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The Best Air Purifier for Allergy Season, According to Allergists

Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0 air purifier
Photo: Bobby Doherty/New York Magazine
Rabbit Air’s BioGS 2.0
$370 at Amazon

The Goal: Find the best air purifier for allergy season. Allergists guided us away from ionizing filters (which can release allergenic particles back into the air) and toward HEPA-rated options that clear away 99.97 percent of even the smallest pollen particles.

The Verdict: Rabbit Air’s BioGS 2.0 is the Mercedes of purifiers. It runs at five very quiet speeds — the lowest is barely detectable — that adjust with a pleasing electronic ping. It’s fully automated, so it sends a reminder when filters need to be replaced (about every 18 months), and seamlessly changes speeds depending on the pollutants it senses in the environment. The catch is that it’s about the size of a side table, but anything smaller couldn’t handle all the air in your living room.

More Allergist-Recommended Air Purifiers

Honeywell AirGenius5 Air Cleaner/Odor Reducer, 250 sq. ft.
$162 at Amazon

Honeywell is the Toyota to Rabbit Air’s Mercedes, according to allergist Dr. Sonal Patel. It’s very reliable, and while it might be slightly louder, the price is right. This model covers about 250 square feet.

Honeywell HHT-011 HEPA Clean Compact Air Purifier, 85 sq. ft.
$49 at Walmart

And this even smaller Honeywell is perfect for tight spaces, like keeping by your desk at work.

*This article appears in the May 1, 2017, issue of New York Magazine.

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The Best Air Purifier for Allergy Season