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AquaOasis Review

An effective smaller unit that is fairly quiet but challenging to clean and harder to use than competitors
AquaOasis
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $50 List | $32.96 at Amazon
Pros:  Effective, quieter than some
Cons:  Challenging to clean, harder to use
Manufacturer:   AquaOasis
By Wendy Schmitz, and BabyGearLab Review Team  ⋅  Jul 28, 2021
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  • Ease of Cleaning - 35% 2
  • Effectiveness - 35% 8
  • Noise - 20% 6
  • Ease of Use - 10% 3

The Skinny

The AquaOasis is a smaller ultrasonic humidifier with a relatively high humidity output that is quieter than much of the competition. It has a single mist level dial and a handle on the water tank for easy carrying. Unfortunately, this unit didn't perform well overall compared to the competition. It lacks any features to control humidity or baby-centric options like a nightlight. Plus, it is challenging to clean with a tiny vessel opening that requires a bottle brush to reach the bottom. With one of the lowest scores in the review, we think there are better options in this review, no matter your goals or budget.

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Pros Effective, quieter than someBudget-friendly, effective, easy to use, cleaning brush includedQuiet, filterless, effective, compact, multiple color optionsBaby-centric, budget-friendly, quiet, easy to cleanPrice, easy to clean, compact, filterless
Cons Challenging to clean, harder to useSomewhat louder than average, requires long handle bottle brush, filterPotential issues with motor performance and durability, light always onNot as effective, average ease of useLouder, not as effective, small capacity, frequent refills
Bottom Line An effective smaller unit that is fairly quiet but challenging to clean and harder to use than competitorsAn impressively effective budget-friendly humidifier that makes a little more noise than the average unitSleek design, basic features, quiet operation with effective humidity creationAdorable baby-centric humidifier that is quiet and easy to maintain, but it isn't very effective compared to the competition and may not meet your humidity goalsCompact and easy to clean but not as effective and louder than most
Rating Categories AquaOasis TaoTronics TT-AH001 Crane Drop TaoTronics TT-AH038 Honeywell HUL520
Ease Of Cleaning (35%)
2.0
6.0
4.0
7.0
8.0
Effectiveness (35%)
8.0
9.0
7.0
2.0
4.0
Noise (20%)
6.0
5.0
9.0
10.0
3.0
Ease Of Use (10%)
3.0
7.0
5.0
6.0
6.0
Specs AquaOasis TaoTronics TT-AH001 Crane Drop TaoTronics TT-AH038 Honeywell HUL520
Mist Type Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool
Technology Ultrasonic Ultrasonic Ultrasonic Ultrasonic Ultrasonic
Tank Capacity 0.58 gal 1.1 gal 1 gal 0.66 gal 0.5 gal
Visible Water Reservoir Yes Yes No No Yes
Room Humidification Area (Sq Ft) Not Listed 322 sq ft 500 sq ft 269 sq ft Small Room
Max Run Time Over 24 hrs Up to 30 hrs Up to 24 hrs Up to 30 hrs Up to 20 hrs
Humidity Output Control Variable Mist Control Variable Mist Control
Humidistat
Variable Mist Control Variable Mist Control Variable Mist Control
Demineralization Cartridge/Filter No No Available for Purchase No No
Night Light No Yes No Yes No
Empty Tank Auto-Shut Off Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dimensions (BGL) 8.5"W x 10"H x 6"L 6"W x 9"H x 11.4"L 8.7"W x 13"H x 8.7"L 8.3"W x 12.2"H x 5.5"L 8.1"W x 8.8"H x 8.1"L
Empty Weight (BGL) 1.58 lbs 1.83 lbs 2.24 lbs 3.71 lbs 2.6 lbs
Max Operation Noise Level in dB (BGL) 40.7 db 41.7 db <40 db <40 db 45.2 db

Our Analysis and Test Results

The AquaOasis website is limited and doesn't offer any information beyond an explanation of a single humidifier. There is no information on the company or whether it is a manufacturer or distributor.

Performance Comparison



The Oasis comes with a small brush for cleaning the sonic plate. You...
The Oasis comes with a small brush for cleaning the sonic plate. You can also use it to reach the small spaces that are hard to clean without a special tool.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Cleaning


The AquaOasis is one of the hardest to clean in this group. During testing, it was more challenging than most of the competition. It does come with a smaller brush to clean the ultrasonic plate and smaller spaces in the base, but the odd shape and tiny opening on the tank make it harder to clean well and ensure you must have a dedicated bottle brush to reach the bottom of the vessel. It is also impossible to dry the tank unless you let it air dry for several days as there are areas where water can collect and won't drain.

The opening on the Oasis tank is so small it is challenging to find...
We only had one bottle brush that would fit in the opening on the...

The instructions for this product include cleaning the tank every 2-3 weeks and the base every week with a cleaning agent and water. The instructions are not very detailed and leave much up to interpretation, including what kind of "cleaning agent" is safe.

The Oasis had a fairly high mist output during testing.
The Oasis had a fairly high mist output during testing.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Effectiveness


This product is more effective than much of the competition. During testing, it proved it could meet or outpace the competition. This unit starts about average, but over time it proved it had the ability to increase the test room's relative humidity higher than the other products we tested. At the 180 minute mark, it reached a relative humidity of over 90%. If your only goal is high long-term relative humidity, you might be drawn to this option. However, there are options with similar output results that scored better in other metrics.

The AquaOasis created an average amount of white dust during testing...
The AquaOasis created an average amount of white dust during testing compared to the competition.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

This product produces less white dust than much of the competition during testing with tap water. It doesn't have a filter, which makes this impressive, but not enough to make this your product of choice.

Noise


The AquaOasis is one of the quieter options we tested, with a maximum decibel level of 41 dB. While not the quietest option we tested, it is better than those that reached a high of 46. None of the competition is truly loud or disruptive, but even if your goal is to find the most silent product available, this is not it.

The Oasis has a single output dial for adjusting the amount of mist...
The Oasis has a single output dial for adjusting the amount of mist produced.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


This ultrasonic humidifier has an auto shut off when the tank is empty and a directional disk on the top to help position mist where you want it most. The front of the unit has a single dial for mist level adjustment, and you can't set timers or humidity level limits. While easy to use, it lacks some useful features and baby-centric additions like a nightlight.

Due to the odd shape of the Oasis&#039;s vessel and smaller fill opening...
Due to the odd shape of the Oasis's vessel and smaller fill opening, this option is harder to fill than most of the competition.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

In addition, the opening on this unit is tiny; this coupled with the vessel shape means it is harder to fill and requires constant supervision and hands-on involvement. While it has a handle on the top for carrying, it doesn't help while filling and makes the top curved so it can't sit flat. We do like the idea of a handle, but this design isn't the most useful.

Wendy Schmitz, and BabyGearLab Review Team