- 0.1 1. For clearing the air: Coway AP-1512HH Mighty Air Purifier
- 0.2 2. and 3. For a good night’s rest: Protect-A-Bed Allerzip Smooth Mattress Encasement and Pillow Protector
- 0.3 4. For deterring mold and dust mites: Frigidaire FFAP7033T1 Dehumidifier
- 0.4 5. and 6. For carefully cleaning: O-Cedar Dual-Action Microfiber Flip Mop and 3M 8516 N95 Particulate Respirator
- 0.5 7. For sucking it up: Miele Complete C3 Calima Vacuum
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Experts suggest taking a look at your symptoms one at a time. If you don’t have a fever, muscle aches, or respiratory issues, and you generally tend to experience seasonal allergies, that’s likely what you’re now experiencing.
To be clear, a lot of people suffer from seasonal allergies: 24.4 million Americans grappled with allergic rhinitis, more commonly known as hay fever, in 2018, per the CDC. If you’re one of those many millions, you know that relief can be key to surviving the seasonal changes that spring brings. While I choose to douse myself in Zyrtec-D and Flonase to treat my allergy symptoms (you should probably consult a doctor before you do the same), there are also plenty of methods that can help you thwart allergies before they take over your life (or make you think you have COVID-19 again). Here are a few of our favorite options for minimizing your allergens.
1. For clearing the air: Coway AP-1512HH Mighty Air Purifier
Coway AP-1512HH Mighty ($222 for white, $172 for black at the time of publication)
April showers bring May flowers, and May flowers bring pollen. Because teeny-tiny bits of this common allergen circulate through the air, it’s hard to minimize your exposure. One method that might work for you: Purify your air. HEPA filters (that’s high-efficiency particulate air filters) in air purifiers such as our top pick from Coway can capture particulates as small as 0.3 micron (video), reports Wirecutter senior staff writer Tim Heffernan, so they can easily sift pollen particles, which average 10 microns, out of your air. The Coway AP-1512HH Mighty has consistently remained our favorite air purifier throughout years of testing, as it has proved to remove 98.9 percent of airborne particulates in just 30 minutes. Consider this air cleared.
For more information, read our full guide to the best air purifiers.
2. and 3. For a good night’s rest: Protect-A-Bed Allerzip Smooth Mattress Encasement and Pillow Protector
Protect-A-Bed AllerZip Smooth Mattress Encasement, queen size ($70 at the time of publication)
Protect-A-Bed AllerZip Smooth Pillow Protectors, queen size ($19 at the time of publication)
If you want to catch some quality z’s but you don’t want to wake up with a constant sneeze, the Protect-A-Bed AllerZip Smooth Mattress Encasement and Pillow Protectors can keep allergens from burrowing into your bed. These encasements and protectors have a strong seam and a tight zipper closure that together keep dust mites and dander out, better protecting what’s inside. If you want to ensure all of your bedding stays untouched by the outdoors, experts recommend a quick rinse before bed, too. “We recommend showers at night before going to bed to get pollen off their hair so it doesn’t get deposited on the pillow and get breathed in all night,” said Dr. Paul V. Williams, clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, in an earlier interview with Wirecutter.
For more information, read our full guide to the best mattress encasements and pillow protectors.
4. For deterring mold and dust mites: Frigidaire FFAP7033T1 Dehumidifier
Frigidaire FFAP7033T1 ($360 at the time of publication)
Although many people purchase dehumidifiers to reduce mustiness in damp basements, these machines are also effective at battling common allergens such as mold and dust mites. In one major study published in 2016, researchers note: “Once humidity decreases below 50%, mite proliferation decreases and survival is decreased. Depending on how dry the environment is kept, mites can survive for weeks before they die.” With the Frigidaire FFAP7033T1, you can better control the humidity in your home. In our tests, it was able to reduce the moisture in a damp basement from 70 percent to 45 percent overnight.
For more information, read our full guide to the best dehumidifiers.
5. and 6. For carefully cleaning: O-Cedar Dual-Action Microfiber Flip Mop and 3M 8516 N95 Particulate Respirator
O-Cedar Dual-Action Microfiber Flip Mop ($13 at the time of publication)
3M 8516 N95 Particulate Respirator ($40 at the time of publication)
(This item is currently experiencing stock issues due to demand in response to the coronavirus. We will continue to monitor its availability and update this article accordingly.)
Frequent dusting eliminates dust and dander that settles throughout your home, but it also stirs dust up in the air. That’s why experts at the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology recommend using an N95 filter mask while cleaning so that this dust doesn’t get cleaned off your kitchen floors only to wind up in your respiratory system. To dust more effectively, we recommend the O-Cedar Dual-Action Microfiber Flip Mop, as it successfully picked up more dust than any other mop we tested. While you’re using it, we recommend donning the 3M 8516 N95 Particulate Respirator to keep those pesky dust particles out of your lungs.
For more information, read our full guide to the best broom, dust pan, and dust mop and our full guide to the best respirator masks.
7. For sucking it up: Miele Complete C3 Calima Vacuum
Miele Complete C3 Calima ($700 at the time of publication)
People with severe allergies would be wise to avoid carpeting of any kind, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. For many people, however, that’s just not realistic. Whether it’s by circumstance or preference (I just love a rug, okay!), you may find yourself living with carpets, so it’s important to keep them clean with frequent vacuuming. Our vacuum pick for allergies and asthma, the Miele Complete C3 Calima, features a bagged, sealed system and a HEPA filter. This design increases the overall filtration while decreasing the chance of allergens escaping your vacuum. Wirecutter’s vacuum experts recommend the Miele for anyone suffering serious allergies from dust or dander.
For more information, read our full guide to the best vacuum cleaners.
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3. Mayo Clinic Staff, Hay fever, Mayo Clinic, March 19, 2019
4. Jay Portnoy, MD, et al., Environmental assessment and exposure control of dust mites: a practice parameter, Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, December 1, 2013
Source: NY Times – Wirecutter
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