Choosing the correct air purifier can be a challenging task. Not everyone has the same needs, which means that not all air purifiers are suitable for all people. In this post, I will list and specifically focus on the best air purifiers for over 1000 square feet (sq ft). I have compiled and analyzed many models, narrowing them down to four.
There are quite a few air purifiers for big rooms or large spaces on the market, but these four currently stand out. Just because an air purifier states that it is usable for extra-large spaces does not automatically mean it is a suitable device. That being said, here are my top picks for the best air purifiers for over 1000 sq ft (square feet):
- Medify Air MA-112 V2.0 – biggest room coverage, overall #1 recommendation
- Alen BreatheSmart Classic – best air filtration performance
- Hathaspace Smart True HEPA Air Purifier 2.0 – budget pick
- Green Air Encore – alternative budget pick (cheapest)
I have picked three different winners because they all fulfill different needs. I listed two budged options since the Green Air Encore can be used for precisely 1000 sq ft, while Hathaspace can go up to 1500+ sq ft – in case 1000 is not enough. Check out the comparison table below to see the difference between these four air purifiers for 1000+ square feet.
Medify Air MA-112 V2.0
Medify Air MA-112 V2.0 will always be our first choice for an air purifier for a 1000sqft room. This is because it can handle 2500sqft and consumes only 95W
Price & availability
Medify Air MA-112 V2.0
2500 sq ft
Alen BreatheSmart Classic
1100 sq ft
Hathaspace Smart True HEPA Air Purifier 2.0
1500 sq ft
Green Air Encore
1000 sq ft
I consider many different aspects and product specifications when comparing air purifiers. In the graph above I have only chosen to show only the most relevant ones, specifically for large room air purifiers. That being said, let us take a closer look at each one of these models.
Biggest room coverage: Medify Air MA-112 V2.0
✓ Super high CADR rating of 950
Product dimension: 28 x 16 x 15 inches
While having the most significant room coverage on the list, Medify Air MA-112 V2.0 is also my recommended pick for the overall best air purifier for over 1000+ square feet. It has a staggering CADR rating of 950, which is at the very top for commercial air purifiers. This high CADR rating enables it to purify the air in rooms as large as 3700 sq ft in only 1 hour.
The smaller the room/area, the faster it will clean the air. To give you some estimations: it can clean a room of 2500 sq ft in half an hour (30 minutes) and needs only 15 minutes to clean a 1250 sq ft area. You will have to look find to find any comparable air purifiers on the market in this aspect.
Modify Air MA-112 V2.0 uses a top-tier, medical-grade H13 HEPA filter which can remove up to 99,99% of harmful air pollutants as small as 0.1 microns. Otherwise, it uses a pretty standard central 3-stage filtration system that consists of a pre-filter, HEPA filter, and carbon-activated filter for odors. What is unique about this device is that it uses two sets of these filters – one on the left side and one on the right side.
This doubles the filtration power and also enables more air intake. You also get a 4th filtration layer from an optional air ionizer. The device uses DC Brushless motors instead of the classical AC motors (pretty noisy ones). Noise levels reach up to 70 dB on maximum speed and decrease as you lower the fan speed.
The Control panel is a touch-screen type and offers four different fan speeds, timer functions (1h, 2h, 4h, 8h), sleep mode, child lock, and a filter replacement indicator. You can also find an air ionizer button on the control panel, which can be switched on or off. All in all, a pretty standard control panel that offers some customization. Filters need to be replaced twice a year.
Latest price and availability of Medify Air MA-112 V2.0:
Best Air Filtration Performance: Alen BreatheSmart Classic
✓ CADR rating of 300
Product dimension: 10 x 17.75 x 26.75 inches
I chose the Alen BreatheSmart Classic as the top performer regarding the air cleaning capabilities for large rooms of 1000+ sq ft. It has a more advanced 3-stage filtration system – a standard pre-filter for capturing dust and other enormous particles, an advanced HEPA filter, and an air ionizer.
You can select between 4 different HEPA filter types based on your needs: HEPA pure, HEPA silver, HEPA fresh plus, and HEPA odor cell. Out of all of these, HEPA silver offers the best air cleaning capabilities and harmful particle removal. Lastly, an optional air ionizer function releases negative ions in the air, trapping only the smallest air pollutants that HEPA filters left behind.
This powerful and very flexible air cleaning performance pushed the Alen BreatheSmart Classic to the front row. You can cover large rooms of up to 1100 sq ft every 30 minutes with this model. The CADR rating of 300 cfm is relatively low but still beats most top-end and more expensive air purifiers currently on the market.
The fans that push the air out are surprisingly quiet due to the Advanced WhisperMax technology. Noise levels range from around 41 dB (decibels) on the lowest settings, to 56 dB on the highest fan speed. These are very low (quiet) numbers for such a powerful air purifier.
The control panel is very modern-looking and offers the following settings: ionization on/off button, filter replacement indicator, fan speed (4 settings), and an automatic mode. Alen BreatheSmart Classic also includes an air quality sensor that changes colors based on how clean the air in your room is. Red color indicates bad air quality and blue color indicates clean air, with orange being in the middle.
Latest price and availability of Alen BreatheSmart Classic:
Budget pick: Hathaspace Smart True HEPA Air Purifier 2.0
✓ CADR rating of 450
Product dimension: 9 x 16.5 x 27 inches
Hathaspace Smart True HEPA Air Purifier 2.0 is an excellent example of a quality, budget-friendly air purifier. It has a powerful 5-stage filtration system that consists of two pre-filters, a HEPA filter, an Activated carbon filter, and a cold catalyst filter.
