5 Stars By Helpful Reviews on 2016-05-11
Vicks warm mist humidifier 5 STARS!!!
I purchased this humidifier during the winter months for my bedroom since I kept on catching a cold and getting very congested and wheezing in my sleep.
This Vicks humidifier was really helpful throughout the whole winter it lets out a nice amount of mist and you can really tell the difference its a great feeling waking up not as congested as before.
I like that it has 2 settings on the high setting you can run it for around 8-9 hours which will last you the whole night on the lower setting it will last for around 19- 20 hours on average.
I also love that it has a auto turn off so you dont have to worry about it staying on when the water runs out.
Like any humidifier or anything that you let water sit in MOLD WILL GROW so dont flip out if you see mold whats good about this is that its very easy to clean out and with proper maintenance you wont have any major issues with mold or anything else like that.
You can wipe it clean or use vinegar to kill the mold this one is very easy to clean.
My only issue is that its just a little big so its hard to find the perfect spot to put it but thats just my preference so I cant take off a star for that reason alone.
On the other hand a plus of having a bigger humidifier is that the water will last longer and will reach your whole room instead of just 1 small area.
I also like that this is not to noisy its actually a soft soothing noise that helps me fall asleep.
All in all this is a great humidifier it really works well does a perfect job easy to use easy to clean and a solid price point as well.
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5 Stars By Krysta on 2014-01-25
Great little humidifier- no "dust" all over the house
I had been using a cool mist humidifier and was tired of the white, fog-like haze throughout the house and weird white "dust" that would coat every surface. After doing some research on types of humidifiers I came across an article written by the EPA called "Indoor Air Facts No. 8 Use and Care of Home Humidifiers." It listed four types of humidifiers in two categories. This is directly from the article:
"The two types of humidifiers which generally appear to produce the greatest dispersions of both microorganisms and minerals are:
• Ultrasonic, which create a cool mist by means
of ultrasonic sound vibrations.
• Impeller, or "cool mist," which produces a
cool mist by means of a high-speed rotating
Two additional types of humidifiers can allow for growth of microorganisms if they are equipped with a tank that holds standing water, but generally disperse less, if any, of these pollutants into the air. These are:
• Evaporative, which transmit moisture into the
air invisibly by using a fan to blow air through a
moistened absorbent material, such as a belt,
wick, or filter.
• Steam vaporizer, which create steam by
heating water with an electrical heating element
or electrodes. "Warm mist" humidifiers are a
type of steam vaporizer humidifier in which the
steam is cooled before exiting the machine."
Anyway, this warm mist humidifier falls into that last category, which is why I purchased it. I now use two of these and have been running them daily for about 6 months. There is no white dust or fog from these humidifiers. Understand that instead of the minerals in the water being put into the air as a fog (and breathed in) and being dispersed all over the house as dust, they stay behind in the machine. Just the water evaporates. This means the minerals must be cleaned out of the machine from time to time. Follow the cleaning directions on the machine. It cleans very easily. If you have a lot of minerals in your water you may need to clean it more often. If you don't remove the mineral build up, the unit will eventually show an orange light and will not run until it is cleaned. I am very happy to clean up the minerals from this machine rather than breathe them in. There are many contaminants in tap water, and in my area arsenic is one of them. Even though the water district sends out letters every year or so showing the arsenic levels and assuring us that the levels are below the "acceptable" range, I choose to drink filtered water and would think it is best not to breathe arsenic powder (and who knows what else) into my lungs.
On low it runs about 24 hours. On high about 12 hours. When the tank is empty the green light turns orange and the unit turns off.
It is simple to use, fill and clean.
3 Stars By Matt Gegen on 2016-12-06
Pretty noisy at first startup
Pretty noisy at first startup. If you have this in a bedroom it may be an issue. However, mine seems to get quieter about halfway through the night. Overall, it works. I prefer the warm mist to a cool mist in the bedroom.
4 Stars By Danielle on 2017-01-03
Does what it's supposed to. I like it!
I live in New England, and with the heat on in the winter, I usually wake up with a bloody nose and a sore throat. With the humidifier, I wake up normally. It definitely serves its purpose.
