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Top Of The Best Travel Size Air Purifiers Reviewed In 2018Last Updated January 1, 2019
№1 – VEVA 8000 Elite Pro Series Air Purifier True HEPA Filter & 4 Premium Activated Carbon Pre Filters Removes Allergens, Smoke, Dust, Pet Dander & Odor Complete Tower Air Cleaner Home & Office, 325 Sq Ft.
№2 – Ivation Medium Size 3-in-1 True HEPA Air Purifier Sanitizer and Deodorizer with UV Light – True HEPA Filter, Active Carbon Filter and UV Light Cleaner for Home or Office – 323 Sq/Ft Coverage
№3 – Portable Air Purifier, MUBA Travel Size Air Purifier(HEPA), Desktop Air Purifier, Mini Air Cleaner, Carry-on Air Ionizer for Car, Office and Home – Black
Winix 5300-Air Purifier
This filter is the same size and uses the same fan and sensors as the 5500-2, and is also rated to 360 square feet. It comes in only one color, doesn’t come with a remote, and has slightly more charcoal in it’s filter—but not enough to meaningfully reduce VOCs and odors.
How we tested
For 201we conducted two new tests of air purifiers. John Holecek re-created his 201lab tests in a new round of testing, including new models. Tim Heffernan did a week-long real-world test—the first of its kind that we know of—using Wirecutter picks and competitors in a New York City apartment.
The lab results give a measure of absolute performance under controlled conditions and act as a baseline for comparison of the air purifiers’ performance. The real-world results give something equally useful: a detailed picture of how our air purifiers performed in an everyday home (wool rugs, pollen, city air, a cat)—and, as it happened, in the middle of a stretch of hazardous outdoor air quality.
Both tests concentrated on particle filtration; John also measured VOC (molecular) filtration, noise levels, and ownership cost over time.
Between the two writers, they re-tested our longstanding main pick, the Coway AP-1712HH Mighty; our runner-up, the Winix 5500-2; and our pick for VOC removal, the Austin Air HM-400. We also tested five new purifiers:
In 2014, John measured all of that year’s test purifiers for their effectiveness at removing VOCs, or molecular pollution. He added milliliters of ethanol to a Pyrex dish heated to 50 degrees Celsius (12°F), where it quickly evaporated, and used a fan to distribute the vapors through the test lab. He then measured the concentrations of ethanol vapor at the beginning (averaging about 3parts per million), and again after 1minutes of running the air purifiers at their highest moderate speed. (Test equipment was an RAE Systems miniRAE 3000 VOC meter.)
The results from the VOC testing were illuminating. While most air purifiers we tested claimed to be effective at removing VOCs, most had almost no impact, including the Coway AP-1512HH Mighty (our main pick). That’s because most use only a thin sorbent filter of activated carbon, alumina, and/or zeolites (a class of minerals with a unique physical form that means they can act as molecular filters). However, one model stood out: The Austin, which contains 1pounds of activated carbon and zeolite, left only 1percent of baseline ethanol remaining.
Both upfront and operating costs are a significant part of owning an air purifier. These units can be expected to last for several years, so we took a long view at the cost of ownership of our picks, including the purchase price, electrical consumption, and recommended filter replacement schedule, using the shortest time for filter replacement if a range was specified.
2016/1cost calculations. Purchase cost as of August 201Note: The Austin filter lasts five years, so the annual cost is calculated by dividing its price by five.
Real-world test details
For Tim’s real-world tests, he pitted seven air purifiers against the New York City summer air. As it happened, the week he ran the tests was one of the worst, in terms of air pollution, of 2018, with temperatures in the high 90s and numerous health advisories related to outdoor air quality.
He measured the purifiers’ performance against particulate air pollution with a TSI Aerotrak 9306, a professional-grade handheld particle counter capable of measuring particles down to the HEPA-standard 0.3-micron size.
