Best Baby Humidifiers for Nurseries

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 16, 2019
Expecting a baby and making a checklist for the future nursery? If so, don’t forget to include a baby humidifier. By keeping the air clean and duly moisturized, this appliance will help create a favorable environment in your child’s room and keep your little one healthy. Not sure how to choose the best humidifier for your baby? Check our review and make your pick. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
TYPE
COVERAGE AREA
WATER TANK CAPACITY
MAXIMUM NOISE LEVEL
EXTRAS
DIMENSIONS
WARRANTY
 
PROS

Despite its 1-gallon tank capacity, this model can continuously run at maximum intensity for 24 hours. Meanwhile, if operated at a medium humidity level, it can last for 2-3 days without the need to add water.

CONS

Some of its parts are inconvenient to clean.

OUR VERDICT

If you're looking for an easy-to-use and high-performance humidifier for your kiddie's nursery, this model is just what you need. Simply pour water into the tank, adjust the humidity level to your comfort, and let the unit do its job. It will quickly deliver optimal air humidity and maintain it for several days, saving you the trouble of keeping an eye on it.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Ultrasonic cool mist

COVERAGE AREA

Up to 500 sq. ft.

WATER TANK CAPACITY

1 gallon (up to 24 hours)

MAXIMUM NOISE LEVEL

37 dB

EXTRAS

Adjustable intensity, 360-degree swiveling nozzle, Auto shut-off

DIMENSIONS

8.6" x 8.6" x 13.4"

4.5 lbs

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

All the components of a misting system are removable and can be easily cleaned. In addition, the detachable parts are dishwasher safe, making the unit less demanding in terms of maintenance. 

CONS

Some may find the initial few minutes of its use a bit loud and noisy. 

OUR VERDICT

It's a quality basic model suitable for medium and large rooms. Unlike cool mist counterparts, it won't cool down the air in the nursery after prolonged operation. Plus, it offers a therapeutic effect and can be used as a part of cold treatment. And for more precise temperature and humidity control in the nursery, the unit is compatible with an electronic monitor.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Warm mist vaporizer 

COVERAGE AREA

Up to 400 sq. ft.

WATER TANK CAPACITY

1 gallon (up to 12 hours)

MAXIMUM NOISE LEVEL

~30 dB

EXTRAS

2 comfort levels, Built-in nightlight, Medicine cup (for using Vicks VapoSteam), Auto shut-off

DIMENSIONS

12" x 7.9" x 14.2"

4.3 lbs

WARRANTY

3 years 

PROS

A clearwater container will let you easily determine the water level and refill it when necessary. Despite a relatively low water tank capacity, the unit can humidify the room up to 16 hours before a refill. 

CONS

Pretty narrow tank opening.

OUR VERDICT

A reasonably powerful humidifying device that combines style and substance, offering a slew of useful features such as the automatic shut-off, energy-conserving mode, and a 360-degree nozzle for even mist distribution. It's not going to cover a huge area but will work perfectly fine as a little bedroom or nursery appliance.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Ultrasonic cool mist

COVERAGE AREA

Up to 250 sq. ft.

WATER TANK CAPACITY

0.4 gallon (up to 16 hours)

MAXIMUM NOISE LEVEL

~35 dB

EXTRAS

2 comfort levels, 360-degree swivelling nozzle, Built-in nightlight, Auto shut-off

DIMENSIONS

8 x 6 x 9 inches

1.7 lbs

WARRANTY

2 years

PROS

A well-thought nozzle design allows precisely directing the cool mist flow, which is important if you place the unit next to the wall or in the corner. Meanwhile, a long power cable makes the device connection a lot easier. 

CONS

It will take you some time to adjust an optimal intensity. 

OUR VERDICT

Want to rest assured your baby sleeps soundly at night? A functional and reliable humidifier from TaoTronics is what you need. Distinguished by a whisper-quiet operation, the unit won't disturb your little one, meanwhile ensuring proper air humidification for the whole night. It is ideal for nurseries and any small rooms.  

detailed parameters
TYPE

Ultrasonic cool mist

COVERAGE AREA

Up to 220 sq. ft.

