When outdoor temperatures plummet, moisture and humidity inside your home can quickly drop from pleasant to parched. Replacing moisture via cool or warm mist humidifiers can relieve a host of physical discomforts, from chapped skin to allergy irritations to cold- and flu-related symptoms. But excessive moisture isn’t good either. Over-humidification can promote the growth of mold, bacteria, and dust mites. You want to get the balance right. This guide will have you breathing easier in no time.
Vornado Evap2 Whole Room Evaporative Humidifier
The Groom Style team wouldn’t use this humidifier in our bedroom if we were trying to sleep, because it can get quite loud when run at its highest setting. You might even need a white noise machine running at the same time. Otherwise, it’s a powerful cool mist machine which can humidify in a hurry even though it’s one of the smallest models on the market.
Features and performance:
The Evap2 is designed for medium-sized rooms up to 600-square feet, and like most other less-expensive options it doesn’t allow you to control the humidification level. However, if you don’t just leave it running full-time, an internal humidistat will turn the machine on and off as needed to keep the room full of moist, cool mist.
- Design is amazing.
- The power is high.
- Price is high
Honeywell UV HCM-350 Cool Mist Humidifier
The Honeywell HCM-360 is a very reasonably-priced cool mist evaporation unit meaning water is passed through a large wick placed in the tank which does a good job of humidifying a small-to-medium room. The manufacturers claim that it has a 700-square foot coverage area, but it seems to be smaller than that in reality.
Features and performance
There’s not a lot of user control possible; the machine relies on its “self-regulating evaporative system” to automatically adjust for the temperature of the room and the amount of moisture the air can contain. It still does a nice job, though, for the price and it’s very, very quiet. An interesting twist to the Honeyw1ell is its use of ultraviolet light as well as an antimicrobial filter to kill bacteria and germs in the tank. A not-so-optimal fact is that the machine does not have an automatic shut-off feature, so you have to keep a close eye on the water level which is shown in a small side window. The HCM-350 is larger than most of the competitors, but still, have a sleek blue-and-silver appearance which doesn’t ruin the ambiance of a room.
- Durable quality
- Extended gear life
- Price is also high
PureGuardian H4610 120-Hour Ultrasonic Humidifier
This is a slightly less-functional plastic unit; with a slightly smaller price tag to match the Pure Guardian is a warm/cool ultrasonic mist machine which can humidify a 500-square foot room quite well. It provides a choice between three different levels of humidity with a push-button control panel (and of course, the choice between cool or warm mist); one noticeable difference between this and the more expensive units is that the Guardian’s warm mist isn’t overly warm.
Features and performance
This machine is very quiet, and a nice function is the ability to turn off the indicator lights while you sleep. There is no filter or demineralization cartridge in the unit, so it is critical that you use soft water and not hard water, or you will end up with white particles shooting out of the spout along with the mist. It does include a silver clean protection system to prevent. The Pure Guardian is pretty and modern-looking in silver and blue, but the tank is not transparent so you’ll have to keep an eye on the low-level indicator to know when it’s time to add water. It’s also harder to take apart for cleaning than most of its competitors.
- Amazing features
- Less durability
Stadler Form William Ultrasonic Humidifier
The William provides most of the same functions as the Air-O-Swiss, with a couple of extra goodies (including a nominal effective area of 860 square feet). It has a warm/cool mist ultrasonic machine, meaning it’s versatile, quiet and effective.
Features and performance
This unit includes what the manufacturer says is a patented “Silver Cube” system which will stop mold and bacteria from growing in the tank, a major problem with most humidifiers over time. Like the Air-O-Swiss, it has humidity control levels (although with fewer settings to choose from), a timer and sleep mode, automatic shut-off, and an included demineralization cartridge. Two nice features unique to the William are a dual direction nozzle so the spray can be sent into two different directions at once and a diffuser on the nozzle so you can choose how fine the spray will be.
- Design is really good
- Can easily cool the room.
- Weight is heavy.
Air-O-Swiss/BONECO AOS 7135 Ultrasonic Humidifier – Warm and Cool Mist
Most lower-priced humidifiers either create a warm mist or a cool one, using different techniques to add humidity to the air. This is definitely not a lower-priced humidifier, so it gives you a choice between cool and warm. Many users prefer warm mist because the process of creating it is quieter, but the cool mist is safer around children and pets.