His “lab” was the back room of his Queens apartment. It’s approximately 200 square feet (18.square meters; 1feet by 12.feet), with 8-foot-ceilings. The floor is hardwood but mostly covered with old wool rugs. There’s some wood furniture and a daybed with a wool blanket. The building is across the street from a well-planted city park and in the middle of a very leafy neighborhood. Elevated trains run past two blocks north and two blocks south, and two major thoroughfares—Queens and Northern boulevards—are just a few blocks farther. Big Alice, the city’s largest power plant, is a mile or so west; three highways, the BQE, the LIE, and the GCE, are a similar distance east, north, and south. He lives just outside the usual approach flightpath to LaGuardia International Airport. And he has a cat. Simply put: His apartment is a good place for testing particulate air pollution, from pollen, dust, and pet dander to soot and exhaust.
The week he ran the tests was one of the worst, in terms of air pollution, of 2018, with temperatures in the high 90s and numerous health advisories related to outdoor air quality.
He set each air purifier 1inches from one of the long walls of the back room, about a third of the way from one end of the room. He set the particle counter 6.feet (meters) away, 90 degrees to one side of the purifier, about a third of the way from the other end of the room. This was to avoid any potential “halo effect” of cleaned air settling near the purifier and creating a false reading.
The TSI Aerotrak 930detects particles as small as 0.micron, which is the standard for HEPA certification. Photo: Tim Heffernan
Tim ran two tests on each purifier: a 20-minute cycle on the sub-55-decibel setting (medium/midrange on most machines), and a 30-minute cycle on the high setting. Each test consisted of 20 or 30 45-second sensing periods, separated by 15-second periods with the particle counter idling, in order to generate a minute-by-minute picture of how the purifiers were performing.
Immediately prior to each test, he took a 45-second reading on his balcony, to set an outdoor baseline, and another in the test room with the purifier off, to set the indoor baseline. He then turned on the purifier and left the room for the duration of the test.
Each morning, before any tests, he simply measured the particulate levels in the back room for 20 minutes, to get a baseline on how the room was “behaving” that day: Even in still air, particulate levels vary as particles clump together, settle on surfaces, or kick back up if someone (like a Wirecutter writer) walks past.
He did not attempt to hermetically seal the room—after all, we wanted to see how the machines performed in real-world conditions—but did take two steps to make it more like a typical home with central HVAC. Tim sealed off the through-wall air conditioner with foil and tape, in case of leaks around the perimeter—most homes don’t have large holes in their outer walls. And he closed the vents on his apartment’s two forced-air ventilation shafts, which draw about 200 cubic feet of air per minute out of the apartment—and a corresponding amount into it from outdoors. (Central HVAC, by contrast, recirculates the inside air.)
After the back-room tests were finished, he conducted two additional tests. First, on a handful of units (our main pick and the large-room models), to see how they performed when running on high in a large space (the 600-square-foot living room-kitchen-dining area-hallway), with the AC on and people moving around as they normally would. And second, on our main pick, to see how it performed overnight on low with the air conditioner blasting and a guest using the daybed in the back room.
As in the lab tests section above, these graphs show the test models’ absolute performance when measured against the initial particle concentration, but in Tim’s real world apartment. And again, they show the percent change each purifier achieved, allowing for direct comparison of purifier performance by eliminating differences in initial pollution levels. The key takeaways here:
In 2018, we also tested the Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link for particulate performance in the lab and in the real-world New York apartment. It offers two distinct fan functions, diffuse and focused; we tested it on both functions in the lab and in the real world. John further tested the Hot + Cool Link for VOC removal in the lab, given that Dyson received an upgrade of its VOC filter since our 201test of its predecessor. In every case the Dyson delivered disappointing performance relative to our pick. On particulates, it proved considerably less effective, reducing particulates by roughly 2or 50 percent (low and high fan settings respectively), versus 50+ to 85+ percent from other models. And as a VOC filter, it barely reduced the pollution level beyond the background conditions: to 34.parts per million (of vaporized ethanol) in 1minutes on the highest fan speed, versus the 36.ppm background level over the same timeframe—a percent reduction. Compare that to our pick for VOC removal, the Austin Air HM-400, which achieved an 8percent reduction in our 201lab test. It’s only fair to note that the Dyson is a unique machine, combining the functions of a fan, a space heater, and an air purifier—both HEPA (particulate) and VOC (molecular)—no other purifier we tested attempts this broad utility. But the Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link objectively underperformed simpler, single-function air purifiers that also cost much less. Given its high upfront cost and relatively weak performance, we can’t recommend it.
