Do You Want the BEST Humidifier for Allergies?
What is really the BEST humidifier to treat allergies?
If I had to pick ONE THING to help treat allergies naturally, to help you feel better, or to help you reduce your allergy medications it would be to use a humidifier. It’s one of the main parts in all my best patient allergy plans.
But which one is the best humidifier for allergies?
I’ve been asked this a few time online and by patients so I decided to put this post together to help everyone pick the best humidifier for allergies.
Humidifiers aren’t the most exciting topic. I’d be willing to bet that most of you are hovering over the back button right now!
So let me entice you to keep reading on three different levels:
- I will share with you the different humidifier features you need
- I will also recommend as the best humidifier for allergies
- I have also made a QUIZ that will pair you with your best humidifier for allergies
Oh, if nothing else, I have a cool video about ‘what happens when you put a mirror in the jungle’ at the end
Who should read this article?
Not everybody cares about humidifiers. But you should care a little about humidifiers if you:
- Have an infant or baby at home
- Have allergies… and want to reduce your medications
- Want to treat allergies naturally
- Need better control of allergies
- Have irritant allergies (aka irritant rhinitis or vasomotor rhinitis)
- Have a ‘sensitive nose’
- Have a child has eczema
- Have eye allergy symptoms
- You live in Colorado or a desert-type climate
If any of these apply to you, it will be worth your time to skim this article. If not, you can jump straight down and watch the video here.
What I’ll share with you today
- Why are humidifiers important?
- QUIZ: What is the best humidifier for you?
- What do the humidifier features mean?
- Warm vs Cold Humidifiers
- What are ultrasonic humidifiers
- Filters vs no filters
- What are the best humidifiers for allergies?
- Cold humidifier recommendations
- Warm humidifier recommendations
- Both warm and cold humidifier recommendations
- My TOP recommendation for humidifiers to treat allergies
- Awesome video about ‘what happens when you put a mirror in the jungle’
- Next Steps
Why are humidifiers important?
Let me start with something we all know:
If you have dry skin, it becomes itchy, red and irritated. It also becomes easier to irritate once it’s already irritated.
But since we can see our skin, we treat dry/inflamed areas with cooler showers, moisturizers and, if it’s really bad, topical steroid creams.
Now, the same thing is happening inside your nose:
- If you have pollen or pet allergies, the inside of your nose is inflamed
- If you have irritant allergies, your nose is irritated already and, just like your skin, often gets worse.
- And if you live in a dry climate, the inside of your nose is also dry making it easier to get symptoms of allergies
The key is to get moisture inside your nose.
- One way is by using a sinus rinse (and I explained previously how to use a sinus rinse correctly).
- The other way is by using a humidifier.
Benefits of the humidifier
I can sum up the benefits of a humidifier with one sentence:
A humidifier allows you to treat your allergies naturally without really doing anything (as a self-proclaimed king of laziness, this is pretty much ideal for me)!
The best benefit of the humidifier for allergies is that it is a pretty passive solution: you don’t need to squirt water up your nose or really do anything. Just turn it on and let it do its job. The humidifier will provide moisture to your nose and help reduce your symptoms of allergies and irritant rhinitis naturally! And if you or your child has eczema or eye allergies, the humidifier can help with those as well!
For such an easy solution, it surprises me how many people haven’t been told to use them!
Well, that changes today! You’re about to get all the secrets of the humidifier straight from me!
When and how to use the humidifier
I’ll get my BEST tip to you straight away:
Place the humidifier at the head of your or your child’s bed and run it at night. Every night.
Why this recommendation?
Humidifiers aren’t effective at humidifying the whole room… even the large humidifiers. Plus, I don’t care if the carpet across the room is adequately humidified or not.
What I care about is myself and my child!
- So I recommend using the humidifier at the head of the bed because that ensures that the most benefit is delivered to where you need it: your nose and even your eyes.
- And I recommend running it at night because that’s when you’re sleeping. You’re in one place for a perfect 8 hours every night (HA! I wish) and can get the benefit of all the moisture while you sleep.
If you wanted to quit reading right now, you would have more knowledge than about 90% of my patients!
But if you want to become a humidifier master (and get one step closer to earning your secret humidifier signet ring and joining the secret society of the humidifier experts), just complete this quiz and find out what is the best humidifier for you?
QUIZ: What is the best humidifier for you?
I’ve done the research and feel that with about 5 minutes (and just a few questions) I could pick the perfect humidifier for you.
So let’s try this experiment: Take this quiz and see if the results are beneficial to you.
- If they are, then SHARE the quiz with your friends on Facebook.
- If they aren’t, feel free to send me an angry emoticon.👿
Now that you’ve finished the quiz, let’s start to discuss what features you want to look for in a humidifier to treat allergies naturally.
What do the humidifier features mean?
There are a lot of different possible features in humidifiers… shape, color, mist, lights, diffusers, computers and one probably also cooks breakfast.
But there are only THREE FEATURES most important for treating your allergies: warm vs. cold humidifiers, ultrasonic vs non-ultrasonic humidifiers and filters vs no filters.
Warm vs cold humidifiers
The first and biggest choice you have to make when choosing a humidifier is whether you want warm mist or cold mist.
Both warm and cold mist humidifiers will be equally beneficial for treating allergies. The temperature is the same by the time it reaches your nose and lungs.
This choice comes down to safety and comfort.
Most humidifiers are cold mist humidifiers which spray a cool mist over you when you sleep. This feature is nice particularly if you live in a warmer climate and the mist can help keep you cool at night.
