4 Stars By Laura A. Huber on 2014-02-01
Wonderful Hot Humidifier... but remember unless your using Distilled water there's lots to clear up.
I'm got some medical stuff... so I've gone through a lot of humidifiers over the years. Heck I have 3 running right now in my 1000sqft apartment.
* The UV light is a huge plus!
* It's super quiet.. mostly you only hear the bubbles as the water goes from the tanks into the tray below. I have mine on a dresser at the foot of my bed and even though im easy to startle, i sleep straight through having this one.
* Works fast. Here in the cold Chicago Polar Vortex winter, my other humidifier could only get my bedroom to 25% humidify if i left the door open (as measured by a separate humidistat) This one, also measured by same separate humidistat can keep my room at 45% or higher depending on how much the radiators are running.
* The two separate tanks are so small they fit in my SINK, so no more climbing into the bathtub to refill the humidifier.
* Mineral filter does an OK job, but needs replacing often.. like weekly.
* You have 2 choices with ANY hot/warm humidifier that's not ultrasonic... either buy and use DISTILLED WATER, or commit to cleaning it once a week with white vinegar and then replace the fabric mineral filter. THIS IS TRUE FOR ANY SUCH HUMIDIFIER, it's NOT a problem specific to this one. Pay attention to how many gallons of water you use in a week, and how much time and bother it takes to clean and decide what is best for you.
NOTE: SPRING WATER or FILTERED WATER or anything else is NOT the same.. the point of DISTILLED WATER is that the distilling process removes ALL the minerals that turn to crusty gunk with the water is raised to the point of boil/steam.
* Plan to buy the Mineral Filters in BULK cause you'll need to change once a week. Some people have said cotton balls work just as well but I have NOT yet tried that myself.
4 Stars By Scotch on 2017-05-24
After a long search, this is the best I've found.
I've been looking for a decent humidifier for years, I've owned maybe 9 different units, and this is he best I've found.
Most every other humidifier has some tragic flaw: cheap plastic bottles that break, undersized water bottles, leaky gaskets, spreads a fine powder over everything, mold, super expensive filters, etc. Not this one.
It has two LARGE tanks which can be rare.
A UV light (super important!) to kill germs AND mold.
The amount of water being put out is good, on a cold winter night we can go through both bottles full of water.
Strong, non-leaky bottles with nice handle.
Setting the humidity is done from a unit-less dial. This is a shame as I would have gladly paid more to be able to see what humidity I'm setting.
Calcification. You must clean these every week or two (at least).
The led is SUPER ULTRA bright.
I own two of these now. Both operating as expected. Do yourself a favor and pick up one of these. Especially if like me, you've been frustrated with high-price low-quality humidifiers.
If this had some way to set a specific target humidity level, (like 45%) (and/or a way to see the current humidity) I'd give it a 5-star.
5 Stars By kre8iv1 on 2016-01-01
loving this humidifier….
i had this exact humidifier made by "Kaz", and could not find it anymore.
come to find out, it has been rebranded by Vicks.
we love it!
there are 2 thing you need to be aware of:
i had to put black electrical tape over the lights on the front because they were so bright they kept waking me up at night.
if you don't mind light in your bedroom at night, then this won't be an issue for you.
you can see the reflection from the UV lightbulb underneath if you have this on a dresser, but it is not as bright as the lights on the front.
i can't find replacement mineral pads for this machine here on 2DayDeliver, and when i went to the Vicks website, they are out of stock.
you can operate the machine without them, but i won't.
luckily, it comes with 2 pads, so as i have one pad in the machine, i am searching for replacement pads.
this machine is great because each tank holds 1 gallon (almost - you have a little bit left in the distilled water gallon bottle after filling to the top - there is an air pocket i just can't get to 'burp' out), and you can refill one tank while the other one is being used by the machine.
we use distilled water and it cuts down a LOT on mineral buildup in the machine.
we have a humidity meter in the room we are using the humidifier in, so this helps monitor the moisture.
the machine is very easy to use, even without a humidity meter - turn the machine on and crank the dial until it clicks. you will hear it start to boil the water. let the machine run, and when you are satisfied with the humidity level of the room, turn the dial S L O W L Y down, until you hear a click. this is the level of humidity.
very happy with this humidifier, even with the 2 "drawbacks". best one i have owned in over 20 years of using humidifiers.