Molekule advertises its technology as PECO—photo-electrochemical oxidation. It is a variant of photocatalytic oxidation, or PCO, which came to prominence in the 1990s, as a way of eliminating ethylene—a ripening agent naturally produced by fruit—in cold-storage fruit warehouses. In the early 2010s, a PCO home purifier, the Airocide, was introduced to great fanfare but deeply dubious results. Molekule’s PECO variant is 1to 100 times faster than what we’ve seen before, but Molekule says (in our lengthy interviews and in its own literature) that the fundamental chemistry is similar if not identical.
Car Air Purifier Car Air Freshener
Essential Oil Diffuser, arespark 100ml Portable Ultrasonic Aroma Humidifier
Cool Mist Humidifier, Bengoo Ultrasonic Humidifiers Aroma Oil Diffuser
GermGuardian Pluggable UV-C Air Sanitizer and Odor Reducer
GermGuardian 3-in-HEPA Air Purifier System with UV Sanitizer
Auto Ionizer, Car Air Purifier Plus BONUS Car Air Freshener by Max Premium
Apriller 300ml Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser & Cool Mist Humidifier with LED Night Light
Car Air Purifier, FRiEQ Car Air Freshener and Ionic Air Purifier
TaoTronics Essential Oil Diffuser Ultrasonic Humidifier Portable Aromatherapy Diffuser
URPOWER 2nd Version Essential Oil Diffuser
Considering to have air purifiers in your bedrooms is come from the Urpower Ultrasonic Aroma essential oil. It is an upgraded version which produces more mist than old version. You will find it comfortable to consume not only in your bedrooms, but also other places like hotel rooms, tabletops and workplace cubicles. There are seven colors changing lamps which you can choose your favorite one. You will have a peaceful sleep at night without any disturbing owing to whisper-quiet operation and auto shut-off.
Why You Should Consider an Air Purifier for the Office
According to a 200national survey by Klepeis et al., the average American spends over 87% of their time indoors, with a big portion of it being either at home, the office, or public buildings such as a school. (Above) Percentage time average American spent indoor vs. outdoor via NHAPS.
This is important to note because indoor air quality can be up to times more polluted than outdoor air. Because of the lack of circulation and ventilation for fresh air in a typical home and office building, pathogens and polluting particles often rest and accumulate to levels that can pose real health and comfort problems. These pollutants include VOCs, allergens, mold, viruses, and bacteria.
HEPA filtration is not only the most effective air filtering system it is also the most popular as it gets the job done. When you are on the market for an air filter you want to make sure it contains HEPA filtration. An air purifier that contains HEPA filtration does a better job at cleaning your air. It is capable of filtering out pollen, mold & mildew, bacteria and dust mites.
Quietest Air Purifier
Although, all the air purifiers stated above are extremely quiet you may hear a hum or the sound of a light running fan when you go up in settings it is never a large noise or even noticeable. However, the
Alen BreatheSmart HEPA Air Purifier takes the win for the quietest air purifier in all settings. This air purifier has WhisperMax technology which enables it to have the quietest fans on the market. This makes it truly undetectable. Here are a couple of more reasons why we love this air purifier;
How to Properly Size Your Air Purifier
Now that you know which air purifiers are the best on the market you may be concerned with how to properly size your air purifier. The size of your air purifier will depend on the size of the room you plan to use it in. Several factors do play a large role in this as you need to know how large the room is and how much space your air purifier will reach. In short terms the larger the room is, the larger the capacity of your air purifier should be.
Air Purifier Options
Although, your air purifier is designed to clean out your hair. Many of them come with different options to enhance their performance and abilities. It ultimately depends on what you need your air purifier to do. If you need it to clean your air as well as remove allergies you may want to look into an air purifier that does just that.
