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Honeywell Warm Mist Humidifier

Honeywell warm mist humidifierHoneywell warm mist humidifier models have a strong reputation. The most popular of these is the Honeywell HWM450 Quick Steam Warm Moisture Humidifier (picture), which retails for $80, although you should be able to find it for $60 or less at online discount stores.

According to a product description:

Best suited for rooms up to 1400 square feet in size, the humidifier's heater is crafted in stainless steel for quick heat production and trouble-free cleaning. The compact humidifier outputs 4 gallons of warm steam for each full tank of water. This humidifier offers users a timer function for running the unit for preset periods, ranging from an hour to the maximum 18-hour setting.

Digital controls and the easy-to-read LCD screen enable users to alter or monitor current preference settings. A medicine cup allows users to run the humidifier as a vaporizer for stuffed noses, sore throats and other respiratory illnesses. An automatic shutdown feature reduces safety hazards.

In a report on humidifiers, titled "Get Misty for Me," the Slate online journal described this Honeywell warm mist humidifier as follows:

This model trounced the other warm-mist humidifier I tested. It's commendably quiet and compact, with the same smart vertical design that made the other Honeywell humidifier stand out. This humidifier comes equipped with "mineral absorption pads" that make a daily scouring unnecessary. Its digital operating screen offers plenty of choices: three moisture levels, an auto-regulating humidistat (beware the wildly inaccurate readings), and a refill/clean indicator. Unlike my experience with the other Honeywell, I've experienced zero leakage problems to date, and for extra credit, the water tank fit nicely in my kitchen sink.

At Amazon.com you can find (at the time of writing) an impressively high 375 customer reviews. About 55% were four-star or five-star reviews, meaning there is also some dissatisfaction with the unit. But reading these reviews will certainly help you know whether this is the model for you.

Here is an excerpt from a three-star review:

Akin to other reviewers, I performed extensive research on humidifiers before concluding on the HWM450. A Consumer's Report 'Best Buy' + strong feedback ratings on multiple price comparison sites led me to what appeared to be an 'obvious' purchase on Amazon.

Egads. As the old adage goes, you get what you pay for.

To be fair, I love the multiple output settings, humidity on/off feature, not to mention the handy, hourly shutoff option. Moreover, a big water tank allows for 1.5 nights of full use without a refill. Finally, the HWM450 is also extremely quiet, and does quite well with Vicks Humidifier Vapor Fluid poured into its medicine cup.

The downsides...equally as obvious. The disgusting yellowish-orange, mineral deposits + algae buildup after only 3-4 days of use are both eyesores and difficult to clean. The humidifier's 'mineral reservoir' [actually] promotes this buildup by storing this gunk in cavernous channels until emptied. Worse of all, the gunk burns on and into the heating plate rather quickly in an almost cement-like fashion. (Why the HWM450 doesn't burn off/liquefy more of these deposits as part of its humidification process is beyond me. Lower tier, Honeywell humidifiers operate under this premise.) Related, the mineral deposit pads become equally tainted rather quickly.

The good news is, the HWM450 is easy to clean...if you know how. Trial and error produced the knowledge -- alluded elsewhere in reviews -- that the cleaning pads can simply be rinsed clean with cold water (don't waste your money on new pads). Second, the mineral reservoir can easily be rinsed clean, likewise the humidifier's removable components. The mineral plate is a little feistier. Not feisty enough, however, for a 1/8th inch layer of CLR left on it for a good 30 minutes. Breaks everything down for an easy clean/rinse off.

* Get the Latest Prices on Honeywell Warm Mist Humidifier Models.

See also my report Buyers Guide to the Best Humidifiers.

And 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

February 22nd, 2010

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