If you are currently suffering from asthma or know someone close to you who does, you should be all familiar with how important it is to maintain optimal humidity levels. Environments that diverge away from the ideal tend to be very uncomfortable – verging on dangerous at the worst of times – for asthmatic individuals who will begin to face difficulty breathing amongst other symptoms.
Humidity to the asthmatic is truly an enemy. It can not only cause breathlessness and pain to breathe but can affect their entire life – from causing restless nights of poor sleep to irritability throughout the day.
The solution to this is actually quite straightforward: get a good humidifier. While they obviously aren’t the be-all-end-all cure to asthma, they can do a heck of a lot to reduce the burden of the condition. So, if you think you’re in need of a good humidifier because of your asthma or know someone who does, we invite you to check out our reviews below of some of the best humidifiers for asthma.
Best Humidifier for Asthma of 2020
Everlasting Comfort Humidifiers for Bedroom
Coming in either black or white and featuring a solid 1.6 gallon water capacity, this ultrasonic humidifier certainly packs a powerful punch. Able to last for up to 50 hours before needing a refill of water, this humidifier will easily cover any room up to 500 square feet big. It also features an essential oil tray that will let you play around with aromas and smells.
You’ll also notice a calming LED light on its side which will lull any child to sleep. When running low, you don’t need to worry about it overheating – it’ll automatically shut itself off and better yet, it runs as a filterless device. Meaning, you don’t have to spend extra on those pricy filters, and in the long run, you’ll sure save a buck or two.
Homech Quiet Ultrasonic Humidifier,Cool Mist Humidifiers for Bedroom Home Baby
Emphasizing peace and quiet, the Homech Humidifier not only provides fantastic moisture control but does so with minimal noise. Specifically, it operates at around 26dB thanks to its dustproof sponge which means that even the lightest and most sensitive of sleepers won’t notice it running in the background.
With a solid capacity of 10.6 gallons, it’ll last for a solid 50 hours of non-stop usage and when the time to clean it comes, cleaning and refilling is made easy thanks to its very wide opening on the top. It also features a 360 degree nozzle that makes directing the vapor straightforward and along with its adjustable dial that sets mist output to a maximum of 300ml per hour, you’ll have all the control and variety you’ll need to personalize it to your preferences.
AirExpect Cool Mist Humidifier for Bedroom
The AirExpect humidifier will make a fine addition to any household that suffers from asthma. With 3 different modes to output mist, this 0.92 gallon capacity device will provide optimal humidity for up to 24 hours. It also operates on a near-silent volume and along with its self-shutdown feature when water runs low, using it couldn’t be easier.
Opening and cleaning as well as refilling is made simple too thanks to its top-fill design that shouldn’t need any explanation on how to use. Just pop the lid as you would with say, a rice cooker, and you’re all set to scrub. Along with the humidifier’s basic functions, it features a unique advance filter core that further ensures the air you breathe is as dust-free as possible.
This should prove invaluable if you suffer for asthma and accordingly, this product should be high on your list if so.
LEVOIT Cool Mist Humidifiers for Bedroom, 2.4L Ultrasonic Air Vaporizer
If you’re looking for a humidifier especially for a smaller area like your bedroom or office cubicle, consider the LEVOIT. Composed out of high-grade materials that are completely BPA Free and ROHS compliant, this is especially safe for not just asthmatic adults but babies as well. Its unique hallmark lies in its patented silencer that ensures that it runs at most, at 24dB of noise on low.
Now it may have a relatively low capacity at 0.63 gallons but it’ll still last for up to 24 hours on low. This paired with its three mist levels ensures you can finetune the device to your own individual needs. Its DC hydraulic fan also adds to this while providing the best quality air possible. When night crawls and it is time to sleep, you’ll be pleased to find it equipped with a soothing nightlight that’ll send any child to sleep within moments.
Crane EE-5202 Inhaler & Warm Mist Humidifier
Doubling as both a fantastic humidifier and as a steam inhaler, the Crane EE will be an ideal addition for anyone suffering from asthma. With a 0.5 gallon capacity that can last for around 8 hours, it’ll do fine in areas such as the bedroom and reading room. It also is totally filterless, but you can purchase an optional demineralization filter if you’re worried about that.
Its inhaler function is interesting too. With an outlet that is designed for you to place your face just above it, it works fantastically for anyone suffering from either a bad cough or the cold. It must also be said that it is quite powerful, boasting an effective area of 250 feet and because the humidifier heats to over 130 degrees Fahrenheit, it totally eliminates any nasty bacteria hiding in the water.
HUMIDIMASTER 6L Ultrasonic Humidifier with Top-Fill
Providing a very large 6 liter capacity that’ll last for up to two days and ideal for the biggest of bedrooms, living rooms, and kitchens, you’ll never have to worry about the air being too dry again with the HUMIDIFIMASTER. No matter which of the 3 adjustable mist settings you decide on, you can rest assured that your environment will be comfortable and near germ-free and its operation even on its highest settings will be but a soft whisper in the night.
