The benefits of a humidifier go way beyond dry skin. Make your entire home and work space even more comfortable with one of these top-rated finds.

By Sarah Martens
January 08, 2019

Battling dry winter skin? A humidifier may be the solution you're looking for. In addition to keeping skin soft, a humidifier can help ease common winter-weather problems like cracked lips and dry sinuses. Low and fluctuating humidity in your home can lead to warped or wobbly wood furniture, cracked artwork, wall damage, dried out stamps, and it can even ruin wine corks. Keep your skin (and that bottle of merlot) in tip-top shape with our picks for the best humidifiers for every space and need.

When shopping for a humidifier, you’ll notice there are two common types on shelves. Cool mist humidifiers don’t impact the room’s temperature while operating. Warm mist humidifiers boil water to produce steam and can increase the temperature in your space. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends using cool mist humidifiers around children to avoid burns.

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1. For Small-Space Dwellers

Don't wake up with cracked dry hands! Perfect smaller spaces, like bedrooms, the Honeywell HUL520 humidifier produces a visible cool mist. Fill it before bed and it will run for up to 18 hours—keeping the dry nighttime air at bay. With easy-to-use features like variable output settings and ultra-quiet operation, this inexpensive humidifier is at the top of our winter wish list.

Buy It: Honeywell HUL520 Humidifier, $27.88

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2. For Kids

There's nothing scary about this monster! The Crane USA Filter-Free Cool Mist Humidifier is our top pick for kids because of helpful features like auto-shut off and an adjustable spout. Place one in your child's room to help relieve a cough, dry nose, and sinus congestion during cold and flu season. This cool mist humidifier runs whisper quiet for up to 24 hours—so they'll sleep like a baby.

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3. For Large Spaces

Add moisture to a room as large as 650 square feet with the Boneco7135. It can be used for warm or cool mist and runs for 24 hours. While we love the digital display and programmable settings, we’re most impressed with its ability to monitor the moisture level in the room and adjust itself as needed.

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4. For Travelers

Nothing dries out your skin like traveling. Save some room in your suitcase for the Hunter QLS03 Ultrasonic Personal Air Humidifier. This personal humidifier uses your own water bottle to produce up to half a gallon of mist per day. No need to worry about bulky water tanks or oversized reservoirs.

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5. For the Office

Combat the dry office air with a personal humidifier that doubles as decor. The AmuseNd USB Cool Mist Humidifier is adorable and equipped with all the thoughtful features we want in a desktop humidifier: a convenient USB power cord, super-quiet design, and an automatic shutoff. Fill it up and it will run for up to 4 hours. It'll look right at home next to these houseplants that help cure dry skin.

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6. For the Whole House

Keep your entire home comfortable with a console humidifier. The AIRCARE MA1201 can be used in both ranch-style and multi-story homes, as long as the square footage is 3,600 square feet or less. Its 3.6-gallon tank and an auto shutoff allow for longer run times between refills.

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7. For Design Lovers

If the thought of displaying a big, bulky humidifier in your home gives you pause, we have good news. The VicTsing 300ml Cool Mist Humidifier is all about form and function. A sleek shape, faux wood cover, and LED light display mean it will be a pleasing addition to any space, but there’s more to this humidifier than just good looks. It also boasts two mist settings, a six-hour run time, and is made with BPA-free materials.


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