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TaoTronics TT-AH001 Review

An impressively effective budget-friendly humidifier that makes a little more noise than the average unit
TaoTronics TT-AH001
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $40 List
Pros:  Budget-friendly, effective, easy to use, cleaning brush included
Cons:  Somewhat louder than average, requires long handle bottle brush, filter
Manufacturer:   TaoTronics
By Wendy Schmitz and the BabyGearLab Review Team  ⋅  Jul 28, 2021
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  • Ease of Cleaning - 35% 6
  • Effectiveness - 35% 9
  • Noise - 20% 5
  • Ease of Use - 10% 7

The Skinny

The TaoTronics TT-AH001 is a programable ultrasonic humidifier that is easy on the pocketbook and highly effective. This somewhat drab-looking humidifier created more humidity in our tests than most of the competition and is easy to use, sporting more features for humidity output than any other we tested. We like that this unit allows for humidity limits, auto-stop, and timers to help keep your baby's room at just the right moisture level. Unfortunately, this machine is louder than much of the competition. However, if this kind of noise won't bother you or keep a little one up at night, we think it is hard to find a better humidifier in this price range if efficiency, effectiveness, and control are what you crave.

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Pros Budget-friendly, effective, easy to use, cleaning brush includedQuiet, filterless, effective, compact, multiple color optionsBaby-centric, budget-friendly, quiet, easy to cleanPrice, easy to clean, compact, filterlessEffective, quieter than some
Cons Somewhat louder than average, requires long handle bottle brush, filterPotential issues with motor performance and durability, light always onNot as effective, average ease of useLouder, not as effective, small capacity, frequent refillsChallenging to clean, harder to use
Bottom Line An impressively effective budget-friendly humidifier that makes a little more noise than the average unitSleek design, basic features, quiet operation with effective humidity creationAdorable baby-centric humidifier that is quiet and easy to maintain, but it isn't very effective compared to the competition and may not meet your humidity goalsCompact and easy to clean but not as effective and louder than mostAn effective smaller unit that is fairly quiet but challenging to clean and harder to use than competitors
Rating Categories TaoTronics TT-AH001 Crane Drop TaoTronics TT-AH038 Honeywell HUL520 AquaOasis
Ease Of Cleaning (35%)
6.0
4.0
7.0
8.0
2.0
Effectiveness (35%)
9.0
7.0
2.0
4.0
8.0
Noise (20%)
5.0
9.0
10.0
3.0
6.0
Ease Of Use (10%)
7.0
5.0
6.0
6.0
3.0
Specs TaoTronics TT-AH001 Crane Drop TaoTronics TT-AH038 Honeywell HUL520 AquaOasis
Mist Type Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool
Technology Ultrasonic Ultrasonic Ultrasonic Ultrasonic Ultrasonic
Tank Capacity 1.1 gal 1 gal 0.66 gal 0.5 gal 0.58 gal
Visible Water Reservoir Yes No No Yes Yes
Room Humidification Area (Sq Ft) 322 sq ft 500 sq ft 269 sq ft Small Room Not Listed
Max Run Time Up to 30 hrs Up to 24 hrs Up to 30 hrs Up to 20 hrs Over 24 hrs
Humidity Output Control Variable Mist Control
Humidistat
Variable Mist Control Variable Mist Control Variable Mist Control Variable Mist Control
Demineralization Cartridge/Filter No Available for Purchase No No No
Night Light Yes No Yes No No
Empty Tank Auto-Shut Off Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dimensions (BGL) 6"W x 9"H x 11.4"L 8.7"W x 13"H x 8.7"L 8.3"W x 12.2"H x 5.5"L 8.1"W x 8.8"H x 8.1"L 8.5"W x 10"H x 6"L
Empty Weight (BGL) 1.83 lbs 2.24 lbs 3.71 lbs 2.6 lbs 1.58 lbs
Max Operation Noise Level in dB (BGL) 41.7 db <40 db <40 db 45.2 db 40.7 db

Our Analysis and Test Results

TaoTronics appears to largely be a distribution company representing various products from pool floaties to humidifiers and everything in between. The website for the company doesn't provide much information about the company, but it doesn't appear to design or create products of its own.

