The air purifiers we recommend for those with allergies

From pollen to pet dander, air purifiers help to reduce allergens and keep your space a sniffle free zone.
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Updated on May 10, 2024
Written by
Paul Allen
Paul is a staff writer for HouseFresh, with a focus on product recommendations and advice for smokers and apartment dwellers. He started writing in November 2020, when he joined the content production team at NeoMam Studios (our parent company).

Our verdict

Suffering from allergies can be the bane of many people’s lives. From an incessant itchy throat to sore and stuffy sinuses, symptoms can soon become irritating and leave you feeling run down. This is particularly a problem if the source of your allergy is prevalent for prolonged periods of time.  

But there are things you can do to help. 

By investing in an air purifier, the amount of allergens inside your home will be dramatically reduced. Less exposure to triggers means fewer symptoms, allowing you to breathe easier all year round

Some of the most common allergies people face include pollen, mold, dust mites and animal proteins.

These allergies are all categorized as aeroallergens, meaning they are suspended in the air and inhaled, triggering a respiratory reaction rather than ingested or contact-based reactions.

Being aeroallergens, they can be irradiated from the home using an air purifier as the offending particles become trapped inside the filters used inside the unit.
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology recommends using HEPA filters, which are certified to capture 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns. A.

In order to reduce the amount of allergens inside your space, however, you’ll have to pick the right tool for the job.

The key thing to know is that keeping your space free of allergy particles requires a bigger, more powerful air purifier than someone needing to remove occasional pollutants like cooking odor.

Increased power yields faster results, as the purifier captures allergens as soon as they materialize. For an air purifier to enjoy enhanced performance, you should look for high Clean Air Delivery Rates (CADR), along with filters certified to capture the smallest particles.

  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.

Using the data from our tests and my personal experience with each unit, I’ve curated six excellent air purifiers that are tailor-made to help remove allergen particles from the air in your home.

Staff picks: Top 3 best air purifiers for allergies

Need fast relief from allergies? Here are the 3 best air purifier options in 2023:

👑 BEST OVERALL💰 FOR TIGHT BUDGETS🛋️ FOR LARGE SPACES
IQAir Healthpro PlusShark HP102Smart Air Blast Mini
AIR CLEANING SPEED ⚡25 minutes38 minutes17 minutes
CADR 👩‍🔬300 CFM92 CFM 435 CFM
FILTER TECHNOLOGY 💨HyperHEPA, Pre-max, V5-Cell gas and odor filterNanoSeal™ Filter (True HEPA Multi-Filter with Microban® antimicrobial coatingPre-Filter, H13 HEPA Filter + optional Activated Charcoal filter
NOISE 🔊25 — 69 dB41.7 dB – 56.5 dB36 — 49 dB
MAX ROOM SIZE 📏1125 ft²500 ft²915 sq. ft.
WEIGHT ⚖️35 lbs (16 kg)5.85 lbs (2.7 kg)59 lbs (26.8 kg)
OUR REVIEW 🔍IQAir Healthpro Plus reviewShark HP102 reviewSmart Air Blast Mini review
PRICE 💵$299.99$649.00$649.00

Last update on 2024-06-16 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

As everyone’s home will be different, we’ve made sure to include a range of air purifiers that are suited to different size spaces and covered a variety of budgets too. 

Be sure to check out the complete list below, paying close attention to room size suitability and the range of features each unit offers to find the perfect purifier for you. 

1. Best overall: IQAir Healthpro Plus

With industry-leading filter technology, the IQAir Healthpro Plus is my top choice for those suffering from severe allergies.   

When it comes to your health and wellbeing, it’s worth investing in quality. The HealthPro Plus from IQAir is as good as it gets in the air purifier market, with this unit being used in medical facilities around the world. 

Although this air purifier isn’t the fastest we’ve tested, it does come with the best filter I’ve seen from any manufacturer. In fact, this purifier comes with three individual filters, each of which is colossal.

