The quality of the air around you have a huge effect on your health. This is especially true for indoor air, whose poor quality has been linked to increased risk of allergies, asthma, and other respiratory problems. To help you live a healthier life, we’ve selected the top 5 best value-for-money air purifiers with sufficient power to filter out any microscopic airborne pollutants, allergens, and sometimes even odors.
All models on this list cost roughly the same and have a comparable CADR (Clean Air Delivery Rate) rating, making them suitable for small to mid-size rooms. Some, however, such as the BlueMyst, have enough power even for larger rooms.
What is CADR?
The term CADR stands for Clean Air Delivery Rate. This term is used to describe an air purifiers capability to filter the air from pollution, which is expressed in cubic feet per minute. Simply put, the higher the number, the faster the unit filters the air. As a thumb rule, you can determine the ideal room size that the particular air purifier can clean by using this formula, Room Size= CADR x 1.55
Besides CADR and price, you should also pay attention to how many stages of air filtration an air purifier has, how energy-efficient it is and the noise levels. Other factors like having a HEPA filter (High Efficiency Particulate Air filters) which are proven to eliminate 99.7%-99.97% of common airborne allergens sized at 0.3 microns and larger, cost of filters & maintenance also help in picking the right model
GermGuardian AC5350B|125 CADR
Priced at $129.99, the GermGuardian AC5350B is a 4-in-1 air purifier with a highly efficient HEPA filter capable of capturing 99.97 percent of all air pollutants. This air purifier also has a built-in UV sanitizer that kills all airborne bacteria, viruses, and mold spores might have found their way past the HEPA filter. A charcoal filter neutralizes unpleasant odors, and the air purifier knows when it’s time to change it. You can choose from five filtration speeds to find the ideal balance between filtration performance and noise.
With its slightly lower CADR of just 125 cubic feet per minute (CFM), the GermGuardian AC5350B is best suited for smaller rooms and places where its elegant design and easy-to-use digital display can stand out.
Honeywell HFD-120-Q | 120 CADR
Priced at $149.99, the Honeywell HFD-120-Q features a washable filtration system with a HEPA filter and permanent pre-filter. Because both filters are washable, you won’t ever need to spend any extra money to keep your air clean and healthy. Together, the two filters can remove up to 99 percent of air pollutants. The Honeywell HFD-120-Q also has an ionizer, which charges the filtered air with negative ions to make airborne particles fall to the ground.
This air purifier is perfect for medium size rooms, where it can filter air up to 5-times per hour. There are three filtration speeds to choose from, and we were surprised by how quiet the air purifier was even at the highest speed.
BlueMyst Air Purifier | 180 CADR I $129.99
Priced at $129.99, the BlueMyst is the most powerful air purifier featured in this article, offering a CADR of 180 CFM covering rooms up to 250 sq. Ft. The unit has a unique 5-stage filtration system with a HEPA filter capable of capturing 99.7 percent of all air pollutants. The activated carbon filter with millions of microscopic pores to trap tobacco smoke, pet odors, and other unpleasant smells help to keep your home fresh at all times. This air purifier also comes with a a cold catalyst filter that help eliminate volatile organic compounds (VOCs), chemical vapors, and other toxic molecules.
Designed for simplicity, Blue Myst is equipped with 4 soft-touch buttons, a remote control, and is easily portable.
InvisiClean Aura Air Purifier | 170 CADR
Priced at $139.99, The InvisiClean Aura Air Purifier is an extremely power-efficient air purifier that relies on a dependable DC motor to deliver twice the amount of clean air as other models in its class while using up to 82 percent less energy.
It has four filtration speeds-low, medium, high, and turbo, and independent controls for a built-in UV light and ionizer. Thanks to a combination of a genuine HEPA filter and carbon pre-filter, the air purifier delivers a CADR of 170 making it suitable for small to mid-size rooms.
At the lowest power setting, the power usage of the InvisiClean Aura Air Purifier is just 3 watts, which means you can keep it running around the clock without having to worry about your electricity bill.
LEVOIT LV-PUR131 | 135 CADR
Priced at $179.99, the LEVOIT LV-PUR131 is a multifunctional air purifier with a three-stage air filtration system that removes 99.97 percent of dust, pollen, smoke, odor, mold spores, and pet dander. The air purifier doesn’t have a UV light or ionizer, which means that it’s 100 percent ozone-free. The LEVOIT LV-PUR131 can intelligently detect the quality of the surrounding air and automatically adjust its filtration speed to deliver the best results.
Rated at 135 CFM, this air purifier is suitable for small rooms, and it can completely refresh your air in under 10 minutes on the highest setting.
As you can see, you have many great options when choosing an air purifier that delivers excellent value for your money. In this article, we presented five air purifiers that can help you enjoy clearer air and improve your health, each with different strengths and weaknesses.