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Crane Drop Review

A decent choice for small bedrooms, but there are better options in the same price range
Crane Drop
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Price:   $55 List | $39.98 at Amazon
Pros:  Inexpensive
Cons:  Not suitable for larger rooms
Manufacturer:   Crane
By Max Mutter and Steven Tata  ⋅  Sep 26, 2017
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  • Humidifying Performance - 35% 5
  • Ease of Cleaning - 35% 6
  • User Friendliness - 15% 6
  • Operating Cost - 15% 8

Our Verdict

The Crane Drop attempts to compete with a number of other budget-oriented models in our lineup but falls short in many regards. First off, it is slightly more expensive than other similarly-performing models. Secondly, it is noticeably harder to clean, and thirdly it is slightly harder to refill the water tank. The Crane Drop is by no means a bad humidifier, it works quite well for small rooms. However, other options perform better at a similar or lower price.

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Pros InexpensivePowerful, accurate humidistat prevents over-humidification, convenient remote control, easy to cleanExceptional output, low lifetime operating costsInexpensive, easy to clean, easy to useEasy to clean, self-regulating evaporative humidifying
Cons Not suitable for larger roomsSomewhat on the expensive sideConfusing user interface, prolonged cleaning processNot the most powerful, no advanced featuresRequires replacement filters, filter can get moldy if left unattended for too long
Bottom Line A decent choice for small bedrooms, but there are better options in the same price rangeA powerful model with all the bells and whistles you could want, perfect for those looking for high-end performanceWith excellent performance ratings and low operating costs, this is one of our favorite modelsThe perfect budget model for smaller (<150 square foot) roomsThis is a good choice if you appreciate the simplicity of evaporative humidifying
Rating Categories Crane Drop Levoit LV600HH Levoit Classic 200 Honeywell HUL520B Honeywell HCM-350
Humidifying Performance (35%)
5.0
9.0
8.0
5.0
6.0
Ease Of Cleaning (35%)
6.0
7.0
7.0
8.0
9.0
User Friendliness (15%)
6.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
Operating Cost (15%)
8.0
6.0
6.0
10.0
6.0
Specs Crane Drop Levoit LV600HH Levoit Classic 200 Honeywell HUL520B Honeywell HCM-350
Weight 4.5 lbs 4.9 lbs 3.5 lbs 3.0 lbs 9.6 lbs
Dimensions 8.6" x 13.4" x 8.6" 11.3" x 7" x 10.5" 13.8" x 7.8" x 5.8" 8.5" x 8.5" x 9.5" 18.6" x 10.4" x 13"
Tank Capacity 1.0 gallons 1.6 gallons 1.1 gallons 0.5 gallons 1.0 gallons
Humidification Technology Ultrasonic Ultrasonic Ultrasonic Ultrasonic Evaporative
Estimated Lifetime Cost $108 $159 $99 $56 $203
Estimated Annual Electricity Usage 87.6 kWh 65.7 kWh 87.6 kWh 43.8 kWh 87.6 kWh

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Crane Drop performs well as a humidifier for small rooms (100 square feet or less), but in that capacity, it is outclassed at almost every turn by other similarly-priced options.

Performance Comparison


Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Humidifying Performance


The Crane Drop earned an average score in our humidifying testing, which is quite respectable for a humidifier of this size. It took 1 hour and 45 minutes for this model to bring our testing room to 45% humidity and topped out at a humidity of 51.2%. This makes it just slightly more powerful than a few other budget-oriented models, but the differences are likely negligible and would be hard to differentiate without a fancy humidity meter. This model is suitable for small bedrooms, or even a larger bedroom if you don't mind turning the humidifier on a couple of hours before bedtime.

Ease of Cleaning


The Crane Drop is small enough that there isn't too much area to scrub, but it can sometimes be a bit tricky to get all the nooks and crannies. In the end, it earned another average score in this metric. The water tank's opening is 2 inches wide, which can make access a bit difficult. You'll definitely need a long-handled brush to reach every part of the tank. Apart from that, cleaning is fairly easy. The instruction manual calls for a half-hour soak in a white vinegar solution, and many of the harder-to-clean components are dishwasher safe. We spent 15 minutes getting this machine completely clean (not including soaking time), which was on par with most other models.

The Crane Drop isn&#039;t the easiest model to clean, but it&#039;s not too...
The Crane Drop isn't the easiest model to clean, but it's not too difficult either.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

User Friendliness


The Crane Drop was again an average performer in this metric. It has a simple, single-knob control panel that lets you turn the unit on and select a mist level. The tank opening is only 2 inches wide and the tank is somewhat tall, so it may not fit in shorter sinks.

The Cran Drop has just a single knob control, which is all this...
The Cran Drop has just a single knob control, which is all this simple model really needs.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Operating Cost


The Crane Drop is quite economical and earned a higher score in our operating cost testing. It actually uses a decent amount of electricity for a humidifier (0.02kWh per hour) but its inexpensive list price led to a low estimated lifetime cost of just $108.

Value


The Crane Drop is a fairly high-performing humidifier considering its tiny stature. However, its average list price and average performance can't compare with other models that have similar or lower prices with much better overall performance.

Conclusion


The Crane Drop is a fairly good, low-cost humidifier, but if you're looking for a budget option, there are other models that are superior.

Max Mutter and Steven Tata

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