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Best Baby Humidifier of 2021

We tested humidifiers from TaoTronnics, Honeywell, Vicks, and more to find the very best
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Thursday November 11, 2021
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Looking for the best humidifier for your baby or kid's room? We researched more than 30 potential contenders and purchased 11 popular humidifiers for scientific testing. We conducted real-life, side-by-side comparisons to determine which humidifiers outperform the competition for relative humidity levels and more. We considered effectiveness, ease of use and cleaning, noise, and additional features. We also tested filtration features that help reduce mold, bacteria, and the dreaded "white dust." We believe there is an option for each family and budget in this lineup of options.

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Pros Easier to use, effective, quietBudget-friendly, effective, easy to use, cleaning brush includedEasy to clean, fairly quiet, effective in small spacesQuiet, filterless, effective, compact, multiple color optionsBaby-centric, budget-friendly, quiet, easy to clean
Cons Little spendy, somewhat harder to cleanSomewhat louder than average, requires long handle bottle brush, filterExpensive, requires bottle brushPotential issues with motor performance and durability, light always onNot as effective, average ease of use
Bottom Line An easy to use, effective, and quiet ultrasonic unit that is somewhat harder to clean than competitorsAn impressively effective budget-friendly humidifier that makes a little more noise than the average unitThis smaller humidifier is fairly quiet and one of the easiest to keep clean with parts that can all be washed with soap and waterSleek 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 goals
Rating Categories Levoit LV600HH TaoTronics TT-AH001 Miro NR07G Crane Drop TaoTronics TT-AH038
Ease Of Cleaning (35%)
6.0
6.0
8.0
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7.0
Effectiveness (35%)
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Noise (20%)
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Ease Of Use (10%)
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Specs Levoit LV600HH TaoTronics TT-AH001 Miro NR07G Crane Drop TaoTronics TT-AH038
Mist Type Cool and Warm Cool Cool Cool Cool
Technology Ultrasonic Ultrasonic Ultrasonic Ultrasonic Ultrasonic
Tank Capacity 1.5 gal 1.1 gal 1 gal 1 gal 0.66 gal
Visible Water Reservoir Yes Yes No No No
Room Humidification Area (Sq Ft) 753 sq ft 322 sq ft 600 sq ft 500 sq ft 269 sq ft
Max Run Time Up to 36 hrs Up to 30 hrs Over 24 hrs Up to 24 hrs Up to 30 hrs
Humidity Output Control Variable Mist Control
Humidistat
Variable Mist Control
Humidistat
Variable Mist Control Variable Mist Control Variable Mist Control
Demineralization Cartridge/Filter No No No Available for Purchase No
Night Light No Yes No No Yes
Empty Tank Auto-Shut Off Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dimensions (BGL) 7.5"W x 11"H x 11.3"L 6"W x 9"H x 11.4"L 10.5"W x 16"H x 10.5"L 8.7"W x 13"H x 8.7"L 8.3"W x 12.2"H x 5.5"L
Empty Weight (BGL) 5.09 lbs 1.83 lbs 4.64 lbs 2.24 lbs 3.71 lbs
Max Operation Noise Level in dB (BGL) <40 db 41.7 db 40 db <40 db <40 db


Best Overall Humidifier


Levoit LV600HH


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OVERALL
SCORE
  • Ease of Cleaning 6
  • Effectiveness 8
  • Noise 9
  • Ease of Use 8
Capacity: 1.5 gallon | Filter: No
Very effective
Easy to use
Quiet
More parts than average

The Levoit LV600HH is an ultrasonic option that comes with a remote and a humidistat. It also features a digital display, timer, and handle on the tank for easier filling and carrying. This easy-to-use humidifier has a modern aesthetic and includes a cleaning brush for smaller spaces and the ultrasonic plate. We like that it can sit by itself in the sink for easier filling and that the opening on the bottom is large enough for easy cleaning and filling. It also offers warm or cool mist and is the only one we tested with this ability. This option is rated for a larger room up to 750 sq ft, and it has a max run time of 36 hours with an automatic shut-off when the tank is empty.

The Levoit is one of the most expensive choices in this review, making it a poor selection for families with a tighter budget or anyone who only plans to humidify occasionally. This product also isn't baby-centric, and it lacks any design or features specifically for little ones. Despite the above-average price, there is much to love about this effective and quiet machine, and we think most families with the right-sized budget will love all the features it offers, even if it isn't baby-centric.

