The Best Air Purifiers If Your Kids Have Allergies

by Colleen Stinchcombe
Apr 23, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. ET
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It’s allergy season, and if spring is less about sunshine and more about itchy, red eyes for your kids, they're part of the 50 million people who experience allergies every year. If you’re looking for a new plan of attack, you might have the much-hyped air purifier on your list. But it’s hard to figure out where to start, let alone which filters work best.

One thing you’ll want to look for is a HEPA filter, which is a type of air filter that traps irritants, such as pollen, dust and pet dander, and removes them from the air. In order to qualify as HEPA in the U.S., an air purifier must remove 99.97 percent of particles that pass through it. Most air purifiers have a HEPA filter, but they are an absolute must for anyone battling allergies.

With price tags running from $30 to $1,000-plus, we narrowed your search to a few affordable options that have rave reviews. 

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1 /8: Honeywell 50250-S True HEPA Air Purifier

Honeywell 50250-S True HEPA Air Purifier
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1/8 :Honeywell 50250-S True HEPA Air Purifier

This 360-degree air purifier works for rooms up to 390 square feet — great for a living room or play area — and has been certified by the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers for smoke, dust and pollen. A prefilter can also be used to help remove odors.

Honeywell 50250-S True HEPA Air Purifier, $152 at Amazon

2 /8: GermGuardian 22-Inch 3-in-1 HEPA Tower

GermGuardian® 22-Inch 3-in-1 HEPA Tower
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2/8 :GermGuardian 22-Inch 3-in-1 HEPA Tower

Featuring a UV-C light and a charcoal filter, this air purifier can reduce pollen, dust mites, mold spores and pet dander as well as filter odors and clear the air of germs — especially important when your kids are bringing home all kinds of bacteria and viruses from school.

GermGuardian 22-Inch 3-in-1 HEPA Tower with UV-C Air Purifier, $87 at Bed, Bath and Beyond

3 /8: AeraMax 100 Air Purifier

AeraMax 100 Air Purifier
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3/8 :AeraMax 100 Air Purifier

The sensor evaluates air quality and adjusts fan speed accordingly, and blue, amber and red lights alert you to the quality of your air. The fan will also alert you when it’s time to change your filter, so you never wait too long.

AeraMax 100 Air Purifier, $99 at Amazon

4 /8: GermGuardian AC4100 3-in-1 Air Purifier

GermGuardian AC4100 3-in-1 Air Purifier
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4/8 :GermGuardian AC4100 3-in-1 Air Purifier

If you’re looking for a super-portable air purifier, the three-speed GermGuardian is an 11-inch tabletop model that can fit in most spaces, and the vents are so small, you don't have to worry about tiny fingers. 

GermGuardian AC4100 3-in-1 Air Purifier, $52 at Amazon

5 /8: TrueAir Compact Air Purifier with HEPA Filter

TrueAir Compact Air Purifier with HEPA Filter
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5/8 :TrueAir Compact Air Purifier with HEPA Filter

This super-quiet option (great for a child's bedroom!) has a permanent HEPA air filter, so all you have to do is vacuum it clean for top performance. It purifies up to 160 square feet and comes with adhesive feet so you can attach it horizontally to a wall, keeping it out of kids' reach.

TrueAir Compact Air Purifier with HEPA Filter, $60 at Hamilton Beach

6 /8: Blueair Classic 205 Air Purifier 

Blueair Classic 205 Air Purifier 
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6/8 :Blueair Classic 205 Air Purifier 

WiFi enabled and Alexa and IFTTT compatible, this whisper-quiet purifier works in rooms up to 300 square feet. You can turn it on and off, change fan speed, schedule a night mode and even set a child lock using your phone or voice command.

Blueair Classic 205 Air Purifier, $349 at Amazon

7 /8: Febreze HEPA-Type Tabletop Air Purifier

Febreze HEPA-Type Tabletop Air Purifier
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7/8 :Febreze HEPA-Type Tabletop Air Purifier

If you want your air purifier to also add a fresh scent, this tabletop option is a good choice. A HEPA-type filter helps eliminate pollen and other allergens from the air, while a manual dial allows you to choose how much scent you’d like released into the room.

Febreze HEPA-Type Tabletop Air Purifier, $60 at Target

8 /8: Coway Mighty Air Purifier

Coway AP-1512HH Mighty Air Purifier
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8/8 :Coway Mighty Air Purifier

Compact and sleek, this HEPA-filter Coway air purifier automatically adjusts the fan based on the air quality in the room without being an eyesore. Great for a main area like a kitchen or dining room, the vent is at the top of the filter so it won’t attract as much attention from little ones.

Coway AP-1512HH Mighty Air Purifier, $186 at Walmart