WATER TANK CAPACITY

~0.47 gallon (up to 8.5 hours)

MAXIMUM NOISE LEVEL

32 dB

EXTRAS

Adjustable intensity, 360-degree swiveling nozzle, Auto shut-off

DIMENSIONS

~5 x 6.5 x 12 inches

2.4 lbs

WARRANTY

1.5 years

PROS

A night light function with 3 available light colors will be of great use if your little angel is afraid to sleep in the dark. Besides, the bulbs are energy-efficient and boast a long service life.

CONS

You can feel some plastic smell during the first uses. 

OUR VERDICT

As the name suggests, the FridaBaby was specifically created for kids with their needs in mind. This functional model is a 3-in-1 unit that can be used as a humidifier, a night light, and an oil diffuser. Just add several drops of the BreatheFrida vapor drops (or any other aromatherapy essential oils) and the room will be filled with nice aromas.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Ultrasonic cool mist

COVERAGE AREA

Up to 320 sq. ft.

WATER TANK CAPACITY

0.5 gallon (up to 12 hours)

MAXIMUM NOISE LEVEL

~35 dB

EXTRAS

Adjustable intensity, 360-degree swiveling nozzle, Auto shut-off

DIMENSIONS

9 x 9.2 x 9.2 inches

2.45 lbs

WARRANTY

1 year

Crane EE-5301CW

Best Humidifier for Baby's Comfort

Due to their relatively low tank capacity, portable humidifiers will normally moisturize the air in the room for about several hours before all the water evaporates and you end up having to add some more. That said, there are tabletop appliances that feature a running time similar to some of the more high-capacity models. The baby humidifier from Crane is just that type of appliance.

Despite its 1-gallon tank capacity, this model can continuously run at maximum misting intensity for up to 24 hours, which is a truly impressive time for a compact humidifier. Moreover, if operated at a medium humidity level, it can last for 2-3 days without the need to add water, thus giving you some peace of mind about an optimal air humidity level in your baby’s room.

And when the water gets empty, the unit automatically turns it off. Hence, there is no need to constantly keep an eye on it. Another merit to the Crane humidifier, along with its long runtime, is a generous coverage area of about 500 square feet. It makes the appliance suitable for smaller nurseries, medium-sized dens, larger family bedrooms, and playrooms alike.

The Crane EE-5301CW is a cool mist humidifier with an ultrasonic technology. Dispersing fine cool water mist into the air, the appliance doesn’t heat up during the operation. So if your little one tends to crawl and scamper around, touching and grabbing everything, there is absolutely no risk of burns to small hands and fingers.

This model will become a real find for busy parents of twins or several small kids who can easily forget to check the water level in a humidifier every now and then. And with the appliance from Crane, they can rest assured, knowing that the nursery will stay duly humidified for several days.

Review of Crane EE-5301CW Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier for Baby Bedroom Nursery

Created With the Ultimate User Comfort in Mind

Distinguished by its top-notch performance, the Crane EE-5301CW model features a straightforward design created without intricate controls and sophisticated options. Yet, there are still several noticeable perks adding extra comfort and convenience of use.

A simple mechanical dial knob will let you adjust the misting intensity with maximum precision. You can choose between several levels to set up the most favorable and comfy atmosphere for your baby. The 360-degree swiveling nozzle allows changing the mist output direction as you wish. Though this model doesn’t require a filter, there is still a separate compartment for it.

One more thing worth mentioning about this model is its sleek and stylish appearance. The unit resembles a big water drop with a delicate streamlined shape. Plus, the model is offered in a number of various colors, ranging from bright yellow and red to moderate gray and pure white. So, you can find the one that will perfectly match the individual style of your baby’s nursery.

Crane EE-5301CW Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier for Baby Bedroom Nursery in the use

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Vicks V745A

Basic Design for Everyday Use

The Vicks V745A with warm mist humidifier will become your helpful companion if you need a reliable unit for everyday use. At an affordable price, it offers all essential features to ensure better breathing for all your family members and provide notable relief from cold symptoms and skin itchiness.

