Did you know every season is allergy season? It’s the most unfortunate piece of trivia, we know, but now you can prepare for the onset of sniffles and congestion whenever they pop up. Sure, you could stock up on boxes of tissues (you’ll definitely need them) and avoid the outdoors at all costs, but what about those pesky allergens that thrive indoors? How do you avoid those monsters? Our advice is to invest in an air purifier that captures allergens in your immediate environment before they even have the chance to creep into your nose.
In case you didn’t know: there are two types of allergies: Seasonal allergies, which are triggered by different kinds of pollen, and perennial allergies — things like pet hair, mold and dust. If you suffer from perennial allergies, you might be at odds with these allergens year-round because they live and breed indoors.
Luckily, you can coexist with your demons sans all the sneezing, coughing and congestion they normally trigger with an air purifier. The question is, which device meets your needs? Here are our favorite picks for instant relief.
This story was originally published on July 6, 2020.
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1. Levoit Air Purifier
We know what you’re thinking: this air purifier definitely looks like something out of a robot film, but not even R2-D2 can save you from allergies like this state of the art device. It operates on a three-stage filtration system that goes from pre-filter to True HEPA Filter and High-Efficiency Activated Carbon Filter four times per hour, capturing allergens, pet hair, dander, smoke, mold, odor and large dust particles, eliminating 99.97% of airborne contaminants as tiny as 0.3 microns. And unlike other devices that noisily suck up allergens, this air purifier is nice and quiet so you can sleep soundly through the night. It also features two night light brightness settings, so you can choose which glow works best for your sleep environment.
2. Hamilton Beach TrueAir Air Purifier
This air purifier doesn’t only scoop up particles that incite your allergies, it also removes unpleasant odors from your home with its replaceable carbon zeolite filters. You might not even notice that the purifier is running, because it has a super quiet design. This purifier can be placed either horizontally or vertically. The filters are easy to replace, too.
3. Guardian Technologies GermGuardian True HEPA Filter Air Purifier
Asking for a device that eliminates allergens quickly and efficiently is a tall order but this purifying tower was made to serve. The device scans the room a total of four times every hour, filtering out allergens like dust mites, pet dander, pollen, smoke, mold and bacteria from the air you breathe. It’s also designed with a few special features that sets apart its performance from that of competitors: The Pet Pure, an antimicrobial agent added to the filter to prevent mold, mildew and odor-causing bacteria from forming on the surface of the filter; and a charcoal filter that reduces BO from circulating around the house.
4. Pure Enrichment PureZone 3-in-1 Air Purifier
You don’t want your air purifier to be the focal decor of any room you place it in, which makes this pick so ideal. The device is comfortably in the middle size-wise and includes features like the True HEPA filter that rids your home of 99.97% of the dust, pollen, pet dander, smoke and household odors floating around. Plus, the PureZone air purifier was also designed with UV-C light that adds a deeper level of air sanitation by destroying illness-causing microorganisms in the atmosphere. And if you’re a stickler for energy conservation, there’s an automatic timer you can set to make sure the device turns off after either 2, 4 or 8 hours of use.
5. TaoTronics HEPA Air Purifier
Remove 99.97 percent of impurities like pollen, dust, smoke, pet dander and allergens from your home with this three-stage HEPA filter. There are four different fan speeds, so the purifier can properly circulate air in a large room if necessary. The purifier also has a built-in nightlight, which makes this a great pick for kids or any adult who prefers to sleep with a light on.
6. Blueair Blue Pure 211+ Air Purifier
There’s nothing worse than an air purifier that looks, well, like one. This sleek, Swedish designed air purifier is anything but an eyesore. The filter technology captures 99% of airborne particles like pollen, dust, and dander.
7. PARTU HEPA Air Purifier
If space is limited, this compact air purifier won’t take up valuable space in your home. It easily fits on a desk, and you can easily move it around your home. It has a 3-stage filtration system, three fan settings, and you can even add in essential oil to make your home smell even more clean.