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Safety 1st 360 Review

Basic, inexpensive option that is quiet but harder to clean and not as effective
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Price:   $33 List | $36 at Amazon
Pros:  Quiet, simple design, auto shut-off, budget-friendly
Cons:  Difficult to clean tank, not as effective
Manufacturer:   Safety 1st
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and Bob Wofford  ⋅  Sep 16, 2018
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  • Ease of Cleaning - 40% 5
  • Effectiveness - 30% 5
  • Noise - 20% 9
  • Ease of Use - 10% 5

The Skinny

The Safety 1st 360 is an ultrasonic humidifier with a compact design, variable mist output control, and dual-output mist jets. The Safety 1st offers the basic features required in a portable humidifier but it is challenging to clean with more nooks and crannies and a small opening for tank cleaning. With its budget-conscious list price, the Safety 1st has some likable qualities. Unfortunately, it isn't the most effective option, even in its price range and its overall average performance is disappointing compared to the competition resulting in a lower overall ranking.


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Awards  Editors' Choice Award Editors' Choice Award  Best Value Award 
Price $33.00 List
$35.63 at Amazon
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Pros Quiet, simple design, auto shut-off, budget-friendlyVery effective, high quality, limited parts, fill from the topEasy to use, programmable features, humidistatCute, easy to clean base, filterless, large tankPrice, easy to clean
Cons Difficult to clean tank, not as effectiveExpensive, louder, some parts are hard to cleanSomewhat louder, priceMist output varies, larger footprintSmall capacity, limited features, louder
Bottom Line Basic, inexpensive option that is quiet but harder to clean and not as effectiveHighly effective option that is easy to use but some parts are hard to clean and it is expensiveEasy to use option with a digital interface and humidistat but it costs more than averageCutest package with high mist output and a family-friendly priceBudget-friendly compact choice with basic features and super easy to clean parts
Ratings Categories Safety 1st 360 Boneco U300 PureGuardian H1250 Crane Adorable Honeywell HUL520
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Specs Safety 1st 360 Boneco U300 PureGuardian H1250 Crane Adorable Honeywell HUL520
Mist Type Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool
Technology Ultrasonic Ultrasonic Ultrasonic Ultrasonic Ultrasonic
Tank Capacity 0.9 gal 1.3 gal 1.5 gal 1 gal 0.5 gal

Our Analysis and Test Results

Safety first started with a simple "Baby on Board" sign we've all grown familiar with. This company is over 30 years old expanding to child home safety products soon after the success of their baby car badge. They now include a variety of baby gear products including car seats, strollers, and humidifier.

The Safety 1st 360 humidifier has adjustable dual mist jets.
The Safety 1st 360 humidifier has adjustable dual mist jets.

Performance Comparison


While the Safety 1st is compact and quiet, this budget-friendly option isn't as effective or easy to clean as other options in the same price range.


This makes it a unit that struggled to rank as high as the competition.

The area around the float and in the sharp upper corner of the Safety 1st can make it more difficult to keep clean  even when using a smaller brush to remove mineral deposits and mold.
The area around the float and in the sharp upper corner of the Safety 1st can make it more difficult to keep clean, even when using a smaller brush to remove mineral deposits and mold.

Ease of Cleaning


The simple construction of the Safety 1st looks like it will be easy to clean at first blush with a mist tube that fits a bottle brush all the way to the end, just barely. The smaller opening is a huge contributor to the cleaning score of 5 of 10 for this unit. However, the tank opening is small and we couldn't get our hand or the brush all the way inside so you'll be stuck shaking the tank to get it clean. This could result in a less than clean feeling if minerals or bacteria collect inside the far end.

The two-part diverter on the Safety 1st can be challenging to clean even with a small straw brush.
Dr. Brown's Natural Flow Cleaning Brush  4 Pack

Also, the nooks and crannies, especially around the float area and mist diverter (above left) are challenging to clean and any mineral deposits inside the float area will be virtually impossible to attack, even with a small brush (above right).

The mist diverter on the Safety 1st has two openings  both of which are challenging to clean and even our smallest brush struggled to reach the nooks inside the top diverter.
The mist diverter on the Safety 1st has two openings, both of which are challenging to clean and even our smallest brush struggled to reach the nooks inside the top diverter.

Effectiveness


The 360 isn't as effective as the competition with a below average rating of only 5 of 10 for this metric. The manufacturer claims this unit can humidify a maximum room area of 250 square feet. This range is average for a humidifier of this size and capacity, but our tests reveal it has a difficult time keeping up with the competition. This unit starts out strong with an initial output that quickly increases the humidity of the room until about 39 minutes. At this point, the effectiveness drops off and the competition surpasses its capabilities leaving it behind. This option may work well if your goal is the surrounding crib area but we aren't sure that 250 sq ft will be covered.

Noise


This humidifier is one of the quietest models in the group earning a 9 of 10 for noise. The motor noise is faint and we only notice occasional bubbling sounds as the water empties into the tank base. The maximum decibel for this unit is less than 40, making it one of the best in the bunch.

The Safety 1st user interface is very user-friendly  but the continuous variability of the dial can take some trial and error to find the sweet spot for humidification.
The Safety 1st user interface is very user-friendly, but the continuous variability of the dial can take some trial and error to find the sweet spot for humidification.

Ease of Use


The Safety 1st continues it's below average rating with a 5 of 10 for ease of use. While it features a basic variable mist output dial, it lacks features that make a humidifier user-friendly if left to its own devices. This unit is small and has a space-saving footprint that can be placed almost anywhere. While quiet and unobtrusive, this unit doesn't offer in place filling so you'll need to remove the tank for refilling, something that can be challenging to do in the dark near a sleeping baby.

The Safety 1st water tank can stand on its own during refilling.
The Safety 1st water tank can stand on its own during refilling.

The tank itself is lightweight, though the thin construction could be an issue with durability down the line. The tank has a handle and if you remove the mist spout it can sort of stand on its own in the sink. However, as it fills with water you'll want to help support it so it doesn't tip and spill out all the contents. Removing the mist ports will also help prevent potential cracking that could happen as the weight of the tank increases with the water.

The opening on the Safety 1st is small and requires precise filling. It can also be difficult to clean and may require an extra long bottle brush to reach the tank in its entirety.
The opening on the Safety 1st is small and requires precise filling. It can also be difficult to clean and may require an extra long bottle brush to reach the tank in its entirety.

The tank capacity is only 0.9 gallons, making it the second smallest in the group with only the Honeywell HUL520 providing a smaller capacity of only 0.5 gallons. The tank does provide more than enough water to provide mist through the night, but it requires daily refillings when used in this way. On the upside, daily refilling could be a benefit as it requires you to interact and inspect the tank regularly which could result in less chance for mold and bacteria buildup. Also, if the tank runs out of water, the auto shut-off function will kick in to prevent the unit running while empty.

The Safety 1st has the second smallest capacity. This smaller tank means you'll be filling it more often  but it also means a regular opportunity to inspect and wipe surfaces clean to avoid mold and bacteria buildup.
The Safety 1st has the second smallest capacity. This smaller tank means you'll be filling it more often, but it also means a regular opportunity to inspect and wipe surfaces clean to avoid mold and bacteria buildup.

The Safety 1st has an "on" light that cannot be turned off unless the unit is off. This free nightlight could be too bright for a light sleeper. You can turn the unit toward the wall to decrease the impact, but if additional lighting is a problem, you'll be stuck with this unit.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD and Bob Wofford