Features and performance
The BONECO is ultrasonic, utilizing high-frequency vibrations to convert water into the mist which is then sprayed into the room. It’s a powerful machine capable of covering a 650-square foot room with mist; the warm mist comes out at 104 degrees which is not only safe but is not as hot as the mist produced by competitive machines. The large tank lets the machine run for a full day before it has to be refilled, and the spout rotates 360 degrees so you can point it in any direction. There are some terrific features on the AOS 7135, including a humidification selector with pre-sets which can be set between 40-percent and 75-percent, a temperature gauge which can adjust humidity automatically depending on the conditions in your room, a “sleep” function which runs the machine for eight hours at 60-percent humidity at night, and a “clean me” light. It also has a beautiful, modern look. Sleeping with the Air-O-Swiss running is easy because it’s extremely quiet. The unit is well-built and ships with the essential demineralization cartridge included (if you don’t have this cartridge on your ultrasonic machine, the mist can come out mixed with a fine powder that gets all over everything in the room.
- Light weight
- Expensive features
- Price is high
Large room humidifier Buyer’s Guide
The most important aspects to consider in a humidifier are the room size it can effectively humidify and its method of mist dispersal. While small models like the Avalon 2.8 Liter Cool Mist Humidifier and Pure Enrichment Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier are affordable options for a small bedroom, they are not optimal for rooms over 250 square feet. Humidifiers with 1-gallon or larger tanks are better equipped to provide a high output of mist for family rooms, dens, and other large rooms.
While older humidifiers, and some modern ones, use a heating element to boil the water in their reservoirs to produce steam, this is not the safest method, especially if you have curious children or pets in your home. We did not evaluate this kind of machine in our humidifier reviews, instead of focusing on the more modern and safer mist production methods.
With a wide assortment of humidifiers of all shapes and sizes on store shelves, you will likely find yourself wondering what the difference between an evaporative and an ultrasonic humidifier is. Evaporative humidifiers generally use a filter that is in direct contact with the water in the reservoir tank. The water wicks up the filter and the humidifier then blows air through this large, wet surface, dispersing mist into the room. This process removes many impurities, but you need to be vigilant about cleaning your humidifier and regularly replace the filters to ensure you are trapping, not spreading, germs and bacteria that can contribute to respiratory problems or mold growth.
Some humidifiers offer both cold and warm mist outputs. The ones that provide warm mist move the water over a heating element. While warm mist typically leaves an ultrasonic humidifier at a safe 104 degrees Fahrenheit, a curious child could still tip over the unit and get burned by the water inside. To be safe, always use cool mist humidifiers around children or infants.
You will also want to look for a model that shuts off automatically when the tank runs out of water. This protects the motor from overheating and lowers the risk of an electrical fire. If the unit you are considering does not have an automatic shut-off, make sure it has a transparent reservoir so you can see when it needs refilling. Many top-quality humidifiers feature both transparent tanks and automatic shut-off capabilities, adding a level of safety.
The best humidifiers on our lineup have built-in humidistats that measure the amount of moisture in the air. This helps you get the exact humidity level you want in your room instead of guessing at the unit’s output. Digital displays can also help you set your air humidifier to the precise level you desire.
Humidifiers come in all shapes and sizes, but they share some design aspects, such as a water reservoir, humidity controls, and an output nozzle. The most effective cool mist humidifiers also include a mineral removal filter that purifies hard water to eliminate bacteria and unwanted minerals before they are dispersed into the air.
The humidifier should be light enough for you to carry so you can place it where you need it in your home. The larger the humidifier and its reservoir, the heavier it is. It’s also useful if the device features built-in tank handles that are easy to grip when the tank is wet and slippery. The overall size is important, not only so you can find the optimal places in your home to operate the humidifier, but also for storage purposes. If you have a particular location you plan to place your humidifier, check the unit’s measurements to be sure its size is a good fit.
Warranty & Support
all of the humidifiers we reviewed come with at least a one-year warranty. The best manufacturers back their products for even longer – typically three years, and one for an impressive five years. A solid warranty offers you peace of mind because it means the manufacturer will repair or, in some cases, replace defective parts. Look for companies that offer a toll-free number or an email option so you can reach a customer support agent in the event you run into any problems setting up, running or cleaning your humidifier.
Benefits of Humidifiers
The humidity offers benefits for dry areas in your space, will help alleviate dry lips, skin, and hands from winter’s weather conditions. The oils you choose will help with colds and flu symptoms, runny and stuffy mucous membranes, and dry hair.
You can use the low mist of up to 150 mL per hour or high mist of 300 mL per hour. Remember that the higher the mist the quicker the water and oils will be consumed. You will be able to keep the relative humidity in the air wherever the unit sits.
