Best Air Purifier for Allergies in 2017

best air purifier for allergies

Spring season is here again and this is when the air in a room has lower dust levels or pollen count. With the best air purifier for allergies at your home, it may help to minimize the effects of eczema.  It can be useful in managing eczema, especially during spring when plants release pollen, which is an allergen that can trigger eczema.

A unit that has a HEPA filter is the best in air filtration. Aside from filtering pollen and dust, some models are also great in filtering molds and other bacteria.

The Air Purifiers at a Glance

All of the air purifiers in this feature a HEPA filter system that catches 99.97% of small particles with at least 0.3 microns.

Brand

Features

Editor's Score

Price

Honeywell 50250-S

Has pre-filter to block particles

Coway 

Affordable model, covers up to 361 sq ft

Dyson

Air purifier and fan built into one unit

RabbitAir

(Editor's Choice)

Very quiet; customizable front panel

Blueair

Most energy-efficient in this list

IQAir

Covers up to 1000 sq ft, biggest in the list

Austin Air

Catch particles up to 0.1 micron

Whirlpool

Quiet even on turbo settings

Honeywell HPA300

Inexpensive with CADR of 320 for dust

Electrolux

5-stage filtration system with high CADR

Best Air Purifier for Allergies - Product Reviews

Honeywell 50250-S True HEPA Air Purifier

Honeywell 50250-S True HEPA Air Purifier

This air purifier has two filters – the True HEPA filter and a carbon-activated pre-filter. Activated carbon works well in combination with other elements, which makes it great for trapping bigger particles in the air.

Unlike other HEPA filters made of synthetic material or plastic, this air purifier has a glass fiber filter. The fibers are extremely fine, which makes them really effective at catching small particles.

The 50250-S has three different speed settings – low, medium, and high. You can run the unit at either low or medium speed 24 hours a day, although the noise in medium speed may bother you if you are too sensitive to noise.

The high or turbo setting can suck up airborne pollutants quickly. You can use this setting if you want to quickly get rid of heavy cigarette smoke or strong cooking odor.

Because the turbo setting uses more energy, it is not recommended that you use this setting all the time. It is also noisier than the medium setting and may overpower the sound of other media in the room.

This model is a sealed unit, so when it already cleaned the air, the particles of the pollutants are unable escape and mix with the air again.

What We Liked

  • Effective unit for under $200
  • Durable glass fiber HEPA filter
  • Portable

What We Didn't Like

  • HEPA filter is not permanent
  • Can be noisy on high setting
  • Short power cord

Coway AP-1512HH Mighty Air Purifier

Coway AP-1512HH Mighty Air Purifier with True HEPA and Eco Mode

Aside from low, medium, and high settings, this air purifier also has eco and auto settings. These two settings are almost the same as the fan speed depends on the air quality the unit detects. The fan speed adjusts when the air quality gets better or becomes worse.

The difference is that in auto setting, if the unit detects good air quality for 30 minutes straight, the unit continues to run on low fan speed, while in eco setting, it turns the purifier off and turns on again when air quality changes.

This unit is energy-efficient and the filters have long life span.

The HEPA filter is expected to last for one year. However, if you clean the charcoal filter and pre-filter screen regularly, the HEPA filter will have a longer life.

Coway AP-1512HH has a modern look, remarkably efficient in cleaning the air, and saves power at the same time. This is a well-built air purifier that is worth its price.

What We Liked

  • Affordable unit with good power
  • Low operating costs (Energy Star certified)
  • Good particle grabber, great for allergies triggered by particles

What We Didn't Like

  • Weak performer in odor removal
  • Not for people suffering from Multiple Chemical Sensitivites (MCS)
  • Can be noisy on high settings

Dyson Pure Cool Link Tower

Dyson Pure Cool Link Tower

This is a high-tech air purifier that connects to Wi-Fi at your home. Although it comes with a remote control that can be placed on top of the unit, you can use your tablet or smartphone to change the settings.

It has a minimal, modern design.

The app’s main screen has an image of a house that displays the temperature, humidity, and air quality in your home. You can set schedules on the app if you want it to automatically turn on.

