As people become more interested in holistic, environmentally-friendly options for improving health, humidifiers step in as a hero. This review explains how the relatively new brand Taotronics offers an affordable line of attractive and practical humidifiers suitable for modern households.
Why Choose the Taotronics Humidifier Brand?
The level of misting—usually a push-button choice of 3, or continuous dial—controls the rate of humidification. Some Taotronics humidifiers allow you to select a target to humidify: in this case, the mechanism will run to generate the target humidity.
Almost all Taotronics humidifiers have a manually turned 360⁰ adjustable nozzle. Most have a strong vertical mist that can rise as high as 2 ft. This upward rise keeps moisture from settling in the area around the humidifier. Most in this Taotronics review are ultrasonic cool mist humidifiers.
LED Display with Built-In Humidistat:
Even when there is a built-in humidistat, many users like to get a second opinion with a separate hygrometer—as the AcuRite 00613 Digital. (In fact, my dad uses this in our home, and I can confirm, they are quite helpful.)
One reason for this is that most built-in humidistats are installed on the power cord, so depending on mist direction and room airflow, the humidity reading can be misleading.
Most Taotronics are cool-mist ultrasonic humidifiers, which are relatively energy-efficient as a category. A few in the Taotronics product line are evaporative cool-mist units, which are even more energy-efficient.
Furthermore, complex controls pull power, so as a rule, humidifiers with straightforward user controls are more energy efficient.
Timer & Auto Shut Off:
Almost all Taotronics humidifiers have auto-shutoff, which kicks in if the humidifier has no more water or is otherwise disrupted. (In most of these, a fan will keep running a few minutes after shutoff, to dry the mechanism.)
Some even have a timer so you can set the humidifier to turn off after a specified number of hours.
Night Light & Sleep Mode:
Most Taotronics humidifiers have an indicator light at least, with some having an LED screen too; many also have a nightlight or mood light, which usually can be turned on/off at will. A few have Sleep Mode, a setting where all (or almost all) lights on the unit turn off.
Low Water Indicator:
Many Taotronics humidifiers have an empty indicator light or sound, which usually coincides with the automatic shutoff. Many also have a viewing window/gauge so you can look at the water level. The nightlight feature (if there is one) glows from the tank, making it even easier to see the water level.
Smartphone Control via SunHome App (for some models):
The models featured in this review are not compatible with this Taotronics app. However, if you are in the market for a slightly pricier, more modern setup—this is something to consider.
Taotronics Humidifiers Compared
|TT-AH001||Ultrasonic||107-322 sq. ft.||1.06 gallons||Check Amazon|
|TT-AH026||Ultrasonic||107-215 sq. ft.||0.48 gallons||Check Amazon|
|TT-AH024||Ultrasonic||215-430 sq. ft.||1.06 gallons||Check Amazon|
|TT-AH017||Evaporative||100-200 sq. ft.||0.66 gallons||Check Amazon|
|TT-AH014||Ultrasonic||107-322 sq. ft.||1.32 gallons||Check Amazon|
|TT-AH027||Ultrasonic||107-322 sq. ft.||1.13 gallons||Check Amazon|
|TT-AH007||Ultrasonic||220-430 sq. ft.||1.45 gallons||Check Amazon|
Comparing Taotronics with Similar Humidifier Brands
Taotronics vs. Honeywell:
Honeywell, a USA company, has a century-long history in electronic device design and manufacture. Honeywell lives up to the brand reputation with its 3-year warranty and practically designed humidifiers. Honeywell’s prices range only a little higher than those of Taotronics.
Taotronics vs. PureGuardian:
Guardian Technologies is a company that produces air purifiers, heaters, coolers, sanitizers, and more: PureGuardian is its ultrasonic home humidifier line.
All PureGuardians have Silver Clean ™ to reduce mold growth, and most have oil diffusers. While a little pricier, the modern attractiveness, therapeutic features, and 3-year warranty make them a strong competitor for Taotronics.
