Best Automatic Pet Feeder

Pet food with a measuring scoop

I’m sorry, I need to get going. I still haven’t fed the dog.

Oh no! I forgot I need to go feed the dog.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could have the freedom to live a full social life and not have the guilt of letting your pet go too long without being fed?

Often times in the fast-paced lives we live remembering to feed your cat or dog can be an inconvenience. This doesn’t mean you love your cat any less. It just means that taking care of them puts time constraints on you.

Your pet’s health

Missing meals or inconsistent timelines for meals can lead animals to eat too quickly or to overeat when they do have access to food. To fix this solution you might decide to leave a large bowl with extra food out. The food in the bowl will become stale over time as it loses or gains too much moisture from the air.

In the same scenario, some animals will overeat simply because there is an abundance of food available. Pet obesity is a problem. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention lays out some facts and figures.

An Estimated 60% of Cats and 56% of Dogs in the United States are Overweight or Obese

Hungry pets and overweight pets are both unfortunate circumstances. In this article we present a number of solutions to help keep your cat or dog fed in healthy amounts and on a consistent schedule. We talk about a number of automatic pet feeders, the different styles they come in and the different options available for each type.

The two main types of pet feeders we talk about are gravity pet feeders and electronic pet feeders. Gravity pet feeders are fairly straightforward and don’t have too many options to consider. On the other hand, electronic pet feeders have subcategories because of the range of options available. This includes timer based electronic feeders and smart electronic feeders. Of course, smart electronic feeders are Wi-Fi capable and can be operated with an app on your smartphone.

What to expect

The main body of this article covers the different types of pet feeders and shows a number of examples for each of them. The review section of this article contains our top picks for the best automatic pet feeder in a specific situation. It would be weird if the best pet feeder for a large dog is also the best for a single cat.

Feel free to use the links below to skip ahead to sections that immediately interest you. Otherwise you can read this article from top to bottom to become an expert on automatic pet feeders. Let’s get to it!

Mounted vs Tray Type Automatic Pet Feeders

Food Storage vs Controlled Feeding

Feeders for Dogs vs Feeders for Cats

Feeding an Overweight Pet

Battery Powered vs Wall Outlet Style Pet Feeders

Automatic Pet Feeders for Wet Food and Medication

Can I feed multiple pets with an automatic feeder?

Best Gravity Based Automatic Pet Feeder List

Gravity pet feeders are by far the simplest automatic pet feeder you can find. They keep adding food to the bowl as your pet eats. The food in the bowl keeps the food still in the hopper from moving downward. These are great if your pet is not prone to overeating and you simply need a budget conscious solution to keep your pet fed. Gravity pet feeders are a super simple way to feed your pet when you are working late or out with friends.

Below is a quick list of pros and cons to this type of feeder. After that we have a lineup of some of our favorite gravity style automatic pet feeders.

Pros

  • quick setup – simply wash the feeder, fill it with food and you are ready to go
  • inexpensive – even the best ones on the market are friendly on your wallet
  • no power needed – this style of feeder will add nothing to your electric bill

Cons

  • no control mechanism – your pet has unrestricted access to food
  • no anti-jam technology – if the food gets stuck in the chute this type of feeder has no way to automatically restore the flow of food

Van Ness Medium Auto Feeder, 6-Pound


With a six pound capacity, this no frills attached gravity pet feeder is great for medium to large sized dogs. It is made from pet safe plastics to avoid adding extra chemicals to your pet food. You can see through the sides of the hopper to see how much food is left before your next refill.

It is almost impossible for food to jam in the shoot between the hopper and the tray. In fact one of the downsides owners have experienced is the food flows to readily. However, when using a gravity pet feeder this is to be expected. This is a great pick if your pet is not prone to overeating.

Apsen Pet Le Bistro Feeder


This specific pet feeder is a five pound model. Aspen also makes 2, 10 and 18 pound gravity pet feeders. They come in off white, blue, pink, black, red and white. One of the best features of this automatic pet feeder is that it can be paired with a gravity water bowl that is the same size and color.

This one has a smaller chute than the Van Ness we wrote about above. There have been a few users that complained about food getting jammed. If you like the Aspen Pet Le Bistro feeder a possible solution for these jams would be using a kibble with a smaller diameter.

Petmate Pet Cafe Feeder

The Petmate Pet Café Feeder is another top loading gravity feeder. It can hold a maximum of six pounds pet food. It is available in grey, blue and clear bases. In all the color options the hopper is clear to give you an easy reminder when to refill. One nice feature of this feeder is that the cover comes completely off the hopper. This makes refills a breeze.

One downside to this feeder is that it does not have the sturdiest construction. While it will do well for your cats, we cannot recommend this feeder to excitable or large dogs.

Bergan Gourmet Feeder


The Bergan Gourmet Feeder Comes in two different options as far as sizes go. They have the elite and the petite. The Elite model holds up to 13 pounds while the petite version can hold six pounds of dry kibble.

Sometimes you can even find them on sale where they combine the feeder and a water bowl. Bergan also likes to sell their pet feeders in sets of two. If you have more than one pet this can simplify your life.

PetSafe Dog and Cat Food Station


The PetSafe Dog and Cat Food Station Is a unique gravity automatic pet feeder because it has a stainless steel bowl. This is great because it will add a lot of durability to the feeder. If this is the first gravity pet feeder you purchase, it might be the last one you need.

It comes in two sizes. The small holds two pounds of food and a medium holds four. The major drawback here is the size when compared to the other gravity pet feeders we talked about so far. However, if you have a small dog or cat a smaller feeder is a great thing to have.

Next up we move into the electronic automatic pet feeders. These come with more options which can make them a little more expensive. The added options can be very beneficial though, especially when it comes to the health of your pet. Read on to learn more!

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Best Electronic Automatic Pet Feeder List

Electronic automatic pet feeders have a huge variety of features and options that are available. These can range from very useful like timers and portion control to fun options like taking pictures and video of your pets eating.

They are generally more expensive than their gravity style counterparts but the added features can be quite valuable. Below is a quick list of pros and cons of electronic automatic cat feeders. After that we show you a lineup of our favorite electronic feeders.

Pros

  • timer and portion control – program how much and when your pet gets fed
  • fun options – speakers and video cameras to make meal time a blast
  • medicine and wet food capabilities – they offer some of the best ways to manage your pets health when you are not around
  • anti-jam technology – some electronic feeders can unjam the connection between the hopper and the food dish

Cons

  • power – they must be plugged in or use batteries
  • price – electronic feeders are more expensive than gravity style feeders
  • complex setup – extra features must be programmed before use
  • programming – if you make a mistake your pet may miss a meal or be overfed

Jempet Automatic Pet Feeder


The Jempet Automatic Pet Feeder is a great five meal automatic feeder. This feeder works pretty much like a Lazy Susan turntable. One meal is always exposed and the tray that holds the meals just keeps rotating based on the programmable timer.

This specific Jempet model we are reviewing is the second version. It has a button on the bottom that you need to press in order to program the feeder. It is a very small button that you would need to press with a paperclip or something similar.

The manufacturer did this because in the first version pets were able to stomp on the buttons on top of the unit. Owners complained this would undo the meal timer programming.

You can use wet food in this feeder. If you need to mix in medicines that your pet is taking you can do that before filling the feeder. It plugs into the wall and has a battery option as well. Additionally there is a voice recording capability that you can set to play whenever a new meal rotates in. Each compartment holds 240 ml, just over 1 cup.

This is our pick for best automatic pet feeder for wet food. It earned this rating because of its long term reliability and multiple power sources.

