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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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Below are the overall Air Purifier winners:
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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 of 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.
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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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.
SUMMARY: The best model in the guide, stylish, modern, smartphone-controlled and brilliant results. Truly the best of all the models.
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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.
SUMMARY: A top model from Phillips, 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.
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Meaco aren’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.
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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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’s 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.
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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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 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.
SUMMARY: A small model and 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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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.
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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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.
Its link-able with a smartphone through the Air Matters app and can be controller 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!
SUMMARY: A really great model from Phillips. Stylish looking and smartphone controlled made this a popular addition in any home or office.
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Here are the most popular questions we get asked when people are looking for the best air purifiers.
An Air Purifier (or as Air Cleaner, 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, but in a home are most often small standalone units. Larger devices implemented in air conditioning systems or air handler units (AHU) are more common in commercial settings.
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 to stick to surfaces when they touch them. Passive Air Purifiers use filters to remove pollutants as they pass through the device. The latter are more common and more efficient, as it permanently removes the 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) filters. HEPA filters 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.
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 or any other airborne contaminant.
Air Purifiers have numerous benefits for those living in homes with them running. These include, but are by no means limited to:
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.
Despite this being one of the most asked questions about an Air Purifier, unfortunately, there’s no hard and fast answer. How long an Air Purifier takes to clean a room depends on the size and power of the device itself, as well as the size of the room (and therefore the volume of air in it), the quality of the air within and the number of filter changes that may be required for it to tackle the whole lot. In general, most household Air Purifiers will claim to clean a room’s air within anything from 30 mins to 3 hours.
Other factors to consider include:
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.
Yes! If used correctly, an Air Purifier will remove allergens and contaminants from the air within your home and so 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.
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. 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.
As you begin to browse for an Air Purifier for your home, you’ll undoubtedly come across some household names of appliance you recognise: but this doesn’t necessarily mean the bigger name, the better! The best Air Purifier for you and your home is dependent on your budget, wants and needs, and so each model should be judged on its merits and relevancy for your home.
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 including helping with asthma and hay fever.
In our guide, we have explored different models and price points so hopefully, you find something suitable for your needs.
Whichever Air Purifier you choose, 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!
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