Best Humidifier for Apartment Living (2020) – I asked an Expert!

So, you know that I already wrote about humidifiers that are best for condos. Or, if you haven't read that article already, you can check it out later, here. Today, on the other hand, I am going to talk about the best humidifier for apartment living.

 

Now, unlike condos, apartments are not that high-end. For starters, in most cases, the insulation and the whole condo "vacuum" effect doesn't apply to apartments.

 

For example, the windows don't seal as well. Meaning, more air circulation (more mist wasted).

 

And, there are tons of other reasons why choosing a humidifier for an apartment is much different from choosing one for a condo. There are different factors in play.

 

So, if you live in an apartment and interested in getting a humidifier, you are on the right page because I've asked an expert to help us out in making a perfect choice.

 

Who Did I Interview?

 

This time, I've interviewed an Interior Designer, Sierra Parker from New York. I mean, who knows apartments better than New Yorkers, right?

 

Let see what she had to say.

Best Humidifier for Apartment - I Asked an Expert How To Choose

 

I was lucky enough to grab an interview with a renowned interior designer and talk about it when it comes to apartments. Here's how the interview went.

best humidifier for hard water - interview graphic image
Leona Maurer

Leona Maurer

Meteorologist

Hello, Sierra, thanks for joining us today. I know how busy interior designers are, especially in the NYC.

SIERRA PARKER

Interior designer

Hi Leona, thanks for inviting me to this interview. Yeah, a life of an interior designer can, and usually is, quite stressful because you always have to mind the deadlines. Plus, there are tons of other things that can go wrong in the meantime, and who do you think gets all the blame? (laughs)

Leona Maurer

Leona Maurer

Meteorologist

I can only imagine (laughing) Ok, to start the interview, I will ask you a simple question - What do you think are the important factors when choosing the best humidifier for apartment living?

 

SIERRA PARKER

Interior designer

Well, since I had a long flight from NY to Houston, the job took me here and I decided to give you a visit, I had plenty of time for internet surfing. And, being a perfectionist, I read many of your articles, which are really good and informative by the way.


So, I paid a lot of attention to your previous topic, the humidifier guide for condos. And, I have to say, structure wise, there's not much difference between condos and apartments when it comes to spreading the humidity. It all comes down to the size and room and wall placement.

Leona Maurer

Leona Maurer

Meteorologist

What about other factors? It can't be just the size of the apartment and the room arrangement, right?

 

SIERRA PARKER

Interior designer

Of course not (laughing) I meant that as the first factors to consider. There are many factors that you should consider actually. For example, ventilation is also important.


However, apartment buildings rarely have high-end ventilation systems such as the ones found in condos. And, when it comes to getting fresh air, it is usually done by simply opening the windows.


So, the next factor would be how good of an air insulation your windows offer. For example, if they are made of PVC or aluminum, they pretty much don't allow for any air circulation when they are closed.


On the other hand, if your windows are made of wood, they over time, they start to warp and crack and let the air pass beneath them even when closed.


A simple test can tell you if your windows are letting air pass when closed. Just pay attention to the curtains on a windy day. If it's moving like there's a draft, it means that during the winter, when the outside air is dry, you will have a constant inflow of the dry air and outflow of humidity.

Leona Maurer

Leona Maurer

Meteorologist

Yes! That makes complete sense! If your windows allow the air to circulate, you will need more humidity to maintain the level you want due to the loss of moisturized air. Therefore, if this is the case with your apartment, you will need a powerful humidifier that can overcome that humidity loss.


Okay, you mentioned wooden windows warping and cracking over time, does that imply for the rest of the apartment. I mean, do the floors, furniture, and the rest of the wooden stuff around the home warm in dry air?

 

SIERRA PARKER

Interior designer

Yes, that includes everything wooden. For example, when I design a home, I always want to have the climate data beside all the other structural info.


