8 Best Humidifiers for Your Home in 2016

Keeping the air in your home from getting too dry keeps you healthier by making it harder for airborne viruses to transmit infection, and eases allergy symptoms by keeping your sinuses moist.

A humidifier is especially handy in the winter when indoor heating dries out the air. Most people find that dry air irritates their skin and sinuses, as well as increasing static electricity and affecting their sleep. And because dry air feels cooler than moist air, they may even be spending more on heating their house because of the lack of humidity.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends running a humidifier to improve your breathing and help relieve coughing when you’re sick. Modern humidifiers are lighter, quieter, and easier to use than ones available a few years ago, and some come with handy features like killing germs or dispersing medicated vapor.

There are two main types of humidifier: ultrasonic and evaporative. Ultrasonic humidifiers usually don’t have filters that need to be replaced, but as a result, they can release mineral deposits from tap water into the air as well as vapor. Some people consider them safer since they don’t boil the water within the device. Evaporative humidifiers are more well-known and require filters. This means the vapor they release won’t have mineral deposits, but buying replacement filters can be annoying.

Review of Top 8 Humidifiers in 2016

Check out the humidifiers below to compare your best options to end winter discomfort.

Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

4./5 User Ratings

The Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier from Pure Enrichment is a tabletop humidifier with a 1.5 liter tank that can add moisture to the air for up to 16 hours of continuous operation. Adjust the direction of the 360-degree mist nozzle to get the most out of the vapor, and the dual-speed control lets you change the mist output. It also has an optional nightlight and shuts off automatically when the tank is removed or runs out of water. It even comes with a brush to help you clean it! This is one of the best humidifiers for people looking for moist air in a bedroom or other small, enclosed area.

Positives

  • Quiet operation
  • Easily portable due to light weight and small size
  • A full tank lasts the entire night
  • Nightlight feature ideal for bedrooms, bathrooms, or hallways
  • Very easy to clean and maintain

Negatives

  • Not suitable for medium or big rooms however best for smaller rooms
  • Some users reported issues with water leaking from the unit


Honeywell HCM350W Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier

3.9/5 User Ratings

The Honeywell HCM350W uses UV light technology to kill up to 99.9% of bacteria, mold, fungus, and viruses in the tap water used to humidify. Its QuietCare Performance feature makes it up to 25% quieter than other humidifiers in its category. It is an evaporative filter, ideal for medium-sized rooms. Three speed settings allow you to adjust how much moisture the humidifier releases. On its lowest setting, it will run for 24 hours off a full tank. For those concerned with the cleanliness of their tap water, this may be the best humidifier option. It also has a three year limited warranty.

Positives

  • Lasts up to 16 hours on the highest setting and 24 hours on the lowest
  • Water is released invisibly as vapor rather than droplets
  • One filter lasts 5-6 months
  • One tank can moisturize a small room for up to 5 days
  • Lightweight and easy to clean

Negatives

  • The UV bulb may need to be replaced
  • Users must buy replacement filters periodically


Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier with Auto Shut-Off

3.8/5 User Ratings

The Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier has a one-gallon capacity that lasts up to 12 hours and comes with a medicine cup to add Vicks Vaposteam or Kaz Inhalant to the moisture output to soothe coughing. The humidifier boils water to kill up to 96% of bacteria and other pathogens before releasing it. Operate it on the high setting for larger rooms or maximum moisture. The low setting works well for average-sized rooms. It also has a nightlight and shuts off automatically when the tank is empty. This is one of the best humidifiers to use when you’re sick since it can actually diffuse medicine. It has a three year limited warranty, too.

Positives

  • A full tank lasts over 24 hours on the low setting
  • Reliable auto shutoff feature and quiet operation
  • Unit is easy to clean and doesn’t require filters
  • Inexpensive but built well—many customers have used this unit heavily for years without noticing negative
  • performance changes
  • Works well in a medium-sized room

Negatives

  • Daily cleaning is recommended to avoid mineral buildup on the heating element
  • Some customers complained of leaking due to plastic container cracking


Cool Mist Humidifier Ultrasonic Whisper Aroma Diffuser

3.6/5 User Ratings

The Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier from Remedies is a quiet humidifier with an automatic shutoff ideal for bedrooms and other small spaces. Its stone filter prevents bad smells, and you can also use it as an aroma diffuser for essential oils. It has a 2.8 liter tank and vapor control knob. The built-in 7 color LED nightlight is a neat touch: you can set one color, rotate through the spectrum, or leave it off. It comes with a one year limited warranty.

