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Best Humidifier - Which One Is Worth Your Money In 2020 - 2021

Written By Maria
Last Updated November 14, 2021
Product
Editor's Choice
Boneco U200 Ultrasonic Humidifier, 3.5 Litre, 20 W, White
Value for Money
ASAKUKI 300ml Essential Oil Diffuser, Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Scented Diffuser Humidifier for Bedroom,Baby Room,Spa with 7 LED Color Lights and Waterless Auto Shut-Off, BPA-Free- Wood Grain
Elechomes Top-Fill Ultrasonic Humidifier 5.5L, Warm and Cool Mist, Dual 360° Mist Nozzles, Remote and Humidity Monitor for Large Room Bedroom Babies up to 40-70 m², Auto Shut-off SH8820
Colour
White
Wood Grain
Black
Material
Aluminium
Plastic
N/A
Capacity
3500 ml
300 ml
5500 ml
Run Time
N/A
6-10 hours
55 hours
Sound Level
25 dB
N/A
20 dB
Features
Integrated Ionic Silver Stick and the de-mineralisation cartridge,Removable water tank, Fragrance container, With manual control and auto shut off,
7 different LED light colours, Multiple mist timer modes, Safety auto-switch, Advanced ultrasonic technology
Child lock and automatic safety switch off, Top fill and detachable water tank, 2 Mist settings, With sleep mode,
Product Dimension
1.8 kg
‎450 g
36.7 x 31.4 x 22.1 cm
Product Weight
24 x 12 x 26.3 cm
10 x 10 x 14 cm
3.47 kg
Customer Rating
Editor's Choice
Product
Boneco U200 Ultrasonic Humidifier, 3.5 Litre, 20 W, White
Colour
White
Material
Aluminium
Capacity
3500 ml
Run Time
N/A
Sound Level
25 dB
Features
Integrated Ionic Silver Stick and the de-mineralisation cartridge,Removable water tank, Fragrance container, With manual control and auto shut off,
Product Dimension
1.8 kg
Product Weight
24 x 12 x 26.3 cm
Customer Rating
Value for Money
Product
ASAKUKI 300ml Essential Oil Diffuser, Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Scented Diffuser Humidifier for Bedroom,Baby Room,Spa with 7 LED Color Lights and Waterless Auto Shut-Off, BPA-Free- Wood Grain
Colour
Wood Grain
Material
Plastic
Capacity
300 ml
Run Time
6-10 hours
Sound Level
N/A
Features
7 different LED light colours, Multiple mist timer modes, Safety auto-switch, Advanced ultrasonic technology
Product Dimension
‎450 g
Product Weight
10 x 10 x 14 cm
Customer Rating
Product
Elechomes Top-Fill Ultrasonic Humidifier 5.5L, Warm and Cool Mist, Dual 360° Mist Nozzles, Remote and Humidity Monitor for Large Room Bedroom Babies up to 40-70 m², Auto Shut-off SH8820
Colour
Black
Material
N/A
Capacity
5500 ml
Run Time
55 hours
Sound Level
20 dB
Features
Child lock and automatic safety switch off, Top fill and detachable water tank, 2 Mist settings, With sleep mode,
Product Dimension
36.7 x 31.4 x 22.1 cm
Product Weight
3.47 kg
Customer Rating

Humidifiers Are For More Than Hothouse Flowers

Humidifiers were once only useful for keeping tropical plants and “ invalids” healthy. The healthy who had one were either thought of as strange ( in the same way that vegetarians were), and certainly not “normal”.

However, it was found that humidifiers should not just be for the “oddballs”, botanists and the chronically infirm. Far from it.

These one time “gimmicks” do reduce dry skin, allergies, “dry throat” syndrome and persistent dry coughing at night and apparently snoring, and while in winter when the central heating has dried the air out, it has been clinically shown that a humidifier can reduce the risk of catching flu or other viruses.

The benefits of having a home humidifier go further than just keeping the flu away.

Most homes will have at least one humidifier nowadays.

A modern humidifier has come a long way from the bulky glorified bucket of water with a heating element and a couple of drops of “friar’s balsam” with its oily medicinal smell. Clean lines, ultrasonic technology and with creative and scientific thought the 21st century humidifier is should be used regularly instead of when a “flu bug” appears.

