Whilst many people can agree that vaping is a lot better for your health than cigarette smoke, it’s not without it’s problems.
In the same way that we write about the best purifiers for cigarette smoke, we also wanted to make sure that vape users had a guide to help them pick an air purifier that is suited to dealing with chemicals produced from vaping devices.
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.
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.
Whatever you put in your vape pen will end up being converted to gas in your surrounding area so something to consider when vaping inside a room.
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.
The good news is that when compared to cigarette smoke, vape “smoke” is far easier to deal with.
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 please, if you are thinking of buying a $1000 air purifier to deal with vaping then please stop and save your money with one of the devices we recommend and use your money for something else.
As always with any of the recommendations we are good at identifying those “popular” items that have so many good reviews but in reality, are just powered by fake bot votes that most real consumers think are terrible.
Why trust us?
We dig deep into real customer reviews so you don’t have to, to understand the experience for the vast majority of people out there. We are also major vape users and regularly use the Levoit 300 to clean the air after a heavy session.
This means that we are 100% confident that the devices we recommend will be perfect for dealing with the issue of vaping.
Using an e-cigarette should not mean that you have to put up with poor air quality in your home. Vapor use indoors can still be possible if we use the right air purification technology.
The recommended devices below all use a combination of pre-filter, HEPA filter, and charcoal to remove vapor allergens from the air. Don’t let your e-cig use create a problem, just enable one of these air purifiers during every vaping session.
Compare the Best Air Purifiers for Vaping
More detailed review below:
1.LEVOIT H13 (Best Option for Most People)
You can always find this air purifier at below $100 and when it arrived it really put pressure on other air purifier manufacturers to up their game.
The LEVOIT is perfect for Vape users as it can deal with the small number of pollutants that would be needed for someone using an air purifier to remove vape gasses.
We tested this unit in my home recently and found that in a small room, it could easily remove all pollutants produced by a vaporizer for 35 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. I am a big fan of the Huma unit compared to some of the similarly priced units that have more options but are regularly found to be way off with readings.
At this particular price point, the LEVOIT 300 is the perfect purifier for something like vaping as you can either use it post vape like I did or even feel free to leave it on continually during the vaping session.
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 filter changes. 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.
Right now this is the air purifier that I use for vaping and is the one I recommend to most people. #
Update Feb 2021: We have now completed our hands-on Levoit Core 300 review, so be sure to have a read.
- High Performance: Enjoy fresh air in 12 minutes with the Core 300 True HEPA Air Purifier. Featuring VortexAir Technology and 360° air intake, the Core 300 refreshes the air 5x per hour in rooms as large as 219 ft² / 20 m²
- Find Relief: Ease sneezing, congestion, and other allergy symptoms caused by airborne contaminants. The H13 True HEPA Filter works alongside the Pre-Filter and High-Efficiency Activated Carbon Filter to capture 99.97% of airborne particles 0.3 microns in size, such as dust, smoke, pollen, odor
- Multiple Filter Choices: Choose from a variety of replacement filters to best meet your needs. The Toxin Absorber Filter specializes in wildfire, smoke and VOCs. And if you’re a pet owner, try the Pet Allergy Filter to capture pet dander and absorb unpleasant odors.
- Most Silent Air Cleaner: Choose Sleep Mode at night and then forget all about your air purifier while you sleep. QuietKEAP Technology reduces noise levels to a near-silent 24dB, ensuring the Core 300 won’t get in the way of a good night’s rest.
- Sleek Design: The Core 300 practically serves your home while blending in with your decor. Its award-winning design (Red Dot, 2020) and modern white finish help your air purifier fit anywhere in your home/bedroom/room.
2. Alen BreatheSmart FIT50 with Fresh Plus filter [Big spender]
If you are happy to invest and want the best air purifier for vaping that money can buy then you can’t go wrong with the Alen FIT50 and choosing the option with the fresh plus filter as it’s aimed at those looking to remove smoke from the air so will easily deal with something like vapor from an electronic cigarette or dry herb vaporizer.
