What’s The Best Whole House Humidifier of 2018?

Jun 5, 2018 | Home, Reviews

Does your house feel stuffy and dry lately? Having to deal with constant dryness can lead to some serious problems.

If you think it’s time to finally put an end to this predicament and make yourself comfortable in your own home, then you’re in for a good treat today.

Get on board and join me as I go through the 7 best whole house humidifiers!

NameCoveragePros 

Aprilaire 600M

4000ft²

  • Non-volatile memory (permanent settings)
  • Very low maintenance
  • Very silent operation
Check Price

Aircare Whole House Console

3600ft²

  • Long runtime
  • Highly portable
  • Large area coverage
Check Price

Aircare EP9 800

2400ft²

  • Huge water tank capacity
  • Energy efficient
  • Easy to clean and install
Check Price

Aprilaire 700

4200ft²

  • Annual maintenance only
  • Ultra-quiet when in use
  • Massive area coverage
Check Price

Honeywell HE360A

4200ft²

  • Low energy consumption
  • Flexible (can be mounted)
  • Trusted brand
Check Price

Aprilaire Model 500

3000ft²

  • Small in size but very dependable and has huge area coverage
  • Highly automated
  • Very efficient considering its price
Check Price

Honeywell HCM-6009

2300ft²

  • Simple and easy to use
  • Can cover a large area
  • Antimicrobial filter
Check Price

Aprilaire 600M

Coverage

4000ft²

Pros

  • Non-volatile memory (permanent settings)
  • Very low maintenance
  • Very silent operation

Check Price

Aircare Whole House Console

Coverage

3600ft²

Pros

  • Long runtime
  • Highly portable
  • Large area coverage

Check Price

Aircare EP9 800

Coverage

2400ft²

Pros

  • Huge water tank capacity
  • Energy efficient
  • Easy to clean and install

Check Price

Aprilaire 700

Coverage

4200ft²

Pros

  • Annual maintenance only
  • Ultra-quiet when in use
  • Massive area coverage

Check Price

Honeywell HE360A

Coverage

4200ft²

Pros

  • Low energy consumption
  • Flexible (can be mounted)
  • Trusted brand

Check Price

Aprilaire Model 500

Coverage

3000ft²

Pros

  • Small in size but very dependable and has huge area coverage
  • Highly automated
  • Very efficient considering its price

Check Price

Honeywell HCM-6009

Coverage

2300ft²

Pros

  • Simple and easy to use
  • Can cover a large area
  • Antimicrobial filter

Check Price

1. Best Overall

Aprilaire 600M Whole House Humidifier

Our Rating

CHECK PRICE

First off, let me begin by saying this humidifier has the lowest maintenance required ever. Not because its area coverage is the smallest but quite the opposite actually.

Second, only to our largest area coverage titleholder (which will be revealed soon, so don’t skip! Where’s the fun in that?), Aprilaire 600 can cover up to 4000 sq. feet. Remarkable, huh?

As if the unit’s almost deafening silent operation is not enough, it is supported with a “Copy feature” that can be programmed with different level for 7 days and can be set 1-7 days in advance.

Moreover, the unit has a non-volatile memory. So in cases where power is lost, all your setting and humidity information are safely stored and will remain as is. A unique feature for a humidifier, right?

It also automatically turns on when it detects that your house needs some humidity and is accurate at performing this particular function.

Another interesting feature is that it doesn’t make use of tanks, but instead, it needs a water drain. Which explains why it has the lowest maintenance because there’ll be none of those refills and tank cleanings anymore. Isn’t that great news?

Pros and cons

  • Non-volatile memory (permanent settings)
  • Very low maintenance
  • Very silent operation
  • Installation can be tricky (since it needs to be attached with HVAC system)
  • Need to have a water drain nearby

2. Best Value

Aircare Whole House Console Style Evaporative Humidifier

Our Rating

CHECK PRICE

Aircare MA1201 is designed to humidify medium-sized houses up to 3600 sq. feet.

With its tank capacity of 3.6 gallons, you can have it running for 36 hours nonstop without refilling.

However, if you live in a place that experiences dry weather like it’s an everyday thing, then you will definitely need to refill it daily.

Unlike most whole house humidifiers, this MA 1201 is a console type so no need for a contractor or professional assistance since installation is definitely out of the equation. An electrical outlet is all you need and you’re more than good to go!

It also has a digital display showing the house temperature, the current humidity level, and your desired humidity level. Hence, it will be easier to control and monitor.

Moreover, it has 3-speed levels and a night mode. An automatic humidistat is placed to help avoid wasting your mist output and shuts off automatically when tank is empty and the moment it reached your preferred humidity level.

Lastly, it has wheels for easier transport around the house and is actually cheap considering its excellent features. Way to go, MA 1201!

Pros and cons

  • Long runtime
  • Highly portable
  • Large area coverage
  • Needs to be refilled frequently if there’s excessive dryness

3. Best in Pedestal

Aircare EP9 800 Digital Whole House Pedestal Style Evaporative Humidifier

Our Rating

CHECK PRICE

Aside from the glaringly obvious fact that it’s a pedestal style humidifier, Aircare EP9 800 has a digital display with an automatic humidistat ready to cater to your whims (or rather, desired humidity levels).

Due to its creative form, it can be placed almost anywhere in your house like a humidifier disguised as a decorative stand.

It has 9 different fan speed options depending on the size of your house and such option can be inputted automatically the same with the humidity level. The tank’s capacity is 3.5 gallon.

