Best Air Purifier for the Home (UK Review Guide 2016)

Best Air Purifier for the Home – Complete UK Review Guide

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Best Air Purifier for the Home (UK Review Guide 2016)

An air purifier is an essential piece of equipment in many homes, primarily in ones where those who suffer from allergies, asthma, and other respiratory issues live.

They are there to filter the air in the room they are placed in, removing harmful allergens and pollutants that are in the air. What comes out is a cleaner, far more breathable air that can benefit the house of those who would otherwise be suffering.

This guide takes a good look at air purifier reviews, so that you can discover the best air purifier for the home you live in. With a range of models, sizes, and brands, you are sure to find something that suits you here.

It doesn't matter what your budget is, or whether you want a model that is portable or freestanding, we are sure to have the perfect air purifier for you.

1. Editors Pick

ElectriQ EAP500HC - 7 Stage Hepa Air Purifier

ElectriQ EAP500HC - 7 Stage Hepa Air Purifier

2.Budget Pick

HoMedics Compact Air Purifier

HoMedics Compact Air Purifier

Who Needs an Air Purifier? 

It’s nice to have cleaner air inside, especially since it can become stale and still quite quickly. This is especially true in areas where air pollution is quite high. However, it is also very beneficial to those who have allergies and asthma. 

The reason for this is that the air purifiers are able to remove pollutants and allergens from the air effectively through the filtration system. The important thing here is that you get an air purifier that is good at its job. Those with a lower rating and test score will take a lot longer to clean the air, and if you are suffering from allergies this isn’t something you have time for. 

Types of Air Purifier 

There are several different types of air purifier available on the market. Here is a quick rundown of the most commonly found forms:

  • Desk. These are small and compact air purifiers, as well as ideal for small rooms that don’t need a massive amount of purification. Effective for their size. 

  • Tower. These are tall and cylindrical air purifiers like your kitchen bin. They are often powerful enough to work in large open-plan spaces. 

  • Portable (Large). These air purifiers are about the size of a carry-on suitcase, and they are also one of the most powerful. Certainly the most effective at cleaning the air in large living spaces, and come in varying wattages. 

  • Oscillating. This air purifier can be large or small, and the rotate as they clean the air. 

  • Fans. Dyson is the only company that actually has a model like this. They are quite expensive, but many customers have also found them highly effective. 

Key Features to Look for

Here are some of the key features that you should be looking out for when you select an air purifier for your home:

  • Automatic mode and air sensors. Essentially, as soon as the air purifier detects pollutants in the air it will get to work. This is something you can adjust manually, and it is ideal to have if you live in a busy or polluted area. 

  • Timer. If your model doesn’t have the sensors, you can use a timer to ensure that it switches on or off after a certain period of time. It means you can come home to clean air, but also saves you money on your bill. 

  • Night Mode. This setting allows you to have a quieter cleaning experience (often with dimmed lights) so that you can sleep while it works. 

  • Smart tech. Some air purifiers can be paired with a smartphone and controlled using an app. It can give you information about the air quality in your home as well, which is pretty handy to have with you. 

How Much are Air Purifiers to Buy and Run? 

The cost to buy air purifiers is one that spans a range of price brackets. There are some that are less than £100, and others that climb up to nearly £1000. The best threshold to be in for a good and reliable model is around £200.

 You’ll usually get a great machine for this price, although there are some great bargains out there. 

The cost of running an air purifier does vary, but here are some average figures for each size machine based on leaving it to run for 12 hours a day:

  • Large and powerful: £72 per year.

  • Medium: £40 per year. 

  • Small: £26 per year. 

Best Air Purifier for the Home (In Order)

1. ElectriQ EAP500HC - 7 Stage Hepa Air Purifier

ElectriQ EAP500HC - 7 Stage Hepa Air Purifier

This is a good portable model, and one that will sit nicely in the home going practically unnoticed.

Even on its highest setting, it is relatively quiet, which means it won’t disturb you when you are in the living room or enjoying the company of others.

