The Best Humidifiers For Dry Climates in 2023

This is our buying guide on the best humidifiers for dry climates in 2023. Below is a quick summary of our top recommendations. Scroll further down to read our in depth, hands on reviews, for each humidifier.

BEST BUDGET

Honeywell HCM-350 Germ-Free humidifier

  • Three-speed settings for both speed and sound
  • Wicking filter is excellent for hard water
  • Easy to fill
  • Easy to clean
  • Low noise levels make it ideal for bedrooms
  • Filters are cost-effective to replace
  • Kills water-borne bacteria
  • Excellent for dry climates
  • Provides ultra-stable humidity levels
  • Easy to move and store
  • Great for allergy sufferers
  • Runs for up to 24 hours on a single refill
  • Humidifies 250 square feet in 18 hours
Best Overall

Pure Enrichment MistAire Humidifier

  • Humidifies the atmosphere in ten minutes or less
  • Up to 25 hours of continuous operation
  • Powerful mist output
  • Can handle spaces up to 150 square feet
  • High and low speeds
  • 260-degree mist nozzle
  • Quiet enough to use in the bedroom
  • Nightlight
  • Easy-to-fill water tank
  • 1.5-liter capacity
PREMIUM CHOICE

Levoit LV600HH Hybrid Ultrasonic Humidifier

  • Remote control
  • Exceptional humidistat
  • Up to four times faster than other humidifiers in the price range
  • Warm and cold mist
  • Exceptionally long run time
  • Prevents mold and residue
  • Perfect for dry climates
  • 6-liter tank reduces necessary refills
  • Top-fill design makes refills easy
  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Super easy to clean
  • Ultra-low noise levels
  • Auto-off function

In this article, we will be reviewing the best humidifiers for dry climates.

Retailers are stocking humidifiers like never before. And a good humidifier should constantly be by your side, especially in dry environments. But there are pitfalls to consider when buying.

I set out to review a handful of the best dry-climate humidifiers, and bring you the lowdown on the top three.

I tested three products and found the Pure Enrichment MistAire Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier the best humidifier for dry climates and dry air.

This humidifier does an excellent job of adding cool mist and moisture to small rooms. And it has a host of additional features.

The Pure Enrichment MistAire Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier is perfect for smaller rooms and has some fun features. It may not be the most high-tech option on the market, but it’s effective and very well priced.

Keep reading to get the lowdown on the good, the bad, and the ugly …

Pure Enrichment MistAire Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

OVERALL BEST

Most of us turn to a humidifier in the drier months because they relieve allergy flare-ups, dry skin, and congestion.

I tested the Pure Enrichment humidifier nightly for almost a month to test its efficacy and features, and found it one of the best humidifiers for cry climates.

The results were surprising!

The Pure Enrichment unit is really easy to set up, even if you are a Luddite.

Firstly, the manufacturer recommends a placement no less than six inches from the wall.

Once you’ve found your spot, separate the tank and the base, fill the tank (unfiltered tap water is perfect), pop the tank back in the base, plug it in, and Bob’s your uncle.

The 1,5-liter water tank might seem small, but it will quite happily run for up to 16 hours. This is truly impressive, as many of this unit’s competitors run out of steam at around the ten-hour mark.

The Pure Enrichment MistAire Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier is pretty – there is no other way to say it. This is a major plus (according to my wife) because a humidifier is inevitably placed in high-traffic areas of the home. In other words, spaces where you don’t want it to stick out like a sore thumb.

It’s also wonderfully quiet – it won’t disturb the TV, or if you have it in the bedroom, your sleep. Tuck it into a corner somewhere, and forget about it.

This humidifier also has the option to light up the water tank with a blue glow. While this feature serves no practical purposes whatsoever, it does lend a futuristic aesthetic to the Pure Enrichment unit. Almost as if it belongs on the SS Enterprise.

The Pure Enrichment MistAire Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier has only one button. It’s close to the base of the unit. One click turns it on. A second click increases the speed. A third click turns it off again.

The only annoying thing about this level of simplicity is that you can’t tell the setting at a glance. I really prefer the dial on other units, but that’s just me.

