When choosing an air purifier for your allergy elimination needs, it’s important to consider the type that best serves your home: you’ll need a room purifier is you do not have a built in heating and cooling system. If you do, you can opt for a whole house filter, then simply replace your furnace filter with a filter of your choice.
Whatever the case, your primary criteria for choosing the best air purifiers for allergies should be:
- Operating Costs
- Ease of Maintenance
- Noise Level
We’ll give you our top picks based on how they do in each category.
10. Holmes HEPA Type Tower Air Purifier, HAP424-U
This purifier is a decent choice for allergy sufferers, and many users have reported great results with reducing asthma and allergy attacks thanks to this model. Although this is a “HEPA-type” product, you can put true HEPA filters in it for better results, which we recommend.
The price makes it a decent value, though most users replace their filters 1-2 times a year, so factor that into overall operating costs. The pre-filter is easy to clean, but many users do complain that the unit is quite loud.
9. Biota Bot Model #MM108 Air Purifier True HEPA Ionic Air Filtering System
Any purifiers featuring “true” HEPA filters rather than “HEPA-style” filters will be best at combating allergens. The Biota Bot is one such model, and also has charcoal filtering. Best for small rooms, users noted almost immediate improvements with regard to allergies. Small and easy to clean, you can also vacuum off the filters to prolong their use and keep operating costs low. This is a very quiet, lightweight unit.
Very few complaints, some users report low air power.
8. Febreze FHT190W HEPA-Type Tower Air Purifier
Another HEPA-type tower, this model from Febreze is nevertheless fully capable of helping to reduce airborne allergens. It offers 3 different speed settings and also works to eliminate odors and freshen the room even as it purifies. Users report very little noise, and the simple construction makes filter replacement and cleaning a breeze–no pun intended. A pack of 2 filters will cost around $20 dollars, so operating costs are a bit high given the price of the purifier.
7. Ivation Small Desktop 3-in1 True HEPA Air Purifier
This handy purifier also works well as a sanitizer and deodorizer and features True-HEPA filtration for better allergen removal. The unit runs very quietly making it ideal in terms of noise, and users report it is great for removing allergens from average-sized rooms. We consider the operating cost to be quite good as most users run the unit all day and night for months without needing to change the filter. Swapping out the filter and cleaning is very simple.
A few users complain that they don’t see accumulation on the filter after weeks of use, but most find it works well.
6. Holmes True HEPA Air Cleaning Allergen Remover HAP8650B-U
This purifier from Holmes is ideal for those times when you need to excise allergens from a larger room. Features a variety of air speeds, useful for different conditions. Also, has a handy indicator that tells you when to replace the filter. This unit does make a bit of noise, but it isn’t terribly loud. It is simple to clean and replace the filters, too.
However, it uses 3 HEPA and 3 Charcoal filters. If you wish to replace them all annually, you may find that operating costs are a bit higher than other models.
5. Hoover Air Purifier 600, WH10600
One of the best things about this Hoover purifier is the washable pre-filter. The pre-filter makes the unit both easy to clean and cuts down on operating costs by catching most larger particles, freeing up the main filter to catch allergens and other things, and helping it last much longer.
There are a few complaints regarding some noise with this model, but we don’t find it to be much stronger than a standard white noise fan, and some users may perhaps appreciate it.
4. Airfree Onix 3000 Filterless Air Purifier
The Onix 3000 is a bit on the pricey side compared to some of our other recommendations but we like it for two important reasons. Firstly, it is filterless, which keeps operating costs very low, since you don’t have to spend funds on replacement filters.
Secondly, the manufacturers guarantee that it is commpletely silent during operation.
We don’t place it higher because of the price, and a few users did not seem to notice differences in air quality. Most were very satisfied, and this along with it meeting certain criteria so well make it a worthy entry.
3. I-pure items Ultra Quiet Air Purifier
This little purifier offers pretty decent value for such a small, true HEPA machine. Filters a variety of particles including allergens. Operates at a very low noise level that shouldn’t even be an issue on quiet nights. Such a small, simple unit is easy to clean once the filter needs replacing; most compatible filters are relatively cheap and only need to be replaced annually for low operating costs. Most users very happy with this value product with true HEPA filtration.
2. Levoit Air Purifier Filtration with True HEPA Filter
Levoit’s air purifier offers a variety of features in a compact package, from true HEPA filtration to variable air speeds for any needs. Although it makes some general noise upon initial use, they say it should subside completely over time, making it one of the best air purifiers in terms of low noise production.
Features a carbon pre-filter to help the main filter last longer and cut down on operating costs.
1. GermGuardian AC4825 3-in-1 Air Cleaning System with True HEPA Filter
We find that the GermGuardian is overall one of the best air purifiers for allergies and various other contaminants. Relatively compact and light, it also features UV-C technology to kill bacteria that may be present in the home. The pre-filter helps with capturing particles and keeping costs down, and some users even reported positive changes in as little as 20 minutes of use. Changing filters and cleaning is easy and this unit works perfectly in medium to small rooms.
We’ve chosen room purifiers for our list here because many consumers may not have the ability to install more permanent systems into the framework of their homes or apartments; room purifiers provide the best options to the widest possible audience. Whatever your needs are, we’re confident any of the products above will help with your allergies, and it’s just a matter of choosing one that is right for your space and preferences.