Choosing a single Travel Size Air Cleaner is not an easy job when there are so many options you can choose from. To make it easier for you, here is a list of Top 10 Best Travel Size Air Purifiers 2017.

Which Air Cleaner should you choose? Let's find out now!

Best Travel Size Air Cleaners 2017

It is always a personal decision when you have to choose among the best products of any type. It is hard to say there is any best Air Purifier, because the needs of every person are different..

Obviously, there are many factors you should considered before you decide to purchase your air cleaner. For example, those factors include features, design, style, and so on.

Below you will find a table that shows the top 10 best portable air cleaners 2017. Each purifier is chosen given its features but also reflects its popularity.

Purifier Name

Weight

Dimensions

HEPA

UV

Charcoal

Negative ions

GermGuardian AC4100 3-in-1

6.2 pounds

7.5 x 6.5 x 11

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

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GermGuardian GG1000

0.9 pounds

3.5 x 3.5 x 7.5

No

Yes

No

No

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GermGuardian GG1100W Elite

1 pounds

2.4 x 3.5 x 6.9

No

Yes

No

No

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Hunter 20310B Cube Tabletop

3 pounds

7.5 x 4.3 x 7.5

Yes (2x)

No

No

No

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Homdox Car Air Purifier

3.2 pounds

12.8 x 10.4 x 4.6

Yes

No

Yes

No

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Winext portable Car Air Purifier

0.4 pounds

5.1 x 1.2 x 5.1

No

No

No

Yes

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Eco Breeze Car Air Purifier and Ionizer

0.07

3.5 x 1 x 1

No

No

No

Yes

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Biota Bot Model #MM108 Air Purifier

3 pounds

12.5 x 10 x 9.5

Yes

No

Yes

No

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Holmes HEPA Type Desktop Air Purifier

6.7 pounds

14.8 x 11.4 x 7.2

Yes

No

Yes

No

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AirTamer Rechargeable Personal

0.35

3.5 x 0.8 x 1.8

No

No

No

Yes

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GermGuardian AC4100 - Editor's Pick

GermGuardian AC4100
GermGuardian AC4100
Air Purifier

The GermGuardian AC4100 is a table top Air Purifier that incorporates 3 types of technologies: UV-C, HEPA, and charcoal filter.

The pre-filter is filled with charcoal for odor reduction and elimination of larger particles.

The HEPA filter is not true HEPA, but rather near HEPA. It means that this machine captures 99 percent of air particles of 0.7 microns or larger. True HEPA would require 99.97 percent of particles removed down to 0.3 microns. It doesn't seem to be important, but in practice it is important, especially if you have high sensitivity.

The third stage of purification by GermGuardian AC4100 is a fluorescent UV-C lamp in combination with TiO2 screen to kill viruses, bacteria, germs and spores.

Given the price, which is somewhere around $60, it is a good choice. You will find no automation or sensors, but this is understandable for this price range.

The CARD ratings for this unit are somewhere close to 60, which is not that bad, given the portable nature of this air purifier.

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, this unit might be able to help you with your problems.

PROS

  • easy to move around
  • budget friendly
  • as many as 3 stages of filtration
  • can be placed on the side

CONS

  • Not true HEPA
  • Don't expect miracles if you have chemical sensitivities
  • Loud on high settings
  • Constant expenses (HEPA replacement, UV lamp replacement)

GermGuardian GG1000

GermGuardian GG1000
GermGuardian GG1000
Air Purifier

Germ Guardian GG1000 has only one air purification technology: UV air sanitization. This is not what air purification usually means. There are no filters to capture airborne particles.

However, if you are concerned with killing airborne germs, GG-1000 is able to remove as much as 98 percent of microorganism the pass through the unit. All this provided that the space this unit is installed in is small.

The other upside is odor removal. If you are concerned about odor removal in confined rooms, Germ Guardian GG 1000 can help.

The UV bulb should be replaced after 4,000 hours. It will start change its color or flicker when the time for replacement is near.

Note that the bulb is hazardous, because it is coated with harmful mercury contaminant.

