Air Filters For Animals

The Best Air Purifiers For Pets & Allergies

Why do You Need an Air Purifier for Pets?

I love pets and I've always lived with two dogs and a cat. If you own a pet, you know that having them around can be incredibly rewarding. You may also be aware that animals influence the quality of the air in your house. Your furry or feathery friends are responsible for polluting the inside of your home with 

  • Pet dander which is an allergen and the primary cause of allergic reactions and discomfort,
  • Pet hair that accumulates on your furniture and carpets, and 
  • Odors that build up from housebreaking training accidents and your pet’s emissions.

 If you want to get rid of any one of these three pollutants, you need an air purifier. I've been able to overcome my cat hair allergy with the use of an air hair filter for cats. There are many different air purifier models available, and choosing the right unit can be a challenge. In this article, I will be taking an in-depth look at the best purifiers available.

Before you start reading this guide, keep in mind that there are primarily three types of air purifiers, namely:

  • True HEPA filters that are certified to remove all pet hair and close to 100% of pet dander particles as small as 0.3 microns.
  • HEPA-type filters that specialize in removing pet hair, and 
  • Add-on activated carbon filters that absorb pet smells.  

Let’s take a look at the top air purifiers for pets and allergies!

Review of the Top 5 Purifiers for Pets: Top Picks

Simply the best animal hair filter 

Winix WAC9500 Ultimate
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    Targets molecular pollutants 
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    True HEPA filtration system
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    Washable pre-filter 

Rated by: Stacy 

Best For small pet hair particles 

Sharp FPA80UV review
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    3-stage filtration system 
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    TRUE HEPA system
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    Removes 99.97% of all hair particles 

Rated by: Stacy

Levoit LV-H132 Animal Filter  

Best Small Air Purifier for Pets

Levoit LV-H123
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    Compact and easy to move 
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    Doubles as a nightlight 
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    3 filter, ozone-free system 

Rated by: Stacy 

Quick Summary

Winix WAC9500 Ultimate

Rated by: Stacy 

The 9500 is a top-of-the-line air purifier that features a True HEPA filtration system. You can use the 9500 to purify an area with a floor size of up to 280 square feet, which is roughly the size of a living room or large bedroom.  

If you or someone in your home suffers from allergies, this unit is ideal. The True HEPA filter doesn’t only take care of dust, pollen, mold, and mildew, but also 99.99% of pet dander. The sophisticated filter with its 5-stage air cleaning and can rid the entire area of allergens as small as 0.3 microns. 

In addition to airborne particles, the 9500 also targets molecular pollutants like viruses and bacteria with its PlasmaWave technology. This feature ensures that the air in the room is healthy and free from harmful microbes.

The 9500’s filter is designed to get rid of all pet hair in the room. Since pet fur and large particles tend to reduce the lifespan of a filter, the 9500 features a washable pre-filter that captures hair and other large pollutants before entering the filtration system. The washable carbon filter gets rid of all the pet odors as well as different smells from tobacco smoke, dirty dishes, and food. 

Operating the unit requires minimal input from you. In auto-mode, the smart sensors can detect the level of pollution in the room to and adjust the air purifier settings accordingly. It also features an auto-dim feature that lowers the intensity of the unit’s lighting. 

PROS

  • True HEPA filter purifies the air from dander, hair, and unpleasant smells
  • The unit covers a sizeable indoor area of around 280 square feet
  • Effective 5-stage air cleaning 
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    Winix PlasmaWave technology removes harmful micro-organisms from the air

CONS

  • Replacement filters are not readily available
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    No handle for easy portability

Quick Summary

Levoit LV-H132 Air Purifier

Rated by: Stacy 

This compact air purifying unit from Levoit features a 3-stage filter system that consists of a pre-filter, True HEPA filter, and coconut shell carbon filter. The filtration system covers an indoor area of around 86 square feet, which makes it ideal for bedrooms, offices, and small living rooms. 

Since the LV-H123 features a True Hepa filter, it can remove up to 99.97% of airborne allergen particles, including dust mites, mold, mildew, and pollen. The filtration system can also remove pet dander flecks as small as 0.3 microns. If you or a someone that lives in your home suffers from allergies, this bedroom accessory will provide immediate relief. 

