The Best Air Purifiers & Humidifiers: Reviews & Comparisons of Top Rated Models

by Caitlin McCormack | Last Updated Feb. 15th, 2016

The air you breathe is essential for survival, and air purifiers and humidifiers can help make that air not only cleaner, but also easier on your lungs.

Especially in the winter time as the temperature cools and humidity levels drop, reintroducing moisture into your home is essential for your comfort – not to mention any houseplants you might have. And filtering the air of any airborne pollutants can also help keep you and your family healthy during the winter months.

Most people find that a comfortable humidity level is somewhere between 40-60%, but our homes can get as low as 10% relative humidity in the winter time due to running our heating systems. Running a humidifier in your home during this time can help prevent dry skin, coughs and congestion and even reduce static electricity.

In no particular order, here are 50 of the best air purifiers and humidifiers available today.

Air Purifiers

1. Honeywell 50250-S 99.97% Pure HEPA Round Air Purifier

This round-shaped air purifier from Honeywell is ideal for cleaning the air in larger rooms (up to 390 square feet) and features a True HEPA filter to remove up to 99.97% of common airborne pollutants.

Key features:

  • Choose from three speeds
  • Complete 360-degree airflow
  • 5-year limited warranty

Cost: *Est. $122.99

2. FIVE STAR FS8088 Ionic Air Purifier Pro Ionizer Cleaner with UV

The electrostatic dust collecting rod in this ionic air purifier is easy to remove and clean, plus there’s no expensive filter to keep replacing, so it can help save you money in the long run.

Key features:

  • Ultraviolet light to kill germs and bacteria
  • Blue night light
  • Ozone to kill germs and remove odors

Cost: *Est. $49.99

3. GermGuardian AC5000E 3-in-1 Air Cleaning System

Remove up to 99.97% of the allergens in your home including dust mites, pet dander and more with this air cleaning system featuring a True HEPA filtration system.

Key features:

  • Activated carbon helps reduce odors
  • Kills airborne bacteria, viruses and mold spores with UV-C light
  • Ideal for medium- to large-sized rooms

Cost: *Est. $129.95

4. Hamilton Beach 04383A True Air Allergen-Reducing Air Cleaner

This air purifier features ultra-quiet operation, so you won’t even know it’s there. There’s no need to purchase costly replacement filters as you can simply vacuum the unit clean.

Key features:

  • Optional frustration-free packaging
  • Ideal for large rooms
  • Compact, portable design

Cost: *Est. $39.99

5. Winix WAC9500 Ultimate Pet True HEPA Air Cleaner with PlasmaWave Technology

This workhorse captures up to 99.99% of airborne pollutants as small as 0.3 microns! A washable carbon filter captures even the most powerful odors such as cigarette smoke and pet smells.

Key features:

  • Antimicrobial pre-filter
  • Neutralizes viruses, bacteria and odors
  • Smart sensors can adjust to your home’s filtering needs

Cost: *Est. $237.59

6. Coway AP-1012GH Smart Air Purifier with HEPA Filter

This air purifier is so smart it’s constantly checking and adjusting to your home’s air purification needs. Whisper-quiet operation ensures that even when it’s working hard, you won’t hear it.

Key features:

  • Four-stage filtration system
  • Long-lasting HEPA filter
  • Air quality indicator

Cost: *Est. $189.99

7. GermGuardian,GG1000 Pluggable UV-C Air Sanitizer with Odor Reduction

This unit kills up to 98% of airborne bacteria and viruses and mold spores and contains no costly filters to clean or replace.

Key features:

  • Compact design is ideal for small spaces
  • Great for your pet’s area
  • Incredibly quiet operation

Cost: *Est. $34.92

8. Holmes HEPA Type Desktop Air Purifier, HAP242-UC

This desktop air purifying system is powerful enough to remove up to 99% of airborne pollutants and comes with three speed settings to choose by cleaning the air in the most efficient manner.

