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Welcome to our handy guide to help you find the best air purifier on the market today. 

Air Purifiers have long been seen as an 'American thing’, but an increase in demand for these devices has seen the market expand in the UK. Long lauded by health professionals and focus groups for helping respiratory conditions, asthma and allergies, an Air Purifier can finally be considered mainstream and you’re more likely than ever to see them in other people’s homes. 

Whilst the market for Air Purifiers is growing all the time, the following 8 are models that Professional Cleaners UK has worked with and recommend as reliable and efficient devices.

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Best Air Purifiers 2024 UK - Results

Below are the overall Air Purifier winners: 

Best Overall Air Purifier

Dyson Pure Hot and Cool Advanced Air Purifier - for more info or to purchase click here

Phillips Serie 1000i Smart Air Purifier - for more info or to purchase click here

Best Cheap Air Purifier

Meaco Clean Portable Air Purifier - for more info or to purchase click here

Homedics Total Clean Air Purifier - for more info or to purchase click here

Good All-Round Air Purifier

Dyson Pure Cool Me Air Purifier - for more info or to purchase click here

Phillips Series 800 Air Purifier - for more info or to purchase click here

Vax Portable Air Purifier - for more info or to purchase click here

Most Stylish Air Purifier

Phillips Series 300i Air Purifier - for more info or to purchase click here

At Professional Cleaners UK we test and review products awarding and selecting the very best based on a number of factors. We are independently owned and the views expressed are our own. We are a national professional cleaning company that may receive a small commission from the companies we review; this helps us keep our product review pages free of subscriptions for you. All prices are correct at the time of review. 

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1. Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Advanced Air Purifier - £549.00 

You’ll have likely seen the Pure Hot+Cool Air Purifier gracing the pages of interior design magazines and the feeds of lifestyle bloggers, and this is truly the Rolls-Royce of such appliances.

Working with a dual HEPA and carbon filter, it’s a 3-in-1 device that purifies, heats and cools at will. It's as techy as it looks, and links with your smartphone to send you air quality reports through the Dyson Link app, as well as offering monitoring and control from wherever you are. It’s safe to use anywhere in the home and its numerous programmes include something for everyone, every room and every time of the day.

BEST AIR PURIFIER SUMMARY: The best model in the guide, stylish, modern, smartphone-controlled and brilliant results. Truly the best of the best.

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2. Meaco MeacoClean CA-HEPA Portable Air Purifier - £139.99

Meaco isn’t a household name, but they are specialists in this field: they produce only purifying, heating and cooling products, so know a thing or two about what makes a good one!

The MeacoClean CA-HEPA offers multi-stage purification and charges the ions in the air to neutralise pollutants and clump them together, rendering them easy to pick up as they pass through its filters. It boasts a success rate of up to 99.985% on even the smallest of airborne particles and has an additional charcoal filter to remove any unpleasant smells. The MeacoClean CA-HEPA can cleanse a room of up to 78m² in area and has an 8hr timer. The filters are replaceable and the easy touch controls give you access to different settings and programmes, as well as notifying you as soon as a filter needs changing.

BEST AIR PURIFIER SUMMARY: Outstanding results from the Meaco, not the most stylish of models but if you are looking for a great priced model which more than does the job - this is the air purifier for you. 

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3. HOMEDICS Total Clean AP-25A-GB Air Purifier - £119.99

A teeny tiny Air Purifier ideal for smaller spaces, the HOMEDICS Total Clean has a 12hr timer, replaceable filter and can clean a room up to 17.1m² in area.

The HEPA filter disposes of up to 99.97% of allergens, pollutants and dust and can also remove pet dander, odours, smoke and mould spores. There are three different speed settings and a night mode for uninterrupted sleep, and auto-off turns off the device when its programme comes to an end to help cut unnecessary energy usage. A powerful air purifier. 

BEST AIR PURIFIER SUMMARY: A small and cheaper model which again delivered super results, was great in small homes and office spaces and could be discreetly tucked away. 