Pyrus Automatic Pet Feeder


The Pyrus Automatic Pet Feeder works the same way as the Jempet. It has a rotating tray that only exposes one meal at a time. However, it does have an additional slot so it can serve one more meal than the Jempet. Each compartment is a little bit bigger, coming in at 330 ml which is a little more than 11 ounces.

The major downside that it has is that it can only operate off of battery power. Because of the power source we had to give the best wet food pet feeder to the Jempet model above.

PetSafe Smart Feed


This pet feeder is wifi-enabled and can be operated through an app on your iPhone or Android smartphone. You can set the feeder so that it will give you alerts each time it dispenses a meal. You will not need to worry whether or not your pet has been fed.

It can hold up to 24 cups of dry food in the hopper. The programmable timer allows you to set up to 12 different meal times with portions ranging from one eighth of a cup to four cups. The PetSafe Smart Feed Operates off of a plug in the wall and has a battery backup.

The only downside to this automatic feeder is that it is not compatible with wet food. PetSafe does make other pet feeders that are generally less expensive and do not have Wi-Fi capability. Other products that PetSafe makes include 2 and 3 way splitters for their feeders. This makes it one of the best automatic feeders for multiple cats or dogs.

Arf Pets Automatic Pet Feeder


The Arf Pets Automatic Pet Feeder has a very unique method of Distributing your pets food. You can program up to 4 meals a day. This is fairly standard. However, at each meal the pet feeder will distribute between 1 and 10 portions. Each portion is 24 ml which makes 10 portions just over 8 ounces.

One cup of dog food is often too little for medium sized breeds and especially for large sized breeds. Because of the very accurate portion control the Arf Pets Automatic Pet Feeder earns our pick for the best automatic pet feeder for small dogs and cats.

It also features a plug into the wall with a battery backup. you can choose to run it on only batteries if you need to place the feeder in a unique spot. The hopper has a 1.14 gallon capacity. that means it can about 18 cups. the largest meal size this pet feeder will produce is one cup.

If you really do love the Arf pets automatic pet feeder and you have a larger dog we have a solution for you. You could program two meals very close together in order to get an appropriate amount of dog food. Otherwise, check out the Fitiger feeder below with a stunning maximum size of a 12 cup meal.

Fitiger Automatic Pet Feeder


The Fitiger Automatic Feeder is an electronic automatic pet feeder that looks like a gravity based pet feeder. The large clear hopper on top matches something you would normally see on a gravity based pet feeder.

You can program up to three meals a day with the smallest meal being about 1 and 1/2 oz and the largest meal possible at 12 cups. This gives you a lot of flexibility in choosing the portion sizes for your pet. Because of the large meal capability it earns our pick for the best automatic feeder for large dogs.

HoneyGuardian A26 Automatic Pet Feeder


The HoneyGuardian A26 Automatic Pet Feeder has the smallest portion control we have ever seen. It goes all the way down to 1/32 of a cup. On the other end it goes all the way up to 4 cups per meal.

Like the other electronic pet feeders on this page it features a voice recording that you can use to call your pet when it is meal time. It plugs into the wall or runs on battery power. The only downside to this automatic pet feeder is the appearance. It may be a little bit difficult to match this to the décor of your kitchen.

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Things to Consider Before Buying an Automatic Pet Feeder

There are a few important things to consider when making the choice to purchase an automatic pet feeder. In this section we lay out a list of different features that you will want to be aware of.

Capacity

The amount of food that an automatic pet feeder can hold and portion out is one of the most important things to consider when looking at automatic pet feeders. This can be really important if you have a very large dog or if you have multiple cats. If your pet is fed on time but does not have enough to eat then we have not really accomplished much.

In the capacity category there are also two different measurements to be aware of. The first is the capacity of the hopper which holds all the food before it is portioned out for your pet. The other is the portion size for each meal.

The hopper needs to hold enough to last the entire time you expect the feeder to take care of your pet. If you are using a gravity based feeder this is fairly straightforward. You do not need to consider portion size since the food simply comes out as your pet empties the dish at the bottom.

However, if you want a more fine-tuned control over how much your pet is eating to help manage their weight then you need to consider the settings on your electronic feeder. It is important to know both the hopper capacity and the meal size. We going to this more in the section on electronic pet feeders and specifically in the highlights for each electronic pet feeder.

If this section of the article was confusing to you or you had not considered how much your pet should be eating at each meal, do not worry. Most pet food manufacturers will list out an appropriate portion size on the bag. This will account for the age and the weight of your pet. If you are looking for a professional opinion you can contact your veterinarian.

Are automatic pet feeders easy to use?

The short answer here is that they should be. The best automatic pet feeders on the market today all feature removable bowls or dishes. You should be able to remove the bowl for cleaning purposes.

The bowl will need to be cleaned much more often than the hopper. The bowl will collect your pet’s saliva and residue from food which can lead to unsanitary conditions. The hopper on the other hand only collects food residue. Good automatic pet feeders will have airtight hoppers which helps keep your pet food fresh.

Electronic pet feeders add some additional ease of use considerations. Electronic automatic pet feeders are able to be programmed to control the amount of food dispensed and time of feedings. This is fairly standard and should be expected.

However, more complex automatic pet feeders may come with things like apps for your smartphone and the ability to take pictures of your pet whenever they approach the bowl.

For some people, these options will be unnecessary and more than they are looking for. In these cases we recommend against considering pet feeders with these options. If you do not plan to use them they will simply complicate the setup process and make it more difficult to use. There are plenty of electronic pet feeders with programmable timers that do not have the extra options of Wi-Fi capability and picture capture technology.

Different Automatic Pet Feeder Designs

There are a few different things to consider when looking at the design of an automatic pet feeder. One of the main things to consider is what type of anti-jam features your pet feeder has.

For the most part, gravity feeders do not have anything like this. If the kibbles happen to line up in such a way that they get stuck, either you or your pet will need to unclog the chute that goes from the hopper to the dish. This is important to think about because a frustrated pet can knock over the feeder and miss out on their scheduled meals because of it.

Some electronic feeders have anti-jam features that will detect and attempt to remedy any obstruction of food. Not all electronic or smart automatic pet feeders have this feature so be sure to look for it in the product descriptions. We do make an effort to highlight this because we feel that it is a very important thing to have.

Another design feature that is unique to electronic pet feeders is the ability to control the number of meals your pet can have in a day. There are even some feeders that will do slow, ad hoc or timed meals. If your pet has a habit of eating too quickly this can save them from any sort of digestive tract discomfort.

Like we mentioned above, some of the more complex electronic pet feeders have the capability to take pictures or video of your pets while they are eating or as they approach the bowl. The feeders can even share this media online.
The last design consideration is if the feeder is a mounted or tray type feeder. We give this its own section because it needs a little more explanation than the other design features listed above.

Mounted vs Tray Type Automatic Pet Feeders

Mounted automatic pet feeders require a little bit of extra effort to install. They attach to a wall in your home. This prevents the feeder from being knocked over by an impatient pet. You may want to consider this if you have a medium or large sized dog since it would be easy for them to knock over a tray style feeder.

Because of their complexity, our review of wall mounted pet feeders is forthcoming.

Tray style feeders on the other hand are stand-alone items. Good tray style pet feeders have wide bases that will help them from being tipped over by cats or smaller dogs.

The main advantage they have over wall mounted feeders is that there is no installation required. Electronic tray style feeders may need to be plugged into the wall. Others operate off batteries and can be placed anywhere. Gravity style pet feeders do not need a power source.

Different Types of Automatic Pet Feeders

Different types of feeders are better suited for different pets with different needs. Some animals are great at self-regulating and will stop eating when they are full. Others will happily chow down on food whenever it is available.

