CLEAN DESIGN

At first glance, the Miro CleanPot looks like modern home décor. But behind its sleek, LED design is a humidifier with a nifty floating system that’s easy to keep perfectly clean. A cleaner mister means cleaner air for you to breathe. There are no tricky, hard-to-reach corners and fewer places for bacteria to grow. You can easily disassemble and wash it. The CleanPot produces a cool vapor without using heat, and it works quietly. It even has a nook to put in a few drops of essential oils—letting you create an aromatic atmosphere. We recommend using purified water but CleanPot comes with a hard-water filter and filter-cradle that helps keep “white dust” in your tap water from getting in. Inventor Dong Jin Suh developed the CleanPot for his daughter. In his native Korea, cleaning chemicals used in humidifiers were linked to a pretty severe health crisis. He wanted to create the cleanest, healthiest humidifier possible—one that could be cleaned thoroughly and effectively with just soap and water. His complete reinvention has many people breathing easier.

Miro

CleanPot Humidifier

CLEAN DESIGN

At first glance, the Miro CleanPot looks like modern home décor. But behind its sleek, LED design is a humidifier with a nifty floating system that’s easy to keep perfectly clean. A cleaner mister means cleaner air for you to breathe. There are no tricky, hard-to-reach corners and fewer places for bacteria to grow. You can easily disassemble and wash it. The CleanPot produces a cool vapor without using heat, and it works quietly. It even has a nook to put in a few drops of essential oils—letting you create an aromatic atmosphere. We recommend using purified water but CleanPot comes with a hard-water filter and filter-cradle that helps keep “white dust” in your tap water from getting in. Inventor Dong Jin Suh developed the CleanPot for his daughter. In his native Korea, cleaning chemicals used in humidifiers were linked to a pretty severe health crisis. He wanted to create the cleanest, healthiest humidifier possible—one that could be cleaned thoroughly and effectively with just soap and water. His complete reinvention has many people breathing easier.
Tech & Innovation

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas

    Hello everyone! I'm proud to introduce Miro to The Grommet. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/14/2016 9:06 AM

    I see humidifiers in stores everywhere, but I have never seen one like this. What was the inspiration behind this design?

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 11:45 AM

    @Mike Hi Mike, the inspiration for this design comes from wanting peace of mind that the air (and water vapor) you're breathing in a home environment is clean, and that the appliance putting this water into the air is pristine. The Korean inventor of the CleanPot observed a tragedy in 2011, where "humidifier sanitizer" chemicals were found responsible for several deaths in South Korea during that dry winter season. He believed that the problem of keeping a humidifier clean could be solved with design, rather than chemicals, so the washable, waterproof CleanPot was born.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/14/2016 9:06 AM

    What do you see as the advantages in having Miro as opposed to other humidifiers?

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 11:00 AM

    @Mike THe main idea of the CleanPot humidifier is wash-ability. All humidifiers need to be cleaned, and the CleanPot makes this task easier than ever before. It comes apart into a few pieces, every surface is visible, and there are no tight corners.

  • Jim
    Jim
    1/14/2016 10:04 AM

    How large a room or space do you suggest this is suitable for? How much water will it emit in, say, one day?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/14/2016 10:21 AM

    Hi Jim, great questions. Miro is perfect for a bedroom or living room. It has 325 square feet coverage with 2.2 gallon output per day.

  • Judy
    Judy
    1/14/2016 10:07 AM

    how large an area does it cover?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/14/2016 10:21 AM

    325 square feet, Judy!

  • Kathleen
    Kathleen
    1/14/2016 10:13 AM

    Where is it made?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/14/2016 10:27 AM

    Miro is made in South Korea, Kathleen!

  • Carin
    Carin
    1/14/2016 10:16 AM

    Can you elaborate on "certain essential oils"? I would like to difuse a wide variety of oils.

  • JHH
    JHH
    1/14/2016 10:40 AM

    @Carin Would also like this question answered, adding whether "essential Oils" mentioned here are actually watery or oily. Looks swell ...

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 11:08 AM

    @JHH Essential oils are usually concentrated extracts from plants. They are very fragrant, but can also be powerful chemicals. In our testing there were a few instances of certain types of oil reacted with the polished ABS plastic (Cinnamon-oil especially should not be used!) Miro does sell a fragrant eucalyptus oil, and if you want to use your own oil, we recommend testing a small, dilute amount on a piece of ABS plastic, or an inconspicuous section of the product (like the inside of the outer funnel). When using essential oils with the CleanPot, a little really does go a long way! Just a couple drops mixed directly into the water should create a perfumed cloud of vapor from your humidifier.

  • Carol
    Carol
    1/14/2016 11:12 AM

    @Nicolas Thank you. Like Carin and JHH, I'm looking for a humidifier that will ALSO diffuse essential oils in the vapor.

  • Joyce Chase
    Joyce Chase
    1/14/2016 10:26 AM

    YIKES! I would try this but the cost is prohibitive for my budget! I wish you well in merchandising it, though.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/14/2016 10:28 AM

    Thanks, Joyce! Hopefully with enough support here on site, Miro can bring the price to something more in your wheelhouse.

  • Chelle
    Chelle
    1/14/2016 11:19 AM

    @Mike ~ I am quite familiar with the almost hypochondriac population of Koreans who would go to great lengths to save money to purchase Miro and the wealthy who wouldn't blink an eye. I think it is beautiful and love the way it functions and can easily be cleaned. ButI, along with many others in the US market will look at that price and compare it to putting the same amount on a larger not so attractive humidifier or towards adding a whole home humidifier to their furnace's. Regardless of it being a "wheelhouse" or not.

  • Christiana
    Christiana
    1/14/2016 1:03 PM

    @Chelle "Great lengths"? It sounds like you're just looking for an excuse. Get a clue, grumpy. If you need a humidifier that bad, buy a $20 vaporizer and call it a day. This item ain't for you...

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/14/2016 1:56 PM

    Miro will not be for everyone and that's ok. If you are satisfied with a less expensive option, great. You will likely not find one that delivers that quality performance of Miro though.

  • Christiana
    Christiana
    1/14/2016 2:24 PM

    @Mike, you're so positive! Chelle--I'm sorry--I guess I was being "grumpy".

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/14/2016 2:43 PM

    No worries, Christiana, thanks for the comment!

  • Garry
    Garry
    1/14/2016 10:27 AM

    How does this product work? I don't see an electric cord, but do see a remote controller.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/14/2016 10:47 AM

    Hi Garry, we must have hid it well in the video. There is an electric cord that powers Miro. The smaller piece next to the unit controls the degree of output.

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 11:12 AM

    @Mike Hi Garry! The product is wired - there is a low-voltage water-safe cord running from the ultrasonic module inside the unit, to the controller, and then to an AC adapter. At the wall, the AC is converted to 24v DC, which is safe to use around water.

  • Heidi
    Heidi
    1/14/2016 10:33 AM

    I LOVE this!! Like Carin, I'm wondering what essential oils can be used. Only certain brands? Also, I am away from my home for at least 9 hours each day. Can I leave it on while I'm away? Does it have an automatic shut-0ff if the pot runs dry? About how many hours can I get from the 2.2 gallon bowl?

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 11:58 AM

    @Heidi Hello! There are a variety of essential oils which can be used, however it is important to TEST a small, dilute amount of this oil on an inconspicuous section of the CleanPot, because some concentrated essential oils react badly with the ABS plastic. For example, Cinnamon oil should not be used! With a suitable oil, the procedure is to mix a couple drops directly into the water, and then float your humidifier. When using essential oils, it is especially important to wash your humidifier when you are done using it.

    The humidifier does have an automatic shut-off when the sensor inside become dry, and this will happen when the unit vaporizes the water in the bowl so that it is no longer floating (but there will still be an inch or so of water in the bowl). The included bowl is smaller than 2.2 gallons, but that IS the estimated output over a 24 hr period. The included bowl should give you 4-6 hours of run-time before needing to be refilled, and when it does need to be refilled, it can be done easily with a pitcher of water (no water tank to remove, and carry through the house!) The only limiting factor on the run-time is really the size of your container; if you have a particularly large bowl, you could run the machine for hours and hours without needing to refill.

  • Heidi
    Heidi
    1/14/2016 12:31 PM

    @Nicolas, thank you so much for this detailed reply. Very helpful answers to my questions.

