Best Travel Humidifier of 2020

  Comparison

Product Size Weight Price range
TaoTronics Cool Mist TaoTronics Cool Mist 8.4 x 5.1 x 10 inches 2.4 pounds $$
Pure Enrichment MistAire Travel Pure Enrichment MistAire Travel 8 x 4 x 3.9 inches 1.15 pounds $
CLBO Ultrasonic Mini Cool Mist Humidifier CLBO Ultrasonic Mini Cool Mist Humidifier 5.3 x 3.3 x 3.9 inches 1.1 pounds $
Fancii Cool Mist Personal Mini Humidifier Fancii Cool Mist Personal Mini Humidifier 5 x 4 x 1.5 inches 3.68 ounces $
FIGROL USB Portable Mini Humidifier FIGROL USB Portable Mini Humidifier 3 x 3 x 9.2 inches 8.8 ounces $
CoSoul Color Cup Humidifier CoSoul Color Cup Humidifier 2.6 x 4.3 x 3 inches 1.2 pounds $
Travel Ultrasonic Humidifier – Mini Cool Mist Water Bottle Humidifier Travel Ultrasonic Humidifier – Mini Cool Mist Water Bottle Humidifier 6.4 x 4.4 x 1.8 inches 1.6 ounces $
BONECO Travel Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier BONECO Travel Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier 2.6 x 4.4 x 3 inches 1.3 pounds $$
MOVTIP Portable Mini Humidifier MOVTIP Portable Mini Humidifier 5.3 x 3.9 x 3.7 inches 10.4 ounces $
CRANE USA EE-5950 Travel Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier CRANE USA EE-5950 Travel Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier 5.5 x 3.9 x 8.5 inches 4.3 ounces $

In today’s reality, more and more people are prone to allergies, coughing, dry and chapped skin, or even sinus infections due to external factors like pollution or the changes in temperature and the long-term effects of these changes, respectively. But not many people are aware or concerned about these factors affecting them in their own homes due to the arid environment that they live in, cold winters, the long-term use of the air conditioning or the dryness of the air.

Humidity levels can influence your health and well-being and should be taken seriously. In high humidity environments, bacteria and fungi thrive and multiply (> 60%). On the other hand, if the air is too dry, your respiratory system can be affected because the mucus is dries out and you become prone to catching colds or flu more easily. Not to mention that wood furniture or floors can get damaged, so it can affect your living space as well.

At the same time, if you often travel, spending most of your nights in hotel rooms with the air conditioning turned on, that can lead to severe health conditions, such as breathing problems, sinus infections, allergies, or minor affections such as dry skin, continuous headaches or sensitive eyes.

Things don’t have to be complicated. In fact, they are very straightforward. For a healthy environment and your own well-being, studies have shown that the ideal humidity in the air sits somewhere between 40%-60%. You can measure the air humidity with a hygrometer if you want to know the exact numbers. Also, if you ever experienced repeated colds, chapped lips or excessive coughing and didn’t know where the problem came from, it might have been the dry air in your own home or hotel room.


What can you do to increase your humidity levels?


There are a few types of humidifiers that can improve the air’s quality. The ones that you can install in your home are a permanent solution, but they can get expensive and require maintenance. Today we’re looking at travel-sized humidifiers, the portable ones that you can take with you, place them where you need or take them with you while traveling. They are cheaper, smaller, they don’t require any installation and they can solve the problem on the go.


There are four main types of portable humidifiers: 


1. Cool mist humidifiers – they add moisture by releasing cool vapors into the air

2. Warm mist humidifiers – they heat the water, then cool it before release. They reduce the risk of bacterial contamination due to the boiling process, but they are not suitable to use around children due to the risk of burns if they get spilled.

3. Ultrasonic humidifiers – create water droplets through the vibration of a metallic diaphragm at a high frequency. They don’t produce any noise and they are energy efficient.

4. Evaporative humidifiers – they use a fan to circulate humidity.


These devices are small-sized and some of them can be paired with water bottles in order to offer you the level of moisture that you need. They are highly portable, easy to use and can help you avoid congested sinuses, headaches, dry skin, coughs and many more health issues.

Most travel humidifiers are affordable, nicely designed and occupy very little space in your luggage or on your desk. Moreover, some of them are equipped with smart systems that automatically shut down when the water level reaches the lower limit.

Today, we are looking at the best travel humidifiers that you can find right now, so take a look at our list below.


