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The Best Air Purifiers under $200

Updated on May 11, 2013

Air quality is immensely important to one’s health though it is an often overlooked aspect. If you have any cardiovascular problems it can be life threatening, or if you are someone with allergies, a serious nuisance, to say nothing about the long term health consequences of breathing in bad air. Fortunately, even if you live in an area with poor air quality you can control the conditions inside your home or work space with an air purifier. High quality air purifiers aren’t the cheapest things, but they are more than worth the investment for your health. If you are looking for great bang for the buck, here are some of the best air purifiers under $200 and some more expensive units under $300.

But first it is worth discussing the types of air purifiers. There are two main types of air purifiers: room and whole house. Room air purifiers are going to be the only option that a person might have for their home if they do not have forced air heating and cooling. Most of the time, these types of purifiers are going to cost you a lot less than the whole house air purifier. They usually weigh 10 to 20 pounds, are going to have a handle on them, and are largely portable. For the ones that are a little bit heavier, they are going to have a set of wheels on them. Usually you will find these types of air purifiers with a HEPA filter so that they can capture some of the particles in your air. You will need to change these filters at least once a year. You are also going to have two different technologies for the room air purifiers. These technologies are going to be an electronic precipitator or ionizer technology. Room air purifiers are what this article is going to be looking at, but it pays to be informed about other options.

The second type of air purifiers is the whole house air purifier. This is the type of air purifier that you are going to want to use if you have a forced air heating system in your home. Of course, they are going to be more expensive to use but they are going to be well worth your money. Plus you will have to get these filters installed by a professional in your ductwork of your heating system. They are probably going to have to be wired into the electrical system of your home. If money is not a factor, these are going to be the best for removing any of the dust or smoke particles that could be inside of your home, but the cost keeps most from going this route.

Fellowes Quiet Air Purifier with True HEPA Filter (AP-300PH)

The Fellowes Quiet Air Purifier with True HEPA Filter is an incredible value for the money. Its filter has an air purity sensor that is going to help to monitor the quality of the air in your home. Therefore, it is going to automatically change the speed of your fan so that your air is going to stay purified. The True HEPA filter can remove particles as small as 0.3 microns that include things like pollen, ragweed, and a variety of different other allergens. Some of the most important things that it can remove is spores of mold, dust mites, germs, viruses, cigarette smoke, pet dander, and odors. It is perfect for a room that it up to 300 feet in size. Plus it is quieter than some of the other types of air purifiers.

Hamilton Beach True Air Allergen Reducing Air Cleaner

This unit features a high performance HEPA filter that is going to reduce about 99 percent of pet dander and airborne particles in your home. This means that it can get rid of the dust, dust, mites, and spores from mold and mildew. Even though it is very quiet, it is still going to be very powerful with its cleaning performance. The filter is permanent so you are never going to have to replace it. Therefore, you are going to save almost fifty dollars a year versus all of the other more comparable filters. If you are on an incredibly tight budget, this unit will get the job done but lacks some of the features of more expensive units.

Whirlpool Whispure Air Purifier - AP51030K

The Whirlpool Whispure Air Purifier has the ability to filter about 4.8 times per hour in a 500 square feet room. It is very quiet and easy to use since it has electronic controls. It offers true HEPA 0.3 micron filtration. It has a Clean Air Delivery Rate (CEDR) of 315. The Whispure also has 4 different fan speeds plus a sleep and turbo mode on it. Its filtration system is made up of three different stages including a pre-filter, carbon filter, and a true HEPA filter. The outside grill of the air filter is going to help it to capture some of the larger particles that might be in your air. Overall, this means that the Whispure is going to remove about 99.97% of the particles from the air in your home.

Winix WAC9500 Ultimate Pet True HEPA Air Cleaner with PlasmaWave Technology

This unit’s true HEPA filtration is going to allow for 99.99% of the particles in your home to be removed. Some of these particles might include pet dander, allergens, and airborne pollutants. You are also going to be able to wash the carbon filter inside of this air purifier. This unit is perfect for removing pet odors and household odors like smoke and cooking. There is also an anti-microbial pre-filter that is going to help to extend the life of your air filter since it can catch pet hair and some of the larger air particles. Plus the PlasmaWave technology is going to help to kill viruses, bacteria, odors, and even some gases in your air. Based on the environment that you are living in, this air purifier will automatically adjust your settings since it has smart sensors on it. This air purifier has all of the latest technology on it and if you have a large bedroom or living room that needs an air purifier, then this needs to be the air purifier that you buy.

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