Older cats and dogs may need medications mixed with their food during the day. Pickier pets that prefer wet food to dry kibble can also present some unique challenges when picking out an automatic pet feeder.

Luckily we were able to find solutions to all of these problems in our reviews of the top automatic feeders on the market today. Check out the paragraphs below for specific advice if your pet falls into any of these categories.

Food Storage vs Controlled Feeding

If you are pet is great at managing their own weight then we recommend gravity style feeders. This type of feeder is generally much more affordable than an electronic feeder and will do a great job at keeping your pets food fresh while it stays in the hopper. Click this link to find our list of gravity style pet feeders.

On the other hand if you need or prefer to manage how much your pet is eating and when you will definitely need to go with an electronic feeder. This can either mean a simple feeder with a timer and portion control setting or you may want to consider a smart feeder that you can monitor with your smartphone. Check out this link to see our top picks for electronic pet feeders.

Feeders for Dogs vs Feeders for Cats

Larger dogs may require wall mounted feeders because they are big and strong enough to tip over a train style feeder. Some feeders are extra tempting and have transparent hoppers. Your dog can see this food and may tip over the entire feeder in an attempt to get at it. Even with an opaque hopper the feeder smells like food.

Another thing to think about when choosing an electric pet feeder for a large dog is how large the portion sizes can be. Some can only dispense about 1 cup of food at a time while others can dole out up to 4 cups. Click here to see the Fitiger Automatic Pet Feeder that earned our recommendation for best electronic per feeder for large dogs.

If you have a smaller dog, a patient dog or cats you may be just fine with a tray style feeder. Like we mentioned above it does not require any complex installation or planning ahead when deciding on the placement. Tray style feeders are also great if you live in an apartment or space is a consideration. Click here to see the Arf Pets Automatic Pet Feeder that earned our recommendation for best electronic per feeder for small dogs or cats.

Feeding an Overweight Pet

If your pet is overweight or becoming overweight it will be important to manage their food intake to prevent complicated health problems. In this case you will definitely need to consider an electronic feeder. Good ones come with timer settings and portion control settings. This means you can control when and how much food your pet has access to in a reliable and consistent manner. Have an accurate measure of their caloric intake is important to maintaining your pet’s health. Check out this link to see our top picks for electronic pet feeders.

Battery Powered vs Wall Outlet Style Pet Feeders

assuming you have decided on an electronic pet feeder, and extra consideration you have is deciding between one that runs off battery power or plugs into the wall. Battery powered feeders can offer some extra flexibility when deciding where to place the feeder.

However, there are a few drawbacks to battery powered feeders. One obvious one is that you will need to change the batteries which can add to the expense. You will most likely need to change the batteries before they are completely depleted of their charge. If you wait until the batteries are completely depleted your pet may miss a meal because of it. Some automatic feeders run off both types of power. They can plug into the wall and have a battery backup in the unlikely event of a power outage.

Check out this link to see our top picks for electronic pet feeders.

Automatic Pet Feeders for Wet Food and Medication

There are a few select automatic pet feeders that support both wet food and the administration of medication. Most types of medication for your pet can easily be mixed with wet food. We review and recommend feeders with this option in our list.

Click this link to see the Jempet Automatic Pet Feeder which received our top pick for wet food capable pet feeders.

Can I feed multiple pets with an automatic feeder?

Some manufacturers have developed splitters that divert the food to multiple food dishes as it comes out of the feeder. With multiple pets in your home this is a lifesaver. These diverters are much less expensive than using two different feeders. However, if your pets do not get along you may need to consider multiple feeders in multiple locations.

Click this link to see the PetSafe Samrt Feed which received our top pick for best pet feeder for multiple cats.

Wrapping it all up

We hope you found this article enjoyable! If you have any comments or questions feel free to leave them in the section below. Also, you can drop an email to us at admin@unhumid.com

We know we left you hanging on the mounted pet feeders. Check back in the next week for updates to this article.

Mini Split List

This page has two main sections. The first is a simple table that can help you compare a wide variety of mini split systems. The table contains basic stats about the mini splits and links to the product listing on Amazon.

The second section is a lengthy review of different 12,000 BTU mini split systems from a number of different manufacturers. These mini splits are all listed in the table. We felt that in depth reviews offered a lot of specific information that people would find useful. Directly below is a list of links that will take you to the spot on the page with the corresponding mini split review.

Pioneer WYS012-17

Senville SENA/12HF

Fujitsu 12RLS3 12,000 BTU wall mount

Gree LIVS12HP115V1B

Daikin 12,000 BTU 1 Ton mini split

LG LS120HXV

Mini Split Comparison Table

This table contains data from the mini splits we review on unhumid.com While we do make every effort to keep this ever growing list up to date, please be aware that manufacturers do make changes we may miss from time to time. If you notice an error, feel free to send an email to admin@unhumid.com

The there are two purposes for this list. The first is to provide an easy way to compare the capacities of different mini splits that are important to consumers. We also use this list to take a sample of the majority of mini split brands available on Amazon.com

Because we want to show most, if not all of the mini split brands, we will generally only feature one model from each manufacturer. All the images link to their product listings. Most manufacturers will show other available options in different voltages and capacities.

Notes on how to use this table

Sometimes manufacturers will list HSPF with a number behind it, for example HSPF4 or HSPF5. The difference is the climate zone that the rating is for. If the manufacturer does give more than one number we make a small note of which zone we have in the table.

Because HSPF is related to the winter season where you live, it is important to know which zone you live in. If you do not know the climate zone you live in, check out the map featured on the Florida Solar Energy Center’s website by clicking this link.

Mini SplitSEER / HSPFAreaMin Operating Temp
17.2 / 9.0350 – 450 sq ftunknown
22.5 / 12 (Zone 4)unknown-22 degrees F
23 / 11.6unknown-4 degrees F
33.1 / 13.5200 sq ftunknown
29.3 / 14.0unknown-5 degrees F
16.0 / 9.0unknown-4 degrees F
15.0 / 8.2unknown+5 degrees F
17.0 / 9.0unknown+14 degrees F

 

12,000 BTU Mini Split Reviews

Pioneer WYS012-17

This Pioneer mini split is a 12000 BTU unit which gives it the ability to adequately heat or cool and area of anywhere from 350 to 450 square feet. For heating purposes, it has an HSPF rating of 9.0 and for cooling the SEER is 17.2. Both of these values, the HSPF and SEER, are about average.

There is not anything specifically remarkable about the mini splits that Pioneer makes. They are very middle-of-the-road and perform reliably. Because of this they are regularly at the top of the Amazon Marketplace.

The overall cooling capacity ranges from as low as 4,560 all the way up to 16,680 BTUs per hour. This, like the heating capacity changes as the outdoor ambient temperature changes. The compressor will become more or less efficient depending on how hot or cold it is outside. The heating capacity range is the same for the number of BTUs the unit can produce in one hour.

The compressor used in the Pioneer mini split we review on his page is a variable-speed compressor. The majority of mini splits on the market today use variable speed compressors because it is much more power-efficient. It allows the compressor to work at less than full load. This allows the compressor to keep working for longer stretches of time and avoid cycling on and off.

The indoor unit is a relatively quiet system. When the fan is running at top speed it generates about 40.5 decibels and at low speeds the fan produces 24.0 decibels. For reference normal conversation is rated at 60 decibels and a household refrigerator can be anywhere from 55 to 45 decibels. The outdoor unit produces 54 decibels when the compressor is running.

Just like with the heating and cooling capacities, these decibel levels are right in the middle when compared to other mini splits. Adding this mini split to the space you are trying to heat or cool will not significantly impact the ambient noise levels that are most likely already present.

