The best air humidifiers in Australia (2022)

Don't dry out with these air humidifiers.

Best overall air humidifier
Breville the Easy Mist Humidifier
Breville Easy Mist Humidifier
Starts at
$139
Coverage
Up to 30m2
Capacity
5L
Noise level
Up to 43dB
Best cheap air humidifier
Philips Series 1000 Air Humidifier
Philips Series 1000 Air Humidifier
Starts at
$129
Coverage
Up to 15m2
Capacity
1.3L
Noise level
28-40dB
Best premium air humidifier
BEURER LB55 Heat Tech Air Humidifier
Beurer LB55 Air Humidifier
Starts at
$169
Capacity
Up to 50m2
Capacity
6L
Noise level
Up to 45dB
Best air humidifier for small rooms
Beurer LB37 Air Humidifier with Aromatherapy
Beurer LB37 Air Humidifier
Starts at
$139
Coverage
Up to 20m2
Capacity
2L
Noise level
35dB
Jacqui Dent
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November 14, 2022
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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 humidifiers on the market.

Category
Product
Price
Availability
Coverage
Tank capacity
Noise level
Icon Star Full  LightBest overall air humidifier
From
$139.95
Up to 30m25LUp to 43dB
Icon Star Full  LightBest cheap air humidifier
From
$129.95
Up to 15m21.3L28-40dB
Icon Star Full  LightBest premium air humidifier
From
$169.95
Up to 50m26L45dB
Icon Star Full  LightBest air humidifier for small room
From
$139.95
Up to 20m22L35dB

Breville the Easy Mist Humidifier

Best overall air humidifier

pro Great price
pro No replacement parts
pro Aromatherapy
con Requires weekly cleaning
Coverage
Up to 30m2
Tank capacity
5L
Evaporation rate:
>250ml/h
Noise level
Up to 43dB
Starts at
$139.95

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

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 humidifier for sinus problems.

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. In addition, the Easy Mist Humidifier requires weekly cleaning and comes with a two-year warranty.

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Philips Series 1000 Air Humidifier

Best cheap air humidifier

pro Great price
pro NanoCloud tech for lower bacterial risk
con Filters need replacing every three months
Coverage
Up to 15m2
Tank capacity
1.3L
Noise level
28-40dB
Starts at
$129

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

Our next pick is the Philips Series 1000 Air Humidifier. This is a no-frills device that's perfect as a baby humidifier or use as a humidifier for plants. This product's 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.

Beurer LB55 Air Humidifier

Best premium air humidifier

pro 6L capacity
pro Coverage for larger rooms
con Higher price
Coverage
Up to 50m2
Tank capacity
6L
Evaporation rate
>400ml/h
Noise level
Up to 45dB
Starts at
$169

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

While the Beurer LB55 asks for more than you'd ordinarily pay for an air humidifier, it more than makes up for that price in capacity and coverage. What's lacking here in bells and whistles is made up for by a 6L tank and an evaporation rate that's almost double that of the competition.

If you're willing to spend more, then the case for the Beurer LB55 is easy to make.

Beurer LB37 Air Humidifier with Aromatherapy

Best air humidifier for small room

pro Quiet operation
pro Aromatherapy
con Requires cleaning every three days
Coverage
Up to 200m2
Tank capacity
2L
Evaporation rate
>20ml/h
Noise level
35dB
Starts at
$139.5

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

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.

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Air humidifiers we also considered

Here are more air humidifiers that we considered that didn't make the cut.

Philips HU4803/70 Air Humidifier

pro Auto humidification settings
pro NanoCloud tech for lower bacterial risk
con Filters need replacing every six months
con High price
Coverage
Up to 30m2
Tank capacity
2L
Evaporation rate
220ml/h
Noise level
28-40dB
Starts at
$209

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

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.

Breville Smart Mis Humidifier

pro Auto humidification setting
pro Coverage for larger rooms
pro Aromatherapy
con Higher price
Coverage
Up to 40m2
Tank capacity
5L
Evaporation rate
>260ml/h
Noise level
43dB
Starts at
$229.95

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

Breville's The Smart Mist Humidifier came in just behind the Easy in our comparison, 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.

Air humidifier buying guide

What to look for when comparing air humidifiers

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.

Air humidifier FAQs

Here are the most commonly asked questions about air humidifiers
Where to buy a humidifier in Australia

Australian consumers can find air purifiers in everywhere from department stores like K-Mart and Big W to electronics retailers like JB Hi-Fi and The Good Guys to online resellers like Catch and Amazon.

What are the benefits of air humidifiers?

While the exact benefits of an air humidifier can depend on both the model and make (as well as the environment in which it is set up), the general idea is that by adding humidity into the air inside your home you are able to avoid the symptoms like a stuffy nose and dry skin.

What is the cost of a humidifier?

Air humidifiers range in price. USB-powered models available for as little as $30 while a more modest machine might run you around $120 to $200. Larger air purifiers tend to cost more, but they're also better equipped to cover larger spaces.

However, the up-front cost isn't the whole story here. Those considering buying into an air purifier should also factor in the cost that comes with replacing any filters as well as the energy cost of leaving their machine running for longer stretches.

Do I need to clean air humidifier?

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.

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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