Top 5 Best Steam Humidifiers 2020

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Is the cold and dry air during winter getting uncomfortable for you? Are you suffering from respiratory ailments, dry skin and having frequent electric shocks from the discharge of static electricity? If so you might need a humidifier and one of the best models to consider is the steam humidifier.

Unlike the evaporative or ultrasonic humidifier which uses wicks and filters, steam humidifiers boil the water and release the steam to increase the humidity. Besides humidifying the air, it also helps to increase the temperature and makes the room more comfortable. The act of boiling also removes bacteria and viruses from the water before it is released into the air, giving us clean and healthy air.

Steam humidifiers are also known as warm mist humidifiers and steam vaporizers. Before committing to a steam humidifier, homeowners should understand the considerations that go into selecting one. It is not difficult but can be confusing for a first time buyer. However, we have done the homework for you to help you choose the best steam humidifier / warm mist humidifier / steam vaporizer for your home.

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

HeaterCoverage
Area
Essential Oils
Compatibility
NoiseRefilling
Type
Running
Time
TaoTronics TT-AH018450 sq. ft.NoQuietTop45 hours
Levoit LV600HH753 sq. ft.YesQuietBottom24 hours
Boneco Steam Humidifier S450860 sq. ft.YesNoisyBottom24 hours
Elechomes SH8820755 sq. ft.YesNoisyTop40 hours
Vicks Nursery Steam VaporizerNot
Specified
YesQuietTop10 hours
Comparison of the Best Steam Humidifiers

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!

TaoTronics TT-AH018 Warm And Cool Mist Humidifier

Best Overall Steam 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. 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 or study room.

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. 

What we hope to see in future in the addition of an essential oil tray so that it can be compatible with aromatherapy. As it stands now, it is not compatible with essential oil. 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 is large water tank so I do not need to change 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 phone and to clean inside of tank. Highly recommend this humidifier. “


Best Steam Humidifier Buyers’ Guide

Humidifiers can come in all shapes and sizes each with its own pros and cons and this can be confusing for the homeowner who is choosing a humidifier for the first time. When choosing the right steam humidifier, there are certain considerations that the homeowner should know in order to make the right choice. 

What Is A Steam Humidifier?

There are 4 main types of humidifiers

  • Evaporative
  • Ultrasonic
  • Vaporizer
  • Air washer

Steam humidifiers can also be known as steam vaporizers or warm mist humidifiers. 

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. 

For homeowners who are into aromatherapy, you will be glad to know that most warm mist humidifiers contain a medicine cup or reservoir  for the incorporation of essential oils into the mist. However, do not confuse  vaporizer/warm mist humidifier with a diffuser. A diffuser is an appliance that converts essential oils into tiny droplets of oil that are dispersed directly into the air. A humidifier can sometimes act as a diffuser but a diffuser can not humidify a room. 

Vaporizers/warm mist humidifiers generally do not have a fan and are also very quiet during its operation. However, homeowners will generally want to refrain from using these in a baby’s room or kid’s room due to the boiling water that is in these humidifiers. If they are accidentally knocked over and lands on the child, nasty burns are certain to happen. 

Other types of humidifiers include evaporative humidifiers, ultrasonic humidifiers and air washers. The table below is a brief overview of the different features of these humidifiers. If you think you might need another type of humidifier for your home, be sure to check out our guide on the pros and cons of different humidifier types

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 humidifiers

Benefit Of Steam Humidifiers

Humidification Efficiency

Humidification by steam is one of the most efficient ways to create water vapor. In steam humidifiers, you require 1 gallon of water to produce 1 gallon of steam so it is a 1:1 conversion with little wastage.

In comparison, an evaporative humidifier generally requires 10-15 gallons of water to produce 1 gallon of steam. That is because it works by dripping water over a media and then having a fan blow over it to produce vapor. There are a lot more steps involved hence the wastage.

Cleaner Air 

Boiling the water to generate steam kills off bacteria and other harmful organisms in the water. The steam that is generated is hence much cleaner and contains less contaminants. This translates to healthier and safe air for the users. 

Health Benefits

Winter months bring low temperatures and reduced humidity to our homes. If the humidity levels are not managed well, homeowners may start to develop symptoms such as dry skin, dry eyes and sinus congestion. 

