9 Best Air Purifiers for Nail Salons and Hair Salons in 2023

As most people have likely become very aware of over the past few years, there are a lot of things in the air that can potentially hurt us. Most people know that germs, such as the coronavirus, can float around in the air now, so people can be a lot more hesitant to breathe freely.

But, if germs weren’t enough already, there are other things in the air that aren’t great for you to breathe either. Nail salons in particular have higher levels of dangerous gaseous chemicals called Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that are released by the various products they use every day.

Read on and I’ll outline everything that you need to know about the various hazards of what can be in the air of your nail salon, what you can do about it, and the best air purifiers that you can get for your salon.

What Are the Potential Harms of the Air in Nail Salons, Hair Salons, and Other Beauty Salons?

There are a lot of things in the air of any indoor area that should be addressed if you want to provide the safest and healthiest environment for your coworkers, workers, and customers. Nail salons in particular have the added health risks brought on by the VOCs that are released by the various chemicals and products used in them.

So, I’m sure you’re wondering what specific problems there might be in your nail salon, so I won’t leave you wanting any longer.

Here’s a list of the hazards that are in the air of your nail salon:

  • Airborne bacteria and viruses
  • Allergens
  • Toulene
  • Xylene
  • Esters
  • Ethyl acetone
  • Acetone
  • Other Ketones
  • Pinene
  • Limone
  • Camphor
  • Menthol
  • Formaldehyde
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Benzene
  • Terpene
  • Ethyl methacrylate

That’s a lot of VOCs, and, honestly, that’s just the start of things.

Now, I’m sure you’ve at least heard of a few of these VOCs, you’ve probably smelled even more of them and not known what they were. You probably know at least a bit about them.

Regardless of how much knowledge you have of these VOCs, however, it can be guaranteed that you’ve released at least a few different VOCs over the years.

Now, I’ve talked about VOCs enough for now, but I’ll dive into them a little more further on. I will detail the various risks of these VOCs then.

Now that I’ve got VOCs out of the way for now, let me add that airborne pathogens are another health risk that can and will make people feel unsafe in this post-covid world. On top of that, airborne allergens and other asthma triggers can further make customers and employees feel unsafe and be a potential risk. And, finally, pollution from vehicles can find its way into your places of business as well, as if all the other pollutants weren’t enough.

As if all that wasn’t enough, there are even dangerous gasses and substances that rise up out of the ground that can get into your beauty salon. Long story short, there is stuff everywhere that can potentially kill you. Sadly enough, millions die every year because of all the things that are in the air they breathe.

But, with all of that said, let me just say that there is hope and that there are things that you can do to address these issues. More on all of that later on.

What Are the Dangers of Indoor Air Pollutants?

As I’ve already said, there are a whole lot of pollutants that will be in the air of your business if it’s indoors. In fact, the EPA did a study and found that indoor areas can have 2 to 5 times more pollutants floating around in them than there is in the outdoor air. That might not sound like a lot, so let me add that the EPA did another study and found that the air inside some areas can be 100 times or more filthy than the air outside.

Yeah, that’s pretty dirty.

What’s worse is that those numbers were just taken from your average indoor area, nail salons, hair salons, and other beauty salons are going to see a lot worse of air quality due to the prevalence of VOCs that are released by the products they use.

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But, besides just the stuff that your beauty products release, there are other particles that can and will be released, kicked up, and brought into your salon over the course of any day you’re open for business.

But what are the particular dangers of these pollutants?

You might be thinking, “So what if the air is dirtier?” If that thought crossed your mind, I don’t blame you. We need facts to make decisions and so many people want you to do stuff without telling you any of the facts.

So, strap in, here come those facts.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), indoor “air pollution causes noncommunicable diseases including stroke, ischaemic heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer.” They found that millions of people die every year due to indoor air pollution, which just shows how severe of a problem it is.

However, that particular WHO study wasn’t about indoor air pollution in general, it was just a very specific subset of air pollutants, which means that the total cost of human lives is likely higher than their figures when everything is factored in.

And, while most of the deaths linked to poor air quality aren’t deaths that occur immediately, they are deaths that are the results of long-term illnesses that steal away one’s livelihood in addition to years off their lives.

