I haven't had to buy one of these in years and when I saw the prices on them I almost flipped. My husband has several pricey guitars and they stay in his guitar room in our finished basement downstairs. It gets very dry in the winter down there and he wanted a new humidifier that would be better to help control the dryness. Received this and thought......yeah, right...wonder if it will even turn on. A little cheesy looking (tear-drop shaped) but as we pulled it out, read the directions, filled it and turned it on... we were really impressed with it. Easy to fill, love the cool air that streams out and the dial for the flow of air is what he liked. We placed it close to the lowest setting and the humidity jumped up to 57 percent - up from 21 percent in less than an hour. We then dialed it back even lower until we got the humidity around 40-ish percent. Perfection!!! It also raised the humidity the adjacent rooms, but not as high as the room it was in. The handbook said a tank of water should last approximatly 24 hours. Because of using it on its lowest setting, it lasted well over 2 days. I set it up on a 3.5 ft tall sturdy plant stand to keep it directly away from furniture, guitars, bedding (against the wall but shooting out into an open area of the room) and it worked like a little jewel! I just hope it will withstand the test of time. Our last one... and it was an old fashion one...lasted 19 years (with no bells and whistles though). I ordered a blue color and Walmart sent an orange one, which is hard on the eyes. Other than that, I am very pleased with it and my husband couldn't be more impressed (filling the tank less often and more precise on controlling the humidity). For what we needed it for, it works perfect!