Best Rated Air Cleaning Systems for August 2016

Another season has come to its finish line, and it is time to speak about the best selling products of the outgoing summer. Today’s review is devoted to the top ten air purifiers, which held their top positions for years now. If you look for an air purifying system that will be a right investment of your money, this article is just for you. We will try to narrow down your search list, offering the most reliable and recognized models on the market. All of them are highly rated and reviewed by customers. The list below will provide you with the primary information about each of them in particular.

Germ Guardian 3-in-1 UV-C and True Air Cleaner (AC4825)


The first one is a 3-in-1 air purifying device with multiple levels of cleaning. The model is designed to not just destroy mold and odors, but kill viruses and bacteria, as well as trap allergens. The three levels of cleaning include a carbon pre-filter, the true HEPA filter, and UV light. It is best suited for the medium size rooms about 155 square feet.

As to the drawbacks, we can only mention the fact it gets louder after a while. Some customers’ reviews state that it turns loud even on the lowest settings. But if you are not that sensitive to a noise, produced by home appliances, this model will undoubtedly suit you.


Honeywell 50250-S 99.97% Pure HEPA Round


The next model boasts a lot of power for a fair price. If you need an air purifier, filtering large spaces, this one is right for you. It is made for rooms up to 390 sq.ft. and performs 360 degrees of airflow. The device comes with 3-speed settings, has a true HEPA filter, and eliminates all the smallest particles, e.g. dust, smoke, allergens, and pet dander. It should be noted, that the HEPA filter can last for up to 3-5 years if regularly vacuumed.

The manufacturers recommend the carbon pre-filter being changed every 3-4 months. The average cost of a filter is 8$, which makes it around 24$ yearly. The maintenance price can be viewed as the major drawback here. Though, if you don’t bother about the sum, mentioned above, you’ll surely find a good use of this device.


FIVE STAR FS8088 Pro Ionizer


It is one of the most valued air cleaners on the market. The main benefit of the unit is that you don’t have to bother with paper filters; it uses an electrostatic collection rod instead. Meaning, there’s no need to worry about pricey details that require replacement. The device comes with a carbon filter, used to remove odors, and an Ultra Violet light that eliminates bacteria and viruses. The system has two fan speeds and a switch to the nightlight. It works quietly even with the high-speed settings enabled. The recommended area of use is 150 square feet.

The only drawback is that it doesn’t use a true HEPA filter. That kind of filter is certified to destroy 99.97% of pollutants 0.3 microns in size. This model of an air purifier eliminates particles as small as 0.01 microns. However, it can’t collect all of them on the electrostatic plate. Some still fall to the floor and spread around the room when you step on them.


Honeywell HFD-120-Q Tower Quiet with Permanent IFD Filter


The permanent filters and the 3-level filtration system make this product an undisputable customers’ hit. The filters are washable and require no replacement, which means a total economy for you and zero accessory costs. An electronic indicator will let you know when the system needs cleaning.

The pre-filter captures larger particles like dust and pet hair, the HEPA-clean filter traps dander and pollen (two microns in size), and ionizer creates a fresh and healthy environment by negatively charging the air.

The reviews state that this model captures 18x more particles and contaminants into its filters compared to other air purifiers. Add here an air exchanging rate of 5x per hour and 170 square feet of working area, and you’ll get a device you’ve been dreaming about. The appliance comes with oscillation control and provides minimal energy consumption.

The only drawback we’ve found is that it doesn’t have a true HEPA filter installed and can’t capture the particles smaller than two microns in size. Meaning it may become inefficient for people suffering from allergies or asthma. As for the rest, it’s a reliable air purifier, requiring no additional costs.


Honeywell long-life Pure HEPA Quiet-Care, 17000


Despite the fact its first release took place more than ten years ago, this air purifier is still in the top list of air cleaners. The product uses two air purifying filters: a pre-filter to get rid of odors and a true HEPA filter, eliminating 99.97% of toxins. The model comes with an IntelliCheck System that announces when the filters need replacement. Depending on the intensity of use, the HEPA filter can last one to three years long. The pre-filter, however, needs to be changed every season.

