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Keep an air purifier on your desk as you work or by your bed at night to improve the quality of the air around you. Image Credit: Shutterstock

Do you catch yourself sneezing nonstop at a time, aggravated by a runny nose and watering eyes? The allergens and suspended dust in the atmosphere are to blame. Whatever is coming in through your air ducts – pollen, pet dander, mould or bacteria – a quality air purifier can capture the pollutants with a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter. Wave goodbye to allergy symptoms and breathe easy this summer, because we're bringing you our picks of the best air purifiers listed on Amazon. Also, subscribe to Prime for one-day free delivery.

1. Best Overall: LEVOIT Core 400S Smart True HEPA Air Purifier

Pros

  • Fan speed automatically adjusts according to air quality
  • Three-stage filtration system
  • Voice control compatible with Alexa and Google
  • Operates quietly at 24 decibels
  • Effective in getting rid of pet dander, allergies and cooking odours

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Bulky unit

Levoit’s air purifier employs a three-stage filtration system: the air passes through a pre-filter, HEPA filter and an activated carbon filter. In other words, you’re tackling pet fur, dust and cooking smells around you, all in one. The appliance is a large powerful tool suitable for spacious rooms like the kitchen or the living room. Every hour, the purifier uses its VortexAir Technology 3.0 to refresh the air over five times in a 403 square feet space, operating at low decibels of 24db – this is quieter than the sound of pouring water. Whenever it is time for a filter replacement, the smart VeSync app will let you know.

2. Best Design: Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier 4, White

Pros

  • Attractive design
  • Display shows real-time air quality reading
  • Three-stage filtration system
  • Smart app control and LED display
  • Syncs with voice assistants

Cons

  • Reviewers say the app has some glitches

Xiaomi Mi’s air purifier comes in a stylish minimalist design in white. You can find the three-layered HEPA filter in here as well. A touch-screen organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display tells you the current quality of air, indoor temperature and humidity. Its most convenient feature is its built-in Wi-Fi, to which you can connect using the Mi Home application on your phone. Control the device even when you’re away so that your pets and children are breathing clean air. Thanks to its 360-degree air duct circulation system, it quickly purifies the room and even eliminates odours.

Warranty: Amazon offers a one-year extended warranty on the product for Dh29 and two years for Dh41.

3. Best for Small Rooms: PHILIPS Series 800 Compact Air Purifier

Pros

  • Cleaner ambient air in less than 16 minutes
  • Visual feedback on air quality
  • Eliminates dust and pet fluff
  • Sleep mode runs at 19 decibels only

Cons

  • Doesn't target odours

Equipped with a HEPA filter, Philips Series 800 air purifier is smaller than most but operates just as well. It has all the basics down with a quiet running sound of minimum 19 decibels and different speed levels for your convenience. Within 16 minutes, it promises cleaner air around you, free of dust particles. The only drawback is the absence of an activated charcoal filter, which is essential for removing odours. But most reviews commend its ability to target pet dander and note how they've had to dust the house less ever since their purchase. This is recommended for rooms up to 49 square metres.

4. Best for Car and Budget: AMINAC Air Purifier

Pros

  • Portable, space-saving unit
  • Targets the smell of smoke best
  • Three-stage filtration system
  • Value for money

Cons

  • Might not be effective in rooms

Consider getting a palm-sized air purifier for your car that easily fits into the cup holder. Our portable pick is AMINAC's mini air purifying device, which weighs only 136 grams and operates at 20 decibels. Powered by a USB cable, the small unit uses a True HEPA filter to capture air pollutants while you're driving, whether it be from the standing traffic around you or the lingering smell of smoke inside the car. Some reviewers say it eliminated car odour within 15 minutes of use.

5. Best for Pet Parents: Levoit Core P350 Air Purifier 

Pros

  • Highly effective carbon filter for smells
  • Helps pet parents with pet allergies
  • Pet lock to lock in settings
  • Captures pet fur and dander well

Cons

  • No remote control via app

Every fur parent needs a dedicated purifier for the cleanliness of their home and the health of their family. When the litter box is inside the house, the smell is quite hard to air out - so Levoit's air purifier for pets comes with more carbon, increasing the filter's deodorising ability by 60 per cent. Besides capturing fur and dander effectively, as reported by buyers (some of whom are also allergic to pets), the unit has a special pet lock feature. This disables all touch controls for times when you're away while your curious pet is at home, safely breathing clean air.

6. Best for Airborne Bacteria and Viruses: ELECTROLUX Air Purifier, Grey

Pros

  • Lab tested against virus removal
  • Five-stage filtration system
  • Covers large rooms
  • Has wheels to transport it

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Takes up space

Unlike most purifiers, Electrolux comes with a five-stage filtration system, the additional two dedicated to fighting bacteria and viruses. The filters neutralise trapped airborne pollutants and also help reduce 99.99 per cent of live viruses. Since the unit is large in size, weighing 8.9kgs, the device would be best placed in an open area of at least 88 square metres. This shouldn't be a deal breaker because you can easily roll it from one end of the house to the other, thanks to the wheels it sits on.

Warranty: Amazon offers a one-year extended warranty on the product for Dh97 and two years for Dh138.

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