The Amazon Smart Air Quality Monitor is an interesting device. It offers a lot of value and can certainly help make your smart home smarter. However, the device itself is only so-so.
First, the monitor is extremely easy to set up. Just plug it in, turn it on, and download the free app. Once you do that, you can start setting up “Routines” for Alexa to execute. For example, you can ask Alexa to turn off the air purifier or turn it on to high.
However, the monitor itself doesn’t offer much insight. The air quality reading is pretty vague, and you can’t even tell if the number is good or bad. Air quality sensors that are built into air purifiers are great because they offer a specific number so you know what to expect when you walk into a room.
Still, if you’re looking for an easy way to control some of your smart home gear, this monitor is a great option at a great price. It also works with some third-party devices like the Ecobee4 thermostat and LIFX lights so you can create more routines for Alexa.