Having trouble breathing at home? Baby has a dry cough? This can be caused by air that is too dry, especially in winter when the heating is on. There are solutions to remedy these problems: you can equip yourself with a humidifier.
This is a device that, by circulating water vapor or micro-droplets, will make your home more breathable. It will find its perfect place, for example, in the bedroom of a child with bronchial problems. Nevertheless, choosing the ideal model can be complex.
Indeed, there are hundreds of references. You probably don’t have the time to compare them one by one. That’s why we analyzed and compared 34 humidifiers sold in USA for almost 42 hours, taking into account the opinions of 434 consumers.
Do you want to give your little one better sleeping and playing conditions? For his room, you need an efficient humidifier that can be set up and is easy to use. The device most likely to satisfy you on all these levels, without costing too much, is undoubtedly the TaoTronics TT-AH001.
What we think of the TaoTronics TT-AH001
The TaoTronics TT-AH001 has one great advantage: it is discreet. It is quite compact, and its dimensions make it easy to place it in any room. It is a model adapted to spaces between 10 and 30 m², which corresponds to 107 and 322 ft². Operating via ultrasound, it is truly silent.
It offers excellent readability of the settings thanks to its LCD screen, where the humidity level is displayed. If you’re afraid that it might become an annoyance during the night, don’t panic: sleep and nightlight modes have been provided by the manufacturer. A button allows you to control the fog level.
The autonomy varies according to the size of the room where the humidifier is installed. Thanks to the 4-litre tank, i.e. a little over 1 US gal, it can last from 12 to 30 hours: that’s a very good score compared to some competitors. To change the water more easily, a handle has been integrated.
As far as safety is concerned, you don’t have to worry. When the water runs out, the TaoTronics TT-AH001 switches itself off. A filter cartridge reduces bad odours and fights against microorganisms.
The product has few faults, however, it involves a certain investment on your part: to enjoy it fully in optimal conditions, it will be necessary to clean it often, according to the instructions. The filter should be changed every 4 months.
- The best to improve the nights of the whole family.
- Nightlight and sleep modes.
- LCD screen, integrated hygrostat, adjustable humidity.
- Low-noise ultrasonic model: does not wake baby during the night.
- Filter cartridge to fight against bacteria and bad smells.
- Protection against lack of water via automatic shut-off function.
- 120V/60Hz, consumption 30 watts.
- Recommended room size: 10-30 m² / 107-322 ft².
- Tank capacity: 4 liters / ~1 US gal.
- Autonomy: 12-30 hours.
- Sound volume: 38 db(A).
- Dimensions : 20.6*13.5*30 cm / 8.1*5.3*11.8 in.
- Weight : 1.6 kg / 3.5 lb.
Ultra quiet ultrasonic system
Easy to use and safe
Perfectly adapted for the night
Regular cleaning to be planned
The TaoTronics TT-AH001 is a humidifier which will be able to accompany a child during the too dry winter nights. Silent, effective and discrete thanks to its sleep and sleep modes, it is also equipped with a cartridge to limit the proliferation of microbes. But a regular and serious maintenance is necessary.
Want to make your living room more breathable without having to pause your series to set a humidifier? Then the Levoit LV600HH is a remote controllable, self-contained and highly efficient model. It is the ideal high-end solution for living rooms.
What we think of the Levoit LV600HH
In the box of the Levoit LV600HH, you will find a remote control to control the object remotely. All features are accessible there.
And there are a few: you can increase or decrease the fog level (cold or hot), set the timer or disable the display on the main unit for example. Our favorite option is the automatic mode: the unit takes care of everything, providing you with breathable air without you having to do anything else.
The hygrostat visible on the LCD screen is really accurate. A night mode is provided.
With a maximum sound volume of 36 dB, this ultrasonic product may be suitable for a children’s room, however, being designed for areas of 40 to 70 m² (430 to 753 ft²), it is in a living room that it will reveal its full potential.
Despite a high maximum flow rate of 500 ml/h, it is autonomous: you can count on 20 to 36 hours before you need to replace the water. This is made possible by a high-capacity reservoir with a capacity of 5.6 l, which corresponds to 1.5 US gal. It is also very robust, since it is made of shock absorbing ABS plastic.
The overall quality of the object is also a reason for satisfaction. It is ETL certified and meets all Canadian requirements.
