10 Air Purifiers Under $200 That Will Rid Your Home of Smoke, Dust, and Allergens

published Jun 12, 2023
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All around the world, air purifiers have gone from a “nice to have” home accessory to a standard home appliance. And while this boom in personal, portable air purifiers has produced some incredibly advanced — and expensive — machines, at the same time, the number of budget-friendly air purifiers has grown immensely. Finding a reliable and affordable one is easy, and we have plenty of favorite air purifier models to recommend.

Check out our top picks below to find the perfect air purifier for your home. We included tabletop, full-length, and even miniature options — all under $200, too — that work for a variety of spaces. Whether you need one for your living room, bedroom, or home office, or you want one to travel with, you’ll find the right one here. These are made by brands known for creating great air cleaning devices, such as Conway and Levoit, and most have top-of-the-line HEPA filters to ensure you get the best air purifying technology. Plus, many of them are on sale!

1 / 10
Best Buy

We like this Levoit air purifier for both its sleek look and high-performance rating. It has a true HEPA filter to capture fine particles in the air (and also absorb smelly odors). It creates a strong enough airflow to clean a room up to 220 square feet in size and has a super quiet motor so it won't make too much noise whether you have it on during the day or at night. We also appreciate its ENERGY STAR certification, and your electricity bill will, too.

2 / 10
Home Depot

This tabletop air purifier has a robust array of settings so you can program it to run at specific times and for specific durations, and it's been a bestseller for years. Our commerce editor Sarah Vazquez appreciates that it uses a true four-stage HEPA filtration system, because that means it traps up to 99.97 percent of airborne particles. "This machine is suited for all your purifying needs," Sarah wrote, "from getting rid of odors and smoke to removing dust and allergens in the air."

3 / 10
was $69.99

This Clorox model is available in different sizes that can cover different room sizes from 200 square feet up to 1,500 square feet, so you can choose the one that's best for your space. Its HEPA filter captures everything from wildfire smoke particles to everyday dust and dander, and it has a quiet fan mode that you can run at night to not disturb your sleep. Our deputy lifestyle director Madeline wrote that this device helped her sleep better actually because it eased some of her seasonal allergy symptoms.

4 / 10
Home Depot

While this air purifier is our most budget-friendly option, it works just as hard as any machine on our list. It's small enough to fit on a desk or nightstand and has a HEPA filter that removes pet dander, pollen, and mold spores from the air in your home. "For smaller areas, like an office, dorm, or apartment bedroom, this desktop air purifier is just about perfect," wrote our contributor Madelyn.

5 / 10
was $99.99

If you want an air purifier with a sleek, modern look, choose this model from Make Lemonade. You can set it to one of three fan speeds depending on your needs, and it will always let you know when you need to replace the HEPA filter by flashing its halo-shaped indicator light. Our contributor Madelyn called this "the best-looking budget option" and likes that "the bladeless technology means you don’t need to worry about leaving kids or pets alone near it."

6 / 10
was $82.68

Get this compact and powerful air purifier for your living room — then grab a second for your bedroom. It has three quiet fan speeds to choose from and will let you know via an indicator light when it's time to replace the filter. "For the main living areas of your home, you can't beat this price," wrote our commerce editor Sarah Vazquez. "And how great is the sleek design and minimal style?"

7 / 10
was $92.69

Our Best List editor Britt is a big fan of this small yet mighty air purifier, which just happens to be made by one of our favorite vacuum brands. Its internal filter is great at trapping allergens, pollen, smoke, and even unwanted odors, and it has a super simple interface that makes it easy to dial in your preferred settings. Britt wrote that "it’s great for dorm rooms, nurseries, bedrooms, and home offices; and can be used in the living room, too." She likes it so much, she recommends giving it as a gift!

8 / 10
was $149.00

With this mini, travel-friendly air purifier that's about the size of a Bluetooth speaker, you can purify the air around you wherever you go. Our contributor Terri likes that it uses a medical-grade filter and found that it fits in her car's cup holder, so she can take it anywhere. "It also comes with a 'kickstand' so it can be tilted on its side like a fan," she wrote. "In addition, the app lets you control the air purifier remotely or automatically adjust the fan speed. The app also provides real-time air quality readings, and lets you know how your personal air quality compares to regional averages."

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was $179.99

This tower air purifier can clean the air in a room up to the size of 990 square feet in just one hour, and for smaller spaces it gets the job done in a matter of minutes. In addition to having a standard HEPA filter and programmable timer settings, this model is ENERGY STAR certified, which is a nice plus. Our Best List editor Britt found this to be perfect for just about every room in her home. "I’ve used the PureZone in conjunction with my living room purifier to clear the air faster after cooking (unfortunately, the vent above my stove is not the strongest), and was able to see evidence of its effectiveness," she wrote.

10 / 10

At just under 2 feet tall and with a 10-inch diameter, this air purifier tower can work either as something to set on the floor or to keep on a tabletop. It has a HEPA filter that covers 360 degrees and removes up to 99.97 percent of airborne particulates in up to 266 square feet of space. Our editors ranked it the best overall air purifier and wrote that "it’s a solid option for those with pets and kids, as it detects and eliminates dander and pollutants that can be potentially harmful, especially if your outdoor pets also spend time indoors."