If you suffer from irritated sinuses, chapped lips, or the occasional nosebleed, chances are the air in your home is too dry. There’s an easy solution, though: a humidifier. It’s an affordable way to fight back against these annoying problems (which usually arise in the winter because of a dry climate). We researched dozens of humidifiers and narrowed it down to five that’ll help you stave off the negative impacts of dry air. Our picks are easy to clean and maintain, offer quiet output, and keep your home’s humidity levels balanced.
Honeywell HCM350W Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier
This humidifier practically gets everything right: It’s not an eyesore, it’s easy to refill, it isn’t too loud, and it doesn’t have any bright LEDs that’ll distract you from falling asleep at night. The Honeywell is equipped with a 1-gallon tank, which is enough water for 24 hours of humidifying. It offers three mist settings and a wicking filter to ensure you’re only breathing the purest air.
It’s easy to operate and won’t obnoxiously beep at you when you’re switching settings. It’s even dishwasher-safe! If the white model doesn’t match your home, it also comes in a much more modern matte black.
The Honeywell humidifier has received top marks from the likes of Wirecutter, Good Housekeeping, and Popular Mechanics, among many others. Testers have noted that the humidifier runs quieter than its competitors, is quick to humidify a room, plus it’s easy to clean.
Levoit LV600HH Ultrasonic Hybrid Humidifier
Whether you want cold or warm mist, this humidifier’s dual design allows you to pick the perfect mode for whatever you need. It’s a versatile option that’s perfect for users in search of a humidifier with a huge tank.It’s powerful enough to humidify rooms up to 750 square feet, and has a 1.5-gallon tank that can go over a day between refillings. We appreciate its minimalistic design and were glad to see that it comes with a remote control.It has a built-in humidity sensor and display that shows the current humidity level in the room! Our biggest complaint is that it’s not as easy to clean as our other picks.
Vicks V750 Warm Moisture Humidifier
This simple-looking humidifier has a medicine cup and scent pad heater that lets you add medications or essential oils to help your breathing when you have a cold. It offers a 1-gallon capacity, an auto shutoff feature, and a convenient handle for easy refilling.
Warm mist humidifiers don’t humidify a room any better than evaporative or ultrasonic ones, but they can slightly warm the air in the room. That’s because they use a heating element to boil water and make steam. For safety reasons, though, we don’t recommend using them around children.
Honeywell HEV620B Cool Moisture Tower Humidifier
This humidifier is ideal for larger spaces and open-concept floor plans. It holds almost 2 gallons of water, so you won’t have to refill it as often. In fact, it offers a 24-hour runtime. Plus, its humidistat and timer offer better control than the manual fan-speed adjustments like other models.
A favorite of review site YourBestDigs, we also like that you have the choice to refill it directly at the humidifier, or you can remove the tank and simply fill it at the sink. This unit is even equipped with a display that shows indoor humidity levels and the room’s temperature.
Vicks VUL520 Mini Filter Free Cool Mist Humidifier
This teardrop-shaped blue-and-white humidifier is an affordable option that’ll help you breathe easy. Because of its tiny half-gallon tank, it’s only suitable for small rooms like the bedroom or an office. It offers around eight continuous hours of run time on a full tank. You can also adjust the level of mist coming out of the humidifier to extend its tank even further.
Despite being so cheap, this humidifier has an automatic shutoff feature, a dim nightlight, and it supports Vicks VapoPads, so you can add soothing menthol vapors for extra comfort. You’ll sleep like a baby thanks to its low-noise ultrasonic operation.