Choosing the Best Humidifier for You

Humidifiers: Choosing the Best Humidifier for You

Review the differences in home humidifiers between cool mist and warm mist models. Also find humidifier feature comparisons by brand: Slant Fin, Hamilton Beach, Hunter, and Bemis humidifiers.

Cool mist humidifiers, also known as console humidifiers, come in various sizes. They can be single room or whole house humidifiers such as those made by Bemis. Small humidifiers and portable room humidifiers are available in both cool mist and warm mist types.

Cool Mist Humidifiers - these humidifiers blow air through a wick

Hamilton Beach humidifiers


Cool mist humidifiers are easier to clean (all water tanks should be rinsed every few days)
Hamilton Beach parts can be cleaned in a dishwasher
Hunter requires only monthly cleaning
These humidifiers will humidify a larger area

Slightly noisier than warm mist units due to the fan noise
You can hear the water gurgle when it flows out of the tank
Cool mist can feel slightly cool and clammy at certain room temperatures
Filter replacements are needed on the Hamilton Beach and Bemis humidifiers, adding to maintenance costs

Warm Mist Humidifiers - these humidifiers boil the water and release steam


Quieter than cool mist units
Mist feels comfortable
Mist is very clean because it is distilled water
Warm mist passes over an ultraviolet light for additional germ protection

Warm mist humidifiers require frequent cleaning and are harder to clean than cool mist humidifiers
Warm mist covers a smaller area than a cool mist humidifiers
The boiling sound can often be heard on high
The water gurgle sound can be heard when it flows out of the tank humidifier
Filter pad replacements are needed, adding to the expense and one more thing to think about

More points about Slant Fin humidifiers:

Slant Fin humidifiers are the quietest units; low speed barely audible, but some gurgling noise on high.
These would be the most germ free due to the boiling of the water and the ultraviolet light and they do not produce white dust.
They are basically a controllable tea kettle; they are safe to use in a baby nursery.
They require more frequent cleaning (probably weekly) to remove the minerals that are left when the water is boiled.
Pour in a mixture of 50/50 white vinegar and water; let it sit for about 20 minutes, swish it around, pour it out, and rinse with clean water.

More points about Bemis humidifiers:

The bemis 2 in 1 is a combo humidifier and air purifier. Not a HEPA filter but very good. It can be used just as an air purifier. It may be useful for asthma sufferers because of the added air filter in the unit. They are also nice as baby nursery humidifiers and for the childrens bedroom.

The bemis 447 & bemis 496 have an air filter for removal of large particles around the units