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The 9 Best Humidifiers for Sinus Problems in 2020

Best Humidifier for Sinus Problem

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Sinus problems are very irritating and they get worse if you breathe in cold or dry air. Humidifiers help to eliminate these factors by ensuring you get a moist or warm or both environment in your house to ease your sinus problems.

That said, these appliances are available in different varieties but we have listed 9 of the best humidifiers for sinus problems that you should consider buying. Take a look.

9 Best Humidifiers for Sinus Problems – Review 

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TTLife Humidifier

1. TTLife Humidifier (Best Overall)

  • Warm and cool mist humidification
  • Dual 360º rotating nozzles
  • 3 humidification levels
  • Built-in aroma box
Vicks VUL520W

2. Vicks VUL520W (Best Budget)

  • Affordable
  • Low maintenance filter-free design
  • Soft glow night light
  • Integrated scent pad
Aprilaire 400

3. Aprilaire 400 (Best for Whole House)

  • Wide 4000 sq. ft. coverage area
  • Requires no refilling
  • Efficient 100% evaporation
  • Automatic digital control with dual sensors
Air Innovations MH-701BA-PLAT

4. Air Innovations MH-701BA-PLAT (Best Long-Running)

  • Long 96-hr run time
  • Large 1.7-gal tank
  • Anti-microbial inhibitor on the tank
  • Permanent ceramic filter
Frida Baby 053

5. Frida Baby 053 (Best 3-in-1)

  • Humidifier, diffuser, and nightlight in one
  • Quiet ultrasonic vibration operation
  • Filter-free for easy maintenance
  • Auto shut-off on an empty tank
Levoit LV600HH

6. Levoit LV600HH (Hybrid Ultrasonic Humidifier for Cold Symptom Relief)

  • Hybrid warm and cool mist humidifier
  • Large 1.58-gal tank
  • Essential oil diffuser
  • 360º nozzle for directing the mist
Guardian Technologies H940

7. Guardian Technologies H940 (Mold-Free)

  • Silver Clean Protection
  • Quiet ultrasonic cool mist production
  • Optional night light
  • Low water indicator
Vicks V4600

8. Vicks V4600 (Filter-Free)

  • Easy-to-maintain filter-free design
  • Auto shut-off at low water level
  • Wide tank opening for easy cleaning and refilling
  • Diffuser system for scented misting
Pure Enrichment PEHUMIDIF

9. Pure Enrichment PEHUMIDIF (With 360º Mist Nozzles)

  • 360º mist nozzles
  • Quiet ultrasonic cool mist system
  • 2-speed settings
  • Optional night light

PRODUCT

1. TTLife Humidifier

(Best Overall)

TTLife Humidifier
  • Warm and cool mist humidification
  • Dual 360º rotating nozzles
  • 3 humidification levels
  • Built-in aroma box

2. Vicks VUL520W

(Best Budget)

Vicks VUL520W
  • Affordable
  • Low maintenance filter-free design
  • Soft glow night light
  • Integrated scent pad

3. Aprilaire 400

(Best for Whole House)

Aprilaire 400
  • Wide 4000 sq. ft. coverage area
  • Requires no refilling
  • Efficient 100% evaporation
  • Automatic digital control with dual sensors

4. Air Innovations MH-701BA-PLAT

(Best Long-Running)

Air Innovations MH-701BA-PLAT
  • Long 96-hr run time
  • Large 1.7-gal tank
  • Anti-microbial inhibitor on the tank
  • Permanent ceramic filter

5. Frida Baby 053

(Best 3-in-1)

Frida Baby 053
  • Humidifier, diffuser, and nightlight in one
  • Quiet ultrasonic vibration operation
  • Filter-free for easy maintenance
  • Auto shut-off on an empty tank

6. Levoit LV600HH

(Hybrid Ultrasonic Humidifier for Cold Symptom Relief)

