Govee Smart Air Quality Monitor review: Simple but effective

The Govee Smart Air Quality Monitor sits on a wooden stand.

Govee Smart Air Quality Monitor review: Simple but effective

MSRP $60.00

“With a large screen and elegant design, the Govee Smart Air Quality Monitor is perfect for thrifty buyers.”

Benefits

  • Nice design

  • Large, intuitive display

  • Versatile smartphone app

  • Affordable price

Disadvantages

  • Cannot measure some important airborne pollutants

  • Cable connection

Govee may be known for its range of colorful smart lights, but there’s a lot more to the manufacturer’s catalog than LED strips and smart bulbs. In fact, one of its latest products is Govee Smart Air Quality Monitor — a tabletop device that measures temperature, humidity and airborne particles in your home. It’s a neat little gadget, and it looks great on a desk or living room table, but it lacks some key features you’d expect from an air quality monitor.

But if you can look past a few flaws, the Govee Smart Air Quality Monitor is a great option for shoppers on a budget. It’s also a great choice for households equipped with other Govee products, as it’s controlled by the same powerful smartphone app and lets you quickly customize its performance.

Easy installation and powerful app

Govee Smart Air Quality Monitor placed in front of a smartphone displaying the Govee app.

Unlike some air quality monitors, installation for this Govee model is quick and painless. No calibrations are required, so you can simply take the monitor out of the box, plug it in, connect it to your smartphone and start taking measurements. The display on the device is large and vivid – its brightness is adjustable in the app – and it has enough space to easily display temperature, humidity and particles 2.5 microns or less (PM2.5). There is also a function button on top of the unit that allows you to exchange PM2.5 values ​​for the current time.

The display can basically show four different values ​​at the same time, an impressive feat for such a small device.

One of the cooler features of the Govee Smart Air Quality Monitor is the color-coded air quality alerts that can flash across its display. Just below the PM2.5 value is a thin bar that is usually green. As your air quality changes, so does the color of that bar. Depending on your air quality, it can change to green, blue, yellow or red to give you a quick visual indication of your surrounding environment. The bar will continue to change color even if you’ve changed the display settings to show time instead of PM2.5, essentially giving you four different readings on the screen at once. Considering the screen is small enough to fit in your hand, that’s a pretty impressive feat.

Even more impressive is the functionality packed into the smartphone app. In addition to detailed graphs highlighting your air quality history, you can set various alerts, adjust brightness, perform quick calibrations or change the measurements from Fahrenheit to Celsius. There isn’t much of a tutorial to help you navigate all these features, but most users should be able to pick up the basics after a few minutes of browsing its menus.

Some key metrics are missing

The Govee Smart Air Quality Monitor sits on an end table.
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While the Govee Smart Air Quality Monitor does a good job of measuring PM2.5, temperature, and humidity, it lacks some key features that can be found on more premium devices. The biggest omission is carbon monoxide. As one of the biggest threats to airborne quality in the typical home, it would have been nice to at least have an alarm that goes off if carbon monoxide approaches dangerous levels. It also lacks the ability to measure carbon dioxide levels.

When setting up the monitor, you have to bypass its wired connection, which can make it difficult to find a good place for it in your home. I ended up settling for a position on my desk, although it also worked great on an end table in my living room that was placed near an electrical outlet. But when you consider the Govee Smart Air Quality Monitor’s $60 price tag, some of these omissions and inconveniences become more bearable.

Perfect for budget shoppers

The Govee monitor installed in a kitchen.

While there are some measurements you’ll miss out on with the Govee Smart Air Quality Monitor, it’s still a solid all-around product. Its elegant design, adjustable display and the ability to display three measurements simultaneously make it quite impressive. You’ll also benefit from the intuitive smartphone app that lets you further customize its performance or check your air quality history.

If you need something more robust, however, it may be best to increase your budget. Few products in this price range can measure carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide or other hazardous particles, and that’s the case with Govee’s monitor. If, however, you need something that can give you the basics at a reasonable price (and is easy to use), then you can’t go wrong with Govee.

The Temptop M10 is also worth considering — because it takes many of the same measurements without requiring a wired connection. And if you need something that can track more variables, be sure to check out our list of the best air quality monitors.

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