Key features:

  • Vertical or horizontal running
  • Optional ionizer to remove even more particles
  • Quiet operation

Cost: *Est. $34.99

9. Hamilton Beach TrueAir Room Odor Eliminator

This unit works hard to keep your room smelling clean and fresh thanks to three carbon filters that work to help trap and neutralize even the toughest odors.

Key features:

  • Filter lasts up to three months
  • Low-energy to save you money
  • Optional scent cartridge

Cost: *Est. $29.99

10. GermGuardian AC4825, 3-in-1 Air Cleaning System with True HEPA, UV-C and Odor Reduction, 22-Inch

Ideal for small and medium-sized rooms, this 3-in-1 air purifier helps remove up to 99.97% of common household allergens including pet dander, pollen and dust mites thanks to its True HEPA filter.

Key features:

  • Multiple filter layers
  • Reduces odors
  • Energy-efficient, ultra-quiet operation

Cost: *Est. $89.99

11. Honeywell HFD-120-Q Tower Quiet Air Purifier with Permanent IFD Filter

Perfect for filtering medium-sized rooms, this air purifier features a permanent IFD filter to effectively remove up to 99% of airborne pollutants.

Key features:

  • Choose from three different cleaning levels
  • Washable filters save you money
  • Energy Star rated, with on/off oscillation control

Cost: *Est. $109.89

12. Winix PlasmaWave 5300 Air Cleaner Model

This Energy Star-approved air purifier features three-stage air cleaning to help remove up to 99.97% of airborne pollutants and allergens. Dust, smoke, pollen, odors, pet dander, mold spores, and more, are no match for this unit.

Key features:

  • Carbon pre-filter, HEPA filter
  • Ideal for large rooms (up to 350 square feet)
  • Air quality sensor

Cost: *Est. $149.99

13. Honeywell Long-Life Pure HEPA QuietCare Air Purifier, 17000

This portable air filter works to remove up to 99.97% of all airborne particles, making the air you breathe that much purer and cleaner. It’s so quiet, you’ll forget it’s even running.

Key features:

  • Ideal for small- and medium-sized rooms
  • Choose from three speeds
  • Easy-clean HEPA filter

Cost: *Est. $97.40

14. Whirlpool Whispure Air Purifier, HEPA Air Cleaner, AP51030K

This ultra-quiet model has easy-to-use controls and four fan speeds – plus it has turbo and sleep modes, so you can always ensure that the air you’re breathing is safe and clean.

Key features:

  • HEPA filter
  • Ideal for large-sized rooms
  • Carbon filter helps eliminate unwanted odors

Cost: *Est. $279

15. Hamilton Beach TrueAir Compact Pet Air Purifier

This air purifier is the ideal choice for pet owners, as it removes up to 99% of airborne allergens (including dander) while also removing Fido and Fluffy’s offensive odors from your air.

Key features:

  • Ideal for small- and medium-sized spaces
  • Permanent HEPA filter is easily vacuumed clean
  • Compact, stylish design

Cost: *Est. $55.97

16. Honeywell QuietClean Compact Tower Air Purifier with Permanent Filter, HFD-010

Ideal for small rooms, this slim, attractive tower-design air purifier packs enough whisper-quiet filtering power to remove up to 99% of harmful indoor air particles.

Key features:

  • Choose from two speeds
  • Washable, permanent filter
  • Compact design blends in anywhere

Cost: *Est. $64.99

17. Winix WAC5500 True HEPA Air Cleaner with PlasmaWave Technology

You can breathe easy knowing that 99.97% of airborne pollutants and allergens are being filtered from your home with this air purifier. A special long-life HEPA filter ensures your air is clean for a long time.

Key features:

  • Removes particles as small as 0.3 microns
  • Energy-Star qualified
  • Smart sensors adjust to your home’s air cleaning needs

Cost: *Est. $179

18. Honeywell Desktop HEPA Air Purifier, 16200

This portable desktop unit is perfect for small spaces and features a built-in ionizer to tackle even the most stubborn household odors while cleaning and freshening the air in your home.

