What is an Air Revitalizer? What do Air Revitalizers do?


Air revitalizers are machines that “revitalize” the air that you breathe in your home. These machines are called quite a few things including: water-based air purifier, water air revitalizer, water-based air revitalizer, and water air purifier.

How do Air Revitalizers “Revitalize” the Air?

Air revitalizers “revitalize” the air in your home in a very unique way when compared to your traditional air purifier (see what a traditional air purifier is here). Instead of using a paper or fabric filter like a HEPA filter, air revitalizers use water!

Water is actually a super effective filter, believe it or not! The reason why it works so well is because it is actually considered “sticky” by scientists. Before you think I’m crazy, just think about how hard it is to wring water out of wet laundry. It’s stuck in that laundry until you dry it!

There’s a reason why we wash our hands with water. It’s great at cleaning stuff! The reason why the air outside smells so clean after it rains is because water is great at cleaning the air too–not just your hands! If you’d like to read up on this some more, feel free to check out our article that looks further into how water-based air purifiers/revitalizers work.

In addition to filtering the air in your home, air revitalizers also provide a light amount of humidity too! These machines won’t replace the need for a humidifier altogether if you really need one, but they can still provide you with noticeable more refreshing air. If you’re interested in hearing more about humidifiers that also serve as air purifiers, then check out our article on them here! We’ll compare water air revitalizers to humidifiers later on in this post as well.

…But wait, there’s more! (Forgive me for the salesman line there.)

Water-based air revitalizers can double as amazing essential oil diffusers too! We’ve been using ours for that quite some time and prefer using these water-based air purifiers as oil diffusers over traditional oil diffusers. Why? Because traditional oil diffusers can be overwhelming at times–there’s no escaping the heavy scent of whatever oil you’re using. Water air revitalizer, on the other hand, add a pleasant amount of aroma to your home’s air. It’s anything but overwhelming, unlike what you get from some oil diffusers.

Air revitalizers are amazing. These little machines are basically the Jack-of-all-trades when it comes to home appliances that maintain the quality of your home or office.

Water-Based Air Revitalizers Vs. Humidifiers, Which is Better?

This is a tough question and is a bit of an “apples to oranges” one. Both are great, but they are great for different reasons. Not only that, but one doesn’t necessarily replace the need for the other.

First off, Let’s Establish What’s What. What’s an Air Revitalizer and What is a Humidifier?

Air revitalizers primarily serve to clean your home’s air. Humidifiers solely serve to add humidity (moisture) to the air in your home.

We find that humidifiers aren’t usually used as much as water-based air revitalizers because people don’t always need to have more humidity in their home. In fact, people who live in more humid areas like Hawai’i, around swamps, or in other damper environments may actually suffer if they utilize a humidifier. This is because excess moisture provides mold and bacteria places to take hold in your home and that’s not safe!

If you do live in a very damp area, a water-based air purifier could still foster mold and bacterial growth, but that’s less likely than it is with a humidifier as the amount of moisture that air revitalizers add is usually negligible.

When Would I Need an Air Humidifier?

I’m sure we scared you with the above info, but after dealing with mold issues of our own, we like to be super careful. Mold is no fun and it’s really hard to kill–oftentimes people have to get professional help to deal with it.

With that scariness dealt with, it’s time to share where and when you might want to buy a humidifier.

Humidifiers are super helpful for people who are constantly congested, fighting off an irritating head cold, or live in arid climates (places with dry air). Air humidifiers are amazing for parents who have babies who are congested as well and you can read up on our post on the subject of baby congestion here.

You don’t just have to live in dry areas to benefit from using an air humidifier, as you can see. There are lots of uses for them, all of which address the dryness of the air in your home.

Which leads to the question: What do air revitalizers do and when would I want one of those?

When Would I Need an Air Revitalizer?

Air revitalizers are a lot more versatile that air humidifiers and neither unit replaces the need for the other.

Water-based air purifiers are helpful for those who want to clean the air in their home. These air cleaners can clear away foul smells like smoke and pet odors. Air revitalizers can also clear away some allergens and dust too.

While doing all of that to clean the air, these machines can also add a bit of moisture to your home’s air, which can be refreshing. Not only that, but they double as oil/aroma diffusers, which is super cool.

If you’re in the market for a cheap air purifier, an oil diffuser, something to freshen up your home’s air, or even a neat birthday gift, then a water-based air revitalizer might be the perfect fit for you!

Conversely, if you’re looking for a machine that will increase the humidity in your home and nothing more, then you’ll want to pick up an air humidifier instead.

Whatever you choose to purchase, be sure to do some research!

Water-Based Air Revitalizers Vs. Air Purifiers, What’s the Difference?

Air purifiers and air revitalizers have a lot in common. We’d go as far as to say that their commonalities outweigh their differences.

However, there are differences between the two that can make or break them for what you might be looking for.

What’s the Difference Between an Air Purifier and an Air Revitalizer? Which is Better?

When you boil everything down to the plainest argument, air purifiers are (usually) better air cleaners than water-based air revitalizers. I say usually because this is not always the case–it all depends on the filter that your machine is using.

Before I lose you, let me just say that there are really good filters and really bad ones. The really good ones are called HEPA filters and the bad ones have a whole array of names. There are tons of filters in the middle, so don’t get too caught up in the technicalities.

