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Last updated: December 27, 2020
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If you have a baby, you’d want them to breathe the cleanest, freshest air available, right? That is why you need means of removing this bad air from your home. One of the most effective ways of doing this is through an air purifier. The best air purifier for baby comes with several features that are important to your baby’s welfare and in our article we will discuss them.
In this post, we will review 10 of the best models available on the market right now. In selecting the models below, we considered several important factors. Some of the things considered include dimensions, room size, CADR, wattage, and weight, among other things. Considering these factors will help you make the right choice. Let us now delve into the best air purifiers for baby available right now.
Guardian Technologies is a rather popular company that produces air purifiers. Most of the products from the company are high quality and built to last. They boast of excellent performance while coming at a relatively affordable price.
Well, this model comes with all these features and more. Despite being a mid-range option, this model remains one of the best units from the maker.
Some of the best features of this unit include a 3-stage filter system, UV-C light filter and impressive area coverage.
When choosing the best air purifiers for baby, you must consider the quality of the filters. Thankfully, the filters found on this model are designed to keep away the worst contaminants and more from your baby.
First, there is a pre-filter that is primarily made to remove large particles from the air. One nice feature that we noticed about this model is that the pre-filter has the ability to mop up bad odors in the air; thus giving your fresh smelling air.
There is also the hugely important True HEPA filter. This filter primarily acts to remove any particles that manage to escape the trappings of the pre-filter. As a good filter, it removes particles as little as 0.3 microns from the air.
Apart from removing pet hair, dander, and fur among other things, the HEPA filter here also features anti-microbial properties. All these features combine to give a safe air purifier.
There is also the UV-C light filter. This feature is particularly good at getting rid of bacteria and viruses. The UV light kills any small bacteria and viruses in the air.
The unit comes with a design that is commonly found in most models from Germ Guardian. With a tower design, it fits into small spaces quite easily. It is very easy to use as all the controls lie on the top. Weighing about 10 pounds, this unit is not too heavy to be lugged around.
Room coverage is quite good with this model. While the 180 square feet of space is somewhat small, especially when compared with the other units on this roundup, we find it sufficient to care for small-sized rooms. Thus, your baby’s nursery will be taken care off.
The CADR ratings on this unit are sufficient for a small sized room. You get 126 Dust / 116 Smoke. 128 Pollen ratings. Thus, the air is thoroughly swept through and filtered.
Our value buy comes in a small, lightweight build and delivers good air purification in a small area. It features good power conservation and is very easy to operate.
This tiny unit is good for a pretty small area . It comes in a cylindrical shape and a silver finish. Thus it looks quite good.
Now, aesthetics are all well and good, but what really matters is what is on the inside. This model comes with appropriate filters that serve to help reduce the level of pollution in your baby’s nursery. The filtration system consists of the HEPA filter. This defense ensures that contaminants like dust, and smaller particles are removed from the air.
If you regularly suffer from dust mite or dander, then you do not want that wandering into your child’s nursery. If you do not have time to completely eliminate the problem, then this air purifier from Hamilton Beach comes with all the features required to ensure that these problems are quickly eliminated from your residence.
There are many reasons why so many people prefer this air purifier. One main reason is that the model comes at a cheap price. While it is admittedly costlier than most other units in the True Air line of products, you will surely find it quite affordable. Another reason why it is a highly recommended unit is that it comes with the right filters to get rid of contaminants. It also does not need plenty of maintenance.
The design of this model is quite muted. It isn’t the most appealing on the market, which is not surprising when you consider the price it comes at. Nevertheless, it is not an ugly piece. It comes in a compact form and is one of the lightest on this roundup. At 6.3 pounds, you will find it easy to carry around and fit in different areas of the home without any problems. It is quite flexible and even comes with a detachable base. Thus, you can use it either vertically or horizontally without any hiccups.
Internally, this model comes with a 3-stage filtration system. This includes the pre-filter, the carbin filter and the permanent HEPA grade filter.