Why? Well, wood should be in moderate temperatures of around 70 – 72 degrees Fahrenheit, and with humidity levels at around 50 – 55% humidity.


So, when designing a home, it would be ideal that the location should have such a climate if the future owner wants to have wooden elements included in his home.


However, that is rarely the case and that is where we, designers, come into play with including ventilation and heating systems and even the use of humidifiers if needed.

 

Leona Maurer

Leona Maurer

Meteorologist

But what about apartment "wooden" floors? does humidity affect them the same way it affects real hardwood floors?

 

SIERRA PARKER

Interior designer

Well, when it comes to condos, if the flooring is of wood, then it's in most cases high-quality hardwood flooring. This type of floor requires regular humidity levels to stay in perfect shape.

 

Leona Maurer

Leona Maurer

Meteorologist

But, with apartments and their cheaper flooring solutions,  humidity doesn't play an important factor in preserving them, or?

 

SIERRA PARKER

Interior designer

No, no, it plays an important factor as well, but not as much as with hardwood floors.


Also, laminate floors should not be over humidified because they tend to become slippery and susceptible to mold development.


So, if you have laminate floors, just make sure the humidifier is placed on a nightstand or a table top. Because, the area around it can be slippery and that is dangerous.

 

Leona Maurer

Leona Maurer

Meteorologist

Okay, anything else we should pay attention too when looking for the best humidifier for apartment living?

SIERRA PARKER

Interior designer

Yes, there are a few more things that are important and should definitely be taken into consideration.

 

For example, most apartments are designed in a way to have separate rooms, completely "sealed" off from each other with walls and doors.

 

So, this also has to be kept in mind when shopping for a humidifier.

 

Your readers should ask themselves "Do I want to humidify just a room at a time or the whole apartment?". And, "Can I actually humidify an entire apartment with just one humidifier?"

 

The answer would be, no, in 99% of the time you cannot humidify the entire apartment with just one humidifier.

 

Even if we are talking about console humidifiers, the interior wall placement would most likely keep the most of the moisture in the room where the humidifier is.

 

I mean, don't get me wrong, the entire apartment would be humidified, only the room where the unit is would be over humidified.

 

Therefore, I would recommend humidifying one room at a time and simply moving the humidifier from room to room.

 

OR...

 

Or, opt for more budget-friendly models and get two or three units for each room.

 

This would help you save the money in the long run because each room would be properly humidified. And, you wouldn't have to repaint the over-humidified room after each winter and replace the damaged furniture.

Leona Maurer

Leona Maurer

Meteorologist

Okay, what about cooking steam?

SIERRA PARKER

Interior designer

That's a good point.

 

As you probably know, in condos, there's always a vent system or an extractor right above the stove. So, the steam produced from cooking doesn't over humidify your home.

 

However, when it comes to apartments, that is usually not an included bonus. So, this means that each time when you cook and use a humidifier at the same time, you risk of over humidifying your apartment.

 

And, we all know that this can cause mold development and wall deterioration.

 

So, my suggestion would be turning the humidifier off while cooking.

 

Or, if you still want to use the humidifier, open the windows in the kitchen so that the cooking moisture doesn't cause to high humidity levels.

Leona Maurer

Leona Maurer

Meteorologist

Anything else you would like to add, Sierra?

SIERRA PARKER

Interior designer


As a matter of fact, I do (laughs). I just wanted to add that the type of the wall colors is also something that should be taken into consideration. For example, the cheaper limestone white color is quite erosive, meaning, too much moisture in the air and it can start literally falling off.

 

So, before buying a humidifier, make sure you know the type of the color used in your apartment.

 

This will help you in determining if you need a "turbo blaster" unit or a smaller, less powerful one because you don't want to ruin your walls.

 

That's all! (laughs) Thanks for having me in your interview, it was really a pleasure.

