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Boneco U300 Review

Highly effective option that is easy to use but some parts are hard to clean and it is expensive
Editors' Choice Award
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Price:   $160 List | $145 at Amazon
Pros:  Very effective, high quality, limited parts, fill from the top
Cons:  Expensive, louder, some parts are hard to clean
Manufacturer:   Boneco
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and Bob Wofford  ⋅  Sep 16, 2018
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  • Ease of Cleaning - 40% 7
  • Effectiveness - 30% 9
  • Noise - 20% 5
  • Ease of Use - 10% 7

The Skinny

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.


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Pros Very effective, high quality, limited parts, fill from the topEasy to use, programmable features, humidistatCute, easy to clean base, filterless, large tankPrice, easy to cleanLarge tank capacity, programmable, can set on the floor
Cons Expensive, louder, some parts are hard to cleanSomewhat louder, priceMist output varies, larger footprintSmall capacity, limited features, louderLess effective, higher price
Bottom Line Highly effective option that is easy to use but some parts are hard to clean and it is expensiveEasy to use option with a digital interface and humidistat but it costs more than averageCutest package with high mist output and a family-friendly priceBudget-friendly compact choice with basic features and super easy to clean partsLots 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...
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Specs Boneco U300 PureGuardian H1250 Crane Adorable Honeywell HUL520 Air Innovations...
Mist Type Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool
Technology Ultrasonic Ultrasonic Ultrasonic Ultrasonic Ultrasonic
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
Demineralization Cartridge/Filter Yes No No No Yes
Night Light No Yes No No No
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 ultrasonic humidifier is a high producer of mist but somewhat noisy compared to the competition.
The Boneco ultrasonic humidifier is a high producer of mist but somewhat noisy compared to the competition.

Performance Comparison


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.

The Boneco is a single unit divided into a water tank and the ultrasonic plate side. The tnak side can easily wipe clean but the other side has small spaces that are hard to reach.
The Boneco is a single unit divided into a water tank and the ultrasonic plate side. The tnak side can easily wipe clean but the other side has small spaces that are hard to reach.

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 Boneco comes with a cleaning brush mounted to the inside of the tank lid.
The Boneco requires a demineralization filter to limit white dust and mineral deposits in the base.

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.

The Boneco is the most effective humidifier in the group.
The Boneco is the most effective humidifier in the group.

Effectiveness


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.

Noise


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.

The dial control on the Boneco is simple and easy to use.
The dial control on the Boneco is simple and easy to use.

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 Boneco fills from the top and can remain plugged in and in place when filling.
The Boneco fills from the top and can remain plugged in and in place when filling.

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.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD and Bob Wofford