But, with that being said, I must add that most people will not get one of these diseases from just a few minutes of exposure to most of the VOCs and other pollutants out there. Yes, there are some pollutants that can kill you and get you sick, but most governments and businesses have made strides to reduce how many of those are out there.

That mostly just leaves the chemicals that are more likely to get you sick after years and years of exposure. That means that your regular customers and your employees will be more at risk of developing the various diseases linked to the various pollutants and VOCs that will be present in your salon.

What are the Dangers of Germs While Indoors?

It’s common knowledge now that it’s easier for illnesses to spread while people are confined to indoor areas. As such, salons can be a major contributor to the spread of illness, especially since patrons will be in the same area for expended periods of time. If a patron is infected with an illness, then the odds of them spreading it increases the longer they are there.

Here’s something the experts over at Pure Air Control Services had to say on this, “Viruses, mycoplasma, bacteria, mold (fungi) and protozoa are common infectious entities of biological nature in and around indoor environments. Most of them are microscopic in nature and present in the ambient air, on environmental surfaces and liquid sources. They also dwell on hosts such as infected individuals residing within a closed environment.”

Translation? Germs and other bad things are all over indoor areas and they are in the air we’re breathing. Not only that, but they can ride into your business on a customer or employee and then make their way onto someone else (or multiple someones) where they can then spread like wildfire.

And on the subject of illnesses spreading in beauty salons, just know that OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) stated that nail salon workers are already at heightened risk of contracting illnesses due to their direct contact with customers, that isn’t even including the risk of catching something from the air that they’re breathing!

Whether you’re an employee at a nail salon, a patron, or the owner, I think you can see how that’s an issue.

In the long run, an air purifier can save you money, since you won’t have your employees getting sick and not being able to come to work. In addition to that, your customers will be able to stay healthy too, meaning they’ll be able to visit again soon! But that’s not the main point of an air purifier, it’s also important to note that an air purifier that’s visible to the public can give people a sense of safety, since they’ll know that the air in your salon is safer to breathe than the air in other salons.

Are the Fumes in Nail Salons Harmful?

Nail salons, like all beauty salons, have a lot of VOCs that are released by the various products they use.

I’m not just talking about the beauty products you use on your customers, though. It’s your cleaning products. The paint on your walls. The scents from whatever air fresheners you might have. The new chairs you got for your salon.

Basically, everything out there releases VOCs.

But before you go out and decide to live in a cave for the rest of your life, far from VOCs, let me stop you.

Not all VOCs will kill you or give you some disease. Sure, there is a risk of that, but a lot of the risks involved with VOCs revolves around high doses and/or long-term exposure.

So long as you are following the recommended safety tips on the various products that you use, you should be able to lessen the risks associated with a lot of the products you have in your salon.

In addition to that, you might even change around some of your products and get new ones that have less VOCs, or at least less dangerous ones.

However, that still isn’t going to be enough to fully eliminate all the risks–or at least get the risks associated with VOCs down to a much more manageable level.

Why? Well, we all know that some beauty products have very pungent fumes. Those fumes are VOCs. Every time you open a bottle of something you’re probably releasing a whole host of VOCs. Those VOCs don’t just disappear on their own, they linger for hours, days, even weeks.

Now think about how many times you will be adding more VOCs to the mix and you might see why you might have a problem.

There are a lot of things you can do to lessen the risks of getting diseases and other ill health effects, which include short term issues like eye irritation and cracked skin, life threatening things like miscarriages and asthma attacks, and long-term issues like chronic respiratory illness and even kidney and liver damage! While VOCs can cause all those things, there are a ton of things that you can do to avoid them, or lessen your risk of them. Read on and I’ll outline a few of the things you can do!

What Can I Do to Limit the Number of Dangerous Air Pollutants in My Business?

We’ve gone over all of the risks that the air in your salon carries and I’m sure you’re at least a little worried right now.

Well, stop worrying. I’ve got some great news for you.

Maybe not completely stop worrying, since there are some pretty severe problems we’ve talked about, but you get my point.

The great news is that there are a lot of things that you can do to limit the number of bad things that are in the air of your business. Like, a whole lot of things.

Not everything that I’m about to share will have as big of an impact as other things, but everything added together will do wonders for you in the long run. I’d love to really dive into all the different things that you can do, but this article would end up going on and on forever if I did. Because of that, I’ll try to keep things simple and I’ll only really get into the air purifier side of things, since that’s probably why you’re here and that’s more my area of expertise.

