Govee’s Portable and Portable Smart Air Purifier ($89.99) sticks mostly to the basics. But it does its job well, using a three-layer filtration system to effectively and quietly clean air pollutants in rooms up to 452 square feet. We like that it supports voice controls and IFTTT apps, too. Our main complaint is that it can’t provide air quality readings without the company Smart air monitor accessory ($59.99) and it doesn’t keep historical air quality reports, but those are reasonable compromises for the price. If you have (a lot of) money to spend, then… Dyson Cool TP07 Air Purifier ($549.99) is still our favourite Smart air purifier Due to its wide range of air quality readings and built-in oscillating tower fan. Meanwhile, the Wyze air purifier ($169.99) offers a built-in screen and better reporting capabilities out of the box for nearly the same price as the Govee model (once you fully factor in the cost of the required add-on).
Compact and basic
The Govee Smart Air Purifier is available in white and measures 13.5 by 8.2 inches (HW). An air inlet at the bottom of the case passes air through a three-level filtration system. True HEPA filter captures pollutants from smoke, pet dander, and dust; A carbon filter removes odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and a mesh pre-filter catches larger particles like hair and lint. You can access the replaceable HEPA/carbon filter by unscrewing the base.
Clean air exits the device through a grille at the top. The grille features a bright, round dashboard complete with a multi-colored LED ring. The panel has buttons for power, fan speed (low, medium, high, or sleep), a timer function, and sleep mode (sets the fan to its lowest speed and turns down the LEDs). Plus, there are buttons that toggles the night light and alerts you when it’s time to change the filter and restore factory settings.
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The side of the unit includes a power outlet and a box that fits a small scent pad. Put a few drops of essential oil on the pillow to add fragrance to clean the air as it returns to circulation. Govee includes two extra aroma pads in the box, along with a user manual.
The air purifier does not provide air quality readings on board and its LEDs do not illuminate to match air quality conditions. The Wyze Air Purifier and the Dyson Purifier TP07 both offer these features. It also can’t tell you the current room temperature or humidity level, and indoor air quality (IAQ) measurements are only available if you link the device to Govee smart air monitor ($59.99).
Regardless of these limitations, the device integrates with third-party smart devices via IFTTT And it works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands.
Try the Govee Smart Air Purifier app
The Govee Smart Air Purifier uses the same Govee Home app (available for Android and iOS) as the company’s other smart devices, including the Smart Air Monitor and Lynx dream string lights.
Tap the air purifier’s dedicated panel on the devices screen to see its current status, switch between the four fan modes, and remotely turn it on or off. Below that, you can adjust the brightness and color of the light via the Night Light panel. Moreover, the scheduling section allows you to create usage schedules with night light and fan speed parameters.
Other than that, you can configure the purifier to turn on or off after a specified period, create an active schedule for the on-board panel, view the remaining filter usage life, and connect the purifier to a Govee air quality monitor. Click the gear icon in the upper right corner to enable filter change notifications, configure Wi-Fi settings, update the firmware, and link the purifier to your Alexa and Google accounts.
As mentioned earlier, pairing the purifier with the aforementioned air quality monitor opens up several additional capabilities, including Auto Fan Mode (which automatically adjusts fan speed based on current readings), and Energy Saver Mode (which turns off the purifier if air quality is poor). It was excellent for 30 minutes), and High Efficiency mode (which circulates the air twice using the highest fan speed and then adjusts the fan speed according to the new PM2.5 level).
Efficient (and relatively quiet) air cleaning
To get started, I plugged the air purifier in, turned it on, and tapped the plus icon in the top right corner of the device screen in the app. Then, I hit the Bluetooth icon and the app instantly detected the device. To complete the installation, I tapped the power button in the app sign, gave the purifier a name, and authenticated the connection to my Wi-Fi network.
5 levels during my tests, I linked the air purifier to the Govee Smart Air Monitor. I placed both devices in a 110-square-foot room, set the purifier to automatic, and lit an incense stick. I put out the incense when the screen showed a PM2.5 level of 200, at which point I increased the fan speed to the highest speed. You can definitely hear the fan spinning when it’s running at full power, but it’s still a bit quieter than the Smartme B1 ($179.99).
The PM2.5 level dropped to 92 after three minutes, 49 after 6 minutes, and 30 after 10 minutes. It took a total of 30 minutes to return to the original reading of 0. For comparison, the Smartmi P1 measured a level of 90 after three minutes, 51 after six minutes, 31 after 10 minutes. After 35 minutes, the reading had returned to a normal level (4).
Clean air at an affordable price
The Govee Smart Air Purifier covers basic air purification tasks effectively and supports plenty of other third-party devices, all at a reasonable price. It can’t record the level of pollutants in the air unless you pair it with a $59.99 add-on and it doesn’t keep historical air quality records, but neither of those features will stop you from breathing cleaner air. However, if you want IAQ readings on board, the Wyze Air Purifier offers that capability, plus compatibility with several types of filters for about the same price as the Govee kit. Our Editors’ Choice winner, the Dyson Purifier Cool TP07, costs a lot more, but offers multiple IAQ readings, 10 airflow speeds, and a cool oscillating fan.
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The Govee Smart Air Purifier effectively removes air pollutants and works with plenty of other devices, but it doesn’t generate air quality reports or provide onboard readings.
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