With so many humidifiers to choose from, picking the one best suited for your needs can be tricky. Maintaining a humidifier takes a lot more work than most people realize, so many are made to minimize those little inconveniences. Many factors contribute to how convenient a humidifier is. So what should you consider when deciding on a humidifier that is best for you? Generally, we look at these factors:
- How easy it is to clean
- Overall cleanliness
- Sound level
- Amount of mist that can be produced
- Size of the water tank
- Type of humidifier (evaporative, steam vaporizers, impeller, etc.)
What Makes Honeywell One Of The Best
So which humidifiers fulfill these criteria the best? Among the best are the Honeywell humidifiers. Namely, the Honeywell HCM-350 Germ-Free Cool Mist Humidifier. It has been rated highly because it is effective, quiet, clean, and easier to clean than other options.
The HCM-350 is effective and efficient. It humidifies the air quickly while also maintaining a comfortable relative humidity. It is best for spaces as large as 400 square feet and has a large tank that is easy to clean. It is a self-regulating evaporative humidifier so it won’t spread white mineral dust along with the mist like ultrasonic humidifiers will. It also will not put out too much mist and over-humidify your rooms.
The HCM-350 is also fairly easy to clean, with some components that can be put through the dishwasher for extra sanitation and convenience. The large tank contains a UV light that kills bacteria, so it does not require as much cleaning as most other humidifiers. A drawback that comes with every evaporative humidifier is that you have to replace the wicking filter every few months. The wicking filter is prone to build-up while cleaning regularly can extend its lifespan, you will have to replace it eventually. This added cost can be annoying for most since it is a consistent investment.
Some parts of the HCM-350 make it difficult to clean, such as the handle that is located on the tank. The handle is useful when refilling the tank, but you have to be sure to thoroughly clean the area around it.
In comparison, Miro humidifiers achieve all of the same criteria just as well. Let’s take a deeper look at why and how.
What Makes Miro One Of The Best
Miro has a few models of humidifiers, the NR08M, NR07G, and the AR05. All of these humidifiers have similar basic specifications and features. All of them are ultrasonic humidifiers, which means that they use a high-frequency vibrating diaphragm that produces an extra fine mist.
We will be focusing on the NR08M model, which is very similar to the NR07G. The NR08M has a large bowl that acts as a tank reservoir and a sleek design for making cleaning simple. It is simple to assemble and disassemble, with very few parts that click together with ease. All the pieces can be hand washed with soap and water, so you can wash each piece thoroughly and ensure that every component is clean. With regular cleaning, you can be sure that the mist that is being produced by the humidifier will not be contaminated. Unfortunately, the NR08M parts are not machine washable, so you will have to clean them by hand.
The NR08M comes with additional vapor caps to customize your experience. One is a tea kettle cap and the other is a volcano cap. They also help to reduce noise and drip. The ultrasonic mist maker itself is very quiet, but the additional caps assist in noise reduction.
The bowl of the NR08M is the water reservoir and the top-fill design makes it easy to refill. Most humidifiers you have to fill from the bottom of the tank, which means you will have to turn off the humidifier so the top-fill design only adds to the convenience.
The control panel of the NR08M is located on the stand that the bowl sits on. It has many settings to help you maintain the humidity level in your home. You can set a timer as well as change the amount of mist that is being projected. The timer will automatically shut off the humidifier, so there is no risk of overheating and you don’t have to worry about shutting off the humidifier. The NR08M will also alert you with a blinking light when the water level is too low. The stand also has a light that illuminates the bowl of the humidifier, making the humidifier the perfect night light.
A drawback of the NR08M is that it does not have a built-in hygrometer, so you have to check the humidity in your home with a separate hygrometer. Which are not expensive but it is an added cost to consider. Additionally, the NR08M is quite large which could take up more space than you expect. The tank is large enough so that you do not have to refill as often, but that can be a double-edged sword since the size is something to consider. Though with its modern design, having the humidifier in view is not an eyesore.
Choosing a humidifier can seem overwhelming, but the most important things to consider are safety and effectiveness. Both the Honeywell and Miro humidifiers have their pros and cons, so choosing what is best for you and your family comes down to personal preference in design.