Now, in the interest of keeping things short, I’m going to list out the things that you can do in a list.

14 Best Ways to Reduce the Number of Dangerous Air Pollutants in a Beauty Salon:

This list isn’t a conclusive one, but it does give you a good starting point on the things that you can do to clean up the air in your salon. I hope it helps, and without further ado, I’ll let you dive right on in!

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  1. Increase Ventilation – When you vent out the air that’s full of VOCs, that means they won’t loiter around in the air of your salon. That’s good for you and it makes it so your business doesn’t smell as heavily of your products! It also helps to get rid of the non-VOC pollutants in your shop.
  2. Get an Air Purifier With an Activated Carbon Filter – Air purifiers clean the air that’s in the room around them. They’re made for capturing VOCs, odors, allergens, dust, and everything else that is problematic with your salon’s air.
  3. Find Products With Less VOCs – There are lots of products out there that have less VOCs than the more common name brands that you might be using. Yes, I know that it might be impossible for you to change some brands over, but the changes you can make will stack up! (Plus doing other things on this list alongside the changes will really help!)
  4. Open Windows and Doors – This increases your salon’s air flow and ventilation. No, you can’t always do it, but it helps the times that you can!
  5. Increase Ventilation at Work Stations – Some nail salons have “extraction cowls” that customers put their freshly done-up hands. These cowls suck out whatever VOCs are released by the paints and polishes applied, which means it isn’t getting into the air you’re all breathing. There are other methods of removing VOCs at their source besides the cowls too.
  6. Follow the Instructions on Your Products – This isn’t just for your beauty products, but also your cleaning products. Most require you use them in areas with good ventilation, plus a lot of other things. They have these instructions there for a reason! Follow them! (It might help to write them all down separately for training purposes/faster reference.)
  7. Clean – I’m sure you’re already cleaning your shop regularly, but it’s still worth mentioning that a good cleaning regiment can reduce the number of pollutants in the air.
  8. Get a Humidifier or Dehumidifier – Depending on where your salon is and what your humidity level is, a humidifier or dehumidifier can work to increase the air quality in the air! If you’d like to read up on that, check out this other article I wrote.
  9. Stop Using Air Fresheners With Lots of VOCs – Either find products with less VOCs, or go natural and opt for essential oils! Air fresheners that use aerosol sprays are a big no-no. If essential oils sound like a good fit for you, check out this article I wrote!
  10. No Indoor Smoking – Tobacco smoke and other such activities with inhalants can and do release various VOCs and other dangerous pollutants. Don’t allow it in your salon in order to increase air quality.
  11. Wear Proper Safety Equipment – Some chemicals that you use recommend gloves, that’s because they and their VOCs can be absorbed through your skin and cause problems in the long run. Wash your hands often too!
  12. Let New Purchases Air Out – Chairs, carpets, and basically everything else releases VOCs when they’re new (that’s called off-gassing). Letting those things air out a couple of days before you bring them into your salon can cut down on indoor VOCs.
  13. Take Off Your Shoes – Depending on the setting and “vibe” of your salon, this could be easy to implement! Why does it matter though? Well, shoes can track in a whole manner of unwanted things into your salon and that can get kicked up into the air. A no shoe rule could cut that down greatly.
  14. Get an Air Purifier – Yep, I already said this, but I’m saying it again. Air purifiers can do a ton to increase the air quality in your salon, in fact, the right air purifier could make the air in your salon cleaner than the air outside (particularly if you live in an urban area).

Just doing a couple of the things on this list will help improve the air quality in your salon greatly. Doing a few of them is even better. The first 9 things listed will likely do the most for you, but the others can definitely help keep the air in your beauty salon cleaner.

I’m a little jaded on this, but I’d personally recommend you get an air purifier and then do a few more of the things on this list, but I’m sure that anyone who owns and uses an air purifier would recommend the same thing. Air purifiers are one of the things that you fall in love with after using and seeing how well they work.

Do Beauty Salons Need an Air Purifier?

Because beauty salons are so full of a massive array of pollutants they can greatly benefit from having and using an air purifier. In fact, I would go as far as to say that a beauty salon is lined up to see some of the best benefits and greatest improvements to overall air quality because of how bad their air can be!

