I feel like we go through a new humidifier every several years, so when we were less than satisfied with our newest one, we looked for a low price replacement. This is similar to one that we had and liked a few years ago (it broke). This had a great price and I got it for a great deal at Walmart. The basin is very easy to fill. This is cold flow humidifier so it can cool down a room, but I prefer this to vaporizers. The basin is also pretty large so that it does not need to be filled all of the time. We have had water sitting in there for a quite a while at one point and it did not get gross. I also like that there is an on/off switch on the cord since sometimes you just need to pull them out of the wall and when water is involved it makes that seem a little iffy. I just cleaned out the basin to put this into storage for the summer and it was easy to wipe down. The mechanism was not gross and the water had not really created a build-up. I like it when the storage on a device is simple.