Levoit LV600HH
  • Hybrid warm and cool mist humidifier
  • Large 1.58-gal tank
  • Essential oil diffuser
  • 360º nozzle for directing the mist

7. Guardian Technologies H940

(Mold-Free)

Guardian Technologies H940
  • Silver Clean Protection
  • Quiet ultrasonic cool mist production
  • Optional night light
  • Low water indicator

8. Vicks V4600

(Filter-Free)

Vicks V4600
  • Easy-to-maintain filter-free design
  • Auto shut-off at low water level
  • Wide tank opening for easy cleaning and refilling
  • Diffuser system for scented misting

9. Pure Enrichment PEHUMIDIF

(With 360º Mist Nozzles)

Pure Enrichment PEHUMIDIF
  • 360º mist nozzles
  • Quiet ultrasonic cool mist system
  • 2-speed settings
  • Optional night light

1. TTLife Humidifier – Best Overall Humidifier for Sinus Problems

TTLife Humidifier

Photo: TTLife

  • Coverage Area: 750 sq. ft.
  • Tank Capacity: 1.45 gal.
  • Runtime: 40 hrs.
  • Aromatherapy Option: Yes

Top of the list is TTLife’s humidifier and it takes the best overall spot because it offers both warm and cool mist humidification. This makes it very practical because you can use it all year round, whether it is hot during summer or is cold in the winter.

Additionally, the warm mist reduces bacteria and pathogens while also preventing the growth of microorganisms in the water.

These two veils of mist are shot out by dual 360º rotating nozzles, which enables you to direct the moisture to different parts of the room for uniform humidification.

The output is controlled via 3 levels, with the lowest one producing 100 and 200 mL/H of cool and warm mist respectively. The medium setting gives you 200 and 300 mL/H while the high gives you 300 and 550 mL/H of cool and warm mist respectively.

With these settings, the humidifier can cover rooms of up to 750 sq. ft. while its 1.45-gal tank can last up to 40 hrs. without refilling. That said, the cool mist is provided by a quiet ultrasonic system while a built-in ionic generator purifies the air and has an ionic filter softens hard water.

Other features include 3 smart modes (constant-humidify, auto mode, and sleep mode), an aroma box, a soft-light touch LED screen plus remote control, a 12-hour timer, a built-in humidistat, and child safety lock. The only problem is that the unit has no night light for a dreamy ambiance.

Pros:

  • Warm and cool mist humidification
  • Dual 360º rotating nozzles
  • 3 humidification levels
  • Purifies air and softens hard water
  • Built-in aroma box

Cons:

  • No night light

2. Vicks VUL520W – Best Budget Humidifier for Sinus Problems

Vicks VUL520W

Photo: Vicks

  • Tank Capacity: 0.5 gals.
  • Runtime: 20 hrs.
  • Aromatherapy Option: Yes

If you are looking for a high-quality humidifier and you are a bit short on cash, Vicks’ VUL520W is the ideal unit to buy because it is very affordable. It utilizes ultrasonic technology to deliver a cool mist with whisper-quiet operation.

The humidifier runs filter-free and this means it requires very little maintenance (no filter replacements) while in use.

Though it has a small 0.5-gal tank, the VUL520W can run for up to 20 hrs. on a full tank in the lowest setting and it has an auto shut-off feature that powers it off when the tank runs out. Additionally, this tank is translucent for easy monitoring of the water level.

Other features include a built-in soft glow light for a dreamy ambiance, a wide tank opening for easy refilling, and an integrated scent pad heater for aromatherapy using the brand’s vapor pads.

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Low maintenance filter-free design
  • Auto shut-off on an empty tank
  • Soft glow night light
  • Integrated scent pad

Cons:

  • Small tank

3. Aprilaire 400 – Best Whole House Humidifier for Sinus Problems

Aprilaire 400

Photo: Aprilaire

  • Coverage Area: 4000 sq. ft.
  • Aromatherapy Option: No

With a coverage area of 4000 sq. ft., Aprilaire’s 400 is the ideal choice for humidifying the whole house. To support this, the unit must be connected to a water supply source and it incorporates the use of a water panel instead of a tank.