What we really like

Each air purifier goes through rigorous quality control before leaving the Swiss factory
IQAir’s filters are the best on the market
Powerful performance can capture allergens quickly
It comes with a generous 10-year warranty

What we think could be better

This purifier is huge so may not be a great option for those in smaller homes and filter replacements costs are high
I wish there was an Auto mode to kick in whenever allergies strike

IQAir’s primary filter, which is responsible for capturing allergy particles, goes above and beyond the standard HEPA filter. It is able to remove 99.5% of particles as small as 0.003 microns, ensuring even the smallest of mold, dander or pollen allergens are removed. To put it simply, IQAir’s HyperHEPA is miles above the rest. 

Due to the sheer size (and cost) of this air purifier, it’s unlikely you will purchase a unit for each room in your home. However, thanks to its powerful fans and filters, it will work exceptionally well in large open-plan spaces or offer unrivaled protection in a room with high quantities of allergens.

HouseFresh rating:★★★★★
Time to clean our 728 cubic feet test room (with the device running at top speed):24 minutes
Air purifier technology:HyperHEPA and V50-CELL gas and odor filter
Recommended room size (4.8 air changes per hour):1125 sq. ft. 
Clean air delivery rate (CADR):Dust: 250 CFM (HouseFresh estimate)
Dimensions (in inches / in cm):28H x 18W x 16D inches (71H x 38W x 41D cm)
Weight (in pounds / in kg):35 lbs (15.88 kg)
Filter life:4 years
Noise level (measured from 3 ft. away):Speed 1: 36.9 dB
Speed 2: 37.2 dB
Speed 3: 40.9 dB
Speed 4: 47.2 dB
Speed 5: 53.9 dB
Speed 6: 61.2 dB
Electricity consumption in watts (recorded with an electricity usage monitor):Standby mode: 1 watts
Speed 1: 16.5 watts
Speed 2: 32.7 watts
Speed 3: 47.3 watts
Speed 4: 69 watts
Speed 5: 94.3 watts
Speed 6: 145.2 watts
Estimated running costs (electricity consumption + filter replacements):$421.47 per year
Cost per CADR cfm (based on dust CFM as reported by AHAM):$3.60
Manufacturer’s warranty:10 years
Country of manufacture:Switzerland / Germany

2. Best for small rooms: Shark HP102

For smaller spaces, the Shark HP102 provides powerful performance for a budget-friendly price tag.

If you suffer from severe allergies, you will likely need an air purifier in every room to keep allergens at bay, especially during allergy season. The Shark HP102 allows you to achieve this whole-home coverage thanks to its affordable price tag and smaller stature. 

The HP102 is the new kid on the block and has pipped our longstanding favorite, the Levoit Core 300S, to the mantle of best budget air purifier. It completed our Clean Air Speed Test in 38 minutes, cutting it with air purifiers that cost considerably more.

As well as impressive air cleaning times, the Shark air purifier comes with a cleverly designed filter that is fine-tuned to remove allergy particles. Donned the Anti-Allergen NANOSEAL, this adapted HEPA filter is capable of capturing 99.98% of particles, tested to IEST-RP-CC007.3, 0.1-0.2 microns, meaning it will make light work of allergens like dust mites, which measure between 0.2 and 0.3µm. 

What we really like

A high-performance filter that is tailored to the smallest allergens
Rapid particle removal rate — it cleared our home lab of smoke particles in just 38 minutes
Super lightweight, so it’s easy to transport around the home
Highly energy efficient, allowing you to keep allergies at bay 24/7

What we think could be better

It is surprisingly loud for a smaller unit
It’s a shame that there’s no smartphone app compatibility

During our tests, I was impressed with the HP102’s user-friendly interface that provides detailed feedback on pollution levels and particle size. Its in-built Auto mode will also help combat changes in allergy pollution levels without you having to bat an eyelid. Weighing less than 3kg, you can even carry the unit from room to room for round-the-clock protection without breaking the bank. 

It’s important to note, however, that this is the least powerful unit on this list. With a CADR score of 92 CFM, it will struggle to circulate the air effectively in larger spaces, such as the deceptively advertised 500 sq. ft. you find on the manufacturer spec sheet. Instead, I’d recommend this unit for rooms up to 200 sq. ft., which will allow for more air changes per hour and keep allergies at bay. 

