It seems that air purifiers are on the rise lately as the next popular household appliance. And it's easy to understand why. Air purifiers trap pollen, pet dander, dust motes, smoke particles, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and all sorts of other air pollutants. So it's no wonder more and more people are buying them for their homes, especially now that protection from air pollutants is so important.
And while an air purifier alone is not enough to protect against the COVID-19 virus, it can be used as part of a broader plan to protect people indoors when used in conjunction with other protective measures such as social distancing, wearing masks, hand washing and hand sanitizing, according to the CDC.
The best air purifiers for clean air in your home
Whether you want to filter out particles that may contain viruses or simply reduce indoor air pollution and improve the air quality in your home, there are a number of great air purifiers that are up to the task. Just make sure that you choose an air purifier that is suitable for the size of the room you will be using it in, and that you change the filters as needed. And again, consider the air purifier as part of a multi-part strategy to protect yourself and others from viral infections, not to mention bacteria, allergies and other nasties.
Here are eight of the top-rated air purifiers you can buy now on Amazon.
Alen BreatheSmart Flex Air Purifier
This decidedly large air purifier cleans a remarkably large volume of air, effectively refreshing a room measuring 700 square feet every half hour. Its True HEPA filter is rated to last several months longer than that of comparable units, so the initial price will be softened a bit by the savings in replacement filters.
With more than 750 reviews posted at present, the Alen BreatheSmart has a shining 4.7-star rating overall, with reviewers using terms like “exceptionally well built [and] quiet” and noting the “ big improvement in the air quality” since commencing its use. The device is also quite user-friendly, with simple controls on the top and a light that changes color based on realtime air purity measurements.
Dyson Pure Cool Link Tp02 Air Purifier
Leave it to Dyson to create an air purifier that monitors the air quality in your home (or office or shop) in real time and communicates with you via smartphone app. This oscillating purifying fan can be set to any of 10 airspeeds, helping keep you cooler in warm weather and serving as a fine white noise machine all while also scrubbing the air of 99.97% of contaminants.
It has more than 500 five-star reviews at present and is routinely praised by owners with the one common complaint being the price tag. The TP02 can be controlled via remote control, the smartphone app or even by voice when you pair it to Amazon’s Alexa.
PARTU HEPA BS-08 Air Purifier
For a smaller space like a kid’s bedroom or a home office, this compact air purifier is a perfect choice, as agreed to by the 1,000-plus five-star reviews it has at present. Rated for rooms up to 160 square feet, the BS-08 is inaudible at its slowest setting, thus perfect for an office, and can serve as a gentle sound machine and nightlight thanks to built-in LEDs, thus its suitability for a bedroom. The filter can be cleaned as needed and should be replaced two or three times annually, which does add a bit of cost, but for well under $100, this air purifier has a good starting price.
Molekule Air Mini+ Small Room Air Purifier
This more compact follow-up to the celebrated full-sized Molekule air purifier doesn’t have a compact price tag, but it does have the ability to eliminate even the most compact airborne particles. Unlike so many air purifiers that work simply by catching particulate matter that passes through, this one uses Photo Electrochemical Oxidation (PECO) to actually kill viruses, bacteria and other unseen and unwanted little things.
The device is small enough to tuck out of sight but handsome enough to be perched prominently in a room. At present, it has scores of five-star ratings and a 4.4-overall average on Amazon.
Levoit H13 True HEPA Air Purifier
This plucky little air purifier can replace the air in a room up to 215 square feet five times per hour when on its highest setting and placed centrally in the space. It features 365 degree intake, helping the H13 draw in air from all directions at once and its performance can be customized using different types of filters that are sold separately. These include a “Mold and Bacteria” filter, a “Toxin Absorber Filter” (ideal for urban areas with lots of nearby traffic), and a “Pet Allergy Filter.”
At the time of this writing, the Levoit H13 has a shining 4.7-star overall rating with more than 6,300 reviews.
Blueair Blue Pure Purifying Fan
To be clear, this is a fan first and an air purifier second. But whereas dedicated air purifiers usually claim to remove more than 99.7% of all airborne contaminants, this fan can catch 99% of the pollen, dust and dander, so it’s a fine choice for adding airflow and scrubbing the air at the same time, especially if you’re using it in your own home where you already count on a rather clean environment.
The fan has three speed settings and a remarkably simple single-button control (on, low, medium, fast, off, e.g.) and lets you know when it’s time to replace the filter, which can refresh the air in a medium-sized room in about 20 minutes when properly maintained.
Honeywell HPA300 True HEPA Air Purifier
Perfect for very large rooms or even for an entire smaller apartment or condo, the Honeywell HPA300 air purifier can be used to clean the air in up to 465 square feet of space. The reviews are also quite big here, so to speak, with more than 4,000 five-star ratings. One thing many people who have reviewed the HPA300 note is the great value, as called out by one gentleman who “very highly recommended” this “fantastic HEPA air filter at a bargain basement price.”
IQAir Atem Personal Desk Air Purifier
This IQAir Atem air purifier has a 4.7-star rating on Amazon and a 4.5-star rating at Walmart. You can probably count on the number of reviews posted surging in coming months as people look for ways to stay safe as they return to the office, because this compact device was specially designed for people who share a work space. (It perches on a desk and literally blows fresh air in your face.)
The Atem creates a safe “personal breathing zone” for you at your desk, at the conference table or in other places, like a computer lab or in your dorm. Properly positioned and with filters replaced as needed, this air purifier is a great choice for use when life starts opening up again.