Whether it's cold and flu season, allergy season, or pretty much just any time of year, a humidifier can be beneficial to your health. According to the Mayo Clinic, they can ease problems caused by dry air, like dry sinuses, bloody noses, and cracked lips, and the cool-mist ones can help ease cold and respiratory condition symptoms.
So now that you know the benefits of having a humidifier at home, you might be wondering which ones are the best? We rounded up some of the top-rated ones from Amazon below.
Before you get shopping, though, keep in mind it's important to keep your new humidifier clean, as it can breed mold or bacteria, causing you to get sick (or even sicker).
With over 12,000 reviews, a four-star rating, and being an Amazon's Choice pick, this humidifier comes highly recommended. It runs for up to 16 hours of continuous operation, has an optional night light, comes with an automatic shut-off feature, and works best in medium-sized rooms or smaller.
If you're looking for humidifier for a large room, this one's for you. This can run for 36 hours nonstop, has auto mode so it adjusts by itself, has a remote control and timer, and gives you the option to choose from warm or cool mist. One reviewer wrote, "First, I love this humidifier. We have four different humidifiers in our home, and this one is by far our favorite. The settings are easily adjustable, no leaks, it's stable, it's quiet, no problems."
We've included this product on our list of best essential oil diffusers, but surprise! It's also a humidifier, too. The cool mist humidifier changes colors, acts as a night light, has programmable on and off cycles, and has an auto-shutoff feature.
One reviewer wrote of this humidifier: "Perfect for me who always has a dry throat. It's so quiet but helps me sleep too. It is sleek and looks sharp. Holds a lot of water for multiple days' use." It has an extra-large water tank and provides up to 60 hours of continuous use, so it's great for large rooms. Plus, the night light feature gives off a warm glow, which many of the reviewers liked, too.
For Dyson fans (or those who dream of owning a fancy vacuum), the brand also makes a humidifier. This one doesn't come cheap, but it does double-duty by moisturizing the air and keeping it cool. It has intelligent climate control, so it is smart enough to measure the temperature and humidity of the room and adjust accordingly.
This cool-mist humidifier can run up to 24 hours and works in medium-sized rooms. The technology in the device also has an ultra-violet light that can kill germs in the water tank. One reviewer said, "I've got to tell you, this is a great quality and easy-to-maintain humidifier. I only wish we had purchased it sooner. It's quiet, has a large tank that's DISHWASHER-SAFE and super easy to keep clean in general, and has three different settings, which is nice."
This humidifier also has an essential oil tray so it can also give off your favorite scent. This one works in rooms up to 500 square feet (great if you're living in a studio apartment!) and runs for 50 hours nonstop. One review reads, "This humidifier hands down is the best one I've bought so far. It functions well without any hiccups, and the cherry on top is its massive volume so I don't have to fill it as frequently."
This one has a filter with stones, so it can purify the water tank. It is super quiet, runs for up to 24 hours, and has an auto-shutoff feature. One reviewer was skeptical and almost returned it because the device was so small, but they wrote, "I plugged it in and it barely spurted out a few puffs of mist at a time even at the highest setting. I was pretty close to returning it, but I decided to let it run a few hours and then decide. I'm glad I did. Eventually this little humidifier started putting out a decent mist. I slept pretty good that night. I have been running this humidifier for a week straight now with no problems."
If you want a small one for your office desk or a smaller space, this cute and colorful one has four stars on Amazon. It's USB-powered and works for five hours straight and 10 hours on interval mode. There's also a night light included, too.
If you want a warm-mist humidifier, you might want to look into this top-reviewed one from Amazon. It has a one-gallon tank and can run continuously for 24 hours. And this one is extra helpful if you're sick—it comes with a medicine cup so you can put in a liquid inhalant.
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