The first order of business when finding a humidifier is making sure it is virtually noiseless. And that’s exactly where we began on our hunt to find the best warm mist humidifier in every budget category.
The next order of business is finding one that is capable of eradicating bacteria buildup. And, after narrowing these prospects down to our final best warm mist humidifiers, each humidifier on our list has their own unique qualities, such as, price point or extra features, that set them apart from one another.
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Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier
First of all, it’s hard to find a humidifier that is completely quiet in this price range. However, Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier is as quiet as you’re going to get.
When first starting the humidifier, it gets quite loud. However, after an hour or two, it seems to settle and quiets down significantly.
And, while it does steam vapor up to 95% bacteria-free, you will need to regularly clean and maintain the mildew buildup in order to ensure this device exerts the quality of steam intended.
The Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier holds 1-gallon of water and operates for up to 12 hours. There is also a medicine cup for their signature Vicks Vaposteam for a more intense, soothing mist.
There are 2 comfort settings available. The high setting is used for the maximum amount of moisture and larger rooms while the low setting is suitable for smaller rooms and for a more comfortable humidity level. The low setting is also ideal for sleep as it is less noisy than the higher setting.
This humidifier is 14.2 inches tall, 12 inches deep and 7.9 inches wide. It weighs 4.8 pounds and conveniently requires no filters.
As an added bonus, it features an automatic shutoff and comes with a soft nightlight.
As long as you’re on board with a little bit of noise and regular maintenance, Vicks is a powerful humidifier and the best warm mist humidifier in this particular price range.
The option of having a warm and cool mist humidifier is the best case scenario. And with the Bossjoy, you will not only get warm and cold mist, you will get an extremely quiet mist.
The Bossjoy Ultrasonic Warm & Cool Mist Humidifier will heat the mist up between 86 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit in approximately 40 minutes. And, the company claims that this humidifier can add 20% more humidity than any other cool mist humidifier on the market.
The LED digital display shows the room temperature and the humidity level while having the function to set it on Celsius or Fahrenheit. This humidifier also features a timer and 3 different mist volumes, all obtainable via a touch sensitive control panel. And with this control pad, you can also access the warm and cool settings. The Bossjoy will either shut off at the time set or when the water level is low – whichever comes first.
There is a built-in water filter and a microporous cartridge that filters the water from micro-organisms and odor. But, do not fear, this humidifier is extremely easy to clean and disassemble if necessary.
And, you shouldn’t have to fill the water more than once a day because the tank is 6 Liters or a little over 1.5 gallons. Because the tank is 6 liters, the Bossjoy has a size to match. It is 14.5 inches tall, 12.3 inches deep and 7.8 inches wide. It weighs roughly 5 pounds.
Finally, the Bossjoy offers a dim night light, a 360 degree nozzle and the option of using aromatherapy.
Overall, the Bossjoy is the best warm mist humidifier in this particular budget category and exceeds many warm mist humidifiers that are priced much higher. It works well in large and small rooms alike and delivers a powerful mist.
TaoTronics Warm & Cool Mist Humidifier
If you’re looking for a warm mist humidifier for a larger space, the TaoTronics Warm & Cool Humidifier is probably not suited for you. You may want to look at the other mid-range budget options, such as, the Bossjoy or the Levoit.
This warm & cool mist humidifier is economic in size and therefore, fits perfectly in an office or a bedroom. However, even though it is economic in size, it still has a fairly large tank at 5.5 Liters or roughly 4.5 gallons and will run for up to 16 hours on the high setting.
TaoTronics Warm & Cool Mist Humidifier is loaded with features. There are 6 interactive LED icons that will keep the humidifier functioning how you set it to function – from heating, to humidity control, to sleep mode, to set time.
With the TaoTronics, there is also the ability to adjust the current misting level via the LED icons. There are 3 levels: Low, medium and high. And, this humidifier will reach your desired humidity level up to 20% faster than most other cool mist humidifiers on the market.
The LED display will let you know the exact humidity level to ensure you’re receiving the proper level of moisture. The TaoTronics also features a 360 degree rotatable nozzle, automatic shutoff and a handy cleaning brush attached to the humidifier.
Overall, this humidifier is the best warm mist humidifier for smaller spaces. It’s functional, quiet, powerful, easy to operate and reliable. And, it looks good too. However, if you’re looking for an aromatherapy-compatible humidifier, this machine is not designed for that. We would recommend the Bossjoy Ultrasonic Warm & Cool Mist Humidifier.
Levoit Cool Warm Mist Humidifier
If you’re in the mid-budget range and want to humidify a large space, this one is the best warm mist humidifier, hands down.
This large capacity humidifier will cover up to 280 square feet and features a 6 liter capacity tank that will allow for up to 36 hours of continuous use. The Levoit Cool Warm Mist Humidifier is 10.5 inches tall, 11.3 inches deep and 7 inches wide. It weighs in at 4.9 pounds.
