If you could see all of the pollutants floating in the air around you, you’d start wearing Personal Protective Equipment. But, I’d like to show you a better option – getting an air purifier for your home. During your daily commute, you’re not only inhaling an unhealthy amount of smoke and dust, but you’re also dealing with the loud sounds of traffic on top of that. Your home should be your sanctuary, so you can at least keep noise and pollutants out of it by getting one of the best quiet air purifiers on the market.
In the following article, I’ll first explain how air purifiers can help you, and how you can benefit from having a quiet one. Then, we’ll spend some time discussing the features you might want your device to have. Finally, I’ll present my top 10 list of quiet air purifiers. Without further ado, let’s get you your air purifier.
Why You Need a Quiet Air Purifier?
Did you know that the air in your home can have even more pollutants than the air outside? After all, there is no free-flowing air in your apartment, no matter how many times you air it out. Even if you frequently open the window, you’re most likely only letting in potentially dangerous pollen. Still, an air purifier won’t be able to help with particles that settle into your carpets or curtains, so you’ll need to be diligent with your cleaning.
Aside from pollen, an air purifier could help neutralize other allergens, dust particles, pet dander, smoke and mold odor. Some of them will also be able to help with unpleasant odors.
The best air purifiers are those with HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters. These are 99.9% effective at dealing with free-floating allergens in the air. There are also HEPA vacuums, which deal with drawing these pollutants from carpets and similar surfaces.
But why should you specifically look for a quiet air purifier? Well, in my opinion, there are enough of incredibly annoying and sometimes damaging sounds surrounding us that we don’t need to add more on top. An air purifier should be able to do its job without producing jarring noises. So, what are some of the characteristics you can watch out for while shopping for your quiet air purifier?
Features to Look for in Quiet Air Purifiers
Before we get into the specific features you’ll need your purifier to have, you should take a moment to consider what you need it to do. Do you need it because you have asthma or allergies? Where do you plan to put it? Would you like to be able to carry it from room to room?
These are all questions you need to consider. If you have a clear idea in mind, you can check out the following features.
Big or Small Air Purifier
The size of the device is going to affect where you can place it, and it’ll often also affect the size of the room it can handle. A small desktop device can’t be expected to clean up a big living room, can it? But it should be able to handle a smaller dorm room. So, consider the size of the space you intend to put the purifier in.
If you live in a small space, or want to put it in a smaller room, like a nursery or home office, a smaller device will work just fine. On the other hand, a spacious living room will be able to house a bigger purifier, which will, in turn, have the capacity it takes to clean up a larger quantity of air.
I already mentioned some of the basic features an air purifier should have. A HEPA filtration system is great for capturing allergens and pollutants like pollen, smoke, mold spores, and bacteria. However, it won’t aid in odor elimination. Carbon filters are much more helpful at getting rid of unpleasant aromas.
Fortunately, there are many air purifiers on the market which have both types of filtration systems. Also, if you’re specifically buying a device to help you with asthma and allergies, you’ll want to look for those that have certifications from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
Finally, you’ll also want to consider the design and practicality of the machine. If you’re choosing between several products, it’s always good to make sure that it will fit in with your other decorations. In addition, a practical air purifier should be fairly easy and safe to use. So, they should have clear settings and as few exposed moving parts as possible.
The speed at which an air purifier is able to clear the air in a room is very important. After all, we’re constantly adding new pollutants into it – even if they’re just dead skin cells. Still, a quiet machine will need to have at least some speed settings. As we all know, lower speeds are quieter than higher ones, since they use less power.
However, I recommend using the high speeds at times, even if they are louder, since they’re obviously more efficient at clearing the air. If you really can’t stand any noise whatsoever, you could turn the speed to the highest setting while you’re out of the room, and turn it down when you return.
Many devices, especially those on the high-end price range, have additional features, like a nightlight or cooling options. Some can even be controlled remotely, whether it’s via remote control, mobile app, or through a virtual home assistant like Google Home or Amazon Alexa.
As always, the more basic devices will be more budget-friendly. Air purifiers typically come in several price ranges. In the following list of reviews, I’ve arranged the products in a roughly price ascending order. So, I’ll start with one product under $50, and then I’ll have three products each for under $100, under $200, and under $500.
