5 Best Humidifiers for 2020

In city environments and especially in apartment buildings, there is a pronounced problem with humidity, and the air is usually too dry to be healthy. Dry air is an irritant, and not only does it exacerbate any respiratory illness, it can also cause them too. Dry air also makes the respiratory membranes crack up, and this admits infection. Therefore dry air will cause you to get sick more often and stay sick longer. That means it is a problem, but this problem is easy to fix with a humidifier – a device that will infuse the air with moisture, via a wick or ultrasound disperser.

Most air humidifiers are simple devices, but there are more complex models with Wi-Fi or essential oil infusion. Many brands make them, and while many brands pay close attention to quality, some try to save on materials, which results in a generally ill-performing model that will not work reliably and may even contain toxic materials. Therefore it takes patience and attention to pick a good model, and sometimes it is hard to choose. We, however, did this work for you by picking the best models on the market and compiling tem in this list of 5 best air humidifiers.

Place#
Product
Editor’s Rating
Editor’s Opinion
Ultrasound
#1
Honeywell HCM350B
9.9
/
10
Editor’s Pick
#2
AIRCARE MA1201
9.8
/
10
Best Whole-House Model
#3
Pure Enrichment MistAire
9.4
/
10
Best Budget
#4
TaoTronics Cool Mist
9.3
/
10
Best Quiet Model
#5
LEVOIT
9.3
/
10
Best For Large Rooms
Honeywell HCM350B
#1
Editor’s Pick
Editor’s Rating:
9.9
/
10

This model emits a cool mist, and does not produce any heat at all. The tank holds a full gallon of water, and that is enough for 24 hours of work on low setting. The volume is good for humidifying the air in a medium-sized room or bedroom. The energy rating is 60 watts, and it produces an almost unnoticeable power draw.

The device will prevent over-humidifying of the air and will keep the moisture on a safe level, between 40 and 60 percent. The moisture is invisible, and it immediately dissipates in the air.

The brand guarantees this product’s safety for both kids and older people. There is a UV emitter inside, which kills almost all bacteria in the water. The quiet technology makes the work almost silent, so it will not irritate sleeping people.

Pros:

  • Can work for a long time on one full tank that holds a full gallon
  • Very quiet, so it will be a good model for a bedroom
  • The UV removes bacteria and makes the air healthier to breathe

Cons:

  • As some reviewers stated, it seemed large and ugly to them, and took up a lot of space

AIRCARE MA1201
#2
Best Whole-House Model
Editor’s Rating:
9.8
/
10

This is a large model that can work in a house up to 3600 sq. feet in area. There is a digital meter inside it, which quickly adjusts the humidity, and will keep it at a stable level the whole time. When the water tanks goes empty or the humidity reaches the needed level, the machine turns off.

The device works via an evaporative wick, which is rather easy to clean to remove the mineral deposits. The motor has three speeds, and the low speed is extremely quiet. The height is 21.5 inches, with a width of 23 and a depth of 16.

The machine can run for up to 55 hours before it needs to be refilled with water.

Pros:

  • The huge 3.6 gallon tank holds a lot of water and allows the device to work for a long time
  • Can easily service a whole house alone
  • Easy to refill without spilling any water

Cons:

  • The sensor is very close to the outlet, so this may cause the device to give higher readings than the real humidity

Pure Enrichment MistAire
#3
Best Small Model
Editor’s Rating:
9.4
/
10

This model works for up to 16 hours on one charge. It emits a low soothing light when it works, so it can function as a good nightlight, however this light can be turned off.

The automatic shutdown ability turns the device off if there is not enough water or if the water tank is not inserted. The machine is shipped with a five-year warranty and a few accessories, such as the power adapter and a brush for removing residue.

There are two speed settings, and it is possible to change the direction the vapor goes. The quiet sound level it makes on low speed makes it a good model for a bedroom. The water tank holds 1.5 liters, so it is good for a small to medium bedroom.

Pros:

  • Does its job very well – the difference is noticeable in a few hours of use
  • The dim night light is adjustable from high to low, and is a very nice thing to have at night, as the reviews say
  • Very quiet

Cons:

  • It beeps very loudly whenever you adjust the settings or turn it on. At night this is a problem

TaoTronics Cool Mist
#4
Best Quiet Model
Editor’s Rating:
9.3
/
10

This model is extremely quiet, and never exceeds 38 dB. Therefore it is fit for a bedroom with a baby – it will never be a disturbance. The tank holds 4 liters of water and will work the whole night without interruption on one charge. On low intensity it can go up to 30 hours. The principle of work is an ultrasonic disperser, which is quiet and hygienic.

The LED display shows the humidity and allows you to pick between three intensity levels. The device has a special microfiber filter, which removes almost all bacteria and odors from the water, making this model even better for a kid’s room. The filter should be replaced twice every year.

The entire device is very compact and weighs under 4 pounds.

Pros:

  • Very quiet, and it is safe to use it in a child’s room, because it is not an irritant
  • 4 liters is a very good volume for a humidifier – lasts for a long time
  • The device has a clear window that lets you see the level of water in the machine

Cons:

  • It is not possible to use essential oils with this device, as it leads to problems, including serious leaks

LEVOIT
#5
Best For Large Rooms
Editor’s Rating:
9.3
/
10

This device sends out a warm mist, which is mostly devoid of bacteria. In the summer the machine can be set to produce cold mist, which is good for hydrating skin and keeping sinuses healthy. The bright display that shows the settings, can be turned off for the night.

The device is very quiet and it is not hard to set up and start using. There is a humidity sensor inside it that will track the humidity and adjust the emission of vapor.

The 6 liter tank is enough for large rooms, up to 70 square meters. The device will be shut off automatically, if it runs out of water.

The wide inlet is good for easy pouring of water and also makes the insides easier to access, so cleaning is very easy.

This model is also interesting because of the ability to disperse essential oils. The oils is added to a special vessel and dispersed with the vapor.

Pros:

  • Can service a large room
  • Easy to pour water without spilling because of the large inlet
  • Absolutely silent

Cons:

  • The first 6-8 hours it emits an unpleasant smell of plastic, which then goes away

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