Welcome The future, where pure air is a luxury. From epidemics to wildfires, air purifiers have become household appliances. Buildings allow large amounts of particulate matter, volatile organic compounds and volatile chemicals to enter. Harmful exhaust fumes from indoor plastics, furniture, paints and even gases on the floor. There is also evidence that air filters can help clear covid-causing virus particles from the air.
Since your home can be your workplace, playground, meditation studio, dine-in restaurant, neighborhood bar, shelter, and movie theater, you want to make sure that the air you breathe is clean most of the day. These are our top air purifiers. We drove them to a New York City apartment, a Long Island apartment, a Dallas-Area apartment and a Portland, Oregon home. We tested them during the fire season and in the living room, kitchen and bedroom. All of these purifiers provide significant narrative benefits to help us wake up with a clear sinus and less respiratory throat, ranging from stopping the persistent cough and allergy symptoms.
Not sure if you need an air purifier or something else? We have a guide for all the different devices that can help you improve your indoor air quality. For more home tips, take a look at our other guides, including the best robot vacuum and the best mesh Wi-Fi router.
Updated May 2022: We added Bissell Air320 Max and Aura Air and removed Dyson Pure Humidify + Cool because it was discontinued.
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