The best air humidifiers in Australia

Don't dry out this winter.

The best humidifer
Breville The Easy Mist Humidifier
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    Great price and features
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    No replacement parts
Next best humidifer
Best for small room
Beurer LB37 Air Humidifier
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    Quiet operation
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    High maintenance
Next best for small room
Jacqui Dent
Editorial Content Strategist
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Published on July 15, 2020
5 min read

If you're a homebody like me, there are plenty of reasons to be excited about the Australian winter. It's a chance to escape the heat, a chance to say no to making plans without feeling bad, put your phone on "do not disturb" and curl up in front of the TV.

But two things I don't love about winter are a stuffy nose and dry skin. If the air inside your home is too dry this chilly season, it might be time to think about a humidifier. But choosing a device is easier said than done. There are lots of things to think about, from care and maintenance to replacement parts  and health and safety risks.

But don't stress. We've done the hard work for you. Here's our take on all the major models on the market.



Best air humidifier overall

Breville the Easy Mist Humidifier

  • Price: $139.95
  • Coverage: Up to 30m2
  • Tank capacity: 5L
  • Evaporation rate: >250ml/h
  • Noise level: Up to 43dB

When it comes to price and features, we think you simply can't beat Breville's The Easy Mist Humidifier. It's one of the cheapest on the market and thanks to having no parts that need replacing, the $140 you shell out at the start will be the only money you'll need to spend on this device.

You can choose from warm or cool mist which makes it great for year-round use, and it comes with the option to act as an aromatherapy diffuser with your own essential oils, which is a definite nice-to-have.

With a 5L tank, you shouldn't find yourself running out of water too fast.

The Easy Mist Humidifier requires weekly cleaning and comes with a two-year warranty.

Breville Easy Mist
Pro Bullet Great price
Pro Bullet No replacement parts
Pro Bullet Aromatherapy
Humidifer Australia buying guide
Megaphone

Here's what to look out for when you're buying a humidifier in Australia:

  • Check for room coverage (e.g. square metre coverage) - you don't want coverage that's too large or too small for your room.
  • Check for burn/scalding risk - some warm mist humidifiers carry a burn or scalding warning in the product manual. Avoid these devices, especially if you have children. We excluded any devices carrying a burn risk warning from this round-up.
  • Check for parts that need replacing - some devices have filters or other parts that need to be replaced as often as once every three months.
  • Cleaning requirements - all humidifiers need to be regularly cleaned, but some require more frequent cleaning than others. Cleaning your humidifier is not just an annoyance, but a hygiene risk if you forget to do it.

Next best air humidifier

Breville The Smart Mist Humidifier

  • Price: $229.95
  • Coverage: Up to 40 m2
  • Tank capacity: 5L
  • Evaporation rate: >260ml/h
  • Noise level: Up to 43d

Breville's The Smart Mist Humidifier came in just behind the Easy for our top pick, but only just. The two models share a lot of the same key features, and although The Smart Mist Humidifier lost points for a higher price tag, many will feel it's more than worth the extra money with its great line-up of premium features.

Just like The Easy Mist Humidifier, Breville's smart humidifier offers a choice of warm or cool mist, aromatherapy, a 5L tank and no replacement parts. On top of that, the Smart Mist Humidifier comes with a water purification cartridge, offers seven mist levels and pre-set modes, so you can fine-tune for the setting that's right for you. It can even adjust humidification levels depending on room temperature.

The Smart Mist Humidifier also has a baby mode, if you're looking for a humidifier for an infant.

With coverage of up to 40 square metres, the Smart Mist Humidifier is also the best choice for larger bedrooms and living rooms. Just like The Easy, Breville's Smart Humidifier requires weekly cleaning and comes with a two-year warranty.

