Air Quality Monitor

Depending on how advanced the particular model you opt for is, with an air quality monitor you can keep track of indoor or outdoor air quality parameters like particulate matter, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, humidity, temperature, and volatile organic compounds. Making a pick depends on the purpose you intend for it, but there are a few products which provide a higher accuracy and reliability in their readings, models that we will review and discuss in the following.

Top 9 Air Quality Monitors Compared

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Awair 2nd Edition: See the Invisible Image

Best Choice
1. Awair 2nd Edition: See the Invisible
  • Size: 3.54” H x 6.3” W x 1.97” D
  • Material: North American walnut timber
  • Sensors: PM 2.5; VOCs; CO2; Humidity; Temperature
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 4.1; iOS 9 minimum; Android 4.4 minimum
  • Power: AC 100/240V, 50/60Hz; 5V/2.0A external power adapter
  • Warranty: 1 year
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2. EG Air EGVOC-100
  • Size: 5.9” H x 2.8” W x 1.7” D
  • Material: ABS plastic
  • Sensors: HCHO, total VOCs, PM 2.5
  • Connectivity: No
  • Power: 2200mAh lithium polymer battery, DC 5V micro USB charger
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3. Awair Glow AQMG2001A
  • Size: 3.58” H x 1.81” W x 2.64” D
  • Material: ABS plastic
  • Sensors: Total VOCs; CO2; Temperature; Humidity
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 4.0; iOS 8 minimum; Android 4.3 minimum
  • Power: 100~125V AC, 50/60Hz
  • Warranty: 1 year
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4. IQAir AVPRO
  • Size: 3.2” H x 7.2” W x 3.9” D
  • Material: ABS plastic
  • Sensors: PM2.5; CO2; Temperature; Humidity
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Power: 1 lithium-ion battery
  • Warranty: 1 year
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5. Temtop M2000C
  • Size: 8.66″ x 2.89″ x 1.47″
  • Material: Plastic
  • Sensors: PM 2.5; PM 10; Particles; CO2; Temperature; Humidity
  • Connectivity: No
  • Power: 2200 mAh rechargeable lithium battery
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6. Temtop LKC-1000S+
  • Size: 7” H x 2.6” W x 1.3” D
  • Material: ABS plastic
  • Sensors: HCHO; Total VOCs; PM 2.5, PM 10; Temperature; Humidity
  • Connectivity: No
  • Power: 2200 mAh rechargeable battery
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7. Foobot
  • Size: 6.8” H x 2.8” D
  • Material: ABS plastic
  • Sensors: PM 2.5; Total VOCs; Temperature; Humidity
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 B/G/N; iOS 8 minimum; Android 4.3 minimum
  • Power: Non-detachable 2-meter USB cable; AC-DC 5V 0.5A USB power adaptor
  • Warranty: 1 year
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8. Temtop M10
  • Size: 3.2” H x 3.2” W x 1.2” D
  • Material: ABS plastic
  • Sensors: PM 2.5; Total VOCs; HCHO
  • Connectivity: No
  • Power: 2200 mAh rechargeable lithium batteries
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9. Noklead A10
  • Size: 3.1” x 3.3” x 2”
  • Material: Plastic
  • Sensors: PM 2.5
  • Connectivity: No
  • Power: 450 mAh lithium polymer battery
  • Warranty: 1 year
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1. Awair 2nd Edition: See the Invisible

Awair 2nd Edition: See the Invisible Image
It is able to track fine dust, chemicals, carbon dioxide, temperature, and humidity to keep you aware of your surroundings at all times. It even features sensing technologies for the ambient noise and light, which sets it apart from most devices in its niche. It is a wireless device which works with Wi-Fi connectivity and Bluetooth 4.1, allowing you to view what it tracks over your smartphone or tablet if the companion app is installed. The timeline feature lets you see patterns over multiple days and weeks, and you are even provided with personalized tips for healthier air indoors. Additionally, it is connectable with multiple home automation devices and covers wide areas of up to 1000 square feet, so you can rely on it to “read” air quality throughout your entire home.
What We Like

  • Features sensors for detecting ambient noise and light
  • Can connect with Google Home, Nest, IFTTT, Amazon Alexa, and more
  • Can cover up to 1000 square feet, providing with environmental quality readings in large spaces

What We Dislike

  • Some users had issues with calibrating the device
  • Some customers were disappointed by the tech support department

VERDICT
Usable in spaces of up to 1000 square feet, it provides quintessential readings regarding environmental conditions so that you know what the issues you are confronted with and must take action against are. As it is a smart device, you can connect to it with your phone or tablet and keep track of these stats no matter your location.

