Air purifiers have become quite popular in recent years, most likely because they help decrease pollen, pet dander, dust mites, airborne bacteria and house dust inside the home. Many health problems such as allergies, asthma, and chemical sensitivities are caused by the presence of these harmful pollutants taking up residence within the home. Even when all windows and doors are closed, the heating and cooling system brings these unwelcome guests indoors. Air purifiers are especially helpful for families that have pets, young children or elderly family members in the home. However, any home environment will benefit from them. The 10 air purifiers listed below are the best on the market today:
1. Honeywell Compact Air Purifier with permanent HEPA filter
This compact purifier is a low-maintenance, effective air cleaning system and comes complete with a permanent HEPA filter. The three stage filtration system cleans air using a washable pre-filter, which captures large airborne particles. The system’s next stage is passing air through the permanent HEPA-type filter. This process captures up to 95 percent of the harmful particles in the air. The third phase passes air through an ionizer field, which provides additional cleaning and air freshening.
2. Whirlpool Whispure Air Purifier with HEPA Air Cleaner
The Whirlpool Whispure has a three stage cleaning system. It has a pre-filter, carbon filter and a true HEPA filter. The outside grill of the purifier acts as a pre-filter as it captures large particles. The carbon filter eliminates anything that gets through the first filter and removes odor. The final stage is the HEPA filter, which promises a 99 percent removal of particles 0.3 microns and larger. The Whirlpool filters air 4.8 times per hour in a 500 square foot room. It is quiet and has four fan speeds plus sleep and turbo modes, all controlled electronically.
3. Winix PlasmaWave 5300 Air Cleaner Model
This air purifier has built-in quality sensor adjustable fans that set fan speed automatically. It is designed for large spaces cleaning rooms of up to 350 square feet. It also is an Energy Star approved product. The Winix PlasmaWave comes complete with a three stage air cleaning unit to remove pollutants and odors.
4. Hunter 30793 PermaLife Large Room Air Purifier with Permanent Filter
The Hunter PermaLife Air Purifier was designed with larger spaces in mind as it is effective for cleaning large rooms. It has a three speed fan with mircroban technology. It also comes complete with a HEPA permanent filter.
5. Hamilton Beach True Air Allergen-Reducing Air Cleaner
The Hamilton Beach True Air system is a great air purifier for small rooms, as it cleans air in rooms up to 160 square feet. It has permanent filter that removes airborne allergens and comes complete with three speeds. It is smaller in size, but it still is very effective at eliminating pollutants.
6. Hoover Air Purifier with Ti02 Technology
The Hoover Air Purifier incorporates UV technology to kill germs and purify the air. It has a reusable filter to trap large particles and a HEPA filter to capture the smaller particles. In addition, it boasts an IntellliSense control system that senses air quality and adjusts automatically to properly clean the air.
7. GT50 Professional-Grade Plug-In Adjustable Ionic Air Purifier
This pint size purifier is the only one of its kind on the market today. It is has a control knob that allows customization. It takes up a small amount of space and only uses 7 watts of energy. The GT50 is maintenance free and perfect for small spaces such as bathrooms, laundry rooms, offices or trash areas.
8. FIVE STAR Ionic Air Purifier with UV
Using negative ions and an electrostatic dust collector rod, the FIVE STAR Ionic Air Purifier reduces airborne pollutants. This purifier does not use expensive filters, so there is no high maintenance costs, although it does have a charcoal filter, which eliminates odors from the air, that can be washed when it becomes too dirty. It uses ions, electromagnetism and UV to clean the air. Since ultraviolet light kills germs and bacteria, this is an effective method.
9. Germ Guardian EV-9-102 UV-C Sanitizer
This air purifier utilizes UV-C technology to kill airborne germs. It kills an amazing 99 percent of flu viruses, and it circulates sanitized air back into the room through a powerful but whisper-quiet fan. Its stainless steel encasement makes it visually pleasing as well.
10. GT1500 Professional Grade High-Efficiency Ionic Air Purifier
This high-end air purifier does more than just disguise mold and mildew and other harmful pollutants. The GT1500 attacks and neutralizes them. As a high capacity air purifier, it is effective on rooms from 250 to 1500 square feet. It comes complete with a deluxe remote that controls all the fan speeds and purification settings. It features several settings including one very quiet setting perfect for bedrooms, and it uses four proven technologies to eliminate and neutralize pollutants. As a top air purifier for large rooms, this is truly the Cadillac of air purifiers.
The air purifiers listed above range in price and in features. Some on the higher end have all the bells and whistles, while others are perfectly suited for those on a budget. Regardless of what air purifier is chosen, all 10 listed above are considered the best in their respective categories.