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Crane Drop Shape Cool Mist Humidifier Review

Crane Drop Shape Cool Mist Humidifier in Yellow
Price:   $50.00 List | $40.00 at Amazon - 20% off
Pros:  Extremely quiet, works well in smaller spaces, beautiful design, easy to use, affordable
Cons:  Must clean often and follow instructions, also works as a bright night light
Bottom line:  A very quiet and effective, sleek and simple humidifier at a terrific price!
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Manufacturer:   Crane USA

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Our Analysis

Review by:
Juliet Spurrier, MD

Last Updated:
January 22, 2013


Available in a variety of lively colors as well as white, the Crane Drop Cool Mist Humidifier is an attractive addition to any room while keeping the air cool and moist. Moisture in the air helps to relieve the discomfort of winter dryness, which often leads to nasal congestion, sore throat, chapped lips, and/or itchy skin. It's especially upsetting to hear your baby in pain from being all stuffed up, and can become dangerous if baby's congestion starts to block air passageways. Avoiding and tempering baby's congestion will allow you and your baby to sleep better during the day and night. This full and strong mist humidifer releases 2.3 gallons of moisture per day and operates more efficiently in smaller spaces like a bedroom.

Reviewers who understand how to use the humidifier by following the instruction manual have the most success and positive experiences with it.


The most commonly cited likes for this product are:
  • Whisper quiet
  • Works very well at increasing moisture in the air
  • Beautiful design


User reviews frequently note these disadvantages:
  • Needs daily care to avoid build-up and mold
  • Acts as a bright night light
  • Must be careful when refilling water

Caring for the Humidifer

Crane, the manufacturer, advises that users follow a few easy procedures to ensure the health and longevity of the system: "Remove the water tank from the unit, unscrew the tank cap, and fill the water tank under a water faucet. Securely replace the tank cap, making sure the rubber cap seal is in place, and place the water tank back onto the unit. Place the humidifier on an elevated surface and set it to a medium output setting for comfortable room humidification." They also recommend using distilled or filtered water, or a Crane demineralization filter.

As far as cleaning the humidifier goes, Crane advises, "emptying the water in the basin daily, making sure you pour away from the fan air-outlet. Disinfect the water basin and tank weekly by using a white vinegar and fresh water solution, let sit for 30 minutes, then rinse. For convenience, the Crane Descaler solution HS-1933 is also available. It is important to disinfect and dry completely before storage."

Here is a cleaning demo video from Crane:

Juliet Spurrier, MD

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