A Closer Look at The Idylis Humidifier

Whether you live in an arid climate, or winters are harsh when the air dries out, an Idylis humidifier could be the solution you're seeking. If you're unsure about whether you need a humidifier or not, see if you check off any of these boxes. Dry skin? Scratchy, dry throat? Persistent cough, but no cold or flu? Chapped lips? These are just a few symptoms of living in dry conditions. Humidity is important to your comfort, but it's also helpful in eliminating some snoring, and it can help in other areas. An Idylis humidifier can relieve the same symptoms for your pets, and it can moisturize your wooden furniture or musical instruments.

There are a few different types of humidifiers out there, but cool mist humidifiers are the most popular, and evaporative is probably one of the best types.  

The Idylis 4-Gallon Console Evaporative Humidifier hits on a lot of pros, and only a couple cons. So, let's go over what you get with this larger humidifier, what you can expect, what the benefits are, and then see what the consensus is, so you can make your own well-informed decision.

Pros And Cons

Pros

  • Evaporative style
  • Included humidistat
  • Auto shut off
  • Refill indicator
  • Replace filter indicator
  • Night mode option
  • Large tank
  • Three fan speeds
  • Caster wheels included
  • Digital display
  • 14-gallon output
  • Humidifies up to 2,900 sq. ft.
  • Nearly 7-hour runtime
  • Two-year warranty included

Cons

  • Requires filter
  • May be loud
  • Parts are flimsy

Who is Idylis, Anyway?

If you've never heard of the Idylis brand, then you probably haven't been shopping at Lowe's. This brand is the proprietary and exclusive brand of the big-box hardware store. The products made under the Idylis brand are all about air quality, well, and a few other things. Mostly, the brand is known for several types of air purifiers, but you can also find some chest freezers, filters, and the humidifier featured here in this review.

The benefit of knowing that this brand is exclusive to Lowe's is that you know exactly where you can go for support – and to purchase this humidifier. While many other humidifiers are sold through third-party sellers, this one is only at Lowe's, so it makes that whole manufacturer warranty thing way less confusing. With others, they may require you to claim a warranty through the manufacturer, rather than the seller, or the other way around.

What to Expect from the Idylis 4-Gallon Console Evaporative Humidifier

When you buy the Idylis 4-Gallon Console Evaporative Humidifier, you can expect to awkwardly drag it into your home. This isn't like the tiny humidifiers you may have seen on a co-worker's desk, or a friend's kitchen counter. It's a full-size, whole house humidifier. Unless you live in a 3,500-square foot home, of course. At 20 inches high, 2 feet wide, and 15 inches deep, you might need to measure first to make sure it'll fit where you intend to keep it. It's not terribly heavy, though, at 22 pounds, you should be able to handle it just fine.

Once you get it set up, and that includes finding an electrical outlet to plug it in, you can add water. This actually might be easier to do in a bathroom. It has caster wheels, which makes it easy to roll the console humidifier to where you want it. Many people simply fill it up from a shower, using a handheld showerhead. The tank holds four gallons, so it's going to take a while to get it full.

You'd think a four-gallon humidifier would have a super-long runtime, but you should expect only about six hours out of each full tank, possibly more or less, depending on the relative humidity in your home. The Idylis 4-Gallon Console Evaporative Humidifier uses evaporation to create moisture for your air, which means it won't over-humidify your home at all. After all, if your humidifier is doing its job in a room that's already sufficiently humidified, it's going to have a hard time turning water into vapor for the room.

Not only is an evaporative humidifier self-monitoring, this one includes a humidistat built into the unit, so you can set it at the controls to humidify to a specific percentage, and it'll work hard to get to that point, and then shut off. When the humidity dips again, it'll turn back on and continue cycling to keep the moisture in your home's air regulated.

Like all humidifiers worth their salt, this Idylis one will shut off automatically if the tank runs out of water. This protects your humidifier, so it isn't running while dry. Of course, there's a refill indicator light, so if you forget to refill it, you'll have a little visual reminder to do so. Additionally, there's a replace filter indicator. So, yes, there's an added cost to using this humidifier: filter replacements.

