Humidifiers can be hugely beneficial for babies, children, and parents alike, and they're especially invaluable in nurseries and kids' rooms, thanks to their ability to prevent the dryness that can cause things like
sore throats and stuffy noses. As any parent knows, a sick, uncomfortable child is not a happy child (or a child that'll let you sleep). But humidifiers can also require a bit of maintenance, which is why these ten humidifiers that are easy to clean are the best of the best, because no one wants to spend hours regularly scrubbing down a humidifier with nearly impossible-to-reach corners.
If you've never purchased or
used a humidifier before, you may not take ease of cleaning into consideration when choosing one. However, some of them can be quite a pain to maintain, and cleaning them regularly is not a chore you can skip. The website Allergy & Air detailed why regular cleaning is so important. "Without proper disinfection and cleaning, the water in your humidifier will just sit there and stagnate," explained the site. "If you turn your humidifier on without giving it a thorough cleaning, then you risk traces of that bad water being released into the air, and ultimately, being breathed in by you and your family." Because you'll be cleaning your humidifier often, the easier the process, the better. We only include products that have been independently selected by Romper's editorial team. However, we may receive a portion of sales if you purchase a product through a link in this article. 1 Wireless, Portable Humidifier
Desc. The thing that sets this
Hey Dewy Portable Humidifier apart is that it’s wireless, so after it’s charged, you don’t have to worry about cords or leaving it plugged in in your kids’ room all night. You could even take this with you when you travel or let it sit in the cupholder in the car to help combat some of that dry warm air blowing out of the heater. The one has a quiet cool mist along with a gentle LED light to double as a night light.
All of the pieces come apart for easy cleaning, and because this is petite it’s easy to scrub with a toothbrush or cloth.
2 Honeywell Easy To Care Removable Top Fill Ultrasonic Humidifier
Honeywell Ultrasonic Humidifier features a wide, easily-accessible top fill basin, cleaning straight-forward and simple. The mouth is wide enough to fill with a pitcher or straight from the faucet. This is a cool mist humidifier with different settings so you can adjust the intensity and direction of the mist. It also has an automatic shut-off if it runs out of water (so you’re not wasting energy) and is quiet.
As one Amazon reviewer wrote, "Cold mist, quiet, holds a lot of water, and most importantly- easy to clean! Might not look super fancy, but being easy to clean and having a top fill was important, and here it is. We're very happy with it!”
3 Luma Touch Premium Cool Mist Humidifier
Luma Touch Premium Cool Mist Humidifier may not come cheap, but the peace of mind it provides parents is priceless. Unlike other humidifiers on the market, the Miro Luma Touch is completely washable from top to bottom, meaning you can easily take apart, scrub, and disinfect every single component. You'll sleep easy knowing your baby's humidifier is sparkling clean.
The range for this one is 600 square feet and at its max power it can run for eight continuous hours, or 24 hours on minimum power. It also has LED lights so it can double as a night light.
One Amazon reviewer said, “This is the humidifier to buy (even though it's a little more expensive). It will last longer and stay perfectly clean. It's also kind of fun to rebuild after cleaning” So if you like building, you may even have fun with this one.
4 Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier U200
Not only is the BONECO Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier U200 extremely user-friendly, sleek looking, and efficient, Amazon reviewers rave that the unit is supremely easy to clean. The adaptor easily disconnects from the humidifier so the entire unit can be moved easily for once a week cleaning. It has a removable water tank which makes both refilling and cleaning a breeze.
Just note that depending on the hardness of your water, the demineralization cartridge (which makes the mist form without any tract of minerals) will need to be replaced or refilled every two to three months, but it’s an easy process.
5 Mistmate Cool Mist Humidifier
With an impressive 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 1000 Best Buy reviews, the
Mistmate Cool Mist Humidifier is a clear favorite. The filterless design makes weekly cleaning and maintenance a breeze. The brand has a ful l humidifier cleaning tutorial video on YouTube, which shows how to thoroughly clean the product using vinegar.