HouseFresh rating:★★★★★
Time to clean our 728 cubic feet test room (with the device running at top speed):38 minutes
Air purifier technology:NanoSeal™ Filter (True HEPA Multi-Filter with Microban® antimicrobial coating)
Recommended room size (4.8 air changes per hour):124 sq. ft.
Clean air delivery rate (CADR):Dust: 91 CFM
Smoke: 80 CFM
Pollen: 94 CFM
Dimensions (in inches / in cm):8.66D x 8.66W x 14.56H inches (22D x 22W x 27H cm)
Weight (in pounds / in kg):5.85 lbs (2.65 kg)
Filter life:6-12 months
Noise level in decibels (measured from 3 ft. away with a sound level meter):Speed 1: 36.1 dB
Speed 2: 37.2 dB
Speed 3: 44.6 dB
Speed 4: 52.2 dB
Electricity consumption in watts (recorded with an electricity usage monitor):Standby mode: 0.02 watts
Speed 1: 4.3 watts
Speed 2: 5.6 watts
Speed 3: 10.8 watts
Speed 4: 20.42 watts
Estimated running cost (electricity consumption + official filter replacement):$61.15 per year
Cost per CADR cfm (based on dust CFM as reported by AHAM):$1.65
Manufacturer’s warranty:2 year limited warranty
Country of manufacture:China

3. Best for large rooms: Smart Air Blast Mini

When it comes to eradicating allergens before they become a nuisance, you’ll need a powerful air purifier like the Blast Mini.

The Smart Air Blast Mini boasts the highest CADR score on this list of 435 CFM and cleared all pollutants in our clean air speed test in just 17 minutes. 

With this power, the Blast Mini can perform almost four air changes per hour in a space as large as 915 sq. ft. This means it’s an excellent option for offices, classrooms or any extra large open plan space. For those looking to use this unit in the home, you can expect even faster results as the air is circulated and cleaned with even greater efficiency. 

What we really like

Rapid result powered by powerful 435 CADR — it cleaned the air in our test room removing all smoke pollutants in 17 minutes
It comes with high-performing medical grade H13 HEPA filters
Simple to use with a one-button dial
It’s surprisingly quiet for a powerful unit

What we think could be better

It would be nice to see a longer warranty 
It uses a lot of energy 

Digging deeper into the filters used by Smart Air, you’ll find a high-performance H13 HEPA that is capable of capturing the smallest of allergens. What’s more, it will last for an impressive 13 months, even if used continuously. 

It’s worth mentioning that this purifier doesn’t come with an activated carbon filter as standard – this won’t affect performance against allergies but means it won’t capture odor and VOC particles if you were looking to target those pollutants, too. If this is a concern, you can buy the activated charcoal filter as an extra but it will reduce particle removal speed slightly.

Tip

If you like the Blast Mini, you may also like the Smart Air S. This is an excellent choice for those looking for a simple-to-use yet highly effective air purifier for use in smaller spaces of up to 400 sq. ft.

HouseFresh rating:★★★★★
Time to clean our 728 cubic feet test room (with the device running at top speed):12 minutes
Air purifier technology:H13 HEPA filter (and optional activated carbon filter)
Recommended room size (4.8 air changes per hour):703 sq. ft.
Clean air delivery rate (estimated CADR):435 CFM
Dimensions (in inches / in cm):22.6L x 13W x 24.8H inches (57.5L × 33W × 63H cm)
Weight (in pounds / in kg):59 lbs (26.8 kg)
Filter life:13 months
Noise level in decibels (measured from 3 ft. away with a sound level meter):Speed 1: 44.9 dB
Speed 2: 51.2 dB
Speed 3: 56.3 dB
Electricity consumption in watts (recorded with an electricity usage monitor):Standby mode: 0 watts
Speed 1: 51.9 watts
Speed 2: 87.4 watts
Speed 3: 122.7 watts
Estimated running cost (electricity consumption + official filter replacement):$311.89 per year
Cost per CADR cfm (based on dust CFM as reported by AHAM):$1.38
Manufacturer’s warranty:1 year
Country of manufacture:China

4. Best for medium-sized rooms: Alen BreatheSmart 45i

Although not quite as powerful as its big brother, the 75i, the BreatheSmart 45i is an excellent choice for nipping pollen and other allergies in the bud.

