Did you know that not all air purifiers are safe for babies? Or that some air purifiers are actively dangerous for a baby? If not, don’t worry. We’ve researched the best air purifiers for a baby’s nursery and found a variety of safe options we would be happy to have in our own homes.
We’ve also included a helpful guide with all you need to know about air purifiers. Here’s some of the info you’ll find:
- How to choose the best air purifier for your baby’s room.
- Styles of air purifiers to avoid.
- How to get the most from an air purifier.
- Our top seven picks for nursery air purifiers.
Armed with this information, it’ll be easy for you to make the perfect air purifier choice for your nursery so your baby can breathe easy — and you can too.
- Air quality sensor & display
- Purification adjusted to air quality
- Built-in filter change indicator
- Freestanding or wall-mounted options
- Customize panels and filters
- Daily air cleaning schedule
- Rubber pads absorb sound & vibrations
- Low energy cost certified
- Color-coded air quality display
- Touch screen controls
- Variety of filters for customization
- CARB compliant
- Cleans up to 200 square feet
- Inexpensive for a true HEPA filtering
- Timer settings for energy saving
- Germ, general, & allergen settings
- Low running costs
- Doesn’t take up a lot of room
- Sits up far from children's reach
- Robust cleaning rate for its size
How to Choose the Best Air Purifiers for Baby’s Nursery
When we choose an air purifier for a baby’s bedroom, these are the things we consider.
Air purifier specs will tell you the maximum square footage of a room they can clean.
Choose a purifier with a maximum square footage range that is as close as possible to your baby’s room. An air purifier rated for a smaller space will not be effective. A purifier rated for a room much larger will take up more room, be louder, and use more electricity than necessary.
How to Calculate the Square Footage of Your Room.
Stand in one corner of the room, facing the center. Measure the length of the wall on your right from one corner to the other. Then measure the wall on your left from one corner to the other.
Now multiply one figure by the other, and the answer is the square footage of your room.
HEPA stands for “high-efficiency particulate air.” A HEPA filter removes up to 99.97% of particles in the air over 0.3 microns (µm) in size (1). This covers things like dust, pollen, bacteria mold, and other airborne particles.
Some HEPA filters also have a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Values (MERV) rating, a number between 1 and 16. The MERV rating tells you about the size of the particles the filter will capture. Basically, the higher the MERV rating, the better the filter.
Avoid filters labeled “HEPA type,” “HEPA style,” or similar. These are not genuine HEPA filters and are not guaranteed to clean the air as effectively.
Every air purifier on our list has genuine HEPA filters.
Air purifiers come with a wide range of features, some positive and some negative.
- Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) is a number that tells you how much air a purifier can clean. This is measured in CFM or cubic feet per minute. The higher the CDR, the better (2).
- Activated charcoal filters do not clean particles and contaminants. Instead, they absorb smells from the air. These filters need to be changed once every three months or so. A large amount of activated charcoal is needed for effective odor removal. Most activated charcoal filters in home air purifiers are not large enough to remove smells, so a purifier without an ACF is not a deal-breaker.
- Washable pre-filters sit in front of your HEPA filter. The air hits the pre-filter first, capturing and filtering out a large amount of the muck. Once the air reaches the HEPA filter, it is already relatively clean, so the HEPA filter has less work to do and lasts longer. You can wash and reuse the pre-filter, so there are no frequent replacement costs. Also, because the HEPA filter is cleaning pre-filtered air, it has to be replaced less frequently, reducing your running costs.
- A child lock can be helpful when your baby is older or if you have older kids at home. This will prevent curious little fingers from turning the air purifier on or off or changing the settings.
- An AHAM Verified mark tells you that the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, an independent organization that tests the claims of air purifier manufacturers, has confirmed the manufacturer’s claims for CADR.
- Air Purifiers with UV-C Lights claim to clean bacteria and viruses from the air. However, air purifiers with UV-C lights are rarely effective and can be potentially dangerous.UV-C light can burn the skin and cause damage to the eyes. In addition, some UV-C lights contain mercury or emit ozone, which irritates the respiratory system, exacerbating conditions such as asthma (3).