Aside from giving you an idea of what to expect of each price point, this will also have them roughly arranged by the size of the room they’re capable of processing. This order will also let us see if it’s true that higher-quality products always come at a higher price. So, let’s get into it.
10 Best Quiet Air Purifiers on the Market (2020)
1. hOmeLabs 3-in-1 Ionic Air Purifier
This adorably small hOmeLabs purifier has hit all of the bases we just specified. It’s all-white, 7.5 inches tall, and with a 6.7-inch square base – so you’ll be able to carry it from room to room. However, since it’s so small, it can only work in up to 50 ft². Still, this air purifier is small and effective enough that you could even set it up in a hotel room.
The 3-in-1 claim in the product name refers to the three filtering systems this product houses. The Pre-Filter picks up larger particles while the HEPA filter traps smaller ones. Finally, the innermost carbon filter deals with any odors, whether it’s from smoke, mold, or even cooking.
Another claim we can see from the product name is that it also acts as an ionizer. That means that it releases negatively charged ions to deal with positively charged particles in the air, like bacteria, pollen, dust, and other allergens.
The only button on this air purifier is the power button on top of the device, which lights up blue when it’s working. So, this purifier can also serve as a handy nightlight. It is also incredibly easy to use, as it has only two power settings, high and low. Additionally, the filters are easy to replace – the device will even tell you when to do so by turning on a light indicator.
- Very small and portable, up to 50ft²
- Allergen and odor filtering systems
- Very easy to use, 2 speeds
- Lights up when working
2. LEVOIT LV-H132 Air Purifier
The LEVOIT LV-H132 air purifier has a lot of the same properties as the previous device, down to the three filtering systems and nightlight. However, it does take us to a slightly higher price range. So, let’s see if its features can justify the jump in cost.
As I mentioned, this device also has a pre-filter, a HEPA filter and an activated carbon filter, which are all easily replaceable. It’s still pretty compact and portable, as it’s just 14.5 inches tall with an 8.5-inch circular base. I’d say that this device might be able to handle a slightly larger space than the last one, though the previous one was more travel-friendly.
This air purifier has five buttons around the vent at the top. The first is the power button, followed by the nightlight button, the filter reset button, and the fan speed button. Unlike the previous machine, this one has a true nightlight option, which can be turned off and which has two brightness settings for your convenience.
The three fan speeds also offer a more personalized experience than the one you’d get with the previous device. Another area in which this device differs from the previous one is in its ozone-free claim. While some people claim that ionizing devices are great, others insist that they release ozone, which can be considered another sort of air pollutant, into your living rooms.
- Fairly small and portable, comes in black or white
- Allergen and odor filters
- Easy to use, 3 fan speeds
- Nightlight with 2 brightness settings
3. AeraMax 100 Air Purifier
Staying in the same price range as the previous device, the AeraMax 100 purifier is capable of covering somewhat larger rooms of 100-200 ft². This air purifier comes in black or white options, and it’s 27.25 inches tall, and only 7.25 inches wide.
Despite this increase in size, you’ll still be able to carry it to different rooms with the help of a handle located right under the power switch in the back. The filters can also be easily switched out through the back of the device.
The AeraMax device should eliminate allergens and odors just as well as the previous two, as it has both HEPA and carbon filters. Before pollutants can reach those filters, they have to travel through PlasmaTrue technology and the AeraSafe antimicrobial treatment.
The PlasmaTrue technology creates an ionized field to trap pollutants (ozone-free). However, this option can be turned off by pressing the star-shaped button on the control panel. On the other hand, the antimicrobial treatment protects the HEPA filter from bacterial growth. This rigorous filtering system is how this device got its certification from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
Once the machine is on, it will light up in the front. The circle icon at the top will change colors according to the quality of the air. In the automatic setting, the machine will adjust the fan speeds according to the air quality. However, you could also manually switch between three speeds – the first is absolutely noiseless, while the third does produce some white noise. During flu or allergy seasons, it’s best to keep the high-performance mode on.
- Medium size tower purifier, comes in black or white
- Covers 100-200 ft²
- Allergen and odor filters
- Optional ionizing field
- 3 fan speeds
4. PureZone 3-in-1 Air Purifier
This PureZone 3-in-1 air purifier is 12 inches tall, and it has a 10.8 x 6.9-inch rounded rectangular base. So, you should be able to move it around your home pretty easily, and it will be able to handle up to 200 ft².
