Best Hygrometers of 2024

When it comes to understanding our environment, temperature is just half the story. Humidity, or the amount of moisture in the air, plays a big role in how comfortable we feel and the health of our surroundings. From keeping cigars fresh in a humidor to preventing mold in our homes, maintaining the right humidity level is key.

That’s where hygrometers come in. These handy tools measure the humidity in the air, helping us make informed decisions about our environment. In this guide, we’ve rounded up the top five hygrometers available on Amazon. Many of these also measure temperature, giving you a complete picture of your surroundings. Let’s take a closer look at the best options out there.

Understanding Hygrometers

At its core, a hygrometer is a device designed to measure the amount of water vapor (humidity) in the air. This data is used to determine the relative humidity, or the percentage indicating how much water vapor is in the air compared to the maximum amount the air can hold. It’s this percentage that you often see in weather reports.

The significance of humidity extends beyond weather forecasts. Indoors, it influences our comfort levels and can either promote or inhibit mold growth. Moreover, the right humidity ensures the longevity of food and other perishables. Extreme humidity levels, both high and low, can affect our well-being. High humidity can feel oppressive and may worsen health issues, while low humidity can lead to problems like static electricity. Owning a dependable hygrometer can make a real difference in understanding and managing our environment.

Digital vs. Analog Hygrometers

Traditional analog hygrometers utilize a metal wire coil that contracts with increasing humidity due to greater water absorption. The resulting change in resistance is measured to determine the humidity level.

On the other hand, digital hygrometers gauge the conductivity of the air surrounding their sensors. As humidity rises, it becomes easier for electrical currents to flow, and this change in conductivity is measured to ascertain humidity levels.

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Our Top Picks

Govee WiFi Hygrometer Thermometer Sensor 3 Pack
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For Multiple Locations

This package includes three temperature sensors and a Wi-Fi gateway to allow you to access the sensors. But it does not have the true remote monitoring of the Temp Stick.

Caliber IV Digital Hygrometer and Thermometer
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Best for Cigar Enthusiasts

This digital humidor thermometer can store a three-day average of both temperature and humidity.

Cigar Oasis Analog Hygrometer by Western Humidor
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Budget Pick

This cheap hygrometer is user-calibratable and requires no batteries.

Best Hygrometers

For Multiple Locations

Govee WiFi Hygrometer Thermometer Sensor 3 Pack

This package includes three temperature sensors and a Wi-Fi gateway to allow you to access the sensors. But it does not have the true remote monitoring of the Temp Stick.

At first glance, the Govee WiFi Hygrometer Thermometer 3-Pack looks like a great deal and is similar to the Temp Stick WiFi temperature sensor. However, there are some critical differences between the Temp Stick or the SensorPush and Govee’s version. While it is Wi-Fi-capable, it only allows you to view data from your sensors while on the same network as the WiFi gateway included in the package.

Like most other WiFi temperature sensors, you cannot view your data over the internet through the app. The battery life of only four months is pretty short among the devices we reviewed for our Best WiFi Temperature Sensor of 2022 rankings. However, you can go wrong at this price. The WiFi gateway can support more than the three sensors it ships with, up to 10 sensors in all, two more than the Ambient Weather WS-10.

What We Liked
  • Inexpensive way to monitor multiple locations
  • You can add more and view on app
What We Didn't Like
  • You can only view your data when you're on the same Wi-Fi network, no remote access
Budget Pick

Cigar Oasis Analog Hygrometer by Western Humidor

This cheap hygrometer is user-calibratable and requires no batteries.

Humidor monitoring is probably one of the most common uses for a hygrometer. Long-term cigar freshness is highly dependent on maintaining proper humidity levels. If there’s too little humidity in your humidor, your cigars will dry out and crack. If there’s too much humidity, they become soggy and burn unevenly, not to mention the potential for mold growth.

If you need a cheap and simple humidor hygrometer, the Analog Hygrometer by Western Humidor is a well-reviewed option, which is why we’ve included it in our best hygrometers list. This hygrometer is accurate within one percent and features an easy-to-read dial beneath a scratch and fog-resistant glass face in a brass-style aluminum case. The case features a magnetic mount on the back and an adjustment screw if you ever need to calibrate the hygrometer.

