Our home is our sanctuary. A place where we can unwind, relax and indulge in our own company or the company of family and friends. Whether it’s late-night dinner parties or some much-needed downtime, we need our home to work for us. Fortunately, there are an array of technologies and products that’ll help automate things like lighting, sound and even air quality. Contemplating an air purifier? Here are three reasons why it’s the home automation tool you’re missing, plus our top picks to help you choose the right unit for your home.
1. Health and wellbeing
Australians spend a lot of time indoors. In fact, the Australian Government states ‘it is generally recognised that Australians spend 90 per cent or more of their time indoors.’ Combine this with the fact that the average home can be up to five times more polluted than the air outside and you can start to understand why indoor air quality is an important health consideration.
Common household pollutants such as pollen, spores and dust mites can trigger various health conditions such as asthma and allergies. Even your favourite scented candle can release chemical substances such as Benzene and Formaldehyde that stick around long after they’ve been blown out. Whether you suffer from asthma or allergies, or simply a lover of scented candles (guilty), an air purifier can help alleviate your home of air pollutants.
2. Clean living
While an air purifier cannot pick up a broom and start sweeping, it can help eliminate dust particles, mould particles, and pet dander that contribute to that stale feeling in your home.
If humidity is an issue, look for an air purifier with a HEPA filter as well as cooling functionality to help fight mildew. By reducing the indoor temperature and catching mould spores through this high-functioning filtering system, you can minimise the chance of mould and mildew showing in your home.
Additionally, an air purifier can assist in the elimination of common household odours, making for a fresher and cleaner feeling home.
3. Smart living
Air purifiers with multi-functionality can help maintain air quality even when you’re not at home – never be greeted by a hot and stuffy house again. Look for air purifiers with smart technology such as WiFi connectivity, app support and remote control options. Take it one step further and find an air purifier with cooling and heating abilities. Set your perfect ambient temperature and forget.
The best air purifiers to shop in Australia 2023
Dyson Purifier Big+Quiet Formaldehyde, Dyson
The newest kid on the block is none other than Dyson’s Big+Quiet Formaldehyde air purifier. Designed to purify large spaces – quietly – by capturing allergens and 99.95 per cent of ultrafine particles. It also removes gases and odours and detects and destroys formaldehyde permanently.
- Long-range projection and circulation
- Quiet, even at full power
- Adjustable airflow to mimic a real breeze
- MyDyson app to set schedules, view air reports, and more
- Auto mode purifies air whenever it is needed – saving energy
- Discreet wheels for easy transport between spaces and rooms
Breville Smart Air Plus Connect purifier, The Good Guys
Designed for large rooms, this air purifier from Breville allows you to regulate and control the air purification in your home from just about anywhere (from your phone). Featuring an advanced four-stage air purification system with AntiViral protection, this unit reduces 99.97 per cent of viral particles and allergens down to 0.3μm. Plus, its activated carbon filter reduces smoke and odours, too.
- Large room coverage
- Provides a clean air delivery rate (CADR) of up to 337m³/h
- 4-stage air purification system
- AntiViral protection
- HEPA-13 filter
- Microbe Shield
- SensAir System to report performance live
- WiFi control and voice assistance compatible
- 360-degree design for immersive airflow
Winix Zero+ Pro 5-stage air purifier, Appliances Online
$461 (usually $500)
Breathe easy with the Winix Zero+ Pro air purifier. With powerful filtering thanks to its five-stage filtration system, this unit removes common pollutants such as dust, pollen, dander, smoke, and odours, easily. Equipped with a hospital-grade HEPA filter that can capture pollutants as small as 0.3 microns, coupled with PlasmaWave technology that neutralises bacteria, viruses, and harmful gases, you know you’ll be breathing the cleanest air at home.
- 5-stage filtration system
- HEPA filter
- Built-in night mode to prepare your bedroom for sleep
- Filter-change indicator
- Deodorisation-activated carbon corrugated filter
- PlasmaWave technology
- 4 fan speeds
- Triple Smart sensor
Philips Series 2000 air purifier in White, Myer
Ensure the air in your home is always clean with the Philips Series 2000 air purifier. With a three-layer filtration system, a colour-coded air quality indicator, intelligent auto purification, and ultra-quiet operation, this compact unit is a must for any home. Perfect for home offices, bedrooms, or guest rooms.
- 3-layer filter
- Intelligent auto purification
- Auto-ambient lighting
- Ultra-quiet operation
- Track and control with app
Samsung air purifier with 3-way air flow, The Good Guys
Designed for open-plan living areas, the Samsung air purifier features dual fans, multi-layered purification, HEPA filtration that captures 99.97 per cent of 0.3mm ultra-fine dust, and a four-colour indicator so you can see how clean the air around you really is. Plus, with WiFi connectivity and SmartThings app compatibility, you can set and control this air purifier from the comfort of your phone.
- 3-way air flow and dual fans
- Multi-layer purification system
- HEPA filtration
- Remote control and WiFi capabilities
- Easy-to-read indicators
Dyson Hot+Cool Formaldehyde purifying fan heater, Dyson
$1099 (usually $1149)
Formaldehyde is a colourless, highly flammable, pungent-smelling gas that enters the environment from man-made sources (i.e. manufacturing industries) or natural sources such as bushfires. As you can imagine, exposure to formaldehyde can present serious health risks. That’s why finding ways to reduce or prevent exposure is in our best interest. Having adequate ventilation is vital, and adding an air purifier that targets this issue at hand? Even better. The Hot+Cool purifying fan heater not only detects and destroys formaldehyde continuously but it can also be used as a portable heater and air conditioner.
- Heats, cools, and purifies air
- Adjustable oscillation
- App control with the MyDyson app
- Voice control compatible
- Night mode for light sleepers
- HEPA H13 and activated carbon filters
- Precise solid-state formaldehyde sensor