TaoTronics TT-AH001 Review
Pros: Powerful, inexpensive
Cons: Hard to clean, cannot be used on carpet
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|Pros||Powerful, inexpensive||Powerful, accurate humidistat prevents over-humidification, convenient remote control, easy to clean||Inexpensive, easy to clean, easy to use||Easy to clean, self-regulating evaporative humidifying||Inexpensive, simple|
|Cons||Hard to clean, cannot be used on carpet||Somewhat on the expensive side||Not the most powerful, no advanced features||Requires replacement filters, filter can get moldy if left unattended for too long||Not powerful enough for large rooms, no advanced features|
|Bottom Line||If you don't mind vigorous cleaning this is a good low-priced high-power option||Powerful, fully featured, and easy to use and clean, great for large rooms and those that want precise and consistent humidity levels||A great budget option if you don’t need advanced features and want to humidify a smaller room||Quite effective and powerful for its price, but don’t forget you’ll have to pay for replacement filters for the life of the machine||A simple and budget-conscious option for smaller spaces|
|Rating Categories||TaoTronics TT-AH001||Levoit LV600HH||Honeywell HUL520B||Honeywell HCM-350||TaoTronics TT-AH026|
|Humidifying Performance (35%)|
|Ease Of Cleaning (35%)|
|User Friendliness (15%)|
|Operating Cost (15%)|
|Specs||TaoTronics TT-AH001||Levoit LV600HH||Honeywell HUL520B||Honeywell HCM-350||TaoTronics TT-AH026|
|Weight||3.5 pounds||4.9 pounds||3 pounds||9.6 pounds||2.3 pounds|
|Dimensions||12.2" x 8" x 5.25"||11.3" x 7" x 10.5"||8.5" x 8.5" x 9.5"||18.6" x 10.4" x 13"||8.4" x 5.1" x 10"|
|Tank Capacity||1.06 gallons||1.6 gallons||0.5 gallons||1 gallon||0.47 gallons|
|Estimated Lifetime Cost||$101||$159||$56||$203||$72|
|Estimated Annual Electricity Usage||87.6 kWh||65.7 kWh||43.8 kWh||87.6 kWh||43.8 kWh|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The TaoTronics TT-AH001 is just as powerful as the Levoit LV600HH and about half the price. However, it is also about twice as difficult to clean. So if you're looking for a high powered humidifier you'll have to decide whether you want to save time or money.
Even with its poor performance in our cleaning test the incredible power of the TaoTronics TT-AH001 earned it an above average score. For more on how this machine performed in all of our tests, read on below.
The TT-AH001 was actually the most powerful model we tested, slightly outperforming the Levoit LV600HH. It got our 150 square foot testing room up to 45% humidity in just 17 minutes. This was the fastest of any of the models we tested, and nearly twice as fast as the Editors' Choice-winning Levoit LV600HH. It also edged the LV600HH in maximum humidity reached in 3 hours, hitting 70% compared to the LV600HH's 68% This gives the TT-AH001 enough power for large bedrooms and very arid climates.
The TT-AH001 backs this power up with an impressively accurate humidistat. In our testing it was always with 1 percentage point of our dedicated humidity meter. This was slightly more accurate than the humidistat of the Levoit LV600HH, and slightly less accurate than the near infallible humidistat of the Dyson. In reality, the average person will not be able to discern the difference between 48% humidity and 50% humidity, so functionally all of these humidistats are accurate, and we don't really need to split hairs.
Ease of Cleaning
This is where the TT-AH001 really lost favor with us, earning a below average score of 4 out of 10. The 2" opening on the water tank makes getting inside and scrubbing it fairly difficult. The sonic unit has a permanent filter around it, which provides lots of little hard to reach areas where mold can accumulate. To make matters worse, TaoTronics does not provide any directions in terms of using vinegar or citric soaks to try and get rid of the model in those hard to reach areas, we just had to experiment and hope for the best. This is a huge hassle compared to the Levoit LV600HH, which has a larger tank opening, fewer hard to reach areas, and clear direction for completing a thorough cleaning.
The TT-AH001 has a clean and simple to use interface. This makes it very easy to set an off timer, adjust the mist setting, select your desired humidity level, and turn the optional night light on and off. It also has a convenient handle for when you need to move the unit around. The water tank opening is 2", which is large enough, but we wish it was a bit larger. The Levoit LV600HH has a slight advantage here with its 3.25" water tank opening, and included remote control (something the TT-AH001 lacks). The tank is also on the taller side at 9.5" making it less than ideal for smaller sinks. We preferred the 6.5" height of the Levoit LV600HH, as it is easy to fit into almost any sink.
The TT-AH001's operating costs are quite low. We calculated an estimated lifetime cost of $101 for this unit. That low cost starts with a low list price. It's an ultrasonic model, so you also don't have to buy any wicks or filters. It does use a bit more electricity than other models, 0.02 kWh per hour. Overall this estimated lifetime cost is $58 less than that of the Levoit LV600HH.
The TaoTronics TT-AH001 is a good value in one very specific situation: if you have hard floors, don't mind a lot of cleaning, and what high end humidifying power. In this case you can get an incredibly powerful humidifier for a very affordable price. If you're not willing to spend extra time cleaning, or have carpet in the room you want to humidify, you're going to have to get the $120 Levoit LV600HH.
The TaoTronics TT-AH001 offers impressive power, but is hard to clean and can't be used on carpet. If you can get past its shortcoming, it's a great deal. However, no being able to be used on carpet and requiring extra cleaning effort may be dealbreakers for many people.
— Max Mutter and Steven Tata