Asthmatics and allergy sufferers, behold: the best air purifiers to help you breathe easier.
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I am one of the more than three million Australians who is plagued by hayfever.
No matter the season, the subtlest hints of allergens in the air set me off. Try as I might I’ve never found a lasting remedy – until a few months ago when I tried out an air purifier and experienced a whole new world of itch-free relief.
As it turns out, air purifiers really do work. If you live in a busy area with constant traffic, near bushlands with frequent backburning, in an apartment with smoking neighbours or with beloved but allergy-triggering pets, a purifier can help you breathe a whole lot easier.
WHAT DOES AN AIR PURIFIER DO?
Air purifiers filter and recirculate your air after removing allergens and pollutants including aerosols, pollen, dust, bacteria and even odours and gases. They aim to improve air quality and reduce the symptoms of associated health concerns including asthma and allergies – although it’s important those with serious health concerns should always seek professional treatment from a doctor.
Many air purifiers use HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filters, which can capture lots of very small pollutant particles like dust, pet dander, and other irritants. True HEPA filters are those proven to trap at least 99.97 per cent of particles as small as 0.3 microns.
BEST AIR PURIFIERS
Whether you’re after something cheap and cheerful or a high-quality model with proven results, we’ve rounded up our selection of the best air purifiers to improve your at-home air quality.
AFFORDABLE AIR PURIFIER
RENPHO Air Purifier, Amazon Australia, $199.99
Featuring true HEPA air purifying technology that removes 99.97 per cent of airborne particles, this compact and affordable air purifier is great for spaces from 22 to 66 square metres in size. It has three speeds, three timers, and a sleep mode for quiet operation that won’t wake you up.
It has a 4.6-star average rating from reviewers, one of whom left five stars and wrote “Purchased this air purifier for the bedroom and it works wonders. Quality is up there with the other brands but for a fraction of the price. The unit works in “sleep” mode and is very quiet and as a plus it comes with a night light too”.
HEATING AND COOLING AIR PURIFIER
Dyson Pure Hot+Cool, The Good Guys, $699
Providing you with powerful personal cooling in summer; fast and even room heating in winter; and intelligent air purification all year round, the Dyson Pure Hot+Cool is a super versatile machine. The 360-degree HEPA filter captures pollen, bacteria, pet dander and other ultrafine particles from every angle, and responds automatically to impurities in the air. Night-time mode allows you to relax undisturbed, and the design is super sleek so it won’t detract from your decor.
Suitable for small rooms between 15 and 25 square metres, The Air Rounder Connect has a HEPA filter, pre-filter and carbon filter to eliminate airborne hazards, as well as a fan to cool and heat. You can use the Breville Home Connect App to control settings from afar, and use the easy touch panel when you’re at home. Plus, for the budget-conscious, the Air Rounder Connect cleverly collects important statistics via the installed thermostat, and automatically adjusts the heating operation to save on power and money.
SMART AIR PURIFIER
Philips Series 3000i Air Purifier, Bing Lee, $679
The Philips 3000i has three modes – auto, sleep, and turbo – to efficiently clear the air. You can easily control it anytime, anywhere using the Clean Home+ app, which keeps you informed with local weather and air quality information. With the ability to purify spaces up to 104 square metres, it’s super powerful and packs a punch for the price tag.
The 3000i boasts dozens of glowing reviews, but having tested it out myself for a blissful month, I can personally attest to its quality.
PHILIPS SERIES 3000i AIR PURIFIER REVIEW
Dani Maher, Best Of Shopping Reporter
“I experience hayfever year-round, with my nose and eyes becoming uncontrollably itchy at the very hint of allergens like dust or pollens. I’ve tried all the remedies with little relief, so I didn’t have the highest hopes for the 3000i, but it really surprised me.
It operates fairly quietly – at its loudest, it was like a white noise machine, so fairly soothing – especially when switched to night mode. I rotated it between my bedroom and home office, both of which are carpeted areas with a lot of dusty surfaces. I would usually find myself needing to pop an antihistamine when spending a lot of time in them, but literally one day into testing the device, I realised that my nose and eyes were totally itch-free – an absolute miracle!