Several reviewers noted that this model puts a lot of moisture into the air and it’s quiet (though not totally silent). As far as humidifiers go, this is an affordable option that’s easy to refill, doesn’t leak, and is easy enough to clean. It’s best for smaller rooms.
6 FridaBaby BreatheFrida 3-in-1 Humidifier
Specifically designed for the baby's room (it’s super quiet), the humidifier is white when off and will blend in with any decor. In addition to humidifying, the
BreatheFrida 3-In-1 Humidifier acts as both a nightlight (with multiple colors to choose from) and an essential oil diffuser. You can deep clean the FridaBaby humidifier by mixing a teaspoon of white vinegar and a teaspoon of water in the base when it’s off, then using a soft cloth to remove any buildup, per the user manual (using steel wool or other rougher materials could damage the inside). This is another filterless option. 7 Canopy Humidifier
Canopy Humidifier purifies the air without any visible mist (which is a game changer for any kids who can’t stop soaking their pajamas by running through the spray). It runs for up to 36 hours, and has sensors to alter the moisture-level for day and night. Plus it’s dishwasher-safe, which is a true game-changer that makes cleaning a breeze.
You’ll save money if you opt for the filter subscription along with the humidifier itself; filters should be changed every 45 or so days. It also has anti-mold technology so you can rest easy (though you still need to clean it, of course).
8 A Self Sanitizing Humidifier
If you’re looking for a humidifier that stays clean with minimal effort, this
Safety 1st Humidifier from Target is a good bet. It’s designed with antimicrobial LED technology that kills 99.9% of bacteria and helps to prevent mold growth; this technology comes from health company Vye, who specializes in antimicrobial light (which is different from the more harmful UV light).
This works best in small rooms under 300 square feet, is a filter-free design, and has a one gallon capacity which runs continuously for up to 24 hours. One reviewer said, “We've gone through several humidifiers and none have been quite as awesome as this one. It puts out an amazing amount of mist. “
9 A Humidifier With A Wide Opening
MOOKA Cool Mist Humidifier is easy to clean thanks to its top-fill design with a wide opening, so you can get a cleaning cloth inside easily.
The mist output is adjustable depending on how much moisture you want in the air. It has a soft glowy light that’s not too bright and makes an ideal night light (though it can be turned off, which many people like), plus it’s quiet enough for a kid’s room. One reviewer said, “This humidifier puts out way more steam than our other humidifiers, and is also significantly easier to clean. I like that you can turn the light off and on (we currently use some duct tape to cover the lights on our other humidifiers).Definitely happy with the purchase!”
10 Six-Liter Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier
Everlasting Six-Liter Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier has a large 1.6-gallon tank, a high mist output, and can last an incredible 50 hours between refills. Notably, it has an impressive 4.2 out of five stars for "easy to clean" on Amazon (and it has nearly 40,000 reviews). As one reviewer said, “I would definitely buy this one again, it is easy to clean and the tank doesn't get slimy if you don't clean it daily — once a week works great, just like the instructions say.”
It comes in black or white, has a special built-in tray for adding essential oils (but be mindful of which oils you’re using if you have a pet in the house as some, like peppermint or certain citruses, can be toxic to animals).
11 Filter-Free Ultrasonic Visible Cool Mist Humidifier
With the wide tank opening and no hiding spots for mold, the
Vicks Filter-Free Humidifier is particularly easy to clean (plus all the edges are round so there’s no hard to reach corners). The only thing easier than cleaning it is using it, with a simple dial to adjust output. It also features a slot in the back to insert special Vicks VapoPads, which create soothing vapors throughout the room.
The tank is even larger than a gallon, and it will last up to 30 hours. It’s filter-free and quiet, so it works well in a nursery, though it’s not totally silent and offers a bit of white noise.