Do you know what cabin filters are for? They only have one job: to keep the air in your Jeep’s interior nice and fresh. Sadly, even the most advanced and reliable stock filters last only up to two years (or even less, depending on the area). On the bright side, aftermarket replacements won’t cost you much. Plus, they will be very easy to install, as most of them follow the OE fitment standards.
Choose Your Option!
So, join me in this quest for the best cabin filter for Jeep, and let’s take a look at what the market has to offer. After meticulous research and testing, I came up with a list of the worthiest picks. They all have their own pros and cons and fit different Jeep models, which is why you should take a good look at each before committing.
Best Cabin Filter for Jeep Wrangler JK, JKU (Updated November, 2020)
Without a doubt, the JK and the JK Unlimited are one of the most capable SUVs to ever hit the dealerships. They are capable of making it through the roughest trails and come packed with a powerful powertrain. However, the stock filtration system leaves a lot to be desired. If you do a lot of off-roading, then you already know that over time, the interior gets taken over by funky smells. Well, with these cabin filters, that won’t be a problem anymore!
Best Cabin Filter for Jeep Wrangler JL and Gladiator JT (Updated November, 2020)
Some folks believe that Jeep doesn’t manufacture any new models and relies heavily on decades-old vehicles. But that’s not really true. In 2017, the company introduced the amazing Wrangler JL SUV. A year later, the world saw the coming of the Gladiator JT – a pickup truck (a rare beast for this company). Now, while both these Jeeps are brand-new and feature-packed, they’ll still greatly benefit if you install one of the following cabin filters.
Best Cabin Filter for Jeep Grand Cherokee WJ and WK (Updated November, 2020)
Jeep’s WJ and WK and the second and third generations of the world-famous Grand Cherokee SUV. The WJ has been around for more than two decades, while the WK is +/- 15 years old. Most drivers prefer to upgrade the wheels, the exhaust systems, or some of the electronic components. And that’s fine, but I recommend going for an aftermarket cabin filter. They are rather cheap and will make an instant difference.
Best Cabin Filter for Jeep Grand Cherokee WK2 (Updated November, 2020)
Instead of coming up with a brand-new name for the fourth-gen Grand Cherokee, Jeep decided to call it WK2 (with WK being the third generation). Unveiled in 2010, and introduced to the markets in 2011, it is known as one of the greatest off-roading vehicles to date. The air filtration system is decent, too. Sadly, it doesn’t last for long and you’ll start smelling musty odors in a year or two. If that’s the case, I’ve got just the perfect replacements for you.
Best Cabin Filter for Jeep Patriot (Updated November, 2020)
While the Patriot might not be the fanciest or the most capable Jeep SUV, it will still be a reasonable investment for the average driver. On the market of used cars, it’s one of the most affordable options (this could be equally good or bad depending on your expectations). Regardless of its performance/value, fresh air inside of the cabin will definitely be a change for the better. I hand-picked three worthy products – they fit the Patriot perfectly.
Best Cabin Filter for Jeep Liberty KK (Updated November, 2020)
KK is the second-gen Liberty, and, outside of the States and Canada, it’s known as the Jeep Cherokee. Despite the decent sales, the Liberty was discontinued in 2013 (only in America). The most advanced trims (Latitude and Jet) are pretty feature-packed and include a long list of “comfort extras”. Still, the cabin filter is average at best and is known to go bad in a year or so. That’s why you’ll need a replacement filter even if the Jeep is brand-new.
Best Cabin Filter for Jeep Cherokee KL (Updated November, 2020)
This is one of the smallest SUVs to ever be produced by the legendary Jeep. With that said, it’s still quite impressive both on and off the road. As for the air filtration system, it’s average at best, no match for the market-leading third-party options. For the Cherokee KL, I believe the cabin filters by Bosch and Ecogard will be the most reasonable investments. Go ahead and check them both out and let me know what you think!
Best Cabin Filter for Jeep Renegade (Updated November, 2020)
Here, we have another off-road-ready vehicle by Jeep. The Renegade is a subcompact SUV, designed to be equally cheap and reliable. If you’re planning on installing new tires, control arms, stabilizers, and bumpers, it might not be the best pick. On the other hand, the Trail-hawk trim is more than capable of conquering the roughest trails. Just don’t forget to install one of the following air cabin filters to keep the interior nice and fresh!