The unit has a three-speed setting. It filters the area up to 168 sq.ft. and provides 6x air exchange per hour. The other remarkable feature is a 5-year warranty on the product.

When you compare this device to other appliances, it may look a bit bulky if not to say ugly. Some users’ reviews state that the unit is a bit loud during the performance and produces some sort of plastic smell.  Though, such reviews are not numerous. As referred to air purifying process, it is a durable and efficient device.


Hamilton Beach 04383A True Air Allergen-Reducing


This particular model can surely become a new hit among customers, considering the price and the features it offers. Being just half the size of a paper sheet, this unit purifies an area up to 160 square feet. The device has three ultra-quiet speed settings. You have no need in replacing the filters; they can be vacuumed and placed back to their position. An additional economy would become a pleasant bonus for your family budget.

The major drawback is that the model doesn’t use a true HEPA filter, but the one called HEPA-grade filter instead. The fact is it might be inappropriate for people suffering from allergies. But, as seen from the list, it is not the only device with the issue described. The rest of users can undoubtedly enjoy the benefits of an inexpensive and reliable unit.


Whirlpool Whispure Air Purifier, HEPA, AP51030K


It is one of the top-ranked air purifiers since 2006. It can filter up the room 500 square feet in size, performing 4.8x air exchange per hour. The 3-stage filtration system includes a pre-filter, a carbon filter, and a true HEPA filter that captures pollutants as small as 0.3 microns.

The Whirlpool AP51030K boasts four fan speeds, includes sleep and turbo modes. To tell more, it is an energy efficient model, which will satisfy the needs of every user, especially those suffering from asthma and allergic disorders. The only drawback is that the system requires a regular change of a filter that has an average cost of nearly 60$, bringing the additional spends for you.


Germ Guardian AC500E 3-in-1 with True HEPA filter, UV-C, and Odor Reduction


This model is a close “relative” of our Rank 1 Best Seller. It boasts the same features, just the unit is 6-inches taller and has a larger area of work. It can purify space up to 198 square feet. One should say it’s an excellent solution for the medium size rooms. The price is a little bit higher compared to the original version.


Winix Plasma Wave 5300


Beside the 3-stage filtering system, this device comes with an inbuilt air-quality sensor that automatically adjusts the fan speed. It can purify the area up to 350 sq.ft. and is energy efficient. You get a superior control over pollutants, odors, and allergens by the combination of a carbon pre-filter, a true HEPA filter, and Plasma-Wave technology. This unique technology attacks particles at a molecular level, neutralizing bacteria and viruses.

Like the majority of air purifiers, this one requires a change of filter too. You can purchase an additional value pack for 65$, which includes four carbon filters and one true HEPA filter. The manufacturers recommend those carbon filters being replaced every three months, and the HEPA filter – once a year. All in all, it may turn pricey for the owners. One may consider it a sufficient drawback in terms of finances.


Winix WAC6500 Ultimate Pet True HEPA


It is another Winix’s best-selling product, designed to eliminate all the allergy-causing pollutants, including dust and pet dander. The device boasts a whole 5-stage filtration system. The true HEPA filter combats allergens, a washable carbon filter catches odors and an anti-microbial pre-filter collects hair. A patented Plasma-Wave technology neutralizes particles at a molecular level, and the three smart sensors scan for the presence of pollutants and odor-causing vapors. The system chooses the settings automatically, providing the optimal performance and making you enjoy the benefits of a set-and-forget function. There is also a light sensor that adjusts the unit for an “energy efficient” and “quiet” work. Other words, the system takes care of itself while you are away from home or trying to get some sleep. Packaging includes a remote as well.


These are ten high-rated air cleaners we could pick out among all the products on the market. The prices vary from 50$ to nearly 300$, just like the performance and the quality of the air they produce are different for every particular model. Thus, each price category finds its own customer, and we hope this article was helpful in you search of a suitable air purifying system.

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