With changing seasons throughout the year, the weather can turn out to be either beneficial or a little hurtful to our bodies. Humidity is one of the subtle elements that have a direct impact on our skin as well as the air we breathe. Remember humidity represents the amount of moisture in the air.
Knowing how changing humidity levels affect your body can save you a lot of trouble. High humidity levels occur during the warmer months. Though good for your skin tenderness and helping to lubricate your nasal passage, too much moisture in the air can result in a stuffy atmosphere and even encourage the growth of disease-causing bacteria. On the other hand, cold weather is responsible for lower humidity. Consequently, the effects include dry skin, irritation in nasal passages, itchy eyelids among others.
So what devices can you use for regulating ambient moisture, especially in drier conditions? Simply put, you can opt for a humidifier, a diffuser or a vaporizer. A humidifier adds moisture to the atmosphere of the room. A diffuser will inject a fragrant scent, typically derived from essential oils, into the air using moisture. Finally, a vaporizer uses moisture as a vehicle to deliver medication into the air, which can then be inhaled by the ill person.
Types of Humidifiers
These use a rotating disc to produce a cool mist.
These will use Ultrasonic vibration to produce a cool mist.
Boils water to create steam which is then cooled and ejected into the air. Take caution while handling, because the hot water can spill and cause burns and also scald the skin.
These humidifiers are incorporated into air conditioning systems. They are used to add moisture to the whole house.
They use fan to move air through a wet wick or filter and add moisture to the air.
With that, let’s jump into a selection of our most preferred humidifiers/diffusers.
Top 10 Best Humidifiers/Diffusers on the Market
1. URPOWER 2ND VERSION 100ML ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSER
The Urpower diffuser is a rather tiny diffuser but with a world of advantages. It is an upgrade from its predecessor, the first version of Urpower. What you get is more mist released into the room. It features a warning sound when the water levels are low as well as separate light and mist buttons.
Amazing diffusing power
With the recommended drops of essential oils, you will be able to enjoy anywhere between subtle and strong scents of the oils through several rooms. With a capacity of 100ml, this device will be able to hold up to 6 hours at a time. The mist settings on this model are either continuously or intermittently.
Comes with a measuring cup
Able to eliminate dust and other odours
One year limited guarantee
Too quiet you may wonder if it’s still functioning
Sometimes the scent strength might not be great
2. HOMASY 800ML ULTRASONIC ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSER
This 800ml diffuser is the 3rd generation model from Homasy bringing functionalities in one; ionizer, air purifier, night light, humidifier, and diffuser. The device is primarily an essential oil diffuser and not a humidifier, though it has a humidification functionality.
With it, you can add drops of essential oils into the 800ml water tank used by the device to your preferred concentration. Please note that you shouldn’t add medicine, perfumed water or Vicks because they tend to gum and clog up the system.
Essential for life
Essential oils that are used in this diffuser can eliminate tobacco smells, pet odours or even that strong scent of your sister’s hairspray. Therefore it can work well for the home as well as small commercial spaces, for instance, boutiques.
Quiet during operation
Good 360-degree humidification coverage
Unattached parts are easy to lose
User manual unclear about how much essential oils to add
Only one misting speed
3. ECOOLTRONIC 280ML ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSER
This is a beautifully designed, onion-shaped diffuser that works as a humidifier as well to add moisture to the atmosphere. The 280 ml capacity of the diffuser tank, combined with large mist release, can last between 15-18 hours before requiring a refill. The addition of Interval Mode is made to prolong the duration of operation of the diffuser. Its sequence of operation is 5.5 minutes of run time and 30 seconds of rest time.
Probably the first stunner about this unit is its clever, décor-inspired design. It features a body, constructed from PP and ABS plastic, and made to look like a wooden finish. The buttons and indicator LED lights are fitted onto the bottom half of its onion-shape, and they are well made.
Constructed from durable materials
Interval mode prolongs runtime
Beautiful mood lights
You have to remove three pieces to refill
The scent of essential oils can get faint at times
4. THE ESSENTIAL WELLNESS ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSER
The importance of essential oil and aromatherapy has never been more important to this product from The Essential Wellness. This diffuser uses ultrasonic diffusing technology. It has a 300ml capacity and produces vibrations at 2.4 times every second, ensuring the integrity of the oil is constant and easy for the skin to absorb it.
Five in One Combo
A tiny device, but with a lot of features under the hood. This diffuser has an ionizing capability for removing the unwanted positive ions in the atmosphere, a humidification feature that’s able to add moisture to the air, with the addition of UV diffusing technology to add the essential oils into the mist. Finally, the use of light and aromatherapy is meant to improve your wellbeing both visually and mentally.