At the highest fan speed the indoor unit circulates 294 cubic feet per minute. This goes all the way down to 141 cubic minute with the fan on low. These flow rates are comparable to air purifiers on the market today. When it comes to filtering the air, 294 cubic feet per minute is similar to air purifiers designed to treat spaces larger than 500 square feet. This is great when it comes to maintaining indoor air quality. However, it does not change the recommended room size of 350 to 450 square feet when it comes to heating and cooling.

The WYS012-17 needs a power supply of 110 to 120 volts at 60 hertz. This mini-split is single phase. The refrigerant type is R-410A. this is the most common type of refrigerant. Previously R22 was available but it is illegal in the United States today. R22 has been shown to damage the ozone layer. R-410A is able to be compressed more than R22 and this makes it more efficient. In short, using R-410A is good for the environment and for your heating and cooling bill.

We recommend looking to Pioneer for a mini split if you do not have any extreme requirements like operating in very low temperatures or a great vertical distance between the placement of the compressor and the indoor unit. The WYS012-17 is the best mini split for single room applications under normal conditions in climate zone 4.

Senville SENA/12HF

The Senville 12HF is another 12,000 BTU mini-split system with the same heating and cooling capacity as the Pioneer WYS012-17. One difference between the 12HF and the Pioneer mini split is that this one needs 208 to 230 volts of electricity.

The Senville 12 HF has a SEER of 22.5. This is starting to get into the higher ranges of what is available on the market today. However, we do review some mini splits on this page that have a SEER of over 30. In the case of this mini split the manufacturer provided two different HSPF ratings. Some manufacturers will do the extra math and let you know what the rating is for different climate zones. Senville gives the HSPF4 for climate zone 4 as 12. The HSPF5 for climate zone 5 is 9.9.

One of the unique features that really makes this mini-split stand out from the crowd is the ability to operate in outdoor ambient temperatures as low as -22 degrees Fahrenheit. This is one of the lowest outdoor operating temperatures we have seen in all our research on mini split systems.

This mini split system uses a GMCC compressor that runs off R-410A refrigerant. The entire system needs 52.9 oz of refrigerant. It comes with 25 ft of pre-charged refrigerant line. For each additional foot of refrigerant line you will need 0.161 oz of refrigerant. You can have up to a maximum of 82 feet of refrigerant pipe going between the compressor and the indoor unit.

One thing to keep in mind when you have a very long refrigerant line is that the efficiency of the compressor has a tendency to go down. However the manufacturer does state that you can use 82 feet of refrigerant pipe. When it comes to the maximum height difference, this mini splits and can have the compressor off set from the indoor unit by a maximum of 33 feet in elevation.

The indoor unit has a very high cubic feet per minute for air flow at 418 with the fan on high. This is great because you will get a ton of air circulation with the fan on high. The downside to the powerful fan is that it does produce 43 decibels, which puts it at about the same noise level as a household refrigerator. With the fan all the way on low it only produces 24 decibels of noise making it about the same as a whisper. Even with the fan on the low setting it still circulates air at a rate of 247 cubic feet per minute.

We recommend looking to Senville for a mini split if you do need a mini split that operates in very low temperatures. One of the disadvantages this mini split system has when compared to other mini splits designed to operate in super low temperature conditions is a very low HSPF. Other manufacturers like Fujitsu and Mitsubishi make mini splits that have much better HSPFs. The downside there is a much higher price than Senville.

Fujitsu 12RLS3 12,000 BTU wall mount

This Fujitsu heating and air conditioning mini split system is rated at 12,000 BTUs and it is one of the most efficient systems we review on this page. It has a SEER of 29.3 and an HSPF of 14.

When you are using this mini-split to cool your home the range of BTUs it can produce starts at 3,100 and goes up to 13,600 per hour. When it comes to heating this mini-split is rated at 16,000 BTUs with a minimum of 3,100 all the way up to a maximum of 22,000 per hour. The ranges in the BTUs comes from the efficiencies lost or gained based on the outdoor air temperature.

The 12RLS3 needs a range of 208 to 230 volts to operate. The compressor uses the R-410A refrigerant and requires a charge of 2 lbs 14 oz of refrigerant. The minimum operating temperature for the outdoor ambient temperature is -5 degrees Fahrenheit. The outdoor unit can be as loud as 47 decibels, similar to all the other mini split systems we review on this page.

One of the more interesting things about this mini split is that the maximum length of the refrigerant line is 65 feet. This by itself is not remarkable. Thing that is remarkable is that the maximum height difference between the compressor and the indoor unit is 49 feet. This means is possible to use this mini split system in a multi-story building with the compressor on the ground floor.

This can be a huge advantage in winter. If you need to keep the condenser on the roof of the building there can be a problem with the water that it produces freezing and turning to ice. If you experience long winters the ice can build up over time. This can lead much more ice accumulation than you would expect from just snowfall.

We recommend looking to Fujitsu for a mini split if you are in climate zone 5 or lower and want a very efficient system. Additionally, the Fujitsu 12RLS3 is the best mini split if you have a unique setup with a big height difference between the indoor unit and the compressor.

Gree LIVS12HP115V1B

Here we have a 12,000 BTU mini-split system made by the company Gree. Like all the other mini split systems on this page that uses the R-410A refrigerant. It has a SEER of 16 and HSPF of 9. These are pretty close to the numbers that the Pioneer WYS012-17 and Senville SENZ/12HF put up. Another similarity it shares with the Pioneer model is that this unit can also run off 115 volts.

One area where the Gree LIVS12HP115V1B really shines is when the indoor unit is on high. It is capable of circulating air at a rate of 400 cubic feet per minute. While it is not the best it is very close to the 418 that the Senville circulates. The strong fan on indoor unit also produces decibel levels that are a little bit higher than other mini splits. With the fan on low it generates 29 decibels. This is still within whisper range but other units like the Senville 12HF produce about 24 decibels with their fans on low.

When this mini-split is in heating mode the btu range starts at 3,412 BTUs per hour and tops out at 15,013. The cooling capacity is similar, starting at 3,753 and going all the way up to 12,500 BTUs per hour.

Gree provided a little bit more detail when it comes to the heating capacity at a given outdoor temperature. At 47 degrees Fahrenheit the unit is capable of producing 13,000 BTUs per hour. At 17 degrees Fahrenheit mini split puts out 7,600 BTUs per hour. It can operate all the way down to negative 4 degrees Fahrenheit.

This drop in output is normal and experienced by all mini split compressors. If you remember the other mini splits also had ranges for heating and cooling capacities. The difference is just that Gree provided the specific temperatures and outputs.

The refrigerant pipe lengths can go up to 66 feet long and can tolerate an elevation change of 33 feet. If you remember the Fujitsu mini splits it had a maximum length of 65 feet but was able to function with a maximum height difference of 49 feet.

This Gree Mini split system is capable of removing 2.96 pints of moisture from the air per hour. This is similar to the LG mini split system we review further down the page which can remove 2.8 pints of moisture from the air per hour.

We recommend looking to Gree for a mini split if you do not have any extreme requirements like operating in very low temperatures or a great vertical distance between the placement of the compressor and the indoor unit. The Gree LIVS12HP115V1B is the best mini split for single room applications under normal conditions in climate zone 4.

Daikin 12,000 BTU 1 ton Mini Split

Daikin uses somewhat lengthy model number to refer to their mini split components. The system we review is the FRXN12NMVJU for the indoor unit and the TRXN12NMVJU for the outdoor unit. Like the others on this page this is a 12,000 BTU unit. The compressor uses R-410A refrigerant and requires 2.1 lbs of refrigerant to operate efficiently. This system requires 208 to 230 volts of electricity to operate.

