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6 Best Air Purifiers for Cigar Smokers

Last updated April 7, 2023

Paul is our go-to-guy for air purifier and dehumidifier reviews. His apartment has become a de facto HouseFresh test lab where he pits the latest clean air technology against the perils of city center life. When he’s not putting a purifier through its paces, Paul likes to endlessly dig through dusty record shops (making his dust-free apartment even more important).

For cigar smokers, there’s nothing better than sitting back, relaxing and savoring the flavors of a cigar in your home. The issue is, however, that smoking cigars indoors can leave thick smoke that sticks to your clothes and furniture. If you’re a cigar smoker, you most likely don’t mind the odor, but the smoke might smell musty and unattractive for people you live with or those who live next door. 

And that’s not even mentioning the health implications of secondhand smoke. The concerned cigar connoisseurs amongst you needn’t worry, though. There is a simple solution to help eradicate the smoke, odors and even harmful toxins created when a cigar is lit—an air purifier. 

For an air purifier to be effective against cigar smoke, you must ensure you get a unit that’s up to the task. To determine whether the purifier is worth its salt, there are three key features you should pay close attention to.

Firstly, does it contain a HEPA filter? This filter is responsible for capturing smoke particles from the air, certified to remove at least 99.7% of pollutants, including the nasty toxins that come with it. Next, look out for an Activated Carbon filter. The porous surface of carbon can adsorb odors from the air, leaving your space feeling and smelling much fresher.

Last but by no means least is the power of the unit. As cigar smoke is so dense, low-powered purifiers will struggle to make an impact and ultimately waste time and money. A good indication of a purifier’s power is checking its CADR rating, which shows how well it removes pollutants in a given time frame. 

The Top 3 Air Purifiers For Cigar Smoke

Best Overall
Best Overall
Best Budget Option
Best Budget Option
Best for Large Spaces
Best for Large Spaces
Style
BLUEAIR Air Purifier Large Room, Air Cleaner for Dust Pet Dander Smoke Mold Pollen Bacteria Allergen, Odor Removal, for Home Bedroom Living Room, Washable Pre Filter, HEPASilent, Blue 211+ (Non-Auto)
LEVOIT Air Purifier for Home Allergies Pets Hair in Bedroom, H13 True HEPA Filter, Covers Up to 1095 Sq.Foot, 24db Filtration System, Remove 99.97% Dust Smoke Mold Pollen, Core 300, White
LEVOIT Air Purifiers for Home Large Room, Covers Up to 3175 Sq. Ft, Smart WiFi and PM2.5 Monitor, H13 True HEPA Filter Removes 99.97% Particles Dust Smoke Mold Pollen, Alexa Control, LAP-C601S-WUS
Pros
Rapid removal of pollutants without eating up too much of your living space
One of the best performance for $ spend
The fastest purifier we have tested at HouseFresh, with a host of useful Smart features too
Cons
Doesn’t come with any Smart features or a timer
Lacks auto-mode or you can pay $50 for the 300S that does
Fairly vanilla design with a large footprint
CADR
350 CFM
145 CFM / 246 m³/h
410 CFM
Filter Technology
Washable Pre-filter, HEPASilent Technology, and an Activated Carbon filter
Washable pre-filter, Activated Carbon, and H13 True HEPA filters
Pre-filter, H13 HEPA, and Activated Carbon filters
Recommended Room Size
540 ft²
219 ft² to 547 ft²
Up to 1,588 ft²
Weight
12.5 lbs / 5.67 kg
3.4 kg / 7.48 lbs
13.7 lbs / 6.2 kg
How fast to clean our test room:
18 minutes
40 minutes
15 minutes
Price
$290.95
$99.99
$299.99
Best Overall
Best Overall
Style
BLUEAIR Air Purifier Large Room, Air Cleaner for Dust Pet Dander Smoke Mold Pollen Bacteria Allergen, Odor Removal, for Home Bedroom Living Room, Washable Pre Filter, HEPASilent, Blue 211+ (Non-Auto)
Pros
Rapid removal of pollutants without eating up too much of your living space
Cons
Doesn’t come with any Smart features or a timer
CADR
350 CFM
Filter Technology
Washable Pre-filter, HEPASilent Technology, and an Activated Carbon filter
Recommended Room Size
540 ft²
Weight
12.5 lbs / 5.67 kg
How fast to clean our test room:
18 minutes
Price
$290.95
More Details
Best Budget Option
Best Budget Option
Style
LEVOIT Air Purifier for Home Allergies Pets Hair in Bedroom, H13 True HEPA Filter, Covers Up to 1095 Sq.Foot, 24db Filtration System, Remove 99.97% Dust Smoke Mold Pollen, Core 300, White
Pros
One of the best performance for $ spend
Cons
Lacks auto-mode or you can pay $50 for the 300S that does
CADR
145 CFM / 246 m³/h
Filter Technology
Washable pre-filter, Activated Carbon, and H13 True HEPA filters
Recommended Room Size
219 ft² to 547 ft²
Weight
3.4 kg / 7.48 lbs
How fast to clean our test room:
40 minutes
Price
$99.99
More Details
Best for Large Spaces
Best for Large Spaces
Style
LEVOIT Air Purifiers for Home Large Room, Covers Up to 3175 Sq. Ft, Smart WiFi and PM2.5 Monitor, H13 True HEPA Filter Removes 99.97% Particles Dust Smoke Mold Pollen, Alexa Control, LAP-C601S-WUS
Pros
The fastest purifier we have tested at HouseFresh, with a host of useful Smart features too
Cons
Fairly vanilla design with a large footprint
CADR
410 CFM
Filter Technology
Pre-filter, H13 HEPA, and Activated Carbon filters
Recommended Room Size
Up to 1,588 ft²
Weight
13.7 lbs / 6.2 kg
How fast to clean our test room:
15 minutes
Price
$299.99
More Details

