Consider the cause of your sinus problems
If allergies are the cause of your sinus problems, a vaporizer may be a smarter pick than a humidifier. While humidifiers can relieve sinus-related symptoms of allergies, they can also encourage the growth of mold and dust mites in your home, which could exacerbate your allergies.
Warm vs. cool mist
One 2017 study involving patients under mechanical ventilation found that warm, moist air was beneficial for loosening mucus1. However, if you’re not directly inhaling the air from the device (such as with a vaporizer), the temperature of the particles might not make a huge difference in how you experience the benefits.
Every product on our list has an auto-shutoff feature, which should be non-negotiable when shopping for home devices like this. And, if you have children and pets in your space, it’s worthwhile to consider a table-top friendly humidifier that you know will be safely out of their reach.
Again, your humidifier needs to be cleaned regularly. Some products on our list get higher praise than others for easy cleaning, so if you’re someone who groans over washing dishes, you’ll want to pick a product that’s as low maintenance as possible.