Media Air Cleaner Ratings, A Repairman Reviews The Brands...

With our media air cleaner ratings, you can cut through all the sales hype and find the best value. We have searched the world and compared the brands using our service experience to create our unique system of ratings. It truly is like taking a repairman with you while you shop!

These reviews are for units that are integrated into a home's air duct system and are typically called whole house units. We have given you our top pick as well as a complete list of manufacturers and reviews of their products.

World's Best Whole House Media Air Cleaner

Our top pick is the PUREAIR units from LENNOX. These air cleaners combine MERV 16 carbon media filters with a UV light. They are only sold through authorized dealers but are backed by a good warranty.

Other Media Air Cleaner Ratings

We continue our media air cleaner ratings with an alphabetical listing of manufacturers and reviews of their products.


AlpinePure-----  ----<1*

This brand is from WATER FURNACE INTERNATIONAL. they only offer basic MERV 11 filters in 2 or 4 inch sizes.<1*

This brand offers four models and are only sold through dealers. Their website is not much help.<1*

These air cleaners only have a MERV 10 effectiveness which is not much of an improvement over the much cheaper standard pleated filters.*

Their PERMA-CELL box filters are replacement cartridges for other brands. They are available with either MERV 13 or 15 ratings but are only sold through dealers which does not make much sense.


This brand is from DAIKIN GLOBAL. The AM11 media air cleaner only has a MERV 11 efficiency which is not much better than standard pleated filters.*

This brand is a part of UNITARY PRODUCTS GROUP which is a part of JOHNSON CONTROLS. They offer both MERV 11 and 13 units that are backed by a good guarantee.


This brand offers basic MERV 11 units in standard as well as right angle models. Their website is not much help and does not have a stated warranty policy.


These air cleaners are available in MERV 11 or 14 efficiencies. They offer the standard models as well as right angle units to fit in those tight spaces.<1*

Their "high efficiency air cleaner" filters only have MERV 8 or 11 efficiencies. They have a self-sealing gasket to eliminate bypassing the filters but they only provide the replacement filters.<1*

This brand is from NORTEK GLOBAL HVAC. They only offer units with MERV 11 filter media which is not that much better than standard pleated air filters. The guarantee on the units is not very good when compared to other brands.

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