Crane Adorable Review
Pros: Cute, easy to clean base, filterless, large tank
Cons: Mist output varies, larger footprint
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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 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