The Crane Adorable ultrasonic humidifier comes in a variety of animal designs with various mist output locations. It is a cheery addition to any baby's nursery and operates quietly to keep little ones resting peacefully. This unit is a strong performer with continuous mist output and easy dial operation. While this unit creates a good deal of humidity and has a reasonable price tag, it is more difficult to clean than most and it lacks any kind of programmability to monitor or limit humidity without regular monitoring. Despite this, we think this humidifier is so cute and quiet that it may be a good fit for some nurseries. If you don't mind more effort to clean it and you value cute and quiet over bells and whistles, then the Crane Adorable could be a good fit for you.
Crane Adorable Review
Pros: Cute, easy to clean base, filterless, large tank
Cons: Mist output varies, larger footprint
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|Pros||Cute, easy to clean base, filterless, large tank||Very effective, high quality, limited parts, fill from the top||Easy to use, programmable features, humidistat||Price, easy to clean||Large tank capacity, programmable, can set on the floor|
|Cons||Mist output varies, larger footprint||Expensive, louder, some parts are hard to clean||Somewhat louder, price||Small capacity, limited features, louder||Less effective, higher price|
|Bottom Line||Cutest package with high mist output and a family-friendly price||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||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||Crane Adorable||Boneco U300||PureGuardian H1250||Honeywell HUL520||Air Innovations...|
|Ease Of Cleaning (40%)|
|Ease Of Use (10%)|
|Specs||Crane Adorable||Boneco U300||PureGuardian H1250||Honeywell HUL520||Air Innovations...|
|Tank Capacity||1 gal||1.3 gal||1.5 gal||0.5 gal||1.6 gal|
|Visible Water Reservoir||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Room Humidification Area (Sq Ft)||250 sf||540 sf||Medium Rooms||Small Rooms||700 sf|
|Max Run Time||Up To 24 hrs||Not Specified||Up To 100 hrs||Up To 20 hrs||Up To 100 hrs|
|Humidity Output Control||Variable Mist Control||Variable Mist Control||Variable Mist Control Humidistat||Variable Mist Control||Variable Mist Control Humidistat|
|Empty Tank Auto-Shut Off||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Dimensions (BGL)||9.5"W x 12"H x 9.5"L||12.3"W x 12.7"H x 6.6"L||10"W x 12.7"H x 7.5"L||8.1"W x 9"H x 8.1"L||11"W x 18"H x 8"L|
|Empty Weight (BGL)||4 lbs||6.5 lbs||3.7 lbs||2.6 lbs||4.1 lbs|
|Max Operation Noise Level in dB (BGL)||>40 db||47 db||43 db||46 db||42 db|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Crane company is part of the Wachsmuth & Krogmann, Inc (W&K) company working out of Itasca, Illinois. Crane launched in 2005, and they continue to add new designs regularly. Crane designs their products with style and efficiency in mind to make you smile. Crane sells humidifiers, air purifiers, and personal fans and heaters.
Ease of Cleaning
Earning a 5 of 10 in ease of cleaning, the Adorable has a relatively simple design with only a few parts. Each animal has a slightly different design, but each has only a few pieces with a base, tank, and decorative "face." Crane recommends changing the water daily and completely cleaning weekly. The base is easy to clean, but the tank is hard to clean because your hand won't fit, and a bottle brush may not reach all parts of the container. Cleaning the inside of the tank requires water and vinegar soaking for at least 20 minutes. The faceplate also requires removal to wipe condensation on the underside to avoid microbe accumulation.
The Frog Adorable performs well enough for effectiveness compared to the competition. This score is better than the Cow Adorable from our previous review. We aren't sure why the Frog created more humidity, and we aren't sure if this is a design difference or an indication of poor quality control. This unit starts strong, and after an hour, produced one of the highest levels of humidity in our tests.
This Adorable is very quiet. The Frog creates less than 40 decibels according to our tests, while the previous Cow made 52 decibels. This disparity indicates there is a noise difference between animals likely based on the faceplate and mist output design.
Ease of Use
The Adorable has a basic dial adjustment knob for humidity production. This dial is easy enough to use, but the inability to monitor humidity or program it to maintain a certain humidity level hurt its ease of use score earning only a 5 of 10. Also, the mist on the Frog is not direction adjustable and only shoots out of his head. Each animal is different, but none have mist diverters you can control. To send the mist in another direction, you have to reposition the entire unit.
The Adorable has a tank handle you can't use when full, which is a bummer because the shape of the tank is awkward and hard to hold when wet. You can only use it to lift an empty container from its base. Also, filling the tank is challenging because the tank top is round, so you'll need to hold the tank to prevent it from tipping over.
The Adorable tank holds 1-gallon of water, making it one of the larger options we tested with a capacity that can run all night on high without running out of water.
If your little one needs complete darkness to sleep, this humidifier may not be a good option. The "on" light at the front of the unit is very bright, and you cannot turn it off while the unit is running.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and Bob Wofford