For essential oils, there is a tray with a carbon filter for purifying the air you breathe in. The manufacturer states that “it is not specifically made for oil diffusing like an Essential Oil Diffuser; this appliance can still bring you a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere with the scent of the essential oil you like.” To me, this is an essential oil diffuser that naturally adds humidity because it uses water to disperse the fragrant oils.
You will be able to use citrus 100% essential oils such as lemon, grapefruit, orange, mandarin, and lime including lavender, eucalyptus, ginger, lemongrass, cedarwood, ylang-ylang, marjoram, and more. There are some best humidifiers for a large room.
Humidifiers rely on a vibrating diaphragm to generate vapor independent of the surrounding relative humidity, which is why they’re so fast. But if you’re not using distilled water (which gets expensive very quickly), or if the included demineralization treatments prove to be ineffective (a common complaint), this can cause a fine white mineral dust to settle all over the surrounding area, which is no good.
Ultrasonic also is prone to producing so many vapors that it condenses on floors, rugs, and furniture, resulting in wet spots and, potentially, damage And though fast humidification is a good thing for a dry house, if your house is already comfortably humidified because you’ve run the machine for a while, continuing to humidify will lead to over humidification very quickly.
This can cause issues with mold growth and other undesirable side effects. Some models include humidistat to prevent this, but these are hardly foolproof. Indeed, many of the humidistat-equipped machines we tested failed to provide accurate readings we observed discrepancies as large as 43 percent for the Sunpentown SU-3600 and greater than 10 percent for the highly touted Air-O-Swiss 7135. Also, if there’s no water in the tank to absorb the vibrations, the machine can actually break itself which is why we looked only at ultrasonic models that had an auto-off feature.
Cool mist humidifier
Cool mist humidifier is an awesome device. With the evaporative cool mist humidifier, humidity is produced by a fan that draws the air in from the room and blows it over or through a moistened wick in water. Some of this water evaporates and this water vapor is added to the air which increases its humidity. This air is then blown back into the room to increase the humidity in the room. This air is not wet; it just has more humidity in it. Since heat is removed from the air when evaporation occurs, the air is cooled as a result, and presto, the air coming out will be cooler than when it went in. Of course, this can be a disadvantage to someone who likes to keep their home warm and the mist can have a slightly clammy feeling to it. here are some of the best cool humidifier.
Holmes HM 1865 humidifierHoneywell HCM-6009Crane drop shape ultrasonic humidifierPure Guardian H1510 10-hour warm or cool mist
Warm mist humidifier.
The warm mist only humidifiers can make a room feel warmer, allowing you to bump your thermostat down a notch or two without feeling cold. Other pluses are that they don’t require the ongoing expense of filters that must be changed and that they are quieter than fan-driven evaporative humidifiers, though they can be noisier than ultrasonic models.
There are, however, some serious drawbacks. They tend to have poor energy efficiency, and minerals from the water can build up on the machines heating plate, requiring periodic cleaning. Plus some experts warn against the use of these machines near children, where curious hands can tip over a humidifier filled with hot water, potentially scalding your child.
Vaporizers are also not recommended for people with asthma, because hot or warm mist can irritate breathing passages. The warm mist only humidifiers are generally cheaper than ultrasonic humidifiers that produce both cool and warm mist, but they do not fare nearly as well in reviews.
Ultrasonic humidifiers use high-frequency vibrations to generate a micro-fine cool or warm mist. This micro-fine mist is blown into the room where it immediately evaporates to create a comfortable environment. Ultrasonic humidifiers are virtually silent and make for an excellent choice in the bedroom. Our Air Swiss humidifiers are best in class and meet. All your needs when it comes to efficient humidification. The pure guardian humidifier is our top value ultrasonic humidifier that is easy to clean and maintain. We have some best ultrasonic humidifiers for you.
Aerus power pure 5000Stadier form hera EMS-301Boneco by air o swiss 7135Boneco by Air o Swiss 7144
The humidifier is really an amazing invention of modern technology. If you’re looking for an affordable humidifier that serves its daily purpose of sending a cool mist into the air to make breathing more comfortable, it’s hard to beat the Ultrasonic from Pure Enrichment.
Its quiet operation is ideal for a medium-sized office or bedroom (it even has a nightlight), and you can choose from high or low mist output. A nice feature for this budget choice is the automatic shut-off when the water tank is empty, but if you fill before use, you’ll get a solid 16 hours of operation.
There are no filters to replace, and at only 1.75 pounds, emptying and cleaning it daily isn’t much of a hassle. So, in the end, we can say that this humidifier will very important for your home. We wish you can find the best one from the list we reviewed.