Upon first looks, the Crane Adorable Animal humidifier may seem more like a toy than a home appliance. However, its straightforward, easy-to-use design, quiet operation and ability to nicely humidify a small space makes this machine a winner with experts and consumers alike. These 1-gallon tank humidifiers can regulate the moisture level of a space of around 250 square feet. They're made of BPA-free plastic.
Simple to operate: The Crane Adorable Animal humidifier comes in a wide variety of designs ranging from a penguin to a frog to various cartoon characters. The compact size of this machine paired with the cute design has long made this a favorite pick for children's rooms. The simple, manual controls may be basic, but most reviews say that this machine gets the job done. The quiet humidifier, say reviewers, is easy to clean and easy to use.
Compact design manages small spaces well. This small humidifier was constructed to regulate the moisture level in small 250-square-foot spaces. Consumers and experts agree that these 1-gallon tanks do a good job of adding moisture to a space. The machine can output around 2 gallons of moisture per day. Unfortunately, the small tanks mean that Crane Adorable Animal humidifiers must be refilled frequently. Additionally, we did find some reviews that note the surrounding area of the humidifier often becomes overly damp. Consumers should closely read the included manual to avoid leakage and water problems.
Not silent, but pretty close: Crane touts their Adorable Animal humidifier as being "whisper quiet." Reviewers tend to agree. While not entirely silent, this humidifier is quiet enough for most children (and sound-sensitive adults) to sleep right through. A few consumers noted that there can be a dripping sound when condensation collects, but most say noise from this machine will only be an issue for incredibly sound-sensitive sleepers.
Poor construction leaves something to be desired. By far the biggest complaint we found on this machine stems from durability issues. Several consumer reviews comment on the flimsy base and say that after a few months, these units simply stop performing. Many mention that this humidifier works well initially, easily adding moisture to a space, but say that it fails relatively quickly. It should be noted that this machine is, however, BPA-free and is suggested by several self-identified parents as a good pick for children's rooms.
Review Credibility: Excellent In September 2012, ConsumerReports.org updated their report on humidifiers, testing 45 tabletop humidifiers and five console models. Results for all the humidifiers included in these tests are posted at ConsumerReports.org, although you need a subscription to view them. Models are rated on their moisture output, convenience, noise level, efficiency and performance when filled with hard water. Various versions of the Crane Adorable 1-gallon humidifier (12) receive high marks and are recommended by editors.
Review: Humidifier Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, As of September 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good Crane's line of Adorable Animal 1-gallon, cool-mist humidifiers is one of the most popular featured on Amazon.com, garnering more than 1,600 user reviews. Reviews are somewhat mixed. This line of humidifiers receives an overall 3.6 out of 5 stars, but there are nearly 300 users who rate this machine a low 1 star. Most cite problems with durability, with some noting that the unit completely breaks after just a few uses. Other reviewers say, however, that for the low price, it's a cute model for children's rooms.
Review: Crane Adorable 1 Gallon Cool Mist Humidifier, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of October 2012
Review Credibility: Good Of the dozens of humidifiers listed at Viewpoints.com, most receive only one or two reviews, but a few receive a dozen or more. However, this site does feature about 120 reviews of the Crane Adorable Animal humidifier (as well as for the top-rated Crane EE-5301 humidifier). While the Crane Adorable Animal models perform quite well thanks to their budget-friendly, cute design, many reviewers say that they have major durability issues.
Review: Crane Humidifiers, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of October 2012
4. Health Magazine
Review Credibility: Good Health magazine's Leslie Barrie selects four humidifiers, including the popular Crane Frog Cool Mist Humidifier. Each model is road-tested by the editor and selected thanks to its moisture output and control and ease of use. The Crane's Frog Cool Mist Humidifier is selected as the "Best for Kiddies."
Review: The Best Humidifiers for Dry Skin and Stuffy Sinuses, Leslie Barrie, Not Dated
Review Credibility: Good Walmart.com features more than 240 user-generated reviews of various models in the Crane Adorable Animals line of humidifiers. More than 150 of those reviews are for the Crane Dragon Cool Mist Humidifier EE-5058. Reviewers say that the model is cute, but unfortunately, these models often suffer because of their poor construction.
Review: Crane Dragon Cool Mist Humidifier EE-5058, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of October 2012
Review Credibility: Fair Drugstore.com sells several humidifiers, and most of them receive at least a few reviews from users. By far, the most popular models are the Crane Adorable Animals ultrasonic humidifiers -- receiving strong reviews from owners for many of the models in the line.
Review: Crane Adorable Ultrasonic 1 Gallon Humidifier, Pig, Contributors to Drugstore.com, As of October 2012