Finally, the activated carbon filter is responsible for cleaning your home from any foul smells. All three filters work in unison with one another to ensure that you and your family are breathing the highest level of air possible.

Although ozone is an integral component of the atmosphere, it can be harmful to your lungs and the rest of your respiratory system at ground level. Since the LV-H123 is not an ionizer or user of UV-C light, it is entirely ozone-free and allows for safe breathing in the area. 

This unit is also ideal for bedside use. It has a quiet running speed that won’t keep you awake and features a handy nightlight. You get three different speed settings: low, medium, or high. The control settings are accessible and straightforward. 

PROS

  • Air purifier with compact and modern design
  • 3-stage filtration system that includes a carbon filter for odors
  • True HEPA filter removes allergens from the air
  • The unit doesn’t produce any measurable traces of ozone
  • Easy to set up and use

CONS

  • The unit may not be suitable for large rooms
  • Doesn’t produce a clean air scent

Quick Summary

Sharp FPA80UV review

Rated by: Stacy 

4. Hamilton Beach 04383A​​​With the Sharp FPA80UV, you get a 3-stage filtration system with True HEPA that can remove 99.97% particles as small as 0.3 microns.

Since the filtration system features a True HEPA, it is suitable for people that suffer from allergies. The unit removes airborne particles such as bacteria, pollen, and mildew. It is also incredibly effective at removing pet dander. 

In addition to the allergens, the FPA80UV also removes pet hair from the area to prevent them from settling on your furniture and floors. The unit also has an activated carbon filter that allows it to get rid of unpleasant pet smells as well as any other household odors. 

This specific model can purify a floor space with a size of up to 454 square feet. You will be able to use it in areas like sizeable open plan living spaces. The unit also performs well as a bedside purifier in a bedroom. 

By sending water vapors into the air, the model’s PlasmaCluster Ion Technology attacks impurities with positively and negatively charged ions. Although this may raise concerns about ozone production, there is nothing to worry about, since PCI technology produces less than 0.01 ppm of ozone, which is five times lower than the recommended levels.  

The FPA80UV is Energy Star Rated to keep energy consumption and running costs low. It also features four fan speeds at volumes that are lower than 29 decibels. 

The unit from Sharp with its True HEPA filter and activated carbon filters, PCI technology, and substantial floor area coverage is the perfect home accessory for households that have pets. 

PROS

  • Filtration system takes care of pet dander, fur, and odors
  • The 3-stage filtration system removes 99.97% of particles
  • The high-quality unit has a long lifespan
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Cover a large indoor area

CONS

  • Replacement filters are expensive
  • The unit doesn’t come with a remote

Quick Summary

Review Of the Hamilton Beach

Rated by: Stacy 

The Hamilton Beach air purifier features a 3-stage HEPA filtration system that is capable of removing 99% of all allergens from a room, including pet dander particles. 

The unit can only remove particles bigger than 3 microns. Other products in this list can trap airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns. Although the purifier will be able to deal with dust and larger pet dander particles, it will not be able to eliminate bacteria, viruses, and metallic fumes. 

The filtration system consists of a prefilter, a permanent HEPA filter, and two replaceable carbon filters. The prefilter captures pet hair and larger particles to prevent it from entering the filtration system and reducing the unit’s longevity.  

An additional benefit of the Hamilton Beach is that it features zeolite technology to eliminate unpleasant smells in your home. The two carbon zeolite filters that take care of pet smells are replaceable and affordable. If the presence of indoor odors is a bigger problem to you than allergens and fur particles in the air, the Hamilton Beach is the unit in this list that offers the best value for money. 

The unit has a modern and compact design that allows for easy portability. Despite its small size, the Hamilton Beach can purify the air of a room of around 140 square feet. This coverage allows for use in large bedrooms and even open plan living spaces. 

This air purifier offers ample versatility. You can use it vertically or horizontally. It also has a quiet running speed. It features three fan speeds: high for fast air cleaning, medium for all-day use, and low for quiet, 24-hour air purification, even while you sleep.

