There is no doubt that increasing pollution levels having a harsh effect on our health, especially air pollution. With that, it is a fact that we spend a majority of our time is spent indoors, be it office, home, college, etc. Thus air-purifiers are become increasingly popular and there are a variety of companies offering them at various price segments. Here we have some highly recommended options from our side that you should definitely consider.
Before that, let’s understand some key factors that are crucial when choosing an air purifier. The filter is the most important component of an air purifier. A HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter is something that is should be put into consideration as it helps in capturing up to 99.97% particles greater than 0.3 micron in size including pet dander, dust mites, tobacco smoke, pollen and other common bacteria and virus.
Then there is CADR or Clean Air Delivery Rate, which affects the coverage area of the air purifier, which in turn affects the air change per hour (ACH) rating. CADR is usually measured as cubic meter of air delivered in hour or cubic foot of air delivered in a minute. Basically it tells how much of air can the purifier clean in a given time. Higher the number, the better it is. ACH on the other hand is number of times an air purifier filters all of the air in a room in one hour. So, an ACH rating of 3 means that the purifier filters the air in the room three times in one hour.
Honeywell Air Touch i8
This one here is a fuss-free, easy to use device with one touch operation, perfect for those who don’t want to fiddle with apps or complicated remote controls. According to the company, it can clean a 300 square foot room in 15 minutes, and has an effective coverage of 450 square feet. Like most modern air-purifiers, this comes with High-Efficiency Particulate Arrestant (HEPA) filter type which is required to control PM2.5 particle pollution.
The Honeywell Air Touch i8 is currently available for Rs 15,999 on Amazon India.
Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier 2
Xiaomi has maintained a solid name in the country with its smartphones, accessories and consumer electronics. It offers the Mi Air Purifier 2 at Rs 8,999 with a replacement filter priced at Rs 2,499. Powered by a Nitec DC motor that utilises 4.8-31W of power it can cover a room of up to 400 Sq.ft. The filter has triple layer HEPA which effective against toxins and PM2.5 in the surrounding atmosphere. It also features real-time AQI monitoring and through the Mi smart app one can control it using their smartphones.
This is available via the Mi Store for Rs 8,999.
Philips Series 1000 AC1215/20
The smallest and the most affordable room air purifier from Philips, the 1000 Series is suited for small rooms, something around the 270 sq.ft. or preferably in cities where air-pollution is low. According to the company, it uses vita shield IPS technology and uses an extra-thick Nano protect True HEPA filter.
Priced at Rs 8,470, the Philips 1000 Series air purifier is available via Amazon India.
Dyson Pure Cool Link
If you are style conscious and want a solid, long-lasting product then the Dyson Pure Cool Link is what you need. With one of the most unique designs on the market, the HEPA filter is claimed to capture up to 99.95% of pollutants and anything over 0.1 microns. It is also one of the most expensive ones, so consider this only if you have enough money to spend. This one is Wi-Fi enabled as well so you can control it
You can purchase this from Amazon India at Rs 39,000.
Philips Series 2000 AC2887/20
This is one of the best performing air purifiers having a fairly high ACH rating between 3.2 to 5.52 in coverage area of 408 and 236 sq. ft respectively. This is recommended for cities with higher pollution and especially for asthma patients an users who are prone to allergies. It has a smoke CADR of 324 cubic meter/hr. Along with Vita shield IPS technology, the filter uses an activated carbon filter having a high-grade honeycomb structure for better filtration.
The purifier is selling for Rs 14,890 on Amazon India.
This one here is quite an effective product from Kaff. In our testing, we found that it works well in large-sized bedrooms. This particular model comes with a unique 360-degree air inlet, 2-year warranty and a 4-speed fan system. The company claims that it comes with HEPA filters ensuring more than 90% removal of large particles like dust, pollen, pet dander, smoke particles, mold, and spores etc.
This is available on Flipkart as well as Amazon India for Rs 32,999.
Apart from offering great aesthetics and some colour options, the Sense+ is a slightly expensive offering. This one offers a clean and hassle free operation as it doesn’t rely on any buttons. Thanks to its in-built Wi-Fi support, one can control it using your smartphone. Blueair offers an intuitive app which lets you adjust air flow speed, use the night mode, turn it on/off and more, from wherever you are.
This one is currently selling on Amazon India for Rs 31,990.
Sharp Plasmacluster FP-FM40E-B
Sharp claims this is the world’s first air purifier that can also catch mosquitoes catcher. Apart from that, it utilises an H14 grade HEPA filter—which is the highest grade offering up to 99.995% purifying efficiency for removing PM 2.5 particles, smoke, dust, and pollen. It also uses plasmacluster technology which produces positive and negative ions using the moisture in the air. The ions attach to the surface of bacteria and virus, extracting the protein and killing it before it returns to the air as water vapour.
This air purifier is priced at about Rs 29,000 and is available on Amazon India.
The Kent Alps air purifier comes with a four-stage filtration system which includes a pre-filter to capture dust, dander, pet hair and such larger particles; an activated carbon filter to capture VOCs, odour, and gases of nitrogen, Sulphur and such harmful pollutants; a standard HEPA filter that captures particles larger than 0.3 micron like pollens, allergens, fine dust and cigarette smoke and finally, an ionizer that discharges ions that combine with pollutants in the air and settles down on the floor or the electrically charged collection plate.
The Kent Alps air purifier can be purchased for Rs 14,300 on Amazon India.
This air purifier makes use of composite air filter with pre-filter, activated carbon filter and HEPA filter and has an anti-bacterial coating, which inhibits 17 types of virus and bacteria. It is said to be suitable for room of size less than 283 sq. ft and has a CADR of 210 cubic metre per hour and air change rate of 2.90.
This model from Panasonic can be purchased at Rs 13,999 from Amazon India.