By reducing allergens like pollen and mold spores and offering protection from both other types of smoke and smoke from wildfires, a good air purifier can dramatically improve your quality of life. A powerful air purifier must be able to purify the air in a spacious living room or playroom, be quiet and dark enough for you to sleep next to it in a bedroom, and be fairly priced so you may place several of them throughout your home.
- Coway AP-1512HH Mighty
The Mighty is one of the most effective, long-lasting, and affordable air purifiers, making it ideal for bedrooms, playrooms, and living rooms.
Bedrooms are a great place for the Mighty because of their small size, silent operation, and switchable display lighting. Even after using filters continually for a year or more, it continues to operate flawlessly.
2. Coway Airmega 200M
The Mighty and the 200M function nearly identically, but the 200M has a look you may appreciate, making it an excellent substitute if you can locate one for less money.
The AP-1512HH Mighty’s manufacturer also produces the Coway Airmega 200M, which is essentially identical to that model in terms of controls, noise, and performance. They can swap out their filters and even their faceplates. Additionally, the Airmega 200M, like the Mighty, has a display-shutoff mode that enables you to dim its lights—a feature we really value for bedroom use. The only significant physical difference between the Airmega 200M and its predecessor is a square grille as opposed to a round one.
The Winix 5500-2 performs superbly, but (small) drawbacks include its angular appearance, lack of a display shutdown, and slightly increased energy consumption.
The Winix 5500-2 excels at catching particulates, removing 99.9% of the smoke in just 30 minutes on high and 97.2% on medium-high, all while emitting a manageable 40 decibels of noise. That’s a little bit better in both circumstances than the outcomes we obtained with the Coway AP-1512HH Mighty, while the differences are practically insignificant: Both devices will reduce particles to almost zero in under an hour when used continually, as they are in most houses. They will also maintain them there.
4. Winix AM90
The AM90 is essentially a 5500-2 with more attractive housing. It also has a couple of the same drawbacks as that model, including no display shutdown and increased energy usage.
The 5500-2 and AM90, another Winix, both use the same HEPA filter and provide nearly comparable performance.
If you prefer white—the single color option—it has a more modern look that many people are likely to find more attractive. It normally costs a few dollars more than the 5500-2 and adds Wi-Fi functionality and a basic app. The Winix AM80, which is nearly identical to the AM90 but does not include Wi-Fi, is only available in dark gray.
5. Blueair Blue Pure 311 Auto
The only drawbacks of the Blue Pure 311 Auto’s great performance and elegant design are its higher operating expenses and absence of a display shutdown.
The Blueair Blue Pure 311 Auto’s capabilities are comparable to those of the Coway AP-1512HH Mighty and the two Winix variants. In 30 minutes, it reduces smoke levels by 99.9% on high and by 94.2% on medium. Blueair’s auto feature was added to the Blue Pure series in late 2020. With the aid of this feature, it keeps track of the air quality in your space and modifies the fan speed as necessary. It also has other features we like, like a control panel that dims right away after you make a setting change and operates remarkably quietly. Additionally, it has very good energy efficiency. This design is also quite attractive and has a washable, tweed-like cover that is available in a range of muted colors.
6. Levoit core 400S
The Levoit Core 400S adds voice control via an app, Amazon Alexa, or Google Assistant and is just as effective as our top selection, the Coway Mighty, but is typically a little more expensive to run.
The Levoit Core 400S performed admirably, eliminating 99.1% of smoke particles in 30 minutes on high and 96.3% at the speed that makes the least amount of noise—the third of the four—in the process. It’s a good choice if you want a basic smart air purifier because it links to Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa for voice control in addition to having its own app.
7. Blueair Blue Pure 211+
The top choice for huge rooms is the Blue Pure 211+ because it performs flawlessly and moves incredibly high volumes of air.
The top pick for an air purifier for rooms up to 650 square feet is the Blueair Blue Pure 211+, especially if the room has an open floor plan with high ceilings. It operates more quickly to achieve and sustain low particle levels in such difficult rooms thanks to its higher air filtering capacity per hour than the Coway Mighty.
The Blue Pure 211+’s initial cost and ongoing operating expenses are significantly greater than those of the Mighty (totaling around $1,150 over five years), but they are still within the range of most other large-space purifiers.
8. Levoit core 300
The levoit core 300 is small, inexpensive, and performs superbly in a small bedroom, dorm room, or office.
The Levoit Core 300 is a reliable and affordable air purifier if you need to purify the air in an area that is about 200 square feet. In a 135-square-foot office in New York City, it decreases particles by more than 97% on its high setting in 30 minutes. They are reduced by more than 92% on medium. With its display-shutoff feature, it won’t disturb sleep with dazzling lights. It is elegant and little, measuring only 1412 inches tall and 812 inches in diameter. It is also the least expensive upfront of any of our choices, costing roughly $100 to purchase.
This model is marginally more expensive than the Coway Mighty over the course of five years when using it 24/7 on medium; seven new filters cost $180 during that time. Additionally, in bigger rooms, it can’t keep up with the Mighty or the Blue Pure 211+.