Best Humidifiers

Last update December 30, 2016
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
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
TYPE
CAPACITY
EXTRAS
FULL WATER TANK WORKING HOURS
OPERATION
HUMIDISTAT
WATER FILTER
COVERAGE AREA
Warranty
 
PROS
Owing to the two water tank system, the unit boasts many hour operation. Each of the tanks can be set to work individually.
CONS
Cleaning after every refill is a must in order to eliminate scum formation.
OUR VERDICT
It is suitable for mid-sized rooms. You can add essential oils to the tank for therapeutic and preventive effect. The glowing casing will look amazing in the dark room.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Warm mist
CAPACITY
2 gallons
EXTRAS
Two water tanks, Medicine cup for inhalation, Quiet operation, Nightlight, Tank storage indicator
FULL WATER TANK WORKING HOURS
Up to 24 hours
OPERATION
Mechanical, Multiple output settings
HUMIDISTAT
Yes
WATER FILTER
Exchangeable and has a UV ionizer
COVERAGE AREA
400 sq. feet
Warranty
3 years
PROS
Use an intuitive touch-screen panel with a display to adjust comfortable humidity level in a room. Or simply switch to auto mode and rely on Ivation Digital Humidifier.
CONS
In the nighttime, display may emit quite bright light.
OUR VERDICT
One of the best options for allergy sufferers that can be used all year round regardless of the weather outside.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Ultrasonic Cold and Warm mist
CAPACITY
1.32 gallons
EXTRAS
Switchable Heat Function to add warm mist, Quite operation, Auto switch-off timer when water runs short
FULL WATER TANK WORKING HOURS
Up to 50 hours (auto mode), 10 hours (warm mist)
OPERATION
Touch-sensitive control, Low / Medium / High Mist, 3 humidity levels
HUMIDISTAT
Yes
WATER FILTER
Exchangeable water filter
COVERAGE AREA
200 sq.feet
Warranty
30 days
PROS
Due to the double filtration system it cleans and decontaminates air better when compared with the other models.
CONS
It is quite bulky.
OUR VERDICT
Humidifier with cold evaporation is perfect for use in mid-sized rooms. You should change the filter only once a year. There are models in black and white color, so you can pick the one to your liking.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Cool mist
CAPACITY
1.5 gallons
EXTRAS
Quiet operation
FULL WATER TANK WORKING HOURS
Up to 24 hours
OPERATION
Mechanical, 3 intensity levels
HUMIDISTAT
Yes
WATER FILTER
Exchangeable, made of synthetic fiber with antimicrobial protection and UV technology
COVERAGE AREA
360 sq. feet
Warranty
3 years
PROS
Despite the small water tank, this cool mist humidifier can provide the room with humidity for up to 16 hours with a single fill, and it is a great result.
CONS
Has no filter, so it is recommended to fill the tank with pre-filtered water only.
OUR VERDICT
A single-button control, a wonderful backlight, and the high performance of this humidifier will make it an irreplaceable part of your home or office. Its unique design will add a distinct touch to the interior.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Cool mist
CAPACITY
0.4 gallons
EXTRAS
Quiet operation, Auto shut-off if there is no water or the water tank is removed, Nightlight
FULL WATER TANK WORKING HOURS
Up to 16 hours
OPERATION
Electronic with a single button control, 2 intensity levels
HUMIDISTAT
N/A
WATER FILTER
N/A
COVERAGE AREA
250 sq. feet
Warranty
2 years
PROS
Simple and affordable humidifier to saturate the room with warm mist and normalize humidity level.
CONS
Requires careful maintenance. Not for kids' use.
OUR VERDICT
A budget-friendly solution from Sunbeam to satisfy demand of those customers who look for a basic yet reliable humidifier to use at home.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Warm Mist Humidifier
CAPACITY
1.03 gallons
EXTRAS
Quiet operation
FULL WATER TANK WORKING HOURS
Up to 28 hours
OPERATION
N/A
HUMIDISTAT
N/A
WATER FILTER
N/A
COVERAGE AREA
180 sq.feet
Warranty
1 year

What Is It

The air in the room is what directly affects our physical and mental health. The optimal humidity in a living room should vary in a range of 40-60% to provide favorable environment for a human being. Too dry air can easily infringe body thermotaxis, dry eye mucosa hard and cause respiratory diseases. Lack of humidity also negatively impacts wooden furniture, parquet and indoor plants. If your place is not well humidified, buying humidifier is the best solution. A humidifier is a special device, designed to moisturize rooms with too dry air. Usually, humidifiers offer some other functions aimed to improve living conditions - they can warm and cool the air, clean it off from harmful impurities, dissipate unpleasant odors, etc. When a humidifier is on, it’s important to keep windows and doors shut otherwise its efficiency will be reduced by times.

