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9 Best Air Purifiers for Cigarette Smoke

Last updated November 15, 2022

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We all know about the dangers that come with smoking cigarettes. Science has shown us that cigarette smoke is proven to not only damage our bodies but the bodies of those around us. 

Cigarette smoke is known to contain around 250 harmful chemicals and around 69 of them are known to cause cancer, so it is widely recommended that your home environment is 100% smoke-free.

The advice from the CDC is to stop smoking cigarettes, but it’s not always easy to quit so reducing the amount of smoke in your household is paramount. Not doing so can lead to substantial carbon monoxide buildup. While smoking may be banned all across the US in indoor public spaces, our freedom to smoke in our homes remains, so it is essential that you seek out air quality methods to eradicate smoke pollution right away.

But it’s not only the smokers health we need to consider, it’s the health of everyone who might come into contact with it, second and third hand.

The main issues caused by second and third-hand smoke are: 

  • Increased risk of bronchitis in children and infants
  • Coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath
  • Higher risk of lung infections
  • A lingering odor

If you are going to smoke indoors then air circulation is key. You can eliminate some of the pollution caused by cigarette smoke by opening windows and doors or turning on extraction fans. But, even well-ventilated areas are not always considered safe when smoking indoors.

The best solution is to invest in an air purifier with a large fan, HEPA filter and packed activated carbon filter ( a small amount of activated charcoal will not do the trick) which will help cleanse the air and remove unwanted pollutants and those nasty odors cigarette smoke leaves behind.

The smell of cigarette smoke can stick around for a long time. It can make its way into the fibers of your clothes, furniture, and even wallpaper. Once it’s there, it can be hard to get rid of so an air purifier with a healthy amount of activated carbon might be necessary, particularly if it is placed in a larger room. 

When choosing air purifiers for cigarette smoke we needed units with strong filters, big fans, and packed activated carbon filters. How do we know? Because we bought these units with our own money and tested them for ourselves.

The Top 3 Air Purifiers For Cigarette Smoke

Model
Best Budget Option
Best for Large Spaces
Style
Smart Health Blast Mini
Levoit Core 400S
Austin Air Healthmate Plus
Pros
The HEPA filter lasts up to 1.5 - 2 years
Great value for such a high output of CADR
Great purifier for people who suffer from asthma attacks
Cons
The high-powered performance means it's a little louder than other units
Air quality sensor could be more accurate
Would be great if this unit was Energy Star rated
CADR
435 CFM (740 m³/h)
260 CFM / 442 m³/h
400 CFM
Filter Technology
H13 HEPA filter
H13 True HEPA filter
Carbon Filter, HEPA Filter, Pre-Filter, Large Particle Pre-Filter
Recommended Room Size
915 sq. ft.
403 sq. ft.
750 sq. ft. to 1500 sq. ft.
Weight
59 lbs / 26.8 kg
14.12 lbs / 6.4 kg
47 lbs / 21.3 kg
Price
$599.00
$219.99
$855.00
Best Overall
Style
Smart Health Blast Mini
Pros
The HEPA filter lasts up to 1.5 - 2 years
Cons
The high-powered performance means it's a little louder than other units
CADR
435 CFM (740 m³/h)
Filter Technology
H13 HEPA filter
Recommended Room Size
915 sq. ft.
Weight
59 lbs / 26.8 kg
Price
$599.00
More Details
Best Budget Option
Style
Levoit Core 400S
Pros
Great value for such a high output of CADR
Cons
Air quality sensor could be more accurate
CADR
260 CFM / 442 m³/h
Filter Technology
H13 True HEPA filter
Recommended Room Size
403 sq. ft.
Weight
14.12 lbs / 6.4 kg
Price
$219.99
More Details
Best for Large Spaces
Style
Austin Air Healthmate Plus
Pros
Great purifier for people who suffer from asthma attacks
Cons
Would be great if this unit was Energy Star rated
CADR
400 CFM
Filter Technology
Carbon Filter, HEPA Filter, Pre-Filter, Large Particle Pre-Filter
Recommended Room Size
750 sq. ft. to 1500 sq. ft.
Weight
47 lbs / 21.3 kg
Price
$855.00
More Details

1. Blueair Blue Pure 211+

Blueair air purifiers pop up regularly on our best-of lists. With a diverse range to choose from, we’ve found the Blue Pure 211+ to rate highly amongst consumer reports at combating cigarette smoke. This unit is optimal in rooms up to 540 sq. ft. and comes in different colored pre-filters to customize its design.