The automatic mode turns the unit on and adjusts the fan speed (1-10) based on the quality of air in the room. There is a night-time mode that runs on a fan speed of 4.

You can also view a graph that indicates the air quality history to see how well the air purifier works. The graph shows different colors, depending on how much particles are in the air; red is for very high level, while green is for very low level.

While this unit doubles as a fan and air purifier, it does not have an option for warm air. It can also get really noisy to the point where you have to talk louder or increase the volume of your TV.

What We Liked

  • Easy to clean
  • Can be controlled using an app
  • Attractive design
  • Doubles up as a fan and purifier

What We Didn't Like

  • Costly to purchase
  • May experience app connectivity issues
  • No Energy Star certification

RabbitAir MinusA2 Ultra Quiet Air Purifier SPA-780A - Editor's Choice

Rabbit Air MinusA2 Ultra Quiet HEPA Air Purifier

This is our Editor's Choice for the best air purifier for allergies. It is really quiet, which makes you forget that it is running. It has a versatile design as you can hang it on the wall if you want to save floor space.

You can also customize the front panel and add a piece of artwork.

The unit can effectively clean the air in a room of up to 300 sq. feet.

It can create three air changes every hour, which means the air in a room is filtered approximately every 18 minutes. This makes the unit really helpful for people who suffer from eczema and allergies.

A great feature on the RabbitAir MinusA2 is its six-stage filtration system.

The particles pass first through the pre-filter, and then go through the medium filter. In the third stage, the True HEPA filter catches the smallest particles.

Next, the air goes through a custom filter of your choice when you but the unit. Then on the fifth stage, the carbon filter works to lessen the potency of bad odors.

Finally, there is an optional ionizer that charges the exiting air so that it will be easier to catch the next time it passes through the unit.

What We Liked

  • Stylish and versatile design
  • Really quiet
  • Energy Star certified - consumes less energy than other models

What We Didn't Like

  • Lack of a timer for setting it on/off
  • Odor removal is a little slow
  • Mood light may be too bright for sleeping

Blueair Classic ECO10

Blueair ECO10 Energy-Star HEPASilent Air Purifier

This air purifier is an excellent enery-saving device. Compared with other units in the same category, it uses about 95% less energy.

Another great thing about it is that it has a Blueair HEPASilent filter – a standard feature in all Blueair air purifiers.

The entire construction is made from environmental friendly materials, such as galvanized steel. It has built-in casters so you can simply roll the device around when you do your regular house cleaning.

The exterior has an additional powder coating, which makes it safe for people with allergies and eczema because there is absolute zero ozone or toxic emitted to the air. Although it uses less energy than other air purifiers, this unit looks durable and solid.

When we compare the price of this air purifier with other units, it is on a higher premium portion. However, even if this unit is slightly more expensive than the others that have better features, you will find that you are still going to pay good money.

Considering that the unit has a filter with two times longer lifespan, plus the reputable Blueair quality and the eco factor, you will have long-term savings.

What We Liked

  • Remarkable energy efficiency
  • Longer filter lifespan than other filters
  • Sturdy galvanized steel exterior
  • Eco-friendly

What We Didn't Like

  • Bigger than other units
  • Designed only to control particulates as it does not have a carbon filter
  • Filters are expensive to replace

IQAir HealthPro Plus

IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier

This is an essential air purifier for people that need absolute clean air. It is the most expensive air purifier we reviewed, but if you want to purchase a top quality product and get what you pay for, this unit will deliver.

It has a sturdy, efficient pre-filter that improves the performance and extends the life of the hyper HEPA filter and V5 cell gas filter.

The surface area of the top-quality hyper HEPA filter is bigger than most of other air purifiers with a micro particle retention capacity of up to 100 times better than ordinary HEPA filters.

One of the best features of this air purifier is the advanced control system.

We do not see why a remote control is needed, but it impressed us how it can set the unit to turn on and off at specific predetermined times and fan speeds. It has a key touch that shows the fan speed, programming timer status, and filter status and life.