5 Stars By Amy Poole on 2016-12-15
Wonderful humidifier - I would definitely buy again!
This humidifier is exactly what I needed. I was waking up very congested and started having nose bleeds every morning. My older humidifier wasn't working as well and would run out of water in the middle of the night. This Vicks humidifier will run all night and into the next day without a fill-up. With the 2 chambers, it continuously fills the reservoir from each. You don't have to switch over or anything like that. It gives you the ability to turn up or down the amount of moisture going into the air. It also has the little medicine cup for the Vicks steam solution. That also works well. Since I have been using this, I have not had one nose bleed.
Pros: I only fill it up once a day (run it about 12 hours or so) and still have water left over. The medicine cup is great. It has a pad down in the heating chamber that will collect hard water minerals, so the machine doesn't get crusty (just change out the pad every so often).
Cons: The underside of the reservoirs are always wet due to condensation, so you have to take them out gently and allow the water to drip off onto the base.
Overall, I'm completely satisfied with this product. It works exactly as it was stated by the manufacturer and has helped my health immensely. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a humidifier.
5 Stars By Pecos Bill on 2009-01-21
Who knew shopping for a humidifier would be so hard?
My new house has gas heat and I found it really dried the place out. I was especially getting tired of the static electricity buildup due to the low humidity -- I was getting zapped basically every time I walked somewhere and touched something.
I had no idea that shopping for a humidifier would be so hard. I learned a lot by browsing and reading reviews. I decided that what I wanted was:
* "Hot" humidifier -- makes steam rather than spritzing cold water
* Quiet -- gurgling ok, noisy fan not ok.
* Something that would let me set a humidity level and would turn off the unit once that level was reached (I wanted to avoid ever coming home to a tropical jungle atmosphere)
* Easy to refill
* Easy to clean
* Germ killing UV light
* Big enough tank to run for 10+ hours without a refill
* Ships from 2DayDeliver ($15 shipping from a 3rd party seller? no thanks)
This humidifier is the only one I found that matches ALL of the above criteria.
So far I'm really pleased with it. The unit has no real fan, just a little tiny one inside the middle, enough to make the steam gently waft out of the top. I'm not getting condensation on anything. It's a fine steam that seems to get soaked up readily by the dry air in my house before it can possibly condense on anything.
Refilling is easy. If you look at the picture of the unit, each of those blue sides is a separate tank. You can leave the unit running with one tank while you go refill the other tank. To fill the tank you turn it upside down, screw off the bottom cap, fill it up, screw the cap back on and flip it back onto the unit. I had no trouble at all with anything spilling and in fact there's no problem with taking off a half-full tank to top it off.
After running it overnight I had one tank near empty and the other over half full. I'm running 1 of these for an entire 3 story townhouse -- I should really buy 1 or 2 more but with just this one running I'm already seeing a very noticeable reduction in static. Basically the floor its on (middle level) has no static issues anymore and the other two levels don't zap me as often or as hard!
If you put it in your bedroom you're going to want a nice piece of electrical tape or something for the super bright, blue power light. It does make a lovely night light for my living room, though. The gurgling noise I think I could sleep with.
The only way I would like this unit more is if it would tell me what the current humidity is.
Still, I think it's going to be hard to beat this humidifier.
(P.S., when shopping for replacement mineral absorption pads, pay close attention to shipping costs. Some of the ones shipped by 3rd parties on 2DayDeliver have ridiculous shipping charges. Find the ones that 2DayDeliver sells directly instead. Size does not have to be exact. The pad just sort of floats around in the boiling chamber.)
