The Sleek, Whisper-Quiet Humidifier That Makes Life Better While You Sleep

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Because I was raised in the moist, tropical humidity of the Northeast Ohioan summer, I can’t stand a dry room. The way it makes your nose itch, the way you wake up each morning clawing at your scratchy throat, the way it lets dust bunnies mega-morph themselves into tumbleweeds. That is not a great way to live, particularly when life is playing out, in all its mundanity, in one or two rooms, day in and day out. But in my years of attempting to humidify my bedroom, I’ve been made mostly angry and sometimes kinda damp through a succession of loud, ugly, impossible-to-clean humidifiers. I was buying a new one each fall as part of my prep for the dry months ahead, since the vinegar baths never seemed to work. It was getting expensive. So I decided to look in the next price tier up, where I found Oskar, a humidifier from Stadler Form that I am perhaps a little too excited about.

stadler form oskar humidifier

All the functions you’d need are on this control panel, which lights up—but also goes dark, if the light would bother you at night.

Allie Holloway

Oskar runs quiet and smooth.

There is a certain way a humidifier glugs that makes you want to tear your eyeballs out, usually because it glugs right as you are about to finally fall asleep at 1:47 a.m. Oskar does not glug. Not a single random sound comes from this box, unless you have the ability to hear pin drops, in which case, sure, the fan faintly whirs at its lower speed. At its higher speed, it’s still much quieter than an AC unit. As for operating Oskar’s humidity output, there’s a built-in hygrostat that you can set to your desired level of humidity—at 45 percent air humidity, for example—that’ll automate operations for you.

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stadler form oskar humidifier

Through this side panel, you can pour water into the tank (I use a pitcher) and add essential oils for fragrance.

Allie Holloway

The humidifying technology is next-level.

It makes sense to know a bit about humidifier tech. (I accidentally became something of an armchair expert through years of being annoyed.) Oskar is an evaporation humidifier, which means it doesn’t create mist like your run-of-the-mill machines do. What that also means is that it won’t turn your room into a terrarium habitat, droplets of water clinging to the walls and dripping off the ceiling. Nor will it fog up the windows so your room looks a car after two teens made out in it in the Steak ‘n Shake parking lot after the last night of the spring musical. This Oskar humidifier pulls dry air from the room, runs it through its water tank and the two filters inside it, and out the top, where it’ll make things cleanly breathable, not soggy. And it’s easy to clean out the tank and replace those filters when the time comes.

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stadler form oskar humidifier

This is how a humidifier ought to look: like it’s not a humidifier.

Allie Holloway

It looks distinctly unlike a humidifier.

Function is one thing. Form is another, and the Oskar has it, just like you’d guess it would, coming from a Swiss company called Stadler Form. It doesn’t look like a humidifier, which is hugely exciting to me, personally. It stands less than a foot tall. It comes in white and black. It doesn’t have a handle, because there’s no need for you to lug it to the sink to fill it with water; the side panel eliminates that annoyance. The control panel is so covert I couldn’t find it when I first set it up. There are good signs for our longterm happiness together.


Photography and prop styling by Allie Holloway and Timothy Mulcare

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