Considering growing pollution levels in a world recovering from the pandemic, air purity is an absolute necessity. A survey by IQ Air suggests that 15 cities of India were amongst the world’s most polluted in 2020. In this scenario, air purifiers are a high priority as we need to breathe fresh air at least indoors. 

Air purifiers make sure that a room is free of pollutants like viruses, bacteria, allergens, etc. Moreover, some of these home gadgets also have the ability to remove bad odor. Having agreed that an air purifier is no more a luxury, we stress on how one should go about finding the appropriate one for our home. 

Factors like room size, standard certifications, electricity consumption, filter replacement charges, and noise level come into play while making the final decision. It is our effort here to provide you with a guide to your purchase and towards this end have listed some top notch air purifiers that are value for money in all aspects.

1. Dyson Purifier Hot+Cool Air Purifier

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Dyson’s hot comes with an intelligent purification feature. It has HEPA H13 along with activated carbon filtration that removes 99.95% of pollutants and allergens like bacteria, dust, mold, pet dander, VOCs, pollen, etc. The backward airflow mode of the Dyson HP07 purifies the air without cooling or heating the individual in the room. The device from Dyson features an automatic sensor to keep a check in real-time on the levels of four 4 different pollutants, including NO2, PM2.5, VOCs, and PM10. 

Air multiplier technology and 350-degree oscillation used in Dyson air purifiers also keep the room warm. It also supports WiFi connectivity allowing users to control it remotely. The remote can be accessed via Siri, Google Assistant and Alexa voice controls. It comes with features like

heat temperature setting, quieter operation, auto mode, 10 sir-speed settings, sleep timer, and more to make the device user-friendly.

2. Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier 2

Using ultra-dense Toray EPA filter, the Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier offers resistance from PM 2.5, pollen grains, dust and dirt particles and other allergic components. Equipped with a powerful aerodynamic system, the purifier provides a 310m3/h Clean Air Delivery Rate(CADR) and circulates pure air in 21m2 area in 10 minutes. The term CADR refers to the international standard for measuring the effectiveness of the air purifier.

The cylindrical shape of the purifier allows the filter to trap the air from 360 degrees. Its activated carbon filter promises to filter harmful gases and bad odor from the air. It also comes with a smart control system which allows users to control the purifier with their smartphone using the Mi Home App. The system also keeps a check on the filter and alerts the user when it needs to be replaced. The purifier works silently with 58 percent less energy consumption. So, Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier 2 is an affordable smart device.

3. Honeywell Air Touch HAC35M1101G

Honeywell Air Touch has a 3D airflow function which takes in air from the sides and bottom and releases pure air from the top. With 300 m3/h CADR, the purifier covers up to 450 square feet area which makes it suitable for living rooms and bedrooms. Equipped with a multi-layer air purification system, the purifier comes with three filters including Pre-filter, HEPA and the company’s own patented- HiSiv filter.

While the Pre-filter removes the PM 10, pet dander and hair particles, the HEPA filter purifies the passing air by removing bacteria, viruses and PM 2.5 particles. The HiSiv filter further improves the air quality by removing odors, formaldehyde and VOC which is indicated on the LCD from time to time. The highlight of the purifier is that it is 100 percent ozone free, which means it does not emit harmful gases as the by-product of the filtration process. In addition to this, the pre-filter is washable and does not require an engineer to change it.

4. Philips 3000 series (AC3256/20)

The purifier comes with Vitashield IPS technology which can remove particles of up to 0.02-micron size which is more than 100 times smaller than the normal PM 2.5. With its numerical indicator and 4 color AQI lights, the purifier provides the real-time PM levels in the air. Its special Allergen Mode claims that it can remove 99.97 percent common airborne allergens including the H1N1 virus. The purifier automatically boosts its cleaning performance when it detects any change in the quality of the air.

The purifier has an extra NanoProtect HEPA and AC filter having a CADR rate of 367m3/h which makes it suitable for an area of 95m2. Apart from this, the AeraSense technology of the purifier calculates the life of the filter and also alerts the user about the replacement of the same. Not only this, it automatically stops working if the filter is not replaced on time. It also features a sleep mode which turns down the speed of the fan of the product resulting in noise level of 33db. Users can also adjust the light indicators accordingly in the sleep mode. So, with the capacity of tracing the minute particles including virus-like H1N1, the Philips 3000 series (AC3256/20) is a product that you would love to own.

5. Philips 2000 series (AC2887/20)

It won’t be wrong if we say that this purifier is the cheaper variant of the above mentioned 3000 series. It serves to clean the air of comparatively smaller area varying from 24 to 41m2. Using the similar Vitasheild IPS technology and NanoProtect filter, the purifier promises to deliver the CADR rate of up to 344m3/h, remove ultra-fine particles, harmful gases, bacteria, virus and odor. 

