Humidifier Rating Sources
In this report, editors evaluate more than 60 tabletop and whole house (console) models. Humidifiers 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.
TheSweethome.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.
BabyGearLab.com looks at nine humidifiers that are appropriate for a nursery and names an Editor' Choice and a Best Value model. Testing is hands on, with an emphasis on looking at issues raised in user reviews found on line. This is a top resource for those needing a humidifier for a young child's room -- and for anyone else looking for a humidifier for a small- to medium-sized room.
Owners at Amazon.com are tough to please when it comes to humidifiers. Few models with significant numbers of reviews rate very highly, though some models earn scores of 4 stars or better following hundreds and in some cases thousands of reviews.
Walmart.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.
Most of the roughly 90 humidifiers sold at Target.com have only a handful of reviews, but a few have many more, including some with over 200 ratings. Comments tend to be brief, though some can be more detailed. Some review features, such as the ability to leave sub ratings for things such as value and effectiveness, appear to have been removed by the site since our last visit.
More 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 models from different makers get one or two reviews.
AllergyBuyersClub.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 Boneco (formerly Air-O-Swiss), Pure Guardian and Stadler Form. Most humidifiers carry expert ratings and many have at least some user reviews. It appears 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.
HomeDepot.com lists over 200 humidifiers on its web site, though most get little feedback. On the other hand, some humidifiers get dozens of reviews and a handful get more than 100. Users provide sub-ratings for quality and value, in addition to an overall assessment, and can say whether or not they would recommend a given humidifier to a friend.
Lowes.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 cans say whether or not they recommend a particular humidifier.
Health magazine tests warm mist and cool mist humidifiers to name the top choices. However, testing is not described, which other models are tested are not named, and one of the top picks is discontinued. Still, several other picks are still in production and have not changed since this was published.
If 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 hundreds of owners.