Being comfortable in cooler climates can sometimes seem impossible. Cold and dry air can not only dry out your skin, but it can also dry your sinuses. Investing in a good humidifier can not only add moisture to dry winter skin, but it can also offer multiple health benefits, and in some cases can help alleviate snoring.
A great humidifier can also help soothe and even prevent the common cold. The cold is more prevalent in the wintertime not because the temperature plummets, but because of the lack of humidity in the air. Viruses thrive in drier climates, and a humidifier can keep sinuses moisturized, and can keep viruses from penetrating.
There are many different types of humidifiers that are currently on the market, and some are substantially better than others. We have compiled a list of some of the best humidifiers that are on the market to help you make it through the cold winter months, and many models are offered at an affordable price.
- KOIOS Top
- Easy to clean
- Adjustable mister
- Honeywell HCM350W
- Good brand
- Sleek design
- Honeywell Cool
- Large capacity
10 Best Humidifiers
KOIOS Top Fill
KOIOS is relatively new to the scene, and they’re making quite an impact. Users that have taken a chance on this unknown company that makes this trendy humidifier are quite please with not only the design, but also it’s functionality.
The unit is cylindrical shaped and is offered in a pure white. Almost silently, it emits a cool mist. The front of the unit has simple buttons along the bottom that turn the unit on, adjust the humidity sensor, program a 12 hour sleep timer, and adjust the mist. The multiple filtration systems ensures that the humidifier mist os comprised of the cleanest ai, and an internal sensor can notice when water levels have diminished and will automatically turn off the humidifying mechanism. It’s incredibly easy to clean and doesn’t require any harsh chemicals to be flushed through the system like other models.
This humidifier falls slightly above average in terms of price. It’s a little more expensive than some of the other humidifiers on the market, but for all the additional features, not to mention it’s sleek design, this product is well worth the price tag.
The KOIOS holds 4 liters, or 1.1 gallons of water, and the top-down tank makes it a cinch to refill.
If you were looking for a humidifier that not only looks sharp to set on a table or a nightstand that compliments your decor, as well provides a cool adjustable mist, and are willing to take a chance on a relatively unknown company, this humidifier will be the perfect addition to your home.
- Adjustable mister
- Easy to clean and doesn’t require filters
- Easy to refill
- Sleek design
- A bit on the pricey side
Honeywell has become a household name since their founding in 1906, and many users probably have a Honeywell product somewhere currently in their home. They were the makers of the classic round thermostat that was invented in 1953. They have seemingly dominated the heating and cooling space since their founding, and continue to make some of the best household humidifiers to this day.
This model is white and rectangular shaped, and has a front loading aqua blue tank that is simple to remove and refill. Unlike some of the other models, there is no mist stream- it generates moisture in the air without the need of a moisture stream. On a low setting, it can run an impressive 24 hours without the need to being refilled. The wicking feature found at the base of the unit catches dust and air impurities before they make it to the invisible moisture stream. Based upon independent lab testing, the Honeywell Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier was tested to be 99.9% germ free.
This humidifier runs for about the average price of quality humidifiers that are currently on the market. It is not the most expensive one out there, but it is by far the least expensive. If you need a reliable humidifier that promotes germ-free moisture, this is a good find.
The tank holds 1.1 gallons, reloads in the front of the unit, and can run for 24 hours in a low setting
This is a great product that is offered at a reasonable price. For a user that wants a reliable product from a trusted company, and that also is willing to pay the average price of a quality humidifier, this product would be an excellent fit for their needs.
- Brand Recognition
- Runs for 24 hours at low setting
- Sleek design
- Users report that unit runs out of water very fast on higher settings
- Some report it can be a little loud.
Honeywell has been heating, cooling, and now moisturizing homes since their humble beginnings in 1906. To buy a Honeywell product is to buy a product that has years of expertise in the field, a long line of happy customers, and a 3 year warranty on their products.
The unit comes in a slate grey, and doesn’t look as visually appealing as some of the other models. Much like the Honeywell HCM350W model, this model also provides evaportative, invisible moisture- meaning that there isn’t a moisture stream like some of the other products. It has 3 speed controls- low, medium, and high, and they can be adjusted via the top of the unit. The moisture levels can also be adjusted via a dial on the top of the uint. Additionally, it provides a wicking filter that serves to remove minerals from hard water for reduced white dust.
This unit is substantially more expensive than some of the other humidifiers that are on this list. However, if you are looking to buy a product for a larger room, or that can run for longer periods of time. This product is well worth the money.
Via a dual tank, this unit hold 3.4 gallons of water- making it one of the larger humidifiers to make this list. The wide opening dual tank makes it simple and easy to clean.
For buyers that want a humidifier that is suited for larger rooms, and that has a job and does it extraordinarily well- this tank is a perfect fit. You are going to pay a little more than you would for other products, but one can not go wrong when purchasing a Honeywell product.
