The Adorable Crane EE-0865 Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier
Tired of looking for a good humidifier at the right price? Well, look no further because the Crane EE-0865 Humidifier is here. It has a cute animal design that would not just be appealing to kids but also to the youthful minded who would like to add some fun in one room of the house. It looks absolutely adorable and, surprisingly, also very affordable. It has received several awards like the 2010 Award from the Creative Child Magazine and Momís Best Winner Award among others. It is even patented and FDA-registered.
Humidifiers are fast becoming popular in the homes these days as they provide relief for nasal congestion, flu symptoms and dry cough. This is exactly what the cool mist of the Crane EE-0865 will do. Even doctors advise their patients to have one at home for a non-medicated relief for simple respiratory or some skin related conditions that may be alleviated by the added air moisture.
On medium setting, the Crane EE-0865 can provide moisture for up to 11 hours coming from its one gallon water tank that is also removable. It can release up to 2.1 gallons of mist per day. It is suggested for use in rooms up to 250 square feet, but that doesnít mean you canít use it in larger spaces. Locating it within a reasonable distance of where you plan to be is sufficient. The Crane EE-0865 is great in relieving nasal congestion or dry cough so that kids (and adults too) can have a good nightís sleep.
There are consumers who complain that this humidifier leaves their carpet wet or damp so it is recommended that you donít place the Crane EE-0865 on wood furniture that is sensitive, or on a towel or carpet. For optimum dispersion of mist, you should place it on a surface that is elevated because with this model, mist comes out at an almost horizontal angle. If you do get puddles around the unit, you should also try using a lower setting.
There is a control button at the front part of this model which can help you regulate the output of the mist. Depending on the existing level of humidity or dryness in the room, you can choose low or high settings. A red light in the indicator means there is no more water, thus, it is easy to see when you need to refill the unit. Whatís even better is its auto shut off feature which means it shuts off automatically when the tank is empty. This is to avoid damage to the unit and to ensure a more effective operation. This auto-shut off feature is one thing that many consumers look for so they donít have to check if a humidifying unit still has sufficient water every few hours.
The Crane EE-0865 consumes low power when it operates. A standard light bulb requires more power than this model. This means that the user would not have to worry about electric bills that suddenly spike up.
The Crane EE-0865 has a whisper quiet feature which means it will not disrupt sleep. Nevertheless, some consumers say that it emits a sound much like a tabletop fountain so turning it on a little ahead of bedtime or trying to keep the level less than medium might do the trick. For some users, however, the humming can be sort of comforting.
Cleaning and Maintenance
It is imperative that you clean your humidifier frequently. For Crane EE-0865, just empty the basin of water every day. You have to make sure that water is poured away from the fan vent which could potentially damage the unit. You can just follow the direction of the arrow imprinted in the plastic. This model has no mineral trap so if you donít clean it frequently, there will be a mineral buildup or possibly other bacteria. Use a solution of fresh water and white vinegar to disinfect the tank and the water basin every week. A good scrubbing is not possible since its opening is small. Just let the solution sit for about 30 minutes and then rinse well. The Crane Descaler solution HS-1933 can also be used as an alternative to the vinegar and water solution. Nevertheless, you have to remember that it is very important to disinfect the humidifier and make sure that it is completely dry before storage.
Using distilled or filtered water is recommended if your tap water has a lot of minerals. Others buy the Crane demineralization filter (HS-1932) which also works well but since this model does not really need a filter because it is ultrasonic, make sure that you only buy the Crane demineralization filter if you really need it.
The Crane EE-0865 is available in a variety of cheerful designs so you will easily find one you like. This humidifier is not just easy to use, but also adorable to look at. It can complement any childrenís bedroom dťcor. It is so cute the children will love it, and adults will as well.
Some of the most popular ones include the dog, cow, elephant, frog, tiger, rabbit, pig, dragon, and yes, a Spongebob design. This makes the Crane EE-0865 highly suitable for kids compared to other models which have less visual appeal.
The water tank can fit in most common sized sinks or under an average bathroom faucet. Its length and width are about 9Ē and its height is about 12.75Ē. It weighs about 5.80 lbs (2.61kgs). Although it has a handle, it is recommended that you also support the bottom with your other hand when carrying it to avoid the handle from breaking so easily.
The Crane EE-0865 humidifying unit has a 1 gallon tank that can last up to 11 or even 16 hours when running on medium setting. Hence, for some, refilling may be done every other day. Note, however, that the refilling frequency would depend on the number of hours you actually use the unit as well as the mist level you choose.
Refilling the Water Tank
The unit is so easy to refill. All you need to do is remove the water tank, unscrew the cap of the tank and fill the tank under a faucet. Make sure to use only cold water in the reservoir. If you boiled some water, wait until it is room temperature before putting it into the tank. The plastic may crack if you use hot water. Be aware that there is a silicone O-ring like a gasket that fits in the top of the cap. It is somewhat transparent so you could easily miss it. Make sure you donít lose it. But in case you do, you may buy another one from any household stores.
After which, secure the tank cap in place, at the same time, securing the silicone O-ring or the rubber cap seal. Then, replace the unitís water tank. It is recommended to put the humidifier on a surface that is elevated for best results.
Value for Money
The product has a 1-year limited manufacturer's warranty so this definitely adds to the value. But most products that come from reputable manufacturers and sellers often do have warranty. The price, though it varies, is relatively lower than many other humidifiers in the market. At an affordable price, it can pretty much cover what you need: a smaller reservoir for more fresh water and a not so bulky and large humidifier.
Easy to clean and refill
No filters needed
Relieves minor respiratory and skin related conditions within a 250 square feet area
Releases up to 2.1 gallons of mist per day
Tank fits any common sized sinks
Cute and adorable design
Auto shut off feature
Low power usage
Tank has a small opening, so a good scrubbing is not possible
May leave the carpet damp if not placed on an elevated surface or too high a setting used