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Best Air Purifiers TechnoBuffalo 2019

The air in our homes is full of invisible dust particles, mould spores, minuscule allergens, odours and if you have pets, dander and other nasties our fur buddies bring in with them. An air purifier is a great way to clean the air in your home and this selection, including our overall pick, the Levoit LV-H132, will remove 99.97% of those impurities leaving your home smelling and feeling fresher and you and your household breathing easier.

Best Overall: Levoit LV-H132 Air Purifier

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Levoit's LV-H132 delivers a reliable three-stage filtration system that comprises of an excellent preliminary filtration, True HEPA filtration, and then activated carbon filters to claim to reduce 99.97% of dust, pollen, smoke, food odours, mould spores, and pet dander.

The unit is controlled via a simple touchscreen panel from which you can select from three fan speed settings, activate night mode with a built-in nightlight that can be adjusted to two levels of brightness. You can also see when the filters need replacing, which should be around every six to eight months.

Pros:

  • Touch panel control panel
  • HEPA technology
  • Energy Class A+
  • Low noise level of 25dB
  • Filter change reminder
  • Night light settings
  • Three-speed levels
  • Two-year warranty
  • Can filter up to 322 square feet

Cons:

  • No timer

Best Overall

Levoit LV-H132 Air Purifier

Sleep easy

Capable for average-sized rooms, the LV-H132 is a great all-rounder for living and bedroom use.

Best Value: Rigogliso Air Purifier

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This affordable option is designed for smaller spaces and offers tidy dimensions and a lightweight 550-gram design to suit. USB-powered, you'll need to supply a wall charger should you want to power this from the mains. It has a HEPA air filter to eliminate up to 99.97% of dust, pollen, smoke, odours, mould spores, and pet dander.

It's simple to use; you just touch the on switch to activate it or press it twice to power off after eight hours automatically. When operational, it emits a warm blue LED light that can be used as a nightlight.

Pros:

  • HEPA technology
  • Energy Class A+
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Simple to operate

Cons:

  • No timer
  • USB powered
  • Can only filter up to 107 square feet

Best Value

Rigogliso Air Purifier

Purely portable

Perfect for smaller rooms, this affordable, portable purifier is simple to use.

Best Smart Connected: Philips AC2889/60 Series 2000i Connected Air Purifier

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A genuinely next-generation air purifier, Philips' AC2889/60 is smart home connected, so can be controlled remotely via a companion app and even voice-controlled via an Amazon Alexa smart speaker. It still boasts removal of 99.97% of ultrafine particles and offers "intelligent" purification in allergen mode where it automatically monitors, reacts and purifiers the air in your room.

You can set a schedule and control the three auto modes and five manual settings from the Air Matters app, which will also provide you with real-time information on how clean your home's air is, as will the numeric 1-12 indicator on the unit itself.

Pros:

  • HEPA technology
  • Three auto modes, five manual settings
  • Can filter up to 850 square feet
  • Energy Class A
  • Wi-Fi enabled
  • Works with the Air Matters app
  • Works with Alexa
  • Can monitor air quality remotely
  • AeraSense air quality numerical indicator
  • Sleep mode

Cons:

  • 7.7kg, not very portable
  • Very high cost

Best Smart Connected

Philips AC2889/60 Series 2000i Connected Air Purifier

On your wavelength

If you can afford it, Philips' 2000i is both clever and connected for modern lifestyles.

Best for Large Rooms: Winix U450 Air Purifier

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A serious bit of filtration kit, the Winix U450 isn't small, weighing in at 8kg and measuring 65cm tall. However, it can handle filtering the air in an ample space. The fine mesh, washable pre-filter catches larger dust particles, which helps prolong the True HEPA filter's life. As well as those two filtrations stages there's also CleanCel technology, an activated odour control washable carbon filter, and Winix PlasmaWave technology to get you to the 99.97% efficiency level.

With an LED indicator for air quality display, you can set this to auto mode to activate when pollutants are detected. You can also manually select from four fan speeds, and/or operate it via the bundled remote control. You can also put the purifier into "Sleep Mode" complete with a nightlight, in which sound levels are very low.

Pros:

  • Five stage filtration
  • Energy Class A+++
  • Remote control included
  • Can filter over 1000 square feet
  • Four-speed levels
  • Sleep mode

Cons:

  • 8kg, not very portable
  • High cost
  • No timer

Best for Large Rooms

Winix U450 Air Purifier

Absolute unit

A solid solution for larger spaces, this has top tech to keep your everyday air clean.

Best Slimline Design: HoMedics Air Purifier Fan

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As with rival products, HoMedics' air purifier promises to remove 99.97% of dust, pollen, smoke, food odours, mould spores, and pet dander from the air in your home. This product's HEPA filter is removable and cleanable by merely vacuuming it with a hose-style attachment. This means a HoMedics filter can last as much as five times longer than similar products.

Elsewhere, the controls are very straightforward, simply turn the unit on then select low, medium or high speed.

Pros:

  • HEPA technology
  • Three-speed levels
  • Vacuum-clean filter
  • Slimline design
  • Can filter up to 590 square feet
  • Filter change reminder

Cons:

  • No timer
  • No night mode

Best Slimline Design

HoMedics Air Purifier Fan

Thin air

A slimline design and cleanable filter make HoMedics purifier an attractive option.

Best Timer Functionality: Silentnight 38060 Air Purifier

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The Silentnight 38060 gives you a three-stage filtration process that starts with a fine gauge sponge layer that removes larger particles such as dust, a second HEPA filter that eliminates 99% of the air smaller particles and a final carbon for very fine particles and odour.

This purifier shines in sleep mode when it clicks into a quieter operation mode. The timer function allows you to run the purifier at timed intervals with four settings, including one, two, four and eight hours.

Pros:

  • HEPA technology
  • Three-speed levels
  • Three-year warranty
  • Energy Class A
  • Air ioniser
  • Good timer functions

Cons:

  • Filter needs replacing every six months

Best Timer Functionality

Silentnight 38060 Air Purifier

Bedtime buddy

With timers from one to eight hours, this Silentnight air purifier is ideal for your bedside table.

Get air

Air purifiers come in all shapes and sizes. Some of the options we've highlighted are portable and compact, so can be used in different rooms, or only at times when you need them, such as hayfever season. Others are larger and designed to stay put as a permanent solution in one area.

Our overall best pick, the Levoit LV-H132, is a good compromise between the two camps. It's small and lightweight enough to be used around the home, but capable enough to work as an always-ready filtration solution in a particular space, like a kitchen or bedroom.

Looking to the future, if you want to go next-gen (and can afford the price tag) tomorrow's air purifier is already here in the form of the Philips' connected version that you can control via the companion app or Alexa.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Amy-Mae Turner We wouldn't call Amy-Mae's dusting skills lacking exactly, but if anyone on the TechnoBuffalo team could do with a hand on the particle filtration front, she was an obvious candidate.

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