After several hours of searching, I have made my selection of the best air purifier to remove VOCs currently in the market.
For me, the best of all is the Dyson Pure Cool Link Tower, but if you don’t want to spend too much, the Levoit LV-H132 probably represents the best value for money.
I invite you to consult my shopping guide to help you determine which purifier best suits your needs and requirements.
Choosing the best air purifier to remove VOCs
It is possible to get very functional purifiers at affordable prices.
They are usually air purifiers for small areas, but they fulfill their mission perfectly: free air from impurities and other allergens.
1. Levoit LV-H132: the best cheap
This air purifier has become one of my first choices for two obvious reasons: its beautiful design and its low price. Compact, modern and elegant, with a small blue light on the top, this air purifier perfectly combines simplicity and modernity.
The Levoit LV-H132 is very small, with measures 32 cm high and a diameter of about 20 cm, in addition, it weighs no more than 3 kg. You can place it anywhere, as long as it is more than 50 cm from any obstacle (so that it remains effective).
Moreover, its ease of transport is the best asset of this device. People with respiratory problems, for example, can transport it wherever they go.
The control panel is located on the top of the device, so it is easily accessible. On the other hand, it contains 4 intuitive buttons that are very easy to use: one to turn on the device, the second to adjust the fan speed (3 speeds are proposed), the third to reset the sensor when the filter is dirty and the last to adjust the intensity of the blue light (to act which candle).
This purifier has the True HEPA filtration system that allows the removal of impurities of microscopic size (0.3 microns). To this is also added a carbon filtrate, which allows capturing bad odors. It is a very effective 2in1.
In this way, the air passes first through the pre-filter, which traps particles that are easy to remove, such as dust or animal hair. It then goes through the HEPA filter, which in turn is responsible for removing more than 99% of the finest and most harmful particles (pollen, mites, spores, etc.). Finally, the air passes through the activated carbon filter, which eliminates odors (very convenient if you have a smoker, animals, or a cook who passes by hand with garlic).
Between the pre-filtering, the HEPA filter, and the carbon filter, this small purifier guarantees fresh air in any circumstance … Of course, you should take care of it accordingly. Since the filters cannot be washed, you will have to change them for approximately 6-9 months (depending on the medium). Even so, the dirty filter sensor will inform you when you need to change them.
I think you will be interested to know that it is always possible to extend the life of these filters a little if you have a quick aspiration. But don’t think about putting them in contact with water.
Unfortunately, the area covered by the Levoit LV-H132 is not very large: it can treat air up to 20 m², but it works more effectively in the first 8 m². Obviously it is the price paid for such a compact and cheap device.
Its CADR index (I invite you to consult my shopping guide in this regard) announces a purification efficiency of about 68 m³ of air per hour, despite its small size. Taking into account the price and quality of filtering it offers, if you opt for this air purifier, I advise you to buy two or more to cover more space.
As for the sound it emits, its compactness is obviously an advantage, since it does not exceed 50 dB. In terms of energy, with a consumption of 28W is a little below average.
In summary, if you are looking for a purifier capable of covering small areas, discreet, silent, that does not consume much energy and is effective, the Levoit LV-H132 is made to suit you!
2. Pro Breeze 5 in 1: the swiss knife of cheap purifiers
Now we go with a model of the Pro Breeze brand, well known for its dehumidifiers.
This time it is a slightly less compact device (32.5 cm wide, 17 cm deep and 54 cm high) and with less style (in itself, it is a large white box), but it is very effective depending on its price. In addition, it is very easy to transport, since it only weighs 4.5 kg.
Like the previous model, we can find the central panel at the top, and this time it has 5 touch buttons: turn on / adjust the fan speed (3 speeds), activation of the negative ion generator (we will see it later), activation of the timer (to turn it off or on automatically after 1, 2 or 4 hours), and finally, activation of the night mode (to make it work with less intensity and silently).
