Best Humidifier For Baby Review 2018

Last Updated: August 1, 2018

Our team took a look at a wide range of humidifiers for babies, and concluded that units from Crane, Honeywell, Air-O-Swiss and Safety 1st were the best baby humidifiers available currently. Read our review for full details.

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If you have a baby or small child, and are concerned that humidity levels in your home may be too low, then it’s important to nip it in the bud, and one relatively low cost way of doing it is to consider investing in a quality baby humidifier from the range of best humidifier appliances available.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the ideal range of relative humidity (water vapour) in the air is 30-50%. Less than 30% humidity is likely to cause conditioners that will be incredibly uncomfortable for a baby or little tot, including colds, dry skin, irritated nasal passages and throat, and itchy eyes.

The best baby humidifier appliances deal with a humidity deficit tackle the low humidity problem by adding moisture to the air, providing a customisable, adjustable flow of evaporative mist into the bedroom, nursery and other areas of the home where baby will need it the most.

 

Baby Humidifier Review 2018

Our team took a look at a wide range of humidifiers for babies, and after assessment, considered that the following units from Crane, Honeywell, Air-O-Swiss and Safety 1st to be the best baby humidifiers available currently.

 

 

 

1. Baby Humidifier Review – Crane USA Droplet Filter-Free Cool Mist Humidifier

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The Crane USA Droplet humidifier, with its 0.5 gallon tank, provides up to 15 hours of soothing moisture in spaces of up to 500 square feet. Not only does it provide relief from coughs and colds and other conditioners that may be the result of low humidity, it also does so with minimum frustration or nuisance for the user, as it has an automatic shutoff when the water reservoir empties.

It’s also light enough (5.2lb) to be easily carried from room to room in your home, and measuring just 8.4×8.4x10in, is compact enough for easy storage when not in use. This humidifier has a warranty cover, and has no anti-germ or anti-bacterial filters, although the lack of these filters means that the unit is more low maintenance than others on our list.

With its whisper quiet operation, a better night’s sleep for your baby is all but guaranteed, and its user-friendliness is another big point in its favour, including its 360-degree mist nozzle and variable controls.

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2. Baby Humidifier Review – Honeywell HCM-350

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According to manufacturers Honeywell, the HCM-350 baby humidifier has QuietCare Performance technology that makes it up to 25 percent quieter than other evaporative humidifiers. With three speed settings for adjusting moisture output and sound level, the Honeywell HCM-350 can produce two gallons a day of soothing invisible moisture from its 1-gallon water tank.

The appliance, which works most efficiently and effectively in spaces of up to 360 square feet (and will run for up to 24 hours on the low power setting) does not have an automatic shut-off feature which means that this is a unit that should be monitored to ensure that the tank does not run dry.

This is also one of the heavier units that we reviewed by some margin, weighing 9.8lbs, making it that little bit more unwieldy for moving from room to room. Of course, this should not be an issue if you need the humidifier for one room and don’t plan to move it, and its 14.4in x 9.5in x 11.6in dimensions will present no significant challenges for placement or storage.

This machine uses Honeywell’s replaceable Wicking Filter, which removes impurities from water and reduces white dust residue, and with its Protec antimicrobial treatment, inhibits the growth of up to 99.99% of moulds. Best of all, for complete peace of mind, the Honeywell HCM-350 comes with a whopping three-year warranty.

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3. Baby Humidifier Review – BONECO/Air-O-Swiss Warm or Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier

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BONECO is a Swiss company that has been in business for more than 50 years, and its products have been available in North America since 2001. The firm is renowned for using techniques and components such as the non-corrosive titanium membrane that helps to ensure years of no-hassle operation of its products.

There are many pros for the BONECO/Air-O-Swiss Warm or Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier, which, with its 1.5-gallon water tank, can provide up to 3 gallons of moisture per day, most effectively in spaces of up to 600 square feet. While this attractive appliance with its digital display and programmable hygrostat (which measures and controls humidity) is whisper-quite and can facilitate fully automated operation, the lack of an automatic shutdown when the tank fully empties is a bit of a downside.

There is a replaceable demineralisation cartridge that removes limescale or mineral residues from the water and resulting in a purer warm or cool mist, while Hydro Cell technology helps to ensure your humidifier remains fresh at all times. Unlike the Honeywell products, there is no anti-bacterial or germ-removal filter, but the 3-year warranty on this product is another major factor that will, for many, make up for any operational shortcomings.

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4. Baby Humidifier Review – Safety 1st Ultrasonic 360

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With its 0.8-gallon water tank producing up to 2 gallons of mist per day most effectively and efficiently in rooms of up to 215 square feet, the Safety 1st Ultrasonic 360 is one of the most flexible units that we reviewed. Its two misting outlets rotate through 360 degrees, ensuring a high degree of customisation in its bedroom or nursery coverage.

Operation could not be simpler. The tank is easy to fill and can provide a maximum of up to 36 hours humidification for your nursery. Another bonus is the automatic shutdown and ‘fill tank’ indicator, which helps to cut down on the possibility of overheating or shorting when the water tank runs dry.

The Ultrasonic 360 Degree Cool Mist Humidifier weighs just 3lbs, definitely the lightest of the baby humidifier appliances that we reviewed, and its 14.5in x 8.75in x 8.75in size makes for easy placement in operation, and storage when not in use.

The tank is extremely easy to clean, and the lack of filters to replace means a less costly operation than most, but of course, this means that the machine lacks the degree of bacterial and mould elimination of appliance by, for example, Honeywell. And the warranty is for only one year. However, this is still all-round one of the best baby humidifier appliances.

