AOS Air-O-Swiss 7147 Ultrasonic Humidifier – Warm and Cool Mist

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Air-O-Swiss units have various options for users.  Very fine mist can be released into the room that evaporates instantly. Warm mist option allows for 104 degrees Fahrenheit offering a pleasant room temperature in cool to cold weather. Replaceable cartridge that demineralizes water to reduce lime and other residues. Hydro Stick allows the humidifier to stay clean for longer periods of time.

Some complain about the output level control. The 7145 allows for continuous adjustment while this unit provides 3 setting. The three settings provide a low, high, and high plus. If you think continuous control is for you, check out the 7145.

If you have issues with your unit, please know that customer service is available. Some companies do not offer reliable customer service to support their units. However, know going into this purchase that the customer support is only open during the week during business hours.

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Honeywell HCM-630 QuietCare Cool-Moisture Humidifier 3-gallon

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Product features:

  • 1.25 gallon water tank with 3 gallon output per day
  • Built-in auto shut-off
  • Adjustable humidistat with 3 moisture settings
  • Antimicrobial-treated filter
  • Suitable for rooms up to 1050 square feet
  • 5-year warranty
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The Honeywell HCM-630 Cool-Moisture Humidifier is ideal for larger rooms, providing 3 gallons of output per day for rooms up to 1050 square feet! This particular model is 30 percent quieter than other tower models as its fan blows out moisture-balanced air into the room. It is equipped with an antimicrobial-treated filter that helps prevent fungus, mold, bacteria, and algae growth, which then leads to fresher, cleaner mist as well as an extended filter life. The Honeywell HCM-630 also has a Protec Continuous Cleaning cartridge designed to reduce mineral build-up.

 

With a compact body style, this humidifier is great for those looking to improve their quality of life without compromising space. A word of advice with this model, though, is that after filling the water tank, be sure that it is fit onto the base just right; otherwise, the tank valve won’t open and the water, therefore, won’t drain into the base. So if you don’t hear the telltale “gurgle,” just jostle the tank a bit. The biggest selling point of this machine, though, is the fact that it comes with a 5-year warranty!

 

One thing to keep in mind whenever using a humidifier is the type of tap water you have. Almost all humidifiers are tap water safe; however, the harder your tap water, the more white-dust buildup you will get in the room as well as inside the humidifier. If this happens, simply switch to filtered or distilled water.


Bionaire BCM7910PFU Cool Mist Humidifier with Permanent Filter

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Product features:

  • 1.3 gallon water tank
  • Rotating outlet vent to allow for directional mist
  • 16-hour time with auto shut-off
  • Built-in humidistat
  • Permanent washable filter
  • Up to 24 hours running time
  • UL listed
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The Bionaire Digital Cool Mist Humidifier is an ultrasonic humidifier featuring a programmable digital humidistat, a washable permanent filter, a dishwasher-safe 1.33 gallon water tank, and a 16-hour timer. It produces a cool, invisible mist that is perfect for medium-sized rooms. As with most humidifiers, this unit is made with plastic, which will crack under excessive pressure stress. Keeping that in mind, this Bionaire Cool Mist Humidifier is a good purchase for its price.

Almost all humidifiers are tap water safe; however, the harder your tap water, the more white-dust buildup you will get in the room as well as inside the humidifier. If this happens, simply switch to filtered or distilled water.

Essick Air H12-400 3-Speed Evaporative Console Humidifier, Oak Burl

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Product features:

  • 5 gallon water tank with 12 gallon output per day
  • Built-in auto shut-off feature
  • Built-in humidistat
  • Casters wheels for easy movement
  • Suitable for rooms up to 2500 square feet

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The Essick Air H12-400 Evaporative Console Humidifier is a whole house humidifier for up to 2500 square feet! Its 5 gallon water tank is easily and neatly refilled via an included hose. As the name implies, it uses an evaporative system producing unheated, evaporative water thereby requiring less energy than steam or warm mist units and eliminating white dust spray and buildup. To clean and service, simply lift the power unit off the top of the humidifier. The evaporative wick filters out mineral deposits and just lifts right out for easy replacing.

The only complaint seems to be with the noise, which is to be expected with an evaporative/fan-driven humidifier, and the power chassis, which the manufacturer will replace at no charge within the 1-year warranty. It can be a lengthy and slow process, but user reviews indicate that it’s worth it as the humidifier provides relief from symptoms of itchy eyes, scratchy throat, dry skin, and chapped lips as well as prevents furniture and plants from becoming overly dry and reduces static electricity which protects computers and other electronics.

