When the weather is freezing, we all tend to crank up the thermostat — which may feel great at first, but dry winter skin and painful sinuses are sure to follow. Enter: some of the best humidifiers on the market to combat dry air so you can breathe easier and keep skin and hair from feeling like leather and straw.
Dry air may not seem like the most pressing beauty issue, but according to Suzanne Friedler, M.D., clinical instructor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, this change in humidity (or lack thereof) can lead to issues like dry, brittle hair and leathery skin.
“At these times when our skin and eyes are already prone to dryness, taking long hot showers and using harsh soaps can further remove the natural oils and moisture from our skin.” Dr. Friedler says. “People who live in dry climates also face a challenge in keeping their eyes and skin hydrated. One way to counteract these drying factors is by using a humidifier.”
Sounds simple, enough until a Google search reveals just how many humidifiers there are to choose from. Have no fear — we’ve helped narrow it down with this list of humidifiers that are considered the best of the best.
Few can come close to the air-enhancing powers of the Canopy Humidifier. It hydrates the air in rooms up to 500 square feet, and it has smart sensors that know to keep running the device until the 2.5-liter tank is completely dry, therefore eliminating the risk of mildew or mold. It also sanitizes water through a built-in UV light and paper filter, so feel free to use as much tap water as you please. Canopy’s Humidifier also includes a built-in aroma diffuser to enjoy your go-to essential oils at any time.
Levoit LV600HH Humidifier
Levoit’s LV600HH Humidifier is one of the most impressive on the market for its enormous (and filterless) six-gallon tank and use of ultrasonic technology to deliver incredibly fine water vapor throughout any 753-square foot area. “Ultrasonic humidifiers use high-frequency sound vibrations to produce a very fine mist. These humidifiers don’t typically require a filter and tend to be very quiet,” Dr. Friedler says. This remote-controlled humidifier also allows you to adjust all of its features, including mist intensity, humidity levels, and even the option to disperse a warm mist.
Honeywell HWM845 Warm Mist Humidifier
If you’re not a fan of cold mists, Honeywell’s HWM845 Warm Mist Humidifier may be right up your alley. This humidifying gadget soothes your nostrils from cold, dry air with its warm water vapor. Its one-gallon tank doesn’t require a filter that constantly needs to be cleaned, therefore saving you time and money. You can also add your favorite essential oils to the mix to combat any unwanted odors in your house.
Dyson Purifier Humidify+Cool Formaldehyde
Yes, the Dyson Purifier Humidify+Cool Formaldehyde is pricey, but if you want a luxury experience that goes above and beyond humidifying, this is it. This remote control-operated device also acts as one of the best air purifiers ever, especially since it detects and eliminates contaminants like formaldehyde from the air in your chosen area. It also comes with a HEPA filter for removing particles from the air, so every breath you take is just as fresh as the last.
Pure Enrichment MistAire Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier
Homes in need of relief from dry, cold air will appreciate the instant effects of the Pure Enrichment MistAire Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier. This option works faster than your home’s humidistat to adjust the humidity levels in the air. How? Through its high-speed setting (which you can switch to a lower level, if you’d like) paired with a 360-degree nozzle that quietly disperses water vapor throughout any 250-square-foot area.
Fridababy 3-in-1 Humidifier
Fridababy’s 3-in-1 Humidifier is one of the quietest options around and acts as a color-changing night light, but that’s not the only reason why we love it. This filter-free gizmo has a half-gallon tank that runs for 12 hours straight and covers a pretty impressive amount of square footage (320 square feet, to be exact). You can also control mist levels with the dial selector and add your favorite essential oils for a customizable approach to freshening the air in your space.
Hey Dewy Wireless Facial Humidifier
Small rooms require less humidification, which is why Hey Dewy’s Wireless Facial Humidifier is great for compact areas. This portable option is cordless and rechargeable, so you can take it anywhere you’re headed to add refreshing water vapor to indoor air without taking up too much room in your bag or on your desk. It also earned an Allure Best of Beauty Award for boosting moisture levels for a full eight hours without making any noise, plus it has an illuminating option to act as a night light.
Everlasting Comfort Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier
Large rooms and spaces can easily be covered by Everlasting Comfort’s Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier. Since its tank size is larger than others, this humidifier can hold 1.6-gallons of water to run for over two days straight without needing to be refilled. It’s also a filter-free option, so cleaning up the tank is quick and stress-free. Fans of home fragrances will be happy to know that Everlasting Comfort’s humidifier also acts as an essential oil diffuser for non-stop aromatherapy.
Geniani Portable Cool Mist Humidifier
Geniani’s Portable Cool Mist Humidifier is teeny enough to place on your work (or work-from-home) desk with ease. Don’t expect it to take up any much-needed outlets, either, because this small humidifier can be plugged into your computer’s USB outlet. You can improve the air quality in your personal space for up to eight hours and never have to worry about unplugging the device or hearing it throughout the day since it has an automatic shut-off feature and an inaudible noise level. One note we will say, though, is that its slender, sleek design means its tank capacity is quite low — it only holds eight ounces of water, which is about the size of a glass of water.
Homedics Personal Humidifier
Smaller spaces can easily adjust the humidity levels of dry air (and therefore, give dry skin a hydrating break) with the $20 Homedics Personal Humidifier. It’s also convenient as an on-the-go pick because it’s easy to refill, features a convenient one-touch operation, and can be powered with a wall adapter or your laptop’s USB port. Since this option is extremely quiet, too, your coworkers won’t be bothered if you bring it to the office with you — in fact, they may even thank you.
Boneco Top-Fill Humidifier
If you’re going to keep your humidifier running all winter, you’re going to be refilling it a lot. Due to its convenient top-fill design, the Boneco Humidifier makes that task as easy as possible. It also has a simple-to-use rotary nob, high and fast mist output, and access to the inside of the tank, which is very important according to Dr. Friedler: “Look for a humidifier that is easy to clean, because bacteria and mold can build up if these units are not properly maintained.” The tank also includes a filter, which cleanses the water of impurities like copper, lead, mercury as it mists.
Crane Ultrasonic Drop Mist Humidifier
The Crane Ultrasonic Drop Mist Humidifier is totally silent and has a 360-degree nozzle so you can point the mist in any direction. This pick also features a single-gallon tank that’s easy to wipe down and a 24-hour run time so you can snooze all night long without sniffling.
Pure Guardian Ultrasonic Humidifier
The Pure Guardian Ultrasonic Humidifier spurts out a cool mist to increase humidity levels in your space. It’s also whisper-quiet for refreshing the air through nighttime without keeping you up, and its one-gallon water tank is also easy to fill and clean. It also comes with a built-in night light and hydrates the air for 70 hours straight.
Safety First Ultrasonic Humidifier
Designed for use in a nursery or child’s room, Safety First’s Ultrasonic Humidifier runs quietly, automatically shuts off when the water runs out and has multiple mist settings and adjustable humidity control. It even has two fully-rotating mist nozzles to cater to two children at once, as well as a refill indicator for you. Not to mention, it’s also effortless to clean and runs for up to 24 hours.
Vicks Cool Mist Humidifier
Cold symptoms are damned, thanks to the Vicks Cool Mist Humidifier. Most of the brand’s humidifiers use a warm mist to soothe colds and coughs, but according to Dr. Friedler, “They are not recommended for homes with young children due to the risk of getting a burn.” Fortunately, this one is capable of providing temporary relief from congestion using a cool mist that spreads up to 500 square feet of your home and a 30-hour run time — because when you’re not feeling well, the last thing you want to do is get up and refill the tank.
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