Top 5 Best Quiet Humidifier 2020

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We live in a fast paced society with exciting vibrancy and never-ending action. This heightened state can be exhilarating but many of us also crave the alternatives of calm, quiet and the chance to switch off. Our homes can be that sanctuary.

In order to refine the sound environment at home and achieve the best balance of silence and functionality, homeowners will need to source for the best quiet home appliances. Humidifiers are no exception. However, there are thousands of models available on the market and homeowners can get confused. Therefore, we did the homework for you and came up with the best 5 quiet humidifiers for your home sanctuary.

Below, you will find a list of 5 best quiet humidifiers from reputable international brands, each with their pros and cons clearly stated.

Noise levelCoverage AreaRunning TimeTimerEssential Oil
Compatibility
HuPro Premium30 dB500 q. ft.30 hoursYesYes
Dyson AM1040 dB172 sq. ft.12 hoursYesNo
TaoTronic TT-AH01835 dB450 sq. ft.45 hoursYesNo
Levoit LV600HH35 dB753 sq. ft.60 hoursYesYes
Vicks Steam Vaporizer30 dBNot provided10 hoursNoYes
Best Quiet Humidifier

You’ll also find a buyers’ guide where you can read our rationale when deciding how to rate these products, and hopefully you can use it yourself when making future purchases.

In a Hurry? This Is Our Winner!

HuPro Premium Ultrasonic Cool And Warm Humidifier

Best Overall Quiet Humidifier

Product Overview

  • Coverage area: up to 500 sq. ft./ 47 sq. m
  • Water tank capacity: 1 gallons /4 litre
  • Essential Oil Compatibility: Yes
  • Running time: 30 hours
  • Dimensions: 14” x 11.2” x 10.5”
  • Weight: 8.48 lb

The HuPro Premium Ultrasonic Cool and Warm Humidifier is a dual mist humidifier that can cover an area up to 500 sq. ft. with its 4 gallon water tank. This large capacity humidifier has a running time of 30 hours between refills allowing users to use it through the night without waking up to refill it. If it does run out of water during the night, the auto shutoff feature kicks in, ensuring the safety of the unit and the user. As an ultrasonic humidifier, this model is also very quiet, registering only about 30 dB on the highest speed setting. This makes it an ideal choice for babies, seniors and sensitive sleepers.

In terms of functionality, the dual mist feature allows users to choose between cool or warm mist depending on their preference for the day. The smart humidification system incorporates three types of humidity control, auto mode, constant humidity and 5 speed levels. There is also an essential oils tray for homeowners who love to indulge in some aromatherapy at the end of a tiring day.

One particular feature that caught our attention was the triple purification unit that consisted of  a ceramic filter, UV light and air ionization. The ceramic filter contains active carbon and mineral pellets that will absorb impurities from the water as it passes through the filter resulting in cleaner and fresher air. The great thing about this filter is that it never needs replacement so you never have to worry about replacement schedules or fork out additional cash for replacement filters.  Another feature that aids the cleansing of air is the air ionization. It produces 300 million cleansing negative ions per minute to decontaminate the water of fungus, virus and fungi. Combine that with an UV light that prevents odor in the water and you have a winner!

For ease of use, I really love that it is a top refilling humidifier because that is just so convenient for homeowners to refill without much effort and without any mess. The water tank also has an extra-wide opening for easy filling and cleaning. 

One gripe I have with this humidifier is that the mist shoots straight up and some droplets will just drop down and wet the surface the humidifier is sitting on. It would have been better if the mist can be directed away from the humidifier and further away. It still does a good job but users will need to make sure they protect the floor with a rug or a tray so that water does not collect. Besides wetting the floor, this also causes the humidistat to register a higher humidity than what the room really is.

Pros

  • Quiet
  • Auto shut off feature
  • Triple purification feature
  • Good coverage area
  • Easy to refill water and clean

Cons

  • Tends to wet the surface/floor that it sits on
  • Humidistat can be inaccurate because the mist is saturated near the unit

What the fans love: “Easy to clean due to the removable water bin. Virtually silent. No fans or other noise. Love the little warming tray to put some scented oil. Keeps the master bedroom humidity at 45% ( up from 33% naturally ) and has solved respiration problems due to dry air. Bought a second one for the office.”


