Best Humidifiers

Did you know that dry air can lead to irritated throats, cracked lips, itchy skin and asthma flare-ups? Humidifiers offer an easy and affordable solution to all this and more by maintaining the levels of moisture in your home. Read more…


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Price$49.99 to $449.00
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Water Tank CapacityAt least 0.1 L
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Max Room Size At least 16
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21 listings

Best Humidifier

Medescan Rainbow Mist
4.0 from 137 reviews
TypeUltrasonic

This ultrasonic humidifier and aroma diffuser hybrid can soothe a congested nose and improve the moisture levels in your house to keep you feeling comfortable and healthy.

Price (RRP) $74.99

Adjustable mist levels
Works in large areas
Useful for decongestion
Great customer service
Difficult to clean
  • Build Quality
    3.5 (4)
  • Value for Money
    3.5 (4)
  • Ease of Use
    3.5 (4)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.3 (4)
  • Noise Level
    4.5 (4)
  • FeaturesAroma Diffuser and Night Light
  • Mist TypeCool Mist
  • Water Tank Capacity2.8 L
  • Colour / FinishWhite
  • Outdoor Unit Dimensions 291 x 200 x 207 mm
2nd Best Humidifier
Beurer LB12 Mini
4.4 from 5 reviews
TypeUltrasonic

Price (RRP) $99.95

  • FeaturesAdjustable Mist Settings
  • Mist TypeCool Mist
  • Water Tank Capacity0.5 L
  • Max Room Size 20
  • Colour / FinishWhite
  • Outdoor Unit Dimensions 90 x 120 x 75 mm
3rd Best Humidifier
Arovec AroMist-TF4
5.0 from 4 reviews
TypeUltrasonic

Price (RRP) $119.89

  • Build Quality
    5.0 (1)
  • Value for Money
    5.0 (1)
  • Ease of Use
    5.0 (1)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    5.0 (1)
  • Noise Level
    5.0 (1)
  • FeaturesAroma Diffuser, Night Light and Timer
  • Mist TypeCool Mist
  • Water Tank Capacity4 L
  • Max Room Size 30
  • Colour / FinishWhite
  • Outdoor Unit Dimensions 320 x 190 x 190 mm
Vicks StarryNight Cool Moisture
TypeVaporizer

Doubling as a humidifier and a night light projector for children, this product comes with a soothing menthol vapour smell and two modes of operation for more flexibility.

Price (RRP) $95.99

Fun lighting for children
Two modes to choose from
Comes with a filter
Leaks water
  • Build Quality
    2.4 (5)
  • Value for Money
    1.8 (4)
  • Ease of Use
    3.0 (4)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    2.8 (4)
  • Noise Level
    3.3 (3)
  • FeaturesFilter
  • Colour / FinishPurple
  • Outdoor Unit Dimensions 335 x 288 x 289 mm
Ionmax ION90
3.8 from 5 reviews
TypeUltrasonic

Price (RRP) $299.00

  • FeaturesAdjustable Mist Settings and Timer
  • Mist TypeCool Mist and Warm Mist
  • Water Tank Capacity6.5 L
  • Colour / FinishWhite
  • Outdoor Unit Dimensions 315 x 180 x 260 mm

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Breville Air Humidifier Range

Breville Air Humidifier Range

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2.5 from 11 reviews
TypeEvaporative, Vaporizer and Steam Inhaler

Price (RRP) $149.95 to $249.00

Price from$169Bing Lee

  • Build Quality
    3.4 (5)
  • Value for Money
    2.6 (5)
  • Ease of Use
    2.4 (5)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.2 (5)
  • Noise Level
    3.5 (4)
  • FeaturesAroma Diffuser and Adjustable Mist Settings
  • Mist TypeCool Mist and Warm Mist
  • Colour / FinishWhite
Philips Series 2000 HU4803/70
TypeEvaporative

Price (RRP) $209.00

  • FeaturesFilter and Timer
  • Colour / FinishWhite
  • Outdoor Unit Dimensions 339 x 249 x 249 mm
Medescan Rainbow Mist Top Fill
TypeUltrasonic

Price (RRP) $79.99

  • Build Quality
    4.5 (2)
  • Value for Money
    5.0 (2)
  • Ease of Use
    5.0 (2)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    5.0 (2)
  • Noise Level
    4.5 (2)
  • FeaturesAroma Diffuser, Night Light and Timer
  • Mist TypeCool Mist
  • Colour / FinishWhite
Vicks Mini CoolMist
3.7 from 3 reviews
TypeVaporizer

Price (RRP) $94.99

  • FeaturesAdjustable Mist Settings
  • Mist TypeCool Mist
  • Colour / FinishBlue, Pink
Beurer LB37
2.8 from 4 reviews
TypeUltrasonic

