The Boneco U300 is a highly effective ultrasonic humidifier with a single unit design. This product is the most effective humidity generator in the group creating more moisture than any of the competition both initially and after an hour. We like the flip top filling feature and the single base/tank design. The Boneco is easy to use despite the lack of programmable features and the tank portion of the base is easy to wipe clean. This unit comes with a demineralization filter and a small cleaning brush for reaching those hard to reach places. The Boneco is the most expensive option in the review making it a poor choice for families on a budget or who may only use their humidifier infrequently. it is also somewhat noisy, though still silent compared to evaporative humidifiers. Despite thee minor flaws, we think some families will find everything they are looking for in the Boneco U300.
Boneco U300 Review
Pros: Very effective, high quality, limited parts, fill from the top
Cons: Expensive, louder, some parts are hard to clean
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|Pros||Very effective, high quality, limited parts, fill from the top||Easy to use, programmable features, humidistat||Cute, easy to clean base, filterless, large tank||Price, easy to clean||Large tank capacity, programmable, can set on the floor|
|Cons||Expensive, louder, some parts are hard to clean||Somewhat louder, price||Mist output varies, larger footprint||Small capacity, limited features, louder||Less effective, higher price|
|Bottom Line||Highly effective option that is easy to use but some parts are hard to clean and it is expensive||Easy to use option with a digital interface and humidistat but it costs more than average||Cutest package with high mist output and a family-friendly price||Budget-friendly compact choice with basic features and super easy to clean parts||Lots of programmable bells and whistles with a large tank makes it great for larger rooms|
|Rating Categories||Boneco U300||PureGuardian H1250||Crane Adorable||Honeywell HUL520||Air Innovations...|
|Ease Of Cleaning (40%)|
|Ease Of Use (10%)|
|Specs||Boneco U300||PureGuardian H1250||Crane Adorable||Honeywell HUL520||Air Innovations...|
|Tank Capacity||1.3 gal||1.5 gal||1 gal||0.5 gal||1.6 gal|
|Visible Water Reservoir||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Room Humidification Area (Sq Ft)||540 sf||Medium Rooms||250 sf||Small Rooms||700 sf|
|Max Run Time||Not Specified||Up To 100 hrs||Up To 24 hrs||Up To 20 hrs||Up To 100 hrs|
|Humidity Output Control||Variable Mist Control||Variable Mist Control Humidistat||Variable Mist Control||Variable Mist Control||Variable Mist Control Humidistat|
|Empty Tank Auto-Shut Off||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Dimensions (BGL)||12.3"W x 12.7"H x 6.6"L||10"W x 12.7"H x 7.5"L||9.5"W x 12"H x 9.5"L||8.1"W x 9"H x 8.1"L||11"W x 18"H x 8"L|
|Empty Weight (BGL)||6.5 lbs||3.7 lbs||4 lbs||2.6 lbs||4.1 lbs|
|Max Operation Noise Level in dB (BGL)||47 db||43 db||>40 db||46 db||42 db|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Boneco started in 1956 by Hans Frei and his son under the name Plaston, a producer of plastic parts in Widnau, Switzerland. They created their first humidifier in 1963. In 1992, Plaston's consumer product division concentrates on humidifiers. In 2001, they grow into other markets including the US. In 2013, they create a new corporate design under the name Boneco concentrating on healthy air.
The Boneco U300 is the top-rated humidifier in this review with the best overall score in the group.
This unit is the most effective option which helped it earn an Editors' Choice award in this review.
Ease of Cleaning
The Boneco isn't the easiest option to clean but it isn't the most difficult earning a 7 of 10 for ease of cleaning. This product doesn't include cleaning instruction, so you'll need to download or look for a video online.
The tank on the Boneco has a flip open lid that any hand can fit in so wiping the tank side clean is simple. Unlike other products, the ultrasonic base and the tank portion of the humidifier are the same unit instead of two different parts. The tank side has no small parts or nooks for bacteria and mold to hide.
The ultrasonic plate side has a few nooks and crannies and places that could be challenging to clean. It comes with its own brush (above left) to reach these locations, but we aren't convinced that some of these parts can ever fully be cleaned. The mist tube is also partially covered so you may not be able to reach all of the surfaces inside. The brush stores inside the flip lid so you won't lose it. The tank has a demineralization filter (above right) that also needs regular maintenance.
This product is the most effective option we tested earning a 9 of 10 for its ability to humidify a room effectively and efficiently.
The Boneco starts out strong and continues to surpass the competition as time went on. After one hour, this unit had created a far more humid environment than most of the other contenders. No other unit we tested creates as much humidity as the Boneco. The top mist diverter has two ports that can be rotated to divert the mist in desired directions. However, these ports do not have raised or directional flanges so they alwways direct mist in n upward direction.
To create this high level of humidity this product also creates more noise than the average ultrasonic humidifier in this review.
The quietest units created less than 40 decibels (dB), while the Boneco registered 47 dB on our test unit. The loudest option is the single evaporative humidifier in our review that uses a fan to draw moisture from a wicking filter. This fan-created noise in excess of 60 dB.
Ease of Use
The Boneco has a simple single continuous dial for mist level adjustment, which in part helped it earn a 7 of 10 for ease of use.
This unit is not programmable and doesn't have some of the bells and whistles found on the other products in the higher price range but it does have an auto shutoff feature when the tank is empty.
The tank on the Boneco has a flip-top lid for filling. You fill the tank with a second vessel leaving the entire unit wherever it is plugged in. This can make nighttime refilling simpler and quieter than removing and replacing a tank on the base and there is no concern over whether or not the tank can stand by itself in the sink.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and Bob Wofford