4 Best Humidifiers of 2019

Best Humidifiers of 2019

June 28, 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

We won’t lie to you: it’s so hard to watch your little one suffer through getting sick.

Whether it’s a stuffy nose, a sore throat or that dreaded barking cough that comes along with the croup, a sick, cranky baby or toddler is no fun.

When it comes to babies + lots of common colds and viruses, there’s not a whole lot you can do except provide as much comfort (and snuggles) as possible. And that’s where a humidifier comes in.

Do You Need a Humidifier?

Moist air can help ease upper respiratory symptoms and soothe sore throats while your little one sleeps. It can also help dry, itchy skin, and simply help create a more comforting sleeping environment all around. For lots of parents, this makes a humidifier a must-have, especially during cold and flu season.

There are two basic types of humidifiers: 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 little one could get burned by the steam or hot water produced by a warm mist humidifier if they get too close.

And while many parents consider humidifiers an essential nursery item, there is a downside—keeping them clean, which can be a pain. For most humidifiers, the cleaning process involves taking things apart, scrubbing, soaking with white vinegar, etc. … on a weekly basis. (Insert collective groan here.)

But it’s also massively important, because the consistently moist climate a humidifier creates is a mecca for mold and bacteria that can then get dispersed into the air, which isn’t great for anyone, but especially not for a baby or young child. So although it may not be your favorite to-do item, it’s important to stay on top of keeping your humidifier as clean as possible while it’s in use.

How We Chose Our Best Humidifiers

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

Fun and Functional

Why We Love It

Who knew a humidifier could be this cute? With 15 colors and fun animal shapes, this humidifier is as adorable as it is effective. It uses ultrasonic technology to push moisture into the air using sound vibrations, which means no loud fan (yay!) or filters to replace (double yay!). It works best in rooms up to 500 square feet and features an automatic shutoff when it runs out of water.

Keep in Mind

The Crane Drop has a nightlight so you can adjust the mist level in the dark; however, it doesn’t shut off. (We’ve been known to wrap a swaddle blanket around the body of the humidifier to dim the light for little ones who prefer a darker sleep environment.)

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.

Menthol-Powered

Why We Love It

If you’re able to find a safe spot to keep a warm mist humidifier far away from little hands, then this is one from Vicks 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, and 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 little 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

Germ-Buster

Why We Love It

Get ready for some humidifier wizardry! Although you won’t see any mist coming out of this humidifier, there’s invisible magic happening on the inside—dry air is being pulled in, and a fan is blowing moisture-balanced air out.

This high-powered performer that’s perfect for medium-size rooms kills 99.9% of bacteria and mold in the water. It’s also up to 25% quieter than other humidifiers. And the (amazing) bonus? You can throw the 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 sharing a room, this Safety 1st humidifier is an excellent choice. It features two fully rotating mist outlets, making it easy to make sure each kiddo has one directed their way. The humidifier can run continuously for up to 36 hours to moisten the air of rooms 300 to 500 square feet in size. It also features auto shutoff and doesn’t require a filter.

Keep in Mind

Keeping all humidifiers clean and free of mildew and mold is a challenge, and 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

Although it’s not a necessity, many parents see using a humidifier as an easy, relatively inexpensive way to keep baby’s sleeping environment comfortable, especially during cold and flu season. Be sure to consider ease of cleaning, noise level, mist output and automatic shutoff functions when you’re making your choice. And even though it won’t make a cold go away any faster, it’s nice to know you’re doing everything you can to help your baby feel better.

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