3 best wall-mounted air purifiers we tested

You can't mount every air purifier on your wall — if you're looking for a wall-mounted unit, check out these options
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Updated on April 25, 2024
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Teddy Booth
Teddy joined HouseFresh in 2019 as a senior content producer, producing written content as well as product photography and YouTube videos. He supports Danny as a product tester and is our lead how-to writer.

Air purifiers are scientifically proven to make our homes healthier. They use highly engineered filters to capture harmful microscopic particles from your rooms and replace them with clean, high-quality air. By removing these particles, they provide you and your family with fresh air to breathe, which can help with:

  • Allergies and asthma 
  • Removes dust and pet dander
  • Can impede the spread of viruses
  • Remove odors and VOCs

But an air purifier can take up much-needed room if you’re limited on floor space.

Luckily, there are air purifiers on the market that can be mounted onto your wall, freeing up your floor space and ensuring you don’t trip over it. Wall mounting your air purifier gives you that extra room and ensures that the settings cannot be tampered with by curious children or the family pet.

Mounting an air purifier may seem daunting to those who don’t like DIY. Luckily, manufacturers are making it easier for consumers to fix specific units to the wall without hassle. They even sometimes include the screws and mounting brackets needed so that you don’t have to visit the hardware store. With more and more brands producing wall-mountable air purifiers, here we look at six of our favorite units. 

Disclaimer: As we’re not affiliated with the manufacturers, we can honestly review the pros and cons of each air purifier.

Staff picks: Top 3 wall-mounted air purifiers

Best Overall
Best Overall
Best Smart Functions
Best Smart Functions
Best Budget Option
Best Budget Option
Style
Smart Air SA600 Air Purifier - High Performance, Compact, Dual-Inlet HEPA Air Purifier for Clean Air with 99.97% H13 HEPA Filters and Carbon Filters
RabbitAir MinusA2 Ultra Quiet HEPA Air Purifier - Stylish, Efficient and Energy Star (SPA-780A, White, Toxin Absorber)
Ikea FÖRNUFTIG Air purifier 31x45 cm (12x18 ") (Black)
Pros
Great ratio of CADR to $ quiet even at high speed
It’s modern design looks great mounted
Super easy to operate
Cons
4 sets of filters to change
The control buttons are small
There are no smart features
CADR
294 CFM (500 m³/h)
200 CFM (340 m³/h)
70 CFM / 119 m³/h
Filter Technology
True HEPA H13 with activated charcoal filters
BioGS® HEPA filtration
HEPA Filter
Recommended Room Size
590 sq. ft.
815 sq. ft.
85 - 105 sq. ft.
Weight
15.5 lbs (7 kg)
33.3 lbs / 15.1 kg
6.7 lbs / 3.04 kg
Price
$279.95
$599.95
$129.99
Best Overall
Best Overall
Style
Smart Air SA600 Air Purifier - High Performance, Compact, Dual-Inlet HEPA Air Purifier for Clean Air with 99.97% H13 HEPA Filters and Carbon Filters
Pros
Great ratio of CADR to $ quiet even at high speed
Cons
4 sets of filters to change
CADR
294 CFM (500 m³/h)
Filter Technology
True HEPA H13 with activated charcoal filters
Recommended Room Size
590 sq. ft.
Weight
15.5 lbs (7 kg)
Price
$279.95
More Details
Best Smart Functions
Best Smart Functions
Style
RabbitAir MinusA2 Ultra Quiet HEPA Air Purifier - Stylish, Efficient and Energy Star (SPA-780A, White, Toxin Absorber)
Pros
It’s modern design looks great mounted
Cons
The control buttons are small
CADR
200 CFM (340 m³/h)
Filter Technology
BioGS® HEPA filtration
Recommended Room Size
815 sq. ft.
Weight
33.3 lbs / 15.1 kg
Price
$599.95
More Details
Best Budget Option
Best Budget Option
Style
Ikea FÖRNUFTIG Air purifier 31x45 cm (12x18 ") (Black)
Pros
Super easy to operate
Cons
There are no smart features
CADR
70 CFM / 119 m³/h
Filter Technology
HEPA Filter
Recommended Room Size
85 - 105 sq. ft.
Weight
6.7 lbs / 3.04 kg
Price
$129.99
More Details

Ok, let’s get into our full list of the best wall-mounted air purifiers on the market today. 