Key features:

  • Use upright or on its side
  • Four-stage cleaning system
  • Filter change reminders

Cost: *Est. $42.99

19. Wagan EL2022 Ionic Air Purifier

Eliminate unwanted odors from your vehicle with this on-the-go air purifier that plugs directly into the cigarette lighter inside your vehicle. It starts working instantly and you won’t even know it’s running.

Key features:

  • No filters to change
  • Helps remove bacteria, pollen and dust
  • Indicator light

Cost: *Est. $9.31

20. GT50 Professional-Grade Plug-In Adjustable Ionic Air Purifier

This professional-grade ionic air purifier is perfect for small spaces and features an adjustable control knob to select whatever cleaning power your home needs at any given time. Adjust at any time quickly and easily.

Key features:

  • Quiet, low-energy use
  • Great for bathrooms, laundry rooms and more
  • Neutralizes mold, mildew, E-coli and more

Cost: *Est. $53.99

21. Honeywell AirGenius5 Air Cleaner/Odor Reducer, HFD320

This air purifier unit also features an odor-reducing filter to capture and clear up to 99.9% of your homes airborne pollutants. Its sleek design ensures a seamless fit into your home’s decor.

Key features:

  • Five cleaning levels
  • Energy Star rated
  • Ideal for medium- to large-sized rooms

Cost: *Est. $191.99

22. ionFresh Permanent Filter Ionic Air Purifier Pro Ionizer

This reasonably-priced unit is so powerful it can clean up to 1,000 square feet of your home while removing common allergens and unwelcome odors from the air.

Key features:

  • No filters necessary
  • Easy-clean dust collection panel
  • Removes smoke smell from air

Cost: *Est. $43

23. Coway AP-1512HH Mighty Air Purifier with True HEPA and Eco Mode

While this air purifier might be small in size, it more than makes up for it in cleaning and filtering power. It uses a four-stage filtration system to remove up to 99.97% of airborne allergens from your home.

Key features:

  • Air quality indicator
  • Filter change indicator
  • Auto-shut off helps conserve energy

Cost: *Est. 249.99

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

This smart air purifier is continually monitoring your home’s air quality to ensure the best air filtration possible, and thanks to its True HEPA filter it removes up to 99.97% of airborne particles.

Key features:

  • Super quiet
  • Ideal for large-sized rooms
  • Carbon filter helps reduce odors

Cost: *Est. 195.99

25. Oransi V-HEPA Finn

This air purifier is one of the most effective models on the market, thanks in part to its long-life HEPA filter and two additional filtration stages.

Key features:

  • Removes up to 98% of airborne irritants
  • Stylish, portable design
  • 10-year warranty

Cost: *Est. $329

Humidifiers

26. Honeywell Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier, HCM-350

This cool mist humidifier features germ-free mist, killing up to 99.9% of bacteria and mold spores in the water thanks to its patented germ-killing technology.

Key features:

  • Runs 24 hours per filling
  • Up to 25% quieter than other models
  • Dishwasher-safe tank is easy to clean

Cost: *Est. $53.48

27. Crane Drop Shape Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

Choose from seven different color combinations to suit your personal style, this humidifier is ideal for medium- to large-sized rooms. It features auto-shut off and 360-degree mist nozzle to effectively add moisture back into your home’s air.

Key features:

  • Optional frustration-free packaging
  • Whisper-quiet operation
  • Runs up to 24 hours between fills

Cost: *Est. $44.99

This humidifier lets you choose between soothing warm or cool mist options and is ideal for use in extra large areas up to 600 square feet.

Key features:

  • Surface touch controls
  • Energy-saving timer setting
  • Automatic sensors adjust output to your home’s needs

Cost: *Est. $119.99

29. Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier with Auto Shut-Off

This sleek, compact humidifier runs for up to 12 hours between fillings and features an auto-shutoff to help save you energy. There’s even an option to add Vicks Vaposteam or Kaz Inhalant to produce a soothing medicated vapor.

