Best Air Purifier for Odors

Best Air Purifier for Odors – 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.



More than 35,000 reviewers give this air purifier five stars, and many report better breathing and alleviated allergy symptoms. One user from Napa, California, bought this after a forest fire and writes, “This air purifier has made breathing noticeably easier in our home, and the air smells much cleaner, especially with the ultraviolet light turned on.” Many customers chalk up how well and quickly this purifier works to the True HEPA filter.

“I bought this model specifically because it uses ‘True HEPA’ filtration, which filters out the smaller smoke particles that can get into your bloodstream,” one writes. Another reviewer warns, “The replacement True HEPA filters are a bit pricey at around $28 last I checked, but they last about six months, give or take.”

Pros & Cons

2.LEVOIT Air Purifier

This Levoit air purifier’s “sleep mode” is mentioned in dozens of reviews, and when turned on, the device is so quiet, one reviewer “couldn’t hear anything at all, and had to look in [the] manual to make sure it still was filtering in that mode.”

Another reviewer “had to double-check that it’s on before sleeping. It’s really that quiet.” And they add that “since the very first day I began using it, I have not once had allergies at night.”

Pros & Cons

3.MOOKA Air Purifier

This Mooka air purifier is a big hit among reviewers who love the sound of gentle white noise. One reviewer who suffers from tinnitus found the sound produced by this purifier to be an unexpected boon: “If you’ve got ringing in your ears that gets super annoying when it’s quiet, this thing will prevent the ringing from consuming you.

I plan on moving the unit into my bedroom tonight to see if it will help me sleep better.” Another reviewer was afraid that the “noise level … would be hard to get used to in my bedroom, because I am so used to it being very quiet” but was pleasantly surprised to discover that it’s “really a relaxing sound.”

Pros & Cons

Most Honorable Mentions in the post

4.Coway Airmega AP-1512HH

Coway is loved across the world for its unique technology, award-winning design and user friendly Air Purifiers. Coway has World’s Largest R&D Centre for Air Care Products with 243 full-time researchers. Today, “Coway Air Purifier” is India’s No. 1 selling Air Purifier Brand. TECH. SPECS: Supply: 230V 50Hz. | Power : 38 Watts. | Noise: 22-49 dB. | Gross Weight: 7.50 Kg | 5 Years Warranty on Motor, 1 Year Warranty on Product.

FILTERS AND LIFE OF FILTER: Pre-Filter (To Trap PM10 Particles, Life-long), Patented Urethane Carbon Filter (To Deodorize the air & Remove VOCs, Life 8500 Hours), Multi Layered Anti-Virus Green HEPA Filter (To effectively trap PM2.5 particles and eliminate Viruses & Allergens, Life 8500 Hours).

Pros & Cons

5.Winix 5300-2

True-HEPA filter captures 99.97% of airborne pollutants; dust mites, pet dander, pollen and other allergens as small as 0.3 microns.

3 Stage cleaning, removes a range of allergens: dust, cigarette smoke, pollen, odors, pet dander, mold spores and organic chemicals. CFM (Sleep / Low / Med / High / Turbo) : 35.31 / 70.63 / 91.82 / 123.60 / 240.14

Pros & Cons

6.Holmes Air Purifier

Over 1,600 reviewers were impressed with this small-but-mighty tabletop air purifier, praising its ability to cut out cooking smells and pet odors. With its slim design, many say it’s also perfectly suited to sit atop desks or nightstands. “Nice small air cleaner that packs a real punch!” writes one reviewer. “I have one in each of our bedrooms. They are small, compact and do a great job cleaning the air.”

Another reviewer who is a prolific vaper purchased this to “help reduce the amount of vapor clouds in our family room,” and says it’s “been doing a phenomenal job … I put [it] on the end table next to where I sit and exhale my clouds in the direction of this purifier and it helps to eliminate about 90% of the vapor clouds.”

Pros & Cons

7.Hamilton Beach TrueAir

Several reviewers use the word “economical” to describe this air purifier from Hamilton Beach, including one who has six cats and struggled with both odors and dust. “I put this right next to my cat box and it has almost taken all the litter dust out of my utility room,” the reviewer writes.

And lots of reviewers specifically bought this air purifier because of the permanent filter, which means that they don’t have to order replacement filters and allows for even more cost savings.

Pros & Cons


Best Air Purifier for Odors – 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.

Air Purifier