Is there a useful cool mist humidifer in the $40-100 range?
My wife and I go through what seems to me like a lot of cool mist humidifiers. The Vicks models that sell for $20-30 everywhere seem to be OK but their lifespan is short. We've tried three different ones in the $40-100 range this season, all that held 1-1.5 gallons of water, and haven't liked any of them:
One was a tall unit sold by Holmes. We liked that you could set a timer or a humidistat for it. We didn't like that it was a PITA to fill the water container, and when I dropped the container once from about 6 inches (when full of water) it no longer worked (oddly enough it didn't leak until placed in the humidifier, I couldn't figure that one out...).
The second one was made by "Idyllis". It seemed technically like a great idea, but the execution was terrible. It actually sealed too well, and when used as directed would never finish a tank because it never allowed air in to the tank to replace outgoing water.
Third one is honeywell. Decent but completely round, PITA to use.