The Vornado brand has a long, rich history of working with fans that dates all the way back to the 1930s when a combination of the words “vortex” and “tornado” first yielded the amalgam “vornado.”  A collaborative effort between innovators Ralph K. Odor and Richard Ten Eyck in 1945 yielded the first Vornadofan, which set a new standard for the fan industry.

To this day, the Vornado brand still dominates the fan industry with their cutting-edge designs, but they’ve also branched out to produce other home appliances like air purifiers and humidifiers. In this article, we’ll be exploring the best Vornado humidifiers to discover all of the features that make them so great.

  • Cool mist, evaporative humidifier
  • Covers up to 1000 sq. ft.
  • 4-gallon tank capacity
  • Automatic humidity control with built-in humidistat
  • Vortex-assisted humidity control
  • 5-year warranty

  • Cool mist, ultrasonic humidifier
  • Covers up to 600 sq. ft.
  • 1-gallon tank capacity
  • Automatic humidity control with built-in humidistat
  • Mineral cartridge lessens mineral build-up
  • 5-year warranty

  • Warm and cool mist, ultrasonic humidifier
  • Covers up to 900 sq. ft.
  • 2-gallon tank capacity
  • Automatic humidity control with built-in humidistat
  • Mineral cartridge lessens mineral build-up
  • 5-year warranty

  • Cool mist, evaporative humidifier
  • Covers up to 600 sq. ft.
  • 1-gallon tank capacity
  • Automatic humidity control with built-in humidistat
  • Vortex-assisted humidity distribution
  • 5-year warranty

  • Cool mist, evaporative humidifier
  • Covers up to 300 sq. ft.
  • 1-gallon tank capacity
  • Automatic humidity control with built-in humidistat
  • Top-fill tank
  • 5-year warranty

  • Cool mist, evaporative humidifier
  • Covers up to 750 sq. ft.
  • 1-gallon tank capacity
  • Automatic humidity control with built-in humidistat
  • Top-fill tank
  • 5-year warranty

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1. Vornado Evap40

The Evap40 from Vornado is a powerhouse of a humidifier. Flanked on two sides by two 2-gallon water tanks, the Evap40 is capable of covering huge spaces up to 1000 sq. ft. in size. With its built-in humidistat, the Evap40 evaporative humidifier automatically adjusts humidity output based on the humidity level you desire.

Of course, for such a powerful humidifier, the Evap40 is exceptionally large, weighing in at 9 lbs, and will be pretty noticeable in your living room. Since it’s an evaporative humidifier, its wick filter will need to be replaced regularly, and some have complained about replacement filters being very hard to find. All things considered, though, with Vornado’s signature Vortex Action you can expect the Evap40 to be a robust, well-rounded humidifier that can effectively distribute humidity evenly throughout your home with Vornado’s signature Vortex Action.

Pros

  • Large room coverage and tank capacity
  • No white dust
  • No risk of over-humidifying
  • Not too loud
  • Vortex Action distributes humidity evenly throughout room
  • Automatic humidity control with built-in humidistat
  • Easy to use, fill, and clean

Cons

  • Large and bulky
  • Slightly expensive
  • Replacement filters are hard to find
  • Need to replace filters regularly
  • No automatic shut off

The Vornado Ultra3 is a sleek ultrasonic humidifier equipped with a 1-gallon tank that cover  600 sq. ft. of space. It also employs Vornado’s signature Vortex Action, which is basically a fan that helps distribute the mist evenly throughout the room.

 

Considering its room coverage and tank size, the Ultra3 is pricey compared to other more affordable humidifiers that can do the same job. In addition to this flaw, the Ultra3 produces white dust (as is the case with most ultrasonic humidifiers) despite its included mineral cartridge. Users have also complained of the Ultra 3 being difficult to clean and maintain.

Overall, though, the Ultra3 is a good choice for anyone who prefers ultrasonic humidifiers over evaporative ones. Although the mineral cartridge cannot really prevent white dust, it does help prevent mineral buildup within the humidifier itself. It’s quiet, sleek, and offers convenient automatic humidity control.

Pros

  • Large room coverage and tank capacity
  • Vortex Action distributes humidity evenly throughout room
  • Automatic humidity control with built-in humidistat
  • Quiet
  • Sleek, discreet design
  • Mineral cartridge help reduce mineral build-up inside humidifier

Cons

  • Slightly expensive
  • Produces white dust
  • No automatic shut off
  • Difficult to clean

If the Ultra3 seems perfect but doesn’t meet your room coverage needs, then you might want to take a good look at the Vornado Ultra1. It’s bigger, has a larger room coverage of up to 900 sq. ft., and has dual mist functionality.

The entire unit has a very premium look and feel to it, but it also has a premium price tag to match. This is surprising because there have been an alarming number of complaints about the Ultra1’s warm mist function that apparently doesn’t get warm at all. In addition, the Ultra1 also produces white dust and doesn’t come with an automatic shut off function.

Despite these flaws, the Ultra1 is undeniably a powerful, high-performance humidifier that can take care of your dry air problems all-year round. With Vornado’s signature Vortex Action, you can be sure that every corner of your home is humidified the right way.

Pros

  • Large room coverage and tank capacity
  • Automatic humidity control with built-in humidistat
  • Vortex Action distributes humidity evenly throughout room
  • Sleek, premium design
  • Mineral cartridge help reduce mineral build-up inside humidifier
  • Releases both warm and cool mist

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Warm mist isn’t very warm
  • Produces white dust
  • No automatic shut off

The Evap2 from Vornado is another high-performance humidifier capable of covering up to 600 sq. ft. of space. Equipped with a large 1-gallon tank, the Evap2 has a built-in humidistat that allows you to set your desired humidity so that the humidifier can automatically adjust its mist output.

