About Aqua Stone

Aqua Stone is a clay humidifier sold by Telebrands that claims to be an all-natural way to moisturize the air in any room of your house. They promise it uses no electricity or batteries; just fill the basin with water and they state it will absorb and disperse it automatically.

But is Aqua Stone Humidifier really as revolutionary as it sounds? Or is it just another product from Telebrands that on the surface seems cool, but…

How Aqua Stone Works

Aqua Stone Humidifier is a piece of round clay of unknown size and density that looks like an egg; it comes with its own black basin. To use Aqua Stone, they instruct you to pour cold or room temperature water over the Aqua Stone, filling the basin. They claim the clay will naturally and silently absorb the water and then the moist clay will release tiny water droplets into the air. Yay, science is fun!

Aqua Stone Humidifier promises it works in rooms of any and that you won’t have to constantly fill or clean it. They add Aqua Stone will naturally regulate the perfect amount of moisture into the air. They claim a humidifier is beneficial to the health, especially in the winter, when lips and skin get dry. They add humidifiers can help treat colds or flu as well as ease asthma and reduce static electricity in the air; however, they provide no source to back up these claims.

Aqua Stone Humidifier Pricing and Returns

Aqua Stone costs $12.99 plus $7.99 S&H for a total of $21.98. At checkout time you can order an additional Aqua Stone for another $7.99 in fees. These fees are non-refundable.

Telebrands offers a 30-day money-back guarantee on Aqua Stone Humidifier; however, you must include a written explanation as to why you are returning it, otherwise they could reject your request. They will keep your $7.99 shipping fee and you will also have to pay to send it back yourself.

Bottom Line: Is Aqua Stone Humidifier a Scam?

The science behind Aqua Stone is valid; clay can serve as a natural humidifier. But there are a few things we feel we should point out about Aqua Stone.

First, and perhaps most importantly, they don’t tell you how big it is. This will directly affect the size of the room/area it can moisturize. Without this info, it is difficult to tell if it will work in any room as indicated (Telebrands uses an automated ordering system and customer service cannot be reached without a purchase order number).

Second, this is an “As Seen On TV” Product – in fact, the manufacturers Telebrands invented the ubiquitous red-and-white logo now used by all other companies. These types of products advertised by infomercial may look like a great idea, but are usually cheaply made and consumers end up being disappointed with them upon arrival.

In addition, Telebrands does not have a good track record when it comes to consumer satisfaction. In 2014 they lost their accreditation with the BBB and their rating plunged to an F due to over 1700 complaints in the last 3 years about advertising, products, and billing issues.

If you are experiencing dryness from the cold winter months, there are a few easy remedies aside from buying Aqua Stone or any other humidifier. You can add some plants to the room, boil some water on the stove, or even use a plain terra cotta pot soaked in water. Here are a few more inexpensive ideas.

Let us know what you think of Aqua Stone Humidifier below. Did it moisturize your room or did it leave egg on your face?

34 Customer Reviews for Aqua Stone

Average Customer Rating: 3.0
Rating Snapshot:
5 stars: 7 4 stars: 7 3 stars: 3 2 stars: 2 1 stars: 15
Bottom Line: 44% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Does not work

    • by Rachel Robosson,
    • Johnstown PA,
    • Feb 24, 2015

    I bought my Aqua Stone at Walmart for $15.00 in November 2014. I put it in my bedroom and still my son and I woke with nose bleeds. I had to refill constantly. I just stopped using because didn't make a bit of difference! My bedroom is very small I paid money to get scammed.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • Aqua Stone

    • by Cooper,
    • Central US,
    • Feb 18, 2015

    I think it looks cool and I have three now! If people have a problem with mold then they can just use something to remove it so they shouldn't complain so much. Most mold isn't even bad for you. As for raising the humidity - that I'm not so sure about. I have a humidity gauge and it hasn't changed too much. Over all I think it's a lot easier then using a humidifier.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Great if you don't mind mold