It comes with medical-grade filters that capture 99.97% of particles as small as 0.1 micron and enjoys ample air circulation with a CADR score of 245 CFM. 

These impressive sounding stats were backed up by real-world performance tests too, as we saw first-hand in our review. The 45i cleared the test lab of all pollutants in an admirable 33 minutes, beating the likes of the Mila and Austin Air Healthmate.

What we really like

Even the most basic of Alen’s filters capture the smallest of allergy particles
Lifetime warranty with an active filter subscription
Super quiet operation for 24/7 protection
The ionizer function can be switched off

What we think could be better

Alen is a premium brand so you can expect to pay a little more for their air purifiers
Aesthetically, its design is a little bland 

Where you can save some money with the 45i, however, is tailoring your filter to best suit your needs. Alen offers four different filters compatible with this purifier. The Pure is their most basic and cheapest filter, it doesn’t contain any activated carbon but will work excellently against the tiny particles found in most common allergens. 

As well as an Auto mode, this 45i draws on many other useful features and functions. I love this unit’s Sleep mode, as it creates a pink-noise hum that will send you peacefully off to sleep while allowing you to reap the rewards of clean air through the night, which is ideal for those affected by dust mites and pet dander that can accumulate in the bedroom. Plus, users will also benefit from the 45i’s energy efficiency and lifetime warranty. 

HouseFresh rating:★★★★☆
Time to clean our 728 cubic feet test room (with the device running at top speed):34 minutes 
Air purifier technology:True HEPA H13 filter with activated carbon pellets + Ionizer technology
Recommended room size (4.8 air changes per hour):301 sq. ft.
Clean air delivery rate (CADR):Dust: 207.9 CFM
Smoke: 193.9 CFM
Pollen: 230.4 CFM
Dimensions (in inches / in cm):25H x 15W x 8.5D inches (63.5H x 38.1W x 21.6D cm)
Weight (in pounds / in kg):15 lbs (6.80 kg)
Filter life:12 months
Noise level in decibels (measured from 3 ft. away with a sound level meter):Speed 1: 36.2 dB
Speed 2: 45.7 dB
Speed 3: 51.1 dB
Electricity consumption in watts (recorded with an electricity usage monitor):Standby mode: 0.8 watts
Speed 1: 4.4 watts
Speed 2: 7.4 watts
Speed 3: 15.2 watts
Speed 4: 25.3 watts
Estimated running cost (electricity consumption + official filter replacement):$105.40 per year
Cost per CADR cfm (based on dust CFM as reported by AHAM):$2.06
Manufacturer’s warranty:Lifetime (with product registration & active filter subscription)
Country of manufacture:China

Tip

Those looking to save some extra bucks may prefer to look at the Alen BreatheSmart Flex model, which shares similar performance levels for a cheaper initial purchase cost. Yet for me, the 45i is far more useful when tackling allergens, as it can utilize the in-built auto mode to react to increasing levels of pollutants, such as pet dander or pollen.

5. Best smart option: Mila 

With the help of eight different air sensors and an onboard computer, the Mila can offer a personalized air cleaning solution. 

Mila is a relatively new manufacturer on the air purifier scene. Their innovative smart features certainly caught my eye, but I was most impressed with this unit’s solid performance (having completed our clean air speed test in 35 minutes) and versatility thanks to Mila’s wide range of filter options. 

What underlies this performance is a powerful motor (check out the 250+ CADR score) alongside high-quality HEPA filters. Mila has 7 different filters to choose from, each of which contains 4.2m² of pleated material to capture pollutants. To combat allergies, you can use their Basic Breather (H12) or The Big Sneeze (H13). Both will work well at removing pollen, dust and dander while enjoying faster airflow than the more expensive alternatives with activated carbon.