Despite its size, it actually has great reach and can cater to large rooms effortlessly. It’s also a relatively affordable model when compared to others. 

SPECIFICATIONS
  • CADR: Not Stated
  • Dimensions: 69 x42 x24 cm
  • Weight: 9.5kg
  • Max Room Size: 130m2
  • Power Settings: 4
  • Filter Indicator: Yes
  • Warranty: 1 year 

What We Like

We really liked the seven-stage filtration process that this air purifier offers. It cleans the air thoroughly, with a little indicator light that flashes once the process is complete.

It not only eliminates the smell of second-hand cigarette smoke, but also blasts allergens and irritants so that you can live in a home with air that’s actually breathable.

The smart indicator will change from red to green and vice versa as the air quality changes, and it also has a filter replacement indicator. It’s quiet when you sleep, which is a bonus, thanks to the night mode. The settings are also very quick and simple to switch between. 

What We Don’t Like

It’s not the most attractive model, and it can be a little bit awkward to move around, but otherwise an awesome model and is our best air purifier for the home pick. 

2. HoMedics Compact Air Purifier

HoMedics Compact Air Purifier

This air purifier is small, compact, and ready to deliver cleaner air to your home.

It can be nestled in the corner where it goes practically unnoticed when at its lowest setting.

 This also makes it suitable for use in bedrooms at night as it won’t wake you up or disturb you when set it to night mode.

It has three different speed settings as well, which allows you to determine the purification levels in your home, and it is suitable for both small and medium rooms.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • CADR: Not Stated
  • Dimensions: 48.6 x 26 x 25.6 cm
  • Weight: 3.8kg
  • Max Room Size: 76m2
  • Power Settings: 3
  • Filter Indicator: Yes
  • Warranty: Not stated 

What We Like

The thing we really liked about this model is the fact that it uses UV-C. This is a light inside the machine that is used for killing bacteria and viruses, helping you to stay healthy. Combined with the HEPA filtration system, you can rely on this air purifier to remove 99.97% of pollutants from the air, including dust, with the filter trapping those as small as 0.03 microns.

Additionally, it removes pet dander and pollen from the air, making it an ideal air purifier for those who suffer from asthma and allergies. The carbon filter is able to remove cigarette smoke odours from your house, and you can even use essential oils for a pleasant fragrance.

What We Don’t Like

On its highest setting this air purifier it is very loud, but if this wont impact you then this model is great value for money and is our best budget air purifier for the home pick.


3. Blueair Classic 605 Air Purifier

Blueair Classic 605 Air Purifier

Made for large spaces, this large yet subtly designed air purifier is ideal for larger rooms that need a little help.

The digital display is easy to use, and allows you to check the current air quality as well as monitor improvements.

It can be hooked up to the dedicated app so that you can keep an eye on things while you are out, and also switch up the settings when needed.

It’s simple to control and makes the whole process much faster. 

SPECIFICATIONS
  • CADR: 850m3 /h
  • Dimensions: 26cm x 20cm x13cm
  • Weight: 14kg
  • Max Room Size: 72m2
  • Power Settings: 3
  • Filter Indicator: Yes
  • Warranty: Not stated 

What We​ Like

What we were really keen on is the sealed system that this model benefits from. When it brings the air in, it does so through the top and sides. However, when it releases the air back into the room it is only through the top.

This ensures you only get clean air coming back out. The HEPA Silent technology that is implemented here removed practically every airborne pollutant, including allergens, so that you can rest easy in your own home. It’s just a really sleek piece of kit to have and is one of the best air purifiers around.

What We Don’t Like

Truth be told, it can be a little noisy at night. So, we would not recommend this as a bedroom purifier if you are a light sleeper.


4. Philips AC3259/60 3000i Connected Air Purifier

Philips AC3259/60 3000i Connected Air Purifier

Smart filtration is always useful, especially when you are on the move a lot and still want to return to a home with clean air.

