If you’re one of the millions of Americans suffering from dry eye, you have likely experienced the uncomfortable sensation of waking up to scratchy, gritty eyes.
Because the eyes often do not close entirely during sleep, the tears can easily dry out overnight, causing a dry, painful start to the day.
For me, investing in a humidifier has worked wonders for my chronically dry eyes. The humidifier does it work while I sleep peacefully; over time, the use of a humidifier has significantly improved the condition of my eyes. (Added bonus: it’s also improved the condition of my skin!)
VicTsing Cool Mist Humidifier
Ostad Portable Humidifier for Travel
There are three major types of humidifiers on the market:
- warm mist,
- cool mist, and
Generally, cool mist are the most effective for treating dry eye. They are excellent for use in dry climates and are suitable for use year-round.
Let’s take a look at the rest of our top picks.
|Rank||Picture||Name||Where to Buy|
|1||VicTsing Cool Mist Humidifier||See it on Amazon|
|2||TaoTronics Cool Mist Humidifier||See it on Amazon|
|3||Vicks Filter-Free Cool Mist Humidifier||See it on Amazon|
|4||PureGuardian H4810AR Ultrasonic Warm and Cool Mist Humidifier||See it on Amazon|
|5||iTvanila Cool Mist Humidifier||See it on Amazon|
|6||Ostad Portable Humidifier for Travel||See it on Amazon|
|7||OPOLAR EV01 Digital Evaporative Humidifier||See it on Amazon|
|8||Proscenic 807C Ultrasonic Air Humidifier||See it on Amazon|
|9||DCMEKA Desk Humidifier||See it on Amazon|
1. VicTsing Cool Mist Humidifier
Pros: This humidifier is a great budget option! It is small enough to rest on a bedside table but large enough to mist a small to medium sized bedroom. It weighs just 2.25 pounds. A control knob allows you to adjust the output of mist, depending on the direction you prefer. For me, this was a great starter humidifier!
Cons: This humidifier must be refilled after ten hours of use and requires frequent cleaning.
2. TaoTronics Cool Mist Humidifier
3. Vicks Filter-Free Cool Mist Humidifier
4. PureGuardian H4810AR Ultrasonic Warm and Cool Mist Humidifier
Pros: This humidifier is very quiet and easy to use, making it the perfect option for overnights. It releases a steady stream of cool mist into the air, and is strong enough to humidify a large master bedroom or studio apartment. This humidifier takes up to two gallons of water and will run for 100 hours. This is a huge bonus for my busy lifestyle, as I don’t have to stop and refill the humidifier on a daily basis.
Cons: This is a bit of an in investment, and there are definitely more affordable options on the marker. Additionally, some people may be distracted by the blue light, although I personally barely notice it.
5. iTvanila Cool Mist Humidifier
Pros: This is a large capacity humidifier and can distribute mist to multiple rooms (and over 400 square feet) at once. The iTvanila operates for 24 hours before requiring a re-fill. It also a stylish design and is more aesthetically pleasing than many other options on the market, and it has a special tray that can be used for aromatic oils.
Cons: The quiet mode is not quite as as quiet as some other humidifiers on the market, which I found a bit distracting.
6. Ostad Portable Humidifier for Travel
Pros: This portable humidifier is perfect for travel! I personally find that my dry eye often worsens with travel, but luckily this humidifier fits into my hand and can be tucked easily into my carry-on, ensuring that my dry eye relief continues despite the change in scenery.
Cons: Due to the small size, the water does need to be refilled frequently. Additionally, this humidifier requires disposable cotton wick air filters which need to be replaced after a few weeks of use, which creates an additional cost.
7. OPOLAR Digital Evaporative Humidifier
Pros: This humidifier is quiet and easy to use; the evaporative qualities of this humidifier are perfect for those bothered by mist. The OPOLAR lasts 24 hours before requiring a refill. It is large enough to humidify a large master bedroom or studio apartment.
Cons: While many humidifiers contain disposable filters, this filter is permanent and requires frequent cleaning, which may be cumbersome to some users.
8. Proscenic 807C Ultrasonic Air Humidifier
9. DCMEKA Desk Humidifier
Pros: This is a perfect option for the office! It operates very quietly, allowing me to participate in conference calls with no one hearing so much as a whisper of background noise. There is a small plant pot on top, which adds aesthetic appeal. When I realized that I could have an office plant and an office humidifier rolled into one, I was sold!
Cons: Due to the small size, the water does need to be refilled frequently. Additionally, the cotton wick needs to be cleaned once a week, which adds a bit of time to upkeep.
Which humidifier is best for you?
Humidifiers come in a variety of shapes and sizes!
When selecting a humidifier, it is important to keep in mind the size of the space and the scope of use. Some humidifiers are small enough to fit on a desk, while other humidifiers are designed to cover multiple rooms or even an entire home.
For people suffering from dry eye, it is recommended that your humidifier be placed directly in your bedroom or wherever you sleep, so that you are exposed to a steady stream of mist while you sleep. In some cases, it may be helpful to have a large whole house humidifier and a smaller bedroom humidifier.