Of course, everyone’s home or cigar-smoking hotspot will be different. With this in mind, we made sure to include a wide range of purifiers that will help eradicate smoke, odors and some unwanted byproducts found in secondhand smoke across different-sized spaces and accommodate different budgets too. 

Why You Should Trust This List

Here at HouseFresh we test and review every air purifier we recommend in our home lab, so we can compare them using our data that doesn’t rely on manufacturers’ specifications. 

Here’s what we do:

  • We create particulate pollutants in our home lab with the help of incense sticks.
  • We use a Purple Air Indoor sensor to record how long the air purifier takes to reduce the levels of PM1ug/m3, PM2.5ug/m3 and PM10ug/m3 particles in the air.
  • We track energy consumption with an electricity usage monitor.
  • We measure noise levels in decibels across all power levels available.

We can then compare air purifiers across various use cases with all this data. On top of this, we also track initial costs and long-term costs associated with each unit.

Check out the complete list below to find the perfect unit for your needs and see which purifiers we suggest you steer clear of. 

1. Levoit Core 600S

When we think about how smoke permeates through the air, it’s clear to see the importance of acting quickly before it sticks to belongings or imposes on others around you. This is precisely why the Levoit Core 600S is an excellent choice for combatting cigar smoke. 

Thanks to Levoit’s VortexAir Technology and a colossal CADR score of 410 CFM, it will make light work of smoke, odors and toxins before they become a nuisance. 

The Core 600S is so powerful it holds the record in our real-world testing, having cleared the space of all pollutants in a measly 15 minutes. It eclipsed every other purifier we have tested in terms of performance speed. 

Perhaps this shouldn’t come as a surprise; after all, it is the most powerful purifier created by Levoit and boasts a top-of-the-line H13 HEPA filter under the hood.

This purifier’s merits don’t just include powerful fans and filters, though. With the 600S, you also get a host of smart features that make cleaning your air a breeze. With the VeSync app or smart speaker connectivity, you don’t have to move from your smoking chair to operate this purifier. 

Use your phone or voice commands to fire up the unit remotely. The 600S also has an in-build air sensor and auto mode, which will monitor the air and adjust the settings automatically whenever cigar smoke (or any other pollutant) has been identified. 