The AC3259 (bigget version of the 2889/60 model featured in this guide) has smartphone connectivity, so you hook your purifier up to the app to check out the air quality in your home, what it’s like outside, and switch the settings around so that the environment is optimal for you.

It’s a little on the heavy side, but it’s also surprisingly compact so you’ll barely notice it in the room. 

SPECIFICATIONS
  • CADR: 393m3 /h
  • Dimensions: 25.1 x 36.6 x 69.8 cm
  • Weight: 9.8kg
  • Max Room Size: 95m2
  • Power Settings: 3
  • Filter Indicator: Yes
  • Warranty: Not stated 

What We Like

We loved the fact that this has three brilliant power settings. You have the standard filtration, which is excellent, one for allergies, and one for night time. This means you get practically silent running at night, and if you are allergic to things like pet hair and pollen it will pick those up for you to end your suffering (or at least reduce it).

The purity sensor is the highest quality possible, detecting changes in quality quickly and efficiently. It also sports three filters for the best protection, with the TRUE HEPA filter being able to collect even bacteria. A great model and why its featured in our best air purifier list.

What We Don’t Like

The only thing with these smart Philips air purifiers is that the app does occasionally crash, and it could do with some updates to help things run smoothly.


5. Philips AC2889/60 Series 2000i Connected Air Purifier

Philips AC2889/60 Series 2000i Connected Air Purifier

This air purifier sports a sleek design and intelligent purification.

It pairs up with the dedicated Philips app, giving you the latest news on the air quality in your home and comparing it to the outside world.

Being able to track your air quality means that you have a clear idea of what the atmosphere in your home is like, and you can control the air purifier from your phone as well, allowing it to run in its optimum setting at all times. 

SPECIFICATIONS
  • CADR: 333m3 /h
  • Dimensions: 29.4 x 41.2 x 61.2 cm
  • Weight: 7.7kg
  • Max Room Size: 79m2
  • Power Settings: 3
  • Filter Indicator: Yes
  • Warranty: Not stated 

What We Like

What we really liked about this one, aside from the great tech additions, is the fact that it has three purifications settings to choose from. The allergen mode is fantastic, clearing the air of common allergens like pet dander and pollen so that those who suffer can breathe easier.

The sleep mode also runs quietly, so if you want it in your bedroom you won’t be woken up. It also has three filters, including a TRUE HEPA, which means it can capture bacteria and other nasties in the air effectively. Despite being able to cater to large rooms, it also remains compact.

What We Don’t Like

The app is fantastic in theory, but we do feel that it could benefit from some maintenance and updates as it does like to crash sometimes.



HoMedics HEPA Professional Air Purifier - White

HoMedics HEPA Professional Air Purifier - White

The compact design sported by this air purifier makes it both portable and perfectly suited to smaller spaces.

It features a HEPA filter that removes 99.97% of bacteria in the air, as well as general allergens and irritating microbes. This is what makes it so ideal for asthma and allergy sufferers alike. 

One of its defining features are the cleaning speeds, and there are three to choose from. In addition to this, it also has a filter check monitor and an indicator light that will tell you when it needs to be cleaned.

This helps you keep it in perfect shape so that the air remains nice and clean. Ideal for medium and large rooms, it comes with an excellent 3-year warranty for peace of mind. 

SPECIFICATIONS
  • CADR: Not Stated
  • Dimensions: 43 x 38 x 22cm
  • Weight: 3.85kg
  • Max Room Size: 55m2
  • Power Settings: N/A
  • Filter Indicator: Yes
  • Warranty: 3 Years 

Pros

  • Portable design
  • Compact
  • Lightweight
  • Ideal for those with allergies and asthma
  • Permanent filter
  • Easy cleaning
  • True HEPA filter
  • Perfect for medium and large rooms
  • 3 cleaning speeds
  • 3-year warranty

Cons

  • Turns off after 12 hours
  • Noisy

This is a great choice of air purifier for allergies, and the only downside it has is the fact that it will switch itself off after only 12 hours. It ca be a little loud as well, but you get used to it and there are definitely worse air purifiers out there in terms of volume.

