The 4 best air purifiers for cleaning the air and eliminating odors in smaller spaces — as low as $35

Moriba Cummings
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Nothing puts air health and comfortability more into perspective than spending most of your time at home. With so many more folks working from home and generally spending more time indoors lately, general interest in air purifiers has majorly increased. 

In fact, more people have been shopping for these home tech devices to not only ensure that the air inside their homes is clean but also to eliminate any odors without constantly using room sprays, air fresheners and scented candles.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Americans, on average, spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors.” And while it’s currently expected for folks to stay inside, now more than ever, doing so for long periods of time actually doesn’t shield us from pollutants.

“The concentration of some pollutants are often two or five times higher than typical outdoor concentrations,” the EPA explains. They also added that very young adults, older adults and people with cardiovascular or respiratory problems are the most susceptible to these pollutants’ adverse effects.

With this in mind, the EPA suggests adding devices like air purifiers to your indoor living space to “help reduce airborne contaminants.”

They specifically stated that high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter products are what you should look for as they work best at combatting airborne pollution.

Most folks on the hunt for quality air purifiers don’t have a lot of free space to store a large unit, so the smaller the device, the better. Size, however, should not determine performance. So, taking this into account, we’ve found the best options for smaller spaces, separated into four categories.

Including two options from American’s No. 1 air purifier brand, Levoit, and two others that are both super portable and excellent odor absorbers, take a look at the list in more detail below, with prices starting at just $35.

1. Best Overall: Levoit H13 True HEPA Air Purifier, $99.99

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The Levoit H13 True HEPA Air Purifier is a No. 1 best seller on Amazon and has over 20,000 five-star reviews.

Top Review:

“Outstanding! Removes dust from the air before my very eyes! I’ve owned three air purifiers in my lifetime: a Winix, a Honeywell and this Levoit Core 300. Despite having the lowest listed power of the three and being half as expensive, this Levoit is by far the most effective of the three.”

2. Best for Small Rooms: Levoit H132 True HEPA Filter Air Purifier With Optional Night Light, $79.98 (Orig. $89.99)

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The Levoit H132 True HEPA Filter Air Purifier has over 26,000 five-star reviews on Amazon and includes a built-in night light.

Top Review:

“Of all the air purifiers I have owned before, this one is the best… Compared to other purifiers I have owned, this one is much smaller and quieter, two features we very much appreciate. Lastly, the night light — I didn’t think I would use it, but I have been very appreciative of that as well over the past month.”

3. Perfect for Desks or Tabletops: Honeywell HPA020B Tabletop True HEPA Air Purifier, $62.60 (Orig. $79.99

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The Honeywell True HEPA Air Purifier is an Amazon’s Choice product and comes in both tabletop and tower form.

Top Review:

Our apartment doesn’t smell like cats anymore! One of my goals in life is to have people not smell our two cats when they walk into our apartment. I have this little beauty set up right by the litter boxes and it does a pretty good job of cleaning the air.”

4. Best Portable Option: GermGuardian Pluggable Air Purifier And Sanitizer, $34.99 (Orig. $59.99)

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The GermGuardian Pluggable Air Purifier And Sanitizer has over 6,600 five-star ratings and is perfect for traveling and moving from room to room.

Top Review:

Best purchase ever! The people who live downstairs from us smoke, and every morning our kitchen reeks of cigarettes. As a non-smoker with two young children, this drives me crazy. I honestly didn’t expect much from this tiny thing. The smell was bad, like walking into an old dirty ashtray. I plugged it in right next to the garbage can, and the next morning there was no smell! I’m amazed.”

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