(P.P.S., the unit does not tell you what the humidity is, which is a shame, but it does have a dial to control how humid it will get. This works for me: turn the unit on and let it run for an hour or so with the dial all the way "on". After its settled in and bubbling nicely, turn the dial slowly left until you hear it go 'click' -- that's the current humidity level, which will probably be pretty low if you needed a humidifier! That dial is like a thermostat. If you keep the dial right around where it went "click", it will try to maintain the current humidity level. Turn it up and it will try to reach the new goal. If you put it into a smallish area (like a single room) it should have no trouble reaching a level and keeping it there and at that point it won't go through so much water. If you put it into a big area (like a living room in an open house) it'll probably run constantly trying to reach the desired humidity and you'll need to refill it about once a day. I've got the dial at about 1/3rd on and that at least kills the static in my house. In other news, I just took it out of storage for a second winter and it's up and running just fine again. I'm highly tempted to buy a second one... one for my bedroom and one for the living room...)
4 Stars By C. Little on 2014-12-23
Humans think it's great. Dog thinks it's possessed.
We humans love it. The warm mist is wonderful for helping to relieve irritated nasal passages and preventing allergy symptoms. The dual tanks are great. This replaced a 2 gallon single tank humidifier which broke due to me awkwardly trying to get the full tank out of the sink and dropping it on my foot. Neither tank nor foot fared well. It runs pretty quietly, and if you turn it toward the wall, the light isn't bothersome. The only improvement I would make would be to add a humidistat to it so it could self regulate. There are times I wake up in a steam bath, and there are times it is super cold and dry when the same setting doesn't quite do enough.
Unfortunately this has not gotten as much use as I would like as the dog thinks it is quite possibly the worst torture device ever invented, and wonders how we could have possibly brought it home. When it is running at night, he stares at it and whines. He paces back and forth and whines. He jumps on he bed and whines. He cowers and whines. He whines in my face. I wake up to find him standing at the foot of the bed staring at me with a look of torture and despair. Granted he is a border collie which is about the most neurotic breed on the planet, but if you have a sensitive furry friend who is afraid of everything, you're may want to look elsewhere. I have not yet managed to figure out why he is afraid of it, but he did fine with the cool mist humidifier we had previously.
5 Stars By EngineerDude on 2009-12-17
Now have two working great!
Due to both health and profession (singers in the house) we have had humidifiers for several years blasting in the cold winters. We quickly found that cold mist humidifiers, or even warm mist humidifiers without an UV germ killing light, produced more coughs and upper respiratory track problems than they solved. We moved then to Slant Finn UV light humidifiers, which solved our health and voice problems, and ran many of these to the ground -- the average lifetime of the SlantFinns was about two seasons without problems, a third if we got lucky...
The Vicks UV humidifiers are a tad quieter than the SlantFinn (some of which had a fan to move the water vapor faster), but the Vicks humidifier is not exceedingly quiet. Their loudness is typical of other boil humidifiers and yes, on occasion, the water and pads, or water and chaos theory can get just so that the humidifiers will be loud. Yet, the next day or even hour, they can quiet down. I am sure it depends on the person, but we find the bubbling of the humidifiers soothing...
So far, our original Vicks has run very well after ten weeks of continuous daily use, and I have gotten another one which has performed exactly as the first. The best thing is that the Vicks use a floater with a lever to tell the unit whether water is present, or whether they are running dry... The SlantFinns used an electrode and the electrode became flaky and partially dissolved after one season or two, and by season three would be gone and rendering an otherwise fine unit inoperable.
Relating to other reports, in our experience, placing the humidifiers in a table or floor has been level enough.
