Best Easy To Clean Humidifier: Raydrop Cool Mist Humidifiers

When it comes to the best humidifiers for indoor plants, we looked for models that were compact (narrow enough to fit on a shelf) and easy to clean. Most of these models are on the small side . . . but some are smaller than others. 

How easy or difficult to clean a humidifier is easily a deal breaker for a good plant humidifier—when you use tap water, minerals and detritus can collect in the tank and humidifier body. We looked for models with a wide tank opening (to get your hand inside to clean) and designs that didn’t have many cracks and cervices where dirt can hide.

After trying out several models and researching a dozen more, we decided Raydrop’s Cool Mist Humidifier is the easiest to clean humidifier for indoor plants. This excellent humidifier is super easy to use . . . and we loved the tall, slender profile (which fits nicely on a plant shelf). Here’s more:

What We Liked

• Quiet. 

• No filter to replace.

• Easy to fill.

• Easy to clean.

• Looks nice.

• Narrow profile fits nicely on desk or plant shelf.

• Lasts about 8 hours on high setting.

• Auto shut-off.

• 1.7 liter tank.

What Needs Work

• Cord could be longer.

• Can’t see the water level in tank.

• Not recommended for essential oils. If you want to add essential oils to your humidifier, some models are designed for that. This isn’t one of them!

Best Budget-Friendly: SmartDevil Small Humidifier

If the budget is tight, this mini humidifier does a good job . . . at a price that doesn’t break the bank. We liked its simple, see-through design and LED night light. Here’s more:

What We Liked

 Super compact size (roughly 4″ wide and tall.).

• Cotton swab filter.

• USB powered.

• LED night light has 2 modes.

• Auto-shut off.

• Works with tap or mineral water.

• Great for tropical plants.

What Needs Work

• Small tank (500 ml) = short run time. In real world testing, this humidifier runs for about 4 hours. Not bad, but not designed for overnight use. Then again, if you are using this humidifier for indoor plants, four hours may be just the right amount of mist.

• Doesn’t work with distilled water. 

Best Longer Run Time: Miroco Cool Mist Humidifier

It’s the classic trade-off for humidifiers: compact, mini humidifiers are cute. But their small tanks mean you have to frequently refill them . . . some last for only four hours. 

If you’d prefer a model with a longer run time, we’d recommend Miroco’s Cool Mist Humidifier. The quality of this humidifier impressed us—and its sleek look fits nicely into most decor schemes. As a plant humidifier, it does its job without standing out.

What We Liked

• 20 hours of run time on high setting. If you are using this humidifier at night for a bedroom, it will last for a couple of nights before refilling. The maker says it runs for 60 hours on low setting.

• Easy to use.

• Easy to clean.

• Quiet.

• Visible water gauge on tank.

• Includes cleaning brush.

• Night light.

What Needs Work

• Gurgling. Yes, this humidifier is quiet . . . but it occasionally gurgles when water flows from the tank to the humidifier chamber. That didn’t bother us, but some light sleepers might not like it.

• Pricey.

Best Looking Humidifier: TaoTronics Humidifiers

We know—some humidifiers leave somewhat to be desired in the looks department. If you are using a humidifier for indoor plants in a visible space like a living room, it’s nice to have a humidifier that doesn’t look like a science experiment.

For the best-looking humidifier, we’d give the nod to TaoTronics model TT-AHO66. This vase-shaped humidifier did well in real-world testing and was the most attractive models on the market today (in our humble opinion). Here’s more: 

What We Liked

• Easy to use.

• No filter to replace.

• Excellent for ferns.

• Auto shut-off.

• Quiet.

• Narrow profile fits nicely on a desk or bedside table.

• Large 1.8 liter tank = good run time. Real world testing is about 8 hours on the high setting. That will last through the night for most folks.

What Needs Work

• Doesn’t work with essential oils.

•  Could be easier to clean.

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