AquaOasis Cool Mist Review
Pros: Low operation costs, excellent output
Cons: Difficult to clean, difficult to fill
Manufacturer: Aqua Oasis
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|Pros||Low operation costs, excellent output||Exceptional output, low lifetime operating costs||Inexpensive, easy to clean, easy to use||Good humidifying performance||Inexpensive|
|Cons||Difficult to clean, difficult to fill||Confusing user interface, prolonged cleaning process||Not the most powerful, no advanced features||Somewhat difficult to clean||Not suitable for larger rooms|
|Bottom Line||This is an affordable humidifier that offers decent performance but is quite challenging to keep clean||With excellent performance ratings and low operating costs, this is one of our favorite models||The perfect budget model for smaller (<150 square foot) rooms||Good for mid-sized bedrooms in arid climates, as long as you don't mind a little cleaning effort||A decent choice for small bedrooms, but there are better options in the same price range|
|Rating Categories||AquaOasis Cool Mist||Levoit Classic 200||Honeywell HUL520B||Ultrasonic||Crane Drop|
|Humidifying Performance (35%)|
|Ease Of Cleaning (35%)|
|User Friendliness (15%)|
|Operating Cost (15%)|
|Specs||AquaOasis Cool Mist||Levoit Classic 200||Honeywell HUL520B||Ultrasonic||Crane Drop|
|Weight||1.4 lbs||3.5 lbs||3.0 lbs||3.3 lbs||4.5 lbs|
|Dimensions||10" x 8.5" x 6.1"||13.8" x 7.8" x 5.8"||8.5" x 8.5" x 9.5"||13.3" x 11.4" x 6.8"||8.6" x 13.4" x 8.6"|
|Tank Capacity||0.6 gallons||1.1 gallons||0.5 gallons||1.6 gallons||1.0 gallons|
|Estimated Lifetime Cost||$99||$99||$56||$98||$108|
|Estimated Annual Electricity Usage||87.6 kWh||87.6 kWh||43.8 kWh||65.7 kWh||87.6 kWh|
Our Analysis and Test Results
To get a clear understanding of the AquaOasis Cool Mist's performance, we submitted it to a series of standardized tests that let us compare it to other humidifiers in the most unbiased way possible. In our analysis, we considered metrics like humidifying performance, overall user-friendliness, ease of cleaning, and long-term operating costs. Read below to see the details of how it performed.
The AquaOasis Cool Mist had mixed results in this metric. Its overall output was quite good. Over the course of three hours, it brought a room from 30.5% humidity all the way up 59.2% humidity, a 94% change. Its consistency, however, was subpar. As the humidity rose, the humidity levels fluctuated highly but ultimately ended up where they were supposed to be.
Ease of Cleaning
Humidifiers are the perfect breeding ground for mold. Being able to clean them properly is essential. The design of this machine makes it almost impossible to keep it clean. The issues primarily stem from the tiny hole that gives you access to the interior of the machine. It makes it incredibly difficult to get a cleaning brush into the device to scrub out mold. Compounding this is the way the interior was molded. There are difficult ridges to navigate and sharp edges that give mold and scum many places to hide.
The included instructions call for a weekly water change, but during our testing, we found this to be inadequate. We found that pink grime would start building up within two days if we didn't change the water daily.
One of our favorite features about the AquaOasis Cool Mist is the easy-to-operate control dial. Turning it clockwise slowly ramps up the humidity levels. Many machines have specific modes, i.e., low, medium, high, but this dial really lets you fine-tune your humidity levels to where you want them.
Stemming from the same problem the device has with cleaning, the small hole that gives you access to the interior makes it challenging to fill the unit with water. The shape of the machine, in general, is unwieldy and hard to hold, adding even further difficulties to the filling process.
Assuming 12 hours of use per day, it costs about $10 a year to run the AquaOasis Cool Mist. This is one of the more cost-effective options of any of the devices we tested. When tacked on to its fairly low MSRP, the overall lifespan cost of this model is quite reasonable.
While the MSRP and average operating costs are low, we didn't find the AquaOasis Cool Mist to offer a particularly good value. Its issues with cleanliness were too notable to highly recommend this device over other similarly priced options.
The AquaOasis Cool Mist is incredibly affordable to operate but has serious issues with its ability to keep clean. The small access hole makes it difficult to get a cleaning brush inside, and the molded plastic doesn't make it any easier to scrub off mold when you do. The control dial lets you fine-tune your humidity levels, and the overall output is above average. All in all, this machine is affordable and functional, but given how difficult it is to keep, not one of the top recommendations.
— Austin Palmer and Buck Yedor