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5. Baby Humidifier Review – Honeywell HCM-890B

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The second Honeywell product on our list, the Honeywell HCM-890B, with its 0.8-gallon tank, produces up to 2 gallons of mist per day, and its operation is perfect for rooms of up to a hefty 700 square feet, making it the unit with the most humidification power on our list.

While it does not have automatic shutoff, the humidifier will run safely and quietly overnight on a single filling, according to the manufacturer. Its weight is a middle of the range 5.8lb, which is pretty handy for lifting around the house, and its dimensions 18.6in x 10.4in x 13in will also present few difficulties for storage, although its width is the largest of the units we reviewed.

Like its sister product on this baby humidifier review and buyers guide, the Honeywell HCM-350, this appliance comes with an impressive three-year warranty. And while it uses filters which must be replaced from time to time, their anti-bacterial germ-free properties will make this appliance one of the most attractive options on this roundup of the best baby humidifier products.

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Baby Humidifiers – FAQ

Before we finish up our baby humidifiers review, there’s just a few more things we’d like to talk about before letting you go. If you have a moment, we think it would be worth your while to check out our brief FAQs section below where we run through some of the most frequently asked questions relating to baby humidifiers. We outline how to maintain your humidifier, all the benefits of having a humidifier for your nursery, and any potential hazards of humidifiers + how to prevent them. Give it a read, you won’t be disappointed.

 

What are the benefits of having a humidifier in my nursery?

Humidifiers help to fight irritated skin, dried sinuses, sore throats, and blocked noses that come about due to harsh air.

Harsh air can have various detrimental effects on a baby, such as drying out of the sinuses, blocked noses, irritated skin, and sore throats. Additionally, as we all know babies are quite susceptible to congestion, which means they can easily contract some of the illnesses and infections that do the rounds in the colder months.

Humidifiers introduce moisture into the air, which allows for the loosening up of mucus, and improved breathing conditions. Furthermore, a baby’s skin is far more sensitive to dryness, and so harsh air can cause irritated skin, chapped lips, and red patches. By adding moisture to the air, your baby’s skin can retain its natural moistness, which results in clearer skin, and is also combats skin conditions such as eczema.

 

Are there different types of humidifiers?

There are Tabletop Humidifiers, In-Duct Humidifiers, and Console Humidifiers.

There are several different types of humidifiers, the first of which we will be discussing being the tabletop humidifier. This type of humidifier is quite compact and easily moved, making it ideal for nurseries. Only suitable for humidifying one room, these humidifiers are easily cleaned and moved to another bedroom thanks to their compact design.

Next up we have the in-duct humidifier. This type of humidifier is ideal for humidifying the entire house, installed in (you guessed it) the air ducts. These humidifiers are extremely efficient, and take very little maintenance to keep going. However, there is a catch in that these humidifiers are the most expensive out of all three types. That being said, we still recommend these units as we have found them to be remarkably effective, if you can spare the cash.

A console humidifier is almost a mid-way between the tabletop and the in-duct humidifiers. Console humidifiers are much larger than their tabletop counterparts, and will pump our moisture for entire house. These units can usually hold upwards of five gallons of water, with some even holding up to nine gallons at a time.

 

How do humidifiers work?

Humidifiers work by either introducing warm mist, or cool mist into the air.

There are two ways humidifiers may work. A warm mist humidifier will introduce warm mist into the air which will kill airborne viruses and bacteria. Additionally, warm air makes it much easier for babies to breathe by opening up the respiratory passage as it loosens up mucus.

Cool mist humidifiers will act in a similar way to warm mist humidifiers, except this time releasing cool or room temperature mist into the air. Such humidifiers are helpful for babies who have croup, which is a condition that affects a child’s trachea and bronchi.

 

Are baby humidifiers expensive?

Baby humidifiers can be moderately expensive for top of the line, although they usually average out at around $40.

Humidifiers vary quite a bit in price, although generally speaking you’ll be spending anywhere from $30 – $90 for a good humidifier.

 

Are there any safety precautions I should take with my baby humidifier?

You must be careful with warm mist humidifiers, as children can burn themselves on the steam. Further, you must let the humidifier dry out every time between uses to prevent mold growth.

Warm mist humidifiers can burn children if they are not kept out of reach. With regard to mold growth, it is vital to let your humidifier dry out entirely between uses, as the moisture can lead to build-up of lint, mold, and germs. Considering that these appliances are designed to pump out a mist, it not advisable to allow your humidifier to fall into this state as it will circulate spores. Additionally, failure to allow your humidifier to dry can lead to damaging the device over time.

 

How do I maintain my humidifier?

Regularly sanitise your humidifier to prevent build-up of mildew, mold, and bacteria.

Your humidifier should come with instructions on how to clean it after use. This is essential as you may be surprised at just how quickly mold can build up on a damp surface. Be sure to follow all cleaning instructions and guidelines to the letter. Additionally, if you wish to prolong the life of your humidifier, we recommend using distilled water where possible, and allowing your humidifier to dry out fully between uses, to prevent damage to the unit.

 

Summary

That’s it from us for our baby humidifiers review. We hope you found the information provided in our FAQs helpful. Our advice going forward? Take another look at our list at the top of our review, where each product has been carefully selected by our team here at Agent. These products are the perfect balance between affordability and super high quality performance. Use the information in our FAQs by applying it to the list, approaching our top picks from a newly informed perspective on the humidifier. With that, we wish you the best of luck finding the perfect humidifier for your nursery.