Got pets? Their fur, hair, feather, and odor can be annoying sometimes, huh? Not to mention the dander; the stuff that’s responsible for triggering allergic reactions to millions of people in the US alone.

To protect your family’ health as well as yours, you need an air purifier. An air purifier is incredibly useful in cleaning the air in your home from pet dander and numerous other allergens.

But which one is the best air purifier for pet owners? The answer is right here on this page.

The followings are ten of the best pet air purifier available in the market. We group them based on how much space they can cover. Whether you’re looking for an air purifier a small, medium, or large space, we’ve got your back covered.

CategoryAir PurifierDimensions

(l x w x h in inches)
Room Coverage (sq. ft.) 
SmallKOIOS Desktop Air Purifier7.5 x 6.9 x 6.960
Levoit LV-H1329.7 x 9.8 x 14.686
GermGuardian CDAP4500BCA8.9 x 6.4 x 22124
MediumPureZone 3-in-110.8 x 6.9. 12.1200
Winix WAC950016.5 x 8.9 x 21.9283
Levoit LV-PUR13114.5 x 7.2 x 18.5322
Honeywell 50250-S

(Our Pick)
18 x 18 x 19.6390
LargeRabbit Air BioGS SPA-625A16.6 x 9.8 x 22.2625
Advanced PureAir Air Shield12 x 14 x 25800
IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier16 x 15 x 28900

Best Air Purifiers For Small Space

For the first category, we have air purifiers from KOIOS, Levoit, and GermGuardian. These three make excellent choices for living spaces less than 150 square feet.

KOIOS Desktop Air Purifier

best air purifier for pets

This desktop air cleaner is great for a small bedroom. It measures 7.5 x 6.9 x 6.9 inches and only weighs 2.1 pounds. That’s tiny!

With this thing in your bedroom, you can sleep better at night without worrying about getting up with a stuffed nose. Even though it’s small, it’s more than capable of trapping any rouge pet dander that has made its way into your bedroom.

One strong point of this little boy is that it’s very quiet. You can sleep soundly without getting annoyed with buzzing or whirring sound. It is also easy to operate without any complicated settings to go through.

This unit does not produce ozone, so if you’re sensitive to ozone you don’t to worry a thing. Feel free to put this right next to your pet’s cage too. You’ll have the peace of mind that this unit will remove pet dander plus the odor from the air your family breathes.

There’s only one thing we’re not so keen about this unit. It doesn’t have any option to turn off the blue light. The intensity may be too intrusive for some.

“Can I bring this to my cubicle?”

Absolutely. These days, pet-friendly offices are becoming more popular. Such policy, however, is detrimental to workers who are allergic to pets. Fortunately, this air cleaner is small enough to fit nicely in your cubicle.

If you happen to work in a pet-friendly office, this unit can help you a lot. It can reduce the risk of getting allergic reactions when your work buddies decide to bring their cats, dogs, or parrots to the office.

What We Loved

  • Small and lightweight
  • Can be put anywhere
  • Works well in small rooms
  • Ozone-free

What We Didn’t Like

  • No way to turn off the light

Levoit LV-H132

best air purifier

The LV-H132 uses 3-stage filtration: fine pre-filter to catch rougher particulates like pet hair, true HEPA filter to trap smaller ones, and activated carbon filter to eliminate odor.

At 9.7 x 9.8 x 14.6 inches and 6.6 pounds, the Levoit LV-H132 is small enough for a bedside table.

It will trap airborne pet allergens before they interrupt your sleep. It looks stylish too so it won’t be an eyesore. This unit has three speed settings. On low, the fan noise isn’t loud enough to interrupt your sleep. It also has a night light, but you can turn it off if that irritates you.

The bedroom is not the only place in your home where the LV-H132 can do wonders. You can put it in any room up to 86 square feet in size to reduce pet dander and odor problems.

If you have an allergy or sensitive respiratory system, just leave it on high throughout the day and you’ll be able to breathe easier.

“But is it durable?”

Yes, it is. The LV-H132 is one durable machine. Feel free to turn it on continuously for months. It will still do its job flawlessly.