We do find that the humidifier knob / setting even 3/4s of the way might shut the humidifier at low humidity levels (45-50%, we like 55- 60%) but turning the knob all the way has resulted in non-stop operation that we like. (The unit might or might not have a hygrometer controlling the power cycle, though functionally we have seen no difference to the SlantFinns which advertised a hygrometer control)
Another good thing is that the water reservoirs are not too heavy, nor too tall and fit our kitchen sink and faucets. At continuous use, full power, each water reservoir lasts about nine hours, so the two give you about 18 hours in our experience. This is less than the advertised 24 hours, but then again, we run them at the max humidity setting.
The units' mist does smell like plastic for a few days after the units were new, but this was minimal and perceivable only by sticking our noses two inches from the grate.
As in many other consumer appliances which have fallen for blue LED indicators, the LEDs are blindingly bright for night use and it is necessary to tape a piece of cardboard over the LED and even then, there is plenty of brightness in the room.
As far as the UV light, you can see some of the visible light portion emanating from the UV bulb in nooks and crannies of the unit, but so far have had no eye problems but then again we do not stare at it and the amounts are minimal. The light, between violet and blue, is actually quite nice in color. Our experience with the Slant Finns is that the UV light along with the heat from the unit's bottom might mar fine furniture finishes over a winter, so a protective material is a good idea.
We find that we do not need to clean them too often, that the Teflon covered boil chamber works seems to keep salt deposits in control --but not perfectly by any means.
I have bought a second unit, and have been equally pleased... So far no problem with leaks, though some (not Vicks) humidifiers we have had did end up their lives in a puddle, but I have to say we ignored signs of problems (small salt water traces indicating small leaks) prior to larger leaks.
*** Season 2009 - 2010 Update ***
Units worked flawlessly and so far so good... Did acquire a third to fully humidify our space. No leaks, no need to replace the UV lights yet. Humidifers can occasionally boil dry if not cleaned every ten days or so.
*** Season 2010 - 2011 Update ***
One of the three units needs its UV lamp replaced. Got an economical replacement lamp at eBay (matching the bulb type printed in the bulb I am replacing) but the new UV lamp did not power up, so I will have to get one from Vicks. All units still going strong. No leaks yet.
*** Season 2011 - 2012 Update ***
Three units going strong. Replaced two UV bulbs. One of those replacements was a swap of an original burnt bulb with a new Eiko GTL3 UV light (bought from 2DayDeliver from seller Victoria Supply). This Eiko GTL3 light worked, while a previous attempt at replacing it with a similarly stamped GTL3 UV light from eBay had not worked. For the second replacement, I had an older but unused GTL3 light for my long time ago demised Slant-Finn. That worked too! No leaks yet. Winter started earlier so might get a fourth unit. It has become harder to raise humidity over 40% as winter started early!!!
*** End of Season 2011 - 2012 Additional Update ***
The oldest unit died. No symptoms at all before failure... When it failed, no lights turned on, no fan stirred. No leaks. The UV bulb, which was replaced once, seemed OK, so I extracted it and is waiting its turn to run its life in a different unit. Hence, we can estimate that the flawless lifespan of each unit is about three winters of daily use. I actually bought a replacement unit and it is going strong... So, two older units going, and a new one has joined the club. The elder unit alas, has gone to humidifier heaven after three seasons of service.
*** End of Season 2012 - 2013 ***
I updated my review on Jan... Something happened and never made it... Here it is.
Of the three units running, all three still run. However, one of the older unit can no longer power up its UV bulb... The bulb is OK. I tried a new one, and I tried the old one in the other unit and all is fine in the other unit, no UV light on the afflicted unit. Still, steam performance is great and there is no leakage.
So, in my case, with daily always on usage during Winter, I get about three seasons without problems. The fourth season was too much for one unit, and too much for the UV for the other unit. Still, I continue to be pleased with how well these humidifiers perform, given the large amount of usage.
*** End of Season 2013 - 2014 ***
The three units are still running, one without powering its UV light. The other older one, though, developed a leak, which "self-sealed" after a week or so of running (over a cookie pan). They still humidify. The third and newest unit is going strong with no problems.
