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Especially in dryer months or particularly arid climates, a bedroom humidifier can be a game-changer when it comes to easing coughs, asthma, allergies, dry skin, and more. You’ll find a plethora of small, affordable options available on the internet — the difficulty is in sorting between them. In general, you want something that’s easy to use and won’t disturb your sleep, while still looking neat and tidy on your nightstand.
What Makes a Good Bedroom Humidifier?
Humidifiers are sometimes noisy, leaky, bulky, or feature tanks so small that they require constant refilling. But they don’t have to be. Here are some of the features we look for in a good bedroom humidifier.
Tank Capacity: Naturally, small bedroom humidifiers tend to have smaller-capacity tanks which need to be refilled more often. Our favorite humidifiers range in capacity from about one liter to as much as six liters at a time.
Noise Level: This is for the bedroom, which means it’s important the humidifier doesn’t make too much noise when turned on so as to not disturb your sleep. The best options are specifically designed for whisper-quiet operation and may even include automatic sleep modes.
Diffuser: Some, though not all, humidifiers double as essential oil diffusers, which disperse fragrant scent throughout the air. If you’d like to add an aromatherapy element to your bedtime space, we appreciate having this option, though it isn’t a deal-breaker.
Filters: Many humidifiers come with filters that must be changed every so often to keep the diffused air pure. This can get pricy, so double check.
Additional Settings and Features: Once you’ve got the basics covered, you can start considering additional bells and whistles you find useful. Some humidifiers detect and display air quality, for example, while many others include customizable settings for intensity levels or night lights.
1. Everlasting Comfort Cool Mist Humidifier
Among the many reasons this model takes top billing is its impressive six liter capacity, which can disperse mist for 50 straight hours according to the manufacturer. We also like that it doesn’t require a filter, so no need to remember to change anything all the time, and included tray for essential oils to diffuse fragrance.
2. Pure Enrichment MistAire Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier
Though its 1.5-liter capacity is smaller than our first choice’s massive tank, this little appliance can still keep air safely moisturized for 16 hours at a time. We like this model’s 360-degree nozzle, which evenly disperses vapor throughout your space and the optional nightlight, as well as safety features like automatic shutoff.
3. LEVOIT Humidifier for Bedroom
Certainly among the most attractive of our selections, this clean white humidifier also includes the safety and customizable features we’re looking for. We like that it includes three different mist level settings, as well as an intelligent sleep mode that automatically senses and adjusts humidity levels to maintain a comfortable atmosphere all night long. In addition, there is an option to add essential oils.
4. Venta Original Airwasher
Doing away with superfluous smart features, this humidifier uses a rotating cylinder in the reservoir to evaporate clean, cold water without the need for filters.
The air is automatically humidified to 40 and 60 percent, which is optimal for larger spaces. It also includes three different power levels, and LED status display, and automatic shut-off. The 1.4 gallon tank can last between 10 to 14 days before needing to be cleaned. Simply remove the disc stack, rinse with water, and pop back in for a filter-free clean.