This purifier uses a three-part filtration system as well as a washable pre-filter. The 211+’s main HEPA filter takes care of airborne particles. The part we are most interested in is the combined particle plus carbon filter, which uses its activated carbon layer to remove odors and has a CADR of 350 for smoke.

The main feature of this unit is its simplicity. There are no fancy touch screens or a multitude of buttons. There is only one large button to control its three-speed options. There’s also a built-in LED to indicate when the filter needs changing, which is usually around every six months. Simple, yet effective.

SPECS & FEATURES

Purifier technology:“HEPASilent™ technology”  which is an electrostatic filtration with HEPA and Activated Charcoal
CADR (CFM / m³/h):350 CFM 
Recommended room size:540 sq. ft. 
Filter life:6-8 months
Noise level (low – high):31 – 56dB
Dimensions (in inches / in cm):20H x 13W x 13D inches /  50.8 H x 33 W x 33 D cm
Weight (in pounds / in kg):12.5 lbs / 5.67 kg
Energy consumption:$132.52 per year

What We Really Like:

👍 Whisper quiet mode
👍 Particle filter included
👍 Multiple color options for the pre-filter fabric
👍 Certifications from the AHAM, CARB, and Energy Star mean it’s ozone-safe

What We Think Could Be Better:

👎 No Smart Sensor or air quality sensor
👎 The ON button has a bright light that may disturb light sleepers

2. Alen BreatheSmart 75i 

The Alen BreatheSmart 75i air purifier is versatile, slick, and performs to an extremely high standard. With a CADR rating of 347 CFM, this unit is capable of not only pulling in indoor pollutants such as pollen, dust, and mold spores but can also be equipped with an optional carbon filter. A carbon filter of this magnitude will have no problem tackling hazardous VOCs, wildfire, and cigarette smoke in your household areas.

Sitting up there with one of the more expensive products on the market, the 75i will successfully cover a room of a resounding 1,300 sq. ft. Featuring 5 fan speeds, the Alen BreatheSmart 75i will automatically adjust to whichever speed is required when placed in auto mode and can be adjusted manually to suit a variety of room conditions.

SPECS & FEATURES

Purifier technology:B7 Pure filter, H13 True HEPA filter
CADR (CFM / m³/h):347 CFM 
Recommended room size:1,300 sq. ft. 
Filter life:12-15 months 
Noise level (low – high):25 – 49dB
Dimensions (in inches / in cm):27H x 18.5W x 11.5D inches / 68.58H x 46.99W x  29.21D cm
Weight (in pounds / in kg):27 lbs / 12.2 kg
Energy consumption:$97.76 per year

What We Really Like:

👍 Available in a wide variety of attractive designs
👍 A number of different filter types are available to upgrade the unit
👍 Energy Star certified
👍 Lifetime warranty helps to provide extra peace of mind

What We Think Could Be Better:

👎 Not so easy to move around 
👎 We wish there was a power indicator light to show when the machine is operating

3. Rabbit Air MinusA2

The Rabbit Air MinusA2 may be a little expensive but wow will it make a difference. Equipped with a multitude of great specs and handy features, this unit functions at 25.6dB on its lowest speed setting and 51.3dB at its highest. With a recommended room size of 815 sq. ft., the MinusA2 will cover a vast space with a CADR rating of 200 CFM, diminishing indoor contaminants from dust particles to all types of unwanted odor.

Featuring a 5-stage filtration system, this unit features a bio G5 HEPA filter, germ defense customized filter, a pellet carbon filter, a medium filter, and a pre-filter. Offering great protection to the HEPA filter, the medium, and pre-filters will successfully capture larger particles in the air. 

Most carbon filters on the market feature carbon fiber in their filters, this is the case in the Air MinusA2’s customized germ defense filter however the Air MinusA2’s also features a unique carbon pellet filter that will confidently eradicate odors such as smoke and potentially dangerous VOCs that may ponder around our homes.

SPECS & FEATURES

Purifier technology:HEPA filter
CADR (CFM / m³/h):200 CFM 
Recommended room size:815 sq. ft. 
Filter life:1 year
Noise level (low – high):25.6 – 51.3dB
Dimensions (in inches / in cm):20.25H x 21.4W x 7D inches
Weight (in pounds / in kg):19.4 lbs / 8.8 kg
Energy consumption:$132.52 per year

What We Really Like:

👍 Can be wall mounted 
👍 Comes with a 5-year warranty 
👍 The design fits into modern-day decor
👍 Great filters suitable for dealing with all types of indoor contaminants 

What We Think Could Be Better:

👎 Smaller control panel buttons are smaller than other units on the market
👎 Bright light on the unit can be a little distracting 

4. Honeywell HPA300

The Honeywell HPA300 may be a little louder than other units but to pack this much of a punch you’re gonna need some power. With a CADR rating of 300 CFM, the HPA300 will clean a room of 400-500 sq. ft. super efficiently whilst taking on multiple indoor contaminants in the process.

