5 best air purifiers + fan combos, according to our test data

The best combination units for those looking for an air purifier that doubles up as a fan
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Updated on April 24, 2024
Written by
Danny Ashton
Danny is the founder of HouseFresh and has been writing about air purifiers and indoor air quality since 2010. He is our lead tester, conducting all the tests we use to evaluate air quality products. That is why you will always see his name attached to our reviews.

As we enter the summer and temperatures begin to soar, you might be tempted to dig your old desk fan out from the cupboard. In a hot and stuffy home, the cool breeze from a fan can provide much-needed comfort, especially while helping you sleep at night or keeping you focused when working from home.

But with rising temperatures, air pollutants intensify and become more persistent. Whether that’s increased pollen count, rampant wildfire smoke, or unwanted odors from sweltering garbage, hotter weather significantly affects our air quality. 

Luckily, some excellent air purifier fan combinations can tackle both issues. By combining the technology, these purifying fan combos can remove a wide range of pollutants from the air before passing through the fan, so you can rest assured that the cool air coming your way is free of toxins.  

Air purifier combos are still reasonably new, and for pure performance savings, you would still be better off getting a separate air purifier for cleaning and an additional fan. However, the Dyson combo units are great if you want one unit to do two or three functions but expect less than $500 worth of air cleaning. 

Several generic bladeless units are available for much cheaper but do have even less cleaning power. Our review for the Blueair Fan Auto blew us away. Still, we recently got a chance to put the latest Dyson TP07 through our air cleaning performance test, and it’s now our number one recommendation for those looking for the best air purifier and fan combo.

  1. In our home lab of 728 cubic feet, we light an incense stick to generate particle pollution and VOCs.
  2. We set up our trusted Purpleair Indoor Sensor with the latest Bosch gas sensor to track levels of PM1ug/m3, PM2.5ug/m3 and PM10ug/m3 and VOCs in the air.

  3. We switch the air purifier to its highest speed and measure how long it takes to get our room air quality down to PM1 level to 0.
  4. We use an energy meter to measure precisely how much electricity is used when running the unit at the lowest and highest fan speed settings.

  5. We track sound levels emitted by the air purifier at different fan speeds with the help of a commercial sound meter.

Read more about our testing process, and feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

With all this data, we can compare air purifiers side by side and select the best options. We closely examined the following key factors to find the best air purifier + fan combos. 

✅ True Fan and Air Purifier — There are not many true combo units, so we have made sure only to include units that offer fan performance and at least HEPA purification.

✅ High performance for the price — While our favorite unit would be one of the Dysons, we understand that not everyone has $600 to spend, so we also included cheaper units that do the same job at a more affordable price.

✅ Heater, fan and air purifier  — We also chose to include units with heating elements to provide three functions — fan, air purifier and heater.

The top 3 air purifiers + fan combos

If you don’t have time to read our full report, here are the top three units we are recommending: 

👑 BEST OVERALL💨 BEST AIR CLEANING PERFORMANCE💰 BEST FOR TIGHT BUDGETS
Dyson TP07BLUEAIR Pure Fan AutoULTTY CR021
Cleaning speed49 minutes26 minutes2 hours and 11 minutes
CADR rating250 CFM Pollen / 220 CFM Dust / 210 CFM Smoke250 CFM35 CFM
Filter technologyHEPA H13 and activated carbonHEPASilent™ filtration technologyH13 HEPA Filter
Max room size125 sq. ft.322 sq. ft.320 sq. ft.
Weight11 lbs (5 kg)10.38lbs (4.7kg)8.6 lbs (3.9 kg)
Our reviewIn progressBLUEAIR Fan Auto reviewULTTY Combo CR021 review
Price$490.00$251.16$149.99

Last update on 2024-05-17 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Air purifier fan combos have become increasingly popular in recent years; having your indoor air cleansed hourly and having a calming, cool breeze running through your house/apartment is just about the perfect indoor scenario you can have in the summer seasons.

Below, you can read our list of the five best air purifiers + fan combos that we believe can provide you with all the necessary comfort while keeping your living space free of indoor contaminants.

1. Best overall: Dyson TP07

The best combo unit from Dyson we have ever tested, cleaning the air in our home lab in 49 minutes and also performing incredibly well as a fan.