Levoit only gives this unit 2-year warranty, but they give you lifetime support in case there’s a problem with this unit once the warranty expires.

Our only gripe with this unit is the touch sensor. They react even to the softest touch and there’s no way to reduce its sensitivity.

All in all, this is an excellent unit to have when you have fur babies in the house. Running this unit round the clock will ensure the number of airborne allergens is kept in check. You’ll have less asthma attack and less allergic reactions too.

What We Loved

  • Small and stylish
  • Quiet for bedroom
  • Light can be turned off
  • Durable

What We Didn’t Like

  • Touch sensors are too sensitive

GermGuardian CDAP4500BCA Smart 4-in-1

pet air purifiers

Most people choose the GermGuardian Smart Air Purifier because it works so well keeping the air clean. However, the ability to control it from anywhere is also a huge factor. Being a smart machine, the GermGuardian CDAP4500BCA can be controlled with iPhones and Android smartphones.

Once you download the app and complete the straightforward setup, you can control it remotely even when you’re away from home.

This little machine works marvelously at filtering fine particles like pet dander. As for the microbes and airborne virus, the UV light takes care of them easily.

This 4-in-1 air purifier will make a fine addition to your home, especially when you have active pets in the house. The air quality monitor scans the air quality in your room and adjusts the fan speed accordingly to ensure optimum air filtration rate.

The air quality reading on the LCD display lets you know just how clean the air in your room is. It’s a cool quirk.

If you’re super sensitive to noise, don’t worry. This unit is super quiet on its lowest setting. Even on medium, you need to get really close to it to hear its whizzing. Being quiet is beneficial for pets too. We all know that some cats and dogs are easily scared by loud noises.

One thing that’s not so good about the GermGuardian is that the huge light ring on the front is too bright. Those who prefer to sleep with their lights off may find this quite irritating. You may want to tape a piece of paper over it to dim the light.

What We Loved

  • Can be controlled remotely
  • Very easy to set up
  • Great at detecting changes in air quality

What We Didn’t Like

  • Light ring is too bright

Medium Space

This category consists of four air purifiers from PureZone, Winix, Levoit, and Honeywell. Any one of them is an excellent pick for a room less than 400 square foot in size.

PureZone 3-in-1

best air purifier for pet hair

The PureZone 3-in-1 is an excellent air purifier in a small, compact form. Although it’s rated for a 200 square feet room, many people comfortably use this to cover a 300 square feet area.

The design is sleek and it feels solidly build. PureZone throws in a 5-year warranty for this model, which speaks a lot about PureZone’s confidence that this unit will last at least that long.

The PureZone is so simple to set up. You can have it up and running five minutes after you open the box. Once running, the activated carbon filter does a good job eliminating nasty odors from your pets. In winter, when you and your pets spend too much time indoors, this unit will ensure that your home smells fresh until spring comes.

The PureZone’s UV-C light destroys germs and viruses that may pose threat to your family’s health as well as your pets. Of course, the HEPA filter easily traps hair, dander, smoke, pollen, dust, and other airborne allergens. The filter cover is easy to pop off making cleaning simple and easy.

PureZone claims that this air cleaner is whisper-quiet. At 30 dB on low, we have to say that that claim is on point. On high, the 50 dB noise level is quieter than normal conversation sounds.

The PureZone also has a Night Mode. It runs even quieter than low setting and turns off all the lights. You can even set it to shut down automatically after a set hour. All these features make the PureZone an excellent air purifier for children bedrooms.

That’s right. If you have kids, put the PureZone 3-in-1 so your kids can sleep soundly through the night.

There’s just one thing we’re not fond of about this air purifier. We kind of wish there’s a dedicated button somewhere to turn the light off manually without lowering the fan setting. Alas, there’s no such thing.

What We Loved

  • Whisper-quiet
  • Night mode
  • 5-year warranty
  • Timer
  • Has UV-C that destroys germs

What We Didn’t Like

  • Night mode automatically lowers the fan speed.