There are many humidifiers available, and to find the best one, in terms of value for money, design features and build, the five most popular models have been put under the microscope.

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Our recommended alternative is The Boneco U200 Ultrasonic Humidifier!

Boneco U200 Ultrasonic Humidifier, 3.5 Litre, 20 W, White
  • Compact award winning design
  • Suitable for rooms up to 50m2
  • Ultrasonic vapour humidification with manual control and auto shut off
  • Removable water tank for easy refill
  • Fragrance container for essential oils

Boneca Air Washer W200 Humidifier.

Boneco Air Washer W200 Humidifier, 4.5 L / 12.2 W, Black and White


As Boneca describes the W200 as an “air washer”, the rest of us would call it a humidifier as it does not qualify for air purifier certification due to the W200 using a mild heat induced evaporation method to create its mist.
Although it uses heat to produce its mist the Boneca W200 is very economical. Unlike its ancestors!


With its 4.4L water tank, the Swiss made W200 has 2 settings: day mode and night mode. The day mode has an increased fan speed but the noise level is barely at a whisper level being only 32dB. When in the slower night mode the noise level hovers around 27dB making this humidifier ideal for light sleepers.


When the water level is close to being empty, a small red LED will show and then the Boneco W200 will automatically shut off until it is replenished.

Boneco Air Washer W200 Humidifier, 4.5 L / 12.2 W, Black and White


For those who like to indulge in essential oils, Boneco have incorporated a small essential oil reservoir with pads. It must be added that the oils mix with the mist very quickly, fragrancing a room in minutes.
As with all humidifiers, the W200 does need to have its tank and filters cleaned on a regular basis, which has been made easy do. The tank and filters are dishwasher proof, saving a chore.


The Boneco W200 comes with a 2 year warranty, which will give peace of mind.


The W200 humidifier with its tall square box like design and hefty weight of 4.9kg, giving it the look of a desktop computer tower, make the W200 humidifier conspicuous in the room.
While the construct quality is good, the number of features do not really justify the high price.

Boneco Air Washer W200 Humidifier, 4.5 L / 12.2 W, Black and White


Pros:

  • Extraordinarily quiet, with it being effectively silent when in night mode.
  • Large 4.4L water tank.
  • Includes an essential oils reservoir.
  • Tank, pads and filters are dishwasher friendly, making easy cleaning.
  • No gimmickry.
  • Auto shut off when water level is low.
  • Comes with a 2 year warranty.


Cons:

  • Only 2 settings for mist density.
  • Large and bulky. The W200 is very conspicuous.
  • Very heavy. At 4.9kg this is the heaviest humidifier under test.
  • Uses heat rather than ultrasonics to produce mist.
  • The price.

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The Product Below May Be Currently Unavailable,

Our recommended alternative is The ASAKUKI 300ml Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Scented Diffuser Humidifier!

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ASAKUKI 300ml Essential Oil Diffuser, Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Scented Diffuser Humidifier for Bedroom,Baby Room,Spa with 7 LED Color Lights and Waterless Auto Shut-Off, BPA-Free- Wood Grain
  • 🌿5-IN-1 AROMATHERAPY DEVICE: This ultrasonic essential oil diffuser is an amazing multifunction aromatherapy device unlike any other you've ever used. It features a large and easy to clean 300ml water tank, 7 different LED light colors, multiple mist timer modes, as well as a safety auto-switch that prevents it from overheating in case it runs out of water.
  • 🌿RELAXING ATMOSPHERE: This essential oil diffuser is perfect for every home, office or yoga studio so you can create a calming atmosphere. This device will purify and humidify the air so you will no longer suffer from dry skin and lips. The diffuser will create the perfect environment so you can breathe and sleep better, relax, and feel better than ever!
  • 🌿PREMIUM QUALITY MATERIALS: When it comes to our premium essential oil diffusers, we make a point of using nothing but the same ultra-high grade, safe, and eco-friendly PP materials baby bottles are made from, as well as state-of-the-art production processes and strict quality control.
  • 🌿GREAT GIFT IDEA FOR EVERYONE If you're in the market for a nice and practical gift, you can stop looking. This great aromatherapy essential oil diffuser is a thoughtful and handy present, one that everyone can benefit from. With a combination of style, design and function like that, it's a quality-assured hit!
  • 🌿100% RISK FREE PURCHASE At ASAKUKI, we have great faith in our essential oil diffusers. After all, we use them in our homes ourselves! If you have any issue with your diffuser, do not hesitate to contact us - your satisfaction is paramount!

iTronics IT-01 Essential Oil Diffuser and Humidifier.

iTronics IT01 Essential Oil Diffuser 120ml Aroma Essential Oil Cool Mist Humidifier with Waterless Auto Shut-Off Adjustable Mist Mode and 7 Colors LED Light for Home Office Baby


Even for a compact design this iTronics humidifier is to say the least compact. Measuring just 138mm high and being able to sit in the palm of your hand, the IT-01 weighs just 495g.