Cold dry air leads to dehydration at the surfaces of our respiratory systems and surface dehydration causes a wide range of harmful effects to our airway. These effects include degeneration of cells and over-stimulation of the immune system leading to heightened responses to the cold dry air. These heightened responses manifest as asthma. 

When the airway surfaces are dry, it also increases the adherence of bacteria to the surface and allows greater penetration of foreign particles. All these further contribute to more symptoms of asthma or other respiratory disease.  

Arundel’s study in 1986 on indirect health effects also tells us that there is increased incidence of respiratory distress in winter. This is especially so when the humidity level goes below 20%

Therefore, having a steam humidifier in these cases will go a way in relieving some of these symptoms as the water vapor delivers warm moisture to our dry skin and sensitive nose. 

Room Humidifier Vs Whole House Humidifier

When choosing a steam humidifier, it is crucial to decide if you intend to use the humidifier to humidify a room or to humidify the whole house. This will impact on the model of humidifier you choose. 

Room humidifiers are portable humidifiers that you can transport between rooms depending on your needs. These humidifiers are generally much smaller in size and do not need to be hooked up to your furnace. Their coverage area usually tops out at about 2000 sq. ft. which is probably the most you will need for a large room.

Whole house humidifiers are much bulkier units that need to be hooked up to the main furnace. As you can imagine, these units are much more difficult to install and professional plumbing help may be required if you are not confident. However, once you have installed them, your humidification needs would be totally taken care of. The coverage area of the whole house humidifier can go up to 6000 sq .ft which will serve a large sized house reasonably well. Whole house humidifiers are also about 2 to 3 times more expensive than room humidifiers.

Size Of Room

When choosing your steam humidifier, you need to find out the size of your room or house 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. To find out the size of the whole house, measure the area of each individual room and then add them together. For an odd-sized room, try to get an estimated measurement of the length and breadth before multiplying them. 

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.

Ease Of Use

This refers to the user-friendliness of the unit. A humidifier that is user friendly should have the following features; intuitive controls, digital display and remote control. All these features add a touch of convenience to the overall experience and should be taken into consideration when choosing humidifiers.

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.

Timer

This is a useful feature if you intend to use the humidifier during sleep but not over the entire night. After a humidifier has sufficiently humidified your bedroom for the night after a few hours, you would not want to wake up just to turn it off. Therefore a timer that enables you to determine the duration of humidification will be extremely useful. 

Humidistat

Almost all modern humidifiers from reputable brands have an inbuilt humidistat. They allow users to determine a target humidity level and the humidifier will automatically shut off or start up as required to maintain that level.

Waterless Automatic Shut-Off

Having a model with automatic shut-off when the water runs out is a great safety feature in all humidifiers. This function detects when the water tank is dry and shuts off the unit. This saves electricity and also prevents overheating on the humidifier.

Noise

Noise from humidifiers is usually caused by the fan unit in the humidifier and they are usually found in evaporative units or air washer units. Ultrasonic and vaporizer units are usually quieter as they do not require a fan to generate the water vapor. 

Portability

Evaporative humidifiers and air washers are usually bulkier and heavier due to the extra components they have in their bodies and this reduces their portability. These units may be better suited for a fixed position in a house or room. Ultrasonic humidifiers and vaporizer are generally more compact and lighter and can be transported between rooms easily. 


Best Steam Humidifier Product review

Levoit LV600HH Hybrid Ultrasonic Humidifier

Best Quiet Steam 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 or a study room.

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 at well until you find your preferred humidity level. This is made possible by an inbuilt humidistat that can accurately detect the level of humidity in the room. 

For homeowners who intend to use it overnight, you will love the timer that can be adjusted between 1-12 hours so it can shut off automatically during the night. However, if you are as forgetful as me in setting the timer, you will really appreciate the auto shutoff that kicks into place when there is no more water left in the tank. For my wife, she was really thrilled to find that this humidifier comes with an aroma box so she could go crazy with her essential oil aromatherapy. 

When judging 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. This is a bottom refilling humidifier and 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. I suppose I am more of a top refilling kind of guy but that is just me.

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!”