What we really like

Highly adaptable to changing levels of allergens
Smart features that take the hard work out of cleaning your air
Stylish design for modern homes
Wide range of filters to choose from 

What we think could be better

You can easily find cheaper air purifiers with similar cleaning prowess
Some user may prefer a simpler unit that gets the job done without the technical aspects

What really sets this unit apart is its smart technology. The Mila has seriously upped the ante in this realm, using 8 different air sensors and its onboard computer to offer a personalized air cleaning solution. From its Quarantine mode, which keeps your space 100% particle-free, to the Turndown Service, which focuses on clearing your bedroom of all allergens before switching to an ultra-quiet, sleep-friendly setting. 

Do take their recommended room size with a pinch of salt, however. While Mila suggests this purifier is suitable for spaces as large as 1000 sq. ft, it will work much more effectively in spaces around the 400 sq. ft. mark. In a space this size, it can perform more air changes per hour (I recommend at least 4 ACH) and eliminate allergens much faster.  

HouseFresh rating:★★★★☆
Time to clean our 728 cubic feet test room (with the device running at top speed):35 minutes
Air purifier technology:HEPA (ranges from H12-H14) and ganular activated carbon filter
Recommended room size (4.8 air changes per hour):217 sq. ft.
Clean air delivery rate (CADR):Dust: 146 CFM
Smoke: 140 CFM
Pollen: 152 CFM
Dimensions (in inches / in cm):12L x 12W x 15H inches (30.48L x 30.48W x 38.1H cm)
Weight (in pounds / in kg):18 lbs (8.16 kg)
Filter life:6 months 
Noise level in decibels (measured from 3 ft. away with a sound level meter):Speed 1: 37.5 dB
Speed 3: 42.2 dB
Speed 6: 54.8 dB
Speed 8: 58.8 dB
Speed 10: 59.2 dB
Electricity consumption in watts (recorded with an electricity usage monitor):Standby mode: 5.62 watts
Speed 1: 8.42 watts
Speed 3: 10.1 watts
Speed 6: 20.45 watts
Speed 8: 36.2 watts
Speed 10: 38.32 watts
Estimated running cost (electricity consumption + official filter replacement):$208.45 per year
Cost per CADR cfm (based on dust CFM as reported by AHAM):$3.22
Manufacturer’s warranty:1 year
Country of manufacture:Designed in the U.S., assembled in China

6. Levoit Core 600S

The 600S is a brilliant unit, offering rapid particle removal from larger rooms without breaking the bank.

Up until recently, this was the fastest air purifier to complete our clean air speed test. The Core 600S cleared all traces of pollutants from our test lab in a staggering 15 minutes. The only other unit to beat this time is Levoit’s latest unit, the EverestAir, which costs almost twice as much.  

With such speedy results, you can expect to feel the adverse effects of allergies far less as common sources such as dust mites, pollen and mold are removed from your environment.  

Other useful features found on the 600S include an Auto mode for fuss-free operation, Levoit’s VeSync app for detailed air quality feedback and remote control, as well as low operating volumes, all of which contribute to simple yet effective protection from allergies around the clock. 

What we really like

One of the fastest air purifiers we’ve ever tested
Filters efficiently remove even the smallest PM1 particles
It comes with tonnes of useful features
It’s extremely cost-effective for such a powerful purifier
It offers excellent air cleaning speed — it cleaned our test room in just 15 minutes

What we think could be better

It recently lost is medical grade H13 HEPA accreditation 
The design is a little lackluster

One thing to point out is that Levoit has recently changed the grading of its primary filters. What was once advertised as a H13 HEPA is now simply a primary filter. This is a result of Dyson challenging Levoit on whether their filter meets the HEPA certification. This may be of concern to some, however, in our findings, we’ve only known Levoit to make some of the best-quality air purifiers on the market.

