Pros: Quiet, diffuser, nightlight, auto stop
Cons: Difficult to clean, less effective, harder to use
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|Pros||Quiet, diffuser, nightlight, auto stop||Budget-friendly, effective, easy to use, cleaning brush included||Quiet, filterless, effective, compact, multiple color options||Baby-centric, budget-friendly, quiet, easy to clean||Price, easy to clean, compact, filterless|
|Cons||Difficult to clean, less effective, harder to use||Somewhat louder than average, requires long handle bottle brush, filter||Potential issues with motor performance and durability, light always on||Not as effective, average ease of use||Louder, not as effective, small capacity, frequent refills|
|Bottom Line||A quiet choice that is less effective at creating humidity and is hard to use and clean||An impressively effective budget-friendly humidifier that makes a little more noise than the average unit||Sleek design, basic features, quiet operation with effective humidity creation||Adorable 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 goals||Compact and easy to clean but not as effective and louder than most|
|Rating Categories||BreatheFrida||TaoTronics TT-AH001||Crane Drop||TaoTronics TT-AH038||Honeywell HUL520|
|Ease Of Cleaning (35%)|
|Ease Of Use (10%)|
|Specs||BreatheFrida||TaoTronics TT-AH001||Crane Drop||TaoTronics TT-AH038||Honeywell HUL520|
|Tank Capacity||0.5 gal||1.1 gal||1 gal||0.66 gal||0.5 gal|
|Visible Water Reservoir||No||Yes||No||No||Yes|
|Room Humidification Area (Sq Ft)||320 sq ft||322 sq ft||500 sq ft||269 sq ft||Small Room|
|Max Run Time||Up to 12 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
|Variable Mist Control||Variable Mist Control||Variable Mist Control|
|Demineralization Cartridge/Filter||No||No||Available for Purchase||No||No|
|Empty Tank Auto-Shut Off||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Dimensions (BGL)||7.5"W x 8"H x 7.5"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)||1.42 lbs||1.83 lbs||2.24 lbs||3.71 lbs||2.6 lbs|
|Max Operation Noise Level in dB (BGL)||<40 db||41.7 db||<40 db||<40 db||45.2 db|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Frida is headquartered in Florida here in the USA. Its original product, the snot sucker, was invented by a Swedish doctor and changed the playing field of helping sick babies with congested nasal passages. The company calls itself "a solution-based brand" and strives to provide products that make parenthood easier. They offer various products for babies and moms.
Ease of Cleaning
The number of parts a humidifier has and the kinds of tools required are only part of the equation contributing to how hard it is to clean a unit. We also consider the manufacturer's instructions and the recommendations for daily, weekly, and monthly maintenance.
The opening on this vessel is too small for hands and perhaps some bottle brushes. The tank is not clear, which creates a secondary problem of not being able to see what you are doing, which means you might miss parts of the tank during cleaning. The base itself is easier to clean than the tank, But you'll still need special brushes to reach all the small locations.
IN addition to wiping the outside and inside down daily with a cloth, they also recommend descaling every 1-2 weeks with 1tsp of vinegar and water. After the solution sits for 5 minutes, you clean all surfaces with a cloth or soft brush and then rinse. It would be far easier to accomplish all cleaning if the tank had a bigger opening.
This humidifier is not the most effective option in the group, offering one of the lowest humidity levels in the group after 180 minutes of testing.
This unit started in a similar level of humidity to the competition. However, but about 20 minutes, it fell significantly behind the competition, some by as much as 10% humidity. At the end of the 180 minutes of test time, the test room had a reading of about 73% relative humidity, while the higher-performing competition was over 90%. Despite the lower readings, if you use this humidifier in a smaller room or close to your child's sleep area, it will likely meet your needs for increased humidity, depending on your goals.
This ultrasonic humidifier is one of the quietest in the bunch, with a decibel reading below 40 in our tests. Only a couple of competitors were quieter. The loudest product had a reading of over 46 decibels. The noise it does emit is soft and similar to white noise designed to help camouflage ambient noises.
Ease of Use
The BreathFrida has a single dial for humidity output control, and the nightlight operates with a button on the side. The dial is easy to use and can be adjusted based on the level of humidity you want, and you can see the humidity level increase or decrease as you turn the dial. It has a directional adjuster on the top so you can point the humidity toward or away from your little one, depending on your needs.
It has a diffuser and a color-changing nightlight, which are also both easy to use.
The opening on the tank is fairly small, and you won't be able to fit your hand inside it. The vessel's shape is fairly user-friendly to hold, but it doesn't sit on its own in the sink. The smaller opening and the inability to self-stand make it harder to fill than much of the competition.
— Wendy Schmitz and the BabyGearLab Review Team
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