Talk to any dog or cat person and you’ll quickly be shown photos of their beloved pets. Enter a dog or cat person’s home and you’ll quickly learn each sweet baby angel Fido or Jinx has a unique brand of dander that makes sensitive noses go wild with allergic reactions.
To combat this, a high-quality air filtration system is necessary, and we looked at some of the most loved models on the market. Whether it’s dander or other pollutants you want to obliterate from your home, the purifiers below are perfectly suited to handle the job.
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With well over 500 ratings on Amazon, it’s hard to believe every single person was satisfied with this product but a wild 98% of users allotted the full five stars to this air purifier, with 2% ranking it a barely imperfect four. 99.97% of air impurities are filtered out down to the teeniest particles seen only by ultra-powerful microscopes, meaning pet dander is no match for the carbon filters inside. An optional night light and quiet operation are also perks of this workhorse, and reviews praise the ease of use and effectiveness. For under $100, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better option.
Dust, pollen, pet dander, smoke, and household odors are no match for the threefold punch of a three stage cleaning and sanitizing system that purifies the air in your home. The PureZone is another nearly perfect-rated model that comes with two light settings and a slimline design that will make an immediately noticeable difference in your home.
"It is very user friendly, and does not take up too much room," one happy user reports. "I am happy with the amount of dust it removes from the air, and it isn't too loud. The filter is also very easy to change, no messing around. To know that the air quality is safe for our little one is very important to us. Customer service is also very great, and they got back to me right away when I had a question."
This next competitor is a significant jump in price, but it covers a lot more area than the previous two options and is thus better suited for expansive spaces. The Medify is a larger unit, available in white or black to better fit your aesthetic tastes, and features medical-grade filters that can clean a room up to 1600 square feet in just one hour. In addition to those wonderful features, Medify is a woman and veteran, family-owned company so your investment is going to a decent place. Reviews praise the increased air quality they experienced upon buying the unit, and a convenient handle makes it easy to transfer from room to room as needed.
Dyson once again prove they’re at the top of the game when it comes to home cleanliness with their top-of-the-line Pure Hot + Cool Link Air Purifier in the iron/silver color combination. Like all Dyson products, the beauty of the design is truly something to behold; the steely color scheme and almost Brutalist structure are workhorse art meant to enhance a space visually while also decimating whatever particles created by pets or otherwise in its firm grasp. The sticker shock may be a bit intense, but your allergies will thank you for the lifelong investment.
Knowing how effective Dyson’s products can be, we also offer up this less expensive version that both cleans and cools the air in whichever direction you choose, meaning basically that it’s a handheld fan ready to spray you down with an icy blast of clean arctic air wherever you sit. The company’s aesthete sensibility is still fully intact in this little guy, which looks sort of like R2D2’s tiny, modernized cousin. Keep in mind this is for direct airflow and best when used in situations like say, sitting on your desk, but the flow direction can be used in stationary or oscillating modes depending on your mood.
Somewhere between the low-cost and max-cost types and the huge room and desk-friendly models, there lies this capable Winix model that cleans 360 square feet of living space with odor reducing, HEPA filtration, and PlasmaWave signature technology created by Winix to keep you breathing clean as the unassuming machine works quietly in a corner. There are no bells and whistles, so this is best for someone who simply wants the job done and done quickly, and has a living room, basement, or large bedroom in need.