Did you know that even indoor air is full of germs, allergens, smoke, and other airborne contaminants? Just because it's invisible to the naked eye doesn't mean it's not a threat.
Air purifiers filter the impurities in the air via a filtration system that traps small and large airborne particles and also help to eliminate odour in the room. With a plethora of options in the market, such as Blueair, Levoit, and Philips, you're probably overwhelmed. That’s why we've curated a list of the best air purifiers for your consideration.
The Philips Air Purifier AC2887/30 is hands down one of the best air purifiers on the market. It has gotten the stamp of approval from Malaysians and won the international iF Product Design Award.
We love how this air purifier is super user-friendly with its Smart Filter indicator and Smart Light control. It notifies users of the filter lifetime for easy maintenance and even allows users to dim its display light if it is too bright. On top of that, this device scores extra brownie points for being energy-efficient and allergy-friendly. Sharing is caring which is why we’re letting you in on this deal!
To begin with, the device is rapid in action thanks to its high Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) of 333m3/h. It has a three-layer filtration system which consists a pre-filter, a NanoProtect HEPA filter, and an activated carbon filter, which in combination, captures both large and small airborne particles.
The filtration technology helps to reduce the symptoms of asthma and allergies with up to 99.9% of efficacy. In fact, the device is approved by ECARF (European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation) as allergy-friendly.
Despite being powerful, it ensures low energy consumption by utilising only 56W power when running at maximum speed. It also keeps track of the air quality and reports it in real-time.
According to reviews, this air purifier is “the perfect blend of price, features, and performance”. Users like how it comes with 3 auto modes — General, Allergen, and Bacteria & Viruses — and 5 speeds, which makes the device relatively easy to operate.
add_circleSupported by Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa for voice control
add_circleOLED touch screen display
add_circleAffordable for a smart air purifier
The Xiaomi Air Purifier 3H is an upgrade of the brand's second-generation air purifier, 2s. Compared to its predecessor, this new model covers a larger space and offers a higher CADR.
By pairing the device to the Mi Home app, users can control the device and monitor the air quality of their space using their phones. On top of that, this device is supported by Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa for advanced AI voice control.
Its three-layer HEPA filter doesn't just eliminate dust and pollen, but also dander, smoke, bacteria, and formaldehyde. It also comes with several operation modes which are accessible via its OLED touch screen display.
According to users, the air purifier is easy to set up and works seamlessly with the Mi Home app. They also like how it doesn't take up much space as its base is only as large as an A4 paper.
add_circleFilter lifetime displayed for easy maintenance work
add_circleRemote control is possible via the app
remove_circleLarge in size (274cm (L) x 274cm (W) x 585cm (H))
Is it possible to purify the air in your entire house in just 8 minutes? With the Air Purifier 2000i from Philips, that’s a “Yes”.
This device is capable of purifying the air in a space as large as 1054 sq ft, which is equivalent to the size of a 2-bedroom apartment. Its filtration system consists of a pre-filter, a HEPA filter, and a carbon filter that removes dust, pollen, and bacteria from the air.
What’s even more amazing about this device is that the brightness of its display automatically adjusts according to the ambience so you won’t need to fiddle with the settings. To control it remotely, users can pair it with Philips’s Clean Home+ app.
According to users, this air purifier results in remarkable improvement in their air quality. Many of them were "sceptical at first" but were soon "taken by surprise at how great it works". They especially like its Smart Filter indicator, which displays the filter lifetime that you can track and replace accordingly.
add_circlePlasmacluster ions collect haze particles and keep air humidity level stable
add_circleBuilt-in sleep mode for the device to operate even more quietly
The FPJ60LW from Sharp effectively sterilizes the air with its advanced Plasmacluster technology. It leaves the air, contaminant and microbe-free.
HEPA and mesh filters are used to purify the air, capturing germs, pollen, mould, dust, and more. When the Haze mode of the device is turned on, both negative and positive ions will be released into the air to remove any existing smoke particles.
This device comes with a low noise level that ranges from 15 dBa to 43 dBa. When Sleep mode is on, it will operate at the minimum noise level and its display light will be off. Users can set the timer on the device for up to 12 hours and get uninterrupted sleep as there is no need to wake up in the middle of the night just to turn it off.
