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.[editoriallinks id='f5a5eb30-26d6-40a1-bd48-ab287d1c9d32' align='left'][/editoriallinks]
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.[image id='2fdc638a-12b0-4365-9761-88719e642091' mediaId='e8eeec6f-d6e0-476e-a5a4-06192de91ef8' align='center' size='medium' share='false' caption='Ikea’s new Fornuftig air purifier is made with small-home living in mind.' expand='' crop='original'][/image]
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.[image id='efc800b3-6f96-4baf-ac05-e45f5cfe7551' mediaId='67c382db-779d-4aa7-9fa7-daaa6fb920a6' align='center' size='medium' share='false' caption='Because it’s so light, the Fornuftig can be hung on the wall so it’s really out of the way.' expand='' crop='original'][/image]
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.