Dust particles, dander and other allergens can collect in the air we breathe. These particles can become a problem if you have allergies, asthma, or have young children.
You can take steps to improve the quality of your indoor air by using an air purifier first. These devices filter the air and trap pollutants, allergens and other particles. Running an air purifier in your home can greatly improve the quality of your indoor air.
Our list of the best air purifiers for 2020 includes options with HEPA or PECO filters. We’ve included a variety of price ranges so people who want an air filter can find one that suits their budget.
Honeywell 50250-S True HEPA Air Purifier
- 1 Honeywell 50250-S True HEPA Air Purifier
- 2 Alen Breathesmart 45i HEPA air purifier
- 3 Molecule Air Mini with PECO filter
- 4 Holmes Small Room 3-Speed HEPA Air Purifier
- 5 Rabbit Air Ultra Quiet HEPA Air Purifier
The Honeywell 50250-S True HEPA is one of the best cleaning units on the market because its fiberglass HEPA filter picks up particles as small as 0.3 microns. To put this number in perspective, the average human hair is around 80 microns. Of course, this device can more than filter pollen, dust, skin flakes and even smoke particles.
A carbon-activated pre-filter also catches larger contaminants and eliminates common household odors. Unlike other devices, this model uses a primary HEPA that can be aspirated so you can extend the life of the filter.
As with any air purifier, one of the most important things to consider is the maximum area that the device can adequately filter. Honeywell’s modest offering is designed for rooms up to 300 square feet. That’s more than enough power to adequately treat the air in most of the rooms in your home.
The device has a rather lackluster design – not to mention a bulky exterior. While the device may not necessarily complement the feng shui of your living space, it is more than capable of removing the fungus in your home. (Pun entirely intentional.)
Alen Breathesmart 45i HEPA air purifier
The best for sleeping
Air purifiers play an important role in the household, but most of them are just not great for sleeping. The noise level made by pulling harmful particles out of the air can adversely affect your sleeping habits, although clean air is arguably most important at night. However, the Alen BreatheSmart 45i HEPA air purifier offers a solution. The device is set to produce only pink noise and promises you to sleep up to 25% better than before. You can also activate “Night Mode” with a single press of a button to deactivate the lights on the device.
Like other models of Alen appliances, the BreatheSmart 45i is incredibly customizable with 11 different color options to match the style and color of your home. The adaptation doesn’t stop outside either. You can select four different filters for the device. All of the filtering options are effective, but some stand out for others in certain areas. For example, the HEPA silver is better at removing mold and bacteria, while the HEPA odor and smoke filters are better at removing unpleasant odors.
The BreatheSmart 45i automatically adjusts its energy consumption to your air quality. When the sensors detect low levels of particulate matter, the device operates at lower power to reduce noise and power consumption. However, with high levels of particles in the air, higher power modes occur. An LED around the power switch shows the current air quality: blue for good, green for good, orange for not so good and red for bad.
The Alen BreatheSmart 45i is recommended for 800 square feet at maximum speed and 250 square feet at low speed. While it comes at a high price, this slim profile and numerous color options make this air purifier a great choice for the design-loving consumer – and the efficient operation ensures that you can breathe calmly all night long.
Molecule Air Mini with PECO filter
The most compact
Some air purifiers take up significant space to function properly. However, theolekule Air Mini embodies the idea of a compact cleaner with a small space. With a height of only 30 cm and a diameter of almost 20 cm, the Air Mini fits on a worktop, a desk or a side table and offers enough space. The Molecule Air Mini is designed to purify the air in a room up to 250 square feet using a PECO filter. Unlike traditional HEPA filters, a PECO filter is coated with a material that helps break down VOCs, bacteria, mold and much more.
The Molecule Air Mini is quiet and energy efficient and is therefore ideally suited to be placed on a bedside table. The filter is designed to last up to six months, andolekule offers a filter replacement plan that will automatically send new filters. If you are looking to invest in an air filter for a smaller space like an office or a nursery, it is difficult not to go with the Molecule.
The best for pet owners
With PlasmaWave technology, which attacks pollutants on a molecular level, the Winix WAC9500 air purifier cleans the air free of viruses, bacteria, odors and gases. Real HEPA filtering traps 99.9% of the bad substances in your air.
It captures tiny particles (it captures particles as small as 0.3 microns) and can make a real difference in the way you breathe. These flakes of skin that stuff your nose get caught in the filter and you breathe clean and practically allergen-free air. However, this machine doesn’t just purify your air of tiny allergens. It has a five-stage filtration system, including a washable pre-filter to pick up larger particles, an antibacterial CleanCel treatment, and a granular carbon filter for odor control.
The WAC9500 comes with a remote control and has intelligent sensors that monitor the air consistently so the machine can adapt to its environment. It covers an area of 283 square meters.
Holmes Small Room 3-Speed HEPA Air Purifier
The best budget option
The Holmes Small Room 3-speed HEPA air purifier is ideal for those looking for a simple and affordable air purifier. It’s perfect for your bedroom, office, or places with limited space. For convenience, this unit can also be placed vertically or horizontally without affecting performance.
The Homles unit can filter particles in the air that are only 2 microns in size. It has three different speeds so you can set it up or down as needed. It also has an optional ionizer. However, as with any budget option, this device has its drawbacks. The Holmes Small Room model is only suitable for rooms up to 100 square feet in size. While 2 microns is pretty solid for household filtration, asthmatics or those with other breathing problems will certainly prefer a higher caliber cleaner.
Rabbit Air Ultra Quiet HEPA Air Purifier
Most energy efficient
By implementing BioGS HEPA filtration, the Rabbit Air Ultra Quiet air purifier can deliver Energy Star rated performance in six different purification levels. These include a pre-filter, a middle filter, a BioGS HEPA filter, a customer-specific filter, a charcoal-based activated carbon filter and a negative ion generator.
The six-filter system is critical to minimizing the number of contaminants in your home’s air, including dust, dander and bacteria in the air. The overall result of this effective system is increased freshness and cleaner air.
If you use the Rabbit Air Purifier 12 hours a day, the economical motor will work and save for two years. A built-in light sensor enables the air purifier to automatically switch to sleep mode in the dark.