About Breathe Easy Humidifier
With its 1.6-gallon water tank and whisper quiet operation, the Breathe Easy Humidifier promises to provide a cool-to-the-touch, ultra-pure mist for up to 14 nights on just one fill, without disturbing your rest.
The website tells us that Breathe Easy’s tank and base are made with an inhibitor that prevents the growth of bacteria, mildew, and mold. And all the water in Breathe Easy’s tank is run through a permanent ceramic filter to remove any microbes before existing as a fine mist.
Using the humidifier’s easy-to-read digital LED display, you can fine tune this mist between five different levels, adjust the humidistat, and set the auto off timer.
Compared to the competition, Breathe Easy features a unique extension arm with a 360° swivel spout that allows it to be placed on the floor, while directing the mist to your sleeping height. It also comes with a top-fill design that allows you to pour in your water while the humidifier stays in place.
If you’ve owned a humidifier before, you might’ve read that last sentence and imagined how much of a pain it is to lug a heavy water tank—or the entire device—from the sink.
But will Breathe Easy make the process any easier? Will it really help you “look better, feel better, and live better”? Do its features represent the most advanced and convenient humidifier on the market? How can you figure out if it’s right for you?
You’re here because you need information, so let’s get right to work by talking about how humidifiers work.
How Do Humidifiers Work?
As their name implies, personal humidifiers work by adding humidity (the amount of water vapor in the air) to your home. Specifically, they accomplish this by evaporating water held in a tank, which becomes a gas and enters the surrounding air.
Exactly how they create this water vapor, though, can vary widely. Even if we limit the category only to cool mist humidifiers, we have:
- Evaporative – Air from the surrounding room is drawn into the device by a fan, which is then blown over a moistened wick. As this occurs, some of the water evaporates and is blown back into the room to increase humidity.
- Ultrasonic – These humidifiers use a small metal plate that vibrates at ultrasonic speeds, which then break apart water particles and eject them into the air in the form of a fine mist.
- Impeller – Here, a rotating disc sprays water at a diffuser, which breaks apart water particles and disburses them into the air.
With its ceramic filter and “whisper quiet” operation, it appears that Breathe Easy is an ultrasonic humidifier. Benefits of these types are ease of use and cleaning, near-silent operation, low maintenance, and that they’re generally considered safe to use around children.
On the other hand, like most other cool mist humidifiers, ultrasonic versions can be prone to bacterial contamination, as well as accumulation of mineral dust (which may be especially prevalent if you live in an area with hard public water). They also tend to be among the most expensive humidifiers.
Regardless of which type you choose, as mentioned on the humidifier's website, the added moisture provided by humidifiers can help relieve cold and flu discomfort (scratchy throat, coughing, dry/sore throat, etc.), decrease symptoms of some types of allergies, and even improve the look and feel of skin.
How Much Does Breathe Easy Humidifier Cost?
The Breathe Easy Humidifier is priced at $59.99 plus $14.99 S&H.
However, at the time of our research, there wasn’t an ordering option available. We also didn’t find a company, contact information, or refund or warranty details on their website.
We’ll continue tracking the situation and will update as soon as we learn more.
This important information aside, how do Breathe Easy’s features stack up against other ultrasonic humidifiers?
Breathe Easy Humidifier vs. the Ultrasonic Competition
Even if you’ve already determined that an ultrasonic humidifier is the right option for you, a quick search for the term online will quickly reveal hundreds of different products that might meet your needs just as well as Breathe Easy.
But outside of price, what other features should you focus on? According to Consumer Reports, you’ll want to first take the size of the room into consideration (Small = up to 300sq. ft., Medium = 300-499sq. ft., Large 500-999sq. ft., XL = 1,000+sq. ft.).
The vast majority of tabletop models like Breathe Easy are classified as small or medium humidifiers.
