Best Humidifier

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 13, 2019
The dry air is the most common issue that constantly appears due to a bunch of factors. This should make you doubt the old strategy of fighting it and roll out the big guns. Take your pick of these best humidifiers gathered in this review! ...Read more ...Read less
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TYPE
OPERATION
WATER FILTER
HUMIDISTAT
COVERAGE AREA
FULL WATER TANK WORKING HOURS
CAPACITY
EXTRAS
Warranty
 
PROS

The smart humidifier will turn on automatically when the optimal humidity level in the room decreases, and when it goes below whatever setting you set for the device.

CONS

The directions are a little unclear.

OUR VERDICT

This stylish humidifier in the modern TaoTronics case with a touch control panel is a multifunctional device that can quickly normalize the microclimate in a large house. It will work for almost two days with a tank full, which will save you from frequent maintenance.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Ultrasonic Warm and Cool Mist

OPERATION

Touch Panel Control with LED Display, 3 temperature levels for winter use, Adjustable mist output, humidity, timer (1-12 hours), Sleep Mode

WATER FILTER

Mineral Absorption Pad (2 pads included)

HUMIDISTAT

Yes

COVERAGE AREA

450 sq. ft.

FULL WATER TANK WORKING HOURS

up to 45 hours

CAPACITY

1.4 Gallons

EXTRAS

Waterless Auto Shut-off, wide top opening, detachable tank with built-in handle, Quiet operation, Cleaning Brush included

Warranty

2 years

PROS

Thanks to the remote control that comes included in the purchase, the device allows you to change the settings without having to get up from your couch. The built-in aroma box enables you to use it as an aroma diffuser.

CONS

Removing the water reservoir might be a bit tricky. 

OUR VERDICT

If you want one of the better options the market can offer you, the Levoit LV600HH ultrasonic humidifier can be your best bet. The device boasts great functionality and quiet operation and comes with a generous space container enabling it to generate mist up to 36 hours. A great option for large spaces.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Ultrasonic Warm and Cool Mist

OPERATION

Touch Panel Control & Remote Control; Cool Mist (3 levels), Humidity level, Timer (1-12 hours), Warm mist (3 levels), Smart Auto Mode

WATER FILTER

No

HUMIDISTAT

Yes

COVERAGE AREA

280 sq.ft

FULL WATER TANK WORKING HOURS

up to 36 hours

CAPACITY

1.6 Gallons

EXTRAS

360-degree Dual Nozzle, Aroma box (comes with 2 extra aroma pads and absorption pads), Waterless Auto Shut-off

Warranty

1 year (+1 year upon registration), lifetime support from Levoit

PROS

The unique PCBA Nano-film coating prevents the destruction of the internal elements of the humidifier, prolonging the uninterrupted and serviceable operation of the device for many years.

CONS

The built-in handle is not very ergonomic.

OUR VERDICT

The ultra-quiet TaoTronics Cool Mist Humidifier can also be used as a night lamp in the children's room - it will not disturb your baby’s sleep. The device has a well-thought-out design with a large tank and a wide top opening, which simplifies the filling of water and cleaning the device. Excellent value for money for large homes.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Ultrasonic Cool Mist

OPERATION

Mechanical; Smooth Mist Output Adjustment

WATER FILTER

Dustproof Sponge

HUMIDISTAT

No

COVERAGE AREA

430 sq. ft.

FULL WATER TANK WORKING HOURS

up to 60 hours

CAPACITY

1.59 Gallons

EXTRAS

360° swivel nozzle, Ultra Quiet (less than 26 dB), Night Light, Waterless Auto Shut Off, PCBA Nano-film coating, wide opening, Handle, Water Level Window

Warranty

1 year (Extendable to 18 months by registering)

PROS

The special Spiral Air-Duct Technology releases the smallest particles of water <8um in size into the air and contributes to the faster spread of water fog throughout the room in a short period of time, without unwanted fogging of windows or waterlogging of wooden floor coverings.

CONS

Too many parts to disassemble and clean.

