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The best humidifiers for 2021

A humidifier can help make you more comfortable if the air in your home is too dry. Uncomfortable air can keep you awake at night, especially if your home’s air circulation isn’t top-notch. A humidifier helps by keeping the air moist, but not just any humidifier will do the trick. Before buying one for your home, office, or bathroom, check out the smart humidifiers currently on the market. 

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We consider some of the best new features like automatic humidity sensing and ultraviolet cleansing technology aimed at killing off bacteria.

Pure Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

The Pure Ultrasonic is one of the most popular humidifiers, and for good reason. With a 1.5-liter tank, it’s perfect for bedrooms, offices, and medium-sized rooms. The top-mounted clear tank lets you easily view its water levels, allowing you to keep track of your next refill time. However, considering Pure designed it to last sixteen hours on a single tank, you shouldn’t need to replenish the humidifier very often.

The 360-degree nozzle offers quick and convenient speed and directional mist adjustments. The Pure Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier also shuts off automatically if it runs out of water, so you don’t have to worry about wasted energy if the humidifier empties while you’re out. The device doubles as a nightlight, too. Simply activate the nightlight, and the Ultrasonic produces a gentle blue glow that serves as a perfect nighttime ambiance in the bedroom. However, if you need a humidifier for larger rooms or the entire home, you’ll need a more powerful device. Due to its shape, the device can be difficult to clean if you don’t stay on top of the recommended weekly cleaning. Fortunately, it comes with a brush to make cleaning a bit easier.

Pure Enrichment MistAire Evaporative Humidifier with Antimicrobial Filter

This unit boasts four separate speed settings, allowing you to more aptly control not only humidity levels in your home but also the noise level. With this device, the antimicrobial filter is the real selling point. Unlike many humidifiers, the MistAire uses an antimicrobial wicking filter to remove impurities such as germs, bacteria, and mold from the water it dispenses.

The Pure Enrichment MistAire provides enough coverage for up to 500 square feet, and you can program the humidifier to automatically shut off after two, four, or eight hours. Also serving as a night light, it lights up in different colors to match your baby’s room or office. The water tank holds 2.8 liters of water– enough to run the unit for nine hours on the max settings.

TaoTronics Ultrasonic Humidifier for Babies

Product still of the TaoTronics humidifier

While this might not be the most attractive TaoTronics humidifier on the market, the features are top-notch. The nano-coasted unit produces less than 27 decibels of sound and doesn’t produce any bright light, so it won’t disturb you while you sleep.

The 4-liter tank allows the unit to run for between twelve and fifteen hours, but the humidifier is not overly large. The humidifier will also shut off automatically when the tank is depleted. It has a 360-degree nozzle, so you can choose exactly where you want the mist to go. You can even adjust the mist output between 60 and 300 ml per hour using the dial.

Cleaning the TaoTronics Ultrasonic Humidifier is easy, as the nozzle is removable. Plus, there’s a dust-proof sponge to prevent dust particles from entering the unit’s base.

Aircare MA1201 Evaporative Humidifier

The AirCare MA1202 is the no-frills, all-business humidifier on our list. The device isn’t going to take home any design awards, but when it comes to efficiently humidifying the air in your entire home, the AirCare Ma1201 is our utilitarian choice.

This device offers humidity control for 3,600-square-foot homes, and a set of wheels lining the bottom allows you to move the unit around with ease. A digital readout on the top of the device incorporates refill and “check filter” indicators, too, helping to eliminate any operational guesswork. The 4-gallon tank humidifies your environment for up to 36 hours. This particular humidifier also adds moisture to the air by circulating dry air through a saturated wick filter. As a bonus, this filter also traps mineral deposits.

Let’s be frank, the AirCare MA1201 looks better suited for an infirmary than a living room. For the price, however, there are few units capable of humidifying your entire house without daily refills.

Dyson AM10 Humidifier

Product still of the Dyson humidifier

Looking for a humidifier that does double duty? This one by Dyson works to humidify your home year-round, but it can also release high-velocity cold air to keep things cool in the summertime. The device also utilizes Ultraviolet Cleanse technology to destroy 99.9% of the bacteria in the air, keeping your home clean and helping you breathe easier.

After killing the bacteria, the device releases hydrated air, and the long-range mist projection feature helps to distribute the mist evenly throughout the room. The Dyson AM10 Humidifier is also ideal for asthma and allergy sufferers, as the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has deemed this unit “Certified Asthma and Allergy Friendly.” It received the Quiet Mark accreditation from the Noise Abatement Society. Want to monitor the temperature of your home as well? This humidifier has Intelligent Climate Control that can measure the temperature and moisture in the air, helping to ensure your living environment is comfortable and not too humid or too dry.

Elechomes UC5501 Ultrasonic Humidifier

With a 6-liter tank, this unit can humidify areas up to 750 square feet. It has three different mist-strength levels, and it serves as both a warm mist and a cool mist humidifier. The UC5501 has smart humidity sensing. It displays the humidity level on the LED display screen, so you know how much humidity you need to reach the right level in the room.

The Elechomes UC5501 Ultrasonic has a sleek, high-tech design, and it comes with a remote control, so you can change the settings without getting up. There’s even a built-in aromatherapy box, so you can add a few drops of essential oils and sit back and relax.

TaoTronics WiFi Humidifier

Make way for Alexa and Google Assistant. This 4-liter humidifier by TaoTronics features smart controls by way of the two popular voice assistants, as well as the Sun Home app. Use voice commands to control the humidifier, and enjoy the unit’s super quiet operation (less than 36 db).

In addition to its smart features, this unit has a nightlight, sleep mode, LED display, auto shut off, and a built-in humidistat to tell you the current RH. It’s a great price too, so you get a lot of features for a little bit of cash.

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