Leona Maurer

Leona Maurer

Meteorologist

Okay! Thank you so much for your help, Sierra! I am sure our readers appreciate you taking some time to help us out in our quest for finding the best humidifier for apartment living.

Best Humidifier for Apartment Living - Expert's Choice for 2020

 

There you go ladies and gents, the expert's advice.

 

Now, let's see which models does Sierra Parker recommend.

iTvanila Ultrasonic Humidifier

Specific Features (Click here to know more)

The iTvanila Ultrasonic Humidifier is like a giraffe among humidifiers. The 43-inch long body of this units will make sure that no matter the type of flooring you have, you don't have to worry about it because the mist will not reach it anyway.

 

Also, thanks to that high "neck" you can rest assured that the mist will be delivered throughout the room more evenly and that even the higher regions will be properly humidified.

 

Furthermore, this unit comes with 3 mist modes:

1st Mode - Spring and Summer (relatively humid, not dry)

2nd Mode - Summer (air-conditioned rooms)

3rd Mode - Winter and Dry Summer

 

This means that you can use it pretty much the entire year and have properly humidified air in your apartment.

 

Next, the humidifier has an auto shut-off feature. Meaning, you can let it run without worrying it might catch fire if the nebulizer works without water when the tank gets empty.

 

And, speaking of the tank. You will be happy to know that this unit stores up to 3.8 liters. And, with a nice mist output of 290ml/hr, you can expect up to 35 hours of continuous work on just one tank filling.

 

Finally, the cleaning of this stylish, yet effective humidifier is hassle-free. And, you also get a 2-year limited warranty, which pretty much shows how confident the manufacturer is in its product.

URPOWER MH501 Humidifier

URPOWER MH501 Humidifier - best humidifier for apartment

Specific Features (Click here to know more)

The  Urpower MH5O1 Humidifier is designed to properly humidify your largest room without breaking a sweat.

 

And, that is not its biggest selling point. The deal sealer with this model is its high-quality, modern design, and the unbelievably affordable price when taking into consideration how effective this unit is for apartments.

 

Thanks to its 5-liter water tank, you can enjoy the benefits of the cool mist for the entire night and most of the following day (up until the evening), just with one filling.

 

Also, one would think that with 5 liters in the tank, it should work continuously with one filling longer. But, with the mist output of 350ml per hour, you get the idea why the tank goes empty that fast.

 

And, speaking of an empty tank, thanks to the automatic waterless shutdown, you don't have to worry about the infamous and in most cases dangerous "empty run". The humidifier will turn itself off as soon as the water tank becomes empty.

 

As far as the operation and ease of use go, its one of this model's strongest sides when compared to other models from this price range.

 

You don't have to be afraid that the controls and settings will give you a headache because setting this unit is really a piece of cake.

 

There's only one button and it does it all. From turning on and off, to setting the desired mist output level, you will only use the one button in the bottom middle part of the humidifier.

 

It really is simple to use, effective, and quite stylish yet affordable!

 

BIZOND Ultrasonic Warm and Cool Mist Humidifier

BIZOND Ultrasonic Warm and Cool Mist Humidifier - best humidifier for apartment

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The  Bizond Ultrasonic Warm and Cool Mist Humidifier is on our best humidifier for apartment living list because it's ultra-quiet and extremely effective.

 

the noise level that you can expect from this humidifier won't go over  30 dB. That is nearly silent and it won't disturb your, or your kids' sleep.

 

As you have probably learned from my posts, the benefits of a properly humidified room are countless.

 

You won't have to worry about problems such as inflamed sinus cavities and sore throat during the winter. Nore will you suffer from headaches caused by nose congestion and sinus flare-ups, and dry skin and other dry air related skin conditions.

 

And, you can even use this model with essential oils, to create a relaxing spa day in your apartment, anytime you want.

 

Also, you have the ability to choose between warm and cool mist, so it can be used throughout the entire year.

 

This will also mean a lot when the allergy season kicks off in the spring.

