If you’ve just got into houseplants, you were probably surprised when your first found out that a lot of them needed high humidity to survive. While that isn’t really a problem in tropical countries where it’s warm and humid almost 24/7, that ideal climate for houseplants is rare in other parts of the world. Though there are different methods to increase your home’s humidity level to meet the needs of your houseplants, one of the most convenient ways is the use of a humidifier. But do you know what is the best humidifier for plants?
Since most humidifiers are made for people, there is really no one best plant humidifier to rule them all. What’s best for you might not be the best for other plant collectors, as what’s ideal varies depending on the kinds of plants you’re taking care of, the size of indoor space they are placed in, and several other factors. But if you’re planning on buying a humidifier for your plants, there are a number of features that you should definitely look for.
Most houseplants need a 60% humidity level and the one thing you don’t want to do is release too much or not enough moisture in the air, so it’s important that you choose a humidifier with a built-in sensor that automatically adjusts mist output based on the target humidity level you set. One of the latest humidifiers with that feature is the Levoit Classic 300S, which was recently named as the Best Smart Humidifier at the Popular Mechanics 2021 Home Awards.
A plant humidifier’s moisture output must match the size of the room it’s in. If you get a small humidifier for a large room, you won’t likely achieve the desired effect and dispersion level. A large humidifier in a small room, on the other hand, will just add too much moisture to your plants, which may promote the growth of mold and bacteria that can cause your plants to die. If your houseplants are placed in a space of 20–47 m² (215—505 ft²), then the Levoit Classic 300S humidifier is a perfect choice for you.
The Levoit Classic 300S humidifier also features a compact 6-liter/1.59-gallon tank that allows the equipment to run uninterrupted for up to 60 hours. If you find constant water refilling inconvenient, then you may want to get a humidifier with a huge water tank capacity.
Like any kind of home appliance, humidifiers defeat their purpose when not cleaned properly. Good thing the Levoit Classic 300S humidifier has a top-fill design that makes cleaning and refilling quick and spill-free.
As mentioned above, the Levoit Classic 300S is a smart humidifier. It can be connected to the free VeSync app, which allows you to control its settings remotely. If the water level is low or the water tank is lifted, it will send an alert to the app on your phone. Like most Levoit smart devices, the Levoit Classic 300S humidifier can also be set up with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant for hands-free control.
Other notable features of the Levoit Classic 300S are essential oils diffuser and comforting night light, which lets you sleep soundly with its soft glow that can be set to 50%, 100%, or off.
Priced at around $60, the Levoit Classic 300S cool mist ultrasonic humidifier is currently available at Amazon.