Warm mist humidifiers, on the other hand, are a good consideration if you live in a cooler climate or tend to get cold at night. But there is an added risk with warm air humidifiers: the steam or vapor might burn children or, if you knock over the humidifier, it might spill warm water.
Because of this:
- If the humidifier is for your child, a cool mist humidifier might be best
- If you live in a warm climate, a cool mist humidifier is a good choice to treat your allergies
- If you live in a cooler climate, a warm mist humidifier is a strong consideration
But what about temperature controlled humidifiers?
The perfect solution, right?
Yes, there is a class of humidifiers that has a temperature selection where you can choose between warm or cold mist. And it is a pretty good solution… but it comes at a cost of being more expensive.
Combination hot and cold humidifiers often cost more than separately buying both a warm and cool mist humidifier.
I review combination humidifiers below as well as the warm and cold mist ones, and as you’ll see, if you want the benefits of both warm and cold it is actually cheaper to buy two separate humidifiers instead of one combination unit.
What are ultrasonic humidifiers?
I have to admit… at first I thought ultrasonic humidifiers were a gimmick. I mean, how else do you make the humidifier market exciting?
But there is a purpose to ultrasonic humidifiers vs regular humidifiers after all!
A traditional humidifier puts water on a wick and a fan blows it into the air. A ultrasonic humidifier takes water and vibrates it with ultrasonic waves which turns it into particles and then disperses it into the air.
The benefit: ultrasonic humidifiers are able to make cool mist humidifiers more quiet!
Ultrasonic humidifiers are really only a feature of cool mist or mixed humidifiers. In warm mist humidifiers, the heating element of a warm air humidifier turns the water into mist.
Which one is best for you?
Since you’ll be running this humidifier at night at the head of your bed:
- If you are the type of person who wants near-silence while sleeping then ultrasonic is the best cold air humidifier for your allergies
- If you like white noise to sleep, then a regular humidifier will work just as well
Filers vs no filters
The final major decision you have to make is whether or not you want a filter in your humidifier.
A filter can help improve the quality of the mist being puffed out by your humidifier. But they have to be changed regularly and often, they are not necessary.
Filters may be beneficial if you have hard, mineral rich water. But they come at the cost of having to replace them regularly.
In my house, I find it hard tonight remembering just to fill our humidifiers, let alone changing the filters. So I prefer humidifiers that don’t need to have a filter changed.
- If you’re like me, then the no-filter option will appeal to you.
- If you live in an era with hard water, you have two options:
- Buy a humidifier with a replaceable filter
- Or buy distilled water to put in a purifier (although I think a filter might be cheaper in the long run)
My TOP recommendation for humidifiers to treat allergies
I reviewed all the humidifiers at local retail stores as well as amazon for the top three features you’d want in a humidifier to help treat your allergies naturally. There are also three other factors that I tried to put into my recommendations:
Everything else being equal, a humidifier with a higher capacity tank would mean fewer refills and would be more convenient for you.
If available, an adjustable spout on top would allow you to direct the humidifier’s mist for better reach, improved comfort and to accommodate placing it in different locations. So an adjustable spout is a great feature.
Finally, there is cost. Once all the best features are factored, I want you to get the best humidifier options at the cheapest price. I would assume that this is important to you as well, but if it’s not then you can stop reading here and jump straight to the most expensive humidifier piece of art I’ve ever seen:
Cool mist humidifier recommendations
There are a TON of cool mist humidifiers out there and with the guide above you can probably pick what works best for you or your child. These are three that met my above requirements at a pretty good cost.
|URPower Cool Mist Humidifier||PBox Cool Mist Humidifier||Tayama Cool Mist Humidifier|
|Avg Rating||4.2 Stars||4.0 Stars||5.0 Stars|
|Capacity||2.4 liter||4.0 liter||3.5 liter|
Warm mist humidifier recommendations
|Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier||
Holmes Warm Mist Humidifier HWM6008-NUM
Holmes Warm Mist Humidifier HWM6000-NUM
|Capacity||3.78 liters||6.4 liter||3.4 liter|
Mixed (warm and cool) mist humidifier recommendations
|TaoTronics Mixed Humidifier||Boneco Mixed Humidifier||PureGuardian Mixed Humidifier||
SPT SU-4010 Mixed Humidifier
|Capacity||6 liter||3.75 liter||7.5 liter||4 liter|
Awesome video about ‘what happens when you put a mirror in the jungle’
As promised. I like the elephant’s ‘I don’t care at all’ response the best.
Today’s article had one purpose: to make getting a humidifier as easy as possible for you.
A humidifier will help you or your child for many different reasons:
- it helps fix your allergies naturally and allows you to reduce your medications
- it helps fix your irritant allergies or ‘sensitive nose’ and will help you feel better
- it helps if you have a baby or infant with congestion or allergy symptoms
- it helps if you or your child has eczema
- it helps you feel better if you have eye allergies
- it helps if you live in Colorado or any dry climate
And to make it easier for you to pick a humidifier, this post gave you three things:
- A way to sort through the options and features:
- Cold mist humidifiers are better for warmer climates or for children
- Warm mist humidifiers are better for winter use or colder climates
- Ultrasonic humidifiers help make it quieter
- Filters are optional but can help with hard mineral-filled water
- And my reviews of what I think are some of the best humidifiers
- A quiz that helps find you the best humidifier for you or your baby
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