Colder air is drier air. Colder air is a breeding ground for airborne viruses and allergies and drier air dry skin and cracked lips. If you want to avoid these downsides of winter, you need to maintain a healthy level of humidity in your home. If you are suffering from seasonal ailments then a humidifier could be the answer.
According to the Canadian government’s website, Canadians are huge fans of portable humidifiers. In the winter months, the ambient humidity of the air in your home needs a boost. Warm mist humidifiers also have the bonus of warming the air in our homes, which could translate into dollar savings on yearly energy spends.
If you think that a warm mist humidifier will improve your life, and you want to know which model is best, then keep reading. We found and reviewed the best in Canada.
Best warm mist humidifiers of 2020
- Best overall – TaoTronics Warm and Cool Mist
- Best top-filling – HuPro Premium Ultrasonic
- Best for budget – Honeywell Soothing Comfort
- Best for bedroom – Vicks Warm Mist
- Best for continuous run-time – Pure Guardian Ultrasonic
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Best warm mist humidifier comparison
|TaoTronics Warm and Cool Mist||HuPro Premium Ultrasonic||Honeywell Soothing Comfort||Vicks Warm Mist||Pure Guardian Ultrasonic|
|Coverage||450 sq ft||500 sq ft||500 sq ft||376 sq ft|
|Warranty||1-year||1-year||3-year limited||3-year||3-year limited|
Our pick for best overall – TaoTronics Warm and Cool Mist
- Quiet (under 35 dB)
- 45-hour continuous run-time
- Set preferred humidity, mist strength and temperature
- Slightly more expensive than other options
- Cannot use warm mist in sleep mode for safety and sound reasons
When it comes to all-round excellence, the TaoTronics warm and cool mist humidifier is pretty hard to beat. It is great value for money, and it can switch from warm to cool mist to compensate for changing conditions.
It has a room coverage of up to 450 square feet, and the 6-litre water reservoir allows the humidifier to run on the lowest setting for 45 hours continuously. The reservoir is detachable so you can take it out to refill.
This humidifier comes equipped with a smart auto-mode that detects moisture in the atmosphere and adjusts the output to compensate for any humidity changes. And when the well runs dry, it shuts off to avoid it burning out.
The easy to use digital controls allow to to customize the settings between 3 temperature levels, 3 mist strengths, auto timer and sleep mode. Settings can be recalled using the memory function.
Best for top-filling – HuPro Premium Ultrasonic
- 5 Speed levels
- Triple filtration
- Runs at 30 dB
- Reservoir fill from the top for fewer spills
- Expensive compared to others in its class
- Customer support is unreliable
If you want a humidifier that has a top-filling reservoir to avoid spillage, making it easier to keep clean, then look no further. This Premium Ultrasonic humidifier is a very close second to the TaoTronics. It has a remote control for added convenience, and automatic shut-off when the water runs dry. Where this product differs is in the room coverage. This humidifier only covers spaces up to 500 square feet and holds 4 litres of water in the tank.
It has a continuous runtime of 30 hours, so it is an ideal humidifier to set and forget until the morning. This Premium model also has 5 speed levels so you can boost its potency depending on the conditions. And if you like essential oils, this humidifier has an aroma box to leave your home with beautiful scents.
Even better than the TaoTronics, this model is whisper quiet and runs at 30 dB, and to make sure the air circulating inside your home is as pure as can be; it has 3 levels of purification, the ionizer, ultraviolet light, and a ceramic filter.
Best on a budget – Honeywell Soothing Comfort Humidifier
- Filter-free for lower ongoing costs
- Humidity monitor
- Great for medium-size rooms
- Canada’s most trusted humidifier brand 2019
- Easy-grip water tank handles
- Less capacity
- More basic functions
- Manual controls
Honeywell was voted Canada’s most trusted humidifier brand by shoppers in a survey conducted by BrandSpark in 2019. So, if you want a humidifier that gets the seal of approval from the buying public, this manufacturer nails it.
