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What to look for in a review of an air purifier?

Last updated June 3, 2021

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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

Finding a good quality air purifier is a challenging task as every person will need it for a different task.

Someone with an allergy will require the purifier to remove particle causing allergens which is best with filters like HEPA, make sure to look at Pure and H13 as many “HEPA type” units have problems with smaller particles than the Pure and H13 models

In comparison, someone with an issue with VOCs [Volotile organic compounds issues] or an issue with a pet or home odor, you will need the purifier to do a different job.  In this case, you will want to look at units that have high scores dealing with chemicals that usually involve large activated filters that are measured in pounds of charcoal.

You might also need an air purifier for a specific job like vaping or smoking. Different air needs the right recommendations to deal with the task at hand.

When we look at every purifier that we review at our site, we take into account the needs of different consumers. When we review the purifier we try to test across a large range of jobs. In many cases we find that whilst one manufacture may be perfect for one person, it will not be the best with another. Air purifier recommendations are therefore targeted at specific needs rather than an overall score.

The amount of air purifier technology is now massive with HEPA, Ozone generation, ionic breeze, and electrostatic to name just a few. If you have little knowledge of this technology then it can be a daunting task to know which is right for you.

The main role of an air purifier is to fight airborne contaminates which are otherwise naked to the eye. Most air purifiers will use a reactive compound to literally clean the air around the home. With most airborne contaminates being naked to the eye, it can be a problem reviewing how well an air purifier performs. A way to check the efficacy of an air purifier involves the use of modern scientific theory using a laboratory.

You should always try and read reviews that relate to the area in which your air purifier will be used. Many reviews will be done in the workplace, home, and school settings. Try and look for results that relate to the area in which you will be using your purifier. Another important aspect of air purifier reviews is safety concerns, as air purifiers will often be left on for large amounts of time and thus need to be safe.

You should check what type of equipment was used for each review and check that they followed standard laboratory guidelines. Testing the efficiency of purifiers can be tricky and that is why you need to make sure that the review you are reading is as accurate as possible.

Whilst it’s useful to read Laboratory tests we also propose that you read other customer reviews. Using this type of review you can find out how certain design elements work and how good the companies’ customer service is.

With both laboratory and other customer reviews, then you will be in a perfect position to choose the best air purifier for your needs.