Breville Smart Mist
Pro Bullet Auto humidification setting
Pro Bullet Coverage for larger rooms
Pro Bullet Aromatherapy
Con Bullet High price point
Humidifiers and hygiene
Info Box

If used improperly your humidifier could become home to bacteria and mould, which you definitely don't want floating around in the air of your home. That's why it's important to always check and follow the cleaning instructions that come with your device. This is particularly important if your humidifier uses ultrasonic technology, as these devices can be more prone to bacterial emissions.

In addition to regular cleaning, if your humidifier hasn't been running for a few days or weeks, always clean the tank and change the water before switching it on.

Best air humidifier for small room

Beurer LB37 Air Humidifier with Aromatherapy

  • Price: $139.95
  • Coverage: Up to 20 m2
  • Tank capacity: 2L
  • Evaporation rate: Up to 20ml/h
  • Noise level: approx 35dB

If you're looking for a humidifier to go in a small bedroom, the Beurer LB37 could be your best bet. It will cover rooms up to 20 metres squared and, as an ultrasonic humidifier, comes with lower noise levels than the two Breville devices.

Be aware, however, that unlike the Breville humidifier range, this device from Beurer requires cleaning once every three days, as opposed to weekly. Ultrasonic humidifiers tend to be more prone to bacterial emissions than other humidification technologies, so if you're likely to forget or not be bothered to clean it that often, you might want to look at other options.

Just like Breville's humidifiers, this device can also act as an essential oil diffuser.

The Beurer LB37 Air Humidifier comes with a three-year warranty.

Beurer LB37
Pro Bullet Aromatherapy
Pro Bullet Quiet operation
Con Bullet Requires cleaning every three days

Next best humidifier for small room

Philips Series 1000 Air Humidifier

  • Price: $129
  • Replacement filters: $9.95, plus $10 shipping
  • Coverage: Up to 15 m2
  • Tank capacity: 1.3L
  • Noise level: 28-40dB

Our next choice for small rooms is the Philips Series 1000 Air Humidifier. This is a no-frills device that's perfect for a small space. This humidifiers' big claim to fame is that it uses what Philips call NanoCloud technology which, according to the brand, produces a mist so fine that it carries virtually no bacteria.

One thing to be aware of with the Philips Series 1000 is that the filter requires replacing once every three months. The replacement filters themselves are $9.95 each, but with an extra $10 to pay for postage, the cost can add up over time. We'd recommend ordering multiple replacements at once to cut down on postage costs. You can order your replacement filters on the Philips website.

The HU4706/70 requires weekly cleaning and comes with a two-year warranty.

Philips Series 1000
Pro Bullet Great price
Pro Bullet NanoCloud tech for lower bacterial risk
Con Bullet Filters need replacing every three months

Also considered

Philips HU4803/70 Air Humidifier

  • Price: $209
  • Replacement filters: $24.95, free shipping on Amazon
  • Coverage: Up to 30m2
  • Tank capacity: 2L
  • Evaporation rate: 220ml/h
  • Noise level: 26dB-40dB

If none of our choices appeal, you might also want to check out the HU4803/70 from Philips. This nifty little device has a digital sensor that, in auto mode, monitors the air humidity level to turn humidification on and off, and adjust the level, as needed. Like the Philips HU4706/70, this device uses NanoCloud technology which, Philips claims, produces a mist so fine it carries almost no bacteria.

The HU4803/70 didn't quite make the cut for our top humidifiers, due to a filter that needs to be replaced twice annually, pushing up the already higher-than-average price. It needs to be cleaned once per week and comes with a two-year warranty.

Order your replacement filters Philips or Amazon.

Philips HU4803/70
Pro Bullet Auto humidification setting
Pro Bullet NanoCloud technology
Con Bullet High price
Con Bullet 6-month filter cycle
Jacqui Dent
Written by
Jacqui Dent
Jacqui Dent is a Content Strategist at Reviews.org Australia, where she manages the team of experts’ mobile and broadband coverage. Over her ten-year career she has worked to provide informed advice to the public, first for organisations such as the NSW Writer’s Centre and the Australian Society of Authors, and now in the world of consumer tech with WhistleOut and Reviews.org.

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