Like some of the previously mentioned machines, this one has a pre-filter layer before carbon and HEPA filters, which will eliminate both odor and allergens. Of course, the machine also has light indicators to tell you when to switch the filters. However, unlike the other purifiers on this list, this device also has a UV-C light to destroy microorganisms. The UV-C light can be accessed at the top of the purifier, along with the other control buttons.
Aside from the power button and UV-C mode, the control panel also houses speed settings as well as a sleep timer which can be set for 2, 4, or 8 hours. The manufacturer also helpfully supplied the noise levels of each of the three speed levels, which are 30, 40, and 50 decibels. Even at the highest speed, that will only be a bit louder than a library environment.
- Fairly small and portable
- Covers 200ft²
- Allergen and odor filters, UV-C mode
- 3 speeds
- 2-8-hour timer
5. Honeywell HFD-120-Q QuietClean Tower Air Purifier
The Honeywell HFD-120-Q purifier takes us into the under $200 price range. Let me tell you how it differs from most products on this list.
To start with its dimensions, the product is about 28.7 inches tall, about 10 inches wide and 11.2 inches long, and it’s capable of handling about 170 ft². Unlike many of the other air purifiers, this one has its own washable filters, which you’ll be able to vacuum and rinse off. Of course, there’s a light indicator which will tell you when you need to wash the filters. That’s not even its only cost-efficient feature – this device is Energy Star-certified, which means that it’s also energy-efficient.
You’ll find the settings at the top of the device, under the filter replacement light indicator. There’s a power button, and light indicators which show which of the three cleaning levels you’ve chosen. This air purifier uses an oscillator to circulate the air and trap pollutants.
First, the air passes through a pre-filter which traps the bigger particles. Then, it moves through Honeywell’s high-performance filter, until it finally reaches the ionizer which returns negatively-charged air into the room. According to what I managed to learn, this does release some ozone. Additionally, if you find that the washable filters aren’t good enough at odor reduction, you may add carbon filters, as well.
- Medium size tower purifier, comes in black
- Covers 170 ft²
- Washable pollutant filters
- Ionizer, releases some ozone
- 3 cleaning levels
6. Winix 5300-2 Air Purifier
Sticking to the same price range, the Winix 5300-2 air purifier brings us back to some of the more familiar features that the more budget-friendly devices had.
The device is 23.6 inches tall, with a rectangular base of 14.9 x 7.8 inches, and it can handle medium or large rooms, up to about 360 ft². The familiar features to us come in the form of HEPA and carbon filters which remove allergens as well as odors. Aside from those filters, this air purifier also uses PlasmaWave technology, which by all accounts negatively charges the air without producing ozone. Naturally, the device also has a filter replacement indicator on the control panel.
Aside from the power button, the control panel at the top of the device also contains an auto mode which adapts the fan speed according to its smart sensors’ readings. You can also adjust the four fan speeds manually, from low to turbo. However, in auto-mode, the smart sensors should automatically lower the fan speed and even the brightness of the LED lights at night. As I mentioned, lower speeds will produce less noise, and this product even claims to have noise levels of under 30 decibels.
Finally, the control panel also houses the timer button, which you can use to schedule the shutdown in 1, 4, and 8 hours.
- Medium size, grey color
- Covers 360 ft²
- Allergen and odor filters, PlasmaWave technology
- 4 speeds
- Timer can be set for 1-8 hours
7. AeraMax 300 Large Room Air Purifier
Our last product in the medium price range is another AeraMax air purifier. Even though this one has a lot of the same features as the first AeraMax, it can handle much larger rooms.
The AeraMax 300 comes in the same all-black and white-and-black color schemes as the previous AeraMax product. However, this device is a bit larger, as its 25 inches tall and 16 inches wide, and as such it will work in up to 600 ft².
It has both HEPA and carbon filters, with the added protection of the AeraSafe Antimicrobial treatment and PlasmaTrue technology. Remember, the antimicrobial treatment should keep microorganisms from growing on the HEPA filter. Meanwhile, the PlasmaTrue technology traps pollutants into an ionized field without emitting ozone, according to the manufacturer. However, the ionizer can be disabled using the star button on the control panel.
The control settings are much the same as they were on the other AeraMax device, so you can set it to work automatically, or manually switch settings. There’s a light indicator which shows the pollution levels in the air. In auto-mode, the machine will work to keep the air balanced.