1. Best overall: Smart Air SA600

A high-performing air purifier from a trusted brand that can be mounted on the wall and looks great.

We got a chance to review the Smart Air SA600 late last year and were impressed with how fast it removed PM1 pollutants from our 728 cubic feet room. It cleaned all particles measuring one micron in 33 minutes, which compares very well to other similarly-priced air purifiers we have tested.

While not sold as a wall-mounted design, it includes spaces on its chassis for mounting brackets on any wall or surface. We wish more air purifier brands would offer this choice as wall-mounted can be especially useful in classrooms or any room many people use.

What we really like

Great performance at cleaning our test room, especially considering it’s price
Can also be used on the floor with no extra accessories
Only 52dB at its highest fan speed, which is much less than the average, especially for larger devices
It features four (4!) filters so they don’t need changing as often

What we think could be better

No auto-mode or smart features
You need additional brackets to wall mount it

HouseFresh rating:★★★★☆
Time to clean our 728 cubic feet test room (with the device running at top speed):33 minutes
Air purifier technology:H13 TrueHEPA and activated charcoal filter
Recommended room size (4.8 air changes per hour):600 sq. ft.
Clean air delivery rate (CADR):Dust: 287 CFM
Smoke: 265 CFM
Pollen: 299 CFM
Dimensions (in inches / cm):20 x 13.8 x 9 inches (51 x 35 x 23 cm)
Weight (in pounds / in kg):15.5 lbs (7 kg)
Filter life:24 months
Noise level in decibels (reported by manufacturer):Speed 1: 24 dB
Speed 2: 39 dB
Speed 3: 56 dB
Electricity consumption in watts (reported by manufacturer):Speed 1: 6 watts
Speed 2: 9 watts
Speed 3: 60 watts
Estimated running cost (electricity consumption + official filter replacement):$115.99 per year
Cost per CADR cfm (based on dust CFM as reported by AHAM):$0.98
Manufacturer’s warranty:1 year
Country of manufacture:China

2. Best smart option: Rabbit Air MinusA2

You may have seen Rabbit Airs’ MinusA2 in action in restaurant bathrooms, office spaces and waiting rooms up and down the country.

The Rabbit MinusA2 is a highly popular wall-mounted air purifier. It comes with high-efficiency filters, Auto mode, mood lighting and a host of other features making it our top choice of wall-mountable air purifiers.

Rabbit Air has produced an ultra-stylish unit to suit the modern home. Apart from the white box purifiers we’re used to seeing, the MinusA2 comes with all the features you need to clean the air in your home with ease and class. With its mood light strip and different front panels to choose, you can make this unit look like a piece of art on your wall.

It’s not just a pretty face; the Minus A2 packs some serious power with its five fan speeds and its large six-stage filter that includes a pre-filter, medium filter, Rabbit Airs’ own BioGS® HEPA filter, an activated carbon filter, negative ion release and a customized filter so you can tailor the air purifier to your needs.

What we really like

Its modern design looks great mounted.
It also comes with a stand if you choose not to mount.
It comes with a 5-year warranty.
It connects to an app for remote operation.

What we think could be better

The control buttons are small.
It takes up a lot of wall space, so make sure you’ve got the space.

HouseFresh rating:★★★☆☆
Air purifier technology:BioGS HEPA filter with an activated carbon filter
Recommended room size:815 sq. ft.
Clean air delivery rate (CADR):Pollen 200 CFM
Dust 193 CFM
Smoke 180 CFM
Dimensions (in inches / in cm):20H x 21.4W x 7D inches (50.8Hx 54.4W x 17.8D cm)
Weight (in pounds / in kg):19.4 lbs (8.8 kg)
Filter life:12 months
Noise level (low – high):25dB – 51dB
Estimated energy consumption:$64.12 per year
Warranty:5 years
Country of manufacture:South Korea

3. Best budget option: IKEA FÖRNUFTIG

IKEA is well known for its modern, affordable furniture; now, they have entered the world of clean air.

Designed by award-winning David Wahl, the FÖRNUFTIG fits perfectly into the modern home. It not only looks good, but it also’s easy to u-dial operation, has a large filter area and comes with a stand if you choose not to wall mount it.

You might not immediately think of IKEA regarding air purifiers, with brands like Levoit, Blueair and Honeywell producing top units. Still, you’ll be surprised at how well the FÖRNUFIG performs in small rooms. We had this unit in our performance testing room, clearing the contaminants in just 61 minutes, which is excellent for a unit at this price point.

