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Everything You Need to Know About Crane EE-5301 Drop Shape Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier

Crane EE-5301

The cold season brings about some minor and common health conditions like dry cough, flu, stuffy nose, chapped lips and even dry skin. Such conditions are worsened by the lack of moisture in your home. Fortunately, relief comes from a simple machine called the humidifier.

Various humidifiers are available these days and consumers can choose the one that fits their preferences. Nevertheless, it doesn’t hurt to make a little research on some products before deciding on which one to buy. What most consumers look for is the one that can deliver the job at the right price. Luckily, there is the Crane EE-5301 humidifier, also known as the Crane Drop Shape.

This model is compact and energy-efficient. The soothing moisture it emits results from its utilization of the ultrasonic technology. It relieves cough and cold symptoms, sinus irritation, asthmatic type symptoms and dry skin.

Table of Contents

1. Effectiveness
2. Features
3. Noise Levels
4. Cleaning and Maintenance
5. Visual Design
6. Dimensions
7. Capacity
9. Refilling the Tank
8. Value for Money
10. Advantages
11. Disadvantages


It has a 1 gallon tank that can run up to 10 hours and can release up to 2.3 gallons of moisture every day. It is perfect for rooms that are about 250 square feet in size. Everyone, young and old, suffering from dry air can benefit from the Crane EE-5301.


The Crane EE-5301 has settings you can control as to how much moisture you prefer to be released. Once you choose a setting, it releases a fine mist into the air. The top can turn 360 degrees and you can choose which direction you want the mist to be dispersed.

This stylish Crane humidifier also includes an auto shut-off feature which means it automatically turns off when the tank is empty. This is an added feature for safety as at times, we might forget its existence because of its whisper quiet operation. However, just a heads up about the auto shut off feature, it works but the light will stay on so you might think the humidifier is still turned on. It is best to check the tank to be sure.

Crane EE-5301 Green

Noise Level

The Crane Drop Shape delivers on its promise of a whisper quiet performance. Hence, it allows everyone to have a good night’s sleep. It is too quiet that only the indicator light signals that the power is on. When it is running on high, it makes a very light humming sound almost like a little aquarium. The sound is actually soothing and will not disrupt sleep.

Cleaning and Maintenance

The Crane EE-5301 does not have a filter. Hence, it means molds have considerably less chances of growing in this humidifier since filters are the ones that capture dirt, dust and pollen from the air. And since filters are also expensive, not having to use one in this humidifier can help consumers save money. On the other hand, since there is no filter, mineral deposits from your tap water can accumulate if the humidifier is not properly cleaned. Using distilled water may also help lessen this problem.

As already mentioned, it is recommended that this unit is frequently emptied and cleaned. You can make a solution of water that has a teaspoon of white vinegar or bleach to be put in the tank. Just swoosh it around or you can also use some Q-tips to reach into hard to reach spaces. When taking the tank off, there can be some drops of water as a result of condensation within the humidifier. You may try tilting the tank so that it drips into the base or better yet, have a towel ready.

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Visual Design

The Drop Shape is a modern and simplistic design. It makes a tasteful add-on to any home. Even other designers agreed when it became one of the finalists in the 2011 Awards for International Housewares Design. It is a very cute product that can easily match your kids’ room décor, or indeed any living space. It is available in five colors: green, orange, pink, white and blue and white.

Its moving spout on top will make it easy for you to direct the mist to any part of the room. The Crane EE-5301 has a light on its front part that can easily be covered with an electric tape if you think it disrupts your sleep.

Crane EE-5301 Pink


The Crane Drop Shape is not too big. It does not need much room. It measures 9.8”x14.7”x9.8” and it’s lightweight at about 4 pounds. You may want to remember that Crane recommends it to be put on an elevated surface and make sure to adjust the mist in a way that the surface it is standing on will not get wet.


Refilling the Crane Drop Shape is a breeze and it actually has more water than several other models. The one gallon tank is sufficient for many hours of use, although if you plan on using it all night long you might need to make sure it’s full before going to bed.

Crane EE-5301 White

Refilling the Water Tank

To refill it, just remove the tank from the humidifier, unscrew the cap then fill with water under a faucet. It is imperative to remember that there is a rubber cap seal under the tank cap. Make sure you do not lose it and that it is in place when you replace the cap. Then put the tank back into the humidifier. For best results, place the Crane EE-5301 on an elevated surface and let it run on medium setting. Do not put the humidifier on a towel, carpet or any wood furniture that is sensitive.

Value for Money

Compared to other humidifiers that offer the same features, the Crane Drop Shape is very affordable. It is really a practical choice for a humidifier. This is a great product that is easy to use. It is compact, quiet and easy to clean. Be prepared to be satisfied by this humidifier.

tick Advantages

  • Has a 1 gallon tank that can release up to 2.3 gallons of mist every day
  • Ideal for rooms of about 250 square feet in size
  • Provides relief for dry cough, stuffy nose, or even dry skin
  • Not bulky (measures 9.8”x14.7”x9.8”) and light weight (4 pounds)
  • Utilizes ultrasonic technology
  • Whisper quiet performance
  • Top can be turned 360 degrees
  • Has variable settings to choose from
  • Has auto shut off feature
  • Does not have a filter
  • Cheaper than many other humidifiers

cross Disadvantages

  • There are hard to reach portions when cleaning
  • May require frequent emptying and cleaning since it does not have a filter
  • When there is no more water, light is still on even when it automatically shuts off

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