Looking for the best air purifiers on the market for your baby?
You’re in the right place! In this proHVACinfo review, you’ll learn:
- What are air purifiers for babies (are they any different?)
- The different types of air purifiers for babies (know which is right for you)
- What to look for in the best air purifier for babies (keep these 4 things in mind!)
- Best air purifiers for babies (2021 review)
Before discussing air purifiers for babies in detail, let’s take a quick look at some of our top picks.
Our Top 5 Air Purifiers for Babies
- LEVOIT Smart Wi-Fi Air Purifier (LV-PUR131S) (Our Top Pick)
- Airthereal ADH80 Air Purifier (Best Budget Pick)
- RabbitAir MinusA2 Ultra-Quiet Air Purifier (High-End Pick)
Let’s dive in!
What Are Air Purifiers for Babies (are they any different)?
Simply put, air purifiers for babies are household devices designed to quickly and effectively clean the air you and your baby breathe without disturbing your little one.
The right air purifier can remove microscopic air contaminants your baby would otherwise breathe, making the air cleaner and safer.
When buying an air purifier for your baby you probably have a few specific use cases in mind (in your baby’s bedroom, for example).
There are a few special considerations to keep in mind for this type of air purifier – read on for our review of what to look for in the best air purifier for babies.
First, let’s take a look at the main benefits:
Removing Potential Allergens
Concerns about allergies are perhaps the most common reason to invest in an air purifier for your baby.
Indoor air usually contains a variety of airborne allergens in the form of pollutants. Children can inhale these contaminants which can cause (or exacerbate) allergies.
There’s a 25% chance that a child shares an allergy with a parent, and that risk more than doubles if both parents share the same allergy.
The great news is that an air purifier can really help. These can remove allergens at the source, which means the baby will breathe fresh air, and the impact of allergies will be mitigated.
VOCs (short for “Volatile Organic Compounds”) are another common reason parents seek out air purifiers for their babies.
Essentially, VOCs are chemical compounds found in gaseous form in many household products (think of perfumes, aerosol, air freshener, paints, furniture cleaner, etc.).
In sufficient concentrations, they can be harmful to humans, and studies have shown that babies are at unique risk for exposure.
However, you don’t have to stop using these common household products for your child’s sake. An air purifier can help cleanse the air of VOCs as well.
If you’re concerned about VOCs, we recommend an air purifier with both a True HEPA and activated carbon filter for best protection against VOCs. More on filter types below!
Put an end to unpleasant odors
Regardless of how clean your home is, chances are you’ve noticed an unpleasant smell at one point or another.
This could come from the kitchen, trash, baby diapers, etc.
If you’ve noticed it, chances are your baby has noticed it too!
Air purifiers can again come in handy here.
If your main concern is that you’re noticing unpleasant odors around the house and don’t want it to affect your baby, we recommend an air purifier with a strong activated carbon filter.
Activated carbon filters are specially designed to remove indoor odors. More on that below!
Different Types of Air Purifiers for Babies
The main distinction when it comes to air purifier for babies are similar to those for other air purifier categories.
We’ve alluded to this above; at the end of the day, that distinction comes down to your main goal with the air purifier.
Are you worried about allergens, or VOCs? The source for both these irritants are air particles, so you’ll want a purifier with a strong particle filter.
The gold standard for particle filters is True HEPA filtration. These are the most effective and efficient purifiers on the market.
Note: Some manufacturers market their purifiers as “HEPA-like”. These purifiers are typically less expensive, but they don’t meet the same rigorous standards as True HEPA filters (or they would use the label “True HEPA”).
On the other hand, if you’re primarily concerned about odor or smoke in the house, you’ll want a purifier with a good activated carbon (or “activated charcoal”) filter.
Note: All our recommended air purifiers below have both True HEPA filters and strong activated charcoal filters!
You can learn more in our article: How do Air Purifiers Work?
What to Look for in the Best Air Purifier for Babies
Here is our list of key factors to consider before getting an air purifier for your baby:
- Device Size
- Filtration and Filter Life
- LED Lights
To choose the correct size air purifier, consider the square footage of your baby’s room.
Air purifiers are rated according to the square footage they can cover. The main metric for this is the Clean Air Delivery Rate (“CADR”). The following table shows the EPA’s recommended CADR , based on room square footage.
All manufacturers list the CADR of their air purifier, so make sure you get one in line with the size of your baby’s room.
Filtration and Filter Life
As discussed earlier, your filtration needs will vary based on what exactly you want to filter.
A HEPA filter isn’t as helpful if you’re worried about a odor from smoke, and likewise a strong charcoal filter won’t do you much good if your concerned about allergies!
You’ll also want to keep in mind what the average filter life is for the model you buy. Generally, filters need replaced after a certain period of use, and those costs can add up over the life of your purifier.
Filters vary in price too, so keep that in mind!
This is one of the most overlooked considerations when it comes to air purifiers, especially if you’re purchasing for your baby’s bedroom.
