Safety 1st Ultrasonic 360 Humidifier Review
A very popular humidifier choice these days is the Safety 1st Ultrasonic 360 humidifier. This is a very affordable model which looks quite promising. Can it live up to the hype, or should you be looking elsewhere for a humidifier? Let’s take a closer look at it below to see if we can find out.
Safety 1st is a company that is well known for making baby and nursery equipment. However that doesn’t mean that this product is strictly for young children – it can be used by anyone in smaller to medium sized rooms. This model comes in two colors which are blue (pictured to the left), and raspberry red. Both look quite nice, although the red is a bit more flashy which makes it stand out. The entire design is somewhat average, and is nothing to write home about compared to some of the pricier humidifiers. A good way to describe it would be “ordinary”, but there is nothing wrong with that.
The capacity of the tank is roughly one gallon. This should allow you to run it for around 8-10 hours on the highest setting, medium should give you about 18-20 hours of usage and low will provide about 24-30 hours of steam. The tank is quite easy to fill, and the carry handle on the right hand side makes a nice addition. This makes makes removing and refitting the tank a quick and easy task. The handle is a little on the small side, but it does make handling the tank a bit less cumbersome.
Something quite unique to this model are the dual nozzles. Steam is outputted through both these vents, so you can have one facing forwards and one facing backwards if you like. It really depends on you, but it is certainly a good way to ensure the mist is evenly distributed in the room. This is especially beneficial if you have two children in the same room, as the humidifier can stand between them, with one nozzle facing each child.
Since this is a humidifier designed with kids in mind, it is only a cool mist humidifier. Adding any additives is not recommended, so you will need to look elsewhere if you want that sort of functionality. Operating the humidifier is very simple, and this is done on the dial on the front. There are a quite a few different steam volume settings that you can play around, so you can find the best one for your needs. Once the water has run out, the machine will power down and the light will switch from green to red to let you know.
Something else that is definitely worth mentioning is that the Safety First humidifier is filterless. This means you will save a bit of cash, since you won’t need to invest in filters every month. You still need to clean it at least once a week to keep it in good running order, but you will have to do this anyway, no matter which humidifier you decide to buy. We recommend leaving a diluted solution of water and white vinegar in the base and tank for 30 minutes, and then rinsing it out. Once that is done, the bulk of the base can be dried out using some paper towels. This doesn’t take too long, and it isn’t that much more difficult than any of the other models we have seen.
The steam output generated by the machine is more than sufficient on the high setting, so the medium setting should be adequate even in fairly dry settings. Since it is an ultrasonic humidifier, the noise output is almost non existent, even on the highest setting. This is ideal for any light sleepers out there. There is a slight gurgling noise as the water occasionally drips from the tank into the reservoir when in use, but again this is something quite common with other humidifiers. The green “On” light isn’t too bright or obtrusive, but a little piece of tape can always fix this if it starts to bother you.
So that is a quick look at the humidifier. With a retail price of under $40, this is a very competitively priced humidifier. It is filterless and ultrasonic, so it is great value for money at that price point. For less than $40, you will struggle to find a cheaper model with more features. The Safety 1st Ultrasonic 360 Humidifier comes standard with a one year warranty.
- Great price
- Dual rotating nozzles
- Carry handle on tank
- Quiet (ultrasonic model)
- Can’t use any additives
Summary: With a retail price of $39.99, this humidifier is certainly a great deal. The mist output is more than sufficient, and it comes with two nozzles which you can rotate into position. It is also filterless, and ultrasonic so there is no loud operating noises to worry about. With such a competitive price, it is certainly worth a look. You can take a look at some of the many user reviews and check the latest pricing on Amazon.