  • Heidi
    Heidi
    1/14/2016 12:36 PM

    @Heidi

  • Heidi
    Heidi
    1/14/2016 12:37 PM

    @Nicolas, with a run time of 4-6 hours, you can't really run it at night, unless you use another container. So what's the use of the container that comes with it? This is kind of a drawback.

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 2:16 PM

    @Heidi I appreciate your feedback about the run time. One of the biggest considerations when deciding what type of bowl to include (if any! - we heard feedback both ways) was being easy to ship. The included bowl makes it so that the product can be used right out of the box, but the floating design lets a user tailor the experience if they have a vessel that works better for their space, r usage pattern.

    It's true the "default" 4-6 hour run-time won't last through the night, but one positive aspect of the bowl-design is that you can refill it without interrupting operation, with a big cup or pitcher of water. Many other humidifiers have a tank that has to be removed, unscrewed, turned upside down, ...and dripped through the house.

  • Kim
    Kim
    1/14/2016 10:35 AM

    Cool idea. However, if I put this on the floor, the dog will drink the water. If I put it on a table, the cat will drink it.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/14/2016 10:55 AM

    You just can't win, Kim! I'd say put it on a shelf or something, but the cat might just climb up!

  • Milo
    Milo
    1/14/2016 11:22 AM

    @Mike I'd suggest using one of the essential oils in the water. It would probably convince pets the liquid is not potable.

  • Renee
    Renee
    1/14/2016 12:41 PM

    @Milo Cats cannot metabolize most essentials oils and would be poisoned - feline acute kidney failure is a life threatening condition. I learned this the hard way after applying a well-diluted solution to a small patch of skin. Thanks.

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 12:57 PM

    @Renee I also want to say that I would NOT use essential oils around pets, as those chemicals can be VERY strong, and despite that, I can still imagine that it wouldn't necessarily stop a curious pet.

  • Joan
    Joan
    1/14/2016 10:36 AM

    Very interesting... I have a humidifier but can understand the bacteria that grows on the filter. Haven't used it in years though. Not understanding how this actually works inside the floating mechanism. Is it battery operated? Cost is too high for me but would definitely be interested in this product if the price came down.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/14/2016 10:49 AM

    Hi Joan, it is powered by plugging it into the wall. The clean mist is a game-changing effect. Hopefully with enough support on site, they can bring the price down to your budget.

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 11:15 AM

    @Mike Hi Joan! The floating form of the humidifier follows the function. The floating base 'buoys' the ultrasonic module, floating it just below the surface of the water, while a quiet fan above the water blows the vapor out the top of the unit.

  • Susan
    Susan
    1/14/2016 10:41 AM

    Nicolas,

    I agree this looks like a wonderful product, but I have to agree with Joyce that the cost is just too high for me to consider at this point. I wish you great success though as the size and clean air effects would be great

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/14/2016 10:50 AM

    Thanks, Susan! Hopefully it will soon be in a range for your consideration!

  • Michelle
    Michelle
    1/14/2016 10:44 AM

    What a neat design! How long will the humidifier last before I have to fill the bowl again? How does the design run? Will I have to use batteries? Thank you!

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 10:57 AM

    @Michelle Hi Michelle, thank you for your interest. With the CleanPot, you can float it in any bowls. Depending on the water container size, it varies. With the included bowl, it lasts 4-6 hours depending on things like ventilation, and how dry your room or office is.

  • alix
    alix
    1/14/2016 10:46 AM

    What is that smaller unit with the green top? It wasn't featured in the video.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/14/2016 10:51 AM

    Hi Alix, that is a dial that controls the output. It also shuts the device on and off.

  • Joseph
    Joseph
    1/14/2016 10:53 AM

    Can you modulate how much steam is produced? We have small rooms and most humifiers make them too humid.

  • Carol
    Carol
    1/14/2016 11:09 AM

    @Joseph Check in this thread. It is stated that the little gizmo to the side of the unit with a green top controls the output. You can lower it.

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 11:18 AM

    @Carol Yes, the external controller knob is a simple dial to control the fan speed, and the intensity of the humidification. Also, I should mention that with this machine there is NO heating element - the ultrasonic module quietly produces a cool mist, or vapor, made from extremely tiny (micron-sized) water droplets.

  • Melissa
    Melissa
    1/14/2016 10:57 AM

    I'm a pet owner and reviewer of home and entertainment that's pet friendly. This looks like something that would be interesting to pets. Is it safe if a pet stuck their nose in the bowl and/or licked that water?

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 11:32 AM

    @Melissa We have gotten reports that the CleanPot (for better or worse?) is interesting to pets in a home environment. It IS a floating machine in a standing bowl of water, so you should take that into consideration when choosing your water container, where to place it, and how to position the wires. Mechanically, the ultrasonic module is silent, and there is no heating element - just cool vapor. It wouldn't be any danger to a pet that went sniffing around.

  • Melissa
    Melissa
    1/14/2016 11:44 AM

    @Nicolas If it's totally safe, this could actually encourage pets to drink - which is often a problem with cats. So if it can't harm them, this would be awesome! I want to be sure of that, because there's an element that's plugged in though. If it's really ok for a cat to be fascinated and drink from that bowl, I'd buy it!

  • Melissa
    Melissa
    1/14/2016 11:46 AM

    @Nicolas there are cat fountains that one plugs in, so this might actually serve two purposes!

  • LAuren
    LAuren
    1/14/2016 10:57 AM

    Love it - how many hours can I get from the 2.2 gallon bowl? Does it have an automatic shut-off if it runs dry?

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 11:26 AM

    @LAuren Hi Lauren! The product does shut off automatically when the sensor on the inside runs dry. This will happen after the unit vaporizes water in the bowl to the point where it is no longer floating, and it bottoms-out in your container. However at this point there will still be an inch or so of water remaining in the bowl. Hope that helps!

  • Susan
    Susan
    1/14/2016 11:00 AM

    Also wondering what happens if it runs dry and you are not there to shut it off. Assuming any good quality oil will work?

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 11:24 AM

    Hi Susan! There is a moisture sensor on the ultrasonic module, and it will turn off automatically when this sensor on the machine becomes dry. Regarding which oils to use, Miro does make a first-party eucalyptus oil, and I do need to mention that some concentrated essential oils (cinnamon especially should not be used) can be very powerful chemicals and react with the ABS plastic. Before using a 3rd party type of essential oil, please test it on an inconspicuous section of the product, or on another piece of ABS plastic. With the essential oils, a little goes a long way, and you only need to mix a couple drops directly into your water before floating the CleanPot.

  • Missy
    Missy
    1/14/2016 11:24 AM

    Agree with others. The price is a bit more than I am willing to pay... I will keep checking on this product, to see if the price does go down, as I am always on the hunt for a great humidifier. I really like the concept of it being tankless, easy cleaning, healthier mist and ability to adjust the mist. Thank you for introducing it! Wishing you success in your launch!

  • Joanne
    Joanne
    1/14/2016 12:35 PM

    @Missy I've just spent two days cleaning our myriad collection of humidifiers and setting them up! Ordered this even before reading a comment. Then, when I did, nothing dissuaded me. If it works as advertised, I hope to order another soon and no, we didn't win the lottery.

    Kentucky Woman

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/14/2016 1:36 PM

    Here's hoping it works out for you, Joanne!

  • asydwy
    asydwy
    1/14/2016 11:49 AM

    How does this humidifier differ from an ordinary ( much cheaper) cool mist humidifier?

    other than its unique attractiveness?

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 12:12 PM

    @asydwy The main idea behind the CleanPot is that it is easily washable, but there are a few other nuances to the design:

    It comes apart into just a few pieces, and it can be cleaned like doing the dishes. Every surface is visible, and there are no tight corners, so you can be sure that your humidifier is clean because it's easy to wash yourself.

    The floating-in-a-bowl design also means that you can refill the bowl easily with just a pitcher of water, you don't even have to turn it off to refill. You are also free to use your own bowl - a larger one will increase time between refills, and you can choose a decorative container to match your space. (I've got a white ceramic bowl that looks almost like a bird-bath on a little elevated pedestal. This means it has a smaller footprint on my table, and the bowl looks great in a room!)

    The interchangeable "vapor caps" give you simple options for how you want to vapor directed in your space. The "volcano" cap goes straight up, and the "tea-kettle" cap points to the side, and can be rotated to point in a particular direction.