Many air purifiers come with user-friendly controls on their front panel that are backlit with LED lights.
The problem is that on some purifiers these LED lights can’t be turned off, even in sleep mode! You can imagine how this can disrupt sleep for an adult, let alone for your baby.
Before buying, it’s best to confirm the model has LED lights that shut off completely, either manually or after a few minutes in “sleep” mode.
On the same note as our previous point, noise level is important in case the purifier is going in your baby’s room.
Air purifiers are rated according to the amount of decibels (“dB”) they produce.
Most purifiers can run at a variety of fan speeds, so the decibel rating will naturally vary with the fan speed.
What’s important is that the unit can function at a low enough noise to allow your baby to sleep (generally anything under 40 dB will do the trick).
Best Air Purifiers for Babies (Reviewed)
1. LEVOIT Smart Wi-Fi Air Purifier (LV-PUR131S) (Our Top Pick)
This Wi-Fi enabled air purifier by LEVOIT is our overall top pick due to its great functionality and features at a great price.
- Coverage: 360 square feet (at highest fan speed);
- Filter life: 6 months
- Noise level: 27 dB
This purifier has a True HEPA filter and activated carbon filter. It also features a smart sensor, auto mode, 3-speed fan setting and even a smartphone app!
Perfect for babies, this model operates at noise levels as low as 27dB (about the same noise level as a ticking watch).
- Good balance of features and price
- Fast and quiet operation
- Excellent smart features
- Compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Home
- Some users reported connectivity issues with their phone
2. Airthereal ADH80 Air Purifier (Best Budget Pick)
The Airthereal ADH80 Air Purifier is one of the best air purifiers out there at a lower price point. It’s a great option if you’re on a budget, especially if you you’re shopping for a small room.
- Coverage: 160 square feet
- Filter life: 6 to 8 months
- Noise level: 22 dB (on sleep mode)
The Airthereal ADH80 has a prefilter for trapping large pollutants like dust and hair. The prefilter works to extend the life of the main filter too!
It also comes with a True HEPA filter, activated carbon filter, an in-built Smart Sensor, and a 3-speed fan setting.
This model is exceptionally quiet during operation, making it another good choice for bedroom use.
- Small size
- Dedicated prefilter
- Quiet operation
- Smaller area coverage
3. RabbitAir MinusA2 Ultra-Quiet Air Purifier (High-End Pick)
The RabbitAir MinusA2 Ultra-Quiet Air Purifier is our high-end pick due to its modern design, outstanding performance and robust features.
The RabbitAir MinusA2 is the only purifier we reviewed that is certified allergy-friendly by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
- Coverage: 815 square feet
- Filter life: 2 years
- Noise level (decibels): 25.6 to 51.3 dBs for SPA-780A/N.
The RabbitAir MinusA2 has great features, including Wi-Fi, smartphone app compatibility, remote control, and an easy-to-use control panel.
This unit also comes with six separate filters: a washable pre-filter to capture large pollutants, a medium filter for smaller particles (including dust and pollen), a HEPA filter, a customized filter (for germ defense, pet allergy, toxins, and an odor-remover), and an activated carbon filter.
- Excellent performance
- Washable/reusable prefilter
- Robust fan power
- Excellent smart features including a smartphone app
- Excellent design and high-quality built that allows you to mount the unit on the wall
- High price
The KOKOFIT Air Purifier is another great choice, especially if you have a larger area that needs air filtration.
- Area (square footage): 1,410 square feet
- Filter life: 3 to 6 months
- Noise level: Approximately 50 dB in normal operation and 26 dB on sleep mode.
The KOKOFIT air purifier includes an intelligent air quality monitoring system, that can measure and display the quality of the air in real-time.
This device also features an H13 True HEPA filter, a pre-filter, and a filter replacement indicator.
- Large coverage area
- Filter replacement indicator
- Powerful yet quiet operation
- Some users thought the fan was nosier than they expected
The last purifier on our list is another great choice if you’re shopping for babies and young children. The Vornadobaby AC1-0040-43 Purio Nursery Air Purifier was made especially with babies in mind.
It has all the filtering power you’d expect, with True HEPA technology and an activated carbon filter.
But it also comes with a number of child-proofing features!
These include an extra-wide, topple-resistant base with no “pinch points”. Any extra cord is secured in the base of the unit, and the controls are lockable!
It also has an auto-mode for bedtime, which automatically switches the unit to its lowest fan speed when the room gets dark.
- Designed especially with young children in mind
- Auto-mode for bed time
- Childproof design
- Auto-lock feature
- Has a low fan power
Final Thoughts on the Best Air Purifiers for Babies
Air purifiers for babies can be a great choice for parents who are worried about allergies, smoke or other pollutants in their house.
We’ve assembled a great list of powerful yet quiet air purifier options that will give you peace of mind about the air your baby breathes.
What’s your favorite air purifier from the list?