However, if you decide to switch speeds manually, you’ll have more options, as this device has four speed settings instead of three. After all, this machine was built to handle very large rooms, so it should have more power. As always, though, higher speeds will produce more noise.
- Medium size, comes in black or white
- Covers 300-600 ft²
- Allergen and odor filters
- Optional ionizing field
- 4 fan speeds
8. Blue Pure 211+ Air Purifier
Finally, we’ve reached the top three priciest contenders on this list, which are all in the $200-$400 range. So let’s see if the Blue Pure 211+ is worth the cost.
The device is only 21 inches tall with a 13-inch square base. Its white casing looks very clean, and the bottom of the device can be “dressed” in a fabric pre-filter which comes in many colors. Of those colors, only blue and grey are included with the product, although you can order yellow, black, and pink separately.
Aside from the washable pre-filter, the device also has the standard activated carbon filter and a particle filter which removes allergens. The manufacturer actually credits this device’s silent operation to their advanced filters. However, in order to keep them working as they should, you should replace and recycle all of the filters twice yearly.
Unlike many of the other high-tier devices, this one has all of the control settings in a single power button on the side, which can switch between three fan speeds. Because of its simplicity, this product is also very energy efficient, and it was even rated the “Best in Class” for energy performance by Energy Star.
- Medium-small and customizable
- Covers 540 ft²
- Allergen and odor filters
- Energy efficient
- 3 fan speeds
9. Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0 Ultra Quiet Air Purifier
The Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0 is the second most expensive quiet air purifier on this list, but its features definitely justify the price. Just like the previous device, this one has also been recognized by Energy Star.
This air purifier is 22 inches tall with a 16.6 x 9.8-inch base, and it can handle up to 625 ft². First, it pulls the air in through the sides and bottom and drives it through the washable Pre-Filter.
The air then circulates through the manufacturer’s own BioGS HEPA filter as well as a carbon filter, which should last up to three years each. The manufacturer’s HEPA filter supposedly has built-in protections against the growth of bacteria. After the air passes through those three filters, it can be negatively charged by the ionizer and expelled back into the room.
There’s a power button on top of the air purifier, though most of the settings are only accessible through the remote control. The light indicators are also located on top of the device. They’ll show you the general air quality of the room, fan speed, sleep timer settings, and even whether the auto-mode or ionizer is enabled. The motor can operate at five different speeds, and it should be especially quiet at the lowest.
- Medium-small, comes with a remote
- Covers 625 ft²
- Allergen and odor filters
- Optional ionizer
- 5 speeds
10. Dyson 305158-01 Pure Cool Link Air Purifier
Finally, our last contestant ups the ante by adding app connectivity to the mix – even though it already has a remote control. The Dyson Pure Cool air purifier is around 40 inches tall, with a circular 7-inch base – and although the manufacturer didn’t specify the size of the room it can cover, I can only imagine that it’s about the same as the other devices of its caliber.
It has the standard HEPA and activated carbon filters, however, it also has a dual purpose. In addition to its purifying features, this device can also act as a cooler. It’s even certified Asthma and Allergy Friendly.
Dyson Link’s device doesn’t have spinning fans, but uses oscillation and Air Multiplier technology to circulate air instead. That, along with its auto shutdown feature when it falls over, makes it very safe for kids and pets.
This air purifier has air sensors, and you’ll be able to see the temperature, humidity and other air quality reports on the Dyson Link app. However, if you don’t want to use the app, or even the remote control, you could control your air purifier via voice command if you connect it to a home assistant device.
The app has a plethora of settings you can play around with, including a sleep timer and 10 airspeed settings. There’s even a Night Mode, which uses only the quietest settings, and lowers the brightness of the devices LED displays.
- Largest purifier on this list, comes in white
- Probably covers upwards of 650 ft²
- Wi-Fi connectivity
- Allergen and odor filters, fan option
- 10 speeds
So Which Air Purifier Should You Go For?
Now that we’ve seen several fans of each price range – which one should you go for? As always, I’m afraid that I can’t answer that question for you. After all, all of these products managed to make it to my top 10 best quiet air purifiers list.
Of course, you’ll need to take into account your budget and your needs. However, I believe that any one of these would be a great addition to your home. For one, because they’ll all do a great job of keeping your air clean – and for another, because they’ll do it silently.