Which are the best rated air purifiers? A better question to ask is:
Which is the best one for my needs?
So while searches in consumer reports and at amazon can help you look for quality or reliability the fact exists that your air quality problems are unique and hence require an air purifier that is unique to your needs. Some people have allergies, and some have pet odor problems, and each requires a different technology. It's not that the information consumer reports can offer isn't valuable, it's just that blanket opinions and isolated reviews have little to do with your needs.
Here's a better approach:
1) Eductae yourself on the 10 technologies
2) Determine the square footage (to know what size air purifier)
3) Then determine which air purifiers might fit your needs.
Then read reviews to narrow your search. (NOTE: See the video guide on the home page which covers all steps)
BEST RATED CLAIMS ??
The term "best rated" is more of a marketing term. In many cases best rated air purifier really turns into the most profitable air purifiers on many websites.
Let's take a step beyond "best rated" to help you uncover the "best for my needs". The video and 4-step process below will help you accomplish this.
The air purifier industry, in my opinion, really needs more thorough independent testing and research. For example the popular air purifier term "CADR ratings" is generated from a political lobby group in Washington with money given from many air purifier manufacturers. Here's the bottom line: they do not represent the consumer.
NEED FOR PARTICLE TESTS
As an expert in both air technologies and in the natural health field for 34 years I'm often asked for air purifier advice and if I had a #1 criteria for the best rated air purifiers for allergies it would start with a solid particle test. To remove dust and pollen a person needs a HEPA air purifier to capture and hold these particles. And to measure effectiveness on pollen and dust you need a particle tester. Yet you do not find many particle tests on air purifiers, and the ones you do see are done improperly.
For this reason this website, Top-air-purifier-reviews, features particle tests on video for most major air purifier brands. And the specially made particle tester measures both microscopic particles (bacteria and microscopic dust) as well as large molecules (like dust and pollen). You can access particle tests on most brands by viewing the reviews via the left menu.
A NEED FOR BACTERIA TESTS
Viruses, bacteria and germs are a growing problem in the air. To remove bacteria, germs and mold requires either Uv light or Ozone. The best air purifiers for bacteria and germs use these technologies, and effectiveness is best determined by a bacteria test.
I encourage you to take the steps on the homepage of this website in order to determine the best air purifier for your needs. Start by watching the video guide which covers the 10 air purifier technologies and how to determine square footage (which is more involved than you might think).
Hopefully more air purifier companies will provide more conclusive tests to help people assess what air purifier is truly best for them