Finally, it can be used for the diffusion of essential oils.
The only downside to consider here is the slightly higher than average price.
- The model that requires Cons: amount of effort.
- Automatic mode and control of the device possible via remote control.
- LCD display, accurate hygrostat and night mode.
- Can be used to diffuse essential oils and warm mist.
- Water tank made of ABS plastic, capable of better absorbing shocks.
- CE and ETL certified.
- 120V/60Hz, 280 watts.
- Recommended room size: 40-70 m² / 430-753 ft².
- Tank capacity: 5.6 l / 1.5 US gal.
- Flow rate: 300-500 ml/h.
- Autonomy: 20-36 hours.
- Sound volume: 36 dB.
Remote control via remote control
Autonomy at the top
More expensive than some competitors
As long as you have the right budget, there’s no reason to hesitate when it comes to the Levoit LV600HH: it’s a particularly pleasant humidifier that is both precise and versatile. In addition, it has an excellent manufacturing quality, and requires little effort on your part outside of the usual maintenance.
Homasy VicTsing 2.2L
Congested mucous membranes, jerky breathing, these are problems you know too well? You would probably like to solve them, but you may not want to spend too much money on a humidifier. There’s a very economical option that’s perfect for a small bedroom or office: the Homasy VicTsing 2.2L.
What people think of Homasy VicTsing 2.2L
Let’s mention right now the disadvantage of this product, which explains its lighter price: it is intended exclusively for small areas. If you are looking for a humidifier for your living room, this is not the ideal option.
On the other hand, in a bedroom, but especially in a work environment, it is very interesting, for a simple reason: it is one of the quietest models in our selection. In fact, the sound volume produced does not exceed 28 dB. You can breathe better while remaining focused on your projects.
The willingness to offer simple operation is also to be commended. The maintenance instructions are clear, and the cleaning is quick to implement. Handling is made easier by the non-slip bow-shaped handle, and the wide opening makes water renewal much easier than with some competitors.
Should the liquid run out, don’t worry: the machine has an automatic shut-off function and a warning light in the form of a red LED.
The machine is very intuitive and allows you to make useful adjustments in just a few moments. The thumbwheel for regulating the flow rate is precise and enhances the adaptability of the product. Also note that, thanks to a rotating nozzle, the air humidification is homogeneous, which is healthier and more pleasant on a daily basis.
You benefit from a 45-day refund policy and a 12-month warranty.
The most intuitive handling.
Large opening (82.5 mm / 3.25 in.), arched non-slip handle.
Flow control knob offering good precision.
Automatic shut-off function and warning light in case of lack of water.
Rotating nozzle (360°) to humidify the air evenly.
Tank capacity: 2.2 l / 0.6 US gal.
Flow rate: 180 ml/h.
Autonomy: up to 24 hours with minimum flow.
Sound volume: 28 dB.
Refund policy: 45 days.
Warranty: 12 months.
Intuitive and less maintenance intensive
Reserved for small areas
What distinguishes Homasy VicTsing from its peers is above all its simplicity. Although it is not the most powerful model, its easy handling and its ability to remain particularly quiet can make it an excellent ally in a work environment. In addition, the quality offered at this price is very satisfactory.
In life, you have two main problems: you don’t have room, and you don’t have time? To settle down and take a deep breath, you might appreciate the help of the Vicks V4600. This humidifier requires little maintenance, since it doesn’t need a filter, is particularly compact and is fairly inexpensive to purchase.
What we think of the Vicks V4600
What’s annoying about most humidifiers, including high-end models, is that maintenance is usually quite cumbersome. There’s one person responsible for this: the filter. It needs to be cleaned at regular intervals, and remember to change it frequently. Here, this worry is simply eliminated.
The unit is designed to work with Vicks VapoPads. This means you have much less maintenance to perform than with other models. Pros:, they have a pleasant minty scent: not only do you breathe easier, but you also enjoy a fragrant, soothing environment.
The object being particularly compact, it is logically intended for modest spaces: bedroom, office, but also, among others, student housing. The 1.9 l tank, which corresponds to 0.9 US gal., allows a maximum autonomy of 20 hours.
However, this varies according to the selected flow rate. On the front of the unit, you have a knob that allows you to adjust it in a few seconds.
The machine is relatively quiet and produces a soft light at night.
