What every best Humidifiers has:
- Simple maintenance.
- Low noise.
- Maintenance reminders.
In this report, editors evaluate more than 60 personal, 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 of the humidifiers are current, but some are discontinued or have new model numbers.
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. The most recent update says that based on their additional research, they continue to stand by their previous recommendation.
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 good 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.
You can find more user reviews of humidifiers at Amazon.com than you can at most other sites. Ratings in some cases tend to be lower than at other sites, while some models that aren't reviewed by credible experts (and sometimes can't be found elsewhere) can sometimes attract strong feedback. Still, there are plenty of humidifiers to choose from here, and enough feedback to provide helpful guidance.
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 humidifiers sold at Target.com have only a handful of reviews, but a few have many more, including some well over 200 ratings. Comments tend to be brief, though some can be more detailed.
More than 500 humidifiers are sold through Sears.com, but most of those models are sold through third party retailers and have few if any user reviews. However, the 35 or so models sold directly by Sears, and especially Kenmore models, get enough feedback to be meaningful. And if you are interested in a Kenmore dehumidifier, Sears.com is just about the only place you'll find very much user feedback.
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, Aerus and Stadler Form. Most humidifiers carry expert ratings and many have at least some user reviews. It appears that the editors have tested some (but not all) of these 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 250 humidifiers on its web site, though most get little feedback. On the other hand, some humidifiers get dozens of reviews and a handful get well over 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. Some reviews are posted in exchange for free products.
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 older review 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.