  • Barbara
    Barbara
    1/14/2016 12:01 PM

    Hi, I'd like to know if the mist makes a dust fallout, what the usable capacity of the provided bowl is, and if there is a way to prevent anything from fallinonto the water Thanks.

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 1:15 PM

    @Barbara Hi Barbara, the dust you describe probably comes from minerals that are present in some water sources. We recommend using purified water with the CleanPot, and being extra-diligent with the cleaning if you know your water is "hard" containing minerals.

    The included bowl holds 1/2 gallon of water, though you must keep in mind that the floating unit displaces some water, and that there will still be some water left in the bowl after the unit "bottoms out" and turns itself off. Choosing a larger bowl will increase your run-time, and can match your decor.

    As for preventing things from falling in the water, it IS an open bowl, so you should take whatever precautions are appropriate for your environment so that it is not knocked over. Regarding particles IN the water, the "site of vaporization" is actually in the center of the unit, at the SURFACE of the water, so this minimizes any impact if there are any particles at the bottom of the bowl. I hope that answers your questions!

  • Barbara
    Barbara
    1/14/2016 12:06 PM

    What is the smallest inside diameter of bowl that can be used?

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 12:28 PM

    @Barbara Great question! The diameter of the floating base is 7-inches (+ another half inch for the cord to stick out ), and when floating, the bottom of the device is about 2.5 inches below the surface of the water. So, technically, an 8-inch diameter bowl, that's 3 inches deep would work. HOWEVER, this would leave basically no room for water, and the unit will displace a certain amount of water when floating! The unit will shut off when it "bottoms out" in your container, but there will still be an inch or so of water in the bowl.

    The larger your bowl, the longer run-time you will have. The experience with the CleanPot is much better with a nice, deep bowl. I use a ceramic bird-bath type bowl which is raised on a pedestal a few inches above the table. It's about 14 inches across at the widest point, but being raised up gives it a smaller footprint, and the machine looks nice when elevated.

  • Melanie
    Melanie
    1/14/2016 12:09 PM

    Is the material of the bowl and the actual components that you put in the bowl made out of plastic? If so, are they BPA-free?

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 12:30 PM

    @Melanie Yes the body of the CleanPot is made of a polished ABS plastic, which is BPA-free. The bowl is made of slightly different plastic, which is also BPA free.

  • Randy
    Randy
    1/14/2016 12:15 PM

    I agree, the product looks great but is too costly. I would be interested if the price came down.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/14/2016 1:36 PM

    Keep an eye out, Randy!

  • Shirley
    Shirley
    1/14/2016 12:17 PM

    Can well water tyat is hard be used, or does it need to be distilled water?

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 12:45 PM

    @Shirley It is probably overkill to say "you must use distilled water", however I think it is correct to be concerned about using especially-hard well-water. I have some experience with homes that use well water, and I would not recommend it for use with the polished surfaces, or delicate moving parts inside the CleanPot.

  • Timothy
    Timothy
    1/14/2016 12:28 PM

    I used ultrasonic humidifiers in the past, but stopped because they left a fine coating of mineral dust everywhere. Will that be an issue with this humidifier, and can it be avoided by using filtered water?

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 12:35 PM

    @Timothy It is very important to consider the water you're using with your humidifier, and I would guess that "hard" minerals in water are responsible for the "humidifier dust" that you describe. With the CleanPot, we do recommend using purified water. As a general rule: if it's ok to drink, it's ok to use with your humidifier.

    It is also true that even if your water is slightly hard, the washable design of the CleanPot makes it so that you can wash away any residue that might be present. Regular washing should prevent extreme build-up of residue from weeks of extended use.

  • Deanne
    Deanne
    1/14/2016 12:28 PM

    All the cool mist humidifiers I have used leave a fine powder dust on everything. Does yours?

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 12:40 PM

    @Deanne Hi Deanna, I would guess that this dust you describe comes from minerals that are present in "hard" water. These minerals can get vaporized along with the water in a humidifier, and could be deposited into the surrounding environment.

    We really recommend using purified with the CleanPot (or any humidifier). As a general rule "if it's ok to drink, it's ok to use with your humidifier". The washable design of the CleanPot also helps prevent mineral build-up because it is so easy to clean in a sink, like doing the dishes.

  • Dave
    Dave
    1/14/2016 1:34 PM

    @Nicolas How noisy is the dehumidifier? Would it be quiet enough to run at night in a bedroom?

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 2:32 PM

    @Dave This is a humidifier! It puts water INTO the air!

    This machine is practically silent. The ultrasonic-module does not make any buzzing, or vibration noise at all, and the only other moving part is a 1.5 inch fan to blow the vapor. You might hear an occasional water drop if you're really listening for it, but it's very quiet, and well-suited for use in a bedroom.

  • Christiana
    Christiana
    1/14/2016 12:51 PM

    I have been waiting YEARS for a humidifier like this! My previous, and only, mist humidifier was gross. It developed a pink film on every surface inside--which was really frustrating because so much of the plastic is clear! I'd try to clean it, but could only reach small areas inside. I felt like the mist output wasn't clean because the humidifier looked so awful.

    I think this humidifier is well worth the cost! It's exactly what I need. It will alway look beautifully clean, making me feel better, and I can add scented oils. I've never done before. Plus, how easy is it to FILL A BOWL?!!

    It's a nice size for traveling (without the bowl of course). I wonder if it will fit in a hotel ice bucket? Ha! Save up your money--skip a few evening restaurant meals or play some board games at home everyone, cause this one's a no-brainer.

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 1:22 PM

    @Christiana YOU NAILED IT with the hotel ice bucket comment! Some hotels it fits, sometimes it doesn't but when it works it feels like such a life-hack! I've used in dry-desert Las Vegas, and dry-winter Chicago.

    The pink-slime is... a fact of nature, but the idea with the CleanPot is that you never GET to that point, because it's easy to take apart, and wash in a sink.

  • Ken
    Ken
    1/14/2016 8:23 PM

    @Nicolas I agree that it's well worth the cost! Think of it as an art object! As someone mentioned above, give up a few trivialities for a while, and get a qualitey product. Don't be such penny-pinchers!

  • Joy
    Joy
    1/14/2016 1:03 PM

    How much square footage does it cover, when in use?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/14/2016 1:37 PM

    325 square feet, Joy!

  • Jee
    Jee
    1/14/2016 1:08 PM

    Does this humidifier have the same "glugging" sound that happens with humidifiers w/tanks? I'm looking for the quietest humidifier out there.

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 1:27 PM

    @Jee This is one of the quietest humidifiers out there, practically silent. There is NO "glug" or bubbling sounds, just the occasional faint drop of water. From across a quiet room, you MIGHT be able to hear the 1.5 inch fan, if you're listening for it, but it's really whisper-quiet.

    The ultra-sonic action does NOT make any sort of vibration or humming noise, I expect you will be pleased with how quiet this machine is.

  • Jee
    Jee
    1/14/2016 3:50 PM

    @Nicolas Is this considered a "hygiene" item that is not returnable if it makes too much noise for me?

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 4:23 PM

    @Jee It's my understanding that the CleanPot is returnable within 30 days, and follows the Grommet's normal return policy. It is an interesting product category, in that it's a somewhat "intimate" appliance, that interacts with water, and the air you breathe... but it's not like say, a toothbrush. Maintaining a hygienic machine is definitely a main idea behind the product, but it's still an appliance that you could return if you choose.

    Regarding the noise issue, it's really quiet, and I don't expect you will find it to be noisy!

  • rozann
    rozann
    1/14/2016 1:10 PM

    Would it be possible for you to list essential oils that you know are safe to use? Are different colors available? I will be watching this site every day to see if the price, which is above an amount I can afford, comes down. I will need two of them.

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 1:53 PM

    @rozann Hi Rozann, Miro does make a Eucalyptus oil that is safe to use with the CleanPot, and we're working to bring this to The Grommet. There are 3 colors at this time: Green, Red, and Lavender.

    I have also used a variety of "KIS" brand oils successfully. The most damaging oil for the ABS plastic I've seen was Cinnamon Cassia from a different brand. My advice for choosing a different oil would be to test a dilute solution on an inconspicuous part of the product, and after testing use a small amount - just a couple drops MIXED into the water (not an oil-slick), and it is especially important to clean the humidifier immediately after use with oils.

    The CleanPot is primarily a humidifier, which can be used with essential oils. The aromatic performance with oils is more of a "fresh burst" (that should last 30-60 minutes), rather than a sustained 4-6 hours of fragrance.

