It’s that time of year again. Everything is dry and everyone is sick. I came across the Walkas mini portable penguin humidifier and I thought it was so cute and worth giving a try. Our old humidifier from last year had gotten moldy because, let’s be honest, who has the time to clean those things like is recommended. We hadn’t gotten another one because it was such a pain to maintain and we weren’t in dire need. This one seemed appealing because it was so small and required so little maintenance. But did it actually help at all? That was the question.
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Product details according to Amazon: (Im going to apologize in advance because these descriptions aren’t in the best English)
-Cool mist humidifier: Ideal for car, desks and single rooms. Small and lightweight enough to take it.
-As long as there is USB power source and container, filling with pure water, you can enjoy the cool moisture mist.
-Built in 3 hours automatic shut off function, constantly working for 4 hour with bottle full filled by water
-7 color changing nightlight/decoration light for your choice, 2 modes can be set: 7-color auto changing mode; Stay on one single color mode
-Comes with the humidifier, USB cable, and two filters
Link for filter replacement
Here are my pros and cons list:
-So small and lightweight that you really can move it anywhere( It’s 5 inches by 4 inches) It will fit on any desk or shelf and even in a cup holder of a car for portability.
-This product requires a USB plug in, which it comes with. I thought this was a unique idea because you can plug it into your car, or alarm clock (at least mine has a USB port) or any other spot that works with a USB. If not, you just need the brick that comes with all cell phones to convert the cord so you can plug it into any outlet. I thought this made the product very versatile.
-This product doesn’t put out a ton of “cool mist”. When looking at the size and description, this should be expected. It’s a smaller amount meant for a single room. The reason why I’m putting this is the pros column is because this works great for my kid’s bedrooms. If you’ve ever read the directions on the full sized humidifiers it says you should always leave the door open for ventilation. However, my children are light sleepers and when we do this they always wake up. One night I decided to test it out and shut the door when we put them down. We went in to check before we went to bed and their room was so “foggy” and humid like a rainforest. With this product we didn’t have to worry about that because it’s not filling up the entire room with the mist.
-The LED changing color lights are pretty cool. My kids thought it was the coolest thing ever and I have to admit, it was pretty cool. I think this is an added bonus if you have a child who likes a night light. You can have it stay one color or change through all 7 colors automatically.
-This humidifier has an automatic shut off at 3 hours. If you restart it after that I will go longer. The manufacturer says it will go 4 hours if completely full at the start but I found it will go a little over 5. But you do have to restart it after it shuts off. This is a plus if you don’t want to worry about it running too long.
-Requires very little maintenance. Just unscrew the top and add water.
-I’m going to put the automatic shut off in the cons column as well. If you are wanting a product that will run all night, then this one isn’t going to work for you.
-The top gets a little warm to the touch. Nothing that is going to burn you, but just something to be aware of since it’s so appealing to young children.
-It does require a filter. It comes with two to start but just be aware that you will have to buy more at some point.
Overall, I thought this product was good. It doesn’t put out a ton cool mist like some of the bigger humidifiers but again, I think that should be obvious by the size and product description. We weren’t sick and just wanted to add a little moisture to our bedroom and it did that just fine. My kid’s absolutely loved it and we ended up ordering more for their rooms. I also think this humidifier work be perfect for traveling, in your office at work, or even in the car for a road trip with a congested little one. For the price I think it was a great buy and it will definitely be used in our house.