Humidifiers Comparison: 2500+ Square Feet Coverage / $0-150 Price


AIRCARE 831000 Space-Saver Evaporative Humidifier

Aprilaire 500 Humidifier, 24V Whole House Humidifier w/ Auto Digital Control Bypass Damper .5 Gallons/ hour

Skuttle 2000 Flo-Thru Humidifier

Skuttle 86-UD Under Duct Drum Humidifier

Skuttle 190-SH1 Drum Humidifier

Humidifier

Essick Air / Aircare 831000

Aprilaire model 500

Skuttle 2000

Skuttle 86-UD

Skuttle 190

Coverage (Sq ft / m2)

2700 / 251

3000 / 279

3333 / 310

4048 / 376

4048 / 376

Price

Humidifier Technology

Evaporative

Evaporative

Evaporative

Evaporative

Evaporative

Type of humidifier

Cool mist

Cool mist

Cool mist

Cool mist

Cool mist

Moisture output per 24h (Gallons/liters)

6 / 22.7

12 / 45.4

14 / 53

17 / 64.3

17 / 64.3

Tank size (gallons/liters)

6 / 22.7

Direct from water pipe

direct from water pipe

direct from water pipe

direct from water pipe

Run time per tank

24 hours

Removable tank

Water refill indicator

Humidistat

Humidity range

25% – 65%

15% – 50%

15% – 50%

15% – 50%

15% – 50%

Humidity display

Automatic –

Manual –

Mist output control

Control type

Electronic

Electronic or Manual

Manual

Manual

Manual

Programmable timer

Automatic safety shutoff

Carrying handle

Casters

Remote control

Filters

Filter price

Filter cleaning and (or) replace

Replace seasonally

Replace yearly

Replace every 6 months

Replace every 6 months

Replace every 6 months

Germ protection

Demineralization cartridge

Noise level

From nearly silent to quite loud

Noticeable sound

Noticeable sound

Noticeable sound

Noticeable sound

Energy usage (max)

70W

N/A

25W

25W

25W

Voltage

120V

120V

120V

120V

120V

Size (inches / centimeters)

Height: 21.5 / 54.5

Width: 13 / 33

Depth: 18.5 / 47

Height: 13 / 33

Width: 15.6 / 39.5

Depth: 10.2 / 26

Height: 13.5 / 34

Width: 9.6 / 24.5

Depth: 12.5 / 32

Height: 6.3 / 16

Width: 19.5 / 49.5

Depth: 15.2 / 38.5

Height: 10.9 / 27.5

Width: 10.7 / 27

Depth: 11.7 / 30

Weight (pounds / kg)

18 / 8.1

7.4 / 3.3

Warranty

2 years limited

5 years limited

Extended 5 years limited

1 year limited

1 year limited

Featured accessories

 Parts Kit

 Drum Motor

Pros

+Covers large area

+Large tank size

+Water refill indicator

+Humidistat, humidity display, auto mode

+Mist output control

+Casters

+Super wick technology

+Check filter indicator

+Covers large area

+Humidistat

+Auto outdoor sensor

+May reduce energy costs – during the colder months can help you feel warmer, leading to reduced heating costs

+Can use warm water

+Controlled by an external humidistat

+Auto or manual mode

+Warm air evaporation

+Covers large area

+Reversible side panels

+Uses low energy

+Easy maintenance – requires 1 cleaning per year

+Shutoff damper

+Controlled by an external humidistat

+Auto or manual mode

+Warm air evaporation

+Covers large area

+Uses low energy

+Easy maintenance – requires 1 cleaning per year

+Shutoff damper

+Controlled by an external humidistat

+Auto or manual mode

+Warm air evaporation

+Covers large area

+Reversible side panels

+Uses low energy

+Easy maintenance – requires 1 cleaning per year

+Shutoff damper

+Installation kit included

Cons

Have to replace wick filter regularly

Quite loud on high

Should be installed by a qualified HVAC technician

Have to replace filter regularly

Have to buy some accessories

Should be installed by a qualified HVAC technician

Have to replace filter at least every 6 months

Have to buy some accessories

Should be installed by a qualified HVAC technician

Have to replace filter at least every 6 months

Have to buy some accessories

Should be installed by a qualified HVAC technician

Have to replace filter at least every 6 months

Overall Rating (max 5)

4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)

4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)

4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)

4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)

4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)

15% Price/performance

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

5% Design

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

35% Performance

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

15% Features

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)

3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)

3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)

10% Noise level

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

20% Maintenance & Upkeep

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

Conclusions, recommendations


Summary:

The most powerful humidifiers in this category can humidify whole house.


Skuttle 86-UD Under Duct Drum Humidifier

Skuttle 86-UD is controlled by an external humidistat. It has an auto or manual mode, warm air evaporation. Covers large area. Uses low energy. Easy maintenance – requires 1 cleaning per year. Shutoff damper.


Skuttle 190-SH1 Drum Humidifier

Skuttle 190 is controlled by an external humidistat. It has an auto or manual mode, warm air evaporation. It covers a large area. Reversible side panels. Uses low energy. Easy maintenance – requires 1 cleaning per year. Shutoff damper. Installation kit included.


Aprilaire 500 Humidifier, 24V Whole House Humidifier w/ Auto Digital Control

Aprilaire model 500 covers a large area. It has a humidistat, auto outdoor sensor. May reduce energy costs – during the colder months can help you feel warmer, leading to reduced heating costs. Can use warm water.


Skuttle 2000 Flo-Thru Humidifier

Skuttle 2000 is controlled by an external humidistat. It has an auto or manual mode, warm air evaporation. Covers large area. Reversible side panels. Uses low energy. Easy maintenance – requires 1 cleaning per year. Shutoff damper.


AIRCARE 831000 Space-Saver Evaporative Humidifier

Essick Air / Aircare 831000 covers a large area, has a large tank size, water refill indicator, humidistat, humidity display, auto mode, mist output control, casters, super wick technology, check filter indicator.


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