Humidifiers comparison: 2500+ square feet coverage / $200+ price


AIRCARE HD1409 Digital Whole-House Console-Style Evaporative Humidifier

Aprilaire 700 Automatic Humidifier

Aprilaire 800 Residential Steam Humidifier

Humidifier

Essick Air / Aircare HD1409

Aprilaire Model 700

Aprilaire Model 800

Coverage (Sq ft / m2)

2900 / 269

4200 / 390

6200 / 576

Price

Humidifier Technology

Evaporative

Evaporative

Steam

Type of humidifier

Cool mist

Cool mist

Warm mist

Moisture output per 24h (Gallons/liters)

14 / 53

18 / 68.1

23.3 / 88.2

Tank size (gallons/liters)

5.25 / 19.8

direct from water faucet

direct from water faucet

Run time per tank

9 hours

Removable tank

Water refill indicator

Humidistat

Humidity range

25% – 65%

15% – 55%

15% – 55%

Humidity display

Automatic –

Manual –

Mist output control

Control type

Electronic

Manual or
electronic

Electronic

Programmable timer

Automatic safety shutoff

Carrying handle

Casters

Remote control

Filters

Filter price

Filter cleaning and (or) replace

Replace seasonally

Replace annually

Germ protection

Demineralization cartridge

Noise level

Lowest fan speed is quiet, highest fan speed is quite loud

From quite low till quite loud

From quite low till quite loud

Energy usage (max)

165W

N/A

N/A

Voltage

120V

120V

120V

Size (inches / centimeters)

Height: 22.5 / 57

Width: 24.5 / 62

Depth: 15.5 / 39.5

Height: 15.9 / 40.5

Width: 15.9 / 40.5

Depth: 10.3 / 26

Height: 20.8 / 53

Width: 10.1 / 25.5

Depth: 7.1 / 18

Weight (pounds / kg)

26 / 11.8

9 / 4

23 / 10.4

Warranty

2 years limited

5 years limited

5 years limited

Featured accessories

 Maintenance Kit

Steam Canister

Pros

+High humidity output

+Adjustable humidistat

+Humidity display

+Auto mode

+Large dual water bottles

+Check filter alerts, water refill indicator

+4 filters

+Casters

+Easy to set up doesn’t require a lot of maintenance, easy to clean

+Covers large area

+Built-in drain to flush mineral build-up from the machine

+Warm air evaporation

+Water panel changes indicator

+Digital humidity controller with automatic and manual options

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

+Efficient water usage

+Solid metal, not plastic

+Covers very large area

+Automatic digital humidifier controller to control the unit automatically or manually

+Regular drain cycle

+Never needs cleaning – just replace the canister

+Can install an outside sensor

+Canister replaces indicator

Cons

Only 3 fan speeds

Have to replace filters regularly

Higher fan speeds are very loud

The plastic is flimsy

The humidistat is not accurate

Should be installed by a qualified HVAC technician

Have to replace filter regularly

Have to replace the canister regularly

The canister is quite expensive

Noisy inlet fill valve solenoid

Overall Rating (max 5)

(4.3 / 5)

(4.4 / 5)

(4.1 / 5)

15% Price/performance

(4 / 5)

(4.5 / 5)

(3 / 5)

5% Design

(4 / 5)

(4 / 5)

(4 / 5)

35% Performance

(4.5 / 5)

(5 / 5)

(5 / 5)

15% Features

(4.5 / 5)

(3.5 / 5)

(3.5 / 5)

10% Noise level

(4 / 5)

(4 / 5)

(4 / 5)

20% Maintenance & Upkeep

(4 / 5)

(4 / 5)

(4 / 5)

Conclusions, recommendations

Indoor Breathing’s choice

  


Summary:

The most powerful humidifiers in this category. Aprilaire Model 800 can humidify even 6200 square feet area. Incredible.


Aprilaire 700 Automatic Humidifier

Aprilaire Model 700 covers a large area. Built-in drain to flush mineral build-up from the machine. It has a warm air evaporation, water panel changes indicator, digital humidity controller with automatic and manual options. May reduce energy costs – during the colder months can help you feel warmer, leading to reduced heating costs. Efficient water usage.


AIRCARE HD1409 Digital Whole-House Console-Style Evaporative Humidifier

Essick Air / Aircare HD1409 has a high humidity output, adjustable humidistat, humidity display, auto mode, large dual water bottles, check filter alerts, water refill indicator, 4 filters, casters. Easy to set up, doesn’t require a lot of maintenance, easy to clean.


Aprilaire 800 Residential Steam Humidifier

Aprilaire Model 800 has a solid metal, not plastic. It covers a very large area. Automatic digital humidifier controller to control the unit automatically or manually. Regular drain cycle. Never needs cleaning – just replace the canister. Can install an outside sensor. Canister replaces indicator.


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