Currently, New York City is ranked as the number one country for the most dangerous air quality In the world. It came after smoke from 400 wildfires in Canada cast an apocalyptic-like orange haze over much of the city. And with at least 13 other states issuing air quality alerts, this will inevitably affect the air quality inside homes and personal spaces.
This is where nobody is The best air purifiers They can make a huge difference in filtering out airborne pollutants and improving air quality. Additionally, air purifiers can benefit those who suffer from allergies or asthma, and can also help you sleep easier at night. In fact, it has been reported before Fox News New York City stores sold air purifiers during the early days of the hazardous haze.
Because of the ever-growing popularity, more air purifiers are available than ever before. As a result, it can be difficult to tell the difference between the models and what features they offer to fit your needs and home. Basically, the Things you need to know before buying an air purifier Include CADR (Clean Air Delivery Rate) rating, specifications, size and/or noise levels. The higher the CADR rating, the more effective it is at removing pollutants, allergens, and generally cleaning the air.
To help you decide, we’ve curated a list of three air purifiers that are great options if you’re looking to buy or upgrade your current model.
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Buy this: BLUEAIR BLUE PURE 211+ AUTO
We’ve tested some of the best air purifiers on the market, but this one was the best in terms of overall performance Blueair Blue Pure 211+ Auto. Despite being mid-sized, it’s a beast of a machine that offers top-notch air purification capabilities.
In fact, during testing, it earned CADRs of 353, 347, and 380, respectively, for smoke, dust, and pollen—impressive performance in all three categories. Suitable for large spaces totaling up to 550 square feet, making it the ideal choice for most homes.
In addition to performance, it is easy to set up and use. When you plug it in, it starts in automatic mode and cycles through three colors (blue, yellow, and red), as it detects the air quality in the room. The blue light indicates good air quality, the red indicates that it is working overtime to clean the air, and the orange is in the middle.
It also comes with three fan speeds that can be switched by pressing the button on the top, from low to high. And there’s also a recent night mode in rotation, which turns off the front light, while still quietly running the fan.
Even though it’s over 20 inches long (and bulkier than other air purifiers), its sleek cube-shaped design is durable, attractive, and won’t look unsightly in the home. Plus, we love the fact that it comes in other colors including grey, pink, blue, and green — so you can match your interior style. The only downside is that it can get a little noisy when running at full power, clocking in at 60.8dB at its highest. However, this can easily be overlooked based on its generally impressive performance.
Buy this: HONEYWELL HPA 300
If you’re on a budget, but need an air purifier to handle a large area, we recommend this Honeywell HPA 300. Despite its small price tag, it delivers powerful performance and is suitable for rooms up to 465 square feet — a decent size.
With CADR scores of 300, 320, and 300 for dust, smoke, and pollen, respectively, this is pretty impressive for a budget air purifier. Plus, replacement filters only cost about $40, which is an excellent value.
Besides performance, it was also one of the easiest air purifiers to use. It comes with an easy to operate touch control panel and a quick reference guide. Plus, it offers four different fan speeds (including a turbo mode), as well as a two-, four-, or eight-hour timer. There’s also an option to dim the device for nighttime operation, and indicators that show the three HEPA filters and activated carbon pre-filter inside.
While it lacks an automatic mode (which means you’ll have to manually change fan speeds), and other advanced settings, performance is still up from some of the more expensive/advanced models. It is also worth noting that Honeywell HPA 300 Very Loud—which made it to the noisiest end of our tests, producing 59.6dB at its highest setting. And although it has a high CADR rating, it takes a lot of energy to run this machine.
However, you do get amazing performance that you might not get with more “energy efficient” models, so you’ll need to weigh the costs. It may not be the quietest air purifier for your home, but it will certainly get the job done well, and is great value for money.
Buy this: BLUEAIR HEALTHPROJECT 7470i
If you are a big purchaser, and prefer a smart air purifier, we can recommend this Blueair HealthProtect 7470i.
With solid performance, it’s rated CADR of 270, 275, 280 for smoke and pollen, and is suitable for rooms up to 418 square feet. Besides its impressive filtering, it comes with all the mod bugs including Smart Connect, which allows you to monitor and control it via your phone.
The LCD screen at the top of the device gives you real-time information about what it senses. This includes the local temperature, residual filter life, and room relative humidity. Plus, it has two lights on the front that are for gaseous pollutants and one for larger particles—both of which are rare on other models.
the Blueair HealthProtect 7470i It comes with three speeds and an automatic mode. Additionally, it has a night mode that helps reduce noise and light at bedtime, all of which can improve sleep quality. Using the app is very simple, and all the features you need are quick to locate and navigate around. Best of all, it’s one of the quietest air purifiers ever made, at just 35.3dB on its lowest setting and 48dB on its highest.
Keep in mind, it’s the heaviest air purifier we’ve tested, weighing in at 27.6 pounds. And even though it comes on a set of wheels, it’s still quite a challenge to easily move it around the house. It also consumes a lot of power, which is a drawback for its outstanding performance and advanced features.
Plus, this was one of the most expensive air purifiers we tested, at just over $750—but this model can often be found on sale at certain retailers. However, the Blueair HealthProtect 7470i is an exceptional air purifier that gives you performance, more information, and more value than you can get from other affordable models.