With a fully detachable lid which gives access to the tiny 120ml water/essential oil reservoir, iTronics claims that the IT-01 is able to humidify a room of up to 30 sqm, however, it does by emitting its ultrasonically generated perfumed mist at just 30ml/ hour.


This little humidifier has an “auto shut off” when the reservoir level is low.


The iTronics IT-01 has 2 settings, the first of which allows 6 hours of continuous mist emission, while the second is for 12 hours with 30 seconds on and 30 seconds off. Along with these 2 settings is a 3 level mist setting from an intermittent mist, a continuous mist and a “mist lite”. Which means that the room does not become too saturated with the aroma of the essential oil.

iTronics IT01 Essential Oil Diffuser 120ml Aroma Essential Oil Cool Mist Humidifier with Waterless Auto Shut-Off Adjustable Mist Mode and 7 Colors LED Light for Home Office Baby


Much fanfare is made by iTronics about the choice and variance of the LED mood lighting which is claimed to inspire children’s creativity, right through to working with the essential oil to further cause further relaxation and inner calm. With a choice of 7 colours and methods of dimming and blending, this humidifier / diffuser at times felt more like a vintage lava lamp than anything else.


The iTronics IT-01 comes with a standard 1 year warranty.


While this humidifier is able to infuse a 30 sqm room, it was such a pity that iTronics decided on such a small 120ml water / essential oil reservoir. Access to which is removing the dome top, while being careful not to dislodge the inner top.


The pressing of buttons “x” number of times in a set sequence to get the desired level of misting and the correct light settings was both stressful and irritating. While the lava lamp effect was neither calming or relaxing.
As with any humidifiers the iTronics IT-01 requires regular cleaning, and this must be done by hand.
Although the iTronics IT-01 humidifier has been called “cute” the LED feature is an out of control gimmick.

iTronics IT01 Essential Oil Diffuser 120ml Aroma Essential Oil Cool Mist Humidifier with Waterless Auto Shut-Off Adjustable Mist Mode and 7 Colors LED Light for Home Office Baby


Pros:

  • Extremely compact but effective.
  • “all in one reservoir” for oils and water.
  • Ultrasonic mist generation.
  • Very lightweight at only 495g.


Cons:

  • Filling the reservoir can be very fiddley.
  • Over emphasis on LED lighting. More of a lava lamp than a humidifier.
  • Sequencing of buttons to push. Too many things to push in the “right” order to start the humidifier. Very irritating and annoying.

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Our recommended alternative is The Elechomes Top-Fill Ultrasonic Humidifier!

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Elechomes Top-Fill Ultrasonic Humidifier 5.5L, Warm and Cool Mist, Dual 360° Mist Nozzles, Remote and Humidity Monitor for Large Room Bedroom Babies up to 40-70 m², Auto Shut-off SH8820
  • 【Newest TOP FILL Design With Incomparable Advantages】 The Newest Top Fill and Detachable Water Tank Design allows you to add water directly from above which is incredibly convenient and eradicate water leaks. "No Leakage, No Hassle Disassembly and Easy to Clean" are shining advantages of SH8820 Humidifier over those with Bottom filling designs. Note: Please don't pour water into the Air Channel or it will damage the humidifier.
  • 【Warm & Cool Mist】Humidifier SH8820 lets you choose between 2 mist settings with distinct health benefits. The warm mist humidifies the room 25% more quickly and feel more comfortable in winter, while the cool mist keeps your sinuses and skin hydrated during the summer.
  • 【Extra-Large Capacity & Powerful Mist Output】Large 5.5L capacity allows up to 55 hours of continuous use(under low speed cold mist) with one full fill; With a super high mist output up to 550ml/hr, SH8820 Humidifier can easily cover a bedroom and living room, even the whole house up to 70 m². To avoid “White Dusk”, we recommend you to use distilled water.
  • 【New and Improved Sleep Mode】 With sleep mode, drifting off to dreamland is easier than ever. While in sleep mode, the humidifier’s will operate under a near-silence 32dB and screen will completely turn off.
  • 【More Cares about You and Your Kids】SH8820 Humidifier comes with Child Lock and automatic safety switch off function to keep you and your kid safe; Remote control, Timer and Aroma Diffuser functions are added bonus to enjoy the time! For more information about filter, search ASIN: B07SW2DFFJ, B08XW26YXN