 

And, speaking of pollen and other air pollutants. Thanks to the 3-in-1 filtration system and high-quality filter, you can rest assured that neither pollen or bacteria or viruses will end up in the air you breathe.

 

Plus, the feature of releasing negative ions into the air, adds an additional level of protection.

 

When it comes to runtime, with a full tank and sett on the highest mist output setting, the humidifier will work for 24 full hours.

 

All in all, with an easy cleaning and maintenance procedure, easy to use control panel, and features it offers, this is one definitely a model worth your consideration.

 

Beurer Ultrasonic Aroma Air Humidifier and Essential Oil Diffuser

Beurer Ultrasonic Aroma Air Humidifier and Essential Oil Diffuser - best humidifier for apartment

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If you hate the dry air but love the essential oils and the aromatherapy spa experience they offer, you will definitely love the Beurer Humidifier and Essential Oil Diffuser.

 

As the name suggests, this is a 2-in-1 combo deal. You will not only get a humidifier but an essential oil diffuser as well.

 

This means that you can reach the desired humidity level in your room, and create a relaxing spa day in the comfort of your own apartment.

 

Furthermore, the water tank can store up to 2 liters of water. And, thanks to the feature of water level control, no need to keep an eye on the tank because it will shut down on its own as soon as the water level is critical.

 

Likewise, the humidifier comes with an adjustable nozzle and mist amount control options, making sure the whole room is equally humidified.

 

When it comes to making a spa day, the use of the essential oils is quite simple.

 

All you have to do is add a few drops of your favorite oil on one of the 15 aroma pads and place the pad into the aroma tray.

 

After that, all you have to do is lay back and relax and let the humidifier/diffuser take care of everything.

 

In the end, with its easy to use control panel, whisper quiet operation and overall effectiveness, no wonder this model is a favorite for many.

 

VicTsing Cool Mist Humidifier

VicTsing Cool Mist Humidifier - best humidifier for apartment

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With a price of just under 40 bucks, the VicTsing Cool Mist Humidifier sure surprised me with features such as mist settings, auto-shut off, and high-quality build!

 

It simply had to be put on our best humidifier for apartment living list.

 

Also, with a Dial Knob Mist Control button, setting up the desired humidity levels is really easy and quick.

 

And, the nozzle with a tilt angle of 45 degrees is there to make sure the mist is nicely and evenly dispersed into the room.

 

Furthermore, with a continuous working time of 24 hours, though on lowest mist setting, this unit actually beats a few on our list. And it doesn’t even reach the $40 price tag! Can you believe it?!

 

Also, when the water tank is empty, it will turn itself on automatically. This means that you don’t actually have to check up on it all the time to make sure it’s not running dry.

 

Last, but not the least, the humidifier also comes with a 12-month worry free guarantee and a 45-day money back guarantee.

 

And, if you register on the official manufacturer website, you can extend that warranty to 18 months. How great is that?!

FINAL THOUGHTS

Well, ladies and gents, the VicTsing model was the last one on our list.

 

I hope that now you have a much clearer picture on which is the best humidifier for apartment living.

 

I've talked with a renowned interior designer and she did offer some pretty useful insight on this topic.

 

For example, she taught us that when it comes to apartments, the most important thing before choosing a humidifier is determining the size, room and wall arrangement, flooring materials, and wall color quality.

 

This will in much help you in choosing the right model because you will know what features to look for in a humidifier, as well as the mist output and dispersion.

 

I would just like to add that you also need to take into consideration the noise level the humidifier produces. We all know how thing the walls in apartments are and the last thing you want is an annoying neighbor complaining about the buzzing sound.

 

Luckily, all the models we recommended are ultra-quiet and they won't bother anyone, not even babies!

 

As for the rest of the factors, do your math, include all the factors, and make the right choice I am sure you will make.

 

Thanks for sticking with me till the end and feel free to ask questions in the comments section if you want to know more.