SPECS & FEATURES

Purifier technology:Pre-filter, H13 HEPA, and Activated Carbon filters
CADR (CFM / m³/h):410 CFM 
Recommended room size:Up to 1,588 ft²
Filter life:6 months
Noise level (low – high):26 — 55 dB
Dimensions (in inches / in cm):23.6H x 12.3W x 12.3D inches / 60H x 31.3W x 31.3D cm
Weight (in pounds / in kg):13.7 lbs / 6.2 kg
Energy consumption:$102.11 per year
Time to clean our test room15 minutes

What We Really Like:
👍 Rapid removal of airborne pollutants
👍 Smart features that actually make life easier
👍 Super quiet when on the lowest speed setting, so ideal for nighttime use
👍 Cheaper filter replacements won’t break the bank in the long run 

What We Think Could Be Better:
👎 On the larger side, with a fairly mundane design
👎 The pre-filter is fixed, so can’t be cleaned as easily

2. Smart Air Blast Mini

Our following recommendation for ridding your space of cigar smoke is the Blast Mini. Despite its ‘Mini’ title, this purifier is a juggernaut when it comes to cleaning air. 

Smart Air is relatively new to the purifier market. Still, it has made an immediate impact thanks to its ethos, which focuses on power and performance over fancy flourishes and futuristic design. This approach pays dividends, as we can see from the Blast Mini’s CADR score of 435 CFM, which is the highest performance rating on our list.

So, how has the new boy on the block achieved such impressive stats? Well, take a peek under the surface of the Blast Mini, and you’ll find a super powerful fan, a long-lasting H13 HEPA filter and a heavyweight activated carbon filter too, but not much more. 

This simple approach allows Smart Air to center its production costs on ensuring its fans and filters are the best. The result? A no-frills product that delivers an excellent standard of clean air. 

This unit is perhaps the simplest to operate on our list for those adverse to convoluted technology, with just one dial allowing you to select between its three-speed settings. 

While you may not find a smart sensor or even a digital display, you will have a unit that can transform the air in spaces up to 915 ft², making it an excellent option for larger rooms, communal spaces, or offices. 

SPECS & FEATURES

Purifier technology:Mesh Pre-Filter, H13 HEPA Filter + optional Activated Charcoal filter 
CADR (CFM / m³/h):435 CFM 
Recommended room size:915 ft²
Filter life:13 months
Noise level (low – high):36 — 49 dB
Dimensions (in inches / in cm):24.8H x 22.6W x 13D inches / 63H x 57.5W x 33D cm
Weight (in pounds / in kg):59 lbs / 26.8 kg
Energy consumption:$284.38 per year
Time to clean our test room17 minutes

What We Really Like:
👍 H13 HEPA filter has a 13-month lifespan
👍 Simple design means simple operation
👍 Comes on castor wheels for easier maneuverability
👍 Front grill design is understated for a unit of its size

What We Think Could Be Better:
👎 Doesn’t include an activated carbon filter as standard
👎 On the chunkier side, weighing a whopping 26 kilos

3. IQAir HealthPro Plus

The IQAir HealthPro Plus is a behemoth unit compared to the rest on the list. Widely regarded as the godfathers of clean air, IQAir has developed a few models that would warrant a place on our list of top recommendations, but the HealthPro Plus proves to be the best when facing dense and dangerous cigar smoke. 

A high-powered machine that means business, it can eradicate smoke, odors and harmful toxins in areas up to 1,125 ft². The HealthPro Plus is ideal if you have a large open planned living space or communal area where more than one person may be smoking cigars.

In terms of filters, IQAir offers the most comprehensive protection. With its powerful pre-filter and a HyperHEPA filter, capable of capturing pollutants as small as 0.003 microns over the usual 0.3, the HealthPro Plus easily takes care of airborne contaminants. 

The activated carbon filter is packed with an impressive 5lbs of carbon to take care of cigar smoke odor and is married with pelletized chemisorption, which destroys harmful chemicals and toxins. 