OUR VERDICT

An excellent humidifier for small rooms, such as bedrooms, cabinets, children's rooms. It has compact dimensions and does not take up much space on any table. It has the necessary adjustments, can be used with essential oils, and also has an Intelligent Sleep Mode, which will automatically maintain a comfortable level of humidity for your sound sleep.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Ultrasonic Cool Mist

OPERATION

Electronic; 3 levels Mist control, Smart Sleep Mode

WATER FILTER

No

HUMIDISTAT

Yes

COVERAGE AREA

260 sq. ft.

FULL WATER TANK WORKING HOURS

up to 20 hours

CAPACITY

0.48 Gallons

EXTRAS

Spiral Air Duct Technology, Ultra Quiet (less than 28 dB), Waterless Auto Shut Off, wide opening, can be used with essential oils

Warranty

2 years (with a free option to extend it by 1 more year) and lifetime support

PROS

This device can eliminate up to 95% bacteria in the air helping various respiratory conditions. It has easy controls and no moving parts that might complicate its use. 

CONS

Requires cleaning before every water refill.

OUR VERDICT

The Vicks V745A humidifier is best suited for small-sized rooms and premises and will come to liking to those who wish to enjoy aromatherapy. In addition to its nice design with a backlight casing, this model is recognized for its amazing therapeutic properties helping alleviate the symptoms of coughs and colds. 

detailed parameters
TYPE

Warm mist

OPERATION

Mechanical; 2 humidity levels

WATER FILTER

No

HUMIDISTAT

No

COVERAGE AREA

~ 150 sq.ft

FULL WATER TANK WORKING HOURS

Up to 12 hours

CAPACITY

1 Gallon

EXTRAS

Backlighting, A special slot for Vicks VapoSteam inhalant; Can be paired with a monitor

Warranty

1 year

TaoTronics Warm and Cool Mist Humidifiers

Smart Humidifier

Anyone who has used a humidifier before knows that they do tend to require a bit of babysitting. Leaving on a device that constantly humidifies the air can have detrimental effects if left on too long, such as when the air is already saturated. This often results in large wet spots left on the floor near the humidifier, as well as other effects of having too much humidity, such as damage to wooden surfaces and even mold. That's why it is usually best to leave a humidifier working only for a certain period of time, which in turn requires you to constantly check on it as well as the humidity level in the room to make sure it hasn't run for too long.

The TaoTronics Warm and Cool Mist Humidifiers Top Fill Humidifier is a smart humidifier that takes away the annoying babysitting that often needs to be done with other models. You can just set the desired humidity level of the room, and the smart humidifier will turn on automatically when the optimal humidity level in the room decreases, as well as when it goes below whatever setting you set for the device. This allows for maintaining a constant humidity level without needing to remember to start and stop the device, which in turn also helps prevent the problems associated with too much humidity.

Review of TaoTronics Warm and Cool Mist Humidifiers Top Fill Humidifier for Bedroom Large Room Baby

Multifunctional

This stylish humidifier in the modern TaoTronics case with a touch control panel is a multifunctional device that can quickly normalize the microclimate in a large house. The control panel of the device makes it very easy to operate, with an LED display that will show you the current humidity level. The buttons are clearly marked for each of the settings, giving you options to set the humidity level, mist output, mist temperature, and even set a timer as well as sleep mode. Speaking of sleep mode, this mode is especially handy for keeping a room humidified at night, allowing the device to operate itself normally without requiring user intervention. It also automatically turns off all sounds and lights, allowing for peaceful sleep.

This device will work for almost two days with a full tank, thanks to the spacious capacity, which will save you from frequent refillings and maintenance. When you do need to refill it, the top of the tank has a wide opening that allows for easy refills without the risk of spills or leaks. With how easy it is to use, along with its great features, this smart humidifier will keep the air in your home clean and healthy with minimal fuss from the user, making it one of the best models on the market.

TaoTronics Warm and Cool Mist Humidifiers Top Fill Humidifier for Bedroom Large Room Baby in the use

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Levoit LV600HH

Best Humidifier for Large Rooms

The strength of the Levoit LV600HH is that it offers you to choose between two mist settings - cold and warm - and provides plenty of health benefits, making it a sound choice for families looking to protect their place from the negative effect of dry air.