There are 3 different levels of settings for warm and cool mist and an automatic setting that will set the humidity level based on the environment. The humidity level can also be manually programmed anywhere from 40-80% relative humidity.
From the touch control panel or the remote access, you can control any of the settings offered. There is a 12 hour timer setting, a humidity setting and an option for warm and cool mist with 3 different levels of output. And, you can see these settings come to life with the LED display.
Finally, the Levoit also has dual 360 degree adjustable nozzles, an aroma diffuser and comes with a cleaning brush. This unit is also very easy to clean and does not need a filter.
And, for such a powerful machine, it’s extremely quiet. So quiet that you have to wonder if it’s even working. You can rest assure that it is definitely, indeed, working.
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BONECO Air-O-Swiss Warm or Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier
Ok, first of all, this humidifier is huge. The BONECO Air-O-Swiss Warm or Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier holds up to 3 gallons and can handle areas up to 600 sq ft. Weighing in at 9 pounds, the BONECO is 14 inches tall, 11.6 inches deep and 11.6 inches wide. And, it can operate for up to 24 hours.
This humidifier features an integrated hygrostat that allows you to set the desired humidity while the mist output will adjust accordingly. If you prefer to manually control the output and delivery, the BONECO gives you that option also.
There is no filter with this humidifier. However, there is a demineralization cartridge that should be replaced every 6 months to a year. And to further deter the bacteria, this unit comes also comes with an EZCal cleaner.
The BONECO Air-O-Swiss has a multifunctional display that will remind you to refill the water or clean the unit. It also features 3 performance levels, a timer function and a sleep mode for low-noise throughout the night.
Overall, this warm and cool mist humidifier is highly functional and for lack of a better word, a beast. However, it’s the quietest beast you’ll ever encounter.
PureGuardian Ultrasonic Warm and Cool Mist Humidifier
If you’re in need of something a little smaller in the higher end price bracket, the PureGuardian Ultrasonic Warm and Cool Mist Humidifier is the way to go. However, it is suitable for both small and large rooms alike and can run for up to 90 hours on the low setting.
The unit is 14 inches tall, 5.1 inches deep and 9.8 inches wide and weighs in at 5.4 pounds. And it comes with a 1.32 gallon tank. It’s a smart looking humidifier and will blend in nicely with its surroundings.
The PureGuardian will automatically sense the humidity level and adjust to the desired level of room humidity. There is a digital display and control panel which allows for manual adjustment of mist output, run time, temperature and humidity level. And, the adjustable timer allows for a run time of up to 12 hours.
There is an automatic shutoff as well when the water level gets too low. Furthermore, a low water icon will blink to let you know when it’s time for a refill.
Other features include, 3 settings, soft-glow night light, and SilverClean Protection that fights the growth of mold and mildew on the surface of the water tank. This unit is filter-free so consistent cleaning is a must.
Overall, the PureGuardian Ultrasonic Warm and Cool Mist Humidifier works surprisingly well. So well that the high mist setting may be too high. The unit is super quiet and even though it is smaller than other units in the same category, it can hold its own with larger rooms and run time.
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Avalon Premium Ultrasonic Digital Humidifier
This humidifier is not only the best warm mist humidifier on our list, but the most expensive. And, you get what you pay for with this one.
The Avalon Premium Ultrasonic Digital Humidifier comes equipped with zero noise technology. And, zero noise technology means virtually no sound. So, you’re going to get the quietest humidifier available.
This humidifier features the option of using a touchpad or the remote to set the humidity levels, adjust mist output or set the desired run time. There are 3 levels of settings for desired mist output, ranging from low to high. The timer allows for a setting between 1-12 hours and has an automatic shutoff if the water level gets too low. And, you can adjust the humidity level from 40-75% relative humidity.
The Avalon Premium Humidifier has an automatic sensor which will sense the humidity level in the room dropping and the unit will turn on accordingly in order to keep the desired level of humidity.
This warm and cold mist humidifier allows for broad coverage and will cover 40-50 square meters of space. It is 16.1 inches tall, 7.1 inches deep and 11.1 inches wide and weighs 6.5 pounds.
To ensure maximum bacteria busting, this humidifier does come with a filter that will need to be changed every 6 months to a year – depending on the hardness of the water used or if filtered water is being used. And, the unit comes complete with a cleaning brush to clean the ultrasonic disc and keep the unit in tip top shape.
Overall, the Avalon Premium Ultrasonic Digital Humidifier is a great machine for large and small areas alike. It is super quiet and depending on usage, will rarely need to be filled more than once or twice a week. Which we can all breath a sigh of relief when it comes to that.
Lastly, this unit is not intended for aromatherapy. However, the Levoit Cool Warm Mist Humidifier is a comparable model and comes equipped with an aroma diffuser. It’s not as sleek but it’s a quality warm mist humidifier. If you insist on a sleeker look, go with the Bossjoy Warm & Cool Mist Humidifier.