This panel is like a sponge and it absorbs water then evaporates it to humidify your home. It is uniquely designed to evaporate 100% of the water for conservation purposes and can evaporate up to 17 gallons per day.

Though the installation process is a bit complex, you don’t have to refill it every-now-and-then, which is very convenient.

Other than that, you get an automatic digital control that has dual sensors for monitoring and responding to both indoor relative humidity and outdoor temperature. This ensures you get the optimum humidity level at all times. On the downside, the unit is very expensive to buy.

Pros:

  • Wide 4000 sq. ft. coverage area
  • Requires no refilling
  • Efficient 100% evaporation
  • Automatic digital control with dual sensors

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • A bit complex to install

4. Air Innovations MH-701BA-PLAT – Best Long-Running Humidifier for Sinus Problems

Air Innovations MH-701BA-PLAT

Photo: Air Innovations

  • Coverage Area: 600 sq. ft.
  • Tank Capacity: 1.7 gals.
  • Runtime: 96 hrs.
  • Aromatherapy Option: Yes

Air Innovations’ MH-701BA-PLAT is fitted with a large 1.7-gal tank that gives a runtime of 96 hrs. when full. This is almost 12 nights of sleep and thus, it gives you a long service time without refilling.

That said, the tank is infused with a microbial inhibitor on the surface and base that helps to prevent microbial growth during its long period of use.

You also get a permanent ceramic filter for trapping impurities, an aromatherapy tray, a 15-in extension nozzle that makes it possible to use it as a tabletop or floor standing humidifier, a 360º rotating nozzle, a built-in humidistat for automated use and a programmable timer.

Other than that, it runs on ultrasonic cool mist technology, which is whisper quiet, while an advanced digital control and remote device give you convenient control options. However, you don’t get ambient lighting for night time use.  

Pros:

  • Long 96-hr run time
  • Large 1.7-gal tank
  • Anti-microbial inhibitor on the tank
  • Permanent ceramic filter
  • Aromatherapy tray

Cons:

  • No ambient nighttime lighting

5. Frida Baby 053 – Best 3-in-1 Humidifier for Sinus Problems

Frida Baby 053

Photo: Frida Baby

  • Coverage Area: 320 sq. ft.
  • Tank Capacity: 0.5 gals.
  • Runtime: 12 hrs.
  • Aromatherapy Option: Yes

Frida Baby’s 053 is a very practical humidifier because it combines 3 functions in 1. First, it is a cool-mist humidifier that utilizes the quiet power of ultrasonic vibration to convert water into mist.

For this, it has a 0.5-gal tank, which can run the unit for 12 hours on the lowest (gentle mist) setting. This setting can be adjusted on a gradual scale to tropical rainforest (max setting) with the twist of a knob and can cover up to 320 sq. ft.

Second, the unit is an essential oil diffuser and it allows you to add any aromatherapy-grade essential oil to the water to produce a fresh scent. Lastly, it is a nightlight and it has a color-changing system with several color options that allow you to customize the ambiance.

The humidifier is filter-free, which requires very little maintenance, and it has an auto-stop feature that shuts it off when the tank runs out of water. However, the 12-hr runtime is quite short.

Pros:

  • Humidifier, diffuser, and nightlight in one
  • Quiet ultrasonic vibration operation
  • Color-changing nightlight system
  • Filter-free for easy maintenance
  • Auto shut-off on an empty tank

Cons:

  • Short runtime

6. Levoit LV600HH – Hybrid Ultrasonic Humidifier for Cold Symptom Relief

Levoit LV600HH

Photo: Levoit

  • Coverage Area: 753 sq. ft.
  • Tank Capacity: 1.58 gals.
  • Runtime: 36 hrs.
  • Aromatherapy Option: Yes

Just like the TTLife Humidifier, Levoit’s LV600HH is a hybrid humidifier that produces both warm mist and cool mist. This means it can be used during summer or winter and the warm mist helps to kill bacteria while humidifying the room faster.