Honeywell has created a filter-free humidifier that is super-quiet. You also dispense with the hassle of cleaning a filter, or worse still, paying for replacements. Like the Premium humidifier, this also fills from the top, meaning you minimize spillages. Unlike the Premium, this model is relatively basic, but that’s okay if all you want is a quiet humidifier without the bells and whistles.
And that is the crucial difference between this and other models, it retails for less than a quarter of the Premium humidifier, but essentially, it does the same job. So, if you are on a tight budget and still want a humidifier, this one warrants your attention.
It does come with an essential oils tray, auto shut-off and a 3.79-litre tank, so it’s no slouch for the money. And Honeywell has managed to squeeze a 24-hour continuous run-time into the bargain.
Best for bedroom – Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier
- Health-giving benefits
- Ideal for the bedroom
- Dishwasher safe components
- 95% bacteria-free air
- No filters
- Expensive and basic
- No timer
- Health additive products can be expensive
For generations of Canadian’s, Vicks has been at the heart of our family’s health. Vicks makes popular medicines to ease blocked noses and reduce the effects of winter illnesses, so it comes as no surprise that the best warm mist humidifier for the bedroom had to be a Vicks model.
What sets this apart are the medicinal benefits it delivers when you use it in conjunction with their range of decongestant oils. Switch it on and breathe easier as you unblock those nasal passages.
And just like the Honeywell humidifier, it is filter-free, meaning that when you set it running, it makes hardly any sound. So, what has it got?
It has a scent pad heater for Vapopads, and it has a 4-litre reservoir that has a run-time of 24 hours. Some elements are dishwasher safe, making cleaning the unit a whole lot easier, and it has a medicine cup for use with liquid inhalants. Vicks has also installed a shut-off function for when the well runs dry.
The biggest drawback of this humidifier is the price. It is on the expensive side, especially when you only get manual controls and no timer.
That said, your family will thank you when they reap the benefits of a good night’s sleep.
Best continuous run-time – Pure Guardian Ultrasonic Humidifier
- Extension wand to increase coverage
- 90-hour run-time
- Mist sensor technology
- Refill tank indicator light
- Soft glow night light
- Expensive compared to some
The run-time on this Pure Guardian humidifier is astonishing! It has a larger 6-litre water tank than the TaoTronics model and twice the run-time. It means that on one full tank of water, this humidifier will run for nearly 4 days straight.
It has a smart mist sensor that monitors the humidity and adjusts accordingly, and your kids will love the soft glow night light. It can cope with spaces up to 500 square feet, and it employs silver clean technology to keep the water tank free from fungal and mould growth.
Price-wise, this model is up there for among the more expensive humidifiers, so that might deter some budget-conscious buyers, but the run-time alone justifies this as a class leader. Like the TaoTronics, it comes with a warm or cool function, and it has a 12-hour timer to enable you to set and forget.
This humidifier does have one neat little extra that stands it apart from the competition, and that’s an extended reach wand to increase the coverage.
|TaoTronics Warm and Cool Mist||HuPro Premium Ultrasonic||Honeywell Soothing Comfort||Vicks Warm Mist||Pure Guardian Ultrasonic|
|Ease of Use||5||5||4||5||4|
What to consider when looking for a warm mist humidifier?
If you plan to use your humidifier at night, then you will need a model that has the run-time. The last thing you want is for the humidifier to run dry and switch off while you are sleeping. It will affect the quality of your sleep and the air you breathe. Try looking for a minimum run-time of 24 hours.
If you want to control the humidity levels in your home successfully, coverage is another crucial element to any warm mist humidifier. A humidifier that struggles to cope will result in reduced humidity levels.
The average size of newly built detached homes in Canada tops out at around 2,000 square feet. So it follows that the average room sizes will be larger too. Buying a humidifier to fit your space is crucial, so always check the coverage.
Capacity is another important consideration. Generally, the larger the water reservoir, the greater the coverage. This is true of the PureGuardian humidifier, which has a 6-litre water tank, which is 1.5 litres more than some others included on the list. It also has the most substantial coverage.
