Honeywell QuietCare PermaFilter Humidifier, HCM-800
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- Illuminated Water Action Window
- Adjustable Thermostat with 3 Moisture output settings
- Runs up to 24 hours per filling / For medium size rooms up to 700 sq. ft.
- Quiet Operation
- 3 Year Warranty
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Top Customer Reviews
We were so excited to use our Honeywell humidifiers, and they worked like a dream. During the winter our kids had serious coughs, and we could adjust the humidity output to make the room extremely humid for them, and keep it at a medium level for ourselves. They worked wonderfully, and I was 100% satisfied.
As time went on, I realized cleanning them was quite a chore, and using vinegar (to remove hardwater buildup) did nothing for the moldy smell. Rather than use the 1tsp of bleach (recommended), I found I had to use at least 1 cup to get rid of the mildew smell. After cleanning the filters like this about 6 times, they became quite degenerated, and no longer held enough water to get moisture adequately into the air.
Frustrated, I (then) read reviews and heard you could not buy replacement filters. However, I decided to call Honeywell myself, since I couldn't bring myself to throw away 3 expensive humidifiers. I called Honeywell's Customer Care (1-800-554-4558) and found out you CAN buy replacement filters, at $24.99 each, with 6.95 shipping (for any size order).
Despite the filter issue, my overall opinion is that these are still terrific humidifiers, and I'm glad to continue using ours. However, beware that the filter will not last the life of the machine even though it's considered to be a "permanent" filter. Going forward, I'm going to be sure to stay on top of cleanning mine out (at least every 2-3 weeks), in order to be able to use less bleach and extend the filter life.Read more ›
Basically, this unit operates under the same principle as a whole-house humidifier you would find in a forced-air heating system. So the "filter" is the same thing as a humidifier pad. The HCM 800, since it is self-contained, just uses its own blower, and the unevaporated water coming off the pad (filter) is recycled, rather than sent down the drain. So it is a given that you will get some amount of scaling throughout the system, and mold, etc., on the humidifier pad, just like in a whole-house unit.
I wouldn't try cleaning and then reusing the pad in a whole-house humidifier, and I wouldn't try do the same with the pad in these, either.
The good news, though, is that replacement humidifier pads are readily available, and cheap. For this unit, just get (for example) a HC22P humidifier pad, cut it down to size (about 6x9) and stick it in the plastic housing where the old pad came out. The pads are flexible when they are wet and are easily taken out and installed without damaging the rest of the unit. The HC22P is about $9 at Home Depot. You could get a bigger replacement pad and cut it into several replacements for the HCM 800 if you wanted to get it even cheaper. They cut adequately with a scissors, if you don't have a band saw handy.
Overall, the buildup on the HCM 800 isn't appreciably nastier than what you find in a lot of whole-house units, when they get serviced. Ok, those are pretty nasty, sure, but that is the price you pay if you want to avoid the fine mineral dust of a piezoelectric mist unit. Nobody gets humidified air without paying some sort of a price.
The machine is not silent, it's got a fan on it which to me provides some nice white noise to block out odd noises that might bother my sleep. It obviously puts out a lot of moisture because I have to refill the tank once a day, and that does as well as the crappy old vicks vaporizers that I used to use...those things were terrible. They made boiling bubbly noises and started to spit when they got old. 65 bucks for the Honeywell isn't cheap (not to me anyway) but the cost was worth it so far. I haven't had it very long yet so we'll have to wait and see how it does in the long term.
Almost forgot- there is a dial control for humidity level; the window is green when the humidity is right, and blue when the humidity doesn't match the setting on the machine. It amounts to a nice night light since I don't know or care how it functions; I just leave it on high all the time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Does a very nice job of adding humidity to air. Holds quite a bit of water. Nice dials to adjust amount of humidity.Published 1 month ago by Roger Rodeck
Once the filter goes on this unit you cannot buy the replacement piece since Honeywell discontinued making the filter for this model. DON'T BUY THIS PRODUCT.Published 14 months ago by Lisa T Huber
I bought it thinking I wouldnt have to replace the filter as in other humidifiers but this filter gets mold just the same only you can replace itPublished 20 months ago by Evan
This is my second machine and I like not having to replace the filters as I have had to do with previous humidifiersPublished on January 2, 2014 by Nick
didn't have it long and got rid of it.noist and wasn't worth the price of.went back to holmes brand which hold up the bestPublished on June 4, 2013 by Glenn Weber
Purchased Honeywell HCM-800, made by Kaz. Found as others did, filter is NOT permanent. Also found out today 2/1/2013, speaking with Kaz's customer support, that they DO NOT have... Read morePublished on February 1, 2013 by khummel41
We now have 3 of these in our home. They work well and are easy to clean and maintain. I recommend this item to anyone who needs a humidifier.Published on January 19, 2013 by Carol Johnson
Of COURSE it's going to get so full of mineral deposits and dust and hair that there is no WAY putting it in a bucket of cool water will alleviate. Just go over to Home Depot. Read morePublished on December 10, 2012 by Jennifer L. Cohrs-Babb