A humidifier is one of those things that you wont see on many baby registers or know you need until the very first time you catch a cold during pregnancy. This is when we’ve found a humidifier can make a real difference!
But how do you pick the best humidifier for pregnancy? What do you need to know before buying? What features should you look for? Aren’t all humidifiers about the same? Put your feet up and relax. We’ve done the research so now all you have to do is choose the one below that best matches your needs and you’ll be well on your way to breathing easier.
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Our Top Picks
Our Top Pick: Honeywell HCM350W Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier
Runner Up: Hi Air Cool Mist Humidifier
Also Consider: MOOKA Cool Mist Humidifier
Honorable Mention: LEVOIT Humidifier
Honorable Mention: Vicks Dual Comfort Cool + Warm with Fusion Mist Technology humidifiers, White
How Humidifiers Can Make A Real Difference During Pregnancy
During my last trimester, I was dogged by a head cold. It would seem like every time I thought I was getting over it I got sick again.
One day my friend bought me a humidifier and within days I was feeling less foggy-headed and within a week I’d waved goodby to the cold.
This sounds like a bold claim I know. Thankfully, we have the science to back it up!
A study titled “Modeling the airborne survival of influenza virus in a residential setting: the impacts of home humidification” found that a standard humidifier could decrease the influenza virus (common cold) survival rate by over 30%!
There’s another benefit too – a humidifier will help keep your skin nice and supple which is super important if you’re pregnant through those winter months. The added moisture in the air may help improve your dry or itchy skin, peeling or chapped lips and dry eye irritation – things quite common during pregnancy.
The 5 Best Humidifier For Pregnancy – Our Top Picks
Our team of reviewers spent 10 hours reading other reviews online to produce the list below.
1. Honeywell HCM350W Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier
This is a great product right here. It is simply good at the job it was made to co. We really appreciate how easy it is to maintain. Honeywell has always been known for producing some high quality items and this is no exception. Other humidifiers are going to need a replacement filters a lot more often than this one.
The only really serious downside to this unit right here is the price of replacement filters. It seems like sometimes the filters last longer than others with no real change in how the unit is used. It would not be a huge problem except for the fact that at times the cost for replacement filters can get to be pretty pricey. Despite this, we still can give a solid recommendation for this product.
2. Hi Air Cool Mist Humidifier
Immediately we noticed that this humidifier does not require a filter. This is a huge benefit compared to other similar products that do need a filter. You can buy this rod it and know for sure that the price you pay will not change over time due to needing replacement filters.
The other outstanding feature is noise reduction technology. It is able to run for up to 30 hours without needing a refill and it’s under 30 decibels in volume. This means that you should be able to sleep through the night without being disturbed and we think that’s about all you can ask for in a humidifier.
3. MOOKA Cool Mist Humidifier
This is another strong contender for the best humidifier available. It is really set apart from its competitors due to its efficient space saving design form. The knobs control allows you to easily set exactly how much humidity control you desire.
The humidifier is also filterless so you do not need to worry about buying expensive replacement filters. On top of all of that, it is also quite capable of running nearly silently so you won’t be bothered by excess noise.
4. LEVOIT Humidifier
This humidifier has a one gallon tank that allows it to run for up to 24 hours without needing a refill. We like that because it makes leaving the home or going to sleep with the humidifier running hassle free.
The addition of the easily maintainable tank is just the cherry on top for us. If you are looking for something that is easy to use and maintain this is the product for you.
5. Vicks Dual Comfort Cool + Warm with Fusion Mist Technology humidifiers, White
This is an interesting product right here. It only runs for up to 12 hours so you’ll u will have to refill it more often than a lot of the other options on this list. However it has the capability of putting Vick’s vapor rub into the tank.
This makes it give you a nice medicated mist which can really help with congestion and breathing difficulties. If you need something that offers more than just traditional vapor during your pregnancy thins is a great choice.
The Bottom Line
So there you have it, hopefully, you’re now an expert on all things humidifier and know what makes for the best pregnancy humidifier.
Ellen Fetters, is a former Children's and Young People's Nursing Practice with an BSc from the University of Sunderland. After completing her SCPHN - HV she then worked as a Health Visitor within the local community.
In 2017 Ellen left nursing to launch Parenting Click, an online parenting resource aimed at creating happier families through better parenting.
She lives with her husband, beautiful baby girl, and two darling dogs. She spends her free time writing, running and learning how to become a better parent.