Key features:

  • Built-in nightlight
  • Quiet operation
  • Choose from two settings

Cost: *Est. $35.99

30. Safety 1st Ultrasonic 360 Humidifier, Blue

The quiet operation of this unit makes it an ideal choice for use in your child’s room to create a soothing mist. Automatic shut off and up to 12 hours of use time between fills means that your family will sleep easier.

Key features:

  • No costly filters to replace
  • Dual 360-degree rotating outputs
  • Variable mist control

Cost: *Est. $28.27

31. Honeywell QuietCare 9-Gallon Output Console Humidifier with Air Washing Technology, HCM-6009

This powerful humidifier offers a whole-home solution, thanks to its coverage area of up to 2,300 square feet and features air washing technology to help remove dust, dirt and pollen from the air.

Key features:

  • Antimicrobial-treated filter
  • Choose from three moisture settings
  • Runs up to 24-hours between fillings

Cost: *Est. $99.94

Take your humidifying needs with you on the go thanks to this compact, portable unit. Simply add a water bottle to the humidifier and you’re good to go.

Key features:

  • Ultrasonic technology
  • Ideal for travel, home offices
  • Comes with outlet adaptors for use in Europe and North America

Cost: *Est. $39.99

33. PureGuardian H920BL Ultrasonic Table Top Humidifier with Beaker

This sleek designed humidifier features silver clean technology which helps to prevent the growth and buildup of fungal and mold growth in the water tank. Choose from two settings to help create soothing air.

Key features:

  • Up to 10 hours run time
  • No filters to replace
  • Low-water indicator

Cost: *Est. $33.51

34. Optimus U-31002 1.5-Gallon Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier

One fill of this humidifier gives you up to 18 hours of whisper-quiet operation, and will automatically shut off if the unit runs out of water.

Key features:

  • Adjustable mist output
  • Refill indicator light
  • Built-in filter is easy to clean

Cost: *Est. $44.99

35. Honeywell HCM-890B Humidifier

This humidifier is ideal for small spaces like bedrooms and with whisper-quiet operation, it will easily run overnight on a single fill.

Key features:

  • Choose from two moisture output levels
  • Antimicrobial treated filter
  • Small, compact design

Cost: *Est. $27.92

36. Vicks UV 99.999% Germ Free Humidifier

An ideal size for your family’s bedrooms or main living areas, this unit features a patented UV chamber to help kill up to 99.999% of bacteria, mold and spores to make the air you breathe cleaner and healthier.

Key features:

  • Easy-fill dual tank system
  • Runs for up to 24 hours between fills
  • Ability to add Vicks Vaposteam or Kaz Inhalant for soothing mist

Cost: *Est. $79.99

37. Honeywell HUL535W Cool Mist Humidifier

This sleek, compact-designed humidifier is sturdy enough to add moisture to medium-sized rooms and features an automatic shut off for when the unit runs out of water.

Key features:

  • Visible cool mist
  • Up to 24 hours run time between fills
  • No filter needed

Cost: *Est. $39.99

38. SPT SU-4010 Ultrasonic Dual-Mist Warm/Cool Humidifier with Ion Exchange Filter

This dual-mist ultrasonic humidifier is virtually silent as it disperses warm or cool mist in rooms up to 500 square feet in size. Thanks to its two adjustable 360-degree nozzles, it provides even broader coverage than many other models.

Key features:

  • Protects against overheating
  • Carrying handle on water tank
  • Filter can last up to a year between changes

Cost: *Est. $76.41

39. Vicks 1.5 Gallon Vaporizer with Night-Light

This small, economically-priced unit is an ideal choice for bedrooms and features a medicine cup so you can optionally use any Vicks vaposteam or Kaz inhalant to help create more soothing air.

