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Essick Air MA1201 Humidifier Review

Overall Rating:
4.1 out of 5 stars
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Essick Air MA1201

The Essick Air Moist Air M1201 Humidifier has a couple of discerning qualities. The first is the large area it covers: with a performance of up to 12 gallons of cool mist per day it is capable to cover an impressive area of up to 2,500 sq ft. The M1201 also comes with a number of automated features and other electronic controls, the most impressive being the humidistat control.

Review Details

The M1201 Humidifier is perfect for humidifying a whole house. With its in-built automatic humidity control, there is no guesswork with the levels desired. Simply set the humidity between 25 and 65% and let the unit do all the hard work for you. With 3 fan speeds (low, medium and high) the unit will automatically adjust to the most efficient speed required.

The wick with this product is one of the most important aspects. It not only helps produce a cool mist but filters the air as well. Tiny particles of dirt are trapped within; this means absolutely no white dust is produced and the air is free from harmful bacteria.

What We Liked

  • Highly Efficient with Water Consumption
    The Essick MA1201 has a large tank. When used on an average setting it will not require filling for at least 1 week, even when it’s constantly in use.
  • Ease of Use
    The MA1201 has simple one button controls: one button for the power, one for the desired humidity level and one to set either manual or automatic operation. It’s also equipped with easy roll castors for relocation.
  • Advanced Air Cleaning Wick
    Cool mist humidification is intensified with an up to the minute technological wick, which cleans the air before it’s released thus eliminating any white dust residue.
  • Smooth Operation
    Although this model doesn’t offer completely silent operation, the unit does not have lots of wheels and pulleys that can disturb sleep if it’s used in the bedroom.

What We Didn't Like

  • Overall Low Quality Feel
    The parts used are made from plastic and have a flimsy feel. However, this is a unit that won’t need to be relocated on a highly regular basis.
  • Over Sensitive Dry-Out Mode
    You have to be careful that the reservoir float is properly aligned within the unit. If not, this can trick it into thinking its empty and it will automatically move into the dry-out phase.


Considering you can set the desired humidity level, it has an automatic power-off, holds a good deal of water and has an automatic dry-out function, the Essick Air MA1201 Moist Air Humidifier is a pretty good buy. It rates well above average and is priced to reflect its ability to humidify a whole home. Many consumers have replaced two units by purchasing just one of these.

Review by AirReflect ©
Last modified: April 21, 2013 (Prices are updated daily)
Essick Air MA1201
Dimensions (L x W x H):
20 x 12 x 20 inches
13.5 lbs
Power Supply:
120 Volts
80 Watt, 2.29 Amp
Coverage Area:
2500 square feet
Humidifying performance:
12 gallons per day
Tank capacity:
2 gallons
Speed control:
Yes, 3 speeds
Cool Mist:
Warm Mist:
Automatic Shut-Off:
Antimicrobial Protection:
Empty Tank Indicator:
1 year
Additional Features:

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