Read review: Levoit LV600HH

Budget-friendly Humidity


TaoTronics TT-AH001


70
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Ease of Cleaning 6
  • Effectiveness 9
  • Noise 5
  • Ease of Use 7
Capacity: 1.1 gallon | Filter: Yes
Inexpensive
Very effective
Nightlight
Louder than average
Sort of ugly

The TaoTronics TT-AH001 is a smaller, ultrasonic option with a digital display, humidistat, and double handles for easy carrying and filling. This unit is programmable, has auto-shutoff, and includes a nightlight you can turn off if you'd like a darker sleep space. We love that this option is no only easy on the wallet but offers some of the highest mist output in the group with a rapid increase in relative humidity during testing. This unit includes a filter cartridge and didn't produce much white dust during testing.

This TaoTronics isn't much to look at with an older appearance and boring design. It has a somewhat harder-to-use interface with buttons that require more pressure to push than they should. It also requires a longer bottle brush to clean the tank, but we like that the smaller brush it comes with has a dedicated storage site. Overall, we think this is a good choice for most families no matter what their budget, and happily, it offers a lot of features and functionality for something with such an impressively low price.

Read review: TaoTronics TT-AH001

Most Hygenic


Miro NR07G


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SCORE
  • Ease of Cleaning 8
  • Effectiveness 5
  • Noise 7
  • Ease of Use 5
Capacity: 1 gallon | Filter: No
Unique magnet assembly
Fill in place bowl
All parts are washable
Expensive
Lots of parts

The Miro NR07G is a unique humidifier like none we've ever seen. In a bid to create the most hygienic humidifier ever, this unit is completely washable as the controls are separate. It assembles easily and quickly with magnet connections, making it ideal for anyone who's ever struggled to screw something on or off. The bowl is refillable in place, making refilling easier for a baby and parents, and the user interface is straightforward.

This unit is the most expensive in the bunch, but you get what you pay for in some regards as it feels higher quality and has unique features you simply can't get in the competition. So despite the price and the number of parts, we think it is a great option for those concerned with keeping things clean. Humidifiers aren't the easiest things to clean or keep sterilized, so the added price may be worth it if your budget allows and you want an ultra-clean option.

Read review: Miro NR07G

Baby-friendly Design


TaoTronics TT-AH038


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  • Ease of Cleaning 7
  • Effectiveness 2
  • Noise 10
  • Ease of Use 6
Capacity: 0.7 gallon | Filter: No
Adorable whale design
Very quiet
Nightlight
Not as effective

The TaoTronics TT-AH038 is a cute ultrasonic product that looks like a whale. It has a dimming nightlight, adorable tail, auto shutoff, and a large wide opening for filling and cleaning. This unit is one of the quietest in the review, making it a shoo-in for silent nursery nightlife, and the soft opaque tank creates a delicate mood light at night. We like that this option can be a nursery focal point or blend in with the decor.

This little whale isn't as effective at creating humidity as the competition. With results in the lower third of products, it could struggle in larger spaces or drier climates that need a higher output. However, it did raise the relative humidity over 60% in the test room, which is about what the recommended range is, depending on the goals. Because of the delightfully inspired but subtle design, we really love this selection as a nursery pick and can see how many families will appreciate the nod to the baby and their space.

Read review: TaoTronics TT-AH038

Compare Products

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Score Product Price Our Take
75
$90
Editors' Choice Award
An effective ultrasonic unit that is easy to use but somewhat more challenging to clean
70
$60
Best Value Award
Effective humidifier with a wallet-friendly price that is somewhat loud but very effective
65
$134
Top Pick Award
A compact humidifier that is effective in smaller spaces with parts that can all be washed in soap and water
62
$55
Simple, quiet ultrasonic humidification, but best for smaller spaces
58
$50
Top Pick Award
Cute, baby-centric option that is super quiet and easy to clean but it is less effective than most of the competition
54
$40
A louder ultrasonic option that is small and less effective than most but easy to clean and lower in price
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$55
Cute humidifier that is best for smaller spaces but somewhat harder to clean
50
$50
This effective compact unit is relatively quiet but it is harder to clean and use than much of the competition
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$50
Quieter humidifier but is comparatively ineffective and harder to clean and use than the competition we tested
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$45
Loud and less effective humidifier that is also less expensive and takes up less space
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$40
While this unit is one of the quieter options, it is one of the least effective, harder to use and clean options