You may also be interested in Dehumidifiers - a different sort of device, used to solve a problem of high humidity.

What To Look For

Types and Control

By the time you've made your mind to buy a humidifer, you should decide which one is going to be best for your home. There are basically three types of humidifers: warm mist, cold mist and ultrasonic humidifiers. And this is where you may want to learn more about each of them closely:

  • 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, turning it into vapor, moisturize the room. For preventive effects, one can add some drops of essential oils to the unit and linger the place with fresh, fragrant aromas. In this way, not only will you enjoy beautiful scents but also have proper health therapy.  
  • Cool mist humidifiers are also popular. They work by means of cool evaporation from water, a very natural process when water transforms into gas. Along with air humidification, cool mist humidifiers clean off the air from dust and germs. Such humidifiers are super safe and easy in use and maintenance.
  • Ultrasonic humidifers create the fine mist by using vibrations inside the unit. They've got to be paired with cartridge filters in order to remove fine dust impurities from the air. Rather than that, they are the safest humidifiers to use. There's absolutely no risk of burn since the casing is made not to heat. Ultrasonic humidifiers are used to quickly and effectively humidify living rooms.

Water Filter and Humidistat

You may also want to check whether the chosen device is equipped with a water filter and humidistat. Most water filters are exhangeable and made of synthetic fiber. Due to their antimicrobial treatment, filters clean the water from all kinds of bacteria, germs, viruses and any admixtures, ensuring that you and your family breath the clean air. Ultrasonic humidifiers come paired with cartridge filters. They humidify the air by turning the water into fine mist so that you don't need to change them at all. Humidistat is a device used to control the optimal moisture level in your room and save on electricity bills. Humidifiers with humidistats automatically shut on and off when the moisture level in the room changes. Using humidifier without humidistat may cause discomfort to keep the right humidity.

Room Size and Working Hours

In addition, make sure to take into consideration the working hours and coverage area of the chosen humidifier. Operation with full water tank should not last less than 12 hours. Otherwise, you'd need to constantly keep an eye on it and refill reservoir. Since the amount of water that must evaporate to maintain the desired moisture level depends on the area, 3-gallon tanks are more preferable for larger rooms. However, for the rooms of 500-600 sq. feet the most suitable capacity would be of 1-1.5 gallons.

Extras

Some humidifiers also have specific extra features that come in helpul in use. Generally, you'll see such common features as automatic shut-off, on/off timer, water indicator, humidistat and variable intensity levels. They are all provided for comfort of a user.

 

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Review of Vicks UV 99.999% Germ Free Humidifier

Vicks UV 99.999% Germ Free Humidifier

Vicks UV 99.999% Germ Free Humidifier

Type and Control

Owing to the inhalation system, Vicks warm mist humidifier can do both establish the correct humidity level and prevent bacteria proliferation. Warmed and humidified air eases the effects of flu and cold, like nausea, cough and other symptoms. You can also add any essential oils to create incredible atmosphere and enjoy your time. It is perfect to warm up the air with the heated vapor on cold winter days. The intensity level is controlled manually, therefore it is easy to set the perfect mode.

Review of Vicks UV 99.999% Germ Free Humidifier

Water Filter and Humidistat

Vicks warm mist humidifier has an exchangeable filter with the UV lamp. Not only does it enrich the air with active oxygen, but it also aseptisizes the air. If you choose this particular model, you'll get not only a humidifier but also an air purifier all in one unit. Due to inbuilt humidistat this humidifier can automatically monitor the humidity level and automatically adjust it to the optimal one. Thus, it releases more or less vapor into the air depending on the humidity level in the room.

Vicks UV 99.999% Germ Free Humidifier in the use

Room Size and Working Hours

This humidifier has two reservoirs with the capacity of 1 gallon each, that doubles its overall tank capacity up to 2 gallons. It can operate properly in medium and large rooms. Due to its antibacterial features, it is perfect for use in children's rooms. It can also automatically shut-off when the right level of humidity is achieved. The maximum working time is 24 hours without refill, so you can fill water in the morning and rest easy.

Detailed review of Vicks UV 99.999% Germ Free Humidifier

Extras

This humidifier has a special medicine cup for Vicks VapoSteam which enhances the effect of the vapor. This puts at ease most health issues, opening nasal passages, easing sore throat and most other symptoms of influenza. This unit has a nightlight and the whole housing can glow during the night. It is a great additional feature, particularly because some of you have always wanted to buy a night lamp. And this is a great choice since it is a humidifier and a fun nightlight two-in-one.

