We've had this unit for about 3 years, used only in the winters. It works pretty well for what it is. It has never leaked for us, but then, we only run it on hard surfaces.-- It's a simple design, nearly completely plastic. Some would say its ugly plastic but honestly, I'd rather have that rather than metal that rusts out over time. -- The vents blow in a fixed direction (diagonally up) and there are only two speed settings, full-blast and low / nearly silent. On low, it is quieter than any humidifier I've owned (both steam and cold units). We have a wood stove that dries out the air severely and this unit alone can keep the air much more comfortable in the main living area of our house. We still have to use small units for the bedrooms.-- The tanks are easy to fill, can be filled one at a time and are easy to slip into place as long as the back of the unit is not flush up against a wall. Yes, they drip a little bit while moving them around, but not much. The openings are large enough for your hand to fit inside to wash them. They don't get visibly dirty, but it is reassuring to clean them at the beginning and end of the season.-- The filter needs cleaning fairly often; we rinse it with our water sprayer in the sink when it gets dirty and we add disinfectant to the water reservoir. We've only needed to buy a new filter a few times over the years. -- Most of the poor reviews are from folks putting it on carpet--something that seems risky for ANY appliance with a bunch of water in it.
This **** worked ok only for the first couple of month. Later on, tanks leaked because of its design flaw. I kept cleaning and changing the filter and stuff, which improved its performance level only a bit. Every time we refilled the tanks, we had to "wish" they would not leak. Don't bother even to consider buying this ****.
I already have an Essex EPD floor console model that barely raises the whole home humidity on full 24/7, so I added the Kenmore on top of the unit, and to my amazement, the little Kenmire has a higher output, and works better than my other, more expensive unit. The people that give this humidifier a bad rating do not take the extra minute to seat the filter properly, fill the bottles flat in kitchen sink, and then assure you put the side cap on without trying to cross thread them and wreck the fill bottle so they leak. If you use common sense, this is a great humidifier. The use of two humidifiers, and a ceiling fan, now gives whole house humidification, and all is comfortable now.
I have the solution for all of you that have a leaky humidifier. The problem is with the large fill cap seal. There is a rough spot on the surface of the fill tank where the cap gasket seals against. It wouldn't seal completely and allows air to slowly bubble in ... causing it to overfill.
I sanded down the spot and fixed the problem.
Simply flooded the room where we set it up. Returned device.
Works OK, noisier than I expected, eats up water, 450 sq ft room typically at 25% takes ~6 hours to get to 40%. One canister had a leak as received allowing air to enter and water to overflow. Cause was canister fill cap face was uneven, problem fixed by filing face flat.
Really like the capacity of this humidifier. Twin filling "tanks" for extended humidification. Quiet operation and adds ample moisture to the air. Covers 2000 sq ft. I wish manufacturers would come up with other more modern colors though.