As for the cool mist, it is produced using an ultrasonic system that is very quiet. This causes no disturbance as you sleep at night.

Apart from that, the unit has a large 1.58-gal tank, which can run the humidifier for up to 36 hrs. Combined with a coverage of 753 sq. ft., this is ideal for large rooms and even small homes.

You also get a diffuser function, in which you can add on your favorite essential oil to the aroma box to give you a fresh smelling scent. Other features include a humidistat for automated control, a touch panel and a remote device for easy control, and a 360º mist nozzle.

The only problem is that it does not have night lights for ambient lighting.

Pros:

  • Hybrid warm and cool mist humidifier
  • Large 1.58-gal tank
  • Essential oil diffuser
  • Touch panel and remote-control options
  • 360º nozzle for directing the mist

Cons:

  • No night lights

7. Guardian Technologies H940 – Mold-Free Humidifier for Sinus Problems

Guardian Technologies H940

Photo: Guardian Technologies

  • Coverage Area: 350 sq. ft.
  • Tank Capacity: 0.5 gals.
  • Runtime: 30 hrs.
  • Aromatherapy Option: No

With Silver Clean Protection embedded into its water tank, Guardian Technologies’ H940 cannot grow any mold on the tank’s surface. This technology inhibits the growth of mold and mildew, which ensures you get a clean mist that is good for your health.

That said, the unit is a cool-mist humidifier that uses ultrasonic technology, which runs very quietly. It has 3-speed settings and it can produce up to 4 liters (1 gal) of moisture per day in the highest setting.

You also get a compact space-saving design that is ideal for small rooms, an optional night light, auto shut-off when empty, a low water indicator light, and a transparent water tank for easy monitoring of the water level.

On the downside, the H940 does not have an essential oil diffuser for aromatherapy.

Pros:

  • Silver Clean Protection for mold and mildew-free use
  • Quiet ultrasonic cool mist production
  • Compact design
  • Optional night light
  • Low water indicator

Cons:

  • No essential oil diffuser

8. Vicks V4600 – Filter-Free Humidifier for Sinus Problems

Vicks V4600

Photo: Vicks

  • Coverage Area: 400 sq. ft.
  • Tank Capacity: 1.2 gals.
  • Runtime: 30 hrs.
  • Aromatherapy Option: Yes

Vicks’ V4600 is a filter-free humidifier that is very easy to maintain because you won’t have to make any replacements. Water from the tank goes directly to the ultrasonic misting system, which can run for up to 30 hrs. on a full tank.

An auto shut-off feature powers off the humidifiers once the water goes below the minimum level and the tank has a wide opening for easy refilling and also easy washing.

The unit has a diffuser system that accepts up to 2 VapoPads for scented misting, although only 1 pad is included in the set. 

Other features include adjustable mist control settings and a transparent tank for easy monitoring of the water level. However, the product does not have a humidistat for automated humidity level balancing.

Pros:

  • Easy-to-maintain filter-free design
  • Auto shut-off at low water level
  • Wide tank opening for easy cleaning and refilling
  • Diffuser system for scented misting

Cons:

  • Lacks a humidistat

9. Pure Enrichment PEHUMIDIF – Humidifier with 360º Mist Nozzles

Pure Enrichment PEHUMIDIF

Photo: Pure Enrichment

  • Coverage Area: 250 sq. ft.
  • Tank Capacity: 0.4 gals.
  • Runtime: 16 hrs.
  • Aromatherapy Option: No

360º mist nozzles enable you to direct mist away from areas that don’t need the moisture such as walls and electronics to areas that do. This humidifier has these nozzles and they are very convenient as compared to turning the whole unit around.

That said, the PEHUMIDIF is an ultrasonic cool mist humidifier, which runs very quietly, and it has 2-speed settings for controlling the rate of mist output.

