Air purifiers filter ambient air and rid it of pollutants and allergens. To help you choose the right one for your home, we’ve gathered the best purifier models of the moment in this guide.
Air pollution in our homes comes of course from outside (pollen, fine particles, etc.) but also from inside. Part of it is due to our activity, for example when we cook or clean. It also comes from the accommodation itself (paint, mould, 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 which 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 pollutants, ie animal hair, hair, 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 choice.
To find out about the air quality in your home (or office) in advance, you can also think about investing in one of the air quality sensors that we recommend. In addition, to maintain good air quality at home, you can trust a robot vacuum cleaner, in addition to an effective purifier.
Do not hesitate to consult all our buying guides for the connected home.
Dyson Purifier Cool Formaldehyde: Dyson quality
The British specialist in vacuum cleaners, fans and other hair dryers, of course, has models of air purifiers in its range – in addition to its new purifying headphones, the Dyson Zone.
The Dyson Purifier Cool Formaldehyde is an improved version of the basic model, capable, as its name suggests, of filtering formaldehyde. This carcinogenic gas is very present in our interiors, because emitted by a whole lot of equipment, but also furniture, paintings and floors.
In terms of filtration, the Dyson Purifier Cool is particularly effective and very quick to sanitize a room. Its futuristic design will delight Dyson fans. The device is controlled with a small remote control, or directly on a smartphone via the Dyson Link application. Dyson obliges, everything works perfectly without a hitch. Of course, all this at a price: 699 euros, a price that may 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 Purifier Cool Formaldehyde?
- Dyson build quality
- Rare formaldehyde filter
- Excellent ergonomics
Philips 2000 Series (AMF 220/15): the multifunction air purifier
The AMF 220/15 model from the 2000 series from Philips is indeed an air purifier, but it is also capable, at the same time, of heating a room, as well as cooling it thanks to its fan mode. Even if it 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. Three filters are thus superimposed, including a HEPA filter and an activated carbon filter, to capture dust, fine particles, pollen, dander and animal hair responsible for allergies, bacteria… but also odours. Philips also ensures that the model captures viruses.
This product has a weak point, in addition to its questionable design: it is not a connected device. It is therefore impossible to control it via a smartphone application. However, it still manages in terms of ergonomics, thanks to a touch control panel and a small magnetic remote control. In the absence of a dedicated application, its screen still displays various essential information, including the ambient temperature or the number of microparticles per cubic meter.
Why choose the Philips 2000 Series AMF 220/15 purifier?
- 3-in-1 versatile device
- Very quiet
- 350° rotation for better air distribution
Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier 3H: the best value for money
With this model, Xiaomi is flawless. The Mi Air Purifier 3H has it all: a modern design, a compact size, compatibility with voice assistants, a very decent price…
The Mi Air Purifier 3H can be controlled via the Mi Home application, which will also contain a whole lot of data. Compatibilities with Google Assistant and Alexa are also in the game to perform voice commands. It is also controlled via its OLED touch screen which can display information such as the temperature of the room, the humidity level, the state 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 down to 0.3 microns, in rooms from 8 to 42 m2, according to Xiaomi. The filter in question, which must be changed once or twice a year, will cost you 31 euros (twice as much as at Philips).
We were also able to test the very 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
- Affordable price
Levoit Core 200S: the inexpensive compact purifier
Very well known in the United States, the Levoit brand specializes in affordable air purifiers. The recent Core 200S model is the smallest of the range, offered at only 99 euros. At this price, it will of course not be able to take care of large apartments, but still up to 35 m2 according to the manufacturer. It will therefore be perfect for a bedroom. This small, very compact purifier (only 32 cm high and 3 kg) also has a triple layer filter, with a H13 HEPA filter.
To avoid spoiling anything, it is very complete on the connectivity side: in addition to the touch adjustment, it is controlled using 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 convenient 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 sought very logically to combine technology and design.
After a first model of purifier named
Sold without the table system, the STARKVIND is then found vertically. It adopts a totally different design from the purifiers of other manufacturers, with a fabric wall system directly inherited from the previous model, the . In addition, the model is available in two colors, white or black.
But what about efficiency? The STARKVIND can take care of 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 model from Ikea is a bit lazy.
In stores and online, the floor-standing version is offered at 150 euros, the table version at 190 euros.
Why choose Ikea STARKVIND purifier models?
- A unique design, to highlight or camouflage in a piece of furniture
- Filters at very low prices
- Ease of use
Why buy an air purifier?
When to buy an air purifier?
You can invest in an air purifier for various reasons. This type of device is recommended for people suffering from allergies (pollen, animal hair, dust mites, etc.), asthma or respiratory illnesses. But a purifier will also be useful against fumes and bad smells, especially those from cooking and cigarettes. It will also be useful to counter viruses and bacteria in suspension. Some models are also capable of filtering out carcinogenic gases such as formaldehyde, which are harmful to the whole 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 takes care of neutralizing odors
- A HEPA filter, which captures the finest particles down to 0.3 microns
Some sophisticated models are able to retain 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 drawn in. Afterwards, the filters should be replaced regularly, usually when your device tells you to. 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 useless.
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