OSHA, the Library of Medicine, the CDC, the EPA, and so many other organizations all agree that there is stuff in the air that can hurt you and that air purifiers can help to get rid of or minimize the risk associated with those things.

Long story short, the science has spoken.

But I know that some people like to see the evidence laid out rather than just depend on what someone says. I understand that and I appreciate it. So, bear with me as I summarize how air purifiers can help you and your beauty salon to get the cleanest possible air.

How do Air Purifiers Clean the Air?

I think that the best way to explain why air purifiers can help to clean the air in your nail salon, hair salon, or whatever other kind of salon you have is to tell you how they do it.

Most air purifiers out there, and all the ones that I’m recommending today, utilize “mechanical filtration” which is just a fancy way of saying that they have a filter that you can see and touch. Mechanical filters are just filters that are made to capture solids that are floating around.

One of the most common mechanical filters out there is the HEPA filter. HEPA filters come in several different levels, but that’s a nuance that doesn’t matter too much right now. What matters is that HEPA filters capture 99.97% of particles as small as .3 microns.

I’m sure you’re wondering what .3 microns is. Well, it’s a measurement, and it’s about the size of a large virus. (The germ kind, not the computer kind! Hahaha) As you’re aware, viruses are quite small and you need a good microscope to even see one.

Everything larger than .3 microns is easy for a HEPA filter to capture, which means that everything from dust and pollen all the way to floating hairs will be captured by the right HEPA filter with ease.

Better still, there are actually some HEPA filters that can capture stuff as small as .1 micron, which includes even some of the smallest viruses out there!

If you’ve been following along with this article at all, then odds are you’re thinking about what that means for you and your salon.

It means that your salon’s air will be cleaned of 99.97% of the things floating around that are solids. Actually, some HEPA filters can even capture certain gasses too (like radon), but that’s a topic for another day. In addition to capturing microscopic solids and getting them out of the air, a good air purifier with a good HEPA filter will be able to get rid of a lot of the odors in your salon as well!

But there’s bad news about air purifiers with HEPA filters: they can’t get rid of your VOC problem.

Or can they?

While air purifiers with just a HEPA are useless against VOCs, there are actually a lot of air purifiers that have HEPA filters and something called an activated carbon (or activated charcoal) filter.

Activated carbon filters are created specially for the filtration of gasses. VOCs, being gasses, are some of the things that carbon filters are designed to capture and pull out of the air around them.

The net result of a good air purifier with an activated carbon filter is the cleanest possible air for your salon. They’ll get rid of the allergens, odors, most of the germs, and the VOCs that are in your beauty salon.

So, yeah, that’s pretty stinking cool, if you ask me!

Want to read more on how air purifiers work? Check out this article: What is an Air Purifier and What Do Air Purifiers Do?

What Air Purifier Does My Beauty Salon Need?

The obvious next question is what air purifier you need, and that’s a straightforward question that has a very not-straightforward answer.

The answer is a bit more complicated because it all depends on how big your salon is. Besides that caveat (and maybe a couple other caveats), you will need an air purifier with a HEPA filter and an activated carbon filter. A lot of the nicer air purifiers out there will have something called a pre-filter that extends your filter life, which saves you money in the long run too.

So, now that I’ve thrown even more scary air purifier words at you, let me just say that a pre-filter is just a filter that comes before your HEPA filter. It will stop the big things from clogging up your HEPA filter, allowing the HEPA to focus on what it’s made for–the really small things.

Another scary air purifier word for you is air sanitizer. That’s just a system that some air purifiers will have that kills germs. Some air purifiers use fancy germ-killing lights, some use heat, and some use other methods, but the end result is a dead germ. If bacteria and viruses are of particular concern to you, an air purifier with a sanitizer will be the best option for you. Those often cost a bit more money, however, so be prepared for that.

Now that I’ve gone through those verbiage things and whatnot, onto the next bit of technicals: sizing.

Air purifiers are actually made for different-sized rooms, believe it or not! Some are made for big rooms and some for smaller ones. You can’t really mix and match with that because an air purifier’s filter and fan strength are what makes it suited for the different-sized rooms.

Let me explain that concept a bit more.