What this unit is especially great at is removing odors from the air. The pre-filter is made with zeolite filters technology to remove smells.
Area coverage is a mere 140 square feet. This is smaller than that of our top choice, therefore, you should only use this model in a small space. Any larger space will affect the effectiveness of the model.
One of the best features that we found on this model is the low noise production. If your baby sleeps lightly, you will be thankful for the whisper quiet operation of this model. At the highest fan speed, it does produce more noise than usual, but even this noise is manageable and one of the best one the market.
Overall, if you are looking for a very efficient model at a low price, then you’ll have a great time with this model from Hamilton Beach.
What we liked:
Comes in a compact and lightweight body
Design allows you to place it in different positions
Levoit is undoubtedly one of the most popular manufacturers of air purifiers on the market. The company has produced many spectacular units, and the Core 300 joins the parade of high quality units from the manufacturer.
This model comes with all the features to make the space smell clean and fresh while free from contaminants that can trigger allergies.
One of the most appealing features of this model is the LED touch screen. This screen is pretty easy to see and understand. It displays important parameters that indicate such things as air flow and the quality of air flowing through the room.
The LED display adds to the appealing design of this unit. It comes in an elegant white finish and a cylindrical design that lets it fit into spaces around the room easily.
Now, aesthetics are all well and good, but what really matters is what is on the inside. Thankfully, this model comes with appropriate filters that serve to help reduce the level of pollution in your baby’s nursery. The 3-stage filtration system consists of a pre-filter, activated carbon filter and the HEPA filter. This three-layered defense ensures that smells, contaminants like dust, and smaller particles are removed from the air.
This model can cover up to 215 square feet of space. Therefore, while you will not enjoy using it in a large room, you will certainly have a good time using it in a small space. With the ability to clean the aforementioned space once every 12 minutes, this model is one of the most impressive air purifiers on the market at this price and size.
The CADR rating also shows that you can rest assured of clean air. It has 140 Dust / 145 Smoke / 141 Pollen ratings, which are quite sufficient for your needs.
Noise levels also make this one of the most desirable units on the market right now. When running at the lowest fan speed, you might not even know that it is working. However , at the highest fan speed, it gets quite noisy, producing up to 50 dBA. Overall though, since you likely would not run at highest settings, you will find noise levels very acceptable.
Power consumption on this model is also quite manageable. Thus, if you are looking for a model that won’t burn through your energy requirements, you should consider getting this model.
Up next is another unit from Levoit. It is not a surprise to find the manufacturer featured twice on this roundup as it consistently produces high quality units.
The Levoit 350 comes as a relatively smaller unit, however, do not be fooled; it gives thorough cleaning performance that you can be proud of. It is thus great for your nursery’s or children rooms.
The design of this model is rather simple. First, it is covered in silver ABS plastic. This plastic Is quite durable and can survive bumps and a few drops. Since it is just around 14 inches tall, it is easy to have it as part of your home décor. The 8.9 pounds of weight is one of the lightest on this roundup. Thus, you can move it from room to room depending on your needs. There are grills on the top of the unit which suck in air for purification.
There is a relatively powerful motor inside the purifier, and the intake grills are quite efficient at what they. During our testing, we observed that as with most other purifiers, you have to be careful with placement. Therefore, you should place the air purifier somewhere that will allow it to trap in more air.
Using this model is quite straightforward. It comes with several options for powering it on. First, you could use the conventonal method and simply turn it on from the ON button. Or you could set a timer. This allows you to keep it ON when you need it to be without having to stress yourself.
This model can handle up to 219 square feet of space; just as the Levoit 300 reviewed above.
Noise levels are pretty low in the lowest settings. It get only just 24 dBA at this setting.
All the features discussed above are all great, but what truly matters is how effective the unit is at getting rid of contaminants in the space. This unit comes with a three stage filtration system. First, the air is cleaned in the pre-filter. This traps hairs, fur, and other large objects. From there, it passes on to the HEPA filter. The filter removes up to 99% of contaminants above 0.3 microns. Therefore, the air remains pretty clean over time.
