From the avid shredders to the aesthetic enthusiasts, keeping your guitar in shape for playing or viewing is a matter of protecting it from the elements properly.
You've probably taken some polish or lemon oil to your guitars before to help bring out that finish, though you probably haven't taken steps to make sure that they're in a humidity-controlled environment.
Whether you live in an area that is wet or dry, unbalanced humidity levels can lead to mild tone issues or serious problems such as cracking, warping, and more.
Luckily, protecting your guitars is as simple as adding a humidifier to the room your guitars are stored in to keep them both sounding and looking pristine!
Let’s dive into some of the best room humidifiers available on the market!
Top 7 Room Humidifiers for Guitars
Best For Large Rooms
If you have a larger room with tons of different wooden instruments inside, you're going to have to get a humidifier that can help regulate the entire space. One of the best to do so is the Levoit 6L Humidifier.
Thanks to its ability to produce a mist that is both warm and cool, you can raise humidity levels in a room about 25% faster than those humidifiers that solely produce cool mist.
One of the cooler features on the Levoit 6L is the Auto-mode, which allows you to set times throughout the day for your humidifier to work. This helps you to achieve optimal humidity without having to keep an eye on things regularly.
The Auto-mode also helps to gauge the temperature and humidity in the room so that it can diffuse mist to make sure the device isn't over-humidifying.
The 6-liter tank can hold enough to water to provide about a full day-and-a-half worth of mist before needing a refill. Because you'll likely be playing in your guitar room too, you'll want your humidifier to be pretty silent. Thankfully, the Levoit 6L is ultrasonic, meaning the noise stays under 36 dB
Bottom Line: As a large ultrasonic humidifier with tons of features and a close-to-silent operation, it's truly the perfect choice for keeping bigger guitar rooms at optimal humidity.
Best for Small Rooms
TaoTronics has been known for their humidifiers for many years now, and the 4L Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier is one of the best in their line. For starters, it has an entirely noiseless operation, giving you peace and quiet, even as it runs and keeps your room where it should be.
We believe that getting rid of unwanted noise is one of the more important things when it comes to humidifiers specific to guitar rooms, so the fact that it does that so well gives it an A+ in our book.
It comes complete with a built-in ceramic filter that you'll never need to replace either.
The high-tech LED display gives you accurate humidity readings in the room, as well as the ability to adjust mist levels to keep things running smoothly. We love the fact that it comes with a built-in timer, perfect for setting it during the day when you’re out and about.
Bottom Line: With a sleek build and a high-tech, feature-filled build, the TaoTronics 4L is one of the best guitar room humidifiers for those with smaller rooms, such as single bedrooms or small office spaces.
Not only is the Geniani a great cool mist humidifier for smaller rooms, but it is also very much on the affordable side for those who are on a budget.
Don't let the price fool you though, the aesthetic of the device is pleasing enough to where it doesn't become an eyesore in your room.
Even with the smaller 2.4-liter tank, the Geniani conserves enough water to allow you to leave it running for a full 48 hours before needing to refill. You'll know when it's empty too, as it completely shuts down automatically.
There are manual, adjustable mist levels, as well as an easily adjustable nozzle so that you can direct your mist to certain portions of the room.
Just like the Levoit 6L, the Geniani gives you a near silent operation, allowing you to play without any annoying background noise.
One of the coolest features on the Geninani is the fact that you can use it with essential oils. This is a great way to keep your guitars safe and set the mood with some sweet lavender when you're jamming.
Bottom Line: This uniquely, essential oil-compatible humidifier has an incredibly quiet operation and conservative tank, perfect for smaller guitar rooms, as well as for those on a budget.
If you’re looking to go all out and get a large humidifier that can fill a massive space, we recommend checking out the Honeywell HCM-6009 QuietCare model. This 9-gallon humidifier can fill a room up to 2300-square feet, larger than most small apartments.
This means that not only will you be able to keep your guitars safe, but also anything else made of wood such as your floors or furniture. The unique thing about this model is that it is extremely quiet for a humidifier of its size. Typically, tower models tend to be much louder due to the larger output.
The moisture adjustability has three different settings so that you can manually set it to work at an optimal level. Overall, it can run for about 24 hours without needing any sort of refilling.
The air washing filter that is built inside is made to capture dust and dirt so that it isn’t floating around your room. Not only will you have healthy guitars, but also a healthy immune system!
