Are you looking for an easy to clean humidifier? [2018 best easy cleaning cool /warm mist humidifiers buying guide, reviews and comparison table]

An easy to clean humidifier is a useful appliance at home especially during the winter, the dry season and when one of the family members comes down with a cold, sinuses, coughs, asthma or other respiratory infections. But there is one aspect that is a serious health concern to all who have purchased a humidifier-the mold growth in this much needed machine. And, that’s a major the reason why you should choose an easy to clean humidifier!

What you will get in this guide

Are you looking for an easy to clean humidifier? [2018 easy cleaning cool /warm mist humidifiers buying guide, reviews and comparison table]

Easy cleaning humidifier options quick comparison table

Questions to consider when choosing the easy to clean humidifier

Here are some of our recommended easy to clean humidifier options

Hume Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier: Easy to clean Humidifier with a sliding scale mist setting knob

TrueMist Top Fill Cool Mist Humidifier – Easy to clean humidifier  to dispense 48 hours continuous cool mist

PureGuardian Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier : Easy to clean humidifier with a  silver clean protection, Aroma tray Essential Oils, 90-Hour Personal Humidifier, 1.5 Gallon Room Humidifier

KOIOS Top Fill Humidifier – Easy to clean humidifier with 4L/1.1Gallon Ultrasonic  Cool Mist Humidifier with 3 Adjustable Mist settings, Open Water Tank,  Timer, Sleep Mode

Levoit Humidifier- Easy to clean Humidifier -4L Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifiers with Night Light, Whisper-Quiet Operation, Filter-less , Waterless Auto Shut-of

Levoit : Easy to clean humidifier with  remote and Humidity Monitor, 6L tank,  Waterless Auto Shut-off- Warm and Cool Mist Ultrasonic for Large Room

Tips and precautions while using your easy to clean humidifier

Final thoughts on the easy to clean humidifier

 


Easy cleaning humidifier options quick comparison table

NameMistTechnology
KOIOS Top Fillcoolultrasonic
PureGuradiancoolultrasonic
Humecoolultrasonic
Levoit LV600HHwarm and coolUltrasonic
Levoit 4Lcoolultrasonic
TrueMist Top Fillcoolultrasonic

Questions to consider when choosing the easy to clean humidifier

Is the water tank easy to clean?

To keep the water you are diffusing into your environment is clean and safe to breathe, you need to clean the water tank frequently. You better make sure that the tank opening is wide enough to put your hand in for a thorough scrub

Are you able to take out the parts that get into contact with water/ essential oil and clean them?

Well, it is not only the water tank that needs to be cleaned. The mist diffuser, the filters, the aroma pads/ box etc. needs to be thoroughly cleaned too.   And, a splay of vinegar water simply cannot replace a thorough scrub.

Are you getting the desired moisture output?

Do you prefer cool others warm mist? What is the humidity level you prefer? Please note that the recommended level is within 30-50. Too much humidity is neither good for you or nor to the various other things that share the room with you. High levels increase mold, bacteria and other germs growth which leads to various infections.  The mold growth on furniture and other materials in the room will certainly mean more cleaning as well as reduce their lifespan.

Filter or no filter?

Whereas you need to clean and  replace the filters as recommended, you also miss out on the white  dust that is emitted by filter-less humidifiers.

Where are going to use this easy to clean humidifier?

So, will this rom humidifier go to the living room, bedroom, baby room office etc.  Most people prefer a quiet unit in the bedroom / office.

How long will the water reservoir last before the next refill?

Can you continuously enjoy desired mist through the night, without having to wake up to refill?

What is your room size?

Some humidifiers may perfectly fit into our bill of an easy to clean humidifier but they may be designed for smaller rooms. Take note of the manufacturer recommendations to pre-empt buyer dissatisfaction.

Does this easy cleaning humidifier have added benefits?

Be on the look -out for additional features that increase your comfort, confidence or convenience like warranties, remote, easy controls etc.


 Here are some of our recommended easy to clean humidifier options

Hume Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier: Easy to clean Humidifier with a sliding scale mist setting knob

Easy to clean humidifier Hume Ultrasonic cool mist humidifier

Easy to clean humidifier Hume Ultrasonic cool mist humidifier

Cleaning

With this humidifier, you get a large tank opening which makes it easy to use your hand to scrub inside clean

Water tank

Need to have a 12 hour sleep? The Hume 3.5 liter water tank will last you 12 hours without having to refill.  When it’s time for refill, lift the tank, invert, screw off the lid and refill. And, should the water level get low or the tank is removed, the auto safety feature turns off the machine.

No essential oils, please…

Moisture output

This unit utilizes ultrasonic technology to provide you with good cool mist output even on low setting. The mist is controlled via the rotating mist sliding scale control knob.