Operating at a 4-stage fan speed the HPA300 features a resounding 3 HEPA filters to help disperse air-born particles such as dust, mold spores, and pollen and an activated carbon filter for bad odors and hazardous VOCs. The carbon filter, also acting as a pre-filter is located directly behind the grill and will capture larger particles while also tackling potent odors such as paint fumes, cooking odor, and cigarette smoke.

On the lowest fan speed setting, this unit produces a noise output of 48dB, and on the highest setting 71dB. However, for a product that produces such great performance for its room-size capabilities at a fantastic price, the Honeywell HPA300 is a real hidden gem.

SPECS & FEATURES

Purifier technology:Activated carbon pre-filter and True HEPA filter
CADR (CFM / m³/h):300 CFM 
Recommended room size:465 sq. ft. 
Filter life:Replace Certified HEPA Filters 1x per year. Replace genuine pre-filters every 3 months.
Noise level (low – high):48.3 – 71.2dB
Dimensions (in inches / in cm):20.8L x 10.83W x 22.38H inches / 52.8L x 27.5W x 56.8H  cm
Weight (in pounds / in kg):17 lbs / 7.7 kg
Energy consumption:$189.01 per year

What We Really Like:

👍 Having the option to turn off the lights, perfect for the bedroom
👍 Filters are easy to replace and easy to come by
👍 Simplistic style means it’s very easy to understand and use
👍
Easy to pick up because of the side pockets (really comes in handy as it is quite heavy)

What We Think Could Be Better:

👎 Can be very loud on the highest setting
👎 The design isn’t the best looking

5. Levoit Core 400S

Levoit over the last few years have really given us some great units. Being super reliable and high in performance efficiency, the Levoit Core 400S is another product that should be talked about. Impressively cleaning rooms up to 403 sq. ft., the core 400S focuses on medium to large-sized rooms with CADR score 247 Dust/ 244 Smoke/ 269 Pollen (cfm) cleaning the room five times per hour.

Its cylindrical design is made up of high-quality plastic that expels cleansed air out of the top of the unit and draws in contaminated air from the grills located at the bottom. 

This unit is perfect for family rooms during the day and bedrooms in the evening. Operating at a whisper-quiet 24dB on its lowest fan speed setting, the 400S can be a lovely purifier to fall asleep to as well as a powerhouse of a product when on the highest fan speed capable of dispersing smelly odors and helping with sinus problems.

Featuring an H13 true HEPA filter and a custom high-efficiency activated carbon filter, the 400S will happily take on multiple indoor contaminants from pollen particles to cigarette smoke odor and can now be connected to a smart app that is easy to use and simple to understand. 

SPECS & FEATURES

Purifier technology:H13 True HEPA filter
CADR (CFM / m³/h):260 CFM / 442 m³/h
Recommended room size:403 sq. ft. 
Filter life:6-12 months 
Noise level (low – high):24 – 52dB
Dimensions (in inches / in cm):10.8L x 10.8W x 20.5H in / 27.4 x 27.4 x 52 cm
Weight (in pounds / in kg):14.12 lbs / 6.4 kg
Energy consumption:$82.55 per year

What We Really Like:

👍 Easy to use controls 
👍 Handles are located towards the top making it easy to maneuver 
👍 Great value for such a high output of CADR
👍 Super quiet on the lowest setting 

What We Think Could Be Better:

👎 Design isn’t going to win any awards 
👎 Air quality sensor could be more accurate

6. Coway Airmega 300

The super-sophisticated Coway Airmega can cover a vast space and tackle all types of indoor pollution and irritants that linger around our homes. Designed for room sizes from 628 sq. ft. up to 1,256 sq. ft., this unit has fantastic cleaning capabilities which are topped off with some fantastic specs and features.

Equipped with dual HEPA and activated carbon filters, the Airmega cleans 99.97% of 0.3-micron airborne particles effectively as well as dispersing partially potent odors and hazardous VOCs. The carbon installed into the Coway 300S is in pellet form which provides a much more effective surface area for gas filtration.