This model has a standard design with a plastic base and a translucent container to show the amount of water that's left inside. At the base, there is a mechanical switch for choosing one of the two output settings that will work best for your surroundings.

Though not huge, the tank capacity is large enough to provide up to twelve hours of operation, which should be plenty to fill the room with enough moisture for the whole day. And when the water evaporates (which usually happens in 12 hours), the Vicks V745A model automatically shuts off, so there's no need to worry if you leave it to work overnight and the container gets empty.

The Vicks humidifier can be used with inhalants for alleviating the symptoms of coughs and colds, which is a handy feature, especially for families living with small kids and people who have respiratory or sinus problems.

The manufacturer strongly recommends using only VicksVaposteam inhalant. When mixed with the moisture, it amplifies the effect of the steam and helps reduce throat irritation and dryness of nasal passages. On top of that, it's able to kill up to 99% of the bacteria that is present in the air and on the surfaces of the furniture, an ideal solution for bedrooms and nurseries.

While the Vicks V745A model looks all simple and basic, it is a quality item in every sense of the word. It has one of the longest manufacturer's warranties and the product gets nothing but positive feedback from all kind of customers.

Plus, if you want to, you can purchase a few additional accessories to widen its functionality. This way, if you're not sure of the humidity level in your house or apartment, Vicks allows you to acquire a special humidity monitor so you can see the exact level of moisture and temperature in your room. You can also enhance the effect of humidification by adding a Protec cleaning ball to the water tank.

Review of Vicks V745A Warm Mist Humidifier with Auto Shut-Off

Worry-Free Maintenance

One of the things that make this model so attractive is its ease of use. There are no moving parts that might complicate its maintenance nor elements that will require special care. You will only need to make sure that its container is filled with enough water so that it'd generate the mist for as many hours as you want. Filling the tank with water is easy and, as we've just said, no maintenance is required. The humidifier comes without a filter, which means you will only need to clean it lightly.

Vicks V745A Warm Mist Humidifier with Auto Shut-Off in the use

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Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier Review
 

Pure Enrichment Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

Elegant and Efficient Mini Humidifier

While a humidifier is mainly valued for how much mist it makes, passing water through an antimicrobial filter and providing relief for dry skin, stuffy nose, and other respiratory ailments, you wouldn’t want this kind of device to look bad either. For an appliance that’s always on display, the design is important and that’s exactly why we like the stylish Pure Enrichment Ultrasonic. Its transparent-blue tank not only looks good but also gives you a full view of how much water is left thus letting you know the approximate runtime. 

In fact, the Pure Enrichment Ultrasonic is quite a utility as it also has very soft lighting and can practically be used as a bedside lamp. Of course, you can turn it off at any time but your kiddie will like the idea of napping with the dim light on. Speaking of utilities, we’d be remiss not to mention the automatic shut-off function, which is engaged once the water level gets too low for safe operation. Quite useful, really, since it’s tough to predict precisely how long the liquid will last if you tend to switch between the two speeds available to the user. 

Few devices can boast flawless design and so even the Pure Enrichment Ultrasonic has its Achilles heel. The water tank is refilled via rather a narrow opening, which means that you must have pretty steady hands or you’ll end up with a rag in your hands, wiping up the water that trickled past the tank. Still, that’s not such a big problem as you can simply use a funnel if necessary.

Review of Pure Enrichment Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier Quiet Operation

Surprisingly Long Performance

Humidifiers aren't typically known for their efficiency in operation. Many of them have rather large water tanks that will work only for a few hours, filling the room with heavily humidified air and leaving dampness all over the place. Not so with the Pure Enrichment Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier. This device is surprisingly efficient, having only a 0.4-gallon water tank, but with enough efficiency to operate continuously for up to 16 hours on the standard speed setting before the tank needs to be refilled. This ensures that the unit can thoroughly clean and humidify the air while also preventing everything in the room from getting damp. 