An air purifier for a small room will have a fan that’s just strong enough to move all the air in that room. Besides that, its filter will only have enough room to catch all the stuff that might be in a room about that size.

If you try putting an air purifier that’s meant for a small room into a bigger room, then you won’t get as clean of air and your air purifier’s filter won’t last as long. That’s because the fan won’t be able to cycle through all of the room’s air and because the smaller filter will have a lot more junk filling it up.

Now, you can fudge the numbers a tiny bit, but don’t go overboard. If you go to the extremes just because you like the look or cost of an air purifier, then you’ll just end up cheating yourself because the air won’t be as clean. (Getting an air purifier that’s made for a bigger room and putting it in the smaller room works a bit better, but it’s overkill and is a bit of a waste of money too.)

Perks of Getting the Right Air Purifier for Your Salon

The right air purifier for your salon has to check all the boxes for what you need. Those boxes will include room size, if you want air sanitization, and, of course, a HEPA filter and activated carbon filter.

When you get the right air purifier, the risks of chemical and VOC exposure decline because the right air purifier will be able to pull them out of the air. The risk of getting sick drops as well–there’s a reason why hospitals and operating rooms in particular use air purifiers with HEPA filters!

But not every air purifier will be the right air purifier for you. Not every air purifier out there was designed to deal with the particular set of things that will be in the air of a nail salon. Because of that, not every unit will be able to help you.

Because of that, I’ve included a list of the best air purifiers for nail salons below. I’ve broken that list up into a few sections to make it easier to browse and to (hopefully) make more sense too!

With the right air purifier, your beauty salon will have the cleanest, safest air that you can get for you, your employees, and your customers. (But don’t forget to do the other things to keep your salon’s air clean!)

9 Best Air Purifiers for Nail, Hair, and Beauty Salons

In order to make this list as helpful as possible, I’ve ranked the best air purifiers #1 through #3 for three different sized areas. The reason why I did it that way is to make it so you don’t fall in love with an air purifier that isn’t meant for the sized room of your salon!

However, if you do have a large nail or hair salon, let me just say that you can buy a few air purifiers meant for smaller rooms, so long as their total coverage area adds up to the right number and so long as you spread them around the room. The reason why I say that is because you might want to have an air purifier at (or near) each workstation. However, there is no harm in just buying one big air purifier that’s rated for the space.

Now, just know that every single air purifier I’ve pulled for you today will be able to capture VOC and at least 99.97% of particles. There are, however, going to be some air purifiers that can do other things besides that though. Keep your eyes peeled for those neat extras!

With all that said and done, here’s a little table that summarizes my experiences and findings with all the air purifiers I’ve got lined up for you today!

Small Areas

This list is for air purifiers made for less than 200 square feet. These units are great for house calls, for sitting on a workstation, and for smaller salons.

Air Purifier PictureName + LinkSummary
Top Pick + Cheapest + Personal Favorite
LEVOIT Air PurifierActivated Carbon Filter
HEPA Filter
Filteration Stages: 3
Area Coverage: 161 ft²
Filter Life: 6 months
BLUEAIR Air PurifierActivated Carbon Filter
HEPA Filter
Filteration Stages: 3
Area Coverage: 190 ft²
Filter Life: 6 months
Air Sanitizer
Germ Guardian AC4825WActivated Carbon Filter
HEPA Filter
*Air Sanitizer (Kills Germs)
Filteration Stages: 3
Area Coverage: 153 ft²
Filter Life: 6 months

Medium Areas

Air purifiers made for “medium areas” probably won’t work as well to have on/by each workstation, but they could be good to have scattered around your business if you like one of these more than the large area ones I have next.

Air purifiers on this list are made for rooms between 200 and 500 square feet.

Air Purifier PictureName + LinkSummary
Top Pick + Air Sanitizer + Personal Favorite
SilverOnyx Air PurifierActivated Carbon Filter
HEPA Filter
*Air Sanitizer (Kills Germs)
Filteration Stages: 3
Area Coverage: 500 ft²
Filter Life: 6 months
LEVOIT Air Purifier Core 300Activated Carbon Filter
HEPA Filter
Filteration Stages: 3
Area Coverage: 219 ft²
Filter Life: 6 months
Blueair Classic 480i Air PurifierActivated Carbon Filter
HEPA Filter
Filteration Stages: 2
Area Coverage: 434 ft²
Filter Life: 6 months

Large Areas

These will be the air purifiers that you’ll probably only need one of for your place of business. Of course, you can have multiple of these too, but they should cover enough area for most people’s salons! This list is for air purifiers that are rated for areas between 501 and 1,200 square feet.