- Ionizing air purifiers produce ozone which is harmful to your baby’s nose, throat, and lungs. Do not use an air purifier that ionizes the air (4).
Air purifiers that have an Energy Star label meet energy efficiency standards (5). This means you can run the purifier in your baby’s room, knowing you’ll get the best quality air at a minimal energy cost.
Every air purifier on our list is Energy Star certified.
For best results, you’ll want to run your air purifier most, if not all, of the time. Therefore an air purifier for a nursery must be effective yet quiet enough not to disturb your baby.
If noise level information is available, choose an air purifier that produces less than 30 decibels.
You need to consider more than just the initial cost of the air purifier. It is also essential to look at the expense of replacement filters and how often you need to replace them.
Depending on the size of the room and the features of the air purifier, a good-quality machine will cost somewhere between $75 and $200. If you’re looking for a high-tech model that will clean a huge space, you can end up spending over $600.
The Best Air Purifiers for Baby’s Nursery of 2022
Using the above criteria and our team’s personal experience, we have chosen the seven best air purifiers for baby’s nursery.
1. Storebary Air Purifier with H13 True HEPA Filter
With five fan speeds, a whisper-quiet sleep mode, and a three-stage HEPA filtration system, the Storebary air purifier has all the features you need in an air purifier for your baby’s nursery.
Depending on the room’s size, the top fan speed will clean the air up to five times an hour, and you can run the smoke eater 24/7.
This purifier has an air quality indicator at the center of the digital display. You can see at a glance exactly how good, or otherwise, the air is. Just for reference, any reading of 12 or under is considered healthy.
You can turn the display on or off if your baby is sensitive to light at night, and there is a child lock, so curious littles ones can’t change any of your favored settings.
The auto mode can adjust the fan speed in response to a room’s air quality. If the dust, dander, or other contaminants rise, the purifier will increase the fan speed to clean the air more quickly. If the air is clean, it will decrease the fan speed to save you money.
- Air quality sensor and display.
- Auto mode adjusts the purification rate to air quality.
- Sleep mode is only 24.5 decibels.
- Built-in filter change indicator.
- The clean air delivery rate is at the lower end of average.
|Room size||Up to 226 ft²|
|Clear air delivery rate||150 CFM|
|Filter replacement||2 filters per year = $24|
|Power consumption||144.5 kWh/year|
|Features||Child lock, timer, air quality indicator, sleep mode|
2. RabbitAir Ultra Quiet HEPA Air Purifier
The RabbitAir air purifier can be used freestanding on the floor or wall-mounted. The Artists series allows you to choose a decorative front panel with mood lighting or images, including Monet, Van Gough, Hello Kitty, and Peanuts.
It has a sensor that automatically transition the unit to sleep mode when the MinusA2 is in a dark room, and resumes a more active mode when light levels increase.
You can customize the five-stage filtration system to your family’s needs.
It includes a washable pre-filter, a medium filter for pollen and pet dander, and the HEPA filter, which removes 99.97% of particles 03 microns or bigger.
For the fourth filter, you can choose one of the following filters: Germ Defense, Pet Allergy, Odor Remover, or Toxin Absorber. You can also choose to swap them out, depending on your needs.
The final filter is an activated charcoal filter.
The RabbitAir has an optional sixth stage negative ion generator, but this can be turned on or off. RabbitAir’s website says that with the ion generator turned off, there is zero ozone, and with the generator turned on, there are low levels of ozone (7).
- Freestanding, or can be wall-mounted.
- Customized panels and filters.
- Very effective for air filtration.
- Normal or allergy modes.
- More expensive than most air purifiers.
|Room size||Up to 815ft²|
|Clear air delivery rate||200 CFM|
|Filter cost per year||1 filter per year = $95|
|Power consumption||390 kWh/year|
|Features||Customize panels and filters, mood lighting.|
3. LEVOIT Core 400S Air Purifier
The Levoit Core 400S is just over 20 inches high and weighs 11 pounds. This makes it a sturdy air purifier that is not easily knocked over but is light enough to move from place to place. There are even handles for easy transport.
