The Three Best Dorm Room Air Purifiers

In just a few weeks, college students across the country will be going back to school. Now is the time to pick out the ideal dorm room air purifier for yourself or as a great gift for your college-aged child.

With the first week of August almost gone, it’s time to start thinking about the beginning of the fall college semester. This means re-establishing good study habits, getting new textbooks and, for many students, moving back into the dorms on their college or university’s campus. Dorm rooms may be a great option for students who need affordable housing close to their classes, but they can also pose a concern when it comes to health and cleanliness. After all, most dorm rooms are very small and enclosed spaces, often shared with several other people. This is why a small and affordable air purifier should be on every student’s list of back to school essentials. In this article, we’ll cover the criteria that make for a good dorm room air purifier and share US Air Purifier’s top three recommended models for college students living in dorms.


  What Makes for a Good Dorm Room Air Purifier?


When looking for the best dorm room air purifiers, there are three basic requirements that have to be met. The first is that the unit in question be fairly small. Since dorm rooms are not large spaces, a large-profile floor model isn’t very practical for most students. Secondly, an air purifier intended for this purpose should be as near to silent as possible. Since students study in their dorm rooms, a loud humming noise from a less quiet purifier should be avoided at all costs. Lastly, a good dorm room air purifier should be inexpensive. Let’s face it, college students these days are already buried up to their eyebrows in student debt and school expenses. $500 for a top of the line air purifier just isn’t in the average student’s budget.


  Our Top Three Dorm Room Air Purifiers


With all of these criteria in mind, let’s take a look at three of the best options on the market for dorm room air purifiers.


  1. AirFree T800

The T800 from AirFree is a thermal air purifier that makes use of a heating core to eliminate organic contaminants in the air. Covering an area of up to 180 square feet, the T800 is ideal for removing mold spores, bacteria, pollen and other allergens, dust mite waste and even viruses from the air around it. Since it uses a heating core instead of a filter, the unit is both small and virtually silent, making it great for dorm usage. It also comes in at the very reasonable price of $159, making it one of the least expensive air purifiers on the market.


  2. SPT AC-2062

Another inexpensive air purifier is the AC-2062 from SPT, which comes in at only $149. This air purifier is modeled after the popular tower design often used in small-space fans. Unlike a fan, however, this unit produces very little noise. It does, however, clean the air around it extremely effectively. Covering 200 square feet, the AC-2062 is armed with a dual HEPA and carbon filtration system that eliminates not only airborne particulates but also gaseous organic impurities, such as formaldehyde and carbon dioxide.


  3. Vortex Air Purifier Lamp

The last item on our top 3 list comes in at $289, putting it over the other two in budget. This might be a little too much for the average college student if it were not that this innovative air purifier, designed specifically with dorms and offices in mind, doubles as a high-quality LED desk lamp. Offering 175 square foot coverage, the Vortex is ideal for placing on a desk in a dorm room environment. The built-in, maintenance free air purification system removes mold spores, bacteria and other organic particulates from the air while remaining almost perfectly silent. The lamp itself is a 50,000 hour array of 42 LEDs on a dimmable control. This makes the Vortex perfect for providing both light to study by and clear air in any college dorm room.




Making use of a dorm room air purifier can improve the air quality in the environment of any student. Aside from simply removing everyday impurities, keeping bacteria and viruses at bay can help to keep students from contracting contagious illnesses such as colds and influenza, a common concern in dorm buildings. Whether you are a student or a parent looking to keep his or her child healthy while away at school, adding an air purifier to your back to school checklist is a good idea.


Have questions about using air purifiers to keep dorms or other spaces healthy and clean? Don’t worry, we’re here to help. Feel free to contact us with your questions and we’ll guide you through the process of picking out the best air purifier for your needs.