A personal-sized humidifier is emitting moisture into the air.

When it's cold outside, you can set the thermostats in your home just as you like—after negotiating with your family, of course. But when you're at work, you may not be able to control the heat.

And as the heat cranks up, the air dries out. Your skin can become dry and itchy, nasal passages dry out, and yep, there's static in your hair. That's where a personal humidifier can help. 

CR tested five personal cool-mist humidifiers. They weigh as little as 8 ounces, so they really are portable, and two even come with a travel bag (particularly handy if you travel and stay at hotels frequently). Most sell for around $30.

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Personal humidifiers are designed for a space that measures 25 square feet or less. All of the tested models pump out the right amount of moisture for an area that size, earning an Excellent rating in our output tests.

We evaluate convenience, noise levels, and energy efficiency, and we also test how much moisture a humidifier emits when hard water is used, because the minerals can clog a humidifier. That's where we saw big differences among this group.

Here's a look at five of the personal humidifiers we tested. For more options, check our humidifier ratings. They're organized by the room size or area the humidifiers are intended for, from personal units all the way up to consoles that humidify 1,000 square feet or more. 

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Hunter QLS-03

Price: $30

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Hard water
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Well at Walgreens Personal Humidifier

Price: $30

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Convenience
Hard water
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Crane EE-5950

Price: $30

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Convenience
Hard water
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Boneco 7146

Price: $50

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Convenience
Hard water
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SPT SU-1053

Price: $30

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Convenience
Hard water
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