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7 Best Stylish Air Purifiers (And the One to Avoid)

Last updated July 12, 2022

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Author avatar Daniel Booth

Daniel is our resident house gadget geek. He is our man in the frontline, following consumer trends to help him identify the best up and coming tech to review for HouseFresh. When he’s not tinkering with new gadgets, he composes and records his own music at home.

In a world of traffic pollution, wildfires, pandemics, and strange odors, there’s never a better time to invest in an air purifier. 

Although they may not seem like they do a lot, they are actually the heroes in our homes protecting your health from multiple issues that, if left unchecked, could not only damage your wellbeing but also your home and furnishings.

Issues like:

Air purifiers are basically a fan that pushes air through a filter. The filter acts as a net that traps all the nasty particles you don’t want in your home. When you think about it that way, there isn’t anything stylish about them.

That is why you will have probably noticed that air purifiers aren’t usually the most aesthetically pleasing of home appliances. Trust me, I’ve seen a lot of units that are boring, white boxes that look about as interesting as sitting through a Kenny G concert (sorry Kenny G fans). 

But there is hope.

We’ve put our knowledge to good use by seeking out our favorite selection of stylish air purifiers that will make a difference to the air in your home, whilst keeping the aesthetic you’ve worked so hard to achieve… Oh, and we also included the one unit to avoid like the plague no matter how good it looks.

The Top 3 Most Stylish Air Purifiers

Best Overall
Best Budget Option
Best for Large Spaces
Style
Alen BreatheSmart 45i
Smart Air Sqair Air
Levoit Core 600S
Pros
This whisper-quiet purifier has 4 different filters to choose from to suit your specific needs
This simple, no-nonsense air purifier is extremely easy to operate
Its high-performance fan can remove pollutants from large rooms in under 30 minutes
Cons
It’s quite a large unit
You have to buy the Activated Charcoal filter as an added extra
Only comes in one color
CADR
245 CFM
185 CFM
410 CFM
Technology
H13 True HEPA filter
H11 HEPA filter
H13 True HEPA filter
Recommended Room Size
Up to 800 sq. ft.
430 sq. ft.
635 sq. ft.
Weight
15 lbs
10.1 lbs
13.7 lbs
Price
$428.98
$189.95
$299.99
Best Overall
Style
Alen BreatheSmart 45i
Pros
This whisper-quiet purifier has 4 different filters to choose from to suit your specific needs
Cons
It’s quite a large unit
CADR
245 CFM
Technology
H13 True HEPA filter
Recommended Room Size
Up to 800 sq. ft.
Weight
15 lbs
Price
$428.98
More information
Best Budget Option
Style
Smart Air Sqair Air
Pros
This simple, no-nonsense air purifier is extremely easy to operate
Cons
You have to buy the Activated Charcoal filter as an added extra
CADR
185 CFM
Technology
H11 HEPA filter
Recommended Room Size
430 sq. ft.
Weight
10.1 lbs
Price
$189.95
More information
Best for Large Spaces
Style
Levoit Core 600S
Pros
Its high-performance fan can remove pollutants from large rooms in under 30 minutes
Cons
Only comes in one color
CADR
410 CFM
Technology
H13 True HEPA filter
Recommended Room Size
635 sq. ft.
Weight
13.7 lbs
Price
$299.99
More information

We know design is subjective, so if none of our top three tickle your fancy, have a look at what other units we think are the pageant queens of air quality.

1. Levoit Core 600S

The 600S has fast become one of our favorite units in the HouseFresh offices. It has plenty of smart features to keep you going, it looks cool sitting in your room, and its performance in our testing room blew us away. 

Levoit’s upgraded ‘Core S’ units are packed with smart features which give you more freedom to control the air quality in your room using the touchscreen interface and their smartphone app. 

The app recognizes your unit through its in-built WiFi and lets you monitor PM2.5, set timers, change fan speeds, and adjust efficiency settings in auto and eco mode.

Even though you’ve come here for stylish designs, the most important part of an air purifier is its fans and filters. 

Levoit knows this and doesn’t let us down. Under the hood of the 600S is a circular three-stage H13 True HEPA filter with a packed Activated Carbon layer that adsorbs odors.

This unit will not only fit into your light, modern home, but it will also protect your health by cleaning the air faster than you can say “Honey, let’s go Pottery Barn”.