One thing to keep in mind whenever using a humidifier is the type of tap water you have. Almost all humidifiers are tap water safe; however, the harder your tap water, the more white-dust buildup you will get in the room as well as inside the humidifier. If this happens, simply switch to filtered or distilled water.

Essick Air 4D7 300 Whole-House Console-Style Evaporative Humidifier

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Product features:

  • 5.5 gallon water tank with 13 gallon output per day
  • Built-in auto shut-off feature
  • Digital humidistat feature
  • Quiet nighttime setting
  • Casters wheels for easy movement
  • Suitable for rooms up to 2,700 square feet

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The Essick Air 4D7 300 Evaporative Console Humidifier is a whole house humidifier for up to 2,700 square feet. Its 5.5 gallon water tank is easily and neatly refilled via an included hose. As the name implies, it uses an evaporative system producing unheated, evaporative water thereby requiring less energy than steam or warm mist units and eliminating white dust spray and buildup. To clean and service, simply lift the power unit off the top of the humidifier. The evaporative wick filters out mineral deposits and just lifts right out for easy replacing.

Don’t let the 5.5 gallon water tank scare you off; this humidifier is actually equipped with two 2.75 gallon water bottles that easily fill using the included refill hose. And you know when it needs refilling thanks to the separate left and right “refill bottle” indicators. It uses replaceable two-stage AirCare filters to help remove airborne pollutants, giving you a much cleaner mist. Another feature that sets this humidifier apart from its competitors is the fact that it carries a two-year warranty on the motor and a one-year warranty on all other components, except for the wicks.

The only complaint seems to be with the noise, which is to be expected with an evaporative/fan-driven humidifier, and the manufacturer customer service. It can be a lengthy, slow, and frustrating process, but user reviews indicate that it’s worth it as the humidifier meets humidity demands thus providing relief from symptoms of itchy eyes, scratchy throat, dry skin, and chapped lips as well as prevents furniture and plants from becoming overly dry and reduces static electricity which protects computers and other electronics.

One thing to keep in mind whenever using a humidifier is the type of tap water you have. Almost all humidifiers are tap water safe; however, the harder your tap water, the more white-dust buildup you will get in the room as well as inside the humidifier. If this happens, simply switch to filtered or distilled water.

Bionaire BCM658-U Cool Mist Tower Humidifier with Permanent Filter

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Product features:

  • 1.3 gallon water tank
  • Built-in auto shut-off
  • Built-in digital humidistat
  • Up to 36 hours running time
  • Suitable for rooms up to 700 square feet

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The Bionaire BCM658-U Cool Mist Tower Humidifier features a permanent filter, which will save you money as it does not need regular replacement.  An AccuSet digital humidistat multifunctional display will automatically monitor and maintain your ideal humidity and even displays the room’s humidity level when the humidifier is off; microban antimicrobial protection is infused into the housing and filter of the humidifier to help prevent the growth of bacteria; and, finally, the permanent filter is treated with Arm & Hammer odor-eliminating technology for extra freshness.

The most common complaint is that the tank is difficult to fill. Due to its height, it cannot be filled in a standard kitchen sink. The cap is on the bottom, so the water tank must be turned upside down to fill and, because of the curved design on top, it won’t stand on its own. However, the built-in digital humidistat is a definite bonus. You are able to set your desired humidity level and the unit then automatically cycles off once it is reached. Additionally, once that occurs, you can set the fan to the lowest setting and it will maintain the level you have chosen with minimal energy and noise.

One thing to keep in mind whenever using a humidifier is the type of tap water you have. Almost all humidifiers are tap water safe; however, the harder your tap water, the more white-dust buildup you will get in the room as well as inside the humidifier. If this happens, simply switch to filtered or distilled water.

Air-O-Swiss 7146 Travel Ultrasonic Humidifier

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The Air-O-Swiss Travel Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier 7146 features a compact portable unit that is perfect to take and use anywhere. Made with the same high quality efficiency as the Air-O-Swiss full-size models, it uses high-frequency ultrasonic vibrations to generate a micro-fine cool mist that is then blown into the room. It comes with a soft carry bag and a transcontinental travel AC adapter and exchangeable plugs, so you can take it anywhere in North America or Europe. Just add your own half-liter water bottle and plug it in!

The bottle neck adapter has two size fittings, but be aware that it is not a screw on adapter; rather, it fits into the inside of the bottle mouth, so insertion and removal is extremely tight. So to avoid collapsing the bottle’s wall from the pressure applied while inserting it onto the humidifier, try using thicker walled plastic bottles, especially if you’re going with a larger-sized bottle. The unit comes with pullout, stabilizing feet, but there is nothing to clamp the bottle onto the unit, so take care that it is not knocked off. As a result, glass bottles should not be used nor should it be left within reach of children. Of course, the tight fit of the bottle neck adapter ensures a water tight seal thus preventing leakage.

