So you’re looking to buy a portable air purifier for your home but you’re not sure where to start because there are so many out there. With more people working from home, it’s important to make sure the air quality in your home is good.
I was in the same situation, and after testing a handful of models, I decided to share my findings with you. When you’re done reading this article, you’ll be one step closer to the perfect portable air purifier.
If you’re struggling with respiratory problems (itchy throat, cough, sore, etc), allergies, hives, and other issues, buying a portable air purifier can help by removing particles and allergens from the air. Even if you don’t have any health issues, clean air is important for your long-term health.
You probably already decided that you need an air purifier but you’re not sure which model to choose. I hand-picked and researched the portable air purifiers on the list below for you to help you make a decision.
Quick budget reference:
- 💰 – $0 – $100 (Budget)
- 💰💰 – $100 – $200 (Mid-Range)
- 💰💰💰 – $300+ (High-end)
Let’s get into my recommended list.
5 Best Portable Air Purifiers for Home:
- Budget: 💰💰
- Filters: Catalyst, Carbon, Pre-filter, H11 HEPA Filter, Ionizer
- Lowest Noise level: 21dB
- Coverage: 65m
- Weight: 12 lbs
- Smart Controls
- Air Quality Detection
The Hathaspace HSP001 is similar to the Coway Mighty but with a few extra features. For starters, the HSP001 has more filters, a total of five, ending with an Ionizer.
The initial filter is a cold catalyst that removes VOCs and other harmful chemicals. After that, there’s a carbon filter, followed by a HEPA pre-filter, and finally the H11 HEPA filter. With all of these filter layers, this air purifier can remove 99.97% of pollutants in your home.
What I liked about this air purifier is it not only has plenty of filters but also good coverage. It can refresh the air in a 65 square meter room once every hour. For that reason, the HSP001 is best suited for living rooms, home offices, kitchens, and other open-areas.
On top of that, the HSP001 has smart control panel with multiple functions. For example, speed control (3 levels), sleep mode, light, auto, and an air quality detector. I recommend this powerful air purifier for large open areas, especially if you furry pets, because the filters are great at removing allergens and fur.
- Budget: 💰
- Filters: H13 True HEPA
- Noise level: 24dB
- Coverage: 20m
- Weight: 8.7 Pounds
- Smart Touch Controls
- 360 Air Intake
The LEVOIT portable air purifier is a good choice because it is not only budget-friendly but also uses a 360-degree air intake system to provide clean air from multiple directions. I really liked this air purifier because even though it looks fancy it’s actually very budget-friendly. It has features that you would not expect from a budget model.
For example, besides the 360 air intake system, it also has a touch control panel with a backlight. You can use the control panel to configure a variety of settings on the air purifier, such as fan speed, set a timer, night mode, and many others. More importantly, the filter comes with True HEPA 13 filters and it’s compatible with other filters too.
The HEPA 13 filters are recommended because they can remove 99.97% of airborne particles, such as dust, pollen, and pet allergens. There are replacement filters for each specific type of contaminates. To find replacement filters, simply search for Core 300-RF filters.
- Budget: 💰
- Filters: H11 HEPA
- Noise level: 37dB
- Coverage: 14m
- Weight: 5 lbs
- Three Speed Modes
What you need to know about the TOPPIN HEPA air purifier is it’s a very small and budget-friendly model. I would not recommend this model for big living rooms or master bedrooms.
Even though the coverage isn’t the best, for the price, it’s hard to beat. The design is about the same as the Core 300 model, but it’s much smaller and portable, weighing only 5 Lbs. The filters used are HEPA H11 which are not as good as H13 but can still remove about 95% of contaminants from the air. The filter replacements can be found here.
One notable feature is the TPA P002 has a fragrance sponge under the top panel. Add a drop of essential oils to the sponge to improve the odour in a room. It also has a night light mode and 3 fan speeds.
I recommend this portable air purifier for kids rooms or other small rooms. It doesn’t have that many special features but it cleans the air pretty well and it’s one of the cheapest portable air purifiers on our list.
- Budget: 💰💰
- Filters: Pre-filter, True HEPA, Vital Ion
- Lowest Noise level: 24.4dB
- Coverage: 33m
- Weight: 12.35 lbs
- 3 Fan Speeds, Auto-mode, and eco-mode
- Washable Pre-filter
- Air Quality Detection
Now we’re moving to the more expensive territory. Looking for a portable air purifier for a living room? The COWAY Might AP-1512HH could be exactly what you need. At first glance, it looks like a large box or a speaker, but it’s a powerful air purifier with great coverage. It’s not the smallest on our list but it is very powerful. Let’s take a look at the best features.
What’s interesting about the COWAY Mighty air purifier is it has three levels of filters. The first is the washable pre-filter, the second is the HEPA filter, and the third is the Ion layer. The filters can be accessed by popping open the front panel. The filters combined can remove about 99.7% of all contaminants in your air.
One cool feature is the air quality detection system, an easy way to check the air quality in your home. The color will change depending on the air quality level; red for highly polluted, blue for clean, and purple for medium. I recommend this one for large living rooms or master bedrooms, it’s very powerful and has great coverage.
- Budget: 💰
- Filters: Pre-filter, H11 HEPA Filter, Activated Carbon
- Lowest Noise level: 32dB
- Coverage: 18m
- Weight: 5.6 lbs
- LED Touch Controls
- 4-Fan Speeds
- Sleep Mode
To finalize our list, the Bulex AF-3222 portable air purifier that is perfect for bedrooms. The coverage is not the best but it’s budget-friendly and provides 3-layers of air filters.
It can remove 99.97% of particles from the air. The design is similar to the LEVOIT Core 300 but without the 360-degree air intake. Instead, the AF-3222 intakes air from below the unit and releases it through the top, sending fresh air upwards.
What I liked about this air purifier is it’s one of the most portable on our list. It only weighs 5.6 lbs, so you can move it around without a struggle. In fact, you could let it refresh the air in one room, and then move it to another.
I think this air purifier is perfect for bedrooms, such as children’s bedrooms. There’s also a handy filter replacement indicator on the smart controls which will turn red when you need to change the filter.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How Often Should You Replace Air Purifier Filters?
Most air purifier companies recommend changing the filters once every 3 to 6 months, depending on the air quality level and usage. Households with pets should change the air filters more often.
Can You Wash HEPA Filters?
It is not recommended to wash HEPA filters because water can damage the filters reducing the effectiveness. There’s also a risk of sending the captured pollutants back into the air, defeating the purpose of the air filter. It’s always best to buy a brand-new HEPA filter. You could also look for washable filters, although they’re not as common and more expensive.
Can Air Purifiers Make You Sick?
Some cheap air purifiers emit too much ozone which can make you feel uncomfortable and irritate your throat. However, it’s very rare that an air purifier will make you sick. There’s also a chance the air purifier is malfunctioning or the filter is not installed correctly.
Can an Air Purifier Kill Covid?
If you air purifier uses HEPA Filters, it can capture COVID particles from the air because COVID particles are about 0.12 microns in size while HEPA filters are 0.1 microns in size. However, air purifiers have not been proven to kill the Covid 19 virus, only to capture it in the filters. I don’t recommend buying air purifiers as a way to combat the virus.
Is a HEPA Filter Required for Air Purifiers?
While there are HEPA alternatives, HEPA is known for providing the best and most effective filters for air purifiers. I always recommend looking for an air purifier that uses a HEPA filter because it guarantees your air will be clean.