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Ikea Made a Gorgeous Air Purifier, and It Only Costs $55

For $55, you can either buy Ikea's new air purifier...or six bags of frozen Swedish meatballs.

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Ikea: home of cheap furniture, cheap home decor...and as of now, cheap air purifiers. How cheap? Less than the cost of a Poang armchair.

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At $55, Ikea's new Fornuftig air purifier is one of the cheapest on the market. It's even cheaper than our best budget air purifier, the Partu BS-03 Air Purifier. But that doesn't mean it's bad; the units are outfitted with a HEPA 12 filter, which blocks 99.95 percent of particles 2.5 microns or larger, as well as a carbon filter, which sucks up toxic chemicals and foul odors. Even the replacement filters are a bargain, at $10 for a carbon filter and $5 for a HEPA filter.

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The new Fornuftig line of air purifiers are built for small-home living. The compact devices — it's just 12 inches by 18 inches with a 4.0-inch depth — are unsurprisingly good-looking, very much in line with Scandinavian minimalist design. Rather than looking like a medical device, the Fornuftig looks more like a speaker, and borrows the same fabric design as the Symfonsik line of speakers Ikea made with Sonos. Available in black and white, it's unobtrusive — both design-wise and literally. You can even hang the Fornuftig from the wall, since it's so light.

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But what matters with an air purifier is its effectiveness. To gauge this, look to its clean-air delivery (CADR) rating, which measures the volume of clean air produced per minute. The Fornuftig clocks in at 130 cubic meters per hour. That's not a particularly high rating, so don't expect this to thoroughly clean your whole home — it's better suited to small rooms.

Operating the air purifier works by toggling between three fan speeds, though the unit lacks an auto mode — which is unsurprising, considering the price. If you live in a relatively low-polluted environment, that shouldn't be a problem.

Ikea's new air purifiers are available on its website and in stores now.

Price: $55

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Tyler Chin is Gear Patrol’s Associate Staff Writer.
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