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Between West coast wildfires and COVID-19, air purifiers have been a top purchase for Reviewed readers this year. Unfortunately, such high demand has also made them particularly hard to come by. Our favorite air purifier, the Winix 5500-2 air purifier, quickly sold out last month, but it’s not only back in stock, it’s on sale for a great low price.

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Regularly retailIng for $249, you can get this machine for $159.99 right now on Amazon for a savings of $90. We dubbed this machine in particular our all-time favorite when we tried it because we loved how easy it was to change the HEPA filter. Air purifiers use filters to reduce pollutants from the air in your home, thereby provide you with the most high-quality air possible. When used regularly, effective HEPA air filters, like this one ($46.67), claim to capture as many as 99.7% of airborne pollutants, including dust mites, pet dander and pollen. This device also passed our smell test with flying colors, readily diminishing strong scents, such as cinnamon and cigarette smoke. 

The Winix 5500-2 also comes complete with status lights that will alert you of your filter’s shelf life, plus an auto-detection feature that will gauge your home’s air quality and odor to adjust its fan and filter accordingly. It’s equipped with a timer and sleep mode, to boot, which is helpful for saving energy. It is worth noting that this device utilizes small amounts of plasma (ions that effectively break down odor, allergens, chemical particles and toxins in the air that can cause some ozone emission), so if you’re wary or sensitive to that, you may want to turn the PlasmaWave setting off.

This machine’s AOC carbon filter is washable, but it is recommended to replace it every 12 months.

There’s no telling how long this price drop will last—or how long it will remain in stock—so you’ll want to jump on it while you still can. 

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Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.

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