Most air purifiers have built-in fans too, which can distribute clean cool air in the summer or heated air in the winter. (Getty Images)
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While regular dusting and cleaning is one way to keep your home free from dust, pet dander and dirt, another way you can keep your space feeling fresh is with an air purifier.
These appliances are designed with filters and fans to help remove particles and circulate purified air back into the room, to simultaneously improve the air quality and allow you to breathe easier.
If you suffer from allergies, or even asthma, look for air purifiers that have high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters in them, as they can trap pollutants such as pollen, mould spores, dust mites and pet dander that can cause a reaction.
There’s a wide range of air purifiers on the market, so you’re spoilt for choice, no matter what your budget is or the size of your home.
We’ve rounded up the best money can buy, from the affordable to the high-tech designs worth investing in, so you can live in the cleanest, purest air possible.
12 best air purifiers for your home
Dyson Purifier Hot+Cool™ purifying fan heater | £549 from Boots
It will even notify you on your smartphone when it needs a new filter
Few home appliances have a stellar reputation like Dyson. Alongside its popular vacuum cleaners, hairdryers, and styling tools, it has an impressive range of slick, innovative fans, and in this case a purifying fan heater.
Thanks to a built-in HEPA filter, it can capture pollutants and particles causing a nuisance thanks to three sensors that use an algorithm to diagnose and display your air quality. It also seals the pollutants it draws in and through the Dyson Link app, it can be operated via voice control. Not only that, it also projects purified heated air throughout rooms in the winter, and cooler air in the summer.
Philips 800 Series Air Purifier | £149.99 from John Lewis
This fuss-free device from Philips can detect the smallest changes in air quality
This Philips machine promises to remove up to 99.5% of particles in the air, making indoor pollution no longer a problem. Operated with one button, it’s easy to use and regularly provides visual feedback via the screen on your air quality. Don’t worry about it keeping you awake, either. Thanks to its sleep modes, its lights will dim and it will continue to operate in almost total silence.
Levoit Air Purifier | £49.99 from Amazon
This Levoit air purifier is an Amazon bestseller
If you’re shopping with a smaller budget, take a look at Amazon which has plenty of affordable options.
This Levoit design is the retailer’s bestseller for air purifiers, with many happy customers saying it removed dust, pollen, smoke and odours. Many also said it was a great gadget for working from home, with noticeably less dust on office equipment.
Blueair Blue Pure 411 Air Purifier | £129 from Argos
This is a simple, efficient way to keep the air in your home clean at all hours
This Blueair device has five-star reviews from shoppers at Argos and has a number of impressive features. Firstly it filters the air in a room every 12 minutes with a HEPA filter, has three-speed settings, a quiet function and a carbon filter that can remove pollutants such as smog, odours and airborne chemicals. It couldn’t be easier to use either, requiring just the push of a button to get going.
Philips 3-in-1 Air Purifier | £349.99 from John Lewis
The light display will also tell you the temperature and filter status
If you’re looking to splurge, look no further than this Philips 3-in-1 purifier.
Thanks to a triple-layered HEPA filtration system and a 350-degree rotating fan, dust, hair and other bothersome particles will never cause you any issues. You can operate it via remote control, so it’s a completely hands-free device too. When it gets chilly over the winter, it can also blow out heated, purified air to keep you warm and your space clean simultaneously.
HoMedics AP-25 Air Purifier | £149.99 from Argos
The night mode on this HoMedics air purifier means it won’t wake you up while still being effective and improving your air quality
This HoMedics air purifier best serves medium-sized rooms and comes with three-speed settings, an indicator that lets you know when you need to replace the HEPA filter, a night mode and a timer you can set for two, four, eight or 12 hours. It’s ideal if allergens, pollen, dust, smoke, pet dander are disrupting your day and is the perfect companion when working from home.
The Tech Bar Momax Ultra-Air IoT UV Purifying Fan | £499.95 from Selfridges
This luxurious air purifier doubles up as a cooling fan too
Marrying form and function, this ultra-slick device is certainly an investment, but most definitely won’t be an eyesore in your home. You can control it via an app, but it’s also compatible with Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant too. The bladeless fan will keep your humble abode cool with air that’s free from allergies, dust mites, pollen and more thanks to its HEPA filter.
Beurer Compact Air Purifier | £159.99 from Boots
This is the perfect size for apartments or smaller homes
Perfect for picking up next time you do a shopping trip to Boots, this Beurer air purifier is incredibly useful for smaller rooms and spaces. It’s designed with a triple-action HEPA filter system that removes dust, odours, bacteria and pollen – so good it can capture as much as 99.5 percent of particles in the air. With an easy-to-navigate display and a filter that can last up to 4320 hours, this is a must-have for your home.
Dimplex Brava 5 Stage Air Purifier | £159.99 from Argos
Take a deep breath and enjoy your space without any pollutants with this machine by Dimplex
Suitable for rooms measuring up to 25 square metres, this Dimplex air purifier has everything you need to breathe easy. From a colour changing LED display and a 12-hour run back timer, to an almost silent sleep mode and indoor air quality sensor, it’s a no brainer that it deserves a spot in your space. We’ll be adding it to our basket ASAP to enjoy a home free from dust, smoke, pet dander and germs.
AEG AX91-404GY 400 Connected Home Air Purifier | £399 from John Lewis
Stylish yet functional, this AEG air purifier is a slick home appliance worth splashing out on
While an air purifier might not be the most exciting purchase, this AEG device proves you don’t need to compromise on style. It has the ability to eliminate 99.9% of bacteria and tiny particles in the air with its five-stage filtration system and can be entirely controlled through your smartphone with the AEG wellbeing app.
RENPHO Air Purifier for Home | £79.99 from Amazon
With an almost five-star rating on Amazon, this air purifier eliminates bacteria, odour and dust particles with ease
Another affordable option is this design from Renpho, and if you have an Amazon Prime membership, it will arrive on your doorstep the very next day. According to one happy Amazon customer: “The unit is slightly larger than I expected, but that pays dividends with the speed at which it can make an impact in a room. I’ve tested it in both my bedroom and living room, one is under and the other over 250 square meters – but the purifier makes a noticeable difference in each.” We don’t need much more convincing than that, so we’ll meet you at the checkout.
Shark 4 Fan Air Purifier | £280 from Argos
This device provides real-time reports on the air quality throughout your home
While you may know Shark for its top-rated vacuum cleaners, its air purifier is well worth a look too. Designed for rooms as big as 31.5 square metres, its built-in sensors continually track the air quality, providing real-time reports and estimated time until your air is completely clean. The auto mode also automatically adjusts the fan speed too before switching to an energy-efficient standby mode.
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