Some of the particles removed by the filter include pet hair, dander, dust mites, mold, and allergens in the air.
The last stage is the ARC compound filter. This filter is responsible for removing smoke, odors, and VOCs from the filtered air.
Overall, it is an excellent model that does what it is billed to do. It is efficient, quiet and delivers impressive cleaning performance considering the price.
It also comes with an intuitive control panel that makes it very easy to use.
This unit is simple to use and delivers impressive cleaning of the baby’s nursery. It comes with a 4-stage filtration system, a portable design, easy controls, and ionizer. This unit also comes with a humidifier and dehumidifier to ensure that the air in the nursery is clean at all times of the day regardless of the weather.
If your home suffers from mold and mustiness, then this is an excellent means of clearing all that up. Built to cater for a small area, this model is great for baby nurseries and smaller spaces.
One of the best features of the unit is the three-in-one system. Unlike others that simply focus on purifying the air, this model also helps with humidity. It serves as a humidifier and dehumidifier. Thus, it comes as a handy device that can serve different purposes.
Filtration is impressive on this model. As it comes with afour-stage filtration system, you’ll love how effective it is at cleaning the air.
The HEPA filter is medical grade and clears up tiny particles from the air. Therefore, you and your baby will inhale clean, fresh air all day long. Say goodbye to allergens and germs that love to move around in the air.
The 50 square feet of space coverage of this model is the smallest we have reviewed so far. Since it does not cover a large space, you should carefully consider where you opt to place it. You might need to buy more than one if you’ll be using it in a large space.
Power consumption here is impressive and it will not burn a hole in your pocket when you are paying your energy bills. The model also comes with several safety features, including overheat protection.
There are indicator lights as well to show when the air needs to be purified. These indicators are easy to see and understand.
If you desire medical level of purification in the nursery, then you cannot go wrong with this model. It comes with a high-quality HEPA filter to clean the air. It also comes with a very attractive design you will surely like, lifetime warranty and other nice features to make using the air purifier great.
This model is listed by the manufacturer as a flagship killer, and it does try to live up to that claim. It comes at an affordable price.
The first thing that sets this unit apart from the others on the market is the design. At first glance, it looks eerily like the Levoit 300 which we have discussed earlier in the post. Thus, it comes with a premium design that comes with a pair of white plates to cover the body and the air intake grills. These grills are completely rotational as well and ensure that air is taken from all parts of the room. It comes in a compact design too. The 11: height and 8.4” width deliver a unit that can fit in tight spots. It also weighs just 5.3 pounds. You can carry it around the home wasily.
Apart from the nice design, the filters also set this model apart from others. Thus, it comes with a 4-stage filtration system. This includes the pre-filter, True HEPA filter, Activated carbon filter, and the Ionizer. When combined, all these filters ensure that your air remains clean from contaminants and free from smoke, VOCs, and odors.
The Medify MA-18 gives 380 square feet of room coverage. Thus far, this is the most extensive on this roundup. Therefore, the air purifier can handle small to medium sized rooms. You can even use it in a space of up to 800 feet. However, when using it in this way, it only exchanges air once in an hour.
Considering just how powerful this unit is, we are not surprised that it is somewhat loud. When run on the lowest settings, it is quite manageable, but higher settings are really loud.
You might be rightly concerned about the power consumption of this model. As with other models from Medify, power regulation is one of its best features. It uses very little power even if you use it for extended periods.
Overall, this is an impressive offering that comes with a nice design and even better performance than expected.
This unit comes at a good price and offers the ability to trap all the dust particles and allergens in the home. There are several reasons why this model is one of the best on the market, but one feature that several people have commented on is the True HEPA filter. This effective filter is high grade and ensures that your air remains clean at all times.
Design-wise, this unit is one of the most identifiable options. It comes in black color and a shape that looks like a futuristic piece of art. It is also quite compact and easy to move around when needed.
