It's dang cold outside and dang dry inside. Between fighting sickness, shrinking wood furniture that will now fall apart as the wood contracts and just wanting to restore a nice cozy humidity to your home, it's time for a humidifier. But which one? While they used to be ugly, practical affairs, design has now taken over. I have this humidifier, Middle Colors, and love it. Good looks, good reviews, two sizes and many colors. Designed in Japan, it runs both a cool ultrasonic mist and a warm heated mist in the large models. This updated model features a new aroma-therapy function, and runs up to 10 hours with the large model. I've linked to Gizmine where it's for sale, but it also seems to be for sale at Amazon and around the web under the brand name Broksonic (though this could be a copy). Want a few more? Click below...
How To Clean a Humidifier
First of all, if you have a humidifier you probably will want to know how to clean it, so here are some simple instructions. White vinegar or bleach is the key.
What You Need
- White vinegar
- Tap water
- Bottle brush (if required)
- Bleach or tea tree oil (optional)
1. Break it down
2. Pour in white vinegar
3. Brush dirty surfaces clean
More detail: How To Clean A Humidifier with Pics.
More Top Humidifiers
- Honeywell Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier - $53.69
New on the scene with a simple design, 1 gallon reservoir and a single piece of plastic that is dishwasher safe, this guy runs for 24 hours on a single filling and comes with a top, tested rating from Sweet Home.
- The Chimney Humidifier - $199.95
Another eye catching Japanese design, this one by Takeshi Ishiguro is in MoMA's permanent collection, has been updated recently and is used by a few friends, who all swear by it. If you're a design afficianado and want something that takes up minimal floor space, this is for you.
- PLUS MINUS ZERO ±0 Steam Humidifier - $149.50
From the Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa comes another classic and unusual design. Shaped like a drop of water and With a smaller 2.4l capacity for smaller rooms, this guy is your super pretty solution.
- AIR-O-SWISS 7135 Ultrasonic Humidifier - $145.94
In the practical department, I also like this one a lot. Recommended by readers, it has an easily detachable water compartment on top (with a handle), all the functions you need and takes 1.75 gallons of water for up to 24 hours of humidifying.