Yes, I said stank not skank. You'll have to take care of that other problem on your own. I kid.
Chemical fumes I smell on occasion in the apartment have got me looking into air purifiers. I found the majority of which to be aesthetically challenged. The hard part seems to be incorporating all the components in the design. Even the best looking, award winning Coway AP-1008 has an awkward protruding back side. But if anyone is looking, here's a list of the better looking air purifiers that do the job well because after all, it does have to work.
1. Coway AP-1008 - Best looking, but 225 sq ft is the largest capacity. No bueno for studio dwellers.
2. Sharp FP-P60CX- best for function, still a bit sterile looking though
3. Rabbit Air BioGS - comes in 4 different colors and one that supports breast cancer research
4. Rabbit Air MinusA2 - black, white, & 4 artist designs. Largest room size of this list. Wall mountable but protrudes 7".
5. Winix PlasmaWave 5300 - The better of the lower cost units, $150
6. Kenmore/Winix PlasmaWave - best attempt at integrating the vents and back but not sure how well it functions. Reminds me a bit of a Stormtrooper.
Aesthetics aside, the important things to look for are:
- room size
- true HEPA filter
- multiple filtering technologies
- higher CADR
- zero ozone emissions
- permanent filters (less replacement costs and waste)
- functions: some tackle odor and VOCs (toxic vapors found in paint, varnishes, adhesives, cleaners, synthetic materials) and some don't.
More research and some good reviews here. Allergy sufferers will want to look even further in depth.