If you prefer not to mess with the visual aesthetics of your humidor with a digital hygrometer, this is a great option. However, we think our next pick would better serve true cigar enthusiasts.

What We Liked
  • No batteries to replace
What We Didn't Like
  • If you're a cigar enthusiast, you'll want something with more features
Best for Cigar Enthusiasts

Caliber IV Digital Hygrometer and Thermometer

This digital humidor thermometer can store a three-day average of both temperature and humidity.

Cigar Oasis’ analog hygrometer does well for most applications, but you’re only getting a measurement of the humidity within your humidor at that time. What happens inside your humidor when you’re not looking? It’s not easy to maintain the same humidity level for long periods. If you want a more comprehensive look at your humidor humidity levels, opt for the Cigar Oasis Caliber IV Digital Hygrometer by Western Humidor.

Pre-calibrated out of the box, the Caliber IV stores a three-day average of both temperature and humidity levels. Like the analog hygrometer, the Caliber IV has a magnetic mount and a slim profile that allows it to fit within most humidors. It runs on a CR2032 watch battery, and you should get several months of battery life with everyday use.

What We Liked
  • Great for maintaining stable temperature and humidity
What We Didn't Like
  • More expensive than an analog option
Honorable Mention

ThermoPro TP60

The budget-minded ThermoPro TP60 is a good option when your budget is limited.

If budget is a big concern for you, look no further than the ThermoPro TP60S. It is the cheapest recommendation on our list and has over 10,000 reviews, two-thirds five stars. While this package includes just a single sensor, you can add up to two more sensors for three. The console is small and compact. However, it features a large LCD readout, making it easy to view from a distance.

Accuracy suffers a bit, and it’s nowhere near as accurate as our other recommendations (accuracy issues were the most common poor review for the ThermoPro TP60S). But if you are looking for a low-cost alternative, this is the most popular and best-reviewed budget WiFi temperature sensor. However, like anything cheap, you do get what you pay for.

What We Liked
  • It's inexpensive
What We Didn't Like
  • No WiFi connectivity

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most often-asked questions by readers.

What humidity level is best indoors?

To keep your indoor area comfortable, humidity should be between 30% and 50%. If your indoor humidity exceeds that range, consider a dehumidifier if it’s too high and a humidifier if it is too low.

What is humidity?

Humidity is a measure of how much moisture is in the air. The humidity measurement we are most familiar with is relative humidity. This measures the moisture that air at a given temperature will hold. The amount of moisture in the air at a temperature of 78 with 70% humidity is more than a temperature of 38 at 70% humidity. Therefore, it’s “relative” to the temperature.

How does temperature impact humidity?

The temperature has a direct impact on humidity. Warm air can hold more moisture than cold air, so water vapor increases when the temperature rises. When the air reaches saturation (100% relative humidity), any further temperature increase will cause condensation. This is why you often see dew or frost forming on surfaces when the temperature drops at night. The warmer air during the day caused water vapor to rise into the atmosphere, but as soon as the temperature started to fall, that water vapor condensed into tiny droplets of dew or frost.

Where do I put my home hygrometer?

We recommend that you place an indoor hygrometer in a location where you spend the majority of your time, whether it’s your family room, living room, or den. Try to avoid placing your hygrometer near moist areas — bathrooms (shower) and the kitchen (cooking) are areas you should avoid. Another smart place to place a hygrometer is in your pantry — this can help prevent mold growth and spoilage of foods you have stored there.

I need to calibrate my hygrometer. How do I do that?

It is not difficult at all to do. Boveda sells a calibration kit that allows you to check the calibration of your hygrometer. These kits are set to recreate a certain humidity, for example, 75%, and you place the hygrometer inside to see what it measures. Once you get a stable reading, you use the results to calibrate your hygrometer.

How do I raise/lower the humidity in my home?

There are a few ways to raise or lower the humidity in your home. One way is to use a humidifier to add moisture or a dehumidifier to remove moisture from the air. You can also adjust your home’s temperature; warmer temperatures will decrease the humidity, and cooler temperatures will increase it. Finally, you can open and close windows to allow more or less air into your home.

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