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7 Best Air Purifiers For Vaping

Last updated July 19, 2022

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Author avatar Danny Ashton

Danny as been writing about air purifiers for 10+ years. He is a major fan of home technology, which makes him the perfect person to test and evaluate products for HouseFresh

Our previous guide on the best purifiers for cigarette smoke is one of the most visited on HouseFresh, so we want to make sure vape users can also find advice on our site. 

Whilst many people can agree that vaping is a lot better for your health than cigarette smoke, it’s not without its problems. That’s why we decided to produce a buying guide that outlines the best air purifiers on the market today with the performance required to deal with chemicals produced from all sorts of vaping devices.

TL; DR: Look for air purifiers with activated charcoal and HEPA filters, which are proven to remove and clean chemicals and smells produced by vaping.

It’s often wrongly assumed that vape pens produce water but in fact include a number of chemicals based upon the original liquid formula that you use. 

Before using your e-cig inside a closed room you share with other people, you need to consider that whatever you put in your vape pen will end up being converted to gas in your surrounding area. 

When we tested a dry herb vaporizer, we also found significant amounts of particle pollution of all sizes from PM1, PM2.5 and PM10. This isn’t as bad as cigarette smoke or incense, but it still creates particles of considerable size that need to be removed from the air.

Depending on the substance, it could have a strong smell so it’s totally understandable why someone would want to put a device like an air purifier to remove the vape gas and any smells that come with it. You just need to make sure you’re not buying a unit that won’t work for what you need.

Our Top 3 Air Purifiers for Vaping in 2022

Best overall
Best Overall
Best budget option
Best Budget Option
Best for large rooms
Best for Large Spaces
Style
Core 300S
LEVOIT Air Purifiers for Bedroom Home, HEPA Filter Cleaner with Fragrance Sponge for Better Sleep, Filters Smoke, Allergies, Pet Dander, Odor, Dust, Office, Desktop, Portable, Core Mini, White
Smart Health S (HEPA + Carbon)- Attractive and Effective Air Purifiers For Home And Office - Includes HEPA And Carbon Filters - Take a Breath of Fresh Air!
Pros
Perfect size for issues with vaping and has auto mode
Low power usage and so tiny it's portable so could be a great use for vaping on the move
Great power unit for the price
Cons
Bigger rooms will need more power
Small size also means far less power than large units
No smart mode or way to schedule without additional devices
CADR
141 CFM
45 CFM
185 CFM
Filter Technology
HEPA H13 and Activated Charcoal (One filter)
HEPA H13 and Activated Charcoal (One filter)
H12 HEPA and Activated Charcoal (Separate and Optional))
Recommended Room Size
Up to 219 ft²
Up to 178 ft²
430 ft²
Weight
5.95 lbs
7.48 lbs
16.5 lbs
Price
$149.99
$49.99
$189.95
Best overall
Best Overall
Style
Core 300S
Pros
Perfect size for issues with vaping and has auto mode
Cons
Bigger rooms will need more power
CADR
141 CFM
Filter Technology
HEPA H13 and Activated Charcoal (One filter)
Recommended Room Size
Up to 219 ft²
Weight
5.95 lbs
Price
$149.99
More information
Best budget option
Best Budget Option
Style
LEVOIT Air Purifiers for Bedroom Home, HEPA Filter Cleaner with Fragrance Sponge for Better Sleep, Filters Smoke, Allergies, Pet Dander, Odor, Dust, Office, Desktop, Portable, Core Mini, White
Pros
Low power usage and so tiny it's portable so could be a great use for vaping on the move
Cons
Small size also means far less power than large units
CADR
45 CFM
Filter Technology
HEPA H13 and Activated Charcoal (One filter)
Recommended Room Size
Up to 178 ft²
Weight
7.48 lbs
Price
$49.99
More information
Best for large rooms
Best for Large Spaces
Style
Smart Health S (HEPA + Carbon)- Attractive and Effective Air Purifiers For Home And Office - Includes HEPA And Carbon Filters - Take a Breath of Fresh Air!
Pros
Great power unit for the price
Cons
No smart mode or way to schedule without additional devices
CADR
185 CFM
Filter Technology
H12 HEPA and Activated Charcoal (Separate and Optional))
Recommended Room Size
430 ft²
Weight
16.5 lbs
Price
$189.95
More information

We test all the units we recommend in our own homes because we want to create seriously useful guides that will help people look beyond the marketing hype so they can find the right air purifier for them.

