Air Purifiers can be rather noisy. And even more so when switched on high speed. At least this holds true for most of the units containing HEPA filters, which by the way, are also the most efficient air cleaners out there.

If you are planing to purchase a new air purifier in 2017, if you are looking for an air cleaner with HEPA air filter, and if the noise levels of your air purifier are an important factor to be considered, read on.

Here we will present the top 5 list of quieter air purifiers. We have included some of the best brands out there, which also guaranties excellent quality and performance.

These models are all best rated air purifiers with powerful purification properties. They are also some of the units with quiet operation. They are arranged from top to bottom according to price. The topmost is the most expensive, while the one at the bottom is the most affordable.

Best Rated Models:

IQAir Purifier, HealthPro Plus

This fantastic machine is justifiably on the top of the charts. You can read the full review here. It is by no means cheap, but it is worth every cent you spend on it. It has 6 fan speeds. When switched on 1, 2, or 3, it will be pretty silent.

On 6, it is rather noisy, but you won’t need to use this settings often. Switch it on 6 for a couple of minutes to clean your home air fast. Then it can be kept on 1, 2, or 3 the rest of the time as it cleans the air rather effectively on low speed as well. On 1 it is virtually inaudible.

IQAir is one of the quietest air purifiers with high performance abilities in the world. The fact of the matter is you can always reduce the noise at the expense of performance. The real art is to maintain the purification ability while also reducing the noise levels, which is exactly what IQAir manages to do.

There is a new model, which is even much more quieter. So, if your main priority is having an air purifier with reduced noise level, make sure you check out the newest IQAir HealthPro model.

Rabbit Air MinusA2 SPA-780A

rabit air air cleaner
Rabbit Air MinusA2

Rabbit Air is marketed as an Ultra-Quiet Air purifier. It comes with the rather versatile BioGS HEPA technology. One of the notable features of this cleaner is that its depth. It is only 7 inches (meaning it can be easily mounted on a wall if needed), while not making any compromise with filtration capabilities. Its stylish design makes it non obtrusive and easy on the eye.

If you keep it on auto mode, which many people do anyway, you won’t hear much. You would have to come close to the unit to see that the indicator light is on or to sense the air flow in order to confirm it is working.

Given the amount of air MinusA2 is capable of filtering, it is remarkably quiet. The lowest setting can hardly be heard at all. If you want an attractive unit which is also very quiet, this model might be something you would want to consider as a possible candidate.

Alen BreatheSmart Air Purifier

Alen BreatheSmart air cleaner
Alen BreatheSmart Purifier

The BreatheSmart HEPA filter is designed for quiet and efficient air purification of large rooms and areas. It can handle spaces as large as 1100 square feet, which is somewhat more than the Swiss-made HealthPro Plus unit. What is really a unique feature of this machine is the Alen’s WhisperMax technology which uses pink noise to filter out the most annoying high frequency sounds.

While this air purifier runs quieter on all settings, it pulls in a lot of air. On the lowest fan speed (1 out of 4) it is very quiet. Number 4 is the only fan speed that produces really noticeable sound. You can easily sleep with this air cleaner switched on 2 due to the unobtrusive noise type.

Like the Rabbit Air machine, this one is also designed pretty well. Taking into account the design, performance and silent operation, it is well worth the price.

AirInstinct 200 air cleaner
Oreck AirInstinct 200

Oreck AirInstinct 200 Large Room Air Purifier

This is a unit that successfully combines several advanced technologies, including a state of the art HEPA filtration with prolonged life of the expensive replacement filter. The other levels of filtration are Pre-filter and Anti-odor technology. What differentiates Oreck AirInstitct’s air purifier is the smart sensor adjustment, which automatically adjusts the speed of air flow for greatest performance.

Moreover, this device is ultra quiet when you operate it on low fan speed setting. You can use it at night without any problem. Given the amount of air it circulates around your home, the noise level is also amazingly low.

Whirlpool AP51030K

Whirlpool AP51030K  air cleaner
Whirlpool AP51030K

Whirlpool AP51030K is another great air purifier from the group of quieter machines with HEPA filter out there. It has 3 stages of filtration comprised of a carbon filter, prefilter, and a HEPA filter. The outside filter captures all large size particles. The carbon filter eliminates all unpleasant odors, while the main work is done by the sophisticated True HEPA filter. Whirlpool Whispure 510 can remove 99.97 percent of pollutants larger than 0.3 microns.

First thing you may notice when you plug this purifier in is the low noise levels. The unit will remain pretty quiet whether you use it in your home or office. This nice looking and functional air cleaner has four different fan speeds.

Which One to Choose

There is not a right or wrong choice here. Depending on your budget, you may want select the model that best suits your need. Before deciding though, you should check the following important factors:

  • the cost of the replacement HEPA filter
  • the duration of the current HEPA filter

These two factors will largely determine the cost–performance ratio of your next quiet air purifier machine.