Your home is filled with noises, from the hum of a refrigerator to the whir of a fan—and the last thing you want to do is add to the orchestra of beeps, clanks, and whistles. Unfortunately, fall’s arrival marks the annual unboxing of humidifiers, the cold weather essential that restores moisture to the air and also makes an ungodly amount of sound.
But this year, you don’t have to settle for unwanted sonances because there’s finally a humidifier constructed specifically for quiet: Homech’s Ultrasonic Humidifier ($40; amazon.com). Although the ultrasonic design still uses high frequency vibrations to break down water into a fine mist, it also has a sponge lining and weak water flow that act as noise reduction technology. This keeps the sound emitted to just 26dB, which is louder than the rustle of leaves but quieter than a whisper.
As a result, you can take phone calls, study, and even sleep next to the machine without the sound of bubbling or buzzing you’d expect from a humidifier. In fact, the quiet operation is so impressive that it earned a shoutout from more than 1,700 reviewers with a handful even writing they forgot the humidifier was on due to its practically silent function.
Of course, a quiet construction isn’t the only thoughtful element in Homech’s humidifier. It has a large-capacity tank that holds enough water for up to 50 hours of continuous use. The mist-emitting nozzle also rotates 360 degrees, so you can direct the mist away from surfaces that could suffer from water damage. Safety is also a priority with an auto-off function that turns the machine off every time the water tank empties or the tank lid is removed.
Even cleaning is a breeze with this popular pick: It has an extra-wide opening large enough to fit a soft rag or sponge for an in-depth wipe down. Not that you’ll need to use it that often—the internal fan continues running for 3 minutes after you turn off the humidifier to fully evaporate leftover water and prevent mold. (The manufacturer also recommends letting the tank rinse with white vinegar for 15 minutes.)
All things considered, it’s no surprise more than 4,400 shoppers are undeniably impressed by this budget-friendly pick calling it a “miracle” for sinus issues, “incredible relief” for allergies, and a “lifesaver” for winter. Better yet, the already-affordable humidifier is an extra $6 off when you apply an Amazon coupon. So the top-rated product isn’t just one of Amazon’s quietest options, it’s also one of the cheapest.
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