Best Quiet Humidifier Buyers’ Guide

When choosing a quiet humidifier for your home, noise consideration is of course the most important factor to look at. Some manufacturers make it easy for us by stating the noise level the unit will make in decibels. However, not all models come with such detailed information. Therefore, it is important that we understand how to judge if a model will be quiet. This also prevents the manufacturers from pulling a fast one on us. After noise level, there are also other considerations that might influence your decision and we are here to help you with that.

What Is The Quietest Type Of Humidifier?

There are 4 main types of humidifiers

  • Evaporative
  • Ultrasonics
  • Steam Vaporizer
  • Air washer

Evaporative

In essence, evaporative humidifiers work by evaporation of the water in the humidifier and releases it as a cool mist. Inside most evaporative humidifiers is a wick that absorbs the water in the humidifier. A fan then evaporates the water in the wick giving us water vapour and increasing the humidity in the room. For those who are unfamiliar with what a wick is, it is a porous cylindrical structure that has a large surface area which allows maximum water absorption and water evaporation.

The wick also acts like a filter to filter out any impurities or contaminants in the water being used in the humidifier. Due to the presence of this wick filter, the type of water used in an evaporative humidifier is less restrictive than an ultrasonic humidifier which does not use a filter. Generally, you can use normal tap water in an evaporative humidifier without any issues. Wicks are usually quite large in size and therefore you will find that most evaporative humidifiers are bulkier in size and also heavier.

Another advantage of evaporative humidifiers is that it can never over-humidify the air because it works by evaporation. If the ambient air is already saturated with water, evaporation will not be able to occur no matter how much the fan blows at the water. 

The purchase cost of an evaporative humidifier is usually the lowest among the different types of humidifiers but the operating cost is the highest from the replacement of wicks and filters. It is recommended that filters be replaced every 3 to 6 monthly depending on the usage of your humidifiers. Different humidifiers may also have different recommendations so it would be best to check in with the manufacturers if you are intending to get an evaporative humidifier.

Evaporative humidifiers also tend to be louder due to the running fan that is used to evaporate the water in the humidifier. Some humidifiers can register noise level up to 50 dB at their highest speed settings. If you are intending to use your humidifier in your bedroom or if you are very sensitive to noise then an evaporative humidifier may not be for you.

If you are looking for a quiet humidifier, you should avoid evaporative models.

Steam Humidifiers/Vaporizer/Warm Mist

Vaporizer humidifiers basically boil the water in the humidifier into steam before releasing it into the air. As you can probably imagine, the mist from a vaporizer can get quite hot and hence it is also known as a warm mist humidifier. Vaporizer or warm mist humidifiers are very popular among homeowners suffering from allergies or asthma because the warm mist usually has a more soothing and comforting effect on sensitive airways than cool mist humidifiers. 

Due to the heating of the water in the vaporizer, most bacteria in the water are also eliminated and the mist coming from these humidifiers are generally cleaner and healthier compared to an ultrasonic humidifier. 

Vaporizer steam humidifiers typically do not come with fans and hence there are no moving parts. Therefore they are usually silent and fit the bill for a quiet humidifier. 

Ultrasonics Humidifier 

An ultrasonic humidifier is a nebulizer that uses high frequency vibrations to break water down into ultra-fine droplets which then get released into the air as a mist. Depending on the specific model, the mist may be a cool mist or a warm mist. An easy way to see if a humidifier is an ultrasonic humidifier is to see if there is a mist plume coming out from the model. If there is a mist plume, it is usually an ultrasonic humidifier. 

An ultrasonic humidifier does not have a wick like an evaporative humidifier and typically does not have any filter as well. As such, they are usually less bulky and lighter. However, because of the lack of a filter to absorb impurities and contaminants, it is recommended to use either distilled water or filtered water in the humidifier. If hard water such as tap water is used, ultrasonic humidifiers may dispel white dust into the air due to the mineral contents in the water. 