This unit doesn’t come with the fancy features, like smart sensors or a touchscreen display, that you may find on other premium models. You can rest assured that you’re paying for an air purifier that can haul cigar smoke out of the air as quickly and effectively as possible. 

If you don’t believe us, check out this video of the IQAir team pitting the HealthPro Plus against toxic smoke and chemicals.

SPECS & FEATURES

Purifier technology:Pre-max filter, V5-Cell Filter, HyperHEPA filter
CADR (CFM / m³/h):330 CFM (estimate)
Recommended room size:Up to 1125 ft²
Filter life:4 years
Noise level (low – high):25 — 69 dB
Dimensions (in inches / in cm):28H x 18W x 16D inches / 71H x 38W x 41D cm
Weight (in pounds / in kg):35 lbs / 16 kg
Energy consumption:$467.08 per year
Time to clean our test room25 minutes

What We Really Like:
👍 It has impressive fan power
👍 Straightforward to use
👍 Top of the line filters that last a very long time
👍 Swiss-made quality, backed up with a 10-year warranty

What We Think Could Be Better:
👎 Has a very large footprint
👎 It’s the most expensive unit on the list

4. Blueair Blue Pure 211+

Our top recommendation for an air purifier to tackle cigar smoke is the Blueair Blue Pure 211+. While it may not possess as large a fan or filter as some of the other units on our list, we think it makes for a fantastic choice as it can clean the air quickly. 

This is thanks to its four filtration stages, combining an Ionizer with the standard pre-filter, HEPA and activated charcoal filters.

In fact, the four-stage protection employed by Blueair yields some of the best returns in the industry. It carries out 4.8 air changes an hour while capturing 99.99% of particulate matter. This includes smoke and toxins using its SmokeBlock filter, all in a space as large as 540 ft². 

We witnessed this impressive performance firsthand, as this purifier cleared our test space of all pollutants in 18 minutes, proving that great things certainly come in small packages.

Coupled with fast-acting purification, the Blue Pure 211+ comes with an innovative design that isn’t just easy on the eye but will also make your life easier and even cost you less to operate in the long run. 

This is down to its trademarked HEPASilent technology, which allows for greater efficiency at lower fan speeds, making this unit whisper-quiet and environmentally friendly too.

SPECS & FEATURES

Purifier technology:Washable Pre-filter, HEPASilent Technology, and an Activated Carbon filter
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 / 51H x 33W x 33D cm
Weight (in pounds / in kg):12.5 lbs / 5.67 kg
Energy consumption:$120.57 per year
Time to clean our test room18 minutes

What We Really Like:
👍 One button control makes this a doddle to operate
👍 The external pre-filter adds a unique and customizable design feature
👍 The hard-working ionizer falls well within the CARB ozone limits
👍 It won’t eat up lots of valuable living space

What We Think Could Be Better:
👎 Some Smart features or an app might be a nice option
👎 Generic SmokeBlock filters can be hard to come by

5. Taotronics AP003

Looking at the Taotronics AP003, you may wonder whether a budget unit can cut the mustard against something as powerful as cigar smoke. However, here at HouseFresh, we were blown away by its power and performance when we put this purifier through its paces to see how its pre-filter, H13 HEPA and activated carbon filters stood up to real-world conditions.

As well as effective filters, this purifier has an efficient and quiet motor, resulting in an impressive CADR rating of 226 CFM. It’s designed for use in spaces up to 322 ft², so it certainly isn’t as powerful as the other purifiers on our list. 

However, with a list price under $100, we highly recommend doubling up with two AP003 units so you can tackle cigar smoke without exceeding your budget.

While the performance of this purifier is more than enough to make it excellent value for its price tag; we were surprised to find it had innovative features often reserved for more premium or flagship models. Primarily, its excellent in-built air sensor, which feeds back accurate particulate matter readings through its digital display, caught our eye. 

Other noteworthy features include an auto mode for fuss-free protection and a programmable timer, so you needn’t worry about the unit racking up higher energy bills. 