The AOS 7146 isn’t just for travel either – use it in your office at work, on your bedside table, on your desk, or anywhere you need quick and easy added moisture. Additionally, it’s incredibly easy to clean, especially if you use Air-O-Swiss’s EzCal. Just mix 3/4 teaspoon per 1/2 cup of hot water and let it sit in the unit for approximately 30 minutes. So not only is it easy to clean, but is also very easy to set up and use. And at only 1.3 pounds, it hardly adds any weight to your luggage at all!

One thing to keep in mind whenever using a humidifier is the type of tap water you have. Almost all humidifiers are tap water safe; however, the harder your tap water, the more white-dust buildup you will get in the room as well as inside the humidifier. If this happens, simply switch to filtered or distilled water.

Venta Sonic VS205 Cool and Warm Mist Ultrasonic Room Humidifier

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The Venta Sonic VS205 Cool and Warm Mist Ultrasonic Room Humidifier features a demineralization cartridge with new nano-silver technology providing microbial protection to help prevent bacterial growth and calcium and lime buildup with no white dust. It uses a high-frequency vibration to generate a micro-fine mist that is then blown into the room by a fan.

As an ultrasonic humidifier, there is no wick like in evaporative humidifiers, which means no moldy odor. Yes, the water tank is difficult to fill as you have to turn it upside down, but the quiet operation of the machine more than makes up for that minor irritation. All humidifiers generate noise of some type, but this one seems to hands-down be the quietest one we’ve reviewed.

Almost all humidifiers are tap water safe; however, the harder your tap water, the more white-dust buildup you will get in the room as well as inside the humidifier. If this happens, simply switch to filtered or distilled water.

Vornado HU1-0021-28 Whole-Room Evaporative Humidifier

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The Vornado HU1-0021-28 Whole-Room Evaporative Humidifier features a deep-pitch blade circulator that pulls dry air through the unit’s two humidifying filters and then pushes the moist air further into the room. In addition, it recovers and circulates heat off the ceiling to help maintain an even room temperature.

This  unit is backed by a 5-year limited warranty! This particular model replaces an older, discontinued Vornado Evaporative Humidifier and is definitely an improvement. There is no more water leakage during transport (unless you actively press the spring-loaded dispenser button) due to its screw-in dispenser. Also, removing and re-seating the fan motor is much easier. Finally, the digital humidity level control makes choosing and setting a specific humidity level extremely simple.

In other words, this cool mist humidifier is reasonably priced, easy to use, quiet for an evaporative/fan driven humidifier, reliable, fairly easy to clean and maintain, and comes with a 5-year limited warranty.

One thing to keep in mind whenever using a humidifier is the type of tap water you have. Almost all humidifiers are tap water safe; however, the harder your tap water, the more white-dust buildup you will get in the room as well as inside the humidifier. If this happens, simply switch to filtered or distilled water.

Lasko 1128 9-Gallon Evaporative Recirculating Humidifier

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Product features:

    • 4.5 gallon water tank with 9 gallon output per day
    • Built-in auto shut-off feature
    • Evaporative filter pad
    • Caster wheels for easy movement
    • Adjustable humidistat
    • shows it’s working
    • Suitable for rooms up to 3200 square feet
    • UL listed

 

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The Lasko 1128 Evaporative Recirculating Humidifier features continuous water circulation, which keeps the filter moist for clean, long-lasting performance; increases efficiency, using the entire filter surface for maximum, evaporative-moisture output; will not recirculate airborne particles; helps remove water contaminants; and eliminates standing water. This unit is ideal for large areas or multiple rooms as its daily 9 gallon output is will humidify areas up to 3200 square feet.

The best selling point of this humidifier is the adjustable humidistat. You select the humidity level and the unit will shut off when it reaches the set level and then turns back on when it falls below the set level.

Standard use will necessitate approximately two filters per season. As with all humidifiers, this unit requires regular cleaning and periodic maintenance. The least messy way to completely clean the machine is to do a yearly demineralizing and disinfecting. To do this, sit the humidifier in a bathtub, fill it with a vinegar and water solution, and then it run for about 30 minutes. This will loosen or dissolve any mineral deposits. Then rinse it with water, refill with a bleach and water solution, and let it run for another 30 minutes. This should kill mold spores and any dormant bacteria.

Remember, the harder your tap water, the more white-dust buildup you will get in the room as well as inside the humidifier. If this happens, simply switch to filtered or distilled water.

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