Winix WAC9500

air purifier for pet odor

If you dislike seeing pet dander floating around, the Winix WAC9500 is for you. It uses 5 filtration stages: pre-filter, HEPA filter, anti-bacterial treatment, odor control, and Winix PlasmaWave technology. It traps fur and dander, destroys bacteria, and removes bad odor in one go.

The pre-filter and carbon filter in the Winix are washable and that makes it the perfect choice when you have dogs or cats that shed a lot. When the pre-filter is clogged or the unit cannot remove odor as well as it used to, just wash the filters. You don’t need to spend money on replacement filters.

Many people who own this unit say that they only need to replace the filter once a year. The low running and maintenance cost is just another reason why many people love the Winix 9500.

We suggest running this unit on its highest setting for 24 hours at first. It will make a tremendous difference to the air quality in your home.

After that, just let it run on Auto. The Smart Sensors can tell when it is time to kick into high gear. Your home will be free from pet allergens without you needing to tinker with the unit all the time.

This unit is rated for 283 square feet of space. That said, many users put the unit in a room much larger than that (up to 600 square feet) and it still works effectively. That speaks volume on how good the unit is.

“What about that PlasmaWave thingy?”

That’s just Winix’s jargon for its ion generator. The ion generator is not only excellent in reducing bad odor, it’s also effective in tackling airborne bacteria and viruses. In short, having the Winix 9500 in the house will keep you, your family, and your pets healthy. It’s a win-win solution for everyone.

Oh, and don’t worry about it being too loud. This thing is whisper quiet. On the second speed setting, you can barely hear it running.

What We Loved

  • 5 filtration stages
  • Washable the filters
  • Quiet

What We Didn’t Like

  • Not the prettiest design

Levoit LV-PUR131

air purifier for pet allergies

Due to its incredible quietness, this unit is perfect for bedrooms. Even on high speed setting, the sound is quite muffled. On low, you can barely hear a thing over three feet away. If you are a light sleeper, you will have no problem having this in the bedroom.

Even though it’s boxy, the Levoit looks pleasing to the eyes. The boxy shape allows it to be placed against a wall. There’s no worry about blocking the air intake since air is sucked from the sides.

Despite not having Energy Star certification, The LV-PUR131 is very energy efficient in practice. On high, it only consumes 38 Watts. On low, it draws 11 Watts. Suffice to say, if you keep it running 24/7 on low, it will only put a very small bump on your electricity bill.

One thing that’s not so great about the LV-PUR131 is its auto mode. It’s a bit slow in picking up changes in air quality. It will eventually pick up the pace, but it’s certainly not the quickest compared to its competitors.

In addition to having an auto mode, the LV-PUR131 also has a timer. You can set the timer to have this unit running between 1 to 12 hours.

What We Loved

  • Has timer in addition to auto mode
  • Energy efficient
  • Super quiet
  • Looks appealing

What We Didn’t Like

  • Auto mode not swift enough

Honeywell 50250-S

best air purifier for pet dander

The Honeywell 50250-S measures 18 x 18 x 19.6 inches. You’ll notice its presence where ever you put it, and we like it. It’s aesthetically appealing and we love how it fits well in any room. It is also very stable. There’s no wobbling or rattling even when you put it on hardwood or tile flooring.

In terms of effectiveness, this HEPA air purifier is excellent. It is rated for 390 sq. ft. room and it works great removing dust, pet allergens, and odor. Some purifiers for larger rooms require assistance from a ceiling fan to help circulate the air, this one doesn’t.

The Honeywell 50250-S circulates the air in the room 5 times in an hour. It moves so much air, you won’t even need a fan to keep the room cool.

Moreover, the cylindrical shape means it has a 360o air intake, allowing it to suck air from all direction instead of just from one side. It blows the clean air in a similar fashion.

Honeywell’s air purifiers are known to be durable. This model is no exception. It will provide its service, cleaning and purifying the air in whichever room you put it in, for years.

You need to replace the pre-filters every 3 months, but it is so easy to do. The HEPA filter can last 3-5 years if you vacuum it periodically.

We recommend having this unit in the living room or where your pets spend most of their times. You’ll notice the improvement in air quality the first day you have this running.

“This thing is going to be loud, isn’t it?”