SPECS & FEATURES

Purifier technology:H13 True HEPA filter
CADR (CFM / m³/h):410 CFM / 697 m³/h
Recommended room size:635 sq. ft. 
Filter life:6 months
Noise level (low – high):26 – 55 dB
Dimensions (in inches / in cm):12.3L x 12.3W x 23.6H inches / 31.3L x 31.3W x 60H cm
Weight (in pounds / in kg):13.7 lbs / 6.2 kg
Energy consumption*:$102.11 per year

What We Really Like:

👍 One of the highest performing purifiers we’ve tested 
👍 Only pulls 6.2 watts of power on eco mode
👍 The LED air quality indicator ring
👍 Its energy efficiency

What We Think Could Be Better:

👎 Would be cool if it came in different colors
👎 The air quality sensor is on the back, so if it’s too close to the wall it won’t work effectively

2. Blueair Blue Pure 211+

Blueairs’ ‘Blue’ range has become very popular amongst consumers and designers. They’ve taken the boring old box and spiced it up with colored pre-filters, one-button operation, and a cosmic-looking air outlet. 

The Blue Pure 211+ bases its looks on minimalism. There’s no control panel clustered with blinking lights and buttons, the whole unit is operated with one big button on the front. It has three fan speeds which proved extremely effective in our testing room

Not just a pretty face.

Housed in this cute cube is Blueairs’ signature HEPASilent™ filter and Activated Carbon sheet to capture 99.97% of particles as small as 0.1 microns, meaning far fewer pollutants pass through the purifier. 

This awesome filter lasts 6 – 8 months and couldn’t be simpler to replace when the time comes.

One of the best things about this unit from a design point of view is that you can replace the blue pre-filter for different colors. 

Don’t like blue? Try black. Wanna spice up the room, try pink. Gray not working for you? Slip on yellow. It’s so easy to change, you could pick a different color every day if you wanted.

SPECS & FEATURES

Purifier technology:HEPASilent™ and Activated Charcoal Filter
CADR (CFM / m³/h):350 CFM 
Recommended room size:540 sq. ft. 
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

What We Really Like:

👍 The pre-filter can be removed and washed
👍 One button operation makes life a whole lot easier
👍 No set-up needed
👍 Excellent CADR rating, especially when considering the price

What We Think Could Be Better:

👎 We’d like to see it with an auto mode
👎 Would benefit from an air quality monitor

3. Smart Health S

When this cute little appliance landed on our doorstep, we fell instantly in love with its design. It could be the pear-shaped body, it could be the simple operation, it could be its European beechwood legs…but in reality, it’s all of that and its amazing performance.

Smart Air has one philosophy, to make no-nonsense air purifiers at an honest price. But that doesn’t mean they can’t make it look good. 

There’s no fancy gadgetry or gimmicks in the Smart Health S – it’s simple and effective. One dial switches between the three fan speeds and…that’s it.

Inside is a thick H11 HEPA filter to capture particles like:

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Allergens
  • Viruses
  • Mold

The filter lasts a good 6 months (when used 8hrs a day) and couldn’t be simpler to replace when needed.

The Smart Health S fits right into any modern home without making it look too clinical like other units do. 

The beechwood legs are beautifully crafted and sturdy and the easy operation makes this air purifier the perfect addition to your home.

SPECS & FEATURES

Purifier technology:H11 HEPA Filter
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):13H x 13W x 14.3D inches /  33H x 33W x 36.3D cm
Weight (in pounds / in kg):10.1 lbs / 4.58 kg
Energy consumption*:$92.55 per year

What We Really Like:

👍 Looks really cute
👍 Easy to operate
👍 Comes with a thick H11 HEPA filter
👍 High-performance for its size

What We Think Could Be Better:

👎 The Activated Carbon filter has to be purchased at an extra cost
👎 Would like to see some smart features included

4. Alen BreatheSmart 45i

We’ve had this unit for a while now and it has made a few of our lists, mainly because of its performance and features, but i’ve gotta say, it doesn’t half look good either. 

Alen is a favorite in the US and for good reason. Each of their units holds a high standard whilst keeping up with current design trends. With six interchangeable unit fronts to choose from, the 45i has the ability to blend into any aesthetic. 

The BreatheSmart 45i sits in Alen’s mid-range category comfortably between the BreatheSmart Classic and the BreatheSmart 75i

Not only does it look like a high-tech device, but it acts like one too. In the center of the control panel is a light circle that tells you the quality of your room’s air in real-time using different colors. 

In Auto mode, the 45i will adjust its fan speed to be in sync with the air quality monitor, saving you from getting up and down to adjust it yourself.