Performance Comparison



This TaoTronics requires the use of a bottle brush to reach all...
This TaoTronics requires the use of a bottle brush to reach all corners of the inside of the water tank.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Cleaning


The tank on this TaoTronics is taller than some, and it might require an extra-long brush to reach all the corners when cleaning. The opening to the tank is also on the smaller side, but it isn't the smallest in the group. You cannot fit your hand into the tank to clean.


This humidifier comes with a smaller brush to keep the sonic plate clean, and it provides a little spot to store the brush so you don't misplace it. The regular cleaning instructions include daily water removal, scale removal with a vinegar solution, and disinfecting with bleach. It offers details on how to do this process that are more complete than some of the competition, but it doesn't really specify how often these processes should be completed.

The TaoTronics includes a brush for keeping the sonic plate and...
The TaoTronics includes a brush for keeping the sonic plate and smaller spaces clean.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The manufacturer recommends changing the filter every 4-6 months. It is designed to decrease odor and filter microorganisms from the mist. The cartridge is easy to remove and replace. This does mean an ongoing cost of operation for this unit.

This TaoTronics is one of the most effective options in our tests.
This TaoTronics is one of the most effective options in our tests.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Effectiveness


This product is one of the most effective in our tests for creating relative humidity in the test room. Not only does this humidifier start ahead of the pack with a quick uptick in humidity levels, but it stayed ahead of the group throughout testing.


At the 180 minute mark during testing, this unit had a relative humidity of over 90%, making it one of the best in the group, with the lower performing options coming in closer to 69%. While both and those values in between will raise humidity levels, depending on your needs having a unit that creates mist fast and consistently could be ideal.

There was very little white dust output on this TaoTronic, which is...
There was very little white dust output on this TaoTronic, which is impressive given the higher level of mist output we experienced during testing.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

This product produces very little white dust, likely helped by the internal filter. If white dust is a concern for you, this is a good option to choose.

Noise


The TaoTronics TT-AH001 isn't the loudest in the group, with a maximum decibel level of 42 dB, but it isn't the quietest either. While the truly silent options registered below 40 dB, the loudest were over 46.


Despite the louder max volume, we don't think any of the ultrasonic humidifiers are that loud, and most people find the noise soothing or akin to non-disturbing white noise. If finding the absolute quietest machine is your goal, this may not be the one for you, but it will be quiet enough for most folks.

This is one of the only humidifiers we tested that includes the...
This is one of the only humidifiers we tested that includes the ability to program humidity levels and timers.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


We consider this option to be one of the easiest to use. Not only is the user interface fairly intuitive, but it has features that allow more control over the humidity levels and how it functions. This translates to more control without being in the baby's room.


The buttons on the front of the machines are sort of difficult to press and are easier to manage when the unit is full of water. The symbols on the screen are easy to understand, and we were able to sort out the interface without the manual. It has a sleep mode button that turns on the display and minimizes light in the room, which can be nice at night with a sleeping baby. The timer allows for a 24 hour run time for constant humidity, or it can shut off at a designated time. The humidistat keeps you informed on the level of humidity in the room.

The internal nightlight on the TaoTronic can be turned off for a...
The handle on the top of TaoTronics is very handy for carrying a...

This unit has both a nightlight (above left) and a handle that makes carrying it much easier, especially when full (above right).

The TaoTrionics has a handle on the bottom of the tank that also...
The TaoTronics comes with an internal filter that requires changing...

The opening on this tank is smaller, though not the smallest one we've seen. However, it is flat on the top, which allows you to set the tank in the sink while filling. It is one of the few you can fill on its own without holding the tank in place. While not as simple as filling it in place, we do like that it doesn't require holding.

Wendy Schmitz and the BabyGearLab Review Team