HEPA filters come standard on quite a few air purifiers. Odds are that if you ran a quick search on an online shop that most of the results will be machines that have HEPA filters.

With that out of the way, let me make an argument in favor of air revitalizers.

Air revitalizers are still good at cleaning allergens, dust, and even odors out of your home’s air. The water that it uses as its main filter scrubs the air clean and then pumps it out while keeping the dirty stuff in the water basin (which you should clean monthly).

In addition to cleaning the air, air revitalizers can also work as light humidifiers and oil diffusers. If you’re looking for something to freshen up the air in your home and replace that plugin Airwick that you’ve been replacing every month and gotten tired of, then this is your best bet!

Should I Buy an Air Revitalizer or an Air Purifier?

If someone in your home is suffering from severe allergies, asthma, or if they have a weak immune system, then you should probably buy an air purifier. Not only that, but you should get a unit with a HEPA filter and a UV sanitizer. If odors are a concern, then you could pick up a machine with an activated carbon filter as well–however HEPA filters do take care of a lot of odors.

If you are interested in an air purifier that’s cheap, has a HEPA filter, and activated carbon, then check out our favorite air purifier for your bedroom here.

Or, if you’re looking for an air purifier to clean the air in your kitchen, family room, living room, or any other larger room, then check out our favorite air purifier that’s great for people with allergies here. This unit has a UV sanitizer, activated carbon filter, and HEPA filter, in addition to lots of other things that makes it the Cadillac of air purifiers.

But if you aren’t looking for an air purifier that’s isn’t as costly and doubles as an oil diffuser, then an air revitalizer is for you. These machines are still effective at reducing odors and allergens, but they aren’t equipped with HEPA grade filters, which limits their capabilities. Read on below to see our favorite air revitalizer pick.

Where Can I Get an Air Revitalizer?

If we’ve convinced you that water-based air revitalizers are amazing, then you’re probably wondering where you can get one.

Water air revitalizers are not as common as traditional air purifiers, so they are a little harder to find. It can be even harder to find a really good unit out of the ones you do find. Unfortunately, quite a few air cleaners on the market leave much to be desired.

All that being said, we’ve done the research for you and selected several air revitalizers that we love. Not only do we love these units, but they are all super affordable too, which is a factor we weighed in when we were making our selections.

Want to see our top water-based air revitalizer picks? Here’s the top five that you can pick up on the cheap! These units are really great and are well-loved by everyone that buys them. We have a few favorites out of all of these, but one of them is slightly more favored by us.

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Our all-time favorite water-based air purifier is called the U.S. JACLEAN Aroma Globe Air Washer and Room Revitalizer. You can pick it up here if you’re itching to buy it right now.

This unit is our all-time favorite for several reasons. For starters, it’s incredibly affordable. It also comes with some very neat scents that we’ve enjoyed.

Between the scents and the air that you get out of this one, this machine is great. It also has some neat lights that it cycles through as it’s on, which is cool. It’s easy to clean too!

While this unit is not as quiet as other water-based air cleaners, it’s not particularly loud either. We must also add that it will occasionally move a bit as it’s on if it’s on a slanted smooth surface. We found that putting it on a small placemat or something like that took care of that issue though.

Think this air revitalizer is for you? Check it out here and get it today!

Frequently Asked Questions

What Scents Can I Put in My Air Revitalizer?

Essential oils work great in water-based air revitalizers, but there are lots of other options out there! Some air revitalizer companies offer some really cool scents that are also anti-odor. Both work great for air revitalizers. We’ve heard of people that put perfume in their air revitalizers as well but haven’t tried that ourselves.

Can Water-Based Air Purifiers Combat Smoke?

Yes! Air revitalizers can be super effective at fighting smoky odors. They can even help with marijuana and cigarette smoke. A lot of people use these machines to deal with these foul odors and putting a few drops of an essential oil that you like can help to further mitigate the smell of smoke.

My Water-Based Air Revitalizer Keeps Running Out of Water, What Do I Do?

This is a common issue that we’ve personally run across several times. First off, don’t worry, your machine is not broken! If your air revitalizer goes through its water within a couple of days then that just means that your home’s air is a little dry. You might benefit from buying a humidifier. If you don’t want to do that, then just know that you will have to refill your air revitalizer’s water basin more often.

Does My Air Revitalizer Make the Air Dirtier When it Runs Out of Water?

It shouldn’t do too much to dirty the air, no. The particles that your air revitalizer captures in its water basin can escape if you let it run dry, but a lot of what it captured will remain in the basin even then. We’ve found that your water basin will have a thin film in it when it runs dry and that’s all the stuff that it cleaned out of the air. But for best results, keep your air revitalizer filled and clean it regularly.

Does My Air Revitalizer Spray Water or Make a Mist?

No. Unless something is severely wrong with your unit, it should not ever spray, mist, or spill water. You shouldn’t have to worry about it waterlogging anything. The water in these units remains within their basins and is not designed to be shot out like you see with humidifiers.

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Jonathon Silva

Jonathan Silva is our longtime Air Purifier Essentials author. He has been writing on air purification technologies for his entire professional career.

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