The Dyson TP07 is the latest air purifier fan combo we tested, and we were impressed with the results. In comparison to older generations, this Dyson is a much better air purifier – it cleaned our test room in 49 minutes, which is still 9 minutes longer than the $99 Levoit Core 300 but is much better than the older Dyson HP04 that took 1 hour and 24 minutes.

Like the other Dyson air purifier fan combos, it comes with auto mode and full app support via the Dyson link app. It also comes with a remote that sticks to the top of the unit with magnets, which is really somewhat cool. While air cleaning performance was much better than older generations, it would still be underpowered for large spaces, so just be aware before purchasing.

What we really like

The HEPA H13 filter in the Dyson TP07 has been independently tested and the lab report is available to the public
It is a great looking device that is not too heavy
It comes with auto-mode and app support is best in class
It offers a much better air cleaning performance than previous generations

What we think could be better

I would like to see even more improved air cleaning in future updates
It comes with a high initial price and filter replacement costs than other combo units

I also got a chance to test the fan’s power using the Testo 410i anemometer, and I am pleased to report that this has also been upgraded over previous generations and is now much better than our number 2 recommended air purifier fan combo, the Blueair Fan Auto.

Blueair Pure Fan Auto Dyson TP07
AVERAGE0.74 m/s3.03 m/s
MINIMUM0.51 m/s2.90 m/s
MAXIMUM0.99 m/s3.16 m/s

The filter has been certified as an H13 HEPA and includes an activated charcoal filter for gasses and odors, including formaldehyde. While if you want raw air cleaning performance, you are better off with a separate fan and air purifier, this is currently the best air purifier fan combo you can buy in 2023.

HouseFresh rating:★★★★☆
Time to clean our 728 cubic feet test room (with the device running at top speed):49 minutes
Air purifier technology:HEPA H13 and activated carbon filter
Recommended room size (4.8 air changes per hour):125 sq. ft.
Clean air delivery rate (CADR):Dust: 89.8 CFM
Smoke: 80.7 CFM
Pollen: 95.9 CFM
Dimensions (in inches / in cm):7.7 x 8 x 41 inches (19.56 x 20.32 x 104.14 cm)
Weight (in pounds / in kg):11 lbs (4.99 kg)
Filter life:12 months
Noise level in decibels (measured from 3 ft. away with a sound level meter):Speed 1: 38.9 dB
Speed 2: 44.9 dB
Speed 3: 50.2 dB
Speed 4: 56 dB
Electricity consumption in watts (recorded with an electricity usage monitor):Standby mode: 0.9 watts
Speed 1: 3.5 watts
Speed 2: 4.9 watts
Speed 3: 10 watts
Speed 4: 22.3 watts
Speed 5: 28.9 watts
Estimated running cost (electricity consumption + official filter replacement):$124.07 per year
Cost per CADR cfm (based on dust CFM as reported by AHAM):$6.69
Manufacturer’s warranty:2-year parts and labor warranty
Country of manufacture:Malaysia

2. Best air cleaning performance: Blueair Pure Fan Auto

Blueair’s Pure Fan has the best air purifier function on this list of combo units, managing to clean the air in our home lab in just 26 minutes — that’s a lot faster than the TP07.

The Blueair Pure Fan cleaned our test room in 26 minutes — on par with some of the best air purifiers we tested. The fact that it also can be a fan is impressive, although the fan’s power and speed are less than that of the Dyson combo air purifier/fans.

It’s only 15.5 inches tall and can be placed on the floor or furniture. In the top left corner, an LED light changes color depending on the indoor air quality. It can clean the air in spaces up to 322 sq ft.

What we really like

Powerful HEPA filter can keep pollen and dust count low while also providing fan support
The best looking design for an air purifier we have seen, easy to live with
Efficient use of electricity only costs $45 a year to run continuously
Auto-mode means you can set and forget as it will automatically come on when it detects particle pollutant

What we think could be better

We wish Blueair will improve the fan speed in future versions of the Pure Fan
It only uses HEPA filtration, without activated charcoal, which would mean it could also help with gasses and odors

If the instant pot taught us anything, having the ability to do more than one job with an appliance is always welcome. While the Bluair Fan Auto isn’t the best fan, it does blow a lot of air, and its air-cleaning ability is well worth the price tag.

If the fan of the Blueair Pure Fan were a little more powerful, this combo unit would be at the top of or list. Unfortunate.

