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Here’s What Happened After I Put an Air Purifier in My Kitchen for Three Months

published May 1, 2024
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Soon after buying my first home, I realized that the kitchen of my cute little row house sat directly below my bedroom. Go ahead, ask me how I figured it out.

You see what I’m getting at: While delicious smells are part of the joy of cooking, I didn’t want to keep smelling them when I went to sleep. Once I became more aware of how scent traveled in my cozy abode, I wanted to make extra sure that the air circulating was clear as could be. That meant not only cooking smells but also allergens, dust, and odors from my obviously-otherwise-perfect dog and cat.

The Molekule Mini+ promised to handle these irritants and more, all in a slim, streamlined design. In addition to standard HEPA filtration, Molekule air purifiers use patented PECO technology (Photo Electrochemical Oxidation) to destroy the widest range of airborne pollutants compared to conventional air purifiers. That includes allergens, bacteria, viruses, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The patented PECO-Filter gets what HEPA leaves behind, and a layer of carbon helps neutralize odor and gases. All told, Molekule air purifiers have a 99.97-percent particle capture efficiency rate: a technical way of saying that it’s like a detox for your air.  

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The Basics

My Molekule Mini+ arrived in streamlined packaging, and I have to be honest: This is a good-looking air purifier. There is only one button, which wakes up a face of digital controls. This feature, plus the slim cylindrical shape and stylish strap detail, keep it from screaming “small appliance.” Even though it functions as a utility in my home, it’s still a pleasant visual element in the room.

Set-up is simple: You just remove the outer casing, insert the filter, and pop the casing back on. Then you use the Molekule app to pair your device. The app lets you control the air purifier remotely, keep tabs on your indoor air quality over time, and order filters and replacement parts. The Mini+ is best suited for rooms up to 250 square feet (my kitchen could never, bless). There’s also a larger model, the Air Pro, for spaces up to 1,000 square feet.

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My Experience

You know when you clean your glasses and then realize they’d been even smudgier than you thought? That’s kind of what using the Mini+ has been like. It helps so much with cooking smells, but it’s also given my space an overall fresher feeling that I didn’t quite know I was missing.

Most of the time, I run my Mini+ on the recommended auto setting, and it quietly does its thing in the background of life. The auto sensitivity is spot-on: Working harder when I’ve just cooked salmon or left my roasted veggies in the oven too long, powering through pollutants quickly, then readjusting to lower power settings. But I also appreciate that I can manually adjust if I want to banish bad smells extra fast.

Over the past few months, I’ve tried it out both beside my stove and in the adjacent dining room. Each position had its advantages. The dining room placement meant a wider reach for other irritants like dust and pet dander. But I’ll probably keep it in the kitchen. It seems to be tougher on cooking odors at the source, plus it nestles perfectly into an otherwise useless corner. I was also pleased to discover that the Mini+ did a great job at dissipating the natural gas odor that can come with lighting my stovetop or oven. It’s a smell that’s always stressed my dog out, so I’m glad it’s less noticeable for him!

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The Takeaway

Keeping the Mini+ in my kitchen is a no-brainer. It takes up hardly any space, works hard, and is extremely low-maintenance. I still get the satisfying aromas that come with cooking, but they no longer overstay their welcome come bedtime — even when I burn something.