15 of the Best Humidifiers to Help You Get Through Cold and Flu Season
Every time I caught a cold as a kid, my parents would drag out their clunky vaporizer, fill it with water in the bathroom, and warn me to stay away from the hot steam coming out the top. I knew that humidifiers helped relieve my cough and stuffy nose, but I didn't realize how much they have improved over the years. Seriously, these tiny, sleek machines could be confused for home decor nowadays! Now that I have kids of my own — and we are in the midst of a global pandemic — it's time to give humidifiers another try. I've researched the highest-rated, best-reviewed, coolest humidifiers of 2020, so you can shop your favorite. All of these will add moisture to the air to help soothe dry skin, a sore throat, and congestion, so you can shop easily, picking out the one that works best for your home.
Honeywell Designer Series Cool Mist Humidifier HUL430
The sleek, white design of the Honeywell Designer Series Cool Mist Humidifier HUL430 ($70) may have been the first thing to catch your eye, but its quiet functionality and handy essential oil tray will keep you pulling it out of the cupboard again and again.
Pure Enrichment HumeXL 1.3-Gallon Tower Cool Mist Humidifier
Add moisture to the entire room with the Pure Enrichment HumeXL 1.3-Gallon Tower Cool Mist Humidifier ($90), designed to work in large rooms up to 400 square feet.
Honeywell Home Mistmate 0.5-Gallon Cool Mist Humidifier
Although it has a simple design, the Honeywell Home Mistmate 0.5 Gallon Cool Mist Humidifier ($30) gets so many high reviews because it just works so well. Put it on your nightstand and watch it work its magic.
Honeywell Cool Moisture Germ-Free Humidifier HCM-350
The Honeywell Cool Moisture Germ-Free Humidifier HCM-350 ($62, originally $77) uses UV technology to kill up to 99.9 percent of bacteria, mold, and fungus in the water tank, leaving cleaner air to breathe all night long.
Pure Enrichment Large Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier
The cool thing about this Pure Enrichment Large Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier ($40) is that it uses ultrasonic cool mist technology to safely moisturize the air for up to 16 continuous hours — perfect for a nursery or for when you're sick.
Air Innovations 1.6-Gallon Top-Fill Humidifier With Aroma Tray
Run the Air Innovations 1.6-Gallon Top-Fill Humidifier With Aroma Tray ($100) for up to 100 hours of pure, clean moisture. It also comes with a built-in aromatherapy tray, a permanent ceramic filter, and a smart control panel.
Fridababy 3-in-1 Humidifier With Diffuser and Nightlight
Help your baby sleep soundly with the Fridababy 3-in-1 Humidifier With Diffuser and Nightlight ($47, originally $50). You can add essential oils to it and turn on the color-changing nightlight feature to soothe your little one at sleep time.
LEVOIT Humidifiers For Large Room
Switch between warm mist and cool mist depending on the time of the year when you use the LEVOIT Humidifiers For Large Room ($76, originally $90). It also has a humidity sensor, so it will automatically adjust the mist level to maintain a comfortable humidity.
Crane Drop Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier
Who knew humidifiers could be so pretty? The Crane Drop Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier ($50) comes in a variety of shades, from hot pink to neon yellow. It has an easy-to-clean detachable bottom fill tank, which is built to humidify a room up to 500 square feet. It will also run for up to 24 hours, with a whisper-quiet sound.
Elechomes UC5501 Ultrasonic Humidifier
Not only is the Elechomes UC5501 Ultrasonic Humidifier ($90) totally cool looking, but also, it can humidify rooms up to 750 square feet, which yes, is bigger than my first apartment! It offers cool and warm mist, with a built-in humidity sensor and an enhanced sleep mode that will turn off the LED screen.
Miroco Cool Mist Humidifier
If you are a super sensitive, light sleeper, then grab the Miroco Cool Mist Humidifier ($50), which reduces noise to 26dB to help you sleep soundly all night long. It also has a 1.6-gallon tank that will last up to 60 hours before it needs to be refilled, and it's undeniably chic.
Pure Enrichment MistAire Cloud
The soft cloud shape of the Pure Enrichment MistAire Cloud ($50, originally $60) makes it a hit in nurseries and kids bedrooms. The cool mist humidifier lasts up to 24 hours and rotates between eight colors of the rainbow, all night long.
TaoTronics Humidifiers For Bedroom
Your skin will be soft and hydrated when you use the TaoTronics Humidifiers for Bedroom ($90). It's not just the minimalistic smart display that has us in love with this humidifier; it's also the fact that it can spray up to 60 continuous hours of cool mist in a 753 square foot room and automatically adjust, as well as offer aromatherapy, different mist temperatures, and a remote for easier access.