Bottom Line: If you’re looking for an extra large humidifier that can run all day long, the Honeywell HCM-6009 is your best bet. For a humidifier with a 9-gallon tank, it is also surprisingly quiet.
If you’re a sucker for high-tech, you’ll love the OPOLAR Digital Humidifier. It’s easily one of the sleekest looking options available on the market with the big, touch-screen LED display. You don’t even have to look at the water tank like on most models, as it is hidden behind the unit to keep with the aesthetic.
The OPOLAR is one of the best models at telling you what is going on within the room and the device. You get a red LED light when your water gets low, and it will even shut off automatically when it runs out. There is also a great sleep mode and 9-hour timer for easy automation.
It's the perfect, modern-looking humidifier for small rooms with the 3-liter tank. It also has a permanent, built-in water filter to help remove dust and pollen from the air before expelling mist. All of that and it is still incredibly silent with an overall volume output that is well below 35 dB.
Bottom Line: If your biggest priority is getting a humidifier that isn't an eyesore in your room, you'll love the OPOLAR Digital Humidifier. It has a sleek look, tons of cool features, and has just enough water to regulate small rooms with ease.
The Venta LW25 not only acts as a great humidifier for smaller rooms of up to 400-square feet but also as an air purifier, perfect for those who want a combination of both in one device.
So not only do you get control over your humidity to keep your guitars nice and healthy, but you also get control over impurities in the air that make it less ideal to live in.
It uses a practical air washing system rather than a filter, meaning you won't have to worry about changing it ever.
Many guitarists are singers as well, so having that purification can help to keep the voice nice and healthy, especially for those who suffer from respiratory afflictions such as allergies.
One of the best things about the Venta 2-in-1 is that it offers an insane 10-year warranty, something you don't typically see in the world of humidifiers.
Bottom Line: If you’re looking for a good combination of clean, healthy air and optimal humidity control, this is one of the best devices out there to do so. While the model we chose is better for smaller to average sized rooms, there are different sizes of the same model so that you can select the best one for your space.
If you're on a serious budget and want an ultrasonic humidifier that can take care of your small room nicely, the Optimus U-31002 might be your best bet. It has a 1.5-gallon tank capacity and can handle rooms that hover around 500-square feet.
Out of all the humidifiers on the market in the same price range, this one boasts some of the best features. For starters, we love the easily adjustable humidistat that creates an array of versatile humidity options. Thanks to the built-in air filter, you also don't have to worry about replacing anything.
Even at the low cost, you still get an utterly noiseless operation, perfect for keeping your jam strong without any background hum.
When the tank runs out of water, it will automatically shut off to let you know that it is time to refill.
Bottom Line: The Optimus U-31002 is perfect for those who are on a budget, or for those who need something that is a bit more compact to fit into smaller spaces. Even with the low price, it still has tons of impressive features to help keep your guitars in shape.
What to Consider Before Purchasing a Humidifier for Your Guitar Room
So as the name suggests, room humidifiers are meant to control the humidity throughout the room you put them in. This means that if you’re someone with multiple guitars or wooden instruments, a room humidifier is probably your best bet.
Here are a few things to look for when purchasing one:
You want to make sure that the type of room humidifier that you get can regulate the entire space. To see whether or not that is possible with a specific product, you'll have to look at the specs to get an idea of the square footage it can cover.
You'll have to consider larger humidifiers if you have larger ceilings as well, as these specs use average ceiling height to get their measurements.
Having a filter on your humidifier can be extremely helpful, as it can create a cleaner environment for your instruments to live in.
Particles from things like cigarette smoke or dust can be very damaging. Filters work to trap these particles so that they don’t rise out when water vapor is emitted into the room.
With that all said, some more expensive humidifiers utilize filterless cleaning, giving you the ability to have clean air without the necessity of changing a filter every so often.
Stay Misty My Friend
Hopefully, by now, you have a better guess of which humidifier suits your guitar room best. Remember never to place your humidifier too close to your guitars in the room and always try and keep your room at an optimal 45% humidity.
If your model doesn't come with a built-in humidistat, we recommend buying a hygrometer to get more accurate readings.
Humidifiers are so key to keeping your instruments nice and healthy. While they may not be talked about much, they are indeed a must-buy for those who love their guitars as we do.