This model covers up to 1,560 square feet at a go. It is therefore one of the most powerful options on this roundup in terms of room coverage.
This coverage is effectively marshaled by high-grade filters. The 3-stage filtration system ensures clean air. The filters comprise of the pre-filter , odor filter, and HEPA filter.
Although it comes with powerful features, it consumes a relatively small amount of electricity. We found the maximum 77 W drain on highest settings to be very appealing.
This model is very compact and can handle large spaces with ease. Some of the best features also include smart sensors, detachable panels, filters and more. The powerful fan and lifetime warranty also makes this unit an excellent choice for the baby’s nursery.
The Alen BreatheSmart comes with impressive performance, a score of unique features, and an excellent filtration system. All these are reflected in the higher cost of the model. However, when you use this model, you’ll understand just why it costs so much.
This model comes in a lovely, elegant, premium design. It is very attractive and certainly looks the price. The panels can be removed and replaced with other colors ranging from graphite to gold , pink, and more. You get a control panel that is easy to reach and use. All the buttons are clearly labelled and thus easy to use. It also comes with a child-proof vent guard to prevent kids from tampering with it.
It comes in a relatively big form, although it can still fit several tight spots around the room. And as he model weighs just 16 pounds, you can move it around quite easliy.
The model has a 3-stage filter system. First is a washable pre-filter that removes large particles like dust, hair, and dander. As this protects the other filters, it serves to improve the durability. The HEPA filter comes next, and it takes care of any small particles that managed to pass through the pre-filter. This filter is customizable, so you can pay for that which suits your needs. Some of the options include one for handling germs, another for handling odors and smoke, and another for eliminating VOCs and chemicals. Lastly, there is the ionizer that serves to make the particles denser and easier to trap.
This model has the highest room coverage on this roundup. It can handle spaces up to 800 square feet in size. This, it is good for large sized rooms.
This model uses several filters to eliminate pollen, dust, dander, and bacteria from the air. Apart from removing dust and similar contaminants, the air purifier also comes with an activated carbon filter to remove unpleasant odors and smoke from the home. It comes with one of the best sensors available on an air purifier right now.
The last option on this roundup comes with a super easy-to-use interface that allows you use the machine quickly.
Itthe display isn’t as great as those we found in other option, we found it manageable.
It is very easy to set up and doesn’t require any special technical skills.
There is a washable pre-filter to get rid of large particles in the air. You also get a True HEPA filter to remove small particles in the air. The unit comes with all the filters you need. And when these need to be changed, it is good that the replacements are easy to find and insert.
Room coverage is decent with this model. You will find that it cleans rooms of up to 600 square feet easily.
While noise levels are admittedly higher than we’d like, the model makes up for that with its impressive airflow.
What we liked:
Easy to use
Powerful filter performance
Filter replacement indicator
What could be better:
Relatively poor display
Things to Сonsider
In the roundup above, we have narrowed down the number of air purifiers on the market tp some of the best air purifiers for baby on the market. Considering this can help you choose the right model. However, we realize that you might not be satisfied with what we have listed above. That is why we have provided this section. We will consider some important information that can help you to choose wisely.
Why should you have an air purifier in the baby room?
Before we delve into the features to consider before making a purchase, it is important that we first see how the air purifier actually helps in the baby room.
The air purifier is a device that helps to clean the air. Unlike a humidifier, this product operates by removing even more harmful contaminants from the air. By doing this, you and your baby enjoy cleaner and fresher air, which in turn contributes to good health.
Babies are especially susceptible to diseases. Their immune systems are not completely developed which can make them sick because of contaminants in the air that ordinarily do not affect older humans.
Hence, you must have an air cleaner in your nursery. Some of the common particles that cause problems for babies include:
Pet hair and dander
Viruses and bacteria
All these particles attack your child through the air. Hence, an air purifier is a must-have.
Are these devices safe for babies?
As you are rightly concerned about the health of your baby, you wonder if it is safe to use. Many technologies are harmful, and it pays to be careful.
