When it comes to air pollution, we typically think about the quality of what we’re breathing outdoors, not so much inside. After all, our homes double as a safe haven, and what can be harmful about that? It turns out, quite a lot.
Indoor air pollution has become a growing concern—albeit an underrated one. Everything from our beloved luxe, fragrant candles to the heat we constantly have on high blast can impact the quality of the air we’re breathing indoors. Couple that with the fumes sneaking in from the outdoors or all the dust that accumulates throughout the course of a day (city dwellers, you know this all too well).
Luckily, there is a solution in sight that doesn’t necessitate you having to give up on the small luxuries, such as heat. Enter air purifiers. These small but mighty contraptions are designed to rid your home of the toxins and fumes affecting the air quality—and manage to do so with efficiency and ease.
Not quite sure where to start your search? We compiled a list of the highest-rated air purifiers on the market right now. Take a look.
Highlights: Not only is this air purifier “whisper-quiet,” but it’s also built to remove about 99% of all the dust, pollen, and pet dander from your home. Featuring a three-in-one filter technology, the purifier comes with a UV light that helps rid your space of germs and bacteria.
What sets it apart: It’s pretty powerful. “The thing is that the AQI around here has been as bad as 438 due to forest fires, and these little machines have given us sanctuary in a couple of rooms where we don’t have to wear masks all the time.” — J. Rosenberg, Amazon reviewer
Highlights: This model utilizes an activated charcoal filter to draw out impurities from the air. It also sold out on Urban Outfitters in a month.
What sets it apart: It’s sleek, compact and beautifully designed and made of bamboo. One would be hard-pressed to guess that it’s an air purifier in the first place.
Highlights: Geared toward allergy-sufferers, this purifier can target spaces up to 167 square feet and even helps remove strong pet odors. “When my sister came from out of state, she asked if our cats ran away. She said our home had zero odor or scents, which is what I was going for.” — Wendy W., Amazon reviewer.
What sets it apart: The filter only needs to be swapped every six to eight months and it can take on pungent odors such as smoke with effortless ease. It’s also an Amazon best seller.
Highlights: The Molekule is one of the latest purifiers to hit the market and it has been met with great acclaim. It can tackle up to 600 square feet of space in one hour and does so evenly, from all sides of a room courtesy of its two proprietary filters. It’s portable and design-forward, built to seamlessly fit within any style or space.
What sets it apart: It takes on common household pollutants, such as VOCs, bacteria, and viruses, on a molecular level when activated by light.
Highlights: Featuring a three-speed setting, this purifier’s compact size makes it an ideal option for the small-space dweller. “It has absolutely transformed the smell of my apartment from that of a stanky bachelor pad into that of the residence of a distinguished gentleman.” — John Fud Zavacki, Amazon reviewer.
What sets it apart: Its three-stage filtration system omits the inclusion of the standard UV light.
Highlights: Yet another purifier that can remove pollutants on a molecular level, Dyson’s unique technology boasts a two-in-one feature that allows the purifier to double as a cooling fan.
What sets it apart: Its sleek composition, courtesy of the brand’s signature streamlined aesthetic, offers up a futuristic take on an otherwise bulky essential.
Highlights: A “sleep mode” functionality allows the purifier to work soundlessly overnight—triggered by a sensor that detects the ambient light of a room and adjusts the purifier accordingly. Utilizing its three-stage cleaning capabilities, this one can rid your space of microbial pollutants such as dust mites, pollen, and various other allergens.
What sets it apart: A four-speed fan and PlasmaWave technology that can even tackle chemical odors.
Highlights: A four-stage filtration system that can be operated on a scheduled basis, with real-time sensors that can detect off-the-moment air quality.
What sets it apart: An “Amazon Choice” option, this purifier claims a solid 4.4/5-stars out of nearly 1,300 reviews.