Your house is now your workplace, playground, meditation studio, gastronomic restaurant, neighborhood bar, refuge and cinema. The point is, you spend a lot of time there. You can also prevent the air inside from making you sick. The indoor air is dirty. Particles, volatile organic compounds and chemicals in the vapor phase seep through our ventilation systems and weather stripping around windows. Interior plastics, furniture, paints and harmful fumes for floor coverings. An air purifier won’t do much if you aren’t vacuum regularly and change the filters in your home’s HVAC system, but if you live in a place where there is a lot of pollution or forest fires, it could helps a lot.
These are our best air purifiers. We led them, variously, to a New York apartment, a Long Island apartment, and a Portland, Oregon suburban home during wildfire season, living rooms, kitchens, and bedrooms. All of them provided significant anecdotal benefits, from stopping the persistent cough to helping us wake up with clearer sinuses and less raspy throats.
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Update December 2020: We added the Coway Airmega 150, Honeywell Insight HPA5300B, Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Cryptomic, and Blueair 411 Auto.