PROS

  • Unit features zeolite technology to get rid of odors
  • Can purify the air over 140 square feet
  • You can use the unit horizontally or vertically
  • Eliminates allergens as well as pet hair
  • A portable unit that offers the best value for money

CONS

  • Minimal particle size is quite large at 3 microns

Quick Summary

GermGuardian AC4825 22

Rated by: Stacy 

The AC4825 features a True HEPA filter that can trap up to 99.97% of allergens, including pet dander with particles sizes as small as 0.3 microns. It also features an activated charcoal filter that gets rid of animal odors in your home. 

The unit specializes in creating clean, germ-free air. It makes use of optional UV-C light technology in combination with titanium dioxide to eliminate bacteria and other harmful microbes in the area. Despite making use of UV-C technology, the unit doesn’t produce any harmful ozone and is not detrimental to the lungs or respiratory system. 

Since the GermGuardian is Energy Star certified, it is an energy efficient unit that can purify a room size of up to 167 square feet. The unit is also AHAM verified and will filtrate all the air in the room at least four times per hour. 

You can replace the HEPA filter once every six months, which helps to keep the long-term operating costs of the unit as low as possible. The AC4825 has a sleek design, so you can use it anywhere in your home without it affecting the aesthetic appeal of your interior space. 

Dog and cat allergies can be incredibly detrimental to your comfort. This product from GermGuardian doesn’t only specialize in clearing up dander and other allergens, but the UV-C technology also takes care of germs to ensure that you and your family breathe in clean and healthy air. 

PROS

  • Highly effective 3-in-1 air purification system
  • Features True HEPA and UV-C light technology to ensure germ-free air
  • The unit doesn’t produce any harmful ozone
  • The model has a beautiful 21” tower design
  • Ideal for purifying large residential rooms

CONS

  • Tends to emit a strong plastic smell
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    Fan running volume may be too loud

Air Purifiers for Pet Hair and Odors

Unlike pet dander, pet hair is not an allergen, and it won’t trigger an overreaction from your immune system. The problem with pet hair is that it clings to furniture, carpet flooring, your clothes, and to your pets themselves. Static electricity and low humidity can make pet hair much more annoying. 

Air filters for pet hair require a much more affordable HEPA-type filter and not a True HEPA filter. These purifiers can trap particles that can be as small as around 2 microns, which is small enough for removing pet hair from the air. 

If you are not allergic to pet dander, the Hamilton Beach in this list may be the most suitable for your needs.  

Apart from dander and hair, pets can also be a source of bad smells. Gas emissions, breath, and lingering odors from accidents can prevent your home from smelling fresh. Kitty litter and the cages of pets like hamsters and parrots can also be a source of unpleasant odors, no matter how often you clean them. 

When it comes to eliminating pet odors, you can choose any air purifier filter type, as long as it features an activated carbon filter. Activated charcoal is a natural product that absorbs unpleasant smells, unlike other chemicals that merely mask bad odors.

Carbon filters also absorb more gas than other types of filters. Since bad smells consist of gas particles, these types of filters work best to ensure that your home smells fresh. 

Wrap It Up

All the products listed in this review guide contains True HEPA and activated carbon filters to remove dander, hair, and odors. Before choosing an air purifier, consider the floor area that you want to be covered. Units that cover large rooms may seem like the better option, but if they don’t have a True HEPA filter, they may not remove all dander particles and other types of allergens effectively.

Generally speaking, the more air that passes through the filter, the cleaner the air in your home will be. A high-performing air filter is a must-have if you have pets, especially if you or other family members suffer from allergies and more severe conditions such as asthma. 

For average sized-bedrooms, we recommend the Winix WAC9500 Ultimate Pet True air purifier. This unit has the highest allergen particle removal percentage and a 5-stage filtration process. If your household doesn’t have problems with allergies, and you want the best value for money, consider the Hamilton Beach, as it features the best activated carbon technology for odor control.  

Hopefully, after reading this buyers’ guide, you know what to look for in an air purifier to ensure optimal comfort in your home. Investing in a high-end animal air purifier will ensure that the air in your home is clean and healthy.