4 Best Humidifiers of 2019

Best Humidifiers of 2019

January 1, 2019

Best Humidifiers of 2019

Best Humidifiers of 2019
There’s not a whole lot you can do when your child has a cold. Moist air eases colds, so enter humidifiers.Best Humidifiers of 2019

Trust us: when your baby is sick, you’re going to be miserable.

It’s so hard to watch your little one suffer through a stuffy nose and a sore throat. And don’t even get us started on croup - the barking cough that makes little ones wheeze.

There’s not a whole lot you can do when your child has a cold except provide as much comfort and snuggles as possible. That’s where a humidifier comes in. Moist air can help ease upper respiratory symptoms and soothe sore throats while your little one sleeps. Many parents use humidifiers to help soothe their babies’ dry, itchy skin too.

Do you need a humidifier?

Some parents consider a humidifier essential, especially during the cold and flu season. Other parents prefer not to hassle with them. Cleaning humidifiers can be a process, and you have to stay on top of it to avoid dispersing mold and bacteria into the air.

If you want to purchase a humidifier, there are two basic types: cool mist and warm mist. Both are great at adding moisture to the air, but cool mist humidifiers are recommended for use around small children. That’s because your tot could get burned by the steam or hot water of a warm mist humidifier if she gets to close to it.

How we chose our best picks

We asked thousands of real Babylist families about the baby products they love the most. We took the top products they shared with us and added our own research and insight to tell you about the best humidifiers.

Good-Looking Gadget

Why We Love It

We didn’t think humidifiers could be cute, but then came along this teardrop-shaped humidifier that comes in 15 colors. It uses ultrasonic technology to push moisture into the air using sound vibrations. That means no loud fan or filters to replace. It can humidify rooms up to 500 square feet and when it runs out of water, it automatically shuts off. Crane also makes humidifiers in fun animal shapes like an elephant that blows mist through its trunk.

Keep in MInd

The Crane Drop has a nightlight so you can adjust the mist level in the dark. However, you won’t be able to turn the nightlight off.

What Babylist Parents Say

“We purchased this one right after our baby got sick. She was having trouble breathing through her stuffy nose, and once we plugged in the humidifier she slept better.” -Vivianna P.


Why We Love It

If you’re sure your child won’t get anywhere near a warm mist humidifier, then the Vicks one is a great pick. It holds one gallon of water, which can provide humidity for up to 24 hours, and automatically shuts down when it runs out. Even better? You can insert menthol-laced Vicks VapoPads into the humidifier to fill the room with this easy-breathing scent.

Vicks also makes cool mist humidifiers that project fun scenes on the ceiling. The Starry Night humidifier splays stars across the ceiling. The Sweet Dreams humidifier lets you choose from safari, sea and star themes to project. Both humidifiers can be used with menthol pads too.

Keep in Mind

This humidifier uses a filter, which you need to replace occasionally. Some parents also worry that the menthol scent is too strong for wee ones.

What Babylist Parents Say

“I didn’t just use this for my baby, but also for me. The low setting was enough to clear me up.” -Elyse


Why We Love It

You won’t see anything coming out of this humidifier, but invisible magic is happening. Dry air is pulled into the humidifier and a fan blows moisture-balanced air out (no stream of wet mist here!).

This high-powered performer that’s perfect for medium-size rooms kills 99 percent of bacteria and mold in the water. It’s also up to 25 percent quieter than other humidifiers. The bonus? You can throw its parts in the dishwasher, and the hole on the water tank is large enough to put your arm through to give it a good scrub.

Keep in Mind

While the Honeywell is easier to clean than most other humidifiers, it does need its filter replaced on a regular basis.

What Babylist Parents Say

“I love that the Honeywell humidifier has a UV light inside to clean the water. I inspect the humidifier every other day and there is no mold buildup. I never have to worry that it’s polluting the air with mold. The filter lasts for the whole winter season, so it’s not that bad to buy them every year.” -Kayla

Best for Roomies

Why We Love It

If you have two kids who bunk up in the same room, this Safety 1st humidifier is an excellent choice. It has two fully rotating mist outlets that you can direct toward children sleeping in different beds. The humidifier can run continuously for up to 36 hours to moisten the air of rooms 300 to 500 square feet in size. Also, it has auto shutoff and doesn’t require a filter.

Keep in Mind

Keeping all humidifiers clean and free of mildew and mold is a challenge. The Safety 1st is no exception. You’ll need to clean and dry it on a daily basis.

What Babylist Parents Say

“This has worked great in the nursery. And we bought one for our bedroom too!” -Barbara G.

Choosing What’s Right for You

When it comes to choosing a humidifier, the first question you need to ask yourself is whether you want a warm or cool mist one. After that, the variables to consider include:

  • Ease of cleaning (this is the biggest complaint)
  • Noise level ( some parents want silence and others prefer the white noise)
  • Controlling mist output
  • Auto shutoff function that prevents overheating

Once you purchase a humidifier, it’s super important to be diligent about cleaning it. Pink mildew builds up in no time! One thing that can help is only using distilled water in your humidifier.

Although using a humidifier doesn’t make a cold go away any quicker, it’s nice knowing you’re doing everything you can to help your baby feel better.

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