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Humidifier Rating Sources

Total of 14 Sources
1. ConsumerReports.org
As of September 2014
Humidifier Ratings
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentIn this report, editors test 35 tabletop humidifiers and two whole-house models. Models are rated on their moisture output, convenience, noise level, efficiency and performance when filled with hard water. There's also a buyer's guide that discusses humidifier types, features and brands, which can be viewed without a subscription. Many models are current, but some are discontinued.
2. TheSweetHome.com
Apr. 4, 2013
The Best Humidifier
by Seamus Bellamy
Our AssessmentTheSweetHome.com spends hours researching humidifiers, consulting other reviewers and experts in the field to find the ones that look likely to please, then puts them to the test to find the best performer and the top value. Testing is well documented and hands-on. Some alternate choices are named, and some general information about humidifiers is provided. A few readers chime in with opinions, not all of which agree with TheSweetHome.com's conclusions.
3. Amazon.com
As of September 2014
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentOwners at Amazon.com are tough to please when it comes to humidifiers. Few models with significant numbers of reviews rate very highly, with the exception of one whole-house model. That said, decent feedback can be found for the Crane EE-5301 drop shaped humidifier and the Safety 1st Ultrasonic 360 Humidifier.
4. Good Housekeeping
Not Dated
Best Humidifiers
by Editors of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute
Our AssessmentEngineers at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute review 21 room-size humidifiers, rating them on appearance, energy cost, user friendliness and how long the units take to humidify a room. Some of the top picks in this older report are discontinued, but others are either still current or still available at retail.
5. Walmart.com
As of September 2014
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentWalmart.com lets customers post reviews of humidifiers they own. We don't see as much feedback on specific models of humidifiers as at Amazon.com, but it is easier to spot standout models that garner more than typical feedback and higher than typical ratings.
6. Target.com
As of September 2014
by Contributors to Target.com
Our AssessmentMost of the 50 or so humidifiers sold at Target.com have only a handful of reviews, but a few have many more, including several Crane tabletop models that get fairly strong average reviews. The Safety 1st Ultrasonic 360 is also popular with users. One humidifier, the Vicks V4500, gets especially poor overall ratings, with many complaints about mold buildup, white dust and noise.
7. Sears.com
As of September 2014
by Contributors to Sears.com
Our AssessmentMore than 500 humidifiers are sold through Sears.com, but most of those models have no user reviews. The majority of the consumer-written reviews posted are for Kenmore models, although a few Crane and Holmes humidifiers get one or two reviews. The Kenmore 15408 console humidifier earns a 4-star average rating from more than 70 reviewers.
8. Allergy Buyers Club.com
As of September 2014
Humidifier Reviews
by Contributors and Editors of AllergyBuyersClub.com
Our AssessmentAllergyBuyersClub.com sells humidifiers and other health-related equipment, and the only ratings here are for models that the retailer carries -- mostly higher-end humidifiers from manufacturers like Air-O-Swiss, Pure Guardian and Stadler Form. It's clear that the editors have personally tested these models, and they provide a list of each humidifier's pros and cons, however their ratings and customers' ratings are sometimes at odds.
9. HomeDepot.com
As of September 2014
by Contributors to HomeDepot.com
Our AssessmentHomeDepot.com lists over 140 humidifiers on its web site, though most get little feedback. On the other hand, some humidifiers get dozens or even more than a hundred of reviews. Users provide sub-ratings in addition to an overall assessment, and can say whether or not they would recommend a given humidifier to a friend.
10. Lowes.com
As of September 2014
by Contributors to Lowes.com
Our AssessmentLowes.com lists fewer humidifiers than HomeDepot.com, and those here get a touch less feedback, but this is still a helpful resources. Navigation is easy, and users provide sub ratings on factors such as quality, features and ease of use.
11. ToysRUs.com
As of September 2014
Humidifiers, Vaporizers & Purifiers
by Contributors to ToysRUs.com
Our AssessmentIf you are looking for a humidifier for a child's room, ToysRUs.com is a good place to check for owner opinions on popular choices. The site could be a little easier to use as you need to click though to the product page to see how many reviews a rating score is based on. Some of the humidifiers here get only a handful of reviews, but a few get feedback from a hundred owners or more.
12. Viewpoints.com
As of September 2014
Best Humidifiers
by Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Our AssessmentOf the dozens of humidifiers listed at Viewpoints.com, most receive only one or two reviews, but a few get enough feedback to be helpful. The highest-rated of these is the drop-shaped Crane EE-5301 Cool Mist Humidifier, which draws an impressive 89 (out of 100) rating following more than 60 reviews.
13. Slate Magazine
January 2008
Get Misty for Me
by Laura Moser
Our AssessmentLaura Moser tests seven humidifiers, including cool mist, warm mist and ultrasonic models, and rates them on performance, maintenance, and appearance. This article has grown rather dated, though a few of the reviewed humidifiers -- including the top rated Kenmore 15408 -- remain available.
14. Wired
March 25, 2009
by Michael S. Lasky
Our AssessmentReviewer Michael Lasky gives the Air-O-Swiss 7144 a score of 8 out of 10 in this older review. He says he watched the Air-O-Swiss raise a room's humidity from 39 to 50 percent in less than half an hour (although he doesn't specify how big the room was). Lasky says this humidifier is "absolutely silent," and he appreciates its antibacterial features and sleep mode, which sets the machine to run for eight hours at a given humidity level. However, he says that refilling the tank is "somewhat clumsy."
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