Rugged design resistant to corrosion
Operates for up to 10 hours
Can be used with tap water
Its light can be distractingly bright
Confusing power and light buttons
Tiny measuring cup that comes with the diffuser
And now for the humidifiers:
5. SENEO ULTRASONIC COOL-MIST HUMIDIFIER
This unit has a water capacity of 2.6 litres (or 2.75 quarts) and can achieve misting capacities of 380 ml (or 12.85 ounces) of moisture into the air, each hour. You are advised to use distilled water as it doesn’t leave scales in the piping. For addition of essential oils, use the provided pull out tray to add whichever amounts you require. Be mindful of the tray as it has no stops and may fall off.
Light therapy at its best
The device has a system of seven LED lights which can be operation without turning on the misting functionality. We recommend this humidifier for mid-sized rooms, for instance, children’s bedrooms or a yoga studio.
Large water storage capacity
Elegant design to blend into décor
Beautiful light transitions
Replacement parts could be a little tricky to find online
6. VICKS WARM MIST HUMIDIFIER
This device incorporates boiling mechanism to the water before releasing it into the air. It comes with a large 3.79 litre (or 1 gallon) reservoir, which will allow you to enjoy 24 hours of undisturbed service. Pretty convenient, don’t you find?
Air free from bacteria
Because of the boiling that takes place before the mist is released, up to 95% of bacteria is killed. As a result, you’ll be breathing purified air and avoid complications such as chest congestion, fever, flu among others, during the cooler months of the year.
Quiet in operation
Large water storage tank
Handy auto shutoff feature
You’ll have to be careful when handling around children
Not recommended for asthma patients
Requires periodic cleaning because of scales that form
7. URPOWER 500ML ULTRASONIC HUMIDIFIER
The unit comes with five functions combined in one; humidifier, ionizer, aroma diffuser and air purifier. It boasts a combination of ultrasonic diffusing technologies as well as a relatively large storage of 0.5 litres. You can rely on it for up to 10 hours of operation, on a single use. Should the water levels be too low, it will also turn itself off.
This humidifier releases negative ions in the mist to fight against positive ions typically found in stale air or second-hand smoke. Not only will it be providing you with nourishing air, it will also be protecting itself from damage over time. Negative ions are typically known to have health benefits of a stronger immune system, improved breathing and improved mental state.
User manual doesn’t break down all details on how to operate
8. REMEDIES COOL-MIST ULTRASONIC HUMIDIFIER
An interesting teardrop-shaped humidifier that uses ultrasonic technology to add moisture to the air. The unit works well with water only as well as a blend of essential oils to nourish the air in your living room or any other space.
The water tank of this humidifier is 85 ounces or 2.8 litres. With a minimum runtime of 10 hours at maximum flow rate and 12-14 hours at low flow rate, you can be sure of a peaceful night without any refills.
Beautiful 7 LED light function
Comes with stone filter
Has a large reservoir
2-year limited warranty
The aroma tray can get a little difficult to pull out
9. PURE ENRICHMENT COOL-MIST HUMIDIFIER
This humidifier is one of those must-haves for your baby room. Not only does it carry as trusted household name, it’s also quick to action. With an aesthetically pleasing design and construction, it is a complimentary addition to your room décor.
Safety and function at best
With a beautiful design, the humidifier is fitted with a 360-degree rotating dispenser that makes it easy to direct where moisture is needed most. Combined with a huge 1.5-litre reservoir, it promises to deliver moisture to the baby throughout the night (or 16 hours) and will automatically turn off when water runs out. Speaking of night time, the device also doubles up as a night light for a soothing effect.
Silent during operation
Large water storage
Auto-shutoff makes it safe when you’re not around
Scale formation can be difficult to clean
Light function can be a little too bright
Cap on the tank can be difficult to remove
10. HONEYWELL GERM-FREE COOL-MIST HUMIDIFIER
Honeywell has opted for a medical angle with their humidifier which incorporates ultraviolet (UV) technology to kill disease-causing microorganisms with mist. The mist released is 99.9% germ-free and kills viruses, bacteria, mold and fungi.
Hygienic filter system
The Protec Antimicrobial treated filter helps eliminate microbes and maintain a relatively sterile atmosphere. You can use tap water which gets filtered and passed through UV light to kill microbes before the unit can use the germ-free water is drawn into a wick. Dry air from the room is then passed through the wick collecting moisture and dispensing it back out.
Works well for areas that need clean humidified air
Safe to place in dishwasher
It is important to understand the difference between a humidifier and a diffuser to know what will best suit your realities. Humidifiers will typically be of a larger size than diffusers, and all of them will use a myriad of technologies to deliver moisture and/or essential oils into the air.
Therefore, with that summary, you should be able to pick a humidifier and/or diffuser that will compliment your lifestyle without breaking the bank.