The recommended air purifiers below all use a filter technology that combines high-grade HEPA and activated charcoal. These technologies have been proven to remove the type of pollutants generated by vape pens and dry herb vaporizers by numerous academic studies

1. Best Overall: Levoit Core 300S

I fell in love with the Levoit Core 300 when it came out in 2019. Sounds like a strange thing to say about an air purifier but in my opinion, this unit did so much well for such a small amount of money that it leveled up the market for affordable air purifiers. The old sub $100 budget air purifiers used to be units that didn’t perform well for most people, so I used to tell readers to avoid them at all costs. This all changed with the Levoit Core 300.

The Core 300S is the upgraded model, including smart mode and, more importantly, an auto function 🤩

The auto mode is perfect for a use case like vaping, as opposed to air pollution where you need continuous cleaning. When it comes to vaping, you want your air purifier to kick in and remove the pollutants quickly.

I tested the Levoit Core 300S in our test room (712 cubic ft) and found that this unit was able to clear the room of all vaping pollutants in less than 20 minutes. The auto-mode kicked on within seconds of the first creation of vapor and made short work of the pollutants.

These are all the reasons why I think that the Levoit Core 300S is THE BEST air purifier for vapers. Paying a bit extra instead of choosing the Levoit Core 300 will be easily outweighed by the fact the Core 300S will use less energy and require less filter changes due to only being used when it’s needed.

Pay the extra, your energy bill will thank me later.

SPECS & FEATURES

Purifier technology:H13 True HEPA filter
CADR (CFM / m³/h):141 CFM (240 m³/h)
Recommended room size:up to 219 ft²
Filter life:6 – 8 months
Noise level (low – high):24 – 48 dB
Dimensions (in inches / in cm):8.7L x 8.7W x 14.2H inches / 22 x 22 x 36 cm
Weight (in pounds / in kg):2.7 kg / 5.95 lbs
Energy consumption:$ 56.48

What We Really Like:

👍 Auto mode is the perfect feature for those who vape
👍 High performance to $$ spend
👍 Great efficiency gains over the Core 300 – same power for less electricity
👍 Size is perfect for most rooms

What We Think Could Be Better:

👎 Filter costs can be high with genuine filters
👎 App has a lot of extra stuff not required

2. Best Budget Option: Levoit Core Mini

The Levoit Core Mini might not be right for people with large rooms but I chose to highlight it as the best budget option because the Levoit Core Mini does a lot right. 

Its shape is small enough to sit on a car dashboard and could potentially be used on the go for vacations. When we tested the Levoit Core Mini, we were pleasantly surprised by its performance considering it is such a small unit.

I tested the Levoit Core Mini in our test room (712 cubic ft) and found that this unit was able to clear the room of all vaping pollutants in less than 113 minutes. Bear in mind that was a similar amount of time it took for the far larger Levoit LV-H132 to achieve the same results.

But what really made me happy about the Levoit Core Mini is its power usage. On our tests with a power meter, we saw this air purifier reaching no more than 6.4 watts whilst functioning at high power – incredible for this level of cleaning power!

The only potential downside with the Core Mini is the price of filters. I would be concerned that the smaller size means that filters need replacing more regularly, so you might need to drop $24.99 every four months on filters alone. This could add up if you plan to use the unit continuously.

But if you are looking for a solid air purifier for an RV or the car, this is the unit you should take a long look at.

