May 2022

Air Purifiers: Aggregated Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Air Purifier rankings posted by key online experts, as of May 2022.

At a glance - May 2022 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Air Purifier
Wirecutter
Tom's Guide
Popular Mechanics
Audacy
The Spruce Pets
This Old House
WIRED
CNET
Business Insider
NBC News
1
- $192
Coway AP-1512HH
1
1
1
-
-
-
-
3
-
-
2
+1 $300
Blueair Pure 211+
7
2
2
-
-
-
-
1
-
2
3
-1 $80
Blueair Pure 411
-
3
3
4
-
-
5
4
-
-
4
+1 $212
Honeywell HPA300
-
6
-
-
-
-
-
2
1
3
5
-1 $495
Coway Airmega 400
-
4
4
-
7
-
7
5
-
-
6
- $290
Honeywell Insight HPA5300B
-
-
-
3
1
-
3
-
-
-
7
- $100
GermGuardian AC4825
-
-
-
6
-
2
-
-
-
7
8
- $899
IQAir HealthPro Plus
-
9
-
-
-
3
12
-
-
-
9
- $90
Levoit LV-H132
-
7
-
-
6
-
-
-
-
8
10
+1 $240
Coway Airmega 200M
2
-
-
-
-
-
1
-
-
-
11
+1 $217
Levoit Core 400S
6
11
6
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
12
+1 $554
Dyson Cool TP07
-
-
-
2
-
-
-
-
-
9
13
+1 $320
Alen BreatheSmart Classic
-
-
-
-
3
4
-
-
-
-
14
+1 Check price
Winix 5500-2
3
-
10
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
15
+1 $713
Dyson Pure Hot+Cool HP04
-
-
7
5
-
-
-
-
-
-
16
New * $340
Bissell Air320 Max Smart
-
-
-
-
-
-
4
-
-
6
17
-7 $715
Austin Air HealthMate
-
5
5
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
18
- Check price
Winix AM90
4
-
8
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
19
New * $100
Levoit Core 300
8
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
5
-
20
New * $760
Blueair Protect 7470i
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
4
4

We ranked Coway AP-1512HH #1 in May 2022 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Air Purifiers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 3 experts ranked Coway AP-1512HH as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Wirecutter

Effective, efficient, and inexpensive

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Tom's Guide

The best air purifier overall

Pros
High CADR rating considering its size
Compact and low-profile design
Useful eco setting
3 year warranty

Cons
Gets noisy when you use the higher speeds

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Popular Mechanics

Best Overall

Pros
Affordable
Well reviewed
Display lights turn off

Cons
Needs some upkeep

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CNET

The other best air purifier for midsize rooms

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We ranked Blueair Pure 211+ #2 in May 2022 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Air Purifiers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Blueair Pure 211+ as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Wirecutter

A stellar performer for larger rooms

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Tom's Guide

The most attractive best air purifier

Pros
Exceptional performance on highest speed
Fun color options
Will suit larger-sized rooms
Energy Star certified

Cons
Loud on low speed
More expensive upfront and over time than competing models

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Popular Mechanics

Great for Larger Rooms

Pros
Ideal for big bedrooms or small offices
Very quiet
Performs well

Cons
Pricey

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CNET

Best for large rooms

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NBC News

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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

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We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend Air Purifiers.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of Air Purifiers, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for May 2022 ranking

We ranked Blueair Pure 411 #3 in May 2022 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Air Purifiers” rankings.
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Tom's Guide

The best air purifier for small spaces

Pros
Uses less energy than the average LED lightbulb
Affordable at just $120
Great for compact spaces
Very quiet, producing just 46 dB on the highest setting

Cons
Small design with limited reach
Not ideal for pet owners

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Popular Mechanics

Sleek and Cheap

Pros
Ideal for kids bedrooms
Very affordable

Cons
Louder than comparable purifiers

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Audacy

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WIRED

Quietest Air Purifier

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CNET

Best for small rooms

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We ranked Honeywell HPA300 #4 in May 2022 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Air Purifiers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Honeywell HPA300 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

A good value pick among air purifiers

Pros
Portable and easy to use
Quiet on low speeds; relatively quiet on high setting
Durable and well-built
Effective for allergens

Cons
More expensive than some similar units
Significant maintenance requirements
Replacement filters are expensive
Very large so not ideal for small spaces

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CNET

Best for midsize rooms

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Business Insider

Best air purifier overall

Pros
Operates quietly, widely available filters, performed the best in our air purifying tests, low upfront cost, Energy Star-certified, easy to set up and maintain

Cons
High energy consumption, no auto mode

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NBC News

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We ranked Coway Airmega 400 #5 in May 2022 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Air Purifiers” rankings.
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Tom's Guide

The best air purifiers for large spaces

Pros
High-performing dual filters
Aesthetically pleasing
Great for larger rooms
Handy pollution sensor
Super quiet

Cons
Expensive
Not ideal for small spaces

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Popular Mechanics

For Really Big Spaces

Pros
Fit for large rooms and whole apartments
Strong design
Smart features and sleep settings

Cons
Pricey

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The Spruce Pets

Best for Large Rooms

Pros
Suitable for spaces larger than 1,000 square feet
Dual air intake design for faster filtration
Sleep mode automatically reduces fan speed when lights dim

Cons
Doesn't offer app control
Replacement filters are pricey

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WIRED

Best for Very Big Rooms

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CNET

Best for whole homes overall

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We ranked Honeywell Insight HPA5300B #6 in May 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Air Purifiers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Honeywell Insight HPA5300B as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Audacy

