Since “Game of Thrones” leitmotif “winter is coming” every time I am about to say it, I feel somehow amused as if an exaggeration would follow. But the truth is, I find winters harder and harder to go through. While some of us might be able to leave it all behind and live an exotic, Hawaiian life, tropical adventure, the majority is left to endure winds, cold temperatures and nightmarish weather. In winter I can safely say I am looking forward to getting home, to enjoying the warmth of a fireplace, the people I love, a beautiful background music.
When spending more than 90% of the time indoors it is important that I have the best air quality possible. Cigarette smoke, mold, certain household products and wood stoves are examples of items that can affect the quality of the air we breathe at home. If excessive moisture can compromise the quality of the air, the air too dry in a home sometimes means dry skin, sore throat, congestion, recurrent sinusitis, dry eyes, dry lips and nose bleeding, among others. A hygrometer can tell exactly where to work: the ideal humidity in a home is of about 50% in summer and 30% in winter.
Whatever the season, the humidifier is a good way to alleviate the dryness of the air. The market offers three types of portable humidifiers: warm mist (also called spray), cold vapor and ultrasound. Cool mist humidifiers are considered safer for children’s rooms because the risk of burns is reduced, while those in hot steam are easier to maintain because hot water can easier eliminate bacteria.
In the following post, I present some of the best, warm mist humidifier models under $50 so you can enjoy a cozy winter without breaking the budget.
Best Warm Mist Humidifier Under $50
This quiet and effective warm mist humidifier works also as a soft glowing nightlight. It has a 1-gallon capacity tank and 2 comfort settings. On the low setting, a full tank of water is consumed in approximately 24 hours. The auto-shutoff function guarantees a stress-free experience and the incorporated medicine cup is handy for soothing sore throats and respiratory problems.
If you don’t want to deal with the hustle and bustle of cleaning and maintaining a filter for your warm mist humidifier, this Honeywell, filter-free, model is a top choice for small to medium sized rooms. It has 2 moisture output settings and it runs up to 6 hours on the higher one. A refill light will indicate the user when it is time to add water otherwise the auto shut-off function kicks in when water drops below minimum levels. This model has a 3-year warranty.
If you want maximum performance and reliability, Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer with protective steam guard is worth checking out. It has a generous, 1.5-gallon tank that ensures an effortless operation for 18-24 hours. A plus for this model would be its dual scent pad technology (menthol or lavender/rosemary) that provides soothing vapors while sleeping.
The dry, winter months will leave less of an impact on your family with some help from this warm mist humidifier. It has a 2.3 gallon tank that allows it to function for about 24 hours on the low setting. It is filter free and easy to maintain.
For a little more versatility this model is great and comes with a very small price tag. What is truly exceptional about this model is that its manufacturer offers a lifetime warranty. It is small, effective, you can carry it around in the car or to the office, you can charge it via USB.
This is definitely not a perfect humidifier but it is inexpensive and it gets the job done. It delivers hot steam, free of germs and bacteria it automatically shuts off when it runs out of water. The 1.03-gallon tank ensures a functionality of up to 7 hours. It is filter-free so you can also cut out the costs with that.
With a tank holding up to 0.9 gallons of water this warm mist humidifier is easy to move around the house and produces up to 10.5 Oz of steam per hour. It has an antimicrobial treated cap and two 2 settings- High and Low- to provide the user with increased control in optimizing the home environment.
With this model, you can enjoy up to 95% bacteria-free mist. It is very easy to use and what makes it stand in the crowd is the adjustable humidistat automatically turns the humidifier on and off to maintain the levels of humidity. It also has 2 level settings and a medicine cup to use with liquid inhalants.