The best humidifiers work by adding moisture to your room and have a number of benefits including helping with allergies, getting rid of dry air, and, alongside an air purifier, improve your home’s indoor air quality too. When it comes to choosing from the best humidifiers, you’ll be able to pick from warm mist or cool mist humidifiers, and some models let you add additional scented oils to give your home a lovely fragrance. Here are the best humidifiers for your home.
Larger than average tank
This cool-mist humidifier can treat rooms up to 500 square feet and has a water output of 2.3 gallons per day. The water tank holds 1.1 gallons. Because this is an evaporative humidifier, it creates moisture by blowing air through a water-soaked wick. The wick has antibacterial properties and helps capture minerals before they get into the air. It also has an ultraviolet light between the water tank and the wick that can kill bacteria for an added layer of purification.
Designed to be easy to maintain, the Vicks Mini Filter-Free Cool Mist Humidifier is a great option for smaller rooms. While the tank can only hold 0.5 gallons, this cool mist humidifier comes complete with an in-built scented pad heater for Vicks VapoPads, helping to soothe coughs and congestion. The humidifier doesn’t require any filters and has a handy auto shut-off feature.
Near-silent running and adjustable nightlight
The Pure Enrichment MistAire is the best humidifier for bedrooms thanks to a whole host of features that allow it to work effectively throughout the night without disturbing your sleep. Its night light can be set to glow red, blue, or green or switched off altogether, while its quiet operation means you’ll barely hear it running. Finally, auto shut off means you won’t need to worry about the humidifier running for too long while you sleep.
A tower unit with adjustable humidity
The Costway 6L Cool Mist Humidifier is one of the largest, but because it stands upright, this humidifier doesn't actually take up much floor space and is ideal for more open space. The humidifier does feature a LED light and digital display, as well as three adjustable spray functions. Complete with remote control, this humidifier is easy to operate. With a larger capacity, this humidifier can be used for longer amounts of time. One great feature is the control to set the humidity to the level you need.
Use with essential oils
Suitable for rooms up to 860 square feet, the BONECO Humidifier is compatible with both soft and hard water. A reminder to refill the water will also avoid the tank emptying out. Complete with handy features like a top fill function, LED screen, and both cool and warm mist, this humidifier can also be used with essential oils. An Auto Mode means this humidifier can self-regulate so you don't need to monitor it too closely.
Choose the best humidifier for your home
Before you pick a new humidifier though, consider which room you need it to work in. The best humidifiers for large rooms will need a decent-sized tank otherwise they won’t be powerful enough to take excess moisture out of the whole room. Likewise, there’s no point paying a fortune for a humidifier for large rooms if it’s only going to be used in a small space.
If you need the best humidifier for a baby’s nursery or a bedroom, look for models that are virtually silent so that it won’t be a nuisance when it’s on. If the design is high on your list of priorities, some humidifiers have been created specifically to blend in nicely with children’s bedrooms.
Choosing the best humidifier may also come down to cost, however, it’s worth keeping in mind that while some humidifiers are much cheaper than others, they’ll likely need new filters regularly and they may not be the most energy-efficient.