At first sight
Very easy to set up and use Can work in concert with Sensibo’s air purifier and air conditioner controllers Great app for monitoring air quality in real time and historically
High MSRP (buy one at its “introductory” price) Limited reads on the device itself Depends on AC power
Sensibo’s “introductory” price is right for this great indoor air quality monitor that’s best used in conjunction with the company’s other smart appliances.
Price at time of review
$320.00 (introductory price is $179.00)
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Indoor air quality has a huge effect on your health, so a smart device that can monitor and report on indoor air quality is always a good investment. We’ve praised Sensibo for its smart air conditioner and air purifier controllers, and now the company has its own indoor air quality monitor: Sensibo Elements.
One of the features that sets Sensibo Elements apart from similar products is its ability to work with Sensibo’s aforementioned popular air conditioner controllers and its air purifier to mitigate poor indoor air quality, instead of just report it and leave it to do something about it. Sensibo’s Pureboost technology connects all of its devices together, so they work together to improve indoor air quality. If you don’t have one of its other devices, Sensibo supports IFTTT for DIY automations with IFTTT-compatible smart thermostats. The company also offers an open API that third-party developers can use.
This review is part of TechHive’s in-depth coverage best indoor air quality monitors.
The Sensibo Elements is a square device with rounded corners that can be wall mounted (with dimensions of 4.53 x 4.53 x 1.14 inches, LxWxH), or it can operate on its included stand, with total dimensions of 5, 79 x 5.12 x 2.56 inch . It runs on AC power, not batteries, so it needs to be placed within easy reach of an electrical outlet. You will connect the HomeKit-enabled sensor to your 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network; it is also compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and SmartThings.
i will hear
You’ll need the Sensibo mobile app, available for Android and iOS, to set up Elements. You’ll connect via Bluetooth first and then add it to your 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network. Assign it to a room within your home and the monitor will immediately start testing indoor air quality. In addition to reporting to the app, an LED on the front of the Elements will change color to indicate air quality (from green for healthy air to red for hazardous air). This LED can be turned off if you feel it contributes to indoor light pollution.
Indoor air pollutants monitored
The Sensibo Elements tracks common air pollutants, including PM2.5 (particulate matter, such as dust, pollen, and smoke smaller than 2.5 microns) and volatile organic compounds (fumes from household cleaners and emissions from like-new items upholstery and carpeting), carbon dioxide (CO) levels and, interestingly, ethanol levels inside the home. The sensor also reports indoor air temperature and relative humidity levels. If the indoor air quality becomes poor, the device will send you a push notification suggesting that you take action, such as opening a window to let in fresh air.
Homeowners looking to monitor indoor radon levels will want to consider something like AirThings Wave Plus, which measures that radioactive gas in addition to everything (except ethanol) that makes Sensibo’s product. None of these sensors track carbon monoxide (CO) levels inside your home, so you’ll want one of those detectors as well (as required by law in some places).
The Sensibo app aggregates its readings into a numerical score and prominently displays that number in the app. He also reports his individual findings in smaller boxes below. In addition to real-time readings, you can click a Graphs button to see its readings over time plotted on an hourly graph. Participate in those of the company Sensibo Plus subscription plan for $2.49 a month and you’ll unlock many more features, including weather and air pollution updates, but most of these benefits stack on the company’s other products.
Are Sensibo Elements a good value?
Sensibo suggests a steep list price of $320 for its Elements indoor air quality monitor, but was offering the product at an “introductory” price of $179 on its website at the time of our review (it wasn’t available for purchase anywhere else). That lower price seems right for the value it offers, especially if you’ve invested in other Sensibo products that can work together to make sure you’re breathing healthy air while you’re at home.