Portable air purifiers perfect for your homes
Without a doubt, a lightweight air purifier is a bonus when you’re busy with household chores. Not only is it easy to move around, but it is effortless as well. However, not all air purifiers are built to standard. Some air purifiers may not be as efficient due to its limited filtering capacity and size. That’s why we’ve put up a list of the best 10 portable air purifiers with standard HEPA and carbon filters for the best air-cleaning results.
Note: HEPA filters trap 99.97% microscopic particles of up to 0.3 microns, including viruses and bacteria. Read more on true HEPA filters here.
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1. Cosmo Prime® Air Purifier — 3-in-1 HEPA filter for refreshing, germ-free air output
- 30.3 x 27.0 x 49.7 cm (Length x Breadth x Height)
Designed in Germany, the Cosmo Prime® features a medical-grade H13 HEPA filter proven to remove 99.97% airborne microscopic particles of up to 0.3 microns. Coupled with a 3-in-1 filtration system, rest assured that large particles down right to odours are effectively removed with the pre-filter and activated carbon.
Despite its mere size, the Cosmo Prime can filter up to an average size of a 4-room flat in Singapore — an impressive feature since it only retails for $399. This is certainly one air cleaner that does not compromise on quality despite its affordable price tag.
2. Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier 3H – with a responsive touchscreen
- 24cm × 24cm × 52 cm (Length × Breadth × Height)
You’ll only have to unbox the sleek, simple-to-use Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier 3H, and you’re ready to start enjoying its airy goodness in no time. The Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier 3H’s bright OLED Touchscreen accurately displays your room’s temperature, humidity and mode setting in one touch: say goodbye to second-guesses.
Moreso, this air purifier delivers 380 cubic meters of clean air per hour, making it suitable for studio apartments of floor size 25 to 44 square metres. In addition to being manually operated via the touchscreen, tech-savvy house occupants will enjoy controlling the Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier 3H from any part of the house synced to the Smart Living app or Google Home app in their smartphones.
3. Philips Air Purifier 2000 Series – with intuitive air quality-sensing technology
- 35.8 × 24.1 × 55.9 cm (Length × Breadth × Height)
At 9.3kg, the Philips Air Purifier 2000 series may not be your idea of a lightweight portable air cleaner. But it’s the equivalent weight of a 9 months old baby.
If you’re always in the kitchen, this is perfect thanks to its intuitive sensor. The sensor quickly processes the air quality and automatically increases its fan speed from auto to turbo to drive off choking smoke when you’re cooking.
4. Dyson Pure Cool Me – small but mighty air purifier + fan
- 19.6 × 24.4 × 39.9 cm (Length × Breadth × Height)
You don’t need a standing fan anymore once you’ve purchased the Dyson Pure Cool Me as it serves the dual purpose of clearing airborne particles and air circulation.
Whether you’re placing it on your desk or on a tabletop, this air purifier features a sizeable HEPA filter that surrounds the fan, which facilitates the large emission of fresh air in a room. As miniature as it is, the Dyson Pure Cool Me is equipped with 10 fan speed selection — evidence that it can go as high or low as you want it to.
5. Honeywell HPA 200 – powerfully built to combat air pollutants
- 45.01 x 25.53 x 47.9 cm (Length × Breadth × Height)
With the sturdy Honeywell HPA 200, you’ll never be bothered again by aftereffects of haze pollution in your neighbourhood. A look inside the HPA 200 reveals 2 true HEPA filters for large amounts of polluted air to be drawn in and filtered quickly.
Also, the air purifier comprises a carbon filter to soak up suffocating smell from the contaminated air. Featuring 4 fan speeds — low, medium, high, and turbo — this ensures maximum performance to reduce the quantity of airborne particles. You can also leave it on an entire day with its cleansing duty for a minimum of two hours, as programmed by a functional timer feature.
6. Levoit LV – H132 Air Purifier – user-friendly for beginners
- 24.6 × 37.1 × 24.9 cm (Length × Breadth × Height)
Standing at 3KG, the Levoit LV-H132 one of the most portable air purifiers in the market. It is extremely lightweight and simple to use even for first-timers. Non-tech savvy users will be satisfied with the simple interface as well — featuring just 5 smart buttons for you to use.
Levoit LV-H132’s sleek figure beautifies any bedroom and it’s so silent that your sleep is uninterrupted throughout the night.
7.Blue Pure 411 – for the minimalist
- 20 x 20 x 42.5 cm (Length × Breadth × Height)
The cylindrical, single-buttoned Blue Pure 411 is everything a minimalist wants when it comes to portable air purifiers – simple and easy to operate. The Blue Pure 411 is energy efficient – it facilitates ample air circulation anywhere in small bedrooms, without eating its way into your electrical bills.
Weighing a mere 1.5kg, the Blue Pure 411 is an ultra-portable air cleaner for comfy grasping.
8. Winix 5300-2 Air Purifier – with PlasmaWave Technology
- 38.1 x 59.9 x 20.8 cm (Length × Breadth × Height)
The Winix 5300-2 is a strong air purifier featuring a PlasmaWave technology that separates clean air from pollutants and allergens that irritate the skin and lungs. Even though it is powered by 4 fan speeds to work against any air pollution level, the 5300-2 is energy efficient with zero negative effect on your monthly electricity bill.
9. Coway AirMega 400 Air Purifier – the air purifier for large bedrooms
- 37.6 x 57.9 x 37.6 cm (Breadth × Height × Depth)
A very large bedroom requires an air purifier with the capacity of Coway AirMega 400 that churns out sufficient air in record time. Robustly built with quality materials, the AirMega 400 weighs the same as a one-year-old child. It showcases 2 sets of filters on either side of the unit, guaranteeing 360° air inlet for sufficient ventilation in the room.
Featuring an activated carbon filter, the AirMega 400 effortlessly sucks up VOCs from perfumes, fresh laundries, and tobacco smoke. In all, the Coway AirMega 400 is energy efficient and so, doesn’t adversely affect your electricity bills.
10. Sharp PlasmaCluster Air Purifier FPJ30-E – engages plasmacluster ions for optimal indoor air cleansing
- 21.1 × 43.1 × 41.1 cm (Length × Breadth × Height)
The Sharp PlasmaCluster Air Purifier FPJ30-E is for people who believe that viruses and bacteria should be made powerless before they are filtered out by an air purifier. It employs plasmacluster ions that weaken the bacteria and viruses in respiratory droplets thus, dispelling your fear of contracting an infection when someone sneezes or coughs.
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Other factors to consider before choosing portable air purifiers
Other than its size, here are some important considerations you should take note before buying an air purifier
1. Make sure it has HEPA filters
Air purifiers are only effective if they are equipped with a filter that is as effective as HEPA filters. You can read more about it here.
2. Check if the air cleaning brand sells HEPA replacements
Most HEPA filters have a lifespan of 6 to 18 months so most shoppers resort to replacing the air purifier instead. To save cost, lookout for air cleaning bransd that sell HEPA replacement filters.
3. Check for the Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR)
This is a quantitative measure certified by AHAM that assesses how effective an air purifier is in terms of filtering 3 types of pollutants — smoke, pollen, and dust. You can read more about it here.
4. Noise level
People who cherish a quiet environment should consider the lowest noise level of an air purifier before buying one. A noise level of 20dB is optimal.
5. Air coverage
This depends on the size of your bedroom or kitchen. If you own a large room, you need a heavy-duty but movable air purifier. Such air purifiers are built to deliver more volumes of air per time than featherweight air purifiers.
Written by Linda