Humidifiers are an essential home appliance for people suffering from asthma, allergies, or respiratory illnesses. A quality humidifier can also help minimize sinus issues, bloody noses, and cracked lips that are concomitant the with colder, dryer air of winter. In addition, humidifiers are also an important tool to use when fighting off common illnesses like the flu or a cold.
Humidifiers have been around for nearly a century, but the earlier models relied on cumbersome fans and noisy motors that vibrated as they transformed water into vapor. Thanks to breakthroughs in insulation technology as well as both fan and wick design, many of today’s newest humidifiers are capable of operating nearly completely silently. With whisper-quiet capabilities, today’s leading quiet humidifiers are absolutely ideal for anyone seeking to enjoy a good night’s rest while suffusing their sleeping area with a blanket of refreshing mist.
A Mini Buyers Guide for Choosing the Right Quiet Humidifier
Humidifiers come in all shapes, colors, and designs, so the first step in finding the right quiet humidifier for you is to estimate how much vapor you want to produce in a 24-hour period. A larger humidifier is ideal for bigger bedrooms, offices, and other large interior spaces while smaller, personal-sized humidifiers are ideal for delivering a concentrated stream of mist right where you need it most.
Some other factors to consider when choosing a quiet humidifier include:
Thanks to engineering breakthroughs, humidifier manufacturers have a number of different styles to choose from when it comes to deciding how their appliance will produce mist from water vapor. Some humidifiers gently heat the water until a warm vapor is produced while others use a motor to gently vibrate and thus release water molecules into the air. Some of today’s most advanced quiet humidifiers feature a wick filter where air is blown across the wick, causing a capillary reaction that sends water droplets into the air while leaving behind microorganisms, impurities, and minerals.
Aromatic Oils and Other Diffused Substances
While all quiet humidifiers can produce a steady stream of pure water vapor, some humidifiers are versatile enough that they can also be used with water or oil-based aromas to provide an enhanced experience. Other humidifiers are designed to be used with special solutions in order to provide a steady stream of medicated vapor.
Because so many quiet humidifiers are used in bedrooms and designed for an all-night experience, a lot of humidifiers come with a built-in option of a nightlight. Depending on the model and make, the nightlight may include the option of choosing between a range of soothing hues. Be aware, however, that some humidifiers do not allow the nightlight to be switched off, so choose the right humidifier for you, especially if you are sensitive to disturbances from light sources during the night.
10 Best Quiet Humidifiers
After carefully reviewing all of the latest breakthroughs in humidifier technology, we have assembled our list of the top 10 best quiet humidifiers:
Able to function both as a standard humidifier as well as an essential oil aroma diffuser, the PracTik Cool Mist has a generous three-liter capacity. The PracTik Cool Mist comes with a special filter to remove negative ions and microorganisms from the water. The PracTik Cool Mist operates nearly completely silently and comes with three mist speed settings. The PracTik Cool Mist features a 360-degree mist nozzle and has a relaxing LED night light with a digital control panel.
This stylish humidifier from Joly Joy has a generous four-liter tank to provide up to 24 hours of whisper-quiet humidification. The Joly Joy humidifier has three different mist modes, easily selectable thanks to the colored LEDs on the control panel. Ideal for anyone suffering from respiratory illnesses or combating common illnesses like the flu or a cold, the Joly Joy has a compact size ideal for small surfaces like desktops and nightstands.
Manufactured by Pure Enrichment, this lovely transparent blue and white ultrasonic cool mist humidifier has a 1.5-liter tank capable of providing up to 16 hours of gentle humidification. This humidifier comes with a 360-degree mist nozzle for full room coverage as well as two speed controls. This humidifier comes with an automatic shut-off for when the water level gets too low and features an optional nightlight for enhanced relaxation.
Featuring seven colored LED nightlight options in a stylish water droplet design, this humidifier from REMEDIES features a high-quality stone filter for long-lasting cleanliness. This humidifier can hold up to 2.8 liters of water and can be used with either a water-based or oil-based aroma as well as plain water. This humidifier has a control knob and comes with an automatic shut-off feature for when the water level drops too low.
From one of the leading manufacturers in home appliances, the Honeywell HCM350W uses proprietary QuietCare Performance technology to operate up to 25% more quietly than similar models. The Honeywell HCM350W comes with three sped settings, and a special wicking filter removes white dust and other impurities from water. Available in either black or white, the Honeywell HCM350W can be operated for up to 24 hours on a single tank of water.
Featuring a stylish white and translucent turquoise design, this humidifier from PBOX comes with a generous 3-liter tank for up to 12 hours of continuous operation. This humidifier comes with your choice of soothing blue, green, or red LED nightlight operation, and two 360-degree mist nozzles ensures full coverage in any room. This humidifier is designed to produce zero heat, vibrations, buzzing noise, or other sounds, ideal for getting a relaxing night’s sleep. This humidifier comes with an automatic shut-off for when the water level is too low or the water tank has been disengaged.
The stylish white and translucent royal blue design of the TaoTronics humidifier makes this appliance an attractive addition to any bedroom, office, or interior space. The TaoTronics is designed to hold a full gallon of water for up to 15 hours of continuous use. The TaoTronics operates nearly silently, producing less than 38 decibels of noise, ideal for ensuring a relaxing night’s sleep. The TaoTronics humidifier has adjustable mist and humidity settings and can quietly and efficiently provide mist for rooms up to 538 square feet in size.
From one of the leading manufacturers of over-the-counter flu and cold remedies, the Vicks humidifier features a lovely transparent blue and white design. The Vicks humidifier comes with a generous one-gallon tank and can provide up to 12 hours of continuous mist coverage without a refill. The Vicks humidifier also comes with a special medicine cup to be used with certain products to provide a soothing and relaxing medicated vapor. The Vicks humidifier has two comfort settings, and features a glowing nightlight. Because the Vicks humidifier heats water before diffusing it, the vapor is nearly completely free of bacteria, white dust, and other contaminants.
When you need to ensure humidity levels in larger rooms and interior spaces, the Honeywell HCM-6009 is the ideal machine. Designed with enough capacity to humidify multiple rooms, the Honeywell HCM-6009 has two generous tanks and yet produces less than 55 decibels on its highest setting. The Honeywell HCM-6009 comes with the manufacturer’s special QuietCare technology to ensure operational efficiency at up to 30% better than similar models. The Honeywell HCM-6009 comes with multiple output and humidity settings for fine control over the misting experience.
Stylish enough on its own to be an attractive addition to any room, the JZK humidifier comes in five different attractive color combinations. The JZK humidifier can be charged via any USB port using the included cables or plugged into a standard outlet for maximum versatility. The JZK has an extremely compact design ideal for crowded nightstands or desks and weighs just 6.9 ounces when empty. Thanks to its unique design, the JZK humidifier operates nearly completely silently.