Get Smoke Odor From your room

Best Air Purifiers for Smoke In 2019

When you or someone else smoke inside your house, all members of your family, have an increased passive exposure to second-hand smoke as well as third-hand smoke. Second-hand smoke is the smoke that the smoker exhale as well as the smoke that comes from the burning end of the cigarette.

Third-hand smoke is the toxic particles that settle on the surfaces in your home. These particles can stay in your home for days. Exposure to these smoke particles can pose serious health risks to you and non-smoking members of your family, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory diseases. 

A cigarette smoke particle is typically anything from 0.3 – 0.5 microns big. Since these particles are small, they are easy to inhale and difficult to remove from the inside of your house. Opening doors and windows may not be sufficient, especially if there is poor indoor ventilation.

The most effective way to rid your home’s interior from cigarette, cigar or wildfire smoke is with an air filter  removal machine. This machine works as an air filter for smoke. There are many different types of air purifiers, and not all of them will work well to clear your home of smoke.

In this article we take an in-depth look at the best air purifiers for smokers. Based on real world testing I’ve compiled a list of the 8 Best Air Purifiers For Smoke. In my review I’ve focused on all the pros and cons listing the specific products technology, dimensions, weight, coverage area, particle filtration, sound, energy efficiency and price. I've reviewed 5 higher end products and 3 products priced less then $ 100.

Keep reading to learn more about the top rated smoke filtering systems and make the best purchase for an air purifier for smoke. 

Top 8 Best Air Purifiers For Smoke 2019 - Updated Review List

What Is The Best Air Purifier that Removes Smoke?

Based on real world testing combined with customer feedback, we've listed the best of the best air purifiers for cigarette smoke removal.

Our Top picks

Most Appealing Design

Winix 5500-2
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    Smoke Odor Reducing
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    True Hepa
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    Washable Filter

Rated by: Stacy 

3 cleaning options

Honeywell 50250-S
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    For Large rooms
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    Great Air Filter System
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    Design can better

Rated by: Stacy

Good value for money 

VEVA 8000 Elite Pro Series Air Purifier
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    Washable Filters
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    Quite System
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    For Large Particles such as dust

Rated by: Stacy

Quick Summary

Winix 5500-2

Rated by: Stacy 

The Winix air purifiers feature a 3-stage filtration system that operates at a molecular level. This sophisticated filtration system consists of a True HEPA filter that captures 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns. This system also includes an activated and deodorized carbon filter to eliminate lingering smells from cigarette smoke, ashtrays, and cooking. The activated carbon filter is washable and has a long lifespan. 

In addition to the activated carbon filter and True HEPA filter, the Winix features PlasmaWave technology that breaks down odors and chemical vapors, making this product one of the most effective in reducing the effects of smoking in your home.  

The Winix can purify a room with a size of up 360 square feet and is perfect for use in bedrooms. This air purifier has smart sensors that adjust the fan speed in accordance with the quality level of the air. It also has a sleep mode for operation at low volumes. The LED auto dim feature allows you to sleep without being disturbed by the unit’s lighting.  If you want an air filter for cigarette smoke this product is the best option available. 

The four fan speeds allow you to control how fast the air circulates through the filtration system. Lower fan speeds are more suitable for long-term or night time air circulation. When it is time for a filter replacement, the control panel will display an LED alert to let you know. You can expect to replace the activated carbon filter once every six months and the True HEPA filter once a year. 

Apart from smoke particles, the Winic will also cleanse your indoor air from pet dander, pollen, and other allergens. The pre-filter will also capture larger pollutants such as dust and pet hair.  All in all its  a great air filter for direct and second hand smoke removal. 

The Winix 5500-2 Air Purifier   measures 15 x 8.2 x 23.6 inches and weighs 15.4   pounds. It will clean an area up to 360 square feet. It removes 99.97% of contaminates in the room, down to 0.3 microns.  It has a sleep mode setting for quiet nighttime operation - otherwise it operates at a quiet 27.8 dB (decibels). It is Energy Star certified, and uses 70   watts of power.It requires Lithium Polymer batteries which come with the unit. It will remove smoke, smoke particles and household odors from your home and  will also  cleanse your indoor air of pet dander, pollen, mold spores, VOC’s  and other allergens. The pre-filter will also capture larger pollutants such as dust and pet hair.