HouseFresh rating:★★★★★
Time to clean our 728 cubic feet test room (with the device running at top speed):15 minutes
Air purifier technology:3-Stage Filtration (Pre-filter for large particles, main filter for airborne particles, high-efficiency activated carbon filter for odors and gasses)
Recommended room size (4.8 air changes per hour):584 sq. ft. 
Clean air delivery rate (CADR):Dust: 373 CFM
Smoke: 377 CFM
Pollen: 437 CFM
Dimensions (in inches / in cm):12.3 x 12.3 x 23.6 inches (31.3 x 31.3 x 60 cm)
Weight (in pounds / in kg):13.7 lbs (6.2 kg)
Filter life:6 months
Noise level in decibels (measured from 3 ft. away with a sound level meter):Speed 1: 40.9 dB
Speed 2: 45.9 dB
Speed 3: 61.4 dB
Electricity consumption in watts (recorded with an electricity usage monitor):Standby mode: 1.53 watts
Speed 1: 7.92 watts
Speed 2: 11.35 watts
Speed 3: 21.15 watts
Speed 4: 49.27 watts
Estimated running cost (electricity consumption + official filter replacement):$195.13 per year
Cost per CADR cfm (based on dust CFM as reported by AHAM):$0.80
Manufacturer’s warranty:2 years
Country of manufacture:China

What to look for in an air purifier for allergies

Armed with the right air purifier, you’ll find that allergy symptoms occur much less frequently and begin to appreciate a much higher air quality standard. 

Air purifiers come in different shapes and sizes, so be sure to look for these features when buying an air purifier for allergies. 

1. Focus on finding an air purifier with quality filters

To remove allergens like pollen and pet dander, you’ll need a filter that can capture the smallest PM1 particles.

As a rule of thumb, look for air purifiers that use HEPA-certified filters. Usually made of materials such as fiberglass, cotton, or foam, HEPA filters can filter up to 99.97% of particles as tiny as 0.3 microns, including all common allergens. 

Medical grade H13 HEPA filters are better for those with severe allergies. These filters remove 99.99% of viruses, bacteria and airborne particles larger than 0.1 microns. 

The exception to the rule is currently Levoit air purifiers. Due to a legal dispute, the company has removed all mention of HEPA certification from some of its most popular units, including the Core 600S. While I am usually dubious of filters that don’t meet the HEPA grade, having tested many Levoit units thoroughly and personally using them in my own home, I am confident their filters are still of the highest quality. 

If looking to solely remove allergens, you won’t require an activated carbon filter. However, for those looking to tackle multiple pollutants, look for options that use charcoal pellets, which provide the largest surface area to remove VOCs and odors. 

2. Don’t dismiss the CADR Rating

Clean air delivery rate, or CADR, measures the effectiveness of an air purifier in dealing with different types of pollutants. 

The higher the score, the more powerful the purifier is, meaning it can be used effectively in larger spaces. 

The score is usually an average reading against three different pollutants, namely, smoke, pollen and dust. For those wanting to remove allergens from the air, it’s worth digging a little deeper to find these pollutant-specific scores and opt for a unit that best suits your needs. 

Tip

Curious to learn more about CADR scores? We wrote an entire article about CADR rating

3. Make sure the unit can cover the space where you want to use it

Some air purifiers are ideal for large spaces, such as classrooms, while others can only clean a small room, like a bedroom, bathroom or office.

Manufacturers usually share a suggested room size that the air purifier can cover. This should indicate that the purifier can complete 4-5 air changes per hour, which is important for removing allergens from your space.
Always reach for your measuring tape and size up the space you plan on using the purifier in before making a purchase. I recommend buying a device that can cover more space than needed to ensure full coverage.

4. Be mindful of the noise output

You don’t want to replace one nuisance (allergens) with another (noise). 

When tackling allergies, you’ll likely need to use the air purifier around the clock. Units with specialist Sleep modes, like the Alen BreatheSmart 45i, will be highly beneficial for light sleepers. 

Try to find a unit that balances a high CADR and a low decibel operation. You can always set the air purifier to its highest setting to clear the space more quickly (albeit loudly) before reducing the speed to maintain clean air with more acceptable volumes at lower speeds. 