The heating output begins at 4,400 BTUs per hour and go all the way up to 14,000. The HSPF is 8.2 which is one of the lowest that we have reviewed on this page. The SEER is also low at 15. Cooling output starts at 4,400 BTUs per hour just like the heating capacity. However the coolant capacity tops out at 13,000 BTUs per hour, just short of the heating BTU’s.

One place where the Daikin mini splits does shine is its dehumidification capacity. It is capable of removing 0.5 gallons of moisture from the air per hour. This is 4 pints. The other mini splits on this page that listed their dehumidification capacities or less than 3 pints per hour.

Another very nice feature of the Daikin mini-split is the fan speeds available on the indoor unit. When it is on super low it circulates 141 cubic feet of air per minute and only produces 19 decibels of sound. This is by far the lowest of any mini split we have encountered. Also when the fan is on high it can circulate 424 cubic feet of air per minute. This just beats out the senville model which came in at a maximum of 418 cubic feet per minute. So if indoor air quality in addition to heating and cooling needs is important to you the Daikin mini split is your best choice.

The maximum length of the refrigerant piping is 49 feet. This mini split system can also tolerate a difference of 39 feet in elevation between the compressor and the indoor unit. This is just short of the Fujitsu model but it is still pretty high.

The outdoor unit operates at 52 decibels of noise. This is about the same volume as moderate rainfall or a household refrigerator. Like most of the mini split systems on this page, using it will not add significant amounts of ambient noise to the environment.

We recommend looking to Daikin for a mini split if you are concerned with indoor air quality in addition to heating and cooling. The FRXN12NMVJU and the TRXN12NMVJU pair up to make the best mini split for your garage or basement. The high dehumidification capacity can help deal with the excess moisture commonly found in these places.

LG LS120HXV

This mini split system by LG is rated for 12,000 BTUs per hour. It has a SEER of 17.0 and an HSPF of 9.0. Like the Pioneer and Gree mini splits we reviewed on this page it also uses 115 volts of electricity. The biggest drawback to the LS120HXV is the minimum outdoor temperature. This mini split system will only provide heat when the outdoor temperature is 14 degrees Fahrenheit.

The heating capacity of this mini split begins at 1,023 BTUs per hour and goes all the way up to 13,785. On the other side the coolant capacity also begins at 1,023 BTUs per hour and goes all the way up to 22,178. This is one of the bigger differences we have seen between heating and cooling capacities. there is no apparent reason for this based on the available specifications. We are not questioning the manufacturer’s statement, just making an observation.

Like all modern mini split heating and cooling system the refrigerant type. This compressor and its lines require 1.98 lb of refrigerant to function. It has a dehumidification capacity of 2.8 pints per hour. This is within normal ranges while the Daikin model at four pints per hour was exceptional.

At the lowest speed the indoor units can circulate 124 cubic feet of air per minute. At the highest speed it circulates 272 cubic feet of air per minute. These numbers are very middle-of-the-road. Unfortunately, we were unable to find the decibels of sound produced by the indoor unit. There is not a reason to expect the noise generated by this indoor unit would be much different that the others we have reviewed so far.

The recommended maximum length of refrigerant line is 49.2 ft and the maximum recommended elevation change of refrigerant line is 23 feet. Again, these numbers are very middle-of-the-road there is nothing exceptionally high or low about them.

We recommend looking to LG for a mini split if you do not have any extreme requirements like operating in very low temperatures or a great vertical distance between the placement of the compressor and the indoor unit. The LS120HXV is the best mini split for single room applications under normal conditions in climate zone 4 or 3. The very high cooling BTUs per hour are similar to the pricier Fujitsu 12RLS3. This is the best mini split for cooling if you are looking for one with a lower price tag.


Additional Mini Split Resources

Here is a comprehensive list of mini split articles published on unhumid.com

Best Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioner & Heat Pump

Best Mini Split Heat Pump for Cold Weather

The Best Upright Vacuum with a HEPA Filter

The United States Department of Energy is responsible for setting the standards for both the HEPA filter and handling nuclear material. It’s good to know that cleaning your home is getting this high level of attention.

However, not all HEPA vacuum cleaners are the same. If you are in the market for a new vacuum cleaner you need this guide.

Read on to learn about the best upright vacuum cleaner with a Hepa filter.

What is a HEPA filter?

Anything with holes that can trap some particles and let others through is a filter. By this definition, a sieve is a filter. Some vacuum cleaners use filters that catch larger particles but not very small ones.

These vacuum cleaners are essentially moving fine dust around your home. They can increase their effectiveness by laying one filter on top of another and catching more particles but they then get clogged up quickly. Having to pull air through a clogged filter takes more energy and a more powerful motor.

HEPA filters work in a different way. They use an outer filter to clean larger particles such as hair and dirt. Inside a concertina filter made of glass fibers removes smaller particles.

Some particles are simply trapped by the fibers, other catch onto the fibers as they pass through and yet more float about and stick to the fibers. For this reason, a HEPA vacuum cleaner needs to have the filter changed regularly if it is to keep working. Factor this into your buying decision.

Two of the Best Vacuum Cleaners Head to Head

Dyson Animal 2

This wide vacuum cleaner covers the ground quickly but without the problem of back-breaking weight. It uses a ball rather than wheels to get about. Very maneuverable.

This is not the most adjustable of cleaners but why would you want to change settings when it does such a good job on the standard setting. Use it on carpet or hard floor by turning the brush off or on. No problems.

If you are concerned about allergies, you’ll be pleased to learn that the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America certifies the Dyson Animal 2. It uses “whole-machine HEPA filtration. Be aware that when emptying the “bagless” bin you may be exposed to the dust as it is not sealed.

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Miele Maverick U1

The Miele Maverick U1 offers complete HEPA filtration including tiny particles such as pollen. Great if you have allergies or asthma. What’s more, the sealed waste bag means once the particles are trapped they stay trapped, even when emptying the waste.

The roller brush adjusts automatically and is great for pet hair and anything that clings to the carpet. A foot level switch adjusts the vacuum for the transition between carpet and hard floors. You can even turn the brush off for delicate floors.

This vacuum is a little heavier than others but the swivel neck makes maneuvering easy. You might find moving it around it more difficult. The 39-foot cord means you don’t have to keep unplugging and re-plugging.

The Best Upright Vacuum with a HEPA Filter

These are both great vacuum cleaners. It’s difficult to separate them. It depends what is important to you.

For lightweight and maneuverability, go for the Dyson. For an awesome HEPA filter and particle containment, go for the Miele. If you can’t decide when it comes down to price, the Miele is your vacuum cleaner.


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What’s the Best Humidifier for Dry Skin and Allergies?

Dealing with dry skin and allergies is a huge pain, but humidifiers can be the saving grace that helps you combat their symptoms.

Knowing the attributes that specific humidifiers have to alleviate your symptoms, is your first step toward improved health.

Read on to learn about the best humidifier for dry skin and allergies.

What’s a Humidifier and Why Do I Need One?

The first step in finding a humidifier best for you is to understand what it is and what it can do for you. A humidifier is a device that emits water vapor into the air to increase the current level of relative humidity in a confined location (i.e., a room in your house.)

Humidifiers can come in various sizes, shapes, and types. These different types include:

Console humidifiers: Enclosed in upright cabinets or boxes and designed for floor use;

Portable humidifiers: Mobile devices that are smaller and easily sit on table tops;

Central humidifiers: System/s built directly into a home’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system to humidify the entire house;

Ultrasonic humidifiers: Devices that create a cool mist with ultrasonic sound vibrations;

Impeller or “Cool Mist” humidifiers: Appliances that use a high-speed rotating dish to generate a cool mist;

Evaporators: Equipment that uses a fan to blow moisture into the air through either a moistened belt, wick, or filter;

Steam vaporizer: A device that heats water with either electrodes or an electrical heating element to create steam.

