With the haze looking like it’s going to be persistent for a while, most of us are closing the windows and switching on the air-conditioner as a way to keep our indoor air cleaner. However, while this may help reduce the amount of pollutants indoors, air-conditioners aren’t able to filter out microscopic particles that are harmful to us.
This is where an air purifier comes into the picture.
Why invest in an air purifier in the first place?
According to Health Hub, even healthy people who are exposed to unhealthy PSI levels daily may experience their eyes, nose, and throat getting irritated. The haze particles can also affect our heart and lungs – exacerbating the condition for those with chronic heart or lung disease, or heart failure. Needless to say, constant exposure is not good.
That is why you should consider having an air purifier at home – we’re already exposed to harmful air particles on a daily basis since we live in a bustling metropolis, the haze only makes the air quality worse than it already is. Additionally, all 12 air purifiers help to rid your house of dust mites, mould spores, odours, bacteria and allergens so really, it’s a great investment for the long-run.
So don’t think of it as buying protection for something that occurs once a year – see it as an investment that enhances your family’s health and well-being through the years.
What to look for in an air purifier?
Air purifiers help to remove impurities in the air that we breathe – think of dust, pollen, household odours, pet odours, smoke, mould spores, and other airborne pollutants. When you’re talking about an air purifier that protects us from the haze, you need to check its specifications are a notch higher than the usual ones and look out for one main thing: true HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters.
A HEPA standard filter has to satisfy certain levels of efficiency – it eliminates airborne allergens sized at 0.3 microns or larger. So if an air purifier has a near 100% or even 100% HEPA filter, it’s definitely a good one. Check out this list of air purifiers we curated, which even include a machine that claims to have a 99.985% effective filter.
1. EuropAce Air Purifier EPU 3300T
This purifier has a coverage of up to 30 square-metres and is lab-tested Ozone safe! It removes particles as small as PM0.1 – this means that the most damaging haze particles that are usually PM2.5 are filtered out of your home as well. Amongst the six filters there’s a pre-filter, a true Korean H11 HEPA, an activated carbon filter, as well as an ioniser. The UV lamp eliminates bacteria, virus and germs. Altogether, the EuropAce EPU 3300T purifies your air from not just the haze, but also odours, pollen, animal hair, dust mites, dust, fine dust, mould spores, bacteria and volatile organic compounds – to project clean, purified air.
For your comfort, you can also check out the air quality on the purifier itself – it has a display which shows real-time data.
2. Dyson Pure Cool™ Tower Purifier Fan
The Dyson Pure Cool™ purifying fan is perfect for the family room. It senses air pollution, captures it, and projects purified air evenly across the room with Air Multiplier technology. The smart purifier has air quality sensors that allow it to report PM2.5 and PM10 concentration levels live on the device’s LCD screen, or on the Dyson Link app on your phones. It can also sense and report pollutants like volatile organic compounds, and nitrogen dioxide – a pollutant frequently generated by vehicles.
The fan has a Glass HEPA filter, which allows it to catch 99.95% of ultrafine particles as small as PM0.1, and a dedicated activated carbon filter to remove gases. It also comes with an automatic mode, which constantly monitors the air for pollutants and reacts in real-time to purify the room – without you having to lift your finger! The uber sleek and aesthetic purifier/ fan is made for homes and tested to POLAR test standards, which tests it against factors like filtration efficiency, cleaning performance, and importantly its ability to project and mix air evenly across the room. Talk about smart machines!
3. Dyson Pure Cool™ Me
If you’re travelling around, or want an option for your bedside table or office desk, then consider the Dyson Pure Cool Me™. Think of this as the mini to its popular sibling! This gorgeous personal purifying fan works by cooling you with a focused jet of purified air through Core Flow™ technology. The fan is made to be used at an arm’s length, hence why it’s great for personal use. The 360° Glass HEPA filter captures 99.95% of particles as small as PM0.1, and like the Dyson Pure Cool™ purifying fan, this too has a layer of activated carbon to capture gases, and can be linked to the Dyson Link app to generate reports. It also comes with a night mode so you have a peaceful slumber.
4. EuropAce Car / Personal Desktop Air Purifier EPU 1101S
Think about the amount of time you spend in your office – a lot! So if you want another portable option, try this one out! Two features we love – and you will too – are its aroma diffuser and USB charging functions.
It has the same features as the EuropAce Air Purifier EPU 3300T, such as the 6-step purification method and also uses the same true Korean H11 HEPA that eliminates 99.985% of particles. So if you’ve always had your eyes on the EPU 3300T but prefer something lighter that you can move around – this is the one to go for.
5. Novita Air Purifier NAP811i
This simple but contemporary purifier is ideal for large living spaces up to 52 square-metres. It has a high airflow rate and keeps airborne allergens and germs at bay. This purifier which is adapted with the PuriPRO™ Filtration System – the pre-mesh filter first traps larger airborne particles. The cool catalyst filter then oxidizes and eliminates airborne germs and harmful volatile organic compounds, while the granular activated carbon filter adsorbs volatile organic compounds, unpleasant odour and airborne chemicals.
It is equipped with a true HEPA filter that removes up to 99.97% of airborne germs and allergens plus a built-in ionizer then produces more than 20 million negative ions to freshen up indoor air quality. The Novita Air Purifier NAP811i has an intuitive interface, easy maintenance & filter replacement indicators, a smart filter diagnosis system, and more.
The Novita Air Purifier NAP811i retails at SGD399 (for a limited time only) at Novita’s online store.
