Air purifiers filter ambient air and remove pollutants and allergens. To help you choose the most suitable for your home, we have compiled in this guide the best models of purifiers of the moment.
Air pollution in our homes comes, of course, from outside (pollen, fine particles, etc.) but also from inside. Part of this is due to our activity, for example when we cook or clean. It also comes from the accommodation itself (paint, mold, etc.), but also from the furniture, objects and appliances installed in our homes. The materials of these contain so-called volatile or semi-volatile substances that can be harmful to health in the long term.
Regular or seasonal allergies, asthma and other respiratory diseases can thus be avoided or alleviated thanks to an air purifier. The promise: to rid your interior of its contaminants, that is, animal hair, fur, pollen, allergens, cigarette smoke… and for some, viruses and bacteria.
In this guide you will find our recommendations on best models of air purifiersas well as what you need to know to make the best decision.
To know in advance the quality of the air in your home (or office), you can also think about investing in one of the air quality sensors that we recommend. Also, to maintain good air quality at home, you can rely on a robot vacuum cleaner, as well as an efficient purifier.
Don’t hesitate to consult all our buying guides for the connected home.
Dyson Cool Formaldehyde purifier: Dyson quality
The British specialist in vacuum cleaners, fans and other hair dryers, of course, has models of air purifiers in its range – as well as its new purifying headphones, the Dyson Zone.
The Dyson Purifier Cool Formaldehyde is an upgraded version of the basic model, capable, as the name suggests, of filtering out formaldehyde. This carcinogenic gas is very present in our interiors, because it is emitted by many pieces of equipment, but also by furniture, paint and floors.
In terms of filtration, the Dyson Purifier Cool is particularly effective and very quick at disinfecting a room. Its futuristic design will delight Dyson fans. The device is controlled with a small remote or directly on a smartphone via the Dyson Link app. Dyson obeys, everything works perfectly without problems. Of course, all this at a price: 699 euros, a price that can be prohibitive for many consumers.
Note that there is also a Hot+Cool model also capable of heating the room, sold at 749 euros.
Why choose the Dyson Cool Formaldehyde purifier?
- Dyson build quality
- Rare formaldehyde filter
- excellent ergonomics
Philips 2000 series (AMF 220/15): the multifunctional air purifier
The Philips 2000 series AMF 220/15 is in effect an air purifier, but it is also capable of simultaneously heating a room as well as cooling it thanks to its fan mode. Even if that means investing in a purifier, why not kill two birds with one stone?
On the purification side, the model is capable of capturing 99.95% of particles, even the finest (down to 0.003 microns), for a surface area of up to 42 m2. Thus, three filters are superimposed, including a HEPA filter and an active carbon filter, to capture dust, fine particles, pollen, dander and animal hair responsible for allergies, bacteria… but also odours. Philips also claims that the model captures viruses.
This product has a weak point, apart from its questionable design: it is not a connected device. Therefore, it is impossible to control it through a smartphone application. It still manages in terms of ergonomics though, thanks to a touch control panel and a small magnetic remote. In the absence of a dedicated app, your screen still displays essential information, including the ambient temperature or the number of microparticles per cubic meter.
Why choose the Philips 2000 Series AMF 220/15 purifier?
- Versatile 3-in-1 device
- too quiet
- 350° rotation for better air distribution
Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier 3H: the best value for money
With this model, Xiaomi is impeccable. The Mi Air Purifier 3H has it all: a modern design, a compact size, compatibility with voice assistants, a very reasonable price…
The Mi Air Purifier 3H can be controlled through the Mi Home app, which will contain a lot of data as well. Google Assistant and Alexa compatibilities are also in the game for voice commands. It is also controlled through its OLED touch screen that can display information such as the temperature of the room, the level of humidity, the status of the filter or the level of fine particles present in the room.
Like many other models, this one has a block that includes three filters: the HEPA filter, the activated carbon filter and the pre-filter. It is thus capable of filtering particles of up to 0.3 microns, in rooms from 8 to 42 m2, according to Xiaomi. The filter in question, which needs to be changed once or twice a year, will cost you 31 euros (twice as much as Philips).
We were also able to test the first version of the Xiaomi purifier a few years ago. From model to model, Xiaomi has clearly perfected its purifiers.
Why choose the Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier 3H?
- Connected model: management via app and voice commands
- compact, lightweight
- price payable
Levoit Core 200S: the affordable compact purifier
Well known in the United States, the Levoit brand specializes in affordable air purifiers. The recent Core 200S model is the smallest in the range and is offered for just 99 euros. At this price, of course, you will not be able to take care of large apartments, but up to 35 m2 depending on the manufacturer. Therefore, it will be perfect for a bedroom. This very compact little purifier (only 32 cm high and 3 kg) also has a triple layer filter, with a HEPA H13 filter.
In order not to spoil anything, it is very complete on the connectivity side: in addition to the touch adjustment, it is controlled by an application called VeSync (Android and iOS). Finally, it is compatible, through this same application, with Google Assistant and Alexa.
Why choose the purifier Levoit Core 200S?
- A small format that is easy to move
- a sober design
- a minimum price
Ikea STARKVIND: the designer air purifier
If there is a brand that seeks to stand out in this market, it is the Swedish Ikea. In this case, the furniture giant has very logically sought to combine technology and design.
After a first model of purifier called
Sold without the table system, the STARKVIND then stands vertically. It adopts a totally different design than purifiers from other manufacturers, with a fabric wall system inherited directly from the previous model, the . In addition, the model is available in two colors, white or black.
But what about efficiency? The STARKVIND can occupy a relatively modest surface (20 m2), and its airflow varies between 50 m3/h and 240 m3/h. For comparison, in the same price range, the maximum flow rate of the Mi Air Purifier 3H is 380 m3/h. So the Ikea model is a bit vague.
In stores and online, the standing version is offered at 150 euros, the table version at 190 euros.
Why choose Ikea’s STARKVIND purifier models?
- A unique design, to highlight or camouflage in a piece of furniture
- Filters at very low prices
- Easy to use
Why buy an air purifier?
When to buy an air purifier?
You may invest in an air purifier for a variety of reasons. This type of device is recommended for people who suffer from allergies (pollen, animal hair, dust mites, etc.), asthma or respiratory diseases. But a purifier will also be useful against fumes and bad smells, especially those from cooking and cigarettes. It will also be useful to counteract viruses and bacteria in suspension. Some models are also capable of filtering carcinogenic gases such as formaldehyde, which are harmful to the entire population.
What are the different filters used?
The vast majority of air purifiers intended for the general public are based on a triple filter system:
- A pre-filter, which stops larger particles such as dust and hair.
- An activated carbon filter, which is responsible for neutralizing odors
- A HEPA filter, which captures the finest particles down to 0.3 microns
Some sophisticated models are capable of retaining formaldehyde: in this case, a specific filter is added.
How is an air purifier maintained?
It’s a good idea to clean the outside of your purifier yourself, where the air is sucked in. The filters then need to be replaced regularly, usually when prompted by your device. This usually happens once or twice a year, but of course it all depends on the model and how you use it. It is essential to change these filters, otherwise the purifier becomes unusable.
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