With its amazing features and positive performance, users claim that this device is “a great machine to add to the house”.
add_circleDurable with anti-scratch exterior and magnetic cord straightener
add_circleGood for small rooms
remove_circleNo WiFi connectivity
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Despite being small, the Joy S air purifier from Blueair is well-designed to fit small bedrooms thanks to its silent operation as well as 360-degree air intake build. This means you can place it anywhere and it'll still deliver an efficient performance.
The device can remove germs, dust, pollens, household odours and more with its HEPASilent™filtration technology. Due to its compact size, it easily fits in nurseries, children’s bedrooms, and small study rooms.
This purifier is built with a mesh frame and a magnetic cord straightener to withstand all the “knock-overs” from either children and pets. Even better, its exterior is coated with anti-scratch matte materials, thus making it super durable.
According to users, this is a fairly simple air purifier that is "minimalistic" and "a good buy for the little kids at home". It is also rather quiet as even when the fan is at maximum speed, it only emits a low sound, at around 46 dBa.
If you find yourself constantly struggling with nasal allergies or trying to get rid of the pet hair and dander at home, you might appreciate the Purifier Cool TP04 from Dyson.
This device can oscillate up to 350° to purify the air of a larger area and improve indoor airflow. Its filtration system consists of a carbon filter and a glass HEPA filter which work together to remove odour, allergens and tiny air pollutants.
On top of that, it constantly detects the presence of harmful airborne particles and reports the air quality in real-time. By pairing it to the Dyson Link app, users can access all the data.
Most importantly, the device is approved as asthma and allergy friendly by Allergy Standards Limited.
Users enjoy using this device as it works great as an air purifier and a fan. It is easy to use, fast-performing, and “a sleek status symbol to the room”.
add_circleComes with useful features and yet is super affordable
add_circleHaze mode to clean the haze particles
remove_circleFairly simple without any smart or advanced features
Despite being way cheaper than a lot of other models, the FPJ30LA from Sharp doesn’t compromise on its functionality. You don’t have to break the bank with this option available.
This device is capable of removing mould, dust, viruses, and allergens in the air, with its HEPA filter and Plasmacluster technology. Its powerful air suction and unique airflow
allows it to work efficiently. Users can set a timer on the device for 4 hours or 8 hours. They can also turn on Haze mode to get rid of the haze particles in the air. When the device is set to run at the lowest fan speed, it consumes very little energy at just 13 watts.
Many users love how this air purifier works decently without burning a hole in their wallets. It is simple and sufficient for small rooms.
add_circleMultifunctional with a air-filtration feature and a air-humidifying feature
add_circleECONVANI system which saves energy
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When looking for an air purifier, the Nanoe™ Air Purifier F-VXK70A from Panasonic is something that you wouldn’t want to miss. Its high functionality gives you bang for your buck.
The device features the brand’s Nanoe™ technology which eradicates 99.9% of viruses, including H1N1 and H5N1, and bacteria, like E.Coli, in the air. It also filters allergens and deodorises the space.
With its humidifying function, the device stabilises the air humidity level which can help keep skin moisturised. Users can also monitor the humidity level of their space directly via the device. The ECONVANI system helps users save electricity as the device will automatically power on only when necessary, based on the air quality and users’ lifestyles.
Additionally, the device is guaranteed to be allergy-friendly as its allergen removal capability is authorized by the British Allergy Foundation.
Users are satisfied with this product, especially its humidifying function and ECONVANI system. According to them, this product “does quite a lot of things”.
add_circleEnergy-saving with energy consumption as low as 20 watts
add_circleGood for rooms with limited space
add_circleCompatible with the Blueair app and Amazon Alexa
remove_circleNo air sensor (auto mode) for the device to adjust its fan power based on the air quality
The Classic 205 from Blueair offers users clean, uncontaminated air without causing a spike in their electricity bills.
Its HEPASilent™ technology allows for more quiet and efficient filtration than traditional HEPA filters. It removes harmful airborne particles and allergens with energy consumption as low as 20 watts, which is less than a lightbulb.
Apart from being compatible with the Blueair app, the device also works with Amazon Alexa for smart voice controls. Simply by connecting the device to WiFi, users will be able to control it remotely.
Based on users’ reviews, Classic 205 is a high-quality mid-range air purifier. Many approve of its efficient cleaning power and like how it is small in size and is thus suitable for rooms with limited space. Despite that, they wish it could have come with an Auto mode.
