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A great humidifier with a serious flaw
on June 25, 2014
I've owned several humidifiers over the years and this is by far the least messiest one to refill. I've had humidifiers with filters and without filters and they all dripped or spilled when you lifted the container out to refill it. I learned to always, ALWAYS place my humidifier on a tray and keep a roll of paper towels nearby when refill time comes.
This is the ONLY humidifier I've owned that stays dry when I pick up the reservoir! Could have knocked me over with a feather the first time I needed to refill it - I though something was broken! When it comes to "neatness" during a refill - this humidifier rates 10 stars!
The reservoir is big (which I expected & wanted) and it's a bit of a tight fit in my bathroom sink - but the container stands up flat on the counter, so if you need to fill it with a pitcher there won't be any problems (unlike many a curved top I've fought with over the years).
When I first opened the box I thought - this is going to be a pain to clean (the MAIN reason I got rid of my last humidifier) -- until I noticed that it ... deconstructs. You can take the back tower assembly out of the bottom with just a twist of your wrist. Cool beans. No matter how hard I try, over years of use, a lot of grime/gunk/lord-knows-what accumulates in nooks and crannies that I just can't scrub out (who the heck designs those things - someone who never cleans one?!). I haven't done a deep-deep cleaning on this yet, but it looks like there's fewer nooks and crannies to worry about.
So...so far it's 10 stars...until it's one and - unfortunately - serious flaw. It's noisy. VERY noisy. All humidifiers gurgle from time to time. This one doesn't gurgle, it belches - loudly. Luckily for me it doesn't do it too often, although the first night I had it running I debated giving it some antacid tablets. I've had this running a few weeks now, and I must be getting used to it since I've stopped jumping up in bed every time it lets loose with a "big one".
When it's not belching, it's tinkling. Tinkle, tinkle, drip, drip, drip. Tinkle, tinkle, drip, drip, drip. -- All. Night. Long. -- It's kinda like sleeping next to a running faucet. Not "dripping" faucet - a "running" faucet.
Warning: I'm going to get a little indelicate here - if you have bladder problems, do NOT buy this humidifier!!!
I've learned to think of this thing as coming with an extra perk - a humidifier with a "babbling brook" sound effect recording (that you, unfortunately, can't turn off).
And even though it's the noisiest humidifier I've ever owned - I'm still keeping it, and I'm giving it 4 stars just because - if not for the noise - it would be the perfect humidifier!!