Whether it’s you or your child who’s suffering from dry skin, a stuffy nose or asthma or allergies, a humidifier could help. By adding moisture to the air, they can help prevent dryness that can cause irritation in the body. The best humidifier is safe and easy to use. It has a large water tank capacity so you’re not constantly refilling it and it’s simple to clean too. It might also double as a nightlight or aroma diffuser. Here are our picks for Australia’s top humidifiers, informed by hours of research and real consumer insights.
How we picked
Normally we’d start with CHOICE, Australia’s leading consumer advocacy group. Turns out they’ve reviewed plenty of dehumidifiers, but, so far, no humidifiers. A quick look across the ditch to the Kiwi equivalent, Consumer, revealed the same.
So, we’ve been led by real Aussie consumer insights. We used this Canstar Blue guide to humidifiers in Australia, which gave us a good starting point for humidifier brands. We then worked through ProductReview.com.au, Australia’s first consumer opinion website, to see which brands and models are popular.
We’ve paid attention to the bad stuff, like a humidifier being impossible to clean. We’ve been slightly more lenient when it comes to complaints about them breaking after a few uses. Although it raises interesting points about the product’s quality and durability, there’s a reason why appliances come with warranties. If something goes wrong, especially the first few uses, you should return it under warranty.
We were looking for humidifiers that were easy to clean, with a large tank that didn’t need too many refills, and backed up by good consumer reviews, ideally around 100 with a minimum 4-star rating. We considered an aromatherapy feature a bonus, not an essential. If you’re after room-filling scent, you’re best with an essential oil diffuser, not a humidifier.
We believe these humidifiers are also the best baby humidifiers. Some have nightlights, making them suitable for children’s rooms. But they’ll all do a job, regardless of whether they’re in an adult’s or child’s room. If you’re using a humidifier in baby’s room, ensure there’s no risk of burns from warm-mist humidifiers and that you regularly clean them to prevent mould and bacteria build up.
6 best humidifiers in Australia
Important features to consider
Look for these features when shopping for your humidifier.
The bigger the tank, the less times you’ll have to refill it. Also, the longer the runtime.
Humidifiers require regular cleaning to prevent mould and bacteria growth. Ensure that you can easily take apart your humidifier and that all pieces are easy to thoroughly clean, with no crevices you can’t reach into.
Once your water tank runs dry, ensure the humidifier will automatically turn itself off to keep your home safe.
Ease of use
Your humidifier should be easy to use. Ideally, it’ll have 1 control that switches it on and off and adjusts the mist flow.
You should be able to choose the mist flow, which allows you to add more or less mist to the room, as needed.
What you get if you spend more
Some of these (especially the aromatherapy and nightlight) aren’t necessarily more expensive features, as both are in the cheapest humidifier we reviewed, our $75 winner. They’re more like non-standard features.
The rest are premium features.
Most of the humidifiers we reviewed had an optional aromatherapy feature. Rather than adding oils directly to the water tank – which can cause damage or discolouration – you soak a pad. As scent-spreading isn’t the primary purpose of a humidifier, if you’re really keen on this we recommend you take a look at the best essential oil diffusers in Australia.
To create an ambiance or comfort your child through the night, some humidifiers also have a nightlight.
To stop you forgetting to turn your humidifier off, some have timers which will run your humidifier for a set time and then turn it off automatically.
Only 1 humidifier we reviewed, the Cli-Mate CLI-AH300, included a remote control for the ultimate in convenience.
Wondering what the room temperature is, or how humid it is? Some humidifiers have a LED display, showing this information.
Different operating modes
As well as giving you control over the mist flow, you might enjoy different operating modes, including night-time ones. These reduce the sound and light settings to their minimum.
If you’re not sure what’s the best setting for your room, some humidifiers, like the Philips HU4803/70, will figure it out for you.
Best Overall: Medescan Rainbow Mist
The Medescan Rainbow Mist is our winner because it’s more than a humidifier. It also offers 7 LED colours plus an aromatherapy option. This makes it a multifunctional device and represents good value for money – its RRP is $75, the cheapest humidifier we reviewed.
For your money, you’re getting an ultrasonic humidifier with an adjustable vapour flow to suit your needs. It has 7 LED coloured lights, which you can turn off, or cycle through them all, or stick with your favourite colour. This creates an ambient glow or makes a good nightlight for a child’s room.
It also has an aroma diffuser, allowing you to diffuse scents as you use it.
If you use the Medescan Rainbow Mist at its maximum flow setting, it’ll last around 10 hours. On the minimum setting, it’ll last up to 20 hours. This is thanks to its generous 2.8L water tank capacity.
It comes with an automatic shutoff and a 2-year warranty.
Why buy the Medescan Rainbow Mist
Vapour flow control – set the right vapour flow for you and your environment.
7 LED coloured lights – you have the option to create an ambient glow by cycling through 7 colours, sticking with one, or turning it off altogether. This could also work well as a child’s nightlight.
Aroma diffuser – if you’d like to lightly scent the air, you can also use the aroma diffuser.
Auto shutoff: whether you fall asleep with it on, or leave the house while it’s running, it’ll automatically shut itself off once the water tank is empty.
Large water tank size – at 2.8L, you won’t be constantly refilling the water tank.
Long runtime – it’ll last up to 10 hours on the maximum setting, and up to 20 on the minimum.
Easy clean – all the pieces come apart (and back together) easily, and you clean the water tank with diluted vinegar.
Simple to use – with a dial to control the vapour flow and a light on / off button, it’s simple to use.
