Best Air Purifiers To Buy For Dust-Free, Clean Air At Home — And Tips For Choosing The Right One For Your Space
From compact models for a room to more powerful machines for the entire home.
Who doesn't want to breathe in clean air at home? And with the National Environment Agency predicting severe hazy conditions in Singapore soon, ensuring that you have clean air at home should be a priority. Consider looking into getting an air purifier for the home.
What to look out for in an air purifier
As the name suggests, air purifiers clean the air but a legit one should at least be fitted with a HEPA filter. Before you click out due to the technical jargon, HEPA just refers to high-efficiency particulate absorbing and it is the gold standard in assessing the efficacy of air filters down to the size of airborne particles it can screen out in microns.
Another consideration is the size of the space you’re looking to manage. If you rent a room or are just looking to create a better sleeping environment in the bedroom, a smaller, less powerful, less expensive model is sufficient. On the other hand, if you’re looking to purify the air of your entire house, a larger, standalone machine is the way forward.
There are also other functionalities that air purifiers are built with these days. There are traditional single-purpose air purifiers that do just one thing and there are also those that are built with fans, dehumidifiers, mosquito catchers and some that even double as furniture.
With these points in mind, here are the best air purifiers to buy in Singapore.
10 best air purifiers to buy: At a glance
1. Dyson Purifier Big+Quiet Formaldehyde in Dark Blue/Gold
2. Levoit Air Purifier Core 300
3. Philips 7000 Series 2-in-1 Smart Air Purifier & Fan AMF765/30
4. Cosmo Pro Air Purifier + 5-in-1 HEPA Filter
5. Sterra Mars True HEPA-13 Air Purifier
6. LG PuriCare AeroFurniture
7. Osimo Portable Air Purifier
8. Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier Pro H
9. Sharp Air Purifier with Mosquito Catcher FP-JM30E-B
10. Tenergy Sorbi Air Dehumidifier and Air Purifier
Dyson Purifier Big+Quiet Formaldehyde in Dark Blue/Gold, $1,399
This air purifier uses the Coanda effect (that is also used in the Airwrap) to create cone aerodynamics to deliver clean air up to 10 metres in height. With the HEPA H13 filter that lasts up to five years, up to 99.95% of nasty pollutants, dust and allergens are captured. On top of that, this particular model is also fitted with a carbon dioxide sensor and SCO and K-Carbon filters, with the latter two targeting disease-causing nitrogen dioxide and formaldehyde. It operates at 56 decibels but sound can be controlled on the MyDyson app.
One of Amazon’s bestselling air purifiers, the Levoit model uses a True HEPA 3-Stage Original filter to remove dust, pollen and airborne particles up to 0.3 microns. There is also an activated carbon filter that neutralises any odours and smoke in the home. Those who need a quiet environment can depend on the QuietKEAP technology that reduces noise to as low as 24 decibels. Those sensitive to pet dander can consider getting the Pet Allergy filter too.
Philips 7000 Series 2-in-1 Smart Air Purifier & Fan AMF765/30, $609
Singaporeans love efficiency so this Philips air purifier that doubles as a bladeless fan fits the bill. Best for smaller spaces, the three-layer filter system with NanoProtect HEPA, Active Carbon filter and pre-filter eliminates 99.97% of impurities such as viruses, bacteria, dust, pet dander, harmful gases and odour. Producing between 20 to 47 decibels of noise, the air purifier can be controlled via the Air+ app. On the other hand, the fan has 10 custom speeds and rotates 350 degrees to cool and circulate air.
Cosmo Pro Air Purifier + 5-in-1 HEPA Filter, $499
The main feature of the Cosmo air purifier is its five-filtration system. The pre-filter first screens out large particles such as hair and fur before the Cosmo Anti-Bac Shield prohibits bacterial growth. The H13+ medical-grade HEPA filter then removes 99.97% of airborne particles. The activated carbon filter neutralises odours and absorbs formaldehyde and finally, the photocatalyst filter breaks down bacteria and viruses. Those who enjoy real-time monitoring can also depend on the PM2.5 Sensor to check the air quality of their indoor environment.
Sterra Mars True HEPA-13 Air Purifier, $169
Sterra’s sleek entry model is perfect for small spaces and those renting a room. The three-layer filter system includes the True HEPA-13 filter that removes 00.07% of airborne particles ranging from dust and dander to VOCs and microbes as well as an activated carbon later to combat odour and remove formaldehyde.
A combination of art and function, any aesthete would be glad to have this LG air purifier that doubles as a table to display items. The air purifier is also fitted with a 360° HEPA H13 filter and has eight ambient lighting options that can be toggled via the LG ThinQ app. PS: The table also works as a wireless charger. It produces a minimum of 21 decibels and is available in three colourways – cream, lemon and rose.
This Osimo air purifier is another petite model you can tote around the house. Besides the pre- and activated carbon filter layers, it also has a HEPA filter that removes 99.9% of air pollutants as small as 0.3 microns. There are three modes, including a sleep mode that goes as low as 22 decibels, to toggle between and it works best for small spaces. As it is powered via USB-C, you can also place the air purifier on the table to free up walking space.
Xiaomi has quickly been known for creating quality home appliances at budget-friendly prices. This air purifier uses a H11 high-density HEPA filter and an activated carbon filter that absorbs formaldehyde and odours. It’s most effective in small spaces and produces as low as 34 decibels with the sleep mode. You can also control it via the Mi Home app.
Sharp Air Purifier with Mosquito Catcher FP-JM30E-B, $429
Even if you don’t have children at home to care for, mosquitoes are a particular annoyance. This Sharp air purifier is fitted with UV lights and a black body to attract the pesky buggers before they are sucked and trapped onto the replaceable insecticide-free glue sheet. Meanwhile, the HEPA filter and Sharp’s Plasmacluster ions work hard to clean the air and remove odours.
If there are certain rooms in your home that struggle with the effects of too much humidity (e.g., mould and mildew in the toilet), consider getting the Tenergy dehumidifier and air purifier. The dual-purpose machine removes up to 750ml of moisture a day, which is stored in the removable 1000ml water tank, and has a true HEPA filter to remove up to 99.97% of airborne particles. It works best for more compact spaces and produces between 35 to 42 decibels of noise.
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