What has surprised me about the Pro Breeze is the number of filters it contains: in addition to the pre-filter, it has a HEPA filter, a carbon filter (such as Levoit), and a cold catalyst filter, which would allow, in the final position, Remove any remaining impurity. It also has a negative ion generation system that allows the latter to adhere to undesirable positive ions in the air and eliminate them.
It is quite rare to find so many types of filters available at such a price. And everything seems effective, since the CADR shows a purification rate of about 218 m³ / h, and ensures efficiency in an area of up to 45 m². In practice, this surface may vary, but it is certainly more important than that of the Levoit LV-H132.
As regards its electricity consumption, it cannot defeat the Levoit, since it consumes about 45W. Even so, it is more than reasonable.
The filter is secured for about 5000 hours of use, at the end of which the start button starts flashing. Once again I invite you to perform some regular cleaning with the vacuum cleaner, as this will prolong its life. Know that replacement filters do not come with the purchase.
As for the noise level, I could not find a test with exact records of the number of decibels, but the opinion of the users is unanimous: it is quite silent, especially in night mode. Read the instructions to remove the plastic from the filter, because if you do not remove it, it can generate much more noise.
To summarize, it is an air purifier with an impressive number of features and a price that is still very low. It is not as compact or elegant as the Levoit but acts on larger surfaces.
The best mid-range air purifiers
After overcoming the € 100 barrier, in this section, I have focused only on those models that offer better profitability and / or material quality.
3. Levoit LV-PUR131: the best mid-range
The model that I have decided to place on the podium of my mid-range selection is the Levoit LV-PUR. Launched in 2018, it is a very reliable device with long service life.
It is the second Levoit purifier of my selection, and if we compare it with the previous model, we can see that it is much less compact (42 cm wide, 24.5 cm deep and 52 cm high). However, although its format is somewhat classic, its rounded angles and its touch band give it a beautiful design.
Again, it presents three levels of filtering (pre-filter, HEPA filter, and carbon filter). It has a CADR with a purification rate of 230 m³ / h, which makes it the most powerful so far. The covered space, meanwhile, is 30 m², which will allow you to use it in large rooms, rooms, or the kitchen, for example.
It allows you to choose between 4 speeds according to your needs, but what I like about this purifier is that it has an intelligent sensor that not only informs you about the quality of the surrounding air, but also adapts the ventilation speed for greater efficiency, and, above all, saves time.
Your timer allows a schedule of up to 12 hours if you want to stop it or restart it at a certain time. If you activate the automatic mode, once the optimum air quality is reached, it is put into standby mode, with a very low ventilation speed.
Despite all its capabilities, the Levoit LV-PUR131 consumes little power: only 40W! In addition, it is extremely quiet (well, the brand announces 20 dB, but it is so little that it is difficult to know the exact measurement). The important thing is that you will not hear it.
As for maintenance, the filters are changed every six months approximately. Since the price of the replacement filter is not expensive, it is quite profitable.
Finally, I will say that it is a very promising purifier. Like Levoit, it stands out in its field and has a lasting lifespan.
4. Honeywell HPA100WE: Honeywell quality at an affordable price
Honeywell is probably one of the best-known brands in the fans and air purifiers sector, both in the French market and across the Atlantic.
I have selected the HPA100WE model, one of the intermediate models of the HPA series, known for the quality of its HEPA anti-allergen filter. Another common feature of the devices in this series is its tower-shaped design, with a grid on the front and a control panel on the top of the device.
His style attracts much attention given his elegance and the choice of white color. It even offers a touch of originality wherever it is installed.
As one of the most compact and lightest air purifiers ever designed by Honeywell, it barely measures 39 cm in height and only weighs 3.6 kg. Therefore, it is almost as easy to transport as the Levoit LV-H132.
The HPA100WE offers a simple two-stage filtration system: a pre-filtered active carbon that absorbs large particles and eliminates odors, fumes and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and the HEPA filter, to eliminate almost 100% of allergens.
