As one of the most popular humidifiers Stadler Form has created, the Oskar is a compact, evaporative model that
has helped relieve the symptoms of dry indoor air for many. Now, they have taken it a step further with the Oskar Big. With a larger capacity,
higher output, the Oskar truly is bigger and better equipped to humidify even larger rooms and spaces in your home. Here's how the two stacked
up compared to other models.
Most Stadler Form humidifiers offer the ability to use "essential oils" or add "fragrance". Though the capability is there, we generally recommend
against this. In general, for people dealing with asthma, allergies, MCS or eczema, we say this simply because the cleaner the indoor air, the better.
Nonetheless, both Oskar models have this feature if you choose to use it.
What I like about the Stadler Form Oskar Humidifier
One of the very best features about evaporative humidifiers like the Oskars is how easy it is to refill them. There is a small door that you
simply flip open and with a pitcher of water, you can refill both of these humidifiers while they continue to run. No tanks to remove or disassembly
required. With the Oskar Big, there is also a handy water level window that allows you to see the water level as you fill it. Simply fill it up, and you're all set!
The moisture output for both models is great for relieving symptoms associated with dry indoor air. From chapped lips and dry skin to a sore throat
and dried out nasal passages, the Oskar humidifier provides moisturizing relief by putting nearly two gallons of water back into the air in your home a day.
The Oskar Big surpasses this with an output of nearly three and a half gallons.
Both the Oskar and Oskar Big have a variety of additional features that are both useful and easy to use. First, a built-in hygrostat allows you to set
the humidity level you desire. Setting 1 (one blue light) for 40% relative humidity and for each additional light/setting the humidity goes up by 5%. The
last setting, five lights, means it will run continuously for extremely dry conditions, and when all the lights are blinking, you know you've reached
your humidity set point. Both models also come with an Ionic Silver Cube. This accessory emits silver ions to keep the water hygienic and free of microbes
that grow in standing water. The LED lights can be dimmed or shut off for a night/sleep mode, and the Oskar will automatically shut off when it is empty. The
Oskar Big has four fan settings, while the Oskar standard size has two.
The last two things I like about the Oskar are how much power it uses and how quiet it is. Both of the Stadler Form Oskar models are very energy efficient,
and even on their highest settings, they use just a fraction of the electricity used by a standard light bulb. And in terms of noise, the Oskar is
What I do not like about the Stadler Form Oskar Humidifier
There are really one two drawbacks I have with this model. The first is a bit trivial - Oskar Big is only available in one color, while the standard
Oskar comes in black and white. My other drawback is a bit more substantial - replacement parts. The Ionic Silver Cube is standard fare when it comes
to humidifiers, common regardless of brand and priced about the same. Plus, you only replace it once a year, so the expense is minimal. The evaporative
filters/wicks are another story. If you use your Oskar Big for say four months, you will need eight filter/wicks. Luckily, there are two options when it comes
to the filter/wicks, and the 4 Pack is less expensive than the 2 Pack.
In all, I really like both Oskar humidifiers. You can go with the regular Oskar for bedrooms and smaller rooms, while for large rooms and open floor plans, the
Oskar Big is certainly up to the task. The convenience of refilling the model is a big positive when dealing with very dry environments that require a lot of
moisture to be put back in the air. The drawbacks of either model are small, and the features are easy to use and practical. If you're looking for a efficient,
super-easy way to relieve dry conditions in your home, you can't go wrong with either of the Stadler Form Oskar humidifiers.