There are filter change indicator lights that display different colors, depending on the remaining filter life.

What We Liked

  • Durability and quality guaranteed
  • Modular design
  • Superb filtering
  • Ideal for serious allergies

What We Didn't Like

  • Expensive to own and maintain
  • Wheels are below overall quality of  the unit

Austin Air HealthMate Standard HM-400

Austin Air Healthmate HM-400 HEPA Air Filter Purifier

The medical-grade True HEPA filter of this air purifier is one of its best features. It was specifically designed to get rid of almost every particulate pollutant found in the air.

Not a lot of air purifiers can get rid of many pollutants that have particles with at least 0.1 microns. However, this superb air purifier is a part of that short list.

This HEPA filter is made from zeolite and carbon that has a strategic position on the unit so it can totally get rid of the odors and fumes from the air. There is also a pre-filter in this unit, which helps in prolonging the life of the main HEPA filter.

The construction is made from solid steel, which means it can deal with off-gas chemicals. Its design is trendy and attractive, and it has a non-toxic powder coat finish.

The main feature of this unit is that it is energy-efficient. It has a great air intake system to maximize the airflow.

Its sturdy PSC motor is made to operate for several years. It can cover up to 700 square feet, which is a wider area than other comparable air purifiers can cover.

What We Liked

  • Top quality true HEPA filter
  • Durable construction
  • Energy efficient

What We Didn't Like

  • Makes a loud noise when in operation
  • Expensive

Whirlpool Whispure

Whirlpool Whispure Air Purifier

This air purifier can clean a room up to 490 square feet.

Within an hour, it can make almost five air changes. This means that the air in the room passes through the air purifier at least every 12 minutes.

This makes the unit ideal for people suffering from eczema and allergies because it regularly pulls the particles out of the air.

Whirlpool Whispure uses HEPA filters that are designed to trap even the smallest particles in the air. However, it only has two air cleaning stages, and others have up to six filtering stages.

The unit features a sleep mode to allow you to use it and not disrupt you in your sleep. This feature saves energy as the unit does not use much power in sleep mode.

Even with its capabilities, it is portable, so you can easily find someplace in your house to keep it. At almost 20 pounds, it is somewhat heavy, but it has built-in handles to make it easier for you to move the unit around the house.

What We Liked

  • Quiet even on turbo speed
  • Energy Star certified
  • Really effective in removing airborne allergens
  • Attractive design with cord storage for a tidy look

What We Didn't Like

  • Lack of automatic mode that changes settings depending on air quality in the room
  • Silence insulation made of foam, may not be good for people who are chemically sensitive
  • Charcoal pre-filter cannot catch strong odors and gases

Honeywell HPA300

Honeywell HPA300 Air Purifier

This is the suitable air purifier for you if you are looking for an affordable unit that cleans large areas of airborne pollutants. It can cover up to 465 square feet.

Every hour, it creates five air changes.

If you have no pressing health concerns, and just want to lessen dust to improve eczema, it would make more sense to buy this inexpensive air purifier than get an expensive one that uses a more advanced technology.

This air purifier relies on filters. It emits no ozone, which is ideal for those who have breathing disorders.

The pre-filter is an activated carbon that reduces bad odors. This filter keeps the more costly HEPA filter from being clogged up so fast.

Even as this is an inexpensive air purifier, it still packed with great features. It has a timer that you can set for 2, 4, or 8 hours. Other features include control panel light dimmer, electronic filter replacement reminders, and 3 levels of air cleaning, plus Turbo Clean setting.

What We Liked

  • Inexpensive
  • Automatic shut-off timer
  • Turbo setting for power cleaning
  • Energy Star certified
  • CADR 320 for dust

What We Didn't Like

  • Not too great for removing strong odors
  • Can be noisy on higher settings
  • Door that covers the filters can be difficult to close at times

Electrolux PureOxygen

Electrolux PureOxygen Allergy 450 Ultra Allergen & Odor HEPA 5-Stage Filtration Air Cleaner / Air Purifier

To wrap things up on our list of the best air purifier for allergies, we present to you this unit from Electrolux. This air purifier uses a five-stage filtration system to remove air pollutants from your home. The first stage is that it goes through a pre-filter that is coated with antimicrobial layer to prevent the growth of molds and bacteria.