What is unique here is that you get two different pre-filter types: a propylene filter that increases the HEPA filter’s lifespan and a standard washable pre-filter for dust and pet hair. The HEPA filter is type H13, which is top tier and very effective at air cleaning. The last filtration stage is the cold catalyst filter which targets VOCs and chemicals. All in all, a very solid air filtration system.
Hathaspace Smart True HEPA Air Purifier 2.0 can be used up for rooms of up to 1500. This is a lot, considering how much cheaper this unit is compared to similar air purifiers. The CADR rating is listed at 450, a very good number for effective air cleaning in large rooms and spaces over 1000 square feet.
The device uses a DC motor to power its fans and has a noise level range between 30 dB (min)- 60 dB (max). The lowest fan setting is surprisingly quiet and makes it possible to use this air purifier in the bedroom without risking the noise disturbing your sleep.
The control panel is touch-screen and has a very basic yet modern layout. You can adjust the fan speed setting, select a timer, switch to automatic or sleep mode, and turn on/off the led lights. Hathaspace Smart True HEPA Air Purifier 2.0 also comes with a built-in air quality sensor that displays the air quality index in numbers found on the control panel.
Latest price and availability of Hathaspace Smart True HEPA Air Purifier 2.0:
Alternative budget pick: Green Air Encore
✓ CADR rating of 250
Product dimension: 25 x 7.5 x 14 inches
I included the Green Air Encore as an alternative budget pick for the best air purifier for over 1000 sq ft. It has a very futuristic design and comes with some solid specifications. Similar to other air purifiers on this list, it uses a standard 3-stage filtration system with an additional IonCluster technology as the 4th air purification layer.
IonCluster technology means a patented negative ion generator (also called air ionizer) that specializes in removing bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms. This combination offers better air cleaning effectiveness than a simple HEPA + carbon filter. The pre-filter is washable; other filters must be changed once every 6-12 months.
The CADR rating for the Green Air Encore is 250, enough to clean rooms up to 1000 sq ft. While this is the lowest CADR on this list, it is still great if we consider the price tag. Power consumption is only 58 W, which is almost twice as less as other air purifiers on this list.
This is a surprisingly low number considering the fan power needed for pushing enough clean air to cover 1000 square feet. In addition, the fan speed noise is the lowest on this list as well – only 23 dB on the slowest fan setting. There is no official information about the maximum fan speed noise, but I would estimate it to be around 52 dB.
Green Air Encore air purifier has four operating modes: fan, night, auto, and silent. These offer customization and can be adjusted based on your needs and current air quality situation. You get a futuristic-looking air quality sensor for dust and odors, which uses four different colors to let you know the status of your indoor air quality status in real time.
Latest price and availability of Green Air Encore:
Best Air Purifiers For Over 1000 sq ft – Conclusion
As you can see, all these air purifiers are suitable for large spaces or extensive rooms yet are quite different from each other. I have already given my recommendation for each category (room coverage, air cleaning effectiveness, budget), so I will not waste time here. However, there is a chance that you are new to air purifiers or still not exactly sure which one out of these three suits you best. If I had to pick just one, my overall recommendation and number one pick would be Medify Air MA-112 V2.0.
I want to touch on the budget choice shortly – you probably noticed that I selected two air purifiers here. This is because there was quite a big price difference, but the Green Air Encore (cheapest) is capped at 1000 square feet. So I wanted to give two choices for a budget air purifier. For any spaces of around 1000 square feet, I would go with Green Air Encore, and I would choose Hathaspace Smart True HEPA Air Purifier 2.0 for anything over 1000 square feet if I had a limited budget.
Finally, I want to answer a common question regarding large room air purifiers.
What should I look for in an air purifier for large rooms and spaces over 1000 square feet?
Although there are many essential aspects that you need to take into consideration when choosing a new air purifier, not all have the same weight. Here is the information that matters the most for big room air purifiers:
CADR rating.Â CADR is short for clean air delivery rate and tells you how effective and quick an air purifier is at cleaning the air. We measure it in cubic feet per minute (cfm) or mÂ³/hour. A higher CADR rating = more powerful fan speed = faster air cleaning = and more room coverage. An air purifier with a 200 CADR rating will clean a 100 sq ft room (example) much faster than an air purifier with a 100 CADR rating. I wrote more on this in a separate post, which can be found here.
Power consumption.Â Large room air purifiers generally need more significant and robust fans to be effective. These fans need to consume much more energy, so you should always compare this information (power consumption) between different air purifiers.
This is a long-term cost that can really add up fast if you are not paying attention to it. Here is where air purifiers with smart mode come in handy, as they automatically adjust the fan speed in real-time (cost-effective).
Noise levels.Â Fan size and power also affect the air purifier’s noise. The most problematic issue here is noise at maximum fan speed, as it can get quite loud. This might be vital information, depending on where you plan to use your large room air purifier. Always check the noise levels to ensure that it will not bother you later. I wrote a separate blog post on air purifiers and noise ranges, which you can find here.
And with this, we have reached the end. Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read my top 4 list of the best air purifiers for 1000+ square feet. I hope it helped you narrow down and ultimately choose the right air purifier for you.
Is it better to have one large air purifier or multiple small ones?
Yes, It is better to have one large air purifier instead of multiple small ones. This is because it would save you a lot of cost and electricity. And having multiple small air purifiers will consume a lot of space in your room.