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Noisy, but seems to otherwise function well
 from Australia,  Nov 6, 2012

Does its basic job very well. It blows ultrasonically-formed mist about two feet straight up in the air. You also have an option to direct the mist all the way down to 45 degrees from straight up, to have it blow into your face while you're sleeping, which might be something you want to do if you are in need of fairly high humidity (unfortunately, doing this will make your pillow and covers somewhat damp in the morning, meaning you'll need to turn up your electric blanket, or turn on a fan). It's not very convenient if you want in-between angles, (you have to turn the whole unit). However this is very rarely necessary. As I mentioned before you can direct the mist towards your face while you're sleeping, however you will certainly make your covers and pillow damp. Curiously I have had no problems with bad damp smells, probably because I use both an electric blanket and a fan to dry my bed in the morning. If you don't want that much humidity in your face you can just direct the most straight up, and it will not make your covers or pillow wet. If you have carpet in your bedroom however, it will almost certainly make that wet if you place the unit on the ground, or for that matter, anywhere, especially on the highest setting. It makes my wooden flooring wet even when placed a foot above ground on a upturned plastic box, so it would probably make carpet wet. My biggest issue is the amount of noise the water-pump on my unit makes. Having read other reviews, it seems that most people do not have this problem, or do not have a problem with that level of noise, with their units. The noise coming from my unit makes it completely unsuitable for light sleepers (if you do indeed choose to use the humidifier while you're sleeping). The noise level is that of 2 or 3 old desktop tower-PC cooling fans put together. Recently the fan has started making some noise as well, where it was silent before, after about two weeks of use. It probably adds another tower-pc cooling fan to the noise level. The trickling noise of water flowing over the top of the unit, is admittedly somewhat soothing, but with me, adds to the overall existing noise problem. That said, the relief that the unit has given to my dry nasal passage, mouth and it by eyes, has outweighed the noise problem. It has meant that despite the noise waking me up generally once a night I still sleep far more deeply than I did without the humidifier because of the increase in humidity. If you live in a noisy area, purchasing this unit might justify purchasing sleeping ear plugs, which would also completely neutralise the major con of this humidifier. Remember that all humidifiers need cleaning. I find this unit easy to clean; takes about 10-15 mins of work, if you're quick. Once every 7-10 days. Plus this thing has a demineralisation cartridge which needs replacing once every 20-30 fillings, or when white powder (minerals) starts building up around the base of the unit - not sure if other humidifiers have this same requirement, may be something you want to check up when comparing models. Also depends on how much minerals there are in your water supply. If you have a lot of minerals in your water you may need a distiller to supply the water for your humidifier which can cost $200 upwards. Though if you did have lots of minerals in your water you'd probably already have a distiller. Don't forget that if you're not in the US you might need a transformer to get this working! And if you buy the product, please please review it to let everyone else know about how it goes.

  • How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Same colour
  • Please tell us about the quality of the product. Fairly sturdy construction, could do with a stronger fan
  • How accurate was the on site description of the product? Accurate
  • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
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