This is a zero stress option: if the water runs out, the unit shuts itself off.
If you’re often in a hurry, and don’t like to waste your time on time-consuming maintenance procedures, you should appreciate this product. Please note, however, that given its very low initial purchase price, you will have to expect a correct, but somewhat reduced life expectancy compared to some of the more expensive competitors.
- The mini solution for small spaces.
- Takes up very little space, limited sound volume and light night light.
- Filter-free operation: much faster cleaning.
- Can be used with Vicks VapoPads.
- Wheel to adjust the flow rate.
- Automatic shut-off in case of lack of water for added safety.
- Tank capacity: 1.9 l / 0.5 US gal.
- Autonomy: up to 20 hours at minimum flow.
No filter to replace or clean
Safe via automatic shutdown
Slightly less durable than others
The Vicks V4600 is a headless humidifier suitable for small spaces. For example, it is an excellent gift to give to a student with sensitive bronchial tubes who has recently moved into a modest studio. Its lifespan is a little shorter than other models, but this is justified by a very affordable price.
Do you love nature so much that you want to bring it into your home? Flowers and plants also need air with the right moisture content. The use of a humidifier is therefore indicated, but it is preferable to choose a model with a long autonomy, such as the affordable Homech HM-AH001, to avoid spending your time changing the water.
What we think of the Homech HM-AH001
On this device, the flow rate can be adjusted via a thumbwheel and can reach 300 ml/hour.
On the other hand, it can also be set much lower, at 60 ml/hour. This gives you an above-average autonomy of up to 60 hours. You no longer have to keep in mind the need to refill the tank all the time.
This is all the more true since the tank has a good capacity: it can hold 4 litres, i.e. about 1 US gal. of water. The water is released into the room in the form of a mist through a rotating nozzle that ensures uniform humidity. It is therefore a very good model for plant living rooms with a surface area of 20 to 40 m², or 215 to 430 ft².
If you are afraid of not knowing when the unit runs out of water, no worries: a safe automatic shut-off is provided. This also works when the unit is lifted, for example. The manufacturer has designed its machine to make it more difficult for dust to infiltrate.
Cleaning is far from being an insurmountable chore on this product, since it is clearly facilitated by a 92 mm wide opening, i.e. 3.62 in.
However, there is one flaw: filling the water is not extremely intuitive, as the tank must be removed and turned: you may tend to put a little on the side. Fortunately, this operation is to be performed less often than on other references.
- The best autonomy.
- Able to last more than 1 full day without water replacement required.
- Selection of the preferred flow rate via the front knob.
- Homogeneous humidification thanks to a 360° rotating base.
- Easier cleaning with the large opening (92 mm/ 3.62 in.).
- Protected against dust, stops automatically in case of risk.
- 100-120V/50-60Hz, 15-25 watts.
- Recommended room size: 20-40 m² / 215-430 ft².
- Tank capacity: 4 l / ~1 US gal.
- Flow rate: 300 ml/h.
- Autonomy: up to 60 hours for minimum flow rate.
- Sound volume: 30 dB.
- Dimensions: 10.2*6.5*13.3 in / 25.8*16.4*33.8 cm.
- Weight : 1.35 kg / 3 lb.
Very good autonomy
Well secured device
Water replacement a little tedious
The Homech HM-AH001 proves to be accessible and practical, its main advantage being the range of flow rates offered and the potential additional autonomy it offers. It is a model that will find its perfect place in a flowery living room. Just note that topping up the water is a little longer than with other humidifiers.
Are you looking for a compact humidifier, but don’t feel like going for an entry-level unit? If you invest a little more, you can get the Honeywell HUL520B. This model may be able to meet your requirements with its appreciable robustness and filter-free operation.
What we think of the Honeywell HUL520B
Logically, the Honeywell HUL520B, whose dimensions remain modest, is best used in a small room, such as a bedroom or office. For larger spaces, it will not be as effective.
If this is what you need, you are looking at an interesting device. Indeed, at first glance, it may seem more expensive than some of its direct competitors. But, in reality, in the long term, it is very economical: it consumes very little electricity and does not need a filter.
It also has another advantage: robustness. Honeywell is a serious brand, and many users emphasize the robustness of the product. In addition, to reassure you, a 2-year limited warranty is included in the price.