  • Kristene
    Kristene
    1/14/2016 1:17 PM

    Here's an idea, since so many of us think it's too expensive: Why not sell a 2nd version minus the bowl? You keep touting its versatility in terms of being able to put it into different bowls, so why not give us the option of not even buying this bowl? My home over-runneth with bowls (!) and I certainly don't need another one. Plus, my decor is strictly antique-filled, and this lovely bowl is ultra-modern in design. Pretty, but not for me.

  • Christiana
    Christiana
    1/14/2016 2:12 PM

    @Kristene you don't understand what this site is all about... We get to purchase unique items just after concept and creation, from creative minds! To ask for someone to change their "baby" to fit your taste in decor, or discount store price point, is rude.

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 2:24 PM

    @Christiana In the early stages of product development, there was a unit that did not include a bowl, and we've heard feedback from both sides - people saying "Why no bowl?" and "Why do you include this bowl?"

    As it is now, the included bowl makes it so you can use the product right out of the box, and make a colorful impression, while leaving the option for the user to choose a vessel that is more tailored to their decor, and usage. We are working with the manufacturer to reach a volume of production where we could lower the price, and possibly introduce additional options, like a "no-bowl" package. ...it would certainly make shipping easier.

  • Christiana
    Christiana
    1/14/2016 2:34 PM

    @Nicolas It's neat to hear that you're even farther along in the product process than I assumed to realized! I wish Miro much success, and look forward to more, as it seems many others do also...

  • Elizabeth
    Elizabeth
    1/14/2016 1:25 PM

    We have a high calcium content in our water and the traditional humidifiers get clogged with calcium and cease to work even with regular cleanings. Are there parts in this humidifier that the calcium can build upon and will even if cleaned?

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 1:37 PM

    @Elizabeth I think you are correct to be concerned about hard-water with humidifiers, and this is also true with the CleanPot; there are delicate moving parts inside (I'm thinking of the 1.5 inch fan in particular). It may be that with regular, immediate cleaning, you could avoid trouble with hard water, but it will definitely be a concern. As a general rule "if the water is drinkable, it's ok to use", and in a tight spot, I've diluted hard tap water with bottled water to minimize the impact of minerals.

  • Christine
    Christine
    1/14/2016 2:51 PM

    I would love to see this wonderful product in an all white choice. It's nice that you can switch out the bowl to match décor but you would still have a green, red or purple piece nearby.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/14/2016 4:19 PM

    Funny you say that, Christine! There is actually a red and purple version on site. Click on "buy" below the video to select the color. The red is sold out, but the purple is still available.

  • S
    S
    1/14/2016 3:01 PM

    How well does this work with super-hard water? This is a little pricey for me, but our water is so hard, we usually wind up buying a new vaporizer every season, even with cleaning. If I could avoid that, this unit would eventually pay for itself.

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 3:10 PM

    @S You are correct to be concerned about hard-water with humidifiers, and this is also true with the CleanPot; there are delicate moving parts inside (I'm thinking of the 1.5 inch fan in particular, which is the most vulnerable to getting stuck) as well as the surface of the polished plastic which in all likelihood will become tarnished. It may be that with regular, immediate cleaning, you could avoid trouble with hard water, but it will definitely be a concern. As a general rule "if the water is drinkable, it's ok to use", and in a tight spot, I've diluted hard tap water with bottled water to minimize the impact of minerals.

    One benefit of the CleanPot's design is that when it comes time to replace the ultrasonic module, and/or fan - there's just 1 part to change which is easily swap-able. The module is... modular. Both the waterproof moving parts are on one wire, in 95% of customer service cases, there is only this 1 replacement part needed.

  • Holly
    Holly
    1/14/2016 3:07 PM

    I love the concept - no mold, easy to clean. One of the other problems with my current humidifiers is the need to descale, even the ones that operate with a cool mist. Do you need to use distilled water or do you ever need to worry about minerals building up on any of the parts?

  • Holly
    Holly
    1/14/2016 3:09 PM

    @Holly I'm replying to my own question ---sorry---apparently several other people had a similar question that posted after I had read earlier comments.

  • Christine
    Christine
    1/14/2016 3:10 PM

    This is a great concept, and I'm sure a great product, but the open bowl on a bedside table would be a recipe for disaster for me; two cats, two kids, and me getting up in the night wouldn't be a good mix. Is there a possibility of making a covered bowl for this unit? Even one that had a central hole in it, allowing for the mister to work, would be really, really good for my household!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/14/2016 4:21 PM

    It's certainly a possibility for the future, Christine! We and the Makers here on site love hearing feedback like this as they continue to further their product development.

  • Sarah
    Sarah
    1/14/2016 3:17 PM

    Hello Nicolas, I am wondering if I used hot water if the mist would be warm?

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 3:44 PM

    @Sarah I would advise against this, as hot water can damage the plastic body of the CleanPot or the bowl. The droplets produced by the ultrasonic module are very tiny - micron sized - so they don't carry any significant amount of heat-energy with them as they are blown out of the machine. This machine is definitely in the "cool-mist humidifier" category.

  • Sharon
    Sharon
    1/14/2016 3:46 PM

    Because is it's simple design, shouldn't it be less expensive??

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/14/2016 4:57 PM

    Not exactly, Sharon. The simple design is what helps set it apart is it makes it easier to clean and thus much healthier. That simple design creates a superior product and, in turn, drives its price up comparatively.

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 6:03 PM

    @Sharon Hi, Sharon. Thank you for your interest. It is true that the design is simple but the design and structure is so different from other existing humidifiers so that we needed to make the products sort of from scratch. We do not reach at the point where we can lower the manufacturing costs a lot but we are working on it.

  • Colin
    Colin
    1/14/2016 4:32 PM

    what is the warranty?

    will oils I now use in a diffuser work the same with it?

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 5:16 PM

    @Colin Hi Colin, there is a 1-yr warranty on parts from the manufacturer.

    You can use aromatic oils with the machine, though the CleanPot is primarily a humidifier, with secondary aromatic functionality. The performance with oils is more of a "fresh burst" (that should last 30-60 minutes), rather than a sustained 4-6 hours of fragrance. It is especially important to clean the humidifier immediately after use with oils. Miro does sell a Eucalyptus oil, though if you want a different fragrance, my advice for choosing am oil would be to test a dilute solution on an inconspicuous part of the product, and after testing use a small amount - just a couple drops MIXED into the water (not an oil-slick). This aromatic water will create the perfumed mist you're looking for.

    It is also important to note that certain essential oils are extremely concentrated, and can damage the plastic body of the CleanPot (Cinnamon Oil in particular).

  • Amanda
    Amanda
    1/14/2016 6:57 PM

    This product looks fabulous!

    Does it run on batteries or does it plug in to an outlet?

    Thanks in advance!

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 7:38 PM

    @Amanda Hi Amanda! The product does plug into the wall, and the wall adapter downgrades the voltage from 110v (or 240v, it works with stronger international voltages too) to 24v, which is safe to use around water. Then 2 cords plug into the controller-dial; 1 from the wall, and the other from the waterproof ultrasonic module.

  • Ann
    Ann
    1/14/2016 8:17 PM

    Does it light up or have any sort of power indicators that would light up? I prefer total darkness when sleeping so most humidifiers are out.

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 9:15 PM

    @Ann There is a small green LED on the wall power adapter, and a green LED on the control knob when the unit is turned on.

  • Geri
    Geri
    1/14/2016 9:13 PM

    As it was developed in S. Korea, is it dual voltage? I travel everywhere and have been looking for something that would both humidify and work anywhere in the world. This looks wonderful, but for that.

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 11:05 PM

    @Geri Hi Geri! The wall adapter is dual voltage; it will convert either 110v (USA) or 240v(international) down to [email protected], which is safe to use around water. When traveling, you might need an adapter so that the plug will fit into the type of wall socket the country uses, but electrically it will work fine.

  • Stephen
    Stephen
    1/14/2016 10:32 PM

    Can I purchase this item in a color other than Lavender?

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 11:14 PM

    @Stephen Hi Stephen, we're thrilled that it looks like today's Grommet debut of the CleanPot has been really successful, and more units of additional colors (Green, Red, and Lavender) will be shipped to The Grommet tomorrow. Thanks for your interest!

  • Gail
    Gail
    1/14/2016 10:55 PM

    Can the parts be washed in the dishwasher. Obviously not the electric parts!