Taotronics vs. Levoit:
Levoit is the most popular Taotronics competitor: Its humidifiers can be almost as affordable, and the warranty is comparable.
However, Levoit humidifiers are more likely to have desirable features like remote control, built-in humidistat, and aromatherapy cartridge—along with being more reliable, durable, and powerful.
7 Best Taotronics Humidifiers Reviewed
1. Taotronics TT-AH001
Best Value Taotronics Humidifier
|Coverage Area||107-322 sq. ft.|
|Tank Capacity||4 liters/1.06 gallons|
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||8.1 x 5.3 x 11.8 inches|
Affordable but reliable, the TT-AH001 is the best value Taotronics humidifier, as well as the ultimate ultrasonic cool mist from Taotronics. It is modern and feature-rich for its well-under-$100 price, likely because it is a Popular Mechanics 2020 best humidifier.
The TT-AH001 has a humidistat and displays the current RH display on its LED screen. Also, with simple push-button control, the user can adjust the target RH within a range of 30-95% and choose from 3 mist levels.
One of the nicest things about the TT-AH001 is that you have complete control of the lighting. You can turn the nightlight on and off with no impact on humidification; you can use Sleep Mode, which turns all lights off.
(However, some might be frustrated that Sleep Mode automatically turns the mist level to low, but this is ultimately to prevent accidental over-humidification while you are asleep.)
The TT-AH001 also has a 1-24 hour timer, so you can set it for your regular nap or night of sleep, without having to turn it off later. Popular opinion is that this humidifier is very quiet—although it happens to be loudest, at 38 dB(A) max, among the universally quiet TaoTronic humidifiers.
A Smart Home version is the Wi-Fi compatible, app-controlled TT-AH019. If you are in the market for a more expensive Taotronics humidifier, consider the TT-AH046, which has a 6L capacity, 60-hour runtime, warm and cool mist, and an essential oil diffuser.
- Modern-looking exterior
- Sleep mode
- Optional nightlight
- 24-hour timer
- Loud for an ultrasonic unit
2. Taotronics TT-AH026
Best Taotronics Humidifier For Babies
|Coverage Area||107-215 sq. ft.|
|Tank Capacity||1.8 liters/0.48 gallons|
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||8.4 x 5.1 x 9.2 inches|
The TT-AH026 is the best Taotronics humidifier for babies but also is a great ultrasonic humidifier for many adult uses—at the office, beside houseplants, and at the child, teen, or older adult bedside, too.
This unit is relatively small, making it easy to fit in any space, and also easy to refill and manage: You can hold its water tank in one hand. That said, many are impressed by its capacity, runtime, and humidification power.
The TT-AH026 is probably the least feature-rich model in this Taotronics humidifier review, but some value the simplicity: You just turn the dial to turn up the mist level; if it is humidifying, the green indicator light is on; if it is out of water or disrupted, the light turns orange.
Being cool-mist, lightweight, and simply controlled makes this a very safe humidifier in households with children, pets, and other hecticness. Furthermore, it has a cute, rounded build that attractive and likely enhances its safety (no sharp exterior edges).
The TT-AH026 can humidify to 90% RH max, and while it does not have its own humidistat, multiple users with hygrometers confirm that it does really humidify. All agree that it is quiet, white noise at most. Light-sensitive people like that you have only one little light to cover for absolute darkness.
- Compact size and shape
- Minimal lighting
- Safe design
- Sleek, cute appearance
- Minimal user control features
3. Taotronics TT-AH024
Best Taotronics Humidifier Under $50
|Coverage Area||215-430 sq. ft.|
|Tank Capacity||4 liters/1.06 gallons|
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||10 x 6.5 x 13.3 inches|
The TT-AH024 is easily the best Taotronics humidifier under $50. Users confirm that it lives up to its promises: It keeps going 2-3 nights on one fill, and it can humidify fast, without wetting the surrounding area.
