Air Filters For Animals

Best Air Purifiers For Pets And Allergies

The Best Air Purifier for Pet Owners

Why do You Need an Air Purifier for Pets?

As pet owners, we all love our furry or feathery roommates. Pets can greatly enhance our quality of life, while, at the same time, make our lives unbearable because of their pet hair and our allergies. As much as we love our pets, they pollute our homes and the air we breathe.  The best air purifiers for pets will help the home owner get rid of

  • Pet dander  (which is an allergen and the primary cause of allergic reactions and discomfort),
  • Pet hair that accumulates on your furniture, carpets and other soft surfaces, and
  • Odors that build up from wet dogs, cat boxes, bird cages, food dishes, etc.

If you want to get rid of any one of these three types of pollutants, you need an air purifier for your pet.  I've been able to overcome my cat hair allergy with the use of an air hair filter for cats. But you may have a different issue altogether that deals more with odors or air quality.  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 air purifiers for pet owners available. The review will look at the three types of air purifiers that are most useful in homes and apartments, depending on your needs. The air purifiers that are most useful to your particular needs are:

  • 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.

Identifying your particular needs is key to the process of delivering the best air quality to your family and your pets. So let’s take a look at the best air purifiers for pet pollution problems and allergies and get you breathing healthy air again.

Review of the Top 5 Purifiers for Pets: Top Picks

Simply the best animal hair filter 

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

Rated by: Stacy 

Best For small pet hair particles 

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

Rated by: Stacy

Levoit LV-H132 Animal Filter  

Best Small Air Purifier for Pets

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

Rated by: Stacy 

Quick Summary

Winix WAC9500 Ultimate

Rated by: Stacy 

If you or someone in your home suffers from pet allergies, this unit is the perfect air purifier for homes with pets. The Winix WAC9500 is a top-of-the-line air purifier that features a True HEPA filtration system to filter out dust, pollen, mold, and mildew, and 99.99% of pet dander. In addition, the Winex PlasmaWave technology system also targets molecular pollutants like viruses and bacteria.  This feature ensures that the air in the room is healthy and free from harmful microbes.

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. 

The sophisticated Winex filters, with their 5-stage air cleaning system, can purify the air in a room up to 280 square feet, removing allergens as small as 0.3 microns. As an added benefit for pet owners seeking clean air and a clean home, the washable pre-filter is designed to remove all pet hair in the room. Since pet fur and large particles tend to reduce the lifespan of a carbon filter, this feature can save you money while ensuring quality, allergen-free air. As an added bonus, the filter removes stinky odors as well – like pet smells, tobacco smoke – smells from dirty dishes, and food.

Unit operation requires minimal input from the pet owner. In auto-mode, the Winix smart sensors can detect the level of pollution in the room and adjust the air purifier settings accordingly, and the auto-dim feature lowers the intensity of the unit’s lighting for a quiet evening cuddling with your furry friend.

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 
  • Winix PlasmaWave technology removes harmful micro-organisms from the air

CONS

  • Replacement filters are not readily available
  • 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 

The Sharp FPA80UV features a 3-stage filtration system that is ideal for people living with pets. Allergy suffers will appreciate the  True HEPA filter that  removes 99.97%  of airborne particles, such as bacteria, pollen, and mildew, that are as small as 0.3 microns. The Sharp FPA80UV also removes pet dander, and traps pet hair in rooms, or living areas, up to 454 square feet.  Best of all, the activated carbon filter will remove unpleasant pet smells (yes – it happens) and other nasty odors from your home.

While the FPA80UV is designed to work in a large area, like a great room or home with an open floor plan, it unit also performs well as a bedside purifier in a bedroom. Sharp’s patented PlasmaCluster Ion Technology delivers ultra-pure air to the ones you love by safely breaking down microorganism and microscopic pollutants.

The FPA80UV is Energy Star Rated to keep energy consumption and running costs low. It also features four fan speeds that operates at volumes that are lower than 29 decibels, so everyone will get a good night’s sleep. Weighing less than 13 lbs, with a slim, fit-anywhere profile, the Sharp FPA80UV the perfect accessory for households that have pets.

PROS

  • Filtration system removes 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 is one of the best air purifiers for pets. It removes pet dander and the smelly odors our furry friends sometimes share with us. The Hamilton Beach 04383A features a three stage HEPA filtration system that is capable of removing 99% of all allergens from a room.  The filtration system consists of a pre-filter, a permanent HEPA filter, and two replaceable carbon filters.

The unit can only remove particles bigger than 3 microns, so it will be able to deal with dust and larger pet dander particles, but it will not eliminate bacteria, viruses, and metallic fumes. However, if the presence of indoor pet odors is a bigger problem to you than allergens and fur particles, then Hamilton Beach is the unit for you. It has zeolite technology to eliminate unpleasant smells in your home, and it 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 up to 140 square feet, so it is perfect for use   in large bedrooms and even in open plan living spaces. It can be used horizontally or vertically and has three fan speeds: high for fast air cleaning, medium for all-day use, and low for quiet, 24-hour air purification.

PROS

  • Unit features zeolite technology to eliminate odors
  • Can purify the air in a140 square foot area
  • Can be used  horizontally or vertically
  • Eliminates allergens as well as pet hair
  • A portable unit - best value for money

CONS

  • Can only remove particles bigger than 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
  • 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 best air purifiers for pets will ensure that the air in your home is clean and healthy.