I’ve been a sucker for pure air, thanks to the habit I’ve developed of using air purifiers to get air fresher and better, wherever I am. Except when I visit any hotels, I am always looking for a purifier around, but since I have used a bunch of these devices in different rooms and conditions, I know what I have to expect from each of them.
In a place where I live, opening up the air purifier after about a month of usage shows a big dark bulk of filtered out tar, which says how bad the air around is. Filtering the air is very important and these purifiers come fitted with particular filters to clean out the air and one of the most popular ones in the department are the HEPA filters. Let’s first discuss what it is all about, before checking out the best options.
HEPA: High-efficiency Particulate Arrestance / High-efficiency Particulate Absorption
This is a type of air filter and in fact, a standard set by the government, wherein an air purifier has to remove 99.97 percent of particles in the air that are 0.3 micrometers or larger. The HEPA type air purifiers not only remove the large particles easily, but they are capable of removing the smaller ones as well that are a common reason for allergies in humans.
A little warning for those who have a very sensitive nose – the HEPA air filter purifiers are not so good at taking away bad odor but they are not completely useless as well, because there is an appreciable difference seen. According to Dr. Sharma, a Pulmonologist, “People who cannot get rid of their pet but have a problem with breathing and can catch allergies, should get an air purifier and the HEPA filter-powered purifiers are a suitable option for them”.
I’ve used most of the models listed below, and after using each for several days, I can easily conclude that the Coway AP-1512HH Mighty is the best air purifier of the lot. Not just for me, but the Coway air purifier has been getting a great response from several users who have been using it for months and have concluded that for a long-term use and in a good budget, there is no other air purifier that comes close to this. The next two in the list are the offerings from GermGuardian and Winix. Anyways, let’s begin with the list.
Coway AP-1512HH Mighty Air Purifier
This should be a no-surprise topper in the list, as the Coway AP-1512HH Mighty is recommended by several experts and even the users have been the most satisfied ones. To talk about the facts, the Coway purifier is said to be capable of removing about 88% of pollution caused due to particulates in the air in just about 20 minutes. For its price, there is rarely any other air purifier that works so efficiently for so long. Precisely, I’ve used some options that are double the cost of this, but are not close enough when it comes to the way this Coway AP-1512HH Mighty air purifier cleans the air in a good speed.
Change of filters is not required as frequently as it would be with the other purifiers, and these are not the only reasons for us to recommend this on the top. Most of the users who are already using it are so happy with it, with the clean around that they get in a small amount of time.
GermGuardian AC4825 Air Purifier
In a very good budget, if you are looking for an air purifier that can purify the air in your entire bedroom, this gem from GermGuardian is what does the perfect job for you. It is another highly rated air purifier and is quite affordable, coming from a brand that has excelled well in its field. In our GermGuardian AC4825 review, we mentioned how well it works for rooms that are large enough, and the filters that take out the particulates, making it a pet-friendly option for households.
Priced well under $100, it should be an option you should not be regretting spending money on. About 99.97% of dust and allergens are said to be removed, and the purifier is capable enough of taking away any bad odor that is disturbing you. It does not have the best of the designs, but it isn’t something you will have to hide while it performs what it is meant to.
Winix 5500-2 HEPA Air Purifier
Have a larger area to purify and are open to any option that is capable of doing it? Take a look at this, Winix 5500-2 that is deservingly in the top three in our list of the best HEPA air purifiers. It is able to take up the task of cleaning rooms having areas of about 350 sq. ft. and while it did as good as the Coway air purifier on the top did, but for a long-term usage, you will have to spend a little more in changing the filters, as you obviously are giving that extra load to it.
Similar to the two purifiers above, the Winix 5500-2 is well capable of cleaning a good amount of air in less than 30 minutes and you won’t have to wait for hours to finally get air that is pure to breathe. If you are looking at this beside the Coway AP-1512HH, it is the aesthetics where the latter takes it away, as the Winix purifier looks like a tower machine, not adding any value to the looks of your room.
Alen BreatheSmart – Large, high capacity option
A high-end air purifier that also has nothing less and would have been one of our top choices, but it is not affordable enough and suits only those who would want to rely on it for their large living rooms. The Alen BreatheSmart with HEPA Silver filter is known to be antibacterial and thus, is a great purifier to be used by people suffering from Asthma. Believe it or not, the air purifier is capable of cleaning rooms of areas up to 1100 sq. feet.
