Humidifiers are a great help for child care. Some may even consider it a must-have. They are especially useful for babies but even older kids would benefit from them and of course, adults. The Crane Ultrasonic Humidifier – with Oscar the Owl produces cool mist that helps your little one sleep soundly and at the same time, has an adorable owl design which would be perfect for your baby’s room.
It features a 1 gallon water tank and 2.1 gallon mist output that can last up to 24 hours on mid setting. But is it just for display? Is the design all that is unique to it? In this review, we will discuss its features and see if it is really more than just a toy.
Important Features and Specs
The Crane Oscar the Owl Humidifier produces cool mist that adds moisture to the air in your baby’s room to promote easier breathing and relief from cough, cold, and flu symptoms, including nasal congestion, dry cough, sinus irritation, nose bleeds as well as dry skin. The one gallon water tank, when full, will be good for 2.1 gallon mist output or 24 hours in mid setting.
It comes in a very catchy owl shape in metallic brown; with the big eyes on the top cover, while the mist is blown out from the owl’s ears in visible thin moist air, which makes it really cute. It is compact and would fit most desks or side tables, with dimensions of 10.5 x 13.8 x 10.5 inches, Width, Depth, and Height (WDH) and weighs only 1 pound. Its two orange feet adds support for the base. Remember to place the Owl Humidifier on an elevated flat surface so the baby won’t topple it over, especially when he’s already able to crawl.
This unit is quite affordable. In addition to that, it does not require a filter because it uses ultrasonic technology which cleans the water as it passes through the system. So there is less maintenance cost. However, if you have hard water that is known to have high mineral content, you may purchase a demineralization filter to be placed in the water while the unit is running or you can use distilled water. If not, regular cool tap water will do.
It is very easy and simple to use. Simply remove the tank from the base, unscrew the bottom cap and fill it with water. It is important to remember not to fill it with water from the top or the mist output or it will affect its performance. The base has a dial which lets you turn the unit on and adjust the humidity level.
It produces whisper quiet mist so it will not disturb your baby’s sleep. The unit can humidify up to 250 square feet or standard sized rooms. It also features automatic shutoff so when the water runs out, the machine will stop running and the indicator light will turn red until it is powered off manually. This saves you a lot on electricity costs.
Cleaning is also easy. It requires some maintenance but it’s cost effective. Every once in a while, clean your unit with tap water and white vinegar to get rid of any residue that might have built up on the inner surface. Fill the tank with water and add two tablespoons of white vinegar, shake the tank and let it sit for two hours. After that, empty the tank and rinse it several times with clean water to remove the vinegar smell. You can do the same with the base as long as it is not immersed under water.
- Filter free
- Regular cleaning is not required
- Produces a lot of mist even in low setting
- Visible mist
- Nice design
- Auto shutoff
- Water sometimes leaks from the base when replacing the tank
- Not very compact so it may not be suitable in small spaces
- No directional control for the mist output
Who Should Buy
Although the unit’s design is intended for nursery use, it functions just as well as any regular cool mist humidifier. It is best for small baby rooms or up to 250 square feet. It is also inexpensive so if you are on a budget, this is an efficient product that won’t hurt your pocket.
It is great for display and the color is gender neutral. The whisper quiet operation makes this perfect for sleeping babies at night. If you live in a smaller space, however, you may find this a little difficult to fit on a small desk since it is a little bulkier because of the toy design.
The Crane Adorable Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier with 2.1 Gallon Output per Day – Owl, is perfect for those who want to put an air humidifier on their little one’s room. It has a nice design that won’t make it awkward to display. It is cost efficient and is reasonably priced so it is great for those who are on a budget.