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 11:11 PM

    @Gail Officially, we don't recommend washing the CleanPot in a dishwasher, because the plastic parts can warp if they are subjected to high temperatures, though a lower temperature setting should be fine. Hand washing is best, and there's really only a few pieces to the machine: Floating base, inner funnel, outer funnel, and vapor caps. The moving parts on the wire must be washed carefully by hand, and you are right, of course don't put the electrical parts in a dishwasher!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Miro

CleanPot Humidifier

CLEAN DESIGN

At first glance, the Miro CleanPot looks like modern home décor. But behind its sleek, LED design is a humidifier with a nifty floating system that’s easy to keep perfectly clean.

A cleaner mister means cleaner air for you to breathe. There are no tricky, hard-to-reach corners and fewer places for bacteria to grow. You can
easily disassemble and wash it.

The CleanPot produces a cool vapor without using heat, and it works quietly. It even has a nook to put in a few drops of essential oils—letting you create an aromatic atmosphere.

We recommend using purified water but CleanPot comes with a hard-water filter and filter-cradle that helps keep “white dust” in your tap water from getting in.

Inventor Dong Jin Suh developed the CleanPot for his daughter. In his native Korea, cleaning chemicals used in humidifiers were linked to a pretty severe health crisis. He wanted to create the cleanest, healthiest humidifier possible—one that could be cleaned thoroughly and effectively with just soap and water.

His complete reinvention has many people breathing easier.
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  • Nicolas
    Nicolas

    Hello everyone! I'm proud to introduce Miro to The Grommet. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/14/2016 9:06 AM

    I see humidifiers in stores everywhere, but I have never seen one like this. What was the inspiration behind this design?

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 11:45 AM

    @Mike Hi Mike, the inspiration for this design comes from wanting peace of mind that the air (and water vapor) you're breathing in a home environment is clean, and that the appliance putting this water into the air is pristine. The Korean inventor of the CleanPot observed a tragedy in 2011, where "humidifier sanitizer" chemicals were found responsible for several deaths in South Korea during that dry winter season. He believed that the problem of keeping a humidifier clean could be solved with design, rather than chemicals, so the washable, waterproof CleanPot was born.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/14/2016 9:06 AM

    What do you see as the advantages in having Miro as opposed to other humidifiers?

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 11:00 AM

    @Mike THe main idea of the CleanPot humidifier is wash-ability. All humidifiers need to be cleaned, and the CleanPot makes this task easier than ever before. It comes apart into a few pieces, every surface is visible, and there are no tight corners.

  • Jim
    Jim
    1/14/2016 10:04 AM

    How large a room or space do you suggest this is suitable for? How much water will it emit in, say, one day?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/14/2016 10:21 AM

    Hi Jim, great questions. Miro is perfect for a bedroom or living room. It has 325 square feet coverage with 2.2 gallon output per day.

  • Judy
    Judy
    1/14/2016 10:07 AM

    how large an area does it cover?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/14/2016 10:21 AM

    325 square feet, Judy!

  • Kathleen
    Kathleen
    1/14/2016 10:13 AM

    Where is it made?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/14/2016 10:27 AM

    Miro is made in South Korea, Kathleen!

  • Carin
    Carin
    1/14/2016 10:16 AM

    Can you elaborate on "certain essential oils"? I would like to difuse a wide variety of oils.

  • JHH
    JHH
    1/14/2016 10:40 AM

    @Carin Would also like this question answered, adding whether "essential Oils" mentioned here are actually watery or oily. Looks swell ...

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 11:08 AM

    @JHH Essential oils are usually concentrated extracts from plants. They are very fragrant, but can also be powerful chemicals. In our testing there were a few instances of certain types of oil reacted with the polished ABS plastic (Cinnamon-oil especially should not be used!) Miro does sell a fragrant eucalyptus oil, and if you want to use your own oil, we recommend testing a small, dilute amount on a piece of ABS plastic, or an inconspicuous section of the product (like the inside of the outer funnel). When using essential oils with the CleanPot, a little really does go a long way! Just a couple drops mixed directly into the water should create a perfumed cloud of vapor from your humidifier.

  • Carol
    Carol
    1/14/2016 11:12 AM

    @Nicolas Thank you. Like Carin and JHH, I'm looking for a humidifier that will ALSO diffuse essential oils in the vapor.

  • Joyce Chase
    Joyce Chase
    1/14/2016 10:26 AM

    YIKES! I would try this but the cost is prohibitive for my budget! I wish you well in merchandising it, though.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/14/2016 10:28 AM

    Thanks, Joyce! Hopefully with enough support here on site, Miro can bring the price to something more in your wheelhouse.

  • Chelle
    Chelle
    1/14/2016 11:19 AM

    @Mike ~ I am quite familiar with the almost hypochondriac population of Koreans who would go to great lengths to save money to purchase Miro and the wealthy who wouldn't blink an eye. I think it is beautiful and love the way it functions and can easily be cleaned. ButI, along with many others in the US market will look at that price and compare it to putting the same amount on a larger not so attractive humidifier or towards adding a whole home humidifier to their furnace's. Regardless of it being a "wheelhouse" or not.

  • Christiana
    Christiana
    1/14/2016 1:03 PM

    @Chelle "Great lengths"? It sounds like you're just looking for an excuse. Get a clue, grumpy. If you need a humidifier that bad, buy a $20 vaporizer and call it a day. This item ain't for you...

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/14/2016 1:56 PM

    Miro will not be for everyone and that's ok. If you are satisfied with a less expensive option, great. You will likely not find one that delivers that quality performance of Miro though.

  • Christiana
    Christiana
    1/14/2016 2:24 PM

    @Mike, you're so positive! Chelle--I'm sorry--I guess I was being "grumpy".

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/14/2016 2:43 PM

    No worries, Christiana, thanks for the comment!

  • Garry
    Garry
    1/14/2016 10:27 AM

    How does this product work? I don't see an electric cord, but do see a remote controller.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/14/2016 10:47 AM

    Hi Garry, we must have hid it well in the video. There is an electric cord that powers Miro. The smaller piece next to the unit controls the degree of output.

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 11:12 AM

    @Mike Hi Garry! The product is wired - there is a low-voltage water-safe cord running from the ultrasonic module inside the unit, to the controller, and then to an AC adapter. At the wall, the AC is converted to 24v DC, which is safe to use around water.

  • Heidi
    Heidi
    1/14/2016 10:33 AM

    I LOVE this!! Like Carin, I'm wondering what essential oils can be used. Only certain brands? Also, I am away from my home for at least 9 hours each day. Can I leave it on while I'm away? Does it have an automatic shut-0ff if the pot runs dry? About how many hours can I get from the 2.2 gallon bowl?

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 11:58 AM

    @Heidi Hello! There are a variety of essential oils which can be used, however it is important to TEST a small, dilute amount of this oil on an inconspicuous section of the CleanPot, because some concentrated essential oils react badly with the ABS plastic. For example, Cinnamon oil should not be used! With a suitable oil, the procedure is to mix a couple drops directly into the water, and then float your humidifier. When using essential oils, it is especially important to wash your humidifier when you are done using it.

    The humidifier does have an automatic shut-off when the sensor inside become dry, and this will happen when the unit vaporizes the water in the bowl so that it is no longer floating (but there will still be an inch or so of water in the bowl). The included bowl is smaller than 2.2 gallons, but that IS the estimated output over a 24 hr period. The included bowl should give you 4-6 hours of run-time before needing to be refilled, and when it does need to be refilled, it can be done easily with a pitcher of water (no water tank to remove, and carry through the house!) The only limiting factor on the run-time is really the size of your container; if you have a particularly large bowl, you could run the machine for hours and hours without needing to refill.

  • Heidi
    Heidi
    1/14/2016 12:31 PM

    @Nicolas, thank you so much for this detailed reply. Very helpful answers to my questions.

  • Heidi
    Heidi
    1/14/2016 12:36 PM

    @Heidi

  • Heidi
    Heidi
    1/14/2016 12:37 PM

    @Nicolas, with a run time of 4-6 hours, you can't really run it at night, unless you use another container. So what's the use of the container that comes with it? This is kind of a drawback.

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 2:16 PM

    @Heidi I appreciate your feedback about the run time. One of the biggest considerations when deciding what type of bowl to include (if any! - we heard feedback both ways) was being easy to ship. The included bowl makes it so that the product can be used right out of the box, but the floating design lets a user tailor the experience if they have a vessel that works better for their space, r usage pattern.