6. Honeywell HAP18200 (CADR 135) Air Purifier
The Honeywell HAP 18200 True 99.97% HEPA air purifier is perfect for a typical large room. It cleans the air of a 25 square-metres living room five times per hour – making it suitable if you have anyone with a medical condition living with you. For larger rooms up to 63 square-metres, it’ll purify the air in your room up to three times per hour. The HEPA filter removes contaminants up to PM0.3, while the activated carbon filter helps to eliminate odours, volatile organic compounds, and airborne chemicals. There’s a smart indicator to remind you when the filters need changing, plus the purifier is equipped with noise reduction technology – so you’ll hardly notice its presence!
The Honeywell HAP18200 (CADR 135) Air Purifier retails online at SGD599 at Lion City Co.
7. Daikin Streamer Air Purifier
This one purifier comes with powerful three direction suction – meaning it catches large particles of dust too aside from protecting you from the haze. It has an electrostatic HEPA filter that removes 99.97% of fine particles. The streamer technology means bacteria, mould, chemical substances that are harmful, as well as allergens are eliminated from the area.
P.S. Daikin is having a special promotion that’s ending soon, so grab their purifier while you can!
The Daikin Steamer Air Purifier retails at SGD480 at Daikin.
8. Sharp FU-A80E-W
The Sharp FU-A80E-W is equipped with Plasmacluster Ion Technology, which efficiently suppresses the activity of airborne viruses and microbes. It acts on both airborne and mould the suppress the proliferation of mould.
With the help of the HEPA filter, it removes airborne allergens such as dead dust mites, dust mite faeces, pollen and house dust. The active carbon filter means the purifier removes odours and additionally, static energy to prevent pollen and dust from circulating around the room, and clinging to curtains or clothes. The dust sensor constantly monitors the air quality – and adjusts the fan speed accordingly while it is in auto mode. The purifier is most suitable for rooms up to 60 square-metres!
The Sharp FU-A80E-W retails at SGD509 at Qoo10.
9. Panasonic F-PXM55A Air Purifier
The F-PXM55A covers an area up to 41 square-metres and is equipped with the innovative nanoe™ technology – it is a fine and weakly acidic water particle with a reactive substance and an electric charge that works together with OH radical to remove bacteria. The OH radical itself removes hydrogen from viruses, bacteria, odours and allergens. The composite HEPA filter removes PM0.3 particles. It also has green tea catechin which inhibits some types of viruses up to 99%!
Panasonic’s air purifiers have been proven to be capable to reduce allergen content significantly. Additionally, it has a haze mode which adjusts the fan speed to efficiently remove pollutants when they are detected. The Econavi mode runs only when necessary – it intelligently works with your air purifier to learn your daily life patterns and automatically clean pollutants even before they spread. Innovative much!
Find the nearest location to buy the Panasonic F-PXM55A Air Purifier here.
10. Novita PuriClean NAP610i
Equipped with the PuriPRO™ Filtration System, this purifier has a 5-step system that includes a 99.97% true HEPA filter, washable mesh filter, and a semi-permanent built-in ionizer. It emits a high negative ions count emission of up to 60 million per cubic metres and covers a larger area of up to 42 square-metres. It also has a far-infrared PM2.5 particle sensor, the NAP610i, which provides monitoring of your current air quality, while showing you the PM2.5 count based on two minutes moving average. The three colour air quality sensor light also offers a live indication of your air quality anytime.
The NAP610i has a DC brushless motor system – meaning it has 30% higher efficiency and durability, 30-50% lesser power consumption with over 30,000 hours on its lifespan. Plus it is super silent! Optimising your best air quality to the highest standard possible, it has an easy to operate with a user-friendly interface and is simplistic yet highly functional. Not to mention, it’ll look good in any living space, won’t it?
The Novita PuriClean NAP610i retails at SGD599 at Novita’s online store.
11. LG PuriCare™ 360° Air Purifier (With Clean Booster)
Providing 360° purification, the LG Puricare delivers fresh air for rooms up to 47.5 square-metres – including areas low to the ground to benefit infants and toddlers. If you’re worried about your kids’ quick fingers, you’d love that the machine has a child lock, and is child-friendly. The Puricare’s Clean Booster facilitates pure, cleaner air delivery, as the true HEPA filter captures up to six types of particles like pet dander, dust, allergens and volatile organic compounds to deliver purer, cleaner air than any single-filter solution. The PM 1.0 Sensor detects (and indicates) contaminants one microns or smaller in diameter, while the intelligent LED indicator system changes colour as the indoor air quality improves.
A cool feature – the SmartThinQ Technology which is compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa. It allows you to adjust key features of your LG PuriCare 360° Air Purifier from anywhere, at any point of time – as long as you have the app and internet!
Find the nearest location to buy the LG PuriCare™ 360° Air Purifier here.
12. Philips Air Cleaner AC2887/30
The AC2887/30 Air Cleaner’s AeraSense technology monitors the air quality and accordingly purifies the air with the aid of the HEPA filter. It identifies fine particles that are even smaller than PM2.5 – including common indoor airborne allergens. Afterwards, it processes the data to adjust that the purifier’s settings such that it is at an ideal level for current air conditions. It then gives you feedback of real-time indoor air quality by showing PM2.5 level! To keep you sleeping through the night is the sleep mode, which keeps it softer than a whisper as it turns down its fan speed and noise level to allow a comfortable night’s sleep. You can also adjust the light according to your liking!
Aside from that, the Philips Air Purifier has three purification settings – a general mode, an extra-sensitive allergen mode, and an extra-powerful bacteria and virus mode. Best of all, it has the Philips Green Logo, which ensures reduced costs, energy consumption, and CO2 emissions.
The Philips Air Cleaner AC2887/30 retails at SGD599 at Philips’ online store.