The Levoit LV600HH is an advanced model equipped with a PTC heating system, which allows it to heat the water to high temperatures in record time. This provides two benefits: one is that hot water will quickly kill bacteria which might linger in the air, and two - the air will be quickly moisturized. Another good thing is that the Levoit LV600HH disperses moisture in the form of a fine mist - for many people it feels more comfortable.

Next, the device boasts a whisper-quiet operation. Even when filled up, you're unlikely to hear it working. And the LED screen on the front of the humidifier can be completely turned off if you find the light distracting. This makes it a suitable option for bedrooms and nurseries.

We should also mention that the Levoit LV600HH is a high-capacity model. With 500 ml/hr of mist output, the device will provide you with 36 hours of continuous operation and effectively moisturize spaces as large as 750 sq.ft. What's more, it features a smart auto mode, which allows it to detect the ambient moisture level and adjust the humidity to the most comfortable level, saving you the need to tinker with the settings by yourself. And the remote control that comes included will allow you to adjust the settings at a distance so you will be able to do that from the comfort of your bed or couch.

Review of Levoit LV600HH 6L Warm and Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier

Operation

What we like is that the LV600HH has simple and intuitive controls. The sensitive touch control panel is straightforward and doesn't look buggy. All the functions are clearly marked and easy to figure out. The control panel has six touch buttons for adjusting the operating modes - warm mist, cold mist, and smart auto mode; the timer, the level of humidity, and the power, and it also has a backlit screen, which may serve you as a nightlight if you place it in your bedroom. The built-in humidity sensor detects the level of humidity in the room - this feature is handy and gives you control over the intensity settings. Unlike other humidifiers that utilize just warm mist, the LV600HH is able to raise the humidity level 25% quicker, which makes it a go-to option for people living in extremely dry regions.

Levoit LV600HH 6L Warm and Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier in the use

All Is Simple

In regard to maintenance, all is simple. Since it is an ultrasonic humidifier, you won't need to run any replacement costs nor will you need to clean it too often, which will be appreciated by all busy households.

So, if you live in the arid area and you look for a smart ultra-sonic humidifier to help create a favorable environment in your home, the LV600HH will be a sound choice.

Detailed review of Levoit LV600HH 6L Warm and Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier

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TaoTronics TT-AH025

Extremely Durable

Humidifiers aren't often known as being the most durable of devices. They often require special cleaning and maintenance in order to keep them in top working order, and even then that will often not prevent them from not working properly, or even breaking. Many of the older humidifiers were often made of cheap plastic parts, which only exacerbated the problem, and many more recent models are still made on the cheap, which typically doesn't lend itself well to high durability. Finding a model that is very durable is often not easy, as most users don't know how durable it will be until they have used it at least several times.

With the TaoTronics TT-AH025 Cool Mist Humidifiers for Bedroom, you no longer have to worry about the durability of your humidifier. The unique PCBA Nano-film coating on the structure of this device prevents the destruction of the internal elements of the humidifier, prolonging the uninterrupted and serviceable operation of the device for many years. Furthermore, this model doesn't utllize too many moving or cheap-feeling parts, making it a model that should last you for a long time without the need for constant maintenance. This fact alone will help pay the price of the humidifier, costing you much less in the long term than it would with most other models.

Review of TaoTronics TT-AH025 Cool Mist Humidifiers for Bedroom

Great for Children

In addition to its main use as a humidifier, the ultra-quiet TaoTronics Cool Mist Humidifier can also be used as a night lamp in the children's room - it will not disturb your children's sleep, letting them dream peacefully while breathing healthy air. The device has a well-thought-out design with a large tank and a wide top opening, which simplifies the filling of water and cleaning the device. These features all make it an excellent value for the money for large homes.

Speaking of large homes, this device is rated for rooms of up to 430 sq. ft., making it one of the more prominent models available. The 6 liter (1.59 gallon) water tank provides enough water for up to 60 hours of continuous use, meaning that you won't have to constantly check it to see if it needs to be refilled. The nozzle of the device has a 360 degree swivel that lets you aim it in the most optimal direction for ensuring the room is properly humidified. This unit even contains an auto shut-off feature for maximum protection.