Air Purifier PictureName + LinkSummary
Top Pick + Sanitizer + Personal Favorite
EnviroKlenz Air Purifier Plus SystemActivated Carbon Filter
HEPA Filter
*Air Sanitizer (Kills Germs)
Filteration Stages: 2
Area Coverage: 1000 ft²
Cartridge Filter Life: 6 months
HEPA Filter Life: 2 years
Okaysou Air PurifierActivated Carbon Filter
HEPA Filter
Filteration Stages: 3
Area Coverage: 600 ft²
Filter Life: 6 months
LEVOIT Air PurifierActivated Carbon Filter
HEPA Filter
Filteration Stages: 3
Area Coverage: 1588 ft²
Filter Life: 6 months

Click the name of any of the air purifiers and that’ll take you to the Amazon listing for them.

9 Best Air Purifiers for Beauty Salons

Now that I’ve listed off all the air purifiers and their overall stats, I’d like to do an overview of them, just to make sure we’re all on the same page here. (And to try and answer any questions you might have!)

First off, I just wanted to say that there was just one air purifier for each size of room that I listed. Those are:

Small Room: Germ Guardian AC4825W

Medium Room: SilverOnyx Air Purifier

Large Room: EnviroKlenz Air Purifier Plus System

I’d also like to say that I actually own and use each of my top picks and favorites daily, so I’m not just recommending stuff I’ve never used! I really do like these machines and they are my favorites. Most bloggers don’t do that, so I think it’s worth saying that I do!

If you aren’t sure, these are the three top picks I have, one for each size of room. Again, I actually own each of these and I really do use them daily. They run 24/7 where I’ve got them, and they all have been going strong since I got them!

Small Room: LEVOIT Air Purifier

Medium Room: SilverOnyx Air Purifier

Large Room: EnviroKlenz Air Purifier Plus System

Now that the highlights from my list have been gone over, here’s the top 9 list laid out from my favorite to least favorite with no concern for the size of room they are made for:

  1. LEVOIT Air Purifier
  2. SilverOnyx Air Purifier
  3. EnviroKlenz Air Purifier Plus System
  4. BLUEAIR Air Purifier
  5. LEVOIT Air Purifier Core 300
  6. Germ Guardian AC4825W
  7. LEVOIT Air Purifier
  8. Blueair Classic 480i Air Purifier
  9. Okaysou Air Purifier

That list of favorites comes from my own experiences, the cost of the units, their manufacturers, and how well the air purifiers work. Of course, this list is the most subject to my opinion, hence why I tucked it away down here and won’t be addressing it too much further.

However, I will be talking about my top three picks a little more, just in case you’re on the fence with purchasing them, or if you are curious about my experience with them!

Levoit Air Purifier (for 161 Square Foot Rooms)

This air purifier may just be my all-time all-time favorite. I use it in my own bedroom, and I’ve had it there for a couple of years now.

It’s a workhorse.

It’s amazing at cleaning the air.

And it has what I like to call “Decepticon Mode” where its light turns red. Alas, the red light doesn’t mean it’s a Transformer though (probably). Instead, it’s an indicator that the filter needs cleaned or replaced.

The fact that this air purifier is on the lower end of pricing makes me love it more too. I don’t like wasting money, so finding an air purifier that’s cheap and works amazing makes me all sorts of happy.

Its pre-filter allows me to vacuum out all the junk that it’s collected instead of buying a new filter too, which is nice. After that, we’ve got the HEPA filter that captures 99.97% of particles .3 microns and larger and then an activated carbon filter that takes care of odors, VOCs, and stuff like that.

I seriously am incredibly happy with this unit. 🙂

If you’d like to buy my #1 favorite air purifier, you can get it on Amazon here.

SilverOnyx Air Purifier

As I say that this is my second favorite air purifier, I can’t help but think it’s funny that this ended up being the same lineup as the room sizes they were built for too.

But that’s not what I’m here to talk about, I’m here to gush about this air purifier!