HouseFresh rating:★★★★☆
Time to clean our 728 cubic feet test room (with the device running at top speed):26 minutes
Air purifier technology:HEPASilent™ filtration technology
Recommended room size (4.8 air changes per hour):326 sq. ft.
Clean air delivery rate (CADR):Dust: 220 CFM
Smoke: 210 CFM
Pollen: 250 CFM
Dimensions (in inches / in cm):15.5 x 12.9 x 11.2 inches (39 x 33 x 29cm)
Weight (in pounds / in kg):11.6lbs (5.26kg)
Filter life:6 months
Noise level in decibels (measured from 3 ft. away with a sound level meter):Speed 1: 37.8 dB
Speed 2: 47.9 dB
Speed 3: 59.6 dB
Electricity consumption in watts (recorded with an electricity usage monitor):Standby mode: 0 watts
Speed 1: 3.16 watts
Speed 2: 12.17 watts
Speed 3: 40.9 watts
Estimated running cost (electricity consumption + official filter replacement):$89.84 per year
Cost per CADR cfm (based on dust CFM as reported by AHAM):$1.21
Manufacturer’s warranty:2-year warranty when you register your air purifier
Country of manufacture:Designed and engineered in Sweden, assembled in China

3. Best fan + heater + air purifier combo: Dyson Pure Hot + Cool HP04

The three-in-one Dyson Hot + Cool HP04 is one of Dyson’s most innovative products yet, and that earned it a spot on this list.

Certified as asthma and allergy-friendly, the HP04 is sleekly designed and perfect for indoor spaces such as living rooms, bedrooms and offices. Functioning as an air purifier, cooling fan and heater, this product stands out as one of the more unique units on the market.

The HP04 is around 30 inches tall and will blend in around your home while automatically sensing air pollution. The LED display screen will inform you of the air quality levels and will clean, heat and cool spaces of up to 400 sq. ft.

What we really like

The changing LED display screen informs you of the air quality levels 
It is perfect for both the summer and winter seasons — it features a cool fan AND a heater 
Great power for a smaller unit
You can connect it to your smartphone with the Dyson app in order to manage it remotely

What we think could be better

The air purifier’s performance is lacking compared to the high price tag
It can be a bit loud at maximum power

Equipped with a powerful heating and cooling system, the HP04 is perfect for both the summer and winter seasons. The display screen will also change color depending on contamination levels — it will show yellow and red when the air is polluted and flash a healthy green when the air quality is excellent. 

A case of too many chefs, perhaps. The Dyson Pure Hot + Cool HP04 took nearly an hour and a half to clean the air in our home lab, so its air purification feature is lacking.

HouseFresh rating:★★★☆☆
Time to clean our 728 cubic feet test room (with the device running at top speed):1 hour and 24 minutes
Air purifier technology:HEPA and activated carbon filter
Recommended room size (estimated by HouseFresh to achieve 4.8 air changes per hour):139 sq. ft. 
Clean air delivery rate (CADR):Estimated: 89 CFM
Dimensions (in inches / in cm):30.1H x 8.1W x 5.1D inches (76.5H x 20.7W x 13D cm)
Weight (in pounds / in kg):12.36 lbs (5.6 kg)
Filter life:12 months
Noise level in decibels (measured from 3 ft. away with a sound level meter):Speed 1: 37.2 dB
Speed 2: 43.5 dB
Speed 3: 49.1 dB
Speed 4: 54.6 dB
Electricity consumption in watts (recorded with an electricity usage monitor):Standby mode: 0.5 watts
Speed 1: 4.6 watts
Speed 2: 9.1 watts
Speed 3: 16.8 watts
Speed 4: 25.5 watts
Estimated running cost (electricity consumption + official filter replacement):$81.88 per year
Cost per CADR cfm (based on dust CFM as reported by AHAM):$4.59
Manufacturer’s warranty:2 years
Country of manufacture:Malaysia

4. Best budget option: ULTTY CR021

The ULTTY CR021 brings some of the features of the Dyson combo air purifiers without the big price tag.

The ULTTY CR021 features an astonishing nine fan speeds and reaches a maximum noise level of 59dB, making it a decent option for bedrooms and small office spaces.

Marketed for smaller to medium-sized rooms, the CR021 can cool and purify the air of up to 320 sq. ft., which seems a little high based on our performance test, and we would only recommend smaller rooms.

