Last Updated: Jun 5, 2023 @ 11:06 am.

What is the best baby humidifier? As the co-authors of a best-selling baby gear guide, we have tested dozens of baby humidifiers over the years. And we have heard much feedback on this subject from our parent readers. We took a look at the new crop of baby humidifiers for this article. Here are our top picks now.

FYI: We've been reviewing and rating products for the home and families since 1994. We don't take money or freebies from the brands we review. Our work is 100% reader-supported!


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Best For Essential Oils

Night light changes color
Powerful mist is probably the star feature here—turn it up to high and wow, this unit really cranks out the humidity. Also nice: diffuser lets you add essential oils.
$44.97

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Best For Essential Oils: Frida Baby Fridababy 3-in-1 Humidifier with Diffuser and Nightlight

When shopping for a humidifier for a baby’s room, there are some key features to look for, especially quiet operation, but extra features like a soft night light and simple controls are also useful. And many parents like to use essential oils, so a diffuser is something to consider too.

After looking at 9 different models that are good for nurseries, we decided the Frida Baby humidifier is the best bet for most folks who also want a diffuser.

Yes, Frida Baby is probably best known for its baby care products, so this category is new for them—but they hit it out of the park with this one. We like this unit’s thoughtful design touches (the unit is easy to clean). 

What We Liked

• Easy to use.

• Diffuser for essential oils.

• Night light continuously changes color.

• Easy to clean.

• Half gallon tank lasts all night.

• BPA-free plastic.

• Auto shut-off.

• Easy-to-operate dial control.

What Needs Work

• Can collect mold if not cleaned regularly. This is true for just about any humidifier, however. It is best to use distilled water instead of tap water.

• Beeps when it runs out of water. This can wake a sleeping baby. Also it beeps when you first turn it on.

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Best Quiet Operation

Perfect size for nursery
We love how quiet this is—and how easy it is to use. Sure, the water tank opening could be bigger, but other than that, this humidifier is a winner. Also nice: no filters to replace.
$29.96

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Best Quiet Operation: AquaOasis Cool Mist Humidifier

Yes, some humidifiers are noisier than others—even so called quiet ultrasonic models. This one was quieter than others we tested: the AquaOasis. 

And when we say quiet, we mean quiet—no humming, whistling or gurgling.

What We Liked

 No filters to replace.

• Easy to use.

• Very quiet.

• Affordable.

• Auto shut-off feature is handy.

• Easy to clean.

Night light feature is good for baby’s room.

What Needs Work

• Water tank opening could be bigger. That would make it a tad easier to fill.

• Some folks thought the night light was too bright.

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Best Cute Humidifier

So adorable
The wide opening for the tank on this super cute cloud shaped humidifier makes it so much easier to clean. Also nice: included cleaning brush. And the multiple color choices for the night light are sweet.
$49.99

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Best Cute Humidifier: Pure Enrichment MistAire Cloud

Let’s be honest—most humidifiers are nothing special to look at. And that is fine, but sometimes it is fun to add a touch of whimsy to your nursery . . . while still adding moisture to the air.

This brand, Pure Enrichment, has done well in our tests for quality and durability, so we were excited to see their MistAire Cloud. Yes, this one would make a good choice for a nursery, thanks to its large tank opening (that makes it easy to clean).

And did we mention how cute it is?

Here’s more:

What We Liked

 Quiet!

• Night light with different color options.

• Wide opening makes it easy to clean.

• Includes cleaning brush.

What Needs Work

• A bit pricey.

• No essential oils in this version.

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Best Budget-Friendly

Best for occasional use
This small humidifier is compact in size, making it a good fit for a bedside table. We liked how easy it is to use and set up. And yes, the seven LED colors are cool.
$12.99

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Best Budget-Friendly: HOPEME Cool Mist USB Humidifier

A cute humidifier doesn’t have to cost a fortune. This super cute model by HOPEME worked well in our tests and was easy on the wallet. Here’s more:

What We Liked

• Takes up very little space.

• So cute!

• Great for a bedside table.

• Super quiet.

• Easy to assemble.

• Easy to use.

• Affordable.

• LED lights can change to 7 colors.

What Needs Work

• 300 ml. tank doesn’t hold much water. That means it will have be refilled frequently, making this one not ideal for. overnight use.

Why Trust Us

We’ve been rating and reviewing products for the home and families since 1994. We do extensive research, evaluating products with an eye toward quality, ease of use and affordability. When we purchase a product for hands-on testing, we do so with our own money.

Here’s another key point: we don’t take money from the brands we review. No free samples, no sponsors, no “partnerships.” Our work is 100% reader-supported!

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