I have tried different types of humidifiers including Honeywell, Sunbeam, crane and experience with all these models have made me realize that Vornado is the most reliable and functional. Trust me; this with its innovative Vortex action gives incredible results. If you are looking out for something that is reasonably quiet and with relative maintenance ease, then Vornado HU1-0012-11 is ideal. This is cute little compact humidifier does not require much of a storage space. I find it very useful in safeguarding me from the dry cough, allergic cold and throat infection. This handy machine can be moved from one room to another. I have found it’s the best humidifier for sinus problems too.
This comes with an exclusive bottle designed to hold 2 gallons of water that sits comfortably in the humidifier. This facilitates to supervise water level with ease. The bottle is crafted in such way that it does not collapse and leak. This comes with a big opening and it assists in speedy filling of water. Going by the delicate manufacture, I suspected it to break down soon. But this is not that feeble and it is working fine for the past two years and I expect it to serve for another couple of years without any problem.
You can regulate the pace of fan from low to medium to high. I prefer to keep it low and that is sufficient to stabilize the humidity. The prime reason for selecting the HU1-0012-11 is the above average ratings given by the customer feed back and especially its silent operation mode as told by one of my friends. To be honest it is not completely silent and I don’t think that any model available in the market is perfectly sound proof. If you run it low, then the sound is bearable but it is really frustrating at high speed. The only respite is that it makes 5 to 6 times of gurgling sound all through the night. Moreover the water drips at a stretch to dribble and disperse rather than the intermittent pattern observed in other models. One easy way to keep a check on the dripping sound is to maintain the tank full. For those of you who are comfortable with high speed, this will last for 24 hours without refilling.
Another highlight of this humidifier is that it comes with a pre treated wick to stall bacterial growth and contamination. According to the instruction manual this is supposed to serve for 60 to 90 days but it is not mentioned that for getting such efficiency only filtered or high quality water should be introduced. The filter gets stained with yellow or brown color after few applications. This could be eliminated by curing the filter in a solution of water and white vinegar for 1 hour. Even if that doesn’t solve the problem, the filter has to be replaced. The good news is that the filter is not costly and it is easily available in the general stores. On an average, the filter lasts for 45 days. The Vornado HU1-0012-11 Standard 2.8 Gallon Vortex Humidifier will not disappoint you if the instruction is strictly followed.