Remember the clunky plastic humidifier that sat by your childhood bed when you were sick? The humidifiers of yore were huge (the size of small inner tubes) and unsightly. They got the job done—but they were difficult to clean and always ran the risk of accumulating mildew and mold. Not to mention nearly impossible to fill up in the bathroom sink and carry to the bedroom.

Fortunately, the humble humidifier is the latest in a long list of household wares to get a modern, direct-to-consumer revamp in the form of Canopy. The white and clear body is sleek and surprisingly good-looking, like something out of Muji, with dishwasher-friendly parts that are easy to clean. Plus, there’s a little tab on top where you can dispense a few drops of essential oils for subtle scent.

Canopy’s model, they say, is good for combating winter dryness, with cleaner technology—and the petite silhouette actually looks good in the bedroom. Take a look:

Above: Canopy doesn’t create special effect-level plumes of steam, but instead relies on subtler—and apparently healthier—”mist-free” technology.

According to Canopy’s FAQ page: “Canopy uses evaporative technology, where water is filtered and then evaporated as an invisible vapor into the air. Traditional humidifiers utilize ultrasonic technology, where unfiltered water is turned to a mist and forced into the air. This mist carries with it any particles, bacteria, metals, and other irritants that may have been in the water. Canopy’s technology is clean and protects you from unwanted particles landing on your skin or in your lungs.”

The petite humidifier is about the size of two loaves of bread, stacked—so it&#8
Above: The petite humidifier is about the size of two loaves of bread, stacked—so it’s “nightstand friendly,” the company says. The design is also “anti-mold”: The system will run until there’s no moisture left in the tank to prevent mildew buildup.
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Above: Canopy’s parts are dishwasher friendly, and the tank (at right) is easily carried to the sink and refilled. (Even better: It has a flat bottom, so no need to hold it steady.) The paper filter (at left) “catches minerals, bacteria, and other irritants from the water” so they don’t end up in the air.
Canopy aids in skin care; combats dryness; can alleviate cold, cough, and flu symptoms; and hydrates spaces up to 500 square feet.
Above: Canopy aids in skin care; combats dryness; can alleviate cold, cough, and flu symptoms; and hydrates spaces up to 500 square feet.

Note also the small white square on top, where you can dispense a few drops of essential oils for a little aromatherapy.

The Canopy humidifier on its own is $150 and comes with a white, blue, green, or pink top. You can also purchase Canopy with a filter subscription for $125 and then $10 for a new filter every 45 days.

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