SPECS & FEATURES

Purifier technology:360° VortexAir Technology 3.0 and 3-stage filtration (pre-filter, True HEPA filter, Activated Carbon filter)
CADR (CFM / m³/h):32 CFM 
Recommended room size:up to 178 ft²
Filter life:4 – 6 months
Noise level (low – high):25 – 44 dB
Dimensions (in inches / in cm):6.5L x 6.5W x 10.4H in / 16.4 x 16.4 x 26.4 cm
Weight (in pounds / in kg):1 kg / 2.2 lbs
Energy consumption:$ 15.21

What We Really Like:

👍 Great performance to initial cost
👍 Size is easy to use on the go
👍 One of the quietest air purifiers we have tested
👍 Love the design

What We Think Could Be Better:

👎 No auto mode or app support
👎 Size might be an issue for larger rooms

3. Smart Health S (HEPA and Carbon)

I was super impressed by the Smart Health S, especially because it performs just as well as units with a much larger price tag. Not only that, it also looks super stylish! It is the only air purifier my wife was happy to see me unbox since I started testing units at home when we launched HouseFresh 😅

When testing this unit in our testing area (712 cubic ft), I found that the Smart Health S was able to clear the room of all vaping pollutants in less than 29 minutes. This means that this air purifier is perfectly powered for the task at hand.

Something worth mentioning is that the company behind Smart Health S is a B corp, and they seem to just want people to have better quality air purifiers without paying too much. This makes me happier to be able to support them by recommending their units, especially as their performance and price tag match the mission of their company.

They originally became “internet famous” when their founder created a DIY air purifier that anyone could use to clean the air in their home. You can read all about it here: https://smartairfilters.com/en/blog/how-to-make-diy-air-purifier/ 

The Smart Health S is the unit I have in my bedroom and I wouldn’t swap it for anything else right now.

SPECS & FEATURES

Purifier technology:HEPA filter
CADR (CFM / m³/h):185.4 CFM (315m³/hr)
Recommended room size:150 ft² to 430 ft²
Filter life:HEPA filter: 9 – 12 months. Carbon filter: 6 – 12 months
Noise level (low – high):23 – 52 dB
Dimensions (in inches / in cm):33L x 33W x 37H cm
Weight (in pounds / in kg):7.5kg / 16.5 lbs
Energy consumption:$ 82.55

What We Really Like:

👍 Great performance at nearly $1 per CADR Score 
👍 Filter costs are fair
👍 Ethos behind the company who make it
👍 Design is best we have seen for an air purifier in a long time

What We Think Could Be Better:

👎 No smart mode yet

4. Medify MA-25

We have tested a number of Medify units in the last year, and the MA-25 is the model we think makes the most sense for anyone looking for an air purifier to help clean the air after (or during) vaping indoors. WIth a CADR rating of 135, the Medify MA-25 has what it takes to clean most small to medium size rooms of vape related pollutants fairly quickly.

Something cool about the Medify Air MA-25 is that it comes with Night Mode, allowing you to dim the lights if you’re going to use the filter in your bedroom while you sleep. Doesn’t relate to vaping, I know, but it’s a nice feature to have.

The Medify Air MA-25 uses filters with three layers of filtration: pre-filter, H13 True HEPA, and active carbon composite for odors.The branded filters can be quite expensive (over $50) but you can buy generic filters that work for around $25, so keep that in mind.

It’s a solid unit and it does the job but my choice would be something from Levoit at this price point.

SPECS & FEATURES

Purifier technology:Pre-filter, H13 True HEPA, active carbon composite
CADR (CFM / m³/h):135 CFM 
Recommended room size:250 ft² to 1000 ft² 
Filter life:3-4 months
Noise level (low – high):35 – 52 dB
Dimensions (in inches / in cm):13.5H x 8W x 8D inches
Weight (in pounds / in kg):3.9 kg / 8.6 lbs
Energy consumption:$ 76.69

What We Really Like:

👍 Large filters on both side of the unit with great design
👍 35.3 watts performance – great efficiency
👍 Noise level is great for this level of clean air performance
👍 Child lock!