The FÖRNUFTIG contains a pre-filter that doubles as the front grill and a HEPA filter that covers most of the unit, so there’s no wasted space. The HEPA is relatively thin but should last you six months before it needs replacing. Unfortunately, it doesn’t include an Activated Carbon filter, but you can purchase one separately. 

What we really like

Super easy to operate.
Comes with a stand if you don’t want to wall mount.
Great CADR to $ cost.

What we think could be better

It’s quite loud on max fan speed.
There are no smart features.

HouseFresh rating:★★★☆☆
Time to clean our 728 cubic feet test room (with the device running at top speed):61 minutes
Air purifier technology:Pre-filter, HEPA-Type filter and activated carbon filter
Recommended room size (4.8 air changes per hour):98 sq. ft.
Clean air delivery rate (CADR):Smoke: 63
Dust: 79
Pollen: 87
Dimensions (in inches / in cm):18H x 12W x 4D inches (45.7H x 30.5W x 10.2D cm)
Weight (in pounds / in kg):6.7 lbs (3.04 kg)
Filter life:6 months
Noise level in decibels (as reported by the manufacturer):28 – 60dB
Estimated running cost (electricity consumption + official filter replacement):$80.38 per year
Manufacturer’s warranty:FÖRNUFTIG does not come with a warranty from IKEA
Country of manufacture:Sweden

What to look for when buying an air purifier to mount on your wall

First, let’s address the question many of you are probably asking yourselves: Can all air purifiers be wall mounted?

The simple answer is no.

For air purifiers to be able to be wall-mounted, they need the right holes to attach brackets that then attach to your wall. We would strongly advise against making your own incisions as this could compromise the effectiveness of your air purifier.

The most important features you need to consider BEFORE choosing a wall-mounted air purifier are:

1. Is it really wall mountable?

Remember you should never attach a unit to your wall if this unit doesn’t already come with the right holes in the right places and with brackets for you to use when pinning it to the wall.

Each unit featured in this list can be both wall-mounted or floor-standing, and instructions on how to mount are easily accessible, like this instructional video for the Rabbit Air A3.

2. What is the size of the room?

Measuring your room and purchasing an air purifier suited to that space is essential. For example, there’s no point using the IKEA FÖRNUFTIG in a 500 sq. ft. room as it won’t clean the air effectively.

That is why we tried to be inclusive in our shortlist by recommending products suitable for different-sized rooms.

You can use our handy calculator to find out what CADR score you should be looking for in order to guarantee that the air purifier you buy is powerful enough for the room:

3. Is the unit built with high-quality materials? And does it come with a warranty?

When mounting an air purifier on the wall, you want to be sure that it will not crash to the floor or, even worse, fall on somebody’s head. Look for units build with reinforced materials or those that come with a manufacturer’s warranty that covers accidental damage.

Every air purifier we included in this list has been built to high standards and has a warranty.

4. What filtration technology does the unit offer?

The filters are arguably the most important part of any air purifier. We only recommend units that contain HEPA-grade filters as we believe (as does science) that HEPA technology is the most efficient way of removing particles from the air. Rabbit Airs’ MinusA2 and A3 come with a six-stage BioGS® HEPA filtration system.

What you need to know when mounting an air purifier on the wall

Placing your air purifier in the right place can make a big difference to the air quality in your home.

An air purifier works best when it isn’t pressed up against a surface; that’s why it’s recommended that you keep your unit at least six inches away from the wall. In the case of wall-mounted purifiers, they are (usually) designed so that the air intake is far enough away from your wall to maximize efficiency.

Make sure you read the installation instructions properly and follow them so that your air purifier doesn’t work harder than it should due to how it’s been mounted.

Here are a few do’s and don’ts when it comes to positioning your unit:

Do

DO place your air purifier close to the source of pollution
DO check the inlets and outlet are not blocked or confined
DO keep it away from traffic (don’t place it where it could get knocked or damaged)
DO try to keep it away from doors and windows

Don’t

DON’T position your unit in the corner of the room
DON’T install your unit so high you can’t reach it

Lastly, here’s a common question we’ve received from a few readers:

We strongly advise against installing your air purifier next to your tv. Air purifiers can create an electrical disturbance known as Radio Frequency Interference (or RFIs), which can affect the picture on your television. If this happens, you may notice the picture jumping or looking wavy.

Last update on 2024-05-17 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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