Hands-on testing is the key to accurate scoring and award...
Hands-on testing is the key to accurate scoring and award selections. We test each option side-by-side for effectiveness, ease of cleaning, ease of use, and more.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Why You Should Trust Us


We've been testing humidifiers for over seven years with our early testing, including humidity measuring and white dust comparison not found in competing reviews. The review process lead is our founder, Dr. Juliet Spurrier, a board-certified pediatrician and mother of two. Dr. Spurrier uses her background in infant health to choose products with baby well-being and safety in mind. The test team leader is Abriah Wofford, who has been with BabyGearLab since 2015. Abriah's father, Bob Wofford, developed testing procedures for this and previous humidity reviews, and she has taken the reigns in the newest iteration with his guidance. Senior Review Editor, Wendy Schmitz, rounds out the team with her experience analyzing humidifying products since 2015. With over 20 years of combined experience choosing, testing, and analyzing humidifiers, we have the expertise necessary to help you determine what is essential in this kind of product and what to look for when you make your next purchase.

Related: How We Tested Humidifiers

The Sunpentown comes with a small brush designed for easier...

Analysis and Test Results


For this review, we tested top humidity creators side-by-side in our lab and real homes with scientifically measured analysis to determine efficacy at humidity creation, being easy to clean and use, with low noise and dust. Our testing gives you the details required to make an informed buying decision for your little one based on your needs, with an emphasis on effectiveness and how easy they are to clean.

Related: Buying Advice for Humidifiers

Award-winning products create acceptable humidity levels in a reasonable period, and they are easy to clean so you can avoid exposure to the bacteria, hard water minerals, and mold that can build up inside many units.


Value


Our testing indicates that in the world of humidifying products, you typically get what you pay for. However, we still found some effective products that don't empty your wallet, and some others may cost a little more but have features or functionality that bring value to those with specific goals. The TaoTronics TT-AH001 is affordable and one of the most effective at creating humidity in our lineup. This option is easy to use and easier to clean than some of the competition. If you are looking for something more baby-centric, the TaoTronics TT-AH038 is a few dollars more, effective, and shaped like an ultra-cute whale.

The opening on the Oasis tank is so small it is challenging to find...
The opening on the Oasis tank is so small it is challenging to find a bottle brush that will fit inside to reach the far end.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Cleaning


We feel the ease of cleaning is one of the most critical test metrics for this kind of product because keeping your humidity maker clean is essential to ensure that it does more good than harm. When water sits stagnant in the tank or base, it naturally accumulates bacteria and fungi. Although there are ways to reduce these troublemakers, there is no healthy way to eliminate them permanently or as you go. As the keeper of your child's health, you need to clean all of the unit's parts weekly or daily to keep mold and bacteria at bay.


You might be surprised that descaling or reducing mineral deposits on the base is also necessary for the cleaning routine. Doing this helps reduce the potential for unhealthy pathogens being released into the air. To start, you can reduce the required descaling effort by using distilled or filtered water instead of tap water. Many of the units in this review also have instructions about sterilization using bleach.

The Miro is unique and has more parts to clean than the competition...
The Miro is unique and has more parts to clean than the competition, but all parts can be hand washed with soap and water.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The Miro is arguably one of the easiest to clean and the one to watch if you want the easiest to clean and the cleanest option. All of the parts can be cleaned with soap and water and are easily reached with a sponge or bottle brush, unlike most humidifiers with significantly harder to clean bases. The Miro and the Honeywell HUL520 both earned 8 of 10 for ease of cleaning, the top score for the group. The hardest option to clean is the AquaOasis with a score of 2. This option has a tiny tank opening, and it is hard to get all of the nooks and crannies clean. The BreatheFrida and the Pure Enrichment MistAire are also harder to clean with scores of 3.

This adorable TaoTronics isn&#039;t as effective at creating humidity as...
This adorable TaoTronics isn't as effective at creating humidity as the competition.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Effectiveness


We test effectiveness by measuring the humidity levels in a room that is approximately 150 sq ft. Award winners generate a lot of mist in a short time to raise humidity levels quickly and keep them there. This functionality is key for a worthwhile mist maker.


Throughout testing, we kept conditions as controlled as possible to focus on each product's mist creation and eliminate external variation. We ran each humidifier on its highest setting for 3 hours and logged the humidity percentage every 60 seconds throughout the duration of the test.