    • by Tracy,
    • Charlotte, NC,
    • Feb 13, 2015

    I've had my Aqua Stone for 3 weeks. I like that it doesn't take up much room and looks like a decorative piece. However, mold started to grow several days ago. I cleaned it, but mold has already started to grow again. I'll either throw it away or give it to my ex.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 7 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Great, once you know how to care for it

    • by Su,
    • Feb 11, 2015

    After reading what everyone else has to say about this product, I had to add in my opinion, to hopefully help others! Both me and my mom have one of these, for about 2 months. The instructions in the box are not enough to let you know how to care for this item. First, I use only distilled water (some people seem to prefer filtered), but not plain tap. Change the water at least every other day, and once a week, rinse out the stone and bowl in hot water and leave it to dry out. Do NOT use soap or bleach, nothing but water. The way this works is that the stone absorbs whatever is on it, clay is highly absorbent, and if you put soap or bleach, that is what will be released back into the air and you will inhale it. It does tell you in the instructions not to use any cleansing agents. Also, every so often I add a drop or two of an essential oil that is anti fungal, this can help prevent mold growth as well. Basil, lemon, orange, are some good ones. I don’t add oil every time, because I don’t know if the stone should be always absorbing oil. Neither me or my mom has had any mold issues with the aqua stone. It does require some care, but not nearly as much as a plug in humidifier. It does work, but it is small and will only work in a smaller room. You could get more then one if you want it in a larger room. I feel that it replaces lost moisture, but i don’t think it adds much extra. if you really want intense humidity, you’d need something more powerful, but this is a great product for what it is!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Do not buy

    • by Anonymous,
    • Sunnyvale, CA,
    • Feb 8, 2015

    I'm returning Aqua Stone. We got this for Christmas and now there is mold forming on it. We change the water all the time and keep the humidifier clean. This is horrible as the mold is bad for your health!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Mold is not healthy

    • by Roger,
    • Feb 1, 2015

    I bought the the Aqua stone and used bottled water. However, the problem is that mold with black and pink specs forms. When I pick up the stone, it feels so slimy.

    I tried to wipe the stone with bleach and water using a rag and it took care of the mold but only for a short period of time.

    I ended up throwing it away. I want to breath in fresh air not mold

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Aqua stone

    • by Denise ,
    • North Las Vegas, NV,
    • Jan 23, 2015

    I have been using the stone for over a month now and love it! I have not experienced any mold and believe using bottled or filtered water helps. Living in a dry climate, especially in the winter, my family gets dry, itchy skin and nose bleeds and having moisture in the air prevents these things occurring without having a white film all over your furniture you get from most humidifiers. They are decorative and if you need more than one to do the job, it is worth it. No electricity so you don't have to worry about if there is an outlet near by. No batteries needed so you don't have the expense of buying more. What could be more perfect is different colors and styles. I am going to buy more-I just love it!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Works for me!

    • by Julie,
    • Denver,
    • Jan 10, 2015

    I've used this for about 6 weeks. I keep this on my nightstand, and it really helps with sleep. I bought it specifically because it was small. I use filtered water with no mold issues.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 7 out 7 people found this review helpful

    MOLD! Do not buy!

    • by Diana M,
    • Greensboro, NC,
    • Jan 7, 2015

    After three weeks the stone grew mold. Do not buy!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 4 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Mold on Aqua Stone

    • by Matt,
    • Kingston, NY,
    • Jan 4, 2015

    Just went to refill the bowl the Aqua Stone sits in, black and pink mold over the whole outer service. Inside the stone has a layer of pinkish mold. We will not being using this product anymore.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Absolutley love it

    • by Mrs E,
    • Bellflower, CA,
    • Jan 2, 2015

    I have had it a week and have not seen any mold. I do see a difference in my dry itchy skin feeling much better and I can breath better at night. When I lift the stone to add water to the bowl I can clearly feel that the stone is wet so it is working. I'm buying another for a friend in need too.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Aqua Stone Is Great

    • by Cindi,
    • Sparland, IL,
    • Dec 27, 2014

    I have 2 aqua stones. I love them and they seem to work fine. I've had them for several months now. The air in the rooms aren't dry so no static. I recommend these.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 23 out 23 people found this review helpful

    OMG - All These Mold Complaints!