SPECS & FEATURES

Purifier technology:Washable pre-filter, Activated Carbon, and H13 True HEPA filters.
CADR (CFM / m³/h):226 CFM 
Recommended room size:322 ft² 
Filter life:3 — 6 months
Noise level (low – high):32 — 52 dB
Dimensions (in inches / in cm):21.8H x 14.1W x 7.9D inches / 55.4H x 35.8W x 20D cm
Weight (in pounds / in kg):19 lbs / 8.6 kg
Energy consumption:$63.44 per year
Time to clean our test room29 minutes

What We Really Like:
👍 Wallet-friendly price tag
👍 Quality components for impressive performance
👍 High-tech Smart features
👍 Intuitive to set up and operate

What We Think Could Be Better:
👎 Its design is a little lackluster
👎 Filters could last longer

6. Alen BreatheSmart 75i

For those looking for a unit capable of cleaning the air in a large space or open-plan home, look no further than the Alen BreatheSmart 75i. With a H13 HEPA and Activated Carbon filter, plus a super powerful fan to boot, this unit can clean the air in a colossal sized space of up to 1,300 ft².

With quality parts under the hood, it’s no surprise the BreatheSmart 75i comes with an impressive CADR rating of 347 CFM. This power doesn’t have to cost a fortune either, as this unit is one of the most energy-efficient purifiers on our list, drawing just 45 watts of energy at its highest fan speed and a meager 1.8 watts at its lowest. 

It is also the quietest unit on the list, ranging between 25 and 49 dB, so it will keep your smoking time uninterrupted by jumbo-jet style fans.

Alen also packed the 75i full of features that will simplify your life and help the purifier perform at its peak for longer. Built into the unit, you will find an auto mode and an air sensor for automatic protection from pollutants, plus an optional Ionizer for faster results, smartphone app compatibility for remote operation and a filter replacement indicator that monitors the performance of the filters and lets you know when it’s time to replace them. 

SPECS & FEATURES

Purifier technology:Pre-filter, Activated Carbon and H13 True HEPA filter
CADR (CFM / m³/h):347 CFM 
Recommended room size:Up to 1,300 ft²
Filter life:12 -15 months
Noise level (low – high):25 – 49 dB
Dimensions (in inches / in cm):27H x 18.5W x 11.5D inches / 68.58H x 47W x 29.21D cm
Weight (in pounds / in kg):27 lbs / 12.2 kg
Energy consumption:$97.76 per year
Time to clean our test room24 minutes

What We Really Like:
👍 Impressive performance with a CADR rating of 347
👍 Filters last a very long time 
👍 A great option for unintrusive nighttime use
👍 Will work well even if there is more than one cigar being smoked at a time

What We Think Could Be Better:
👎 Fairly big, making movement between rooms more difficult
👎 Replacement filters are more expensive than rival manufacturers

The Two Air Purifiers We Don’t Recommend for Cigar Smoke

We wanted to highlight two air purifiers that you may have come across during your research, but if truth be told, should be avoided if you’re looking to eradicate the lasting odors and toxins emitted from cigar smoke.

1. Molekule Air Mini

Having seen this unit get plenty of coverage online, with bold claims suggesting it possessed game-changing technology, we couldn’t wait to get our hands on it.

After putting it through its paces in our real-world test, however, it was clear this purifier didn’t live up to the hype. Leaving us reeling over its sub-par performance and questionable technology. That’s why we certainly wouldn’t trust it to tackle everyday pollutants, let alone the thick and heavy smoke created by cigars. 

Why We Suggest You Avoid This Unit:

👎 Its ‘groundbreaking’ PECO filter technology struggled to remove pollutants during our tests, plus with no activated carbon, it won’t be able to remove any odors. 

👎 Despite looking fairly sleek, this unit is somewhat intrusive in the home, being one of the loudest purifiers we’ve tested, reaching an ear-aching 86 dB.

2. Levoit Core Mini

Now, this purifier has some merit and can serve a purpose for personal use in small spaces. So, you wouldn’t be blamed for thinking this might help if you smoke cigars in a study or a small private room. 

