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7 Best Air Purifiers for Cigar Smoke

Last updated April 7, 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

Few things in life are better than sitting back, relaxing, and savoring the flavors of a cigar in the comfort of your home. The issue is that smoking cigars indoors comes along with thick smoke and strong odors that stick to your clothes and furniture. Cigar smoke is one of the toughest pollutants to tackle, especially when it has been left to settle on surfaces such as fabrics and furniture.

The reality is that if you’re a cigar smoker, you probably don’t mind the odor but non-smokers who live with you may find the musty smell uncomfortable — and that’s not even mentioning the health implications of second hand smoke.

If you’re looking for a solution to clean your air from cigar smoke and the smell that lingers in your home, then having an air purifier in the areas where you usually torch your cigar might be just what you need.

An air purifier can reduce the problem but you need to find a unit that works for this type of air pollutant:

  • Choose purifiers that have a True HEPA filter AND an activated charcoal filter. The activated carbon works by absorbing the odor produced by cigar smoke, while the True HEPA will filter smoke out of the air.

  • If you don’t have a designated smoking area inside your house, go for a portable air purifier that can be moved around different rooms in your home.

  • If you do have a regular smoking area, pay special attention at the size specifications that come with the unit as different air purifiers will work better depending on the size of the room that’s affected.

To find the best air purifiers for our list, we started by shortlisting a variety of units to cover each of the considerations above with the help of Consumer Reports to find recommendations from real people who have used the units to solve this same issue you’re having. We made sure to cover options for all budgets as we know not everyone is looking to spend a lot to rid their home of cigar smoke air pollutants. The last step was to weed out any air purifiers plagued with fake reviews with the help of Fakespot.

TL;DR: Our Top 7 Best Air Purifiers for Cigar Smoke

  1. RabbitAir MinusA2 SPA-780N
  2. Coway Airmega 400S
  3. Levoit Core 300
  4. Austin Air B450B1
  5. Coway AP-1512HH
  6. Winix 5300-2
  7. IQAir HealthPro Plus

Read on to find out more about our seven favorite air purifiers for tackling cigar smoke:

1. RabbitAir MinusA2 SPA-780N

Rabbit Air MinusA2 Ultra Quiet HEPA Air Purifier w/WiFi (SPA-780N, White, Odor Remover)

If you caught our article on the best air purifiers for weed smoke, you may already be familiar with this unit and what it can do for you. The MinusA2 from RabbitAir is widely used by cigar smokers around the U.S. and for good reason. This stylish unit can be free-standing or easily wall mountable making it perfect for a den, basement, garage, or any room up to 815 sq.ft.

The MinusA2 has six stages of filtration built-in including their BioGS HEPA filter which is an advancement on the standard True HEPA. Its charcoal-based activated carbon filter is made up of a large amount of high-grade granular carbon. This unit also comes with an optional customized filter. From the four available, we recommend choosing the Odor Remover option as this will trap and reduce odors from cigar smoke.

If it’s features you’re looking for, the MinusA2 has plenty. By connecting the unit to your wifi, you can control it from anywhere using the RabbitAir app on your cell phone. It also houses highly sensitive odor and particle sensors that detect the number of pollutants in the air and automatically adjusts its fan speed accordingly.

What we love:

  • You will hardly notice the noise
  • It recognizes when your smoking

We don’t like this as much:

  • The light on the front can’t be switched off
Rabbit Air MinusA2 Ultra Quiet HEPA Air Purifier w/WiFi (SPA-780N, White, Odor Remover)
  • Advanced HEPA filtration with six stages of purification and deodorization
  • Connect to your WiFi network and control from anywhere with the Rabbit Air App
  • Odor Remover customized filter: Traps and reduces odors from pets, cigarettes and cigars, cooking and mildew.
  • The MinusA2 is designed to either stand alone or to be mounted on the wall.
  • Room coverage up to 815 sq. ft.

2. Coway Airmega 400S

Coway Airmega 400S(G) True HEPA Air Purifier, 1560 sq.ft (Graphite)

Conway has earned its way into being a big name in air purifiers. For the issue of smoking cigars in the home, we’re choosing its flagship unit, the Airmega 400S. Don’t be put off by the size of this purifier, it is a large freestanding box but it looks great (especially in black).