In the end, this high capacity humidifier for large rooms will prove itself to be an excellent value for those who want a highly durable and highly effective humidifier.

TaoTronics TT-AH025 Cool Mist Humidifiers for Bedroom in the use

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Levoit Dual 100

Ultra Fine Mist

One of the biggest problems with most humidifiers is that many of them are simply not very efficient with providing proper humidity to the air. With the way that many humidifiers work, much of the water that is vaporized will end up clumping together in larger water droplets, making them too heavy to be carried in the air. This results in the falling to the floor instead of hanging around in the air, which explains why many humidifiers often leave a trail of dampness on the ground in front of them. While a lot of water may end up in the air, there also tends to be just as much that just ends up on the floor.

The Levoit Dual 100 Humidifiers for Bedroom solves this problem in a unique way. The special Spiral Air-Duct Technology releases the smallest particles of water of less than 8um in size into the air, which contributes to the faster spread of water fog throughout the room in a short period of time, without unwanted fogging of windows or waterlogging of wooden floor coverings. This means that a much higher percetage of the water released into the air stays there instead of ending up on different surfaces, which in turn increases the effectiveness of the humidifier. Those who hate having to clean up the room after using a humidifier will certainly love how this model operates.

Review of Levoit Dual 100 Humidifiers for Bedroom

Perfect for Small Rooms

This is an excellent humidifier for small rooms, such as bedrooms, cabinets, and children's rooms. It has compact dimensions and does not take up much space on any table, making the optimal placement of the device much easier than it often is with other models. It has the necessary adjustments, can be used with essential oils, and also has an Intelligent Sleep Mode, which will automatically maintain a comfortable level of humidity for your sound sleep. The sleep-mode operation of the device is also very quiet and all of the lights on the device are turned off, which should contribute to a peaceful and noise-free atmosphere that is perfect for getting the best quality sleep.

As this model is made for small rooms of up to 260 sq. ft. in size, it has a smaller water tank capacity of only 0.48 gallons, which is much lower than many other competing models. Despite this, it can run for up to 20 hours of continuous use, thanks to how efficient it is with humidifying the air. One other small disadvantage of this unit is that it does have a lot of small parts when taken apart, which can make cleaning and maintenance a bit of a chore at times, but thanks to its efficiency, it should require neither of these very often. On the other hand, this device comes at a very reasonable price point, making it an excellent value for anyone who needs a highly efficient humidifier for a small room.

Levoit Dual 100 Humidifiers for Bedroom in the use

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Vicks V745A

Design and Operation

Dry air in the house not only causes itchy skin but can also worsen the symptoms of coughs and colds, which is why it's essential to know the exact humidity in your living space and control its level. The Vicks V745A with warm mist can become your helpful companion. Among the models we've reviewed here, this humidifier is one of the least expensive and yet it has all essential features to ensure better breathing for all your family members and provide notable relief from cold symptoms and skin itchiness.

The Vicks humidifier has rather a traditional 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 sufficient 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 automatically shuts down so you don't need to worry if you leave it to work overnight and the container gets empty.

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

Best for Bedrooms and Nurseries

As we've mentioned earlier, this 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 having some respiratory or sinus problems. The manufacturer strongly recommends using only VicksVaposteam inhalant that is compatible with this humidifier. 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 bacteria that is present in the air and on surfaces of the furniture. Ideal solutions for bedrooms and nurseries.

Detailed review of Vicks V745A Warm Mist Humidifier with Auto Shut-Off

Summing Up

Summing up, while the Vicks V745A looks all simple and basic, it is a quality thing and saying this, we really mean it. It has one of the longest manufacturer's warranty compared with other products and received tons of positive feedback from customers who've already tried it. Besides, if you want to, you can purchase a few additional accessories to widen its functionality. This way, if you're not sure what kind of humidity level there's in your house or apartment, Vicks offers 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. And, as we've said before, you can also purchase Vicks Vaposteam inhalant if somebody from your family has any kind of bronchial issues. All of this makes this simple humidifier one of the best deals in its price range.