Realistically, however, it simply lacks the power required to make a difference when pitted against something as powerful as cigar smoke. Especially in a larger room, which we found out when putting it through our real-world tests, where it took 113 minutes to clear the room of incense smoke, which is much lighter than cigar smoke. 

Why We Suggest You Avoid This Unit:

👎 It lacks the power to make a difference to something as dominating as cigar smoke, with a CADR rating of just 32 CFM.

👎 Due to the small size of its filters, it doesn’t contain enough activated carbon to make a noteworthy difference to odors or VOCs created by cigar smoke. 

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 Columbo’s raincoat. Be sure to opt for a unit with a powerful motor and high-quality filters to feel the difference. 


How to choose the right air purifier for cigar smoke

Getting the right purifier for cigar smoke removal can be tricky since the market is saturated with cheap and underpowered options. 

1. Minimum CADR

Cigar smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals. Of these, at least 250 are known to be harmful, including ammonia, carbon monoxide, and hydrogen cyanide. 

This means you need to make sure that any air purifier you choose has the power to remove it quickly. You need to avoid CADR scores of less than 150 CFM when dealing with an issue like cigar smoke, as even in the smallest room, it will take a long time to remove the particles from the air. All the air purifiers we recommended have a minimum of 226 CFM and our largest has 435 CFM. A powerful air purifier will be able to quickly remove the particles and odors related to cigar smoke quickly, even in the largest of spaces. 

2. Type of Filters Used

The golden standard for smoke (tobacco, fireplace, or wildfire smoke) is the combination of HEPA and activated carbon filters. 

HEPA will remove all the particles down to the microscopic particles but won’t do anything for gasses and odors. 

Be sure to avoid gimmicks like UV light, Ionization or PECO. In most cases, you will waste money on technology that doesn’t improve performance and, in some cases, it can even make the air worse with additional chemical byproducts.

  • HEPA Filters — The best ones for cigar smoke are Medical grade H13 HEPA filters, as these can remove 99.996% of particles seized bigger than 0.1 microns. But even True HEPA will do an excellent job removing most of the particles associated with cigar smoke and can even have increased airflow as they allow more air to pass through.
  • Activated Carbon Filter — These are designed to remove odors, including smoke and vape smell. They achieve this by absorbing volatile organic compounds (in a gaseous state) from the air. The thicker the filter, the better and if possible, look for filters that use activated charcoal pellets vs. the impregnated fabric you see in cheaper air purifiers.

Stick to HEPA and activated charcoal, as other technologies have not been proven and could create chemical by-products, so don’t be swayed by the marketing hype!

3. Particle Size

The most common size range of particles in cigar smoke (including marijuana smoke) is 0.3 to 0.5 microns. However, the most harmful particles are as small as 0.1 microns, but all types of particles will be easily removed by True HEPA.

Gasses and odors from cigar smoke are a little different as they will pass through even medical-grade HEPA filters, which is why you also need to combine HEPA with activated charcoal. You would still remove most of the smoke with a pure HEPA air purifier, but many VOCs and odors would linger.

4. Noise Level

Air purifiers have fans that pull air through a series of filters. Some fans make a humming sound when you turn them on. HEPA and activated charcoal-based air purifiers will always have a level of sound due to the use of a fan, but you will be surprised at how quiet they have become, thanks to improvements in fan technology. 

As with any other machine, noise levels are measured in decibels. We’ve seen some purifiers rated as low as 17 dB on low while others, like the Austin Air Healthmate Standard Air Purifier HM400, go as high as 60 dB. Be sure to weigh up sound levels with performance as you want to clean as much air for the lowest sound level, especially when using the air purifier in the same room where you are relaxing with a cigar.

5. Smart Features

As of 2023, many air purifiers come with smart features such as onboard sensors and auto-modes that switch on when the unit detects pollutants in the air. For cigar smokers, these smart features can be very useful as they can allow the purifier to come on as soon as it detects cigar smoke in the room. You will have to weigh up the extra cost of these smart features as, in some cases, smart models can cost 25% higher for the same air-cleaning performance. 