Like Aircare MA1201, it are also designed to shut off on its own after a certain humidity level is achieved and works well for a house up to 2,400 sq. feet area.

Lastly, it has been said by experts that this device is proven to reduce your electricity bills by 10% when running. Hmm, very tempting.

Pros and cons

  • Huge water tank capacity
  • Energy efficient
  • Easy to clean and install
  • Difficult to change the wick due to its size
  • Wick needs frequent replacement and cleaning

4. Best for Large Spaces

Aprilaire 700 Automatic Humidifier

Our Rating

CHECK PRICE

Remember the humidifier I mentioned before being the champ of the largest area coverage in this list? For those who are waiting, the wait is over. To those who are not, um, well, I guess we’ll just have to continue what we are doing up until now.

Moving on, Aprilaire 700 is a “beast”. Not in size but in coverage capacity that effectively humidifies a vast area of up to 4,200 sq. feet. Hats off to this big guy!

It comes with a digital control making it easier to use to our convenience. The LED screen is clear and there are 3 levels provided; whisper (a kickass alternative name for low, btw!), medium or high.

Furthermore, its water tank can hold a maximum of 18 gallons. Wow, that’s an incredible number, Aprilaire 700!

Another good news, my friends! This humidifier is not picky. Not at all! It allows hot or cold water, distilled, hard, or even well water without complaining. Does its job well very silently, too. How’s that for a humidifier?

Pros and cons

  • Annual maintenance only
  • Ultra-quiet when in use
  • Massive area coverage
  • May need professional help for installation

5. Best in Efficiency

Honeywell HE360A Humidifier

Our Rating

CHECK PRICE

If you’re looking for a durable and affordable whole house humidifier, Honeywell HE360A may be the one for you.

But this one isn’t as simple as that.

Get ready. I’m about to rock your worlds, folks, because believe it or not, this humidifier has the SAME area coverage as our titleholder!!

Yes, 4200 sq. freaking feet! Can you believe it? It looks like our defending champ may have to fight for his seat after all. Let’s find out more about this humidifier.

It is said to be an “extremely efficient humidifier” that uses less water, thus, lesser electricity bills.

Oh and take note that a water drain is a necessity in place of the typical tank for most humidifiers.

You wouldn’t want to find yourself buying one without a drain ready in your home!

A fan powered flow-through humidification and PerfectFlo tray for water distribution is also provided which will keep your device clean and help reduce the need for maintenance.

Lastly, it could easily be mounted on either of your warm air supply or return air duct of any forced-air furnace.

What do you think? Was HE360A able to outsmart our big guy, Aprilaire 700?

Pros and cons

  • Low energy consumption
  • Flexible (can be mounted)
  • Trusted brand
  • No digital display
  • Installation kit is sold separately

6. Best for 3000ft²

Aprilaire Model 500 Automatic Humidifier

Our Rating

CHECK PRICE

This Aprilaire humidifier is known to cover areas up to 3000 sq. feet. It works best with a small to medium-sized house.

Similar to other Aprilaire models, it is automated with digital controls for ease of operation. With its 7.3 pounds weight, it’ll be very easy to move if you want to rearrange it (or if it simply gets on your way).

Aprilaire 500 only consumes 3 gallons per hour and has a 5-year warranty. So rest assured that you‘d be compensated by whatever means possible if it ever goes crazy on you.

Pros and cons

  • Small in size but very dependable and has huge area coverage
  • Highly automated
  • Very efficient considering its price
  • Same ol’ issue with Aprilaire models (difficult installation)
  • No non-volatile memory

7. Best in Portable

Honeywell HCM-6009 Cool Moisture Console Humidifier

Our Rating

CHECK PRICE

For the second and last Honeywell whole house humidifier in our list, we have HCM-6009 that is most reviewed as best for beginner whole house humidifier. With a brand like Honeywell, you’d never go wrong with this one.

It’s ideal for a house up to 2300 sq. feet and runs quietly. It uses up to 9 gallons of water per day depending on the level of humidity you want.

Of course, in dry weather, it will consume more water than when used under other weather conditions.

It has an antimicrobial filter that will help prevent molds, bacteria, viruses, and algae from growing. Aside from that, a pre-filter is also added that can filter dust particles.

An affordable with high capacity and has ease of operation for a whole house humidifier, definitely perfect for beginners!

Pros and cons

  • Simple and easy to use
  • Can cover a large area
  • Antimicrobial filter
  • No automated settings
  • Heavy (Burden when cleaning and filling)

Which Of The Best Whole House Humidifier Is For You?

If your house’s size is between 2000 sq.feet – 3000 sq.feet, you have Aircare EP9 800, Aprilaire Model 500 and Honeywell HCM-6009 to choose from.

Aircare EP9 800 with its splendid pedestal design. Aprilaire Model 500, a lightweight and small-sized unit but operates well.

And Honeywell HCM-6009 with its easy usage and germ-fighting filter.

And if you need a larger coverage area than those guys, Aprilaire 600, Aircare MA1201, Aprilaire 700 and Honeywell HE360A are the ones for you.

Aprilaire 600 with its impressive Copy feature and permanent memory. Aircare MA1201, a console, and long operating time humidifier.

Aprilaire 700 with its whooping coverage area and annual maintenance. And Honeywell HE360A with its PerfectFlo tray and massive coverage area.

So, friends, which one’s perfect for you? I hope you’ve found your whole house humidifier among the seven mentioned!

Amy Williams

Writer for Homefaith.com

Need a Specific Humidifier?

At home with your faith.

Sign up for our newsletter to get new reviews each week.