With great cleaning speeds and an effective HEPA filter to keeps things clear, it will leave the air in your home more breathable than ever before. Certainly one of the best air purifiers for the money. 

FAQ's

Q: Most importantly , is it effective for dust mite dust??

A: Yes it will filter out dust in the air, mite dust being larger than pollen or smoke should get trapped by the filter quite easily. 


EcoAir Pure 126 CADR Air Purifier

EcoAir Pure 126 CADR Air Purifier

This room air purifier is reasonably priced and sports a stylish modern look that is sure to fit in with any aesthetic.

 It has a six stage purification system, one of the highest on the UK market, that is sure to leave your home with incredibly clean and breathable air.

It’s perfect for allergy and asthma sufferers, but also for removing odours like cigarettes as well as for helping pet allergies.

The UV light sterilises the air as well as neutralising bacteria and viruses that are lingering in the room, improving air quality.


It also has an ioniser built in to remove microscopic particles and aid in the filtration process. It has touch panel controls and a three speed fan setting to make things easier for you.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • CADR: Not Stated
  • Dimensions: 43.2 x 40.5 x 19.5 cm
  • Weight: 5.0kg
  • Max Room Size: 29m2
  • Power Settings: N/A
  • Filter Indicator: Yes
  • Warranty: 3 Years 

Pros

  • Modern design
  • UV light
  • 6 stage filtration system
  • Built-in ioniser
  • 3 fan speeds
  • Touch panel controls
  • ​Perfect for allergies and asthma
  • Timer 1-7 hours
  • Filter indicators

Cons

  • Remote too sensitive
  • Cheap feel for some


This is a great air purifier for those who need something to get rid of harmful pollutants in the home. Working to keep the air clear, it is ideal for those who have asthma or allergies.

The reviews have been generally favourable for this model, and it has proved itself as a good and reliable product, especially with the six-stage filtration system.

I found it's fairly easy to use. The controls are intuitive, making it easy to program. They're touch-sensitive and make a noise when you press them, which is useful if your vision is impaired and from a brand name that consistently produces some of the best air purifiers on the UK market.


De'Longhi Compact Air Purifier 5 Level Filtration and Ioniser AC230, 80 W - White/Grey*

De'Longhi Compact Air Purifier 5 Level Filtration and Ioniser AC230, 80 W - White-Grey

This smart looking air purifier has a sleek silver design and sits nicely in just about any aesthetic.

 It has an extra-large HEPA filter as well as a five stage filtration system, so that it can work to capture as many pollutants in the air as possible.

This air purifier with washable filters is ideal for those with allergies, but also those at risk of bacteria and viruses.

It has a UV light which fights and eliminates bacteria and viruses, as well as fungi and other nasty microbes.


The ioniser works to back this up, and the carbon filter tackles bad odours from things like chemicals and cigarettes. It also has an air quality detector, letting you know what level it is at, at all times. Plus, there are three fan speeds and an easy to set timer.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • CADR: Not Stated
  • Dimensions: 45 x 39 x 21 cm
  • Weight: 5.7kg
  • Max Room Size: 40m2
  • Power Settings: N/A
  • Filter Indicator: Yes
  • Warranty: 2 Years 

Pros

  • Modern design
  • HEPA filter
  • Captures odours
  • 5 stage filtration system
  • Built in ioniser
  • Ideal for those with asthma and allergies
  • ​UV light
  • ​3 fan speeds
  • Timer 1-12 hours/ continuous
  • Washable pre-filter

Cons

  • Some failures after 18 months


When testing this product I was impressed with how easy it was to move from room to room, it's light and has handles on each side making it easy to carry. It also has a groove under the machine for keeping the cable rolled up tidily when you're not using it.

This air purifier is great for those that want something to cover a large room effectively. With a great design and fantastic filtration system, it truly is a fantastic model to have in your home.

 Made by a reliable brand, and with some excellent and easy to use features, it is sure to leave your home fresher and more breathable than before.