The unit is compact and can be easily placed on a desk or shelf. The manufacturer has made a real effort on the aesthetics. The object is quite pretty: while remaining sober, it is stylish and can effectively complement a modern interior design.
There are not many adjustments, but it has the merit of simplicity: you turn the knob to adjust the flow, and that’s it. The maximum autonomy is 18 hours.
The machine stops by itself when there is no more water in the tank, which has a capacity of 1.9 l, or 0.5 US gal.
- The most cost-effective humidifier in the long run.
- No filter and very low power consumption.
- Unsurpassed ease of use: just turn the knob.
- Compact and aesthetically pleasing design, rounded and sleek.
- Ultrasonic technology allowing a quite silent operation.
- Automatic stop when the tank is empty.
- Tank capacity: 1.9 l / 0.5 US gal.
- Autonomy: up to 18 hours.
- Dimensions: 21.8*20.7*22.6 cm/ 8.57*8.15*8.9 in.
- Weight : 1.2 kg / 2.61 lb.
- Warranty: limited, 2 years.
No filter, inexpensive to use
Controlled dimensions and inspired design
Average price-to-covered area ratio
The Honeywell HUL520B is one of the most cost-effective humidifiers in the long run: it uses little electricity, costs you nothing in filters, and is extremely sturdy. So it’s a good investment, despite a higher initial cost than other compact references. It is intended for small surfaces.
Do you especially want to reduce the discomfort of dry air, starting with the congestion of the throat and nose? In this case, it is advisable to equip yourself with a device capable of humidifying the air in a homogeneous way. This is the case of the TaoTronics TT-AH002, which is generally offered at an intermediate price in online stores.
What we think of the TaoTronics TT-AH002
This humidifier is suitable for one bedroom and small living rooms.
It has a tank of 3.5 l, which represents 0.9 US gal, allowing it to offer a maximum autonomy of 10 hours, or the duration of one night. Its ideal use will therefore be to place it in the bedroom of an adult or a child victim of frequent colds or sinus congestion for example.
A non-slip handle is provided, making filling the water as easy as it is quick and easy. A filter and a cleaning brush are also included in the box.
The device will humidify the environment in a particularly homogeneous way. Indeed, it has a double nozzle that allows it to diffuse mist from two sides simultaneously. It can also be rotated through 360°.
You can choose the flow rate that suits you best. You don’t have to learn a complicated procedure by heart. Simply turn the knob. Since this is an ultrasound model, the noise produced is limited and will not interfere with your or your child’s sleep.
As for safety, it is ensured by an automatic shut-off in case of lack of water. The problem will be signaled to you with a red LED.
Finally, you should know that the object is quite pretty, and that there are several colors, including blue, pink, purple and wood.
Its biggest flaw in our eyes is its positioning: it will often be interesting to go and see what is available for a little less or a little more expensive.
- The most homogeneous humidification.
- Double nozzle rotates 360° to easily diffuse the mist everywhere.
- Ultra-simple controls: the flow rate can be adjusted with a single button.
- Red LED in case of lack of water, automatic shut-off.
- Several colors available: blue, pink, purple, wood.
- Easy filling thanks to the non-slip handle.
- Tank capacity: 3.5 l / 0.9 US gal.
- Autonomy: up to 10 hours.
Excellent homogeneity of humidification
Different designs available
Very simple to fill in and use
Difficult intermediate positioning
The TaoTronics TT-AH002 is the intermediate humidifier par excellence: although it is not as efficient as the top-of-the-range devices, it still sets it apart from its cheaper competitors. If you don’t know which model to buy, and want to avoid disappointment, this is the right backup solution to turn to.
Things to know before buying a humidifier
Not sure if you really need a humidifier? Would you like to learn more before you make a purchase? We invite you to find out what this type of device can do for you by answering a few frequently asked questions.
A humidifier, what is it used for?
Today, we have an excellent control of the indoor temperature. In winter, when it’s cold, you probably just turn on your heating.
But this has a consequence: decrease the ambient humidity. However, to avoid respiratory problems, or congestion of the nasal mucous membranes and throat, you should keep it around 40 to 60%. It is particularly important for the smallest, and this is what the humidifier allows to do.
Other uses are possible, for example to maintain the right level of humidity in a green room.
Where to place it? Is it cumbersome?
