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Depending on your car and what you want to achieve, you need to consider the pros and cons of washable air filters vs. disposable air filters.
If this is your daily driver, for the most part, a disposable air filter will serve your needs. They are cheap, easy to find and quick to install.
If you are looking for a high performance boost from a higher end air filter, washable may be just what you are looking for. They are more expensive up front, but because they are washable, they have a longer life.
What brand you ask? K&N air filters have a great reputation and a great warrantee (10 years). Now, the only issue with washable air filters is that they are harder to find. This is exactly the kind of car part that is perfect for buying online. You get a better price and you know you can find them.