If Looks Could Kill: 5 Air Purifiers We Could Live With

If Looks Could Kill: 5 Air Purifiers We Could Live With

Joel Pirela
Aug 13, 2010

When was the last time you saw an air purifier that looked this good? It has all the DNA of a center channel speaker from a high end audio system, but is designed to pull in air rather than push out notes. It is simply the most non-decor invasive designed air purifier we've yet seen (coming out soon, by way of France). We collected a few others we think that hit the mark between air purifying performance and eye-pleasing design.

The Airwake, designed by Jean-Marie Massaud, might be our dream air purifier. With an ash wood casing (harvested sustainably) and a recyclable filtration cartridge to scrub your interior air clean. The Airwave is in the pre-order phase, but we hope to follow up with a hands-on review to discover whether the performance matches the design (and at what price).

What makes the Coway AP-1008DH special is not only the leather front cover that enhances the expensive and unique feel but the engineering efficiency of the front facing fan and filter. It has a dust and gas sensor for optimal air purification and constant monitoring of bacteria in the air. It also has an display indicator of air quality that updates constantly to keep you informed of what's going on.

Then there's the LightAir IonFlow 50, going for roughly the same amount of money, but using a totally different approach to design strategy: a more cylindrical and vertical orientation with the use of clear acrylic for the base. It's silent and cleans the air from small particle of dust, bacteria, mold and uses no filter. This will feel at home with any decor. Check out Maxwell's review over at Apartment Therapy.

For the green-concious generation, we have the Andrea plant based air purification system. Pretty much a live plant inside a clear enclosure with a container that feeds the plant water and provide an electric fan to channel the purified air outside (think BioDome). They claim to get rid of formaldehyde gases thru metabolic properties of living plants.

RabbitAir's MinusA2 Artists Series is currently being evaluated by one of the Unplggd team right now, with an upcoming detailed review, but initial reports about this wall-mountable design is it is extremely quiet. Like, put-your-ears-to-the-vent quiet. A 6 filter system might make this the best bedroom air purifier option, thanks to the thin profile and super quiet operational volume. The front face could also be wallpapered or painted over with a little primer to further blend it into the wall.

So, if you are slave of allergies and suffer from runny noses and itchy eyes, but don't want your air purifying appliance marring your home decor, these five options above might be all worth considering.

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