The Top 5 Humidifiers to Keep You Breathing Easy

As much as you may be enjoying the winter weather, you’ve probably noticed the dry air creeping in. Waking up with a stuffy nose, dry, cracked lips, and a sore throat is never fun, but we have a solution for you - humidifiers! These machines can be incredibly effective at relieving the ill effects of dry air. Simply by adding moisture into the air, these can relieve dry skin, sinus problems and allergy issues, and even relieve cold and flu symptoms.

The concept is so simple, the real issue is picking the right unit for you. There are tons of options out there, but we are here to help. Here are our top picks for every situation.

Honeywell HUL430B - Best Overall

Our top overall pick for best humidifier goes to the Honeywell HUL430. The first thing to look for when buying a humidifier is quality and efficiency. You want to make sure your model runs smoothly and quietly for long periods of time, and make sure that it can actually fill up the room with moisture in a timely manner. To that end, look no further than the Honeywell HUL430. This model reviewed very highly amongst many different lists and shined in lab testing as well.

The next consideration to make when selection a humidifier is added functionality. While the main focal point of every model is of course its ability to efficiently humidify your room, many models will also offers added features such as humidity sensors, automatic start and stop capability, remote control access, and slots for adding essential oils for diffusing.

The Honeywell HUL430 doesn’t bother with tons of added features, but it does boast a large, easy to remove tank to refilling and cleaning, as well as an additional slot for adding essential oils. This model is rated for mid-sized rooms up to around 400 square feet.


  • High quality and efficiency scores
  • Quiet operation
  • Aesthetically pleasing design


  • Relatively small tank capacity
  • High energy usage

Levoit Classic 300S - Best Large Capacity

Next up on our list is the Levoit Classic 300S. Despite the quality of operation, a big complaint many humidifier customers have is having to constantly refill the tank of their unit to keep it in operation. If your humidifier spends more time awaiting a refill than it does in operation, then it doesn’t matter how well made it might be. The Levoit Classic 300S addresses that concern with a roomy 6 liter tank that boasts up to 60 hours of continuous operation. On top of its high capacity it has also reviewed very highly and many reviewers noted its quiet operation.

This unit also boasts filters to capture minerals in the water and reduce white dust, along with a wifi controlled app to operate the unit through your phone. It is rated for rooms up to 505 square feet.


  • High capacity
  • High efficiency and quiet operation
  • Filters are nice to have
  • Remote operation


  • Bulky
  • High energy usage

Levoit LV600HH - Best for Large Rooms

Our top pick for large room is the Levoit LV600HH. This unit is rated for rooms up to 753 square feet. It can run for up to 17 hours on max settings, and tested incredibly highly for raising relative humidity in the room, with showing up to 38.5%, which was the highest of any unit they tested.

This is also a unit capable of providing warm steam, which can be very soothing and useful for cold and flu symptoms in particular. On top of everything else, it has a digital display for humidity, remote control access, and the ability to distribute essential oils.


  • High efficiency for large rooms
  • Warm mist setting
  • capacity for aroma therapy


  • High energy usage
  • A little bulky

Babymoov Hygro - Best for Small Rooms

Our top pick for the best small size humidifier goes to the Babymoov Hydro. This unit is tested for rooms up to 300 square feet. This is not only super portable and light, but also comes in seven different colors and can double as a nightlight. Despite its small size and weight, the unit gets up to 22 hours of continuous operation, and has tested unbelievably well in laboratory settings.

When placed in the correct sized room, it can set the humidity level from 30% to 90%, and has an automatic shut-off once the desired humidity is reached. On top of that it also boasts a built in essential oil diffuser for optional aroma therapy.


  • Very Lightweight and portable
  • Very high testing and review scores
  • Doubles as a nightlight and aroma therapy


  • some reports of occasional water dripping sound and slight condensation that drips down the unit

Lasko UH150 - Best budget

Last but not least, our pick for best humidifier on a budget goes to the Lasso UH150. If you think you might benefit from a humidifier but don’t want to invest in an expensive unit, you really can’t do any better than the Lasso UH150 at a mere $15 dollars. This is a very compact unit with an LED nightlight and easy to fill tank that powers up through USB instead of a standard power cord. This might be a pro or a con depending on your situation, but you can’t argue with its unparalleled portability.


  • Incredibly cheap
  • Incredibly portable
  • Very easy to use with one button control and 4 mist settings


  • Very small effective area at only 25 square feet
  • USB connection may be obnoxious depending on situation
  • High steam temperatures may lead to potential scalding

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