Read our expert reviews on the best steam humidifiers for your home and baby's nursery. They provide moisture by boiling or warming water in order to create steam.
The steam is then propelled into the air by means of a fan. Steam and warm mist humidifiers (as well as vaporizers) are popular in the winter months. If you are suffering under cold, dry conditions, this is the type of humidifier for you.
Steam humidifiers vary in size and capacity from small personal vaporizers to whole-house and industrial steam units – many of which can be incorporated into HVAC systems.
If you need to humidify a single room, a simple model such as the Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier with Auto Shut Off should be adequate. This model has a one-gallon tank and will produce warm mist for 12 hours on a single filling.
Vicks claims “quiet” operation on this model, but do not expect it to be noise-free. The Vicks Warm Mist includes a night light, making it a good choice for a baby nursery or a child’s room. There are two humidity settings on this model. It also comes equipped with a medicine cup – allowing consumers suffering from upper-respiratory troubles to use an inhalant to produce medicated steam. This model sells for about $30, and earned 3.5 stars out of 5 from consumer reviewers.
If what you need is a whole house or multi-room humidity solution, but you don’t want the expense or complication of adding a humidifier to your HVAC system, there are many tower and console warm mist humidifier models capable of proving steam to larger areas.
One excellent option is the Bemis H12 Warm Mist Evaporative Console/Whole House Humidifier. This unit sells for about $130 and can provide humidity for an area up to 2500 square feet at a rate of 12 gallons per 24 hours. This is an evaporative model, and the fan helps to propel the warm mist throughout the house.
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