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4. Dyson Pure Cool Me Air Purifier - £299.00

The Pure Cool Me Air Purifier is so small it really can be classified as portable, unlike some of its competitors. In fact, this model is particularly popular in offices and in some companies, it’s not uncommon to spot them on desks.

The Pure Cool Me delivers a stream of cool filtered air powered by Dyson’s Core Flow technology, so no matter how hot and humid it is around you, you can bask in the fresh air. It contains a HEPA filter with a 99.95% success rate for particle removal and a quick-change filter for ease of use. The in-built timer can be set up to 8hrs in advance and the airflow can be easily adjusted by moving around the dome to flow where you want it; or set on rotation from side to side. A great portable air purifier able to remove airborne allergens and improve current air quality. 

SUMMARY: A small HEPA air purifier model is popular in offices and studies. As with everything from Dyson it looked stylish and the fact it is so easily portable means it could be moved between rooms. 

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5. VAX ACAMV101 Portable Air Purifier - £249.00

It’s true – VAX don’t just make vacuum cleaners! The ACAMV101 is able to remove harmful particles from the air as small as 0.3 microns, so it’s an important player in the air purification market.

Its 360 filter traps dust, smoke, pollen and mould, and its built-in ioniser tackles airborne bacteria and neutralises viruses. This Air Purifier is approved and recommended by both Asthma UK and the British Allergy Foundation, so many people suffering from allergies use it.

The ACAMV101 can tackle an impressive 120m² area and has five-speed settings all selectable from easy touch controls. Straightforward indication lights monitor and report on air quality at all times, and the timer function allows for delayed programming. There’s also a night programme with dimmed lighting and quieter operation. Achieved high results in our air purifier testing. 

BEST AIR PURIFIER SUMMARY: An outstanding model which delivered brilliant results as well as being approved by health professionals. Great value for money, as well as being stylish and discreet. Highly recommended. 

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6. PHILIPS Series 800 AC0820/30 Air Purifier - £149.99

A small but perfectly formed Air Purifier, the PHILIPS Series 800 is particularly popular with parents and is often marketed as a nursery addition.

Its in-built sensor continually monitors air quality and auto-adjusts its programming to fit. An easy coloured display presents quality (blue for clean, red for dirty) and its night time mode slows the fan speed and turns off display lights to an almost undetectable sound level. The PHILIPS Series 800 has a HEPA filter and can cleanse a room of up to 49m² in area.

BEST AIR PURIFIER UK 2022 SUMMARY: Popular with homes and in nurseries this cheap version did the job. A decent price and results, it was difficult to fault. 

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7. PHILIPS Series 1000i AC1214/60 Smart Air Purifier - £349.99

Three auto modes, a 1-12 air quality index and a 99.97% success rate of particle removal makes the PHILIPS Series 1000i a popular choice.

It's link-able with a smartphone through the Air Matters app and can be controlled and monitored remotely – ideal for if you’d like around-the-clock monitoring without having to fork out for a premium price tag. An extra-sensitive allergy mode is a great addition to clear the air of allergens that can move around the home. 

SUMMARY: A really great model from Phillips and one of the best around. Stylish looking and smartphone-controlled made this a popular addition in any home or office. 

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8. PHILIPS Series 3000i AC3259/60 Air Purifier - £479

The PHILIPS Series 3000i looks space-age, and the technology behind this white-fronted device doesn’t disappoint!

Able to tackle the air in rooms up to 95m², it boasts a 99.9% bacteria removal rate and can handle dust, pet hair and pollen amongst its contaminants.

Popular with those suffering from allergies, its unique anti-allergen mode detects and reacts to allergens in the air and will automatically increase its airflow to reduce particle volumes for comfort. The Series 3000i links to your smartphone or device via the Air Matters app and is remotely adjustable and can be monitored wherever you are. It has three auto modes and a specific night-time programme with slow, quiet fan movement and no lights to ensure you get a great nights sleep.

