Air quality is something we tend to take for granted. Just crack open a window and you’re good, right? Unfortunately, it’s not so simple. Poor air quality can be hard to notice, and before you know it, the air in your home is having harmful effects on your health.
If you have a smart thermostat, there’s a good chance you’ve already seen some air quality readings from a built-in air monitor. Maybe everything’s fine, or maybe the air you breathe could use some sprucing up. Alternately, if your asthma or pet allergies have been acting up, you may be in the market for an air purifier.
It can be hard to keep track of everything in the air, which is why some kind of monitor is useful, as it will let you know if you should worry about carbon monoxide (CO2) or “volatile organic compounds” (VOCs), dangerous gases emitted by paints, varnishes, and even cleaning products. Then there’s radon, and even dust, pollen, or pet dander, which can cause asthma and allergy flare ups.
So if I’ve made you consider buying an air purifier — I thought my air was just fine too before I started researching this — then what are your options?
Luckily a lot of air purifiers can “plug” right into your smart home. Though those with less connectivity can be great too. We’ve rounded up some of the best air purifiers on the market to help you make your choice.
AirSense Smart Air Quality Monitor & Ion Purifier
The AirSense Smart Air Quality Monitor & Ion Purifier fits easily at the top of this list. Not only is it one of the best air purifiers around, it’s also one of the best smart air purifiers you can get, and it will easily adapt to your smart home ecosystem at a reasonable cost.
This sleek, attractive air purifier has a light display that automatically changes color to indicate air purification, and it provides easy to read graphs, tracking VOCs, humidity, and temperature over time. It’s not too big and has rounded edges, perfect if you have small children.
Get one from Amazon for $150, on sale now for $99.
If it’s a monitor you want, the Awair is a great choice. It’s pricier than most, but it’s absolutely beautiful, comprehensive, and it connects to Nest for easy smart home integration. In all honesty, there isn’t much the Awair does that an actual air purifier doesn’t, but the thing looks so good, that it’s hard to ignore.
Set the Awair to Allergy, Sleep, Productivity, or Baby for up-to-the-minute readings that you can access for up to 24 hours, giving you peace of mind, or letting you know it’s time to act.
Get it on Amazon for $200 today.
Dyson Pure Cool
Available as a floor or desktop unit, the Dyson Pure Cool claims to catch 99.5 percent of air particles as small as 0.1 microns.
Get real time air quality, temperature, and humidity readings on a round LCD screen, and enjoy Amazon compatibility when you say, “Alexa, ask Dyson for indoor air quality.”
Doubling as a fan that turns 350 degrees, the Dyson Pure Cool doubles as a fan, pumping 290 litres of air per second into your home.
It’ll set you back $450 on Amazon, but it’s one of the best air purifiers money can buy.
Netatmo Healthy Home Coach
This affordable smart air purifier is easy to use and compatible with Apple HomeKit. It will track air quality, humidity, temperature, and even sound levels.
You can use Whole Family, Baby, and Asthmatic modes to adjust thresholds, and use a light on the side for a quick reading, if you don’t want to open the app.
Get it for just $100 on Amazon.
GermGuardian Smart 4-in-1 Air Cleaning System
For a more compact smart home purifier, try the GermGuardian.
Rather than just filtering germs and particles, the GermGuardian actually uses UV light to kill what comes through. Then a charcoal filter eliminates whatever odors are left.
With multiple speeds, you can keep the GermGuardian in low-energy mode when rooms don’t need much purification. And its small size and light weight make it easy to transport from room to room.
Normally $180 on Amazon, the GermGuardian is currently available for $158.
These are just some of the best air purifiers you can purchase for your home.
There are obvious advantages to connecting air purifiers to your smart home, though these all work well even if you’re just looking for the purifier.
Air quality is important, especially if you have a baby in your home, or someone with asthma or allergies.
Have you tried any of these air purifiers? Any pros and cons you find worth mentioning? Are you particularly happy with an item that didn’t make it onto the list? Give us your feedback in the comments!