Ultrasonic humidifiers have the highest humidity output among all the types of humidifier because it actively breaks down water into fine droplets and forcefully discharges it into the air. Theoretically, there is the risk of over-humidifying the air but most humidifiers have an inbuilt humidistat to prevent that from happening.

In terms of price, ultrasonic humidifiers usually cost more upfront but have the lowest operating cost because there is no need for filter replacement every 3 to 6 months. 

Ultrasonic humidifiers also do not typically come with fans and do not contain much moving parts. They are usually pretty quiet during operation and generally do not register noise levels above 40 dB. A suitable choice for a quiet humidifier.

 Air Washer

Air washers are 2-in-1 appliances that combine a humidifier and an air purifier together in one unit. Besides being able to control the humidity in the air, air washers also clean the air by filtering large particles, pollen and contaminants from the air. With a combination of these two functions, the indoor air quality in your house will be maintained at a comfortable and healthy level. 

In order to perform the air purification and humidification, airwashers usually have inbuilt fans and discs. These moving parts contribute the higher noise levels that is seen with airwashers. Airwashers are not recommended if you need a quiet humidifier.

Evaporative HumidifierUltrasonic HumidifierSteam HumidifierAir Washer
Mode of humidificationEvaporation Ultrasonic vibrationSteamEvaporation
Cool/Warm MistCoolCan be bothWarmCool
Contains fanYesNoNoSometimes
Contains filterYesSometimesNoNo
NoiseNoisyQuietQuietNoisy
CostModerateModerateLowHigh
PortabilityModerateGoodGoodModerate
Comparison of types of humidifier

Noise Level

What is a review on the best quiet humidifier if we don’t talk about the noise level of these humidifiers. Sound or noise is typically measured using decibels (dB) and depending on the make of the heater, the noise level can go up to as high as 60 dB.

For an estimate of how 60 dB sounds like, have a look at the infographics below!

noise decibel chart

The safe limit recommended by experts at the US Environmental Protection Agency is 70 dB but that is relevant for workspaces only. In our homes, a reasonable limit to aim for would be anything below 45 dB. Any noise beyond that would tend to disturb you or your family member‘s rest. This is especially so if you are planning to use the humidifier in your bedroom, study room or a baby nursery. Having a quiet humidifier in these rooms is crucial for getting good rest and improving concentration. 

If you like to find out more about the health effects of prolonged exposure to loud noises, do check out our post on how noise pollution affects your health!

Certification

When choosing quiet humidifiers or quiet home appliances in general, having a Quiet Mark Certification is always a clear sign that the appliance has passed stringent testing and assessment to be identified as a quiet product.

Quiet Mark is an independent, international approval award programme associated with the UK Noise Abatement Society. It encourages companies worldwide to prioritize noise reduction within the design of everyday machines and appliances. Any quiet product identified and endorsed by Quiet Mark would have undergone scientific testing and assessment. Consumers can rest assured that the product they are getting is probably one of the quietest in a given category.

Coverage Area

When choosing your humidifier, you need to find out the size of your room as accurately as possible to avoid disappointment. The easiest way to find out the size of your room is to measure the length and breadth of your room and then multiply them together.

Once you have an idea of the actual size of your room, you can look at the models of humidifiers that you are interested in. Almost all manufacturers will list down the coverage area of their humidifiers in the product overview. These give you a good indication of what size room the humidifier is best for. 

When looking at these values provided by the manufacturers, I would probably round them down by about 20%. For example, the manufacturer may say that the humidifier can cover an area of 1000 sq. ft. but I would take away 20% from that and estimate the coverage area to be about 800 sq. ft. This is because these values were probably measured in an ideal environment where there are no leaks or drafts in the room. In real life, we may have leaky windows, wall cracks, door gaps that may contribute to the loss in humidity.