In the vast majority of cases, the humidifier is placed in a bedroom or an office, but some are also perfectly adapted to living rooms. It is rarely very large, however, there are extra compact models for small spaces.
Will I spend a lot of time cleaning it?
The first two or three times, you will have to rely carefully on the instructions and try to remember the procedure, and you will have the impression that it is a bit long. But once you get used to it, you will be able to perform quick maintenance of the unit. Often, a brush, water and white vinegar will suffice.
This also filters out odours and bacteria?
This is not always the case, but it is a possibility. Some references are equipped with a filter, more or less efficient. It is then necessary to think of cleaning it too, and to change it at regular intervals, according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Our selection criteria for buying a humidifier
You feel well informed, and all you have to do is choose the model that meets your expectations? To avoid unpleasant surprises, there are a few criteria to study in priority, which we have listed for you.
Humidifiers are in fact products that are relatively accessible. In fact, the entrance fee is about $35.
However, in order to hope to cover a larger area, it will often be necessary to pay an amount close to $50. As for the hyper-configurable high-end references, they can reach $100.
The type of humidifier
In this guide, we have presented ultrasonic models for a very simple reason: they are the quietest. They send tiny drops of water into the air and diffuse a cool mist. More rarely, they can also diffuse essential oils and warm mist.
There are other options: cold or hot steam models by evaporation, and those that work with ultraviolet, antimicrobial.
Tank capacity, flow rate and autonomy
These three elements are inseparable from each other.
The capacity of the tank is expressed in liters (or US gallons).
A “small” capacity, the one generally adopted by compact models, is about 1.9 liters or 0.5 gallons.
Humidifiers suitable for slightly larger rooms often have a reservoir capable of holding between 4 and 6 liters of water, or 1 to 1.5 gallons.
The flow rate will have a direct impact on the speed of humidification. Manufacturers always indicate the maximum option, which is frequently 300ml/hour.
As for the autonomy, it will simply depend on the tank and the flow rate. The larger the tank, the slower the flow rate, the greater the autonomy.
The one displayed by the manufacturers corresponds, in the majority of cases, to the theoretical maximum that the machine can reach if it is used with the lowest flow rate.
Homogeneity of humidification
The humidification process is more efficient if it is homogeneous. This is why many models are equipped with a 360° rotating nozzle. Some even have a double nozzle to diffuse mist or steam to two sides simultaneously.
Simple operation and legibility of the parameters
Two options here :
You have chosen an entry-level or intermediate model: you will probably have a simple knob to adjust the flow rate, it’s limited but simple and intuitive.
You’ve chosen a slightly more expensive model: you’ll probably have touch buttons and an LCD screen with a hygrometer displaying the humidity level. A remote control can be included for remote control.
The devices are rarely noisy. Some are bright, but most have a night or nightlight mode, which is ideal for a child’s room.
Safety and Security
The filters of some models can help increase safety by eliminating bacteria and bad odors. Almost all models have an automatic shut-off function in case of lack of water, and a red warning LED is often provided.
Ease of filling and maintenance
A wide opening and a non-slip handle make cleaning and water replacement much easier.
Recommended room surface area
Before making your choice, remember to check what area is covered. This is frequently mentioned by the manufacturers on the technical data sheets. It must be modulated according to the height of the room, to adapt to the volume of air to be covered.
Dimensions and aesthetics
Choose a model whose size is adapted to your space, and which does not disturb you aesthetically. Some humidifiers are very decorative and available in several different colors. Don’t forget to take into account placement requirements, which vary from one product to another.
We wish you a high-performance humidifier that will improve your daily well-being and that of your children. Do not hesitate to exchange with other Internet users: they will be able to provide you with additional advice.
Why trust us
All the recommendations we make on G24i.com are the result of several weeks or months of research, tests, comparisons, analysis of consumer opinions and, if necessary, interviews with experts and scientists. You will quickly realize that the products we recommend here are not the most expensive or the most trendy: they are the ones that will best fulfill their daily task, passing all the safety, reliability and efficiency tests with ease and with a quality/price ratio that is interesting for you.
In the end, the products we recommend are the ones we would like to buy, and the ones we would also choose for our friends and family.
We do our utmost to offer you a comparison to help you choose the best possible humidifier. If we have missed any information or new models, please feel free to leave a comment below or send us a message.