5. Decide if you need smart features

Air purifiers with smart features like auto-mode are great for those looking to reduce allergic symptoms without constantly fussing with your unit. After all, if allergens increase in your space, you’ll only realize once symptoms start to show. 

However, the reality is that auto-mode, onboard sensors and app support don’t come cheap. As we pointed out with the Mila air purifier, you can find cheaper alternatives without these features that still achieve the same air-cleaning output. 

Make sure you weigh up if you think you would make use of such features and ensure you prioritize your budget on high-quality filters and powerful performance first. 

Common questions about allergies and air purifiers

Air purifiers work by drawing in the dirty air from a room and forcing it through a filter. These filters are capable of capturing microscopic particles that are suspended in the air (such as smoke, dust and pollen) before redistributing clean, allergen-free air back into your environment.
Although an air purifier won’t help with any allergies that occur from ingesting or touching a trigger, they are highly effective at capturing the most common airborne allergens and are recommended by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

While a humidifier may help alleviate sinus pain suffered as a result of allergies, it won’t prevent you from experiencing symptoms in the first place.

An air purifier is capable of removing aeroallergens such as pollen or mold spores before they are inhaled and, therefore, are much more effective at preventing allergies.

As an allergy sufferer myself, I advise running your air purifier at all times. Allergens don’t take time off, so it’s best to keep your air clean and prevent triggers from entering your airways. 

Using your air purifier 24/7 doesn’t have to be on the highest speed setting – which will incur higher energy and operating volume – but can be tailored to the air quality conditions in your home. This is especially easy if your chosen unit is equipped with an Auto mode feature. 

If the pollen count is high, you are allergic to a pet, or you notice your home is more dusty than usual, be sure to use your air purifier more frequently and on a faster setting to remove allergens ASAP.

For many, spring and summer can be the worst. Seasonal allergies can be unrelenting during this time and unfortunately, there is no quick-fix cure. 

Aim to limit your exposure to pollen as best as you can. Keep windows and doors closed and avoid spending time outdoors when the pollen count is high

Using an air purifier inside your home will help to remove allergens that have found a way inside. While antihistamines will help to negate the symptoms of allergies. If you are suffering worse than usual, try inhaling steam or using a nasal rinse for some quick relief.

Using a HEPA filter poses no danger to your health. 

While certain technologies used in some air purifiers, such as ionizers, can release ozone and affect those with respiratory conditions, HEPA filters are entirely safe.

When we unpack what a HEPA filter is and does, it’s easy to quash any concerns. HEPA filters are a type of mechanical filter that uses tightly woven fiberglass strands to capture pollutants as they pass through. 

The only downside to mechanical filters is that they have a finite lifespan and must be replaced over time.

Zyrtec and other over-the-counter antihistamines aren’t guaranteed to alleviate your allergies. 

The only fail-safe way to prevent symptoms from occurring is to eliminate exposure to triggers. This isn’t always easy, but removing the source or preventing it from entering your space is the best course of action. Then, aim to keep your air free from any invading allergy particles by using an air purifier.

Bedrooms often have the highest concentration of dust mites in the home, coupled with triggers like pollen that attaches to your hair and body during the day and pets that may seize the opportunity to lie down on your comfy bedding. 

Symptoms can also feel worse in the bedroom as we usually spend a third of our day in this space and lying down increases congestion. If this sounds familiar, look for an air purifier that can clean the air quickly before you head to bed, then utilize low operating volumes for a peaceful night’s sleep.

Wrapping up

Whether you suffer from dust, dander, pollen or mold allergies, an air purifier can help remove triggering particles before they become a nuisance. 

Remember to ensure the air purifier you choose uses high-quality filters and is capable of circulating the air inside your space at least 4 times per hour to achieve the best results. 

If you have any questions about any of the air purifiers on the list or you have some recommendations of your own, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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 2024-06-16 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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Paul Allen

Paul is a staff writer for HouseFresh, with a focus on product recommendations and advice for smokers and apartment dwellers. He started writing in November 2020, when he joined the content production team at NeoMam Studios (our parent company).

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