Winter season is always filled with love and laughter due to the holiday spirit, giving gifts, and making New Year’s resolution. Once that is over the only things, we are left with are few extra pounds that we hide under our sweaters (Hey, it’s holiday season we won’t judge) and something most of us don’t like – dry air.
Sure, we don’t sweat as much as we do during the summer, but dry air can cause difficulty breathing during the night, make our lips chapped, skin dry, and worsen our allergies. The optimal indoor humidity when it’s winter should be at around 45%, but it usually drops to about 15% due to cold weather. Of course, we cannot influence the outside conditions. Luckily, we can do that indoors with the help of a humidifier. What are the benefits of using it and which ones are the best? We are about to find out.
Buying Guide – Important Considerations
The purpose of humidifiers is to boost the level of moisture in the air, and that will help you to breathe easier especially if you have asthma, and it can help you recover from a cold faster. We will cover basic questions that people ask when choosing the best humidifiers.
How to choose the size of humidifier? – Most humidifiers have a coverage area indicated in the description of the product. That is room size which it can humidify properly. Medium and small are for single-room only, due to its size it can be quickly moved to other rooms, but you will need to fill the tank often. On the other hand, extra-large and large ones are a great solution for multiple rooms as they are not intended to be portable, but in the bright side, you don’t need to refill the tank as much.
Which is a better option warm or cool mist? – It depends on your preference.
- The warm mist humidifier kills the germs more effectively and can help with the stuffy nose, but on the downside, it’s noisier as it has to boil the water and the container becomes hot to touch, so it’s not recommended if you have pets or small kids that can accidentally hurt themselves.
- The cool mist a humidifier covers bigger areas and uses less power, so you save on your electricity bill, but you will need to clean it more frequently.
What is the average price of a humidifier? – It can vary from 25 dollars to 100 dollars, depending on the area it needs to cover. Also, extra features such as a display which is LED, humidistat, etc. will add to its value.
How to keep a humidifier in good condition? – It is vital to clean it properly because without that it cannot do its job the way it was intended. This means it will drain your electricity more and can cause bacteria and mold to appear. Most humidifiers come with detailed instructions on how to clean it.
Can humidifier help me if I have an allergy? – Yes. People who have an allergy say that humidifiers tend to help them breath better and fall asleep easier. But to be safe, it is better to use filtered water in humidifiers than tap water because ultrasonic humidifier creates vapor that can make thin white dust that could be bothersome to people who are prone to allergies.
Is it safe to use essential oils in a humidifier? – It depends on the humidifier. If a product that you bought can be used as a diffuser and a humidifier, then it is okay, but always check with the manufactures because every product should be used as intended.
Our Top Picks
The AirCare MA1201 – The Best Whole House Humidifier
If you can’t bother to move your humidifier from one room to another, this model is an excellent choice for you. It covers up to 3 600 ft² and it can run for 36h, so you don’t need to worry about turning it on again after a short period. Even though it’s a large room humidifier, it does not take much space as it is 2’ tall, and it has wheels so that you can move it anywhere you like with ease.
The AirCare MA1201 has four speeds of the fan and a humidistat, so you don’t need an external meter for the humidity. It also contains customizable humidity settings and automatic turn off option when the tank has no water or if the optimal level of moisture is reached. The best part of it is that it’s easy to clean, just replace wicks and filters.
It comes with two years of warranty and 30-days warranty on the wicks and filters.
This model is an economical choice as buying multiple humidifiers can be more expensive.
- The cool mist humidifier with humidistat
- Large coverage area
- Lasts up to 36h
- Two years of warranty
The Honeywell HCM350B – The Best for Allergy
The Honeywell HCM350B uses the technology of UV killing up to 99.9 percent of harmful bacteria. The tap water goes through a filter then into water that that contains UV before it goes out to the bedroom. This system ensures that the bacterial growth is minimized almost to none. That is why this is one of the best humidifiers for allergies, and cleaning won’t be bothersome because all parts are safe for the dishwasher.
This humidifier can last up to 24h, and since it is a tank of one gallon, it can easily fit in your sink. Honeywell HCM350B is a cool mist humidifier so, it is safe to be used in the kids’ room, and you can choose between black and white design.
This product comes with a warranty of 3 years, but due to its UV technology system that effectively kills the bacteria, the price is a bit higher than average. You will need to buy filters now and then that cost about 10 dollars each.