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Vicks UV 99.999% Germ Free Humidifier
Vicks UV 99.999% Germ Free Humidifier
 
Review of Ivation Digital Humidifier Ultrasonic Cool & Warm Mist

Ivation Digital Humidifier Ultrasonic Cool & Warm Mist

Ivation Digital Humidifier Ultrasonic Cool & Warm Mist

Just What You Need

You know how it usually happens when we buy a household appliance? For the first a few months we can hardly hold back our excitement but then there’s always something that changes our mind in a twinkle. Now you’d want it to be more performing, have more useful functions, maybe some automatic modes. It won’t happen with Ivation Humidifier, and of that we’re more than sure. The manufacturer has thought of all little details that have a great impact on customer’s decision-making process and supplied its humidifier with all useful options you wouldn’t have thought you’d ever need to use. But, as it happens, they’re all helpful and of practical application. Besides, Ivation Humidifier is pretty simple to use. Ivation Humidifier works in 2 modes - heated and cold, making it possible to adjust temperature settings all year round (depending on the weather outside). There’s also an option to customize steam intensity; most mod users who’ve grown to trust electronics can opt for automatic settings. In many ways, using humidifier in automatic mode is even more efficient since it can sense humidity level in your room and generate just the right amount of steam. Ivation Humidifier can be actually used throughout a day. At night, it keeps working at lower settings, producing very little noise, and automatically turns off when the water’s been run short.

Review of Ivation Digital Humidifier Ultrasonic Cool & Warm Mist

Simplicity and Practicability

The fact is, a big water reservoir doesn’t identify a long operating performance of humidifier. In some cases, 1 gallon of water would be enough to keep the device running for a day and more. Ivation Humidifier is one of them. With a small removable water tank like it’s got, it can work for about 50 hours. That’s long! Humidifier maintenance is pretty simple. The manufacturer equipped its devices with removable water tanks and filters for quick and hassle-free refilling and change. Nothing a lot, but all that’s customers yearn for - simplicity and practicability.

Ivation Digital Humidifier Ultrasonic Cool & Warm Mist in the use

More Products to Consider

Fix Wireless Indoor/Outdoor Thermometer and Humidity Monitor to a wall and trace down the temperature inside and outside your home. 

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Ivation Humidifier Ultrasonic Cool & Warm Mister
Ivation Digital Humidifier Ultrasonic Cool & Warm Mist
Ivation Digital Humidifier Ultrasonic Cool & Warm Mist
 
Review of Honeywell Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier, HCM-350

Honeywell Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier, HCM-350

Honeywell Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier, HCM-350

Type and Control

This humidifier works on an evaporative method i.e. cool mist. It can set a suitable humidity level for people and indoor plants. Cool mist method is known to humidify the air in a more natural way when compared to most other techniques. It's got 3 intensity levels so that it's possible to vary the settings and set the optimal for you and your family. The control is manual though, thus it's important to timely lower excessive humidity level.

Review of Honeywell Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier, HCM-350

Water Filter and Humidistat

Honeywell humidifier has an exchangeable filter with antimicrobial treatment. The given filter is made of synthetic fiber that effectively blocks all harmful microorganisms so that they're not dispersed into the air together with the mist. This helps to minimize the risks of allergic reactions and respiratory diseases. Also, the humidifier has a UV technology that helps to kill 99.9% of bacteria, mold and fungus in the water. Honeywell Cool Mist is equipped with a humidistat that automatically controls the humidity level in the room and either naturally raises the amount of moisture or lower it the optimal level, favorable for human's health.

Honeywell Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier, HCM-350 in the use

Room Size and Working Hours

Cool mist humidifier has a tank capacity of 1.5 gallons which is fine for small to medium-sized rooms. Therefore, it's a suitable appliance not only for your bedroom, but also for a living room or, for example, a dining room. The operation time reaches 24 hours, therefore you don't have to refill it throughout the day. It has a refined and elegant housing made of plastic. It can perfectly fit into any room no matter what style of the interior it has. The 3 intensity levels help you choose the right option for you and your family. Also, there is almost no noise coming from this amazing unit, it uses a special technology which dramatically reduces the hum and makes you sleep well at night.

Detailed review of Honeywell Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier, HCM-350

Extras

The following humidifier boasts low energy consumption. It means that you can easily leave it running during the night and you don't need to worry about the electricity bill. This unit has a fitted fan that drives out the air taken from the the room and releases it already cleaned and moisturized. There is absolutely no noise heard from this device, therefore you can certainly turn it on during the night. So, at the end of the day you'll have the proper sleep and evenly humidified air in the room.

