HEPA Air Purifier Buyer's Guide

HEPA Air Purifier Buyer's Guide

June 23, 2021

One of the questions that we get asked about every day is how to choose an air purifier. We are going to go over the different products in each price range and give our unbiased opinion on each machine. The price ranges are low end, midrange, and high end. All the brands that we will recommend will have HEPA filters. Air purifiers are a useful tool to help alleviate allergy symptoms, but its especially important to change the filters as needed or otherwise the machine cannot function properly.

               

One of the first things to consider is the size of the room that the air purifier will be cleaning. Most of the lower end units will exchange the air 2-5 times per hour in a room 200-250 sq. feet. We recommend getting a unit that will at least exchange the air 3 times per hour in the room you need filtration. Here are the models in the low-end range. All the info was taken from the manufacturers listing pages. We did not independently test these units.

 

 

UNIT NAME

Price Level

Exchanges/Hour

Room Size

Star Rating

Levoit CORE 300

$

5

219 Sq. Ft.

4.5/5 over 30k reviews

Germ Guardian AC4825E

$

3

248 Sq. Ft.

4.5/5 over 30k reviews

Hosome KJ210F

$

5

700 Sq Ft.

5/5 over 200 reviews

 

For the low end price range all the models come in under $100. The Hosome advertises the absolute best ratings for the room size, but the low review count does lower the appeal of this unit. Overall, the Levoit air purifier is our pick in this price range. It has an H13 rated TRUE HEPA filter and based on the number and quality of reviews seems to be a very dependable unit. It also does not use Negative Ions of any kind for purification. This is important because Negative ions can create harmful ozone.

Check price for Levoit Core 300

 

Next up are the midrange units that prices are between $150-215

 

UNIT NAME

Price Level

Exchanges/Hour

Room Size

Star Rating

Honeywell HPA300

$$

5

465 Sq. Ft.

4.5/5 over 13k reviews

Medify MA-25

$$

2

500 Sq. Ft.

4.5/5 over 8k Reviews

Levoit CORE 400S

$$

5

403 Sq. Ft.

5/5 over 5k reviews

 

The Honeywell air purifier is the clear winner in this price range. With the most exchanges per hour per sq. ft. and the most reviews. This unit seems to be very dependable, and it has the backing of a large brand name like Honeywell. It costs a little more than the other two, but the price is justified based on the reviews and overall performance.

Check Price for the Honeywell unit HERE 

 

                Last up are the high-end units. These units are all over $250 and are for larger rooms and even your whole house.

 

UNIT NAME

Price Level

Exchanges/Hour

Room Size

Star Rating

Alen Breathsmart Flex

$$$

2

700 Sq. Ft.

4.5/5 over 2.5 k reviews

Blueair blue pure 211+

$$$

5

540 Sq. Ft.

4.5/5 over 6.5 k reviews

Medify Air MA-112

$$$

4

1250 Sq Ft.

4.5/5 over 800 reviews

 

The Medify air purifier is our choice for the high-end units. It costs almost double the other units, but it is the best value based on the area it is able to clean. With over 800 reviews we feel you can trust that this is a good machine. Medify is a well-known brand in this space and their customer support has good reviews as well.

 

Check price for the Medify unit HERE 

 

Keep in mind during your decision that there are some ultra-high-end models that cost over $1000. We did not include any of these in our picks because we would not recommend something in that price range. The few benefits and extra options they have do not warrant the extreme hike in price.

 

I hope these recommendations help you achieve better air quality in your home and offer you some peace of mind. As always let us know if you have any questions or need advice on any Mold or Air quality issue you are facing. We strive to give our clients the most important info so that they can make informed decisions.  The links above are affiliate links and we will get a commission if you purchase using these links.




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