Running Time

For homeowners looking for a quiet humidifier, it is quite likely that they are using it overnight during their sleep. Therefore, it makes sense to find a humidifier that can at least run continuously overnight without the need for a refill. Hence, homeowners can look at the running time of the humidifier when choosing their humidifier. At least 12 hours on their highest setting is recommended for overnight usage. Some units boast a long running time but only on the lowest setting. So… read the fine print!

Timer

As mentioned in the previous paragraph, quiet humidifiers are likely for use during sleep. Some owners prefer to have it turned on the whole night but some might prefer to turn it off in the middle of the night for fear or over-humidifying the air. Having a timer function would allow the user to switch off the humidifier without actually waking up and interrupting their sleep. 

Ease Of Maintenance

This refers to the ease of refilling water and the ease of cleaning. Most humidifiers will require a refill of water every 24 hour depending on the capacity of the water tank. For something that you have to do frequently, it makes sense to find a model that allows easy refilling that is fast, efficient and neat. Usually, a top refill model is easier to do refilling as you just need to cover the top lid and pour in water. Generally, bottom refills tend to be messier and more of a hassle.

Humidifiers usually need a good thorough wash once every week. Depending on the model of the humidifier, the cleaning may take anything from 10 minutes to 30 minutes. When choosing a humidifier that is easy to clean, avoid units with many components or units with many small parts that are difficult to access. Some models come with specialized brush to allow users to reach difficult to access areas. The water tank should have a large access hole which allows the users to place the whole hand in for easy scrubbing.

If a humidifier cannot be cleaned properly, there will be buildup of lime, mold and fungus and these particles can get released into the air when the humidifier is working. 

Essential Oil Compatibility

Aromatherapy using essential oils has gained traction in recent years for its therapeutic effects in many fields such as pain relief, mental wellness and so on. Many homeowners also enjoy some soothing fragrance in their bedroom before bedtime. For a quiet humidifier used during sleep, this ability to add aromatherapy to the mix is definitely a major bonus.


Best Quiet Humidifier Product review

Dyson AM10 Humidifier

Best Premium Quiet Humidifier

Product Overview

  • Coverage area: up to 200 sq. ft./ 18.5 sq. m
  • Water tank capacity: 0.8 gallons /4 litre
  • Running time: 12 hours
  • Essential oil compatibility: No
  • Dimensions: 8.7” x 9.4” x 22.8”
  • Weight: 7.5 lb

The Dyson AM10 is a dual function combo unit that can function both as a humidifier and a cooling fan depending on your needs. The humidification runs on ultrasonic technology and is whisper quiet during operation. As testament to its quiet operation, the Dyson AM10 has even achieved the Quiet Mark Certification which is an internationally recognized award for the quietest home appliances. 

It comes with a 0.8 gallon water tank that has the ability to humidify an average sized room of  about 200 sq. ft. for up to 12 hours continuously at the highest humidity setting. If  operated at the lowest humidity setting, it can run up to 48 hours between refills. Nonetheless, it will be sufficient for overnight use even at the highest humidity setting.

As with most Dyson products, there is a strong focus on user-friendliness. The Dyson AM10 comes with a remote control that allows you to adjust the humidity level between 30% to 70% in intervals of 10%. If you are unsure what level to set it at, you can also delegate the task to the humidifier itself by choosing the auto mode which will select a humidity level it deems the most comfortable and ideal for your current climate. It is able to achieve this due to the Intelligent Climate Control system which measures both temperature and moisture in the ambient air. For those of us who do not have a clue, this is the most convenient option yet and frees up our mind for other more important affairs.

Other functionalities include a sleep timer that can be customized between 15mins and 9 hours for greater flexibility during sleep. The Dyson AM10 also comes with Ultraviolet Cleanse Technology  that is able to kill 99.9% of bacteria in the water by exposing every drop of water to UV light. With this, homeowners will have access to clean, healthy , fresh air in their homes. This makes it a great choice for baby’s room or even users with asthma and allergies. Say goodbye to nasty sinus congestion and persistent runny nose.

Now, what I do not like about this humidifier is that it is a bottom fill unit so refills are slightly more troublesome. The cleaning of this humidifier does require more work than a usual humidifier because there are quite a number of small parts to disassemble and clean. In order to make your life easier, do consider using distilled or filtered water rather than hard tap water to minimize the amount of scale buildup.