The highlight of this product comes in its included medical stone filter that ensures the best, more pure water output that is conducive to human health. Refilling and cleaning is made easy too due to its to-fill mechanism that will remind anyone of a digital kettle.
MANLI Mist Humidifiers for Bedroom [BPA Free]
Probably sitting as our cutest looking humidifier and built out of a combination of plastic and wood, this diffuser cum humidifier will make a great aesthetic addition to any room. Not only will it be near silent due to its ultrasonic technology, but you’ll be able to add any essential oil you want in its dedicated compartment.
It is quite small though, bearing a capacity of 0.11 gallons that’ll give you around 10 hours of non-stop usage, so we recommend using this in smaller environments such as the bedroom. As if to match its already cute aesthetic, it comes with 7 different LED light colors along with a remote control. You won’t have to get up to fiddle around with the settings with this product!
MOVTIP Portable Mini Humidifier
Another great buy if you’re looking for something highly compact and unassuming in terms of space, MOVTIP has got you covered. With an assortment of colors to choose from including black, blue, and even pink, the small design of this device allows you to move it anywhere without issue thanks to its 10.1 ounce weight.
Despite this though, it still boasts a decent water capacity of 500ml which with its two different mist modes, should last for anywhere between 12 to 18 hours. It features an in-built sensor that’ll switch the machine off when water runs low and with a single button that controls all its functions, using it is both metaphorically and literally, a breeze. Just note that this is best used in smaller environments as its fog production rate of 30-50ml per hour wouldn’t hold well in wide, open areas!
Pohl Schmitt Ultrasonic Viral Support Humidifier
A marriage between Swiss quality and ingenuity the Pohl Schmitt Humidifier provides a durable yet highly functional product that’ll take care of all the excessive dryness in the air. With a 1.5 liter tank, it’ll last for 16 hours before needing a refill and with other features such as an automatic sensor and night light, it brings every bang to your buck spent.
Uniquely, it even includes a high-grade filter that’ll remove all the nasty pollutants and unwanted minerals in your water, giving you the best quality air possible.
TOPPIN Cool Mist Humidifier
Slick, simple, and coming in pristine white, the Toppin Humidifier will fill any room with a cool layer of mist within moments along with the smell of fragrances which you fancy. Remarkably simple to clean with its detachable lid, using this product should be an easygoing experience.
It comes with the standard 3 levels of mist to pick from along with a 2.8 liter capacity, adequate for 24 hours on low. As it is also a diffuser, to use your oil of choice, simply drip it into the main tank and you’re set! You can even set a timer on cycles of 2, 4, or 8 hours.
Finally, on its durability, note that it comes with a neat nano coating layer that’ll ward off rust and dust over the years so you can be sure that this humidifier will be your companion for ages to come.
A Buyer’s Guide
A good humidifier is one that goes completely unnoticed yet manages to affect your life positively. One way humidifiers often get in the way of going about with daily life (or even sleep for that matter) is when they become too noisy. Depending on you, you might either find yourself annoyed at the constant hum of your device or might even find it comforting.
Decide for yourself on how much background noise you’re able to tolerate during work and sleep before settling on a product – not all humidifiers are built equally in this regard!
While cleaning is easy, one thing we’ve noticed that affects everyone is laziness. Don’t be lazy when it comes to cleaning your device – both your wallet and lungs will thank us in the long run. Without proper cleaning and maintenance, your humidifier won’t be able to function optimally which is a waste considering how easy it is to clean.
Simply pop open the lid and apply some fresh water along with vinegar and give it a good scrub (unplugged) for a minute or two, followed by a rinse and you’re all done.
Essential oils are totally optional but depending on your asthmatic status, such aromatherapy may or may not be beneficial for you. Essential oils may produce great aromas which all will appreciate but make sure you check with your personal doctor first on whether it is safe for you to use them.
You don’t want to trigger your asthmatic attacks unwittingly after all.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
Is there anything I should know before using a humidifier if I suffer from asthma?
We strongly believe that you should consult your doctor before making any drastic changes to your daily routine, especially if you’ve never used a humidifier before. While they have a great many benefits for the asthmatic, if humidifiers run at overly high levels, they can aggravate existing conditions.
Further, the tap water you use may contain unhealthy minerals that can impact your lungs. To minimize the risk of this, we suggest using humidifiers with filters if this applies to you along with washing it without any chemicals (just use vinegar).
If I have young children or pets at home, can I still use my humidifier?
There should be absolutely no issue with this at all. Humidifiers are incredibly safe products so long as you do not have any preexisting medical conditions. They after all are just evaporating clean water into the surrounding air!
The only risk comes with how it contains hot water so to counteract this problem, if you have kids or pets running about make sure to keep your humidifier somewhere far out of their reach like on a bookshelf or on top of a cupboard.