    • by Patricia,
    • Dec 22, 2014

    Listen, I just got the thing tonight and I literally just un-packaged it a few minutes ago. I have water in the bowl (filtered from my PUR water filter) and the stone is sitting in it. The only reason I'm here is because I was looking for reviews and the one pervasive complaint is mold. And I'm thinking that these people must have never, ever had a humidifier before.

    I have electric humidifiers all my life and the one annoying thing about them is the mold and mildew. If you so much as leave them unattended for a couple days, it's the same problem. Still water is going to lead to mold and mildew - period. If you took of a bathing suit and left it in a puddle of water for a few days straight, you're going to find mold.

    So, I found this and I hope it helps people get over the whole mold complaint. In short, the answer is vinegar or bleach; and vinegar works better on POROUS surfaces like this clay: http://www.networx.com/article/bleach-vs-vinegar-mold-removal

    And if in the end this doesn't really work for you, get a small crock pot and just leave it on low all winter. I've done if for years. You have no mold or mildew problem as long as the water is at least on low heat around the clock and it's super easy to clean. No filters or small parts like humidifiers. However, you lose the aesthetics of a prettier solution.

    I can't be bothered with the work and consumables involved in owning regular humidifiers. For the moment, I'm sticking with the Aqua Stone for its size and portability and I will report back in approximately two weeks to let you know how I've used it and if I've seen any mold issues.I doubt I will have any.

    I plan to take the porous stone out during the day when I am out and about so that it can completely air dry. Then in the evening when I'm home again, just place it in a fresh bowl of water.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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    • Jan 27, 2015

      Angie

      Wow great tip! I plan to take mine out of the bowl when I'm gone too. Just bought mine from Bed Bath and Beyond and they waived the S&H. Love them.

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    I think it worked...

    • by Christina,
    • Dec 20, 2014

    I bought it and thought I noticed no difference, let me say, yes, it IS awfuly small!

    After returning it, my throat is back to being scratchy and I miss it, now they're sold out, lovely... I did have a slight allergy to it, however, some smell I'm sure it picked up in the factory, think airing it would help.

    I would be concerned about mold, I don't like it but I didn't have it long enough to tell.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 4 people found this review helpful

    AquaStone / Red Mold

    • by Suzette,
    • Lenexa KS,
    • Dec 17, 2014

    The Aqua Stone is growing red mold and a few spots of black mold.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Stone grows mold

    • by Judy ,
    • Illinois ,
    • Dec 15, 2014

    Thought it was ok, I've had it about a month now. I did not notice a big change in humidity levels, but I noticed black dots last week, which have gotten bigger and are fuzzy mold colonies!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Mold problems

    • by Jean Pence,
    • Barling AR,
    • Dec 13, 2014

    I did notice that I was having some benefits from it just because there is now a little water in the air, but the mold all over the ball just won't work for me or my allergies.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Very pleased

    • by Karin,
    • Springfield, Massachusetts,
    • Dec 7, 2014

    I bought one and got one free at CVS. It works well. I keep both in one room and have noticed a big difference.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Added Essential Oils to it...works great!

    • by Anonymous,
    • United States,
    • Dec 3, 2014

    I added essential oils to the water, and am enjoying the extra moisture in the air, as well as a light beautiful fragrance from the oils. Haven't seen any mold yet. Definitely would recommend!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 0 out 8 people found this review helpful

    How Ridiculous

    • by Daniel Jones,
    • L.A. California,
    • Nov 29, 2014

    It's amazing how anyone could fall for this scam. This pet rock theoretically and factually can't release as much moisture into the as a wet kitchen sponge or a toilet. Just leave your bathroom door open and you will get approximately 10000 times more moisture.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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