What we really like

It is cheap considering the dual functions, costing you just under $150
Great size! It’s easy to transport and relocate in your home
I’m a sucker for the bladeless fan technology, but that could just be me
It is super quiet in night mode, so you can fall asleep while it’s on in the background

What we think could be better

It is a shame there’s no activated carbon filter for odor and VOCs 
It doesn’t feature an auto mode
The air purifier side of this combo unit underperformed in our air cleaning test — it took the ULTTY CR021 over two hours to clean the air in our home lab

The ULTTY CR021 is equipped with a 90-degree oscillating fan and a HEPA filter, it will help disperse air-born contaminants such as mold, dust and pet dander super effectively and remove 99.97% of airborne particles. 

The easy-to-use remote control features everything you need to adjust your purifier and fan with settings such as timer, sleep mode, light up, wind increase and decrease and maximum wind power. While it doesn’t look as good as the Dyson units, the fan still works well, considering the price.

If you can stretch your budget to $250, I would suggest you go with the Blueair Pure Fan Auto instead of this combo unit. But if you can’t go above $150 and you are adamant you need a 2-in-1 unit, then the ULTTY CR021 is the one to go for.

HouseFresh rating:★★☆☆☆
Time to clean our 728 cubic feet test room (with the device running at top speed):2 hours and 11 minutes
Air purifier technology:H13 HEPA Filter
Recommended room size (estimated by HouseFresh to achieve 4.8 air changes per hour):65 sq. ft.
Clean air delivery rate (CADR):Estimated: 42 CFM
Dimensions (in inches / in cm):28H x 18W x 16D inches (71H x 38W x 41D cm)
Weight (in pounds / in kg):8.6 lbs (3.9 kg)
Filter life:3 – 6 months
Noise level in decibels (measured from 3 ft. away with a sound level meter):Speed 1: 32 dB
Speed 2: 59 dB
Electricity consumption in watts (recorded with an electricity usage monitor):Speed 1: 13 watts
Speed 2: 25 watts
Estimated running cost (electricity consumption + official filter replacement):$84.30 per year
Cost per CADR cfm (based on dust CFM as reported by AHAM):$3.57
Manufacturer’s warranty:No warranty
Country of manufacture:China

5. Best humidifier + fan + air purifier combo: Dyson PH03

Need a humidifier, fan and air purifier in one device? Enter the Dyson PH03, which brings all three functions in just one device.

The Dyson PH03 has a higher CADR than the heater combo with HP04, but is still fairly weak compared to a stand-alone air purifier. It took 1 hour and 10 minutes for the PH03 to clean the air in our 728 cubic ft. home lab during our incense stick smoke test — that is 30 minutes longer than the $99 Levoit Core 300 air purifier.

What we really like

No other combo unit offers a humidifier, fan and air purifier all in one device
Yet again, another great looking design from Dyson
High-quality HEPA and activated charcoal filters
It comes with a mode to make it easy to clean the water reservoir 

What we think could be better

A very high price tag
Filter costs are higher than what you see with other air purifier manufacturers

Design-wise, this has to be one of the best-looking air quality devices, although it is a little larger than the HP04 due to its large water reservoir. Like the other Dyson combo units on this list, the PH03 uses the Dyson link app, which is the best we have tested in this space and a joy to use.

HouseFresh rating:★★★☆☆
Time to clean our 728 cubic feet test room (with the device running at top speed):1 hour and 12 minutes
Air purifier technology: H13 HEPA with impregnated activated charcoal fabric
Recommended room size (estimated by HouseFresh to achieve 4.8 air changes per hour):155 sq. ft.
Clean air delivery rate (CADR):Estimated: 99.8 CFM
Dimensions (in inches / in cm):36.33H x 11.02W x 12.22D inches (92H x 28W x 31D cm)
Weight (in pounds / in kg):18 lbs (8.16 kg)
Filter life:12 months
Noise level in decibels (measured from 3 ft. away with a sound level meter):Speed 1: 35.1 dB
Speed 3: 37.7 dB
Speed 6: 43.8 dB
Speed 8: 48.4 dB
Speed 10: 54.3 dB
Electricity consumption in watts (recorded with an electricity usage monitor):Standby mode: 0.6 watts
Speed 1: 6.2 watts
Speed 3: 7.1 watts
Speed 6: 12.4 watts
Speed 8: 17 watts
Speed 10: 41.7 watts
Estimated running cost (electricity consumption + official filter replacement):$74.15 per year
Cost per CADR cfm (based on dust CFM as reported by AHAM):$8.77
Manufacturer’s warranty:2 years
Country of manufacture:Singapore/Malaysia

What to look for in an air purifier + fan combo unit

There are a few things to consider when finding the right air purifier/fan combo for your home.