 

PROS

  • True HEPA filter removes 99.97% of particles
  • Removes second – and third-hand smoke particles
  • Deodorized activated carbon filter eliminates odors from smoke
  • High-end PlasmaWave technology that filters chemical pollutants
  • Great Value For Money
  • Washable AOC Carbon Filter

CONS

  • None

Quick Summary

Honeywell 50250-S

Rated by: Stacy 

The Honeywell air purifier features high-end SurroundSeal technology that minimizes air leaks and optimizes its performance.

The 3-level air cleaning system makes the Honeywell the perfect purifier of smoke particles. This system consists of a True HEPA filter that removes 99.97% of microscopic allergens that include airborne smoke particles bigger than 0.3 microns. Apart from tobacco smoke particles, you can also use this model for removing pollen, pet dander, and dust from your home. 

This product also has an activated carbon pre-filter to reduce tobacco odors and capture larger airborne particles such as pet fur. You have to replace this pre-filter once every three months, especially if you use the Honeywell every day. Replacing the filter doesn’t require any tools, and an LED light alert will remind you when it is time for a replacement. 

The fan has three speed settings. At the highest setting, the purifier can circulate most of the air in a 390 square feet room up to five times per hour. The lower fan speed settings are ideal for continuous and silent air purification around the clock. 

The Honeywell 50250-S True HEPA Air Purifier measures 8.00 x 18.00 x 19.00 inches    and weighs  21 pounds. It will clean an area up to 390 square feet. It removes 99.97% of contaminates in the room, down to 0.3 microns.  It is not quiet. It cycles 5 times an hour in a large room, 12 times an hour in a medium room and up to 25 times an hour in a small room.  It has 365 degree intake for efficient filtering. It will remove smoke, smoke particles and household odors from your home and will also cleanse your indoor air of pet dander, pollen, mold spores, bacteria and some viruses , VOC’s  and other allergens.  

PROS

  • Powerful motor with a True HEPA filter
  • Activated carbon pre-filter eliminates odors 
  • Captures airborne allergens bigger than 0.3 microns

CONS

  • You have to replace the carbon filter every three months
  • High fan speed is too loud

Quick Summary

Honeywell HFD-120-Q Quietclean

Rated by: Stacy 

This Quietclean is an oscillating air purifier that draws in polluted air from all around the room. It has a 3-step filtration system that removes up to 99% of allergens with a size of 2 microns or larger. The pre-filter captures larger pollutants such as pet hair

The permanent HEPA filters are washable, so you don’t have to buy and replace filters. Since you don't have to buy new filters, it reduces the long-term costs of the unit. An indicator will tell you when to wash the filters.

You won’t only save on filters, but also on utilities, as the Quietclean is Energy Star-certified. As you may deduct from the name, the Quietclean operates at quiet levels, which makes it suitable for bedroom air purification. 

This unit can circulate all the air in a room up to five times per hour and covers a room size of around 170 square meters. In a room with a floor size of 300 square feet, the Quietclean will circulate the air up to 2.75 times. 

When it comes to longevity, this model from Honeywell outperforms all the others in this list. You will be able to run this fan on the highest speed every day for many years without running into any issues. 

The Quietclean does, however, have a few issues when it comes to removing smoke particles. For optimal smoke removal, you need a True HEPA filter. Although this model has a HEPA-type filter, it only removes particles that are bigger than 2 microns. Smoke particles are significantly smaller. 

Honeywell HFD-120-Q QuietClean Air Purifier measures 28.7 x 11.2 x 10 inches  and weighs 16.85  pounds. It will clean an area up to 170 square feet. It removes 99% of contaminates in the room, down to 0.2 microns.  It is very quiet. It is Energy Star certified and cycles up to 5 times an hour in a 170 sq. ft room. It will cycle less frequently in a larger room.  It will remove tobacco smoke odors household odors from the air and will capture allergens including dust, pollen, pet dander, tobacco smoke and mold spores. It will not remove cigarette residue particles.

