12. 20. 2005
I've been needing a humidifier for ages because I hate the effects of all the dry indoor heat of winter on my skin, but I live in an apartment where space is pretty scarce and humidifiers are always big, lumpy, and unsightly. The Plus Minus Zero humidifier will put moisture back in your skin, but its sleek donut-shaped body is something you can display like a piece of modern sculpture. Something about the shape of this really invites touching, but it get very hot when it's on, so you'll have to resist. It doubles as an aromatherapy diffuser, so a few drops of fragrance oil will infuse the steam with whatever scent you like. One fill-up of water provides 8 hous of "computer-controlled" humidifying. Fully assembled, the humidifier doesn't look like it has mechanical parts at all:
My dogs would inevitably get burnt noses from poking their heads in, looking for treats.
Plus Minus Zero humidifiers come in five colors, for $299 from Compact Impact. They're best for small spaces, so you'd need several to keep a whole house moist.