Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers

Bemis Humidifiers

Everything but in-duct

Now known as Bemis by Essick Air, these humidifiers cover almost any-sized room or home and use evaporative means almost exclusively.

A two-stage filter, available in some models, traps airborne particles and eliminates odors to prolong the life of the wick and prevent mineral dust. Filter replacements cost $10 to $20 (about $40 for the air purifier combination model). Special "Super Wicks" are meant to last longer before being replaced, which will cost around $20 and should be done about once a season. The company also sells a bacteriostatic treatment to control the growth of algae and bacteria.

Prices for the smaller models run around $50, with the whole-home humidifiers at around $200. A one-year warranty covers them all.

Comparing whole home Bemis humidifiers:

Whole house models

Output

Looks

Standard Features

Credenza

5.3-gallon holding capacity capable of 12-gallon output daily. Covers up to 2,500 square feet.

Wood finish with cherry or light oak. Rolling casters.

Humidistat and speed control with nighttime settings. Refill lights, auto shutoff and bottles with refill hoses.

Console

10 to 13 gallons of output covers 2,100 to 2,700 square feet. Tanks hold 5.5 gallons.

White, light oak, cherry-ticked or oak-burl finishes. Casters.

Humidistat, speed control with quiet night settings, refill light and auto shutoff. Some have control panel with hygrometer and humidity settings.

SpaceSaver

Output 8 to 9 gallons daily, covering 1,700 to 1,900 square feet. Tanks hold 6 gallons.

Mahogany, white and black-nickel finishes. Rolling casters.

Two-speed fan with quiet setting, refill light, auto shutoff and easy-fill front reservoir. Some have humidistats and hygrometers.

Multi-room humidifiers

These tabletops or mini-consoles cover 1,100 square feet, hold 3.5 gallons of water in the reservoir and output up to five gallons a day. Humidistats, hygrometers and dual speeds are available, and some come in wood finishes.

Single-room humidifiers

Standard white plastic with colored reservoirs or wood paneled retro-style, these humidifiers cover up to 700 square feet with three-gallon output, have three speed settings and hold two gallons of water. Dishwasher-safe parts are a plus. The smallest single-room humidifier covers up to 640 square feet, pumps out 2.7 gallons of moisture and has a one-gallon holding capacity.

Multi-purpose humidifiers

Air purifiers and humidifiers all in one, these guys use electrostatic purifiers to clean the air in a 12'-by-14' room every 15 minutes while still having time to send out up to 3.3 gallons of moisture daily. They hold 3.5 gallons and are dishwasher safe, but they're somewhat more limited than other models in looks. They come in basic white, with colored reservoirs, or black.

Reviews

Bemis humidifiers get mainly excellent reviews from users, who say they are easy to use and who like the variable settings and water-level indicator. They are one of few products reviewers have commented on for being long-lasting.

On the other hand, some users complain of high prices, hard-to-find wicks and filters, noise level and heavy bottles. Some don't like that several filters and wicks need replacing and that it requires chemicals and regular cleaning. The fake wood on some has been called "cheesy," and tanks are said to often run empty.

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