20 Allergy-Control Products to Sneeze-Proof Your Home
Allergy control products
When you suffer from allergies, the outside world is filled with sneeze-inducing triggers everywhere you turn, from tree pollen to ragweed to your co-worker's dog-hair-covered sweater. So the last thing you want to do is come home to a house that just continues the pain. "Finding the source of your allergy woes, from heavy carpeting to dust mites in your pillows, and removing them will bring you a world of relief," says James Sublett, MD, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
Work to keep the outdoors out of your home with these editor-approved allergy control products in three categories: bedding, air purifiers, and vacuums. Talk to your allergist about which products might be best for you.
One of the most common allergens nestles right into your bedding. Dust mites are tiny bugs that eat skin cells, and they thrive in humid environments, which is why it's extremely important to get encasements for your pillows and mattress. "It doesn't take much of a gap for them to come in, so find tightly woven encasements with zippers that fully seal," advises Dr. Sublett, and be sure to wash all of your bedding once a week in hot water. Here are seven anti-allergy bedding products to consider for your home.
Mission: Allergy Dust Mite- and Allergen-Proof Pillow Encasing
To buy: $20; amazon.com
These medical-grade covers zip tightly for a mite-free night of sleep, but still allow enough air through to be super-comfy and prevent you from getting hot and sweaty. All of MISSION: ALLERGY's products are designed by a board-certified allergist.
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MISSION: ALLERGY Dust Mite- and Allergen-Proof Mattress Encasing
Allersoft 100-Percent Cotton Dust Mite & Allergy Control Standard Pillow Encasement
AllerEase Hot Water Washable Allergy Protection Pillow
Natural Comfort Classic Down Alternative Comforter
Allersoft 100-Percent Cotton Dust Mite and Allergy Control King Duvet Protector
Elf Sleep Safe Bed Bug, Dust Mite, and Allergen Proof Mattress Cover
Air purifiers for allergies
"Air purifier" is a bit of a misnomer, according to Dr. Sublett, because these devices can't actually purify. That said, these machines are extremely helpful in cleaning the air. Be sure to buy one with a HEPA filter, which forces air through a mesh that traps pollen, dust mites, pet dander, and other allergens. Stay away from a filter with a built-in ionizerin most cases these filters produce ozone, small particles that can actually be an irritant. Get cleaner air in your home with the following six anti-allergy air purifiers.
Honeywell Bluetooth True HEPA Air Purifier
To buy: $250; walmart.com
This purifier can connect to your Android or iPhone with Bluetooth technology to track the pollen count in the air, and adjust its cleaning levels accordingly. This filter works in rooms up to 310 square feet, and will easily connect to your device as long as it's within 30 feet—meaning you can operate your air purifier from your phone while in another room.
Airocide Air Purifier
To buy: $650; amazon.com
Probably the most gorgeous air purifier you'll find, this beauty is also an (extremely quiet) workhorse. The filter is actually developed with NASA technology (so unfortunately, they're pricy). Vineyards use this device to prevent their grapes from getting ruined by mold.
Austin Healthmate HM-400 HEPA Air Filter Purifier
Whirlpool Whispure APT40010R True HEPA Tower Air Purifier
RabbitAir BioGS 2.0
To buy: $370; amazon.com
Known for its excellent design, RabbitAir's curvy air purifier has four purification stages for increased efficiency, and a long filter life. You'll barely notice when it's on, thanks to its quiet whir, but you'll definitely notice the cleaner air it leaves behind.
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GermGuardian 3-in-1 Full Room Air Purifier
To buy: $150; amazon.com
With over 5,000 five-star reviews, you can’t go wrong with this popular purifier. On top of the HEPA and charcoal filters, it uses UV-C light technology combined with titanium dioxide to reduce airborne bacteria, viruses, germs, and mold spores so you breathe easier in a healthier home.
Levoit Air Purifier with True Hepa Filter
To buy: $90; amazon.com
Not only does this modern-looking purifier trap allergens with its HEPA filter, but it also has an activated carbon filter, which captures and neutralizes household odors like cooking smells, pet stench, and cigarette smoke. Also good: It’s small enough to fit on a dresser, making it great for city apartments since it doesn’t take up precious floor space.
Vacuums for allergies
When buying a vacuum, the key is finding one that has a HEPA filter. "All vacuums have to have an exhaust, because the air they suck up has to go somewhere, so make sure you get one with a good filter," advises Dr. Sublett. He prefers cyclonic, bagless vacuums, but a vacuum with a bag is fine too. "Bag or bag-free doesn't matter, as long as you're going outside to dispose of the dust it sucks up." Read on for seven allergy-control vacuums.
Hoover WindTunnel T-Series Rewind Plus Bagless Upright
Dyson DC50 Ball Compact Animal Upright Vacuum Cleaner
VonHaus 600W 2-in-1 Corded Upright Stick and Handheld Vacuum Cleaner with HEPA and Sponge Filtration
Miele Complete C3 Cat & Dog Canister Vacuum Cleaner
iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi Connectivity
To buy: $297; amazon.com
If you just don't have time to pace back and forth with a traditional vacuum, this Roomba is for you. Schedule this vacuum to clean ahead of time with the iRobot Home app, and sit back as it picks up dirt and dust, trapping them in its filter. After cleaning for 90 minutes, the Roomba will automatically dock and recharge.