One of the more versatile and effective ways to clean cigar smoke from a room is by using an air purifier. However, as we highlighted in our introductory guide to indoor cigar ventilation, the market is saturated with cheap and underpowered air purifiers.
Therefore, this guide will present you with the Best Air Purifiers For Cigar Smoke:
- RabbitAir MinusA2
- Airpura 600 Series
- Austin Air Healthmate Plus
- Blueair Classic 605
- MiracleAir PM-400
- Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0
- IQAir HealthPro Plus
- Blue Pure 211+
- Alen BreatheSmart 45i
- Hathaspace Smart 2.0
- Levoit LV-PUR131S
- Levoit Vital 100
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A stylish and discrete air purifier, you have probably often seen Rabbit Air’s devices in a number of cigar lounges. It’s most effective for small rooms and can offer 187 CFM but it’s both quiet and very energy efficient too.
There are several variants of the MinusA2 and the specs listed above cover the more basic albeit still premium 700A model. The more advanced 780A and 780N cover a greater range in exchange for a louder motor.
Similarly, the 780N also has smart Wi-Fi features for those that want distance monitoring and other online tools. Given all its features, it’s the perfect cigar air purifier for man caves and home cigar rooms.
"A discreet and effective air purifier that can be easily wall-mounted and left to work its magic."
Airpura’s 600 series offers a vast range of air purifiers for different requirements. The specs featured above are for the T600 DLX, which is designed for heavy tobacco smoke.
It’s probably one of the simplest air purifiers in this guide and is simply controlled by a knob to adjust its power. Although a little louder and more power-hungry than the RabbitAir, it’s a powerful air filter that is effective even in the largest man-caves.
Therefore, if you’re looking for a no-nonsense HEPA air purifier that can just absorb any amount of cigar smoke, you’ll be satisfied with Airpura.
Another heavy-duty air purifier, Austin Air’s Healthmate Plus is designed, manufactured and assembled in the USA. It boasts up to 400 CFM with a range of 1,500 ft².
Furthermore, it offers 360-degree air intake, which means that it can be placed anywhere in the room and still provide optimal effectiveness. Like the Airpura above, it’s also very simple to operate and its power output can simply be adjusted with the turn of a knob.
Finally, Air Austin offers a generous 5-year mechanical warranty so you’re covered if anything goes wrong.
Blueair is a renowned air purifier brand and a favourite among many cigar smokers. We’re particularly fond of the Classic Range, which offers excellent performance and efficiency.
As a premium air purifier, it’s heavy-duty and robust, offering a Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) of 650 cubic feet per minute (CFM) and is rated at 500 CFM specifically for smoke. Bear in mind that few brands will provide a separate smoke efficiency rating, which highlights their fame among the cigar community.
Additionally, their SmokeStop filters contain 2 to 4 lbs of activated carbon depending on the model. Furthermore, the filter webbing is 0.1 micron in size, which is small enough to capture smoke particles. It’s a little cumbersome but it’s one of the best models on the market.
We admit that the MiracleAir PM-400 is a little pricey compared to the Austin Air, which has a similar design and specs. However, it sets itself apart as it’s a commercial-grade HEPA air cleaner.
As a result, it’s extremely effective in particularly smoky environments. Although it’s great for tobacco smoke, its industrial-grade sorbent media filters mean that it can also be used in working environments to protect against toxic fumes and carcinogens.
Finally, it also has wheels, which makes it easier to move around the room!
Consuming no more than 29 Watts, the Rabbit Air BioGS is remarkably energy efficient. Similarly, it doesn’t produce much noise and won’t be louder than 48.6 decibels even on its louder setting.
With a 136 CFM for smoky environments, this BioGS isn’t quite as powerful as the models listed above. Nevertheless, it still offers excellent performance for smaller rooms.
IQAir’s HealthPro Plus is behemoth and easily the best performing air purifier on this list. As a medical grade device designed to target airborne viruses, the IQAir can capture particles as small as 0.003 microns. Given that tobacco smoke particles are as small as 0.1 microns, it’s fine enough to filter them immediately.
Meanwhile, other models tend to have filters for 0.3 microns. This doesn’t mean that they won’t capture smoke. However, they won’t be as efficient and the particles will need to pass through the filters several times before being caught.
While its CADR is a bit lower at 300 CFM, its filter quality is excellent for larger rooms or busy cigar dens. Of course, it’s more energy-hungry and can consume up to 215 Watts. However, it’s not remotely as loud as we expected.
We were simply blown away by the stylish Pure 211+ by Blueair. Although a much cheaper model than the premium options listed above, it boasts the ability to clean 350 CFM is smoky conditions.
Furthermore, it’s quiet and even on the highest setting it doesn’t produce more than 56 decibels of sound. Similarly, it’s energy friendly too and consumes no more than 60 W.
If you have a larger than average cigar room and want an affordable premium experience, the Pure 211+ is probably your best choice.
