People have become a bit more concerned about the quality of the air they breathe these days. The fact that air purifiers often sell faster than manufacturers can get them to online sellers should suffice as proof.
The promise of an air purifier is breathtakingly appealing, after all. Manufacturers design the appliance to cleanse the air you breathe.
In doing that, the device rids your home of airborne impurities including odors, smoke, dust, and pet dander.
The Best Air Purifiers
But not all air purifiers are created equal. The best air purifiers can truly improve your life. They reduce indoor air pollutants, which can trigger respiratory infections and neurological problems.
They can also prevent allergies from pet hairs and pollen, which also aggravate the symptoms of asthma.
But to be among the best, air fresheners need to be powerful. They should be able to almost completely clean the air in a room or home office.
At the same time, you want an air freshener that’s quiet and discreet, so you can sleep near it in the bedroom.
Ideally, a good air freshener should be inexpensive, as well. That’s because you’ll want several throughout your home.
Here is our take on three top-rated home air purifiers available online right now.
Levoit LV-H132 Air Purifier
The first device on our list also happens to be the best-looking one. If you’re looking for an air purifier you don’t need to hide behind the couch, consider the Levoit LV-H132.
This air purifier is a compact cylinder, measuring 8.7 x 8.7 x 16.25 inches. It’s only available in two colors: black or white.
We encountered no problems setting up this machine. The purifier comes completely assembled. You’ll find an instruction booklet in the box. The instructions are clear and simple.
Just rotate the unit upside-down, remove the top panel, and insert the round HEPA filter. From there, you simply lock the panel back on before plugging the device in. The whole process took us less than a minute.
The LV-H132 has a three-stage filtration system to remove progressively smaller particles from the air. The filters cleanse an area 360 degrees around the cylinder. That means this appliance works best away from walls or any other obstruction.
The purifier will eliminate particles as small as 0.3 microns from your immediate environment. That’s 99.97 percent of all airborne particles, as well as most household odors.
The filtration system not only cleanses the air but also helps to prolong filter life, too. It prevents fine filters from getting clogged with large particles.
The downside to this only becomes apparent when you do need to replace the filter. That is, you always need to replace the entire set.
Some reviewers have likewise noted that the LV-H132 is slightly underpowered compared to others in the same price range.
While we haven’t been able to confirm this, it’s a small device that only handles about 100 square feet. If you want to cover a larger area, you’ll need to consider something a bit more expensive.
The same applies if you’re looking for a cleaning appliance that offers a gamut of features.
The LV-H132 has a display light, different speed settings, a sleep mode, and a timer. Apart from these, this appliance doesn’t offer any other additional functionality.
Our verdict? The Levoit LV-H132 looks handsome and does its job exceedingly well in small rooms. And that’s all you should expect of a budget-friendly air purifier.
We say that if you’re looking to cover an area of around 100 square feet, you can’t go wrong with this product. If you want to cover a larger area, you’ll have to spend a little more.
PARTU HEPA Air Purifier
If you’re looking to purify your space with the scent of lavender, get the PARTU HEPA Air Purifier. In addition to its three-filter purifying system, this air purifier has a built-in fragrance sponge.
You add an essential oil and the purifier spreads the fragrance over an area of about 100 square feet.
Much like other air purifiers in its class, the Partu air purifier is small and cylindrical. The unit has a black plastic casing with an air outlet at the top.
The outer filter sits at the bottom of the unit, just inside the air inlets. The device itself has simple control buttons and a few display lights across the front.
Setting up the Partu air purifier is simple and easy. You turn the device upside down, remove the filter cover, retrieve the filter, and remove the plastic wrap.
You then reinsert the filter into the cylinder and return the cover. That’s it. All you have to do next is plug the device into a socket and turn it on.
Like the LV-H132, the Partu HEPA air purifier has a three-stage filtering system. The outer layers filter larger particles. The system progressively captures smaller particles through finer filters as the air flows through the device.
This design has become the standard for indoor air purifiers. The system allows you to clean the outer, coarser filters by hand. You only spend money replacing the inner filters when need be.
In fact, like the LV-H132, this air purifier can remove 99.97 percent of all airborne particles.
The Partu HEPA air purifier features a child lock system, a light display, and three fan speeds. Switched to its lowest speed, the motor is quiet enough so that you can sleep soundly beside it.
But what makes the Partu stand out is its fragrance sponge. Just twist off the round top of the unit you’ll and find a sponge. You can dampen that sponge with water and essential oils.
The fan will then push clean air through the sponge, sending the fragrance of the essential into the air.
Overall, we’d say this is an excellent product for small rooms and can certainly rival the LV-H132. The air purifier’s odor elimination component works double when paired with aromatherapy, too.
Coway AP-1512HH Mighty Air Purifier
The Coway AP-1512HH air purifier is the priciest on this list. That said, it provides one of the best values for air purifiers in its class. The Coway Mighty’s compact size and excellent performance set it apart from the competition.
This device is equipped with a four-stage filtration system. The first is the pre-filter stage, which traps larger debris like hair and fur. The second stage filters odors, small particles, and harmful gases.
The HEPA filter comprises the third stage, which captures microscopic contaminants like pollen and tobacco smoke. The fourth and final stage consists of the ionizer, which freshens the air with the use of negative ions.
Setting up this machine is a fairly straightforward process. Just snap the front panel off and take out the filters to remove their plastic wraps.
Once that’s done, reinsert the filters, replace the panel, and plug the device in. That’s it. You’re done. The Coway Mighty starts doing its job as soon as you turn it on.
This air purifier, like all air purifiers, works best in an open space room. The manufacturers recommend using this appliance in rooms that are about 360 square feet in size.
We liked how everything about this machine was a breeze, literally. The features are quite easy to use. You can manually choose a setting or put it on auto mode, with or without activating the ionizer.
The built-in air quality monitor shows real-time information about the air you’re breathing. On auto mode, the unit increases the filtration speed when it detects any change in air quality.
It’s difficult not to be impressed by the Coway Mighty’s performance, too. It’s an excellent product and it does exactly as the manufacturers advertised.
Switch the Coway Mighty on in a 300-square-foot room and the entire area will smell fresh within a few hours.
But this machine can be loud. Speeds one and two are quiet enough but speed three is loud. In fact, with this machine on speed three, you’ll have trouble watching TV or even conversing, says one review.
Still, the Coway AP-1512HH Mighty is an excellent choice for anyone willing to spend on a mid-grade air purifier. We say it’s ideal for garages and larger rooms. The unit is also discreet enough to hide out of sight in most applications.
The Right Air Purifier
Choosing the right air purifier for you comes down to two things. What you need and what you can afford. Given these qualifications, you’ll usually have dozens of indoor air purifiers to consider.
But many manufacturers offer only vague descriptions of how their products work and what they do. Some make preposterous health claims.
The truth is that not even the best air purifiers offer completely clean air. But the right one for you will most certainly make you breathe a little easier.