The air in your home is dry, flat and stale. Someone or other in your family permanently has the sniffles. You’re feeling thirsty more often, and you can’t help but notice that your plants are fading away.
If any of the above sounds like your situation, a humidifier may be just what you need. Humidifiers moisten the air in your home, making it safer and much better for your hair, your skin, your pets, your plants, and even your furniture.
Not all humidifiers are created equally, though, so let’s take a minute to look over the most important points, whether good or bad, about each of the top-selling humidifiers we’ve selected for this page.
Good: Built with an antimicrobial wicking filter and an ultraviolet light, this cool mist humidifier aims to take on germs and viruses while moistening the air.
Not so good: It won’t soothe your airways quite as much as a warm mist humidifier and could be a little large for some people’s spaces.
Bottom Line: If you have room for it, this is a good choice for people who want to fight germs without risking their pets and children getting burned by steam.
Good: It’s capable of working with Vicks products, such as Vicks vapor mist, and creates a soothing warm mist to fight your cold and flu symptoms.
Not so good: The warm mist may not be beneficial to people with breathing difficulties related to restricted airways.
Bottom Line: As long as you don’t have asthma or allergies, this just might be what you need to avoid some of the pitfalls of cold and flu season.
Good: This squarish machine fits nicely into many spaces and offers the best in versatility with its user-friendly interface and remote control.
Not so good: The many buttons and settings that make it so customizable may be confusing to some people.
Bottom Line: Thankfully, the “auto” setting does away with a lot of the hassle some people may face trying to set it up, making it a good choice for almost anyone.
Good: This oversized humidifier can cover a large space and will monitor humidity levels, turning itself on and off as necessary so you won’t have to think about it often.
Not so good: Due to the size of this unit, it may be difficult to find a place to park it where it will be able to effectively complete its task.
Bottom Line: If you have a space large enough to need this machine, you’ll probably have somewhere you can put it, and it would be well worth finding a spot for it even if you don’t.
Good: Its easy-to-use, one-button control makes this tiny humidifier one of the simplest and most straight-forward machines on our list.
Not so good: This is a basic machine, without the functionality and versatility offered by advanced models.
Bottom Line: Good for people who don’t like fussing with extra buttons and only need to service a small room.
Good: Its unique vortex airflow spreads moisture further into a large space, and in a much more evenly-distributed way than any of the others.
Not so good: You may need to purchase a separate digital humidistat to visually track the level of humidity in the room.
Bottom Line: If you have a very large space, this is the best choice for supplying it with evenly-moistened air.
Good: Its size and shape make it perfect for fitting onto small shelves in tiny rooms.
Not so good: Its simplistic design means that this humidifier does not allow you to track or auto-program its functions.
Bottom Line: It’s a nice option for people who don’t feel the need for a complicated humidifier to handle a small space.
Good: It works with Vicks vapor pads to infuse the air with soothing, medicinal ingredients to help combat colds and flu.
Not so good: A cool mist only machine, this isn’t likely to loosen up your airways as much as the warm mist version.
Bottom Line: The best option specifically for cold and flu, if you must steer clear of warm mist options due to asthma or the presence of small children.
Good: This is the only fully-programmable humidifier on our list specifically built for small rooms.
Not so good: A difficult-to-clean tank and filtration system may be more of a hassle than some people are willing to live with.
Bottom Line: Overall, it’s great if you need to maintain a very specific level of humidity in a small space.
Good: With two removable tanks and a set of wheels, you can transport this outsized humidifier much more easily than most similarly-sized ones.
Not so good: It does not have a special fan to assist with airflow and doesn’t even have that large of an output spout, so it may struggle to humidify extra-large spaces.
Bottom Line: As long as you recognize its limits and work with them, you should find that this ergonomically-friendly machine is a helpful addition to your home.
Good: Able to take on double duty as a short, square table or stand, this programmable humidifier works well in large, open spaces.
Not so good: It does not have a removable water tank, so you’ll have to fill it up where it stands.
Bottom Line: It doesn’t have the best circulation or a removable water tank, but its pros certainly outweigh its cons for people with large spaces but little room to spare.
Good: This diffusing humidifier is able to infuse the air in your home with any scent of your choice.
Not so good: It isn’t very customizable and won’t allow you to set up programs or control its running time.
Bottom Line: For some, the simplicity of this machine combined with its ability to use essential oils will be more than enough to satisfy.