Differences between HEPA air purifiers & Ionic air purifiers
While both HEPA air purifiers and ionic air purifiers serve the same purpose, they work rather differently.
How it works
HEPA air purifiesr use HEPA filters, which are physical filters that trap airborne particles. The air will be drawn into the device, then go through the filters, and finally, come out clean and contaminant-free.
An ionic air purifier, on the other hand, works by emitting negatively charged ions into the air to bind with the particles, which are positively charged. As they bind together, the particles will become too heavy to stay in the air and thus, fall onto the surfaces around them, producing clean air.
Some ionic air purifiers use electrostatically charged plates instead of ion emission to collect the airborne particles. As the air is drawn into the device, the particles will stick onto the plates, which results in clean air.
HEPA filters are known as the best technology in the air-filtration industry. They are highly effective “collectors” that can remove up to 99.97% of impurities in the air.
Ionic air purifiers are less effective than HEPA air purifiers as when the electrostatically charged plates become dirty, the harmful particles can pass through the plates and remain in the air — which doesn’t happen to HEPA filters. Also, ionic air purifiers that work by ion emission technically do not remove the airborne particles but rather just “move” the particles to the surrounding surfaces such as the floor, furniture, and even on clothes.
HEPA filters need to be replaced from time to time as dust and mould collected through the filtering process degrades their air cleaning performance while ionic plates do not. Instead, ionic plates are to be washed regularly.
Which is the best?
HEPA air purifiers are usually preferred over ionic air purifiers, especially for people who suffer from asthma and allergies.
Additionally, many air purifiers available on the market these days are a hybrid of both mechanisms: they are built with a HEPA filter and an ion generator. This combo delivers even better effectiveness and performance.
Benefits of an air purifier
Of all the charms we have heard about an air purifier, I bet that most of you are most familiar with its ability to produce cleaner air by filtering and trapping dust, smoke, pet fur, mould, dust mites, and germs from your surroundings. But, an air purifier does more than just that. It benefits you in other ways that you may not even be aware of until today.
Improves sleep quality
Acknowledged by the fact that hazardous air particles are being removed from your home, air purifiers save you peace of mind and calm you down after a long day. The fresh filtered air keeps hay fever (which causes allergic symptoms like runny nose, sneezing or coughing) at bay, granting you a good night’s sleep.
Neutralises unpleasant odours and smoke
It is commonly known that inhaling secondhand smoke, be it tobacco smoke or cooking oil fume, can potentially lead to chronic respiratory problems as well as heart diseases. This is especially concerning if you have children or elderly people at home.
That said, air purifiers with High-efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) and activated carbon filters are effective in capturing chemicals, gases, smoke and also pet odour to circulate fresh air back in the room.
Eliminates hazardous indoor air pollutants
The tricky part when it comes to eliminating indoor allergens is that they are invisible to the human eye. These tiny airborne particles (dust, pollen, bacteria, etc.) or harmful external pollutants do not go away just by closing the doors and windows. You could constantly be exposed to the chemical toxins from your household cleaning agents, air-fresheners and paint products.
Leaving these pollutants suspended in the air is likely to cause breathing discomfort and trigger asthma attacks, not to mention the associated health issues in long term.
Air purifiers consist of a fan and layers of filters. The built-in fan draws in air and directs it to the filters to get rid of the contaminants. The clean air is then released back into the room to maintain healthy indoor ventilation.
The marketed air purifiers are commonly equipped with HEPA filters which claim to capture pollutants as small as 0.3 microns – small enough to get past the tiny hairs (cilia) in our airway. However, there are other types of filters such as activated carbon, UV light, negative ion or ozone generators to suit your personal needs.
Our take on the Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier Pro
An average person takes 1,200 breaths an hour, 28,800 breaths a day and 10,512,000 breaths a year. Bearing in mind that you would not even drink unfiltered and dirty water, so why would you allow yourself and your loved ones to inhale stale and dirty air at home?
With all of that in mind, investing in an air purifier is ideal for a comfortable, refreshing ambience and your family’s health overall. Not only that, but clean air does make your living space much more comfortable to stay at, which keeps the mind and soul healthy too. Especially if you are prone to allergies, best to treat your nose with these nifty devices!