iQAir Atem Air Purifier Review

One of the must-have appliances of 2020 has to be an air purifier. Over the past year we’ve seen an increase in forest fires and air pollution, and having an air purifier in my home gives me peace of mind. While most of us have an air purifier that cleans a room or large space, there is a lot to be said for personal air purifiers like the iQAir Atem Personal HEPA Air Purifier.

The iQAir Atem Personal HEPA Air Purifier is a desk-sized air purifier that directs a steady flow of purified air right into your personal breathing space. It has a sleek style, is easy to take apart and put back together so you can travel with it, and it captures pollutants as small as 0.003 microns.

I’ve had the iQAir Atem running steadily over the past few weeks. Here’s what I thought of this powerful personal air purifier.

Appearance and features of iQAir Atem personal HEPA air purifier

iQAir Atem air purifier unboxing

The iQAir Atem Personal HEPA Air Purifier is a small air purifier that’s designed to sit on your desk, beside your bed, or anywhere you’d like a steady stream of purified air. It measures 29.2 x 7.9 x 29.2 centimeters.

  • HyperHEPA filtration system captures pollutants as small as 0.003 microns
  • Touch-point controls offer 3 fan speeds
  • Pairs via Bluetooth with the Atem app for hands-free control
  • Easy to put together and pull apart so you can travel with it
  • The lowest fan speed runs at 20 decibels
  • The proximity sensor turns the air purifier off when you walk away from it
  • Visual LED will light up red when the HEPA filter needs to be changed
  • Covers 150 Square Feet of space

Setting up iQAir Atem

iQAir Atem stand

There are only a few parts to the iQAir Atem air purifier, so it’s very easy to set up. The power plug is threaded through the back of the air purifier and the base snaps in place. While you can see where the air streams in and out of the purifier, there is also a funnel of sorts you can snap on that will direct clean air wherever you are sitting or sleeping. The funnel is called the PureJet diffuser.

While some room air purifiers may take hours to clean the air in a room, the Atem immediately delivers clean air to your personal breathing zone. Once you have the air purifier plugged in you can just touch the center of it to turn it on. You can continue to tap for a higher speed or to turn it off.

Testing iQAir Atem air purifier

iQAir Atem personal air purifier

My husband has allergies to airborne pollutants, and those pollutants tend to trigger his asthma. The conditions that I’ve been testing the iQAir Atem have been extra dusty as we’re also in the middle of a renovation where we had to remove a huge section of wall to upgrade an electrical panel.

With the iQAir Atem air purifier running next to him while he works and sleeps, he’s had a much easier time with his allergies. He credits the directed flow of purified air via the PureJet diffuser. You can feel the steady stream of air emitting from the air purifier. I tried it too and I found it very refreshing.

Take your portable air purifier everywhere

IQAir Atem

We kept the iQAir Atem air purifier on a desk beside him while he was working on his computer and placed it on the nightstand when he was sleeping. According to iQAir, the optimal purification distance is a max of 20 inches away from the person.

This device is compact enough to easily fit in a small space. It’s also thin enough to easily fit in a backpack, bag, or suitcase if you are going to travel with it.

HyperHEPA filtration system captures 99% of pollutants

iQAir Atem Air Purifer Review

We kept the iQAir Atem air purifier in a small space that is around 50 square feet. It should work in a space up to 150 square feet, but you’ll want to keep it directed at you when you are using it.

The iQAir Atem air purifier has a HyperHEPA filtration system. It can capture up to 99% of pollutants in your air including ultra-fine particles like bacteria, mold, and pollen as small as 0.003 microns. That’s actually smaller than a virus particle, and HyperHEPA filtration should remove particles that are 100 times smaller than those removed by standard air filtration technology.

While I did not have an indoor air quality measurement device, I can say that the air you breathe in from the iQAir Atem does feel fresh and clean. If you’d like to test your indoor air quality, iQAir does make an indoor air monitor. It’s called the iQAir AirVisual Pro.

Wi-Fi Control via the Atem app


iQAir Atem device update

iQAir Atem desk air purifier atem air filter replacement

While all you have to do is touch the iQAir Atem to switch speeds or turn it off, the Atem app is easy to use and gives you wireless control of your air purifier. There are several different options you can set within the app.

You can change the speed settings to customize how fast it runs at low, medium, and high. There is also something called a proximity sensor. That’s a setting that will automatically turn the air purifier off when you walk away from it. That’s a great feature, especially if you primarily use it while working or at night. I tested it out and it turned off within 30 seconds of my leaving the room.

Easy to change air filter

iQAir portable air purifier

iQAir recommends you replace the air filter once every four years, but it will depend on how often you use it. You can see the lifespan of the air filter in the iQAir Atem app, and when it’s time to switch it out there are instructions in the app too.

There is an Intelligent Filter Life Monitor on this air purifier. You’ll see a visual indication beneath the air outlet diffuser on the Atem air purifier itself. It will flash red when it needs to be changed. I used it steadily for two weeks and the filter was still at 90%.

Runs whisper quiet

The iQAir Atem air purifier is so quiet you can’t even tell it’s on unless you see the blue light. The default setting for low runs at only 20 db, and even when I had it set to the default setting for high it wasn’t that loud. Medium speed sounds like a nice rush of white noise.

Should you choose the iQAir Atem personal air purifier?

If you want a personal air purifier that targets your personal breathing space, the iQAir Atem air purifier is a great choice. Having fresh, purified air directed right at you will help you sleep and be more productive, especially if you have allergies.

My husband said he felt more alert while working when he had it running on the desk beside him. We ran it at night while he was sleeping too, and he didn’t suffer as badly from sinus congestion or wheezing the way he normally would when we are renovating something in the house.

With a filter that lasts for up to four years and a compact design, I think the iQAir Atem Personal HEPA Air Purifier is a great choice for anyone who wants to improve the air quality surrounding them. You can find it right now on Best Buy.

Shelly Wutke
Editor TV & Home Theatre
I'm a Vancouver freelancer and tech enthusiast. When I'm not writing you'll find me on my farm with my alpacas, chickens, and honeybees. Visit my website Survivemag