Besides the option of having a whole house humidifier, you may like to consider having one in the room. In this post, we will guide you along on how to find the best room humidifier in 2017.
So you may ask why do we need a room humidifier? In our earlier post, we discussed about several benefits of having a whole house humidifier. Similarly, the benefits of having an ideal temperature and humidity in a well-controlled environment applies here.
Ideally, one should not feel too warm or too dry in the rooms. In winter, it is very helpful towards a better night’s sleep when the room is cooler and moisture in the air is kept in check. The cold and dry climate during winter may also affect the nasal passages, thus it is a good idea to have humidity levels regulated in the room for a good night’s rest.
Types of Small Room Humidifiers
There are essentially two types of room humidifiers:
- May come with ultrasonic or evaporative technology to generate the mist
- Does not use heated water
- Consumes little electricity
- Ultrasonic humidifiers are generally quieter than warm-mist humidifiers; however evaporative units are noisier due to operation of the fan
- Children and pet friendly due to the lack of a heating element. Ideal for areas within their reach and cause burn injury
- Mild cooling effect in the ambient air
- Must be cleaned regularly before each water refill to prevent bacterial growth
- Wick filters should be replaced about every 2 months
- Water is heated with a built-in heating element and boiled to turn it into steam
- Water is sterilized by the heating before being pushed out into the air
- Low running costs
- No need for replacement filters unlike cool-mist humidifiers
- Most units automatically shut off when the water tank dries up
- Safety hazard at home due to potential burn injuries from hot water spillage
- Higher tendency to build up mineral deposits during the boiling process
- Warm air produced may be more comfortable during winter
There may be some differences in how cool-mist humidifiers and warm-mist humidifiers function, but both types work well to humidify the air in the rooms.
While we may be recommending humidifiers for winter, they can be used throughout the year. It will be good to maintain a humidity level of about 30-50% at all times of the year so that we can avoid any dry skin or nasal congestion, and eventually enjoy a good night's sleep. This is also applicable in air-conditioned spaces experiencing humid weather outdoors.
The choice of water is also important in the long term use of humidifiers. The hard water from the faucet may leave you with more mineral buildup in the unit. This will require you to do more thorough cleaning and it may also leave a faint white dust around your house. It may be a wise choice to opt for distilled water instead to minimize the trouble of cleaning up the humidifier and the house and maximise the humidifier's efficiency.
Features of Small Room Humidifiers to Consider
There are several factors to consider when it comes to choosing the best room humidifier for your house. Let's take a look at them:
A quieter unit will ensure that your sleep does not get disturbed by the buzzing or sound of water boiling.
It will be good to have one that is built in so that you can adjust the relative humidity and maintain it at your preferred levels constantly.
Automatic Shut Down
Most units come with this safety feature these days to prevent any fire hazards that may occur from boiling without water in the tank.
Cleaning and Maintenance
Water tanks that are removable will make cleaning and refilling a breeze.
Some units have different ways of keeping the bacteria growth in the water tanks in check and include filters, cartridges and UV light.
The Best Room Humidifier in 2017 - Our Choices
Honeywell HCM350W Germ Free Cool-Mist Humidifier
This evaporative humidifier unit from Honeywell HCM-350 is a workhorse that comes with great looks. Fitted with a large tank, it can humidify a medium-sized room for up to 12 hours on its gallon tank. The unit is fairly mobile and can be moved around the house with ease. When it is in operations, the unit is relatively quiet.
The water is treated with UV technology to kill most of the bacteria, fungus and mold before it is released into the air via the mist. The ProTec filters also serves to clean the water and prevent any mineral accumulation.
The water levels can be seen through the transparent area from the front. We do have to take note that it does not automatically shut down when the water tank runs dry.
We really liked the fact that the Honeywell unit is made of dishwasher-safe parts, thus rigorous cleaning of the humidifier is a breeze with the sterilization of the parts using the hot water used in the dishwashers.
Boneco / Air-O-Swiss Warm or Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier 7147
This powerful unit from Boneco makes our best room humidifier list. It is another workhorse that is ideal for slightly bigger rooms (up to 600 square feet) and comes at a very affordable price. Its simple yet robust construction makes it one of our favorites in this list.
Being an ultrasonic humidifier, it makes use of high-frequency vibrations to produce the very fine mist that is dispersed into the air. The best part is that the noise levels are kept to a minimum even while the unit is working hard. It comes with a timer that allows it to stop after running continuously on a preset time of between 1-8 hours.
