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Deal with sinus congestion, dry skin, or colds every winter? Happens to the best of us! That’s why we like to prep for the season with a reliable humidifier. Humidifiers add just enough moisture to the air to keep us feeling warm and hydrated.

While many big box humidifiers are popular, they’re not always the most sustainable, requiring plastic filters or large amounts of electricity. Instead, here are the best humidifiers for an eco-friendly home using energy-efficient technology, paper filters (or none!), and automatic controls. Many are even a combination air purifier and humidifier or humidifier and diffuser—a win for the winter!

If you’d rather have two separate devices, check out these sustainable air purifiers. Better yet, consider these indoor plants, which naturally clean and add moisture to the air in your home!


Best Overall | Best For Small Spaces | Best For Large Spaces


1. Canopy

Best For | Purifying & humidifying
Features | Paper filters, embedded UV lights, smart sensors, replacement filter subscription available, USB-C charger
Size | Up to 500 sq. feet
Price | $150

For a humidifier that’s good for the air and your health, look no further than Canopy. It hydrates rooms up to 500 square feet for up to 36 hours of running time, while also using anti-mold and UV sensor technology to keep the air as clean as possible. This air purifier and humidifier combo will help relieve dryness and dullness, alleviate nasal congestion and cough, and diffuse aromas as needed. Most sustainably, it only uses paper filters for a lower-impact clean. Find out how Canopy can transform your skin and sleep in our review!


2. Saje

Best For | Cordless & recharging diffuser combos
Features | 12 diffuser options, cordless & rechargeable options, natural ceramic & BPA-free plastic covers, automatic shut off
Size | Up to 700 sq. feet
Price | $78+

Infuse the air as you go with a diffuser (and therefore humidifier) from Saje. From the Aroma Om to the Aroma (Be) Free, these diffusers are designed to blend warm air with modern decor. (The cordless options will last up to eight hours!) Just add a few drops of your preferred essential oil blends, choose from continuous or intermittent mists, and instantly feel a sense of calm.


3. Brondell

Best For | Front and rear filtration
Features | Dual True HEPA air filtration, natural evaporative humidifier, four operating modes
intuitive touch control panel, air quality indicator, allergy setting
Size | Up to 1855 sq. feet
Price | $500

The Brondell Revive uses a dual HEPA filtration system that makes it move through twice the air in half the time as comparably sized machines. Its super-efficient evaporative humidification makes for a more consistent humidity level too, wicking water up through a specialized filter and passing air through evenly throughout your home without creating dense vapor pockets that could damage walls, furniture, or carpet. We love that this is both a humidifier and air purifier and that it can work as a white noise option while sleeping (level 5 is loud!). Plus, it has the option to turn the display lights off, making it a great humidifier for nurseries.


4. Dyson

Best For | Humidifying and cooling
Features | Sealed HEPA filtration, deep clean cycle, solid-state formaldehyde sensor, control with remote, app, and voice services
Size | Up to 800 sq. feet
Price | $900+

The Dyson Purifier Humidify+Cool models are designed for a heightened climate of pollution and hygiene awareness. These machines uses fully sealed HEPA filtration to securely capture 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns(!) like allergens, bacteria, pollen, and mold spores. Their newest model is even able to sense and destroy formaldehyde! This is our team’s go-to for serious humidifying. It’s sleek and gorgeous too and great in any room.


5. Vornado

Best For | Medium-sized spaces
Features | Energy-efficient, auto-humidity control, water-level sensing, 5 & 10-year warranties
Size | Up to 750 sq. feet
Price | $90

Vornado, a leading air circulation and humidifier company, has an energy-efficient humidifier we love. The eco-friendly EVDC3000 covers up to 750 square feet at once, using 90 percent less energy than a traditional Dyson or Vicks humidifier. We love that it has auto-humidity control, low water indicators, and comes with an impressive warranty, all for under $100.


6. Objecto

Best For | Filter-free use
Features | No filters needed, remote-controlled, automatic shut off, removable water tank
Size | Up to 650 sq. feet
Price | $200

Objecto’s W7 Ultrasonic Humidifier is one of the only filter-free options out there—which means there are no single-use accessories involved. At two feet tall, it’s got incredible coverage for up to 650 square feet. And while it’s an investment, this hybrid humidifier comes with a remote control, aroma options, automatic shut off, and almost 22 hours of nonstop run time. The woodgrain finish is especially chic! 


7. Rumidifier

Best For | Zero electricity costs
Features | No power needed, goes over floor vents, silent operation, child- & pet-friendly
Size | Up to 1,000 sq. feet
Price | $25–$55

For a more affordable humidifier, the Rumidifier doesn’t require any electricity! You simply place it over a floor or wall vent, and the circular filters get right to work bringing moisture to the room. Because there aren’t any charges or moving parts to worry about, it’s a great humidifier to keep in a child’s room, pet area, or plant nursery. Rumidifiers are available online or via Home Depot, Costco, and other major retailers.


8. Carepod

Best For | Easiest to sterilize
Features | Ultrasonic cool mist, three distinct mist settings, stainless steel design
Size | Up to 500 sq. feet
Price | $110—$350

Designed by a doctor, Carepod is a simple, award-winning design that comes in three sizes for your office or home use. Fed up with the complicated cleaning needs and pricey filtration subscriptions of so many humidifier models, Carepod is the first humidifier that can be sterilized, leaving it safe and 99.99% germ-free; simply boil the three parts in boiling water, and you’re done! Filter-free and without any additional hidden costs, we love how the minimalist design lets it fit easily into any space.


Featured image from Canopy