If you live in a large city these days, have pets, or struggle with allergies, there is a good chance that you could use an air purifier. When shopping for one, consider carefully the size of the room you plan to use it in. A device that’s too small won’t be able to perform what it’s been designed to do.
Another important bit to consider is the frequency of the filter replacements. Air purifiers with affordable price tags might become expensive to run long-term due to the need to replace HEPA filters frequently. On the other hand, higher-end models with higher prices might need less maintenance post-purchase. These are our top picks for air purifiers for every budget.
Coway AP-1512HH Mighty Air Purifier
The AP-1512HH air purifier by Coway is the best pick for most consumers. Its key features include a robust filtration system, an elegant design, and intuitive controls, among many others. Available in black or white (with gold accents), the device is also a top-rated pick by Wirecutter.
The Coway AP-1512HH can cover up to 326 feet of living space. It has built-in indicators for air quality, as well as for changing its HEPA filter. The latter can last up to a year (6 months if used for clearing odors). We like that the air purifier is backed with a robust 3-year warranty.
GermGuardian AC4300 Air Purifier
The GermGuardian AC4300 is the best option for budget-conscious buyers, whose HEPA filter can capture 99.97% of all dust and allergens in the room. Thanks to a built-in charcoal filter, the device can also combat unpleasant odors. Plus, a UV-C light is on board to combat airborne bacteria and viruses.
This air purifier is a solid option for small- and medium-sized rooms up to 153 square feet in size. Its filter can last for up to 8 months between replacements.
Airmega 400S Smart Air Purifier
The splurgeworthy Airmega 400S is handily the best air purifier on this list. It can keep the air clean in up to a whopping 1,560 square feet of living space, so it’s well worth its considerable price tag. There are two color options to pick from — graphite and white.
The device has a built-in, real-time air-quality sensor, as well as a sophisticated dual-filter setup that allows it to keep both particles and odors at bay. You can control the air purifier via a sleek smartphone app, as well as with Amazon Alexa voice controls.
GermGuardian AC4100 Desktop Air Purifier
The GermGuardian AC4100 air purifier is a highly rated compact option with a built-in HEPA filter and a charcoal filter, which is essential for removing household and pet odors. A UV light is also part of the device’s key features.
Three operational speeds and removable HEPA filters that last between 6 and 8 months make the GermGuardian AC4100 a solid pick in its price range.
Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link Air Purifier
Like all things Dyson, the Pure Hot+Cool Link air purifier is as stylish as it is rich in available features. The futuristic-looking device will not only clean the air in your home from allergens and pollutants via a powerful HEPA filter, but it’ll also heat and cool it when you desire.
The air purifier has Wi-Fi connectivity, so you can control it via your smartphone. The device is also compatible with Amazon Alexa, so you can also control it with voice commands.
LG PuriCare Tower Air Purifier
The PuriCare Tower air purifier by LG has an understated, space-saving design, as well as the ability to give you a real-time reading of the room’s air quality via a light indicator. The device is capable of covering up to 217 square feet of space.
Other key features of the air purifier include a sophisticated filtration setup, intuitive controls, and a surprisingly quiet operation. We like that the LG PuriCare Tower is certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
Lasko HF25630 Pure Platinum Air Purifier
The range-topping Lasko Pure Platinum air purifier has a slim profile and a three-stage filtration system. The latter includes a UV light for removing allergens and bacteria, a carbon filter, and a HEPA-style filter.
A built-in air-quality sensor can automatically turn on the air purifier when necessary, or control its operation speed. The device comes with a 1-year supply of filters.
Pure Company Large Room Air Purifier
The Pure Company’s large-room air purifier has a beautiful design and an excellent set of features. Our favorite bit about the device is its built-in aromatherapy pad for essential oils. The company offers a wide selection of the latter, all crafted in Oregon. The device is capable of covering up to 750 square feet of living space. The rest of its key features include a light ring, which changes colors depending on the room’s air quality, a HEPA filter change indicator, and an impressively quiet operation, among others.
Fellowes AeraMax 300 Air Purifier
The AeraMax 300 air purifier by Fellowes is a solid option that’s suited for medium to large rooms (up to 600 square feet). A certified asthma- and allergy-friendly product, it even has a dedicated high-performance mode for cold and flu season.
The device’s HEPA filter can last up to a year between replacements. Fellowes backs the air purifier with an excellent 3-year warranty.
Sharp KC-860U Air Purifier
The high-end Sharp KC-860U air purifier can work quietly and effectively in spaces up to 347 square feet. The device has an air-humidifying option, as well as a HEPA filter that can last up to a whopping 5 years between changes.
The device’s active carbon filter is washable, and it can also last up to 5 years. Overall, this is a solid pick that makes up for its high price tag by offering low-maintenance costs.