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No one likes to see dust, dirt, dander, or mold building up around the house, but it's especially important for allergy sufferers to keep these allergy-causing particles to an absolute minimum. That means vacuuming floors and furniture, deep-cleaning carpets, and maintaining healthy air quality throughout their homes. However, in order to accomplish these chores effectively (and, therefore, prevent allergies at home), you need the right appliances.
From a versatile steam mop to a powerful bagged vacuum, here are the appliances you need to keep your home clear of allergens.
Best Bagged Vacuum: Kenmore 31150 Elite Bagged Upright Vacuum
If you want to stick with a bagged vacuum that won’t release dust and grime into the air during disposal, it’s hard to go wrong with the Kenmore 31150 Elite Bagged Upright. This vacuum has been certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America as an allergy- and asthma-friendly product, and it includes HEPA filtration. Experts give it top marks for low emissions and bare-floor cleaning, and very good ones for carpet- and pet-hair cleaning.
The Kenmore features a powerful 3D Inducer Motor that particularly shows in the superior tool air flow, which expert testers commend. It also has a telescoping aluminum wand, pet attachment, LED headlight and clog-resistant dust bag. Reviewers say suction is top-notch, and they especially appreciate its performance in hard-to-clean areas. But a few complain the hose is a little bit too short for attachments to be as useful as they could be.
Best Bagless Vacuum: Shark Navigator Lift-Away ADV Upright Vacuum
For all the advantages that a bagged vacuum offers, you can't deny the convenience of a bagless model. The Shark Navigator Lift-Away ADV Upright Vacuum is an exemplary version of this variety of vacuum, thanks to its anti-allergy seal system, HEPA filter (which captures 99.9 percent of dust and other allergens), and powerful suction on carpets and hardwood floors alike.
With this surprisingly affordable Shark vacuum, the cleaning experience is streamlined and effortless. It clocks in at about 12 pounds and features a lift-away pod for easy above-floor cleaning. Even pet hair is no match for this model—its pet power brush picks up excessive shedding across surfaces. A crevice tool is also included to reach between couch cushions and under furniture. Allergy sufferers who'd rather not pay for replacement bags will find plenty to love about this bagless vacuum.
Best Air Purifier: Honeywell HPA300 True HEPA Allergen Remover
Allergy sufferers can breathe a little easier with the Honeywell True HEPA Allergen Remover HPA 300, which can handle living spaces up to 465 square feet. It cleans the air in a room that size five times every hour. Experts give it excellent marks for removing dust, pollen, and smoke on high speed.
The HPA 300’s HEPA filter grabs more than 99 percent of microscopic allergens, and it also has an activated carbon filter that helps with odor reduction. There are four speeds, and most reviewers say it’s not too noisy for a bedroom. The touch-sensitive controls are easy to use with LEDs that can be dimmed for bedroom use. Owners also say changing filters is easy, though some say the cost of buying new ones can add up: A carbon filter is about $12 every three months, and the HEPA filter is about $20 and should be changed every year.
"The air purifier claims to be able to circulate all air in a large space five times per hour, and the results of one night of use suggest that claim is valid. After running the purifier overnight in a living room, we awoke the next morning to find the room smelling fresher and one allergy sufferer was significantly less congested. After a few days of continued evening use, the filter showed signs of effectively trapping dust and dog hair."—Suzie Dundas, Product Tester
Best Carpet Cleaner: Hoover PowerDash Pet Compact Carpet Cleaner
In addition to its budget-friendly price tag, this carpet cleaner boasts plenty of cleaning, stain-removing power, making it an overall great choice for allergy sufferers who have carpets in high-traffic areas. Its antimicrobial brush roll cleans deeply and removes odors, and its Heatforce technology follows up to dry the carpet rapidly.
Compact and lightweight, this carpet cleaner is maneuverable enough to clean stairs and small spaces. Plus, it stores easily and won't make cleaning your carpets and rugs feel like too much of a chore.
"Each time we used it, we noticed a significant amount of pet hair had been sucked up into the tank, and there was a noticeable color difference between the carpet we’d shampooed versus the area that still needed to be cleaned."—Angelica Leicht, Product Tester
Best Dehumidifier: hOmeLabs Energy Star Dehumidifier
Dehumidifiers can help allergy sufferers by removing excess moisture from the air, keeping your home from becoming a breeding ground for mold and dust mites. This Energy Star-rated model is one of the most effective dehumidifiers you can buy in general. Allergy sufferers will especially appreciate its continuous drainage feature manages moisture levels all day and night, without demanding added effort from you.
Got a big, damp space? No problem: The hOmeLabs Energy Star Dehumidifier can remove 50 pints of moisture from the air each day in spaces up to 4,000 square feet, making it a great choice for homes with open-floor layouts, apartments, or basements. Other appealing features include a turbo fan setting and an automatically adjusting comfort setting.
Best Humidifier: Dyson Pure Humidify+Cool PH01
Though it’s on the pricier side, the Dyson Pure Humidify + Cool PH01 is certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America as an allergy- and asthma-friendly product and features 3-in-1 technology to cool, purify, and add moisture to the air in any room. Where its HEPA filter removes pollutants from the air, the activated carbon in its system removes odors. Allergy sufferers (or anyone who has pets at home) will find their homes feel cleaner and more comfortable with regular use.
Wherever you choose to set it up, this machine will look great and blend seamlessly into the rest of the room. Its design is streamlined and modern, and its quiet operation makes it inconspicuous even while you sleep. You can operate it using the included remote or the Dyson Link app. The latter offers more setting options for a truly customized purifying, cooling, and humidifying experience.
"Aside from cooling the room down a little bit, I didn’t notice any immediate effects from the Pure Humidify + Cool. But after using it consistently for a week, I noticed that my bedroom air was different. The air felt clean and pure. There wasn’t any stickiness or dryness, and it made me feel considerably more comfortable while I slept."—Lindsay Boyers, Product Tester
Best Steam Mop: Dupray NEAT Steam Cleaner
This steam mop from Dupray works efficiently and effectively across a variety of surfaces, including carpets, tile, car interiors, upholstery, and mattresses. It removes 99.9 percent of bacteria, mold, mildew, and other allergy-causing particles with steam that can reach up to 275 degrees Fahrenheit. Between its long battery life, which claims up to 50 minutes of continuous run-time, and large capacity tank, this model is made for extensive chores and deep household cleans.
Not only does this steam mop sanitize, it deodorizes and degreases, too. In other words, it's a refreshingly versatile, multi-use cleaning tool that will remove and neutralize allergens all over your home.