Pros

  • Dual function. Humidifier + Fan
  • Quiet
  • UV light technology which kills 99.9% of bacteria
  • Inbuilt humidistat to control humidity levels
  • Can be remotely controlled
  • Has a sleep timer

Cons

  • Bottom refill
  • Requires more time for maintenance 
  • High price point

What the fans love: “My 3 yr old is sensitive to dry air/pet dander and gets very congested so when we put our wood stove in we invested in the dyson humidifier. Within 4 days of use, his congestion completely cleared up. When we have the money, we will be buying another one for the other end of the house. Although expensive, it’s by far worth every penny and more.”


TaoTronics TT-AH018 Warm And Cool Mist Humidifier

Best Quiet Ultrasonic Humidifier

Product Overview

  • Coverage area: 450 sq. ft. / 40 sq. m.
  • Water tank capacity: 1.45 gallons / 5.5 litre
  • Essential Oils Compatibility: No
  • Refilling: top fill
  • Running time:45  hours
  • Dimensions: 10.2” x 8.07” x 12.6”
  • Weight: 6.8 lbs

The TaoTronics TT-AH018 warm and cool mist humidifier is an ultrasonics humidifier that can produce both warm and cool water vapor to humidify the room. While not technically a steam vaporizer, it does contain a heating element to produce warm mist that can reach temperatures of 60°C / 140°F. For consumers like me who could never decide whether a cool mist or warm mist was better, this is perfect. As an ultrasonic humidifier, there is no fan required and hence this unit is pretty quiet. It registers about 35 dB while it is operating and is a good fit for a bedroom and light sleepers.

With a coverage of about 200 to 450 sq. ft., this humidifier is good for a medium sized room and can run up to 45 hours between refills. For refilling, this is a top fill humidifier and refilling is easy and convenient. Just pull up the top lid and pour water in. 

Other features include a touch screen LED display for style and easy handling. The settings may be adjusted to customize mist output, mist temperature and also the humidity level. As with any good humidifier, this model comes with an inbuilt humidistat that allows it to determine the room humidity and adjust the humidity according to the user’s preferences. There are also two 360° nozzles which enable the user to direct the mist where they want it.

As with most ultrasonic humidifiers, there will be white dust generated from this unit because of the mineral contents in the water. As much possible, it is advised to use distilled or filtered water rather than hard water. That might be a little bit more troublesome for users but if you do not mind cleaning the humidifier slightly more frequently, hard water is fine as well!

Pros

  • Has warm and cool mist for different seasons
  • Able to customize mist temperature to suit one’s needs
  • Quiet during operation
  • Long running time between refills
  • Top fill makes for easy refilling

Cons

  • Not compatible with essential oils
  • Generate white dust during operation

What the fans love: “This humidifiers works excellent for my large master bedroom. It has a large water tank so I do not need to change the water everyday. The part I love most is that it comes with sleeping mode which is really quiet. The design is awesome. It is easy to set up with a phone and to clean inside of the tank. Highly recommend this humidifier. “


Levoit LV600HH Hybrid Ultrasonic Humidifier

Best Large Room Quiet Humidifier

Product Overview

  • Coverage area: 753 sq. ft. / 70 sq. m.
  • Water tank capacity: 1.5 gallons / 6 litre
  • Essential Oil Compatibility: Yes
  • Running time: 24 – 36 hours
  • Dimensions: 11.3’ x 7’ x 10.5’
  • Weight: 4.92 lbs

The Levoit LV600HH Hybrid Ultrasonic Humidifier is a dual mist humidifier that can put out both warm and cool mist depending on your settings. Covering an area of 753 sq. fr, this is an extremely powerful humidifier that can work well in a large room. Powered by ultrasonics, this humidifier does not have a fan and is whisper quiet. It registers a mere 35 dB when it is operating on the highest setting and it is barely discernible. This makes it a perfect choice for a humidifier in a bedroom.