- Brand Recognition
- Dual tank/larger capacity
- Users report that it’s not very quiet
- Large footprint
Pure Enrichment MistAire
Pure Enrichment is a relatively newer company that makes quality home products that they offer at affordable prices. They may not have the same brand impact as a company such as Honeywell, but users of their products are consistently pleased with quality and price.
The unit is cleverly designed to look like a water droplet. It has a white base that has one simple button to turn the unit on, and an aqua blue water tank. When powered on, a steady 360 degree mist stream emitted from the top of the unit. Where this product shines is in its simplicity. The user can take this product right out of the box, fill it with water and use it immediately. The unit comes apart in 2 places, making it a cinch to clean and reassemble. It makes almost no sounds, and has a cool blue backlight provides a sleek nightlight for overnight operation in a bedroom.
The MistAir Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier is offered at an extremely reasonable price. It’s sharp, simple, and offers a lot of moisture at a very modest price point.
The tank holds 1.5 liters of water and has a automatic shut off when the water level becomes low. Some models do not have this feature, and running a humidifier on an empty tank can not only remove moisture from the air, but sometimes it can also damage the unit itself.
This is a great product for those that want a good quality humidifier. If you are in the market for a simple and easy to maintain humidifier that is offered at a reasonable price, this unit is the perfect addition to any bedroom of office.
- Easy to maintain
- Automatic shut off when water level is low
- Sleek and clever design
- The blue backlight is unable to be turned off
- Water runs out frequently
Vicks Warm Mist
Vicks has become a household name since they were founded in 1906 for inventing salves for croup and coughing, and are literally the inventors of the humidifier. In 1926 they invented the world’s first electric vaporizer. Since 1926, they have been perfecting upon their original design and have landed a spot on this list. When buyers purchase a Vicks product, they know that they are not only receiving superior quality and design, but that the item was made with their health in mind.
This model is tall and narrow and has an aqua blue water container at the front of the unit. A steady stream of warm water vapor is released from the top of the unit. The unit is quiet enough to be used in a bedroom or nursery, and has the ability to utilize Vicks Vaposteam or Kaz Inhalant to provide additional relief from colds and chest congestion. It has a handle at the top that makes it easy to refill when needed (approximately every 12 hours), doesn’t require the purchase of any additional filters, and is incredibly easy to clean.
This is one of the least expensive products to make this list. However, given the brand recognition, and high users marks, it is a great value.
The front loading tank holds 1 gallon of water and is compact enough to fit under most sink faucets for a simple refill.
As stated earlier- Vicks basically invented the humidifier back in the 1920’s, so you know that they have perfected their product almost 100 years later. This is a great option for those that want know that they are receiving a quality product from a trusted brand, but are apprehensive about spending a lot of money.
- Easy cleaning
- No need to purchase additional filters
- Sleek design
- Brand Recognition
- Heating element is difficult to clean
- Unable to turn off internal light.
Everlasting Comfort is not one of the more known brands on this list. In fact, there isn’t much known about this company in general. However, many of their products that are available for sale are offered at affordable and competitive prices, and the users that purchase their products are pleased with the final results.
This model is a sharp, solid white with black accents, and produces a steady stream of moisture from the top of the unit. It doesn’t have the visible water tank like much of the other brands, and it also doesn’t require the hassle of buying additional filters. What makes this model stand out from the others is it’s higher capacity tank that can run longer without running out of water, and its special compartment for essential oils. Utilizing essential oils is a great way to improve emotional well-being through the air.
If this was a 3L model, the price would be considered to be a little high for an unknown brand. But because this unit holds double the water over some of the other leading brands, it makes the price incredibly affordable, and it is an excellent deal.
The tank hold 6 liters of water, and the unit offers an automatic shut-off for when water levels become low. This feature helps prevent moisture being removed from the air, and it also serves to protect the unit from damage.
If you have especially larger rooms in your home and wanted to try a higher capacity humidifier without paying the high price for the more recognized brands, this product would be an excellent choice for you and your home.
- Double capacity of most humidifiers
- Sleek design
- Able to utilize essential oils
- Unknown brand
- Has been report to leak sometimes
- Difficult to refill
TaoTronics is a US-based company that has their hand in a myriad of different products. They are relatively unknown to the casual consumer, but users of their products are impressed by their functionality, reliability, and quality of products used. If you are willing to give an unknown company a try, this company would be the one to go with.
The design to this humidifier is similar to a lot of the other products on this list. The base is white with a dial that is used to turn the product on, as well as adjust humidity levels. The top is composed of an aqua blue holding tank that is a cinch to remove and refill. The nozzle at the top emits a steady stream of moisture and has the ability to be rotated 360 degrees to focus moisture stream in any direction.
