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Best Humidifier

Best humidifiers
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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. 

Best overall

Pure Enrichment MistAire humidifier

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Pure Enrichment MistAire Humidifier

Near-silent running and adjustable nightlight

Thanks to a whole host of features that work effectively throughout the night without disturbing your sleep, the Pure Enrichment MistAire is one of the best humidifiers. 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. 

Pros:

  • Night mode
  • Single and dual mist output

Cons:

  • Can be difficult to refill
  • No auto-mode

This humidifier doesn't have an auto mode, but it does have an auto shut off, which means you won’t need to worry about the humidifier running after the tank is empty. It has both a single and dual mist output that will emit mist between 10 and 24 hours continually depending on the chosen control setting. it is a little bit difficult to refill the tank that includes balancing while you unscrew and replace the plug on it. 

Best for small areas

Vicks Mini Filter-Free Cool Mist Humidifier

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Vicks Mini Filter Free Cool Mist Humidifier

Minimal maintenance

Designed to be easy to maintain, the Vicks Mini Filter-Free Cool Mist Humidifier is a great option for smaller rooms. The tank only holds 0.5 gallons, but this cool mist humidifier comes with a scented pad heater to use with Vicks VapoPads to help soothe coughs and congestion. 

Pros:

  • Low maintenance
  • Quiet operation
  • Auto shut-off

Cons:

  • Not for large rooms

The humidifier doesn’t require any filters and has a handy auto shut-off feature. It also runs quietly, so it won't disturb conversations or wake you up if using it at night. It is only suitable for smaller spaces, though.

Most versatile humidifier

BONECO U350 Warm and Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier

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BONECO Warm and Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier

Use with essential oils

The BONECO humidifier comes with handy features like a top fill tank, LED screen digital controls, and both cool and warm mist. This humidifier can also be used with essential oils. Its Auto Mode means this humidifier self-regulates, so you don't need to monitor it too closely.  

Pros:

  • Warm and cool mist
  • Easy fill
  • Auto mode
  • Use with essential oils

Cons:

  • Small tank
  • A little pricy

The BONECO will remind you to refill the water to avoid the tank emptying out. And it is compatible with both soft and hard water. The tank is small, but it will adequately add humidity to rooms up to 860 square feet. This is a decent-sized space about the size of six standard-sized bedrooms. All the great features of the BONECO humidifier do come with a larger price tag compared to others we reviewed.

Best for large areas

Costway 6L Cool Mist Humidifier:

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Costway Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

Good choice for home offices

The Costway Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier is one of the largest in our guide. However, because this humidifier stands upright, it doesn't actually take up much floor space and is ideal for an office space. With a a large, 6L capacity, this humidifier can be used for longer amounts of time.

Pros:

  • Timing function
  • Lower power consumption

Cons:

  • Quite big

The Costway Ultrasonic humidifier features a LED light and digital display where you can adjust the spray functions by choosing one of the three settings, or set the humidity level between 45% and 9-%. There is a time that, when set, will turn the humidifier off. And you can control this unit with the included remote control.

 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. 

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Sophie Bird

Sophie is Home Editor at Top Ten Reviews. Starting off her career in print journalism, Sophie then moved to digital and now specializes in lifestyle, home interiors and social media. While she has scooped awards for her journalism, Sophie likes to whip up a storm in the kitchen when she's not writing.