This thing was a great choice! It loads easily from the top and, finally, a humidifer that doesn't leak! It has great options and works so fast! It is difficult to clean but I didn't include that in the ratings cause all humidifiers I've ever owned have been hard to clean. Best advice is to get a foaming bathroom cleaner that comes in a spray bottle and includes bleach. That makes cleaning much easier. Overall, very very pleased with this humidifier.