Key features:

  • Built-in nightlight
  • Automatic shut off
  • Up to 24 hours run time between fillings

Cost: *Est. $20.50

40. Vornado Evap3 Whole Room Evaporative Humidifier

This powerful humidifier packs enough punch to easily add moisture into rooms up to 700 square feet and is available in black or white to easily blend into your home’s decor.

Key features:

  • Choose from three fan settings
  • Five year limited warranty
  • Up to 24-hours run time between fillings

Cost: *Est. $89.99

41. Optimus U-31001 1.5-Gallon Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier

This ultrasonic cool mist humidifier goes up to 18 hours between refills and features an automatic off function when the water level gets too low.

Key features:

  • Refill indicator light
  • Adjustable mist output control
  • Quiet enough to sleep through

Cost: *Est. $44.97

42. Essick Air MA1201 Whole-House Humidifier

This powerful unit can add soothing moisture back into the air for your entire home thanks to its 2,500 square foot coverage range. And due to its built-in digital humidistat, it will easily maintain your desired humidity level automatically.

Key features:

  • Automatic shut off when empty or desired humidity is reached
  • Easy to clean
  • Helps reduce pet danders

Cost: *Est. $114.93

This super cute humidifier is a sweet addition to your child’s room, while providing comforting and soothing cool mist back into the air and requires no filter to get started.

Key features:

  • Available frustration-free packaging
  • Ideal for rooms up to 250 square feet
  • Up to 24 hours run time between fillings

Cost: *Est. $39.99

44. Honeywell HUL520W Mistmate Cool Mist Humidifier

Available in four color choices to suit your home’s decor, this humidifier is ideal for small-sized rooms and features an automatic shut off to help keep your family safe.

Key features:

  • Up to 20 hours run time between fillings
  • Two year limited warranty
  • No filters needed

Cost: *Est. $26.99

45. Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier

This warm mist humidifier can help provide temporary relief from dry skin, cough, colds and congestion and has the option of adding a scent pad to be used with Vicks VapoPads or VapoSteam for additional soothing relief.

Key features:

  • Automatic shut off keeps your family safe
  • Up to 24 hours run time between fillings
  • No costly filters to replace

Cost: *Est. $55.36

46. ECVISION 1500ML 1.5L LED Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser Humidifier Aromatherapy Air Purifier

This beautifully-designed unit features seven auto-changing colors and adjustable mist controls to help you breathe easier. Option to add fragrance lets you experience an at-home aromatherapy solution.

Key features:

  • Whisper-quiet operation
  • Automatic shut off when water is low
  • Can easily run overnight between tank fills

Cost: *Est. $35.77

This modern, compact unit is powerful enough to provide cool or warm mist coverage for rooms up to 650 square feet and comes with a demineralization cartridge and hydro cell to help prolong the unit’s life.

Key features:

  • Programmable sleep mode
  • Digital display
  • Up to 24 hours run time between fillings

Cost: *Est. $179.99

This table top unit requires no filters and is ideal for small spaces like bedrooms or home offices to help add soothing moisture back into the air.

Key features:

  • Easily portable
  • Automatic shut off when water is low
  • Choose from two output settings

Cost: *Est. $29.99

49. Kaz Incorporated V3700 Starry Night Cool Mist Humidifier

Available in three color options, this cool mist humidifier helps to effectively relieve cough and congestion naturally and features a quiet operation for use overnight.

Key features:

  • Select from two speed settings
  • Optional Vicks pads help release soothing vapors
  • Nightlight projects stars onto the ceiling

Cost: *Est. $39.86

50. HoMedics UHE-CM45 Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier

This cool mist humidifier features ultra-quiet operation and an easy-to-remove and fill tank to help keep your family comfortable and healthy. Thanks to its clean mist anti-microbial technology, it helps prevent the growth of molds and mildews on the tank.

Key features:

  • Up to 24 hours run time between fillings
  • Automatic shut off when water is low
  • LED refill indicator light

Cost: *Est. $53.99

 
 
   
 
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