Best Air Purifier for Living Room

Best Air Purifier for Living Room – You already know it’s important to regularly clean your home, but there’s one part beyond the surfaces that’s often looked over: the air. Using an air purifier can help make sure the air you breathe is cleaner, but not all air purifiers are created equal.

That’s why the Lab experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute dug deep into the research to find the best air purifiers on the market. We vetted dozens of air purifiers by evaluating their controls and interfaces for ease of use, road testing in our homes and labs, in addition to reviewing specifications and test documentations and selecting from brands we know and trust.

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1.Coway Airmega 250

Coway’s Airmega 250 splits the room capacity between its bedroom-and-office 200M and excellent Airmega 300/400 series. This is the perfect size for a typical living room or den. It captures 99.999 percent of particulate down to 0.1 microns, which makes it capable of tackling wildfire smoke and big-city pollution.

The washable prefilter keeps the replaceable HEPA filter lasting longer, too. And, hey, it also looks like the air purifier version of a 1994 Plymouth Acclaim, but in an endearingly hip way, retro without trying to look retro.

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2.Dyson Pure Hot +

Filtering out volatile organic compounds and particulates is one way of making the air in your home safer. Adjusting it to the correct humidity is another important component, and it’s often ignored. Indoor air is usually very dry, and viruses love dry air. Having the right indoor humidity inactivates viruses much faster than normal, making airborne viruses less likely to infect you.

That’s why I really like Dyson’s purifier (9/10, WIRED Recommends), which I tested last spring. Its almost entirely automated self-cleaning mode takes care of the worst aspect of humidifiers—keeping them mold-free. Along with its excellent air purifier performance and smart features, it’s tough to beat for larger rooms. As long as you can swallow the price.

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3.Honeywell HPA300

This Honeywell is rated for rooms up to 500 square feet, which is on par with the other large-room air purifiers we tested. It’s also very lightweight. Compared to the Blueair HealthProtect 7410i and Dyson Pure Hot+Cool, it was much easier to pick up by its built-in handle and move around. It’s not lacking any parts, either. Inside it packs two HEPA-grade filters and an activated carbon prefilter for trapping volatile organic compounds such as cooking odors.

When air quality dipped inside my apartment, the Insight quickly ramped up its fan and sucked up the odors or invisible particulates. For under $300, you get a strong-performing purifier with an automatic set-it-and-forget-it mode, and unlike many bigger models, you can easily carry it from room to room when needed.

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4.Fridababy

Fridababy, a company known for ingenious solutions to everyday parenting problems, recently introduced a small-room air purifier designed for spaces up to 150 square feet—like a baby’s nursery. It’s on our recommended list because, not only is it meant to help filter out dust mites and the like, but it also has a built-in sound machine and nightlight.

We’re all about finding space-saving, multi-purpose products, particularly for our littles! While we have yet to review company testing data on the air purity claims, we found the sound machine and nightly aspects easy to use and the filter easy to replace.

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5.LEVOIT Air Purifier

The combination of value, performance and intelligent design impressed our engineering experts during our Seal evaluation process. In particular, the unit’s three-stage filtration, including HEPA, helps it capture even the smallest airborne pollutants in rooms up to approximately 400 square feet; a built-in precision laser sensor accurately monitors particles in the room and auto-adjusts fan speeds as needed.

The purifier is also incredibly quiet, operating at a whisper-quiet (literally!) 24db, which you’ll appreciate if it’s stationed in your bedroom; one of our staff testers has been running the unit for several months in her home and says the light hum is quite peaceful at night.

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6.Winix 5500-2

The Winix 5500-2 is an exceptional performer on particulates, capturing 99.9% of the smoke in our test room in just 30 minutes on high and 97.2% on its medium-high setting, where it emits an easy-to-live-with 40 decibels. In both cases, that’s a bit better than the results we got from the Coway AP-1512HH Mighty, though in practice the differences are insignificant:

Both machines, when used continuously as they are in most homes, will drop particulates to near zero in under an hour—and keep them there. We still prefer the Mighty for its lower energy consumption, smaller visual footprint, display-shutoff feature, and more attractive look, but it’s a close race.

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WRAP UP

Best Air Purifier for Living Room – Given the increased focus on air purifiers of late, we decided to update our report with additional model recommendations, based on further specification reviews and road tests of reliable brands. During the pandemic, our chief engineer, Rachel Rothman, tested more than 12 models in her home, logging 100,000-plus hours of total run time, along with extensive usability tests.

The devices were exposed to drying paint, kitchen fumes and even dirty diapers to measure air purification across a range of scenarios and common at-home needs. We also turned to our Lab experts, as well as outside specialists on indoor air quality, for answers to the most frequently asked questions around air purifiers.

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