We tend to spend more time at home during the winter months, so now is the perfect time to invest in an air purifier to keep house dust, unwanted bacteria and pollution at bay.
Air purifiers are useful for a multitude of other reasons, too; aside from clearing dust particles and mould spores from the air, they can also help those who suffer from hay fever, allergies and asthma. Read on for advice on choosing an air purifier, and our favourite models for every budget, with special functions from quiet modes to smart app systems.
How to choose an air purifier
Victoria Miller, small appliances expert at AO.com, reveals exactly how air purifiers can help in your home and what to look out for when choosing the best air purifier to suit your needs…
‘Air purifiers are brilliant for keeping allergies at bay within the home. While restricting particles in the air using a HEPA filtration system, they also release cleaner, cooler air back into the room like a fan.
‘Certain models also feature an ioniser, which reduces allergens floating around, making them easier to dust or vacuum away. This is great for removing pollen, dust, mould, pet dander and pollution, which makes it a useful appliance in your home all year round.
‘When purchasing an air purifier, look at the size of the room you want the product to reside in and work out how much space you want it to cover. Small models, which are around 30 square metres and below, are suitable for bedrooms; large models are better for big, open-plan spaces.’
The best air purifiers to buy in the UK
Russell Hobbs RHAP1001G Air Purifier
This air purifier from Russell Hobbs is a top option if you suffer from allergies or asthma as it filters out pollen, dust, smoke and bacteria as small as 0.3 microns.
At only 40cm in height, this is a neat design which can easily slot into all sorts of small spaces so you could pop it wherever you fancy, whether that’s on your desk or tucked away in a corner. It even has an LED colour changing display which is ideal if you’re looking for an air purifier that is both fun and functional.
Honeywell AirGenius 5
With five different speed settings to choose from and a range of functions including a fast odour reduction feature, the Honeywell AirGenius 5 is likely to become a well-used and useful addition to your home. It captures 99.9% of microscopic particles including mould spores, pollen and dust. You can easily clean the filter by rinsing it with water and there is an auto shut-off feature making this a low maintenance purifier.
AEG AX51-304WT Air Purifier
This clever air purifier has the ability to react to your room’s air quality levels and produce an appropriate air purification rate, so it continuously responds to its surroundings to help create a healthy atmosphere. Or if you’d rather keep an eye on things yourself, there is an app which displays the air quality and allows you to set personal preferences.
It works efficiently too as it cleans the air of a 10m² room in just seven minutes, thanks to the 3D fan, four-stage air filtration and 360 degree air intake.
The AEG purifier has a versatile design as you can place it against a wall so it’s out of the way, or you can move it from room to room due to its portable nature.
Vax ACAMV101 Pure Air 300 air purifier
With the amazing ability to remove particles as small as 0.3 microns, this purifier is more than capable of cleansing the air in your home. Plus, it has five handy speed functions, a timer that can be set from one to eight hours, a sleep mode, and a filter-change reminder. What’s more, it’s able to refresh the air in large rooms of up to 120 square metres.
Blue Pure 411 in Saffron Red
The Blue Pure 411 purifier can provide clean air for rooms of up to 15 square metres, and it can refresh it five times per hour. The air in the room will be filtered every 12 minutes to effectively lower particle levels and create a cleansed home environment.
It can also remove odours and pollutants from a space, and you can easily replace the filter with the touch of a button, so there’s no need to play around with settings.
Beurer compact air purifier with three-layer filtration LR200-66003
This air purifier has a three-layer filter system that will get rid of dust, pollutants and odours, and it even has a night mode so you can breathe easy while you sleep, too. On top of that, it has an ionic cleaning function to clear the air of smaller particles, which makes it a superb choice for people with allergies.
Dyson Cool™ TP07 air purifier
If you want to purify the air in your home office, then this model is for you. The clever 350-degree oscillating function helps to circulate clean air over a wide area and the purifier can even be controlled remotely from a smartphone app. Plus, this Dyson purifier has a HEPA filter, which means that it can remove 99.95 per cent of allergens and pollutants in the home.
Bionaire air purifier
To stave off dust particles and refresh the air indoors, choose the Bionaire purifier. Suitable for rooms of up to 30 square metres, the model has a 33 Watt power output and HEPA filters to provide even better purification. Plus, there are three speed settings to choose from and you’ll have a two-year warranty for peace of mind.
Philips Series 3000i connected air purifier
This easy-to-control purifier can be monitored from anywhere using the Air Matters app which is compatible with smartphones. The intelligent purification system also automatically monitors and purifies the air and is able to remove 99.97 per cent of ultra-fine particles, allergens, gases and bacteria.
Plus, it has the ability to cover huge rooms of up to 95 square metres, and it features a night mode so the air can be cleaned while your sleep is undisturbed.
Blue Pure 221
Keep your space fresh 24/7 with the Blue Pure 221 purifier. By drawing in air through its filtration system, the purifier can quietly and efficiently clean a room up to five times every hour. If you also want to use the purifier through the night then this model can also be set to a low noise level to ensure that you will enjoy a peaceful slumber.
Beurer large room air purifier LR310-66019
Take control of the air you breathe with the Beurer purifier from Lakeland. It is able to capture and filter up to 99.5 per cent of particles floating in the air thanks to its three-layer filter system. It also offers a fine dust particle sensor, a UV-C light function to eliminate germs and odours, and a timer that can be set to operate for two, four or eight hours.
PureMate five-in-one multiple technologies air purifier
As well as being easy to use and extremely quiet, this air purifier has a HEPA filter that captures 99.97 per cent of airborne bacteria, household dust, pet dander, mould spores and pollutants. It’s also a go-to choice for people who suffer with hay fever, and is super simple to clean as the replacement indicator will let you know when you need to change the long-lasting filter.