The Crane Adorable ultrasonic humidifier comes in many different animal designs, as well as a train model. It is a cheery addition to any baby's nursery. While the Crane Adorable is certainly adorable, it is neither the strongest performer nor quietest operator and delivers average performance across each of our rating metrics. Surprisingly, however, our comparative review did reveal the Adorable to be more effective and less noisy than its very popular counterpart, the Crane Drop Shape.
Crane Adorable ReviewPrice: $50.00 List | $40.71 at Amazon - 19% off
Pros: Fanciful designs, easy to clean base, filterless, large tank capacity
Cons: Position of mist output varies with each style, large footprint
Bottom line: Basic ultrasonic humidification in a cute package
Empty Weight (BGL): 4 Lbs
Max Operation Noise Level in dB (BGL): 52
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Our Analysis and Test Results
From tigers to ducks to dragons (and even a train!), the Crane Adorable ultrasonic humidifier comes in 18 different designs that add whimsy and fun to a baby's room. We set out to determine just how effective and functional this adorable humidifier performed compared to the other 8 in our comparative showdown.
Ease of Cleaning
Earning a 4 of 10 in ease of cleaning, the Crane Adorable uses a fairly simple design with a minimum number of parts. Our tested unit, the cow model, has three separate pieces: a base, a water tank, and a face plate that is positioned over the water tank. Crane recommends replacing the water daily, and performing a thorough cleaning weekly. We found that the base to be easy to clean, but most of the internal tank was not accessible by hand or brush. Cleaning the inside of the tank requires allowing a solution of water and vinegar to sit inside for at least 20 minutes. The face plate also requires cleaning. In our experience, condensation was always present on the underside of the face plate during use, and as such, a prime area for microbe accumulation if not regularly cleaned.
The Pig Adorable we tested performed slightly above average at 6 of 10 for effectiveness in humidifying a small space. As mentioned, we were surprised to find that it was much more effective at humidification than the other tested Crane humidifier in our group, the Crane Drop Shape.
The Crane Adorable was the loudest ultrasonic humidifier we tested in terms of decibel ratings earning a 5 of 10. However, this doesn't mean that it was intolerably noisy; it measured 52 decibels. In fact, we found the high-pitched whirring of the Crane Drop Shape, which was a tad lower in actual decibels at 48, to be more jarring than the Adorable's lower pitched but motor noise that was objectively 4 decibels higher. In fact, we did not find it to disrupt our sleep or be annoying during testing. Of course, this is entirely subjective and everyone is different.
Ease of Use
During the refilling process, the convenient handle on the water tank specifically says that it should not be used when the tank is full of water which is a big disappointment. It can be used to lift an empty tank from its base, but it seems that it should be functional with a full tank as well. Also, adding water to the tank is difficult because of its rounded top always requiring one hand to steady it and prevent it from tipping over.
Nonetheless, the Crane Adorable tank has a large capacity of 4 Liters. BabyGearLab's in-house measurement of the Adorable's tank capacity was even greater than the listed capacity of 3.8 liters. This makes it capable of holding more than the Editors' Choice Winner, the Sunpentown SU-4010 and Best Value winner, the Safety 1st 360.
The Crane Adorable will have more value for you if you are searching for a model that blends into your baby's nursery theme. Apart from the visual appearance, the Adorable doesn't offer much else in the way of features or extra functions.
Although the Crane Adorable didn't have some of the features we came to prefer such as adjustable mist jets and an easy-to-clean tank, we would still consider using it in a nursery because of its visually-appealing "adorable" design. As long as distilled or filtered water is used and cleaning directions are followed, this humidifier should provide healthy moist air for your little one.
Other Versions and Accessories
To reduce white dust, Crane offers a demineralization cartridge (the Crane Universal Filter) designed to fit in the water tank of Crane Adorable models. Be careful to avoid purchasing the Crane Drop Shape demineralization cartridge as it will not fit in the base.
A Crane Adorable Humidifier cleaning demo:
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