If you are allergic to pollen or dust but have no problems with household odors, the carbon filter will not be essential, except to pre-filter large particles that may clog the HEPA filter. In addition, for optimal use, I advise you to change the pre-filter every 3 months and the HEPA filter once a year. However, the device is equipped with an intelligent sensor that tells you when the change is necessary.
But not everything is positive with this device, because the filter change is carried out with relative frequency. In fact, given the price of pre-filter and replacement HEPA filters, it can be expensive in the long run.
This model proposes 4 operating modes adjustable from the top of the device: general mode (for daily use); allergy mode (which optimizes the elimination of allergens); Germe mode (for use in winter when the flu virus and other joys arrive …); and the Turbo mode (for intensive cleaning of the air and a quick elimination of odors).
You just have to change the fan speed to change the modes: it rotates faster in Allergy and Turbo modes, and less fast in Germe mode.
Its CADR has a purification rate of approximately 170 m³ / h, a bit than that of the previous Levoit, and the optimum coverage area is estimated at only 15 m². It is a bit disappointing to see the results of the previous models.
However, it works perfectly in small rooms and the circulation of air throughout the purification process takes place without problems. On the other hand, the fan integrated in the purifier offers a feeling of freshness when turning, something more than positive in summer!
As for energy consumption, the Honeywell HPA100WE dazzles. With the Energy Star certificate, it works efficiently without much energy: only 50W with Turbo mode in depth!
Another interesting feature of Honeywell HPA100WE is its intelligent timer system that allows you to automatically turn off the air purifier after a certain time. You can choose between 2, 4 or 8 hours of the cycle and it turns off automatically after that time.
Finally, the manufacturer offers a 5-year warranty, which is the sea of interest (in addition to demonstrating the brand’s confidence in its products).
To conclude, I must confess that this purifier has been included in my selection, more than anything, because of the fame of the brand, I confess that this purifier mainly integrated my selection due to the fame of the brand. With a slightly lower price, but with greater efficiency and coverage, the Pro Breeze can be more interesting. However, with the Honeywell HPA 100WE, you will have an effective purifier that will accompany you for a couple of years.
The best high-end air purifiers
This category groups the best air purifiers on the market, those that cover more space, the most efficient and, above all, those that offer the best functionalities. If you are willing to brag, you can choose one of the models I propose without fear of regret.
5. Dyson Pure Cool Link Tower: the best high-end
If there is a brand that has become famous thanks to its successful mix between the original design and quality product, it is Dyson. Even in the air purifiers sector (which is not one of the most glamorous), it is no exception. With its 2-in-1 product, the Dyson Pure Cool Link Tower serves as a purifier and fan (it effectively proposes an unusual design).
It is an oval tower installed on a cylindrical base that acts as an air purifier, as it contains a 360 ° suction HEPA filter. Regardless of its orientation, filtration will be effective (99.95% according to the manufacturer)!
On the contrary, do not rely on its metallic appearance: its coating is made of plastic, which makes it so light. Of course, it is plastic of good invoice, so you should not worry.
At first glance, the simplicity of the device is surprising, as there is only one button. This is due to the fact that all the controls, from the ignition to the adjustment of the fan speed, through the timer and the different modes, are carried out, according to your preference, through a mobile application (compatible with Android and iOS) or through the supplied remote control.
In the practical aspect, the remote control can be magnetically hooked to the top of the device, which allows it not to lose it constantly (we already have enough almost every day looking for the television remote control, such as to have to look for another …).
The HEPA 360 ° filter inside the cylinder is accompanied by a thin layer of activated carbon that allows it to capture odors. At this point, the Dyson sins, because, with such a thin layer, it contains less active carbon than a standard carbon filter, which decreases its effectiveness.
However, from an economic point of view, it is only necessary to change the filter once a year if you use it with an average use of 12 hours per day. It is a device designed to last!