Pros

  • Overnight tank capacity
  • Whisper quiet
  • Manufacturer stands by its product and offers a 5 year warranty
  • Trusted brand that offers great customer service
  • Sleek design

 Cons

  • A high setting overnight may get the room too humid

TrueMist Top Fill Cool Mist Humidifier – Easy to clean humidifier  to dispense 48 hours continuous cool mist

Cleaning

TrueMist has a patented design with a wider tank. The wide opening makes it easy to clean. Furthermore, you do not need to frequent clean the base as the base and tank detach which also means that the base thus keeps dry and gives no room for mold.  A weekly cleaning is recommended but the more often the better. Just detach the top, take off the  lid and scrub it clean.

Moisture output

This unit utilizes ultrasonic technology to provide you with cool mist. Moreover, you can focus the mist to a desired direction via the multidirectional mist nozzle. Turn the mist control knob clockwise to increase the mist output and vice versa.

Water tank

This is one 2.5 liter water you will love- 48 hours of continuous cool mist on low setting and 16 hours on high! Furthermore, the wide tank opening on top of unit  makes it easy to refill. Moreover, in case you forget to refill this easy to clean room humidifier, is designed to automatically shut down.

Keep off essential oils. True mist is  not designed to dispense essential oils.

Room size

269-378 square feet

Additional benefits

You not only get an LED night light but you also get to choose from 7 color options. And you can turn it on or off as desired.

You also get a 1 year warranty

Pros

  • 48 hours cool mist on low setting
  • Easy to clean, wide opening, top fill detachable tank
  • Whisper quiet
  • No filters
  • 7 color choice LED night light

Cons

  • Take care to keep the bottom of tank dry after a refill. Wipe off with a towel
  • And have an absorbent material placed under it to soak in excess moisture

PureGuardian Ultrasonic 90 hour Cool Mist : Easy to clean humidifier – silver clean protection, Aroma tray Essential Oils, 1.5 GallonEasy cleaning humidifier...PureGuardian Ultrasonic cool mist 1

Cleaning

The large top opening makes this humidifier easy to clean. Take off the lid and mist tube in the center and then soak the tank for 5-10 minutes using a 50:50 white vinegar / water solution. Make use of the provided brush to clean the ultrasonic disk. Thoroughly rinse all the parts

Bacteria/ mold growth management

Moreover, PureGuardian’s Silver Clean Protection fights off mold and mildew growth on water tank surface.

Should you want to prolong the life of the water tank, you can separately purchase aquasticks water cartridge (PureGuardian GGHS15) that assists reduce mold/bacteria growth in the water tank.

Moisture output

This easy to clean humidifier utilizes ultrasonic technology to disperse a fine, soothing, cool mist. You get to control the mist output via the easy to use variable speed. You also get two mist outlets at the top that swivel in different directions allowing you to direct the mist to desired target.

Water tank

The large 1.5 (6.54) gallon water tank will provide you with 90 hours of cool mist at low setting given the right atmospheric conditions. You can use a pitcher to fill this unit from the top with a pitcher.  Furthermore, this top fill humidifier has a low water indicator light to alert you when the water needs refilling and an auto shut off if the tank runs dry.

Room size

Small and medium sized rooms

Additional benefits

This unit allows you to use your preferred essential oil to create a relaxing environment. And please DO NOT add essential oils into the water but on the pads provided. The pads are then placed in the aromatherapy tray. When using the essential oil pad for the first time, Make sure it is thoroughly wet for best effect. Also note that the oils are purchased separately.

This humidifier also has a night light.

You sure will appreciate the 3 year limited warranty.

Pros

  • Two mist outlets that swivel in different directions that assist you to control the mist direction
  • Essential oil benefit
  • Large water reservoir allows several days interval before next refill on low setting
  • Auto shut
  • Whisper quiet thus a great office, baby or bedroom humidifier

Cons

  • Some users find the On/Off light a bit too bright

KOIOS Top Fill Ultrasonic Cool Mist – Easy to clean humidifier with 4L/1.1Gallon,   3 Adjustable Mist settings, Timer, Open Water Tank, Sleep Mode

Easy to clean humidifier KOIOS humidifier ST900

Easy to clean humidifier KOIOS humidifier ST900

Cleaning

The wide opening allows for easy tank cleaning. Use a weak bleach solution and thoroughly rinse.

Water tank

This top fill humidifier has 4 liter (1.1 Gallon) water tank that is easy to fill and allows you to enjoy a constant 12-16 hours of cool mist before refill. KOIOS will also shut down when tank runs dry.

No essential oils for this top fill humidifier.

Moisture output

This easy to clean humidifier utilizes ultrasonic technology to disperse cool mist which is then distributed via a 360 degree rotatable mist nozzle. You can control the mist from three adjustable mist settings.

