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Crane Adorable Review

Cutest package with high mist output and a family-friendly price
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Price:   $50 List | $40 at Amazon
Pros:  Cute, easy to clean base, filterless, large tank
Cons:  Mist output varies, larger footprint
Manufacturer:   Crane
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and Bob Wofford  ⋅  Sep 16, 2018
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RANKED
#3 of 12
  • Ease of Cleaning - 40% 5
  • Effectiveness - 30% 8
  • Noise - 20% 9
  • Ease of Use - 10% 5

The Skinny

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.


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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 with the goal of making you smile. Crane sells humidifiers, air purifiers, and personal fans and heaters.

The Crane Adorable Frog is a high output ultrasonic humidifier without bells and whistles but it is quiet and reasonably priced.
The Crane Adorable Frog is a high output ultrasonic humidifier without bells and whistles but it is quiet and reasonably priced.

Performance Comparison


The Crane Adorable missed the mark for winning awards with an average overall score compared to the competition.


However, it is a notable option for families who want something a little different, adorable, and quiet. With a wallet-friendly price, this one is the right one if you want the cutest humidifier on the market.

Only a few areas of the Adorable base are challenging to clean. It is easier if you invest in a straw brush that will let you reach in the float and mist output vent.
Only a few areas of the Adorable base are challenging to clean. It is easier if you invest in a straw brush that will let you reach in the float and mist output vent.

Ease of Cleaning


Earning a 5 of 10 in ease of cleaning, the Adorable has a fairly simple design with only a few parts. Each animal has a slightly different design but each has only a few parts 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 tank. Cleaning the inside of the tank requires water and vinegar soaking for at least 20 minutes. The face plate also requires removal to clean condensation on the underside to avoid microbe accumulation.

The tank opening on the Adorable is much too small for any hand to fit inside. It is a good idea to add a bottle brush to your cleaning kit so you can reach inside to ensure no mold or bacteria buildup occurs.
The tank opening on the Adorable is much too small for any hand to fit inside. It is a good idea to add a bottle brush to your cleaning kit so you can reach inside to ensure no mold or bacteria buildup occurs.

Because this Crane is filterless, we recommend using distilled or filtered water to reduce white dust and minerals in the air. With tap water, you'll need to purchase the Crane Universal Filter which should be changed about every 60 fillings.

The Frog Adorable is very effective with high mist output and one mist port on the top of the head.
The Frog Adorable is very effective with high mist output and one mist port on the top of the head.

Effectiveness


The Frog Adorable performs well enough to earn an 8 of 10 for effectiveness. This score is better than the 6 the Cow Adorable earned in our previous humidifier 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 out strong and after an hour has the second highest level of humidity in our tests with only the Boneco U300 producing more moisture in the same time period.

Noise


This Adorable quiet with a 9 of 10 result for noise. 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. In comparison, the Boneco U300 is somewhat louder. Also, we find the sound/pitch of Crane Drop more annoying than the Adorable even though they register virtually the same decibels.

The Adorable has a single variable mist control knob to control the humidity output.
The Adorable has a single variable mist control knob to control the humidity output.

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. In order to send mist in another direction, you have to reposition the entire unit.

The handle on the Crane Adorable humidifier is embossed with the words "Don't carry full tank by handle."
The handle on the Crane Adorable humidifier is embossed with the words "Don't carry full tank by handle."

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. It can be used to lift an empty tank 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 is relatively large but difficult to fill because it won't stand on its own.
The Adorable tank is relatively large but difficult to fill because it won't stand on its own.

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.

Free Nightlight Alert
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 cannot be turned off while the unit is running.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD and Bob Wofford