Best Humidifier for Bronchitis – No More Painful Coughs & Burning Lungs!

Unfortunately, it's that time of the year when many people have problems with their respiratory systems. Are you one of them? Do you want to get rid of the stressful symptoms of bronchitis? You are in luck because I decided to do the best humidifier for bronchitis guide and help you out.


However, since I am not a doctor, I needed help from an actual Pulmonologist, Dr. James Raynolds. And, through his interview, we will give you answers and advice for getting through bronchitis with the help of a humidifier.


As always, I asked an expert to help us out on the topic. This time, the best person for the job was Dr. John Kingsley, Pulmonologist from Huston.

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Leona Maurer

Leona Maurer


Hello Dr John. Thank you so much for agreeing to help us out with the topic of best humidifier for bronchitis. However, I won't start with the humidifiers right away. I wanted our readers to have a better insight into the causes and symptoms first if that is okay with you.

Dr. John Kingsley


Hello Leona and hello to all your readers. It is my pleasure and I will gladly help you out with this topic. As for the start of the interview, no problem, I agree that we first need to help people realize how to first avoid bronchitis or how to recognize if they have it.

Leona Maurer

Leona Maurer


Okay, so, my first question would be what causes bronchitis?

Dr. John Kingsley


In most cases, bronchitis is a viral infection. And, the virus comes from the same family of viruses that cause influenza and colds. Also, it is important to know that since this is a viral health issue, antibiotics are pretty much of no use.

Leona Maurer

Leona Maurer


How is bronchitis diagnosed?

Dr. John Kingsley


Well, it can be quite difficult to diagnosis bronchitis in the first few days. The symptoms of bronchitis are pretty much the same as the symptoms of an ordinary cold.


That is why doctors use a stethoscope during the exam so that they can hear if there's mucus inside your lungs, which is one of the primary symptoms of bronchitis.


If, on the other hand, they are uncertain, doctors can demand some of these tests:


  • X-ray of your chest

With an X-ray scan, doctors can spot signs of bronchitis or pneumonia, or if you have some other lung condition that is causing the cough. This is especially effective in determining if you have a bronchitis cough or a smoker's cough (if you are a smoker).


  • Sputum tests

This is a test that determines the origin of the cough-up from the lungs. This way, the doctors can determine if your problem can be solved with the help of antibiotics or not.



You can also get tested to see if you have illnesses that could be helped by antibiotics, or for signs of allergies.


  • Pulmonary function test


This is a test that checks the volume of air your lungs can take in and how fast you can breathe out that amount. It is done with a spirometer, in which you blow and the doctors determine if you have signs of bronchitis or asthma.

Leona Maurer

Leona Maurer


Can you tell us what treatments the patients can expect?

Dr. John Kingsley


In most cases, when we are talking about bronchitis, patients stop having symptoms after a couple of weeks even without any treatment.


But, if you have trouble sleeping, your doctor may prescribe cough medicine to help you with getting rid of the cough and for better sleeping. And, he may also recommend using a humidifier, to speed up the process even more.


Also, humidifiers are the best solution if you are allergic or have the COPD, in combination with an inhaler, for opening up narrowed passages in your lungs.


However, if the doctor has suspicions that your problem might be bacterial, antibiotics may be included.

Leona Maurer

Leona Maurer


What about changing the lifestyle or some home remedies?

Dr. John Kingsley


Healthy life habits are never a bad idea, especially if you suffer from chronic bronchitis.


Some of the habit-changing steps include avoiding lung irritants such as cigarette smoke or any smoke for that matter. For example, if you live in a smog-rich area, it would be a good idea to wear a mask when you go out.


As for home remedies. Well, all I can say is adding a humidifier in your home will help you greatly with bronchitis symptoms. For example, you will suffer less from cough and irritated breathing passages.


Also, if you've noticed that during the winter, the cold air irritates you and makes you cough, wearing a ski mask while outside can help you. It will prevent you to breathe the dry, cold air directly.


Leona Maurer

Leona Maurer


Thank you, Dr. John, for these useful answers. Before we finish this interview, I just wanted to ask one more question.

What should people who suspect they have bronchitis do before coming to a doctor? Are there some specific things that they should to in order to help the doctor make a better and accurate diagnosis?

Dr. John Kingsley


Well, to make it easier for your doctor to make the right diagnosis, you should have the answers to the following questions:

  • Did you recently suffer from the flu or a cold?
  • Did you suffer from pneumonia at any point in your life?
  • Do you suffer from any medical condition?
  • Are you taking any supplements or medication currently?
  • Does your job expose you to any lung irritants?
  • Are you or your closest smokers?


Furthermore, it is also a good idea to take one of your family members to the doctor's office. I say this because sometimes, you might not remember all the details that can turn out to be important, and your family members might remember them for you.