A third-party app by VeSync allows you to monitor the air quality, set the timer, and turn the purification speed up or down from anywhere in the world via a smart device. You can use voice control when you are at home with voice assistants like Google or Alexa.
A clean air delivery rate of 260 cubic feet per minute cleans the air in a 403 square foot room five times per hour. If you enable the auto mode, the Levoit will monitor the air and increase or decrease the fan speed in response to the current air quality.
Night mode turns off the purifier’s lights and runs at a super quiet 24 decibels, so you can leave it on all night in your baby’s room without disturbing them.
- Rubber pads absorb sound and vibrations.
- Energy Star certified for lower energy costs.
- Color-coded air quality display.
- App and voice control options.
- In auto mode, the sensor can be slow to detect new contaminants.
- Doesn’t remove strong smells.
|Room size||Up to 400 ft²|
|Clear air delivery rate||260 CFM|
|Filter cost per year||1 or 2 filters per year = $50 or $100|
|Power consumption||234 kWh/year|
|Features||Air quality monitor, child lock, ultra-quiet sleep mode.|
4. LEVOIT Air Purifier for Home Allergies
The Levoit Core 300 comes with a three-stage filtration cartridge. The outer pre-filter cleans larger particles, pet dander, etc. Then, there is a HEPA filter which cleans 99.97% of particles 0.3 microns or larger. Finally, there’s an activated charcoal filter for smells.
You cannot wash the pre-filter part of the filter cartridge, but Levoit recommends you vacuum or brush the outside of the filter every two to three weeks to maintain optimal air cleaning performance.
There’s a two, four, six, or eight-hour timer, or you can leave the purifier to run 24/7. Running it at night is not a problem because you can turn the light off and use the lowest fan speed. This speed puts out only 24 decibels, which is quieter than light rain.
A child lock prevents the kids from messing with your settings, and a filter indicator light tells you when it’s time for a filter change.
- Touch screen controls.
- A variety of filters allow you to customize it to your family’s needs.
- Meets California Air Resources Board (CARB) standards for indoor use.
- The controls are not intuitive and can be tricky at first.
- Minimal features.
|Room size||Up to 219 ft²|
|Clear air delivery rate||140 CFM|
|Filter cost per year||2 filters per year = $60|
|Power consumption||264 kWh/year|
|Features||Child lock, filter indicator, night mode.|
5. Pure Enrichment PureZone Air Purifier
The PureZone air purifier is a compact air cleaner for mid-sized rooms. At 11 by 7 by 12 inches, it takes up minimal space and can clean an area of up to 200 square feet, so it’s perfect for most nurseries.
With three stages of filtration, this little unit first uses activated carbon to trap odors and impurities. The true HEPA filter then eliminates 99.97% of allergens such as dust, mold, pollen, dander, and smoke. The UV-C light, which Pure Enrichment claims will destroy germs and virus-causing bacteria, can be switched off if you prefer not to use it.
The PureZone air purifier even wipes out most lingering household odors.
With three fan speeds and three optional timer settings, you can preset the run times to save on energy and reduce the frequency of filter replacement. An indicator light lets you know when it’s time for a new filter.
- Small, portable unit cleans up to 200 square feet.
- Inexpensive for a true HEPA filtering unit.
- Timer settings allow you to save on energy consumption.
- Filter needs to be replaced every six months.
- Low CFM rate.
|Room size||190 ft²|
|Clear air delivery rate||80 CFM|
|Filter cost per year||2 filters per year = $30|
|Power consumption||87.6 kWh/year|
|Features||Sleep mode, timer, filter indicator.|
6. Honeywell DH-HPA060 HEPA Air Purifier
The Honeywell HPA060 is specifically designed for small rooms and can clean all air in a 70 square foot room up to five times in an hour.
The downside of this product is the relatively loud fan. You can clearly hear it running at night, even on the lowest setting, which had us debating whether to include the purifier on the list at all.