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This is one of the best options on the market if you would like a noise-free, safe and elegant device. TaoTronics is an ultrasonic humidifier that looks very elegant and it is small enough to place it anywhere. It’s designed for medium-sized rooms, so you can place it on your nightstand, take it with you at the office or even put it in your nursery room, as it is very quiet and can be turned on even at night.

It has a 60 oz water tank and it can last a whole day if you put it on a lower setting. Users say that even on the lower setting it is highly effective at gradually increasing humidity in the air. It has an efficient 360 degrees nozzle and a smart function that automatically shuts it off when the water tank is empty or not installed properly.

If you want better air quality, use distilled water and don’t add essential oils to it, as this is not one of those aromatherapy products and the manufacturer itself recommends not to add anything to it (besides water, of course). Also, pay attention to the surface that you place it on, as it has a small air intake fan at the base that should not be blocked, so don’t place it on towels or carpets. 

Cleaning it can be done with diluted vinegar, although some users say that it is not so easy to clean, and it can create a build-up due to a little plastic guard with holes inside. Just make sure you check on it regularly and clean it properly before use.

Overall, this is an excellent product at an affordable price that can surely bring benefits for lots of people who are dealing with dry air inside their homes or hotel rooms. So, if you want a small travel humidifier but don’t want to spend a fortune on it, this one is an excellent option.

What’s to like:

Small and compact
Elegant design
BPA free
Quiet operation
It has the auto shut-off system in case the water tank is empty or improperly placed

What’s not to like:

Not so easy to clean
You cannot add essential oils inside

If you’re looking for a smaller device that you can pack efficiently, Pure MistAire Travel is a great choice, mainly because you don’t need to fill large water tanks that can also add weight to your luggage. This one functions in conjunction with a standard 16.9 oz water bottle so you can use it anytime. Also, you don’t have to stress about distilling the water beforehand, as all you need to do is buy small water bottles, and you are ready to go. 

This is a convenient way to boost the air’s humidity without any additional preparation of the device. You can adjust the mist through the controlling knob so you can set it on different levels. It has the auto shut-off function, so when the water bottle is empty, it will automatically stop producing the mist and consuming energy. The humidifier can work up to 6 hours with one water bottle and the average moisture output is 2.7 oz per hour.

It is lightweight and packable so you can take it with you while traveling and install it in your hotel room. It also has a soft blue mood light that helps you relax but be aware that it cannot be turned off. Some users were pleased with the mood light, while others said it was too bright to sleep with the humidifier on. Of course, it depends on your preferences and this might not be a problem for you.

All in all, this is a versatile product that is easy to use, made of good quality materials and not noisy at all, since it’s an ultrasonic humidifier.

What’s to like:

Small and compact
Neat design
It works with water bottles
It has the auto shut-off function
Affordable price

What’s not to like:

You can’t run it for long periods
The mood light cannot be turned off
You cannot add essential oils into it

Although most people don’t like the idea of having to stress about carrying a water bottle with them in the hotel room just to use the humidifier, it is a great idea if you want your device to occupy as little space as possible in your suitcase. Also, it makes your luggage much lighter and easier to organize than humidifiers that include a water tank. This mini-compact device from CLBO is small and compact and does exactly the job it was created for with the help of a water bottle. It uses ultrasonic concussion and mute technology, so that you can’t hear it during the night. The sound that it makes is below 25 decibels, which is great.

Besides being silent and highly practical, this product is also safe, as it shuts-off automatically when the water runs out. Whenever the water in the attached bottle is fully used, the blue light of the humidifier turns red. The device has a control know that allows users to adjust the humidity level, as well as the density of the fog. Thanks to the extremely low level of radiation, it is suitable for the child’s room and safe near pregnant women.

What’s to like?

  • It is affordable
  • It is compact
  • It is lightweight
  • It operates silently
  • It doesn’t emit radiation
  • It can be used with various aromas
  • It shuts down automatically
  • It has a light indicator
  • The amount of fog and humidity are adjustable

What’s not to like?

  • Not every plastic bottle fits

We think you will love this stylish, small and compact design of the Fancii Cool Mist humidifier.

It is a lightweight mini humidifier that is suitable for bedrooms, hotel rooms or offices and works with a water bottle. This water bottle humidifier doesn’t need a socket. Instead, it runs on batteries or can be simply connected to a USB port. It has three AA batteries that can last up to 18 hours, so you can use it without plugging it in and recharge it as you need.

