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With recent reports showing signs that the coronavirus may be peaking, it's more important than ever to stay home—and stay safe and healthy. And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a humidifier could help you do just that. The CDC says that humidifiers—besides keeping your home cozy and comfortable—can also help relieve symptoms of the coronavirus like a sore throat and cough. But which humidifier is right for your home? Based on our experts' thorough testing, these are the five best humidifiers you can buy right now.
1. Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier
There's more than one reason why we chose the Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier as the number one humidifier out there. Thanks to its large one-gallon capacity, it can run for 10 straight hours (!!) before needing to be refilled and is incredibly powerful (it increased the humidity of our testing room by 34 percent in under five hours). Bonus: The Vicks humidifier also has a medicine cup that sits over the exhaust which can be used with essential oils or medicinal inhalants.
2. Honeywell Filter-Free Warm Moisture Humidifier
Like the Vicks humidifier, this one from Honeywell has a large one-gallon capacity and a lot of power (it actually out-performed the Vicks by one percentage point in our humidity test!). It also has a cup for use with medicinal oils and inhalants so you can infuse your room with the scents of your choice.
3. Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier
Perhaps one of the most attractive humidifiers (i.e. you won't mind having it sit out in plain sight), the Crane Cool Mist Humidifier can run for up to 15 hours straight and performed second-best out of all the cool mist humidifiers we tested. Its 10,000+ reviewers on Amazon also appreciate that it has an automatic shut-off safety function (it turns itself off when the water runs out) and that it's very easy to clean.
4. Pure Enrichment MistAire
If you're looking for a humidifier that will last all night, look no further than the MistAire, which can run for 16 hours. We love that it's very easy to use (there's just one button!) and that it has a soothing nightlight function so you aren't fumbling around in the dark. It also has over 20,000 reviews on Amazon for being both super quiet and super effective at getting rid of dry air.
5. Honeywell Cool Mist Evaporative Humidifier
Of all the evaporative humidifiers we've tested, this Honeywell one is our favorite. Not only does it add moisture to the air but it also has a built-in UV light that will kill up to 99.99 percent of germs. Plus, it's large one-gallon tank allows it to run on low for up to 24 hours straight.
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