Dry skin, scratchy throat, stuffed nose: just a few of the delights of winter when you live in the Northeast. Having spent most of my life in this part of the world, I’ve come to learn that a reliable humidifier is one of the few things that provides tangible relief in these cold, dry weather months. From large-space models with bulky filters to smaller, more portable cool-mist options, I have tried them all. Call me the Goldilocks of bedroom humidifiers.
So when I came across the Canopy humidifier, I had to give it a try. Billing itself as “the world’s cleanest humidifier,” the Canopy is designed specifically for improving the quality of your skin while you sleep. And while I might not have found it to be the perfect fit for my lifestyle, there are lots of things to love about it.
The good: It’s small and compact (the dimensions are 10 x 7 x 8.5 inches) but holds enough water to last the whole night, or roughly 8–10 hours. Filling the tank is quick and easy, a noticeable difference from more traditional humidifiers—I have used the Honeywell Cool Mist for the better part of a decade now, which requires a few more minutes to fill up in the tub and gets pretty heavy by the time I lug it back onto the stand. The Canopy is definitely the best-looking humidifier I’ve tried, to the point where I don’t mind having it on display on my nightstand. It also has a nice humming sound that functions as a sort of white noise machine, but can be adjusted.
Perhaps one of the best features of the Canopy humidifier is that while it adds moisture to your space, it also filters the air. It has a sensor that monitors how much water is left in the tank and runs until empty, ensuring that mold won’t grow. My current humidifier is filterless and, because of its shape and narrow nooks and crannies, nearly impossible to get totally clean. I have to empty out the excess water daily or gunk will appear pretty much instantaneously. The Canopy is dishwasher-friendly, which makes so much of that cleanup super easy if you have a dishwasher (I don’t), but it’s also designed so you can fit a sponge or towel pretty much anywhere you need to. Major points for that.
One thing I’m still getting used to about this humidifier is that it’s mistless, meaning you don’t actually see or feel the moistened air coming out of the machine. I like to see what I’m getting when it comes to my humidifier; I station one with the plants near my super intense radiator to keep them moist—plus it’s a fun element to add to Zoom calls if you want to look like you’re in Legends of the Hidden Temple. All of this is to say that I’m not sure I wake up feeling as refreshed with the Canopy as I do with a more traditional humidifier.
The Canopy humidifier claims to hydrate rooms up to 500 square feet. It’s important to note that my apartment is essentially one doorless, open space that is always hot and dry, an extreme that wasn’t well suited for the Canopy and might only respond to the heavyweights of the humidifier world. I can, however, see this humidifier suiting people with smaller apartments where rooms are more closed off and the temperature varies. I’ve also seen a few people keep their Canopy humidifiers on their desks, an especially good use of the product when working from home. While I can confidently say that I noticed the skin-plumping and air-purifying benefits of the Canopy humidifier, I’m not sure I’m ready to give up my old-school humidifier just yet.