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2. EG Air EGVOC-100

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Portability is probably the main asset of this device, at least design-wise, allowing you to carry it anywhere you go with ease so that you can learn what the environmental conditions are, whether they are safe for your health or not. The sensors it features make it capable of monitoring stats like the level of fine particulate dust matter, the total natural and synthetic VOCs, and concentrations of formaldehyde. It displays all the info it gathers on its 2.8-inch LCD display in large text so that you won’t have trouble reading off it. With the purchase is included an eBook where you can find interesting info regarding air quality hazards and their impact. Furthermore, it is powered in one of two ways – with the 2200mAh battery or with a 5-volt micro USB charging cable.
What We Like

  • Features a clear 2.8-inch LCD display where the info are shown
  • Able to measure natural or synthetic organic compound levels
  • Comes with an eBook about air quality hazards

What We Dislike

  • Some customers have contested its accuracy
  • Some users complained that it isn’t easy to use

VERDICT
One of the cheaper entries on the market and, according to our tests, quite dependable when it comes to the air quality readings it provides, the EG Air is a device you should have if you want to keep an eye on how safe the environment indoors actually is.

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3. Awair Glow AQMG2001A

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If you are looking for the best value product on the market, look no further as this Awair device is your best pick. Connectable with smart home assistants to provide you with complete control over the environment indoors in the most convenient manner possible, it is one of the most modern products at the moment. With the app installed on your phone or tablet, you can remotely check the stats it is tracking, and you can view air trends over multiple days or weeks for a more in-depth analysis. Another great feature is the nightlight that provides a soothing ambiance if you place the Awair in the bedroom, a feature that you can activate through motion, touch, or over the app. Smart in every sense of the word, we recommend it to anyone who is on a budget.
What We Like

  • It can connect with smart home assistants to provide you with enhanced control over air quality
  • Night light can be activated through the app, motion, or touch to provide a soothing ambiance
  • You receive access to air trends over the app to see how the environmental conditions have changed over the passing of time

What We Dislike

  • Some customers have noticed occasional spikes in its readings
  • Some stated that the design seems flimsy

VERDICT
From time to time, it might not be up to par, but overall, the reliable readings it provides, multiple features, and comprehensive design make it one of the best selections for monitoring air quality.

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4. IQAir AVPRO

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Featuring a bright 5-inch LED screen where it displays real-time information regarding air quality, it is one of the more intuitive products in the niche. The info displayed include CO2 and PM2.5 levels so that you are aware of how your health is impacted by the use of the device, and it indicates temperature and humidity as well to keep you updated with your surroundings to the smallest detail. In terms of range, it can read humidity levels spanning from 0 to 95%, and temperature levels spanning from 14 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. It features connectivity and if you have the app installed on your smart device, it will send the readings directly there for convenient remote checking. Furthermore, it even sends notifications when air quality is poor so that you know and control the appropriate smart home devices to fix the situation at hand, if possible.
What We Like

  • You receive alerts when air quality does not meet safety standards
  • Keeps records of minimum and maximum temperatures recorded on a daily basis
  • Compact design makes it possible to take it with you anywhere you go to check air quality

What We Dislike

  • Expensive purchase
  • Some customers complained that support service was not helpful when they were in need

VERDICT
Some air pollutants you can feel while others are perfectly invisible to your senses, and this is where the monitor kicks in. This IQAir entry holds a special spot among other products especially as it tracks for multiple stats, including PM2.5 and CO2 levels, all while delivering accurate temperature and humidity readings.