This option is great for those with large rooms as it can handle 900 square feet and will clean the entire air space in 30 minutes.
The primary filter is a true HEPA filter but the fresh plus option is also utilizes activated carbon which is great for removing smells that are produced with something like vaping. I really like the inclusion of an air quality sensor so you know how clean your air is before and after usage.
In general, cheaper units find it a lot harder to remove odor from the air as that requires a large surface area of activated carbon that smaller units just don’t have.
For those looking to sleep with this unit, you will be impressed with the inclusion of a pink noise sleep mode. Pink noise is similar to white noise but has a more consistent frequency so can be even better for those looking to sleep whilst the air purifier is engaged.
The CADR (clean air delivery rate) for this unit is 231 CFM on turbo mode so can deal with a ton of pollutants in the air.
The only downside to this unit is the price at +$500 but for those looking for the very best air purifier for vaping, we would be hard-pressed to recommend any other option.
This unit is best purchased from Alen.com as they provide a lifetime guarantee and often have better prices than Amazon.com
3. Honeywell HPA100 (Best if you Prefer a US Company)
The HPA100 is small but can deal with a fair amount of air and would be perfect for someone looking to remove allergens relating to vaping.
Honeywell has a HQ in North Carolina and has been going since 1906 so there is plenty to trust.
It’s usually a little more expensive than the LEVOIT H13 but if you prefer a brand based in the United States then it might be worth the extra investment.
You can also read our recently updated buying guide that shows which Honeywell air purifier is the best.
- MEDIUM ROOM AIR PURIFIER – The Honeywell HPA100 HEPA Air Purifier helps to make the air you breathe cleaner. Recommended for medium rooms (155 sq. feet), it helps capture up to 99.97% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns.*
- HELPS REDUCE ALLERGENS & CERTAIN GERMS - This HEPA air purifier has 4 air cleaning levels, and helps capture particles like pet dander, pollen, dust and smoke*. It reduces up to 99.9% of certain airborne viruses, bacteria and mold spores ***.
- EFFECTIVE AIR CLEANING AND CIRCULATION – The Honeywell HPA100 Air Purifier filters and circulates air in medium 155 sq. ft. rooms up to 5 times an hour – 120x per day. You can breathe easy knowing the air in your home is cleaner with fewer allergens.
- #1 BRAND RECOMMENDED BY ALLERGISTS** – Honeywell HEPA Air Purifier, The Doctor’s Choice, is the #1 brand recommended by allergists. Backed with a 5-year warranty, Honeywell air purifiers are a trusted partner in the fight against airborne particles.
- COMPATIBLE DOES NOT MEAN COMPARABLE PERFORMANCE – For best performance, use only Genuine Honeywell air purifier filters. Compatible air purifier filter replacements are not guaranteed to offer the same performance or efficiency.
4. Hamilton Beach TruAir – best for less than $60
Normally I don’t often recommend the Hamilton Beach air purifier but considering that you are looking to use it for vaping then it could be the perfect fit for not a lot of cash.
I would recommend going for a charcoal filter option as you will want to remove any smells and chemical pollutants.
- 3 Filtration stages: Permanent true HEPA filter captures dander & airborne particles plus 2 replaceable carbon zeolite filters to target pet odors plus a pre filter for pet hair and larger particles
- High performance true Hepa grade filter: Captures 99.97 percent of pet dander, dust, dust mites, pollen, and Mold/Mildew spores as small as 3 microns from the air
- Reduces odors: 2 Activated carbon zeolite filters help reduce unwanted household odors from pets, smoke, and more
- Quiet and powerful: Use whisper clean for extra quiet operation at night, the medium setting or the quick clean setting for more powerful air cleaning
- Easy to clean: Permanent Hepa filter can be vacuumed clean; No replacement filters to buy
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 maybe be less with larger units. Vaping unlike cigarette smoke, it’s 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 vacum cleaner at least once a month as any dust caught here can impede the unit and it will perform at a reduced efficiency.
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 300 but the Alen unit would also be at the top of our list if money was less of an issue.
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