Why your kitchen needs an air purifier
Even if you`re careful when cleaning up your kitchen, wiping the counters, washing the dishes, and cleaning up spills on the floors, this doesn’t take care of those lingering odors from cooking. Many of the foods you cook with, like onions, spices, and fragrant cheeses, leave their scents behind after you`ve cooked and consumed your meals. Those odors mix, creating a less than pleasant stink in your home. As well as making you uncomfortable, guests will notice those odors as soon as they walk in the door.
That`s why it`s important to get the best air purifier for your kitchen. These units will circulate the air, trapping those odors. Homes with pets may also need these units to catch those pet hairs that could otherwise end up in the meals you`re serving. If your cooking gets away from you and spills on the stove to cook on the burner or gets burned in the pan, the air purifier will also take care of the smoke from these occurrences.
Another benefit of a kitchen air purifier is that it can remove mold and mildew from the air, making it much safer for your family and keeping those nasty particles from contaminating your food.
Features to consider when choosing an air purifier for kitchen
When choosing a new air purifier for kitchen smells, there are a few features you may want to look into. This will ensure that you`re getting the perfect model for the size of your kitchen and the issues you`re dealing with.
The coverage area displayed on the air purifier tells you the largest size the room should be for it to circulate the air efficiently, clearing out those unwanted particles in a timely fashion. There are small room models, like the Levoit LV-H132, which works well for kitchens that are 129 sq. ft. or smaller. If this model is placed in a room larger than this recommended size, it won`t be able to pull all of the air through as quickly, forcing the unit to run more often at higher speeds and still leave some unwanted particles in the air. There are also models with huge coverage areas, like the 1300 sq. ft. of the Alen BreatheSmart 75i. These models are perfect for large kitchens or open-concept homes with few walls and doors to keep the odors from spreading. Be sure to measure the size of the room or area you`ll be using your air purifier in and purchase one that can handle that size.
To clean the odors and other unwanted particles out of the air, you need the right filtration system.
Though some models include multiple filters, for kitchen odors, there is only one filter that you absolutely need. This is the activated charcoal filter, which is a porous filter that collects those organic chemicals in the air that create those odors. As the air passes through the activated charcoal filter, the material absorbs those odor particles, sending only fresh-smelling air back out of the machine.
Though they don`t trap odors, a HEPA filter can capture those solid particles that create odors on their own, like smoke, mold spores, pet hair, and pet dander. The dense mesh traps those particles, keeping them from contaminating the air and producing those odors.
Though these are usually separate filters, some models combine these technologies, like the Alen BreatheSmart 75i. This model has a True HEPA filter with antimicrobial and carbon layers, effectively eliminating odors and other harmful particles, so it can still be considered the best charcoal activated air purifier for kitchen odors despite not having this as a separate filter.
Most of the air purifiers on the market offer a few different fan speeds to choose from to help you eliminate those odors and particles at the speed needed. For instance, you may need to turn up the fan to get rid of odors during the preparation and cooking of the meals, then turn it down again when the odors are gone. The more speeds you have, the more options there are in clearing out the air. All of the units in our reviews have either 3 or 5 speeds, so you can choose which option is right for your home.
A timer is a handy feature to have on your air purifier for kitchens. This feature allows you to set a specific amount of time for the unit to run. Then, when the time is up, it shuts itself off instead of running continuously until you turn it off manually. Most models have options for 2, 4, and 8 hours, though some allow you to run it for 12 hours or choose a set hourly time as you see fit.
Nobody wants a noisy machine in their kitchen distracting them from their meal prep and cooking. A loud unit also makes it impossible to talk to your family or any guests you`ve invited over for a meal. Luckily, these units are designed to run quietly, so you can use them in your living spaces without disturbing you. Of course, the higher fan speeds will be a bit louder, like the ones on the TruSens Air Purifier, but these speeds are only designed to be used when the air needs to be cleaned quickly, so you likely won`t need them too often. Many models also include a Night Mode, which runs quieter at low speeds to make it easier to sleep without turning the unit off.
Air quality detector
An air quality detector monitors the air quality in your home at all times, usually displaying it on the unit, so you always know what the air in your home is like. This way, you know when to turn the unit up to clear out the dirty, smelly air and down again to maintain the healthy air quality. These monitors can be built right into the air purifier, like the one on the Winix HR900. These usually work with an Auto Mode, which adjusts the fan speed automatically when the air quality monitor detects poor air quality. They can also be separate from the machine, like the one on the TruSens Air Purifier, so you can set it anywhere in the room to monitor the air quality.
Though this isn’t a common feature, some air purifiers include Wi-Fi capability, which allows you to remotely access the unit to turn it on or off, change the settings, or just monitor the air quality when you’re away from home. This feature usually includes an app available for download that pairs with the unit you’ve purchased for consistent readings and adjustments at all times.
Dimensions and weight
The dimensions and weight of the air purifier you’re considering tells you how big and heavy it is. The larger the unit, the more difficult it will be to find a space for it. These units need to be kept at least a couple of feet away from any walls and furniture for proper airflow, which will also determine how big of a unit you can fit in the space you have available. A heavy unit won’t be too much of a burden if you plan on placing it in one spot and leaving it there, but if you are going to move it from room to room, a lighter model is best.
The warranty is one of the most important features to look for since some air purifiers may not work as intended. If there are faulty parts or pieces that are installed incorrectly, the warranty will ensure that you get the unit repaired or replaced without costing you a fortune. The longer the coverage lasts, the more peace of mind you’ll have. Be sure to check out the fine print, too, since there may be some conditions included with the warranty. For instance, the lifetime warranty of the Alen BreatheSmart 75i is only included with the proper registration and a filter replacement subscription.