Our current favorite “smart” air purifier is the Mila air purifier, as it was designed with smart features from day one and still has excellent performance to CADR ratio.

Common Questions About Air Purifiers for Cigar Smoke

🤔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 clear the room instantly, you’ll be disappointed. 

However, if you pick a suitable unit to match your room’s size and usage, it will work hard to keep the air clean and odor-free. 

🤔Why does cigar smoke produce such a strong odor?

There are more high-end air purifiers on this list because cigar smoke is very potent, meaning the fans and filters must 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 a lot of odor is produced.

How We Picked Our Top Choices

We don’t recommend units without being 100% confident in our real-life performance testing process. That’s why we test all the models we recommend in the same room (sized 705 cubic ft) performing the same job (removing incense smoke). 

This allows us to compare units side by side and create “best” lists like this one. The most important features we considered when selecting were: 

  1. Power — To remove dense pollutants such as cigar smoke, you’ll need a powerful purifier. A good indication of a unit’s power is its CADR rating. The higher the number, the more air it can clean, making purifiers such as the Levoit Core 600S and the Blast Mini great options, with both purifiers receiving a rating over 400 CFM.
  1. Room Size Suitability — Another way of seeing how effective a purifier is, is by looking into its AHAM-certified room coverage. This shows what sized space a purifier can cycle the air in, making the Alen BreatheSmart 75i a great option with enough power to clean the air in a room up to 1,300 ft².
  1. Activated Charcoal — While HEPA filters often grab the headlines, to remove odors effectively, you’ll need a purifier with lots of activated carbon. The more carbon, the more odor-busting prowess your purifier will have, making the IQAir HealthPro Plus an excellent choice with a whopping 5 lbs of carbon packed inside. 
  1. Speed — To remove smoke effectively, you’ll also need a fast-acting purifier. This is one of the many reasons that make the Blueair Blue Pure 211+ an excellent option for ridding your room of cigar smoke, having cleared our test space of all pollutants in just 18 minutes. 

Why Should You Trust HouseFresh?

Far too many “air purifier reviews” are made by people with little understanding of the air purifier industry. On top of this, most reviews are incredibly shallow and based solely on comparing manufacturer data. This means rankings of top units are created without experiential testing to compare the real-life performance of the many different air purifiers on the market.

Here at HouseFresh, we bring together experts who have been evaluating air purifiers for the last 10+ years with a solid process for real-life performance testing. That is why we can reveal an air purifier’s true reality based on the data we have gathered and analyzed ourselves in our homes. Add to that our knowledge (and borderline obsession) with the industry, and you will get helpful reviews that will cut through all the marketing BS manufacturers like to push on people. 

Our ultimate goal with all our air purifier reviews is to help more consumers look beyond the marketing jargon and see clearly which air purifiers do a good job of cleaning the air. 

That’s why:

1. We test all our air purifiers using a Purple Air Indoor sensor that allows us to have real-time data on pollutant levels for particles sized PM1ug/m3, PM2.5ug/m3, and PM10ug/m3 and share this data with our readers.

2. We don’t take freebies in exchange for reviews. We want to be free to say if a product sucks, and accepting free units doesn’t align with our neutrality goal.

3. We compare the actual real-life performance between units, thanks to the fact that we test all our units in the same room performing the same task. This allows us to offer an easy-to-understand, jargon-free answer to the question, “how well will this air purifier clean the air in my room?”

4. We use the air purifiers in our own homes to evaluate long-term user experience as well as keep an eye on long-term costs, such as how often its filters need replacing under normal conditions.

5. We continuously evaluate the latest air purifier models on the market and identify those we want to test. Just to give you an idea, as of October 2022, we have tested 40 air purifiers in our home lab.

SOURCES

Monthly energy consumption costs have been calculated using our air purifier electricity usage calculator, which allows us to calculate daily and yearly costs associated with running an air purifier for 24hs a day. 

You can customize the result by air purifier wattage and by state. In the case of the calculations we shared on this page, we used California as our base state for energy prices.

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