The best air purifiers to keep you breathing easy

Guard your lungs against allergens and pollutants.

Weather reports warn us when air pollution and smog is dangerously high. When we travel on an airplane, we’re all-too-conscious of noxious bacteria floating about without the option of opening a window. Yet many of us don’t think about the air quality in our own homes.

Unhealthy outdoor air can seep into our living space, where pets and cleaning supplies produce allergens and fumes. Quality air purifiers go a long way toward eliminating pollutants that we may not be able to see or smell. Here are some great options to help you breathe with confidence.

Upgrade at a budget: Levoit Smart WiFi Air Purifier for Home

It Works On Your Schedule

Intelligent technology at a good price. Amazon

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If you like to be able to control all the devices in your home with an assistant like Alexa, this air purifier gives you plenty of options. This is an excellent choice for a living room or kitchen, with up to 360 square feet of coverage using a true HEPA filter to cycle through your air 4.5 times an hour. Set schedules using the VeSync app or activate your device using your home assistant. You can also check filter life with the app and get replacement recommendations based on your actual usage, not an arbitrary length of time.

Best for small spaces: Blue Pure 411 Air Purifier

Energy Star Certified

Aesthetically pleasing. Amazon

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This cute and quiet device filters your air five times an hour and is perfect for your bedroom, dorm room, or any space up to 175 square feet. The fabric pre-filter traps large particles like dust mites and pet hair, a particle filter removes allergens like pollen, mold spores, and pet dander, and a carbon filter reduces smoke and odors. This unit comes with dark blue and grey pre-filters for a stylish appearance, and you can purchase additional colors if you just have to have a pink air purifier to match your bedspread. You’ll want to replace the filters about every six months. It’s also Energy Star certified, so it won’t drive up your electric bill.

Best for open spaces: LEVOIT Air Purifier

Choice For Apartments

Sleep soundly while the machine works. Amazon

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If you live in a studio apartment or your open floor plan includes a spacious kitchen and living area, this air purifier is an excellent choice. Using a true HEPA filter, it employs a laser sensor to monitor air quality and clean up to 219 square feet. If you decide to put it in your bedroom, use sleep mode for quieter operation.

Energy-efficient: LEVOIT Air Purifier Vista 200

Three Fan Speeds

Quiet and effective especially for smokers and pet owners. Amazon

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This bedside-sized purifier combats pollutants with a three-step filtration system. It has a pre-filter, a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate absorbing) filter, and an activated carbon filter to break down unwanted particles in the air. It is extremely energy efficient, so you can keep it on all day and night at a low cost. In sleep mode, it runs quietly with an optional night light. It has three fan speeds and auto-timer settings at 2, 4, and 8 hours.

Most portable: MOSO Natural Air Purifying Bag Bamboo Charcoal Air Freshener

Rid Your Bathroom Of Smells

Can work up to 90 feet away. Amazon

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Activated charcoal sucks in odors and acts as a room deodorizer. The air purifying bags—which can last up to two years—prevent mildew and bacteria from growing by removing moisture from the air. This bag can work up to 90 feet away.