Elechomes SH8820 Ultrasonic Humidifier

Best Child-Friendly Steam Humidifier

Product Overview

  • Coverage area: 430 – 755 sq. ft. / 40 – 70 sq. m.
  • Water tank capacity: 1.5 gallons / 5.5 litre
  • Warm Mist output: 600ml/hour
  • Cool mist output: 300ml/hour
  • Running time: 24 hours
  • Dimensions: 10.4” x 7.2” x 12”
  • Weight: 6.3 lbs

The Elechomes SH8820 Ultrasonic humidifier is a dual mist humidifier that is able to put out either cool or warm mist depending on the homeowner’s needs. Designed for large rooms, it comes equipped with a 5.5 gallon water tank that can run for up to 40 hours (on low settings) for areas up to 755 sq. ft. 

In terms of ease of use, this humidifier has a thumb up from me. Water can be refilled from the top so you just need to open the lid and pour water in. A lot more convenient compared to bottom refilling models. During water refilling, the water tank is also easily accessible and users will be able to put their whole hand in for thorough cleaning and scrubbing. However, this unit does contain many small parts which can be challenging to clean thoroughly. It also comes with a remote control so you can adjust it from the comfort of your couch or bed if you need to make changes in the middle of the night. 

In terms of functionality, there is the option for cool mist or warm mist depending on your preference making this a very flexible humidifier. A safety tip is to ensure the unit is out of reach of pets or children when using the warm mist function. There is an inbuilt humidistat that allows users to determine their preferred humidity between 30% to 80% in intervals of 5%. If you are an aromatherapy enthusiast, you will be glad to know there is a port for your essential oils as well. For the parents, this humidifier has a child lock that prevents your young children from meddling with the controls. 

A feature that is not commonly seen in ultrasonic humidifiers is the use of filters. This effectively reduces the white dust that usually comes with ultrasonic humidifiers. Of course, this also means you will need to replace the filter on a regular basis to achieve the cleaning effect.

 As an ultrasonic humidifier, quietness should be one of the main selling points of this unit. When using the whisper sleep mode, this model is advertised to only register 20 – 32 dB of noise. However, it is actually much closer to 40 dB on testing and may not be suitable for rooms where quietness is crucial. However, if you are very sensitive to light during sleep, you will be glad to know that this humidifier has a screen-off setting to eliminate all lights from the unit.

Pros

  • Large area coverage
  • 360 deg nozzle to direct mist
  • Dual mist function
  • Has filter to reduce white dust
  • Child lock 
  • Easy water refilling with top refill

Cons

  • Has small parts that are difficult to clean
  • Noisy during operation, especially when using the warm mist function

What the fans love: “It works so well and very quickly! It easily humidifies my living room and the neighboring bedrooms and bathroom. It has a nice large water tank and immediately begins spouting out steam as soon as it is turned on. I love the two swivel heads on top which allows me to choose which direction I want the steam to blast.”


Boneco Digital Steam Humidifier S450

Best Steam Humidifier For Large Room

Product Overview

  • Coverage area: 860 sq. ft. / 80 sq. m.
  • Water tank capacity: 1.5 gallons / 6 litre
  • Essential Oils Compatibility: Yes
  • Refilling: Bottom fill
  • Running time: 24 – 36 hours
  • Dimensions: 14” x 9.5” x 13.2”
  • Weight: 10 lbs

The Boneco Digital Steam Humidifier is a steam vaporizer that utilizes steam technology to convert water into steam before being released into the air. As with all steam humidifiers, this process of boiling removes the bacteria and viruses from the water resulting in clean and healthy humidification. In terms of safety, it is always wise not to place steam humidifiers too close to children. However, the Boneco humidifier is safer than other models with its clear mist technology that is warm to touch rather than burning hot. It is one of the safest steam humidifiers on the market.

As the name suggests, there is a multifunctional digital display that allows users to make changes with ease and convenience. The different modes available on this humidifier are Auto mode, Sleep mode and Econ Mode. The most convenient mode is the Auto mode which will humidify the room to relative humidity of 50% when used. This is the preset level but users can also change it. Essentially, it allows the user to just select a level and just leave the humidifier alone to do its job. In order for this to work, this humidifier also has an inbuilt humidistat which it uses to detect the humidity level.