The price for this product is modest, and is a little bit less expensive than some of the other products on this list. If you are willing to take a chance on a relatively unknown company, the price is a great deal for the quality that you will receive in this humidifier.
The easy to remove and refill tank holds just under 1 gallon (.95 gallon, to be precise) making it one of the smaller tanks on this list. Users report, however, that running the unit on its lowest setting can produce approximately 10 hours of moisture on a single filling.
If you are in the market for a new humidifier, or just want to try something different, this unit is an excellent option. It does all of the things that one would want from a quality
humidifier, and doesn’t break the bank.
- Adjustable nozzle
- Some report that it is difficult to refill
- Makes a gurgling noise that makes it not ideal for the bedroom
Anypro is a company that makes home, health, and beauty products. Generally speaking, they are relatively unknown in this particular market. However, users that purchase their products are pleased with their performance and style that is provided at a reasonable price point.
The features of this product are similar to that of the TaoTonics model. It has a solid white base that is used to adjust the power and moisture. Atop the white base is the aqua blue water tank that has a stationary nozzle that shoots moisture right out of the top of the unit. A higher mist stream ensures that condensation will not gather around the base of the unit. Unlike a lot of the previous units that have lights, the nightlight on this unit is able to be turned off and on. Users also have reported that this model is extremely quiet and an excellent addition to any bedroom.
The price of this unit is similar to that of the TaoTonics unit. It sits at a reasonable price point for those that are looking to purchase a new humidifier but don’t want to spend on money on some of the higher end models.
This unit holds just under 1 gallon of water (approximate .90 gallon). However, users report that when running at a lower setting, this unit can run for 20 to 36 hours on one single tank of water.
For users that want a simple and easy to use a humidifier that doesn’t come with a lot of the unnecessary features of some of the higher end models, and aren’t looking to spend a lot- this product is the perfect solution.
- Runs quietly
- Easy to fill
- Has a tendency to break easily
Levoit is generally an unknown company to those who have bought humidifiers in the past. The company focuses on making products for the home that are not only functional, but are also stylish. Past users who have purchase their products have been incredibly satisfied by their use.
The humidifier is cube shaped and made from a white shiny plastic that has curved edges and electric blue trim. Users can rest assured that the moisturized air being released from the top of the unit is clean because activated carbon and ceramic filters purify the water even before the diffusion. It runs very quietly and most users don’t even know that it is on. Additionally, it doesn’t use expensive filters that come at an extra cost and can affect how the unit wears over time.
This is one of the most affordable humidifiers on this list. Given the modern and contemporary design, and it’s simple and effective use, this is an excellent bargain for a product such as this one.
The tank on this product is slightly larger than some of the other units making this list. It holds 4L, giving it the ability to run continuously for 20-30 hours on the lowest setting without having to refill the water container.
For the user that doesn’t want to sacrifice style for utility, and isn’t willing to pay a lot for a humidifier, this product will not disappoint. It’s simple, and sleek, and fits the needs of those that just want to add some moisture to a particular room in their home.
- Sleek Design
- Runs quietly
- Has been reported to leak
- Difficult to change water container and clean
Vornado was founded in the 1920’s, and made his humble beginning making fans. Vornado has become a trusted name in the fan industry, and has crossed over to other types of products such as this humidifier. Vornado comes at a cost, but the quality of materials, and performance make this a brand that consumers have relied on for almost 100 years.
The design of this humidifier is more utilitarian than styleish. It comes in grey and resembles an old time desk radio. It can humidify an impressive 1,000 square feet- which surpases any other humidifier on this list. Knobs located on the front can adjust the fan speed from low to medium to high, and the other knob adjusts the level of humidity the units puts out. It’s simple to clean, simple to refill, and comes with an incredibly impressive 5 year warranty.
This premium product comes with a catch, and that catch is the price. This is one of the most expensive humidifiers to land on this list. Users will dish out a pretty to bring this item home. If you are willing to spend the additional cash, you can rest assured that you are getting the very best that money can buy.
The dual tanks hold a combined total of 4L, and on the lowest setting can bring moisture to the air for approximately 24 hours on the lowest setting- which is quite impressive for a 1,000 square foot operational radius.
This is a really great humidifier that packs a powerful punch to operate in larger rooms, or to heat a smaller house or cabin. If you are serious about your humidifying needs and cost isn’t an issue to you, than this humidifier is a perfect choice.
- Trusted Brand
- Can humidify large areas up to 1,000 square feet
- Runs for 24 hours on one tank
- Side containers are a bit flimsy and difficult to remove to fil
Criteria Used For The Evaluation
This was an important feature when selecting the best humidifiers. Brands such as Honeywell, Vicks, and Vornado are the most recognized names on this list, and users know that they are receiving the best product in terms of quality of materials used, and effectiveness. Vicks literally invented the first electric vaporizer in 1926 and has been perfecting their product over the years. It’s also important not to discount newer companies such as KOIOS that are relatively new but have made a big impact. Many of the users that have tried the new KOIOS have been consistently impressed not only be the modern design, but also the great job it does adding moisture into the air. Many of the brand named companies come at a higher price point, and users could benefit from the more affordable models of the lesser known brands.