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The Spruce Pets

Best Overall

Pros
Pet-specific filters available
See air quality info at a glance

Cons
Only available in black

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WIRED

An Affordable Big-Room Air Purifier

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We ranked GermGuardian AC4825 #7 in May 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Air Purifiers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Audacy

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This Old House

Best Value

Pros
This affordable unit requires minimal maintenance, clears air, and reduces odors. It’s a great pick for pet owners, as it’s designed to remove pet dander, odors, and hair.
Reduces pollutants in rooms up to 390 square feet
Charcoal filter removes odors
Optional UV-C light with Titanium Dioxide to reduce airborne bacteria, viruses, and germs

Cons
Deodorizing filters need to be replaced weekly
Can be a bit loud on its highest setting

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NBC News

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We ranked IQAir HealthPro Plus #8 in May 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Air Purifiers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

The best air purifier for allergy sufferers

Pros
Individually tested units
Top-notch warranty
Medical-grade filters
Ideal for allergy sufferers

Cons
Expensive to buy and maintain
Loud on higher speeds

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This Old House

Premium Pick

Pros
Hospital- and FDA-approved
Quiet relative to other products reviewed
Device can be easily moved from room to room
Timer that conserves energy and prolongs filter life

Cons
New units may give off a chemical smell at first
Machine and filters are expensive

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WIRED

Best for Heavy Smoke

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We ranked Levoit LV-H132 #9 in May 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Air Purifiers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

The best air purifier for very tight budgets

Pros
Decent performance for the price
Small and portable
Great for compact spaces
Easy use
Handy night light

Cons
Loud
Minimal features
Filters need replacing often

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The Spruce Pets

Best for Small Rooms

Pros
Compact size
Offers true HEPA filtration

Cons
No timer or eco-mode function
Lacks air quality monitoring

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NBC News

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We ranked Coway Airmega 200M #10 in May 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Air Purifiers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Coway Airmega 200M as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Wirecutter

Different look, same great performance

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WIRED

Best for Small Rooms

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We ranked Levoit Core 400S #11 in May 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Air Purifiers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Wirecutter

Great performance plus voice control

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Tom's Guide

A sleek, smart air purifier with few downsides

Pros
Sleek and modern design
Rich feature offering
Easy to set up and transport
Smart-enabled so you can monitor and control it remotely

Cons
Struggles to remove strong odors
The bottom of this purifier can come loose as you move it around

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Popular Mechanics

For Hands-Free Control

Pros
Hands-free control
Ideal for mid-sized rooms
Very quiet

Cons
Pricier than competing models

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We ranked Dyson Cool TP07 #12 in May 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Air Purifiers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Audacy

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NBC News

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We ranked Alen BreatheSmart Classic #13 in May 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Air Purifiers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
The Spruce Pets

Best Splurge

Pros
Features a color-coded air quality sensor light
Available in various finishes and colors
Filters up to 1,100 sq. ft. in 30 minutes

Cons
Large machine
Produces more noise than expected at higher speeds

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This Old House

Pros
SmartSensor technology automatically adjusts airflow to remove impurities and reduce odors
Covers large rooms, cleaning 1,100 sq. feet every 30 minutes
WhisperMax technology produces a pink noise to promote better sleep

Cons
Requires replacement filters
New units may give off a plastic smell

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We ranked Winix 5500-2 #14 in May 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Air Purifiers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Wirecutter

Exceptional performance, brutalist design

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Popular Mechanics

Cheap But Effective

Pros
Cheap
Strong performance

Cons
Imposing design
Loud

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We ranked Dyson Pure Hot+Cool HP04 #15 in May 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Air Purifiers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Popular Mechanics

Three-In-One Functionality

Pros
Combo purifier + fan + space heater
Wi-Fi connectivity
Attractive design

Cons
Expensive
Rather tall

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Audacy

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We ranked Bissell Air320 Max Smart #16 in May 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Air Purifiers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
WIRED

A Great Smart Purifier

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NBC News

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We ranked Austin Air HealthMate #17 in May 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Air Purifiers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

The longest-lasting filters

Pros
Long filter life span
Effective for odor and chemical sensitivities
Ideal for pet owners
Great for allergy sufferers

Cons
Expensive
Loud
Replacement filters are expensive
Very large for small spaces

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Popular Mechanics

Heavy-Duty Performance

Pros
Medical-grade filter
Four-stage filtration

Cons
Ugly design
Pricey

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We ranked Winix AM90 #18 in May 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Air Purifiers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Wirecutter

Exceptional performance, modern style

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Popular Mechanics

Alexa-Compatible

Pros
Wi-Fi enabled hands-free control
Very affordable

Cons
No display shut-off

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We ranked Levoit Core 300 #19 in May 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Air Purifiers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Wirecutter

Small, effective, and attractive

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Business Insider

Best small room air purifier

Pros
Excellent at removing VOCs, good at removing particulate matter, low energy consumption, app control and air quality monitoring, operates quietly on low speed, affordable and widely available filters

Cons
Average noisiness on high speed, not suitable for larger rooms

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We ranked Blueair Protect 7470i #20 in May 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Air Purifiers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Business Insider

Best quiet air purifier

Pros
Among the best at reducing VOCs and particulate matter from the air
affordable and widely available filters
quiet operation
easy to clean
powerful enough or medium-size rooms
useful and data-rich app
voice control

Cons
Heavy
lacks handles
app didn't connect easily and sometimes lags

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NBC News

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