Even though your home is the first place you think of when you think of comfort, emissions from traffic and factories can sleep indoors and pollute the indoor air.
Additionally, indoor air is also a powerhouse for pollen, pet dander, and other viruses that are otherwise difficult to detect until they start affecting your or your family’s health.
Owning to the alarming rate at which the country’s pollution index is increasing, an air purifier has become a must-have for every household.
You need to choose a purifier that can not only take care of dust but also clear out viruses and, essentially, clean up the air you’re breathing.
Based on your requirements, you will have to choose between a wide variety of air purifiers keeping in mind their functionalities.
Choose the right filtration
Most of the air purifiers available today come equipped with one of four filters:
- HEPA filtration
- Activated carbon
- PCO filter
- Ionic filter
Out of these, the activated carbon filters are the most ideal for sediment like impurities due to the carbon’s natural ability to act as a filter. However, a HEPA filter is the most efficient for impurities like pollen, pet dander, or smaller particles.
ACH or CADR
The ACH is the ‘air changes per hour’ which is the number of times the purifier can replace the air inside the room with clean air in every hour.
CADR (clean air delivery rate) makes it easier for a user to figure out how large a room the air purifier can handle. It measures dust, smoke, and pollen.
Air purifiers remove the impurities from the air inside your home and thus, their filters need to be cleaned. Regardless of whether you choose a HEPA filter or a carbon filter, the filter will need to be changed.
So, before you purchase a purifier, you must consider the cost of replacing a filter. Even though a HEPA filter is more efficient, an ionic filter is more economic when you consider this factor.
If you’re willing to spend a little bit more, you can get a purifier which has automatic systems that detect the level of impurities in the air.
To make that decision easier for you, here is a list of the best air purifiers in India for 2019,
- Mi Air Purifier 2S
- Kent Aura 45
- Dyson Pure Cool
Now, here are the 10 best air purifiers
Mi Air Purifier 2S
This air purifier is perfectly suited for your home especially because of the three modes of operations- sleep, auto, and favourite. The favourite feature allows the user to fix the purifier to the settings that they deem perfect.
The purifier from Xiaomi has an astounding reputation of filling a room with clean, pure air within 10 minutes. It comes with a carbon filter which removes any odours from the air. It has a CADR value of 301 metre cube/ hour.
You can also install the Mi app to better control the purifier.
- Consider an aesthetic value, the Mi purifier has the best design and it comes at an affordable rate.
- The purifier comes with a night mode which reduces the noise that it produces to a large extent.
- It can be controlled by an app on your smartphone
- It has a carbon filter which is easy to replace.
- The obvious problem is that it shifts to auto mode automatically after a certain duration.
- The filter needs to be replaced frequently and that increases the maintenance cost.
Phillips Series 1000 Air Purifier
If you’re looking for a filter specially to use in your bedroom, the Philips series 1000 air purifier will be the ideal choice.
With respect to features, this purifier stands out. It comes equipped with the VitaShield IPS which detects the finest particles in the air. The purifier operates in two additional modes- auto and allergen.
The purifier is 100% ozone friendly and is ideal for people with allergies. It is also ideal for people who want an air purifier with a low noise level. The CADR is 270 metre cube/hour.
- VitaShield IPS
- Hassle free system to monitor
- It comes with a child-lock.
- The allergen mode is highly effective
- Ideal for your bedroom
- Not the best choice for large rooms
- The fan power might be low
- The app often malfunctions
While Panasonic has a wide range of air purifiers, the F-PXF35MKU(D) model is one of its most efficient models. It comes equipped with Panasonic’s Nanoe purification. The purifier’s effect can, thus, go through fabrics also.
It especially targets bacteria and viruses by effectively eradicating by cutting their hydrogen supply.
It is one of the few models that attacks impurities present in fabrics like cushion covers and curtains as well.
This Panasonic model comes with a 3D airflow technology with two alternatives- side airflow, and front airflow. The model also comes with a primitive dirt sensor.
- It comes in a wide variety of colours.
- It’s one of the few purifiers that deal with impurities in fabric as well.
- Silent operation, and other advanced technological features
- Catches influenza viruses and E.coli as well.
- Improves breathability since it does not dehumidify the room
- HEPA lifespan is comparatively lower.
- If the filter isn’t replaced, it might lead to foul smell
Phillips Series 2000 Aera-Sense
This purifier comes with Aera-Sense technology and can filter things like smoke and gaseous pollutants out of the air as well.
It also has a 3-step filter process including a HEPA filter and a carbon activator filter. It is one of the more efficient models from Philips.
It has a fairly high CADR which makes it suitable for cities in India that have a high content of pollutants in the air. It also has both virus and allergen modes.
- It has an auto-switch on feature in case of power failure. In that case, the purifier resets to the settings it shut off at.
- The filters have a high life.
- Ideal for people with respiratory elements.
