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    Jim received his copy of Consumer Reports today, and the cover story is Humidifiers! If you don't get the magazine, perhaps you can read it on line.

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    I'll be on the lookout for Consumer Reports, Rose! I get it in recorded form and will get it a bit later but it shouldn't be long.

    I had already gone ahead and ordered one based on ratings and reviews at Amazon. The one I got had mixed reviews but was highly regarded for the features I was looking for--with a nightlight, simple to operate and clean, not heavy, quiet.

    The water here is very soft, which should mean less of a cleaning and maintenance problem for the humidifier.

    I just tried it out for a couple of hours and was amazed at how much easier it is to breathe now. My voice isn't so hoarse any more, for the first time in years.

    It looks as if many people use it only at night, and that may work well for me as this place is quite small.

    I'm not sure why the manual says not to put it on a metal surface. It's on a metal surface now because it's not supposed to be on a wood surface (or a towel or mat), and that was the only other option. I'm going to try to find out what the issue is about metal surfaces. It also can't be on the floor.

    But I like its light weight, its ease of filling, and the way the mist flow can be directed. It's just a very fine, somewhat cool cloud of mist.
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    I'm guessing the warning about putting it on metal is to avoid accidental electrocution. No wood, no towel, no mat? What's left? Ceramic tile? If on the floor might be run into and knocked over.

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    I was just wondering about you, Parsi--good to "see" you!

    I called the company (Crane) and asked about the metal. They said they just put that in their instructions to be extra careful and said that it was to prevent possible damage to the metal.

    I decided that a piece of cardboard on top of a metal surface might be OK, and so that's what I'm doing.

    So far, I'm very pleased with the humidifier. This one is simple enough for even me not to goof up too badly.
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    Just an update on this.

    I'm still very happy with this humidifier. I wake up only once or twice a night now but it's not mouth dryness that is waking me up.

    Sometimes a drop of water is clinging to the exterior of the humdifier when I bring it to its location after filling it, and that might spill on any surface I put it on. I'm still putting it on a metal cabinet with a cardboard under it to take care of the little spills.

    I fill it using a funnel because the water goes in with less spilling but I have to do this only once a day. The humidifier keeps itself going nicely all night. I'd say it lasts for about 8-10 hours, and then it handily turns itself off (when the water is used up).

    What I especially like about it is its light. It has an "On" light but with a mere tap of the finger you can change that to a very nice (blue) nightlight.

    I'm so impressed at how much humidifiers have improved since I last used one, which was in the late 1960s, when they were huge clunky things on wheels that had a large rotating belt inside. Cleaning the belt and the inside of the humidifier wasn't easy but had to be done often to prevent mold.
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    Agate, I am considering a small one for dry skin and hair. Did company say what you could sit it on. I don't have anything metal. I do have a glass top table that I could put cardboard over. I hate to do that because it means that I would have to move my things off it and then put them back on it the next morning.

    I guess if it wasn't easy to clean you would have told us.

    Would you mind telling me which one it is on Amazon.

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    I wonder if I could put it on my tile floor in my bath which is next to bedroom. That would be best for me if I could
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    It's this one:

    https://www.amazon.com/Crane-Ultraso...humidifer&th=1

    The instructions say "a smooth, flat, lint-free, non-metallic, waterproof and level surface" away from direct sunlight.

    Unfortunately I wasn't able to find the Consumer Reports article on humidifiers that Rose mentioned in this thread. If I had found it, I might have bought a different type, but so far this one seems to be working well, and when I called the company with my question they were very helpful.

    I think the main concern is that this is a container filled with water, and when it's on, it's actually spraying a very fine mist into the air. You do have to make sure that the water isn't damaging anything you care about.
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    Thanks for link Agate. I am having to rethink this because I have wallpaper in my bathroom and I don't want to mess that up.
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    It has a knob on it for directing the flow of the mist. I always make sure I've directed it away from things that might be damaged.
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    Agate, is there any way to turn the light off so that there is not any light coming from it? Also, I have looked around my bedroom and on the opposite side from my bath that has the wallpaper I have a glass and brass dressing table, which I have a lamp and some pictures on. I could, if necessary take the lamp off or direct the flow of mist away from it. Do you think glass would be good to sit it on?

    My house is so dry that my plants seem fine and don't need watering and then all of a sudden they are wilting. I could take it in the room where they stay in the daytime. That is my living room and I have a glass and wood coffee table. I think I could sit it on the glass part and make sure that no mist was going directly on the wood.
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