PROS

  • High-quality oscillating air purifier
  • An effective air purification system
  • Long lasting unit with permanent filtration

CONS

  • No True HEPA filter
  • Only removes particles of 2 microns and larger - smoke particles are smaller

Quick Summary

GermGuardian AC4300BPTCA 22

Rated by: Stacy 

This high-end air purifier from GermGuardian has all the features you need to clean your home’s interior from smoke particles. 

These features include a True HEPA filter that received an antimicrobial treatment to protect its filters against mold growth. This filter can remove 99.97% of all smoke particles bigger than 0.3 microns from the room. The filtration system also includes an activated charcoal filter to eliminate odors of tobacco smoke. 

The filtration system takes care of larger particles as well. These include things like pet fur and dust. 

The GermGuardian doesn’t only protect your room from smoke particles. You can choose to add a UV-C light that works in combination with titanium dioxide to eliminate airborne microorganisms like bacteria, viruses, germs and mold spores. 

This model from GermGuardian is CADR-rated and Energy Star-certified to ensure maximum energy efficiency and low running costs. In a room with a size of 153 square feet, this air purifier will circulate all the air in the room up to 4 times per hour. 

The GermGuardian is one of the most user-friendly models on this list. It is lightweight and portable, and the electronic controls are easy to use. Its maintenance requirements consist of a filter replacement once every six to eight months. A filter change indicator will alert you when it is time to do so. 

This air purifier offers three fan speeds with the lowest one being completely quiet. You can leave the unit running throughout the night without experiencing any disturbances. The sleek design looks great with any interior style. This makes it great value for money.

The  GermGuardian is22 x 6.83 x 8.88 inches and weighs 9.45pounds.   It will clean an area up to 135 square feet. It removes 99.97% of contaminates in the room, down to 0.3 microns.  It comes with a carrying handle for easy transportation from room to room. It operates very quietly – almost silently at the lowest speed.   It is Energy Star certified, uses 55 watts of power and cycles up to 4 times an hour. It will remove odors from smoking, cooking and pets, and reduces airborne microorganisms like bacteria, viruses, germs and mold spores. Clean Air CADR (clean air delivery rate) of 100 or more.

PROS

  • True HEPA filter that eliminates 99.97% of particles
  • Features an activated charcoal filter for odor reduction
  • Completely user-friendly with intuitive controls

CONS

  • Unit tips over easily
  • Doesn’t cover overly large or open plan rooms

Quick Summary

Zen Living ZL-3C + Ionic

Rated by: Stacy 

This high-end air purifier from Zen Living ZL-3C has all the features you need to clean your home’s interior from smoke particles. 

These features include a True HEPA filter that received an antimicrobial treatment to protect its filters against mold growth. This filter can remove 99.97% of all smoke particles bigger than 0.3 microns from the room. The filtration system also includes an activated charcoal filter to eliminate odors of tobacco smoke. 

The second stage is getting rid of smoke molecules that don’t pass through the carbon filtration system with dual ionization. The positive and negative ions that move out into the air attach themselves to smoke, dander, and other and particles. Since these particles now have opposite charges, they cling to each other until they are heavy enough for the air current to move them through the filtration system. 

When the ions come in contact with other harmful pathogens such as viruses or bacteria, they remove the hydrogen atom from the pathogens. Since hydrogen is the organism’s source of energy, it then dies. 

The third stage consists of ozone generation. The dual plate ozone generator removes all smoke particles in the air as well as smoke molecules that settled in furniture, carpets, and other surfaces like the walls, ceilings, and floors.  

The Zen Living ZL-3C+ Ionic Air Purifier   measures 10" x 8" x 12 inches and weighs  13.25 pounds. It will clean an area up to 3000 square feet. It removes 99.99% of contaminates in the room, down to 0.3 microns.  It is not quiet.   It will remove smoke and odors from the air, and will also remove smoke particles, dust, mold germs ad bacteria, and any other pollutants related to smoking indoors. It has an oversized activated carbon filter.