Consumer Reports also recommends that you’ll want to make sure the humidifier:
- Is easy to clean (you’re able to access all parts that come in contact with moisture),
- Is easy to use (the device or the tank should fit beneath your bathroom faucet, feature user-friendly controls, etc.),
- Comes with a humidistat, so you don't over-humidify the room, and
- Features a timer, which can help make sure your room is the right humidity at the right time—just be aware that water can breed microbes if it sits in the tank for several hours.
From these perspectives, it seems like Breathe Easy offers many key features. Do other brands as well?
In a word; yes. Searching online for “ultrasonic humidifier” returned a couple dozen meaningfully similar options at the time of our research, including adjustable mist levels, auto-off functionality, quiet operation, clean tank antimicrobial technology, and priced within $10 of Breathe Easy.
|Brand||Price||Capacity / Run Time||Filtration||Standout Features|
|Breathe Easy||$59.99||1.6 gallon / 14 nights||Ceramic||Top-fill design, 360° swivel spout|
|Crane Cool Mist Drop Humidifier||$50||0.9 gallon / 24 hours||Optional Demineralization Filter||360° mist nozzle, available in 6 different colors|
|Bell & Howell priced the Color Changing Humidifier||$50||1 gallon / 24 hours||Ceramic||7 built-in lights, aroma diffuser|
|PureGuardian Cool Mist Humidifier||$50||1 gallon / 70 hours||None||Silver Clean Technology (similar to Breathe Easy’s inhibitor), night light|
|HoMedics Cool Mist||$60||1 gallon / 45 hours||None||Nightlight, choose cool or warm mist|
Putting price aside for a second, we can see that even at the same capacity, some of these options have much longer run times than others (Bell & Howell vs. PureGuardian, for example). So, if run time is one of your must-haves, then it or the Breathe Easy might be ideal.
However, if you require filtration, then the PureGuardian and HoMedics models might not be your first choice.
Features-wise, HoMedics is the closest model to Breathe Easy, and is priced about the same as well. However, it also features a night light and cool/warm mist functionality, which could be a game changer if one of these features is important to you.
Don’t have a nearby nightstand or dresser? Then Breathe Easy’s 360° swiveling nozzle could come in especially handy. Ultimately, it’s all about your specific needs.
Pro tip: Just keep in mind that Breathe Easy’s top-fill functionality might make it easier to refill in some instances, but it won’t eliminate lugging water around, which might’ve been a standout feature on the website.
In other words, unless you have a faucet in every room, you’ll still either have to a) haul a water jug from your kitchen or bathroom sink to wherever Breathe Easy is located, or b) refill it directly in your kitchen or bathroom. Either way, it won’t completely eliminate this aspect.
What’s the Bottom Line About Breathe Easy Humidifier?
In the end, like most other consumer purchases, the right ultrasonic humidifier—whether Breathe Easy or another brand—largely comes down to your specific needs.
But as consumers ourselves, it’s worth noting that many of the competing models listed above were available at national big box retailers and home improvement stores, which could help you save a meaningful amount in S&H charges. This could also make the return process easier than re-boxing everything and visiting the post office.
However, until the manufacturer updates the website with contact information, along with refund and warranty details, we might recommend holding off on your order.
We’ll be sure to update this article as soon as we learn more, so be sure to bookmark this page.
The humidifier works great, but the spout puddles water on top of the machine. Now I'm worried about electrocution if the water gets in the electrical components. Great idea, bad design. You need some way for that water to get back inside the water tank, not rolling off the top to the floor.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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I received my humidifier on a Thursday, so set it up in my bedroom for Thursday night. It was empty Sunday morning, so I refilled it. I went back to my room a couple of hours later, and it was half full, and my carpet was soaked! They really need to do some quality control on this item. I am not very happy. HSN is sending me another one, and I hope this one works.
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Feb 13, 2018
I just found your review, after mine overflowed all over my wood floors! I figured out that the mechanism which is supposed to regulate the flow of water from the tank to the base is defective. I'm contacting HSN now. It sounds like they will replace it. Hopefully, it isn't a PITA to get a replacement!