Five o f the best

We rec­om­mend the best air qual­ity mon­i­tors for use at home

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1 Awair $199

The Awair mon­i­tor has a smart retro de­sign that should blend in with most home decor, and its front panel acts as a sim­ple dis­play so that you can quickly check air qual­ity with­out hav­ing to use its iPhone app. Awair is able to check for CO2, VOCs, tem­per­a­ture, hu­mid­ity, and dust par­ti­cles.

2 El­gato Eve Room $80 el­

The most af­ford­able air mon­i­tor around at the mo­ment. Its Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity is a tad lim­it­ing, but it gives a good in­di­ca­tion of gen­eral air qual­ity by mea­sur­ing CO2, VOCs, tem­per­a­ture, and hu­mid­ity. It also sup­ports Ap­ple’s HomeKit tech, so you can con­trol it us­ing Siri voice com­mands.

3 Foobot (Model 21) $199

Though more ex­pen­sive than some of its ri­vals, the Foobit is one of the most so­phis­ti­cated in­door air-qual­ity mon­i­tors you can get right now. It can mea­sure CO2, VOCs, tem­per­a­ture, and hu­mid­ity, as well as de­tect­ing fine par­ti­cles that can get into your lungs and cause se­ri­ous health prob­lems.

4 Ne­tatmo Healthy Home Coach $100 ne­

Its fea­tures might seem some­what ba­sic, con­cen­trat­ing mostly on CO2, tem­per­a­ture, and hu­mid­ity, but the Healthy Home Coach is easy to use, and its HomeKit sup­port means you can link it with other HomeKit de­vices, such as to a ther­mo­stat to con­trol your heat­ing.

5 Nokia Home $290

Nokia’s Home se­cu­rity cam­era is a good op­tion for par­ents. It’s best known as a baby-mon­i­tor cam­era for par­ents who want to keep an eye on their sleep­ing tod­dlers, but Home also in­cludes a sen­sor that can mon­i­tor VOCs in or­der to check on air qual­ity in po­ten­tially stuffy bed­rooms.

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