Odor and Pollutant Specific Treatments
Air purifiers are created to treat a variety of dust, pollution, dirt, and allergens that may be roaming your air. However, not all of them are created equal so you want to check what each air purifier has to offer before you purchase it.
Rabbit Air MinusAAir Purifier.
The Rabbit Air is a good “compromise” air purifier. It only provides maximum coverage for rooms up to 350 square feet and can only cover 700 square feet at less effective operating levels, but is usually cheaper compared to the Alen Breathe Smart.
But it offers customizable filter options allowing you to specifically target the purification system at toxins, germs, odors, or pet dander. If any of those issues are a major concern for you or your family, you may be very willing to compromise on a purifier’s coverage area and price.
There’s no compromise on the quality of the MinusA2’s performance, however. There are five other filters built into the system including a HEPA filter and an activated carbon filter. Working in tandem with your choice of custom filter, they do an outstanding job of cleaning the air of particles and contaminants. There is also an optional ionizer for the air leaving the machine – the manufacturer claims, though, that it does not produce ozone.
One drawback is that there is no programmable functionality with this Rabbit Air model. There are several advantages, though. There is a handy air quality sensor indicator which shows you how well the air purifier is working, the unit is one of the quietest on our list, and the MinusAis attractive and easily mountable on the wall.
This isn’t the machine to choose for a spacious living room with floor-to-ceiling windows, but it’s definitely worthy of consideration for smaller rooms where there are specific types of pollution or contaminants to filter.
Honeywell 50250-S Round Air Purifier.
It is slightly larger than the Coway but sells for a bargain-basement price. It features a glass-fiber HEPA filter and carbon-activated pre-filter for well-above-adequate removal of contaminants, and its round design (while not particularly attractive) circulates the clean air 360 degrees throughout the 390 square feet it can cover.
There’s no air quality monitor and the purifier is not programmable, but there is a sensor that determines how many pollutants the filters have captured and tells you when they should be changed.
This is a loud machine, but it does the job at a cost that just about anyone can handle.
What you need to know about the Honeywell 50250-S Round Air Purifier:
For the person who wants a high quality purifier, suitable for a smaller room (32square feet), at a reasonable price.
PRO: Great price, removes contaminants and odors, very quiet, air quality monitoring to reduce energy usage.
Blueair Classic 403
WHAT This product can effectively purify large rooms (up to 365sqft) like a living room or function room. It is able to capture 99.97% of the tiniest 0.micron particles, including allergy-provoking pollen, dust mites, mould spores, and pet dander just on the first setting,
PROS Comes with a convenient Change Filter indicator and is low on energy use
CONS Filters have to be changed regularly and may be noisy on high speeds
Honeywell 50250-S True HEPA Allergen Remover
WHAT Best used in a small area (36.2sqm) like the master bedroom or play area for kids, this air purifier is a popular choice among those who are prone to allergies. It removes at least 99.9percent of common household particles as small as 0.microns from surrounding air. The carbon-activated pre-filter helps remove common household odors such as dust, pollen, mold spores, tobacco smoke, and pet dander while helping to extend the life of the HEPA filter.
PROS Long lasting, comes with a 5-year warranty and filters are easily replaceable
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Travel Size Air Purifiers wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Travel-Size Air Purifiers
- №1 — VEVA 8000 Elite Pro Series Air Purifier True HEPA Filter & 4 Premium Activated Carbon Pre Filters Removes Allergens, Smoke, Dust, Pet Dander & Odor Complete Tower Air Cleaner Home & Office, 325 Sq Ft.
- №2 — Ivation Medium Size 3-in-1 True HEPA Air Purifier Sanitizer and Deodorizer with UV Light – True HEPA Filter, Active Carbon Filter and UV Light Cleaner for Home or Office – 323 Sq/Ft Coverage
- №3 — Portable Air Purifier, MUBA Travel Size Air Purifier(HEPA), Desktop Air Purifier, Mini Air Cleaner, Carry-on Air Ionizer for Car, Office and Home – Black