Nothing is more difficult than to decide which air purifier brand and model is the best. After all, the industry has seen a number of high profile litigation cases in the past.
About the Air Purifier Industry
Take Claims with Heap of Salt
Among the high profile victim is Honeywell that was accused for making unsubstantial claim about their air purifier capability. But since then, air purifier makers have dialed back on their claims and/or health benefit assertions.
As with any industry, there will always be few bad apples. Will few bad apples spoil the others?
“It’s not a simple thing to sort through,” that’s the view of Dr. Shaughnessy, a University of Tusla Professor who is an expert in the field of Indoor Air.
Having spent large bulk of my salary to test on the different air purifiers, I know how frustrating that experience can be. Some might just give up entirely. My advice is for everyone to do their due dilligence carefully. Take claims from the manufacturers with heap of salt, until you’ve proven otherwise. That’s what I strive to provide in all my air purifier reviews.
Each Home is Unique
Many factors affect the effectiveness of your air purifier. Each home is different. Certain regions in the country have higher presence of such pollutants as pollens and dust. The amount of ‘junk’ treasures in your collection determines the amount of dust circulating in your living room.
Room size and home ventilation matter too. Poorly ventilated homes will be more stuffy, making it the perfect breeding ground for mould. The use of carpet floor will also impact the amount of dust and allergreen.
Whether or not you have a pet will also make a difference. Combination of poorly ventilated home with pet can be very lethal. Stuffy and smelly.
Air Purifier Helps but You Need to Do More
As you can see, the environment found in each home is unique. That’s why you might find certain models to work perfectly for some owners but it failed to meet your expectation.
Look around your home. See what steps you can take to reduce the amount of pollutants circulating in order to improve the indoor air quality in your home.
Air purifer may help, but it is only a variable in a big chunk of equation to make a healthy living condition. An air purifier is not a magic wand that can work for every home. We need to do more on our part too.
Air Purifier Specialists
The air purifier industry has been on the rise. With the number of pollens expected to be steadily increasing, we can expect the industry to continue its growth trajectory. This means that there will be more and more brands coming into the market.
To make your air purifier selection easier, I’ve highlighted few of the leading air purifier brands.
Note: This list is still a work in progress. I’m constantly evaluating all the brands and their reputation. If you have any that you think should be in the list, let me know by dropping me a line or leave a comment below. These brands are air purifier specialists and make nothing but air purifiers.
Just like any line of product, there will always be the higher end model. Good they may be, but may not be reachable to most. In the case of air purifier, IQAir is such brand.
Based in Switzerland, IQAir boasts more than half a century of solid industry track record. After since its entry to the United States, it has won awards and accolades from strongly reputed organizations.
Rabbit Air is turning 10 in 2014. The company has its base in Los Angeles.
Rabbit Air air purifiers are some of the most stylish that we see in the market. Rabbit Air MinusA2, the brand’s flagship model, even offers exterior casings that make it look like a painting wall decor.
If there is any air purifier that is most friendly to smokers, it is none other than the Rabbit Air. The flagship model of the brand is MinusA2 and is voted as best in removing smoke particles and odor.
Austin Air was born out of necessity. Its founder, Richard Taylor, invented the first Austin Air air purifier because he desperately wanted to find a way to improve his wife’s life condition.
Soon after the 9/11 disaster, Austin Air was tasked by the American Red Cross and FEMA to restore the air quality in NYC. Austin Air air purifiers are not be sexiest in terms of design, but they are effective in doing what they’re supposed to do.
If you’re looking for an air purifier that looks good, you’d better look elsewhere.
Blueair is a Swedish-based air purifier specialist. With the Scandinavian root it has, good design is what you can expect.
It has bagged a number of design awards. Over the years, it has maintained high satisfaction rating among consumers, both in terms of promise delivery and customer service.
The Up and Coming
Airocide is the new kid on the block that aims to revolutionize the way air purifier works.
By making use of advanced filter-less technology used by NASA astronouts, Airocide air purifier promises to remove one of the biggest pain of any air purifer. That pain is the need to replace your filter regularly.
Only time will tell if they are just hype or the breakthrough innovation that all of us have been waiting so badly.
AirFree is another relatively new entrants to the air purifier industry. It was only in 2004 that the company was established.
Just like the Airocide, AirFree air purifiers do away with any need of filter replacement. But it is based on entirely different approach of purifying the air. It heats up the air (that it sucks) just like you boil your water.