If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, Rolling Stone may receive an affiliate commission.
When the weather gets colder and the air gets drier, you might feel your throat start to get a little scratchy and your nose might begin to run. Though you might think this is the start of a cold, it could also be your body reacting to the lack of humidity in the air. One way you could help relieve these symptoms is by purchasing a humidifier for your home.
According to a study from the U.S. National Library of Medicine, “using a humidifier in the home can help relieve a stuffy nose and can help break up mucus. Humidified air can relieve the discomfort of colds and the flu.”
What Are the Best Portable Humidifiers?
The best portable humidifiers emit a cool (or warm) burst of water vapor to help increase moisture levels in the air in your room. They’re small and lightweight enough to move from room to room, or from floor to table. Here’s what else to look for when shopping for the best portable humidifiers.
Compact: Humidifiers are generally portable and are meant to sit on your nightstand or table. Since they typically only fill up a single room, you’re definitely going to want to be able to move it room to room depending on where it’s needed.
Long-Running: A humidifier isn’t going to be helpful if it needs to keep being refilled with water after every couple of hours. You’ll want something that can run at least seven to eight hours — which is especially helpful in case you only want to use it overnight to sleep.
Easily Cleanable: With the mix of heat and water, there’s the possibility of mold buildup in a humidifier’s water tank, so you’re going to want to make sure it’s easily accessible and easy to clean. Some humidifiers have internal filters that might need to be replaced from time to time as well.
If you’re looking to avoid any bodily irritation that comes along with cold, dry air, purchasing a humidifier might help. We’ve rounded up some of the best options to shop below.
1. Pure Enrichment MistAire Cloud
The playful cloud design of this humidifier makes it ideal for a child’s bedroom or playroom. It’s about 2.2 pounds and 9.8 inches long, so it’s easily portable. It provides round-the-clock moisture since the cool mist can last up to 24 hours. There is also a mist control knob that helps you be in control of the moisture output. The cloud has a large water tank opening, which allows it to be cleaned easily. On top of it all, the humidifier doubles as a light that changes to four different colors.
2. GENIANI Portable Humidifier
GENIANI’s humidifier has a 250ml water tank and is best suited for small places like your office or study and can even be taken with you while you’re driving or at work. The brand says its sound levels don’t exceed 38dB — so it shouldn’t be louder than a ticking clock. There are two mist modes too, and a simple one-button control for ease of use. This humidifier even doubles as a night light and should run a full eight hours according to the brand, without automatically shutting off.
3. AquaOasis Cool Mist Humidifier
If you need a humidifier capable of running all day long, choose this one from AquaOasis. It’s got a 2.2-liter capacity and still manages to weigh well below three pounds for ease of portability. It even features a rotating nozzle, letting you fully customize the mist-flow direction, depending on your space. There’s even an auto-shut-off feature, and the brand says it boasts quiet operation too.
4. Raydrop Cool Mist Humidifiers
The Raydrop Cool Mist Humidifier is compact, whisper-quiet, and has a 1.70-liter capacity, enough to last a full nine hours. There’s an easy knob-dial control allowing you to adjust mist output and an auto-shut-off button for when the tank is running empty. It’s advertised as a humidifier designed for baby rooms thanks to its quiet operation but you’ll be able to use it just about anywhere in your home.