09 Nov A Review: Crane Adorable Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier
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Once my son started being around other kids at his Parent’s Morning Out program and on Sunday mornings at church he inevitably would get sick. Seriously, it seemed like he was healthy one week and sick the next and this became one vicious cycle throughout the school year. Right away I realized that he would benefit from having a humidifier in his room. I researched a number of humidifiers and ended up choosing the Crane Adorable Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier.
You might be wondering why you should purchase a humidifier for your baby or toddler. When your little one is sick with a bad cold this is a must, as the humidifier works to increase air moisture in the room, which in turn makes it easier to breathe. I’m sure you know what it’s like to have a bad cold and how difficult it can be to breathe when trying to sleep. Since babies can’t clear their congestion by nose blowing, it can be pretty miserable when trying to get the sleep they so desperately need in order to get well. Humidifiers are great because they help relieve cough, nasal congestion, cold and flu symptoms, and sinus irritation. They even work well for little ones who have nose bleeds or dry skin and hair.
This humidifier is brightly colored and comes in twenty-three fun kid-friendly themes. My son has the frog and I just purchased the adorable elephant for my daughter. There are so many cute options that I’d be surprised if you can’t find one that will match your little one’s nursery or room decor!
There are a number of features which make this humidifier worth considering. The reservoir tank, when completely filled, can provide up to 24 hours of continuous use. When needed, my husband typically fills up the tank at bedtime and the humidifier runs all through the night. I turn it off in the morning and there is still enough water remaining to use during nap time. It automatically shuts off when empty, which is a cool little feature. The Power Indicator light will turn red when the humidifier runs out of water.
A quick note on water, the Crane user manual states that you can use cool tap water to fill the tank. We live in an area that has really hard water, despite having a water softener, so we fill the tank with water that runs through a filter in our refrigerator. In theory, this is to help avoid buildup of mineral deposits. I was just reading a blog post on the Crane website and they recommend either using distilled water or water that goes through a filter if you live in an area that has hard water. Do not place hot water into the tank.
With the huge popularity of essential oils, you may be wondering if you can place a few drops of your favorite oil into the water tank of the Crane Cool Mist Humidifiers. The manufacturer states that you should not place essential oils into the water, as they can clog the nebulizer at the base of the humidifier, resulting in the failure of mist production. Essential oils have also caused the water tanks to crack, thus causing the unit to malfunction. Crane recommends purchasing one of their warm mist humidifiers if you want to use your oils. These humidifiers have medicine cups on the top of the mist lids that are specifically for essential oils.
When in use, this humidifier is extremely quiet and does not cause extra noise in my baby’s room, even when on the highest output setting. The control knob allows you to select the humidity output. One downside is that if you set the humidity to full output you may set off the alarm on your smoke detector. Recently I turned my son’s humidifier on and set the mist output to high. At about 4:30 AM I heard the smoke detector in his room beeping. It stopped alarming the second I turned the humidifier off. To avoid having this happen to you I recommend cracking the door of the room and setting the humidity output to just below high. Maybe this was just a problem unique to my house, but it’s something worth mentioning. I didn’t know this at the time, but Crane recommends setting the mist output to the medium setting.
This device does not require a filter and is recommended for use in rooms up to 250 square feet. For those who are curious about energy efficiency, these humidifiers are more efficient than a household lightbulb!
The Crane Adorable Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier is BPA-free. The inside of the base is constructed of Clean Control Antimicrobial Material, which according to the manufacturer, has been proven to reduce mold and bacteria growth up to 99.96%. The only time I noticed a tiny bit of pink mold was when I failed to empty the water basin and tank prior to going away for a few days. This was totally my fault, so I wouldn’t blame the humidifier for this. Crane recommends cleaning the humidifier water tank and water basin on a weekly basis with warm water and white vinegar.
Even though this has been a purchase that I’ve had to use more than I’d like, I highly recommend it. I truly believe that this humidifier has helped my kids breathe better when they are sick and congested.