Want to make your home healthier? Health polled a panel of health pros (see the full list below) to get the scoop on the latest new innovations to hit store shelves. First, we asked them to share the most important criteria for each type of home product. Then we hunted for goods that not only checked off every box but also met our requirements for value and quality. We also considered third-party ratings, such as the product safety grades from the Environmental Working Group. Here, the top picks in the categories of air quality, improved sleep, and cleaning products.
Best products to breathe easier
Get some fresh air in your lair! Want to boost air quality quickly? Crack open a window. Even 10 minutes of increased air circulation—especially after a cooking or cleaning marathon—dilutes indoor pollutants. Here, four winning home buys that make a big difference, too.
1. Coway AP-1512HH Mighty Air Purifier ($230; amazon.com). Indoor air can be even more polluted than outdoor air. Thankfully, a purifier with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter can remove airborne particles with 99.97 percent efficiency. This model has sensors to kick it into high gear when needed.
2. Nest Protect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm ($119; nest.com). Nest Protect combines two safety must-haves (carbon monoxide and smoke alarms) into one. Even better: It has self-testing features, instructive voice alerts, and smart connectivity, so you can monitor and address issues from its app.
3. Honeywell HCM-350W Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier ($116; amazon.com). A humidifier that’s hard to clean can turn you into an accidental mold farmer—potentially upping your risk of asthma and allergy attacks. This one’s reservoir is dishwasher safe. Plus, its UV light kills any microbes that might be in the water.
4. Kenmore Elite 31150 Pet Friendly Vacuum ($320; amazon.com). This vacuum boasts powerful airflow that removes even the tiniest pet hairs. Just as important: The HEPA filter will keep particles trapped inside a disposable bag, rather than recirculating them into the air.