You can read more details about each of these humidifier models here.

Increased levels of water vapor in the air are especially helpful in treating dry skin and fighting indoor allergies. Increased moisture helps the thin layer of natural lipids coating our skin do their job to preserve moisture within our epidermal skin cells.

Increased moisture can also soothe allergic reactions such as stuffiness or itchiness in the nose, mouth, and throat can occur when allergens invade your system.

Humidifiers: Does One Size Fit All?

The short answer to that question is “no.”

It’s important to differentiate here, between dry skin and skin allergies when considering the best humidifier for you.

Skin allergies are usually limited to one, specific area on the body that has direct contact with the allergen causing sensitivity. Dry skin usually involves overall body dryness and skin flaking along with other symptoms such as chapped lips.

Humidifier for Dry Skin

Humidity is a natural moisturizer that can relieve dryness or cracked skin during either the driest of summers or the coldest of winters. Any of the humidifier models and types listed above can help soothe rough skin.

Experts agree that ideal indoor relative humidity should be around 40-50% to ensure comfort, avoid condensation on flat surfaces, or prevent the growth of molds inside.

Taotronics Cool Mist Humidifier may be your best for fighting dry skin. It has adjustable vapor and humidity levels. It also comes with a built-in timer and sleep mode to allow you to repair cracked skin while you sleep.

Humidifier for Allergies

While humidifiers can help soothe allergy side effects, they can also be the cause for aggravating people with certain mold or dust allergies as well. Spores and other bacterial organisms will grow inside humidifiers if they aren’t cleaned properly, thus making current allergies worse.

It’s important to perform regular humidifier maintenance and clean it regularly so bacteria doesn’t grow in the unit and diffuse into the air.

Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier may be ideal for people with allergies. It doesn’t need a filter (where mold and other organisms might hide) and it uses heated vapor that kills up to 95% of any bacteria and spores that might get left behind.

Other Considerations When Choosing a Humidifier

Size/portability: Humidifiers come in all sizes whether they be on your tabletop or a permanent fixture on a wall in your house. Choose an appliance that will fit into your current home and effectively circulate the air throughout your space.

Consider purchasing a portable humidifier if you travel frequently in order to continue the health benefits both at home and on the road.

Price range: Humidifiers come in a variety of price ranges, anywhere from twenty dollars to over a hundred dollars. Prices will vary, depending on the number of different features each unit provides.

Consider your goals before you spend big bucks on a feature you don’t need. If you are only looking to relieve cracked skin, perhaps the more expensive models that don’t use filters might not be a priority for you.

What’s Next? Let’s Go Shopping!

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The Best Essential Oil Diffuser for Allergies

Using an essential oil diffuser to help with your allergy symptoms is a great idea. These devices help purify the air around you and can make breathing easier. In this article we review essential oil diffusers that add moisture into the air in the same way that a cool mist humidifier does.

Many people use essential oils to help relieve allergy symptoms. There is even scientific support for the use of lavender oil to help manage the inflammation of airways caused by allergies. In case you’re looking for more information about the benefits of lavender oil check out this link too.

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Here at Unhumid we recommend using an essential oil diffuser to help add some much needed moisture to the air in your space as well. The quote below is from Griffith Energy Services

When humidity drops too low, mold, mildew, and dust allergens dry up and become airborne. Dry air also dries out the nasal passages, which makes it easier for those allergens to get into your lungs. Chapped lips and dry skin accompany the dry air allergy issues to create a very uncomfortable environment.

There are many choices to consider. Diffusers are an essential part of aromatherapy and each device has its pros and cons. And paired with the right combination of essential oils, you’ll be well on your way to purer air. And hopefully, an easier allergy season.

We’ve chosen one we think has the best air purifying system and the best diffusing rate. Read on if you would like to learn more!

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Essential Oils for Allergy Relief

When it comes to finding effective allergy relief, many aromatherapists will recommend trying lavender, peppermint or tea tree oils.

Lavender oil relaxes, while peppermint is a natural expectorant and tea tree is an antiseptic.

All of these oils, when diffused, will give your system relief and will hopefully make your allergy season a little less annoying. Be sure to discuss all options with your aromatherapist.

Is My Diffuser the Same as a Humidifier?

Diffusers are a big part of the growing aromatherapy field. Many come equipped with a misting system that acts like a humidifier.

Unlike humidifiers though, they simply disperse essential oils into the air. Humidifiers are great devices for those who use their voices extensively and for those who may suffer from allergies.

Pairing a diffuser with a humidifier will make your home a safe haven for when allergy season strikes. Finding one of these combinations can be tricky though. But we believe we might have found one.

Keep reading for more information on essential oil therapy.

Our Suggestion

When it comes to finding the right one for your allergies, look no further.

There are many different kinds. Some are great for spas, some can serve as nightlights and some even act as dual humidifiers.

After some careful research and much reading of reviews on Amazon, we believe we have found the best one for any allergy-sufferer.

The URPOWER Ultrasonic Air Humidifier is one of those rare combo products that aromatherapists love for allergy relief.

This is a top choice among Amazon shoppers with a huge number of positive reviews. The URPOWER acts as combination air purifiers, ionizers, and humidifiers. It also comes equipped with a light! Which makes it a great nightlight for children who may suffer from allergies too.

While many cannot act as humidifiers, this one can. You can also decide to use it as just a humidifier, making it a flexible little device to have in your home.

It can run for ten hours straight, thanks to its 300ml tank. It will also shut off automatically when it runs out of oil.

Allergy Relief Right at Home

There are many different essential oil diffusers to try and with our advanced searching options, we hope we can help you choose the right gadget for your home.

All natural allergy relief is just a click away.

The Best Air Purifier for Chemical Sensitivity

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) is a real condition that affects millions of Americans. One survey by the American Public Health Association found that 12.6% of their respondents claimed to have an unusual sensitivity to chemicals compared to others.

If you suffer from MCS, you need the best room air purifier to help improve your quality of life. You can’t control every chemical that enters your home, but you can help remove some of the unwanted smells through a sufficient air purifier.

According to the Woodworking Network, “As of Friday, June 1, it is illegal to manufacture or import composite wood products in the U.S. if they contain excessive amounts of formaldehyde.” This is an important step in protecting the air in your home from gaseous indoor air pollutants.

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Activated Carbon Air Filters

Activated carbon filters are one of the few ways to deal with gaseous indoor air pollutants like fumes, smoke and smells. Activated carbon filters specialize in removing volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, and formaldehyde from the air. Other ways to manage gaseous pollutant include removing the source or ventilation. The air purifiers we review later in this article feature activated carbon filters.

Finding the Best Room Air Purifier

If you suffer from MCS, you know how unavoidable chemicals can be. Irritants are everywhere, from cigarette smoke to cleaning supplies to perfume.

The best you can hope for is a proper air purifier to find comfort in your home.

There are a few elements you need to consider on your search for the best room air purifier. First and foremost, you’ll want to start with the filter.

Get the Right Filter

These days, most air purifiers come with a HEPA filter. These filters will do wonders for the air quality in your home, and you should never consider a purify without this certification.

If you want a higher degree of air quality certainty, go with a filter certified by the California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resource Board. This organization has a list of filters that will likely fit your air purifying needs.

Unfortunately, not all of these air purifiers remove some of the everyday fumes that bother those with MCS. Fumes aren’t the same as air pollutants, so you need a device with a carbon filter to tackle these irritating smells.

A Powerful Fan

An air purifier is only as powerful as the motor of the fan it uses. If the fan doesn’t suck the fumes and pollutants out of the air, it doesn’t matter how fantastic the filter might be.