No. Even though the fan in this unit is pretty strong, it’s fairly quiet. It’s not the quietest compared to its competitors, but it’s more than acceptable. No need to worry about your dogs barking or your cats hissing at it.

The lowest speed setting is perfect to provide white noise at night. It isn’t even loud enough for you to raise your voice while having a conversation near it.

“It’s all wonderful then?”

Well, there’s one caveat that you may need to think about. You see, some pet owners actually complained because their cats and dogs are not afraid of this Honeywell air purifier.

Their pets even deliberately sitting right next to the unit, enjoying the breeze, and having their fur and hair groomed by it. This, of course, means you may need to replace the pre-filters more often.

What We Loved

  • Works incredibly well for medium-sized rooms
  • 360o air intake and discharge
  • Circulates air quickly
  • Durable

What We Didn’t Like

  • Not the quietest compared to its competitors
  • May pull in a lot of hair and fur

Large Space

Okay, these are the big ones that you should seriously consider when you have severe pet allergy problems and you need to cover a living space over 400 square feet. These bad boys get their job done no matter what you throw at them. We have top air cleaners for pets from Rabbit Air, Advance PureAir, and IQAir.

Rabbit Air SPA-625A

best pet air purifier

When you have a large room with pet dander all over, you need to get the Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0. This unit is able to circulate the air in a 625 sq. ft. room in just half an hour on the highest setting. You’ll start noticing the improvement in air quality in no time.

Doesn’t matter if you have dogs, cats, parrots, rabbits, or sugar gliders in the house. This unit can take care of their dander without breaking a sweat.

Granted, you will need to clean the filters to make sure it continues to perform well, but the process is so easy. Even if you have many pets and you need to clean the filter frequently, you can do it in mere minutes.

“I bet this thing eats electricity like a pig.”

Nope. Being such a high-performance air purifier does not make this unit a power hog. This is an Energy Star certified model, which means it won’t jack up your electricity bill. Moreover, it is only as loud as a fan on the highest setting and whisper-quiet on the lowest.

If you don’t want to run it all the time but still want to come home to a fresh-smelling home without the pet dander and odor, just set it on auto. It will turn itself on whenever it senses the air quality is going downhill.

This model is a bit on the expensive side, but if you have an allergy or asthma and you want your home to be free from pet allergen 24/7, you won’t regret getting this one.

What We Loved

  • Great for large rooms
  • Whisper quiet
  • Power efficient
  • Filters are easy to clean
  • Auto mode keeps home fresh

What We Didn’t Like

  • a bit on the expensive side

Advanced PureAir Air Shield

air purifier for dog hair

When you pets that roam all over your home and you don’t want multiple air purifiers scattered across the room, you just get the Air Shield. It is rated at 800 sq. ft. which should cover a large living room.

The 9-stage detection, filtration, and purification system may seem overkill, but it’s not. It’s there to guarantee that whatever impurities sucked into it won’t have a chance to leave.

It’s a guarantee that no matter what kind of allergens there are, this machine will trap them and blows only the freshest and cleanest air out. You’ll be able to breathe much easier with this machine working around the clock.

Since the air intake is located on the front, you can put this unit against a wall. There’s less chance of your foot bumping on to it when you walk around the room. Clean air is pushed out through the top, allowing it to circulate farther around.

Just like many air purifiers, this one also has a large power indicator light. The good thing is, it can be turned off if it bugs you.

The HEPA, pre-filter, and metal filter are easy to clean. The metal plasma filter, however, requires extra care. You need a bottle brush to ensure the thin metal wires are not disturbed.

What We Loved

  • Covers a large area
  • 9-stage detection
  • Can be put against a wall
  • Power indicator can be turned off

What We Didn’t Like

  • Plasma filter requires extra care during cleaning
  • Big and heavy

IQAir HealthPro Plus

air purifier for pet hair

The HealthPro Plus uses HyperHEPA filter. IQAir claims that this filter is a hundred times more effective than standard HEPA filter. That HyperHEPA filter is rated for 4000 hours and we’re glad it has such a long lifespan because the replacement filter is expensive. The LED display tells you how many hours are left before you need to replace the filter.