Positives

  • Oil diffuser and LED lights are nice features
  • Lasts through the night with a full tank
  • Comes with a 2-year warranty for peace of mind
  • Quiet and attractive drop-shaped design
  • Dial lets you control how much vapor is released into the air

Negatives

  • Some buyers stated it was difficult to clean due to closed-off tank
  • Other customers had issues with the LED lights no longer working or the motor breaking down after a few months


Honeywell HCM-6009 Cool Moisture Console Humidifier

3.9/5 User Ratings

This evaporative Honeywell humidifier can provide moist air to multiple rooms while also being quiet and easy to clean. QuietCare technology makes it up to 40% quieter than other console humidifiers. It has two tanks, making it easy to fill and carry. It runs up to 24 hours from a full tank. For some households, the best humidifier is the one that runs the longest. In this case, you may have a winner with this Honeywell humidifier! Plus, it comes with a three year limited warranty.

Positives

  • Easy to clean
  • Works quickly to increase and maintain humidity
  • The two tanks mean the humidifier can keep running while you refill one
  • Automatic shutoff prevents damage
  • Sturdy unit with positive reviews after 2 or more years of use

Negatives

  • Wicks need constant replacement
  • Can be noisy on the high setting


Seneo Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier

4.3/5 User Ratings

The 2.6 Liter tank of this Seneo ultrasonic humidifier lets it run for up to 6 hours on its highest setting and 24 hours at the lowest setting. Use the 24 speed settings to adjust the moisture output, and the 7 LED light colors create a soothing ambiance. It also has an automatic shutoff feature. Seneo products have a 45 days money back policy, and an 18-month worry-free guarantee.

Positives

  • Easy to clean
  • Great customer service
  • Automatic shutoff
  • Easy to set up, and LED light feature can be turned off
  • Runs quietly, wide range of vapor output options

Negatives

  • Some users complained that the unit broke after a few days, but received replacements from Seneo
  • Cannot be used to diffuse essential oils (it will break the unit)


Anypro 3.5L Cool Mist Humidifier

4.7/5 User Ratings

This ultrasonic humidifier’s 3.5 Liter tank runs around 36 hours and can handle medium to large rooms. The tank is treated with an antimicrobial agent to prevent mold and fungus growth inside the container. The deep groove design reduces the chances of leakage or the base cracking, a common complaint with humidifiers. It also has automatic shutoff to save power and prevent damage. It doesn’t use filters and comes with a 60-day money-back guarantee and 1-year warranty.

Positives

  • Easy to fill, with a nice seal
  • Releases cool mist that dissipates into the air rather than condensing
  • Very quiet operation
  • Adjustable misting hood
  • Indicator light lets you know when the tank is low

Negatives

  • Customers complained that they experienced mold and mildew growth in the unit
  • Others stated it does not run for 36 hours as claimed


URPOWER Essential Oil Diffuser Cool Mist Humidifier

4.6/5 User Ratings

This second-generation humidifier and essential oil diffuser produces more mist than the older original version. Just add 100mL of water to its tank and a few drops of your favorite aromatic oil. It has programmable on/off cycles as well as automatic shutoff, and runs up to 6 hours continuously. It also has 7 color-changing LEDs, so it can function as a lamp or create ambiance. It is small and lightweight, making it very portable.

Positives

  • LED nightlight can be set to rotate different colors or just one
  • Comes with a measuring cup for the water for the diffuser
  • Low water level warning sound
  • Quiet operation
  • Use it as a diffuser during the day and a humidifier during the night

Negatives

  • Some users complained that after some use, the LED light doesn’t shut off
  • Some users experienced difficulty opening the diffuser to fill it