A major feature of the 45i (and Alen units in general) is the size of the filter they come with. This isn’t a small air purifier but they’re not wasting space. 

The large H13 True HEPA filter and Activated Carbon layer make light work of contaminants in rooms up to 800 sq. ft. The best thing is, you can get a filter to match your specific needs. 

You can choose from Pure, Odor, and Fresh. Style and substance all in one unit.

SPECS & FEATURES

Purifier technology:H13 True HEPA filter
CADR (CFM / m³/h):245 CFM 
Recommended room size:Up to 800 sq. ft. 
Filter life:12 months
Noise level (low – high):23 – 55 dB
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 / 6.8 kg
Energy consumption*:$108.62 per year

What We Really Like:

👍 You can change the front panel to reflect your style
👍 There are 3 different filters to choose from
👍 It includes an Ionizer
👍 Super easy to change the filters

What We Think Could Be Better:

👎 Replacement filters are expensive
👎 We’d like to see it come with a remote

5. Rabbit Air MinusA2

If you’re looking for a futuristic, Starship Enterprise type design, Rabbit Air is here for you with their super sci-fi-looking MinusA2

A character in itself, the look of the MinusA2 is anything but normal. It’s flat, it’s thin, it can be mounted on the wall, and it has a long light across the front (hence the spaceship references).

If futuristic isn’t your style, don’t worry, Rabbit Air have brought out a multitude of different faces so you can customize your unit with different works of art to suit any home.

The MinusA2 is “out there” compared to the others in this list, but it’s not all about looks. 

This unit has a couple of smart features included to make your life easier including an air quality indicator, mood lighting, auto mode, and the ability to connect to a smartphone app to control it all. 

SPECS & FEATURES

Purifier technology:HEPA Filter
CADR (CFM / m³/h):200 CFM 
Recommended room size:815 sq. ft. 
Filter life:12 months
Noise level (low – high):25.6 – 51.3dB
Dimensions (in inches / in cm):20.25H x 21.4W x 7D inches /  51.4H x 54.4W x 17.8D cm
Weight (in pounds / in kg):19.4 lbs / 8.8 kg
Energy consumption*:$132.52 per year

What We Really Like:

👍 The fact that you can mount this unit on the wall
👍 It has 5 fan speeds including Turbo mode
👍 It comes with a 5-year warranty
👍 You can change the color of the mood light from the app

What We Think Could Be Better:

👎 The official filter replacements are expensive
👎 The control buttons are quite small

6. Dyson Air Purifier/Fan Combo – HP04 Pure Hot +Cool

Dyson are well known for producing products with the latest trends in design in mind. Their latest venture into air cleaning devices is no different. 

It looks like the Dyson team have spent a lot of their time designing an air purifier for the modern home. 

Unfortunately, they’ve not spent as much time on its performance. 

Dyson have given us all the smart features we’ve come to expect from recent air purifiers. 

With the Dyson app you can not only control the fan speed and temperature, you can also check the air quality both inside your home and outside. 

It also comes with a remote control in case you’re not tech savvy to switch through the 10 fan speeds the HP04 offers.

The thing that lets this unit down is its performance. When we tested it at the HouseFresh offices, we found that it takes 1hr 24 mins to clear our room of pollutants. 

Which is not great when you compare it to the Levoit 600S at less than half the price of the HP04.

If you’re looking for a multi-purpose device that looks like nothing else on the market, the Dyson may just be for you. Just don’t expect it to work as fast or hard as some of the other units in our list.

SPECS & FEATURES

Purifier technology:HEPA Filter
CADR (CFM):89 CFM 
Recommended room size:400 sq. ft. 
Filter life:12 months
Noise level (low – high):40 – 62 dB
Dimensions (in inches / in cm):30.1H x 8.07W x 5.11D inches /  76.5H x 20.5W x 13D cm
Weight (in pounds / in kg):12.36 lbs / 5.6 kg
Energy consumption*:$53.88 per year

What We Really Like:

👍 You can use both the app and the remote to control settings
👍 Fan mode is great at changing the temperature of the room
👍 Air quality sensor is fast at picking up pollutants
👍 It can rotate 360 degrees  

What We Think Could Be Better:

👎 Replacement filters are expensive
👎 Price > performance 

7. Coway Airmega AP-1512HH

So you’re in the market for a minimalist air purifier, that doesn’t actually look like an air purifier and that will fit into the aesthetic of your room. Let me introduce you to Coways’ modern stylings of the AP-1512HH. 

