Written By: Bobbie
I have always been one that has a steam humidifier in the house, especially in winter with the heater really drying the air out. This past winter I finally killed my old steam humidifier, and had spent a couple of months looking around for a new one, but hated how they all looked, and was not impressed with the running times. Thankfully I was given an opportunity to try out the Luma Comfort Cool Mist Humidifier HC12B in exchange for my honest review.
I had a chance to see the Luma Comfort Cool Mist Humidifier in action at the International Home + Housewares Show 2015 in Chicago in early March, and the thing that caught my attention was that it emits a cool micro mist. I turned into a little kid and was running my hands through the mist amazed at how dry my hands felt, and that it was cool to the touch, and it looked a little bit like a fog machine.
When the Luma arrived at my house, I could not wait to tear into it. I sadly was not feeling well between a head cold, allergies, and just general tiredness, but thankfully it was easy to read the instructions and put together. I have to admit, I pretty much abused the cool mist humidifier the first 48 hours that it was in action. Between being sick, cold meds, no balance or coordination, and total lack of judgement, I managed to tip over the humidifier twice trying to move it from the living room to the bedroom and back again. Thankfully nothing broke, and the Luma Comfort immediately shut it's self off. The worst thing that happened was my older daughter yelling at me to quit trying to move it because she was tired of cleaning up spilled water on the carpet.
With a round of sickness sweeping through the house, My Luma Comfort Cool Mist Humidifier has been wracking up frequent flyer miles between the living room, my bedroom, and the girls bedroom. With 8 different output setting, and a very large tank capacity (I stopped counting after 12 cups of water), the Luma Comfort Cool Mist Humidifier can run for up to 45 hours. This of course varies based on what setting you use, but I have gotten pretty close to that 45 hours on one tank of water.
This humidifier is incredibly quiet. The fishtank in my living room is noisier than this humidifier. In the past I have owned a water vaporizer that just spat out a cool spray of water. It was very noisy, had no output control, and was very wet in the surrounding area. I have also owned a steam humidifier that was pretty noisy, had no output control, and you could hear the water being boiled and turned into steam. The Luma Comfort Cool Mist Humidifier uses Ultrasonic Technology to create a micro mist. I have no idea how it works, but the mist output is nearly instant when the unit is turned on, and it is so quiet. There is no water boiling or whir of a fan, just the occasional drip of water inside the unit, and then once in a while the water will gurgle as it drops from the tank to the base.
When I was sick, I placed the humidifier right next to my bed, set it on low, and passed out. When I woke up the next morning, I was surprised that nothing was wet from the mist. My old steam humidifier would pump out so much moisture that it would make the walls sweat if left on too long. I asked hubby if it made any noises overnight that disturbed him, and he said no. It was more like a sound machine that helped him relax and sleep. Confident that it would not cause too much humidity in the room, I moved the humidifier over to my girls bedroom as they were both feeling cruddy and stuffy. They both slept great through the night.
The Luma Confort Cool Mist Humidifier comes with a cute little remote that will turn the unit on and off, as well as control the mist output. With 8 different setting from minimum to what we call fog machine, and three different height configurations, the humidifier can be used on a table top or set on the floor. There is an indicator light on the base of the unit that changes in color from a deep blue to an almost white as you go up in mist output levels, and it will flash red if you need to re-fill the tank. It does have a pleasant chime sound when the unit is turned on or off, and has a chime warning when you need to fill the tank, It's not overly loud, and I have slept through the re-fill warning when it happen at night. The unit just goes into a standby mode when the tank is empty, so I don't worry about any equipment damage if the tank runs dry.
With the tank being so big, I love that I do not have to fill it up every few hours like I did with my old steam humidifier, and water vaporizer. There is also nothing that needs to added to the tank when you fill it with tap water. I hated trying to get the right salt amount added to my old steam humidifier. The Luma Comfort Cool Mist Humidifier has a demineralization cartridge prevents lime scale and mineral buildup in the base. There is also a touch sensor on the base that you can use to turn the humidifier on and off, and it will remember the last output setting and keep chugging away when turned on again. The sensor is pretty sensitive, and my cats have turned the unit off and on with their nose while sniffing around.
I plan on using this humidifier all year long. Because of the sleek design, it looks great out in the open even when it is not in use, and is tucked out of the way on the floor. With the Luma Comfort being a cool mist humidifier, I know it won't heat up the house in the summer like my steam humidifier did. Just and FYI, I had the cool mist humidifier cranked all the way up to maximum for the pictures to show just how much it can pump out. Most of the time I have it set to only 1 or 2 and just let it run till it's empty.
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