Elechomes SH8820 Ultrasonic Humidifier.

Elechomes SH8820 Ultrasonic Top Fill Humidifier 5.5L Vaporizer Warm and Cool Mist Humidifiers for Large Room Bedroom Babies with Remote, Humidity Monitor, 12-40 Hours, 550ml/h Max Humidity (White)


The SH8820 humidifier with its huge top fill 5.5L tank is able to aromatically humidify a room up to 70sqm for up to 40 hours continuously with either a cool or warm mist. With an auto shut off feature once the right humidity level is reached, thanks to its built hygrometer.


Looking very much like a computer tower and weighing 3.5kg, the SH882O is not discreet, however its child lock and auto shut off features do cater for young curiosity, making it safe around children.


With quiet operation and soft night light this humidifier is ideal for young children’s rooms or for light sleepers.

Elechomes SH8820 Ultrasonic Top Fill Humidifier 5.5L Vaporizer Warm and Cool Mist Humidifiers for Large Room Bedroom Babies with Remote, Humidity Monitor, 12-40 Hours, 550ml/h Max Humidity (White)


Elechomes make much of the SH8820’s ability to produce both cool and warm mist. While superficially looking impressive, there is no real requirement for warm mist in the winter if the heating is on. More of a gimmick than a necessity.


The SH8820’s tank must be cleaned manually and its filters replaced on a regular basis.


While nearly everything these days has a remote control, the review wondered if a humidifier having a remote was exactly necessary. Again a little bit of gimmickry seems to be afoot.


The Elechomes SH8820 humidifier comes with a 1 year warranty.


While having a large reservoir and forty hours operation the Elechomes SH8820 is too full of gimmicks that could go wrong.

Elechomes SH8820 Ultrasonic Top Fill Humidifier 5.5L Vaporizer Warm and Cool Mist Humidifiers for Large Room Bedroom Babies with Remote, Humidity Monitor, 12-40 Hours, 550ml/h Max Humidity (White)


Pros:

  • Large reservoir with up to 40 hours continuous operation.
  • Built in hygrometer which manages mist production.
  • Auto shut off and child lock facility.
  • Quiet operation and night light. Ideal for children and light sleepers.
  • Ultrasonic mist generation.


Cons:

  • Square box and indiscreet bulky design.
  • Warm mist facility, not necessary.
  • Remotely controlled. More gimmick than necessary.
  • Its weight. At 3.5kg with an empty 5.5L tank this will be extremely heavy when being used.
  • Manual cleaning of the reservoir, while filters have to be replaced.

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Elechomes EC5501 Humidifier.

Elechomes Ultrasonic Humidifier 6L, Warm and Cool Mist for Large Room Baby Bedroom, Dual 360° Mist Nozzles with Remote, Customized Humidity, Sleep Mode, LED Touch Display, 12 Hours Timer - EC5501


With Ultrasonic mist generation the Elechomes EC5501 humidifier can aromatically hydrate a room up to 70 sqm with ease. It has essential oils tray and huge 6L reservoir which will last for 40 hours of operation.
The EC5501 has a built in hygrometer which monitors and maintains the room’s humidity, and does so very quietly at 32dB.


Weighing in at 3.4kg with an empty reservoir and its box like design with bold LED water level indicator, the Elechomes EC5501 humidifier is highly conspicuous and heavy.


The settings include, mist temperature, misting level, sleep mode and timer, which can be controlled from the humidifier’s own control panel or by a remote control.


The EC5501 offers warm or cool mist options, supposedly winter or summer use.