Instead of using a number of different filters to change, the 400S has designed what they call the Max2 filter. This is a combination of True HEPA and activated carbon built into one large filter making it ideal for rooms up to 1,560 sq.ft. This means it makes easy work in cleaning smaller rooms even with thick cigar smoke to work against.

Even though this unit has a larger fan than most, it still manages to remain quiet on its highest setting. There are circular LED lights on the front that will indicate the quality of the air and the fan will adjust itself automatically. There is also an option to control the 400S from a cell phone app so you won’t need to leave your seat.

If the 400S looks interesting, then we would recommend you read our review of the Airmega 300 as it uses many of the same design features but for smaller room size.

What we love:

  • It can integrate with Amazon Alexa products
  • The unit will alert you when the filter needs changing

We don’t like this as much:

  • It weighs 24.7 pounds
Coway Airmega 400S(G) True HEPA Air Purifier, 1560 sq.ft (Graphite)
  • [Coverage] Designed to clean spaces up to 1,560 sq. ft. in 30 minutes
  • [HyperCaptive Filtration System] Combination of a pre-filter, deodorization filter, and True HEPA Filter reduces 99.999% of 0.01-micron particles, including pollen and other allergens; It also reduces 99% of volatile organic compounds and odor
  • [APP and Voice Control] IoCare mobile app includes indoor and outdoor air quality monitoring, filter notification, scheduling, and speed and smart mode control. Coway Airmega also works with Amazon Alexa and Dash Replenishment
  • [Smart Mode] With its Smart Mode feature, the Airmega automatically adapts to its surroundings by adjusting fan speeds based on the room's air quality. That means your unit is energy efficient without compromising effectiveness
  • [Eco Mdoe] When the air quality in the room remains purified for 30 minutes or more in Eco Mode, the fan will turn off to conserve energy, kicking on again when pollution is detected

3. Levoit Core 300

LEVOIT Air Purifier for Home Allergies Pets Hair in Bedroom, H13 True HEPA Filter, 24db Filtration System Cleaner Odor Eliminators, Ozone Free, Remove 99.97% Dust Smoke Mold Pollen, Core 300, White

At under $100 the Levoit Core 300 wouldn’t be our choice for a room you want to smoke cigars in. This option is targeted at the issue of cigar smoke odors coming into your home or room from another smoker. The Core 300 works best in rooms up to 219 sq.ft. and can fit on a desk, table, or nightstand.

This small 7.5lbs unit houses a 3 stage filter consisting of a nylon pre-filter, True HEPA, and a granular activated carbon filter trapping any contaminants with its airtight sealing strip. These filters work just as hard as other units just on a smaller scale. You can wash the pre-filter to keep it working at its maximum capacity but the other filters will need to be replaced every 6-8 months.

In sleep mode, this Levoit will turn off its display lights and operate at just 24dB which is perfect if you’re using this in your bedroom. As this is such a small budget air purifier, there aren’t many special features. It has a timer, filter change indicator, and a choice of three fan speeds. The Core 300 isn’t designed for clearing heavy smoke but will work great at clearing cigar smoke odor that has traveled from another room.

What we love:

  • It’s can easily be moved between rooms
  • Filter replacements are easy to find

We don’t like this as much:

  • It doesn’t have air quality sensors
LEVOIT Air Purifier for Home Allergies Pets Hair in Bedroom, H13 True HEPA Filter, 24db Filtration System Cleaner Odor Eliminators, Ozone Free, Remove 99.97% Dust Smoke Mold Pollen, Core 300, White
  • OZONE FREE: Levoit air purifiers avoid using UV-C light, an air cleaning method that research has shown can produce harmful ozone and secondary pollution
  • HIGH PERFORMANCE: Enjoy fresh air in minutes with the Core 300 True HEPA Air Purifier. Featuring VortexAir Technology and 360° air intake, the Core 300 cleans spaces up to 547 ft² in 30 minutes, 219 ft² in 12 minutes (CADR: 141 CFM / 240 m³/h). Only products over 6 pounds can be equipped with such powerful motors that optimize the air cleaning performance
  • 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
  • OFFICIAL LEVOIT FILTERS: Search for B07RSZSYNC or Core 300-RF to find Levoit's Core 300 replacement filter. Levoit filters provide the best fit and filtration, while off-brand filters are unreliable and may damage the air purifier
  • MULTIPLE FILTER CHOICES: Choose from a variety of replacement filters to best meet your needs. The Toxin Absorber Filter specializes in smog, toxins, and VOCs. The Smoke Remover filter specializes in wildfire, smoke and etc. And the Pet Allergy Filter helps to capture pet dander and absorb unpleasant odors

