute meaning it will clean the air in a 540 sq. ft. room 5 times an hour.
The Blueair Blue Pure 211+ showed performance in our tests that actually exceeded that of the Coway, reducing particulates by more than 99 percent on both its high and medium “quiet” settings in the same 200-square-foot New York City bedroom.
It’s not our pick because it hasn’t proven the test of time like the Coway—the 211+ is a newer product, and an earlier test of a mechanically similar product from the same company revealed a significant degradation in performance after a year’s use, so we’ll continue testing through 2019 to see if our initial findings hold up.
The 211+ is also larger, slightly louder, and more expensive to buy and to operate for five years ($700 to $800) than the Coway, and it’s not as easy to move around the home. This said, our initial findings suggest that it’s an excellent purifier, with a clean, modern design (and five color options) that looks good in most spaces.
4. Levoit Compact Air Purifier
Love fresh air? Bring it inside—whether in your living room, atop a small nightstand, or right next to you at your work, let the LEVOIT LV-H132 Air Purifier do its work. Choose from low, medium, or high fan speed settings. Three stages of filtration (Fine Preliminary, True HEPA, Activated Carbon filters) tackle 99.97% of particles and odors. Enjoy a cleaned-up breathing space all around it. And sit back knowing there’s a 2-year warranty that comes with lifetime support from Levoit customer service.
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 $83.
5. Coway Airmega 400 in Graphite/Silver Smart Air Purifier
The most advanced air purifier developed by copay. AIRMEGA is a powerful air purifier, that intelligently, effectively and quietly cleans the air in your home. Its dual-filtration system removes 99.97 percent of particulate matter from the air, while the accompanying pollution indicator allows you to monitor and manage air quality real-time.
You pay for quality. This purifier is made solid and with high quality parts. It also works fast. Our Kitchen is being completely redone. The Airmega has been able to control the dust and remove the strong odor of stain and varnish. I’m thinking of buying a second.
6. Rabbit Air MinusA2 Ultra Quiet HEPA Air Purifier
At the opposite end of the spectrum, you’ll find the Rabbit Air MinusA2, priced at $550. 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.
The Rabbit Air MinusA2 is exceptionally quiet, making it easy to forget it’s in the room with you. However, the design of this air purifier demands that you show it off, as you can add customized panels to the front of it that feature artwork from famous artists, including Vincent Van Gogh, Gustav Klimt and Katsushika Hokusai. In addition to this unique and artistic design, the MinusA2 is great at cleaning the air in small rooms and has a number of unique features.
The MinusA2, according to AHAM’s room coverage formula, effectively cleans the air in rooms up to 300 square feet. You can increase the effectiveness of your air purifier by using it in smaller rooms; using it in larger rooms slows down its ability to remove pollutants from the air. The machine can produce over three air changes per hour, meaning all the air in the room filters through the purifier every 18 minutes or so. This makes the MinusA2 especially useful for those who suffer from allergies or other breathing-related issues.
7. Blue Pure 411 Air Purifier
Breathe and sleep easier thanks to Blue Pure 411 air purifier. With a simple, user-friendly one-button control you can easily select from 3 different fan speeds all of which help to remove allergy causing pollutants and odors. The three-stage filtration process starts with a colorful, washable pre-filter which captures larger particles like dust and pet hair.
The air then passes through both a particle and activated carbon filter which catches virtually every airborne particle: pollen, dust, pet dander, mold spores, smoke, allergens and bacteria. Get rid of everyday smells such as food and pet odors naturally without harsh chemicals that mask odors.
Filtering air from all sides, millions of ultra-thin fibers of different layers make it less dense than ordinary filters resulting in less clogging, higher airflow and lower noise. In fact, on the lowest setting, the 411 is described as whisper-silent. This purifier is designed to fit into any room in your house with 2 different pre-filter colors included, blue and dark grey, and many other colors available to purchase separately.
With certified results through independent testing from the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), the Blue Pure 411 has a clean air delivery rate of 105 cubic feet/minute meaning it will clean the air in a 161 sq. ft. Room 5 times an hour.