- Efficient virus and allergen modes.
- It’s not ideal for large rooms.
Kent Aura 45
The Kent Aura 45 has the reliability of usual Kent machines and functions with a HEPA filter and an activated carbon filter. Both filters work together to remove tiny pollutants and clean up odours.
The filter comes with an in-built ionizer that doesn’t just clean the air but also makes it fresh, and also has an alarm that notifies you when the filter needs changing.
- It has a filter change alarm system
- It is a quieter model when compared to others
- It has three speed modes
- There is a space between the filters that sometimes means that unfiltered air can pass by
Phillips Series 3000 Air Purifier
The Phillips 3000 series purifier stands out from the crowd because it uses the nano-protect filter and a NanoProtect HEPA filter.
This purifier also has three modes- sleep, auto, and most importantly, allergen. The unit also comes equipped with a light sensor that senses the air quality of a room.
This purifier from Phillips uses AeraSense and VitaShield IPS technology making it one of the most technologically advanced purifiers at this budget. This purifier protects you from viruses as well.
It has a CADR of 367 metre cube/hour and the allergen mode can detect even the tiniest of allergens in the air.
- The new 3000 series comes with an “auto-lock” feature which stops operation for the filter if the filter needs to be replaced.
- The pre-filter is washable.
- It has a colour coded indicator for air quality
- Equipped with a sensor touch panel for easy control.
- Some users mind the fact that the air quality indicator only uses colour codes instead of proper numbering.
- The filter needs to be changed regularly.
Dyson Pure Cool
Over the years, Dyson has developed a reputation of delivering the best in high-quality appliances and the Dyson Pure Cool air purifier doesn’t let you down either.
It has automatic sensors which sense the pollutants in the air and accordingly, the purifier adjusts to its surroundings.
It has a highly effective HEPA and carbon activated filter combination and thus, removes even the smallest impurities like bacteria and pollen from the air.
- It removes a wide range of pollutants or allergens
- It can be easily connected to bluetooth or your mobile device through the Dyson app
- It is almost silent on the night mode.
- Not ideal for users on a budget
- Cleans small fractions of air at a time.
American Micronic 22W
The American Micronic models are best known for their versatility. These can be used in office spaces, as well as bedrooms or living spaces.
It functions with a multi-filter technology with HEPA, activated carbon, and ionizer filters. It can effectively clean out pet dander, hair, dust, and other allergens while the carbon deals with any odours within the room.
It doesn’t emit any ozone gases and functions noiselessly in the sleep mode. The CADR is 270 metre cube/ hour.
- Uses a multiple filter system efficiently
- The ionizer can be turned on/off at user’s discretion
- Suitable for many kinds of rooms
- There is a timer which allows you to fall asleep without stressing about switching it off.
- In the sleep mode, it produces low noise with impressive fan speed.
- Hair might jam the filter and cause a low humming
- Air intake is low
- Finding filters to replace might be difficult
The best part of this air purifier is its reliable pollution meter which gives you real-time readings of the pollution in the air in your room.
Honeywell air purifiers are known for the high-end features that they provide at a feasible price and the Honeywell HAC25M1201W lives up to this reputation. It has a 3D airflow mechanism which means that it purifies air in every direction.
It has a CADR of 250 metre cube/hour and can be used in larger rooms efficiently. It comes equipped with a HEPA filter and a carbon pre-filter. Even though large-room air purifiers tend to be noisy, the Honeywell system is actually comparatively quieter.
- Low power consumption.
- HEPA filter has a high life.
- Has a child-lock feature
- Might miss some minute pollutants
- Even though it is quieter than usual large room models, it’s still noisy when compared to other models on this list. .
- Pre-filter needs to be replaced every 3-4 months.
Atlanta Healthcare Beta 350
This is one of the few purifiers in the market which has 7 stage purification and comes with iCluster technology. It has the regular HEPA, activated carbon, and ionizer filters but it also has bacterial filter and UV lamp.
The device comes with a remote control unlike its contemporaries.
The multiple filters it has deal with almost all kinds of impurities in the air including allergens, viruses, and minute particles.
It also has a pollution indicator but it uses the basic light technology; and it is easy to operate as the hassle of an app is eliminated.
- It is compact
- It has a sleep mode where the noise is reduced
- It has multiple stage purification which is rare
- It is a fragile model
- Its sleep mode is silent but the fan speed is reduced considerably
- It is noisy when used in rooms that are more polluted than usual
- It has a very low CADR (approx. 170)
With rising pollution levels in major cities in India, an air purifier will be a valuable purchase. The only thing you need to keep in mind is the expectation that you have from a purifier. Different purifiers excel in different aspects. Our verdict is that you should choose the Mi Air Purifier 2S for home use since it is the most efficient when it comes to cleaning the air inside your home. However, any of the purifiers on this list would give you great results!