Previously Featured Air Purifiers

Futura 40W Pro HEPA Air Purifier Ioniser

Futura 40W Pro HEPA Air Purifier Ioniser

The fact that this model comes in black gives it a more modern touch that will blend in with any home.

It doesn't just look great, however, it also does a fantastic job as an air purifier. 

There is an ioniser built into the machine that works to remove the negative pollutants from the air.

Everything from pet dander to bacteria is covered, and it will leave your lungs feeling clearer than ever. 

What's more is that it has a HEPA filter that removes 99.7% of pollutants for better peace of mind.

There is also a functional timer, which means you can set up the operating hours according to your needs.

With a digital display and remote control, it is both simple and effective. 

Pros

  • Modern design
  • Ideal for small and medium rooms
  • Perfect for smokers
  • Captures odours
  • True HEPA filter
  • Built in ioniser
  • Affordable price

Cons

  • Can be quite noisy

There is no doubt that this is one of the top air purifiers on the UK market, and it is perfect for those that need something with a little more power. It creates an atmosphere that is better and more breathable, allowing you to enjoy your home without trying to catch your breath.

It comes at a reasonable price, especially when you look at how it works and the number of pollutants it is able to capture. In short, it is an absolute must for any home. 

If you are looking for other models of air purifiers for smoke, check our list here.

FAQ's

Q: Can this model be left on overnight/24 hours? 

A: Yes it can be safely left on overnight or you can simply set a timer but the maximum time for the timer is 12 hours.


Q: Does this remove mould spores?

A: Yes very well, this is a great solution for removing mold from the air. 

 


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FAQ's

HEPA Filter: Do You Need One?

Ideally, your air purifier should have a HEPA filter. It is used for catching allergens and pollutants so that when the air is purified you get clean air being pushed back into the home. Many machines come with replaceable HEPA filters, but there are some with washable forms as well. 

How long does a HEPA Filter Last?

The lifespan of a HEPA filter is dictated by how often you use your machine, and so it should be replaced every three to six months. You should still check it monthly to ensure that it is not too dirty and keep on top of the health of your machine. 

HEPA vs Super HEPA - Whats the difference?

This is something that surprisingly few people know about. The HEPA filter is one that we are all familiar with, and the fact that it can collect particles as small as 0.03 microns is very impressive. This also translates to 99.7% of allergens being successfully collected. It’s an incredible filter, but it is also not the best HEPA out there. 

The Super HEPA takes things further. It is able to capture particles as small as 0.01 microns, and this actually includes viruses. It is the ultimate form of air cleaning and allergy protection.

It’s not massively easy to find Super HEPA filters at the moment, but increased demand means that they are becoming more widespread. 

Air Purifiers and COVID-19

A common question at the moment is whether or not air purifiers are able to help prevent COVID19. We actually have a detailed piece on the topic that will take you through the science, as well as whether or not an air purifier is beneficial for combatting the virus. 

Are Air Purifiers Quiet?

There are quiet and noisy air purifiers, but one thing to remember is that the setting you have your machine on at night can dictate how loud it will be. If you keep it on the lowest setting at night, many air purifiers will be completely silent, or at least quiet enough that it doesn’t disturb your sleep.

Our guide is the perfect way to discover which air purifiers are going to leave you sleeping easy, and which might run the risk of leaving you staring at the ceiling. 

To Conclude

For those who need a powerful air purifier to make their home atmosphere more tolerable, you are sure to find just the thing right here. We hope that this guide has been able to help you understand more about what the air purifiers here have to offer, and how they can benefit you. 

There is a fantastic selection of air purifiers listed here, all from brands that we know and trust to give you peace of mind while shopping. Of course, we have made sure to include every price range in the list so that you can find something that both suits your budget and provides you with the quality you deserve. 

Big or small, packed with tech or back to basics, there is something here that is absolutely perfect for you. As a cheeky side note, you might also want to check out our Dyson air purifier reviews and see if one of these sleek models is better suited to your home. 

What did you think of our best air purifier UK selection? Are there any you would have added to the list? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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