September 2022

Air Purifiers: Meta Ranking Report

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

Summary

As of 7 Sep 2022, Coway AP-1512HH takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed air purifier with 5 expert endorsements. 2 experts out of 5 recommended it as the '#1 air purifier' this month. It is followed by Blueair Pure 211+ and Honeywell HPA300 , with 5 and 4 expert endorsements respectively.

At a glance - September 2022 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Air Purifier
Wirecutter
Business Insider
WIRED
NBC News
Forbes
Popular Mechanics
CNET
The Spruce Pets
This Old House
Tom's Guide
1
+1 $190
Coway AP-1512HH
1
-
-
-
4
1
3
-
-
4
2
-1 $317
Blueair Pure 211+
7
-
-
2
-
4
1
-
-
1
3
- $219
Honeywell HPA300
-
1
-
3
-
-
2
-
-
2
4
- $525
Coway Airmega 400
-
-
7
-
-
3
5
7
3
-
5
- $310
Coway Airmega 200M
2
-
1
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
6
+2 $220
Levoit Core 400S
6
-
-
-
3
2
-
-
-
-
7
-1 $532
Blueair Protect 7470i
-
4
-
4
-
-
-
-
-
3
8
+1 $90
Levoit LV-H132
-
-
-
8
1
-
-
-
-
-
9
+2 $204
Winix 5500-2
3
-
-
-
-
10
-
-
-
5
10
-3 $109
Blueair Pure 411
-
-
5
-
-
8
4
-
-
-
11
+1 $250
Blueair Blue Pure 311 Auto
5
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
2
-
15
+1 $273
Winix AM90
4
-
-
-
-
5
-
-
-
-
16
-1 $260
Bissell Air320 Max Smart
-
-
4
6
-
-
-
-
-
-
17
- $100
GermGuardian AC4825
-
-
-
7
-
-
-
-
5
-
18
- $140
Blueair Pure 411 Auto
-
-
6
-
-
-
-
-
-
6
19
- $100
Levoit Core 300
8
5
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-

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

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Air Purifiers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Coway AP-1512HH as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Wirecutter

Effective, efficient, and inexpensive

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Forbes

Best Compact Air Purifier

Pros
Compact design
Four-step filtration process

Cons
Expensive for the coverage space

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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

Best air purifier for first-time buyers

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Tom's Guide

Most energy-efficient air purifier

Pros
Small footprint
Eco mode available
Energy efficient
Three year warranty

Cons
Loud
Heavy to move around
Expensive replacement filters

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

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Air Purifiers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Blueair Pure 211+ as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Wirecutter

A stellar performer for larger rooms

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NBC News

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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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Tom's Guide

Best air purifier overall

Pros
Cleans air efficiently
Uses power well
Great for large spaces

Cons
Larger footprint
Night mode lacks power

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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

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 September 2022 ranking

We ranked Honeywell HPA300 #3 in September 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:
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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CNET

Best for midsize rooms

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Tom's Guide

Best value for a large room

Pros
Strong performance
Cheap replacement filters
Easy to use

Cons
Noisy
High energy consumption
No auto mode

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We ranked Coway Airmega 400 #4 in September 2022 because:

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

Best for Very Big Rooms

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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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CNET

Best for whole homes overall

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The Spruce Pets

Best for Large Rooms

Pros
Can filter spaces up to 1,560 square feet
Dual air intake design
Sleep mode

Cons
Expensive

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This Old House

Best For Large Rooms

Pros
Has an LED ring that indicates the air quality
Comes with a timer for-, four-, and eight-hour settings
Has auto, sleep, and eco modes

Cons
Doesn't make sense for small spaces
Can be expensive to replace the filters

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We ranked Coway Airmega 200M #5 in September 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 #6 in September 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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Forbes

Best Air Purifier For Smoke

Pros
App- or voice-controlled
App monitors air quality inside and outside the home
Works in rooms up to 403 square feet

Cons
May seem too complicated if you’re not technologically inclined

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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 Blueair Protect 7470i #7 in September 2022 because:

  • 3 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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Tom's Guide

Best smart air purifier

Pros
Great performance
Offers lots of features and data
Modern and sleek appearance
Quiet

Cons
Can be difficult to move around
High energy consumption

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We ranked Levoit LV-H132 #8 in September 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Air Purifiers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Levoit LV-H132 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
NBC News

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Forbes

Best Air Purifier Overall

Pros
Three-stage filtering
Compact
Inexpensive

Cons
No wireless or connected features
Filter replacement can be expensive over time

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We ranked Winix 5500-2 #9 in September 2022 because:

  • 3 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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Tom's Guide

Best air purifier for technology buffs

Pros
Unique technology
Air quality indicator
Remote control included

Cons
Expensive filters
Large and plain design

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We ranked Blueair Pure 411 #10 in September 2022 because:

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

Quietest Air Purifier

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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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CNET

Best for small rooms

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We ranked Blueair Blue Pure 311 Auto #11 in September 2022 because:

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

Top performance, pleasing form

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This Old House

Quietest Setting

Pros
Has a circular shape that intakes air all the way around
Comes in different sizes colors
Has a fabric pre-filter that catches large particles

Cons
Doesn't include a timer
Has only one button to cycle through the settings

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We ranked Winix AM90 #12 in September 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 Bissell Air320 Max Smart #13 in September 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 GermGuardian AC4825 #14 in September 2022 because:

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

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This Old House

Best Value

Pros
Uses an activated charcoal filter to reduce odors from smoking, cooking, and pets
Provides three speed settings
Has a slim design that tucks into a corner

Cons
Filters only larger allergen particles
Produces a lot of sound on its highest setting

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We ranked Blueair Pure 411 Auto #15 in September 2022 because:

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

Same Silence,but Automatic

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Tom's Guide

Best value for small spaces

Pros
Ideal for small spaces
Easy to set up
Good value for money

Cons
Wouldn't suit larger rooms

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We ranked Levoit Core 300 #16 in September 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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