4. Austin Air B450B1

Austin Air B450B1, 1 Count (Pack of 1), Black

Some cigar smokers out there find it’s best to smoke with friends. Or maybe you’re part of a cigar club that meets at your home. That’s a lot of heavy smoke for one air purifier to clean and if you’ve tried purifiers before in these situations, you may be at the point of giving up. Don’t. We have a solution with the Austin Air B450B1. 

This unit houses some heavy-duty filters with a double pre-filter, a 60 sq.ft. medical grade True HEPA, and an activated carbon filter that contains 15lbs of carbon to break down and trap cigar smoke odors from you and your buddies. Normal True HEPA trap pollutants down to 0.3 microns, the B450B1 does down to 0.1 microns. Even the U.S government championed this brand to deal with gas leaks and chemical weapons.

What you gain in filters, you lose in features. There are no smart sensors, cell phone apps, or even a timer. You know this purifier is working hard as it is significantly louder than the others on our list. This is a simple machine with one job on its mind, and that’s purifying.

What we love:

  • Extremely durable
  • Has a high CADR of 400cfm

We don’t like this as much:

  • Has a high power consumption
Austin Air B450B1, 1 Count (Pack of 1), Black
  • Specializes in the reduction of harmful chemicals, noxious gases, VOC’s, formaldehyde, and sub micron particles for individuals in the most contaminated of settings
  • Broad spectrum adsorption offers protection for people exposed to smoke from wildfires, those living close to busy highways, and people with sensitivity to certain chemicals and gases found in the home
  • True medical grade HEPA filter removes 99.97% of all particles larger than 0.3 microns; over 780 cubic inches of activated carbon impregnated with potassium iodide and zeolite filtration removes odors, gases and chemicals including formaldehyde and benzene
  • 3 speed settings for fan; 360 degree intake system draws air into all sides of unit, passing air through a 4 stage filter
  • Eases headaches and reduces nausea related to chemical exposure; helps reduce coughing, wheezing and sneezing, dry mouth, runny nose; reduces night time allergies and asthma attacks, snoring, and helps you sleep better; strengthens the immune system

5. Coway AP-1512HH

Coway Airmega AP-1512HH True HEPA Air Purifier with Air Quality Monitoring, Auto Mode, Timer, Filter Indicator, Eco Mode

The second unit on our list from Conway is the AP-1512HH. This unit is significantly smaller than the 400S, comes at a much lower price point, and is designed to tackle a different scenario. Costing under $200, we see the AP-1512HH at its best in smaller areas where cigars are being smoked in a different room but the odor has carried throughout the house.

This mid-range purifier has a 4-stage filtration system, which, for its size, performs amazingly in rooms up to 361 sq.ft. As well as the usual pre-filter, True HEPA, and activated carbon filter, this model has an ionizer. We don’t usually like these as some are known to emit harmful ozone. But being made by Conway, I wouldn’t be worried, if you are you can switch it off.

Air purifiers in this price range don’t usually come with many features but this is different. Like the higher-end units, the AP-1512HH has smart sensors that indicate the quality of the air and automatically change to fan speed if the quality drops, as well as a timer and a replacement filter indicator. If a mid-range purifier is what you need, this will have you covered.