The other reason you want a decent capacity is that it affects the run-time. You can only run a humidifier while there is water in the tank. When it runs dry, the unit will shut off.
A timer enables you to set and forget. It comes on when you need it and switches off when you don’t. It could also be that you need the humidifier for peak hours of the day or night when the house is at its coldest. A timer gives you greater control, as well as the ability to save energy costs.
If the humidifier keeps on running when the water tank runs dry, it could cause the heating element to burn out. When you’ve spent a lot of money on a humidifier, the last thing you want is for it to malfunction. Auto shut-off detects when the well has run dry and switches the humidifier off to save any damage.
Ease of use
Ease of use could be interpreted in two ways; having the most straightforward controls to make operating the unit so easy that a child could do it, or it could mean the convenience of having tons of features. Having a warm mist humidifier with remote control and intelligent sensors that detect changes in the humidity levels increases the convenience factor. It reduces the need for human interaction with the machine.
The best rule of thumb would be to see how quickly you can get it set up straight from the box. If it takes you hours to figure it out, it isn’t that easy to use. That said, mastery comes with practice.
Aromatherapy oils are super-popular, and many people believe in their healing qualities. Adding your favourite scent to your warm mist humidifiers creates a calm and peaceful environment, and that improves your wellbeing.
Also, adding medicinal oils like decongestants means you get a more restful sleep.
Smart sensors that detect the humidity levels and adjust to the changes mean you can control the humidity levels correctly. Getting the right results is a balancing act. According to Health Canada, the ideal humidity level should be 30% in the winter and no more than 55% in the summer.
A humidistat helps you to achieve this and enjoy healthy levels of moisture inside your home.
Which warm mist humidifier is right for you?
You want the quietest option
If you want a quiet humidifier, maybe a filterless model is the way to go. Most operate at around 30 dB, which is equivalent to someone whispering. There will always be some noise, but many people come to rely on the sound to help them sleep. It’s a bit like white noise.
Also, if you have young children, an uninterrupted night’s sleep is always welcome. Kids are often light sleepers, so getting a warm mist humidifier that keeps them awake is going to cause more problems than it solves.
You want the largest coverage
As we have already said, average Canadian homes are among the largest in the world. So it follows that the room sizes are substantial too. When shopping for a new humidifier, ask the question about coverage. Most warm mist humidifiers have coverage of around 500 square feet. Still, when you consider that Canadian’s enjoy, on average, 618 square feet of personal living space per person, according to a Global Perspective survey conducted in 2017, you start to see that coverage is essential.
If you want the most extensive coverage, you will need a humidifier with the largest water capacity and be prepared to look at the top end for price. Greater coverage means needing a bigger budget.
You have allergies
Having allergies is one of the most common reasons that Canadians buy humidifiers. Correctly moistened air that has been filtered, in some cases three times, is better to breathe and almost 95% bacteria-free.
The cold weather brings nasal and throat problems because the air is so dry. You might suffer from dry and stinging eyes, or you generally feel like you lack something. Adjusting the humidity revitalizes your skin, your eyes, your lips, and leaves you feeling better equipped to tackle the day.
This boost in well being is what your body needs to defend against allergens and bacteria.
How often do I have to clean the filters?
Cleaning the filters depends on how much use the humidifier gets. On average, it is recommended that you clean your filters weekly as part of a complete deep clean. That means the entire humidifier gets a spruce up to stop bacteria forming.
What is the correct humidity for my home?
The correct humidity for your home should be somewhere between 30% in the winter and 55% in the summer. If you can keep your home humidity inside these two parameters, you will benefit from the health-giving properties of moistened air.
How do I avoid white dust residue?
White dust is a thin film that coats furniture and other items within your home. During the humidification process, moisture containing chalk is dispersed as a mist into your home, which then comes into contact with your belongings.
The easiest way to solve this problem is to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines and use distilled water in your humidifier. It contains no chalk and is completely clean.
What to read next
- How Large Are Canadian Homes? – Global Perspective
- Cool-mist Humidifiers – Government of Canada
- Mould – Health Canada
Over to you
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