Price (RRP) $139.95

  • Build Quality
    2.5 (2)
  • Value for Money
    4.0 (2)
  • Ease of Use
    4.5 (2)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.5 (2)
  • Noise Level
    4.5 (2)
  • FeaturesAroma Diffuser
  • Mist TypeCool Mist
  • Water Tank Capacity2 L
  • Max Room Size 20
  • Colour / FinishWhite
  • Outdoor Unit Dimensions 255 x 110 x 210 mm
Kogan Mini 1.5L KAMNHMD15BA
TypeUltrasonic

Price (RRP) $69.00

  • Build Quality
    5.0 (1)
  • Value for Money
    5.0 (1)
  • Ease of Use
    5.0 (1)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    5.0 (1)
  • Noise Level
    5.0 (1)
  • FeaturesNight Light
  • Mist TypeCool Mist
  • Water Tank Capacity1.5 L
  • Max Room Size 30
  • Colour / FinishBlue
  • Outdoor Unit Dimensions 240 x 143 x 207 mm
Beurer LB45
4.0 from 1 review
TypeUltrasonic
  • Build Quality
    5.0 (1)
  • Value for Money
    5.0 (1)
  • Ease of Use
    4.0 (1)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.0 (1)
  • Noise Level
    5.0 (1)
  • FeaturesAdjustable Mist Settings, Aroma Diffuser and Filter
  • Mist TypeCool Mist
  • Water Tank Capacity4 L
  • Max Room Size 30
  • Colour / FinishWhite
  • Outdoor Unit Dimensions 317 x 212 x 149 mm
Escents Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser & Humidifier
TypeUltrasonic

Price (RRP) $85.00

  • FeaturesAroma Diffuser and Night Light
  • Water Tank Capacity0.3 L
  • Colour / FinishDark Wood, Light Wood
Beurer LB55
No reviews yet
TypeEvaporative

Price (RRP) $169.95

  • FeaturesFilter
  • Mist TypeWarm Mist
  • Water Tank Capacity6 L
  • Max Room Size 50
  • Colour / FinishWhite
  • Outdoor Unit Dimensions 350 x 230 x 310 mm
Breville The Smart Mist Top Connect LAH508GRT2IAN1

Price (RRP) $299.00

  • FeaturesAroma Diffuser
  • Mist TypeWarm Mist
  • Water Tank Capacity4 L
  • Max Room Size 40
  • Colour / FinishGraphite
  • Outdoor Unit Dimensions 335 x 224 x 224 mm

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DeLonghi UHX17
No reviews yet

Price (RRP) $129.00

  • Mist TypeNo Mist
  • Water Tank Capacity1.6 L
  • Colour / FinishGrey
  • Outdoor Unit Dimensions 310 x 200 x 200 mm
Philips Series 1000 HU4706/70
TypeEvaporative

Price (RRP) $129.00

  • FeaturesFilter
  • Water Tank Capacity1.3 L
  • Colour / FinishWhite
  • Outdoor Unit Dimensions 308 x 198 x 162 mm
Sharp KCF30JW
No reviews yet

Price (RRP) $449.00

Price$499Bing Lee

  • Mist TypeNo Mist
  • Water Tank Capacity1.8 L
  • Max Room Size 16
  • Colour / FinishWhite
  • Outdoor Unit Dimensions 197 x 380 x 570 mm
Ionmax Serene ION138
No reviews yet
TypeUltrasonic

Price (RRP) $95.00

  • FeaturesAroma Diffuser and Timer
  • Water Tank Capacity0.1 L
  • Colour / FinishWhite
  • Outdoor Unit Dimensions 162 x 112 x 116 mm
Kogan 3.5L Cool Mist KAMSTHD35BA

Price (RRP) $49.99

  • FeaturesAdjustable Mist Settings, Night Light and Timer
  • Mist TypeCool Mist
  • Water Tank Capacity3.5 L
  • Colour / FinishBlue
  • Outdoor Unit Dimensions 319 x 178 x 232 mm

Hot mist humidifier

What are humidifiers used for?

If you live in a dry area with long winters, you might want to consider buying a humidifier to improve the air quality in your home and avoid some of the symptoms of dry air such as sinus headaches, dry skin and frequent sneezing and coughing.

Various types of humidifiers function differently, but ultimately they work by releasing vapour or mist into the air to hydrate it.

In addition, they are good for:

  • Treating dry and cracked skin, including chapped lips, especially during winter.
  • Relieving cold symptoms such as decongestion or easing a cough.
  • Retaining heat inside the home, saving on heating costs.
  • Protecting wooden floors, furniture and musical instruments from cracking due to dryness.
  • Keeping your houseplants healthy and fresh.
  • Helping you sleep better through the white noise emitted (and aromatherapy in some hybrid products).