Check the specifications on the fan, and buy the best one you can find. The ideal combination would be a powerful fan with a filter that’s high in carbon.

Check the Room Size

One mistake people often make while shopping for an air purifier is forgetting to check the room size. The CADR, or Clean Air Delivery Rate, is an easy way to compare air purifiers between brands. According to AHAM, the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, the CADR on an air purifier should be two-thirds the area of the room in square feet. An average bedroom is 120 square feet which would need an air purifier with a clean air delivery rate of 80.

You need an air purifier that will tackle the room you’re trying to purify. Take the dimensions of your room (or rooms), then take a look at purifiers that fill the space.

To be safe, always buy a unit that will cover a larger room than the one in which you intend to put the purifier. Companies tend to exaggerate in their claims and don’t always live up to the dimensions they advertise.

The Best Air Purifier for Chemical Sensitivity

After considering all of the above, the most important feature you need in an air purifier to help with a chemical sensitivity is a VOC sensor. VOC stands for volatile organic compounds. They are responsible for causing allergy flare ups in people with chemical sensitivities.

Winix makes the best air purifiers with VOC sensors. The Winix 5300-2 is one of their most affordable options from their product line up. Whirlpool also has several air purifiers with built-in VOC sensors.

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Compare and Contrast

Take a look at the specifications of a few different models now that you know what to look for in an air purifier. Ideally, you want an air purifier that has a carbon filter, a powerful fan and is large enough to fit your room.

Want some more tips on what to look for in air cleaning products? Check out our blog for everything you need to know!

Dehumidifier or Air Purifier for Allergies?

The air in our homes is full of particulate matter or pollutants that can aggravate allergies, asthma, and other respiratory conditions.

Recent research even showed that exposure to air pollutants commonly found in the home can decrease your life expectancy!

Luckily there are devices that can reduce and prevent these types of pollutants in our homes, but which should you use?

Read on for the 3 questions that will help you determine the winner of an air purifier vs dehumidifier.

Air Purifier Vs Dehumidifier: What Do They Actually Do?

Here’s some basic information about the differences between air purifiers and dehumidifiers.

Air Purifiers

Air purifiers suction air through a series of filters that trap allergy-inducing particles and then recirculate clean air back into the room.

They usually feature a few different types of filters to make sure that even the smallest microparticles can’t recirculate.

Dehumidifiers

A dehumidifier filters moisture particles out of the air. In climates with high humidity or bathrooms or kitchens without fans, moist air can facilitate the growth of mold and mildew. Not only are these growths allergy-inducing, they’re poisonous!

Dehumidifiers simply remove the excess moisture from the air that would allow those things to grow.

What Are You Allergic To?

The next question is obvious! Now that you know what allergens these devices combat, it’s easier to choose an air purifier vs dehumidifier for your specific allergy needs!

If your allergies include pet hair, dust, pollen, or smoke (or other odors) then an air purifier is the way to go! Some are even allergic to the micro dust in cat litter (see this post for some recommendations if this is you).

If mold, mildew, or other moisture-related allergens are the source of your sneezing then the dehumidifier is the clear choice.

But remember, while an air purifier can trap mold and mildew particles it doesn’t prevent them from forming. So if you live in a region with an average of 50% humidity or higher you may want to consider a dehumidifier which prevents additional moisture-related allergens.

If your symptoms are caused by a combination of air pollutants and moisture-related pollutants, the solution might be to try using both devices.

Which one do I need?

We did the work for you! We’ve searched Amazon for the highest rated, most purchased air purifiers and dehumidifiers and this is what we found.

Both of the following models are available on Amazon with prime shipping. They both have great ratings and a high number of reviews. This is important because it shows a lot of people have purchased these items and also had positive experiences.

Both products are appropriately sized for use in a home. Most home models are for single room use, so some customers bought multiple units for different rooms in their home.

And because of their compact design, they’re much quieter than their industrial counterparts.

Air Purifier: GermGuardian

We are big fans of GermGuardian products. They have a solid lineup of air purifiers designed for different situations. We have specific reviews of GermGuardian air purifiers here, here and here! To keep things simple for this article we recommend one appropriately sized for a single room, the GermGuardian AC4825.

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Dehumidifier: Frigidaire

When it comes to dehumidifiers to help with allergies we recommend Frigidaire dehumidifiers. Since they have many different models and sizes, start by looking at the 70 pint models. There are two reasons for this – 70 pint models have a high capacity water reservoir and they can treat a large space.

High capacity reservoirs need to be emptied less often. Once the reservoir is full, the dehumidifier stops working and you have lost control over the humidity in your home.

70 pint dehumidifiers can work on spaces up to 4,000 square feet. With a capacity this high, in most cases, you will be able to purchase a single dehumidifier for your entire home.

When it comes to specific models we recommend the Frigidaire 70-Pint Dehumidifier with Effortless Humidity Control. It is certified by ENERGY STAR and UL, so you can trust your dehumidifier to save you money on your energy bill and operate in a safe and consistent manner.


Dehumidifier or Air Purifier for Allergies?

Once you’ve established the culprit behind your sniffles, it’s easy to determine which device should be used in your home.

Next up: Best Air Purifier for Bacteria and Viruses.

What Type of Humidifier is Best for Allergies?

Close to 50 million Americans suffer from allergies. Sometimes the symptoms are simply annoying, and other times they’re severe enough to disrupt your day-to-day life.

Luckily, many sufferers have found that using a humidifier for allergies brings them much-needed relief.

Before you run out and buy a humidifier, however, it’s important to understand that they’re not all created equal. In fact, if you choose the wrong one, it can actually exacerbate your allergy symptoms.

Here are 6 tips to help you find the perfect humidifier for your home.

1. When Buying a Humidifier for Allergies, Skip the Ultrasonic Models

Many homeowners opt for ultrasonic humidifiers because they’re whisper-quiet. Unfortunately, the cool mist they emit can also create a phenomenon called white dust, which can make your allergies worse.

If reducing allergy symptoms is your goal, an evaporative or warm mist (steam-based) humidifier is a far better option. Check out this article, about the best room humidifiers, where we review the Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier. Otherwise, we have included a functional search bar in the ad below. It has been prefilled to show the Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier we review in the other article. Feel free to use it to explore similar products on Amazon. Click on any of the images to be taken to the product listing.

2. Choose a Humidifier with Oil or Vapor Compatibility

Humidifiers that also function as essential oil diffusers are becoming increasingly popular solutions for people with allergies. We have another blog post that covers the best humidifier and diffuser combo. Using a large-room essential oil diffuser year-round can help adjust your mood and alleviate an array of physical ailments. Some essential oils are exceptionally good for treating allergy symptoms.

When looking for a humidifier for allergies, you’ll want one that allows you to add your oils directly inside. You can check out this link to read more about our top pick for essential oil diffusers for a large room, the URPOWER 1000ml Essential Oil Diffuser.

3. Dust Filters Are Critical for Proper Functioning

The best humidifier in the world is only as good as the air it circulates. Make sure the one you choose uses high-quality filters to remove pathogens, dust, and other contaminants. You must also regularly clean and maintain your humidifier so it doesn’t grow mildew or mold.


To further reduce contaminants, consider a freestanding air purifier in your larger rooms. This can help remove viruses and bacteria throughout your home, decreasing the chances that you’ll get sick and feel even worse than you already do.

4. Understand Your Size Options

Decide whether you need a humidifier to cover your entire home or a single room. Some people find that using a humidifier in their bedroom at night is sufficient. Others prefer all-day relief.