It has an adjustable timer that allows you to set it to turn off after a certain time passes. It shuts off automatically after 8 hours of use and you can also set a timer for 2, 4 or 6 hours if you would like. It has three filters that must be changed every two months and it includes a USB cable. However, you would have to buy the batteries, as they are not included in the package. If you want an extremely silent product for your bedroom, then you would be glad to know that Fancii’s product operates at less than 15 decibels.

The one thing that you must be careful with is tipping it over, as the weight of a 16 oz water bottle could make the base unstable. Some users say that it doesn’t work with any water bottle due to its neck shape, so be sure to read the instructions before trying to fit numerous water bottles into the device. Otherwise, this is a great little humidifier to take with you everywhere. It is so small that it fits in the palm of your hand, it is affordable and elegant, and it can work with just a water bottle. 


What’s to like:


Affordable price point
It has a gorgeous design
It is tiny and compact
Very quiet
It has a timer function
It shuts-off automatically after 8 hours
It includes 3 filters
It includes a USB cable


What’s not to like:


It doesn’t include the batteries
It doesn’t work with all kinds of water bottles


Let’s take it to the next level and show you a super cool invention that would suit most of your needs and we think it would grab your attention, to say the least.

This is a super portable humidifier made for traveling and objectively, this is the smallest and most fascinating humidifier that we could find. It is an ultrasonic humidifier made to fit in a glass of water, a mug or a water bottle and get this: it is adjustable. So, grab any container and just put it in there, wait for five minutes, then press the ON button and enjoy a cool mist.

It has its own 800mA battery and can spray for about five hours. After that time passes, it needs to be plugged in, but honestly, the fact that you can move it around without a cable for five hours is impressive. 

In terms of noise levels, it produces less than 30dB, so it’s not noisy per se, but we can say that it makes a calming sound. You could put it in a water bottle and leave it on through the night or throw it in your purse, backpack or handbag and take it with you anywhere. That’s what we like the most about this ultrasonic travel humidifier: it is so small and slim that you can take it with you everywhere you go and solve the problem of dry air at home, at the office or in the hotel room. You also get a carrying bag where you can fit the humidifier, the charging cable and the cotton cores (filters).

This is a fantastic option for travelers and the fact that you can use this for five hours without any cables is making this product such a great choice for anyone. Moreover, the price is very affordable, so you could get multiple devices for the entire family. Of course, at this price you won’t get any extra features like automatic shut-off, for example. So, make sure to turn it off yourself, because it won’t turn itself off even if it has no more water.

What’s to like:

Super versatile, small and portable device
Unique design
The length is adjustable
It runs five hours without the cable
Low priced, affordable
Ultrasonic, cool mist
Comes with four cotton cores
Comes with carrying bag

What’s not to like:

It has no auto shut-off function, so you must turn it off manually
It doesn’t affect humidity levels drastically

While traveling and exploring the world is fun, it can also be tiring and damaging to your health. Breathing the air of a new hotel room every night is not a good idea, but luckily, buying a travel humidifier will protect your health. The CoSoul Color Cup Humidifier is a great device that implements Nano spray technology to provide you fresh and safe air. The device excels at cleaning most air and helps protect your skin.

This portable humidifier is available in four colors and they all feature LEDs that look amazing during the night. The LED light slowly changes between seven different colors. 

Talking about nighttime, we want to mention that you can use the CoSoul Color Cup Humidifier confidently while sleeping. The device is designed to run silently, so it doesn’t make annoying noises and you can get a good night’s sleep while breathing fresh air.

The price is very low, so it’s affordable and the best part is that you can use this device for aromatherapy as well. You can add your favorite essential oils into the water and enjoy the cool mist and the subtle smell. It is also very quiet and has an anti-slip bottom for safe usage.


What’s to like:


Small and elegant design
It is quiet
Easy to carry in your backpack
Anti-slip bottom
Available in multiple colors
Seven colors lights will slowly change for ambiance
You can use it as an essential oil diffuser
Easy to clean
Timing function


What’s not to like:


It doesn’t work without a USB connection
The water capacity is only 230ML


This humidifier has a great price, it is highly portable and is very easy to use. All you have to do is place a water bottle upside down in the device’s slot. It turns into a practical water tank that lasts more than 5 hours.

You can adjust the humidity level as you please due to the adjustable knob, which is very convenient because you might feel comfortable with a different moisture levels than other users. Also, if you press the touch-button once, it would humidify continuously; press it twice for intermittent humidification and the third time to shut it off. 