This unit has six speed levels. It starts to get noticeably loud from level 4. At level 6, it is very loud. Level 6 is very useful, though. When you have guests who have pet allergy coming in minutes and you need to quickly get rid of any trace of pet dander from the guestroom.

This air cleaner also comes with 5 pounds of active charcoal in the filter. Your guests will breathe in fresh air without any trace of foul odor from your pets.

 “This is a big air cleaner, right?”

Yes, the IQAir HealthPro Plus is huge. It measures 15 x 16 x 28 inches and weighs 35 pounds. It’s a pain to move around. Luckily, it has four wheels at the bottom which help somewhat.

Before you go and buy the HealthPro Plus, we must warn you that this is the most expensive air purifier we review here. However, when you have 900 square foot of living space that you must absolutely make sure free from pet allergens, your best option is the IQAir HealthPro Plus.

What We Loved

  • Covers a huge area
  • LED display shows filter lifespan
  • Very good at removing odor
  • Wheels help you move it around
  • The highest speed setting cleans the air in minutes
  • 5 pounds of charcoal for superior pet odor removal

What We Didn’t Like

  • Expensive
  • HyperHEPA replacement filter is expensive
  • Big and bulky

Frequently Asked Questions

Ok, now that we’ve shown ten excellent air purifiers for pet owners like you, it’s time to get some lingering questions answered.

Can an air purifier get rid of pet hair?

best air purifier for pet allergies and asthmaYes, an air purifier can trap pet hair to some degree. If the hair falls close to the air purifier, there’s a high chance that the unit can suck the hair in. This is why it’s a good idea to place an air purifier close to your pets’ cage or the area where they spend most of their time in the house. You’ll have less hair and dander spreading around the house that way.

How can I get rid of pet dander?

First, you must regularly bathe, brush, and groom your pets. There’s no other way around it. Secondly, you must also vacuum the house at least twice a week. While an air purifier does a wonderful job cleaning the air you breathe from airborne pet allergens, it cannot pull out those that are already stuck deep in the carpets, upholstered furniture, and beddings.

Is there such a thing as allergy-free cats or dogs?
No, allergy-free cat or dog breeds are just a misleading marketing gimmick. All cats and dogs produce dander. Some breed shed less than the others but none truly dander free.

The following video shows 10 dog breeds that are supposedly ideal for people with allergies. We can assure you that they are not hypoallergenic as the video claims.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, we must once again warn you to put on your skeptical hat when someone tries to sell you allergy-free or hypoallergenic cats or dogs. There are no such things.

What are the symptoms of pet allergy?

Pet allergy symptoms may include runny nose, sneezing, nasal congestion, coughing, short breath, tight chest, itchy eyes, and skin rashes.

Do I really have pet allergy or is it something else?

It’s true that different allergies may have the same symptoms. The only sure way to find out if you do have pet allergy is to go see an allergist and have yourself tested. The allergist may give you a skin-prick test, which is the most common way of diagnosing pet allergy. The test does not take long. You can have the result is less than thirty minutes.

Is it possible to build immunity to pet allergies?
Yes, it is possible to build immunity to pet allergies but it’s a slow process. The bad news is, even when you finally develop immunity to a certain breed of cat or dog, you can still get allergic reactions from other breeds.

Which allergy medicine is best for pet allergies?
Antihistamines are the most common medications to treat pet allergy symptoms. They can reduce allergy symptoms including sneezing, rashes, and swellings. While you can get antihistamines freely in drug stores, we recommend consulting to a doctor or an allergist first. You may also consider getting allergy shots to desensitize yourself to allergens.

We must warn you that you should never try to desensitize yourself to pet allergens on your own. There are people who react worse every time they are exposed to the same allergen. It’s the opposite of desensitization and it may lead to Anaphylactic shock, which is lethal in most cases.

Is having a pet or more increase the risk of my children getting allergy down the line?

No, this study shows that exposure to dogs and cats in infancy does not lead to asthma or allergy at school age. So if anyone giving you the beef for exposing your baby to pets, let them know that exposure to pets in the first year of life may reduce your child’s risk of allergic disease,