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Buyers Guide to the Best Humidifiers

best humidifiersHumidifiers can provide great comfort to many people. A solid introduction to choosing the best humidifiers comes from Consumer Reports, which says:

Who needs a humidifier? Anyone who has uncomfortably dry or itchy eyes, throat or skin, or whose asthma is a problem indoors during the heating season. In addition to the health benefits, a humidifier can also reduce static electricity, peeling wallpaper, and cracks in paint and furniture.

It also gives useful advice on how to choose, including information on noise, operating costs, water quality, cleaning and humidistats.

Various types are available, and you should consider which is the best humidifier for you.

The cool-mist humidifier is the most popular type. It comprises a wick, or filter, that absorbs water, with a fan that blows air onto the wick to evaporate the water, creating moisture in the air. These models have a low power consumption, but the noise of the fan is a common complaint. The wicks need to be replaced quite often.

A warm-mist humidifier boils water, releasing steam into the air. Some models include a kind of medicine cup that allows you to send medicinal vapors into the room. However, this type uses more electricity than cool-mist models, and they can be dangerous, due to the boiling water. They also do not usually have a great range, and are generally for use in small rooms.

An ultrasonic humidifier uses a vibrating metal diaphragm to break the water down into a vapor mist. This type is virtually silent and does not need a filter. However, impurities can appear if you do not have a clean source of water. As with warm-mist models, the range is rather limited.

An impeller humidifier uses a rotating disc to create tiny water droplets that move into the air. This has the same strengths and disadvantages as ultrasonic models.

You have many choices as to the size, from tiny table-top models to whole house units. And if you will be using it a lot, check running costs. As noted, cool-mist humidifiers are much cheaper to run than warm-mist units.

Once you start researching the many, many models that are available, you will find that no single device stands out. This website covers many topics - pedometers, blood pressure monitors, heart rate monitors, and more - and generally within each category a few products stand out, recognized by consumers and the media as the leaders in their field. This is not the case with humidifiers.

Check out the Amazon.com Best-Sellers in Humidifiers list and, at the time of writing, the most popular units were the Crane 2.3 Gallon COOL Mist humidifier (picture) and the Crane Adorable 1 Gallon Cool Mist Humidifier. Each had attracted a huge number of customer reviews, and certainly these were generally favorable, yet still with many negative reviews.

By contrast, check out products such as the wildly popular Omron HJ-112 Digital Pocket Pedometer or Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Receiver With Heart Rate Monitor, and at Amazon.com you will find only a relatively tiny number of negative comments.

I have done my own humidifier ratings, based on Amazon.com customer reviews. It shows four-star and five-star reviews as a percentage of total reviews. Here are the best humidifiers, according to this very unscientific survey:

1. SPT SU-4010 Ultrasonic Dual-Mist Warm/Cool Humidifier (picture) (62 reviews) - 80.6%
2. Sunpentown SU-1051 Mini-Humidifier (41 reviews) - 78.0%
3. Crane 2.3 Gallon Cool-Mist Humidifier (104 reviews) - 76.9%
4. Vicks UV 99.999% Germ-Free Humidifier (44 reviews) - 75.0%
5. Honeywell Enviracaire HWM910 Warm-Moisture 2-Gallon Humidifier (58 reviews) - 74.1%
6.
Crane Adorable 1-Gallon Cool-Mist Humidifier (657 reviews) - 71.1%
7. Duracraft DWM250 2-1/2-Gallon Warm-Mist Humidifier (102 reviews) - 68.6%
8. Honeywell HCM-6009 QuietCare 9-Gallon Humidifier (34 reviews) - 67.6%
9. Graco 4-Gallon Cool-Mist Humidifier (43 reviews) - 67.4%
10. Vicks Warm-Mist Humidifier with Auto Shut-Off (110 reviews) - 65.5%

And a couple of online reviews of humidifiers:

Slate online journal tested seven humidifiers and named the Kenmore 8-Gallon Humidifier as its top choice, followed by the Honeywell HWM450 Quick Steam Warm Moisture Humidifier.

Good Housekeeping tested 21 humidifiers. It rated the Honeywell HCM-300T QuietCare 3-Gallon Humidifier as the best overall, followed by the Honeywell HCM-631 QuietCare 3-Gallon Cool-Moisture Humidifier.

Among warm-mist humidifiers it named the Enviracaire EWM-211D Humidifier as best, followed closely by the Holmes HM5305-UC Warm Mist Humidifier.

As its best ultrasonic humidifier, and also named as its "splurge-worthy pick," the magazine selected the Air-O-Swiss AOS 7144 Humidifier.

Also, for the latest information, and to see what other customers are buying, check out the following Amazon.com best-seller lists (which are updated hourly):

* Home & Garden - Best-Sellers in Humidifiers

* Health & Baby Care - Best-Sellers in Humidifiers & Vaporizers

* Health & Personal Care - Best-Sellers in Air Filtration Systems, Humidifiers & Vaporizers

* Home & Garden - Best-Sellers in Replacement Filters

March 3rd, 2010

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