In terms of functionality, this humidifier comes with an auto mode which does the heavy lifting for you by automatically adjusting the humidity to a comfortable level. However, if you would like to customize the humidity level yourself, you can also pick an exact percentage and adjust it until you find your preferred humidity level. 

For homeowners who sometimes forget to do a refill, you will really appreciate the auto shutoff that kicks into place when there is no more water left in the tank. For users who use aromatherapy, you will be thrilled to know there is an aroma box for your essential oils in this humidifier.

Regarding the ease of use, I have mixed feelings about the Levoit LV600HH. The remote control is a nice feature which allows homeowners to adjust the settings from the comfort of their couch or bed in the middle of the night. 

However, I really have an issue with the water refilling. The water cap is on the base of the water tank. So during a refill, you have to remove the tank, turn it upside down to fill it up and all the while dripping water everywhere and then turn it back again before inserting it back to the humidifier.

As with most ultrasonic humidifiers, it is recommended that you use distilled water or filtered water instead of tap water. Tap water is considered hard water that contains traces of mineral deposits. When used in an ultrasonic humidifier, it releases white dust into the air which may be inhaled by the user. Also, hard water will cause rapid buildup of mineral deposits in the humidifier resulting in more frequent washes. And this is one heater which does require a fair bit of work when washing. There are multiple components which require cleaning and disinfection so each wash can take about 20 minutes if you are thorough. 

All in all, a nice sleek humidifier with numerous awesome features which does a great job in humidification. However, it does require a bit more work for maintenance.

Pros

  • Large coverage area
  • Dual mist function
  • Quiet – 35 dB
  • Long running time
  • Auto shutoff function
  • Aroma box for aromatherapy
  • Touchscreen LED display

Cons

  • Requires distilled or filtered water for best results
  • Refilling water is messy
  • Washing is somewhat tedious

What the fans love: “First, I love this humidifier. We have 4 different humidifiers in our home, and this one is by far our favorite. The settings are easily adjustable, no leaks, it’s stable, it’s quiet, no problems. And the customer service is great!”


Vicks Nursery Steam Vaporizer

Best Portable Quiet Humidifier

Product Overview

  • Coverage area: Not specified by manufacturers but likely good for small rooms
  • Water tank capacity: 1 gallons / 3.8 litre
  • Essential Oils Compatibility: Yes
  • Refilling: Top fill
  • Running time: 10 hours
  • Dimensions: 7.5” x 11.2” x 12.3”
  • Weight: 1.9 lbs

The Vicks Steam Vaporizer is a no-frills traditional steam humidifier that generates steam by boiling the water in the vaporizer. Although the manufacturers did not specify the coverage area, this model will likely be appropriate for small to medium sized rooms. With a 1-gallon water tank, the Vicks steam vaporizer can run for about 10 hours between refills. As this is a pure steam vaporizer, there is no fan attached. Hence this unit is virtually silent during operation and is a great choice for bedrooms, study rooms and baby’s room. It is actually advertised as a nursery humidifier so no surprises there.

When judging the ease of use, the Vicks vaporizer is a top fill humidifier so refilling is extremely simple. This is a much appreciated feature because you will expect more frequent refilling due to the smaller water tank size. Cleaning this vaporizer is also a breeze as there are not many components to it. A simple rinse and scrub of the few parts every week will be all the maintenance you require.

Most Vicks humidifiers come with a medicine pod and this unit is no exception. This makes it compatible with essential oils and is a welcomed feature for homeowners into aromatherapy. 

Weighing just barely 2 lbs, this humidifier is the most portable humidifier I have ever seen. Literally anyone can transport this unit between rooms without difficulties. Finally, you simply can’t beat the price on this humidifier. It has the lowest price point of all the humidifiers reviewed here and will be suitable for anyone on a tight budget. 