I was nervous about the noise level with all the other reviews. On the high setting, it makes a bit of noise, but it's more like a white noise. There are gurgling/bubble noises every once in a while, but this doesn't bother me. I'm a VERY light sleeper and I haven't been woken by this yet.
I was also nervous about the night light. You cannot turn this off, but it's very dim. I have it facing the wall so I don't see it at all. But even so, it reminds me of a digital clock. It's just a dim green.
I'm sure there are other top notch humidifiers out there, but I was looking for inexpensive. I have no complaints.
4 Stars By Cabin Fever in Columbus! on 2017-03-15
Quick, Quiet, Fairly Attractive, But Wondering About Auto Shut Off and That Funny Smell....
Much bettah than the one I had before. I bought a different humidifier locally, can't remember who made it, and I returned it after buying this one. I DID like the aesthetics of the previous one, versus this one, but this one is more effective and easier to clean.
The previous one kicked out a decent amount of steam, but Oh, it was noisy! This one sounds like an iron when it's set on steam. You know, when you iron something and then set it down and it "exhales," for lack of a better word. That's exactly what it sounds like. I do find that I can hear it slightly over the t.v. or the waterfall "music" I use to help me fall asleep, but eventually, it just blends in. The other one, when it was on, made it difficult to fall asleep. Never cool.
This one is also VERY easy to clean. The other one had 3(!) separate pieces to clean, none of them removable. This one, I just take off the transparent, refill container, unlock the two locks and remove the opaque side. The base contains the heating element, I rinse it a couple of times, then pour hot vinegar (watch out for the fumes!) into the receptacle and let it sit for 15-30 minutes, or more if needed. The hot vinegar is non-toxic, inexpensive, and very effective at removing the lime build up. Then, I scrub the knobby element with a toothbrush, rinse, reassemble and refill. Bam! Done! Easy!
It has an auto shut off feature, very, very helpful and effective, well, until yesterday. I was using it and it shut itself off, because the water was gone, totally normal and expected. But this time, there was a funny (meaning: bad) smell when I got close to it, it smelled burnt! Uh oh! I turned it off via the dial. I removed the water receptacle, filled it, and returned it to the base. I waited a couple of minutes for it to refill and settle. I then turned it back on and no dice, the orangey-red light was still on (green means go, red means stop on this thing, just like in the rest of life). I wasn't happy. I thought about it, turned the dial to off and unplugged the unit and waited...... I went back to it about an hour later, plugged it in, (and with a bit of trepidation) turned it back on. I let it run for about an hour, to watch that little trickster, before I felt like it was running safely enough for me to trust it while I slept. I woke up this morning, nothing on fire, so I'm guessing it's ok. Hmmmm. I will update this review if something bad happens (let's just cross our fingers!). Oh, and so you know, I've had this humidifier since the first week of January and I use it every night. I'd still buy it again. I think. As long as it doesn't catch my house on fire.
You could probably buy a better humidifier, for more money, but this one is good for the price and VERY easy to clean. I'm happy with my purchase. : )
2 Stars By DolphinBlue on 2016-02-04
Not very impactful
I bought this unit and a cool mist Honeywell unit (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NWA7H2E?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00) and a humidity monitor to track whether they are having an.impact. Even though this unit is designed for "medium/large" rooms and the Honeywell unit is designed for "small" rooms per their respective boxes, this unit is not as powerful nor impactful as the Honeywell cool mist unit. The vapor is not very noticeable with this unit (perhaps that is common for warm mist units?), and even after several hours, the humidity increases by only1-2%, and peaks there. In contrast, in the same conditions in the same room, the Honeywell cool mist unit has a 4-5% impact with a very noticeable vapor. This unit is also significantly noisier than the Honeywell unit, though I don't think it is obtrusive, and would be even more acceptable if it functioned better.
I thought I would prefer a warm mist unit in my den as I only intend to use it in the Winter and would prefer slightly warmer air there (and planned to use the Honeywell cool mist unit in my bedroom as I prefer it cool when I sleep), but I plan to return this unit for another cool mist Honeywell unit. I don't think the impact on the ambient temperature is significant, and surprisingly to my non-scientific brain, the warm mist unit is less effective, so i might as well go with the more effective unit in both rooms.