It’s also great for nighttime use, as its noise level is extremely low, and it shuts off automatically when no water is being detected anymore. Its size of 7.4 x 6.1 x 4 inches is ideal for traveling. Also, at its 1.2 pounds, it is lightweight and easy to carry around.

You will find that OffiHom has a handy adapter for most bottlenecks and this is definitely a plus, as you can use the most common narrow-necked bottles that you already have at hand.

The only downside for some people is the fact that it comes with a blue LED light that stay always on and you can’t turn it off. For those of you who plan to put this on your nightstand and go to sleep, just keep this in mind as the LED light can be a bit bright.


What’s to like:


Small and portable
Adjustable knob to control the mist
It has a useful adapter for the most common bottlenecks
It is quiet and can be used at night
Automation feature: you can choose continuous or intermittent humidification
It shuts off automatically when the water bottle is empty


What’s not to like:


The bright blue LED light that cannot be turned off


If you need a travel humidifier that has a larger capacity, but still works with the standard water bottle, this is the right product for you. It comes with a high output of 1 gallon per day, so it can last for up to 24 hours. It is portable and excellent for travel. You also get a travel bag that makes it easy to carry it around or store it. Also, it comes with interchangeable adapters, which makes it suitable for worldwide use.

Its size of 2.6 x 4.4 x 3 inches is larger than most portable humidifiers’, but it is still great for those who really need their hotel rooms to be humidified. However, at its 1.6 pounds, it is lightweight and easy to carry. It has a blue LED light and a vapor mist function and, although it is practical and efficient, it doesn’t have an auto shut-off function. However, the LED light will turn red when the water bottle is empty. So, we think that it would be best to use it during the daytime. 

The manufacturer recommends to clean your humidifier once every two weeks, so you can also try the cleaner and descaler from the same manufacturer to make sure that your device stays free of bacteria and build-ups over time. Also, try to place it at least 3 ft off the floor and pointed towards an open area to avoid leaking and ensure the correct position for the best results.


What’s to like:


Small and portable
Adjustable knob for mist control
Interchangeable adapter for international use
It comes with a travel bag
High output – 1 gal/day


What’s not to like:


It doesn’t have the auto shut-off function
The LED light cannot be turned off


This is yet another great choice if you’re traveling or if you need to humidify a small room. The MOVTIP is a small and portable device that has a 500 ml capacity. You can control everything from one button, and it comes with two mist modes: press once for a continuous mist that lasts 12 hours; press it again for an intermittent mist that lasts 18 hours. Very handy! You can use it during the day, as well as overnight.

It has an automatic shut-off function that turns off the device when the sensors cannot detect water anymore. It also has a calming warm light that, this time, can be turned off. Just long-press the button three times to turn it off. It works like this: one long press turns the light on, the second long press makes the light fade in and out and a third long press would shut it off.

It doesn’t have its own battery, so you would have to keep it plugged in. Also, the manufacturer says that you cannot put essential oils or distilled water in it. Also, make sure the cotton core has soaked for a few minutes before turning the device on.

Overall, this is a neat little device that works well for small rooms, it has an affordable price point and some cool features for its price.


What’s to like:


Small and portable
Good price point
Neat design
Auto shut-off function
Two mist modes
The warm light that you can turn on and off


What’s not to like:


Doesn’t generate much humidity in the air
You cannot add essential oils or distilled water
You must let the cotton core soak for a while before using it


Yet another lightweight and practical travel humidifier, Bell+Hower’s product comes with a simple, compact design and a great price. It operates quietly, so it can be used while you sleep and it has adjustable humidity settings, which means that it can be used by the entire family, depending on their needs.

One of the best features of this product is the UV germicidal protection. It makes it suitable to sensitive users who tend to develop allergies and must protect themselves from germs and bacteria as much as possible. Its size of 4.4 x 2.9 x 4.5 inches and weight of only 8 ounces makes it suitable for traveling. It comes with an AC adapter and needs to be plugged in in order to work.

Buy this humidifier if you like the following features:

  • It has variable mist settings
  • It is easy to use
  • It is portable
  • It kills the germs around you
  • It is silent
  • It has a blue light

What’s to like about the Bell+Howell Ultrasonic Personal Portable Humidifier-Cool Mist?

This product is easy to use and has a compact design, it is lightweight and portab

What’s not to like?

The one thing that most people complain about is the impossibility to turn off the blue light when needed. It can be quite annoying, but other than that, it is a nice little humidifier.

