Top 5 Best Whole House Humidifiers


Aprilaire 700 Automatic Humidifier

Honeywell HE360A Whole House Powered Humidifier

AIRCARE 4DTS 300 Variable-Speed Console-Style Evaporative Humidifier

Skuttle 190-SH1 Drum Humidifier

BONECO Warm or Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier 7142

Humidifier

Aprilaire Model 700

Honeywell HE360

Essick Air / Aircare 4DTS-300

Skuttle 190

Boneco 7142

Coverage (Sq ft / m2)

4200 / 390

4500 / 418

2700 / 251

4048 / 376

860 / 80

Price

Humidifier Technology

Evaporative

Evaporative

Evaporative

Evaporative

Ultrasonic

Type of humidifier

Cool mist

Cool mist

Cool mist

Cool mist

Cool mist, warm mist

Moisture output per 24h (Gallons/liters)

18 / 68.1

18 / 68.1

13 / 49.2

17 / 64.3

3.5 / 13.2

Tank size (gallons/liters)

direct from water faucet

Direct from the water pipe

5.5 / 20.8

direct from water pipe

2 / 7.6

Run time per tank

10 hours

12hours

Removable tank

Water refill indicator

Humidistat

Humidity range

15% – 55%

15% – 50%

25% – 65%

15% – 50%

40% – 60%

Humidity display

Automatic –

Manual –

Mist output control

Control type

Manual or electronic

Manual

Electronic

Manual

Electronic

Programmable timer

Automatic safety shutoff

Carrying handle

Casters

Remote control

Filters

Filter price

Filter cleaning and (or) replace

Replace annually

Replace annually

Replace seasonally

Replace every 6 months

Germ protection

Demineralization cartridge

Noise level

From quite low till quite loud

Noticeable sound

46 – 70dB

Noticeable sound

25dB

Energy usage (max)

N/A

75W

135W

25W

140W

Voltage

120V

120V

120V

120V

120V

Size (inches / centimeters)

Height: 15.9 / 40.5

Width: 15.9 / 40.5

Depth: 10.3 / 26

Height: 15 / 38

Width: 14 / 35.5

Depth: 10.2 / 26

Height: 22 / 56

Width: 28 / 71

Depth: 14 / 35.5

Height: 10.9 / 27.5

Width: 10.7 / 27

Depth: 11.7 / 30

Height: 17.3 / 44

Width: 11 / 28

Depth: 9.8 / 25

Weight (pounds / kg)

9 / 4

18.5 / 8.4

28 / 12.7

8.8 / 4

Warranty

5 years limited

1 year limited

1 year limited

1 year limited

3 yearss limited

Pros

+Covers large area

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

+Warm air evaporation

+Water panel change 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

+Covers large area

+Warm air evaporation

+Humidistat, mist output control

+The kit inculdes everything needed for installation

+The viewing window on the enclosure

+Multiple finishes

+High humidity output

+Adjustable humidistat

+Humidity display

+9 fan settings

+Dual water bottles

+Check filter alerts, water refill indicator

+2-stage AirCare filter

+Casters

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

+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

+Sleek, compact design

+Cool and warm mist

+Pre-heat function

+Mist output regulation

+Sleep mode, timer, LCD display, humidistat, water refill indicator, auto mode

+Carrying handle

+Demineralization cartridge

+Hydro Cell

+Humidifier clean indicator

+Very quiet

Cons

Should be installed by a qualified HVAC technician

Have to replace filter regularly

Have to replace filter annually or more often

Only 1 year limited warranty

Have to replace filter regularly

Higher fan speeds are very loud

The plastic is flimsy

The humidistat is not accurate

Only 1 year limited warranty

Should be installed by a qualified HVAC technician

Have to replace filter at least every 6 months

Have to replace demineralization cartridge and hydro cell ever 2-3 months

Filling the tank can be cumbersome

Overall Rating (max 5)

(4.4 / 5)

(4.3 / 5)

(4.3 / 5)

(4.4 / 5)

(4.3 / 5)

15% Price/performance

(4.5 / 5)

(4 / 5)

(4 / 5)

(5 / 5)

(4 / 5)

5% Design

(4 / 5)

(4 / 5)

(4 / 5)

(4 / 5)

(4 / 5)

35% Performance

(5 / 5)

(5 / 5)

(4.5 / 5)

(5 / 5)

(4.5 / 5)

15% Features

(3.5 / 5)

(3.5 / 5)

(4.5 / 5)

(3.5 / 5)

(4.5 / 5)

10% Noise level

(4 / 5)

(4 / 5)

(4 / 5)

(4 / 5)

(4.5 / 5)

20% Maintenance & Upkeep

(4 / 5)

(4 / 5)

(4 / 5)

(4 / 5)

(4 / 5)

Conclusions, recommendations

 


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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.


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Honeywell HE360 covers a large area. It has a warm air evaporation, humidistat, mist output control. The kit includes everything needed for installation. The viewing window on the enclosure.


Essick air logo

Essick Air / Aircare 4DTS-300 has multiple finishes, high humidity output, adjustable humidistat, humidity display, 9 fan settings, dual water bottles, check filter alerts, water refill indicator, 2-stage AirCare filter, casters. Easy to set up, doesn’t require a lot of maintenance, easy to clean.


Skuttle logo

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.


Boneco logo

Boneco 7142 has a sleek, compact design, cool and warm mist, pre-heat function, mist output regulation, sleep mode, timer, LCD display, humidistat, water refill indicator, auto mode, carrying handle, a demineralization cartridge, hydro Cell, humidifier clean indicator. Very quiet.


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