Such performance is true for single-room humidification in the area of 250 square feet and the humidifier does its job just great. 

In conclusion, we wouldn’t have minded more control options or functions but even as it is the device is quite impressive and one of the best in its price range. 

Pure Enrichment Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier Quiet Operation in the use

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TaoTronics TT-AH026

A Choice for Smaller Areas

Due air humidification is essential both for hot and for cold seasons. With a variety of whole-house humidification systems available, room-by-room air moisturizing still proves to be more convenient as well as energy, effort, and money-saving. So, if you follow this scenario and seek a good humidifier for some smaller areas like a nursery, playroom, home gym, den or a man cave, we strongly recommend turning your eyes to the TaoTronics TT-AH026 air humidifier.

In TaoTronics product range, they have a lot of air humidifiers and this is not the most feature-packed one. Yet, backed by great experience in indoor air humidification, they know everything about the air moisturizing technology. Hence, you can be sure you’ll get the best of it even in a simple model like this one under review.

The unit applies ultrasonic technology with high-frequency vibrating plates turning water into the fine clear mist that is dissipated via the nozzle on the top to saturate the air and level out the humidity rate in the room. The misting intensity is adjustable and you can vary it from min to max through multiple settings in the middle. A well-thought nozzle design allows precisely directing the cool mist flow, which is important if you place the unit next to the wall or in the corner.

A 0.47-gallon water tank is not the most capacious out there, yet, this water volume is enough to efficiently humidify the area of 220 sq.ft. within 8.5 hours. So, it’s a perfectly functional addition to maintain proper air moisture in the baby room, bedroom, or any other smaller premises.

The unit design is also very straightforward and minimalistic. Packed in a white or black all-plastic body, it reminds a drop by shape. There is no excessive controls, only a single dial knob. Yet, in its simplicity, the device looks very sleek and modern and will blend with any contemporary interior style.

Review of TaoTronics TT-AH026 Cool Mist Humidifiers for Babies [BPA Free]

Quiet Little Moisturizer

Distinguished by an elegant look, the TaoTronics air moisturizer is also fairly compact and will easily fit onto your bedside table, vanity dresser, work desk, or on the small cabinet next to your baby’s crib.

One more feature that makes this model stand out is the whisper-quiet operation. At the highest speed setting, it will produce the noise level somewhere about 30dB. And if you select lower intensity settings, it will work even quieter. Owing to almost quiet operation, it won’t disturb your or your kid’s sound sleep and can be safely used in bedrooms and nurseries to maintain proper air humidity level at night. And the auto shut-off feature will switch the unit off when the water tank is empty.

All in all, the TaoTronics is a reasonably priced, practical, functional, and modern-looking air humidifier ideal for smaller rooms.

TaoTronics TT-AH026 Cool Mist Humidifiers for Babies [BPA Free] in the use

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FridaBaby 053

It Will Take Care of Your Baby's Health

When it comes to the health of a newborn baby, it often seems that a hazard is behind every corner and your home is not a safe place anymore. Viruses, germs, and bacteria seem to hide everywhere. Yet, what really can affect the health of not only newborns but also toddlers and older kids is the dry indoor air that might cause stuffy nose, baby cough, dry skin, and bad sleep. This is where the FridaBaby humidifier will come into play and help you make a baby room the safest place for your precious child.

As the name suggests, the FridaBaby was created specifically for kids and with their needs in mind. It’s not a secret that aromatherapy offers a lot of health benefits both for adults and for children. There is a whole lot of essential oils safe even for the newborns. They not only infuse the room with delicate aromas but also help combat symptoms of respiratory diseases, provide a relaxing effect, improve the quality of sleep, etc. With that said, in FridaBaby, they managed to cleverly combine the benefits of the air humidification and oil diffusing to help your little one breathe easier when napping or playing. The model allows adding the branded BreatheFrida vapor drops (sold separately) that are meant for alleviating cold and flu symptoms and deliver mild calming effect or any other aromatherapy-grade essential oils that can be safely used for kids.

