As a mom, you have a sh*t-ton of stuff to do. No doubt you have to cut crusts off lunch sandwiches at 6 am (and that’s for hubby) followed by an entire day of last-minute potty runs and spill clean-ups. That doesn’t even scratch the surface, so there’s no way you have the time/energy/patience to give the slightest f*ck about indoor air quality.
The quality of indoor air is worse than outdoors and since Americans spend 90 percent of their time inside, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), we’re exposed to up to 5 times the amount of pollutants. Suddenly, staying home, cuddled on the couch with your family doesn’t sound as safe as we thought. Not even essential oil diffusers can help you with this situation…< Listen, we're not trying to give you nightmares, but pollutants like pet dander, mold, dust, smoke, and other allergens are a real risk. And since nobody has time for worrying about and testing indoor quality — especially moms! — we’ve done the work for you, rounding up the highest-quality air purifier smoke eaters. If the house is smoky from cooking or maybe you or your SO like to dabble in the occasional cigar (or you’re worried about outdoor smoke making its way inside), check out the best air purifiers for smoke and household pets.
The Elecohomes Pro Series Air Purifier kicks ass in spaces up to 280 square feet. With a smart sensor and auto mode that sets the correct fan speed based on the current air quality in the room, the Elecohomes Pro Series is perfect for purifying the kitchen, living room, office, or garage spaces. The Elecohomes Pro Series comes with whisper quiet modes – one that sounds like a breeze, one that’s in sleep mode, one that’s a talking mode, and one that’s known as outdoors – and can even eliminate dangerous toxins like formaldehyde and benzene. It gets a massive thumbs up for negating microscopic pollutants and odors, like smoke from cooking, cigarettes, cigars, wood stoves, and more. If you have a pet, this purifier is even a better fit, as it also does wonders in capturing pet hair and dander. And if you’re worried about saving energy — #goinggreen, mamas – then you can utilize the 1-8 hour timer, which saves energy and doesn’t run if you’re not home.
The Air Mini offers the effectiveness of the full-size Molekule Air, but in a more compact form (and lower price). This tiny, well-designed air purifier has five different fan speeds so that you can customize your purifying process to your specific needs, making it the best air purifier for smoke and pets. Place this on your child’s nightstand or pick it up by the convenient felt handle and bring it into the dining room after a night of cigars with the pals. It’s lightweight, convenient, and easily transportable. Not to mention, it gets rid of the nasty sh*t in the air.
If you smoke indoors, no one may know if you’re also running the Levoit Air Purifier for Home Smokers. This baby doesn’t f*ck around – not with a 3-stage filtration system that features a pre-filter, a true HEPA filter, and a high-efficiency activated carbon filter. Together, these three work as a super barrier against allergens, pet hair, dander, smoke, mold, odor, and other potentially harmful particles. In fact, it’s so efficient, the Levoit can remove 99.97% of airborne contaminants that are as small as 0.3 microns. Not only is it quiet-as-a-ninja to boot, but the Levoit is also high-efficiency in that it circulates room air over four times per hour. It also features a night-light with two brightness settings, so there’s no need to have both an air purifier and a night-light in your child’s room. This purifier can do both.
The AHAM verification of the Germ Guardian is what’s the most impressive. Air purifiers with this label guarantee that the clean air delivery rate has been independently tested for its ability to remove tobacco smoke, pollen, and dust. Best for rooms up to 167 square feet, the Germ Guardian circulates the air over four times per hour and has a UV C light that gets the job done. Tuck this air purifier in a corner and not only will you not have to think about lingering smoke in your air, but the Germ Guardian can also help guard against sickness. No, literally. Thanks to that UV C light, which has been proven to effectively kill airborne viruses like influenza, staph, and rhinovirus, you’ll likely see an improvement in your health. With titanium dioxide and an activated charcoal filter, this purifier also reduces volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and cuts back on odors that arise from pets, smoke, cooking fumes, and so much more.
Not f*cking around when it comes to your family’s indoor air quality? We don’t blame you. The Medify MA-40 has medical-grade H13 features, which apparently are even better than True HEPA. Go the medical-grade route and you know you’re getting the quality stuff, the stuff doctors would want for themselves. These super filters guarantee a 99.97% particle removal from your indoor air and can clean up to 1,300 square feet in just an hour. Only have 30 minutes to run your purifier? This guy will purify 800 square feet in that time. Only 15 minutes? 400 square feet in just a quarter hour. If you’re looking for efficiency as your #1 characteristic in an air purifier, then the Medify is the way to go. The Medify has a tempered glass panel (like your cell phone!), which is both easy to clean and scratch resistant.
