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    11 Of The Best Humidifiers And Diffusers You Can Buy Online In 2019

    Moisturizing beauts that are worth your coin rn.

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    News alert: Dry indoor air can feel like a punishment for skin but it also leaves other disastrous things in its wake like brittle book pages! Creaky wood furniture! Ruined musical instruments! And perhaps worst of all, it can lead to brittle wine corks and therefore ruined wine!

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    Truly the stuff of nightmares. NOBODY gets between me and my pinot grigio. OK?

    BTW, there are two major types of humidifiers. *Cool mist* models maintain your room's temperature, while *warm mist* options boil the water before emitting mist, which increases a room's temperature.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a cool mist humidifier for kids with stuffy noses, as hot-water models can pose a safety risk. And tbh, it seems like most people prefer cool mist!

    But is it OK to use regular water? Manufacturers suggest using distilled water because it's free of minerals that may cause "dust" that can settle around your humidifier when you use unfiltered tap or well water. Unless you have a LOT of minerals in your water or you're really worried about dust, you can use a humidifier filter or water from a filter pitcher (like Brita) to get around the distilled water rec.

    Though, you should ALWAYS follow the manufacturer's directions for cleaning because methods vary by type, model, and make. But keeping your gadget it top-notch shape means cleaning it as directed!

    Now, here are some of the best humidifiers we found!

    1. A Vicks warm-mist wonder made to use with (but also without!) soothing liquid inhalants. Basically, it's going to be your sick day BFF.


    Has a protective steam guard design, nightlight, and medicine cup for use with liquid inhalants such as Vicks VapoSteam or Kaz Inhalant. Runs for 18–24 hours with a 1.5 L capacity.

    Promising review: "Great unit at an unbeatable price — we love it! Remember, everybody's water is different so you must experiment with how much salt (if any) to add for optimum performance. Follow the directions and use it properly, and it works perfectly. Also, when you see residue in the water that just means it is working (those particles are just the impurities in your water that are left behind). Our old unit would not run for more than a few hours, but this one is the perfect size to keep the air moist for the entire night. We don't particularly use the nightlight feature, but it does remind us that the unit is still plugged in which is helpful." —Corgi Luv

    Get it from Amazon for $14.89.

    2. A whole-house humidifier so you can more or less one-and-done your home's dry air issues.


    Designed for large spaces with a 5.4-gallon reservoir and long run time for fewer refills. Has four fan speeds, an adjustable humidistat, auto-shutoff, refill indicator, and check filter indicator.

    Promising review: "WOW, I never realized how much we needed one in the home until I got this one. With a little one in the house, I thought it would be great to help us sleep. I have noticed an overall improvement in my breathing at night and my skin is less dry. It's easy to use, set up, and maintain. My house is 2600 sq. ft. and it works great." —Michele

    Get it from Wayfair for $131.99.

    3. An ultrasonic cool-mist number with a 1.5 L reservoir big enough for a spacious bedroom or living room. (And it has 6k+ 5-star reviews!)


    Runs for up to 16 hours of continuous use, has high and low speed mist settings, nightlight, and auto-shutoff when water is low or the tank is removed. Comes with an AC power adapter, disk cleaning brush, user manual, and two-year warranty.

    Promising review: "This is a great product. Cool mist keeps me from dehydrating at night. The cool blue light is awesome. I give this a 5 star rating. I noticed on some websites that this is the very best in humidifiers and I totally agree. I bought one for my son's fiancé and she is loving it, as well. Easy to refill. Easy to keep clean. Cool mist is a delight." —Charmed1

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    4. An aromatherapy humidifier with seven soothing lighting options in case you adore being lulled to sleep with wonderful scents and appreciate a night light for midnight bathroom breaks!


    Has a nightlight, auto-shutoff when water runs out, and three timer settings. Runs up to 10 hours with 500 mL capacity.

    Promising review: "This diffuser is a beast. I purchased three different diffusers at one time. This one produces a much stronger mist. Holds much more water. After five hours, the oils have not lost their scent. I purchased another one for the office." —Louiie25

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in two color combos).

    5. A double-tank humidifier with options for both warm and cool mist (in case you want both)! So really, it's quite the Renaissance humidifier.


    Has anti-microbial technology that helps prevent the growth of molds and mildews on the surface of the tank, nightlight, and auto-shutoff when the tanks are empty. Runs for up to 72 hours and meant for spaces as large as 400 sq. ft. with a 1.7 gal. dual-tank capacity.

    Promising review: "This item is the best humidifier we've ever bought. Its only weak point is the (very, very quiet) centrifugal fan, which has failed in the oldest of these that we own. However, we run two of these 24/7 all winter long, so that's really heavy-duty use. Make sure to use the cartridges to absorb minerals in the water." —kobear

    Get it from Amazon for $84.99.