What We Think Could Be Better:

👎 It’d be great to see auto mode at this price level
👎 No app support

5. Levoit Core 300

Our favorite sub $100 air purifier in the market right now: the Core 300 😍

At this particular price point, the Levoit Core 300 is the perfect air purifier for vaping as you can either use it post vape (like I did) or you can leave it on continually during the vaping session.I tested this unit in my home and found that in a small room (712 cubic ft), it could easily remove all pollutants produced by a vaporizer within 39 minutes at the highest setting. I used the Huma-i [HI-150] to take a reading post vapor and then continued to check out on the room and take readings for PM2.5 and 10 and VOC’s.

The filters are H13 HEPA and whilst they will need replacing at some point, with vaping we are not producing a ton of pollutants so it will be a long time between the filter needs change. One thing I like is that there are plenty of filter replacements available to buy on Amazon both from Levoit and other generic manufacturers.

The only real downside to this air purifier is that it doesn’t come with some of the bells and whistles that you see with more expensive units. It doesn’t do any air quality detection on-board and so doesn’t have the option to come on automatically as it detects pollutants. It has basic sleep timers but not the App support that you will find with the higher-priced units.

SPECS & FEATURES

Purifier technology:Pre-Filter, H13 True HEPA Filter, High-Efficiency Activated Carbon Filter
CADR (CFM / m³/h):145 CFM 
Recommended room size:219 ft² to 547 ft²
Filter life:6 – 8 months
Noise level (low – high):24 – 50 dB
Dimensions (in inches / in cm):8.7L x 8.7W x 14.2H inches / 22 x 22 x 36 cm
Weight (in pounds / in kg):3.4 kg / 7.48 lbs
Energy consumption:$ 97.76

What We Really Like:

👍 One of the best $ to CADR units ever on the market at $99
👍 Integrated activated charcoal so only one filter to replace
👍 Lots of generic filters available to buy for cheap
👍 Good size

What We Think Could Be Better:

👎 No auto mode – need to pay extra for the 300S
👎 No smart mode – you could get the 200S for the same price but with worse performance

6. Blueair Blue Pure 211+

A large unit like the Blueair Blue Pure 211+ could seem overkill for vaping issues, but if you vape in an open plan area or in a large living room, then the 211+ is the unit you want to use.

All Blueair units use a combination of ionizer, HEPA and charcoal filters, which is exactly what you need to clean the particle pollution generated by vaping.

As with other units on this list, I tested the Blueair Blue Pure 211+ in my 712 cubic ft test room, and found that this unit was able to clear the room of all vaping pollutants in less than 20 minutes. This unit outperformed other purifiers with similar specs at a fraction of the price.

One of my favorite things about the Blueair Blue Pure 211+ is its snazzy design. The fabric pre-filter captures large particles in style. In a world of white, boxy appliances, Blueair introduced bold colors and interesting texture to their products. You can choose a color to match your decor or switch it up with various interchangeable covers.

This is a large unit so certainly not something for a dorm room or small bedroom. This is the unit I would use when vaping in an open plan area or large room.

SPECS & FEATURES

Purifier technology:“HEPASilent™ technology”  which is an electrostatic filtration with HEPA and Activated Charcoal
CADR (CFM / m³/h):350 CFM 
Recommended room size:540 ft²
Filter life:6 – 8 months
Noise level (low – high):31 – 56 dB
Dimensions (in inches / in cm):20H x 13W x 13D inches
Weight (in pounds / in kg):5.67 kg / 12.5 lbs
Energy consumption:$ 132.52

What We Really Like:

👍 354 CADR rating! 😮 Not something you normally see at this price
👍 The design looks great
👍 Auto mode and app support
👍 Great option for those vaping in larger rooms or space

What We Think Could Be Better:

👎 Might be too big for most people
👎 Ionizer might be aggravating to some

7. Good Option For Vape Pen Users: Levoit Core 200S

The Levoit Core 200S is a capable air purifier that can handle the pollutants generated by a vape pen but is probably not enough for a dry herb vaporizer.

You can connect the unit to the VeSync app to manage the air purifier’s activity from anywhere. Not only that, you can also activate it using voice command if you set it up with Alexa or Google Home. And last but not least, you can set a timer so the Core 200S gets to work exactly when you need it.