Speaking of the unit performance, fitted with a 0.5-gallon water reservoir, this humidifier offers decent runtime of 12 hours and can efficiently cover the area of about 320 sq.ft., which means it’s a great choice for any medium-sized room. Using ultrasonic technology the unit generates the cool mist. Depending on the air dryness and your personal preferences, the misting intensity can be adjusted. With multiple misting speeds, you’ll be able to precisely regulate the amount of moisture you want in the air.

Review of FridaBaby 053 3-in-1 Humidifier for baby bedroom

... and Comfort

Taking care of your baby’s health and well-being, the FridaBaby has also something to offer to maximize your kiddie’s comfort. The model comes complete with a night light function to help little angels who are afraid to fall asleep in the dark. It’s notable that light bulbs are energy-efficient and boast a longer service life, without affecting your energy bills too much. Other than that, your child will be able to choose between three different light colors to his or her taste. And thanks to the matte water tank finish, the lamp will cast delicate dim light to create a soothing ambiance for sound and comfy night’s sleep.

To round things up, with the FridaBaby, you’ll get a functional 3-in-1 unit that can be used as a humidifier, oil diffuser, and a night lamp, thus saving you the need to buy all those devices separately.

FridaBaby 053 3-in-1 Humidifier for baby bedroom in the use

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What Is a Baby Humidifier?

Parents of newborns strive to provide their precious babies with maximum care. Hence, when furnishing and fitting out a nursery, they try to create the most comfortable and convenient conditions, and, what is more important, set up a healthy environment for their kiddies. Nurseries are usually equipped with baby cribs and bouncers, changing tables and crib bumpers, baby monitors and rocking chairs, night lights and baby mobiles, etc. However, there is an appliance that is often overlooked but is of no less importance than other nursery essentials. It’s a baby humidifier. This relatively simple device will help set a safer and more favorable atmosphere, making tiny noses feel comfier and promoting better sleep.

By operation principle, baby humidifiers are similar to conventional house humidifiers. They turn water into fine and clean vapor and infuse it into the air to maintain an optimal humidity level in a living area. The only difference is that baby humidifiers are usually smaller in size, so that they can be placed on a tabletop. Some of them also come in a variety of funny designs (resembling animals, toys, cartoon heroes) to match the nursery. Other than that, baby humidifiers often come fitted with a night light option and air purification functions.

What Features to Compare

How to choose the best humidifier for your baby? There are a few important aspects to consider when making a choice. Let's take a look at some of them.

Type

When choosing a humidifier for your baby's room, we recommend considering its dimensions. The device should not be bulky or heavy and you should be able to easily carry it from one location to another when a need be. After that, consider the type. Generally, humidifiers fall into two most common types: cool mist and warm mist humidifiers. Let's see how they compare.

  • Warm mist humidifiers (or steam vaporizers as they are also called) are fitted with a heating element which converts the water into hot steam by bringing it to a boil. When the vapor cools a bit, the device disperses it into the air, thus moisturizing the space around. One of the main advantages of warm mist humidifiers is that they emit safe and clean vapor void of bacteria and germs, making it an excellent choice for nurseries. Another strength is that you can use them together with essential oils and inhalants to relieve cold and flu symptoms. Not surprising, pediatricians around the world recommend warm mist humidifiers for people that are prone to respiratory diseases.
  • Cool mist humidifiers, in turn, feature no heating element and generate cool spray instead of warm. Cool mist humidifiers fall into three types - impeller models that disperse water broken down to microscopic drops, evaporative models that come with a fan, and ultrasonic humidifiers which use the vibrating diaphragm to disperse the mist. Of these three types, ultrasonic humidifiers considered the most suitable for nurseries as they generate cool mist and produce virtually no sound ensuring a peaceful sleep for your little one.

Tank Capacity and Coverage Area

Both types may come in different capacities, varying from 5 ounces ( a cup volume) up to 1 gallon. This parameter is important to consider since it determines how long the device will operate and how big area it will be able to cover. If you have a small or mid-sized bedroom, a low-volume device might be enough for you. They usually operate for up to 3-5 hours on one refill and can efficiently moisturize areas up to 250 square feet in size. High-capacity units will work for around 22-24 hours and suit areas as big as 400 square feet.

