A great humidifier is a parent's best friend, cutting down on colds (and the number of times you need to use a Nose Frida) and keeping babies, kids, and toddlers hydrated throughout long, dry winters. Purchasing a humidifier is the kind of simple life-hack you'll never regret. You might even wonder why you never thought of it before. However, like other crucial appliances, humidifiers run the gamut from super cheap to wait, how much? To help you breathe easier, Romper has gathered the best-rated humidifiers on Amazon at every price point.
How can a humidifier help your baby? Essentially, humidifiers add moisture to dry air, according to New Parent, and that moisture eases coughs and respiratory symptoms. They also cut down on airborne allergens like pet dander and dust. As a worried new mom, when I asked my pediatrician if the new baby would react to my old cat, she told me to get a humidifier (and then to stop worrying).
Wondering if you need a warm or cold-air humidifier? According to Mayo Clinic, both are equally effective, but cold-air is probably safer for the nursery, because there's no scalding hot water involved. (Yikes.) So if you're looking for one for your home, here are the best-rated humidifiers on Amazon at every price point.
The Best-Rated Humidifiers Under $20
For the budget-conscious, this Vinmax Mini USB Humidifer ($16, Amazon) is also a color-changing night-light that would be great for smaller nurseries. Amazon customers consistently give this gadget five stars for being easy to operate — not to mention a great deal. Personally, I've never seen a humidifier that looked quite like it. If you decide to buy, you can feel reassured that it's extremely popular.
The USB interface allows you to take it on the go, and even plug it into your car — consider it for a winter road trip.
2. The Best-Rated Humidifier Under $25
The TomCare 500ML Square Humidifier ($23, Amazon) is both a humidifier and an aromatherapy diffuser. The faux-wood also looks nice — kind of like the decor in a spa. A recurring word in the customer reviews is "love," and several customers bought more than one as gifts, or to distribute throughout their home.
3. The Best-Rated Humidifier Under $30
The KEDSUM 300ml Aroma Essential Oil Diffuser ($29 Amazon) is a cool-mist humidifier with color-changing capability. I actually own this one. When the baby has a cold, I run it in the bathroom with eucalyptus oil during bathtime. I don't know if the eucalyptus helps her colds or not — diffusing eucalyptus essential oil is supposed to be great for congestion, according to Natural Living Ideas and my pediatrician — but in any case, it's extremely soothing to have around, easy to clean, and quiet.
"Better than it looks," writes one reviewer. "Somehow the marketing pictures don't do it justice."
4. The Best-Rated Humidifiers Under $50
The Geniani Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier ($50, Amazon) is highly rated on Amazon and specifically recommended for nursery use. It's expensive, but around $50 is where humidifiers get really useful, and become large enough to humidify an entire bedroom. The good news is you'll only need to buy one of these babies once.
The Geniani in particular is popular for being easy to clean (important, because you do have to clean and demineralize your humidifier to keep it functioning and putting out healthy air, according to Mayo Clinic). The unit turns, so the mist is spread 360 degrees. It's billed as a "whole-house humidifier."
Another crowd-favorite at this price point is the Everlasting Comfort Ultrasonic Humidifier ($50, Amazon). It boasts a "high-mist" output while being super quiet. You can also add essential oils to it, and there's no filter to replace, which will save you money in the long run (it operates with a sponge).
People love that it doesn't make as much noise as some humidifiers, and reviewers call it "stylish." At the very least, it's pretty unobtrusive.
5. The Best-Rated Humidifier Under $60
The Natalie Styx Cool Mist Humidifier ($60, Amazon) looks about ready to blast into space, is especially recommended for babies, and holds 2.5 liters of water. It also appears to have an old-school iPhone dial on the face. Like other units, it includes an aromatherapy component.
One customer reviewer was especially pleased that no assembly is required, which I absolutely love. Putting stuff together is kind of a pain, especially when you have little kids around.
6. The Best-Rated Humidifier Under $70
Price-wise, this is getting up there, but really it's an investment. With adjustable mist levels and an LED display, this machine looks like it can truly humidify the whole house. The TaoTronic Cool Mist Humidifier ($65, Amazon) holds over a gallon of water. However, the manufacturer is careful to state that it doesn't double as an aromatherapy diffuser, so don't add any oil — you might break it. (Never fear, a warranty is available.)
A reviewer from Utah reported that it helped her toddler get fewer bloody noses, which makes this machine a hero in my book.
7. The Best-Rated Humidifier Under $100
The Mooka Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier ($90, Amazon) is a serious piece of technology with excellent reviews. You can actually set the exact percentage of humidity you want in your air with this one. The website for Dr. Sears recommended keeping the humidity level in your house between 40 and 60 percent, because it's healthier for the whole body.
One reviewer mentioned that the water lasts for several days, so you don't have to fill it up as often as other units.
8. The Best-Rated Humidifier Over $100
If you're really ready to throw down, you can even get a two-year warranty on the Elechomes Humidifier ($110, Amazon), which is BPA-free, among many, many other things. It makes no noise at all, and even comes with a remote control. You can select warm or cool mist, the LED panel is touch controlled, and yes, you can use your essential oils. Any bell or whistle you can think of, this humidifier thought of it first. The Elechomes Humidifier is an "Amazon's Choice" product.
"Works For Reptiles and Us!" enthuses one pet-owning reviewer. If lizards are happy, it's got to be good.
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