If you are looking to prevent some typical illnesses that are transferred by sneezing or touching, this air sanitizer won't help much. It may be good for odor elimination, especially if placed in kitchens or baths. Because of its relatively high noise levels, avoid using this air cleaner in bedrooms or living rooms.

PROS

  • UV technology doesn't produce harmful Ozone
  • Simple to maintain
  • Small to carry along
  • Great for small kitchens

CONS

  • Too loud
  • UV bulb replacement costs

GermGuardian GG1100W Elite

GermGuardian GG1100W
GermGuardian GG1100W
Air Purifier

GermGuardian GG110W Elite is a similar unit to the previous one. It is somewhat smaller and of different design, but the principle of operation is very similar.

In fact, Germ Guardian GG1100 is the updated version of GG1000. Both cleaners are able to cover basically the same space, but this one does have a USB port.

It is also centered around UV sanitization (kills bacteria, mold spores, and viruses) and elimination of odors. You can plug it to the nearest wall socket in your kitchen to remove cooking odors, smoke, or mildew.

Just plug it in to a wall socket to destroy bacteria and fight odors from cooking, mildew.

PROS

  • Compact design
  • Easy operation
  • Great price
  • Small to carry along
  • Great for small spaces
  • USB port

CONS

  • UV bulb replacement costs
  • Too Noisy

Hunter 20310B Cube Tabletop

 Hunter 20310B Cube
Hunter 20310B
Air Purifier

The Hunter 20310B air purifier comes with HEPA 2 in 1 filter technology. This means that you will get a HEPA filter in combination with an Eco silver pre-filter.

This is a True HEPA, meaning that this unit will catch as much as 99.97 percent of airborne particles down to 0.3 microns. The Clean air Delivery rate (CADR) is around 45 - not that bad for a tabletop air purifier.

The eco silver prefilter is not a charcoal based filter, but it serves as a filter for smoke, kitchen and pet odors, and VOCs. It is also an antimicrobial guard that inhibits the growth of viruses and bacteria.

PROS

  • True HEPA
  • Easy to move around
  • 2 Seed fan
  • Quiet operation

CONS

  • Efficient for confined rooms only
  • Ongoing expenses (HEPA replacement, Pre filter replacement)

Homdox Car Air Purifier

 Homdox Car Air Purifier
Homdox Car
Air Purifier

The Homdox Air Purifier is a great choice if you want a compact system with stylish design. Especially designed for cars and other vehicles, it is capable of dealing with allergens, bad odors, and dust particles.

The air is pulled from underneath the purifier and goes through several layers of filtration. Clean air is pushed through small openings at the top of the unit.

This is also a true HEPA machine, but Homdox has a special type of HEPA filter called HEVA.

HEVA means a combination of HEPA technology and technology for dealing with VOCs. VOC stands for dangerous volatile organic chemicals, such as formaldehyde, for example.

The HEVA filter should be replaced after 6 to 9 months of operation.

PROS

  • Stylish design
  • Easy operation
  • Reasonable price
  • True HEPA
  • Quality sensor
  • CADR rating of 40

CONS

  • Ongoing expenses (filter replacement)
  • Efficient in confined spaces only

Winext Auto Ionizer with Air Filter

 Winext Auto Ionizer
Winext Auto
Air Purifier

Unlike the above, the Winext air purifier is a negative ion generator. It contains no HEPA filter, no charcoal filter, and no UV stage of filtration.

It rather uses electrostatic technology to catch dust, pollen, pet dander, bacteria, and viruses.

It is primarily designed to be used in cars. You can plug it into a cigarette lighter, but it also has a USB port. It means you are given more options to use this air cleaner around the house, office, or hotel.

Winext Auto Ionizer is very portable. It is a free standing unit, 5 inches wide, and relatively slim.

As any electrostatic negative ion generator, Winext produces some small concentrations of ozone. While they have no substantial influence to the body, people with respiratory problems and high sensitivity, would have to avoid even low ozone levels.

