A warm mist humidifier is a device which produces a sustained mist of warm water vapor in a larger small area, depending on the device. These are almost entirely electrically powered, with a few weaker battery models available, though most are corded electric. These devices survey host of purposes, one of them being medical.

Types of Warm Mist Humidifiers & How They Work

They can be used to combat severe congestion, respiratory issues, and other such things, which is one of their heaviest uses, but they can also be used to aid people who suffer from ailments due to dry, cold air. Many people who first moved to desert areas, or the dryer, colder Pacific Northwestern areas will often seek comfort in a warm mist humidifier to acclimate themselves.

Larger, industrial warmness humidifiers are also used for hydroponic and greenhouse agriculture, providing a stable, moist and warm environment regardless of the climate outside.

Precautions. Warmness humidifiers should not be used by people with chronic bronchitis, as severe humidity can actually agitate this ailment. It also probably shouldn’t be used as an alleviation method for people suffering from lung cancer, or rheumatoid arthritis, as severe humidity can also agitate these. These should not be used around electronics, as condensation can and will ruin the internal mechanisms.

Vicks 1-Gallon Warm Mist Humidifier: photo

The two most popular warm mist humidifiers are of Vicks and Honeywell brands. Both devices are filter-free, which is a clear advantage. The problem with filters is that bacteria and microbes accumulate on them. Moreover, using a filter-free device, you do not have to bother with replacing filters. Vicks and Honeywell humidifiers come with a one-gallon water tank, medicine cups and two output settings (low and high). Besides, they have a feature that turns off the unit automatically when it is empty.

Honeywell HWM705B Filter-Free Warm Moisture Humidifier: photo

The Honeywell model has one more beneficial feature — a reset light indicator that tells you when to fill the tank. Also, this option is longer-lasting and can operate for up to 24 hours, whereas the Vicks humidifier runs for no more than 12 hours per filling. And finally, the Honeywell humidifier is more compact (11 x 13 inches) and lightweight (4 pounds) than the Vicks model.

Honeywell HCM350W Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier: photo

Honeywell also offers a cool mist humidifier as an alternative for those who cannot use warm mist models. It costs twice as much and uses evaporative technology. This device is germ-free and kills almost all bacteria in the room. Unlike the above-mentioned humidifiers, this one is equipped with a wicking filter.

10 Best-Selling Warm Mist Humidifiers Comparative Table