BEST AIR PURIFIER SUMMARY: A top model from Phillips. It was stylish and could control air purity at a huge 95m². A smartphone feature and other features meant it was perfect or any home or office. A great air cleaning device.

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Frequently Asked Questions of Air Purifiers

Here are the most popular questions we get asked when people are looking to buy an air purifier or air cleaner

What is an Air Purifier?

An air purifier (air cleaner or air filter system, as it’s sometimes known in simplified terms) is a device that removes contaminants from the air to improve indoor air quality.

They can be either used either commercially or in a household setting, such as small rooms and small spaces (such as a living room) to help allergy sufferers or just to clean and improve air quality.

In a home, you will most often find small standalone units that remove fine particles. Most air purifiers are able to do an effective job with a good clean air delivery rate. 

Larger devices implemented in air conditioning systems or air handler units (AHU) are more common in commercial settings, large spaces and large room settings to get rid of air pollution that is often denser and heavily polluted. 

How do Air Purifiers work?

Air purifiers work with one of two technologies: active or passive.

Active air purifiers release ions that are negatively charged into the air. These ions cause airborne pollutants (VOC - Volatile Organic Compounds) to stick to surfaces when they touch them.

Passive air purifiers use filters to remove pollutants and air pollution as they pass through the device.

The latter is more common and more efficient, as it permanently removes the toxic particles from the air, rather than just redistributing them. Passive air purifiers are now the most common type available.

The most sought after type of passive air purifiers are those with HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Arrestance or High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filters.

HEPA filters (and true HEPA filter devices or a HEPA air purifier) remove at least 99.7% of particles from the air and are considered the most efficient available on the market.

Other methods of air purification include UVGI purification, which forces air through UV lights; activated carbon that absorbs chemicals; and photocatalytic oxidation (PCO), which oxidizes chemicals and contaminants.

Do Air Purifiers help protect against coronavirus?

One of the pieces of advice in the fight against coronavirus is to keep a window open for an hour or so a day to let in fresh air and help improve air quality in the home.

Air circulating through the home is always a good thing, particularly in the case of potential allergens or contaminants in the air.

Covid-19 is airborne, and Air Purifiers can help negate the prevalence in it in your home by circulating air and improving air quality – however, it is not a guaranteed protection against coronavirus, Covid 19 or any other airborne contaminant.

What are the benefits of Air Purifiers?

Air purifiers have numerous benefits for those living in homes with them running. These include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Improved air quality with carbon filters removing dirt from the air on a constant basis (air changes per hour are one of the factors we took in consideration in our reviews). 

  • Relieving symptoms of asthma and other respiratory conditions

  • Elimination of airborne contaminants, chemicals and allergens (sometimes known as VOC - Volatile Organic Compounds)

  • Reducing the chance of airborne disease

  • Neutralisation of odours - including cooking, cleaning products and pets

  • Improved sleep quality for those within cleaner air environments.

There is also scientific evidence to suggest that the use of an air purifier can reduce levels of asbestos and radon in the air – a real concern for those living in older buildings.

How long does it take for an Air Purifier to clean a room?

Despite this being one of the most asked questions about an air purifier, unfortunately, there’s no hard and fast answer about how long it will take to clean the air in a particular room, removing any activated carbon.

It obviously depends on the square foot room size and also the size and power of the device itself. Larger rooms will naturally take longer than smaller ones. 

In general, most household air purifiers will claim to clean a room’s air within anything from 30 mins to 3 hours.

What To Look for in an Air Purifier?

Factors to consider when looking to buy an air purifier include: 

  • True HEPA filter - the most popular type of filter. HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) purifiers are all the rage and are great at cleaning air quickly and efficiently. 

  • Clean air delivery rate - how quickly can the device clean the air. This is sometimes measured in air changes per hour.

  • Smart air purifier options - is the model wi-fi enabled? This is very important to some, particularly those who are tech-savvy. 