5 Stars By JL on 2017-01-28
The Reservoir is easy to fill up
I have used this same make and model of humidifier for a long time and just bought a new one the other day; the same simple design and efficiency have not changed one bit! The Reservoir is easy to fill up, and there are two humidity settings, low and high. The knob is illuminated (but not super bright at night so it won't disturb your sleep), green for operating, and orange for out of water; the unit shuts off the heating element but keeps the orange light on to let you know it is time to refill the reservoir, a great safety feature to have! It effectively restored humidity in my room and bathroom from below 20% to 45% in about 12 hours on high. Use cold tap water or distilled water if your water source is heavy. This unit does make a low noise sound (think an air purifier on medium setting) while operational, but I found it to not interfere with my quality of sleep overnight. A great affordable and effective unit to have, especially during the winter months!
4 Stars By M. Lee on 2016-01-24
No maintenance easy setup
I had this for about a month using it every day averaging 8-12 hours only used in the master bedroom with the door closed. I have a salt water tank and fill this unit with tap water. It does run a full 12 hours on the high setting, the other setting is low. A lot of reviewers try to justify the long term costs of using a hot steam versus ultrasonic. I'm a big fan of minimal parts and maintenance which this does so well. This basically boils the water in the chamber releasing the steam. Imagine a teakettle or pot of water boiling on medium so the sound is reasonable and is like background noise. If you are a light sleeper and need absolute silence this may not be a good choice.
I always fill this up in the bathroom sink each day. Weight of a complete tank is a gallon of milk with handles on top and the bottom. Easy to flip upside down and right side up since the fill hole is on the bottom in a screw like cap. I can see some people who are not able to handle the juggle but if you can flip around a gallon this is non issue.
Every week to 2 weeks I have to empty the standing water in the reservoir where the heating element is to get rid of the mineral deposits. After a month I realized there is more deposit inside the chamber which required a simple wash in the sink. It did discolor orange a little as other reviewers pictures show. Behind the water tank is a 2 part chamber; the tall chamber which allows the steam to travel up without burning your hands, the inner chamber which captures all the deposits but funnels the steam up from the heating element. It's locked in with a sliding level, simply push it and the parts come out, no special tools needed.
All in all I like this unit, it may be pricier due to electricity costs. But with no filter and the strong ability to reduce bacteria due to using boiling water makes this a no brainier. I see a bit of white rind on the top of the heating element and may have to rinse it with cleaning solution but that may not be for a while. Also I don't "feel" a significant difference in humidity even with doors closed and central heat occasionally on. Nose is less dry so that may be good. Don't forget anything above 60% humidity can attract mold!
5 Stars By 2DayDeliver Customer on 2017-03-14
After trying a bunch of super thick and moisturizing moisturizers
I am originally from Florida and moved to the DMV area for grad school 1.5 years ago. I took for granted all the benefits the humidity gave me: such as having to wear body lotion since it was built into the air! So winters here gave me peeling skin-- especially on my face, which was weird because I have quite oily skin. After trying a bunch of super thick and moisturizing moisturizers, I realized the cause was the dry air in my apartment due to the heater. I also experience an increased number of sinus headaches and migraines, which I realized was likely caused by the same thing.
This humidifier has done wonders for me-- in the ~2 months I've had it, I've noticed that my face is much less dry and I'm having significantly fewer headaches/migraines. I use it on the low setting most evenings and can usually get 2 evenings' worth of uses out of each refill of water. The upkeep can be a little annoying, but it's worth it. Can't wait to take this device to Phoenix with me for my post-grad school job!
5 Stars By Luna Xenia on 2017-07-26
Very very very very very very very good purchase. I have sinus issues during the winter, and this solved them immediately. During the rest of the year, I use this to make the air in my home more hospitable (i.e. less dry), which allows me to grow air-root plants. It also helps me to reduce the static shocks I get in the winter.