And, if you already went to some other doctor about bronchitis before, make sure you bring the results of all the test you had, as well as reports and X-rays.

Dr. John Kingsley


You are welcome, Leona. I hope this interview helps your readers.

Leona Maurer

Leona Maurer


Thank you so much, Doctor!


We've come to the part that is most important for the topic of the best humidifier for bronchitis, the humidifiers the doctor recommends.

Air Innovations Cool Mist Digital Humidifier for Large Rooms

best humidifier for bronchitis - Air Innovations Cool Mist Digital Humidifier for Large Rooms

Specific Features (Click here to know more)

The Air Innovations Cool Mist Digital Humidifier comes with a fancy design to fit the modern home interior design perfectly. However, the beautiful design isn't this humidifier's strongest point. 

In fact, why our good doctor recommended this model is its anti-microbial finish on both the tank and the humidifier base. This gives you a piece of mind when it comes to breathing clean, properly humidified air.

Also, you don't have to worry about even worse inflammations in your breathing channels. This is possible because the humidifier has an inbuilt ceramic filter that keeps all the impurities and allergens away from the air you breathe.

And, the great thing about this filter is that it's permanent, meaning, no replacement and no additional costs.

Furthermore, the humidifier is super easy to use and comes with great features such as adjustable humidistat, rotating mist nozzle for better coverage, and 5 different mist modes. And, it even has a stylish remote so that you don't even have to get up if you want to change the settings.

Pure Enrichment MistAire Humidifier for Small Rooms

best humidifier for bronchitis - Pure Enrichment MistAire Humidifier for Small Rooms

Specific Features (Click here to know more)

The Pure Enrichment MistAire Humidifier  is another model from Pure Enrichment company that has proven itself as a very reliable household item(just like it's older brother I reviewed a while ago).


Now, even though this is not the most advanced model you can find on the market, it can really get the job done properly.


And, it's ideal for moisturizing the air in offices and small rooms. So, unless you have a massive room, this model will be great for cozy little rooms and baby nurseries.


As for the mist output specifics, all I can say is that it can churn out up to 60ml per hour, which will give you some 10 hours of continuous use.


On the other hand, if you raise the bar and go "full blast", the humidifier will deliver up to 80ml per hour, but the working time will be significantly shorter.


So, my recommendation would be low mist settings during the night so that you don't have to worry about empty runs.


And, if you need heavy cool mist output, set it to high during the day when you can monitor the water levels in the tank and refill it if necessary.


Finally, to add some glamour, you have the optional night light, which is great if you have small kids and want to help them fall asleep easier.


Of course, if you are not much of a night-light-show fan, the lights can easily be turned off.


Homasy Humidifiers Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier for Baby Bedroom

best humidifier for bronchitis - Homasy Humidifiers with Anti-Bacteria Stone, Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier for Baby Bedroom

Specific Features (Click here to know more)

The Homasy Humidifiers with Anti-Bacteria Stone  is a specific top-refilling model that doesn't need the device being taken apart to fill it with the water. Just remove the cover and directly pour distilled water into the humidifier. Besides, Homasy humidifier comes with a transparent tank, so any blots or dirt can be seen and clean easily.


Furthermore, this humidifier runs at just 28 decibels (which in layman's terms, is quieter than turning the pages of a book). So, it will quietly humidify your room without disturbing your study, working or sleeping.


And, with one sensitive touch-control button, this model does not just turn on and off, but also has 3-levels of mist modes by 1-2-3 times of pressing. In addition, long pressing for 3 seconds will enter the humidifier into sleep mode. And, the indicator light will be shut off so that it doesn't disturb your sleep.


Finally, the highlight of this model, the unique stone filter. The purpose of these anti-microbial stones is to even more purify the distilled water and make sure no bacteria or other allergens are released into the air.


Also, the base of the humidifier is made of anti-microbial materials so there's no fear of mold or mildew development.


As for the tank capacity, with up to 2 liters of water, the cool mist humidifier allows up to 10 hours of working time in low mist settings. And, it will automatically shut off with red LED light on when the water level is low.


Dyson AM10 Humidifier

best humidifier for bronchitis - Dyson AM10 Humidifier

Specific Features (Click here to know more)

The Dyson AM10 Humidifier is a completely new and genius approach to the humidifier technology in general. It is futuristic, effective, and can even be considered as a modern piece of art not just an appliance.


But, "under the hood" this humidifier has plenty to offer besides the stylish look. For example, it kills 99.9% of bacteria before the hygienic mist and hydrated air are released into your room.


This is possible thanks to its UV light that is introduced to water before it even reaches the ultrasonic nebulizer.