Users also enjoy that its tank is easy to refill and clean. There is a fold-up handle on the tank, and, a major plus, the tank opening is 3.6 inches across—allowing most people to insert a hand to clean the tank interior directly.
Despite its low price, the TT-AH024 has modifications to correct common ultrasonic humidifier shortcomings. Its mechanism has nano-coating to prevent water damage to its circuit board, and it is designed to reduce the infamous water dripping/gurgling sounds.
Moreover, the TT-AH024 is the quietest overall in this review, at 26 dB(A).
This humidifier is perfect for those bothered by even the slightest indicator light on a humidifier—it has no lights at all. However, you can check the water level at the slim window on the side, and it will turn off when dry.
The TT-AH024’s controls are among more minimalistic in this Taotronics humidifier review—it has only an on/off, min-to-max dial. However, if you care about energy efficiency in all of your devices, this is the humidifier for you, as it uses a mere 25 W, compared to the 30 W of similar humidifiers.
- Tank is easy to clean and carry
- No lights
- Very quiet
- Unlikely to dampen area around unit
- Minimal controls and indicators
4. Taotronics TT-AH017
Best Evaporative Model
|Coverage Area||100-200 sq. ft.|
|Tank Capacity||2.5 liters/0.66 gallons|
|Runtime||Not given (Varies considerably)|
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||12.6 x 7.1 x 13.5 inches|
The TT-AH017 is the best evaporative model from Taotronics, plus it is the best Taotronics humidifier for guitar rooms and musical instrument storage. This is because, as an evaporative humidifier, the TT-AH017 has a moisture wick that offers some filtration, eliminating white dust and other air contaminants.
Furthermore, it produces only as much humidity as the air will hold at a given temperature: no over-humidification or harmful condensation.
Many users enjoy that the TT-AH017 is a top-fill humidifier, meaning you can just take the lid off and add water to the tank directly, or wipe it down for cleaning. Some might be concerned about the replaceable wicks, and indeed, it can be hard to find Taotronics cool-mist wicking filters for this humidifier.
Fortunately, the purchase includes one wick filter, which is very durable and can be effectively washed with vinegar and water.
The TT-AH017 is for small-medium rooms only, but for many, this is suitable. People who review this Taotronics humidifier agree that it produces only white noise.
This is a safe humidifier: evaporative humidifiers do not even need automatic shutoff, because when they run dry, the interior fan harmlessly keeps going and dries off the wick.
It uses a mere 15 W of power, putting it among the most energy efficient in this Taotronics humidifier review.
- Easy to clean and refill
- Safe and reliable
- Energy efficient
- No white dust
- Does not over-humidify
- Minimal user controls and indicators
- Can be hard to find filters
5. Taotronics TT-AH014
Top Fill Model
|Coverage Area||107-322 sq. ft.|
|Tank Capacity||5 liters/1.32 gallons|
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||6.7 x 6.7 x 13.6 inches|
Rivaled only by the TT-AH027 (#6 below), the TT-AH014 is the best Taotronics top fill humidifier. It is also one of the safest Taotronics humidifiers: As one of two top-fill humidifiers in this review, it can be refilled in place by just removing the lid, so you do not have to tediously transport a big water tank.
In addition, it is the only one on this list with a 24V DC adapter included to reduce the chance of electric hazard.
This is also the only humidifier in this Taotronics review to have an essential oil diffuser cartridge. If you regularly use aromatic or therapeutic oils, this is one to consider.
The TT-AH014 has a solid, straight-edged exterior. It has only 2 touch controls. Press the mist touch to get low, medium, or high misting, or turn off the nightlight. Press the timer button repeatedly for 2, 4, 6, 8, or 10 hours runtime.
This humidifier radiates a soft blue glow from its side fill gauges and top output area. It lacks an adjustable nozzle, but instead generates a broad, upward stream; it can keep going for a long night of sleep, even on high, in a medium-large room (as a bedroom-bath area).