    It's true the "default" 4-6 hour run-time won't last through the night, but one positive aspect of the bowl-design is that you can refill it without interrupting operation, with a big cup or pitcher of water. Many other humidifiers have a tank that has to be removed, unscrewed, turned upside down, ...and dripped through the house.

  • Kim
    Kim
    1/14/2016 10:35 AM

    Cool idea. However, if I put this on the floor, the dog will drink the water. If I put it on a table, the cat will drink it.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/14/2016 10:55 AM

    You just can't win, Kim! I'd say put it on a shelf or something, but the cat might just climb up!

  • Milo
    Milo
    1/14/2016 11:22 AM

    @Mike I'd suggest using one of the essential oils in the water. It would probably convince pets the liquid is not potable.

  • Renee
    Renee
    1/14/2016 12:41 PM

    @Milo Cats cannot metabolize most essentials oils and would be poisoned - feline acute kidney failure is a life threatening condition. I learned this the hard way after applying a well-diluted solution to a small patch of skin. Thanks.

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 12:57 PM

    @Renee I also want to say that I would NOT use essential oils around pets, as those chemicals can be VERY strong, and despite that, I can still imagine that it wouldn't necessarily stop a curious pet.

  • Joan
    Joan
    1/14/2016 10:36 AM

    Very interesting... I have a humidifier but can understand the bacteria that grows on the filter. Haven't used it in years though. Not understanding how this actually works inside the floating mechanism. Is it battery operated? Cost is too high for me but would definitely be interested in this product if the price came down.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/14/2016 10:49 AM

    Hi Joan, it is powered by plugging it into the wall. The clean mist is a game-changing effect. Hopefully with enough support on site, they can bring the price down to your budget.

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 11:15 AM

    @Mike Hi Joan! The floating form of the humidifier follows the function. The floating base 'buoys' the ultrasonic module, floating it just below the surface of the water, while a quiet fan above the water blows the vapor out the top of the unit.

  • Susan
    Susan
    1/14/2016 10:41 AM

    Nicolas,

    I agree this looks like a wonderful product, but I have to agree with Joyce that the cost is just too high for me to consider at this point. I wish you great success though as the size and clean air effects would be great

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/14/2016 10:50 AM

    Thanks, Susan! Hopefully it will soon be in a range for your consideration!

  • Michelle
    Michelle
    1/14/2016 10:44 AM

    What a neat design! How long will the humidifier last before I have to fill the bowl again? How does the design run? Will I have to use batteries? Thank you!

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 10:57 AM

    @Michelle Hi Michelle, thank you for your interest. With the CleanPot, you can float it in any bowls. Depending on the water container size, it varies. With the included bowl, it lasts 4-6 hours depending on things like ventilation, and how dry your room or office is.

  • alix
    alix
    1/14/2016 10:46 AM

    What is that smaller unit with the green top? It wasn't featured in the video.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/14/2016 10:51 AM

    Hi Alix, that is a dial that controls the output. It also shuts the device on and off.

  • Joseph
    Joseph
    1/14/2016 10:53 AM

    Can you modulate how much steam is produced? We have small rooms and most humifiers make them too humid.

  • Carol
    Carol
    1/14/2016 11:09 AM

    @Joseph Check in this thread. It is stated that the little gizmo to the side of the unit with a green top controls the output. You can lower it.

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 11:18 AM

    @Carol Yes, the external controller knob is a simple dial to control the fan speed, and the intensity of the humidification. Also, I should mention that with this machine there is NO heating element - the ultrasonic module quietly produces a cool mist, or vapor, made from extremely tiny (micron-sized) water droplets.

  • Melissa
    Melissa
    1/14/2016 10:57 AM

    I'm a pet owner and reviewer of home and entertainment that's pet friendly. This looks like something that would be interesting to pets. Is it safe if a pet stuck their nose in the bowl and/or licked that water?

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 11:32 AM

    @Melissa We have gotten reports that the CleanPot (for better or worse?) is interesting to pets in a home environment. It IS a floating machine in a standing bowl of water, so you should take that into consideration when choosing your water container, where to place it, and how to position the wires. Mechanically, the ultrasonic module is silent, and there is no heating element - just cool vapor. It wouldn't be any danger to a pet that went sniffing around.

  • Melissa
    Melissa
    1/14/2016 11:44 AM

    @Nicolas If it's totally safe, this could actually encourage pets to drink - which is often a problem with cats. So if it can't harm them, this would be awesome! I want to be sure of that, because there's an element that's plugged in though. If it's really ok for a cat to be fascinated and drink from that bowl, I'd buy it!

  • Melissa
    Melissa
    1/14/2016 11:46 AM

    @Nicolas there are cat fountains that one plugs in, so this might actually serve two purposes!

  • LAuren
    LAuren
    1/14/2016 10:57 AM

    Love it - how many hours can I get from the 2.2 gallon bowl? Does it have an automatic shut-off if it runs dry?

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 11:26 AM

    @LAuren Hi Lauren! The product does shut off automatically when the sensor on the inside runs dry. This will happen after the unit vaporizes water in the bowl to the point where it is no longer floating, and it bottoms-out in your container. However at this point there will still be an inch or so of water remaining in the bowl. Hope that helps!

  • Susan
    Susan
    1/14/2016 11:00 AM

    Also wondering what happens if it runs dry and you are not there to shut it off. Assuming any good quality oil will work?

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 11:24 AM

    Hi Susan! There is a moisture sensor on the ultrasonic module, and it will turn off automatically when this sensor on the machine becomes dry. Regarding which oils to use, Miro does make a first-party eucalyptus oil, and I do need to mention that some concentrated essential oils (cinnamon especially should not be used) can be very powerful chemicals and react with the ABS plastic. Before using a 3rd party type of essential oil, please test it on an inconspicuous section of the product, or on another piece of ABS plastic. With the essential oils, a little goes a long way, and you only need to mix a couple drops directly into your water before floating the CleanPot.

  • Missy
    Missy
    1/14/2016 11:24 AM

    Agree with others. The price is a bit more than I am willing to pay... I will keep checking on this product, to see if the price does go down, as I am always on the hunt for a great humidifier. I really like the concept of it being tankless, easy cleaning, healthier mist and ability to adjust the mist. Thank you for introducing it! Wishing you success in your launch!

  • Joanne
    Joanne
    1/14/2016 12:35 PM

    @Missy I've just spent two days cleaning our myriad collection of humidifiers and setting them up! Ordered this even before reading a comment. Then, when I did, nothing dissuaded me. If it works as advertised, I hope to order another soon and no, we didn't win the lottery.

    Kentucky Woman

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/14/2016 1:36 PM

    Here's hoping it works out for you, Joanne!

  • asydwy
    asydwy
    1/14/2016 11:49 AM

    How does this humidifier differ from an ordinary ( much cheaper) cool mist humidifier?

    other than its unique attractiveness?

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 12:12 PM

    @asydwy The main idea behind the CleanPot is that it is easily washable, but there are a few other nuances to the design:

    It comes apart into just a few pieces, and it can be cleaned like doing the dishes. Every surface is visible, and there are no tight corners, so you can be sure that your humidifier is clean because it's easy to wash yourself.

    The floating-in-a-bowl design also means that you can refill the bowl easily with just a pitcher of water, you don't even have to turn it off to refill. You are also free to use your own bowl - a larger one will increase time between refills, and you can choose a decorative container to match your space. (I've got a white ceramic bowl that looks almost like a bird-bath on a little elevated pedestal. This means it has a smaller footprint on my table, and the bowl looks great in a room!)

    The interchangeable "vapor caps" give you simple options for how you want to vapor directed in your space. The "volcano" cap goes straight up, and the "tea-kettle" cap points to the side, and can be rotated to point in a particular direction.

  • Barbara
    Barbara
    1/14/2016 12:01 PM

    Hi, I'd like to know if the mist makes a dust fallout, what the usable capacity of the provided bowl is, and if there is a way to prevent anything from fallinonto the water Thanks.

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 1:15 PM

    @Barbara Hi Barbara, the dust you describe probably comes from minerals that are present in some water sources. We recommend using purified water with the CleanPot, and being extra-diligent with the cleaning if you know your water is "hard" containing minerals.