The Airmega features a handy, easy-to-use mobile app (Android and iOS) that can be connected to an Amazon Alexa for home monitoring, allowing you to adjust fan speeds whenever necessary. An air quality sensor is also installed to determine the air quality on its own, telling you how polluted your home is via a series of bright-colored LEDs. Red (bad), yellow (moderate), and blue (great air quality).

SPECS & FEATURES

Purifier technology:Activated carbon, Green True HEPA
CADR (CFM / m³/h):300 CFM 
Recommended room size:628 sq. ft. to 1,256 sq. ft.
Filter life:9 months
Noise level (low – high):22 – 52dB
Dimensions (in inches / in cm):13.6W x 21.2H x 13.6D inches / 34.5W x 53.8H x 34.5D cm
Weight (in pounds / in kg):21.4 lbs / 9.7 kg
Energy consumption:$114.06 per year

What We Really Like:

👍 Superb air filtration
👍 Offers a premium design that complements the modern home
👍 Easy-to-read air quality indicator
👍 Smart app compatible features

What We Think Could Be Better:

👎 We wish the companion app was a little more user-friendly
👎 A way of silencing the unit, preventing it from emitting a beeping noise when changing modes, would be a bonus

7. Smart Health S

The Smart Health S is a stunning, aesthetically beautiful unit that stands unique in the air purification world being the new kids on the block. Taking up as much space as a small washing basket, the Smart Health S is an all-around well-made unit with fantastic cleaning capabilities that can cover a space of up to 430 sq. ft.

Featuring an H12 HEPA and optional activated charcoal filter for gases and odors, this unit certainly doesn’t shy away from competing with the big brands on the market. With the option to choose between 3 fan speed settings, the Smart Health S is as quiet as a whisper with the lowest fan speed being just 23dB.

The design of this unit is compact and fits perfectly with all types of home furnishings and decoration. The top of the purifier easily detaches and the Carbon and HEPA filters slot in perfectly at the bottom of the unit. 

SPECS & FEATURES

Purifier technology:HEPA H12 and activated charcoal (Optional)
CADR (CFM / m³/h):185 CFM / 315 m3/h 
Recommended room size:430 sq. ft. 
Filter life:6 months
Noise level (low – high):23 – 52dB
Dimensions (in inches / in cm):13 x 13 x 14.3 inches
Weight (in pounds / in kg):10.1 lbs / 4.5 kg
Energy consumption:$112.97 per year

What We Really Like:

👍 Great size can be tucked away nicely if necessary 
👍 Its unique design is lightweight and coincides brilliantly with modern-day rooms and living spaces 
👍 On the lowest speed it functions at 23dB so it’s super quiet
👍 Very powerful unit for its size, can cover spaces up to 430 sq. ft 

What We Think Could Be Better:

👎 Wish it was equipped with a timer function 
👎 Wish it had an auto mode feature for detecting indoor air quality 

8. Austin Air Healthmate

The American-made Austin Air Healthmate is a beautifully engineered, cleverly designed air purifier that stops harmful gases and irritating particles from invading our personal spaces. Featuring some handy specs and key features, this highly rated product may be a little more expensive than other units on the market, but it surely has substantial cleaning capabilities, making the Austin Air Healthmate one of the best purifiers money can buy. 

Featuring an all-in-one unique cylindrical filter that has a lifespan of 5 years, the Austin Healthmate draws air in through all sides of the unit and is released towards the top, fully maximizing all areas of your indoor room space.

Filters included are a fabric pre-filter to capture larger particles, a HEPA filter for smaller irritating particles, and an activated carbon filter for gases and unwanted or strong odors, such as smoke, chemical, and cooking odors.

The carbon filter contains 15Ibs of activated carbon combined with zeolite, which enhances the capabilities of the filter, protecting and prolonging the lifespan of your unit.

The Healthmate functions on 3 fan speeds and has a noise range of 40-62dB, which is a little louder than other units out there. However, this unit has an astounding CADR output of 400 CFM which makes it perfect for larger spaces, covering areas of up to 1,500 sq. ft.

