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Safety 1st Ultrasonic 360

*Est. $30
Reviewed
October 2012
by ConsumerSearch
Safety 1st Ultrasonic 360

Pros
  • Quiet
  • Variable humidity
  • Mist can be directed
  • Easy to use and clean
Cons
  • Some reliability problems
  • Leaves floors wet
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Bottom line

Compact and cute, the Safety 1st Ultrasonic 360 humidifier is an excellent choice for a nursery or a child's room. With a small, three-quarter-gallon water tank, you won't see as much moisture output as larger machines. Still, reviewers say that thanks to its quiet operation, variable mist settings and easy-to-use design, this is a nice option. Overall, however, we found better reviews for the Crane EE-5301 Cool Mist Humidifier (*Est. $50), which is only a bit more expensive.

Ease of use

Manual dial and rotating nozzle make this machine versatile. Consumers and professional reviewers say that the simple design, manual controls and variable mist options make this humidifier a basic, but effective option. The humidity can be adjusted with a manual dial, and the split rotating nozzle can direct vapor in two directions. It also shuts off automatically when the tank is empty.

Moisture output

Excellent output for a small, inexpensive machine: Users say this basic humidifier produces good moisture and is easy to use and clean. The ultrasonic tabletop humidifier is designed for an area up to 330 square feet, which is much smaller than comparable models. While the Crane Adorable Animals humidifier, for example, has a tank that holds a gallon of water, the Safety 1st 360 humidifier's tank holds just three-quarters of a gallon. It runs effectively for around eight hours and outputs around 1.7 gallons of humidity, but expect that this machine will need to be refilled daily.

Noise

Not completely silent, but it's close: Reviewers say that the noise output on this machine it minimal -- particularly when set in the lower output mode. Some parent reviewers say that the best bet if using this humidifier in a child's room is to turn the machine on after the child is asleep.

Ownership

Nice features, but prone to breaking: The easy operation, clean design and low maintenance are excellent features. Users appreciate the compact design, making it ideal for a child's room or nursery. However, we did see several reports of durability problems. Several users say their humidifiers broke down after a few weeks or months, and we read many accounts of leakage. One user even reports getting a shock when water leaked into the machine's motor. This humidifier can also leave floors and other surrounding areas damp, and some users complain that it tips easily.

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Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

Review Credibility: Excellent The editors of ConsumerReports.org have test results on their website for 45 tabletop humidifiers, including the Safety 1st Ultrasonic 360 and three console models. Each humidifier is rated on its output, ease of use, noise level, energy efficiency and ability to handle hard water. Some user reviews may also be found at this site.

Review: Humidifier Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not dated

2. Target.com

Review Credibility: Good About 150 users at Target.com give the Safety 1st Ultrasonic 360 an overall rating of 4 stars out of 5. Users say this humidifier is quiet, with good moisture output, and they like that the mist can be directed. However, we saw several complaints of leakage and other durability problems.

Review: Safety 1st Ultrasonic 360 Degree Humidifier, Contributors to Target.com, As of December 2012

3. Amazon.com

Review Credibility: Good The Safety 1st Ultrasonic 360 is no longer sold at Amazon.com, but about 30 reviews from users remain available on the site. This humidifier earns mixed ratings: Although users say it is quiet and easy to use, with good moisture output, some find it hard to refill. Others complain that it leaves floors damp and that it covers floors and furniture with a white residue from dissolved minerals in the water.

Review: Safety 1st Ultrasonic 360 Humidifier, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2012

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