- The cool mist humidifier
- The unique technology that contains UV killing 99.9% of bacteria
- Lasts up to 24h
- Three years of warranty
The Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier (model 745A) – The Best Humidifier for Sinuses
If you often get sick during the flu or cold season, this humidifier will help you mild the symptoms of congestion because of its warm and comforting vapor. The mist level is also adjustable.
This model is designed in that way to help you sleep while you’re sick. All you have to do is to add VapoSteam Vicks into the medicine cup that is included, and you will create a mist that is medicated to help you breathe better and temporarily stop you from coughing while optimizing humidity level in the room.
The transparent design of the tank makes it obvious when you need to refill it, and it shuts off as soon as the tank is empty preventing it from overheating. An extra feature is a nightlight that comes with the humidifier.
The Vicks Warm Mist humidifier’s price is around 40 dollars, and one of its perks is that it doesn’t have a filter so you won’t have an additional cost. It comes with a warranty of three years.
- Humidifier with warm mist
- It can kill up to 95 percent of harmful bacteria.
- Lasts up to 12h
- Warranty of three years
The Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier – The Best Humidifier for Baby
One of the reasons this is our top choice for nursery room humidifier is because of its cool-mist which provides soothing relief when your child is sick. It also provides a clean air environment for your child and kills up to 99.96 percent of harmful bacteria due to the base that is anti-microbial. The area coverage is only 500 ft² so it will humidify air the best in the smaller rooms.
The design of the Crane Ultrasonic humidifier is very suitable for the nursery room as it is teardrop shaped and you have various colors to choose from so, it will work with almost any décor well. It has a shut-off feature when the tank is empty, and it runs up to 24h, but more importantly, it is quiet and energy efficient which means your baby will get a good night sleep without disruptions.
The tank is filter-free, so you won’t have to worry about the additional cost. The humidifier comes with a warranty of one year.
- Provides a cool mist
- Lasts up to 24h
- Warranty of one year
- Free from 99.96 percent of bacteria
The VicTsing Essential Oil Diffuser Plus Cool Mist Humidifier – The Best Humidifier/Diffuser
Lovers of aromatherapy will enjoy this gadget as it is oil diffuser and humidifier all wrapped into one. It also includes seven nightlights that are LED for a completely relaxing atmosphere. If you need a smaller one to take with you on your trip, the six inches size would be your perfect companion. If you want to use it home, we recommend using it in smaller rooms like nurseries for higher humidity coverage.
Wood grain complements the simple, elegant design that is featuring two mist settings and four-time options. On the lowest humidity setting, it can last up to 10h. This might not be a good option for those who need a more extended period of humid air, especially during the night.
The VicTsing is primarily used as an essential oil diffuser and then humidifier which is great for those that are on the go and need aromatherapy to sleep. You get a warranty of one year.
- Diffuser for essential oils
- Lasts up to 10h
- Awarranty of one year.
- Provides a cool mist
The TaoTronics Cool Mist Humidifier – The Best Humidifier Display
If you are a tech-nerd, you will love this humidifier because it has a mist nozzle of 360 degree that rotates as you sleep, a humidistat that monitors humidity level with three mist options and a timer that works up to 24h. All of that can be seen on a fancy LED display.
The TaoTronics makes noise that is less than 38 dB and works best in rooms that are up to 538 ft². The product includes a cleaning set, and new filter replacement will cost you 8 dollars each. You get a warranty of one year.
- Humidifier withcool mist
- A warranty of one year.
- Contains humidistat
- Lasts up to 15h
The Pure Enrichment MistAire Humidifier – Our Editor’s Choice
The best for last, this is an ultrasonic humidifier that is operating on quiet mode, so you get no disruptions during sleep. Its sleek modern design will add to your décor rather than being an eyesore, and it also includes a nightlight that provides a soothing glow for those who prefer not to have complete darkness.
The size of the humidifier is enough to ensure optimal humidity in most bedrooms. On the lowest setting it can last up to 16h, and you get a shut-off feature whenever the tank is removed, or the water level is too low.
The Pure Enrichment MistAire humidifier comes with AC adapter, a cleaning set and a manual. All parts can be easily removed in order to be cleaned. Most importantly it is very affordable. You get a warranty of two years.
- The humidifier that provides a cool mist
- Lasts up to 16h
- A warranty of two years
- To besurethat the humidifiers have a high humidity coverage in the room by checking the size of it and the maximum area coverage.
- Make sure you use the humidifier as intended. Consult the manufacturer before adding essential oils.
- Always have a habit of rinsing, and drying the humidifier’s reservoir daily and clean it deeply with a disinfecting agent and vinegar to stop potential growth of the bacteria and mold.