What we love:

  • Smart design
  • Plenty of features for the price tag

We don’t like this as much:

  • The ionizer function
Coway Airmega AP-1512HH True HEPA Air Purifier with Air Quality Monitoring, Auto Mode, Timer, Filter Indicator, Eco Mode
  • [Coverage] Designed to clean spaces up to 361 sq. ft. in 12.5 minutes or up to 874 sq. ft. in 30 minutes.
  • [HyperCaptive Filtration System] Combination of a pre-filter, deodorization filter, and True HEPA Filter reduces 99.999% of 0.01-micron particles, including pollen and other allergens. It also reduces 99% of volatile organic compounds and odor.
  • [Auto Mode] Constantly monitoring the air quality, the fan automatically adjusts to most effectively purify your space as needed providing a new level of clean in real time.
  • [Eco Mdoe] When the air quality in the room remains purified for 30 minutes or more in Eco Mode, the fan will turn off to conserve energy, kicking on again when pollution is detected.
  • [3-Stage Manual Fan Speed] Control your AP-1512HH's fan manually with low, medium, and high settings.

6. Winix 5300-2

Winix 5300-2 Air Purifier with True HEPA, PlasmaWave and Odor Reducing Carbon Filter,Gray

Another competitor for the mid-range market is the Winix 5300-2. This stand-alone tower unit is at its best in rooms up to 360 sq.ft. and comes with a very reasonable price tag for its size and functionality. Winix has been making products since 1973, so you can be confident that their expertise has gone into making the 5300-2.

The activated carbon filter in this unit boasts its talents at reducing harmful VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) from the air as well as smokey odors and the washable pre-filter will extend the lifespan of its True HEPA filter. The fourth-stage in its filtration system is what Winix calls PlasmaWave, which, much like the ionizer on the AP-1512HH, can be switched off.

Along with its sleep mode, which is automatically activated when the room gets dark, it has dual smart sensors to measure the air quality and adjust the fan if needed. There is no remote control of wifi connectivity for an app, but it does have a very easy to use interface making adjustments simple.

What we love:

  • It’s cheap to run
  • The different colored air quality indicator

We don’t like this as much:

  • The filters can be expensive
Winix 5300-2 Air Purifier with True HEPA, PlasmaWave and Odor Reducing Carbon Filter,Gray
  • True-HEPA filter captures 99.97% of airborne pollutants; dust mites, pet dander, pollen and other allergens as small as 0.3 microns.
  • 3 Stage cleaning, removes a range of allergens: dust, cigarette smoke, pollen, odors, pet dander, mold spores and organic chemicals. CFM (Sleep / Low / Med / High / Turbo) : 35.31 / 70.63 / 91.82 / 123.60 / 240.14
  • PlasmaWave acts as a permanent filter to safely break down odor, allergens, chemical vapors and other pollutants - with no harmful ozone
  • Delivered air flow :236 CFM, decibels : 27.8 . Smart Sensor gauges the air and our Auto Mode adjusts the fan to filter the air as needed; with a sleep mode for silent night-time operation
  • No remote control . CADR rated for 360 sq. ft. Suitable for medium and large rooms; kids bedrooms, baby nurseries and offices

7. IQAir HealthPro Plus

IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier - Medical Grade H14 HyperHEPA filter for home large room up to 1125 sq ft, Air Cleaner for Viruses, Bacteria, Allergens, Asthma Triggers, Smoke, Mold, Pets, Dust, Odor, Swiss Made, White

Our final choice is also the biggest. The IQAir HealthPro Plus is a behemoth unit compared to the rest on the list. With a few models on the market, the HealthPro Plus is built like a tank but still manages to have quite a low power consumption. It’s most effective in areas up to 1,125 sq.ft. so in a smaller room, it performs great when faced with cigar smoke.

In terms of filters, the IQAir takes care of contaminates with its powerful pre-filter and a hyper HEPA which is their advanced True HEPA filter which captures 0.003 microns over the usual 0.3. The activated carbon filter packs 5lbs of carbon to take care of cigar smoke odor and is married with pelletized chemisorption which destroys harmful chemicals (if that’s what you’re also into).

For a unit of this size, you would think it would be loud like the Austin Air, but at 57dB on its highest setting, it’s not that bad. This unit doesn’t have the usual features like smart sensors or touchscreen display. You’re paying for an air purifier to haul cigar smoke out of the air as fast and effectively as possible. If you don’t believe us, check out this video of the IQAir team pitting the HealthPro Plus against noxious smoke and chemicals.