The limitations about this humidifier is the lack of customization. You literally just turn it on and allow it to humidify the air. There is no inbuilt humidistat to control the humidity level so there is a small risk you might over humidify the air. However, with a small water tank, that is not likely to happen. As with most steam vaporizer, the steam that comes out of the vaporizer is very hot and should be placed out of reach of children and pets

Pros

  • Top fill for easy refilling
  • Easy to clean
  • Affordable price point
  • Very quiet
  • Compatible with essential oils
  • Compact and portable

Cons

  • Lack of customization for settings
  • Hot steam can be unsafe for children

What the fans love:”If you have a baby or young Child you must have a vaporizer in your home. I use mine with the Vicks liquid and it really helps my baby and my other kids to stop coughing.”


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Where is the best place to put a humidifier?

A: Long story short.

  • Placement in the middle of the room leads to fast and even humidification
  • Keep humidifier 14 -17 feet (4-5m) away from walls and furniture
  • Place 3 feet (1 m) away from the bed 
  • Elevate the humidifier 2 feet off the ground
  • Keep the windows and doors shut when using the humidifier
  • Avoid running a humidifier and air purifier in the same room
  • Avoid placing humidifier in direct sunlight

If you like the full story, check out our guide on the best practices when positioning your humidifier!

Q: Should the humidifier run all night?

A: Yes it is perfectly fine to keep the humidifier running all night if you always find your self waking up with dry mouth and dry nasal passages. However, homeowners should be mindful to keep the humidifier well maintained if they wish to run it all night. 

  • Always ensure there is enough water in the unit for overnight usage. Running the unit without water may burn the circuit and damage the humidifier. Alternatively, get a model with automatic waterless shut off.
  • Clean the humidifier regularly and rid it of lime, mold and fungus. If not, these particles will be distributed into the air every night during your beauty sleep and harm your health
  • Use distilled or filtered water instead of hard tap water to reduce the amount of lime and scale buildup

Q: Do humidifiers kill airborne viruses?

A:  No. Humidifiers do not kill viruses per se. However, maintaining the indoor humidity levels between 40% to 60% will lower the survival rates of viruses. Viruses thrive in very dry (blow 20% relative humidity) or very moist conditions (above 80% relative humidity). Therefore, we always see an uptake of influenza during the winter seasons. The virus simply survives longer on surfaces and has more chances to infect people. By increasing the humidity with a humidifier, the virus does not survive as long.

Q: Is it advisable to run a humidifier and an air purifier together in the same room?

A: Yes and No. The moisture from the mist coupled with the residues in the air purifier filter may become a breeding ground for mold and fungi if the filter is not maintained regularly. However, if proper maintenance is done regularly for the humidifier and air purifier then it is fine. Also, humidifier and air purifier combo units are also fine since you can wash their shared filter at the same time. 

Q: Is cool mist or warm mist better for sleep?

A: There is not much difference between cool and warm mist for sleep. You just need to be more careful if you are placing the warm mist humidifier close to your bed. Warm mist is produced by boiling water and knocking it over in your sleep can cause some really serious injury to you or your sleeping partner. If using the humidifier in a baby room, I would avoid warm mist humidifier for safety reasons.


Recap Of The Best Quiet Humidifier

Noise levelCoverage AreaRunning TimeTimerEssential Oil
Compatibility
HuPro Premium30 dB500 q. ft.30 hoursYesYes
Dyson AM1040 dB172 sq. ft.12 hoursYesNo
TaoTronic TT-AH01835 dB450 sq. ft.45 hoursYesNo
Levoit LV600HH35 dB753 sq. ft.60 hoursYesYes
Vicks Steam Vaporizer30 dBNot provided10 hoursNoYes
Best Quiet Humidifier

Wrapping it up

Out of the 5 products we reviewed, the HuPro Premium Ultrasonic Humidifier was our favorite quiet humidifier. It strikes a good balance between noise level, functionalities, ease of use and price. With it’s whisper quiet operation, ability to purify the air 3 ways and putting out a decent amount of humidification as well, homeowners have with them an rounder humidifier that can serve multiple purposes. All in all, this humidifier gets the job done with minimal fuss and is a great deal for homeowners!

The Dyson AM10 is a close second mainly due due to the higher price point. However, there is always a price to pay for quality and this humidifier delivers on all fronts.If your budget allows, you should definitely consider this as well!

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