Check the square-footage your humidifier is designed to cover. Remember, if you have high ceilings, you may need a humidifier that’s designed for more than your actual home size.

5. Maintenance Requirements are Important

Proper maintenance is important. A small, one-room humidifier will need daily cleaning.

Whole-house humidifiers vary, depending on the size and quality. Some need to be cleaned once a month while others can go for up to a year.

Don’t make the mistake of purchasing something you don’t have the time or energy to maintain. Otherwise, the device can end up doing more harm than good.

6. What’s the Best Type of Humidifier for Allergies?

There are few things as important as the air you breathe. Don’t leave your humidifier-buying decision up to chance, and don’t settle for reading manufacturer’s claims.

Take the time to read customer reviews online and on social media. Consider the pros and cons they mention. Specifically look for any input about whether the unit you’re considering helped other people with their allergy issues.

Now that you know what you’re looking for, you’re well on your way to finding relief for those nasty allergy symptoms.

Are you interested in more tips for making your home as comfortable as possible? Check our blog frequently for all of the best tips, tricks, and reviews.

Air Purifier vs Humidifier: Which is Better for Allergies?

Knowing the difference between an air purifier vs humidifier can be the trick to combating your allergies.

Contrary to popular belief, the two terms are not interchangeable. They each offer specific functions and benefits, especially when it comes to your health.

Discover the difference between the two and which one you should choose to keep your allergies in check.

Air Purifier vs Humidifier: What’s the Difference?

The main difference between humidifiers and air purifiers is how they function.

Air purifiers are designed to cleanse the indoor air from pollutants. Dust, smoke, bacteria, and allergens like pollen and pet dander are removed from the air.

However, they do nothing to control the air’s humidity levels. That’s what humidifiers are for. Humidifiers put moisture into the air, though they do nothing to clean the air.

When to Use an Air Purifier

Air purifiers are ideal for specific symptoms. Sneezing, rashes, respiratory problems or allergies can be reduced with an air purifier.

If you’re not sure about your air quality, you can have your air tested to find out exactly what’s floating around your home. However, if you would like to keep things simple, look for an air purifier with a built-in sensor to measure the levels of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, in the air. These types of air purifiers simplify keeping your home’s air clean and safe.


When to Use a Humidifier

Dry air can cause discomfort, which is why many people use humidifiers in the winter. Humidifiers are great at combatting dry skin, chapped lips, and nosebleeds.

You can purchase external devices that measure a room’s humidity levels. When it drops below a certain amount, you can run a humidifier to get back to an optimal level.

However, there is such a thing as too much humidity. You won’t want to run a humidifier constantly. The right humidity level can help fight against mold growth and moisture problems.

The EPA recommends indoor air humidity should remain between 30-60%. The best humidifiers come with a built in humidistat. This allows them to automatically regulate how much moisture they add into the air.

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Which One Wins the Allergy Battle?

When determining whether to use an air purifier vs humidifier, understand that both are essential for maintaining a healthy indoor environment.

Just as you wouldn’t want to drink dirty water, you also don’t want to inhale dirty air. Doing so can induce a variety of symptoms, such as sneezing, nosebleeds, and itchy or dry skin.

However, if you want to fend off allergens, the air purifier is the clear choice.

Keeping your air free of contaminants is key to reducing your allergy-related symptoms.

You might also benefit from having a humidifier to keep nasal passages moist.

You can purchase single-function air purifiers. Or, you could opt for a combination unit that controls both the air quality and humidity levels. Combination units are a great way to save space and money.

If your allergies are severe, you might want to opt for a built-in air purification system. These systems are installed professionally in your home’s HVAC system.

They work to maintain clean air throughout your home without having move portable units from room to room.

Wrap Up

When it comes to air purifier vs humidifier, both have a useful purpose in your home. Both can help lessen allergy symptoms, but air purifiers have the bigger advantage.

To find out more about choosing the best air purifier for your needs, take a look at some of our product reviews.

The Best Vacuum Cleaner for People With Allergies

 

A lot of us suffer from allergies to pet dander, dust, dust mites and hidden mold in our homes. In addition, every time we open the front door or walk in from outside, we’re bringing in plant particles and pollen that many of us are allergic to.

Chances are you’ve tried to limit the number of allergens with regular cleaning and by using an air purifier. The type of vacuum cleaner we use can also affect our allergies.

What is the best vacuum for allergies?

Read on to find out.

What Every Allergy-Friendly Vacuum Should Have

Regardless of which vacuum you choose, it’s important that it has an effective filtration system. Without it, your vacuum cleaner can fill the air in your home with almost every imaginable allergy-causing pollutant.

In addition, the best vacuum for allergies will incorporate some type of gasket between the dirt canister or bag and the HEPA filter, to prevent particles from being released into the air after being vacuumed up.

Upright or Canister?

Deciding between an upright or canister vacuum really depends on what kind of flooring you have. If your home is mostly wall-to-wall carpet, then an upright vacuum is best.

Most upright vacuums come equipped with a removable wand and an extension hose for using special attachments. This will allow you to deep clean your carpet and clean smooth floors like tile.

If your home has mostly hardwood floors and area rugs, then a canister vacuum is best.

Best Upright Vacuum for Allergies

Below are the top picks for Upright Vacuums. They’re both bagless but there are plenty of bagged upright allergy-friendly vacuums that are great too.

Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 Upright Vacuum

If your home has a variety of flooring, including carpet, vinyl, tile or hardwood, then this vacuum covers it all. The vacuum head adjusts automatically to each kind of flooring to give optimal suction throughout your whole home.

If you have pets, the powerful brush roll is great for removing pet hair from carpets.

The wand and hose assembly release easily, which helps when cleaning nooks and crannies. And it extends 15 feet, so you can reach and clean the highest ceiling fans or under large pieces of furniture.

The feature that makes it the ideal vacuum for allergy sufferers is the Hygienic Dirt Bin Emptying System. You will never have to touch the dirt the vacuum picked up. It also comes with a HEPA filter that traps 99.9% of mold, pollen, dust mites, and other allergens.

Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional Upright (NV356E)

The Shark Navigator is one of the best allergy-friendly upright vacuums available. The sealed vacuum system and HEPA Filter ensure you will never come in contact with allergens when vacuuming.

It is powerful and very versatile, but one of the best things about it is the low cost.

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Best Canister Vacuums for Allergies

Below are the top picks for Canister Vacuums. One is bagged and one is bagless, they’re both great, it’s just a matter of preference.

Dyson DC39 Animal Canister Vacuum Cleaner

The Dyson DC39 Animal Canister Vacuum Cleaner with Tangle-free Turbine Tool is one of the best bagless canister vacuums available. It has a phenomenal HEPA filtration system.

The DC39 Dyson model is certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

If you do have carpeting and pet, its turbine powered brush roll will remove all pet hair from your carpet.

Miele Classic C1 Olympus Canister Vacuum Cleaner

The Miele Classic C1 Olympus Canister Vacuum Cleaner is an excellent choice for homes with mostly hard floors and area rugs. Like the Dyson, it too has an excellent filtration system.

It’s not bagless but instead has AirClean FilterBags with a flap to seal when full, so allergens are never released into the air when changing bags. It also has not one but two filters.

Miele vacuums are somewhat expensive, but it’s worth the expense and can last a lifetime.

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Which is the Best Vacuum for Allergies?

It depends on your flooring, budget, preference to bagged or bagless, and bells and whistles you want. And if you have pets, that should be taken into consideration too.

Once you narrow that down, there are a lot of good choices out there, aside from the ones mentioned. Kenmore, Hoover, Shark, Dyson, and Miele, all have several allergy-friendly vacuums that do the job well.

For more great articles and tips for keeping your home allergen free, visit our blog.