Alright, that’s pretty much it for my list of the finest aftermarket cabin filters. If you found something that meets your requirements and budget, that’s excellent news – go ahead and grab that filter. But if you’re still not sure which brand has the best offer for you, this Buyer’s Guide will help with the decision. Once you familiarize yourself with the most important aspects/factors, it will be much easier to navigate through the market.
Let’s talk about the price first before we get into the more technical side of things. The average price for a good-quality aftermarket cabin filter is 15-20 dollars. Some will even come at a lower price (10-15 dollars). Anything that’s available for less than ten US bucks shouldn’t be considered, as the quality and the performance will be quite poor. And what about the more expensive options – what are they all about?
Yes, the market is full of filters that cost 50, 60, or more dollars. Their biggest advantage is the multi-layer system. It’s much more effective against micro contaminants and will be a good investment if you live in a dusty area or if someone in your family is sensitive to allergens. Another factor that significantly increases the price is reusability – read more about it further down this guide.
To make installation as easy as possible, modern-day manufacturers design them to be a perfect fit for specific vehicles/models. Obviously, this is good news, but only if you purchase the right filter. Pay extra attention to this and always check the specs before committing. There are no universal filters, as the HVAC systems come in different sizes and shapes. If your Jeep is in the list of supported vehicles, the installation will be a walk in the park.
This is exactly why I broke down my list of the best cabin filters into different categories – to make it easier for you to make a pick. Plus, I specified the model years that will be a perfect fit for those filters.
Here’s the thing: if you “handle” dust, mold, and other contaminants pretty easily, a one-layer filter will be more than enough. However, people that suffer from micro pollens/allergens should definitely pay an extra dollar or two for the three-layer products. On top of reliable protection, they’ll also absorb and eliminate all the bad odors that prevent your Jeep’s interior from smelling fresh.
Again, the more advanced (and more expensive) filters will be a reasonable investment only if you’re sensitive to contaminants or if you live in a polluted area. A city with lots of cars (exhaust fumes) and industrial buildings/factories (bad smoke or something worse) fits the description perfectly.
Disposable vs. Reusable
This one is really simple: disposable filters can’t be “revived” in any way. You’ll have to say goodbye once their lifespan comes to an end. Reusable filters, on the other hand, can be washed and brought back to life numerous times. That means they will serve you for a very long time (up to a decade and more). The price will be steep, of course, but, in my opinion, it will be money well spent.
The Filter Type
Last, but not least, let’s take a quick look at the available filter types. Right now, the market is led by charcoal, activated carbon, electrostatic, and particle filters. Charcoal filters are strong against big and small particles. Plus, they implement coal to eliminate bad odors. Coal is excellent against smoke and exhaust fumes. Activated carbon filters are very similar to their charcoal counterparts and cost pretty much the same.
Electrostatic filters are much more advanced and can absorb the tiniest contaminants. Mold, bacteria, and mildew – you won’t have to worry about any of that anymore. The bad news is – these filters are a lot more expensive. Finally, particle filters are equally effective against the smallest particles. They “beat” dust, pollen, various spores, smoke, and even tiny debris.
If you’ve been driving around with the factory air filter for a couple of years, I bet the air inside of the cabin/interior is far from ideal. There’s a quick and cheap solution to this problem, though. All you’ll have to do is invest in an aftermarket cabin air filter. It will protect you from dust, mold, germs, allergens, and everything else that the road throws your way.
Today, we checked out 20 third-party filters that offer a great bang for the buck. I highly recommend paying extra attention to their best features, dimensions, and compatibility specs before making a purchase. If this sounds like a lot of work, don’t hesitate to check my Buyer’s Guide. There, you’ll find a list of tips and tricks that will help make the right decision. Go ahead and check it out!
About the author
My name is Andy Shane, and I like to spend my free time conquering the most difficult off-road tracks. Off-road vehicles fascinate me more than any other vehicles types. Surely, there are not so many people who would share the passion for getting out of all possible muds and wilderness in their Jeeps, but those who do will find lots of interesting information in my blog.