This humidifier does a really good all-around job of refreshing and moistening the air in any room (I tested it in the bedroom, my office, and our living room – each with great results.) MitAire recommends this unit for a space no larger than 250 square feet, especially in dry climates.

In this ideal-sized space, it takes no more than around 10 minutes to start noticing the difference. It took a while to figure out how to change the setting for the mist from high to low, but once you have the hang of it, there’s no issue. Plus, you can easily adjust the direction of the mist output.

The MistAire also features an automatic off-witch, so it won’t overheat when the water level starts running low.

This humidifier is small enough to be easy to clean. It has only two parts – the base and the water tank. There are no filters or other removable parts that make many other humidifiers complicated to keep clean and hygienic. Plus, as part of the package, you get a disk-cleaning brush.

Once clean the MistAir’s size also makes it easy to store. When I tested it, it slid easily into the bottom of a closet, but it will fit equally well under a bed or even a bedside table.

Pros
  • Humidifies the atmosphere in ten minutes or less
  • Up to 25 hours of continuous operation
  • Powerful mist output
  • Can handle spaces up to 150 square feet
  • High and low speeds
  • 260-degree mist nozzle
  • Quiet enough to use in the bedroom
  • Nightlight
  • Easy-to-fill water tank
  • 1.5-liter capacity
Cons
  • Settings are uncomfortable to manage

Honeywell HCM-350 Germ-Free humidifier

BEST BUDGET

I lived with this Honeywell humidifier for just under a month while testing it. When the test started out, as I did with all units in this article, I made a quick measurement of the humidity levels in every room in the house.

This was crucial, as I was specifically looking for a humidifier that could deal with dry climates.

The levels hovered around an average of 25%, with some rooms going down as low as 20% near the stove or on really cold days.

At the price, Honeywell blew my socks off! It really is one o the best humidifiers for dry climates – especially at this price point.

I started running the Honeywell HCM-350 Germ-Free Humidifier in my living room. It’s around 250 square feet. The fan was set on medium. After 18 hours I measured the humidity again. It had gone up from 25% to a staggering 40%!

This humidifier is an evaporative unit – that means it blows air across a saturated wick filter, and this diffuses the moisture. It creates invisible water vapor, unlike ultrasonic humidifiers that pump out visible mist.

This feature means the air cannot become oversaturated, and therefore there are no mold or puddles of water as with many other humidifiers.

Operating this humidifier is simple. It has a three-speed fan with manual dial control. Noise levels, especially with the setting on low, are barely audible.

On the higher settings, you can hear it, but the sound from the Honeywell never becomes more than a low hum. And there are now beeping sounds or irritating lights like you find on some competitors’ products.

Under continuous testing, the one-gallon water reservoir proved ample to run the unit for 18 hours straight on a medium setting. On a low setting, the water was enough to humidify the space for up to 24 hours.

Sure, the high setting will increase the levels of humidity by a couple of percentage points, but I felt the medium setting did the job perfectly. And I also kept it low on most days.

With this regime in place, I only needed to refill the tank once a day while the Honewell showed no strain in keeping the humidity levels at a stable and comfortable 35 – 40 percent.

The reservoir has a really comfortable handle which makes it easy to pull from the base and refill at the kitchen sink. The handle was also designed to make the tank stand on its own, regardless of whether it was empty or full.

Giving a humidifier a proper clean can be the bain of any owner’s life. Honeywell made this easy on the HCM-350 Germ-Free humidifier.

The basin and the reservoir are dishwasher safe. I washed it several times during the test (unnecessary for only a three-week period) and there was no sign of plastic warping.

I have big hands, and when attempting a manual wash, the tank’s opening was big enough to get right in there to wipe the most difficult nooks and crannies.

It’s important to note that the germ-free claim doesn’t immunize the unit against mold. What it does is get rid of water-borne bacteria.

In this Honeywell humidifier, only one component requires maintenance: the filter. Your first filter comes standard with the unit, and it will last around a month before it needs replacement. It costs around $10, so it won’t break the bank.