SPECS & FEATURES

Purifier technology:Carbon Filter, HEPA Filter, Pre-Filter, Large Particle Pre-Filter
CADR (CFM / m³/h):400 CFM 
Recommended room size:750 sq. ft. to 1500 sq. ft.
Filter life:5 years
Noise level (low – high):40 – 62dB
Dimensions (in inches / in cm):23H x 14.5W x 14.5D inches / 58.4H x 36.8W x 36.8D
Weight (in pounds / in kg):47 lbs / 21.3 kg
Energy consumption:$286.77 per year

What We Really Like:

👍 Uses activated carbon cloth, which is more absorbent compared to granulated carbon
👍 Upward-directed airflow helps to effectively and quickly cycle the air in the room
👍 Perfect for those who suffer from asthma attacks 
👍 High airflow with a powerful Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR)

What We Think Could Be Better:

👎 The addition of smart features, such as a digital display, would be a bonus
👎 We wish this unit was Energy Star rated

9. Blast Mini

The Blast Mini surprises most with its high-powered and effective capabilities. This unit works brilliantly in larger areas with excellent reliability, working brilliantly in all types of indoor environments such as homes, schools, hospitals, and office spaces.

An oversized HEPA filter gives the Blast Mini its great performance over a vast space, focusing heavily on performance, with a CADR rating of 435 CFM (740 m³/h). Also recommended for bigger commercial buildings as well as homes, the Blast Mini can cover an astonishing 915 sq. ft. of space. The Blast Mini can also offer versatility with an optional carbon filter to help tackle unwanted odors or VOCs that may impose in your space.

SPECS & FEATURES

Purifier technology:H13 HEPA filter
CADR (CFM / m³/h):435 CFM (740 m³/h)
Recommended room size:915 sq. ft. 
Filter life:1.5 – 2 years 
Noise level (low – high):44 – 53dB
Dimensions (in inches / in cm):22.6L × 12.9W × 24.8H inches /  57.5L × 33W × 63H cm
Weight (in pounds / in kg):59 lbs / 26.8 kg
Energy consumption:$265.04 per year

What We Really Like:

👍 The HEPA filter lasts up to 18 – 24 months
👍 Brilliantly made fan that allows for superb performance 
👍 Has space for an optional activated carbon filter 
👍 Smart and slick design blends in great with its surroundings

What We Think Could Be Better:

👎 The high-powered performance means it’s a little louder on the lowest setting compared to other units
👎  Higher electricity consumption compared to other units


Common Questions About Air Purifiers and Cigarette Smoke

🤔 Do air purifiers help with cigarette smoke?

When it comes to air purifiers, you must choose one with the correct filters for what you need. At the same time, it must match the size of your room and the intensity of smoke that is present in it on average. 

If you choose an air purifier that checks all three of these requirements, it will help eliminate odors from cigarette smoke as well as capture any harmful chemical components that come with them. 

The key is to use a purifier that uses a HEPA filter and has a high amount of activated carbon. 

🤔 What gets rid of the smell of cigarette smoke?

In addition to using a purifier, there are a few things you can do to help get rid of cigarette smoke in your home or office. To start with, keep windows and doors shut when smoking outside and clean your home regularly. You can also leave open containers of charcoal in each room. This works in the same way as a carbon filter but is less intense.

🤔 Which air purifier is best for smokers?

Best OverallBest Budget OptionBest for Large Spaces
Blast MiniLevoit Core 400SAustin Air Healthmate
The mid-range option from Smart Air proves that air purifiers can go above and beyond without needing loads of smart features. This simple metal box contains a large powerful fan and when combined with its big activated carbon filter, will remove cigarette smoke and odor from your room faster than most.Levoit show us again that clean air doesn’t need to break the bank. With the Core 400S, your mid to small rooms will be clear of cigarette smoke and the odor it produces. Not only that, but you can monitor the quality of your air in real-time on Levoit’s smartphone app.Made right here in the USA, the Healthmate is designed to target harmful gasses and VOCs making it ideal to tackle cigarette smoke in larger rooms. It has a high CADR and a filter with a long lifespan of 5 years before it needs replacing.

How We Picked Our Top Choices

As with all our reviews, we want to be 100% confident that the air purifiers we’re recommending will perform highly for the issue at hand. We know that a lot of sites give you recommendations without even seeing the unit IRL – we don’t do that. 

We’ve actually purchased these units with our own money and carried out our own performance tests. This allows us to compare units side by side and create “best” lists like this one. In this case, we had specific criteria to work with when researching the best air purifiers for cigarette smoke.

  • Filters – As the best way to remove cigarette smoke from home is by using specific filters, we made sure all our choices are compatible with both HEPA and Activated Carbon filters.
  • Performance – Cigarette smoke is thick and can travel easily between rooms. To combat this, we made sure all the units we recommended have high CADRs.
  • $$$ – We know everyone has different budgets. That’s why we choose air purifiers at varying prices so you can find one to suit your budgetary needs.
  • Room size – In the air purifier world, size matters. That’s why we made sure to include units designed for different-sized rooms.

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 24hrs 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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