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5. Temtop M2000C


The handheld detector enables you to check on environmental stats that include particles, PM 2.5, PM 10, CO2, humidity, and temperature. The humidity range it provides readings within spans from 0 to 90% RH, while the temperature range spans from 0 to 50 degrees Celsius. Furthermore, the range for PM 2.5 and PM 10 spans from 0 to 999 ug/m³, while the CO2 measurement range spans from 0 to 5000 PPM. All these data are displayed on the clear TFT color LCD screen it features. It is powered by a 2200 mAh lithium battery that is rechargeable and provides up to 6 hours of continuous runtime before it runs out of “juice”. As it measures only 8.66 inches by 2.89 inches by 1.47 inches, you can understand why we called it a handheld detector at the beginning of the review as portability is one of its main highlights. Additionally, it allows you to set specific thresholds that, when passed, will cause an alarm to automatically sound off. This way, you are alerted when certain environmental conditions might put you at risk.
What We Like

  • You can set alarms that activate when proper environmental conditions are not met
  • TFT color LCD screen makes it easy to read the displayed info
  • Battery provides up to 6 hours of runtime before recharge is needed

What We Dislike

  • Asking price could have been lower
  • Simplistic design as opposed to models that feature connectivity

VERDICT
A 6-in-1 handheld detector anyone interested in checking environmental conditions should use, the M2000C was an inevitable pick as it provides info regarding humidity, temperature, particles, PM 2.5 and PM 10 levels, as well as CO2.

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6. Temtop LKC-1000S+

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Even though it is not as tech advanced as other devices are in the sense that it doesn’t feature Wi-Fi connectivity, it boasts a great accuracy and it is able to read a wide range of environmental factors which weigh in air quality. These factors are HCHO, PM 2.5, PM 10, temperature, and humidity, and you can press on the buttons it features to see what the current stats indoors for each factor are. Due to its portable design, you can take it with you at the office, in the car, outdoor, at home, basically anywhere you are interested in learning more about air quality parameters. It features a large LCD display screen where it shows the results it tracks, a display that is clear and easy to read off of. Additionally, it is powered by a 2200 mAh battery that lasts for up to 6 hours before it needs recharging.
What We Like

  • Portable design allows you to take it with you everywhere you go to check air quality
  • Long battery life of up to 6 hours
  • Large LCD display screen is easy to read off of

What We Dislike

  • Lacks connectivity features present in more tech advanced models
  • Some customers claim that the readings are misleading sometimes

VERDICT
It might not be the most advanced model out there as it doesn’t boast Wi-Fi connectivity, but if portability and reliability are your main concerns, it is sure worth your attention.

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7. Foobot

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As it can smell the invisible, odorless pollutants which plague the environment so that you are aware of what you are breathing in your lungs when you are at home, the Foobot is a must-have for anyone looking to take better care of their health. It is quite a modern device, and its most eye-catching feature is definitely the colored LED light output which changes according to indoor air quality. A 1-year warranty is offered by the manufacturing company, so you won’t have to pay for repairs while this agreement is active.
Fun fact: The Berkley National Laboratory, after research conducted in 2018, concluded that it is the best consumer monitor for testing particulate matter.

Sensing Technology
  • Fine particles: To detect fine particles in the air, it uses light scattering, low latency detection. It is sensitive to particulates sized from 0.3 to 2.5 µm, so you can rely on it to accurately portray how healthy the air actually is for human health. Furthermore, the range for providing readings is from 0 to 1300 µg per cubic meter, with a high precision of ±4 µg.
  • Total volatile organic compounds: It uses the MOS sensor technology which is highly reliable and stable, boasting a precision within +/- 10% as low latency detection is employed. The total VOCs that it can monitor include, among others, toluene, methane, formaldehyde, benzene, ammonia, iso-butane, and more.
  • Temperature: It is able to operate in environments where the temperature ranges from 15 to 45 degrees Celsius, providing you with readings regarding temperature conditions so that you know what is the comfort level you are dealing with. It is accurate within +/- 1 degree Celsius.
  • Humidity: It is able to operate in environments where the humidity ranges from 30 to 85% relative humidity, and it provides with readings regarding humidity conditions. It is accurate within +/- 5% relative humidity.
Mention-Worthy Details:
  • Non-detachable USB cable it features measures 2 meters.
  • Provides instant measurements on demand whenever you want it to.
  • Stores data to cloud every 5 minutes to allow you to later check out important air quality parameters.
  • Can be connected to a suite of home automation smart devices from the companion app.
  • A 30-day money back guarantee is provided so that you may return it and receive a full refund if you are displeased with it for any reason.
Connectivity