If you intend to use the humidifier in various rooms as I did during the test, it’s worth mentioning that picking up the unit without emptying the tank first, is bound to lead to spillage. There is no clip that secures the tank to the basin.

This is a minor drawback, though. The simple, practical design, the ease with which you can keep it clean, the manual dial, and the reasonable price make this Honeywell a worthwhile buy.

Pros
  • Three-speed settings for both speed and sound
  • Wicking filter is excellent for hard water
  • Easy to fill
  • Easy to clean
  • Low noise levels make it ideal for bedrooms
  • Filters are cost-effective to replace
  • Kills water-borne bacteria
  • Excellent for dry climates
  • Provides ultra-stable humidity levels
  • Easy to move and store
  • Great for allergy sufferers
  • Runs for up to 24 hours on a single refill
  • Humidifies 250 square feet in 18 hours
Cons
  • Easy spillage when moving with a full water tank

Levoit LV600HH Hybrid Ultrasonic Humidifier

PREMIUM CHOICE

The Levoit LV600HH Hybrid Ultrasonic Humidifier has an unbelievably accurate humidistat and doesn’t break a sweat when humidifying spaces way larger than 150 square feet.

This makes the unit one of the best humidifiers for dry climates at the price point.

The Levoit has a 1.6-gallon water tank capacity and can run for up to 36 hours on a low mist setting without a refill. The mist output on this humidifier is up to 500mL per hour, and according to the manufacturer, it can comfortably humidify the atmosphere in spaces up to 750 square feet.

When you open the box, you’ll find the humidifier, a remote control, a cleaning brush, the owner’s manual, and three aroma and absorption pads, with one pre-installed.

Once switched on, it is hardly audible, and it has an LED display that can be independently switched off – making it ideal for a bedroom or children’s room.

The Levoit Humidifier is also fully adjustable – something that is often lacking with other units. You’re able to choose the exact humidity manually (the humidistat is accurate to within two percent) or you can set the unit to fully automatic, in which case the humidifier will switch itself off once the water tank has run dry.

The Levoit also offers a choice between warm and cold mist, making it ideal for use in both summer and winter months. It’s a great, if not one of the best humidifiers for dry climates.

The warm mist humidifies the atmosphere up to 25% faster than the cool mist setting, and it also disinfects the water and air.

Another great feature (one I used all the time during the test) is the diffuser function. Simply add your own essential oil to give your entire living area or bedroom a clean, fresh smell.

The Levoit LV600HH Hybrid Ultrasonic Humidifier is easy to clean too. The reservoir has a wide opening, and the unit also sports an agitator which deals efficiently with mold and other unpleasant residues, plus dealing with dry climates.

And the tank is just the right size to fit into any kitchen sink – which takes the headache and spillage out of the refilling exercise.

A once-a-week deep clean, and the occasional vinegar rinse is more than ample to keep the unit hygienic and functional.

The Levoit is not ideally suited for hard water conditions, so distilled water is recommended by the manufacturer. If you do decide to use mineral-rich tap water, cleaning becomes a more regular requirement, as buildup is sure to result. This buildup is not only a nuisance but can also lead to damage in the long term and less effective in dry climates.

In my final analysis, the Levoit LV600HH Hybrid Ultrasonic Humidifier is a serious competitor in the price range with its warm and cool misting feature, intuitive controls, and the ability to provide stable humidity to large spaces.

Pros
  • Remote control
  • Exceptional humidistat
  • Up to four times faster than other humidifiers in the price range
  • Warm and cold mist
  • Exceptionally long run time
  • Prevents mold and residue
  • Perfect for dry climates
  • 6-liter tank reduces necessary refills
  • Top-fill design makes refills easy
  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Super easy to clean
  • Ultra-low noise levels
  • Auto-off function
Cons
  • Pricey

AUTHOR

Shawn Willis is all about humidifiers. After working for some of the biggest names in the industry, he started HumidifierGuys with Scott Dawson. Now, the dynamic duo helps others figure out what they need in their next humidifier.

Shawn is an avid sports fan, motorcycle enthusiast, and has two dogs named Whiskey and Boba.