Noise Level

You should also check the noise level of your chosen humidifier. Doing so is especially important if you buy a humidifier for a baby's bedroom. Kids sleep more than adults, to say nothing of newborns who can sleep through most of the day, and the rattling, buzzing or clinking unit will likely prevent them from falling asleep and/or wake them up at night. So, it is best to choose models the operating noise of which doesn't exceed 40 dB.

Extras

Finally, humidifiers can have additional features such as the option to adjust the spraying intensity, a rotating sprayer nozzle for better coverage and more efficient humidification, an auto shut-off function to prevent overheating of the device, and built-in night lights for improved visibility in your baby’s nursery at night.

Did you know?

Baby Humidifier Health Benefits

Once born into this world, babies are exposed to numerous impacts. Being helpless, not only do they need their moms and dads to be near them but also some form of protection from those negative external effects. A baby humidifier is one of the most efficient and affordable solutions that offers a whole bunch of benefits for your baby’s health.

  • Little noses will feel good. Dehumidified air can dry sinuses, causing soreness and congestion. Tiny nasal passages get stuffed very quickly, making it difficult for a child to breathe. Adding moisture to the air helps prevent this and create more favorable breathing conditions.

  • Humidifiers help ease cold symptoms. A warm duly moisturized air will help suppress a cough and clear mucus from nasal passages.

  • Humidifiers prevent skin dryness. Baby’s skin is extremely sensitive. Hot climate, cold winters, and household heating systems provide a drying effect on the baby’s skin, causing irritations, itchiness, and even cracks. Humid air will help maintain natural moistness and softness of your baby’s skin.

  • Humidifiers improve night’s sleep. Whether your little one is sick or not, whether a teeny-tiny nose is stuffed or not, humid air is easier to breathe in, so this kind of appliance creates a comfier sleeping environment for your little one.

Yet, to bring all of the above-mentioned benefits to your baby’s nursery and get the most out of a baby humidifier, there is a number of precautions to follow.

  1. Thoroughly clean and sanitize the humidifier water tank, filter, and wipe it from the outside on a regular basis to prevent dew, molds, fungi growth, and bacteria build up. It’s recommended to clean the unit at least once in a couple of days.

  2. Avoid using tap water for a baby humidifier and give preference to distilled water. Free from bacteria and minerals, distilled water will turn into a pure, clean, and safe vapor. Besides, it won’t produce scale, thus reducing the risk of the humidifier malfunctions.

  3. When using a warm mist humidifier, take it out of kids' reach since it can potentially cause burns if the baby suddenly decides to play with it.

Essential Oils That Are Safe for Babies

There are tons of information about essential oils and the numerous benefits they bring to our health. Not only do these fragrance-packed plant extracts can help treat certain physical conditions but they can also lift our spirit, calm our nerves, boost our vital energy, and improve the quality of sleep. Essential oils can be used not only for adults but also for kids and babies over 3 months old. They are especially good at treating anxiety, relieving colic symptoms, and encouraging sleep.

  • Chamomile and lavender are great at soothing a fussy baby and treating insomnia and sleeping disorders in infants.

  • Distilled lemon will cheer up your little one's sleepy head after a midday nap.

  • Eucalyptus and frankincense oils will become real saviors for relieving cough and treating colds symptoms.

  • Dill oil is perfect for alleviating spasms and indigestion problems.

  • Tea tree oils are a natural remedy against bacteria, germs, fungi, and infections.

To let your kiddies enjoy the benefits of essential oils, you can add them to a nursery humidifier or dilute them and apply to the skin. However, be wary of side effects and unwanted reactions in babies, choose only pure top-quality oils without any admixtures, alcohol, and synthetic fragrances. Consult a pediatrician before using essential oils for your little one and remember to use them in moderation, strictly sticking with proper mixing ratios.

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Publish Date: 2018-10-05 08:00:47