It connects to any normal home Wi-Fi network, and due to its iOS 8 (minimum) and Android 4.3 (minimum) compatibility, you can view the air health stats it has gathered on your smartphone or tablet for a more convenient tracking of environmental conditions indoors.
What We Like

  • Syncs with home automation devices to adjust the heating, air purifier, and so on
  • Proven to be among the most accurate monitors for particulate matter readings
  • Comprehensive operation granted by the color-changing LED light output

What We Dislike

  • Needs a 6-day calibration period for fully accurate results to be provided
  • Comes at a spicy price

VERDICT
As expected, it is very accurate and reliable, a fact that has even been underlined in a study conducted by the Berkley National Laboratory. With it in your home, you will always be aware of important environmental conditions as it provides readings regarding temperature, humidity, total VOCs, and particulate matter.

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8. Temtop M10

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Its modern design makes it stands out, but it’s the efficiency and reliability which make it desirable for consumer use. The sensors it features make it capable of tracking particulate matter, total VOCs, HCHO, and AQI to keep you aware of your surroundings. It is a portable device that relies on 2200 mAh rechargeable lithium batteries for power, batteries which provide up to 6 hours of operation. It features a single button on top that serves for powering it on and off. If you press it once, the interface changes, and if you double click it, the interface changes automatically. Before we end, we praise the three indicator lights that let you know without any effort how environmental conditions are, the Green light indicating the air is good, Yellow that it is normal, and Red that there are issues.
What We Like

  • Indicator lights for a better understanding of environmental conditions – Green stands for good, Yellow stands for average, and Red stands for unhealthy
  • Takes only 10 minutes for the HCHO calibration to end
  • Sensors are estimated to have a long lifespan of about 3 years

What We Dislike

  • Does not allow you to download data and tracked results
  • Not the most intuitive to use device in its niche

VERDICT
Just like with the previous Temtop entry, the main issue with the device is that it isn’t as “smart” as our other entries are, not allowing connectivity with the phone or tablet to see what it tracks remotely or keep a history of environmental conditions. Nonetheless, it is a desirable acquisition as it monitors multiple indoor conditions with an unparalleled accuracy.

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9. Noklead A10

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As it measures only 3.1 inches by 3.3 inches by 2 inches and is made of lightweight plastic, the A10 is the ideal portable solution to staying aware of environmental conditions wherever you go. Its fashionable appearance makes it all the more appealing, featuring a large LED display that clearly displays PM 2.5 levels. When it comes to its performance, it features a high-precision PM 2.5 laser sensor technology that provides real-time detection of PM 2.5 levels, being able to detect levels ranging from 0 to 999 μg/m3. You can rely on it to provide the stats you are interested in as long as the environmental temperature ranges from 15.8 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit, and relative humidity ranges from 20 to 90%. Additionally, it is backed by a 1-year warranty against defects, so you can rely on the manufacturer to handle eventual issues as they emerge while the agreement is active.
What We Like

  • Can be powered directly via the USB port
  • Sends off alerts when particulate matter 2.5 levels pass 100μg
  • LED display shows clear digits for easy readability in any position

What We Dislike

  • Lacks smartphone connectivity features
  • Some complained about its accuracy

VERDICT
Easy to use, highly portable so that you may take it with you wherever you go to check air quality stats, and affordable, the A10 is a must-have for anyone who wants to enjoy quality while staying on a budget.

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We all comprehend how dangerous it is to breathe in polluted air, and most tend to worry so much about the air outdoors that they forget the fact that indoor air is just as harmful. Statistically speaking, the air indoors could actually be more polluted, and for you to be able to take proper action when it comes to fixing air pollution at home, you first need to know exactly what you are dealing with. This is where the air quality monitoring device comes in, providing you with stats like particulate matter content, total volatile organic compounds present in the air, and more.

For those who want utter perfection, the Foobot is the go-to choice, a device which even the Berkley National Laboratory has praised for its accuracy in tracking particulate matter. It might cost a bit more than most devices in its niche do, but the comprehensive use, modern design, connectivity, and plethora of stats it tracks make it worth every cent. If you are looking for a more simplistic device, then we recommend you go for the Temtop LKC-1000S+ or the Temptop M10 as their lack of connectivity makes them a bit more basic than our other selections. Nonetheless, these devices are reliable in terms of what they track and display, so you can trust the info provided 100%.

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