2.7 out of 5 stars? My old Vick’s cool mist been doing fine for years. Just have to clean them with vinegar once in a while and it will keep on performing. Thirty something dollars. Got mine for seven dollars at Goodwill, guess they didn’t know how to clean it.
@lljk Can confirm, paid those prices regularly in Denver for a burger date, and just paid that this weekend for a burger lunch date in Austin. Granted, these were “artisan craft burgers and beer” … but still…
$50 seems perfect for a burger and a beer (who only drinks one beer though?)
It’s assumed that this is for a date night and not just grabbing something at a drive-through. Even many small towns have a fancy 10 - 12 dollar burger on the menu of their fancy brew-pub. And most craft beer is around 8 bucks when it’s not happy hour.
2 x $12 burger = $24
2 x $8 beer = $16
Total Pretax = $40
Plus Tax + Tip = 50ish
Definitely use distilled water, or reverse osmosis water (bypass the final remineralizing or alkaline water filter if you have one). You don’t want to be breathing whatever comes thru the pipes. Lungs aren’t connected to the large intestine.
@Fourhundred57 A regular Brita filter probably won’t get rid of the dust if you have hard water. I do, and even with a water softener, I get a lot of mineral buildup if I use the regular tap. I also have one of those three-stage filters under the sink connected to a separate tap, and when I use that water, no buildup, no dust.
Also keep in mind that if you’re on municipal water somewhere this shouldn’t be an issue at all, it’ll really only be a big deal if you get hard water from a well.
@amysbell As is the case with any humidifier, as long as the plume of mist coming out of it is unobstructed long enough to dissipate, it’ll just increase the moisture in the air. Wet clothes will take longer to dry as relative humidity increases, but dry clothes won’t get wet. If you stick your hand (or anything else) directly into the path of the mist as it exits the unit, it will get wet.
The cost of three and a half gallons of distilled water per day (~100 gal per month) adds up. Plus replacing the filter every month adds even more. Better off paying for a more expensive humidifier up front as long as it didn’t have these continual charges.
@werekong While the cost of a hundred gallons of distilled water every month is insane, tacking on the cost of replacement filters seems a little disingenuous; If you’re going to fill it with distilled water, there’s no need to use a filter. If the unit won’t operate without a filter installed, you can just leave the original one in there forever, because there won’t be anything to gunk it up.
Two and a bit stars on Amazon, but Fakespot gives even those an F. You know you’ve got a prime candidate for Meh when even if you have nearly 75% fake reviews and you can’t get to even three stars, let alone five.
I had (have? yea I have it stowed away somewhere) a PureGuardian from Costco. As the instructions said, you gotta use distilled water or you get the dust. On everything.
I ran the PureGuardian on high, dumping gallons of misty water into the air & still it seemed like the air was very dry & I still got dry skin all winter. Plus I had to put it on a large vinyl mat because it left the floor soaking wet around it.
So if all those bad reviews were about the dust, it’s an issue with all humidifiers.