Here at the Strategist we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy (like bed sheets or pillows), but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we’re introducing People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing of them. While we’ve written about the best humidifiers according to the experts, a certain design-y desk humidifier, and even a bacteria-zapping humidifier, here we’ve collected the best humidifiers available on Amazon, according to the people (note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity).
Best cool mist humidifier
“My husband and I have noticed such a difference in our breathing and ‘dryness’ after using this for a few weeks now. It holds about two nights’ worth of water and the small light on the front doesn’t bother us because it’s below our sight line. I also love that we can use essential oils without contaminating the basin. There is a small drawer on the side of the humidifier that you can add your oils to. The packaging is very minimal and I don’t really even know what the brand name is because it’s not marked anywhere (I can see) on the humidifier — which I rather like.”
“Truly super-quiet; I have it on my night table by the side of my bed and do not hear a sound. Water tank easily holds a full night and more.
Adjustment dial for mist is easy to use and allows for incremental changes for a perfect setting no matter your situation. A fabulous value for the price.”
Best warm mist humidifier
“I love everything about this humidifier! I had a list of features I was looking for and this Levoit unit checks off all the boxes. Whisper quiet? You can’t even hear it running when it’s sitting a foot away from you! Programmable humidity setting? Yep, anywhere from 45 percent up to 80 percent. Large-capacity water tank? This could run for DAYS if you wanted it to. Warm or cool mist? Just push the button for the one you prefer! Aromatherapy option? It’s totally got you covered.”
Best mini humidifier
“This humidifier couldn’t have come at a better time. I was out sick with nose troubles for a week and have had it on since day one — it’s fantastic! Cats love it, too, haha! This cute little thing is very powerful and highly recommended!”
Best small humidifier
“The air in my bedroom is really dry. I am currently getting over the flu and wanted something to soothe the air and make me feel comfortable. It has been about a week since I’ve had it, and it definitely helps me breathe a little better and soothes the air. I have a small bedroom and I run it on continuous mode when I sleep at night. Good product and good price. Small enough to take with you while traveling or to the office.”
Best room humidifier
“This is my fourth cool mist humidifier, and I absolutely love this one. It’s quiet and puts out quite a bit of mist if needed. I can adjust the settings to get the amount I want. It covers a decent area, about 400 to 500 square feet. I would recommend it to anyone who needs moisture in the air. I can tell it’s made a difference for my breathing and my skin. I live in the high desert area of CA, so any moisture I can get in the air is a plus.”
“We are very happy with this brand and this particular model. It is VERY quiet, and the blue light adds a nice touch and a soft ambient glow. The 4.5 liter or 1.18 gallons will last for three days in our experience, with the humidifier running on the lowest of the three settings. On the second highest setting it will run for up to two days and on its highest setting, about a day. The cool mist is VERY visible and has done a fantastic job in helping with my son’s bloody nose.”
Best house humidifier overall
“Fantastic unit. It’s easy to install for a DIY-er, and keeps a poorly sealed 2,200 square-foot townhouse evenly in the 40 percent humidity range. By hooking it up to my ecobee3 Smart Thermostat (which automatically adjusts humidity based on the weather) my humidity is maintained perfectly — even with the weather fluctuating outside. Even better, I can track when it turns on/off — which showed both how effective the unit is and how air sealing your house REALLY helps maintain humidity/heat/cooling.”
Best house humidifier for under $100
“The unit functions flawlessly and in our 2,500 square-foot home, it took only about a day (24 hours, with a few refills) to hit the humidity level we set (we were at 32 percent and our goal was 50 percent humidity). The unit turns on about four times a day, usually a couple times at night, although it is fairly quiet so it doesn’t disturb our sleep even though it’s only about five feet from our bedroom door.”
Best essential-oil humidifier
“The air in the my apartment is really dry, so I was looking for a diffuser that would do a good job at humidifying, too. This one works great! It holds half a liter so it can run for a long time. I can add just a few drops of essential oil and it distributes the scent well. I hardly use the light function, but it works fine. Easy to take the top off and refill.”
Best filterless humidifier
“My wife and I loved it so much we recently ordered another one for the family room! It puts out a ton of cool mist, but somehow didn’t leave ANY condensation on our table even after we ran it for about ten hours today. Noise: I was shocked at first that all we hear are a few bubbling sounds every so often, if we’re listening carefully. Our current full-room humidifier is MUCH louder.”
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