All evaporative humidifiers require a filter, or a wick that acts as a filter. That's how evaporative humidifiers work. The wick sucks up the water in the tank, and then a fan blows over it to create the evaporation, or the humidity that's then released into your air.

The fan is a necessary part of this whole equation. The Idylis 4-Gallon Console Evaporative Humidifier has three fan settings: low, medium, and high. On medium and high, you're likely going to notice it, as it can be quite loud, but these are the settings you'll need to get effective humidity. On low, the fan is quieter, but humidity levels will be lower. The night mode option sets the fan to low and won't allow it to bump up to higher speeds, which means you'll be able to sleep more soundly at night, if you're sensitive to noise.

There's a digital display that's on top of the unit, and it's not terribly bright, but definitely easy to read. It'll show you the relative humidity of the room, and it's where you can set the speed of the fan and the humidistat to the percentage of humidity you want.

Technically, this evaporative humidifier from Idylis has a 14-gallon output of humidity per day, but that means you'll need to stay on top of refilling it. You might have to refill the tank often the first few days of owning and running this humidifier, but as the relative humidity increases, you shouldn't have to add so much water.

The reason so many people choose an evaporative humidifier is because they're able to humidify large rooms or homes better than other humidifier types. This Idylis humidifier is able to add moisture to a home of about 2,900 square feet, which is about the size of a four-bedroom, two-bath house.

One of the big issues with this humidifier is that it's made of a lot of plastic parts. That alone shouldn't be a problem, but the top cover doesn't have a hinge that will keep it open. That means you'll have to hold it open while refilling the tank with water. That can be an issue if you're refilling with a bucket or from a hose, or if you don't have a second person to help. The plastic parts also seem to be a bit flimsy and could break or bend easily, meaning you won't get a good fit between the base and the parts.

Perhaps one of the best things about this Idylis humidifier is that it comes with a two-year warranty. It's important to buy an appliance like this with a warranty, as you never know if you'll get a defective unit or not.

Features & Benefits

To get an at-a-glance look at the features of the Idylis 4-Gallon Console Evaporative Humidifier and how they'll benefit you, this is the section you should read. Be sure to take a look at what others had to say about this humidifier below, too.

Evaporative Type

Choosing an evaporative type of humidifier means that you'll have to buy replacement wicks, but it also means that you get effective humidity for a large room or whole house. The air and moisture released into your home is filtered, and therefore cleaner. You also won't have to deal with any white dust that's common with ultrasonic type humidifiers.

Warranty

The two-year warranty should be sufficient for any defects you might notice, but whether you get the support you need from Lowe's is kind of a craps shoot (more on that soon).

Humidity Output

As long as you keep the tank full, you could get up to 14 gallons of humidity output per 24 hours. If it runs for the nearly seven hours it's supposed to, then that's about three to four refills in a day. Of course, if your home reaches the relative humidity it should be at, you won't get as much output out of this Idylis humidifier.

Humidistat

One of the most convenient features of this Idylis humidifier is that it includes a built-in humidistat. Just set it to a certain percentage of humidity you want for your home and the humidifier will regulate the moisture. It'll run up until it hits that percentage, and then cycle on and off to keep it there.

Coverage Area

This humidifier will work well in almost any size room, and in a house up to 2,900 square feet. That's a large area, but obviously the smaller the area, the better this humidifier will perform.

Mobility

This Idylis humidifier is large, so it would be difficult to refill without the caster wheels that are included. You can simply unplug it and wheel it to an area where you have a hose or faucet head (like a detachable shower head) to refill the tank.

Tank Size

At four gallons, this is a huge tank. The benefit of having such a large tank is that theoretically, you won't have to refill it often. However, this is also a large and powerful humidifier, so it pumps out a lot of humidity, relative to the humidity levels in your home. That means you might find yourself refilling it more often than you would with a large ultrasonic humidifier.