Are humidifiers good for babies?

Many parents are opting for humidifiers instead of heaters for their babies’ nurseries since babies are more prone to congestion and are more sensitive to dry climates than adults. Adding moisture to the air can also slow down the spread of viruses and bacteria which prefer dry conditions. Humidifiers can also help your baby sleep better throughout the night.

If using a humidifier in your baby’s room, avoid choosing a warm-mist humidifier that could lead to accidents if left unattended and take care to clean it regularly to avoid the growth of mould and bacteria.

Types of Humidifiers

There are four main types of air humidifiers you can purchase for a room. These are:

Warm mist humidifier

Also known as a steam vapouriser humidifier, warm-mist humidifiers heat water to create steam. They are generally quieter than cool mist humidifiers, less expensive and more robust. They can help heat the room and make it feel cozy whilst slowing the spread of bacteria.

The biggest disadvantage of this type of humidifier is the potential for burns. Since there is a heating element used which releases hot steam, there is a potential for accidents via the nozzle or through the hot water tank leaking or falling over.

If choosing this type of humidifier, make sure you take the necessary precautions to keep yourself and those in the house safe.

Pros

Reduced risk of bacterial contamination due to heat
Can add inhalants
Quiet

Cons

Risk of burns
Low energy efficiency
Tricky to clean

Cool mist humidifier

They work by releasing a mist into the room from a cold water tank, often through the use of a fan. Since they release cool air to a room, these humidifiers are ideal for those living in warmer temperatures.

They pose no risk of burns, making them a good choice if you have babies, toddlers or pets.

Pros

Safe for children and pets
Easy cleaning
Can add inhalants

Cons

More expensive than warm mist humidifiers
Loud operating noise

Ultrasonic humidifier

Using ultrasonic vibrations to produce cool mist, warm steam or both, these humidifiers are extremely energy-efficient, have no operating noise and are easy to clean.

Pros

Versatile
Energy-efficient
Easy to clean
Quiet

Cons

Bacterial contamination may occur
Expensive

Air washer

Air washers (also called air cleaners) add moisture to the air whilst also filtering it, removing dust, mould, allergens and other pollutants. Combining air purifiers and humidifiers, they work by drawing air into the device, filtering it, adding humidity and releasing the clean air back into the room.

Pros

Removes air pollutants
Control over temperature and humidity

Cons

Expensive
Need to be cleaned regularly

Dangers of a humidifier

Not everyone needs a humidifier or would benefit from getting one since high humidity levels can worsen respiratory problems. It can also lead to an uncomfortable dampness in the air which can encourage the growth of:

  • Dust mites
  • Mildew
  • Mould
  • Harmful bacteria

You should aim for humidity levels between 30 and 50%. A hygrometer can be used to determine the humidity level in your home and can be found in many hardware stores.

It could be useful to test the humidity daily, especially if someone in your household has allergies or asthma, to ensure humidity is not too low or high.

What should I put in my humidifier?

Try to avoid filling up your water tank with tap water - it is recommended that you go with distilled, purified or demineralised water. This is because you want to use the cleanest water possible in order to create the cleanest air in your room. It’ll also save you valuable cleaning time since there will be less mineral dust build-up in your device and safer in the long run since there’s a lower chance of mould or white dust being released.

If you want to prevent the growth of mould, adding some vinegar and/or tea tree oil to your water can help do this. In addition, humidifier tablets can be bought and used for this purpose. Some come in lovely aromas to help add ambience to your home.

Can I put essential oils in my humidifier?

Unless your humidifier is a diffuser-hybrid, do not put essential oils in the tank since it can damage it and be harmful when released. You should only use water and other approved substances in your tank.

Things to consider when buying a humidifier

Coverage area

You can choose the right humidifier for you by measuring the size of your room and comparing it to the coverage area of the humidifier you’re thinking of getting.

Sound

You can expect most humidifiers to make some sort of sound, but depending on how much that grates on you, you can opt for a quiet humidifier such as an ultrasonic one, or a cool-mist humidifier if you quite enjoy the white noise it provides.

Temperature

Cool or warm mist? Depending on where you live, you might want the air in your room to be cooler or warmer than the air outside. For ultimate versatility, you can go with an ultrasonic humidifier which can do both. Keep in mind that warm-air humidifiers may not be suitable for those with children or pets.

For babies

Some humidifiers also act as a night light and can sing lullabies to help your baby fall asleep whilst also acting as a regular humidifier and keeping their skin soft and moisturised.

Cleaning & safety

One of the most important things to consider is safety. Is your product easy to clean and does it contain the necessary safety precautions to present someone getting hurt? Improper cleaning can also lead to bacteria and mould growth so this really is an important factor to consider before making your purchasing choice.

You can read reviews on the best humidifiers in the market today to help you make your decision.

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