There are many reasons to use a humidifier in your home. Dry air causes chapped lips, dry eyes, dried out nasal membranes, and scratch throat. Dry air requires more energy to adequately heat your home. Excessive static electricity poses a threat to your electronics. Pets suffer with dry, scaley skin creating dander. Plants and wood furniture dry out. Fine leather furniture, collectable books and fine art suffer in the dry air.
I purchased this humidifier over a month ago. After having had the floor models, another smaller model of a different make, and the fine mist model, I chose this one for this reason. It specifically stated it would not leave a white film all over everything, and it does not leave one.
The size is perfect and the oval shape works great in the room as far as being able to place it without it taking up too much space. The design is attractive so that you do not have to "hide" it if space is limited.
The canister is easy to fill in the sink and very convenient to to carry. I usually can go more than a day without filling, unless it is very cold outside and the furnace is on more than it is normally.
I like the easy operation and use of this model too. All you have to do is select the fan speed you want and choose the level of humidity. Then it senses the humidity in the room and automatically adjusts itself. Of course you can change the settings like a higher or lower fan speed etc;
I think this model is the best one I have purchased so far! I only wish I would have found it before purchasing all the others.
I bought this because it was on sale for $19.99. The humidy indicator would not budge from 100%, so the fan would not turn on unless the desired humidity was also set at 100%. I took it back and got another one. The second one did the same thing. The indicator would occasionally drop to 30% but after a few seconds jumped back to 100% shutting the fan off (unless desired humidity was left at 100%.) It is not worth the 45 minute drive back to Sears to get another one. I'll use it as a decoration. Theres a reason they are selling it so cheaply.
I did write a review (under name schizo) which it won't let me edit. Our third unit is work fine after 2 winters of use. I wouldn't say the filters are washable as one reviewer mentioned. They are glued together and weaken considerably when wet. Aren't they supposed to get wet? The humidistat on this unit is still working as 'well' as the day purchased. It is set at about 60% to get about 40% moisture in the bedroom. Fan comes on and off as needed. We have fan set on setting #2. We refill nightly. I still don't like the reservoir design. I pinch my fingers between the outlet and the cap frequently. It doesn't fit under our sink faucet in the bathroom and the kitchen is downstairs, no tub in the bath so we either hold it under the shower or use an old milk jug to fill. Both awkward. You can't sit the reservoir down as it is not flat topped. We are very careful with reservoirr as I think it would shatter if bumped into anything. Filters are replace periodically at about $6- $9 each. We use a bacteriostat and a humidifier conditioner in the water.
If only I had a manual then I would know what the red light on the unit meant.
For $20 bucks we got our money's worth but I would not purchase it again.
the filter fell apart after less than one month. filters cost $9.99. Don't waste your money on this product.
The unit is difficult to put the water container in. The water container is easy to fill but very difficult to put the lid on because the bottom is rounded and will not sit up. Very bad design.
pros - still reliable after a year of use, using it almost daily. Love the fan, it's very quiet and hasn't changed after a years use.
cons - Why I have to give it a 3 now is because the reservoir has about 100 hairline cracks all along the bottom, I don't know how long it will last. I imagine they're created from the stress of the water after time. Also, the hygrometer has never worked, I have to set it to 100% to make sure the unit starts. Humidity is usually 50-55 for me, yet this thing always says it's over 90, though I've learned to live with it. It's the cracks that have me worried that it may burst any time.