The rest of this review looks like a lot of work, but it really really is not. The actual cleaning takes maybe 20 minutes of your time. The rest of it is just waiting for the white vinegar to do its work. I made my instructions very specific, so that is why my review is long.
WORD OF WARNING:
As with ANY warm-air humidifier, you need to own up to the fact that it will require regular cleaning. that come with it. You NEED to read the instructions that come with this product. Think of the humidifier like your phone, and think of cleaning the humidifier like charging your phone. Alternatively, think of the humidifier like your dishes, and think of cleaning the humidifier like cleaning your dishes. Using your humidifier will allow mineral build-up from the water you use to fill the tank (even if you use filtered water, like me, which GREATLY minimizes the mineral build-up). Using your phone will drain the battery, and using your dishes will make them dirty. If you want to use your phone, you need to charge it. If you want to use your dishes, you need to clean them. Don't expect some magical fairy to clean your things for you or charge your phone.
The mineral build-up occurs because there are particles in your water, some of which are natural. Because this is a warm-air humidifier, the heating element will heat the water to create steam (i.e. evaporation). Whatever cannot evaporate will remain on the heating element. It's like taking salt water and leaving it in a pot under the sun. Eventually, all that will remain after several hours is the salt because the salt couldn't evaporate. The minerals cannot evaporate and will remain on the heating element. If you leave the mineral build-up on the heating element, the heating element cannot heat the water properly, and it also provides a very good environment for bacteria and mold to grow. You do NOT want bacteria and mold growing on your humidifier, because spores can become airborne, and you absolutely do NOT want to breathe that in.
Here are a few tips:
1) Use ONLY purified water (get a cheap Brita water pitcher) in the tank. This prevents you from having to clean it LITERALLY every time you fill the tank up. In other words, if you use unfiltered water, you will need to soak the heating element EVERY time your tank runs dry.
2) If, like me, you use filtered water and you have let the humidifier run through 3 or 4 tanks-worth of water without cleaning it, you will want white vinegar, which comes in a huge 2-gallon jug at your local grocery store.
3) When wiping off the heating element in your humidifier, use a soft cotton wash cloth or a paper towel. DO NOT USE A SCRUBBER or HARSH CLOTH ON THE HEATING ELEMENT. Rough/scrubby cloths, sponges, etc. will scratch and create grooves on the heating element, which provide more surface area for the mineral build-up to occur. (You'll see this reminder again later)
How to clean it after you've filled and used up 3 to 4 tanks of filtered water:
[note: "chamber" refers to the concave area around the heating element. "Tank" refers to the blue water tank that says "Vicks" on it.]
1) For the love of all that is good in the world, UNPLUG the humidifier before you even begin cleaning. Then, let the heating element cool down for an hour.
2) Remove the water tank and rinse it out (believe me, the tank can get dirty too, even if you use filtered water). Then remove all the removable parts (sounds stupid when I write it but once you get this humidifier in your house, you'll understand). You'll see this round, gray thing. That's the heating element.
3) Fill the area surrounding the heating element with white vinegar, making sure you cover the top of the heating element. Let it sit overnight. The instructions say 20 minutes, but I have found that it's better to let it sit overnight or even over two nights, especially if you can see any white residue on the heating element. If, after a few hours, you see the white vinegar in the chamber turning cloudy, then empty the vinegar into the sink and replenish the chamber with fresh white vinegar.
4) Drain the white vinegar into the sink and have tap water running while you do this.
4) Rinse the heating element area (and anywhere that had white vinegar) with tap water.
5) Use a soft dish cloth or Bounty paper towels (not the kind that you get in public bathrooms) to wipe the sides and top of the heating element.** Rinse with water. Then use a chopstick or a spoon to gently slide the towel or dish cloth down the sides of the chamber so you can wipe and dry the hard-to-reach parts of the humidifier. Rinse with water again.
**DO NOT USE A SCRUBBER or HARSH CLOTH ON THE HEATING ELEMENT. Rough/scrubby cloths, sponges, etc. will scratch and create grooves on the heating element, which provide more surface area for the mineral build-up to occur.
6) Thoroughly dry the humidifier