What we like the most about the Alen BreathSmart is the stylish design, which allows you to have a wooden facade. If you’re decorating your den or man-cave, this is an excellent touch as it can easily integrate itself with the furnishings.
Additionally, it has an intelligent sensor, which scans the air and automatically adjusts to best motor speed according to the air quality. At 55 dB for its max speed, it’s not overly loud but quieter models can be found that are also less power hungry.
Like some of the medical grade air purifiers we listed, the Hathaspace HSP002 features 0.1 micron filter which should easily capture smoke particles. Similarly, it features an air quality sensor for adjusting itself automatically.
Admittedly, we’re a little dubious about its claimed 15,000 ft² range given that it offers only 260 CFM. It also has a tendency to be a tad loud. However, it’s an excellent budget option if you want something that performs well against multiple cigars in a small to medium-size room.
Normally we would avoid underpowered units altogether. However, we’re aware that not everyone has the budget for a RabbitAir MinusA2. The following models will work with very occasional cigar smokers. Yet, they will quickly show their weaknesses if you’re a regular smoker.
Levoit is well-known for producing accessible and affordable air purifiers that are packed with features. For instance, this particular model is Wi-Fi enabled and compatible with both Alexa and Google Assistance. Meanwhile, you can pick up the non-smart version for $20 less.
Although very quiet and energy-efficient, it only offers 131 CFM, which goes down to 101 CFM for smoke given their preference for a smaller fan. Although it should be enough for occasional cigar smoking in a small room, it would struggle during an evening with the boys.
If you’re just looking for a very affordable and basic air purifier, the Levoit Vital 100 should be fine with the odd Robusto cigar. It boasts a similar 130 CFM to the smart version listed above and costs just over $100.
Of course, this pales in comparison to some of the more premium devices on the market and it would be completely ineffective if several cigars are being smoked at once. However, if you just need something for an occasional robusto that you enjoy in your study, it should just about be sufficient.
How Do HEPA Air Purifiers Work?
HEPA stands for “high-efficiency particulate air”, which was initially a trademark but now has become a generic term. It is used to designate an air filter’s efficiency in absorbing pollutants.
Typically, HEPA air purifiers contain filters that are essentially pads of fibreglass with gaps of between 0.5 and 2.0 micrometres. However, tobacco smoke tends to be about 0.1 microns in diameter. While most smoke will be captured by the fibres, some can pass through.
Therefore, many purifiers today will feature multiple filters stacked against each other to catch any particles that managed to escape. Indeed, the USA’s ASME standards demand that a HEPA air filter captures 99.97% of 0.3-micron particles.
Although HEPA filters can capture fine particles, they don’t necessarily remove odours. Therefore, most will contain additional filters often made from activated carbon.
High-quality filters that boast the ability to absorb odours will usually use carbon cloth filters and use the term High-Efficiency Gas Adsorption filters (HEGA).
As you will have seen above, air purifiers come in different shapes and sizes. Some are basically free-standing boxes, which can take a bit of space. However, there has been a growth of wall-mounted air filters, especially for cigar smokers.
Finally, HEPA filters shouldn’t be confused with smoke eaters, which are units that use electrostatic charges to capture particles. You can learn more about them with our guide to smoke eaters.
How To Choose The Right Cigar Air Purifier
Should you decide on using an air purifier like those we listed above, bear in mind that the best one for you depends entirely on the room and your habits.
For instance, if it’s a small room and you smoke an occasional cigar, you don’t need a device as powerful or as expensive as the IQAir.
However, no matter how good their marketing, small tabletop purifiers are nothing more than useless when faced with cigar smoke. Therefore, it will still have to be a decent device at the very least.
Likewise, if you’re hosting several friends and will be smoking several cigars each in an evening, smaller budget-friendly purifiers will struggle to have any positive effect.
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We experienced this ourselves when Charles-Philippe received his first purifier, which was a budget model equivalent to Levoit’s Vital 100. When it first arrived, he tested it with a single Robusto in his study. Even with the window closed, it was effective at drastically reducing the smoke and residual smell.
However, when he invited a friend over and they smoked two cigars each that evening, the purifier was overwhelmed. Not only did smoke creep under the door and into the rest of the house but the purifier’s HEPA filter became so tainted by the cold cigar smoke that it needed to be replaced after just one night of use.
Therefore, budget accordingly and opt for a device with the specs that match your needs. Although we listed them above, you can effectively ignore the ranges that brands advertise above as these rarely consider smoky environments.
Instead, you’ll need to look at the Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR), which is listed in CFM. This stands for “cubic feet per minute” and provides an insight into how quickly they treat and circulate specific volumes of air. Some brands will even provide a smoke CADR, which is even more precise for smoky environments.
To put this into perspective, you’ll need at least 150 to 200 CFM for a single robusto cigar in a typical 120 ft² (11 m²) room. However, 200 CFM is ideal for efficient air circulation as well as an additional 150 CFM for every extra cigar smoked at the same time.
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