    The included bowl holds 1/2 gallon of water, though you must keep in mind that the floating unit displaces some water, and that there will still be some water left in the bowl after the unit "bottoms out" and turns itself off. Choosing a larger bowl will increase your run-time, and can match your decor.

    As for preventing things from falling in the water, it IS an open bowl, so you should take whatever precautions are appropriate for your environment so that it is not knocked over. Regarding particles IN the water, the "site of vaporization" is actually in the center of the unit, at the SURFACE of the water, so this minimizes any impact if there are any particles at the bottom of the bowl. I hope that answers your questions!

  • Barbara
    Barbara
    1/14/2016 12:06 PM

    What is the smallest inside diameter of bowl that can be used?

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 12:28 PM

    @Barbara Great question! The diameter of the floating base is 7-inches (+ another half inch for the cord to stick out ), and when floating, the bottom of the device is about 2.5 inches below the surface of the water. So, technically, an 8-inch diameter bowl, that's 3 inches deep would work. HOWEVER, this would leave basically no room for water, and the unit will displace a certain amount of water when floating! The unit will shut off when it "bottoms out" in your container, but there will still be an inch or so of water in the bowl.

    The larger your bowl, the longer run-time you will have. The experience with the CleanPot is much better with a nice, deep bowl. I use a ceramic bird-bath type bowl which is raised on a pedestal a few inches above the table. It's about 14 inches across at the widest point, but being raised up gives it a smaller footprint, and the machine looks nice when elevated.

  • Melanie
    Melanie
    1/14/2016 12:09 PM

    Is the material of the bowl and the actual components that you put in the bowl made out of plastic? If so, are they BPA-free?

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 12:30 PM

    @Melanie Yes the body of the CleanPot is made of a polished ABS plastic, which is BPA-free. The bowl is made of slightly different plastic, which is also BPA free.

  • Randy
    Randy
    1/14/2016 12:15 PM

    I agree, the product looks great but is too costly. I would be interested if the price came down.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/14/2016 1:36 PM

    Keep an eye out, Randy!

  • Shirley
    Shirley
    1/14/2016 12:17 PM

    Can well water tyat is hard be used, or does it need to be distilled water?

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 12:45 PM

    @Shirley It is probably overkill to say "you must use distilled water", however I think it is correct to be concerned about using especially-hard well-water. I have some experience with homes that use well water, and I would not recommend it for use with the polished surfaces, or delicate moving parts inside the CleanPot.

  • Timothy
    Timothy
    1/14/2016 12:28 PM

    I used ultrasonic humidifiers in the past, but stopped because they left a fine coating of mineral dust everywhere. Will that be an issue with this humidifier, and can it be avoided by using filtered water?

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 12:35 PM

    @Timothy It is very important to consider the water you're using with your humidifier, and I would guess that "hard" minerals in water are responsible for the "humidifier dust" that you describe. With the CleanPot, we do recommend using purified water. As a general rule: if it's ok to drink, it's ok to use with your humidifier.

    It is also true that even if your water is slightly hard, the washable design of the CleanPot makes it so that you can wash away any residue that might be present. Regular washing should prevent extreme build-up of residue from weeks of extended use.

  • Deanne
    Deanne
    1/14/2016 12:28 PM

    All the cool mist humidifiers I have used leave a fine powder dust on everything. Does yours?

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 12:40 PM

    @Deanne Hi Deanna, I would guess that this dust you describe comes from minerals that are present in "hard" water. These minerals can get vaporized along with the water in a humidifier, and could be deposited into the surrounding environment.

    We really recommend using purified with the CleanPot (or any humidifier). As a general rule "if it's ok to drink, it's ok to use with your humidifier". The washable design of the CleanPot also helps prevent mineral build-up because it is so easy to clean in a sink, like doing the dishes.

  • Dave
    Dave
    1/14/2016 1:34 PM

    @Nicolas How noisy is the dehumidifier? Would it be quiet enough to run at night in a bedroom?

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 2:32 PM

    @Dave This is a humidifier! It puts water INTO the air!

    This machine is practically silent. The ultrasonic-module does not make any buzzing, or vibration noise at all, and the only other moving part is a 1.5 inch fan to blow the vapor. You might hear an occasional water drop if you're really listening for it, but it's very quiet, and well-suited for use in a bedroom.

  • Christiana
    Christiana
    1/14/2016 12:51 PM

    I have been waiting YEARS for a humidifier like this! My previous, and only, mist humidifier was gross. It developed a pink film on every surface inside--which was really frustrating because so much of the plastic is clear! I'd try to clean it, but could only reach small areas inside. I felt like the mist output wasn't clean because the humidifier looked so awful.

    I think this humidifier is well worth the cost! It's exactly what I need. It will alway look beautifully clean, making me feel better, and I can add scented oils. I've never done before. Plus, how easy is it to FILL A BOWL?!!

    It's a nice size for traveling (without the bowl of course). I wonder if it will fit in a hotel ice bucket? Ha! Save up your money--skip a few evening restaurant meals or play some board games at home everyone, cause this one's a no-brainer.

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 1:22 PM

    @Christiana YOU NAILED IT with the hotel ice bucket comment! Some hotels it fits, sometimes it doesn't but when it works it feels like such a life-hack! I've used in dry-desert Las Vegas, and dry-winter Chicago.

    The pink-slime is... a fact of nature, but the idea with the CleanPot is that you never GET to that point, because it's easy to take apart, and wash in a sink.

  • Ken
    Ken
    1/14/2016 8:23 PM

    @Nicolas I agree that it's well worth the cost! Think of it as an art object! As someone mentioned above, give up a few trivialities for a while, and get a qualitey product. Don't be such penny-pinchers!

  • Joy
    Joy
    1/14/2016 1:03 PM

    How much square footage does it cover, when in use?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/14/2016 1:37 PM

    325 square feet, Joy!

  • Jee
    Jee
    1/14/2016 1:08 PM

    Does this humidifier have the same "glugging" sound that happens with humidifiers w/tanks? I'm looking for the quietest humidifier out there.

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 1:27 PM

    @Jee This is one of the quietest humidifiers out there, practically silent. There is NO "glug" or bubbling sounds, just the occasional faint drop of water. From across a quiet room, you MIGHT be able to hear the 1.5 inch fan, if you're listening for it, but it's really whisper-quiet.

    The ultra-sonic action does NOT make any sort of vibration or humming noise, I expect you will be pleased with how quiet this machine is.

  • Jee
    Jee
    1/14/2016 3:50 PM

    @Nicolas Is this considered a "hygiene" item that is not returnable if it makes too much noise for me?

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 4:23 PM

    @Jee It's my understanding that the CleanPot is returnable within 30 days, and follows the Grommet's normal return policy. It is an interesting product category, in that it's a somewhat "intimate" appliance, that interacts with water, and the air you breathe... but it's not like say, a toothbrush. Maintaining a hygienic machine is definitely a main idea behind the product, but it's still an appliance that you could return if you choose.

    Regarding the noise issue, it's really quiet, and I don't expect you will find it to be noisy!

  • rozann
    rozann
    1/14/2016 1:10 PM

    Would it be possible for you to list essential oils that you know are safe to use? Are different colors available? I will be watching this site every day to see if the price, which is above an amount I can afford, comes down. I will need two of them.

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 1:53 PM

    @rozann Hi Rozann, Miro does make a Eucalyptus oil that is safe to use with the CleanPot, and we're working to bring this to The Grommet. There are 3 colors at this time: Green, Red, and Lavender.

    I have also used a variety of "KIS" brand oils successfully. The most damaging oil for the ABS plastic I've seen was Cinnamon Cassia from a different brand. My advice for choosing a different oil would be to test a dilute solution on an inconspicuous part of the product, and after testing use a small amount - just a couple drops MIXED into the water (not an oil-slick), and it is especially important to clean the humidifier immediately after use with oils.

    The CleanPot is primarily a humidifier, which can be used with essential oils. The aromatic performance with oils is more of a "fresh burst" (that should last 30-60 minutes), rather than a sustained 4-6 hours of fragrance.

  • Kristene
    Kristene
    1/14/2016 1:17 PM

    Here's an idea, since so many of us think it's too expensive: Why not sell a 2nd version minus the bowl? You keep touting its versatility in terms of being able to put it into different bowls, so why not give us the option of not even buying this bowl? My home over-runneth with bowls (!) and I certainly don't need another one. Plus, my decor is strictly antique-filled, and this lovely bowl is ultra-modern in design. Pretty, but not for me.