Next, there is an activated carbon filter to help lessen dangerous gases and bad odors. In the third stage, the air passes through the high deodorization filter.

The next stage involves the HEPA filter, which catches the smallest particulates like smoke. Finally, there is an ionizer with PlasmaWave technology that breaks up harmful molecules that produce hydrogen and water vapor.

The auto mode in this purifier detects the air quality and adjusts the unit setting to make sure it is running at its most efficient capacity. There is also a sleep mode to put the unit in its lowest setting.

The downside of this unit is that it does not have an operational timer to allow you to set it to turn on or off at specific times all through the day.

With its large size and at 19 pounds, it is bigger than other air purifiers, so it is harder to move around and easily noticeable in the room.

What We Liked

  • Automatic mode and sleep mode
  • Washable filters
  • CADR 343 for pollen; CADR 300 for smoke

What We Didn't Like

  • No timer
  • Bigger than other air purifiers in its category
  • Ionizer does not turn off

How to Choose the Best Air Purifier

Most of the air purifiers we reviewed are portable. They weigh between 10 and 20 pounds, stand on the table or floor and have handles. Most of the heavier models have wheels.

All of them use a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter that can catch the smallest particles. Some of these HEPA filters are washable, but some need to be replaced after a year.

1. Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR)

CADR is a performance indicator on how much area the air purifier can clean. The independent tests are conducted by AHAM or Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers. The higher CADR score, the better and faster it is in returning clean air.

Honeywell HPA300 also has the highest CADR for dust at 320. For pollen, Electrolux PureOxygen has the highest CADR score at 343.

Dyson Pure Cool Link Tower has not yet been tested by AHAM.

2. Price

With prices ranging from just over $100 to almost $1,000, it really depends on your personal budget and requirements when it comes to deciding which unit to buy. The purchase price should be considered together with the operating costs, which is the next point below.

3. Operating Costs

The yearly operating costs for an air purifier range between $150 and $200 for electricity and filter replacement. A filter replacement is from $10 to $100 each.

You may also consider a unit that has a pre-filter, which also works to prolong the life of the HEPA filter.

To save electricity costs, buy an Energy Star rated unit, which is energy-efficient than other models.

Most of the models we reviewed have Energy Star certification, but the most energy-efficient is Blueair Classic ECO10. Depending on the speed, it uses 7-10 watts – up to 95% less energy than other models in the same category.

4. Noise Levels

You need to consider the noise level of the air purifier if you plan to put in in a room where you work or sleep.

RabbitAir MinusA2 Ultra Quiet Air Purifier SPA-780A and Whirlpool Whispure are among the quietest we reviewed, even on high or turbo settings. Whirlpool Whispure features “The Quiet Partner system,” which makes it one of the quietest high-efficiency units in the market.

5. Operation Modes

Some of the models we reviewed have dirt sensor wherein the air purifier automatically adjusts its fan speed to the air quality in the air.

You may also want to consider the units that have sleep mode feature, so it will not disturb you at night.

6. Other Features

The air purifier will not work efficiently when it is clogged. Some of the models above have “servicing indicator” feature to let you know when you need to replace the filter or clean the unit.

Timer is another great feature that allows you to program the unit to turn on or off automatically at specific times.

Conclusion

At first, it may be hard to believe that air purifiers can help in reducing or preventing an eczema flare.

You may regularly clean the house, keep stuffed toys clean, and vacuum carpets and rugs, but it is almost impossible to remove microscopic particles that can cause an eczema flare.

With the reviews we have, the best air purifiers that use a HEPA filter can catch these particles and can really help in controlling eczema.

There are many positive benefits of air purifiers, including improved sleep, keeping low allergen load, and breathing clean air. All of these help in preventing an eczema flare.

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Jase Davidson - April 30, 2017 Reply

Great list! Allergies are in full swing and an air purifier is an excellent way to help alleviate symptoms. Thanks for sharing!

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