The biggest drawback to this unique humidifier is that it sometimes malfunctions and leaks quickly, though many do not have this problem.
- Essential oil cartridge
- Nightlight/mood light
- Safety features
- 10-hour timer
- Easy to fill and clean tank
- Sometimes leaks/malfunctions quickly
- Complicated/multiple Amazon listings
6. Taotronics TT-AH027
Quietest Option For Bedrooms
|Coverage Area||107-322 sq. ft.|
|Tank Capacity||4.3 liters/1.13 gallons|
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||8 x 8 x 13 inches|
Nearly gurgle-free at all mist levels, the ultrasonic cool mist TT-AH027 is the quietest humidifier option for bedrooms. It does produce an alarm sound when out of water, but it takes at least two nights of sleep for this to happen.
The TT-AH027 is very energy efficient for its size, using only 22 W of power max. It does not humidify as rapidly as other Taotronics humidifiers of similar size and type, but users agree that given time, it gets moisture into the air. In fact, its steadiness might be ideal for unattended nighttime use.
The only user control is a simple dial—it does not have a timer or LED display, but some might welcome the simplicity. It has a blue nightlight/mood light that cannot be turned off; however, the light only radiates from the narrow viewing window above the control dial, and so light-sensitive users can easily cover it.
People who review this Taotronics humidifier love how it is a top-fill, giving it a wide-open tank that is easy to access for cleaning. However, unlike the TT-AH014 above, the TT-AH027’s tank is not removable, so you cannot remove it for filling. Ultimately, though, this makes the TT-AH027 less likely to leak.
The given Amazon listing and several reviewers note that the product they received was actually a VAVA humidifier. VAVA and Taotronics are brands of the same parent company, and these two humidifier models are nearly identical. The actual Taotronics TT-AH02w7 has been discontinued.
- High coverage and capacity
- Easy to fill and clean
- Not leak-prone
- Cannot turn nightlight off
- Cannot remove tank
7. Taotronics TT-AH007
Best Taotronics Warm Mist Humidifier
|Humidifier Type||Warm mist, ultrasonic|
|Coverage Area||220-430 sq. ft.|
|Tank Capacity||5.5 liters/1.45 gallons|
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||9.3 x 8.3 x 11.8 inches|
The TT-AH007 is the best Taotronics warm mist humidifier; however, it is better described as a high-capacity ultrasonic humidifier (cool mist) with a warm mist option. It can serve 800 sq. ft. areas—nearly twice its promised coverage—according to reviewers.
The warming mechanism of the TT-AH007 is gentle—it takes 30 minutes to get warm mist, and many users say the resulting vapor is not so warm. While this could be a shortcoming, it is also a safety feature: There is little chance of anyone getting burned.
The TT-AH007 is among the most feature-rich in this review: It has a built-in humidistat, LED digital display showing current RH, and futuristic-looking lighting. It also has touch controls for 12-hour timer, heated mist option, sleep mode, choice of 3 mist rates, and target humidity from 30-75%.
The sleep mode gets mixed reviews. Some users do not like how it defaults to cool-mist 70% RH—too much moisture for a cooler room. However, on the plus side, the sleep mode is meant for safer, quieter unattended operation, and it turns off all lighting but the “SLEEP” icon.
At 5.5 L, the TT-AH007 is the highest-capacity in this review. However, if you would like to go a bit bigger, consider the 6L options from Taotronics: TT-AH044 or the TT-AH025. If you are open to something more expensive, definitely look at the TT-AH018, an updated top-fill humidifier with similar features to the TT-AH007.
- 12-hour timer
- High capacity
- Nightlight/mood light
- Built-in humidistat
- Safe warm mist mechanism
- Warm mist is only slightly warm
- Tank handle breaks fast in some cases
Who Makes Taotronics Humidifiers?
