Top 5 Best Humidifiers for Feb. 2017
When you have allergies or young children who get sick often, or live in a very dry climate, a humidifier is a must-have appliance.
What’s less obvious, though, is that even in everyday situations a humidifier can make your living space a lot more habitable by constantly removing dust and stickiness from the air. Even if you don’t use it on a daily basis, a humidifier really is an important addition to just about every home.
Bear that in mind, as you look through Groom+Stlyle’s list of the top 5 best humidifiers on the market.
1. 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.
The BONECO (formerly Air-O-Swiss) is ultrasonic, utilizing high-frequency vibrations to convert water into 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 fine powder that gets all over everything in the room).
There’s nothing Groom+Style can think of that’s been left out, making this machine tops on our list of the top 5 best humidifiers.
Looking at the specifications of the Air-O-Swiss AOS 7135 Ultrasonic Humidifier:
2. 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.
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.
With a sleek black and silver design making the machine look more like an audio component than a humidifier, this is an appliance which will look great no matter where you put it, and it provides excellent performance.
Specs for the Stadler Form William Ultrasonic Humidifier:
3. PureGuardian H4610 120-Hour Ultrasonic Humidifier
This is a slightly less-functional plastic unit, with a slightly smaller price tag to match – the PureGuardian 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.
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 mold and mildew growth inside the tank, as well as a dual-direction misting system similar to the Stadler Form William.
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.
Overall, this is a solid performer without bells-and-whistles that’s extremely quiet, and a good choice for those who want to keep the cost down a bit.
The specs for the Guardian Technologies PureGuardian Ultrasonic Humidifier:
4. 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. 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 Honeywell 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 has a sleek blue-and-silver appearance which doesn’t ruin the ambience of a room.
At less than half the price of our top-rated models, this is a very good option for those searching for a simple humidifier. Key specifications of the Honeywell HCM-350 Cool Mist Humidifier:
5. 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.
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.
As mentioned, the Vornado has a very small footprint for an effective humidifier, and its black plastic case with blue and silver accents will look good almost anywhere. If they could just make it a bit quieter, it could easily be a top-three choice next to much more expensive alternatives.
Here’s a check of the Vornado Evap2 Whole Room Evaporative Humidifier’s specs:
If you are interested in humidifiers, for yourself or your baby, you could also consider reading Groom+Style’s Review of the Top 5 Best Air Purifiers.