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Review Credibility: Excellent In this report, editors test 45 tabletop humidifiers and five 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.
Review Credibility: Excellent This report sums up the findings of the organization's latest report on humidifiers. The editors name the Safety 1st Ultrasonic 360 a best buy, but they also say this model can only cover a relatively small area and does not include a humidistat. Unlike other content, this report can be viewed without a subscription to the site.
Review Credibility: Excellent 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 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. More than 50 warm- and cold-mist models are tested. However, because the site's scope is narrow, we don't know how the many other brands of humidifiers stack up. The site also includes some reviews from users.
Review Credibility: Very Good Editors at Real Simple magazine recommend five humidifiers, based on criteria such as design, ease of use and cleanliness. Unfortunately, descriptions of each model are relatively brief, and the editors do not outline how models were selected.
Review Credibility: Very Good ConsumerReports.org tests the Venta-Airwasher LW 14 and LW 44 to check the manufacturer's claims that these humidifiers can filter and add moisture to the air. The results are reported in the blog section of the website, available to anyone without a subscription.
Review Credibility: Very Good Reviewer Michael Lasky gives the Air-O-Swiss 7144 a score of 8 out of 10 in this 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."
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. The highest-rated of these are the Crane EE-5301 Cool Mist Humidifier and the Crane Penguin Cool Mist Humidifier EE-865 -- both of which garner a score of 85 out of 100.
Review Credibility: Good Owners rate their humidifiers with the usual mix of positive and negative comments. Among humidifiers with numerous postings, no models earn more than 4 stars on average. The Crane EE-5301 teardrop humidifier gets the largest number of positive reviews overall, followed by the Sunpentown SU-4010 and the Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier with Auto Shut Off.
Review Credibility: Good Health magazine's Leslie Barrie recommends four humidifiers, including the Crane Adorable Animals Cool Mist Humidifier and the Air-O-Swiss Cool Mist Humidifier. Each model is evaluated by the editor, looking at criteria including moisture output and control and ease of use.
Review Credibility: Good In this 2011 blog post, Lauren Murrow names the Stadler Form Fred Humidifier as a top buy. The model is praised for its sleek appearance. Murrow also appreciates the dual steam levels and automatic shut-off feature.
Review Credibility: Good Engineers 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. Top picks include the ultrasonic Air-O-Swiss 7144, the Honeywell HCM-300T and the now-discontinued Enviracaire Germ-Free EWM-211D. The article doesn't state how long humidifiers were tested and does not reveal which models were tested other than the featured five.
Review Credibility: Good Walmart.com sells about 80 humidifier models, and most of them have at least a few reviews. Crane tabletop humidifiers receive the highest ratings from owners here; some Safety 1st and Honeywell models also receive strong reviews.
Review Credibility: Good 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 line of humidifiers.
Review Credibility: Good Most 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.
Review Credibility: Good 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 Crane and Holmes humidifiers get one or two reviews. The Kenmore 15412 console humidifier earns a 4-star average rating from more than 50 reviewers.
Review Credibility: Fair Laura Moser tests seven humidifiers in her apartment and ranks them based on performance, maintenance requirements and overall attractiveness. Though the write-ups on the individual humidifiers are not especially long, Moser does a good job describing the pros and cons of each humidifier, and the testing methodology and criteria are well explained. Unfortunately, both of the top picks have been discontinued.
Review Credibility: Fair In this 2011 holiday gift guide, Dr. Mehmet Oz recommends his top 50 "healthy-living" gifts. The Gizmine Ultrasonic Humidifier is selected as top gift, although there is very little information about the product and no discussion of testing.
Review Credibility: Fair Editor Kristin Lehrer discusses what to look for when buying a humidifier and recommends five models. It should be noted that while this article does provide some helpful information, the models were not personally tested by Lehrer.
Review Credibility: Fair Epinions.com lists more than 500 humidifiers, but few models have more than one or two user reviews. The few humidifiers that receive more than a dozen reviews have poor overall ratings. The one exception is the Honeywell V745A, which receives a 4-star rating from more than 15 users.
Review Credibility: Fair Buzzillions.com has collected ratings and reviews of humidifiers from users at a wide variety of websites. The rankings on this site are puzzling, because products with large numbers of reviews and high average scores may appear below other products with fewer reviews and lower ratings. Another problem here is that the same model may appear several times under different names, making navigation tedious. Because the ratings at Buzzillions.com overlap with those taken from other sites used in our sources, we have relied on this site only as an additional source of user feedback for top-rated models.
Review Credibility: Fair Pediatrician Vincent Iannelli, About.com's guide to pediatrics, recommends five humidifiers for children, though he doesn't refer to any testing in the brief write-ups. Three models from Vicks, one from Honeywell and one from Windchaser are recommended; however, only two of these five humidifiers are still on the market. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review Credibility: Fair PurityPlanet.com is a consumer information website for homeowners that has a section about humidifiers. In addition to advice on purchasing and upkeep, it provides information on several leading humidifiers. No specific models are rated, but opinions about each brand in general -- garnered from reading reviews elsewhere -- are shared.
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