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Published on February 26th, 2014 | by Greg


Kenmore 12-Gallon Humidifier: Enough For The Most Any Room

Despite the recent weather flip-flops, we’re anxiously awaiting the start of Spring. But before we bid farewell to winter, we’ve been testing out some gear that works for all seasons, and can seriously improve your living conditions. We’ve looked at a few air purifiers recently, and other cleaning solutions like powerful vacuum cleaners. And we’ve also seen smaller humidifiers- but what if you need something larger and more capable, today’s review is for you.

First things first: the Kenmore 12-Gallon Humidifier doesn’t actually hold a dozen gallons of water at a time. It really holds around four gallons at a time, but offers an output of 12 gallons over a 24-hour period. That said, it’s still a large unit- one of the biggest we’ve tested- and can manage to help add moisture to rooms up to 2500 square feet. There are two reservoirs, a bottle and the base itself, and it’s not too difficult to fill, but you will likely need to use a bathtub.

One important part of any humidifier, though, is knowing when to stop, and when to start up again. There is a humidity sensor, and a display that allows you to enter your target value- but in our tests, the sensor wasn’t very accurate. It was, however, consistent, so that we could set our value appropriately. Four speeds and an auto mode allow you to control the output, but it can be hard to figure out how to do so. On the plus side, the Kenmore humidifier is surprisingly quiet. It might not have an immense feature set- no warm/cold functions, for instance- and it’s certainly not particularly attractive.

Expect to spend around $170 online and in stores, and be prepared for a few rough edges, but a lot more comfortable moisture level indoors even in large spaces.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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