Does The Aqua Stone Really Work?

Does Aqua Stone Work? With several months of cold weather still ahead of us, which means being stuck indoors then anything that is going to make the air a little more pleasant, like not being so dry may be a good thing. Is there a quick and simple and inexpensive way of doing this? Maybe the Aqua Stone has the ability to do this, so let’s find out.

The whole idea of this product is that as small as what it is, it is supposed to be able to put the humidity back in a room. It is based on a decorative stone that looks much like an egg which will absorb the water that you add to its base. It then releases the water into the air to moisturize an entire room.

The Claim
The Company claims that their product is the all natural way to add moisture to a room. Simply by the rock absorbing the water placed in the base it is able to dispel the moisture it has absorbed into the air. They state the secret is in the stone’s porous sphere. The promoters state that the Aqua Stone is just as effective as a standard electrical humidifier.

The Hype
It is somewhat difficult to come up with some unique hype for adding moisture to the air, because there are tons of products on the market that can do this at all different price ranges. What the promoters have done here is focus on two interests that a consumer of a product of this may have. One is how it lends to the decor of the room where it is going to be used in, and secondly the fact that it can be placed anywhere because it doesn’t have to be plugged in.

The Cost
The price that is set for this at the moment is about $30. which includes shipping and handling and if you pay another $9.95 to cover the shipping of a 2nd one then you will get it free.

The Commitment
It isn’t going to take much effort to use the Aqua Stone except to remember to keep adding water to the base so it can do its job. This simple item isn’t going to require a lot of cleaning, which is something that cannot be said for a lot of other humidifiers out there. A lot of times those units get calcium build up and require regular cleaning.

What did people do before all these electrical air moisturizers came out on the market? Or what is a cheap way now of doing this? Many people will just set a pot or can of water over their heat vents and let the moisture evaporate into the air. It may not look very attractive, and there is a chance of the water getting spilled, but it does do the job. So is it worth $30. to buy a rock that is going to do the same thing? It is worth looking around to see if there is anything similar to this and what kind of attraction has it gained. Interestingly we came across an almost identical looking product advertised on Amazon as a Set of 2 Non Electric Humidifier for the price of about $25. but it didn’t indicate the shipping price. It only has had one review so far, and it was fairly favorable. At the same time we came across some USB mini humidifiers. Then we took a look back at what we have seen in the past when it comes to air quality products. We did a review on one that was just the opposite to this product.  This was DampRid, whose main job was to take excessive moisture out of the air, which is the exact opposite of the duties of the Aqua Stone.

Final Aqua Stone Review

We have given the Aqua Stone a borderline Try/Buy rating which is a step up above our Risky Try/Buy. What was causing us a bit of concern really is the price. However, it seems that there is a real interest in this type of product when you look at the USB types and the good ratings some of them are getting. It takes away any concerns about whether something as small as the Aqua Stone could really be effective.

Our Recommendation
If you really hate having to plug in your humidifier, and you are only looking at an average sized room being dry and needing some moisture, then go ahead and choose this product. You don’t have to fuss about cleaning it, and there are no filters to deal with as it is not an air purifier.

What do you think? Does Aqua Stone work or not?

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{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

StraightGate October 19, 2014 at 9:28 pm

Much water is required to moisturize a dry space of significant size. The product appears to hold a tiny amount of water and to release it very slowly. I’ll pass…


Betty November 5, 2014 at 3:26 pm

After about 2 weeks my Aqua Stone got mole spots. I could not clean it and threw it out.


Jan November 8, 2014 at 6:49 pm

My Aqua Stone got moldy spots also. I couldn’t find anything that would remove them.


Jessica November 30, 2014 at 6:52 pm

Use hot water and a ‘magic eraser’. It’ll come right off!!


Laura February 14, 2015 at 2:25 am

Thank you sooo much! I love my Natural Stone Room Humidifier (from dbRoth) and cleaning it was the only drawback. I have been looking everywhere for a way to clean it – I’ll try that. I had considered filling it with Vinegar – but who wants to smell that for hours! lol.


Bree February 16, 2015 at 6:11 pm

Same thing happened to mine. Tried putting a dab of bleach on spots and nothing got them off. Threw in trash!


Diane November 17, 2014 at 12:15 am

I bought these and have a set in our bedroom, I turn on the ceiling fan, and my husband stopped snoring, and I breathe better. They are quiet because they are not electric. That’s all I wanted from any humidifier, a good night sleep and no bleeding noses or coughing. We sleep better. I have to fill them every 2 days and once a week wash the dishes. Very little maintenance in my opinion. I highly recommend them.


joshua December 12, 2014 at 10:48 pm

most helpful review i’ve seen on anything ever. short and sweet personal experiences.


