10 Home Air Purifiers for Every Budget

Bacteria, allergens, dust mites — say buh-bye! It's time to get all those germs and pollutants out of your house for good. We've got 10 of the best air purifiers to try in your home for every budget.

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January 11, 2018

Small + Portable

This petite guy is a great starter unit for anyone who wants to just dip their toes into the world of air purifiers. It uses a charcoal filter, which also helps to reduce smells from cooking, smoke or pets. It has three speeds and can purify the air in a room up to 180 square feet.

Stylish 'n Sexy

This Japanese-designed air purifier is unique because it actually looks nice sitting out on a shelf or countertop. This eco-friendly cube is made with activated charcoal and clay minerals. It only covers a small area (approximately 17 square feet), so it's best in enclosed spaces like a car, closet or small bathroom. You can recycle it after one year.

Pick Your Fave Color

This well-priced purifier comes in five colors to help coordinate with your home's decor. Score! On the downside, the unit has a light on top, so if you're looking to run this at night while you sleep, this one might not be your match. Reviewers say the "low" setting is super quiet, and it's light enough to move from room to room.

Better Than a Flu Shot

This air purifier has a four-stage purification process that removes 99.97-percent of airborne particles. But our favorite feature is the special mode for flu and cold season. When you turn it on, it's extremely effective at capturing the influenza virus that might be floating around. It can also purify the air in a room that's 300 to 600 square feet.

Small, But Mighty

Here's a compact air purifier that can handle the job of cleaning the air in your home all on its own. Using an air quality indicator, in "auto" mode the unit can kick into gear and start doing its thing. Once there's no more pollution detected, the fan will automatically shut off to save some energy. With almost 700 reviews (mostly five stars), it's hard to find anyone who doesn't really, truly, madly, deeply love this baby.

Time To Google 'Ion Cluster'

If you have a larger space you need to tackle with your air purifier, this one is a great option. Covering up to 1000 square feet, this purifier uses three different types of filters to get the job done. It has an LED light to let you know whenever it's working to freshen up your home and also features ion-cluster ionization. This fancy process basically means that the unit releases ion-cluster ions, attacks airborne microbes, then returns to the air as water. Even if you don't totally understand the process, reviewers all seem to think that those ion clusters really do the trick.

Check Your App

If you're tech-obsessed or addicted to your smartphone, this might be the air purifier for you. This Dyson unit (yep, the same Dyson that makes those cool vacuums) is wrapped in a 360-degree, sealed HEPA filter. The LED light dims for nighttime mode, and it even features a purifying fan for summer months. Best of all, you can download an app that gives you reports on your home's air quality that you can access from anywhere.

Tackle Allergies + Asthma

If you or anyone in your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this air purifier might be a perfect fit for your home. Covering up to 815 square feet, this unit is actually certified "asthma and allergy friendly" by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Using a six-stage purification and deodorization process, this one is a real workhorse. You can even add a custom filter for additional odor removal.

Perfect for Larger Spaces

Covering up to 1100 square feet, this air purifier has four airspeeds, as well as a four-, eight- and 12-hour timer so you can easily set your own schedule. Another favorite feature of this purifier is a colored air sensor, so when you see a blue light you immediately know that all the air in your space is clean. Reviewers also say the unit is super quiet, with many saying the only noise comes when you switch the unit to a "high" speed.

Top of the Line

While this isn't a great choice if you're on a budget, this last pick is supposedly the world's first molecular air purifier. What the heck does that mean? Well, typical air purifiers trap airborne germs and pollutants in their filters (which then need to be cleaned and/or changed), but this molecular air purifier actually destroys them. This can really be a game-changer for any asthma or allergy sufferers. The unit comes with a $99/year filter subscription so you don't have to worry about when to replace yours. And while this is the most expensive air purifier on our list, it's also the most badass. This unit can clean a room up to 600 square feet, is whisper quiet and is quite stylish, too. 

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