Humidifiers - Cool Mist and Warm Mist Humidifier Comparison

Humidifiers - Cool Mist and Warm Mist Humidifier Comparison

Wondering whether cool mist humidfiers or warm mist humidifiers are best for you These home humidifiers reviews offer charts on both types and compares the following leading brands: Bemis, Hunter, Slant/Fin and Hamilton Beach.

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Humidifiers: Why use them

    Humidifers reduce the possibility of infection by keeping the mucous membranes moist and allowing the tiny hairs in the nose and throat to work to expel any particles that were suspended in the air
    Cold symptoms are relieved by humidifers
    Prevent dry, itchy skin
    Relieve chapped lips with humidifers
    Unpleasant static electricity shocks are reduced by humidifers
    Help keep valuable furnishings and instruments from cracking. (While there are special humidifiers for cigars called humidors, there are no special guitar humidifers, so general humidifers whether small or central will work well.)

Cool Mist Humidifiers (evaporative humidifiers)Humidity is produced by blowing air over or through a wick in water. This type includes console humidifiers, whole house humidifiers, and multi room humidifiers, in addition to single room humidifiers.

Bemis humidifiers
Good - Very Good

Hamilton Beach humidifiers

Very Good

Hunter humidifiers


Some cool mist humidifers need filter replacement

Humidifier brand user profiles, advantages and disadvantages*

Slant Fin humidifiers
Good for people who want a warm mist and a quiet unit with the cleanest water vapor

They do require frequent cleaning, need occasional filter pad replacements, and will only do a room up to about 400 sq. ft.

Hamilton Beach humidifiers
Good for people who want a well made economical humidifier with parts that can be thoroughly cleaned in a dishwasher

Humidifers require filter changing a few times a season, but parts can be cleaned in the dishwasher

Digital humidity readings a plus

Hunter humidifiers
Good for people who do not want to change filters or thoroughly clean often

Require thorough cleaning once a month

Base can be cleaned in the dishwasher

Patented permawick process

Could become a breeding ground for bacteria if one ignores minimal cleaning required

Digital humidistat and night glo options a plus

Bemis general and whole house humidifiers
Usually require cleaning every week or two

Bemis whole house humidifiers will do a much larger area and multiple rooms up to 1000 sq. ft.

Top of the line whole house humidifers have 2 water tanks allowing for less frequent filling

Model "2 in 1" is a combination humidifer and air purifier - as a baby nursery humidifier.

Bemis "2 in 1" humidifiers
Good for people who want a combination humidifer and air purifier that has a reasonably good air filter

Requires both filters to be changed occasionally
* None of our humidifers produce any white dust that can be produced by some other brands.
All humidifers have a "gurgling" sound when the water in the tanks is drawn into the base of the units.