Linda Snyder November 24, 2014 at 9:55 pm

I’ve had the aqua stone for about a month now. I picked it up for $12 in Walgreens. I have been using filtered water in mine and it’s been working nicely. They tell you to only use filtered or distilled water, NOT tap water which may have caused the mold on other units. It’s pretty enough that I have it on my breakfast table, this way I remember to refill it every couple days. It’s still relatively humid here in SC though.


Judy Mc December 22, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Thank you for info about distilled water, however I am now reading my instructions and it say to use cool tap water. Hopefully the hot water and soap will remove my mold spots. I have 2 of them and only one is showing mold…


Judy Mc December 26, 2014 at 2:16 pm

I tried hot water and didn’t work, however, I used bleach water and took them off.


Devenia December 18, 2014 at 4:49 pm

I bought the Aqua Stone for my office cubicle. Seems to be helping, but as mentioned in previous comments, I have mold spots on the stone. I only use bottled water so the mold spots aren’t caused by using “tap water”.

It was a nice conversation piece prior to the mold spots!!


JD December 20, 2014 at 5:51 am

Careful, some of the bottled stuff is essentially just tap water with a fancy label, so that could still be causing the spots. I just got one for my bedroom, so I’ll have to see for myself.


Sara January 9, 2015 at 4:36 pm

Mold spots can actually be caused by organisms in the air. the moist surface provides a medium for mildew to grow on.


BK December 31, 2014 at 8:20 pm

Would not add humidity to a shoebox. Let alone any room.


Jennifer February 13, 2015 at 6:58 am

Is this from a “I bought it and it didnt seem to work” stand point or an “It doesnt look like it would work” view?


cp January 1, 2015 at 1:36 am

I received one as a Christmas gift, so i have had it a week. I placed it on my bedroom dresser, since my bedroom is pretty small. In the week i have had it i have had to refill water 4x’s i believe it works my nose and lips are not as dry when i wake up. Still odd to me how it all works but i say it works probably not in a bigger room though.


Diana M January 8, 2015 at 3:13 am

The mold just grows back. This was a waste of money. Don’t buy it!


Dakota January 9, 2015 at 12:05 am

I got mine from Walgreens about a month ago for $12 and I keep it in my bedroom. I think it works, I don’t get shocked and my hair doesn’t get staticy since buying it. When you put water in the bowl and let it sit a while and come back, if you rub the stone you can feel the moisture all over it. Lastly mine got random spots all over it but I’m not sure if it’s mold because some of these spots are red or yellow almost as if I decorated it that way. Not sure how to explain that one, impurities in the air maybe? But overall I like it and would probably buy it for another room if I needed one.


sabriena January 12, 2015 at 5:25 am

I got mine from walgreens as well on clearance for 12. I just want say I have me salt Rock light and my aqua in my bedroom big difference! And for the mold bleach dis colors mold not kills it…check the label of its sold as a disinfectant it’s no use to u. To actually kill the mold you need a mildew cleaner that’s sold as a fungul or insect killer easy-to-use is kabooom mildew destroyer it simply says not sold as a disinfectant. I also favor the mean green milldew series. If uu take this advice the spots will not just be discolored but actually killed .


Yamila January 18, 2015 at 4:47 pm

It works great. I’ve got several. It is good to put one next to the indoor plants during the winter to get some moisture (heater drys out the environment). Wash it just with water and a soft brush to remove the mold and place it in a sunny area while drying. The sun light kills mold, viruses etc… I do every ten days.


cindy January 21, 2015 at 8:16 pm

I bought one for my office at work, because every winter it gets so dry and full of static, here in the frozen tundra of Indiana. ;) It actually does help. I’ve had it about 1 1/2 months now. I was skeptical too, because of the small size, but I am pleased with it.


Michele January 24, 2015 at 5:45 pm

I got my Aqua stone at Walgreens for $12.00. I had it a little over a week. I live in NC the weather is cold and dry here, and I have very dry skin. I keep the stone by my bedside table in my bedroom. I usually have to apply chap stick to my lips each night before going to bed and eye lubricant to my eyes each morning. In the last several days I have notices my lips are not as dry And my eyesore not as dry. I will continue to use the Aqua Stone and hope to see good results. Thanks for the tip about the mold.