What Others Have to Say

Sometimes the best barometer of a humidifier is the consensus of those who have purchased the unit and experienced first hand the benefits and drawbacks. Rather than pore over all the reviews, these points go with the majority of what people experienced.

Construction

You'll have to do a bit of assembly of this unit when you get it, but that wasn't much an issue for most people. The biggest complaint of all is the cheap material, and specifically the lid that won't stay open. The plastic parts seem flimsy according to most reviewers, and many reported that parts didn't fit properly or broke easily.

Longevity

In some cases, this humidifier ran all season for two years with no problem, but there were several people who weren't so lucky. There were reports from consumers who said this humidifier died after only a month or so.

Filters/Wicks

Overall, the filters made specifically for this Idylis evaporative humidifier are flimsy and fall over when they're wet. The good news is that there are other brands of wicks out there that fit this humidifier and can be purchased online for a lower price.

Output

Even for those who had bad reviews of this Idylis humidifier admitted that it worked well when it came to adding moisture to the air. The relative humidity went up and customers said they could feel it, and the percentage was clearly upped.

Humidistat

Many consumers bought their own hygrometers to compare the relative humidity that this Idylis humidifier was reporting, and for the most part, the humidifier humidistat was correct. Also, when setting the humidity levels and letting the humidifier run on its own, it did the job you'd expect of it.

Refilling

Customers who bought this Idylis humidifier were torn on the ease of use and refilling of this unit. Many thought it was easy to refill, if they simply rolled the unit over to a hose or showerhead. Others wanted tanks that could be removed and refilled. Still, everyone seems to have an issue with the lid that won't stay up, as it makes refilling a pain because you have to hold the lid open or have someone else hold it.

Noise

The general opinion on the noise of this humidifier comes down to what setting you use. On low, it seems to be quiet enough to be unnoticeable. On medium, it's a bit loud, but tolerable. And on high, well, most people don't even use that setting because it can sound like an airplane flying by.

Cleaning

Keeping this Idylis evaporative humidifier clean is relatively easy, according to most reviewers. A vinegar and water mix can keep mold and bacteria at bay, and filters can be soaked and reused, well, maybe (more on that soon).

Value

Considering the cost of this unit, the materials used, and the humidity it provides, most people decided that this was a good value. It isn't an expensive unit, and it should work to add moisture to the air of a whole house.

Filters

Another big issue people had was with the filter/wick. While it seems to work well enough at first, it can fall apart if you try to clean it. And the replacement filters are not very sturdy, and a bit expensive. What most people figured out, though, is that there are replacements out there that fit this humidifier, but cost less and are more structurally sound.

The Bottom Line

Having a whole house humidifier can save you time and money. A single console evaporative humidifier, like this four-gallon one from Idylis, can effectively raise the humidity in several rooms at once – not just a single room. Plus, you'll only have one humidifier to clean and refill. This Idylis humidifier from Lowe's is an affordable option, and it comes with a two-year warranty, so if anything goes wrong, you can return it or get a replacement part, if needed.

The console humidifier is easy to move around your house thanks to the caster wheels. This makes it easy to move from one room to another for more moisture in one area of your house, and it's easier to refill if you can move it to a source of water.

With a four-gallon tank, you shouldn't have to refill this too often, unless your home is extremely dry. In which case, you might find yourself refilling it often in the beginning just until the relative humidity has gone up considerably in your home. You won't have to keep an eye on the water level because it has a light to indicate when it needs more water. Plus, you don't have to run this humidifier constantly. Choose a percentage of humidity you want your home to be at, and the humidifier will cycle on and off to get to that level.

There are a few issues with this unit, but many people found that the pros outweigh the cons. The filters may be a bit flimsy, but you can find other brands that fit this unit. And the parts are made of plastic, which makes it feel a bit cheap, but you can make a warranty claim, if needed. Overall, this is an excellent whole-house humidifier that should work well for your home, as long as it isn't bigger than 2,900 square feet.

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