    6. A filter-less humidifier that emits warm mist and will make routinely cleaning it NBD thanks to its wide tank.


    Has a medicine cup for use with liquid inhalants, two output settings, auto-shutoff when empty, tank handle for easy carrying, and removable dishwasher-safe parts. Runs for up to 24 hours with a 1 gal. tank.

    Promising review: "Being pregnant, my sinuses have been constantly giving me trouble, especially at night. Since using this product, I can finally breathe at night and when I wake up in the morning. Also, when my baby gets here, it will be perfect to use for her if she gets sick!" —cass

    Get it from Walmart for $29.86 or Target for $29.99.

    7. An ultra-silent option with a microporous cartridge for an odorless cool mist — in case you prefer your appliances to run on the DL while you go about your life.


    Has a built-in timer, LED display, sleep mode, and a 360-degree rotatable nozzle for uniform distribution. Runs up to 15 hours with a 4 L capacity.

    Promising review: "This humidifier is as advertised; quiet, digital options, easy to refill, good looking/whats cookin', etc. I have had many expensive humidifiers for my instrument vault over the years and this humidifier is a bargain. It is quiet to the point of, if it didn't have a readout I would think it was turned off." —Thom Davis

    Get it from Amazon for $45.99+ (available in three colors).

    8. A Dyson humidifier/fan combo that uses UV light to kill 99.9% of bacteria in its cool mist and has been allergy- and asthma-certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.


    Uses a 3-minute UV cleanse technology cycle to kill 99.9% of bacteria in the water, which makes it good for filling with hard water. Has a sleep timer, and auto- and tip over–shutoff. Works for rooms up to 172 sq. ft. and runs for as long as 18 hours.

    Promising review: "I've owned at least 12 types of humidifiers. And this is the first time I've ever woken up in the morning without a dry throat. The first time my youngest daughter hasn't been sick every other two weeks. No one has been sick all winter. I realized all the other humidifiers were basically spreading bacteria through the air. This machine evenly cranks out the moisture for full room coverage without any bacteria and is worth every penny." —Dyson customer

    Get it from Walmart for $369 or Kohl's for $499.99.

    9. A compact woodgrain babe with four timed settings and cool-mist output because you deserve a ~stylish~ option that may actually look like a design choice rather than a seasonal stuffiness aide.


    Easily removable cap for refilling, adding essential oils, and cleaning. Has seven light colors with steady or changing color options, four timed setting modes, and auto-shutoff when water is used up. Holds up to 300ml of water and produces up to 30ml of moisture per hour. Can run quietly up to 10 hours of continuous output.

    Promising review: "We bought two. We like them a lot. Super easy to clean — that was a big selling point for us! Also seems to handle the essential oils just fine — we like how the compartment is completely separate from the motor. Lots of light options which can take a while to cycle through, especially when your 5-year-old is 'choosing' his color for the evening. We have one in a guest room and our current guest noticed a difference after her first night with the humidifier making the air much more moist. We will most likely buy a third one in the next few months to use in our room." —Tracy Leaman

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99+ (available in two colors).

    10. A powerful cool-mist model designed with an aromatherapy tank cap for making your indoor air smell ~lovely~.


    Has a triple-layer filter enhanced with baking soda, removable tank, two speed settings, and filter reminder dial. Runs for up to 24 hours with a 1 gal. tank.

    Promising review: "This humidifier is replacing one that we had by Hunter. The Hunter has been with us for over 10 years and is one of the best, in my opinion. My husband has repaired it to use in a different room, but it's still going! This new Sunbeam is really quiet and has a nice flow of humidity. I fill it once daily and it seems to be working as advertised. I think the water tank could be a better design for gripping once full, but it is lightweight and works well. I like that I can see the water level, too. No lights on it to disturb our sleep. Has two speeds, so we left it on high (2) for two whole days to speed up the moisture release, then we turned it down to low (1) to run constantly. It will run every night and day until springtime, like our Hunter does. For the price point, this unit is one that I would most definitely buy again!" —DebR

    Get it from Walmart or Jet for $24.44.

    11. An essential oil diffuser that moonlights as a cool-mist humidifier *and* will give you ALL the spa feels.


    Works with 100% essential oils, runs quietly for up to six hours, and has two mist settings and auto-shutoff when the water runs out.

    Promising review: "I love this little humidifier! It is smaller than I thought, but it is great! The colors changing are lovely, it runs for a long time and make the whole room smell great with just three drops of EOs. I actually want to get at least one more, as I find myself moving it from room to room. I like that the color change mode is optional and that there are solid color options too. I can pick a color that reminds me of the scent in it, or to match the room it is in." —Ericca Colby

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    Everyone's going to be so happy for you with your radiant, moisturized skin and soothed nasal passages.

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    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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