The LightAir IonFlow 50 air purifier collects allergens in style.

By Amy Jamieson
Updated January 20, 2009 08:31 PM
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I’m one of those people who suffer through pet allergies so that I can share a home with my two wonderful cats. I take allergy medication every day, have a box of Kleenex next to my bed, and, on the suggestion of my allergist, I use an air purifier in my bedroom . The air purifier I own is about the size of a large suitcase. It does the job but is prettiest when it’s hidden behind my dresser. So, when I saw LightAir’s new IonFlow 50 air purifier, I thought, this takes air purification to a whole new level.

It looks like a space-age rocket. You can put LightAir in a room up to 540 square feet, turn it on and it collects allergens – and you can actually see the stuff it’s collecting, it looks like cigarette ashes. To test its effectiveness, I turned off my clunky air purifier for over a month and put the LightAir in my bedroom to see if it had the same effect. It did – I breathed clearer. Unlike my other purifier, LightAir is completely silent, so I tended to sleep better, too. Since it doesn’t use filters (you just clean it with soap and water when it gets really dirty), it’s greener than my old one and saves me the cost and trouble of having to buy them.

LightAir is priced at $437 on Amazon. Expensive, but for a Kleenex free night? Priceless!