Furthermore, this humidifier is unbelievably quiet thanks to a completely different fan approach. And, it's awarded with the Quiet Mark accreditation by the Noise Abatement Society and awarded the Parent Tested, Parent Approved seal of approval families trust.


Also, the smart, new generation air-circulation system, generates long-range mist projection to distribute humidified air evenly throughout the room.


No matter how big or small your room is, you will not have to worry about uneven mist distribution or over or under humidification. For that, Dyson has implemented its Intelligent Climate Control.


This is an advanced system that measures both the temperature and the moisture in the air to create a comfortable environment with no over-humidification or under-humidification.


And, finally, with a 3-liter water tank, and medium mist output settings, you can expect up to nearly 50 hours of continuous use with just one tank fill.

Honeywell Cool Moisture Console Humidifier

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Specific Features (Click here to know more)

The Honeywell Cool Moisture Console Humidifier comes as a great choice for people who suffer from bronchitis or asthma and plan on using it in large spaces.


In fact, with its nearly 12-liter water tank, you can let it work and comfortably humidify the entire house. And, you really can just turn it on and forget about it because it comes with a humidistat & auto shut-off feature to prevent over humidification and empty runs.


There's no better relief for bronchitis and asthma than a properly humidified home, and this model delivers just that!


Also, the mist that comes out from this humidifier is hygienic and safe to breathe because the humidifier uses evaporative technology and a wick filter.


This means that all the contaminants and possible allergens and inflammation starters will stay in the wick and not get released into the air.


You just have to make sure you clean the filter regularly and properly and replace it with a new one after a few months.


And, this is the main reason why you can't over humidify your home because the air won't take any more humidity once it reaches optimum levels.


All in all, the simple yet effective technology used in this evaporative humidifier make it one of the leaders in the best humidifiers for bronchitis group.




There you have it folks, the best humidifier for broinchitis guide. I have asked the doctor about his thoughts on this topic and the models I reviewed are his recommendations.


What is important to remember at the end?


For starters, carefully check the part of the interview where we talked about what causes this dreadful health issue. If you can prevent the onset of bronchitis on your own, it better than to later deal with the symptoms, right?


However, if the bronchitis is already troubling you, besides getting a humidifier (which will hugely help) you first need to see a doctor.


Why? Well, for starters, you need to determine if you have viral or bacterial bronchitis. This will determine the therapy and eventually the length of the recovery time.


But, whichever the case is, either viral or bacterial, a humidifier in your home will only bring relief and faster healing.


So, check the reviews, see which model best suits your needs (budget, room size, ultrasonic or evaporative) and I am sure that with the knowledge you gained here, you will make just the right choice.


As always, if you have any questions or you want to share your experience regarding this topic, feel free to visit the comments section below.


Also, don't hesitate to share this guide on social media so that more people who have problems with bronchitis can find the right solution for them.

4 thoughts on “Best Humidifier for Bronchitis – No More Painful Coughs & Burning Lungs!”

  1. Hi Leona

    Great Article

    I live in very small apt

    Want a humidifier with auto shut off if it tuns out of water

    Something easy to clean

    Something well designed not clunky looking, STYLISH




    • Hi Deborah, thank you very much for kind words! 🙂 I am glad that you liked my post and that you asked for help. Personally, I think that if you want proper humidity distribution, then having a humidifier in each room is the way to go. However, if you have a small apartment, then maybe one bigger humidifier can do the job, but still it won’t distribute the humidity evenly. So, in general, I would say better to get two small ones and cover each room. As for the model and brand, I would recommend (Levoit Humidifier 4.5L). It is a great trusty model that I honestly recommend to everyone. Tip for using this humidifier since you said you have a very small apartment, I would suggest having a low mist setting for this humidifier. Let me know what you have decided, now I am eager to find out 😉

  2. Hi Leona, hope you could help taking my worry away. For a day I used warm mist humidifier with 1/4th cup vinger and 4-5 drops of tea tree oil in my little ones’s room as he was suffering form cold (read it on another website to try :(). I roughly put it up for 2-3 hours that day. Really worried if it would have harm him. I could see the humidifier tank walls have oil. I don’t intend to do this again but worried about the harms it must have done to my little one. Please help.

    • Hi Nancy, glad to help! Firstly, I think you shouldn’t put any essential oils on a warm mist humidifier. This is because the heat will destroy the therapeutic effects. Moreover, having warm mist humidifier will diffuse the essential oil particles much slower as compared to cold mist humidifier. But do not worry, you are only using it for 2-3 hours (not on a frequent basis). As long as you don’t see your humidifier leaking, that should be fine. The fact that there is still some essential oil on the humidifier tank means that your humidifier is probably set at the low temperature. But if your little ones have a cold again, it’s best to use a cold mist humidifier with a small compartment tray specifically for the essential oil. You would not risk having to destroy the therapeutic effects of the essential oil.

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