PROS

  • Specifically designed for indoor smokers
  • Purifier features an effective 3-stage purification system
  • The motor can run 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Removes 99.99% of smoke particles
  • Replacement carbon filters are readily available

CONS

  • The fan is loud, even at low speeds
  • No True HEPA filter

Quick Summary

Germ Guardian AC4825 3-in-1 Air Purifier

Rated by: Stacy 

The Germ Guardian AC4825 uses a 3-layer filtration with a UV-light system to reduce allergens, eliminate bacteria, and neutralize foul odors in your home.

It’s slim and lightweight design takes up little space and makes it very easy to move around.

This purifier provides you with an option to choose from 3 fan speeds, depending on your situation. All in all its a cheap purifier too remove smoke.

The GermGuardian AC4825 is a full-room air purifier. It measures 7 x 10.2 x 21.5 inches and weighs 7 pounds. It will clean an area up to 167 square feet. It removes 99.97% of contaminates in the room, down to 0.3 microns.  Energy Star certified and cycles 4 times an hour. It will remove allergens from the air including smoke, mold, dust mites, pollen and bacteria.  The CADR (Clean Air Delivery Rate) is 108 for smoke removal.

PROS

  • Ideal for those with allergies
  • Compact and small
  • CADR 100+

CONS

  • Reports of faulty parts
  • Reports of faulty parts

Quick Summary

Levoit LV-H132 Air Purifier

Rated by: Stacy 

The first thing you’ll notice about the LV-H132 is its distinctive shape and size. It looks more like a fondue pot than a purifier.

However, its design makes it flexible to place in virtually any part of your home.

It has 3 filters that help reduce microns at home, a night mode setting that you can activate while you sleep, and is 100% ozone-free.

The LEVOIT LV-H132 Air Purifier  measures 8.5 x 8.5 x 14.5 inches and weighs  6.57  pounds and it  will clean  up to 86 sq. ft.  It removes 99.97% of contaminates in the room, down to 0.3 microns.   It is a quiet unit with a nightlight function.   It will remove smoke and particles fro the air and is Ideal for wildfire smoke and ashes. It also removes dust, pollen, smoke, odor, mold spores, and pet dander.  

PROS

  • Easy to transport
  • Doubles as a nightlight
  • 2-year warranty

CONS

  • Night mode still makes noise
  • Poor customer service

Quick Summary

Germ Guardian AC4100 Air Purifier

Rated by: Stacy 

The AC4100 is small, compact, and has a sleek modern design perfect for everyday homes.

Its 3-in-1-filtration system helps eliminate different airborne particles, especially those that can be harmful to your body.

Finally, its controls are very user-friendly. Simply twist the knob to change the fan speed or press the button to activate the UV light.

PROS

  • Flexible size
  • 1 year limited warranty
  • Has a filter replacement reminder

CONS

  • Applicable only for smaller rooms

Below you find an easy to use comparison table to review all listed products.


Winix 5500-2

Honeywell 50250-S True Hepa

Honeywell HFD-Q Quietclean

GermGuardian AC4300BPTCA 22

Zen Living ZL-3C + Ionic

Germ Guardian AC4825 3-in-1 

Winix 5500-2
Honeywell 50250-S
Honeywell HFD-120-Q Quietclean
GermGuardian AC4300BPTCA 22
Zen Living ZL-3C + Ionic
Germ Guardian AC4825 3-in-1 Air Purifier

Dimensions

15 x 8.2 x 23.6 inches

8.00 x 18.00 x 19.00 inches

28.7 x 11.2 x 10 inches

22 x 6.83 x 8.88 inches

10 x 8 x 12 inches

7 x 10.2 x 21.5 inches 

Weight

15.4 pounds

21 pounds

16.85 pounds

9.45 pounds

13.25 pounds

7 pounds

Coverage

360 SqFt