Now, there are some models on the market that are actually harmful to the health of your child. However, the models that we have reviewed above are all built to care for your child all day long. It is safe to use and is designed to remove any harmful contaminants in the air.
The important filter to look out for
Air purifiers come with a plethora of filters. However, not all of these filters are helpful and some can even affect the health of your baby negatively. While we cannot list all of the bad types of filters, what we can do is give you the filters that your air purifier must have. Let’s see these important filters.
True HEPA filter
This filter must be found on the best air purifier for baby rooms. This filter is important because it helps to eliminate up to 99% of contaminants in the air, as the Coway Airmega 400 model will do. This includes dust mite, mold spores, bacteria, visible smoke and similar particles.
Activated Carbon Filter
Carbon serves many uses, and the activated carbon filter serves to trap VOCs, chemicals, smokes, and smells in the air. Therefore, if you have just painted the nursery, the air purifier you buy should have an Activated carbon filter to remove all that dangerous smell, which will be the case with Oransi Max HEPA model.
It is not compulsory that your air purifier comes with this. However, if you are concerned about viruses, bacteria and germs, the UV light from this type of purifier can kill them and render them impotent, and the GermGuardian RAC4825 model will help you that.
Features to consider when choosing air purifier for baby rooms
Now, let us see the important factors that should affect your buying decisions.
Type of filter
We have touched on this in the section above. However, it is so important that it needs repeating. Any air purifier that is meant for your baby room should come with a good-quality filter. This will remove a large chunk of impurities in the air and make your baby safer.
As you want the best for your baby, you are likely using the air purifier for most hours during the day. If the device isn’t energy efficient, it can easily put a drain on your electric bill.
Thus, when choosing an air purifier, look for a unit that is ENERGY-STAR certified. That way, you’d know that it will save you money on energy bills as you use it.
As with most devices of this nature, an air purifier needs to be maintained. There are several things to do to maintain it, but the most important is changing the filters when due. Therefore, before yu choose a model, consider how often you have to change the filter. Some units come with washable filters that can be used for a long time while others have to be changed more frequently.
Apart from the frequency of changing the filter, you should also consider the cost of the change. Some units come with expensive parts that can quickly put a drain on your resources. The GermGuardian RAC4825 comes with cheap replacement filters.
Some models come with an ionizing filter. However, if you are choosing a filter for your baby room, you should avoid these as much as possible. Why? Because these filters might produce ozone, which can be harmful to your child.
The size of the room is a very important consideration. Air purifiers come with different coverage areas. Some can cover up to 500 square feet or more while others cover smaller areas. Therefore, before you make a buy, consider the coverage area of the unit. It would be pointless to buy a model that cannot adequately cover a space. In such a case you might have to buy another unit to support it. The Alen BreatheSmart FIT50 can cover up to 800 square feet.
The CADR rating or Clean Air Delivery Rate shows you just how effective the unit is at cleaning a space. Thus, check out the rating to find out the effectiveness of the model in your nursery. One of the best options, the Coway Airmega 400, has an impressive rating.
The warranty protects you in cases of damage or other problems. Therefore, we advise that you look for models with lengthy warranty periods. Some of the models we reviewed above, for example, the Medify MA-18, come with lifetime warranty.
Since allergens are trapped by the air purifier, you can reduce your allergies by using these devices.
From the roundup above, we recommend all, but especially our top three picks. The GermGuardian RAC4825 comes with several impressive features including True HEPA filter and UV-C light to help to remove all the impurities and contaminants in the air. The model is affordable, but it still manages to deliver outstanding performance across board. The THE THREE MUSKETEERS III is our value buy and comes in a small, lightweight build and delivers good air purification in a small area. Hamilton Beach TrueAir 04384 is great for those on a budget. This model features a True HEPA filter that is highly efficient at keeping contaminants out of the air. It requires very little maintenance and packs quite a punch in efficiency ratings.
We hope that this best air purifier for baby room helps you to make the right buying choice.