HOWTO: Buy A Humidifier

    Consumer Reports tests show that manufacturer claims can be a poor guide to how well a humidifier will work. Several small tabletop models fell well short of their claimed output and might not raise the humidity to the desired level.

The article gives advice about cleaning and maintenance as well as information about noise level, operating costs, and a comparison of the different types of humidifiers. Yay for moisture. —MEGHANN MARCO