Elechomes Ultrasonic Humidifier 6L, Warm and Cool Mist for Large Room Baby Bedroom, Dual 360° Mist Nozzles with Remote, Customized Humidity, Sleep Mode, LED Touch Display, 12 Hours Timer - EC5501

While a nice option, it begs the question of is it really necessary?
To prevent the risk of burn out this humidifier has auto shut off when the water level is low.
The Elechomes EC5501 is very reasonably priced and comes with a 1 year warranty.
With all humidifiers, the reservoir, essential oil tray and filters need to be regularly cleaned. The EC5501’s reservoir and oil tray must be cleaned by hand, while the filters have to be replaced.
While very quiet and an extremely long lasting operation, the Elechomes EC5501 is expensive to maintain because of filter replacement, and again has too many gimmicks.

Elechomes Ultrasonic Humidifier 6L, Warm and Cool Mist for Large Room Baby Bedroom, Dual 360° Mist Nozzles with Remote, Customized Humidity, Sleep Mode, LED Touch Display, 12 Hours Timer - EC5501


Pros:

  • Extremely large reservoir for 40 hours of operation.
  • Very quiet operation, at 32dB it is barely above a whisper.
  • Ultrasonic mist generation.
  • Auto shut off when the water level is low.
  • Built in hygrometer, ideal for humidity management.


Cons:

  • Large bulky box like design.
  • The weight.
  • Unnecessary warm or cool mist option.
  • Inclusion of an unnecessary remote control.
  • Filters have to be replaced as opposed to being cleaned and reinstalled.

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The Oxford Street Ngozi Ultrasonic Humidifier.


With a compact, discreet cylindrical design, the Oxford Street Ngozi is a humidifier that uses ultrasonics and not heat to create mist. As the term suggests a super-hypersonic sound wave is used to create mist.


An easy to fill 4L water tank ensures 18 hour mist production using 300ml/hr so that the room is gently humidified to the desired level without any dampness occurring, as can sometimes be the case.


An almost silent hum is all that is heard as the Ngozi humidifier goes quietly about its job remoisturizing the air, using a 360° nozzle to ensure a consistent mist in the room. With its fill up, set and forget, the Oxford Street Ngozi will automatically switch off when the water level runs low, or when the humidity reaches the desired setting.


The Oxford Street Ngozi has an essential oils tray and pad so that relaxation, well being or just plain self indulgence can happen, just by adding an essential oil (or two) to the mist.


The mist control is purely manual, and not controlled by an app, remote or even by Alexa, meaning it’s not “smart” which could be a cause for complaint to some, but there is really no need to have a “smart” humidifier, and Oxford Street have been really smart in making the Ngozi humidifier just a good old “set and forget” humidifier, just as it should be.


The Ngozi humidifier should be cleaned regularly, and is easy to do so, with its oil pads filters and tank being dishwasher friendly.


Weighing just 1.16kg and only being 300mm in height, the Ngozi is compact, discreet and truly portable.
While being easy to use, compact and highly effective, there were some little negatives to this humidifier.
The first and most obvious was the price. It is the most costly of all the humidifiers under test. However, for its robustness, ease of use and the quality construct the price can be justified.
The Oxford Street Ngozi comes with just a basic one year warranty.

Pros:

  • Clean lines and pleasing compact design.
  • Extremely lightweight making it truly portable.
  • Ultrasonic mist generation.
  • 4L water tank that’s easy to fill.
  • Adjustable mist control.
  • Auto shut off when water level is low.
  • Essential oils can be used with the mist.
  • Extraordinarily easy to clean. Tanks, pads and filters are dishwasher friendly.
  • Absolutely no “smart” gimmickry, or remote controls.


Cons:

  • The price. Although the quality of construct is vey high
  • Comes with just a basic 1 year warranty.

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So Which Is The Best Humidifier?


While each humidifier in this review has its own special feature, which will appeal to some but not to others, the humidifier which offers the best long term value for money, great design and best performance is the Boneca Air Washer W200 Humidifier.

Maria

I have always had a profound love for reading, which naturally evolved into writing too! This passion for the art of crafting stories using words lead me to a path of web content managing.

I have previously managed portfolios for my clients' writing requirements, with each website containing anywhere from 5 all the way to 5,000 pages; my day was easily filled with spreadsheets and databases of content. My current focus is BestReviews.co.uk where I am the Lead Editor and Content Stategist!
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