  • Square feet and room size - what is the size of the space in square feet? Also, what is suitable for a living room may not be for a large office. Most of the appliances measure in square feet the area that they can effectively cover, check this information in more detail on the Currys sales pages. 

  • Fan speeds - how quickly the fans can rotate; fan speeds purify the air. Various speeds are great to clean the air in a room, ridding it of pollen and dust, and many can achieve this even on the lowest setting and lowest speed. 

  • Pre-filter and pre-filters - as well as standard filters some have pre-filters that can help with cleaning, again check the product description. 

  • Filter replacement - the filter will remove fine particles from the air, but it is advisable to change the filter every so often so that the machine is working at its optimum. 

  • Noise level can be impacted by fan speed. 

  • Portable air purifier so you can transfer between rooms, including larger rooms to small room areas. 

  • Indoor air - what is the quality of the air in the first place how many pollutants are in the air, is there a smoker and therefore smoke particles etc

  • Range and models of purifiers on the market - some have a brand preference to achieve "pure air" in their home. There is a huge range of models out there from Dyson to BlueAir Blue Pure 411 or even the Blueair Classic. 

  • Air quality monitor with activated carbon filters, even removing airborne viruses. Air quality levels greatly improved. 

  • Remote control feature - important if the device is attached to a wall. Many are controlled by a smartphone app, a simple control panel or easy remote control, not all air purifiers have this feature. 

From this, we give awards such as best air purifier for bedroom UK and more. 

You can rest assured, that all models in our guide all have HEPA filters, are easy to use and clean the air efficiently and cheaply - reducing indoor pollution and a room's air quality. Also, check out our previous guide - best air purifier UK 2021 for more tips and ideas. 

Should I sleep with an Air Purifier on?

An air purifier can run all night and there’s nothing to suggest that you’d experience any negative effects from being and sleeping in the same room as one turned on – if anything, it’s likely to help you achieve better sleep quality, provided it’s not too loud to disturb you.

However, many would require a filter change when running for more than several hours and so once the filter is full, if you don’t wake and change it (obviously, disrupting your sleep cycle), the air quality will begin to deteriorate toward the end of the night and/or early morning.

You can enjoy purified air 24 hours a day. 

Are there other models not reviewed in your guide that are worth checking out?

Yes, other tops models we haven't looked at in detail but are still recommended include the Austin Air Healthmate, Blueair Blue Pure, Coway Airmega 400, Dyson Pure. 

All of those models can clean air in a room and are great models - all are HEPA certified to remove air pollutants. Remember that using an air purifier, of any model, is simple and easy to do once set up. 

Do Air Purifiers help you breathe better?

Yes! If used correctly, an air purifier will remove allergens and contaminants from the air within your home (within a specified square feet area) meaning the air you’ll be breathing is better quality.

Whilst anecdotal and subject to individual’s medical conditions and experiences, of course, there are plenty of people out there – particularly those with asthma and other respiratory conditions – who report that having an air purifier in their home helps them breathe easier.

In research, it has been suggested that 99.97% of particles that are harmful can be removed by an air purifier. This was covered in our best air purifier 2021 guide. 

Do Air Purifiers use a lot of electricity?

If you don’t already have an air purifier in your home, introducing one will increase your electricity usage; as introducing any electrical appliance would. General air purifier reviews uk 2021, focussed on this a lot particularly with Covid as an issue. 

However, air purifiers available on the mainstream home market are subject to the same energy efficiency ratings as any other white goods and so each should have its rating clearly listed on any sale information webpages or supplied directly to you by a salesperson.

Generally speaking, more energy-efficient models cost more, but this financial investment is later offset by lower energy bills.

What’s the best Air Purifier on the market right now - Best air purifier 2023 UK Overview

The best air purifiers on the market are Vax, Dyson and Phillips, read more about them in our guide. There are a lot of good air purifier options around. 

As you begin to browse for an Air Purifier for your home, you’ll undoubtedly come across some household names of appliances you recognise: but this doesn’t necessarily mean the bigger name, the better! We test air purifiers to find you the best ones. 