The relatively larger water tank is able to hold 1.5-gallons. The temperature of the output mist is regulated according to the ambient room temperature and is dispersed via its two nozzles. It has a built-in humidistat and the relative humidity is constantly adjusted to the temperature in your room.
The unit comes with several water maintenance accessories which help to keep it running in optimal condition. The demineralization cartridge helps to remove lime and prevent other minerals found in the hard water from being dispersed with the mist. The cartridge can be replaced once the lime and mineral builds up.
The Hydro Cell, which is essentially a charcoal filter with silver ions, helps to keep the unit fresh and purify the water at the same time. The EZCal packet is used for cleaning the unit.
TaoTronics Ultrasonic Humidifier Cool Mist Humidifier
The TaoTronics Ultrasonic Cool-Mist Humidifier offers great performance for its price. This unit is ideal up to medium-sized rooms and can operate at up to 15 hours on a gallon of water at one go. As with other ultrasonic humidifiers, the noise levels are very low and cause minimal disruption to your sleep.
The unit comes with a LED digital display for you to view and adjust the timer settings, humidity levels, the mist levels as well as the number of operation hours. It also comes with the automatic shut off feature once the water levels are low.
This room humidifier from TaoTronics makes use of a microporous cartridge to filter the water and remove any microorganisms, magnesium, and calcium deposits before the mist is dispersed into the air through its 360-degree nozzle.
Honeywell HUL520 Mistmate Cool Mist Humidifier
Another Honeywell unit that we have included in our best room humidifier list and this time it is the HUL520 Mistmate room unit which makes a good addition to any rooms with its good looks.
It may not be the biggest room humidifier, but the Mistmate will easily run up to about 20 hours on about half a gallon of water. The large water tank is easy to refill and clean as well. The Mistmate requires no filter for operations.
Like most humidifiers on the market, the HU520 shuts off automatically when the water tank runs dry. The noise levels are minimal and will be ideal for you if you are a light sleeper or cannot sleep with ambient noise in the room.
Vicks® Vul520 Filter-Free Cool-Mist
This small-sized Vicks humidifier, which is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, makes a good choice for either a baby's or child's room. Of course, it would work just as well for the regular rooms.
The construction is simple and the Vicks unit does not use any filters, thus eliminating the need for replacement filters. The water tank holds about half-gallon of water and it can be expected to operate overnight for up to 10 hours. It will shut down automatically when it runs out of water. You may manually set the relative humidity to your desired levels.
There is a drawer where you can place the scented pads and the built-in scent pad heater will help to disperse the soothing mist into the air. Do not use any essential oils with the unit.
Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier with Auto Shut-Off
The warm-mist humidifier by Vicks has been designed to work with Vicks Vaposteam or Kaz inhalant to produce medicated vapours that is dispersed into the room for a soothing effect. The vapor is effective for clearing any nasal or lung congestion.
The unit comes with a decent-sized water tank which holds about 1-gallon of water, giving it an operational time up to 12-hours. It's automatic shut off feature and quiet operations will be useful if you're putting it in your baby's room. It does come with a dim nightlight which cannot be switched off.
As mentioned earlier, you can use Vicks Vaposteam or Kaz inhalant with this unit and the medicine cup will hold it. However, you can also use without the medication just like any other humidifiers.
Remedies Rainbow Cool Mist Humidifier
We love this good-looking teardrop shape unit for its look and its beautiful LED lights. This ultrasonic cool-mist humidifier is ideal for your room for several reasons.
The large capacity of the water tank enables it to run continuously for up to 10 hours in average-sized rooms. In some cases, this may even stretch up to 14 hours on a low-flow rates. Noise levels from its operations are minimal so you can rest assured that you can enjoy your sleep.
The LED indicator light on the front of the unit will turn from green to red when the water levels run low. At the same time, it is equipped with automatic shut down when the water tank runs dry so you can leave it on throughout the night without waking up.
The LED illumination turns the whole humidifier into 7 different colors - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. You may choose to opt for rotating colors or set it up with your favorite color. Of course, if you are someone who needs to sleep in a pitch dark room, you can still use the humidifier with the LED lights switched off.
At the back of the unit, there is a tray that pulls out to allow you to add essential oils like lavender and eucalyptus to ease the nasal congestion and get a nice sleep.
Cleaning the humidifier is quick, simple and most importantly hassle-free. Just remember to keep your unit dry and clean when you are not using it to prevent the growth of bacteria.
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