Given I like to run my devices to the ground, I am still well pleased with this product.
*** End of Season 2014 - 2015 ***
Down to two units as one unit developed a small leak, and then this turned into a big leak, bigger than what a cookie pan could handle, and took several books with it and left its imprint on the furniture. Interestingly enough, the unit that self-sealed in 2013 - 2014 remains self-sealed and going strong! They still humidify and do not require overzealous cleaning (of course this might vary based on the mineral content of your water).
5 Stars By dakaco on 2014-11-17
This fall I noticed it was worse then previous years
Have had this humidifier for 2 weeks now, I waited to write a review so I could give the most honest and accurate review possible. My son (4) and I suffer with major dry skin. This fall I noticed it was worse then previous years. I decided I need to put some moisture back into the house. We went with a warm air humidifier due to some reviews we'd read.
1. I use this on a natural hardwood floor from the 1920s, it does not damage in any way my floors (it was a number one concern!!).
2. You have to refill the canisters everyday, which is so easy. My husband and I have both commented on how easy it is with the rubberized handles!
3. It aides in the heating in my house, I noticed the furnace doesn't kick on as much, and it feels warmer in our house.
4. My sons dry skin has started to heal up.
5. My daughter had a sinus cold going on when we unboxed the humidifier so I wasted no time trying out the medicine cup... within 24 hours she was feeling MUCH better!
6. It kicks on and off during heating times, it's fairly quiet and at its loudest sounds like a coffee pot.
7. It has a glowing blue light. At first we thought it was going to be a problem but actually rely on it as a night light now.
In a nut shell, I would recommend
5 Stars By L. R. Armstrong on 2016-02-16
Very effective, warm mist humidifier.
I've had this unit for about a month. Set-up was very easy and quick. I rinsed both reservoirs and filled them from the tub faucet. I placed the mineral absorbing pad (which I was definitely skeptical about) in the heating chamber and switched the unit on. The built in fan is very quiet. Within a minute or two, the unit began producing steam. The unit does gurgle and sizzle quite a bit, but it is not too loud and I actually got used to it quickly. Within a few hours, the humidity in our bedroom went from 20 percent to
28 percent. I left it to run at full for the rest of the night. By morning, the humidity was up to 35 percent. I dialed it back to about half and the humidity stabilized at 32 percent. After two weeks of non-stop running, I took it apart to clean. To my surprise, the heating chamber had very little scale build-up but the pad was pretty crusty. I wiped out the heating chamber and replaced the mineral pad. I soaked the crusty mineral pad in vinegar for a couple of hours and the minerals were dissolved. I should be able to re-use the pad. There is a light on the unit when running, but it is no brighter than a small night light. It could easily be covered with a small piece of tape if was too bright for some. I have bought several smaller humidifiers in the past that require refilling more often, so the dual tanks are convenient. I would definitely recommend this unit, and will probably purchase another for the family room. It does appear the the mineral pads are not readily available (particularly inexpensive), but can be had with I little searching. I can't really speak to the effectiveness of the U.V. light for bacteria killing purpose so far, but I guess it couldn't hurt.
5 Stars By Tom M on 2015-01-10
Very quiet Visible water level Visible mist (steam) Easy maintenance Inexpensive mineral pads Small size Cons
We have our first Vicks UV humidifier for about one month now. It is very satisfactory so we purchased two more Vicks UVs.
This unit has one room humidification capacity in our heat pump heated home. Very cold weather.
Visible water level
Visible mist (steam)
Inexpensive mineral pads
Over 40 years ago we purchased our first humidifier. Until we purchased the Vicks UV every humidifier was unsatisfactory because of design flaws. I have lost count of these humidifiers.
The last loser was returned to the merchant just after we bought the Vicks UV.
High noise level
Wick very awkward to install
Relatively short wick life
Water level is not visible
Mold on the wick
Wicks are expensive
Wicks not available