PROS

  • Compact and highly portable
  • USB port
  • Very quiet

CONS

  • No HEPA filtration
  • Not suitable for pollen and other allergies
  • Work better in cars than in residential areas
  • Some ozone emission


Eco Breeze Car Air Purifier and Ionizer

Eco Breeze
Eco Breeze Car
Air Purifier

The Eco Breeze air purifier is another model with electrostatic technology. It can also use a standard car lighter and a USB port.

In addition to the air purifier you will get an universal USB charger. Using the purifier is as simple as turning it on and off. It creates a flow of negative ions that will help you purify the air inside your car or any other small space.

Pros:

  • Compact design
  • Simple to use
  • Inexpensive
  • Silent operation

Cons:

  • Not nearly as efficient as the HEPA models
  • Small ozone levels

Biota Bot MM108 Air Purifier

Biota Bot
Biota Bot MM108
Air Purifier

Biota Bot MM108 features 5 stages of air purification. It comes equipped with a true HEPA filter and carbon filter.

For a HEPA technology, it is very light weight, only 3 pounds, so you can move it around as much as you like.

It fits perfectly into small spaces, helping clean the air from allergens, pollens, dust, smoke, odors, and mold spores.

Biota Bot MM108 has a 2 fan settings and a timer for automatic setting of the desired time of operation. The 2 filters installed in the unit should be replaced regularly, usually after 6 to 12 months.

PROS

  • True HEPA air purifier.
  • Activated carbon filter
  • Air quality indicator
  • Timer

CONS

  • Ongoing expenses (filter replacement)
  • Higher price than the competition

Holmes HAP242 Air Purifier

Holmes HAP242
Holmes HAP242
Air Purifier

HAP242 is a HEPA based air purifier. However it is not True HEPA. So we have 99 percent of airborne particles captured, rather than 99.97 percent. Even though it doesn't seem like much of a difference, it is a huge difference.

The CADR specifications of this units are 55 for dust, 70 for smoke, and 65 for pollen. Not bad, but notice that these numbers are for the highest fan speed, which potentially means a lot of noise.

Is this an air purifier for you? Yes, if you are looking for a cheap HEPA system. No, if you are extra sensitive to the quality of the air and want to solve your health problems.

PROS

  • Ultra cheap for a HEPA unit
  • Good for small areas

CONS

  • Very noisy unless on the lowest setting
  • Ongoing expenses

AirTamer A310

AirTamer A310
AirTamer A310
Air Purifier

AirTamer A310 air purifier is what you might call a personal rechargeable air purifier.

It employs negative ion technology with its state of the art electrostatic design. Essentially you are getting a three foot zone of clean air around you.

By definition, this technology of air purification provides silent operation. Once charged, AirTamer A310 will provide as many as 150 hours of clean air. You can recharge it via the provided USB cable.

While this is not a type of air purifier you would want if you have medical issues and problems with allergies, it can be a versatile and compact assistant.

The size of a MP3 player, it can always be worn by your side, day and night, at home or on the road.

PROS

  • Silent operation
  • Ultra compact
  • Light weight
  • Rechargeable
  • No filter replacement

CONS

  • Not nearly efficient with allergies and medical sensitivities
  • Small ozone levels

Travel Size Air Purifier Buyer’s Guide

Here we have several different classes of air purifiers:

  • HEPA or True HEPA units (with or without activated carbon filter)
  • UV-C units
  • Negative ion generators,
  • or a combination of several technologies

Which one you will choose from the list above, depends on your needs and expectations.

You would have to answer the following questions:

Do you need an ultra portable unit?

- In that case choose a negative ion generator. They are light weight. But if you need more serious air purification you have to choose a HEPA based system. The HEPA models in the list above are purifiers that you can move around easily.

Do you need a car unit only?

- We have listed a several dedicated car air purifiers, but again, they are not HEPA cleaners.

Do you have to deal with allergies and breathing difficulties?

- If the answer is yes, you have to choose a HEPA purifier, preferably a True HEPA unit.

In conclusion, the GermGuardian AC4100 is our Editor's Pick. It is cheap, it has a combination of cleaning technologies, including True HEPA and is very popular. Yet, again, it is one of the least portable air purifier from our list.

If you need to have something more lightweight and still efficient, choose the Homdox Car Air Purifier.