The Essick MA1201 is a good bet for a budget-friendly whole house humidifier. The 3.9-gallon water tank means infrequent refilling. The moisture output is excellent. Plus, bonus features like the automatic shut-off, check-filter message and electronic display are welcome additions. Consumers do lament the flimsy, cheap construction; cost of replacement filters; and say that despite an "ultra-quiet mode," this machine is very loud -- yet this humidifier still gets excellent feedback overall.
Simple design and easy-to-use controls: The Essick MA1201 whole house humidifier is an excellent pick for those looking to humidify a large space. The simple digital controls and built-in humidistat allow users to easily control the moisture level in their homes. Consumers appreciate the automatic shut-off, check-filter message and the water refill light. We saw some accounts where the LCD control panel stopped working after just months of use. A few reviewers claim that the humidistat is calibrated poorly, meaning that you will need to play with the settings to get the best results.
Large, easy-to-clean tank: Like most whole house humidifiers, the Essick MA1201 is rated for up to 2,500 square feet -- nearly five times the space of a traditional tabletop model. We found excellent consumer feedback on the room coverage offered by this model. The 3.9-gallon tank allows for an estimated 12 gallons of moisture output per day. This unit has a four-speed fan, and a filter indicator lets you know when it must be changed.
It's loud. Perhaps the biggest, most common complaint about the Essick MA1201 humidifier is the very loud noise level. Many reviewers claim that this machine can be heard from another room. The humidifier does feature an "ultra-quiet mode," but users say that even in that mode the machine is quite loud.
Good value, but iffy build quality: Many reviewers say the plastic housing is flimsy, but also say that in spite of the poor build quality, this humidifier does perform quite well. We found some reviewers who said that the unit lasts only through a few seasons with continual use, but others seem quite pleased with the durability of this product. Some did note that the humidifier tank does require regular cleaning, but it does a relatively good job at bacterial and mold growth regulation.
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The Essick MA1201 is one of two whole-house console humidifiers currently rated by ConsumerReports.com. The humidifier is tested and rated. An overall score is given.
Review: Essick MA1201, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated
We see about 90 reviews for the Essick MA1201 Humidifier at Amazon.com, where it earns an average score of 3.9 out of 5 stars. Despite that less-than-impressive score, the overwhelming majority seem pleased. Noise issues and questionable build quality are offset by value and effectiveness.
Review: Essick Air MA1201 Moist Air Whole House Humidifier, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of September 2014
Around 110 users provide feedback on the Essick MA1201 humidifier. The whole-house humidifier earns a strong 4.3 stars out of 5, with 88 percent saying that they would recommend it to a friend. Reviewers praise the machine for its simple design, easy-to-clean tank, large capacity and excellent moisture output. We did, however, find some complaints regarding flimsy construction and limited durability.
Review: Essick Air Products Model # MA1201AIRCARE 3.9 gal. Evaporative Humidifier for 2500 sq. ft., Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of September 2014