AirCare 696 400HB Digital Whole House Console-Style Evaporative Humidifier

Here’s one of those humidifiers that stands out because of its design and visual appeal. The AirCare 696 is made to keep your household humidified, but also serve as a nice little addition to your furniture. This model is also known as “credenza” because it resembles a small cupboard, and that’s precisely why so many […]

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AirCare 696 400HB Digital Whole House Console-Style Evaporative Humidifier

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Here’s one of those humidifiers that stands out because of its design and visual appeal. The AirCare 696 is made to keep your household humidified, but also serve as a nice little addition to your furniture.

This model is also known as “credenza” because it resembles a small cupboard, and that’s precisely why so many users love it. It can complement your room in a nice way and blend perfectly into the background. If that’s your must-have when it comes to a humidifier, the AirCare 696 will deliver.

But there’s a lot more!

This humidifier can produce close to 12 gallons of mist per day, making it a champion in this category. It can cover an area of up to 3,600 square feet. The 5.6-gallon water tank is easy to fill, and the entire process is quite simple.

But know this – the water tank actually consists of two smaller 2.8-gallon tanks, which are removable. Each tank has a refill hose, to simply the refill process for you. You just fill the tanks with water and set the humidistat to the humidity level you want.

The AirCare 696 functions as an evaporative humidifier, which means that it draws dry air inside through the back, then moisturizes and passes it via the wick. The whole evaporation process takes place inside the unit, which means the wick retains any residue. Really clever.

The wick needs to be replaced seasonally i.e. at the start of every season. However, if you’re living in an area with hard water – the wick will need to be replaced more frequently.

The controls are very intuitive.

The airflow and humidity level can be easily adjusted – a lot of the users we contacted praise this feature. The unit has nine speeds and you can set it according to your currents needs. It ranges from the night-time mode to the high-level operation, and you can make your choice.

Also, there is an automatic humidistat, which means you don’t have to turn the fan on and off. The humidistat does all the work on its own. In addition to this, we should mention the refill light. This little addition will let you know when it’s time to refill the water tank, so you don’t have to worry about it.

We’ve already mentioned the humidifier looks nice. With the light oak hue on the finish, the humidifier will fit your home just like that. It can easily pass as a piece of furniture, which is one of the reasons why so many users love it.

A couple more things to point out.

The AirCare 696 is very easy to move around, because of its easy-roll casters. For a humidifier of its size, it’s very portable – in case you want to change its location!

Okay…it’s great so far. What about the drawbacks?

Yup, a couple of them. First of all, we’ve had users complain this humidifier does come with a bit of noise. Not only that, but out of all nine speeds eight will make noise. Basically, only the first speed is noise-free.

Also…

For some users, the float that signals when the unit is out of water doesn’t work properly. Oftentimes, it simply fails to do its job and lets the humidifier run without water. Definitely not a good thing.

And finally…

It appears the humidifier is cheaply made because so many people pointed out the bad plastic parts. The parts are not molded well and the fan can sometimes rattle.

And you only get a 2-year warranty.

So, what’s the verdict?

The AirCare 696 will definitely keep your household humidified. It can cover a large area, as long as you don’t have a problem with a bit of noise and the often unreliable float. It’s not the best of products, but not the worst, either. It’s right there in the middle.

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  • 15.5 x 28.2 x 23.8 inches; 23 pounds
  • evaporative humidification
  • 12-gallon daily output
  • 5.6-gallon tank capacity
  • covers up to 3,600 square feet
  • adjustable humidistat
  • refill indicator
  • casters
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