We have tried many different units over the past couple of years. Some worked good in the rooms we tried and some didn’t work that good at all. However, there were a few that worked so well that we ended up buying more for the other rooms in our home and for our children. If you catch colds easily, are an allergy sufferer or just hate dealing with the cold dry air. Then it might be a good idea to get a humidifier this winter if you don’t already have one.
Also keep in mind that you’re not limited to purchasing only a warm mist unit during the winter. Cool mist machines (which emit room temperature mist) are just as effective. It all depends on personal preference. Although if you’re fighting a cold, you may feel comfortable using a warm mist instead.
Below is a list of the top 4 machines that we have owned and why we think they are the best choice for the upcoming winter season.
1.) VICKS V745A WARM MIST
The Vicks V745A Warm Mist might be the more popular unit this season. I say so because it’s a warm mist machine that works really well at treating allergies, cold symptoms, dry skin and more. All for a very affordable price tag below $40. This machine won’t do so well in large rooms, but will do a very good job in your bedroom or a small to medium sized area during the day and overnight.
What I like the most about this machine is how much warmth and moisture it can produce. Not only that, but you have the option of adding Vicks medicated vapour with it as well, for anybody looking to really combat their cold or flu symptoms.
Vicks is a well-known name and has been providing products to relieve cold symptoms for many years. If you’re not looking for anything too fancy and just need something simple to get you through the winter months, then I suggest looking deeper into this humidifier.
2.) TRIBEST HUMIO HU1020 Cool Mist ULTRASONIC W/ NIGHT LAMP & AROMA OIL COMPARTMENT
The Tribest Humio HU1020 is a great machine for use in your home. Not only is it good at adding moisture to your room, but it also features the ability to disperse aroma oil fragrances for added healing benefits. My girlfriend makes regular acupuncture and massage appointments, so she’s accustom to using lavender, wintergreen, tea tree etc. during these sessions. The fact that we now have a machine at home that’s capable of providing these benefits, makes it much more convenient for her.
Even if you aren’t big on aroma oils, this unit is still an excellent humidifier overall. It’s fairly easy to clean, runs very quiet and also flashes it’s light to let you know when your water has run dry. It’s also a good unit to use in your baby’s room since it disperses a cool mist.
Anybody looking to humidify a small room or is in need of an aroma oil diffuser, then I highly recommend reading more about this unit.
3.) Crane EE-5301 Drop Shape Cool Mist Ultrasonic
If you’re looking for a simple yet very effective humidifier for your bedroom, small apartment, or small family room area then I suggest taking a look at this machine. Crane is one of the most popular air purifying companies for home users. They offer many different styles to choose from that are priced well, and very affordable.
I used this machine mainly in my bedroom at night and was impressed by how much moisture it produced. As long as the tank was close to being full, I didn’t really have any problems with it running through the night.
If you’re looking to purchase for your child or baby, Crane offers a large selection from their “Adorable” line which feature many different cartoon characters to choose from. Also, since these emit cool mist you don’t have to worry about them getting too hot and causing any potential danger to your kids.
4.) Honeywell HCM-6009 QuietCare 9-Gallon Output Console with Air Washing Technology Cool Mist
The Honeywell is a little bit more advanced than the Crane and also requires a filter. This machine holds about 3 times as much water and is capable of outputting up to 9 gallons of humidity mist per day. The Honeywell HCM-6009 QuietCare unit covers more space than any other system that we have tried so far at 2300 ft.². Unless you have a big space, I wouldn’t recommend going for this unit as it’s also very big in size.
The fact that it has wheels is a plus because moving it around would be very difficult otherwise. What I like most about this machine is that its great for daytime use around the house. It reduces static electricity build up during the dry months and has helped with my dry skin as well.
The interesting thing about this humidifier is it’s unique “Air Washing” system that helps to clean the mist as it leaves your machine and enters your room. If you have a big home or are looking for something to use in your office, the Honeywell HCM-6009 something to look into.
5.) AIR-O-SWISS AOS 7135 Dual Mist ULTRASONIC
Air-O-Swiss is another well-known name in the market. This one is the more expensive out of the 4, but is also the most advanced of them all. The Air-O-Swiss AOS 7135 has this proprietary technology called ITC (or Intelligent Temperature Compensation). What this does is adjust the humidity output based on the temperature conditions of your room.
The Honeywell unit has a similar system, although it automatically turns on and off to maintain your set temperature instead of adjusting the intensity of it’s mist. Another interesting thing about this humidifier is that you can choose between a cool or a warm mist. So if your room is already warm and you’re just looking for a little more moisture, you can easily set it on cool mist and vice versa.
There are other dual mist machines at more affordable prices online, although I really liked how this model worked and how many features it has.
If you’re looking for a list of the top warm mist units available online, then take a look at this article.
Or if you’re interested in seeing the top ultrasonic units, click here instead.