When it comes to air pollution, we typically think about the quality of what we’re breathing outdoors, not so much inside. But everything from our beloved fragrant candles to the heat we put on high blast can impact the quality of the air we’re breathing in our homes (not to mention the fumes sneaking in from outdoors or all the dust that accumulates throughout the course of a day—city dwellers, you know this all too well). 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.
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: Its power. “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—and it sold out on Urban Outfitters in a month.
What sets it apart: Sleek, compact, and made of bamboo, you’d be hard-pressed to guess that it’s an air purifier in the first place.
Highlights: Geared toward allergy-sufferers, this purifier works best in spaces up to 167 square feet and even helps remove smoke and strong pet odors. “When my sister came from out of state, she asked if our cats ran away.” — Wendy W., Amazon reviewer.
What sets it apart: The Amazon best seller’s filter only needs to be swapped every six to eight months.
Highlights: The Molekule, one of the latest purifiers to hit the market, can tackle up to 600 square feet in an hour and do so evenly, from all sides of a room, thanks to two filters. Portable and design-forward, it’s built to seamlessly blend into any style of space.
What sets it apart: It takes on common household pollutants, such as VOCs, bacteria, and viruses, on a molecular level.
Highlights: Its sleek composition, courtesy of the brand’s signature streamlined aesthetic, offers up a futuristic take on an otherwise bulky essential. Like the Molekule, it removes pollutants on a molecular level.
What sets it apart: A unique two-in-one feature that allows the purifier to double as a cooling fan.
Highlights: In “sleep mode,” this purifier works soundlessly overnight—it’s triggered by a sensor that detects the ambient light of a room and adjusts accordingly. With its three-stage cleaning capabilities, this option 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 combat 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.