Most allergy- and asthma-sufferers know that choosing an air purifier with HEPA, or High Efficiency Particulate Air, filtration is the best choice for controlling airborne irritants such as dust, dust mites, pollen, pet dander, and mold in their homes. These air purifiers are capable of removing 99.97% of airborne particles and allergens as small as 0.3 microns. However, with no shortage of air purifiers on the market today, choosing the best allergy air purifier for your needs can be an overwhelming task. To help you sift through your choices, we've created a list of our top five air purifiers for allergies.
Best Overall Allergy Air Purifier - IQAir HealthPro Plus
This medical-grade air purifier is our top pick for controlling allergy and asthma irritants in your home. Consistently ranked a best buy by industry insiders and a Sylvane customer favorite, the IQAir HealthPro Plus removes more pollutant particles and ultra-fine particles than conventional air purifiers in spaces as large as 1,000 square feet. The air purifier uses a PreMax Pre-Filter, a HyperHEPA filter, and a V5-Cell gas phase filter to achieve better-than-HEPA results. This means that 99% of all particles are eliminated from your indoor air, including 99.5% of particles as small as 0.003 microns. This is roughly 100 times smaller than the particles and allergens filtered out by conventional HEPA air purifiers.
Despite the workhorse pollutant removal of this allergy air purifier, the IQAir HealthPro Plus is also designed for quiet operation. Double-walled housing and eight shock absorbers used to secure the fan make this IQAir air purifier suitable for use in noise-sensitive environments like nurseries and bedrooms. Although more expensive than our other models, the IQAir HealthPro Plus is truly a best-in-class product and still a great value in terms of solid design, construction, and performance. If you are interested in a slightly smaller version, the IQAir HealthPro Compact Air Purifier offers the same benefits in a more compact design.
For more information on this air purifier, visit the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier product page.
Best Lifetime Value Allergy Air Purifier - Austin Air Healthmate
The Austin Air Healthmate is a great choice for removing physical contaminants that can aggravate your allergy, asthma, and even chemical sensitivity symptoms. Using a 4-stage filtration system that includes 60 square feet of true medical-grade HEPA material and 15 pounds of odor-absorbing carbon with natural zeolite, the Healthmate is great for removing dust, pollen, tobacco smoke odors, chemical vapors, viruses, and bacteria.
One of the primary advantages of purchasing an Austin Air Healthmate is the long-term savings you'll enjoy. Along with its lower price point, the Healthmate costs 50% less to operate than other air purifiers because the unit's motor draws less current and uses less energy. Maintenance and upkeep costs are also minimized because the Healthmate uses a combination HEPA filter that only needs to be changed once every five years. Conventional air purifiers typically require at least one filter change each year.
For more information, visit the Austin Air Healthmate Air Purifier product page. A smaller version of this air purifier, the Austin Air Healthmate Junior, is also available.
Best Multi-Purpose Allergy Air Purifier - Alen BreatheSmart
Looking for a well-rounded room air purifier that offers a good combination of allergen and odor filtration? Consider the Alen BreatheSmart HEPA Air Purifier, our pick for Best Multi-Purpose Allergy Air Purifier. Offering three stages of air filtration as well as large area coverage, the Alen BreatheSmart removes common airborne allergens and irritating household odors for fresher, healthier indoor air. Equipped with a pre-filter and true HEPA filter, the A350 effectively removes 99.97% of even the tiniest pollen, dust, mold, ragweed, and pet dander particles. An onboard ionizer also helps freshen the air and eliminate light household odors.
Like other Alen air purifiers, the BreatheSmart is packed with added features that help you customize operation for your space. Take advantage of the programmable timer, choose from 4 purification speeds, easily select your settings with the digital control panel, and keep an eye on the filter replacement indicator. This model also comes with a lifetime warranty to give you peace of mind and years of cleaner indoor air.
For more information, visit the Alen BreatheSmart HEPA Purifier product page.
Best Tower-Style Allergy Air Purifier - Oransi v-hepa Finn
Tower air purifiers have slim footprints that work well if you don't have a lot of space, such as in apartments, studios, and small bedrooms. Oransi's newest air purifier, the sleekly designed Oransi v-hepa Finn, is our top pick if you're looking for a tower-style air allergy air purifier. Lightweight and quiet, the Oransi Finn includes two-stage HEPA/carbon filtration, a germ-killing ultraviolet light, and a built-in ionizer—all used to eliminate common household allergens, odors, and illness-causing airborne germs.
With its lightweight body and built-in carrying handle, the v-hepa Finn is easy to tote from room to room. Quiet operation makes it a great choice for whisper-quiet purification while you sleep. Plus, features such as electronic controls, multiple purification speeds, a timer, and a filter replacement indicator make operation easy and hassle-free.
For more information, visit the Oransi v-hepa Finn Air Purifier product page.
Best Eco-Friendly Allergy Air Purifier - Airpura H600
If you suffer from allergies and are specifically looking for an eco-friendly appliance, the Airpura H600 is an excellent choice. This allergy relief air purifier features PCB-free capacitors, all-metal housing that is 93% recyclable, technology that eliminates off-gassing during operation, and a vacuum-able pre-filter to cut down on waste. An all-purpose air cleaner, the Airpura H600 features a three-stage filtration system well-equipped to remove a variety of harmful airborne irritants, from particles to chemicals:
- Pre-Filter— Useful for removing large particles and extending the life of the HEPA and carbon filters.
- Carbon Weave Filter—Made up of 306 square inches of carbon weave material, this filter absorbs a variety of chemical pollutants and airborne fumes, including tobacco smoke.
- HEPA Filter—Equipped with 40 square feet of true HEPA filter material, this filter is effectively removes 99.97% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns in diameter, which includes dust mites, pollen, pet dander, and mold spores.
For more information on this air purifier, visit the Airpura H600 Air Purifier product page.
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