Our budget pick, the Blue Pure 411, is only for small spaces, like bedrooms or offices—no more than 200 square feet, and preferably 150 or less. But in such spaces, it performs impressively, reducing particulates by more than 90 percent in 35 minutes in a New York City bedroom of 200 square feet (as well as the Coway performed on its quiet setting). It’s also attractive, with a simple cylindrical design and five color options, and compact, just 16½ inches tall and 7½ inches in diameter. At around $85 to purchase and less than $200, total, to run for five years (thanks to excellent energy efficiency and cheap replacement filters), it’s a solid choice for small spaces and tight budgets.
8. GermGuardian 4-in-1 Full Room Air Purifier
The 4-in-1 Air Purifier is perfect for allergy sufferers. The HEPA filter captures 99.97% of allergens including pet dander, dust mites and pollen. More than just a filter, the UV-C light kills germs, while the charcoal filter captures odors. Standing 22 inches tall, it is lightweight and ideal to use in rooms up to 153 sq feet. The easy-to-use smart app that allows you to monitor the air quality in your home from everywhere!
This Smart Air Purifier is Voice Control Capable with an Alexa Skill or with your Google Assistant! It includes SmartAQM, an Air Quality Monitor that detects the amount of particles in the air and automatically adjusts the speed to optimize room air quality when in auto mode. The Guardian Technologies App will tell you when you need to replace your filter or bulb and will also keep you updated on the allergy conditions in your area!
Choose from 5 speeds, including a low speed that runs ultra-quiet and is energy efficient. The Elite Collection provides both form and function to provide a superior air cleaning system. The simple, stylish design looks great in any home environment. Input voltage: 120V 60Hz
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.
9. Austin Air Healthmate Standard B400A1
If it’s VOCs that are your primary concern, or if you suffer from asthma or pulmonary disease, the Healthmate HEPA Air Filters are your top choice for serious contaminant removal, especially gaseous, VOC contaminants found in paints and cleaning supplies. These low-maintenance filters feature an ultra long-life HEPA filter you change only twice a decade, a top-grade carbon filter and a natural mineral zeolite filter. The Standard unit features an ultra-quiet motor with three speeds, 360° intake and 24-hour-a-day operation. Uses 115W of power on high. Solid, welded-steel case and durable powder coating eliminate out gassing.
If you live in a problematic environment with high levels of both particulate and volatile organic compounds/molecular pollutants (such as near a farm where biocides are sprayed, a chemical/power plant, or a refinery), or if you are particularly sensitive to odors or other VOCs common in homes (like formaldehyde), we recommend the Austin Air HealthMate Standard HM-400. In our tests for odor/molecular removal, its 15-pound VOC filter bested all other air purifiers by a wide margin.
The Austin Air’s performance comes at a price, however: At about $1,500 over five years of use, it’s the most expensive machine we recommend. You could buy and run three of the Coway AP-1512HH Mighty or two of the Blue Pure 211+ for about the same cost, and if particulates alone are your concern, those will let you purify more rooms and a larger overall area.
10. Dyson Pure Cool Link Desk Air Purifier
Automatically removes 99.97 percent of allergens and pollutants as small as 0.3 microns from your home including pollen, bacteria and pet dander. The Dyson pure cool link purifier fan is wrapped with a 360-degree 2nd generation Dyson HEPA filter. A layer of activated carbon granules captures odors and harmful toxins like paint fumes.
Purification all year round. Purifying fan in summer. Year-round purification and circulation. Smooth, long-range air flow to cool you in summer. Intelligent purification automatically monitors, reacts and purifies – then reports to your Dyson link app. So you can remotely control your environment.
Also features a night-time auto mode that monitors, reacts and purifies, but only using the quietest settings. LED display Dims – no disturbance. Easy filter change – instead of washing a filter every month, just Replace it after a year of using it for 12 hours every day. Dyson pure cool replacement filters 2 year warranty on parts and labor. Excludes additional filter.
Dyson officially entered India about a month ago, bringing its vacuum cleaners, hair dryer, and air purifiers. We had a very brief chance to try these products when the company held a demo day in Delhi in November last year, and we were particularly curious to see how the air purifiers would measure up in the real world.
This is a category that is extremely important in India today, and it’s also one that’s not easy to navigate. There’s a lot of jargon to unpack, and there are a lot of variables, so it’s not easy to find the best air purifier for your needs.