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Humidifiers add moisture to the air, which is a great help for anyone who suffers from dry skin. Skin needs it to be able to bend and flex, and especially in cold winter months, this moisture can be sorely lacking. The best humidifier for dry skin will spread water particles into the air so that your skin and lungs will breathe easier.
To help you with your purchase of a new humidifier, we’ve compiled this review. It lists 5 of the best humidifiers on the market along with their features, and the Levoit LV600HH took first place among them. Humidifiers are very different. Some are so small that they can fit on a bookshelf. Others are so large they can take up an entire corner of a room. There are also different methods of humidifying, including cool and warm mist. Moreover, we’ve looked at such features as sound level, mist time, and coverage area.
Other features: comes with a cleaning brush; two 360° nozzles; touch technology; remote control; essential oils can be added
The Levoit Humidifier is a technological marvel. It has touch technology and an easy-to-read LED screen. You can specify a humidity level that you want your room to reach, or you can select the preferred type of mist output. If you don’t fancy get up each time and use the screen pad, a remote control is included in the purchase.
The water tank capacity is a large 6 liters, and the mist can cover an area of up to 753 square feet, which is the largest on our list. The sound level is a moderate 35 dBA, which while not whisper quiet, won’t disrupt things either.
In addition to the remote control, the Levoit Humidifier also comes with a cleaning brush and two 360° nozzles.
A nice bonus feature is that essential oils can be added to this humidifier. This produces a great combination of calming scents and moist air which is perfect for a tranquil home.
Beware that while this machine has a lot to offer, it is relatively large. You will need some space for it which might seem out of place if not tucked away. Its design is fairly stylish, though, and is not too obtrusive.
What stands out?
Huge water tank capacity and room coverage
Can add essential oils for a calming atmosphere
Include remote control and cleaning brush, which are essential for a large machine
Other features: night light; comes with a cleaning brush; two humidity settings
The MistAire Humidifier is a practical choice for those who suffer from dry skin. Its design is quite simple, but the humidifier boasts a large water capacity and will help add more moisture to the air.
With its 1.5-liter tank capacity, you can be assured of up to 25 hours of misting capabilities. This means only having to fill up the water tank once a day which can easily become a part of your daily routine. It can accommodate an area of 250 square feet, which means that it is perfect for larger living rooms and master bedrooms.
If you want a simple machine with not much fuss, then the MistAire Humidifier is the way to go. It has an amazing five-year limited warranty which speaks to its construction. It also comes with a cleaning brush so that there won’t be any mold build up, which is an unfortunate side effect of humidifiers.
While there aren’t many extra bells and whistles with this model, it does come with a night light, which makes it a great addition to a child’s bedroom, especially during cold and flu season. There are two humidity settings to meet your needs.
What are its best features?
Large water tank capacity
Can cover 250 sq. feet of space which is ample for most homes
Other features: 2-in-1, integrated smart sensor, top fill, aromatherapy
Made by GENIANI, this is a cool-mist humidifier available in white, gray, and black colors. It is a cool-mist humidifier designed for people with dry skin. The humidifier works as quietly as a ticking clock, generating a house decibel of just 38dB. It features a night light that can be turned off, ensuring you can sleep peacefully.
It has a capacity of 4 liters and runs for a total of 18 hours on the highest speed mode. That is, it uses around 220 milliliters per hour. The humidifier transforms the water into a fine mist that spreads through the air duct, humidifying without wetting floors or furniture. Finally, it turns off when it is out of water or when the water tank is removed.
This humidifier is a perfect home solution for dry air and its effects such as a sore throat, chapped lips, or dry eyes. It increases the indoor humidity with fine and cold fog, to breathe better air, and above all to relieve the symptoms of dry air. If you prefer, you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the integrated aroma diffusing essential oil tray, for a very easy and effective dispersion with the cold mist.
Essential oils help reduce stress, increase alertness, energy levels, and most importantly, improve health. The model impresses users with its compact and very elegant design.