Users can also check the life of the filter as it comes with the company’s AeraSense technology, which indicates filter replacement alert. The key feature is that it reduces the noise level to 20.5db in the silent mode, allowing users to have a noise-free and comfortable sleep at night.

6. Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier 2C

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Xiaomi is back on this list with one of the most affordable air purifiers around. Designed specifically for India, the Mi Air Purifier 2C comes with a true HEPA filter with a 99.97% efficiency.

It too has a 360-degree air intake for filtration and has an effective coverage area of 450sqft. The filters can be replaced by users on their own without needing a technician’s help. There’s also an LED monitor to show the current quality of ambient air.

7. TruSens Z-3000 Air Purifier

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TruSens Z-3000 is the most energy-efficient product mentioned on this list. The display panel of the purifier clearly indicates the quality of the air one breathes. It also has a washable pre-filter that stops all the dust and pet hair and improves the air quality. One need not worry about odor in the room or smoke as the carbon filter of the air purifier takes care of it. 

The SensorPod of TruSens Z-3000 first measures the impurities in the air and then notifies the purifier for a better cleaning of the room air. The clean air of the purifier is divided into two streams with the PureDirect technology that efficiently distributes the air in the room. 

8. Molekule Air Mini – Air Purifier

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Air Mini by Molekule is one of the best in the market right now. Molekule Air Mini has highly durable polycarbonate and a wool felt handle. It is based on the Photo Electrochemical Oxidation (PECO) technology that cleans the air and eradicates allergens, viruses, bacteria, and other harmful elements at a molecular level. The air purifier also sends a reminder on the need to replace the PECO filter.  

Apt for a small room, Air Mini has a degree airflow suitable for rooms up to 23 square metres like bedrooms, home offices, and small apartments. Its outer filter layer traps large particles, and the inner nanocatalyst-coated filter layer destroys pollutants and circulates clean air. The five-speed settings of the Air Mini allows users to adjust air purification levels. The device offers a touch display and is compatible with both Android and iOS devices. 

9. SHARP FP-JC2M-B Car Air Purifier

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This air purifier from Sharp offers dual purification, including active purification format that uses plasmacluster technology and passive purification, based on different filter combinations. Plasmacluster technology creates and deploys positive and negative ions. These ions first purify the air and then turn into water. It is very effective against harmful gases and microbes. 

The air purifier comes equipped with a true carbon-coated HEPA filter that traps 99.97% allergens and microscopic dust. The filter life as claimed by the company is one year. Bad odor is not going to be an issue now as Sharp’s car air purifier also absorbs the odor of cigarettes, pets, and other common household odors. 

10. Mi Air Purifier 3

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A few air purifiers can fall in the affordable category, and this one by Mi is one such product. Similar to its predecessor, Mi Air Purifier 2, Mi Air Purifier 3 possesses a clean air delivery rate (CADR) of 380 meter cube per hour. It sports an OLED touch display that also has air quality indicators. The 360-degree filtration available in this one removes around 99.97% of pollutants from the air. 

Mi Air Purifier has a design that allows consistent airflow cleaning 6333 liters of air per minute. The energy efficiency and no-noise design of the product make it value for money. Mi smart app control lets the user control the air purifier without any issues, and it also supports both Google Assistant and Alexa. 

11. Sharp Air Purifier with Mosquito Catcher

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Sharp offers some of the industry’s best air purifiers with unique features. The brand has added a mosquito-catching mechanism in this one. Not only will the user get pure air, but also be rid of  mosquitoes in their room. The UV light and the black colored body of the air purifier first attract mosquitoes, then the airflow and suction throw them to the strong glue sheet. 

Talking about the plasma cluster technology used in the air purifier, it deactivates major harmful gases and microbes present in the year with the help of positive and negative ions. The LED in the device indicates the level of dust and odor in a particular room, red indicates high, yellow translates to medium, and green means that everything is under the specified limit. 

Its 20-degree airflow cleans the air from the roof to the floor. It also consists of a haze mode that gets active when pollution levels are high. In this mode, Plasmacluster ions are combined with different fan speeds to remove pollutants from the air. 

12. Mi 2S Vertical Air Purifier

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Mi 2S vertical air purifier has a stylish and compact design and is easy to port. It comprises an OLED display and supports smart app control that allows easy management. In addition, the OLED display allows the real-time PM2.5 concentration, humidity, and temperature. Moreover, the air purifier is compatible with Google Voice Assistant. It also makes the room free from any sort of odor or allergen and has a CADR rate of 310-meter cube per hour. 

The activated carbon filter of Mi 2S eradicates all the TVOC, odor, formaldehyde and other impurities from the air. The primary filter of the air purifier removes the larger particles present in the air. 

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