The Levoit Core 200S is a solid option for those vaping indoors in small rooms as it has both a H13 HEPA and activated charcoal filter. It’s smaller than the 300S and the Smart Mode doesn’t go as far as it doesn’t have an in-built sensor, but it will do the trick.

SPECS & FEATURES

Purifier technology:Nylon Pre-Filter, H13 True HEPA Filter, High-Efficiency Activated Carbon Filter
CADR (CFM / m³/h):118 CFM(200.6 m³/h)
Recommended room size:183 ft²
Filter life:6 – 8 months
Noise level (low – high):24 – 48 dB
Dimensions (in inches / in cm):8.07L x 8.07W x 12.6H inches
Weight (in pounds / in kg):3 kg /  6.6 lbs
Energy consumption:$ 62.61

What We Really Like:

👍 Powerful unit in a small package
👍 App support so can plan when to have it on
👍 Great looking screen to use
👍 Low power draw

What We Think Could Be Better:

👎 Filter costs are similar to 300S
👎 Smart mode isn’t as good as auto feature on bigger 300S

Frequently Asked Questions About Vaping and Air Purifiers

🤔 Do air purifiers help with vaping?

In a word, yes they do. Any air purifier will help to clean the air of pollutants and depending on your type of vaporizer there will be chemicals released into the air that will stick around. Most units are aimed at allergens or cigarette smoke but any unit that uses a HEPA filter will do a solid job of cleaning the air from vape and electronic cigarette usage. If odor is an issue, then be sure to look at those units that also use activated charcoal as this has been shown in numerous studies to remove odor-causing particles from the air.

🤔 How do I get rid of vape smoke in my room?

The first thing to do is to open any doors or windows and get as much airflow as possible. We know that this is not always an option for everyone so an air purifier can also help to push air into filters thus removing odor-causing smells and particulates from the air. In a small room, a fairly cheap air purifier can change the air in less than 20 minutes.

🤔 How often do I need to change the air purifier filters when vaping?

As with any type of situation, it will depend on individual usage and the size of the air purifier. Smaller air purifiers have smaller filters so require filter changes more often and this is one of the reasons why we suggest spending a bit more if you are a heavy vape user as the costs of filters may be less with larger units. 

Vaping, unlike cigarette smoke, is far less intensive on the filters so you should be able to get away with changing it less often, we would recommend at least every 3 months for a regular vape user. Be sure to always clean the pre-filter with a vacuum cleaner at least once a month as any dust caught here can impede the unit and it will perform at a reduced efficiency.

🤔 How does cigarette smoke compare with vaping pollutants?

Many air purifiers that deal with cigarette smoke need to be in the $300+ range to make much of a difference as cigarettes produce a ton of smoke and you need a lot of filter power to remove it. If you want your air purifier to do more than just remove vape smoke then be sure to check out our other use case reviews.

So, if you are thinking of buying a $1000 air purifier to deal with vaping then save your money with one of the units we recommend as it would be overkill.

🤔 So… Which air purifier is best for you?

Vaping is becoming the standard when it comes to alternatives to tobacco and with the legalization of cannabis in some states, cannabis vapor is also becoming more of an issue. Thankfully, vapor from electronic cigarettes or herb vaporizers is far less intensive than the smoke created from cigarettes so you shouldn’t have to spend significant amounts on an air purifier to remove it from the air. 

For most people, we would recommend the Levoit 300S but the Blueair 211+ unit would also be at the top of our list if you had a much larger room than average.

If you are interested in using an air purifier for weed smoke, be sure to read our dedicated article as vaping and smoking weed create very different air pollutants. Or if it’s more of an issue of tobacco then check the list of the best air purifiers for cigarette smoke that we also published this year. We even have specific recommendations for the best air purifiers for cigar smoke.

SOURCES

We calculated the monthly energy consumption costs with the help of our air purifier electricity usage calculator. We calculated daily and yearly costs associated with running an air purifier for 24hs a day in California. You can customize the result by air purifier wattage and by state.

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