The control panel changes colours depending on the air quality, and when I first turned it on, it was red – telling me that my house is pretty full of allergens. But it did its job of cleaning the air and quickly turned blue to show me everything was all good. After that it returned to red if I was cleaning or unsettling dust. In those times, I was glad to have the purifier there to capture the allergens as soon as I’d upset them, which saved me from spending the rest of the day congested and irritable.
The 3000i may be expensive, but it really does work. If you’re willing to make the investment you won’t regret it – especially if you’ve got a house full of asthmatics or people with hayfever.”
Suited to rooms from 30 to 40 square metres in size, The Smart Air Connect keeps air clear with a four-stage purification system. A true HEPA filter reduces allergens and fine particles, a carbon filter minimises odour and smoke, a pre-filter reduces dust and pet dander, and a Microbe Shield light targets germs, bacteria and viruses. Control it all remotely via the Breville Home Connect app, from checking air quality to turning on night mode or timers.
A five-star reviewer wrote, “I have this air purifier running all the time beside my bed. I am no longer coughing or getting short of breath from inhaling irritants in the air and have been able to get a good nights sleep. It is also very energy efficient and I haven’t noticed any real change in our electricity bill”.
MEDIUM AIR PURIFIER
Samsung AX3300M Air Purifier, The Good Guys, $449
Improve the air quality in rooms up to 34 square metres with this Samsung Purifier’s multi-layered purification system. It has a True HEPA filter, and a four-colour indicator to keep you notified of the air quality status at all times. Switch it on to auto mode to do the hard work for you, and night mode for whisper-quiet operation.
A five-star reviewer called it the “best purchase I’ve made this year”, writing “Living in the hills and being an allergy sufferer I have found this product great in helping me get a good night sleep without waking up with sinus headaches. It has especially helped on the few days where burn offs has created lots of smoke it has helped clear the house of smoke. So good I got a second one for my mother”.
AIR PURIFIER FAN
Dyson Pure Cool Tower Fan, Myer, $799
The futuristic looking Pure Cool Tower Fan has a dual purpose of providing refreshing cooling in summer, and air purification year-round. It senses pollutants in the air in real time, then captures them with an activated carbon filter and glass HEPA filter. You can track air quality via the Dyson Link app, and use the remote control to adjust features like oscillation, night-time mode, and fan mode. Certified asthma and allergy friendly, and Sensitive Choice approved by the National Asthma Council Australia, you can trust its quality. Buy it in white or black.
“What a revelation,” wrote one reviewer. “Mount Gambier was doused in bushfire smoke for days and air quality was ‘poor’. Our new piece of Dyson technology gave us clean air in our home and the office within minutes. It also revealed a nasty spike in nitrous oxide from local traffic. It dealt with that too. Great machine.”
With 360-degree HEPA filtration to remove up to 99.97 per cent of airborne allergens, and a carbon odour filter to eliminate lingering smells, this Homedics Air Purifier is ideal for rooms up to 17.2 square metres. It has four speeds, a night light, and an auto-off timer up to 12 hours. There’s also a UV-C light to kill bacteria, germs and viruses, as well as an optional ioniser to aid in the purification process.
Suitable for spaces up to 90 square metres in size, this Samsung Air Purifier features three-way air flow technology and a dual power fan. It has a multi-layered purification system to alleviate allergy symptoms and reduce irritation.
Control it via Wi-Fi using the SmartThings app, or using the control panel where you can choose preset programs like sleep mode and a timer.
DO AIR PURIFIERS REALLY WORK?
Yes, air purifiers really do work. If you buy a highly-rated, high quality model – like any of the options listed above – you can safely assume you’ll be satisfied with the results. I was sceptical when I first tried one out, but I was seriously impressed by the efficacy of the machine. My allergy issues pretty much disappeared after turning the purifier on, with the air being filtered through the machine to remove irritating pollutants in a matter of hours.
WHAT IS THE BEST PLACE TO PUT AN AIR PURIFIER?
It depends on the size of your machine, and your personal purifying needs. If there’s one household member in particular who suffers from asthma or allergies, it might be best to place it in their room – otherwise, consider placing it in the most-used areas of the house where dust and other pollutants would be frequently unsettled.
You can buy a smaller, cheaper model and move it around the house as needed, or purchase a model that is designed for larger spaces so you can leave it in the busiest area of the house to run uninterrupted.
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