Excellent portable humidifier
This ingenious Beurer LB12 Mini-humidifier is extremely well made and very easy to use. All it needs is a 500mL water bottle to screw on as a water tank. I have used this for four years and it hasn't missed a beat in all that time. The motor makes a little noise for about 2 mins after starting up but then settles into a whisper-quiet operation for the rest of the night. The interior has developed some water scaling lately so I have switched to using distilled water for the bottle. Otherwise this trusty little thing should continue working effortlessly for another five years without any problems. You can't beat good European engineering..!
Some aspects great, some frustrating
Good points: it's TINY (not much bigger than two decks of cards) and takes much less space on a bedside table than other humidifiers. It's also SO MUCH easier to use than other humidifiers I've tried. You just fill a typical 500mL plastic water bottle and screw on a special lid, then put that upside down on top of the unit. The power cord unplugs at the back so it's very easy to take the unit into the kitchen for its weekly clean. This ease of use makes me inclined to use it more than other humidifiers I've had. It's very quiet and has a 3 year...warranty which is awesome. It's clearly well made and is very well designed for travelling with. Bad points: when it's on, there's a blue indicator light that is way too bright for a device used in a bedroom, and the light flickers as the mist goes through it. The light permeates half the device which makes it hard to cover up. This might make it a nice night light for children but for me it is a really frustrating flaw in an otherwise terrific design. Also, being so small with only a 500mL water bottle's capacity, it also has less mist output than larger humidifiers. I find it's enough to balance out the drying effects of my air conditioner, or to raise humidity maybe 10-20% in a large master bedroom, which is fine for preventative use but may not be enough for serious congestion. Finally, it feels very stable but it would still be easier to tip over than a larger, more bottom-heavy humidifier.
Easiest to use and maintain
I use it every night. Output is excellent. Uses bottled water. I travel with it too. Uses a bottle each night (refill with filtered water). In the morning, let the unit dry out. Been using it for 4 years. Reasonably priced. And warranty is for 3 years! Purchased a few for family members who have problems with nose bleed and cold and allergies.
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