What we love:

  • It has impressive fan power
  • Very easy to use

We don’t like this as much:

  • It is a very large purifier
IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier - Medical Grade H14 HyperHEPA filter for home large room up to 1125 sq ft, Air Cleaner for Viruses, Bacteria, Allergens, Asthma Triggers, Smoke, Mold, Pets, Dust, Odor, Swiss Made, White
  • Unrivaled Performance: The HealthPro Plus is the #1 Rated room air purifier for homes, offices, schools, hospitals, industrial, and commercial sites. Has received more top reviews and awards than any other air purifier. Chosen by the Hong Kong Hospital Authority for both SARS-CoV-1 & SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Superior airflow with the 320-degree EvenFlow Diffuser efficiently filters all the air in large rooms and bedrooms numerous times an hour.
  • Medical Grade H14 HyperHEPA Filter: Proven and certified by a third-party testing lab to remove and trap 99.995% of all airborne particles down to 0.003 microns, the HealthPro Plus supplies unequaled protection against bacteria, dust, mold, pollen, pet dander, smoke from wildfires, odors, harmful chemicals like formaldehyde, and more. True HEPA filtration.
  • Long Lasting & Cost-Efficient Filters: Three different filters clean the air four different ways. Pre-filter traps coarse particles. Activated carbon adsorption and pelletized chemisorption filter odors and gasses. HyperHEPA traps fine and ultrafine particles. Long-lasting filters – 16 to18 months for the pre-filter, 2 years for the gas and odor filter, 3 years, 9 months to 4 years, 2 months for the HyperHEPA filter - helps save money over the air cleaner’s lifetime, and more eco-friendly.
  • Energy Saving and Ultra-quiet Air Cleaner: The HealthPro Plus emits ultra-quiet, low-decibel sound across all four fan speeds. The fan-in-center design places the motor between sound-reducing filters. Doubled-walled housing limits sound. Rubber suspension pads isolate motor vibration from the air cleaner housing. EvenFlow Diffuser deflects sound back into the system. Powerful fan uses only as much electricity as a conventional light bulb, amounting to pennies per day to operate.
  • Certified Performance: Each HealthPro Plus air purifier is made in Switzerland and individually tested for total system efficiency. If the system is not delivering 99.97% cleaner air or better, it does not get shipped. The results of the tests are detailed in a hand-signed Certificate of Performance. Every system comes with a 10-year limited warranty. Direct purchases from the manufacturer will require a signature to acknowledge receipt upon delivery. CARB EO # G-10-059.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do air purifiers help with cigar smoke?

Air purifiers are a great way to help with cleaning the air of cigar smoke and its odor. Cigar smoke is thick and when you’re taking your time smoking them, there’s a lot of it, so if you’re expecting a purifier to instantly clear the room you’ll be disappointed. If you pick the right unit to match the size of your room and your usage, it will work hard to keep the air clean and odor-free. 

Why does cigar smoke produce so much odor?

The reason there are more high-end air purifiers in this list is because cigar smoke is very potent, meaning the fans and filters have to work harder to purify the air. The odor comes from residual oils from the fermented tobacco of which cigars usually contain at least one-half ounce (about the same as a whole pack of cigarettes). Also, a cigar can take at least an hour to smoke so that’s a lot of odor being produced.

Whether you’re having a relaxing stogie after a long day or celebrating with friends and family, you might not want the smell or toxins of cigar smoke to linger in your home. Buying the correct air purifier to match your needs can make the difference between having a fresh environment and smelling like Columbos’ raincoat.

Which Air Purifier Is Best for You?

The seven air purifiers we shortlisted in this review are brilliant options for cleaning the air from cigar smoke. That being said, we know that everyone has a different budget and not all houses are created equal. Here are the top three options depending on budget and room size:

Best for Smaller Budgets and RoomsLevoit Core 300

– Best Mid-range Unit:  Coway Airmega 400S

– Best for Large Rooms: Austin Air B450B1

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