Brooke February 1, 2015 at 12:29 am

I live in Tucson, AZ and see first hand what this dry air does to women’s skin and hair. When I saw this decorative humidifier, I snatched it up. I filled it with water ,sat it on the coffee table and waited for the magic. Months later, I’m still waiting. Yes, the water evaporated. But the water would evaporate regardless. Maybe I’ll start selling the Aqua Sponge, or Aqua Garden Rock, what about Magical Aqua Goldfish? Because a bowl you add water to, with an object in it is what someone sold and we bought.


Su February 11, 2015 at 7:35 pm

After reading what everyone else has to say about this product, I had to add in my opinion, to hopefully help others! Both me and my mom have one of these, for about 2 months. The instructions in the box are not enough to let you know how to care for this item. First, I use only distilled water (some people seem to prefer filtered), but not plain tap. Change the water at least every other day, and once a week, rinse out the stone and bowl in hot water and leave it to dry out. Do NOT use soap or bleach, nothing but water!! the way this works is that the stone absorbs whatever is on it, clay is highly absorbent, and if you put soap or bleach, that is being released back into the air and you inhale it! It does tell you in the instructions not to use any cleansing agents. Also, every so often i add a drop or two of an essential oil that is anti fungal, this can help prevent mold growth as well. Basil, lemon, orange, are some good ones. i don’t add oil every time, because i don’t know if the stone should be always absorbing oil. Neither me or my mom has had any mold issues with the aqua stone. It does require some care, but not nearly as much as a plug in humidifier. It does work, but it is small and will only work in a smaller room. You could get more then one if you want it in a larger room. I feel that it replaces lost moisture, but i don’t think it add much extra. if you really want intense humidity, you’d need something more powerful, but this is a great product for what it is!


Bree February 16, 2015 at 6:15 pm

Don’t waste your money. Mold spots require more cleaning than the electrical humidifiers!


LR in Colorado February 16, 2015 at 9:26 pm

We have 3 of these in our home. We were shocking everything we touched with the cold dry winter. Since we have started using these we do not shock anything or each other anymore. They do get quite a bit of moister into the air. We also put one in our bedroom and both see a difference in our sleeping and breathing better, and our sinus’s are not dry and hurting in the morning. We fill ours every 2-3 days and absolutely love them! Have one at work on my desk as well.


Lisa February 20, 2015 at 9:47 pm

I bought one of these and don’t notice any difference in air quality. I have it right by my bed. I still have a dry nose and cough at night. There is still static on my blankets. I don’t think anything really gets rid of static electricity. It is decorative and easy to use. I haven’t gotten any mold spots on mine yet. I have just been using tap water in mine. I only paid 9.95 for mine through one of those mail-order catalogs. Was worth a try, wish it worked more as described.


Roo February 21, 2015 at 6:02 pm

To Dakota who posted about the red and yellow random spots appearing on the stone – get rid of it immediately! Those are toxic molds and you absolutely DO NOT need to be breathing that into your body. They can wreak havoc on your respiratory and immune system and cause permanent damage including death. Please throw them out! Any molded device should not be used. Bleach will not kill the mold spores, and I would never risk the health of my family or myself by using one of these.


Helen February 22, 2015 at 6:45 pm

I bought mine for $15.00 and put it in my bedroom. What a relief not to wake up with a bloody nose or congestion! I love it. It is simple to use and I have no problems with it. I am seriously thinking of getting another one.


Chad March 1, 2015 at 12:09 am

I took a bigger bucket and filled more water in it and bubbled the stone down in that. Over about two days about a centimeter and a half has evaporated. I have not had any mold on it yet, but I just started. I’m thinkng about getting a bigger bucket and


STACEY March 8, 2015 at 11:01 pm

To get rid of mold, clean the orb and container with white vinegar.


Lisa March 31, 2015 at 4:18 pm

I have had one of these for about 3 months now. I use tap water (cold only for rinsing and filling up) and am just starting to see ‘faint’ mold marks at the top of the globe. So faint, not sure if it’s mold or some other discoloring…? Our tap/town water is REALLY good since we’re in the sticks of NH and don’t have much water contamination up in these parts (thank goodness for granola-y NH!) – unless you’re stuck in the southern NH cities near MA…
Anyways – going to try the warm water and just using a magic eraser for this. I think it should work. Don’t use bleach or anything else – I also need be more vigilant in filling up the globe more than once a week…. it’s usually empty by the 2nd day (my bad!). Thanks for all the info and tricks to keep these puppies around in the home. Would hate to throw out a simple tool for humidity. Can’t afford a high-tech one nor is it needed… must be way to rectify the AquaGlobe!


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