As it aspires to 360 °, it releases fresh air over the entire surface of the room if you activate the oscillation mode of the device. You just have to choose between the 10 proposed ventilation speeds. It is (really) effective on an area of up to 27 m².
Obviously (it is the lowest, for its price), it is equipped with an intelligent system and, if activated in automatic mode, adjusts its speed according to the level of air quality.
At the sound level, it is not the quietest on the market, since it can reach 63 dB. However, this data is reflected at full capacity, because at low speed (up to level 7), users say they hear nothing.
As for its energy efficiency, it is estimated that its consumption is less than 0.5W in standby mode, and at 40W maximum speed.
I will finish with a brief reference to the application because this allows you to control the device, manage the speed levels, program the hours of switching on and off, adjust the sensitivity of the sensors and the desired air quality in automatic mode. It is an application easy to use and efficient but requires an Internet connection.
It is a design device (truly) effective, easy to use and intuitive. Its construction quality and efficiency make it, in my opinion, the best device on the market. It remains to be seen if it justifies its high price.
6. Philips AC3256 /10: a jewel of the electronics giant
Among the Philips brand purifiers, the AC3256 / 10 is specially designed for people suffering from allergies, asthma attacks, and other respiratory complications.
Its design is well worked, with rounded shapes and the black console on the top. It is also the heaviest of my selection, with no less than 10 kg. Its dimensions (with a height of 80 cm) make me remember a basket for clothes. Fortunately, it has two handles that make it easily transportable (not for a trip, but from one room to another …).
The LED light changes color (red, blue or violet) depending on the air quality. As with its televisions, Philips loves to play with light effects.
With its elegant appearance, we can find one of the most advanced filtering and air purification systems of the moment: the VitaShield system. According to specialists, this technology effectively removes 99.7% of airborne particles and allergens and 99.9% of bacteria and viruses of the H1N1 type. It’s a pass! In fact, if we compare it with the other models, its filtering covers up to 0.02-micron particles, against 0.3 microns of the most classic purifiers.
It has three levels of filtering: pre-filter, carbon filter, and HEPA filter. It is the latter that allows the Philips AC3256 / 10 to ensure much more effective protection than other models on the market.
Its CADR has a capacity of 367 m³ / h, which allows it to operate over a wide area of more than 76 m². Without a doubt, this explains its price compared to other air purifiers on the market.
However, this performance has a cost: up to 68 dB and 60 W of consumption at maximum speed (there are 5). On the contrary, at low speed it only consumes 11 W per 32 dB. The room will be as quiet as a library!
The beginning is very simple. The AC3256 / 19 is one of the easiest to use air purifiers, as it has several automatic modes that work without the need to do anything else. 6 buttons: one for the ignition, a second safety button for the children, another to adjust the intensity of the Led, the fourth for the fan speed, one for the timer (1h, 4h and 8h) and the last one to restart the dirty filter detector.
Of course, it also has an intelligent sensor system capable of estimating the level of PM2.5 contaminants and treating them properly before starting the energy-saving system.
In the end, the high price of this device is most likely justified by its performance and the technologies and systems it contains (especially its automatic reactivation mode after a power failure). If you want to be able to “decontaminate” the air of large surfaces, and you can afford it, it is a safe investment!
7. Honeywell HPA300: powerful, but without too much “connection”
A moment ago I was talking about Honeywell quality, which had prompted me to incorporate the HPA100WE into my selection, even if it was not the most powerful purifier. Imagine now a purifier that combines great power and Honeywell quality. That is what I propose with the HPA300, a model that is all the rage in America.
As for the design, we find the same form of “tower” with grid, but this time in black, which, in my opinion, gives it more style. Given its size (about 56 x 33 cm in surface and 60 cm in height), it can be moved relatively easily in any interior place.
As for its level of efficiency, there is nothing to say. With the same filtering system as the HPA100WE, its performance is impressive, as it shows the highest purification rate in the market: 99.97%. Its CADR is about 320 m³ / h, which allows to completely renew the air of a room of up to 43 m² up to 5 times per hour! It can be used on a larger surface, but it will not be as efficient.
