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.

BRAND----------WEB ADDRESS----RATING

AlpinePure---  geostar-geo.com  ----<1*

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

APRILAIRE------aprilaire.com--------<1*

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

BRAEBURN-----braeburnonline.com---<1*

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

CI----------------colind.com--------------4*

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.

CLEAN COMFORT--cleancomfort.com--<1*

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.

COLEMAN-------colemanac.com---------1*

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.

DIRECT AIR-----directairhvac.com-----<1*

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.

FIVE SEASONS--fiveseasonsaircleaners.com--3*

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.

FLANDERS------flandersfilters.com----<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.

FRIGIDAIRE-------frigidaire.net--------<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.

GIBSON-----------gibsonhvac.com----<1*

This is another brand 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. 

HONEYWELL-yourhome.honeywell.com-<1*

The TRUE CLEAN media air filters use three stage air filtration but only have a MERV 8 efficiency. They are not really worth the added expense over standard pleated air filters.

KELVINATOR--kelvinatorhvac.com--<1*

This is another brand 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. 

LENNOX------------lennox.com----------5*

The PUREAIR units combine MERV 16 carbon media filters with UV lights and a good warranty. The CARBON CLEAN 16 units are the same but do not have the UV light. The HC11 media air cleaners are not recommended as they are not much of a step up from traditional pleated air filters.

LUXAIRE-----------luxaire.com----------2*

This brand is a part of UNITARY PRODUCTS GROUP which is a part of JOHNSON CONTROLS. They offer filters with MERV 11 or 13 efficiencies and they are backed by a good warranty.

MaxxAir-------------bvc.com------------<1*

This brand is from VENTAMATIC LTD. and offers the three most common sizes of cabinets for forced air heating and cooling systems. The cabinets are backed by a lifetime warranty but they only come with a MERV 8 filter which is not very good when compared to other brands.

MAYTAG--------maytaghvac.com------<1*

This is another brand 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. 

NUTONE--------nutonehvac.com-------<1*

This is another brand 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. 

PHILCO----------philcohvac.com-------<1*

This is another brand 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. 

RHEEM----------rheem.com------------<1*

The EXACT FIT media air cleaners are designed for a really tight fit to prevent air from bypassing the filter. They only have a MERV 8 efficiency which is not any better than a standard pleated filter and so is not really worth the added expense.

RUUD------------ruud.com-------------<1*

This is another brand from RHEEM MANUFACTURING. The EXACT FIT media air cleaners are designed for a really tight fit to prevent air from bypassing the filter. They only have a MERV 8 efficiency which is not any better than a standard pleated filter and so is not really worth the added expense.

SKUTTLE--------skuttle.com----------<1* 

These air cleaners are available in four sizes and have a six month dial to remind you to change the filter media. They only offer media with either MERV 8 or 11 efficiencies and so are not really worth the expense.

TAPPAN--------tappan.net--------------<1*

This is another brand 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. 

TOTALINE---------totaline.com---------<1*

This brand offers retrofit air cleaners in standard as well as oversized and right angle models. They offer a lifetime warranty on the cabinet but they only have MERV 11 efficiencies.

TRANE-------------trane.com-----------<1*

The PERFECT FIT media air cleaners are designed to seal and prevent air from bypassing the units. The brand is a part of INGERSOLL RAND and offers a good guarantee on the cabinet but the media only has a MERV 8 efficiency.

TRION----------trioniaq.com-----------<1*

The AIR BEAR cleaners are made by AIR SYSTEM COMPONENTS INC which is a subsidiary of JOHNSON CONTROLS. The cabinets are backed by a lifetime warranty but the filter media only has a MERV 8 efficiency and so is not worth the money.

ULTRAVATION----ultravation.com-------2*

The PROGRESSIVE MEDIA filters are available in MERV 11 or 13 efficiencies and the cabinet is backed by a good guarantee.

WESTINGHOUSE--westinghousehvac.com--<1*

This is another brand 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. 

WHITE RODGERS-emersonclimate.com-<1*

This brand is a part of EMERSON CLIMATE TECHNOLOGIES and offers MERV 8 or 11 filters. Their website is not much help.

YORK---------------york.com-------------1*

These media air cleaners have efficiencies up to MERV 13 and are backed by a good warranty. The brand is a part of JOHNSON CONTROLS.