Ikea promises HomeKit support for its new smart air purifiers

Cupertino, August 3, 2021

Ikea announced its first-ever smart air purifier this week, which goes by the name Starkvind. The Starkvind will be available in October in two different versions, and according to a report from HomeKit Authority, it will support integration with HomeKit and Apple's Home app.

In the press release announcing the Starkvind air purifier, Ikea explained that it will be available in a floor standing model and a side table model, designed to "cater to different tastes and needs." The company explained:

STARKVIND air purifier has a 3-filter system. The pre-filter captures large particles such as hair and dust. The particle removal filter is optimized to filter out approximately 99.5% of smaller airborne particles such as PM2.5 particles, dust and pollen. The gas cleaning filter absorbs various gaseous pollutants such as formaldehyde and other VOCs and reduces unpleasant odours such as those caused by smoking and cooking.

STARKVIND air purifier has five different fan speeds and an auto mode. In auto mode, the fan speed will be adjusted according to the amount of PM2.5 in the air with a built-in air quality sensor.

One detail that the press release glossed over, however, was specific information about smart home compatibility. The press release only indicated that the Starkvind will connect to Ikea's Tradfri smart home gateway for control with the Ikea Home application.

The company confirmed to HomeKit Authority, however, that the Starkvind smart cleaners will also support integration with HomeKit and Apple's Home app, as well as Google and Amazon smart home platforms. Ikea's promise should be treated with some skepticism, however, especially given how long it took for HomeKit support to be rolled out to Ikea smart blinds last year.

Sales of the Starkvind begin in October, with the standalone unit going for $129 and the side-table combo going for $189. Are you planning on buying the Ikea smart air purifier? Let us know in the comments.

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