Price – with a low RRP of $75, it represents good value for money for all the features you get.
2-year warranty – which is impressive for such a low price and should give you confidence in your purchase.
Loved by Aussies – it’s the most popular humidifier on ProductReview.com.au, racking up over 100 reviews and a 4-star rating.
The not-so-good bits
Lack of access to water tank – when you’re cleaning the water tank, you can’t reach inside it to scrub any build up. Which means you’ll need to regularly and thoroughly clean it and trust that the diluted vinegar is doing its job.
If you’d like a simple to use humidifier that doubles as a nightlight and an aroma diffuser, you can’t go wrong with the Medescan Rainbow Mist. The cheapest humidifier we reviewed, with a RRP of $75, it’s loved by Aussies and comes with an impressive 2-year warranty and long runtime.
Also Great: Beurer LB44
If you’re after something a bit more clinical looking, consider the German-engineered Beurer LB44. Although lacking the LED lights of our winner, it does offer aromatherapy and the same large capacity water tank.
The 2.8L water tank offers a visible water level, letting you know when it needs to be topped up. Although it too has an auto shutoff feature, so you don’t need to worry about it running dry. Easy to use, it has one dial that you control the vapour flow with and a green indicator light to let you know it’s on. It’s also simple to clean and comes with a cleaning brush.
With a RRP of $139.95, it’s almost double the price of our winner and it has a lot less reviews on ProductReview.com.au; currently less than 20 with a rating of 2.7. It does have a 3-year warranty, however.
Why the Beurer LB44 is worth considering
Easy to use – just 1 dial to adjust the vapour flow makes it very simple to use.
Adjustable vapour flow – so you can crank it up or down, as you need to.
Aroma diffuser – it can also gently scent the room, making it multifunctional.
Large water tank capacity – at 2.8L, it’s the same as our winner.
Visible water line – allows you to see at a glance if the water tank needs a top up.
Auto shutoff – for peace of mind if you forget to turn it off, it’ll turn off itself.
Included cleaning brush – helps you easily care for it.
Looks – sleek and clinical, it’ll fit into any modern home.
3-year warranty –which justifies the more expensive price.
The not-so-good bits
Price – you pay almost double our winner’s RRP, but you’re getting less – there’s no light function.
Limited consumer reviews – it doesn’t have many consumer reviews, yet, and the ones it does have are mixed.
For a sleek and modern humidifier, consider the German-engineered Beurer LB44. Easy to use and clean, it can also gently fragrance your room. Thanks to its large capacity water tank, it doesn’t need constant refills. It has an impressive 3-year warranty which goes some way to justifying its $140 RRP.
Our top picks not doing it for you? Here are the other humidifiers we liked the look of.
HoMedics Warm & Cool Tower Ultrasonic Humidifier CM100
After a super long runtime? Meet the HoMedics Warm & Cool Tower Ultrasonic Humidifier CM100. It has a whopping 5.6L water tank capacity which allows it to run up to 65 hours. It’s crammed with technology, including a digital control screen which shows the current room humidity, programmed humidity target, mist level, temperature and timer setting. The humidistat is programmable, and the timer can last up to 8 hours.
It also has an optional nightlight, adjustable mist control and can produce both warm and cool mist. It has an auto shutoff feature, and clean mist technology to help prevent the growth of mould and mildew on the tank’s surface.
As the name (‘Tower’) suggests, this isn’t a bedside-table-sitting humidifier – it’s 52.8cm tall and around 30cm wide and deep. It has a similar RRP to our runner-up ($149) but only has a 1-year warranty. It also has very limited consumer reviews.
Choose this if – you’ve got space for a large humidifier, want all the bells and whistles and to produce both warm and cool mist and are a fan of an extra long runtime.
The Philips HU4803/70 will take the guesswork out of humidifying your room thanks to its auto humidity mode. Select this mode and it’ll constantly monitor the air humidity, turning itself on and off as needed. This ensures the humidity is at the right level.
It offers 2 other modes: standard and silent. With standard mode, rather than a dial like with our other picks, you choose between 40, 50 and 60% humidity. Sleep mode runs the humidifier at its quietest setting, with minimum lights on. It also has a timer that can run for 1, 4 or 8 hours.
The minimalist design allows you to easily clean it, inside and out, and Philips claims the water tank is ‘easy fill’. It has a high RRP of $199 (the most expensive we reviewed), and hardly any consumer reviews.
Choose this if – you want your humidifier to select the right humidity level for your room, and want different operating modes, especially a quiet sleep mode.
If getting up and changing your humidifier settings seems like too much hard work, you’ll love the Cli-Mate CLI-AH300. It has a remote control, allowing you to control it from your couch or bed. Its 5L capacity water tank also means you don’t need to refill it frequently.
It offers 3 speed settings, a timer that can run from 1 to 12 hours, 3 volume levels and auto shutoff. It also has a LED screen that shows the temperature and humidity of the room. It comes with an aroma pad, for optional use. Its looks aren’t the best, it has a RRP of $160 and it has good, but limited, consumer reviews.
Choose this if – you really want to operate your humidifier with a remote control.
Stick around $100, and you can get the Ionmax ION50. Its selling point is that it’s compact and lightweight, making it easy to move and use in different rooms. Easy to use, it has a control knob to switch on / off and increase / decrease the mist. It has auto shutoff and a 360-degree rotation mist outlet, for even coverage.
It can run up to 10 hours, thanks to its 4.2L water tank
Choose this if – you need a compact humidifier that’s easily portable.