Available in many different colors, the Crane Drop Shape is a basic ultrasonic humidifier presented in a stylish and attractive design. Although the Crane Drop Shape received our lowest rating overall, it is still worth considering for small spaces needing a less powerful contraption.
Crane Drop Shape ReviewPrice: $55.00 List | $37.99 at Amazon - 31% off
Pros: Filterless, simple operation, small footprint, available in multiple tank colors
Cons: Potential problems with motor performance and durability, unit light cannot be turned off
Bottom line: Sleek design with basic ultrasonic humidification, but we found inconsistent performance
Empty Weight (BGL): 3.5 Lbs
Max Operation Noise Level in dB (BGL): 48
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The Crane Drop Shape humidifier presents itself well. Available in many different colors to coordinate with your nursery's color scheme, its small footprint and simple construction make it very visually appealing. The design is simple and meets the basic goal of putting extra humidity into the air.
Ease of cleaning
The base of this unit has only a few small nooks and crannies, which made it relatively easy to clean. The water tank, on the other hand, presented more of a problem and earned the Crane Drop an ease of cleaning score of 4 of 10. The opening of the water tank is too small to allow a hand to fit inside. Although a brush can be inserted into the opening, the design of the tank prevents it from reaching all surfaces. However, we appreciated the limited number of parts (base, tank with cap, and mist nozzle) needing attention during cleaning and found weekly cleaning to be quick and painless.
We experienced a concerning problem after cleaning the ultrasonic vibrating plate as recommended on four occasions with two different units. After using a soft cloth to wipe the ultrasonic plate and getting the humidifier up and running post-cleaning, we discovered that it produced almost no mist. By using our nails to scrape around the washer, we were able to get mist production going again, but the sensitivity of the ultrasonic plate to cleaning (in addition to the high-pitched whirring noise of the motor explained below) made us concerned that construction of this model might not be up to par.
Earning a 3 of 10, we had some difficulty getting this humidifier to produce adequate mist right out of the box. Our effectiveness testing revealed a distinct "break-in" period during which the humidifier had to operate for a few days before it achieved its maximum ability to raise humidity levels in our testing room. Once we had the humidifier operating at full capacity, we were surprised to find that it scored on the bottom end of our effectiveness rating, second lowest only to the much smaller Duux Ultrasonic.
Both Crane Drop Shape units that we tested produced a high-pitched whirring noise. With a score of 6 of 10, although neither unit produced a great volume of noise, we found the type of noise produced to be more grating on our ears than the constant standby noise of the Boneco U7147 Digital or the bubbling of the Duux Ultrasonic.
Ease of Use
The simple design of this humidifier made it easy to put together and operate and earned it a 5 of 10 for ease of use. The single mist jet is easily adjustable to change direction of the mist, and the continuously variable mist output knob allowed for good control over output. The compact design made it ideal for placement on a night stand.
We found the "on" light to be distracting at night - it can't be turned off, but by turning the unit to face the wall, the brightness was greatly reduced.Finally, we were put off by the design of a handle on the tank with a "Do not carry full tank by handle" instruction embossed into the plastic. Although it appears that the handle can be used with the empty tank, we feel that any handle included in the design of a humidifier should be able to support the tank whether it is empty or full.
When compared to our other tested humidifiers, the Crane Drop Shape is a less expensive alternative at face value. Filtered or distilled water is recommended, which should also play a factor in determining overall cost. If you are planning to use tap water, you may also need to use and periodically replace a Crane demineralization filter at about $11 per unit.
An acceptable choice for small spaces that may not need a powerful performer, and for people who are less sensitive to noise.
Crane offers a Universal Crane Humidifier Demineralization Filter as an additional accessory to help reduce white dust production if you are using tap water. To use the filter, you will need to soak it for 30 minutes and simply place it the base of the unit.
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