SilverOnyx made an amazing air purifier with this one, and, as an air purifier nerd, I appreciate how they stuck all the buttons on the top to allow me to select exactly how I want the air.

However, that’s also my gripe about this air purifier. That panel sort of complicates things and makes it harder for me to recommend it to the uninitiated because it can be confusing. Honestly, I probably need to make some sort of tutorial post on how to use the thing so everyone else can enjoy the full benefit of this great air purifier!

This air purifier works amazing, and does an awesome job at getting rid of allergens (I got one for my brother, who had some really bad allergies until we got this). On top of that, this air purifier kills germs and has an ionizer, which is really cool!

And, on the subject of cool things about this air purifier, it actually turns itself on and off as needed because it has a sensor that sees how clean the air around it is! I think that’s the coolest thing.

If you’d like to pick up the SilverOnyx air purifier, you can get it on Amazon here.

EnviroKlenz Air Purifier Plus System

I know I’m not the first person to say it, but this is not the prettiest air purifier on the market. It looks like a mini-fridge and I think it weighs as much as one too!

It’s built like a tank, but it cleans the air like some sort of wizard.

This air purifier is a lot pricier than my other two favorites, hence why it’s the number three here.

However, it’s worth every penny.

I have never seen an air purifier that can clean air as quickly or as thoroughly as this one. And, since it’s built like a tank, I am a lot more comfortable lending this unit out to people, since it’s a lot harder for them to break it than the other two favorites!

If it wasn’t for the price, this air purifier would be the number one pick for me. With the price, it’s my third favorite out of all the air purifiers in the whole wide world, which is still a huge accomplishment!

If you’d like to pick up this air purifier, you can find it on Amazon here.


First off, thanks for the read and thank you for making it this far. I know this was a long piece, but I had to be thorough!

With that said, I just wanted to say once more that air purifiers are a must for beauty salons, if they want the air in their businesses to be as clean and safe as possible. However, an air purifier is just part of the puzzle. You still need to take actions to make sure that you aren’t being careless with chemicals and stuff like that. Air purifiers can help in a huge way with helping you to get clean air, but they can’t do it all.

And, if you’d like to continue doing some reading, here are a few related articles.

How Do Activated Carbon Filters Work in Air Purifiers? | 3 Things Activated Carbon Filters Clean from the Air to Make it Better for You

Air Purifier Essentials Top Picks: Best HEPA Air Purifiers on the Market

Are Air Purifiers a Waste of Money? | The Worth of a Good Air Purifier

How to Clean My Apartment’s Air?

Once again, thanks for the read! 😀 Everything after this is just my sources. This piece took a TON of research to make sure it was as good as it could be!


National Library of Medicine – Indoor concentrations of VOCs in beauty salons; association with cosmetic practices and health risk assessment

National Library of Medicine – Health effects of indoor-air microorganisms

National Library of Medicine – Indoor Air Quality Survey of Nail Salons in Boston

Switch Natural – How To Reduce Exposure To Volatile Organic Compounds

EPA – Indoor Air Quality

EPA – Why Indoor Air Quality is Important to Schools

EPA – Technical Overview of Volatile Organic Compounds

EPA – Biological Pollutants’ Impact on Indoor Air Quality

EPA – Volatile Organic Compounds’ Impact on Indoor Air Quality

American Lung Association – Volatile Organic Compounds

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health – The dangers of indoor air pollution

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health – HOME/WORK STUDY

World Health Organization – Household air pollution and health

New York Department of Health – Review of Chemicals Used in Nail Salons

Health and Safety Association – Taking care of your chemical health and safety in nail bars and salons

Pure Air Control Services – Health Risks Associated with Indoor Microbes

EnviroKlenz – Dangers of Nail Salon Fumes to Indoor Air Quality

OSHA – Health Hazards in Nail Salons

CDC – Indoor Environmental Quality: Chemicals & Odors

CDC – Efficacy of Portable Air Cleaners and Masking for Reducing Indoor Exposure to Simulated Exhaled SARS-CoV-2 Aerosols — United States, 2021

US Food and Drug Administration – Nail Care Products

Jonathon Silva

Jonathan Silva is our longtime Air Purifier Essentials author. He has been writing on air purification technologies for his entire professional career.

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