An ultrasonic humidifier that comes with an equally modern design, the Crane USA EE-5950 releases a large amount of mist and is ideal for travelers due to its small size. Compact and elegant, it measures no more than 7 inches in height and 3 inches in width. You can choose between grey, white and black and rest assured that your luggage, backpack or purse would only get 4.3 ounces heavier.

This product is affordable and runs for a longer period than most similar humidifiers. It would run for 10 hours, and you can put it in the tumbler that it comes with or into a separate water glass. However, it doesn’t run on batteries, so you must keep it plugged in. It also includes two spare filters (one is already inside). 

It is a very simple device yet an effective one. Now, here are a few things that you should know about. The LED light that it comes with cannot be turned off and the amount of mist cannot be adjusted. Overall, for such a low-priced product, it has an innovative design and it’s easy to use, it is quiet enough that you can use it overnight and, as some users say: it’s easier to fill and harder to spill.

This travel humidifier also has an auto-shut-off function that ensures the safety of the device.


What’s to like:


Ultra-portable design, small and compact
Low-priced
Innovative design
It comes with a travel bag and its own tumbler
It is lightweight
It has the auto shut-off function
You have three color choices


What’s not to like:


The LED light cannot be turned off
You cannot adjust the mist level



That concludes our list and we hope we could help you find something that would suit your needs. Humidifiers are great tools when it comes to preventing and combating health issues and ensuring an overall healthy environment, especially when traveling. If you still have more questions about travel humidifiers, here are some that we though would make everything easy for you:


CAN A TRAVEL HUMIDIFIER HELP WITH ALLERGIES?


Yes, humidifiers can reduce the risk of allergies, as well as sinus infections or asthma. For example, allergic rhinitis causes irritation, nasal congestion and overall inflammation of the nasal tissues. One way to reduce that inflammation can be done by making sure that you don’t permanently inhale dry air, as your respiratory system performs the best when the mucus is moist. When you add moisture to the air you can get rid of some irritants and ensure clear airways. Also, consider looking for humidifiers that support adding essential medical oils into the tank.


WHERE SHOULD I PLACE MY HUMIDIFIER?


It is always recommended to keep some distance between the humidifier and other objects. If you want to place it on your nightstand, 3 feet from your bed should be enough. Also, at least 2-3 feet from the floor is the ideal distance for a humidifier. Keep in mind that, when placed too close to a wooden piece of furniture, the mist can damage it. The general rule to follow is that the mist should not blow directly on a surface. The reason why you get a humidifier is to humidify the air, so, for the mist to enhance the air with small water particles, it has to be put into an open space, making sure the nozzle is oriented upwards or at least not directed towards other objects.


IS IT OK TO SLEEP WITH A HUMIDIFIER AT NIGHT?


As long as you keep up with the maintenance of your humidifier and you follow up the placement instructions, it can give you lots of benefits, day and night. Sleeping with a humidifier at night can assist your respiratory system, as the mucus in your nose works properly when moist; it can also help prevent nose bleeds, reduce the risks of allergies and asthma, improve breathing and improve your sleep overall. However, before buying a humidifier make sure you need one. Check your humidity levels with a hygrometer first because if you already have the right amount of moisture in the air, you don’t want to add up to it and end up with too much humidity overall. 


HOW CAN I KEEP MY HUMIDIFIER CLEAN?


We already know that too much moisture promotes the growth of mold and bacteria. That is why you should clean your humidifier at least once a week, if not once every few days. The cold mist humidifiers don’t boil the water, so they can accumulate a build-up over time. Here are a few things you can do to make sure your humidifier stays clean and free of nasty mold and bacteria:


1. If the humidifier doesn’t have filters, use distilled or demineralised water, as tap water contains minerals that can deposit inside your humidifier.

2. Clean your humidifier with special solutions (check the user’s manual) or with a mixture of water and vinegar. Bleach is not recommended in most cases because, if it’s not rinsed properly, you can then inhale back all those chemicals.

3. If your humidifier has filters, change them regularly. Check the manufacturer’s instructions to see how often you should replace them. If you are not provided with additional information, check the filter and don’t let it get too dirty before you change it.

4. Clean the humidifier before storing or packing it. Don’t let the moisture sit for long periods and make sure the humidifier and the water tank are clean and dry before storing them.


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1TaoTronics Cool Mist
TaoTronics Cool Mist
2Pure Enrichment MistAire Travel
Pure Enrichment MistAire Travel
3CLBO Ultrasonic Mini Cool Mist Humidifier
CLBO Ultrasonic Mini Cool Mist Humidifier