Other features: comes with a water filter and remote control; three humidity settings separately for warm and cool mist
With a six-liter water tank capacity, the Elechomes Humidifier is the largest on our list. In addition to its immense size, it has the ability to cover 750 square feet. This is perfect for open-planned homes or even at the office. It can also last for a whopping 40 hours, which means a lot less maintenance.
With the large capabilities does come a bit of noise, but at 45 dBA, it won’t be too disruptive. Included are two remote controls, which is excellent as chances are this humidifier will be set up in an ample space and it can become quite annoying having to walk over to it to change the settings constantly.
There is also the option to choose between cool and warm mist, depending on your preferences. Each option provides you with a choice of three humidity settings, which is necessary as sometimes you will need more or less moisture.
One really nice feature of the Elechomes Humidifier is that it takes the guesswork out of humidity. Instead of trying to predict how humid your home will be, this machine will actually measure it for you. You can then program it to your preferred humidity level, and the machine will adjust its settings for you.
Why are we impressed?
Large water tank capacity and covering area
Measures the humidity level
Warm and cool mist settings
What negatives must you be aware of?
Somewhat bulky and might look out of place amongst other décor elements
Warranty: 1-year limited; 45-day money back guarantee
Other features: 7 LED color lights + 2 light options – dim and bright; 4 time settings; can be used as an oil diffuser
For a touch of elegance in your home, turn to the VicTsing Cool Mist Humidifier. Not only will it make the air a lot less dry, but it is also a great accent piece that fits well with most décor.
The VicTsing Cool Mist Humidifier has a water tank capacity of 300 ml which is smaller than other products. However, it is more than adequate if you just need a bit of extra moisture in the air. The misting can last for up to 10 hours before the tank needs to be refilled. The cool mist will penetrate small rooms up to 160 square feet, which makes this humidifier perfect for a bedroom or living room.
Along with its misting capabilities, it also serves as an accent light. The VicTsing Cool Mist Humidifier has seven LED color lights that alternate on a timer. There are also two light options, dim and bright, so it can function well either during the day or at night.
For the misting, there are four time settings, which will control how much moisture is released into the air. This product can also be used as an oil diffuser, which taps into the heavily popular natural oil market.
What are its best features?
Looks stylish with its wood finish
Also acts as an oil diffuser
Quiet with only 23 dBA of noise
What could be improved?
Small water tank size limits the time it can be used and the covering area
Things to Consider
Before you purchase your next humidifier, it’s important to understand all the different features. Here is a short buying guide that seeks to explain the essential parts of a humidifier as well as answer common questions.
How can air humidifiers ease your dry skin issues?
During winter months, the moisture in the air begins to evaporate. This means that there is also less moisture on your skin. Without moisture, skin begins to dry up. Dry skin is most noticeable on your hands and lips as they are constantly exposed to the elements.
Air humidifiers release small amounts of mist that are then dispersed throughout the room. The more moisture that is in the air, the better the chance of your skin also receiving that moisture.
While air humidifiers can be used year-round, they are most beneficial in colder months, or in climates with low moisture level in the air.
Features to consider while choosing a humidifier
Before purchasing a humidifier, it’s important to know what the different features it could possibly come with mean. Below we’ve explained each of the features in more detail.
There are two types of mist used in a humidifier: warm and cool. Which kind of mist you would like depends on preference. Warm mist is believed to be healthier as the water is initially boiled inside the machine to kill bacteria and mold. This however means more electricity being used and more danger for small kids and pets. During winter months, it is nice to have a bit of warmth in the air, while in summer months, a cool mist is preferred. Do take note, however, that the larger room, the higher the chance for the mist to cool down as it mixes with the surrounding air.
Water tank capacity
The water tank capacity refers to the amount of water that a humidifier can hold. The larger the tank, the less often you will have to refill it. However, a larger tank capacity means a larger humidifier itself. Be sure to decide where you will put your humidifier ahead of time; otherwise, you may find yourself with a large humidifier and nowhere to put it. Water tank capacities can range from the rather small 300 ml of the VicTsing Humidifier, to the very large six liters of the Elechomes Humidifier.
Most humidifiers will have different mist time settings to choose from. This could be anywhere from every 5 minutes to 60 minutes. Mist times allow you to decide on just how much moisture you would like to remain in the air.