Moreover, you can set the sleep mode which will lower the light and set the mist output to preconfigured settings. This makes this unit a great choice for the office, baby room or bedroom. And you can set the time

Water and air is purified via two way filtration. One of the filters is in the tank and second in the humidifier base. The filters are not to be replaced but monthly cleaning recommended.

Room size

15-20 meter squared

Additional benefits

Large water tank

Humidity sensor which can be set between 40 and 90%. The sensor reduces mist output when the set limit is reached.

Nice appearance

1 year warranty

Pros

  • Large opening eases cleaning
  • Easy large top fill
  • 360 degrees rotatable mist outlet
  • The humidity sensor is a great plus
  • The timer allows you to set time
  • Whisper quiet ultrasonic
  • Nice stylish design

Cons

  • The indicator/number lights a bit too bright for some users

Levoit Humidifier- Easy to clean Humidifier -4L Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifiers with Night Light, Whisper-Quiet Operation, Filter-less , Waterless Auto Shut-of

Easy to clean humidifier Levoit 4L cool mist humidifier

Easy to clean humidifier Levoit 4L cool mist humidifier

 

Cleaning

Once tank is disconnected, soak for 20-30 minutes with a 50:50 vinegar/water solution. This easy to clean humidifier has an opening that is wide enough to allow your hand in. You can reach the bottom to scrub rinse and dry with a soft dry cloth.  Moreover, if you are using distilled water, the cleaning process is much easier and faster. In case of build-up, make use of the scaling pad provided.

Remember to also clean the aroma pad.

Allow all parts to dry out and do not use detergents.

Moisture output

Press the power button on and the humidifier is set on low moisture level setting. Press twice and you get the high setting.  Make use of the 360 degrees nozzle to direct the  mist to your desired direction.

Water tank

Levoit LV400CH comes with a large 4 liter top fill tank which will allow you to enjoy 20-30 hours of continuous cool mist.  To prevent leakage, ensure that the silicon ring around the cap is properly in place after refilling the tank.

Note that you can also observe the water level through the water window.

Room size

200 square feet (10-20 meter squared)

Placement

Flat surface

Additional benefits

For water and air purification, this easy to clean humidifier comes with a two stage filtration using a Ceramic and Activated Carbon filter.

You get to enjoy a relaxing environment courtesy of the essential oil diffuser inbuilt in this easy to clean humidifier.

To take care of safety concerns, please note that this easy cleaning humidifier is CE and ETL certified

What about the two year warranty and lifetime support from manufacturer? Wow!

You also get a built in night light

Pros

  • Two way filtration system
  • Essential oil diffuser
  • Whisper quiet
  • Space saver
  • CE and ETL Certified
  • Lifetime support from manufacturer

Cons

  • Not for large rooms

Levoit : Easy to clean humidifier with  remote and Humidity Monitor, 6L tank,  Waterless Auto Shut-off- Warm and Cool Mist Ultrasonic for Large Room

Easy to clean humidifier Levoit 6L warm and cool humidifier

Easy to clean humidifier Levoit 6L warm and cool humidifier

Cleaning

This easy cleaning humidifier package has a cleaning brush and 2 descaling pads.

Every week, disconnect the water tank before cleaning and follow the manufacturer’s detailed, clear instructions. In summary, once tank is disconnected, soak for 20-30 minutes with a 50:50 vinegar/water solution. The opening is wide enough to allow your hand in to you can reach the bottom to scrub rinse and dry with a soft dry cloth.  Remember to clean or replace filter as well as wipe off the interior base. Moreover, if you are using distilled water, the cleaning process is much easier and faster. In case of build-up, make use of the scaling pad provided. Rinse the other parts in the vinegar solution

Remember to also clean the aroma pad.

Allow all parts to dry out and do not use detergents.

Also, remember to allow cooling-off before cleaning if you were utilizing warm mist.

Moisture output

You fancy warm or cool mist? Levoit hybrid dispenses   either and increases the humidity levels 25% than those units that only have cool mist. And you can choose from three different settings

Make use of the inbuilt humidistat to set you desired humidity level anywhere between 40 and 80.

Additionally, this easy to clean humidifier comes with a smart auto mode which automatically senses the actual humidity in the surrounding environment and then disperses the right amount of mist that will quickly adjust that humidity to the most suitable level.

Press the mist setting once, twice or thrice to set on low medium and high respectively.

You can also press the humidistat button once to start and then keep pressing to set desired humidity level (40-80). Once this level is reached, the humidifier will shut it off until the level goes 5% below the set humidity level.

You can also set the timer using the timer button.

Press the warm mist button should you desire the mist warm or the AUTO button for cool mist.