  • Christiana
    Christiana
    1/14/2016 2:12 PM

    @Kristene you don't understand what this site is all about... We get to purchase unique items just after concept and creation, from creative minds! To ask for someone to change their "baby" to fit your taste in decor, or discount store price point, is rude.

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 2:24 PM

    @Christiana In the early stages of product development, there was a unit that did not include a bowl, and we've heard feedback from both sides - people saying "Why no bowl?" and "Why do you include this bowl?"

    As it is now, the included bowl makes it so you can use the product right out of the box, and make a colorful impression, while leaving the option for the user to choose a vessel that is more tailored to their decor, and usage. We are working with the manufacturer to reach a volume of production where we could lower the price, and possibly introduce additional options, like a "no-bowl" package. ...it would certainly make shipping easier.

  • Christiana
    Christiana
    1/14/2016 2:34 PM

    @Nicolas It's neat to hear that you're even farther along in the product process than I assumed to realized! I wish Miro much success, and look forward to more, as it seems many others do also...

  • Elizabeth
    Elizabeth
    1/14/2016 1:25 PM

    We have a high calcium content in our water and the traditional humidifiers get clogged with calcium and cease to work even with regular cleanings. Are there parts in this humidifier that the calcium can build upon and will even if cleaned?

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 1:37 PM

    @Elizabeth I think you are correct to be concerned about hard-water with humidifiers, and this is also true with the CleanPot; there are delicate moving parts inside (I'm thinking of the 1.5 inch fan in particular). It may be that with regular, immediate cleaning, you could avoid trouble with hard water, but it will definitely be a concern. As a general rule "if the water is drinkable, it's ok to use", and in a tight spot, I've diluted hard tap water with bottled water to minimize the impact of minerals.

  • Christine
    Christine
    1/14/2016 2:51 PM

    I would love to see this wonderful product in an all white choice. It's nice that you can switch out the bowl to match décor but you would still have a green, red or purple piece nearby.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/14/2016 4:19 PM

    Funny you say that, Christine! There is actually a red and purple version on site. Click on "buy" below the video to select the color. The red is sold out, but the purple is still available.

  • S
    S
    1/14/2016 3:01 PM

    How well does this work with super-hard water? This is a little pricey for me, but our water is so hard, we usually wind up buying a new vaporizer every season, even with cleaning. If I could avoid that, this unit would eventually pay for itself.

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 3:10 PM

    @S You are correct to be concerned about hard-water with humidifiers, and this is also true with the CleanPot; there are delicate moving parts inside (I'm thinking of the 1.5 inch fan in particular, which is the most vulnerable to getting stuck) as well as the surface of the polished plastic which in all likelihood will become tarnished. It may be that with regular, immediate cleaning, you could avoid trouble with hard water, but it will definitely be a concern. As a general rule "if the water is drinkable, it's ok to use", and in a tight spot, I've diluted hard tap water with bottled water to minimize the impact of minerals.

    One benefit of the CleanPot's design is that when it comes time to replace the ultrasonic module, and/or fan - there's just 1 part to change which is easily swap-able. The module is... modular. Both the waterproof moving parts are on one wire, in 95% of customer service cases, there is only this 1 replacement part needed.

  • Holly
    Holly
    1/14/2016 3:07 PM

    I love the concept - no mold, easy to clean. One of the other problems with my current humidifiers is the need to descale, even the ones that operate with a cool mist. Do you need to use distilled water or do you ever need to worry about minerals building up on any of the parts?

  • Holly
    Holly
    1/14/2016 3:09 PM

    @Holly I'm replying to my own question ---sorry---apparently several other people had a similar question that posted after I had read earlier comments.

  • Christine
    Christine
    1/14/2016 3:10 PM

    This is a great concept, and I'm sure a great product, but the open bowl on a bedside table would be a recipe for disaster for me; two cats, two kids, and me getting up in the night wouldn't be a good mix. Is there a possibility of making a covered bowl for this unit? Even one that had a central hole in it, allowing for the mister to work, would be really, really good for my household!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/14/2016 4:21 PM

    It's certainly a possibility for the future, Christine! We and the Makers here on site love hearing feedback like this as they continue to further their product development.

  • Sarah
    Sarah
    1/14/2016 3:17 PM

    Hello Nicolas, I am wondering if I used hot water if the mist would be warm?

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 3:44 PM

    @Sarah I would advise against this, as hot water can damage the plastic body of the CleanPot or the bowl. The droplets produced by the ultrasonic module are very tiny - micron sized - so they don't carry any significant amount of heat-energy with them as they are blown out of the machine. This machine is definitely in the "cool-mist humidifier" category.

  • Sharon
    Sharon
    1/14/2016 3:46 PM

    Because is it's simple design, shouldn't it be less expensive??

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/14/2016 4:57 PM

    Not exactly, Sharon. The simple design is what helps set it apart is it makes it easier to clean and thus much healthier. That simple design creates a superior product and, in turn, drives its price up comparatively.

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 6:03 PM

    @Sharon Hi, Sharon. Thank you for your interest. It is true that the design is simple but the design and structure is so different from other existing humidifiers so that we needed to make the products sort of from scratch. We do not reach at the point where we can lower the manufacturing costs a lot but we are working on it.

  • Colin
    Colin
    1/14/2016 4:32 PM

    what is the warranty?

    will oils I now use in a diffuser work the same with it?

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 5:16 PM

    @Colin Hi Colin, there is a 1-yr warranty on parts from the manufacturer.

    You can use aromatic oils with the machine, though the CleanPot is primarily a humidifier, with secondary aromatic functionality. The performance with oils is more of a "fresh burst" (that should last 30-60 minutes), rather than a sustained 4-6 hours of fragrance. It is especially important to clean the humidifier immediately after use with oils. Miro does sell a Eucalyptus oil, though if you want a different fragrance, my advice for choosing am oil would be to test a dilute solution on an inconspicuous part of the product, and after testing use a small amount - just a couple drops MIXED into the water (not an oil-slick). This aromatic water will create the perfumed mist you're looking for.

    It is also important to note that certain essential oils are extremely concentrated, and can damage the plastic body of the CleanPot (Cinnamon Oil in particular).

  • Amanda
    Amanda
    1/14/2016 6:57 PM

    This product looks fabulous!

    Does it run on batteries or does it plug in to an outlet?

    Thanks in advance!

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 7:38 PM

    @Amanda Hi Amanda! The product does plug into the wall, and the wall adapter downgrades the voltage from 110v (or 240v, it works with stronger international voltages too) to 24v, which is safe to use around water. Then 2 cords plug into the controller-dial; 1 from the wall, and the other from the waterproof ultrasonic module.

  • Ann
    Ann
    1/14/2016 8:17 PM

    Does it light up or have any sort of power indicators that would light up? I prefer total darkness when sleeping so most humidifiers are out.

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 9:15 PM

    @Ann There is a small green LED on the wall power adapter, and a green LED on the control knob when the unit is turned on.

  • Geri
    Geri
    1/14/2016 9:13 PM

    As it was developed in S. Korea, is it dual voltage? I travel everywhere and have been looking for something that would both humidify and work anywhere in the world. This looks wonderful, but for that.

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 11:05 PM

    @Geri Hi Geri! The wall adapter is dual voltage; it will convert either 110v (USA) or 240v(international) down to [email protected], which is safe to use around water. When traveling, you might need an adapter so that the plug will fit into the type of wall socket the country uses, but electrically it will work fine.

  • Stephen
    Stephen
    1/14/2016 10:32 PM

    Can I purchase this item in a color other than Lavender?

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 11:14 PM

    @Stephen Hi Stephen, we're thrilled that it looks like today's Grommet debut of the CleanPot has been really successful, and more units of additional colors (Green, Red, and Lavender) will be shipped to The Grommet tomorrow. Thanks for your interest!

  • Gail
    Gail
    1/14/2016 10:55 PM

    Can the parts be washed in the dishwasher. Obviously not the electric parts!

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas – Special Guest
    1/14/2016 11:11 PM

    @Gail Officially, we don't recommend washing the CleanPot in a dishwasher, because the plastic parts can warp if they are subjected to high temperatures, though a lower temperature setting should be fine. Hand washing is best, and there's really only a few pieces to the machine: Floating base, inner funnel, outer funnel, and vapor caps. The moving parts on the wire must be washed carefully by hand, and you are right, of course don't put the electrical parts in a dishwasher!

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