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The Best Compact Air Purifiers For Home or Travel

Air purifiers are a great way to keep the indoor air you breathe clean and free of allergens, pollutants and even germs. While these are great for use in your home and office, it might be helpful to know they will come in handy when traveling as well.

Below are some of the best travel size air purifiers that work to deliver purified air comfortably and efficiently throughout any room. They work by using two separate airflow streams to ensure delivery of cleaner air throughout, have multiple levels of purification and filter replacement notification technology. For especially tighter spaces, there is even a pluggable sanitizer option that not only reduces odors but uses UV-C light to kill airborne viruses and requires no filter replacement.

These compact purifiers are especially great for traveling to places with poor air conditions and will give you the peace of mind that everything from allergens and microscopic particles to VOC gases and airborne contaminants will be eradicated, keeping you comfortable and breathing clean. That said, these options are also great for home use, and can effectively purify small to medium-sized rooms.

1. Blueair Blue Pure 411 Air Purifier

This option from Blueair is designed for small rooms. Its cylindrical shape means it won’t take up too much space in your room or when you travel, although its 16″ length is quite sizeable, so it’s not designed specifically as a travel filter. It utilizes a three-part filtration system that is designed to capture different kinds of air pollutants, including allergens, mold spores and dust mites. Plus, the activated carbon helps reduce odors from pets, cooking and other household odors. It has a pre-filter sock that fits over the paper filter. The sock is designed to be washed and reused, while the paper filter is designed to be replaced every six months, or more often depending on air conditions.

Pros: Sleek design, runs quietly for use in the bedroom. Energy-star rated for efficiency. Three-stage filtration traps odor in addition to allergy-causing pollutants.

Cons: Filter is only covered by the thin fabric sleeve, so the filter could potentially get damaged if hit.

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2. LEVOIT HEPA Air Purifier

Levoit’s Air Purifier provides three stages of filtration (Pre-Filter, True HEPA and High Efficiency Activated Carbon Filters) to tackle and capture allergens, pet hair, dander, smoke, mold, odor and large dust particles. In addition, it’s designed to remove 99.97% of airborne contaminants and effectively improves indoor air quality so you can enjoy fresh air at home. This high-efficiency air purifier also has the ultra-silent operation and circulates room air over four times per hour to achieve rapid purification.

Pros: A built-in replacement indicator reminds you when to replace your filter.

Cons: This comes with a blue night light which may be distracting to some.

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3. Germ Guardian GG1000 Small Air Purifier

The GermGurdian Air Filter is an air sanitizer that kills germs and viruses in addition to filtering odors with optional UV-C light. Ideal for small rooms, this air filter is perfect for the kitchen, bathroom or a children’s room and can provide your home with fresher, cleaner air. Simply plug into any wall socket to start killing bacteria and fight odors caused by cooking, smoke, pets and more.

Pros: This air purifier requires no filters to clean or replace.

Cons: Unit may be somewhat loud for some.

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4. Molekule Air Mini+ Small Room Air Purifier

What sets Molekule apart from other filters is the use of a PECO, rather than HEPA filter. What that means is that it both traps and destroys allergens created by a wide variety of pollutants and allergens ranging from mold to pet dander to exhaust fumes. And not only does it improve air quality, it allows you to monitor it via the app. There are several models of the Molekule. This is the Mini, so it’ll be a good option for taking on the go or smaller rooms.

Pros: Sleek and stylish design. Allows you to remotely control the unit through the app. Unique filter design eliminates pollutants.

Cons: Expensive.

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5. KOIOS Air Purifier

This option is a light two pounds and 7.5″ at its longest, making it a great option to travel with, but its 360-degree air intake and three-in-one filtering technology mean you can also use it as your only filter for smaller homes. It utilizes a HEPA filter to cleanse the air of dust, pollen and mold spores, and the activated carbon helps keep odors at bay. The one-touch button allows you to toggle between high speed, low speed and turning the light off for sleeping.

Pros: Compact and lightweight design. Easy to use. Runs quietly. Three stage-filtration including HEPA

Cons: Lighting on unit is bright.

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6. Pure Enrichment PureZone 3-in-1 Air Purifier

This filter from Pure Enrichment is 10.8″ x 6.9″ x 12.1″ and six pounds, making it a little large for short term trips if you’re using it as a travel filter. That said, its larger size allows it to purify the air of rooms that are up to 200 square feet. The three-in-one design removes multiple types of pollutants and irritants; it uses a HEPA filter, activated carbon, and dust-catching pre-filter to eliminate pollutants. There’s even a UV-light to kill floating microorganisms.

Pros: Quiet running. Comprehensive cleaning uses UV light, a HEPA filter and activated carbon for the cleanest possible air.

Cons: Somewhat large if you’re using it on the go.

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