It proposes three levels of filtration with a maximum loudness of 63 dB (that is, less than that of Philips). Instead, it consumes more energy, since they have registered up to 123W at full power!
To change the filters, it is recommended to do it every three months and every year for the HEPA, but you should not worry, because, like other models, it notifies you when you have to. The timer allows you to program duration of 2.4 or 8 hours.
On the contrary, this device has two major deficiencies: it does not have an intelligent sensor system or automatic mode. There is also no remote control or remote management application.
The only thing he focuses on is the material quality and the quality of the purification (which is the main thing after all), and Honeywell offers a five-year warranty, proof of the confidence he has in his product.
In short, if you opt for this purifier, you will get healthy air efficiently and quickly, and you will get a guaranteed device to last. However, its lack of options may leave a slightly bitter taste given its price.
How to choose your air purifier?
Today we tend to worry a little about the quality of the air we breathe, and rightly so, but we must not ignore all those particles that swarm inside your home.
Investigating for this comparison, I have discovered that the air we breathe at home can sometimes contain particles as harmful as those that dance freely outside: germs, mites, dust grains, animal hairs and even VOCs (volatile organic components) coming of cleaning products … Anyway, the list is surprisingly long. Hence the importance of acquiring a purifier to maintain control over the quality of the air that is breathed at home.
This is even more important if a family member suffers from allergies, asthma, or other respiratory problems. If necessary, one of these devices may be indispensable.
But how to choose the right model?
It is the first thing to see before choosing your air purifier: it is the system that allows the “cleaning” of the air inside your home.
The best way to find the air filtration system would be to master the main characteristics of each type of filter in the market. There are four main ones: HEPA, carbon or activated carbon, with ultraviolet light and ionic filter.
The HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filter
It is the best known and effective of all. In addition, it is the one found in the best purifiers on the market.
It is literally a high-efficiency particle filtration system. It is a very dense filter that treats most air impurities.
Several products use the acronym HEPA, but True HEPA certificates are the most reliable. A True HEPA filter would remove up to 99.97% of microscopic particles up to 0.3 microns: pollen, spores, mites, dust grains, animal hairs, microscopic fungi, hair and visible “fumes.” All these harmful wastes will be captured and stored so that they are not released back into the air.
The main drawback of this filter is that to remain effective, it must be changed periodically. It wouldn’t be so bad if HEPA weren’t the most expensive in the market!
On the other hand, it should be known that this type of filter does not act against odors and chemical fumes.
Finally, the purifier will normally have to work thoroughly to aspirate contaminated air, which can cause annoying noise.
This system is not considered proper as a filter, but it does the same job, that is, to remove impurities from the air. It is a technology of emission filtration of a cloud of charged ions: these are fixed to airborne particles that fall to the ground (it is interesting to have a purifier with a tray intended to “harvest” the fallen particles).
Its first advantage is that it can remove small particles of up to 0.01 microns. In fact, the ionic filter removes dust, spores and fungi, volatile organic components (VOCs) and even some bacteria and viruses. Finally, it requires virtually no maintenance.
On the other hand, if the purifier does not have this tray, the particles will remain in the soil. If necessary, you should sweep or clean the floor regularly.
Finally, I must say that air purifiers with this type of filtering are not recommended for asthmatic people, as the ion generator throws ozone debris into the air, particles that irritate the lungs.
Carbon or activated carbon filtering
It is a system that uses a special form of activated carbon. Actually, it consists of several million small absorbent pores that suck the “fumes”, gases and odors. This eliminates chemical fumes and odors from gases, animals, cigarettes, paint odors and household products.
Therefore, the activated carbon filter is never used on its own, since its main function is not to eliminate particles harmful to health, but rather to release the air from those that emit bad odors. It is this type of filter that makes the house smell fresh and clean.