Various tank sizes serve different purposes. The smaller the tank, the smaller the room it is able to moisturize, and the more that it needs to be refilled. Larger tanks- 4L and higher- are for larger rooms and require to be refilled less. Additionally, we looked at how easy the tanks are to refill. Tanks that are difficult to refill can result in spillage or leakage, which can hinder how well the unit can work.
Some units come with a simple on/off switch, and other come with a myriad of other features. We looked at a lot of the features that were offered and determined if they were a benefit or unnecessary. A great feature to any humidifier is the ability to change the speed of the fan. Lower fan speeds allow you to run your unit for longer, they don’t emit as much moisture into the room, and they run quieter. Another great feature that we looked at is the ability to adjust the moisture content. This feature was only available in some of the higher end and expensive models, but it is a great tool for having control over the amount of moisture being pumped out of the unit. One feature that was only available in certain models, was the ability to add essential oils. This is a fantastic feature as the benefits of essential oils becomes more widely known. If you are suffering from a cold, the pairing of a humidifier with a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil is a fantastic way to help clear nasal passageways to promote a great night’s sleep.
Style may not have an impact on how effective that the unit is, but it does help it stand out from the others. Humidifiers are going to take up space on your nightstand or on a table in the living room, and you don’t want it to be a blight on the decor. Many of the units on this list are sleek and stylish as well as compact and practical.
Other things to consider when considering a humidifier
Before you purchase a humidifier, take into consideration the reasons that you are buying it. If you are purchasing it to reduce snoring, soothe symptoms from a cold, or to just help you sleep, a humidifier that has a nightlight that is unable to shut off is not ideal. If adding essential oils to your water that offer holistic benefits is something that appeals to you, be sure to purchase a unit that is able to property filter oils to avoid damaging your unit.
Long winters can be brutal- the days are shorter, sunshine is in short supply, and time spent outside can be brutal on your skin and sinuses. There is no way to summon the sunshine back in the middle of the winter, but a good humidifier can ease skin and sinuses. If you suffer from itchy and dry skin, a quality humidifier can make winter just a little more bearable. Your parched skin-as well as your houseplants- will love the much added moisture to the air of your home.
Q: Who needs humidifiers?
Humidifiers can be a great benefit to a wide range of people. For those that like in colder climates where the air can become extremely cold and dry a humidifier can help retain lost moisture in the air. Also, for those that live in the desert that has dry air, a humidifier can be an excellent addition to any room to keep the air comfortable.
Q: What do humidifiers do for the skin?
When the air becomes dry, it can wreak havoc on the skin. When skin loses moisture, it causes dry, flaky, and dull skin that can accelerate the skin’s aging process. To prevent this, a good humidifier in a great location in the home can help skin feel less itchy and uncomfortable, and make the winter feel just a little more bearable.
Q: Can a humidifier help a cold?
As we all know, there is no cure for the common cold. All that we can do is endure the unpleasant symptoms until we feel back to normal. A humidifier in the bedroom while you sleep keep nasal passages and the throat moisturized, and moisturized nasal passages heal faster. Additionally, to ease sore throats and stuffy noses, the supplement of eucalyptus essential oils can create a soothing mist for when you sleep. Be advised, however, that only some models of humidifiers are suited for essential oils and could damage your unit if they are not. Before use, be sure to read the owners manual to ensure essential oils are safe to use for your unit.
Q: Will humidifiers cause mold?
If a humidifier is used correctly, they will not cause mold. Mold problems arise with humidifiers when they are not cleaned correctly or frequently. To ensure that the air that you are breathing is clean and clear, it’s important to keep up proper maintenance on your humidifier unit. If you suffer from any breathing conditions such as asthma and are reluctant to try a humidifier, be sure to consult your doctor before use.
Q: Can humidifiers damage electronics or other furnishings?
No, humidifiers will not damage electronics or other home furnishings. In fact, a humidifier serves as a benefit for these items. Electronics thrive in conditions that aren’t too dry and aren’t too humid, so a humidifier that is adding a reasonable amount of moisture to the air can serve to benefit electronics in the room. Furthermore, a humidifier can be a great benefit to natural wood in the home- it can keep it moist and looking great.
Q: Where should I place my humidifier?
Many people benefit most by placing their humidifier in their bedroom and running it while they sleep. However, you can place your humidifier in any room of your house that you feel you need the most added moisture, whether it be a nursery, office, or family room. One thing to keep in mind is to be sure that you place your humidifiers away from any vents or registers which can negatively affect the unit’s performance.