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Honeywell Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier (HCM-350)
Honeywell Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier, HCM-350
Honeywell Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier, HCM-350
 
Review of Pure Enrichment Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

Pure Enrichment Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

Pure Enrichment Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

Type and Control

Owing to the special nozzle, Pure Enrichment Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier provides fresh oxygen-enriched air 360° around itself in the whole room. The control couldn't be simpler — a single button, and 2 intensity levels. Push the button once for a slow humidification, push it twice — and the intensity rises. Three pushes make it slow with a backlighting, and with four pushes you will get the maximum intensity AND the light! Awesome!

Review of Pure Enrichment Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

Water Filter and Humidistat

All you need to do in order to enjoy the freshest air in your room is pour the pre-filtered water into the water tank! The tank will preserve the water so that no bacteria could develop in it. With this cool mist humidifier, you will breathe only the clearest air. We recommend you to clean the tank of this air humidifier regularly with water and some cleanser. This way, you will make it impossible for the fungi to grow on the walls. What else? Well, maybe a humidistat will be a good additional purchase if you think you need one.

Pure Enrichment Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier in the use

Room Size and Working Hours

You can use Pure Enrichment Ultrasonic in a room of up to 250 square feet area. For example, it can be your home. Children and pets usually are very sensitive to the air freshness. Or, it can also be an office room. The air there might be too dry due to all the frequently used equipment. When set to the minimum intensity, the 0.4 gallons of water the humidifier tank holds will be enough to freshen the air continuously for 16 hours. And in order to provide an hour of humidity at the maximum speed you will need just 150 milliliters of filtered water.

Extras

Pure Enrichment Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier is so quiet that you will hardly hear it working while it is adding humidity to your room. The pleasant calming blue backlit will help you mildly slow your heart rate and pulse, so you will fall asleep faster. And if the water ends while you are asleep or out of the room, this humidifier will turn off automatically; there is no need for you to constantly keep an eye on it. In a word, it is a very simple yet convenient solution.


Pure Enrichment Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier
Pure Enrichment Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier
 
Review of Sunbeam Warm Steam Vaporizer Humidifier Filter-Free

Sunbeam Warm Steam Vaporizer Humidifier Filter-Free

Sunbeam Warm Steam Vaporizer Humidifier Filter-Free

Can You Hear It?

Humidifier is used not only to moisture the air in the room but also clear the air from unpleasant odors and harmful bacteria that cause a harmful effect on a human being. That’s why most of the time it’s good to keep a humidifier running for long hours, sometimes even in the nighttime. Pediatricians often recommend young parents setting humidifiers in the nurseries to normalize a humidity level there and be sure of their babies well-being. This is where whisper-quiet operation comes pretty important. You wouldn’t want your baby to wake up in the middle of the night disturbed by roaring sounds of a humidifier, right? Neither Sunbeam manufacturer wants that. Use Sunbeam Warm Steam Vaporizer humidifier day and night, enjoying favorable climate of the room and its quiet operation.

Review of Sunbeam Warm Steam Vaporizer Humidifier Filter-Free

Safety Beyond All

As you’ve probably already understood, to generate the steam, Sunbeam humidifier heats the air before vaporizing it out of the nozzle. This way of humidification is surely among the best used in places with a high humidity level. Yet, we wouldn’t recommend you to entrust using it to your kids without adults supervision. Besides being rather brittle, it’s not cold to the touch and since it tends to heat up pretty quick, your child can accidentally hurt himself. Follow the recommendations and safety measures from the manual and be calm your dear and near are safe and pleased.  

Sunbeam Warm Steam Vaporizer Humidifier Filter-Free in the use

Aromatherapy at Home? Easy!

Feel like you’re up for a bit of romantic or proper rest? Why not have a relaxing evening, saturating the air with pleasant aromas of citrus, vanilla or any other essential oil to your taste? Sunbeam humidifier works very similar to a traditional aroma lamp. Heating up the water, it disperses warm steam into the air. And with a few drops of aromatic oils it gets only better. Those customers who suffer from allergy, fight harmful bacteria, seek relaxation or just adore pleasant odors will surely give justice to this outstanding yet very much affordable humidifier.

Detailed review of Sunbeam Warm Steam Vaporizer Humidifier Filter-Free

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Get these Aromatherapy Oils and immerse yourself into a proper atmosphere of calmness and relaxation. 

 

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Sunbeam Warm Steam Vaporizer Humidifier Filter-Free
Sunbeam Warm Steam Vaporizer Humidifier Filter-Free
 
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