1. Does it use HEPA filtration?

The main function of any air purifier is its ability to remove tiny particles measuring less than 10 microns that can enter our body through our lungs. The best technology for removing these tiny particles is HEPA, so you will want to look for a device that utilizes HEPA filters.

The best grade of HEPA for residential air cleaners is HEPA H13, which can block 99.97% of particles measuring 0.3 microns in a single pass. Be aware that HEPA is often used in marketing without evidence, so be sure to look for independent lab reports like those that Dyson publishes if you are concerned about knowing if HEPA H13 is used or not.

2. Is it powerful enough to clean the air in your room at list 4.8 times per hour?

A HEPA filter alone won’t be able to keep your room clean unless it can also move enough air through the filter. CADR is the industry standard for understanding how much air can be cleaned, and you need to ensure that the CADR matches the size of your room.

While looking at recommended room sizes is good, you should also use the tool we built to see how much CADR you need for any room size to achieve 4.8 air changes per hour – which the EPA recommends for portable air purifiers.

Just enter your room size and see what CADR you need

You will notice that many of the air purifier fan combos don’t have the required CADR level for larger rooms, so be aware of that if that is your primary reason for getting a device like this. In most cases, it’s much better to get an air purifier-only device that can provide a much higher CADR to keep the air clean in a large space.

3. Do you need activated carbon?

HEPA alone won’t help against gasses and odors. If you just need a device to remove pollen then you will be fine with HEPA only, but if think you might need help with odors and gasses be sure to choose a unit that also includes activated carbon.

4. Is the fan powerful enough?

One thing we saw during our testing and reviewing is that many of the combo fan air purifiers are either good at air purifying or good at being a fan. Be sure to look at air flow levels for each device as some units, like the Blueair Fan auto, are good at cleaning the air but are not as good when using its fan function.


Common questions about air purifier and fan combos

The main purpose of an air purifier fan combo is to cycle and filter out unhealthy air continuously while also distributing fresher air.

Some purifiers are built to move large quantities of air, keeping you cool while capturing and eliminating airborne contaminants. Other air purifiers offer a unique filter design that lets air blow out like a fan. These have oscillation functions for thorough room coverage.

When it comes to most air purifiers, they consist of an electric fan that draws air into the intake portion of the unit. All of that air then goes through the filtration system to trap the pollutants, and the air is subsequently released back into the environment once it is cleaned.

However, these air purifier fan combos don’t typically lower the overall temperature in a room. Instead, they can provide a cooling sensation just like standard fans.

You can get the best of both worlds with an air purifier fan combo. The filtration system will consistently trap and reduce harmful airborne particles. Meanwhile, the fan portion will cycle out cleaner air. Since most of these units have oscillation functions, the air also circulates better in a room, so the targeted area feels fresher and cooler.


About HouseFresh

We invest a lot of time into our in-depth air purifier reviews to compare similar products and identify the best for each situation. Our air cleaning performance experiments allow us to look beyond manufacturers’ reported data and see for ourselves exactly how well it works. Many big media publishers pay lip service to testing, but we publish all our data and results with every review we produce.

We don’t accept paid reviews in exchange for free units or paid endorsements, and we don’t even run ads to stay as unbiased as possible. If you need help choosing an air purifier or have questions about our testing process, please email me directly: danny@housefresh.com

At HouseFresh, we have been reviewing air quality products since 2010. In all these years, we learned not to rely on manufacturers’ claims and the ever-so-glowing marketing materials. That is why we buy products with our own money, so we can write unbiased reviews after we’ve had enough time to evaluate air quality products in our home lab. Every unit we recommend has been thoroughly tested to assess its performance, energy consumption, and noise levels emitted in real-life environments. If you have any questions about our testing process for different types of air quality products, just drop us an email at hello@housefresh.com.

Last update on 2024-05-17 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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