Ultraviolet (UV) light filtering
Unlike the three types of filters mentioned above, this element is not a “filter” itself. It is a technology that emits an invisible light that attacks pollutants using the UV-C band of ultraviolet rays.
This system is completely safe for humans and practically does not cause negative effects on health. Its main objective is to eliminate bacteria and viruses to leave the environment clean and sterile.
The contaminants removed by the ultraviolet light filter are germs, bacteria, and viruses. Ultraviolet light has the advantage of lasting thousands of hours and rarely requires replacement.
But its disadvantage is that it only kills viruses, bacteria and germs, and nothing else. In the case of spores and allergens, it will be used together with a HEPA or ionic filter.
Pre-filtering allows the largest particles to be released from the air before passing through the filter itself (HEPA or other). Indeed, if the latter were in permanent contact with these large particles, the purifier would not be as effective and durable.
The pre-filter is often made of nylon or foam fabric. Most of them can be washed at will.
ACH and CADR indices
The ACH (Air Changes Per Hour) coefficient indicates the number of air changes made by the purifier every hour (the number of times per hour the device filters the air). This is the number that determines the effectiveness of your device.
In general, the devices will indicate an ACH of 4x, 5x, 6x, etc. The higher the number, the more powerful the air purifier will be.
The CADR (Clean Air Delivery Rate), indicates the air production rate of the device itself.
It is a digital representation of the efficiency with which the purifier removes cigarette smoke, dust, and pollen. The higher this number, the more efficient the air purifier will be.
You will need this coefficient to compare two air purifiers that cover the same area in square meters.
Unfortunately, not all air purifiers show this information on their packaging …
The criteria to consider
To choose the perfect air purifier, experts advise choosing the one that cleans the air in your home quickly, efficiently and with the least possible noise.
Noise is an important criterion to consider, especially if your purifier is intended to work in a professional environment or at night.
As a rule, purifiers with HEPA and carbon filters have a fan to accumulate purified air, which makes them less noisy. Others offer a night mode or silent mode that operates the fan at a slower speed, which generates less noise.
The second point to consider is the maintenance cost or more specifically, the frequency with which the filters must be changed and the price of them. Models with HEPA filter and activated carbon need a change routine that must be followed scrupulously if you want your purifier to last for years.
This is quite normal since these filters capture particles that, in the long run, can clog them and prevent them from doing their job correctly. Observe the manufacturer’s recommendations and calculate the price that each filter change will cost.
The energy efficiency of an air purifier is measured based on the number of watts you use. In general, you can choose between devices that do not consume more than 50W to others that could even reach 200W.
It is only up to you and the time you use them (the spikes on your electricity bill will depend on it).
Note that if the manufacturer does not mention the number of watts consumed by the air purifier, simply multiply the amperage by the voltage to obtain such information.
Some purifiers work with an app that gives them access to many more or less interesting data during the air cleaning phase. Some applications allow you to even choose those particles that you want to remove and give an indication of the air quality in real-time.
This functionality, however, is usually reserved for high-quality devices.
In conclusion, which is the best air purifier to remove VOCs to choose?
If you want to purify the interior of your home to minimize the risk of allergies or simply purify the air in your rooms without getting ruined, I advise the Levoit LV-H132 and the Pro Breeze 5 in 1 purifier for their versatility.
For small surfaces (up to 20 m²), the Levoit LV-H132 will effectively filter your room thanks to its True HEPA and carbon filtration system. The Pro Breeze will be suitable for surfaces up to 45 m² thanks to its numerous filters. However, it is a little louder than the previous one, and the replacement of its filters has a certain cost…
In the mid-range, I especially advise the Levoit LV-PUR131. It can cover up to 30 m² and has the advantage of consuming little energy and producing little noise while operating. Also, their filters are not expensive!
At the top of the range, I recommend the Dyson Pure Cool Link Tower, the Philips AC3256 / 10 or the Honeywell HPA300. They are devices that have numerous features and can cover large areas. It is unlikely to disappoint you!