The less humidity level you choose, the longer your humidifier will work on one refill.
The covering area of a humidifier refers to how large of a space the mist will reach. This can range from 160 square feet of the VicTsing Humidifier, to a whopping 753 square feet of the Levoit Humidifier. If you live in an apartment, or just need a humidifier for a small room, then a machine with a small covering area will be just fine. If you have a large room or even an office, then it is more practical to purchase a humidifier with a larger coverage area, rather than multiple smaller machines.
Humidifiers have mechanical parts, so some noise will be emitted. If you want to use your humidifier at night while you sleep, find a product with a lower sound level, which is measured in decibels (dBA). Most humidifiers are built efficiently, so the sound levels are rather low. Usually, the larger the humidifier, the higher the sound level. The VicTsing Humidifier is small and has a sound level of only 23 dBA. The much larger Elechomes Humidifer has a sound level of 45 dBA.
Warranties differ significantly with each humidifier. For example, the Elechomes Humidifier has only a one-year limited warranty, while the MistAire Humidifier has a tremendous five-year warranty. If you are worried about a product breaking, then a warranty is a significant factor to consider.
Depending on your use for the humidifier, the types of additional features may sway you to a particular purchase. Some humidifiers, like the VicTsing Humidifier, also act as an oil diffuser. So in addition to adding mist to your room, it will also emit a pleasant odor.
The Elechomes and the Levoit Humidifer both come with remote controls. If you prefer not to get up every time you want a different setting for your humidifier, then a remote control is a great extra feature.
One important safety feature to look for (especially if you have kids) is the automatic shut-off function. This means that even if there is no more water in the tank, the machine will turn off on its own accord. This adds some extra peace of mind that your machine won’t break or overheat and cause a fire in your bedroom. The GENIANI HURON has this option.
Warm air is better absorbed by the body, which is why many people prefer to have warm mist humidifiers. However, if a humidifier is placed far enough away from the human body, then by the time that mist enters the body, it will already have cooled down. For small humidifiers that will be closer to you, a warm mist may be a good idea. For large humidifiers that need to service a large room, the temperature will make no difference. However, note that warm mist is boiled before being emitted into the air, so it doesn’t contain that many bacteria and could be a nice decision for people with allergies and kids. The only drawback is that such humidifiers need more electricity and are pricier as well.
Humidifiers use water, and when water is left alone it can cause mold to develop. It is therefore essential to regularly clean your humidifier. While it may seem tedious, humidifiers should be cleaned on a weekly basis. Here are a few easy steps to clean your humidifier.
First, unplug the machine, and then empty the water tank.
Disassemble all of the pieces.
You can use simple vinegar as it will kill any bacteria that may have developed.
Cover the water tank with vinegar so that is submerges any of the bottom openings.
You should also place any small pieces in a tub of vinegar.
Let everything soak for at least 30 minutes.
Use a soft brush, often included, and gently clean all of the pieces.
Rinse all of the parts with warm water.
For an extra clean, use a tablespoon of bleach, mixed with water and wipe down all the surfaces.
Rinse with warm water again.
Let everything dry, and you can start using your humidifier again.
Yes, humidifiers are an excellent tool to keep you in good health. With sinus infections, it’s essential to keep the nasal passage moist so that the mucus can drain itself. When the air is dry, so too will be your nasal passage. As a result, the mucus can become backed up which can lead to an even worse infection. A humidifier helps to release extra moisture in the air, which is then absorbed by your sinuses.
You can choose to use a humidifier only when you are sick, but it is also a good idea to use one year-round, to help prevent any major sinus infections from happening.
There are many humidifiers to choose from, and it does all come down to personal preference. If you love convenient high-tech devices, then go with the Levoit Humidifier. It features warm and cool mist modes, extra quiet operation and a large covering area of 753 square feet.
Not far behind is the MistAire Humidifier. It’s a simple-designed compact humidifier that performs awesome, has an impressive covering area and a night light feature to use it as an element of your bedroom décor.
If you have need a specifically cool mist humidifier, then consider the GENIANI HURON. If you prefer, you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the integrated aroma diffusing essential oil tray.