This graph represents the humidity levels in our testing room over a...
This graph represents the humidity levels in our testing room over a period of 3 hours.
Credit: BabyGearLab Staff

The effectiveness of each option to create significant humidity may not be as relevant to you as the amount of noise it creates or how easy it is to clean if your goal is to humidify a tiny room or only the area around the crib. All of the options we considered can raise the moisture level adequately in the vicinity immediately around the unit, even if they didn't affect the entire room.

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

The most effective option in this review is the TaoTronics TT-AH001, with a score of 9 of 10. This product creates significantly more mist than most of the competition. The Levoit LV600HH and the AquaOasis come in a close second with scores of 8 each. The least effective option that took longer to raise the humidity in the room and struggled to raise the moisture over time is Pure Enrichment MistAire the TaoTronics TT-AH038 each scoring only 2 of 10. The score of 2 is in relation to the competition and shouldn't be interpreted as being unable to humidify. However, you likely want to use these options in small rooms or when you only want to raise the humidity in the area around your child.

It&#039;s hard to get a quieter product than the whale-shaped TaoTronic.
It's hard to get a quieter product than the whale-shaped TaoTronic.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Noise


Humidifier noise can range from barely audible to sleep disruptive, depending on your sensitivity or feelings surrounding white noise. We measure the decibel levels using a sound meter placed 6 inches from the unit operating on its highest setting. We also consider the type of sound produced. Is it high-pitched? Repetitive? Drippy?


We feel that "white noise" is more conducive to restful sleep than a single specific pitch that could be grating over time. In the previous testing, evaporative humidifiers were significantly louder, as they have a fan running to create airflow for evaporation to occur. This review only includes ultrasonic humidifiers, which are much quieter.

The Vicks is the loudest option in the review with dripping and...
The Vicks is the loudest option in the review with dripping and gurgling sounds.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The loudest in the group, Vicks Filter Free, had a reading over 46 decibels. This option also made dripping and gurgling noises we didn't experience with any of the competition. The quietest readings were below 40 for several humidifiers in the group. The highest scoring options for noise, and therefore the quietest, were the TaoTronics TT-AH038 with a 10 of 10 score, and the BreatheFrida, and the Crane Drop, which earned 9s.

The Miro is fillable by removing the top and pouring water into the...
The Miro is fillable by removing the top and pouring water into the "bowl" making it one of the easier options to fill and the only one you can fill in place.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


We compare each option's user interface, features, and design. The same level of functionality is not found in all of the competition. Ideally, you want a product that is "plug and play," so you don't need to spend an excessive amount of time referencing the manual or setting it up beforehand.


However, if you want a product that has programmable settings and other extra features, you may end up with a slightly more complex system. As long as you are ok with taking some time to learn the program, the tradeoff may be worth it. Some of the competition has a simple dial for on/off and to adjust the level of mist output. Other options sport digital interfaces with more features to control the humidity percentage in the air or control a shut-off/run timer. Depending on your goals and usage, a simple dial may be all you need or not enough.

The Levoit has icons that make the user interface easier to...
The Levoit has icons that make the user interface easier to understand.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The Levoit LV600HH and the TaoTronics TT-AH001 earned top scores for ease of use as they offer the ability to monitor humidity levels and have programmable interfaces with timers. While this ups the initial learning curve, we think these features make it easier for long-term use, as you are able to set and forget a humidifier and prevent the need for routine checking on the humidity status. The hardest option to use is the AquaOasis with its odd tank shape and tiny filling hole. All of the current review selections feature an auto-shutoff when the tank is empty, which is a plus.

We purchased and tested all of the humidifiers in this review...
We purchased and tested all of the humidifiers in this review side-by-side for accuracy and details.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Conclusion


Selecting the best humidifier for your child's needs can make the difference between a congested system or a night of easy breathing. Having a useful and effective humidifier on hand to help raise the moisture content of your baby's room can significantly help your little one sleep when congested or feeling unwell. With a marketplace full of potential contenders, each with various features, selecting the right option can be tricky if you are unfamiliar with the products. To help you determine which humidifier is best for your needs, we tested each product in our review to assess performance, ease of cleaning and filling, and more. While we believe the award-winners are the best of the bunch, other top-scoring humidifiers could be a better fit for you if they have more of the features you are looking for. Armed with details from our testing process, we are confident that you can find the best product for your baby and your budget.

Juliet Spurrier, MD and Bob Wofford

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