The best Air Purifier for you and your home is dependent on your budget, wants and needs. Therefore, each model should be judged on its merits and relevancy for your home.

What is the history of Air purifiers?

The concept of purifying air has been around for centuries, with various methods and devices developed over time. The history of air purifiers can be traced back to ancient civilizations that recognized the importance of clean air for health and well-being.

One of the earliest recorded instances of air purification dates back to ancient Rome, where the Emperor Nero ordered the construction of a ventilated room with woven cloth windows to filter out smoke and other airborne pollutants. This was an early precursor to modern air purifiers.

Fast forward to the 18th century, and we find another notable development in the history of air purification. In 1733, a Dutch inventor named John-Theophilus Desaguliers introduced the "fireplace stove," which incorporated a crude form of air filtration. It utilized metal plates and a water spray to remove dust particles and odors from the air. This invention marked a significant step forward in air purification technology.

The 19th century saw further advancements in air purification methods. In the 1830s, a British scientist named John Stenhouse developed activated charcoal, a highly porous material capable of absorbing various gases and odors. Activated charcoal became a popular medium for air purification and was used in early air purifiers.

The early 20th century brought further progress in air purification technology. In 1901, a doctor named Carl F. Schmidt invented the "Schmidt Air Cleaning Apparatus," which used water to trap dust and particles. This device was later improved upon by companies like the Passaic Air Filter Company, which introduced the first commercialized air purifiers in the 1930s.

The post-World War II era witnessed significant advancements in air purifier technology, driven by concerns about air pollution and the need for clean indoor environments. In the 1940s, mechanical air filters became popular, employing a system of fans and filters to capture and remove airborne particles. These filters were commonly used in hospitals, research laboratories, and industrial settings.

As the understanding of air pollution and its health effects grew, so did the demand for more effective air purifiers. In the 1970s, the introduction of High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters revolutionized the industry. HEPA filters, capable of capturing over 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns, became the gold standard for air purification. They are still widely used in modern air purifiers today.

In recent years, technological advancements have further enhanced the capabilities of air purifiers. Many modern units incorporate additional features like activated carbon filters to remove odors, ultraviolet (UV) light to kill bacteria and viruses, and ionizers to charge particles and improve filtration efficiency.

Moreover, smart technology has made its way into air purifiers, enabling remote control, real-time air quality monitoring, and automatic adjustment of fan speeds based on pollution levels.

As concerns about air quality and environmental health continue to rise, the air purifier industry is expected to see further innovation and growth. Researchers and engineers are continuously exploring new filtration techniques and materials to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of air purification systems.

In conclusion, the history of air purifiers spans centuries of human ingenuity and technological progress. From the early attempts to filter smoke and dust to the advanced purification systems of today, air purifiers have come a long way in improving indoor air quality and promoting healthier living environments.

Will you be doing a best air purifying guide for 2024?

Yes we will be. We will be looking at factors including air quality monitor updates, particulate matter removal, dust particles removal, remote control options and more. 

Summary of the Best Air Purifier 2023

As you can see there are lots of air purifiers on the market, all of which help to improve indoor air quality in removing dust, pollen and airborne pollutants - generally cleaning the air. As pointed out there are many health benefits to improving air quality including helping with asthma and hay fever.  

In our guide, we have explored different models and price points. We have looked at square feet cleaning ability, fan speeds, ability to purify the air effectively, if they are easy to use, their appearance and price point. You will, therefore, hopefully, find something suitable for your needs. 

Whichever air purifier you choose to clean air in your home, take a moment and breathe and pore over your choice. The most appropriate purchase for you could be life-changing… or air-changing, at least!

If you enjoyed this free product review, make sure you check out our best tumble dryer, best dishwashers, best washing machines, best washer dryers, best steam cleaners, best fridge freezers, best vacuum cleaners and best pressure washer reviews and as well. 

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