One of the biggest problems with the Evap2 is that it’s loud, but this is a common problem with evaporative humidifiers in general. It is also on the more expensive side, and long-term costs are further increased by the wick filters that need to be replaced regularly. Overall, though, the Evap2 is a pretty robust and easy-to-use evaporative humidifier for its price point.

Pros

  • Large room coverage and tank capacity
  • No white dust
  • No risk of over-humidifying
  • Automatic humidity control with built-in humidistat
  • Vortex Action distributes humidity evenly throughout room
  • Sleek, premium design

Cons

  • Loud
  • Slightly expensive
  • Need to replace wick filter regularly

The EV100 is one of Vornado’s newer humidifier models that boasts a 1-gallon tank and the capability to cover medium areas up to 300 sq. ft. in size. With a bold white color, the EV100 gives off a modern vibe that sets it apart from the older Vornado models.

Unfortunately, the EV100 is priced a little higher than we’d like, especially considering its room coverage, but it’s definitely more affordable than all the other humidifiers in this list. Several users have complained about the EV100’s low humidity output and a serious leaking issue that seems to stem from unit design flaws. Nevertheless, the EV100 is a modern-looking humidifier that can efficiently humidify small to medium-sized rooms. Although a little more expensive than other humidifiers of its calibre, the EV100 is worth every penny.

Pros

  • More affordable compared to other models
  • Medium room coverage
  • Large tank capacity
  • Top-fill tank is easy to fill
  • Sleek, premium design
  • Easy to check water level
  • Automatic humidity control with built-in humidistat
  • Vortex Action distributes humidity evenly throughout room
  • No white dust and no risk of over-humidifying

Cons

  • Room coverage is small for its price
  • Leaking issues
  • Need to replace wick filters regularly
  • Loud
  • Humidity output leaves more to be desired

If you’re looking for a humidifier that will help you cut down on long-term electricity costs, then the Vornado EVDC300 might just be what you need. It employs an Energy Smart DC motor that uses up to 90% less energy compared to other evaporative humidifiers. It can cover up to 750 sq. ft. of space with an impressive 3-gallon daily humidity output.

Unfortunately, some have complained that the EVDC300 has leaking problems. The filters also need to be replaced regularly, and it doesn’t help that the replacement filters are so hard to acquire. All things considered, however, the EVDC300 remains an attractive, energy efficient option. With its Vortex Action and automatic humidity control, you can be sure that you get the right humidity when and where you need it.

Pros

  • Large room coverage and tank capacity
  • No white dust
  • Easy to check water level
  • Automatic humidity control with built-in humidistat
  • Vortex Action distributes humidity evenly throughout room
  • No white dust and no risk of over-humidifying
  • Highly energy efficient
  • Automatic shut off

Cons

  • Leaking issues
  • Need to replace wick filter regularly
  • Replacement filters are hard to find

FAQ

How do evaporative humidifiers work?

Evaporative humidifiers are the oldest and most common type of cool mist humidifiers. Similar to the age-old concept of placing a jar of water in the middle of a room to naturally add moisture to the air through evaporation, evaporative humidifiers use a wick filter that absorbs water from the tank and filters out impurities before the fan helps the water from the filter evaporate out into the room.

Will my evaporative humidifier work without the mineral cartridge?

Yes, it will. You may have to deal with mineral build-up inside the water tank, though, which can be difficult to clean.

Why is my wick filter getting discolored, hard, and crusty?

It’s normal for wick filters to become discolored and crusty over time. As the wick evaporates water, minerals and other impurities in the water get left behind. These minerals and impurities are what causes the wick filter to become discolored and inefficient.

How often do I need to change the wick filter?

Wick filters can last anywhere from 1 month to 3 months, depending on how often you use your humidifier. When left unchecked for long periods of time, wick filters can become breeding grounds for bacteria and mold or mineral build up, all of which will lead to clogging. A clogged wick filter will greatly impede the performance of your humidifier and cause it to work harder than it should. This, in turn, will cause the humidifier to use up more energy and burn out more quickly.

You can prevent this by checking the wick filter regularly for signs of bacterial and mold growth, which is characterized by a darkening of the filter. Keep an eye on the humidity output of your humidifier as well: a humidifier with a dirty wick will work more slowly even on the highest setting and will take a longer time to empty the tank than normal. Some wick filters can easily be cleaned simply by rinsing them under running water and then allowing them to soak in a mixture of water and white vinegar for 30 minutes. If the humidifier still isn’t performing as it should even after you’ve cleaned the wick filter, then you know it’s time to replace it.

Is it okay to run the humidifier continuously for 24 hours?

Yes, humidifiers in general are designed to run continuously. In fact, continuous operation is not only healthier for you and your environment, it is also better for the humidifier. Vornado humidifiers usually don’t come with an automatic shut off feature when water level gets low because allowing the wick to dry out can reduce the chances of mold and mildew growth.

Final Thoughts

Vornado humidifiers are designed to reach every corner of your room or home using Vornado’s signature Vortex Action. If we had to pick our favorite, it would definitely have to be the Evap40. It may not look as sleek as the other Vornado humidifiers, but what it lacks in aesthetics it certainly makes up for in performance. The Evap40 efficiently humidifies areas up to 1000 sq. ft. in size, which is impressive considering its price point. Aside from being powerful, it’s also easy to use thanks to its automatic humidity control feature.