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It’s allergy season! These are the six best air purifiers

It’s no secret that the air we breathe indoors can cause allergies, respiratory issues, and other health issues. Sometimes, people have known allergies to things like dust that causes them to feel these symptoms, other times a person may have symptoms and not even know they’re caused by the air they’re breathing.

In the short term, these indoor particulates can cause soreness in the nose and throat, as well as headaches, dizziness, and even fatigue, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Over time, poor indoor air quality can lead to much more serious consequences, including a slew of respiratory diseases and even cancers in some cases.

Other environmental factors in our homes can cause problems, too. Even a pet we love can be the cause of our breathing issues. A good air purifier can be a step in the right direction toward cleaner indoor air. These are our picks for the best air purifiers to help reduce allergies in the home or office.

Honeywell 50250-S True HEPA Air Purifier

The best

The Honeywell 50250-S True HEPA is one of the best purification units on the market, namely because its glass fiber HEPA filter captures particles as small as 0.3 microns. To put that number in perspective, an average human hair is about 80 microns. Needless to say, this unit is more than capable of filtering pollen, dust, pet dander, and even smoke particulates.

A carbon-activated pre-filter also captures larger contaminants and works to eliminate common household odors. Unlike other units, this model uses a primary HEPA that can be vacuumed, thus allowing you to extend the lifetime of the filter.

As with any air purifier, one of the key things to consider is the maximum square footage the unit can adequately filter. Honeywell’s modest offering is designed for rooms up to 390 square feet in size. That is more than enough power to sufficiently treat the air in most rooms around your home.

The unit does feature a rather lackluster design — not to mention a bulky exterior. Even if the unit might not necessarily complement the feng shui of your living space, however, it’s more than capable of removing all of the feng-us in your home. Pun totally intended.

Alen Breathesmart HEPA Air Purifier

The most customizable

It’s allergy season! These are the six best air purifiers

Considering the sheer size of most air purifiers, they often have a tendency to clash with the overall interior design of your home. The Alen Breathesmart is one of the most customizable options in a market loaded with blasé behemoths. The unit is available in 14 different colors, allowing you to pick something more in line with your existing home décor.

The unit is as customizable on the inside as it is on the outside, as Alen Breathesmart offers four unique HEPA filters to choose from. All of these filters remove dust and allergens, but each has a specific filtration forte. The HEPA-Pure filter is designed for common contaminants such as dust, allergens, mold, spores, and pollen. The HEPA-Silver filter is perfect for mold, germs, and asthma-related concerns. A HEPA-Fresh Plus utilizes a chemical filter to rid the indoor air of smoke and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). The fourth option, the HEPA-OdorCell, works to neutralize overbearing odors. This filter, in particular, is great for households with multiple pets.

As an added bonus, this unit continually adapts to the indoor air quality. When pollutants and allergens levels are low, it functions in an energy-saving mode that’s designed to prevent unnecessarily filtration. Similarly, when irritants in the air are higher than normal, the device utilizes a higher setting to help purify the air more rapidly. This adaptive technology will prolong the life of your filter and save you money on your utility bill.

The Alen Breathesmart is recommended for rooms up to 1,100 square feet in size, making this model powerful enough for virtually any household room and some apartments. It’s by far one of the more expensive air purifiers on the market given its price tag, but your lungs — as well as your interior designer — will both breathe easier because of it.

GermGuardian AC4100 3-in-1 Air Cleaning System with HEPA Filter

The most compact

It’s allergy season! These are the six best air purifiers

The GermGuardian is a solid countertop option. While most units require plenty of space to properly take in and expel air, this unit has been designed specifically to sit on an end table or desk. The device was also crafted to look like a speaker, which allows you to inconspicuously incorporate the GermGuardian around your home or office.

A built-in HEPA filter also captures more than 99 percent of dust, allergens, pet dander, mold, and pollen down to 0.7 microns. The device also uses UV-C light to kill airborne germs and bacteria, making it the perfect unit for the flu season. It also decomposes odors caused by pets and cigarette smoke, though you’ll need to replace the filter every 6 to 8 months. And while there are air purifiers with better filtration specifications, you’ll be hard pressed to find a sleeker design in this price range. Just don’t expect it to clear massive rooms of potential contaminants.

Winix WAC9500 Ultimate Pet True HEPA Air Cleaner with PlasmaWave Technology

The best for pet owners

It’s allergy season! These are the six best air purifiers

With PlasmaWave technology that attacks pollutants on a molecular level, the Winix WAC9500 air purifier cleans the air free of viruses, bacteria, odors, and gases. True HEPA filtration traps 99.9 percent of the bad stuff in your air.

It grabs tiny particles (it captures particles as small as 0.3 microns) and can make a real difference in the way you breathe. That pet dander that stuffs up your nose gets trapped in the filter, and you breathe clean and virtually allergen-free air. This machine doesn’t just clean your air free of tiny allergens though. It has a five-stage filtration system, including a washable pre-filter to grab larger particles, CleanCel anti-bacterial treatment, and a granular carbon filter for odor control.

The WAC9500 comes with a remote control and it has smart sensors that consistently monitor the air so the machine can adjust to its environment. It covers a 283-square-foot area.

Holmes Small Room 3-Speed HEPA Air Purifier

The best budget option

It’s allergy season! These are the six best air purifiers

Holmes Small Room 3-Speed HEPA Air Purifier is ideal for individuals seeking a basic and affordable air purifier. It’s perfect for your bedroom, office, or places with limited space. For convenience, this unit can also be situated vertically or horizontally without sacrificing performance.

Homles’ unit can filter airborne particles as small as 2 microns. It has three different speeds so you can set it higher or lower as needed. Plus, it has an optional ionizer.  As with any budget option, however, this unit has its drawbacks. The Holmes Small Room model is only rated for rooms up to 100 square feet in size, and while 2 microns is fairly solid when it comes to household filtration, asthmatic individuals or people with other respiratory problems will certainly prefer a higher caliber purifier.

Rabbit Air Ultra Quiet HEPA Air Purifier

The most energy efficient

It’s allergy season! These are the six best air purifiers

This Energy Star-rated purifier uses BioGS HEPA filtration that incorporates six stages of purification to ensure a thorough job. These include a pre-filter, medium filter, BioGS HEPA filter, customized filter, charcoal-based activated carbon filter, and negative ion generator. These filters work to reduce the amount of dust, pet dander, mold spores, and airborne bacteria, thus freshening the air you’re breathing indoors. The BioGS HEPA filter is especially important, as it works to reduce the accumulation of bacteria on the filters, thus prolonging their efficiency.

The purifier is also economical, with an Energy Star-certified motor and filters that last up to two years if used 12 hours daily. A built-in light sensor allows the purifier to automatically transition to sleep mode when the room is dark.

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