With the amount of time spent in a crowded dorm room, there’s a lot to consider when choosing the right air purifier. Whether you’re looking for odor management, SARS-CoV-2 protection, allergy relief, or just peace of mind, there are several factors that come into play when buying an air purifier for a dorm room.

1. Be sure that it’s built to last

This seems like an easy one, but it’s very important. You only want to buy an air purifier once and you want it to last for years. Watch out for companies that only offer 1 or 2 year warranties with their air purifier. This is a clear sign that the air purifier won’t last and you will probably have to buy another one (or two!) in the span of a few years. That’s the last thing you want to do or worry about! The FilterQueen Defender lasts a lifetime and has a warranty to back it up.

2. Remove unwanted odors

Dorm rooms can have a buildup of unpleasant odors caused by lack of cleaning, dirty laundry, unemptied garbage cans and microwaved meals. The right air purifier can help make sure the room smells fresh and clean. You want to find an air purifier that has activated charcoal filters. These activated charcoal filters (or HEGA filters) can absorb odors, gasses, and more. A carbon filter is included with every purchase of a new Defender.

3. Help eliminate airborne germs and viruses

To capture airborne contaminants like viruses, germs and all the things that make college kids sick, you want to make sure you have better-than-HEPA filtration. Standard HEPA air purifiers remove 99.7% of harmful pollutants from the air. The Defender removes 99.99% down to 0.1 micron! And yes, those little extra percentages matter. The Defender is 3 times better than HEPA filtration and has been independently tested for the effective removal (99.9%) of the SARS-CoV-2 virus from the air.

4. Capture allergens

An air purifier should be able to capture allergy-triggering particles from the air, like dust, pollen, dander, mold, and other harmful particles. If the air purifier you are considering doesn’t provide statements that it removes these types of particles from the air, odds are they don’t. Read more on Characterization of Indoor Air Quality on a College Campus: A Pilot Study.

5. Provide peace of mind

As a new student, or a parent, you want to make sure you have peace of mind that an air purifier is running 24/7 and is actually working! The Defender is built to run 24 hours a day, and it’s assembled right here in the USA from a company that has been around for nearly 100 years. It has been an FDA-Cleared Class II Medical Device for over 20 years – way before the pandemic!

We hope this guide helps you understand what’s important when choosing an air purifier for your student’s dorm room. You could buy a cheap air purifier at Target or Amazon, but they probably won’t meet all the requirements listed above. The Defender air purifier does it all!

A quick recap of the Defender air purifier:

  • Built to last – Lifetime Warranty
  • 30 Day, Risk Free Trial
  • Removes unwanted odors
  • Captures airborne germs, allergens, viruses, mold and more
  • Eliminates and destroys SARS-CoV-2 virus
  • 3x better than HEPA filtration
  • FDA-Cleared Class II Medical Device – Because it matters!
  • Lightweight & Portable – Can move room to room with ease.
  • Quiet 24/7 operation


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