As cities get more polluted, it's never a bad idea to add an air purifier in your apartment, especially if you have sensitive lungs like me. Pollen, cat hairs, and other particulates can easily find their way into your apartment, causing allergies and making it more difficult to get things done. Here are the best air purifiers we've found for smaller places. 1. Sharp Plasmacluster KC-830U to KC-860U: These triple action air purifiers also dehumidify, which is a good addition. The KC-830U will be able to purify a room of 124 sq. ft., while the KC-850U will do the same for a room of 254 sqf. The KC-860U will work up to 341 sq. ft. The model series feature true HEPA filters that trap 99.97% of all particles with carbon filters to trap most household odors and operate silently, at 28 to 49 dB, all equipped to remove germs, bacteria, mold spores, pollen, pet dander, smoke, dust and odors from your home air. ($289)2. Honeywell HFD320 AirGenius 5: The latest AirGenius will be able to tackle rooms up to 250 square feet (we recently tested and reviewed a similarly speced AirGenius 4 model). The good thing is that it's got a lot of pre-programmed settings, so you won't have to fiddle with it too much to get it working. There are specific settings for allergy seasons, cold & flu seasons and it's supposed to be quiet, so you can keep it running while you sleep.
[Note: the AirGenius is not a HEPA rated model and instead uses an ifD filter to electrically charge attraction between airborne particles and the interior surfaces of the filter] ($249.99)
3. Oransi v-hepa Max Air Purifier: This true HEPA air purifier looks big, but it's not that deep (8 inches). It uses only 90 watts, so it costs less to operate. This air purifier will work for rooms up to 600 sq. ft., so if you've got a small studio, then this will do the job. ($479)
4. Germ Guardian AC5250PT: This air purifier has a pet filter, captures allergens, and uses UV-C light to kill common germs and bacteria. It will cover room up to 193 sq. ft. ($179.99)
5. Holmes Pure Living Solution: This air purifier is currently on sale directly from Holmes, and the price includes 4 HEPA filters. It works for rooms up to 180 sq. ft. ($77.94)
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