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Question DetailsAsked on 12/23/2012

what is the best rated humidifier for allergy sufferers

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Humidifiers are typically used more to alleviate the scratchy throats and itchy eyes from dry winter air, not to treat allergy symptoms that commonly stem from mold, pollen, or dust. However, I'll try to answer from two angles that you may be asking your question:

1) If you're looking for a humidifier that does not develop a lot of mold, it must first be said that ALL humidifiers have a high propensity for this, so you have to be sure to clean them frequently. With that in mind, you'll probably want a humidifier that can be easily disassembled to do so. The following are all highly rated by Consumer Reports as superior performers that are very easy to clean and maintain:

- Crane Germ Defense ($80 - $90) [claims to have anti-microbial coatings to prevent growth of germs inside the unit]
- Hunter 31004 ($30 - $40)
- Crane Drop EE-5301 ($45 - $55)
- Vicks V4500 ($45 - $55)
- Crane Cow EE-4140 or similar - they make a whole line of these in different animal shapes. ($35 - $45)

2) If you're asking about the best air PURIFIERS to get rid of allergens in the air, Consumer Reports recommends the following. Both are suitable for treating one large room.

- Whirlpool AP51030K ($300)
- Hunter 30547 ($275)

Answered 6 years ago by thatguy

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