File air purifiers under useful household items that just might change your life. These near-magical, often-portable devices combine the power of a fan with that of an internal filtration system, a duo that can drastically improve your home’s air quality. For those who are not privy, internal filtration systems remove elements like dust, pollen, mold spores, smoke, and viruses that you could be unknowingly inhaling. As such, the elimination of those pesky airborne allergens can decrease congestion, sneezing, and other breathing difficulties.
There’s also the elimination of odors, particularly the kind caused by your beloved four-legged companions, to take into account. Some air purifiers even come with preset pet mode features — take Samsung‘s Bespoke Cube Air, for instance, which uses a multi-layered HEPA (which stands for “high-efficiency particulate ai particulate air”) filtration system, five-way suction, and an extra screen layer to trap pet hair. And of course, bad odors aren’t limited to pets; reviewers swear that the Bissell Air400 effectively removes lingering cooking smells, thanks to a honeycomb-shaped filtration filled with carbon pellets.
Now, there are quite a lot of air purifiers on the market. Some models run library-level quiet; others provide a consistent hum that’s on par with sleep-inducing sound machines. Some models encourage a gentle breeze; others don’t impact room temperature at all. Whether you want to decrease congestion or eliminate the stench of last night’s dinner, air purifiers truly come in handy — and luckily for you, we’ve rounded up the best air purifiers on Amazon for compact apartments and larger living spaces alike.
Molekule Air Mini+
Molekule picked up a 2022 Best of Beauty Award for its Air Mini+, an indoor air purifier that uses an impressive filtration system to reduce airborne pollutants, zapping viruses, allergens, odors, mold, and acne-causing bacteria in its wake. The compact size makes this ideal for rooms up to 250 square feet while its whisper-soft sound means you’ll barely remember it’s there.
Levoit Air Purifier
Larger spaces (like living rooms and basements) require a powerful filtration system — and luckily, the Levoit Air Purifier is completely capable of handling the task. Via HEPA filtration, it can purify a 403-square-foot room up to five times per hour and a 990-square-foot room two times per hour, reducing airborne allergens which in turn lowers coughing and congestion to zilch. You can stay up-to-date on your home’s air quality by using the accompanying VeSync app, plus it’s compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for hands-free assistance.
EyeVac Air 2-in-1
Dustpans deserve to be boo-ed for their inability to work harmoniously with brooms, as they’re not close enough to the ground to collect smaller crumbs and particles — but thankfully, the EyeVac Air 2-in-1 removes the need for a dustpan completely. Not only does a HEPA filter remove 99.7 percent of air pollutants from your home, but a touchless canister vacuums up any dirt, dust, and crumbs that are swept its way. Consider this breath of fresh air an invention straight from The Jetsons.
Samsung Bespoke Cube Air
Pet owners, let’s be real — no amount of incense, sprays, or soy candles can completely eliminate the scent of your four-legged friend. An exception to the rule? Samsung‘s Bespoke Cube Air Purifier is equipped with a powerful pet mode setting: an effective, multi-layered HEPA filtration system that traps pet hair and dust with a super strong five-way suction. The best part is that it remains quiet enough for a library and doesn’t impact the temperature of your home — while some air purifiers rely on fan speed, which can ultimately cause a draft, we’re happy to report that this Samsung model does not.
If you forget to unplug your hot tools (we’re looking at you, the ominous curling iron in the bathroom), let’s assume the same will be an issue for unplugging your air filter. The intuitive Conway Airmega automatically shuts off when no pollutants are detected for 30 minutes, plus, the fan speed is auto-determined from one of three preset options based on current air quality to save energy. When it comes to upkeep, be sure to clean the mesh filters on a monthly basis and reference the light-up button that indicates when the filter needs to be replaced (reviewers find that this needs to happen twice a year).
Blueair Bedroom Air Purifier
Spaces with limited square footage (hello, New York City apartments) are not conducive to the bulky air purifiers that typically show up on lists like this one — but the Blueair Bedroom Air Purifier is different. It provides 360-degree air purification despite its compact size (7.9 inches wide and 16.7 inches tall), which makes it the perfect barely-there tool that can be stored under desks and in kitchen corners to remove dust mites, dander, pollen, and smoke.
The futuristic LG AeroTower looks as if it’s just emerged from a modern art museum, but don’t be fooled by its aesthetic design — we promise it’s just as effective as it is striking to look at. UVnano LED Technology paired with True HEPA filtration kills 99.9 percent of bacteria (a PM 1.0 Sensor detects tiny microns as small as 0.3) and a deodorization filter prevents any unpleasant odors from spreading. It’s even designed with three airflow modes and 10-speed options but when it comes to the latter, rest assured that even the most powerful setting won’t be heard — reviews swear that this purifier is impressively quiet.
One Amazon reviewer described the Bissell Air400 as a “must-have for pet owners, apartment dwellers, and people who cook.” This impressive air purifier uses a triple-layered filtration system to capture allergens, smoke, and most importantly, odors — thanks to a honeycomb design filled with carbon pellets to offset strong smells. Plus, a color-coded system indicates air quality in real-time with green (good), yellow (moderate), and red (bad) lights.
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