Water tank

Well, this Levoit humidifier tank is designed for large rooms and thus comes with a 6L capacity. This allows you 20 to 36 of continuous cool or warm mist as desired.

You fill in this tank from the bottom. Disengage from base, flip it over, unscrew cap, fill and make use of the small carry handle on top.

A “low water level” icon is displayed when water level is low and the unit auto shuts off.

Distilled water is recommended. However, you can use tap water but expect more build up on tank surfaces and need for more frequent cleaning.

Placement

It is recommended that you lace this unit on an elevated surface like a table, desktop, nightstand etc.

Room size

280 square feet (20-30meter squared)

Additional benefits

You get a convenient, easy to operate touch control.

Can you Imagine setting/ adjusting the various settings from 16 feet (5 meters) away using the remote control?

What about the inbuilt timer that you can set to count down to the time you want the unit to shut off? You can set this time anywhere between 1-12 hours as desired.

And, you can diffuse essential oils by applying some drops of your oil choice on the aroma pad on the right side.

Furthermore, this humidifier comes with a special leak proof design sorts out leaking issues.

Moreover, it is CE and ETL Certified.

And you get a one year warranty and another year once you register plus lifetime support- Wow!

 Pros

  • Option to choose warm or cool mist
  • Long hours of continuous mist
  • Enjoy the essential oils
  • You will love the remote control
  • Whisper quiet

Cons

  • White dust noted when using hard water
  • Some users seem to have issues with Humidity sensor accuracy

Tips and precautions while using your easy to clean humidifier

Properly assemble the humidifier

Many complaints arise from wrong assembly or defective parts. Once you purchase, immediately confirm that you get all the parts as indicated on manual and that they are not defective or broken. This will allow you to take advantage of existing seller return policy and manufacturer warranty.

Follow assembly instructions to assemble and in case of queries, contact the manufacturer’s customer service team.

 Monitor humidity levels

Get a good hygrometer to measure the humidity levels and ensure you are within the 30-50 range. Or choose an easy to clean humidifier that has a quality inbuilt humidistat. The existing humidity level will guide you on the mist levels setting. The lower the level, the longer the time and higher setting needed.

Refilling

Make use of the tank opening. Do not re-fill with hot water nor use the nozzle to refill.  And ensure that the tank is properly positioned to prevent spillage.

EPA recommends that you use distilled water to reduce   bacteria/mold build up in tank (source).   Remember any germs in the water will find their way into the respiratory system and infect you. They also recommend use of de-mineralization cartridges in the water tank to remove the minerals that result in white dust.

Once you are done with refill, wipe the tank and base with a dry soft cloth. And then ensure that the ring is in place and cap tightly screwed to prevent leaking.

Cleaning

It is pretty obvious that clean, fresh water is what you want to breath-in.  And, an unclean humidifier will most likely infect your fresh, clean water resulting in respiratory tract infections. Follow the manufacturer instructions on how to remove the parts and clean out the room humidifier. And, dry  with a clean, dry, soft cloth.

Daily clean the water tank.

Whereas it may not be what the manufacturer recommends or the reservoir lasts longer than a day, you are assured of fresh mist with a daily cleaning regimen.  Moreover, you save yourself the vigorous scrubbing of build-up especially when using hard / unfiltered tap water.

Weekly descale

Get rid of the mineral build-up, most manufacturers recommend a weekly 50:50 white vinegar/water solution 20-30 minutes soak followed by scrubbing using a soft brittle brush.  While at it, weekly wipe the room humidifier with the white vinegar solution.

For those easy cleaning humidifiers with a filter…

Clean it out as recommended by manufacturer.

Also, clean, dry and  air the room humidifier  parts every so often.

When moving your easy cleaning humidifier

Switch off power. Remove and empty the water tank to prevent spillage.

Where to place the room humidifier

Follow manufacturer instructions. Some would recommend you place the unit on an elevated surface, others on a hard surface. Some users also place an absorbent material under the humidifier to absorb any spillage/excess moisture.

Either elevated or not, make sure the surface is level and flat

All the same, make sure your room humidifier kept away from of high traffic areas to prevent tripping and out of babies reach.

When your humidifier is combined with an essential oil diffuser

Make sure to also clean out/replace the aroma pad

When storing the room humidifier

Clean as recommended, dry and air all parts before storage. Remember to also clean the unit it before next use to remove dust/other particles.


Final thoughts on the easy to clean humidifier

An easy to clean humidifier is good value for your money and good for your health. Make your choice from the above listed easy cleaning humidifiers and enjoy that moisture that is much needed by your air passages, skin. You can also get that easy to clean humidifier to assist  or relieve  colds, congestion, cough, allergy, sinus, asthma, bronchitis, eczema, etc.

And the more constantly you clean it., the  more your enjoyment of the air you breath in.

Happy breathing!

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