questionsis there a useful cool mist humidifer in the $40…

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I have a Holmes which is similar to this one:
http://www.amazon.com/Holmes-HM1761-NU-2Gal-Cool-Humidifier/dp/B000GQU9OA/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1391128081&sr=8-6&keywords=holmes+humidifier

Mine is several years old, so I can't find the exact model to show you anymore. It's in your price range ($44.99). I've been very satisfied with mine.

Stay away from the UltraSonic ones that blow white dust all over the place.

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@hot72chev: The Holmes model was the last one we had that we liked. The only problem with it was that I dropped the tank from only a couple inches and cracked it. The really odd part though is that the cracked tank held water fine - I could fill it up and sit it cracked-side-down in the sink all night and it wouldn't loose a drop - yet I would put it in the humidifier and start leaking like crazy. Their replacement policy was horrid, I could order a new tank for ~$30 and it would take around 2 weeks for the new one to come.

Had I known that every humidifier we would try afterwards would be worse, though, I would have spent the $30 happily. Instead I gave it away on craigslist and bought the Idyllis (which was a massive pile of failure) and then the Honeywell (which isn't very good either).

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How about this one? It is 500ml container that will last working for 16 hours, you need not add water frequently. You will cost only $33.99 to get it before Feb 29th.
http://www.amazon.com/Aromatherapy-Humidifier-Electronic-Ultrasonic-Valentines/dp/B019PU7BKC/ref=sr_1_718?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1453104736&sr=1-718&keywords=aromatherapy+diffuser