Humidifiers to combat the effects of dry air

A dose of moisture for your skin, lungs, and sinuses.

When the heat is cranking, the wind is howling, and the temperatures drop, your home and body starts to dry out. You don’t have to suffer. A good humidifier doses the arid air around you with moisture to combat dry noses, throats, and skin. If you’re tucked in with a cold or cough, added humidity can ease your discomfort while you hack your way back to health. Here are some excellent options to consider.

Most stylish: Pure Enrichment MistAire Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

Great For Small Rooms

Optional glow brings a soothing glow to your room while you sleep. Amazon


Every hour the droplet-shaped Pure Enrichment delivers 150ml of tiny water droplets to your bedroom or other medium-sized space up to 250 square feet. You can focus the direction of the mist, giving you the option of experiencing what it’s like to be a well-treated piece of kale in the produce section, or protect the paperback on your bedside table from getting soggy. You’ll get about 16 hours of use on the high setting before you need to add more water. Don’t worry, it automatically shuts off when the tank is empty.

Most practical: Levoit Classic 100 2.4L Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

Noiseless And Calming

Comes in multiple color options and has a 24-hour setting. Amazon


The egg-shaped and BPA free Levoit Classic 100 has a larger capacity than the Pure, with the ability to produce mist up to 24 hours over 290 square feet. It’s whisper-quiet (noise levels are less than 30db) and feature a blue night light. Its atomizer makes fine mist out of your water and propels it up to 39 inches (more than 3 feet) in the air without making your home damp. Adjust mist levels and direction to the changing needs of your space, and use the handy cleaning brush to keep your humidifier sparkling.

Most portable: Movtip Portable Mini Humidifier with Night Light

For Multiple Locations

Take a stand against poor air quality. Amazon


This diminutive humidifier (less than 4 inches in diameter and about 5 inches tall) is the perfect desk companion in parched offices, or on the nightstand in a hotel room that’s as dry as a stale biscuit. It charges with a USB cable and shuts off automatically when it runs out of water. Its droplet output is a fraction of an average-size humidifier (30-50ml an hour vs. 150ml an hour for the Pure), but it can work 12-18 hours on a full half-liter tank, depending on whether you choose a continuous or intermittent mist. We hope you don’t put in such long hours at your job that you sleep at your desk, but if you do, this cute model even has a night light.