There’s good bacteria and there’s bad bacteria, and while it might seem strange at first, the Biotica 800 from BetterAir literally uses bacteria (don’t worry – the good stuff) to counteract the bad crap in the air. The Biotica 800 uses a special kind of filter outfitted with probiotics, which isolate and target the bad bacteria exclusively, unlike other cleaning or purifying solutions that wipe out the good and the bad. We know probiotics are good for our immune systems and gut, right? So, why just drink them or pop a probiotic pill when you could literally launch the good, toxin-purifying bacteria into the air? Now, the good bacteria in nature actually outweighs the bad stuff by an 8 to 2 ratio, so it totally makes sense to take the same logic and apply it here indoors. After all, indoors is where your children sleep, play, and eat. (Not to mention, you, too! Just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean you don’t deserve clean air mama.)
The Alen BreatheSmart has a fairly steep pricepoint, but ask yourself this: Would you pay more money for something that was literally designed by NASA airflow engineers? Anything for that #peaceofmind, right?! The Alen BreatheSmart is so popular – with almost 500 online ratings – that it’s currently out of stock in every other color except the white. It’s recommended for purifying the air of everything from allergens, dust, chemicals, smoke, and even cooking odor. (That Sunday night salmon only tastes good; but it smells yucky the following day, trust.) The HEPA-FreshPlus filter uses activated carbon to absorb a handful of harmful airborne particles, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs). In fact, this air purifier is so freakin’ smart, it has a Laser Smart Sensor that can detect airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns. And since your environment is ever-changing, the Alen BreatheSmart adapts to the distinct level of purifying your air needs.
No matter what your air-purifying needs, moms, the Hathaspace Smart True Air Purifier has it all. Asthma? Pet hair? Pet dander? Odors? Mold spores? Dust mites? Pollen? Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)? Gone, gone, gone, gone, gone, gone, gone, and GONE. Highly-rated and reviewed more than 1,000+ times, the Hathaspace is mom-approved AF, as not only does it purify the air of smoke (cigar, cigarette, or cooking fumes), but it also improves allergy symptoms like coughing, sneezing, and eye irritation. Imagine never having to pop a Zyrtec again? Sounds like a good life! The Hathaspace can even curb the odor associated with your kitty’s litter box (and we all know how stinky that can get). Featuring an automatic air quality sensor that frequently measures your indoor air quality, the fan-speed adjusts in real time to whatever your indoor environment needs at that moment. It even breaks the air quality down by color – green, yellow, and red – so you can easily read and understand how your air quality is at any given time.
The Coway AIRMEGA is compatible with Amazon Alexa, so imagine how much easier your life just got. Have you always wanted to be like, “Alexa, do the laundry; Alexa, wash the dishes?” Well, that technology might not be available yet—man, when are we going to get the real-deal robots?—but with the Coway AIRMEGA, you can get pretty freakin’ close. “Alexa, purify my air, please.” Have you ever heard a robot-command so bougie?! But even its voice-enabled capability isn’t its best feature. So many people in the reviews have hailed the Coway AIRMEGA for its smoke-reducing and smoke-purifying abilities. Light a wood stove in the winter? Live in a high-risk wildfire area? Have a teen prone to smoking in their room? The Coway AIRMEGA helps will all of that sh*t, so you don’t even have to think twice about it. (Except the teen smoking upstairs; maybe address that, like, ASAP.)
If you’re a smoker worried about how cigarette smoke could be affecting your family, the PARTU HEPA air purifier has an efficient three-stage purifying system that is beyond thorough. Want a fresh smell along with the purified air? With the PARTU, you can add the essential oils of your choice to its fragrance sponge feature. Not only is it about to be pure AF in here, but there will be no more cigarette smell, either. The purifier itself is small, sleek, and doesn’t do more damage than good. (Some purifiers emit ozone, but the PARTU guarantees it doesn’t.) With more than 1,000 reviews, moms also love that the PARTU has a child-proof and pet-proof lock, so you can avoid accidents and rest easy knowing everyone — even your most vulnerable family members — are safe. The PARTU filters cigarette smoke like a pro, keeping your house lavender-, lemon-, (or whichever essential oil you choose) fresh.
Before you flip the f*ck out over the price point, consider this: the Pro XL can purify maybe your whole office or living space. The Pro XL can effectively purify up to 1,180 square feet, making it the perfect addition to any large room or open space. Virtually no-noise and featuring a v-shaped filter to maximize all the inside space (so that you get the biggest size filter possible), the Pro XL tests particle and gas levels frequently. Then, it adjusts its fan speed to the level of toxins detected in the air. Basically, it’s a f*cking robot that keeps you and your family healthy. With a clean air delivery rate of >450 for smoke (>400 for dust and >460 for pollen), the Pro XL is expensive, but it will for sure filter the f*ck out of your entire home. Or, if you work in an office, the Pro XL is also a popular air purifier for purifying large work spaces, too, thanks to its wide range.
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