One of the advantages when it comes to esthetics, is that you get to choose from the different color options so matching with your room decor is easy. Several HEPA filter options are an advantage as well, and the company is offering a limited Lifetime warranty for you to be worry-free. There are color indicators showing you what is the air quality around currently and a timer mode too is available for shorter duration of cleaning. Now, the price of $599 is not cheap at all, but what you are paying is what you get.
Blueair 203 Slim with HEPASilent Purification
Blueair has garnered a good name with not just well-performing purifiers but also with the design implementation. The Blueair 203 Slim is one of those examples, with a purifier that has a Swedish design meant to match and sit anywhere. The purifier is equipped with HEPASilent filtration to capture 99.97% of harmful particles down to 0.1 microns in size, and it offers Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) of 155 cubic feet per minute. The numbers might not seem justifying if you don’t understand them, but take my word – the Blueair 203 Slim works as expected.
White noise is what adds to the pleasant experience where it cancels the noise of the surroundings. The thing that users have noticed very well is the ability to take away particulate matter that is responsible for allergies, and I am trusting the reviews on this since I am not allergic and thus have no hands-on experience with it. The asking price is well over $300 but when it offers a health benefit apart from cleaning dust from the air, you are putting your money on a right one.
A sleek, wall-mountable and a very well designed air purifier that could at once confuse someone on whether it actually is something that is meant to clean the air around. The RabbitAir MinusA2 can purify air in about 350 sq. ft. room for about four times in an hour, and it is quite suitable in small to medium sized rooms. It works with BioGS HEPA filtration with six stages of purification and deodorization, clearly talking about how efficient it is in removing bad odor from the room.
Having a choice of four different filters, i.e. for Allergy, Odors, Toxins or Germ Defense, the HEPA True air purifier can be kept one for a long time without having to worry about its efficiency. Just like the Alen BreatheSmart, you won’t find a pocket-friendly price tag on it but it works perfectly, sitting at any corner or even on a wall, with the noise being under control, whatever bad the air condition is. A BioGS HEPA filter is also given into this and it helps remove allergens from the air, to a good extent. Compare it to most of the air purifiers in the market, and you will be glad to see it being silent and less noisy even when working on its full efficiency.
The speaker-like design might give you a wrong impression but the GermGuardian AC4100 has everything to sit in this list of top air purifiers. It is equipped with a built-in HEPA filter, as well as a charcoal filter. Charcoal filters are good at removing bad odor from the room, which is usually due to pets. The best part about this is its price, because you are getting to know how an air purifier works if you are just starting off, and with just $60 to spend, you are getting a decent one with removable HEPA filters and even a UV light.
As our GermGuardian AC4100 review states, The GermGuardian AC4100 3-in-1 HEPA Air Purifier System is a 3 in 1 air purifying machine. It absorbs dust, traps insects and finally clears any kind of unpleasant odor from the air. The 3-in-1 purifying system of this purifier also helps remove pollen from the air, thus keeping it good for the ones who catch up allergies easily.
IQAir New Edition HealthPro Plus – High on budget, high at work
When you are paying $899, you would want something that you won’t have to worry about, anytime. Also, spending such a good amount means the air purifier has got to clean the air not just from the dust and smoke, but also from pollen, allergens and the bad odor. A multi-function purifier having a Patented HyperHEPA that is 100 times more efficient than the standard HEPA filter, the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier is said to do a proper cleanup of air filtering out particles of even .003 microns thickness.
The filter life cycle can be checked through the LED display that is given on the purifier, and the big machine consumers no more power than a conventional light bulb. The maker of this, IQAir is an educational partner with the American Lung Association. The IQAir HealthPro Plus is said to have a rating of 900 sq. ft., which is quite a good space covered, giving you a choice of cleaning the entire living room in a matter of quarter of an hour when running in its full efficiency.
Why take our word on this?
It’s simple. You are looking for an air purifier and it isn’t your job to keep using and changing them. You will need one perfect purifier that does the job that you expect it to do. Here, we test out most of the air purifiers across several months and even more, to judge not just the purifying quality and efficiency, but the long-term usability to see if you need frequent change of filters or need of cleaning from time to time, alongside the other important factors.
You can call it a research, and that is what it is. Vouch for our thoughts and suggestions, and you will be happy to get one of the above listed air purifiers in 2017 and satisfactorily use it for a good time.