Rated 3.2 out of 5 by 21
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Irritatedconsumer Noisy fan over bucket of water
I run a humidifier as soon as the heat comes on in the fall to maintain a comfortable level of humidity and counteract the dry heat in winter. This was not a "cheap" unit and I thought I was ourchasing a quality humidifier. I immediately had difficulty removing the cap to fill it with water. Then it was awkward to hold and fill under the faucet. I am a professional mechanic so I don't typically encounter these types of issues. The humidity control doesn't appear to work unless you have it enclosed in a very small room like a bathroom and keep the door closed. I ran it on medium for four days nonstop and detected no noticeable drop in the water level. It was annoyingly loud and created a blast of air from the top. Seems to work well as a fan but I wanted a humidifier, not an overpriced fan. Upon further inspection it appears to be a bucket of water with a fan on top of it. I have owned much better units for far less cost that actually have timers, humidity controls that work, heated air, night lights and various other features ....and they actually increase the humidity. I have found that it does not perform as advertised so I keep packing it in the basement reluctant to throw it in the trash because it cost so much. So instead I pull it out every year and get angry about my poor choice year after year. I have found that I actually hate this thing and am now trying to think of a fun way to destroy it since I held onto it far too long to return it. I will not make this same mistake twice.
February 23, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Rippie Costs a bit more because it's better!
It's that time of year and adding humidity to the air makes a real difference in your comfort, especially sleeping.
I gave up on ultrasonic humidifiers LONG ago because I can hear them (yes, my hearing is that good) and they annoy me, and so does the moistened area around the device and the white mineral dust. They don't last and don't do a very good job, even if the water does get used up.
Heated mist ones are fine if you like things wetted, but are really for sick people and short term use, aimed at the patient and meticulously sanitized.
Twenty years ago, the idea of powered evaporative humidification just made sense, but most of the devices were too small to last a day or too large to place.
This Vornado Evap2 is unique. It is a decent reservoir sized unit that has the footprint of barely more than a little ceramic heater! Since the form factor is vertical, there are a couple of benefits.
First of all, you can put this on the floor, which I recommend you do, at one side of the room, aiming the tilted top towards the center of the ceiling. This will give you the added benefit of GENTLY creating a circulation in the room to pull the moist cooler air on the floor up and push down the warmer air at the ceiling. You'll be a bit warmer, breathe better and not have a humidity concentrated area.
Because of its height, most people will be able to operate the buttons without stooping over nearly to the floor, a godsend for folks with bad backs. I don't need to squat to operate or fill the unit.
Filling is the only thing about the design I'm not keen on. This reservoir can be filled in the kitchen but not the bathroom sink. If this is for your bedroom or master suite, that's somewhat inconvenient. Also, it's very awkward to hold the reservoir and there are no truly flat surfaces, so you can't just stand it up after filling. When you refill, you are committed to starting and completing only that task and no other in the process.
You CAN remove and reinstall the fill cap if you have arthritis. It is palm-grippable, and it only take about 1/3 turn off and on, and you'll feel a positive soft "click."
I have NOT had any of the problems with getting the reservoir out and back in that others have. Once you practice a couple times, it's literally a snap, and I can just "key" it in on the bottom and let go and it pops right into place.
This machine is QUIET on low speed, understandably loud on high speed. I wish there was a medium speed, but Vornado doesn't do that on humidifiers. The gurgle from water coming out of the is soft and muffled compared to every other humidifier, including Vornados, that I've owned.
Looks snappy, absolutely puts moisture in the air in a decent sized room, and once it blasts through the first couple of fills it should make it a day per fill on low speed in a closed large room and you'll barely notice it operating. Easy enough to clean, moves air, quiet, really humidifies and you can get at the motor to lubricate it a couple times a year to make it last beyond its FIVE YEAR WARRANTY.
I like it but for the couple of small things I mentioned.
December 10, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by pwrnyc I get angry every single day when I add water.
The unit looks great. But it was designed with concern only for appearance, not for use. Refilling the water supply is unnecessarily difficult- it cannot be placed down on a flat surface when under the faucet --it has to be held, and even worse, the heavy unit has to be held next to the chest in order to close the unit. The part that is on top when assembled should be FLAT,not rounded. It spills on me and on the floor when I carry it back to the room.. I cannot fill it in the bathroom or tub, I have to take it to the kitchen.
December 3, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by HappyPurchaser Excellent buy for the money!
The humidifier was easy to use. Contrary to what others have been saying regarding the water level being hard to see, I have no problem in determining where the water level is. If I can't tell just by glancing, I would go over and tilt the humidifier and you can see the water level move, or shine a light at it. Using the low setting keeps the humidity at the desired level after the initial setup. Refill the container about once a day.
January 19, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Theobroma Poor design feature, can't easily fill the water tank
The water chamber is designed in such a way as to make it extremely difficult to fill. The "handle" that you carry it by, let's call it the "top," is rounded so when you turn it upside down to take the cap off to fill the chamber, you can't put it down in the sink. It would fall over. You can balance the empty chamber by holding it with one hand while you remove the cap and turn on the water. But then you have to hold the chamber with two hands while it fills. When it's full, even if you don't feel strongly about turning off the water, but just pull the chamber out from under the faucet, you still have to hold it balanced on the rounded handle with one hand while you grab the cap with the other hand, to screw it back on. I can't help but wonder, did anyone test fill it before they froze the design? I definitely would not have bought it if I had known.
February 10, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jeff1 This product actually works
I was pleasently suprised within 10 minutes of putting the system on we were able to breath easier and after a nights sleep we awoke to no headache or dried out feeling we used to get living in a steam heat apartment
December 10, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Chester Too noisy with little refief from dry air
It is a small attractive unit. As others have stated, it's impossible to check the water level without removing the water container from the unit. The container is small, doesn't hold much water and is awkward to fill since you need to hold the container with one hand in an awkward position while maneuvering your faucet with the other hand. I have my humidifier in a 144 sq ft bedroom. I run it on high nonstop day and night but have never seen the humidity level reach above 40%. The thing is pretty noisy running on high in a small room. The noise is similar to white noise. Unfortunately, I'm pretty disappointed with it and would not recommend it.
November 23, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Borgey This product greatly improved the quality of air and reduced allergen’s
This product is aesthetically pleasing and functional. I like the fact you are not required to purchase water treatment additives, or cleaning solutions sold through the manufacture. The filter will need to be replaced; but it can be cleaned using bleach at least once before having to purchase another filter therefore extending the use and spending less money in the long run.
March 25, 2014