TaoTronics TT-AH001 Review
Pros: Budget-friendly, effective, easy to use, cleaning brush included
Cons: Somewhat louder than average, requires long handle bottle brush, filter
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|Pros||Budget-friendly, effective, easy to use, cleaning brush included||Quiet, filterless, effective, compact, multiple color options||Baby-centric, budget-friendly, quiet, easy to clean||Price, easy to clean, compact, filterless||Effective, quieter than some|
|Cons||Somewhat louder than average, requires long handle bottle brush, filter||Potential issues with motor performance and durability, light always on||Not as effective, average ease of use||Louder, not as effective, small capacity, frequent refills||Challenging to clean, harder to use|
|Bottom Line||An impressively effective budget-friendly humidifier that makes a little more noise than the average unit||Sleek design, basic features, quiet operation with effective humidity creation||Adorable 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 goals||Compact and easy to clean but not as effective and louder than most||An 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%)|
|Ease Of Use (10%)|
|Specs||TaoTronics TT-AH001||Crane Drop||TaoTronics TT-AH038||Honeywell HUL520||AquaOasis|
|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
|Variable Mist Control||Variable Mist Control||Variable Mist Control||Variable Mist Control|
|Demineralization Cartridge/Filter||No||Available for Purchase||No||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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
This unit has both a nightlight (above left) and a handle that makes carrying it much easier, especially when full (above right).
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