Essick Air MA1201 Whole-House Humidifier

The Essick Air MA1201 Whole House Humidifier is a powerful humidifier that has the capability to produce 12 gallons of moisture. Further, it can humidify large areas up to 3000 square feet. The device has a very basic design and construction. It features variable speed control, digital display and a night mode. It is a budget friendly humidifier designed for your whole house.


Essick Air MA1201 Whole-House Humidifier


  • Incorporated digital humidistat which can automatically maintain the desired humidity level of your room accurately.
  • Variable humidity control settings between 25% and 65%. Humidity can be increased or decreased by 5% in each touch of a button.
  • Easy to clean – evaporative wick has the capability to entrap mineral deposits and other particles, thus saving your room from “White Dust” accumulation on curtains and furniture.
  • Auto Shut down feature whenever the device runs out of water, so that the device does not runs with an empty tank.
  • Automatic fan mode, which estimates the required level of humidity in your room and adjusts itself according to it.
  • Dry out mode, which prevents any bacterial or microbial growth.
  • Refill indicator which notifies the user, whenever the device runs out of water.
  • Removable side water bottle, to ensure easy filling of the device.
  • Filter indicator, which indicates the user, whenever the device requires a filter replacement.
  • Roller wheels provided at the bottom of the unit, ensures good portability and mobility of the device.
  • Included MAF-1 wick filter which prevents Bacteria and other microorganisms from entering in the air.
  • Two years warranty.

Great set of features in a humidifier of such low price range. 85/100 in the Features Department.


The device has a very basic design and construction. It is available in all white plastic body. The overall build quality is below average and quite frail. Humidity and output control buttons are provided at the top of the humidifier with a digital display which has a nice illumination in the night. An engraved handle at the top of the removable water tank is provided to ensure easier mobility.

Overall 70/100 in Design section. The design is very basic and nothing too spectacular. Even the material used in construction is not up to the mark.


Ease of Use

The device has very simple and easy-to-use controls, which are present at the top of the unit. Three buttons along with a digital display constitute the control panel of the Essick MA1201. The control panel has four different humidity levels and auto shut off feature which shuts down the device whenever it runs out of water. The water bottle has a capacity of 3.9 gallons and is easily removable from the device by rotating the bottle cap which is present at the side of the device. Wick air filter which keeps out Bacteria and other microbe may require a replacement after regular usage, the in-built filter indicator turns on whenever a filter replacement is mandatory.

Overall 85/100 in the Ease of Use section. Very easy to use device and good digital display and controls.


Performance wise, the device is average. It has a powerful output yield, producing enough moisture to humidify an area up to 3000 square feet. The built-in humidistat works effectively to manage the desired humidity level. The device’s water tank has a 3.9 gallons of capacity which further produces 12 gallons of moisture per day. The four speed options of the fan, provides you with the option to set the required speed of moisture spread.

The humidity output is good but the noise levels of this device can make it hard for you to sleep.


Essick Air MA1201 is a very budget friendly humidifier which can provide healthy moisture over a large area, hence called as a whole-house humidifier. Though there are some drawbacks of this device as well, including its insubstantial build quality and large noise output during operation, which you have to compensate by placing it somewhere distant from your bedroom or office. Contrarily, the device requires very low maintenance, the wick filter has a good life and durability.

But if you’re looking for a whole house humidifier that is budget friendly, performs well and is sturdy at the same time, you should consider seeing the Honeywell Quiet Care Humidifier (HCM-6009), once.

Essick Air MA1201 Whole-House Humidifier Review
  • Features - 90%
  • Design - 85%
  • Easy of Use - 90%
  • Performance - 90%
88.8 %