At 11"x8", this humidifier wouldn't be considered something that would get in the way of things, as you could tuck it into the corner (that's what we had done in our room). It's quite stylish, considering the other choices and can create humidity in a room up to 600 sq ft. The water container holds ~3 gallons, which is usually enough for any room where you would have to refill it every other day. If it's really dry, then you would definitely have to refill it at the end of the day. The Air-O-Swiss AOS 7145 comes in two parts, the clear part where the water for the humidifier goes, and the base part with the knob controls. The top knob is where you set the degree as to how dry the room has to be before the humidifier kicks on and the bottom knob controls the mist flow. Even at its driest, I always have the humidifier kept on low as one time I turned it up to the highest setting and an hour later my carpet was soaking wet! At the low setting, it works well. Output Volume At its highest, keep it away from carpets or it'll soak it after an hour's use. Keep it at low-medium and it should be fine for any room. Performance It is extremely quiet, there's no sound at all that emanates from this machine. I would probably forget the machine being on if I didn't see the mist come out of it. Ease of Cleaning Every so often you have to clean it. The good thing is that it comes with a little brush that's attached to the base of the machine so you don't have to buy your own, but the bad thing is you have to stick it into every little crevice. Sometimes you may even need to use a q-tip. It's not hard to clean it but who really enjoys cleaning? Durability It seems pretty sturdy, considering that we don't move it much. I am unsure about drops though. Design It's nicely designed, very sleek as it is more vertical than horizontal. We have a lot of dark colored items in our residence so this blends in very well with the decor. What I do not like so much about it, is that the water tank isn't transparent enough. It's too dark for my taste that sometimes I misread the water level. Looking at it more closely, then you can see it.