The Crane EE-5301 Cool Mist Humidifier earns very positive reviews thanks to its compact size, excellent moisture output and sleek design. Features include variable mist output (controlled by a simple dial) and an automatic shut-off, but there's no humidistat to monitor and maintain room humidity. Some owners complain that the small tank must be refilled frequently. Others complain that the Crane tends to emit fine white dust -- caused by water-borne minerals -- that settles on fixtures and furniture, but that's a drawback of all ultrasonic humidifiers.
Basic, but it works well: While the Crane EE-5301 Cool Mist Humidifier may not have as many features as other top-reviewed models, consumers say that it's simple to use and efficient. The manual controls are easy to use, and users love the automatic shut-off feature. Owners appreciate that the water tank can be quickly filled in a kitchen sink -- which is good, as one of the major drawbacks is that this machine needs to be filled at least twice a day it it's to be used continuously.
Suitable for small rooms only: This compact humidifier is able to output an estimated 2.3 gallons of moisture per day, which should be enough to humidify a space of around 250 square feet, which is fine for a small bedroom but not for a larger space. The tank, to some reviewer's concern, holds just under 1 gallon of water; because of this, the machine will go through more than two full tanks a day at maximum output.
Relatively quiet operation: The manufacturer claims that the Crane EE-5301 Cool Mist Humidifier is practically silent, and most experts and users concur. However, we did find some users who felt this humidifier was too loud while in operation. Some say the sound is reminiscent of a fish tank and can be quite soothing.
Tank is hard to fill, keep clean: The Crane EE-5301 Cool Mist Humidifier's features include variable mist output (controlled by a simple dial) and an automatic shut-off. Owners appreciate that it does not require any expensive filters or cartridges. However, some users find cleaning the machine difficult because the tank has crevices that are hard to reach. Others say that filling the tank is awkward because it must be turned upside down and balanced on its curved top. Like other ultrasonic humidifiers, this one may leave white residue on furniture from minerals dissolved in the water; some users recommend using filtered or distilled water to prevent this problem.
The Crane EE-5301 (identified here as the Crane Drop) is rated on its moisture output, convenience, noise level, efficiency and performance when filled with hard water. It receives an overall score, which can be compared to other humidifiers designed to work in a similar-sized room.
Review: Crane Drop, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated
The Crane EE-5301 Drop Shape Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier receives more than 5,300 user reviews at Amazon.com, with an overall rating of 3.8 stars out of 5. Most users say it is quiet and performs well, but they are divided over its ease of use. Some say it is easy to clean and fill; others disagree.
Review: Crane Drop Shape Cool Mist Humidifier, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of September 2014
We found about 320 reviews for the Crane EE-5301 Cool Mist Humidifier at Walmart.com. Users give the humidifier 4.4 stars out of 5 overall, with 90 percent saying that they would recommend it to a friend. We see only a few complaints about leakage and white dust buildup. Most praise performance, quiet operation and value.
Review: Crane Cool Mist Humidifier, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of September 2014
There are more than 60 reviews of the Crain Cool Mist Humidifier in its various color combinations on Viewpoints.com, and most are generally positive. It earns an average rating of 89 out of 100 points. The most commonly cited benefits are its price, performance and design. A handful of durability concerns are spotted.
Review: Crane 2.3 Gallon Cool Mist Humidifier Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of September 2014
Target.com has more than 200 reviews for the Crane Drop Shape Cool Mist Humidifier in its various color combinations. Users award it 4 stars out of 5 on average, praising its output, quiet operation and ease of maintenance. Only a scattered few complain of problems such as leaks, noise and white dust, though more express some durability concerns.
Review: Crane Drop Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier, Contributors to Target.com, As of September 2014