Vicks V745A Warm Mist Humidifier with Auto Shut-Off application

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What Is a Humidifier?

The quality of the air directly affects our physical and mental health. It's been scientifically proven that an optimal humidity for a human being in ambient conditions should be around 40-60%. Anything lower than that is not good and will cause health issues and discomforts such as itchy skin, dry nose, coughs, red eyes, etc. Also, lack of moisture in the air has a negative impact on furniture, floors, as well as plants, causing them to scorch and change their color.

In order to solve this issue, we have been presented with humidifiers, special devices designed to increase humidity in living rooms, offices and entire buildings. In addition to moisturizing the air, humidifiers often offer additional features such as heating/cooling the air, purifying it from pollutants and saturating it with aromas using either essential oils or special scent pads that can be purchased optionally.

Humidifiers have proved to be effective at relieving many general dry air discomforts as well as easing breathing; however, it's important to exclude the flow of air from an open door or window as it decreases the unit's efficacy.

Another appliance which you might be interested in is an oil diffuser. With the help of this device, you can solve several tasks: set the mood, help tiredness, and enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy in the comforts of your home.

What Features to Compare

Types and Control

In order to choose a humidifier that will be right for you, you should first decide on its type. There are three types of humidifers available: warm mist, cold mist and ultrasonic humidifiers. Here are the characteristics of each of the types:

  • Warm mist humidifiers are worldwide spread and simple in use. Their operation is very similar to kitchen kettles. Firstly, they boil the water and then, after turning it into vapor, they moisturize the room. The perk of warm mist humidifiers is that they allow for adding essential oils. As a result, not only can they improve the climate in your home but also they will fill it with beautiful scents providing you with the benefits of aromatherapy.
  • Cool mist humidifiers are also popular. They operate by means of cool evaporation - a natural process when the water transforms into the gas. Along with a humidification function, cool mist humidifiers are able to remove the dust and germs from the air. Plus, cool mist humidifiers are safe and easy in use and maintenance.
  • Ultrasonic humidifiers produce fine mist by using vibrations created inside the unit. Ultrasonic humidifiers work in pair with cartridge filters and allow you to not only humidify the air but also clean it from bacteria and germs. Ultrasonic humidifiers are usually more expensive than the others, but they pack a bigger punch too. They are the most effective when it comes to humidifying large areas, and they never overheat.

Water Filter and Humidistat

Most filters installed in humidifiers are made of synthetic fiber and replaceable. Their main task is to catch dirt, dust, germs, bacteria and other admixtures. As we've mentioned above, ultrasonic humidifiers come with filters out of the box. What we haven't said, though, is that these filters don't need to be replaced and you can use the device for years to come without the loss in the efficiency. A humidistat is a device used to adjust the moisture level. Having it included in a humidifier is useful and will allow you to keep the consumption of electricity low - humidifiers with humidistats automatically shut down when the moisture level in the room changes. Using a humidifier without humidistat may lead to excessive humidity in the room.

Room Size and Working Hours

In addition, make sure to take into consideration the working hours and the coverage area of the chosen humidifier. If you don't want to keep an eye on the device and refill it every two hours, we recommend choosing from models fitted with water tanks that make around 2-3 gallons in size. This volume will be enough for humidifying living spaces 500-600 sq.ft and more. That said, if your living room isn't that big and dry air isn't a huge issue, buying something small will be fine.

Extras

Finally, when choosing a humidifier, we recommend taking note of the extra features provided. Features common for most humidifiers include a function of automatic shut-off which will come in handy if you forget to switch the device off and it runs out of water, a timer, useful for those who plan to use the device at night, a water indicator making it easier to see how much water is left inside the unit, a humidistat and variable intensity levels. All those features add up to the functionality of a humidifier, providing the user with more benefits and comfort.

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Sources:

1. Humidifier, Wikipedia. August 9, 2016.

2. Kristina Duda Choosing the Right Humidifier Share, Verywell. August 29, 2016.

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