The Best Air Quality Monitors for the Home
For help choosing the right air quality monitor for your needs, start here with our roundup of top-favorite picks.
The air inside your home might not be healthy even if it smells fresh. Some gases, such as radon and carbon monoxide, are colorless and odorless but can be harmful if inhaled. Most indoor air quality monitors will detect the levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the home, and many others will detect additional pollutants, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and airborne particulate matter. Still others feature temperature and humidity monitoring in addition. Today’s best air quality monitors pair comprehensive detection with usability features, such as WiFi capability and remote monitoring. Ahead, see our favorite picks among the many options available now.
Our Top Picks
BEST OVERALL: Awair Element Air Quality Monitor
Discern your home’s air quality by tracking VOCs, particulate matter smaller than 2.5 microns (PM2.5), and by measuring carbon dioxide levels with the Awair Element Air Quality Monitor. The Awair monitor also measures temperature and humidity levels and connects with Alexa and Google Assistant for smart-home integration. With cutting-edge air detection technology, this monitor can track changes and patterns in air quality over time so you can develop a comprehensive plan for keeping the air in your home healthy. You will need to download a free app to access the data on your smartphone or tablet.
BEST FOR ALLERGIES: Atmotube Pro Portable Outdoor and Indoor Professional Air Quality Monitor
For detecting and tracking a wide range of VOCs, including formaldehyde and methanol, plus detecting dust, pollen, soot, and a host of other airborne allergens, consider the Atmotube Pro Portable Outdoor and Indoor Professional Air Quality Monitor. This small portable monitor easily attaches to a belt loop or can rest in different rooms, such as the bedroom of a family member with allergies, to detect the presence of allergens and other pollutants. It also measures temperature and humidity levels. The Atmotube uses Bluetooth technology to connect to your smartphone or tablet via the monitor’s mobile app. When the quality of the air you’re breathing lowers to a certain point (you determine the point), you’ll receive an alert so you can turn on an air purifier or open a window, depending on the pollutant detected.
For real-time indoor air monitoring that integrates seamlessly with smart-home platforms like Google Assistant and Alexa, check out the Airthings Wave Plus Radon & Air Quality Monitor. The monitor connects using Bluetooth technology via the Airthings app to give you detailed reports about your home’s air quality. The monitor detects a wide variety of VOCs, radon, carbon dioxide, plus other chemicals and toxins so you’ll always know what’s in the air you’re breathing. The app syncs with an online dashboard that features advanced analytics so you can chart your home’s air quality over time. Don’t guess at what’s in your air—be sure.
MOST PORTABLE: Huma-i Advanced Portable Air Quality Monitor
Airborne particulate matter, carbon dioxide, and VOCs are detected by the portable Huma-i Advanced Portable Air Quality Monitor. Carry this small air monitor in a pocket to monitor the air as you go from room to room, or place it on a dresser or table for constant monitoring of a nursery, bedroom, or other room. The Huma-i features advanced fan technology that draws air into the monitor for real-time testing and a digital readout showing the current amount of pollutants in the air you’re breathing. The monitor also detects humidity levels. The display features several different screens alternating between bar graphs, numerals, and “good” or “poor” designations for each type of pollutant. This is not a smart air monitor but one that displays data right on the monitor’s screen.