However, you can choose to run the Honeywell in your baby’s nursery with the door closed during the day, then turn the cleaner off overnight.
This may not be a viable option if you have pets, a mold problem, or a child with severe asthma. But if you are looking for an affordable purifier that will give you a little extra reassurance about the air quality in your baby’s room, the Honeywell does the job.
- Germ, general, and allergen settings.
- Low running costs.
- Noisy on high speed.
- Expensive filter replacement costs if you run it 24/7.
|Clear air delivery rate||60 CFM|
|Filter cost per year||6 x filter one, 1 x filter two = $120 per year|
|Power consumption||123 kWh/year|
|Features||Filter replacement light.|
7. BLACK+DECKER Tabletop Air Purifier
Weighing only five pounds and sitting at just 12 inches tall, the Black and Decker Tabletop air purifier is small and discreet, and it packs a big purification punch for its size. When you use the highest power setting, you can clean the air five times in an hour in a room of up to 93 square feet.
There are four speed settings — high, mid, low, and sleep — so you can leave it running in the nursery 24/7 without disturbing your sleeping baby. In addition, you can switch the lights off for light-sensitive tots or leave them on as a dim nightlight.
On the downside, there is a light to let you know the filter needs replacing. If you do not replace the filter quickly enough, an audible alarm will go off, which is incredibly annoying.
- Doesn’t take up a lot of room.
- Designed to sit up high, out of the reach of children.
- Robust cleaning rate for its size.
- High annual filter replacement costs.
- The audible alarm for filter replacement is annoying.
|Room size||93 ft²|
|Clear air delivery rate||66 CFM|
|Filter cost per year||4 filters per year = $120|
|Power consumption||82.1 kWh/year|
|Features||Child lock, touch control, sleep setting.|
|Product||Best||Room size||Clear air delivery rate||Filter replacement||Power consumption||Features|
|Storebary Air Purifier with H13 True HEPA Filter||Best Features||< 226 ft²||150 CFM||2 filters per year = $24||144.5 kWh/year||Child lock, timer, air quality indicator, sleep mode|
|RabbitAir Ultra Quiet HEPA Air Purifier||Best Versatile||< 815ft²||200 CFM||1 filter per year = $95||390 kWh/year||Customize panels and filters, mood lighting.|
|LEVOIT Core 400S Air Purifier||Best Smart||< 400 ft²||260 CFM||1 or 2 filters per year = $50 or $100||234 kWh/year||Air quality monitor, child lock, ultra-quiet sleep mode.|
|LEVOIT Air Purifier for Home Allergies||Best Quiet||< 219 ft²||140 CFM||2 filters per year = $60||264 kWh/year||Child lock, filter indicator, night mode.|
|Pure Enrichment PureZone Air Purifier||Best Energy-Efficient||190 ft²||80 CFM||2 filters per year = $30||87.6 kWh/year||Sleep mode, timer, filter indicator.|
|Honeywell DH-HPA060 HEPA Air Purifier||Best Small||75ft²||60 CFM||6 x filter one, 1 x filter two = $120 per year||123 kWh/year||Filter replacement light.|
|BLACK+DECKER Tabletop Air Purifier||Best Affordable||93 ft²||66 CFM||4 filters per year = $120||82.1 kWh/year||Child lock, touch control, sleep setting.|
Tips for Using Air Purifiers in a Baby’s Nursery
To ensure your family is safe and your air purifier works as efficiently as possible, these are our top tips:
- Consider the position of your purifier. Closer to the center of the room is better for airflow but might be a trip hazard. Unless your purifier is a wall-mounted model, place it as far from the wall as possible for maximum efficiency.
- Keep your air purifier running 24/7 if possible. If not, leave it on for as long as you can because it doesn’t take long for air quality to decrease.
- Keep doors and windows closed when running the purifier, and seal up any leaks or cracks.
- Clean and replace your filters regularly. If your model has a washable pre-filter, be sure to clean it according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. This will ensure your air purifier is running at optimal performance levels.