Though it has a small 0.4-gal (1.5-liter) tank, the unit delivers a runtime of up to 16 hrs. and it shuts off automatically once the water goes below the low-level mark.

More features include an optional night light, a cleaning brush accessory, and a transparent water tank for easy monitoring of the water level. However, you don’t get a humidistat.

Pros:

  • 360º mist nozzles
  • Quiet ultrasonic cool mist system
  • 2-speed settings
  • Automatic low water level shut-off
  • Optional night light

Cons:

  • Small 0.4-gal tank
  • No humidistat

How to Buy the Best Humidifier for Sinus Problem

How to Buy the Best Humidifier for Sinus Problem

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1. Type of Humidifier

Cool Mist

There are two types of cool mist humidifiers. First is the evaporative type and this incorporates the use of an internal wick filter to absorb water from the tank while a fan blows air through it. This evaporates the water to create a fine mist. The biggest problem with this is its noise output.

The second type is the ultrasonic cool mist humidifier, which is very popular. It uses a metal diaphragm vibrating at an ultrasonic frequency to split the water into very tiny droplets, which are then blown out as mist. It runs very quietly and is, therefore, better than the evaporative type.

Because the produced mist is cool, this type is better to use during the hot summer weather.

Warm Mist

Warm mist humidifiers or vaporizers use a heating element to boil the water and then release the steam as mist. Because of this, they kill bacteria and other microorganisms in the water, which makes them more hygienic and healthier.

Additionally, they are quieter because they don’t require a fan to blow out the steam. However, they consume more electricity and usually form mineral deposits after the water has boiled out. To avoid this, you should use distilled water.

That said, the warm mist is ideal for the cold winter weather.

Buying Guide: If you want a humidifier for the cold winter months, buy a warm mist humidifier. For the summer months, a cool-mist unit is best.

However, some can produce both warm and cool mist, which makes them suitable to use during all seasons. These are highly recommended and a great example is the TTLife Humidifier.

2. Coverage

Measured in sq. ft., a humidifier’s coverage determines the room size that it can humidify to the required humidity level. That said, you need to measure your room’s size before buying the unit.

Those with a wide coverage like Aprilaire’s 400 (4000 sq. ft.) are ideal for the whole house while those with a small coverage, like Pure Enrichment’s PEHUMIDIF, are ideal for small spaces such as baby rooms.

3. Water Tank Capacity

The larger the water tank, the better because this means a longer runtime without any interruptions. Some humidifiers even have connections to the water supply and this means no refilling is ever required. This is very convenient and is found in Aprilaire’s 400.

4. Aromatherapy Option

Apart from improving the air quality, adding on a sweet smell is a big plus and therefore, those humidifiers with an aroma box are highly recommended.

5. Maintenance

Filter-free humidifiers are very easy to maintain but this might transfer impurities to the heating membrane or metal diaphragm in warm or cool mist units respectively.

On the other hand, a filtered humidifier requires some maintenance work in the form of replacing the filter every now-and-then. The ideal solution would be to have a permanent filter, which does not need replacements.

This can be found in Air Innovations’ MH-701BA-PLAT, which has a permanent ceramic filter that is very easy to maintain. Only some cleaning is required once in a while.

7. Noise Level

This is an important factor to consider especially if you’ll be running the humidifier as you sleep. That said, ultrasonic cool mist and warm mist units operate at the lowest noise levels and you should only consider buying these types.

Conclusion

To recap, the two main types of humidifiers are cool and warm mist. TTLife’s Humidifier takes the overall best humidifier for sinus problems spot because it combines both types in one, enabling you to breathe comfortably during the summer or winter weather.

However, if you would like a unit to humidify the whole house, be sure to check out Aprilaire’s 400. Though expensive, this has a 4000 sq. ft. coverage, which is quite large. If you are on a tight budget though, the Vicks VUL520W is the most affordable option to buy.

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