Taotronics is a brand of Sunvalley Group—a 13-year-old Chinese manufacturer with global subsidiaries. Sunvalley makes various lifestyle-enhancing devices, including headphones, fans, air purifiers, and more. Its home humidifiers are described on the brand website.
Regrettably, Taotronics humidifiers can be stereotypically inexpensive and short-lived. However, on the plus side, the progression of reviews suggests that Taotronics is improving in quality with time.
Sunvalley Group’s customer service is almost always far above average—users are impressed that they actually help you. Also, the company gives a 12-month warranty to Amazon buyers, plus an 18-month warranty for those who register their product. (You can add these for a 30-month total.)
How to Set up & Use a Taotronics Humidifier Effectively
The Taotronics humidifier manual says to position these humidifiers at least 2 ft. off the ground; leave at least 1 ft. clearance from surrounding surfaces or objects.
Don’t place the unit on thick fabric, as this can block the intake slats on the base. Furthermore, try to keep your Taotronics in an area low in dust/lint, which can get sucked into the intake. Avoid placement in wet or heavily sunlit areas.
Taotronics humidifiers are intuitively configured: Most have a dial to control mist intensity. Some units also allow the selection of a target RH on an LED display, in which case the humidifier will run at your desired mist rate as needed to get the target humidity.
Most of these are bottom-fill humidifiers, so you have to remove the tank, invert it, open the fill area, and add water. However, some are top-fill, which means you just remove the top of the tank and use a jug/bottle to add water directly.
How to Clean & Maintain Taotronics Humidifiers
The most common complaint: Taotronics ultrasonic humidifiers sometimes fail to humidify the room but severely dampen immediate surroundings. While a broken internal fan could be the problem—also consider that water tends not to stay vaporized in cold or already-humid air.
Alternatively, do you find there is no mist? Evaporative humidifiers never make a visible vapor stream as they humidify. Therefore, if you have a Taotronics evaporative humidifier, this is normal.
Unfortunately, however, Taotronics humidifiers tend to have short lifetimes, so the mechanism might truly be worn out after the warranty period.
Otherwise, if you have reasonably situated your humidifier and put water in the tank, as described above, a remaining cause of malfunction is that you do not know how to clean your Taotronics humidifier properly.
Regardless of any antimicrobial or deodorizing features, Taotronics (and nearly all) home humidifiers need regular descaling and disinfection. (See Taotronics’ blog on its website for cleaning instructions and more.) Also, you may use the small brush included with purchase to help remove deposits from base crevices.
Rules of thumb: If the instructions do not say dishwasher safe, assume hand-wash only. Similarly, if the instructions do not indicate essential oil compatibility (or warn against it), do not use as a diffuser.
People Also Ask (FAQ)
How can I tell how much humidity my humidifier is producing?
The best approach is to use a separate hygrometer, such as the ThermoPro TP49. These hygrometers will also report the temperature, which is relevant, as warmer air can hold more moisture at a given RH.
How often will I need to refill my Taotronics humidifier?
It depends on how heavily you use the unit and how dry your air is. Also, most people turn these on for nights of sleep only. That said, most users report refilling them about every two days.
Can I use hard water to fill my Taotronics humidifier?
You can, but there are consequences. For ultrasonic units, hard water minerals are expelled as white dust; in units with wicks/filters, minerals gum up the filter faster. Overall, hard water tends to make Taotronics humidifier cleaning, especially descaling with vinegar, more critical.
Where can I buy Taotronics humidifiers?
If in doubt, Amazon is where to buy Taotronics humidifiers: On a serious budget, look at the renewed Taotronics humidifiers well under $50; also, Taotronics offers a 1-year warranty just for Amazon customers in addition to the standard 18 months.
However, original Taotronics prices are low from the start, and Walmart’s offerings of Taotronics products are competitive.
The TT-AH001 is Taotronics’ iconic model. As such, it has the best reputation and reliability of the line. It lives up to a common Taotronics theme: modern in look and function, but not pricy or complicated.