I loved the look of this device even before we purchased one. Then when it arrived, I loved it even more.

The AP-1512HH wouldn’t look out of place in Darth Vader’s bedroom with its sleek lines, glossy finish, and spaceship-esq design that will clear your smaller rooms up to 361 sq. ft. 

With the control panel on the top of the unit, you can constantly monitor the air quality through its light sensor, blue for clean, purple for medium polluted, and red for highly polluted.

Under the hood, you’ve got Coways True HEPA filter, deodorizing carbon filter, pre-filter, and a bipolar ionizer to trap everything out the air that shouldn’t be there. 

You can use auto mode which changes the fan speed in accordance with the number of pollutants in the air, or choose from the three fan speeds available.

If you want style and performance all in one unit, look no further. 

SPECS & FEATURES

Purifier technology:True HEPA filter, deodorizing carbon filter, pre-filter, and bipolar ionizer
CADR (CFM / m³/h):240 CFM 
Recommended room size:361 sq. ft. 
Filter life:6 months
Noise level (low – high):24 – 53 dB
Dimensions (in inches / in cm):9.6L x 16.8W x 18.3H inches /  24.4L x 42.7W x 46.5D cm
Weight (in pounds / in kg):12.3 lbs / 5.58 kg
Energy consumption*:$168.58 per year

What We Really Like:

👍 Performed amazingly in our tests
👍 Has Eco-mode for energy saving
👍 Low price for high performance
👍 Easy to move between rooms

What We Think Could Be Better:

👎 Uses a lot of energy on highest fan speed
👎 Would be great if it had app connectivity


The One Stylish Air Purifier We Don’t Recommend: Molekule Mini 

When the Molekule Mini hit the market, design awards started to come in thick and fast, almost as thick as the claims Molekule were making about its performance abilities. 

After a string of claims that Molekule was being a little liberal with the truth, they were forced to retract a few of their statements. 

But at HouseFresh, we don’t listen to hearsay, we get the product in our hands and make up our own minds. 

We gotta admit, this unit looks great! From its matt finish and fabric handle, down to the detailing of the logo, you can’t deny, those awards are just. 

It’s a big shame that the Mini isn’t worth the price tag, or your time. We put it to the test with an open mind but were left with our heads in our hands. 

It took this thing over 3 hours to clear most of the contaminants (not even all of them) in our testing room. 

Compare that to:

Air PurifierAir Cleaning Speed
Levoit Core 600S15 minutes
Blueair Blue Pure 211+18 minutes
Alen BreatheSmart 75i24 minutes
Smart Health S29 minutes
Levoit Core 400S33 minutes

Combine that with the noise level this unit kicks out and you’ll see why the design alone is not worth the price tag:

SPECS & FEATURES

Purifier technology:PECO Filter
CADR (CFM / m³/h):estimate 80-90 CFM
Recommended room size:250 sq. ft. 
Filter life:6 months
Noise level (low – high):30 – 80 dB
Weight (in pounds / in kg):10.1 lbs / 4.58 kg
Energy consumption*:$132.52 per year

What We Really Like:

👍 It looks good… really good

What We Think Could Be Better:

👎 They could rip out the fan and replace it with one that performs on par or better than units in this range


Common Questions About Stylish Air Purifiers

🤔 Does design affect performance?

No. Design affects how the unit looks in your home and how it fits into your room aesthetically. It’s completely subjective. 

Performance happens inside the unit. It’s really important that, when you find an air purifier you like the look of, to do a bit of research into how it performs in the real world. 

Looks can be deceiving so make sure you know that the air purifier can clear pollutants out of your size room at a good speed. 

🤔 Does size matter?

Yes, it really does. Air purifiers are specifically built with the size of the room in mind. 

If you have an air purifier that isn’t built for the size of the room you want to use it in, it won’t make the difference you want it to. The same goes if the unit is too big for the room. 

Pro tip: If you like the design of a unit but it’s too small for the room, check out the rest of the brand’s range. It’s likely there is one that looks exactly the same, or similar, made for larger rooms.

🤔 What is the difference between medical grade H13 HEPA vs. True HEPA vs. HEPA?

It may just sound like confusing scientific jargon, but there is a difference between each filter. 

It all comes down to the effectiveness of the filter. H13 HEPA has the best performance of the three, True HEPA comes second, and HEPA, whilst still highly effective, comes in third. 

If you want to know the ins and outs of each type, check out our full article on the subject. Or, have a look at our simplified graphic.

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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