Another awesome feature that is not commonly present in other humidifiers is the Decalcification mode. This is an auto cleaning mode that enables simple cleaning and decalcification of the steam tray, water base and steam pipe. You just need to dissolve the CalcOff decalcification agent into 1L of hot water and pour it into the water base. Run the Decal mode and let it run.

Other features of this humidifier include an essential oil tray, On/Off timer and an Anti-mineral pad which absorb a large portion of lime during operation and reduces the calcification in the steam tray.

The limitations of this heater include a high price point and some users have complained that the water tank tends to leak a bit which may result in a puddle of water if used for prolonged periods. Last of all, this humidifier can get somewhat noisy at the highest fan setting so it would not be suitable for bedrooms and study rooms.

Pros

  • Mist is warm rather than burning hot hence safer for children
  • Digital display that is user friendly
  • Auto mode is easy and convenient for user
  • Compatible with essential oils
  • Auto cleaning mode makes cleaning easier and faster

Cons

  • High price point
  • Water tank tends to leaks with prolonged usage
  • Noisy fan

What their fans love: “I have never owned a humidifier that has given me better results. Yes it is one of the most expensive I’ve ever seen (for a small room-size unit) but when you consider that it does what it should without making the air less healthy, that it is easy and cost-effective to maintain, and it is convenient to use the bottom line to me is that it’s worth it.“


Vicks Nursery Steam Vaporizer

Best Budget Steam Humidifier For Small Rooms

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: Which is better, cool mist or warm steam humidifier?

A: Both humidifiers will do a good job of humidifying the room so it really depends on your specific needs when trying to determine which is the better humidifier. If you want a unit that is quiet then a warm steam humidifier is better in that aspect. If you prefer a child-friendly humidifier that is safer then go with cool mist. There are many other considerations to understand. For more information, visit our guide on the types of humidifiers!

Q: How big a humidifier do I need?

A: This depends on the size of your room. Measure the size of your room as accurately as you can before shopping for your humidifier. Once you know the size of your room, compare it against the recommendation coverage area as recommended by the manufacturers. I personally would deduct 20% off that recommendation because their recommendation is likely based on ideal conditions without any leaks or drafts in the room. In a real life scenario, the coverage area is likely smaller than advertised.

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:How do I make my humidifier steam better?

A: Adding some salt to the water in the vaporizer may help. Having some salt in the water “hardens” the water and it helps to generate steam. Water that is too soft does not contain enough minerals to generate steam.

Q: Do humidifiers kill the flu virus?

A: The survival rate of viruses increases when indoor humidity drops to 20% and below. When humidity levels are maintained at 40% to 60%, the survival rate of viruses decreases drastically.

For more information on how humidity affects bacteria, viruses and fungi, check out our guide on the harmful effects of humidity!

Q: What is the difference between a vaporizer and a humidifier?

A:  Vaporizers belong under the umbrella of humidifiers. Essentially vaporizers are a type of humidifiers. Vaporizers humidify the air by boiling water to generate steam which is then released into the air as warm/hot mist to increase the humidity. Vaporizers are not to be confused with diffusers. Diffusers just break down essential oils into fine droplets and release them into the air. Diffusers do not humidify the air at all.


Recap Of The Best Steam Humidifier For Large Rooms

HeaterCoverage
Area
Essential Oils
Compatibility
NoiseRefilling
Type
Running
Time
TaoTronics TT-AH018450 sq. ft.NoQuietTop45 hours
Levoit LV600HH753 sq. ft.YesQuietBottom24 hours
Boneco Steam Humidifier S450860 sq. ft.YesNoisyBottom24 hours
Elechomes SH8820755 sq. ft.YesNoisyTop40 hours
Vicks Nursery Steam VaporizerNot
Specified
YesQuietTop10 hours
Comparison of the Best Steam Humidifiers

Wrapping it up

Out of the 5 products we reviewed, the Taotronics warm and cool mist was our favorite steam humidifier. It strikes a good balance between functionalities, ease of use and noise level. With the ability to control the temperature of the mist, homeowners have with them an all-season humidifier that can work all year round. All in all, this humidifier gets the job done with minimal fuss and is a great deal for homeowners!

The Levoit LV600HH is a close second mainly due to the bottom fill feature that makes it slightly more difficult to refill water. However, the functionalities and features are great and would make a great humidifier.

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